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Posted by rob-sten | Aug 10, 2012 @ 06:36 AM | 3,492 Views
I think I may need to extend my workbench for this one...
Posted by rob-sten | Nov 22, 2010 @ 05:08 PM | 4,622 Views
Another Rotor from the moulds!
Posted by rob-sten | Nov 13, 2010 @ 06:38 PM | 4,516 Views
Revised canopy hinge - bit easier to make than the first sets.
More time to fly!
Posted by rob-sten | Jul 03, 2010 @ 12:33 PM | 4,702 Views
At last, some decent colour to see which way is up on the Rotor...

Orme paint curse lurks if the weather plays tomorrow...

flew fine last weekend in primer yet again!!!
Posted by rob-sten | Jun 29, 2010 @ 01:49 PM | 4,917 Views
Sunday and The Great Orme again - constant 25-30mph with a few decent periods of 45mph around lunchtime!

A few pics - (later on when I had chance to take a few snaps)

One of the best days there so far this year for me - arrived 9.30am left around 6.30pm with pub food stop on the way home!

Posted by rob-sten | Jun 14, 2010 @ 05:32 PM | 4,987 Views
Seems a while since I last updated this, and I'm pleased to say that in the first half of 2010 the rotor has actually got to fly on several occasions! From conditions ranging from 50mph down to the low 20 mph's amazingly! And with a 35ozs/sqft loading, that old school thinned E374 certainly earns it's place in the rankings!

Latest on my spinner is a very slim version at 36mm wide, the original was 47mm to suit my rotor mould. I think 36mm is the limit to give a few thou' here and there for bearing placement etc. (Unless anyone can source me bearings less than 5mm wide without costing the earth!)

This silver one is now finished and ready to be sent off to a friend across the pond.

Anyone not know what TWF or Pitcheron or Wingeron means than a quick search here on RCG will reveal what this little fetish is all about!

Pictures tell much more...

Posted by rob-sten | Mar 19, 2010 @ 06:19 PM | 5,421 Views
My old car battery charger has done its best but after several years of abuse the 12v charger was low at the bow so I've had my eye out for a replacement for a while.

Maplin had the answer (how have I not clocked this one before?) in the form of an adjustable voltage 150W laptop PSU rated at 6-7amps. Just convert the leads and go!

18v pulls 2.35amps on a 36" bow of 0.016" stainless steel wire which seems to cut at around the right speed for pink/blue foam. I have some 0.018" and 0.020" to try as well.

PSU on offer at the moment but still not for peanuts, worth it for me though for such a compact unit thats hardly being stressed.
Posted by rob-sten | Mar 03, 2010 @ 06:39 PM | 5,679 Views
Been a busy few months since my last blog update, but things have moved on and the ROTOR has flown at last!!!

Actually a little over a month ago....

Place - Great Orme
Wind - Bang on SW (ideal!)
Strengh - 45mph on the edge (ok but was hoping for a 50+ to first chuck this one out into the void... but coaxed into it by a couple of friends - the moral is to never take anything to the slope unless it is going to be flown that day!)

Summary post link below, but was so pleased with the whole package being scratch built (including the trick spinner) I had to repeat it again![/URL]

Spinners work a treat too! TWF has an extreme addiction risk! It's easier to make a couple at a time though so shout quick if your interested in getting hold of one.... totally unobtanium though.... honest!


Posted by rob-sten | Nov 30, 2009 @ 04:40 PM | 5,958 Views
Latest kit from Richard Jarel - First slope version of the Crossbow!

stout wing layup - 6ozs glass/32nd ply/3ozs glass!

Posted by rob-sten | Oct 11, 2009 @ 07:18 AM | 5,846 Views
Better prepared this time.....
Posted by rob-sten | Oct 07, 2009 @ 12:48 PM | 6,228 Views
Getting there now, just the radio and ballast box to install and we are ready to return to the Orme!!!
Posted by rob-sten | Oct 04, 2009 @ 02:10 PM | 5,862 Views
Wish the R-130 had been ready for this weekends high winds - apparently they had a constant 70/80mph with gusts to 111mph on the edge at Tinkers and had to cancel the EPP60" race.....
Posted by rob-sten | Sep 13, 2009 @ 07:27 PM | 5,862 Views
Jumps and Starts.... project overload, too many at once, want to fly them all now! then you spend a good flyable Sunday in the shed being content with fitting a few servos and selecting delta mix.....and watching the bits move at your every command!
Posted by rob-sten | Sep 12, 2009 @ 05:07 PM | 6,020 Views
WOW, Parcelfarce fee worth paying this time for sure!
Shame only half of them are for me.....
Posted by rob-sten | Sep 03, 2009 @ 05:27 PM | 5,948 Views
And just when you thought you were getting ahead, one returns to the nest for a bit of help....

should get a photo next time of the whole clutch together before they depart, then shut the door firmly behind them ;-)

Three in the UK and one in Cali so far, looking forward to getting the UK flight in the air, maybe this year???
Posted by rob-sten | Aug 26, 2009 @ 04:16 PM | 6,265 Views
This ones not been out of it's box for a while and the last time the 130mph R3 was sharing the bench the 80oz Jart won on looks and got air first...wonder which one it'll be this time....

Posted by rob-sten | Aug 11, 2009 @ 05:46 PM | 6,703 Views
Should get it done instead of taking photos and not waste a good school nights build......Continue Reading
Posted by rob-sten | Aug 11, 2009 @ 04:26 PM | 6,513 Views
Should have re-bagged the wings with glass tonight but got side tracked - want to try paint in mylar so don't want to rush it. May do a small test piece first to try the rattle can paint.