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Old Feb 03, 2012, 10:22 AM
It was a GLITCH! Honestly!
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'Fire Fly'

Been a bit quiet on nights this week so decided to build a new model, based on Tom Wright's 'Crane Fly', it only took about 5 hours to complete the airframe.

The idea was to produce a model that can be utilised as a Night Flier, built from the scrap box the 'Fire Fly' is nearly complete bar for rotors and fit ment of the servos etc
Typical pod and boom type made from balsa and lite ply with just a few curves added. Had a bit of a 'Lazy' moment and have used a HK head
Weight as you see it has ended up under 1lb, rotor span will be in the region of 40-50".

Will let you know how it goes.

Regards

Rich
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Old Feb 03, 2012, 10:44 AM
AND FOR MY NEXT TRICK....!
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You amaze me Rich....nice looking gyro!

BTW you have to do an autogyro count so I can tell my wife! That way I can say, "But this guy in the UK has this many!" Save my marriage Rich!
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Old Feb 03, 2012, 10:58 AM
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joe ,
if its any consolation I have a Panther being built by Rich and have seven in the garage and one unbuilt!! bill
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Old Feb 03, 2012, 11:27 AM
It was a GLITCH! Honestly!
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Joe,
Off the top of my head

3 RPG's
1 Tempest
3 Spyro's (MK I, 2 and 3)
1 1/2 Panthers (Waaaaaaaa!!!)
1 with no name (my first ever design from 2007)
1 DAG GT
1 DB Sport Autogyro
1 DB Gyrace
1 REX
1 Little Nellie
1 Little Little Nellie
1 PCA-2
1 PT-25
3 Micro Mold Wallis's
2 Hobbits
1 FHG
1 Webbit Twist
1 Cierva C19
1 Profile C30
1 Stilleto
1 Hobblite
1 Gemini
2 LA 500's
1 Fairey RotoDyne

Alot of those are in need of repair , I have 3 designs that I'm drawing and a couple of kits that need building. Plus 3 Panthers that are on the building board (only one for me).

Now go tell your wife she has nothing to worry about

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Rich
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Old Feb 03, 2012, 11:35 AM
It was a GLITCH! Honestly!
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I'm sure many have been watching this thread develop but here is a link to Tom's 'Crane Fly' build log. I am currently doing him some drawings to help out ,very much in the way Spyro was done.

http://www.modelflying.co.uk/forums/...s.asp?th=63588

A simple design that is easy to fly for a minimal cost, repairs are simple and quick. Him and his mates have 15 of the things all together and they all fly well.


Regards

Rich
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Old Feb 03, 2012, 12:17 PM
AND FOR MY NEXT TRICK....!
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I knew it! Thanks for the support Rich!

Now let's see more of this Fire Fly!
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Old Feb 03, 2012, 12:21 PM
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sorry Joe ...been to the garage and found another two gyros!!!
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Old Feb 03, 2012, 12:27 PM
It was a GLITCH! Honestly!
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Bill,
Shaking my head here!!...2 more LOL. What kit have you got un built?


I must have a bonfire!!

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Old Feb 03, 2012, 12:59 PM
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Autogyros
ready to fly:
Weir 2
Rotorshape XXL
Panther cub
PT gyro
Dag 1
Dag 2
Free flight Fakir
Need of repair:
suitcase minnie
Dag2
RPG
To build:
Four Hour gyro

I think thats it!
Oh! and a BEGI to repair
Ah! and a panther to come

That should be it ...........possibly....
Now fixed wings theres:
Vulcan,TSR 2,canberra,skyvan,chipmunk,cub,Lightning,2x cf gliders,5 indoor,2 paratrikes,paraglider,turbinator edf,pantheredf........and so on..
Boats ......only a steam launch and a submarine!!!!!!

So your wife should be quite pleased that you only have a "few"
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Old Feb 03, 2012, 02:51 PM
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All I can say is where do you guys sleep in the shed?

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Old Feb 04, 2012, 07:47 PM
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Hi Rich and fellow gyro fans.
My first post on this forum so hi to all.I have spent many years around full size and rc planes of all types .but never autogyros until I came across Rich over on model flying forum .He got me started and already my hanger of 50 + fixed wing models has been expanded to take a dozen or so od auto gyros ,my latest the Crane Fly is designed as a primary trainer that's cheap to build and quick to repair (to basic for most on here perhaps) but Rich brought the link across in case any first timers popped up .

Tom.
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Old Feb 05, 2012, 06:03 AM
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hi

that a good looking auto gyro. i like the pic`s on the other site the one`s in your profile rich
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Old Feb 06, 2012, 03:11 PM
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Way to go Rich

Now I can sleep better knowing I am not the only collector!

Night flight sounds good.

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Old Feb 06, 2012, 04:34 PM
It was a GLITCH! Honestly!
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Andy,
Mainly a collector of broken models


Welcome to the forum Tom, don't underestimate your design. It may be simple and cheap but it flies great and I believe it is the way forwards for the newbie.

Just you wait and see


Well I decided to take apart the HK head, gave the PPP plate a bit of a twist and it went white! NOT GOOD!!
So I have made a new FG plate to replace it, made a drawing of it to assist.
If its any help I can upload the PDF? should be good for the C30 if it works.

Regards

Rich
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Old Feb 07, 2012, 03:03 AM
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Well I decided to take apart the HK head, gave the PPP plate a bit of a twist and it went white! NOT GOOD!!
So I have made a new FG plate to replace it, made a drawing of it to assist.
If its any help I can upload the PDF? should be good for the C30 if it works.

Regards

Rich[/QUOTE]
Same with my HK heads in the process of getting a cad file for my friends cnc router and get replacements made if it works out will put them on ebay
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