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Posted by ned | Mar 12, 2021 @ 09:41 AM | 8,373 Views
So, as well as using moulded kits and foamies to get my model collection up more quickly, I still really prefer a traditional kit to build as thereís so much satisfaction to be had in turning a pile of balsa into a flying machine. I also have a fondness for a scale model so one of the kits I bought recently is a near scale DH Chipmunk, from Phoenix Model Products, chosen because of its traditional structure while still being recognisably a reproduction of a full size prototype.

Iím about halfway through it but as most of my flying is slope soaring it has been shelved over the winter while I completed a few gliders and went flying. However, summer is coming and the better weather will make it worth trekking out to our club power flying site for a bit of EP activity. Thereíll still be lots of thermal e-gliders and even aerotowing going on there too though.

So far the construction has been mostly straight forward with only a few small issues in the kit design. It's nice to get stuck in to a traditional kit made almost entirely of balsa. It will be finished in the RAF trading command colour scheme....Continue Reading
Posted by ned | Feb 23, 2021 @ 09:02 AM | 6,439 Views
I got back into modelling several years ago after a bit of a gap and bought a couple of RTF models to get back into power flying. Iíve always preferred biplanes and IMO proper aeroplanes have a wheel at the back! The Wots Wot is a cracking model, quick to put together and with the suggested motor will go up vertically. Also, although itís an ARTF it is at least a traditional structure.
The Typhoon is a foam ARTF and bought on the basis of its performance and because Iíve always had a passion for warbirds. Very aerobatic and looks realistic in the air. Perhaps a little too much performance as after a high speed low pass a small twitch demonstrated how fragile foam models are!
The Pilatus was bought because of its STOL performance which makes it great fun to practice precision landings.
Posted by ned | Feb 22, 2021 @ 07:11 AM | 5,739 Views
I've never looked at this section before but I thought I'd post at least one entry so it doesn't look quite so barren! I've been flying models aeroplanes since 1968, starting with small control line models and moving on to RC as soon as I could save enough pocket money, my first radio set was a single channel OS Pixie.

Moved on to fly larger RC power models and also gliders. After a couple of fallow periods I'm now retired and can devote much more time to building and flying, largely slope soaring now but I also have thermal soarers, electric assisted gliders and electric power models. Here's a couple of pics.
The Graffiti is from 2006 and was my first full house glider. It's still in the stable and got flown last year although a well known weakness of this model presented itself on landing and it needs a little repair at the base of the fin!.
The Hammer is a relatively simple F3F style glider, 2.4m span, an inexpensive kit but a good performer although it can't keep up with the all moulded gliders.
The Flip is another model from TopmodelCZ, 2m span, designed for 3d aerobatics and very maneuverable.
Next there's a TopmodelCZ Fascination: 3.6m span with a pokey electric motor up front. Climbs practically vertically but will float on the lightest lift.