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Posted by Punkie | Jul 01, 2015 @ 03:43 PM | 961 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 | 1,430 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 | 1,549 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 | 1,357 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 | 1,266 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 | 1,888 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 | 1,903 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 | 2,400 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 | 3,268 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 | 3,369 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 | 3,960 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 @ 03:35 PM | 4,522 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 @ 03:03 PM | 4,462 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 @ 02:47 PM | 4,924 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 @ 11:58 AM | 5,023 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 @ 03:40 PM | 6,633 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 @ 02:37 PM | 6,181 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 @ 01:53 PM | 6,070 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 @ 04:34 AM | 6,095 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 @ 04:23 PM | 6,207 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