Posted by Whiskers | Dec 10, 2017 @ 09:00 PM | 4,320 Views
On Sunday morning I had the joy of getting a new friend back on to RC flight after a very long time away from the hobby.
He comes from England and is now living here on the Sunshine Coast. As a youngster he had some experience with the planes his father built and flew.
I was impressed with how well he performed after such a time away from the sticks.
The plane I chose was my EasyFly glider, now very much modified and converted to be an FPV plane. It is the plane mentioned previously in this blog as having been rebuilt after a major crash.
It did not have the FPV pod installed for this session. I'm stupid, but not that stupid.
Anyway, I took the thing up to a good height and handed over the Tx. And he flew quite OK. This is a very easy plane to fly, a thing he commented on, but it was impressive that he did so well.
There was a bit of bad management on my part when I didn't resume control early enough and I had to land about 300 metres away with a sagging battery.
This distance is problematic for my ageing eyesight but no damage resulted.
I also flew Wedgetail, also mentioned previously. It is now fitted with new PVC landing gear.
The thing is quite a handful, being way over powered, short coupled and with large control surfaces. No nice relaxing flight time with this one.
Perhaps I found it a little daunting because I have not been flying recently. When I get back some form I'll probably be wondering why I had to really concentrate so to keep it on track.
It sure has an impressive rate of climb.
No doubt it also would have an impressive rate of decent which could easily end in planetary impact, and it was this that focused my attention.
The wind came up and put an end to the proceedings. But we'll be back.
Posted by UpNup | Dec 10, 2017 @ 08:16 PM | 2,618 Views
The Ford Flivver 268 plans are tricky in places. The fin and rudder have details that have to be closely followed.

The fin is 1/8 in. thick to build over the plans. When finished, you have to add 1/32 in. sheeting on both sides.

The rudder is 3/16 in. thick with extremely long and curved laminations. I made everything from cuts to sheeting. However the rudder has no sheeting.

The moment of truth is when the tail wheel bracket has to be inserted into a hole in the rudder and a trough has to be delicately run down the lower spine of the rudder. My alignment was off by only 1/16 in., but that threw the tail wheel off by 1/4 in. To resolve the problem, I could have re-soldered the bracket, but realized it could lead to new problems. I used a metal file to slim the top of the bracket insertion rod and cut the insertion hole on an angle. By gluing on a 1/64 in. plywood curved side, I covered where the bracket popped through the soft balsa.

There are two 1/8 in. dowel rods inserted into the bottom of the fin. Now, that means the 1/8 in. balsa rail gets cut through in two places! I cut the holes carefully and sliced the sides. Then I sanded flat the parts so that the sides didn’t bulge. I used CA to quickly fix the dowels.

When I put the 1/32 in. sheeting on, everything laid flat. I used yellow wood glue on the fin and it alarmed me when the balsa began to limber up. I moved quickly to glue both slides. I layed the glued fin on a Formica kitchen countertop and...Continue Reading
Posted by AJWoods | Dec 10, 2017 @ 04:58 PM | 5,843 Views
Latest star wars build. Came out very light, so it flies super slow. Build thread with plans

Snowspeeder Project (4 min 43 sec)

Posted by vwbsean | Dec 10, 2017 @ 03:28 PM | 3,152 Views
Maiden flight done-cycled three batteries through it today...what a fun flyer ........very satisfied😀
Posted by Thomas B. | Dec 10, 2017 @ 03:09 PM | 7,648 Views
Surprisingly, we had quite a lot of snow today.
Honk im Schnee (1 min 54 sec)

Posted by Felipe Garcia | Dec 10, 2017 @ 12:31 PM | 2,096 Views
P51 from littohot in flight
P51 Littohot (1 min 46 sec)

Posted by Absaroka | Dec 10, 2017 @ 12:02 PM | 2,316 Views
Wanted to check out my new Mobius (Runcam died) so I flew the Valiant. Saving the Cub maiden for better weather!
Posted by MrGearbest | Dec 10, 2017 @ 08:30 AM | 2,870 Views
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Fitted the nacelles to the wings....up next is the fuselage
Posted by Steve Corbin | Dec 10, 2017 @ 05:52 AM | 1,998 Views
I've never had a blog before. I got to thinking that I needed a place to air my thoughts, and realized I had this one, so here I go!

I've been building and flying for most of my life, ever since I was knee-high, I reckon. For the past 41 years I've been hang gliding, but I'm 65 years young and have decided to go on Sabbatical from HG. That activity took precedent over my model flying, so I'm really rusty.

I first got into RC flying in 1975, prior to then I had been flying mostly free flight models, and they were all sport models, with the exception of a 1/2A (.049) Orbiteer, a big floater, and a 1/2A Mini Pearle, a smaller hot climbing airplane. They were both equipped with Cox rotary valve engines and a Tatone fuel shut off timer. I used the simple fuse type of dethermalizer.

I flew in one contest only. On my third flight the dethermalizer didn't dethermalize. I chased the plane through fields, woods, over and under fences for close to 5 miles. It flew at an almost constant altitude, I think around 250 to 350 feet, and finally landed right smack dab in the middle of a large pond. I stripped and went swimming, got the plane back, and then just sat there and air-dried for 20 minutes or so.

By the time I got back to the field everyone was gone, the day was over. I haven't competed, in a formal way, since then.
Posted by Barts_Hangar | Dec 10, 2017 @ 03:19 AM | 2,391 Views
Check out this beautiful giant scale model of the F4U Vought Corsair warbird flying at the Kitchener Flying Dutchmen Airshow on a pretty windy day.
Large RC Warbird F4U Corsair flight (Flying Dutchmen Airshow) | GIANT SCALE RC PLANE FLYING MODEL (1 min 36 sec)

Posted by nickburns | Dec 10, 2017 @ 01:20 AM | 3,877 Views
The sparrow has "fit and finish" next to none. Camera angles printed along the vertical pod mounts, antenna tubes, battery mounting gummy, quality HGLRC F4 stack, RunCam Micro Swift 2, powerful 1408 motors and a case. While the Micro Swift 2 features an OSD, I think its a miss to not include the flight controller with an OSD. FC OSD provides very useful flight information we can't get from the camera OSD.

Its powerful and fun to fly. As 3inch models come "en vogue" this should be included in your RTF shopping list.

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