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Posted by Punkie | Nov 06, 2013 @ 02:47 PM | 1,717 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 | 1,861 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 | 3,385 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 | 2,987 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 | 2,848 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 | 2,899 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 | 2,985 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 @ 10:31 AM | 3,248 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 @ 04:42 PM | 3,112 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 @ 01:49 PM | 3,770 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 @ 02:51 PM | 3,599 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 @ 12:15 PM | 4,283 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 @ 03:38 PM | 4,567 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 @ 04:19 PM | 4,991 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
Posted by Punkie | May 13, 2012 @ 02:31 PM | 4,929 Views
Last weekend the weather cleared enough for the LMA show at Rougham to be worth driving too.
Lady Punkie took me as my car is out of action, it was her first show so I hoped she would not get bored.
Lots of nice models on show, the highlight was the first public showing of a big Lightning, running on two engines, it was great to see, I remember seeing the real thing many years ago, great memories.
I managed to control my urges, until I got to the Kings Lynn models stand and saw they had the Eflite P-40 0n sale for 30, it would have been rude not to buy one at that price. I think I have servos and speed controller going spare somewhere on my boat.
I met some members of the Ramsey and the Ely model flying clubs wandering around, there was some gentle ribbing about the P-40 and if I would get it flying this year.
It got cold towards the end of the day and as Lady Punkie has a few health issues, we went home.
Lady Punkie enjoyed the show, in fact enough so she wanted to come with me to Long Marston this weekend.
I will probably post some of the pics from that here and in LTUP....Continue Reading
Posted by Punkie | Apr 08, 2012 @ 09:41 AM | 5,059 Views
I was flying my escale phoenix at Wardy hill today and the battery died at low level, going the wrong way, just over the next field.

I managed to turn it, I probably should not have as it decided that the drainage ditch bordering the two fields was as far as it was going to fly.
To add insult to injury, I had not turned the camera on before the flight so I didn't get the splashdown on vid

Never mind


Posted by Punkie | Mar 12, 2012 @ 04:48 PM | 5,038 Views
A fun evening with my Britflight HTWO-0, she flies lovely.
Not so my mates Wot4 with well oversized floats, it just staggered into the air then thumped back down.
Posted by Punkie | Feb 29, 2012 @ 06:55 AM | 5,254 Views
Sunday, grab a couple, well several planes and batteries up to Wardy hill with Lady Punkie in tow.
Art tech mustang, that thing is slow, still it flew, Jerry wing, sweet, the new slightly larger motor works great, no more sparks and screams when you open the throttle to full.
I could not get my Mambo slope soarer converted to electric in the air, not enough wind to launch into, I guess the weight of the bloggie camera didn't help.
I stuck it on the mustang and it just managed a flight, complete with black prop lines on the playback, I hope to youtube that when I get time, then I maidened to World models Wingjet, apart from the noise at full throttle hurting my ears when I launched it, great, cracking wing, flew really well, slow and fast, I liked doing the low slow pass, open the taps and go vertical, another club member shouted "That looks good" when I did that.
Mostly I flew at lower throttle settings, which is how I fly normally (I must be getting old) but it was nice to have the power available.
I finished off the session with my Hobby king Kinetic 800, its a fun little thing, goes where you want and fits in the car easy.

Then last night coming home I stopped off at Wardy hill again to maiden my Britflight HTWO-0 flying boat, Hand launched, on rails, no trim required, easy flying, lovely plane, I can't wait to fly her off water, then I played with my Quad the Spaghetti Incident, just as it was getting dark, UFO time
Posted by Punkie | Dec 16, 2011 @ 07:05 AM | 6,110 Views
On a recent trip up north to see friends I was given a new engine to fondle.
Indian made nine cylinder radial, UMS 9-99.
I can't tell you any more than that.
All I know was it looked good, they recon they will have a list of customers for it.
Posted by Punkie | Sep 02, 2011 @ 03:46 AM | 6,933 Views
Here are my impressions of the British Model Flying Associations, National finals at RAF Barkston Heath.
I will be adding pics as I get time.
I am still on holiday in the North West of England, away from my usual Fenland habitat, so I am relying on the pubs wifi to post these, plus I am spending a lot of time out looking at places I have not been to before, like Liverpool.

They seem quite proud of some little 4 piece beat combo, who were popular a few years ago.

The Nationals were good, at least the wind was only 30 mph this year not 60 like last year.

More pics added
And more
And more
Some more, this time in the hanger and some freeflight mayhem
Final lot...Continue Reading