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Posted by SafeLandings | Jun 25, 2020 @ 05:37 PM | 7,443 Views
Its been a few years since this home built model diesel engine was built but today I got a video of it running, made by Martyn Kaye . No9 of 14 made, capacity 0.2cc swinging a 5 x 2" prop and based on a British Mills engine just smaller.
Posted by SafeLandings | May 16, 2020 @ 02:42 PM | 8,684 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 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

Posted by SafeLandings | Feb 28, 2020 @ 04:24 AM | 6,191 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

Posted by SafeLandings | Feb 11, 2019 @ 03:54 PM | 6,352 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

Posted by SafeLandings | Oct 25, 2018 @ 01:41 AM | 7,423 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.

Parts list for any wanting to build here

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

Posted by SafeLandings | Sep 02, 2016 @ 06:06 PM | 10,393 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

Bitty Micro glider (3 min 0 sec)

Posted by SafeLandings | Jul 18, 2016 @ 02:35 PM | 11,576 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)

Posted by SafeLandings | Jul 02, 2016 @ 12:39 PM | 12,086 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 | 11,796 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


Piper Pawnee flight (3 min 36 sec)

Posted by SafeLandings | May 30, 2015 @ 01:11 PM | 13,350 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:

Posted by SafeLandings | Sep 20, 2013 @ 05:17 PM | 17,096 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.

Posted by SafeLandings | Aug 15, 2013 @ 05:33 PM | 17,065 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!

Posted by SafeLandings | Nov 16, 2012 @ 05:59 PM | 19,259 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)

Posted by SafeLandings | Nov 04, 2012 @ 05:01 PM | 19,217 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?



RC BAT!! (1 min 21 sec)

Posted by SafeLandings | Nov 02, 2012 @ 01:57 PM | 19,205 Views
A few shots f some of my models which have been sent to me, from a few months back.

Posted by SafeLandings | Oct 30, 2012 @ 12:48 PM | 20,637 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.


Posted by SafeLandings | May 23, 2012 @ 07:22 PM | 21,355 Views
You have got to smile?
Posted by SafeLandings | Nov 13, 2011 @ 03:56 PM | 22,565 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)