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Posted by KiwiKid | Mar 26, 2013 @ 07:06 AM | 7,192 Views
I have had a lot of fun with the X-8 (see recent blog entries), flying in parks and at the club field and it was a pleasure to see how well it takes to ridge soaring. It's a bit of a brute with a flying weight of 3.6kg o/a of a lot of strengthening, but seems light as feather once the wind gets under its sails. The blended wing lifting body was computer designed for maximum efficiency and sure works well.

Here's a short vid of the B&V 219 on coastal patrol

Blohm und Voss 219 ridge soaring (4 min 16 sec)

Posted by KiwiKid | Dec 13, 2012 @ 05:34 AM | 8,648 Views
The B & V 219 is back from the paint shop and ready for action

A vid of the maiden flight is posted in the last blog entry.





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Posted by KiwiKid | Dec 02, 2012 @ 05:40 AM | 8,449 Views
Well, I got the X-8 finished last night and today dawned bright and sunny, so it was maiden day yikes.




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Posted by KiwiKid | Oct 31, 2012 @ 06:22 AM | 7,554 Views
My Hortenesque powered glider ridge soaring at Raglan beach, N.Z

Horten Parabola ridge soaring (1 min 51 sec)

Posted by KiwiKid | Jun 30, 2012 @ 04:20 AM | 7,419 Views
Further to the previous two blog entries, I finally made it out to the coast last weekend and had some great flights with the Z1. Here's a vid - at the start of the vid windspeed was about 2 kts and the Z1 was the only model flying

Z1 flying wing ridge soaring (1 min 46 sec)

Posted by KiwiKid | Jun 07, 2012 @ 12:13 AM | 8,173 Views
As well as being a great glider the Z1 flies great with a motor pod attached. Here's a short vid of some low and slow stuff from the powered maiden.


ZupAir Z1 with power pod (2 min 12 sec)

Posted by KiwiKid | May 26, 2012 @ 02:20 AM | 7,502 Views
Here's a great model that became available last year - it's called the Z1 and is a flying wing built with DLG tech and available thru ZupAir.

I took a liking to this model as it has a variety of applications being able to be hand launched or pinged up on a light bungee for thermal and aerobatic flying, is good for suburban soaring and light wind coastal soaring and can have a power pod attached.

Here's some pics and a short vid of it being bungee launched down at the park. The launches were only at about 60% capacity as I knew the Z1 would speck out on the vid at full noise.

ZupAir Z1 on the wire (2 min 53 sec)

Posted by KiwiKid | Apr 02, 2012 @ 06:15 AM | 7,527 Views
When I want to escape the madding crowds (or at least the ones in my house), but don't have much time, I like to head to the parks and fly some of my electric and glider models. Several of the parks have small ridges that can allow a soaring fix (of sorts) which is fun. I have also been having fun ridge soaring at a local subdivision. The earthworks have been finished for some time now and I suppose the builders will start moving in one day soon. Meantime, it is a neat place to fly.

Suburban Soaring in Hamilton, NZ (5 min 38 sec)

Posted by KiwiKid | Mar 10, 2012 @ 11:59 AM | 7,337 Views
One aspect I love about our hobby is slope soaring. It gets you out of the house and out to the beach or wide open spaces. I have also met some great people and formed long friendships through the hobby. I was just thinking the other day how fortunate I was and recalled a neat song by Louis Armstrong that always lifted my spirits. Had a bit of a look into my hard drive and threw a few pics together to make a vid to go along with his great lyrics.

What a Wonderful World (2 min 19 sec)

Posted by KiwiKid | Jan 31, 2012 @ 10:04 PM | 7,552 Views
Some pics of my 14 year old Cobra in ridge soaring mode.
Posted by KiwiKid | Jan 31, 2012 @ 02:13 PM | 8,117 Views
Been having a lot of fun lately with my new model - a Fouga Magister built from plans.

Here's a vid:

PSS Fouga Magister (2 min 53 sec)

Posted by KiwiKid | Dec 29, 2011 @ 08:12 PM | 6,953 Views
Thought I better get one last blog in before the year runs out. Went out to the beach on Xmas eve and had a magic afternoon flying a bunch of models and strapped my HD keychain camera on the Cobra F3B glider and went for a bit of a cruise along the ridge line.

Cobra F3B glider ridge soaring at Raglan, NZ (5 min 51 sec)

Posted by KiwiKid | May 10, 2011 @ 08:18 AM | 7,160 Views
This ridge soaring glider just turned 12 years old. That's 275 in human years

It's a scratch build that was originally intended for bungee launched thermal soaring. I still ping it up on a bungee now and then, but she's carrying a few repairs from her long life and needs to hook a strong thermal to stay up. Here's a vid ridge soaring in around 15 kts.

"The Sting" ridge soaring glider (2 min 25 sec)

Posted by KiwiKid | Apr 25, 2011 @ 05:58 PM | 7,423 Views
I managed to get my mits on a Durafly Spit recently, like the ones HobbyKing sells, and did a PSS ridge soaring glider conversion on it involving alot of strengthening, a repaint and cockpit detailing. Had no idea how it would go, but was pleasantly surprised at how well it flies. Heres a vid of the maiden in around 10kts with no ballast. She should honk along ballasted up.

PSS Spitfire (2 min 54 sec)

Posted by KiwiKid | Apr 10, 2011 @ 10:39 PM | 7,410 Views
I have four Strykers that are designed to fulfill different roles:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=724922

This one was primarily designed for indoor flying, but is alot of fun to fly outside in confined areas.

Indoor Stryker (1 min 51 sec)

Posted by KiwiKid | Mar 25, 2011 @ 10:33 PM | 7,491 Views
Took my park flyer Elegance glider out to the beach the other day to see how it went as a ridge soarer - pretty freaking great actually. Wind was only 3-5 kts which was enough to keep it up and it was good to have the motor on board for back up. This model will fly in quite high winds so has a good flight envelope.

Elegance ridge soaring glider (4 min 1 sec)

Posted by KiwiKid | Mar 22, 2011 @ 08:08 PM | 6,835 Views
My BoT in ridge soaring mode at Raglan beach, New Zealand.

Bird of Time ridge soaring (2 min 40 sec)

Posted by KiwiKid | Mar 02, 2011 @ 08:21 PM | 7,117 Views
Short vid of my 3.1m Calypso Cobra ridge soaring glider flying at Raglan beach, New Zealand.

Calypso Cobra ridge soaring glider (2 min 55 sec)

Posted by KiwiKid | Feb 25, 2011 @ 08:35 PM | 6,550 Views
This is my Horten Parabola flying wing that is one of my favourite models. I have a fairly light outrunner set up in it so it is quiet enough for parkflying and is capable of thermalling too. I managed to source a pusher folding prop for it and have a lot of fun ridge soaring it.

The model is actually a Sif designed by the great Jupp Wimmer in Germany. Pic of him below with some of his followers. Also in that pic is a microlight version of the Sif. He has designed a whole range of models based on the crescent wing format.


Horten Parabola (1 min 58 sec)

Posted by KiwiKid | Feb 14, 2011 @ 07:07 PM | 6,529 Views
Vid of my Canterbury Sailplanes Arrow ridge soaring glider masquerading as a Pfeil rocket powered point of defence fighter for the Luftwaffe in 1946. Wind speed in the vid was only around 10kts - with ballast the Arrow will fly in up to 30kts.

Luft '46 Pfeil (2 min 31 sec)