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Posted by Punkie | Yesterday @ 11:15 AM | 715 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 @ 03:46 PM | 1,932 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 @ 01:11 AM | 2,029 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 @ 02:08 PM | 2,637 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
Posted by Punkie | Jun 03, 2014 @ 04:35 PM | 3,194 Views
Long Marston, in Shakespeare country, they do a good show, Lady Punkie and me made the trip over on Saturday.

I managed to up the settings on the camera and didn't notice, that is why some pictures look like they were done with a kids camera, cos that was what my 1000 set up was set to.........Continue Reading
Posted by Punkie | Jun 03, 2014 @ 04:03 PM | 3,159 Views
I had a good day at the LMA show the other week.

It was a real shame the Vulcan didn't fly, it blew an engine I gather.

Still I should be seeing the remaining flying one in the air at the end of the month.

I got a bit carried away with the photos.

First time out with the Sony A65 with the Sigma 50-500mm lens on the front.

I have used them both before, but not together.

They seem to be OK.

For Amateur level SLR standard equipment....Continue Reading
Posted by Punkie | Nov 06, 2013 @ 03:47 PM | 3,622 Views
They really hid it away.

I just wanted to get a few bits to build another quad, I also needed to check out the price of a new water heater for my boat so I thought, lets order from the UK warehouse and then I can call in at Stowmarket caravans on the way back and check out their prices.

Single lane roads, it was that horrid fine rain that gets every where, then when I got to Elmsett airfield I couldn't see any sign of the warehouse.
It turned out a van was parked between me and the small sign on the door.
I knew I was close, the Orange van was a dead give away.

Still, I got there, got my bits and found out that I can get a water heater cheaper from my local Chandler!!
But hopefully I will fix my old one, its taken me two days to get four screws out, I found out it was all calcified up, its simmering in vinegar now!...Continue Reading
Posted by Punkie | Oct 26, 2013 @ 12:58 PM | 3,734 Views
I have worked on these things for the last 30 years or so.
Kind of the RAF to do a flypast with one J and a couple of Ks....Continue Reading
Posted by Punkie | Sep 09, 2013 @ 04:40 PM | 5,304 Views
Edit; All uploaded now, I got more posted last night than I thought, so I only had to upload a few.
Time to upload my pics from the Nats.
With one thing and another I ain't been able to post them until now.
It might take a few days to load them all, the internet is playing up here on the river at the moment....Continue Reading
Posted by Punkie | Jul 21, 2013 @ 03:37 PM | 4,875 Views
The Club secretary was playing with his Radjet.
Using a Phone ap to measure the speed.
One one run it said 115MPH.
We were happy....Continue Reading
Posted by Punkie | Jul 19, 2013 @ 02:53 PM | 4,755 Views
Quads over Wardy hill 01 (6 min 15 sec)

I gaffa taped a Sony bloggie to the bottom of the new quad.
It worked, sort of, a few bugs to iron out, I need a proper mount, it had to be mounted upside down and took ages to correct that with software.
But overall I am happy with the result.
Posted by Punkie | Jul 11, 2013 @ 05:34 AM | 4,768 Views
I decided to build a new quad, so being lazy I went for simple off the shelf parts, some of which I already had, with a nod to cost.

So basically, flamewheel 450 frame, motors and speed controllers from Buzzflyer, a KK 2.0 from ebay, cos the HK local warehouse was out of stock at the time, a reg which I already had, MPX RX I already had, battery alarm I already had, RX to controller leads from ebay, various cable ties and sticky pads from my stock.
4 cell bateries from a Diamond 2500 I picked up cheap from ebay a while back and have not flown yet
I am impressed with the KK2.0, the display is easy to use, far easier than trying to use the multiwii stuff, (for those that can, great, for a clue less numpty like me, no).
Anyway, it works, great, even flicking the self leveling worked fine despite being calibrated just on a patch of dirt at the front of my mooring.

I have been chucking it about, a bit more practice and I will be doing circuits.
It turns out I need new batteries, the old ones are more tired than I thought.
The local shop says they will have some 4 cells in soon.
Posted by Punkie | Jul 01, 2013 @ 05:23 PM | 4,871 Views
Time for the annual outing to North Weald for the Wings and Wheels show.
Always good, I only took a few pics of the flying and nothing else.
The Daleks were there, the tank model mob were there, some amazing boats were there, sorry I didn't get any photos of them.

I walked away with some leads, prop saver o-rings and a pre-used Alula from the bring and buy, I fancied getting one and there was one going for 35, I got the owner down to 30, I just need to cycle the battery, fit a RX and set it up, then learn to throw it!!
It should be fun....Continue Reading
Posted by Punkie | Jun 25, 2013 @ 11:31 AM | 5,103 Views
I finally got down the patch, bloody hell I was out of practice, I was flying a little two foot wingspan electric foam thing like a Multiplex Merlin only cheaper and not as good.
First launch ended with a cartwheel across the patch, the next bounced off the ground into the air and ended when I tip stalled on final approach into the long grass.
No damage, except to my pride.
I managed a couple of decent flights and landings, hopefully I will get out again tonight.
The rest of the lads flew fine, except the plane that lost a small but vital part of its retracts while taxiing out. Scratch that flight....Continue Reading
Posted by Punkie | Jun 23, 2013 @ 05:42 PM | 5,016 Views
The guys invited me to help out at the Littleport leisure centre open day again this year.
I just managed to find time to show up, talk to a few people, take some photos and drink a couple of beers.
I didn't fly as on the one time I had managed to get some flying in during the week before I had stuffed in my easiest flying plane.
Lack of practice, loss of confidence, not going to fly at a public show.
Still it was a lovely, though cold day out, non model flying pics will be posted on LTUP, cos it might lighten the mood there....Continue Reading
Posted by Punkie | May 09, 2013 @ 02:49 PM | 5,657 Views
I got an invite from a mate to attend his first fly in.
Hosted by the Halton & District model flying club, it was a brilliant day, well worth the 186 mile ride up there.
They have a great site and were really welcoming, as were the staff of Steve Webb models.
It was nice to see Steve again, as usual we talked about David Bowie and Cameras.
As for the fly in, I will let the pictures speak for themselves....Continue Reading
Posted by Punkie | Apr 28, 2013 @ 03:51 PM | 5,464 Views
Its that LMA time of year again.
The yearly struggle with the wind and rain at Rougham.
Its easy for Lady Punkie and me, we live 1/2 and hour away, but for those who come any distance, choosing the day you come or if you camp, it must have been cold last night.
Some nice models on show, some great flying, I managed to avoid buying any more aircraft, but I did buy an Estes rocket???
Thor knows where I will fly the thing??...Continue Reading
Posted by Punkie | Oct 21, 2012 @ 01:15 PM | 6,162 Views
Sitting in the pub on Saturday I was told to go outside as Battleship Bob was flying his plane off the river.
The river flows past the garden of the pub and Bob was moored down at the end of the meadow so he is well away from people.
I sometimes fly planes on the meadow, so flying planes off the river there is a natural progression.
It would have taken too long to get one of my flying boats ready to fly and join him, so instead I got my vapour ready for some night flying and flew that as it got dark....Continue Reading
Posted by Punkie | Jun 10, 2012 @ 04:38 PM | 6,464 Views
Met the secretary of the Fenland flying club at a gig on friday night, he said to bring some models to Littleport on Sunday for the Funday.
We had a stand and an area to fly in.
Lots of fun.

I got complimented on my flying at one point, I think landing in the same field as the one I took off from was quite impressive for me.
Well I was flying my Britflight HTWO-0 flying boat, hand launch...Continue Reading
Posted by Punkie | May 16, 2012 @ 05:19 PM | 6,838 Views
I visited Long Marston near Stratford upon Avon on Saturday for the model aircraft show.
Lots of good models, some nice stands.
I managed to not spend too much.
I will post some pictures from the airfield in LTUP....Continue Reading