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Posted by SafeLandings | May 16, 2020 @ 02:42 PM | 6,377 Views
We are now allowed to fly over here in the UK if we observe social distancing, so the first of my lockdown builds to take to the air is the BLINK delta.
This is kitted by www.angelwingdesigns.co.uk and went together really well.

It has all the characteristics of most deltas and goes well, here are a few snaps taken today along with a small amount of video footage.


RC model Delta....BLINK! (4 min 24 sec)



Stay Safe

Rich
Posted by SafeLandings | Feb 28, 2020 @ 04:24 AM | 3,586 Views
I designed the Whippiteer at the end of last year and constructed over Christmas 2019, it now has a number of flights under its rotors and shows promise. Unfortunately we have been hounded with constant wet weather over here in the UK so its not been tested as much as it should have.
Hopefully this one will be published in RCME magazine as a free pull out plan this year (its availible in the USA but under another name which has escaped me?).

Here are a few photos taken in January along with its third flight.

A build log is located on the magazine forum HERE



A few statics taken before the maiden:

RC model autogyro, The Whippeteer's 3rd Trimming flight (7 min 38 sec)




Hope it is of interest


Rich
Posted by SafeLandings | Feb 11, 2019 @ 03:54 PM | 3,934 Views
Next months issue of RCM&E magazine will feature my Mini Piper Pawnee as one of its free pull out plans, a great little flier that is cheap to build.

Build log is here to those who may be interested

https://www.modelflying.co.uk/forums...24&p=2#PostTop



Rich
Posted by SafeLandings | Oct 25, 2018 @ 01:41 AM | 4,984 Views
Here is my Snap Dragon flying last week, now coming into its 5th season .

Cheap to make and easy to fly, this is a free pull out plan in November 2018 RCM&E magazine if you fancy a go.

https://www.modelflying.co.uk/news/a...-preview/26647

Parts list for any wanting to build here

https://www.modelflying.co.uk/forums....asp?th=138266



Snap Dragon rc model plane flight (3 min 43 sec)

Posted by SafeLandings | Sep 02, 2016 @ 06:06 PM | 8,234 Views
Here is a very short video of a small micro glider 'Bitty' I have designed and made, wingspan is 600mm and is made from bits and pieces out of the scrap box.
For the cost it is bags of fun, here it is being piggy backed with a WOT 4 foamie, for the camera it was released at very low levels so I could capture it!

No nuts were damaged in the making of the video!

Free plan in Decembers issue of RCME magazine

http://www.modelflying.co.uk/news/ar...-preview/24316

Bitty Micro glider (3 min 0 sec)

Rich
Posted by SafeLandings | Jul 18, 2016 @ 02:35 PM | 9,137 Views
As promised a bit of an update on my new Revolver II design, maiden and several trimming flights are in the bag and it is now flying well. Here is a very quick video of it flying yesterday.

Revolver II rc autogyro quick flight (1 min 27 sec)




Rich
Posted by SafeLandings | Jul 02, 2016 @ 12:39 PM | 9,916 Views
My new updated Revolver design is coming along nicely, bit of a patriotic colour scheme for this one. Will post more info once it is has completed its maiden, fingers crossed!

Build info is available HERE
Posted by SafeLandings | Feb 22, 2016 @ 12:55 PM | 9,709 Views
The last few months weather over in the UK have been wet and horrible, taking advantage of the 'build time' I designed and drew up a scale Piper Pawnee.

It has been flight ready for a few weeks. this afternoon after work the sun was shining and the wind had dropped for a change so I went out to maiden my newest creation.

The grass is still long so ROG was out of the question, a hand launch into the light breeze and she was away with just a few clicks of trim.

It flies really well and I soon drained two 500mah 2 s packs.

Wingspan is 900mm and the AUW is 350g.

I will add all of the finishing touches and wait for a decent day to take flying photos.

Thanks for looking in

Rich


Piper Pawnee flight (3 min 36 sec)

Posted by SafeLandings | May 30, 2015 @ 01:11 PM | 11,284 Views
My new design, 'Snap Dragon, was drawn up 12 months ago. My nan had just passed away at the time and she was a very keen gardener, Snap Dragon's were one of her favourite flowers hence the reason for it's name.
I have now completed two , the first was a small free flight version powered by a home made 0.2 Mills diesel engine. This flies well but required quite a bit of trimming and ducking to say the least!

I enlarged the smaller Snap Dragon to around 30" wing span and electrified it, using elevator, rudder and throttle for its controls. It flies really well and is quite relaxing to fly in calm conditions (which seem to be rare over in the UK at the moment!)

A few photos of my efforts, I am hoping to get this plan published in Aeromodeller magazine one day:

Rich
Posted by SafeLandings | Sep 20, 2013 @ 05:17 PM | 15,000 Views
Nearly completed my new delta type model I have called the Whistler, really simple design using again solid balsa sheet wings profiled to shape.
Motor is one of the Hobby King Fun Fighter types and will be powered with a 4s 800mah Lipo.

A week and she will be ready.


Rich
Posted by SafeLandings | Aug 15, 2013 @ 05:33 PM | 15,043 Views
My new design goes against the grain being a fixing model. I am hoping it will pick its feet up a tad! maiden has yet to happen as the weather in the UK is not favourable, but it shouldn't be to long.

1700 Kv motor with 350 watts on a 3 cell 2200 Mah Lipo.

Like the others it has got 2 chances!


Rich
Posted by SafeLandings | Nov 16, 2012 @ 05:59 PM | 16,982 Views
After some fine adjustments and larger fins I now have my Canard flying pretty smooth. Looking forward to flying it over the winter months.

Rc Canard 'UnCanny' (2 min 54 sec)



Rich
Posted by SafeLandings | Nov 04, 2012 @ 05:01 PM | 17,034 Views
Here's my flying Bat, designed for a laugh as a Halloween treat for a kids party.

I will upload the plans for free very soon if anyone is interested?

Regards

Rich


RC BAT!! (1 min 21 sec)

Posted by SafeLandings | Nov 02, 2012 @ 01:57 PM | 17,185 Views
A few shots f some of my models which have been sent to me, from a few months back.


Rich
Posted by SafeLandings | Oct 30, 2012 @ 12:48 PM | 18,551 Views
My first real attempt at designing a fixed wing from scratch has ended up being a Canard. Electric powered using a 2200 kv motor spinning a 6" prop.
Have finished it today but may not get to maiden it for a week or so, pretty pleased with how it has turned out.

Video will follow good or bad.




Regards

Rich
Posted by SafeLandings | May 23, 2012 @ 07:22 PM | 19,307 Views
You have got to smile?
Posted by SafeLandings | Nov 13, 2011 @ 03:56 PM | 20,299 Views
The MKII version has turned out a bit heavier and with careful adjustment to the angle of attack of the foil I have managed a few controlled flights CRASH FREE!

It was a little windy today and it seemed to rock from side to side due to this but we did manage to get a video of some of the flight.


RC ParaMotor in the Wind (3 min 47 sec)



Rich
Posted by SafeLandings | Nov 09, 2011 @ 06:39 AM | 21,474 Views
I just couldn't resist the purchase of a para foil from our Chinese friends a few weeks back.
The first para motor Gondola I constructed was made from wood, after several attempts and many many repairs I did finally manage to get it air borne.
But roll control was very limited. After a bit of reading on the net I came to the conclusion that this effect was due to the Gondola being way too light.
So I decided to construct a new 'heavier' MKII version that should hopefully be a bit more crash proof
This has now been completed and I am just waiting for the the good old UK weather to improve.

A few photos below of the wooden version and the new MKII version.

Here is a crappy video I made of the best flight achieved with the wooden version and another of its last flight. This was caused by myself adjusting one of the control lines way to much causing a roll to the left and SPLAT!


Para Motor Best flight yet! (0 min 49 sec)


Last Flight of the MK1 para motor! (1 min 53 sec)
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