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Posted by mintie | Apr 09, 2020 @ 10:27 PM | 4,642 Views
A good number years ago I built a twin . Sold it on and always wanted another . Now that electric is around and I now have a few , decided to build up a small twin . I found a control line plan and printed it out and started the build . Quite a few decisions and changes along the way to make it r/c . Started it 18months ago and only got a bit of the fuse done . Now with this covid 19 locking us away, have now got to this stage . The motors I bought for it turned out far to much power, so have now set it up with two 1700 blue wonders as had quite a few in store . It is 36in span and so far it is 253gms as in these pics

I have got a build log here with some of the work done
Posted by mintie | May 10, 2019 @ 01:22 AM | 2,408 Views
My first tow on day one at the Omarama Model Glider Tow in April

Three days of flying I did two , because on my last flight the model spun a bit after landing from hitting a bit of taller grass and stripped the Rudder servo.

All up a good weekend

A hand built 2 meter fiberglass model ,and being towed behind a twin cylinder I think 100 cc .

More power than needed ,as mine was the smallest plane there.

Left my 4 meter Slingby T31 at home

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Posted by mintie | May 07, 2019 @ 03:15 AM | 2,616 Views
All ways loved the older models and had a couple of Frog control line kits as a kid. Decided it was time to build another, now much later in life. Found the frog model site, then outer zone had the 20in plan of the Junior Glider...Thats me I want one.

I enlarged mine 200% Giving a w/s of 40in close to a meter.

About 3 weeks of building and ready to cover now.

Be cause it was larger I doubled the number of ribs, Added extra fuse frames and laminated the tail feathers instead of sheet

Bare frame 55gms. Servos 2.5 each. 1s 350mah battery

Build log can be found here
Posted by mintie | Jan 25, 2019 @ 07:46 PM | 3,627 Views
Now ready to fit
Posted by mintie | Jan 24, 2019 @ 02:48 AM | 4,151 Views
finished the nose cone after work tonight. All painting now complete
Posted by mintie | Jan 18, 2019 @ 11:05 PM | 3,560 Views
Wow. Doesn’t time fly Over a year since last post and a lot has happened. Have been spending a bit of time with our eldest son and his gokart. In May last year pit crewed at Hampton Downs race way. Xmas we drove 1000k to a his place and worked on the kart . There was some fibreglass work to do on the new nose cone he uses for road racing. I bought it home with me after we did the glass work and I am now doing the painting on it
Posted by mintie | Sep 20, 2017 @ 03:55 AM | 5,254 Views
Finally got the car all done.Happy as and looks the part.
Now to start the second car. My boy is building it as the Ferrari Santander.
Then we can have a few races around the asphalt courts
Posted by mintie | Sep 16, 2017 @ 02:05 AM | 4,448 Views
A bit of visual progress.
Posted by mintie | Sep 09, 2017 @ 04:25 AM | 4,324 Views
Finally in our new house.Was to be finished by September 29th,but they were 6 weeks ahead,and we moved in early August.
Have a bit of time in the evenings so have been working on my F1 car kit.
Tonight decided to start on the graphics,and this is the result of an hours work.
I have been on the project off and on for a couple of years now,so time to finish.
Still to gloss black the tail wing.
I have had a drive of it while the body was clear,and it is pretty fast.
Posted by mintie | May 03, 2017 @ 02:13 AM | 6,104 Views
Been a while since my last post and a lot has happened.
Not a lot of flying,but lots of other things to report.
We have now had two road trips in our Motorhome since xmas
A few pics of a very good transport museum in Invercargill NZ
Spend a day there on our first trip south
Two floors of bikes,would be close to 2000 all up. Pretty awesome
For those into motorbikes this is the place to visit....Continue Reading
Posted by mintie | Oct 16, 2016 @ 02:45 AM | 6,074 Views
Another weekend away and took the Guppy again.
we did 3 videos this time.and some really good weather for flying.
I now have my New taranis open TX in the glider with the telementry all hooked up .
Really good being able to hear what is going on.
One flight I was down to 307 ft and hooked into a thermal and up to 397ft before losing it.
The video is just a very short flight before coming back home.
Off the top at 427ft then out over Lake Forsyth and looking out to the Pacific Ocean. A pitty the lake now is a horrible green slim colour with a poison Alge in it.

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Posted by mintie | Sep 18, 2016 @ 03:25 AM | 6,854 Views
WE spent the weekend away in our camper.The trip was to a car show and also took my Guppy glider.
The first night we stopped at a small sea side camp and over the road there was a nice grass area so went flying when the wind dropped in the evening.
ideal spot for flying and I had the cam mounted on the wing so got in a movie.
This is some of it...... enjoy
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Posted by mintie | Jun 21, 2016 @ 03:59 AM | 7,455 Views
Time for an update on the Guppy glider.
Slowly getting there .Not much now to finish ,but as you all know it still takes time,as other things crop up and have to be done as well.
Wings now ready for covering which I might start in the weekend.
All RC gear is in and plane balances really good. Just move the battery around.
Posted by mintie | Mar 14, 2016 @ 02:07 AM | 7,820 Views
WE have had a few weekends with just the right weather so now have most of the painting done.
Roof and under sills still to go,but no hurry here.
Wife will be happy soon as I can start putting the car back together and all the bits will then be moved from one of the spare bedrooms.
Posted by mintie | Jan 25, 2016 @ 03:24 AM | 8,096 Views
A few months hard work and its now looking pretty good.
A big change from when it came out of the container
A couple of weeks and should be ready to fly.
Over to whole project I have spend over 150 hrs.
Posted by mintie | Jan 11, 2016 @ 03:03 AM | 8,190 Views
We decided to do a trip back to our old home town of 30 years ago.
Westport, New Zealand
Now I can fit the glider in the car as there is a very nice slope soaring cliff that we use to fly on back then.
New Years day and the next day were all very good wind direction and conditions,so up the track and look for the spot.
And you guessed it is still there and just as good.
Did 1.2 hrs for the two days,and could of just kept on flying on the second day as the conditions were spot on.
Mounted the cam and videoed the second day .No landing movie as the cam stopped and didnt film the latter part of the flight.
Had a bit of a problem with a couple of sea gulls,but was able to out fly them and they gave up.
Just a very short clip of the flight
Westport Glider Flying - 2015 (1 min 0 sec)

This is the first really good flights and workout since the glider was rebuilt as earlier blog postings show.
The movie should be 2016 NOT 2015
Posted by mintie | Dec 24, 2015 @ 04:44 PM | 9,987 Views
Bit of a quite spell after all opening of Xmas gifts so thought I would post an up date of the Build
Pics should show what has happened to date.
Will get back to serious building in a few weeks time.
Car comes first at the moment.
have a great Xmas every one.
Posted by mintie | Dec 18, 2015 @ 11:59 PM | 8,712 Views
Models on hold at present and spending as much time as I can getting the Mini back on the road.
It has been up on stands for 10years and have just got it back onto the ground for the first time .
Both subframes blasted and por 15 coated.Adjustable suspension fitted,New wheels from the UK 13x7 with low profile tyres fitted and on.
I have modified Late model Honda Civic vented Disc brakes for the front,with duel braking system.
Interior is Honda Integra modded and fitted.
Motor is now away being built up to a good road spec.
We have had this car for 17 years now....Continue Reading
Posted by mintie | Oct 17, 2015 @ 10:02 PM | 262,451 Views
This afternoon pulled both molds off the plugs and more than happy.

Will clean the edges up during the week,and might get time to lay the first fuse up.
Posted by mintie | Oct 16, 2015 @ 02:53 AM | 8,923 Views
Sometime back thought it a good idea to have a electric glider.
Liked the look of the Guppy and it was a good size to carry round,so time to start building.
My mate had a plan so I got a copy and now on the way.
Putting ailerons in the wings and removing the poly to a straight
Building a fiber glass pod and carbon tube boom.
Doing a way with the built up fuse as would like a bit more room for my telementry gear to fit in.
Tail feathers all built and have done a complete open structure