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Posted by Punkie | Sep 03, 2015 @ 12:20 AM | 1,774 Views
It hammered down, but |I was not going to miss the first ever British national final of the FPV racing.

Again I took at few pictures then swapped to my Fatsharks to watch the racing, by luck I hitched onto the winner, unlike the day before when in on race the drone I was following hit a post and span out, a bit disorienting the first time it happens

Nice to see the prizes going out to the winners and to see a prize given to the lap time record holder, who unfortunately did not make the final.

After the heats, they had sudden death quarters and semis to decide who went in the final, it looked like the pressure got to a few.

To see the view I got, I found this on you tube,
UK FPV Drone Nationals Grand Final 2015 (2 min 45 sec)
, thanks to whoever it was who posted it there.

Anyway, I hope you all like my pictures from the BMFA NATs, I had a great time there, Monday, it was really hammering it down with rain, so I packed up my tent, chucked it all in the car and carried on with my travels.

Next stop Coventry, I will post the pictures in LTUP as they are off topic, cars, motorbikes and canals....Continue Reading
Posted by Punkie | Sep 02, 2015 @ 11:53 PM | 1,698 Views
The Scale Aerobatics, this is tucked away from the rest of the Nationals, along with the FPV competition,.

Well worth hunting down and spending some time watching, but, it had started raining again, the models got covered over with tarps, the one in the air got difficult to get reasonable pictures of....Continue Reading
Posted by Punkie | Sep 02, 2015 @ 03:16 PM | 1,668 Views
The bring and buy is always worth a visit, Almost everything you can think of will be on sale preused....Continue Reading
Posted by Punkie | Sep 02, 2015 @ 04:19 AM | 3,077 Views
For me, the best bit, though this year I only managed one evening, my leg has been giving me hell for months, I only got off crutches a few weeks ago after several months use.

Bloody good fun, I gather someone got hit on Sunday evening, I hope they are not badly hurt, but you go knowing there are planes flying in all directions and you stand a chance of getting hit if you do not keep your wits about you.

The sunset was pretty cool as well....Continue Reading
Posted by Punkie | Sep 02, 2015 @ 03:42 AM | 3,066 Views
I only stayed on the scale line for a short while, it was nice to sit on the grass and watch some nice lovely detailed models put through their paces.

I have no idea how they judge which model is the best, they all are of such a high standard....Continue Reading
Posted by Punkie | Sep 02, 2015 @ 03:22 AM | 3,061 Views
I was looking forward to this, I have had an interest in Multirotors for a while and built and bought a few, I am not that good at flying them, but I try.

My most recent purchase is an Emax NightHawke, it is built, I just need time to finish setting it up, then fit the FPV gear and play.

In the meantime the racing at the NATs was pretty good fun, set up on what I think was the old Bloodhound missile site.
Saturday was the heats, fun to watch, interesting watching the techniques people used, some just went for at, missed the hoops and took the time penalty, or more likely crashed out, others took their time and had better results.

If you don't finish, you can't win.

Anyway, the racing was fun, very difficult to get a decent photo of one in the air, not a sharp one anyway, but I tried.

What I found fun was to put on my own Fatshark goggles and watch from the pilots point of view....Continue Reading
Posted by Punkie | Sep 02, 2015 @ 03:07 AM | 3,037 Views
I have never indulged in Control line, though I have a couple of planes, no one I know seems to be interested. Nice to watch though....Continue Reading
Posted by Punkie | Sep 01, 2015 @ 08:56 PM | 2,553 Views
I did not get to see all the flying that was going on, there is just too much.

The first bit of flying was the Display flight line.

Some great planes flown really well....Continue Reading
Posted by Punkie | Sep 01, 2015 @ 07:51 PM | 1,684 Views
I took so many photos at the Nats To make sense of them I have split them up.

Non Model aircraft stuff I am adding to my thread in LTUP.

So, when I crawled out of my tent on the Saturday morning, post morning ablutions and breakfast, it was a wander over to the trade stands....Continue Reading
Posted by Punkie | Jul 01, 2015 @ 03:43 PM | 1,788 Views
I was busy on Saturday, the good weather day, there was a village fete on and some people wanted some pictures.
Sunday, North Weald, I got there in sunshine, thought, I will look around the stands, then sit and watch the flying.

I almost made it around the stands when the heavens opened.

And stayed that way, for most of the day.

Still I got some pictures of models in the air and some full sized at the end.

I managed not to spend too much money

Yes I did, spend too much, but I bought a Fun4 boat from model boat bits, just a fun thing I can chuck in the river outside the pub, an Emax nighthawke FPV racer and an immersion TX to stick on it, I have a spare camera somewhere.

See, hardly anything....Continue Reading
Posted by Punkie | Jun 22, 2015 @ 01:59 PM | 2,160 Views
Saturday and Sunday it was the Fen edge festival at Cottenham, we were asked to take over one end of the school playing field and show off some of our aircraft.

I could only attend on the Saturday, which turned out to be the low wind, rainy day, whereas the Sunday was the dry windy day.

I managed to get my Waltz and my quad in the air between the showers, which waqs fun, especially as I finally managed to fire up the gopro, I had that set to timelapse, such a shame that the weather was such that very few people were about.

Also the field was pretty boring so apart from when I got to the end of the field or low down looking at me the pictures are fairly boring. I should get some more interesting pictures when I fly around Upware....Continue Reading
Posted by Punkie | Jun 10, 2015 @ 03:39 PM | 2,208 Views
Motor from Hobby King, same with the ESC, both legal, found some tyres in a box, Lipo, then on Tuesday raced and came last every time.

The rear tyres have no grip at all, the foam had dried out.

And the cheap RX kept dropping out when I got a hit, which was often as 1/12oval is contact racing

The front bumper needs replacing,totally worn out, and I had too much play in the rear axle.

So orders went in today to various suppliers for bits and pieces, I enjoyed myself though....Continue Reading
Posted by Punkie | May 19, 2015 @ 04:14 PM | 2,107 Views
Old Warden was as ever great, loads of flying, control line, free flight, RC.

As a special treat it was Ebenezer time, not as many models as in some years, but some interesting designs.
The contest was won by an electric powered Mosquito....Continue Reading
Posted by Punkie | May 19, 2015 @ 03:18 PM | 1,992 Views
I went to the LMA event at Rougham on Saturday.
Rather disappointing, the same few planes seemed to be doing all the flying, only a couple of RC stands selling anything, luckily there was a couple of full sized aircraft who put in an appearance, the Hobby King sponsored Yak 52 and the Cessna Bird Dog.

Of the RC aircraft who flew,the Bleriot was the star for me, with the stiff cross wind the pilot was able to pull some clever moves, like going sideways down the flight line and almost hovering....Continue Reading
Posted by Punkie | Apr 30, 2015 @ 02:26 PM | 2,633 Views
After work today I managed to get to my store cupboard on the bank of the river and dug out my old cars.
Ten years in a damp dusty atmosphere have not done them any favours, still it will be a fun job lunchtimes rebuilding them.

The saloon stock was my fave car and most competitive, I sometimes didn't come last, the stock car was a secondhand replacement for one I got nicked when someone had it away with a pannier off my motorbike, the reliant three wheeler was huge fun, trying to set it up to corner without rolling was a challenge.

The mini stock was a work in progress, built up to the point of installing the radio gear, then put to one side.

Plan, pick one, most probably the saloon, strip, clean, find out what bits are salvageable, replace motor ESC and batteries with brushless and Lipo, radio with spektrum (modified DX6I) new tires, probably rear bearings (none in front) probably wheels as well, new chassis screws, what ever else needs doing & run with the old body shell.

It should be a giggle.
Posted by Punkie | Apr 29, 2015 @ 02:33 PM | 2,601 Views
I have been getting the urge to get some full contact racing done.

I used to race some ten years ago, but with one thing and another I stopped going, I still have my cars, but I have not touched them in years.

So last night I called in at the townley hall in Fulbourn near Cambridge and had a look in.
Not a lot of people there, but a few faces I knew from old and they welcomed me back in (mad things).

I was just planning on standing and watching a few heats, maybe take a few pictures (not easy as the light was rubbish and the cars do not hang about), but that was not to be, Pinky stuck a TX in my hands and loaned me his Saloon stock car.

In the end I got some pictures of the Banger and stock car races, but none of the saloon stock.

As for my racing, well I am a little rusty, 5 minutes, 45 laps first race rising to 55 in the final. Luckily contact is allowed, so the cars are built tough, the wall took a hammering

The cars seem to have changed a bit, still mostly scratchbuilt from bits coming out of a cottage industry, but now using brushless motors and Lipos.

The saloon stock and open wheel stock run a single cell lipo with a 10.5 turn motor and the old 4 cell class run the same battery with a 12.5 motor.

An order for some motors, ESCs and Lipos went into Hobbyking today....Continue Reading
Posted by Punkie | Nov 21, 2014 @ 10:15 AM | 3,030 Views
Finally got around to fitting the Fatshark predator kit I bought second hand a year or so ago to a quad.
A Twister Quattro-x to be exact, I made a foam mount up and stuck the camera to the vid camera that goes with the quad (i got the twister camera second hand as well).

Anyway, damp, cold windy autumn day, got up the flying field at Wardy hill met the club secretary and after a chat about if he has got a replacement club chairman lined up as I am resigning at the AGM in a couple of weeks, I handed him the goggles and had a quick flight about just to test the link and make sure the quad was behaving as it should and as usual it was.

So, fresh battery, check everything is working on the ground, then after getting the quad into the air and flicking in the GPS hold I put the goggles on.

At first I kept lifting the goggles to look where I was in the sky, then as the flight went on I left the goggles on longer and longer.

There are a couple of landmarks in the field that I used to fly to, one a tree and the other an old narrow boat on a trailer.

The latter half of the flight I took the goggles off and switched off the GPS hold and flew it properly, it's easy to fly, very calm compared with the quads I have built myself (the only aids on the homebuilds are self levelling, which I tend not to use much).

I need to practice then I hopefully I will get the confidence to FPV without the GPS hold on.

A bit of a shame I forgot to switch on the twister video camera to actually record the flight.
Posted by Punkie | Sep 29, 2014 @ 02:46 PM | 3,908 Views
Lady Punkie and I visited the Aeromodellers: Festival of Flight at Old Warden on Sunday.

I might have to stay the weekend next year!

Some great models, I am getting into the old school stuff, I might have to build the Vic Smeed Tomboy part kit I bought a couple of years ago.

The non model aircraft pictures will be posted in LTUP if anyone is interested....Continue Reading
Posted by Punkie | Aug 29, 2014 @ 12:11 AM | 4,009 Views
More pictures, three days camping in a RAF airfield, one mostly used for training, not anything fancy.

The place seems to have its own bad weather system, this time though, apart from a bit chilly, the weather was not bad until Monday.

Final 140ish pictures....Continue Reading
Posted by Punkie | Aug 28, 2014 @ 01:08 PM | 4,606 Views
My impressions from the British Model flying Associations Power nationals.

Three days of model aircraft flying, I go along to watch during the days and play with my rubber powered models in the hanger in the evenings.

140ish pictures this post, more later....Continue Reading