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Posted by KiwiKid | Nov 03, 2006 @ 07:48 PM | 10,854 Views
I purchased an elliptical wing glider as a crash wreck recently for 20 bucks.
Had to strip off the old covering, repair about 20% of the framework and recover with tissue and dope (my first experience of this). Read up techniques on RCG and was quite pleased with the finished result - rather fragile covering though so have to be careful handling it.
I recalled that the Horten brothers built an elliptical wing glider which they called the Parabola, so decided to do this model up in German markings to represent what a production powered version of their Parabola might have looked like as a reconnaissance bomber.
She’s powered by a Hyperion HP-Z3007-26, with a 2500mah 3 cell lipo and 30 amp ESC generating 245 watts. AUW with battery is 2.1 pounds so she motors along nicely.
Its amazing what the Horten’s managed to do without the aid of a computer or advanced materials. My Parabola cheats a bit by having winglets, but they look cool and make it very stable. Glides extremely well and is much more manoeuvrable than I thought it would be, some pics below.

Posted by KiwiKid | Aug 23, 2006 @ 08:09 PM | 7,690 Views
For my second balsa build I chose the relatively straight forward Little Stick. Motor is a Hyperion HP-Z3007-26, powered by a 2500mah 3 cell lipo and 30 amp ESC. Does a nice rise off ground and has proven to be very aerobatic. Comes in pretty hot, but I am getting better at nailing the landings and it sure is a tough design so can take a bit of rough handling. Final touches will be a pilot and machine gun stapped on by the rubber bands securing the wing.

Posted by KiwiKid | Aug 18, 2006 @ 03:43 AM | 7,232 Views
Seen these brilliant pics by Palmer Johnson? :
Posted by KiwiKid | Aug 11, 2006 @ 09:17 PM | 7,122 Views
This is a scalish model of a Beagle Pup that was originally flown as a gas powered control line model. I have just finished an electric R/C conversion and she flys superbly. Motor is a Hyperion HP-Z3007-26, powered by a 1750mah 3 cell lipo and 30 amp ESC. Does a nice rise off ground and is way overpowered so flies for about 20 mins with a bit of throttle management.Very sedate flyer, but certainly has a turn of speed with this set up and looks very scale on fly bys. The Pup was used by the RAF as a trainer for awhile and the colour scheme of this model is based on a civil registered one still flying in NZ.

Posted by KiwiKid | Jul 27, 2006 @ 01:44 AM | 9,438 Views
After putting together 16 foamies and electric conversions of balsa models others have built I felt it was time I bit the bullet and tried a balsa and film build myself. I chose the 1/2A Lanier Shrike as it is quite small and has a delta shaped wing that should not be prone to warping. Build went well and I learned alot along the way (mainly by doing it twice) and have had great fun with the finished product. Its powered with a RCer Warp 4, 50amp Hyperion ESC and 2200mah Lipo. This gives it quite a high wing loading but it as an absolute rocket ship. Its very unforgiving however and I might down size the set up at some stage to reduce the wing loading. Some pics below:
Posted by KiwiKid | Jul 13, 2006 @ 02:30 AM | 8,441 Views
My flying club had a float plane day last weekend which was a huge success with flying from 9am till 4pm. With all that activity it was inevitable that some of the flyers came to grief. Heres just some of the incidents that were caught on camera. In follow up blog entries there are some additional pics of the more successful flying Enjoy.

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Posted by KiwiKid | Jul 03, 2006 @ 07:21 PM | 5,934 Views
Park flying with a couple of Strykers a FoamFly Pelican and a Dreamworks Alula modded with a Hyperion motor ...Continue Reading
Posted by KiwiKid | Jun 05, 2006 @ 05:26 PM | 5,298 Views
Motorised Alula: got abit tired of chasing my Alula around ridges and parks so put a small Hyperion motor set up on it and transformed it into a soaring eagle. Flys brilliantly, is very aerobatic and still ridge soars nicely with motor shut off. Terrorises the local bird population. When the folding props are back against the fuse you can't even see the motor in flight.
Motorised Graupner Mosquito: 2.5m wingspan with detachable motor mount. Glides beautifully. Will make a better looking mount sometime as the prototype was fully adjustable so I could sort out the best thrust angle to max out the climb rate.

Posted by KiwiKid | Jun 01, 2006 @ 09:45 PM | 6,772 Views
Had a rush of blood to the head awhile back and thought I would see how my Outrage performed as a float plane. The standard GWS floats (for the Beaver etc) are just the right size. Handles well on the water as the rudder has a lot of authority due to its size and flying performance is about 75% of stock. Has a real short takeoff run and is a barrell of laughs. I just used the existing undercarriage with some c/f rods c/aed in place. Some pics below, together with some links to a couple of vids that inspired me:

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