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Archive for May, 2008
Posted by Punkie | May 29, 2008 @ 12:48 PM | 8,387 Views
First I picked up a Package that had been left for me, it was my GT motorcycle with sidecar kit from Hunter systems http://www.huntersystems.co.uk/ It looks like any British 1/12 oval car kit, very much cottage industry, but they are built to race not show off. I have no idea when I will have time to build it
Leaving work, sitting in the stopped traffic coming out of Cambridge a plane came across the road in front of me, not an unusual sight, but unusually I was in a position to take a quick photo.
During the day I had realised that the night before I had mislaid a Lipo I had been using in my Phase 3 edge. So I drove back to the field to look for it, I found it Some of it was 3 meters away. Only one cell went bang, one of the others lost the end and the other was just rather destorted. They both spent last night in a bucket of water on the foredeck of the boat.
Lesson learned, Don't leave your Lipos out in the rain
Posted by Punkie | May 21, 2008 @ 07:30 AM | 7,653 Views
I got my fairing an dseat back from my mate the other day. So I was able to finish the bike off. I think it looks OK.
The colours are based on the base colours of the Rossi/Edwards version of the Kenny Roberts Yamaha, but with out all the fancy stuff.
The plan is to maybe get another fairing and do that one fully as the Rossi bike but keep that for show.
As for running it. It is tricky powerwise, I am only used to a TT with a 27 turn motor in it, having a bike that will throw itself into orbit if you give it too much throttle when pulling away, or even just going slow and squeezing the throttle too quickly, is a rapid learning curve.
It is tempting to see if it will run on the indoor track I race my cars on, though that is just oval and carpet.
A friend who saw me trying it out yesterday has not stopped talking about it, he was well impressed by the way it power wheelyed, went over the top and didn't stop tumbling till it hit the crash fence. That will learn me for showing off in front of bikers.
The handling is perfect, straight up on two wheels, drops into a curve perfectly, and the brakes work a treat.
Posted by Punkie | May 07, 2008 @ 08:21 AM | 7,159 Views
On Saturday, after dragging myself out of my pit, I climbed on my trusty BMW K75S and rode over to Rougham airfield http://www.roughamairfield.org/ for the Large Model Association and Bury St Edmunds model club show.
Rougham airfield was a B17 base during WW2 and still, against the odds, manages to survive as a functioning airfield, despite encroaching housing and the threat of a road being built through it.
The Control tower has been restored and is used as a museum remembering the Americans who flew from Rougham.
Behind the tower a memorial has been built using an engine and propeller recovered from the North Sea.
To finish of the day I went to Mildenhall speedway to watch a friend race his F2 BRISCA stock car. He is a novice and this was his second event but unfortunately he failed to finish in any of his races. The first was due to getting hooked up with another car and in the others, engine problems with the Ford Pinto engine that his car uses. His Dad was doing well until his diff failed....Continue Reading
Posted by Punkie | May 06, 2008 @ 11:40 AM | 5,860 Views
The company I work for has been involved with the restoration of a Vulcan bomber. It has been undergoing flight tests prior to going on the display circuit.It hasn't been worked at Cambridge but today it overflew Cambridge airport.
About 10 minutes before, an e-mail was sent out so a large number of the workforce came out and watched it go over.
All I can say is WOW. it looked amazing, just like it did when I used to see it years ago, and the sound is amazing, totaly drowning out the sound of a C130 on engine runs a few hundred yards away.
Posted by Punkie | May 01, 2008 @ 08:41 AM | 5,311 Views
Tuesday, I took the morning off work to shoot down to Southend to pick up my OTO studio 1/8 RC motorbike. Sorry no photos yet but at lunch times and break I have been cutting out the fairing and rider. This I am finding a bit difficult. A friend is going to paint it for me.
The bike is a little jewel. It sits on my desk at work and the bikers who come in, pick it up, examine it and are all very impressed.