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Old Jan 01, 2004, 05:40 AM
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Aims for 2004

Lets hear your modelling aims for 2004. Mine are:

1. To win both the BEFA electric glider leagues.
2. To build an Allegro or similar electric glider based on Mark Drela's designs.
3. To improve my landing accuracy.
4. To get my BMFA A and B certificates.
5. To build an electric funfly model than can hover.
6. To learn to hover it!
7. To start to fly lithium-polly battery powered planes without mishap.

Lets hear yours!

Neil
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Old Jan 01, 2004, 06:00 AM
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Neil - perhaps you should change the order slightly -

1. To build an Allegro or similar electric glider based on Mark Drela's designs.
2. To improve my landing accuracy.
3. To get my BMFA A and B certificates.
4. To win both the BEFA electric glider leagues.
5. To start to fly lithium-polly battery powered planes without mishap.
6. To build an electric funfly model than can hover.
7. To learn to hover it!

Without 1,2 and 3, I doubt you'll be able to achieve #4!

Happy New Year!
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Old Jan 01, 2004, 06:17 AM
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Happy New Year to you too Gordon!

Stop nit-picking & tell us your aims!

Neil.
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Old Jan 01, 2004, 06:50 AM
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Mine is simple:

Living room flight

It can be plane, heli or soemthing else - as long at it can be flown R/C around the room.

Michael
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Old Jan 01, 2004, 10:38 AM
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Do you have a large living room? An R/C blimp could work, and they're fairly simple to drive once you get the hang of the physics behind them.


Anyone, mine are:

1) Design a Red/White scheme for my Dandy Sport
2) Learn Ailerons on my Dandy Sport.
3) Then go Brushless with my Dandy Sport.
4) Get a decent computer radio.
5) Get a GWS Spitfire and C-130. (If it is available)
6) Join a local club.
7) Get into AP with my Slow Stick.

Probably not in that order.


Oh, and non-RC related: Stick to my $*%& workout.
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Old Jan 01, 2004, 10:59 AM
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1 - Stop building kits!

2 - Only build from plans I've designed and drawn myself.

3 - Stop being a baby and buy a lipo pack

4 - Only buy one very small lipo pack, just in case ...

5 - Design and build a one third size electric, to get this out of my system for once and for all.

6 - Stop deluding myself into thinking I can hover a model aircraft.

7 - Fly half of my total flying time inverted (the Piper Cub in my avatar is exempt from this one!).

7 - Get out on my bike, ride a century and enter a road race (having done neither of the last two for over thirty years!)

In any order ...

D
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Old Jan 01, 2004, 11:21 AM
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Ok, I should have added "heavier than air", using a blimp is cheatin'

I'd like one but helium supply is a problem. Too expensive to keep a bottle at home.

Michael
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Old Jan 01, 2004, 02:04 PM
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Learn how to make hollow molded aircraft from scratch....

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Old Jan 01, 2004, 02:52 PM
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1. Finish every project i have in the house right now
2. Build something BIG, ~1000 watts
3. Fly something competitively
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Old Jan 01, 2004, 10:09 PM
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My goals are quite simple.
1. Have more fun in 2004 than I had in 2003 but not as much as I'll have in 2005.

Works for me.

BM
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Old Jan 02, 2004, 01:40 AM
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Hey now,
1) Learn to hot wire foam.
2) see just how many E-motors I can fit on a plane and fly it with off the shelf bits (I did this as a kid with glow, seven .049s on a C/L voodoo, 17 on a scratch design ).
3) finaly build that twin ducted fan, canard, biplane, flying boat, parkflyer .
4) really learn to do that bifty 3-D stuff without killing my motor
5) teach my eight year old daughter to fly my old wingo
RobII
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Old Jan 02, 2004, 11:11 AM
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Aims for 2004....

1) Build something Big, like really big..
2) learn how to veneer foam and apply glasscloth!
3) summon up courage to charge my 3s4p laptop Li-ion pack
4) hope Gordon loses all of his channel 80 crystals
5) cure my flat sheet wing addiction......
6) learn to love covering a model!
7) hope Overlander start selling li-pos, then we might see a review in the UK modelling press.....

Regards,

Steve
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Old Jan 02, 2004, 01:16 PM
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Aims for 2004...

1) Finish all kits waiting patiently.
2) Buy more kits so this message is reuseable next year.

3) Seriously, graduate beyond foam ARF to stick kits (must loose fear of wrecking).
4) Graduate from kits to plans.
5) Design my own plans.
6) Fly at NEAT.
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Old Jan 02, 2004, 02:37 PM
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Oh, two more:

8) Attend NEAT
9) Fly indoors
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Old Jan 02, 2005, 01:49 PM
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2005 Update

Any of you guys want to comment on how your 2004 goals fared?

I suppose I have better own up as to how my 2004 aims went:

> 1. To win both the BEFA electric glider leagues.

Achieved, amazingly! I'm not sure how as I am not a hot shot pilot.

> 2. To build an Allegro or similar electric glider based on Mark Drela's designs.

Not achieved! I didn't start and don't think I will try now. I just can't see me making the necessary time.

> 3. To improve my landing accuracy.

Not appreciably improved.

> 4. To get my BMFA A and B certificates.

Got the A, haven't tried the B.

> 5. To build an electric funfly model than can hover.

Yes! Shockflier rules OK!

> 6. To learn to hover it!

Hmm. I can manage 5 - 10 seconds of semi controlled upward cavorting, does that count?

> 7. To start to fly lithium-polly battery powered planes without mishap.

I've pretty much switched to LiPolly apart from my competition gliders, and haven't had a fire, though a couple of cells have gone puffy while making up the pack or in storage.

So I recon I got half my goals. Hope this post doesn't look too triumphalist.

I'm not too sure what aims I want to set myself for 2005, but here goes anyway:

1. To win both the BEFA electric glider leagues.
2. To build a dynamometer so I can accurately test motors.
3. To build some CD and maybe larger motors.
4. To get my BMFA B certificate.
5. To make more money! (I'm self employed and profits are slim currently.)
6. To spend less time on RCGroups so I can actually achieve 1 to 5 and enjoy my wonderful wife and children!

Anyay, hope everybody has a great 2005!

Neil.
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