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Posted by owlsabie | Dec 24, 2014 @ 04:42 AM | 8,201 Views
Well, I don't update my blog much.

The T31 never came to pass, although it is still on the cards. I have been firmly bitten by the thermal bug though, and although my own design worked, it took a Carl Goldberg Electra to really start having fun.

Been a great year for modeling - the Vic Smeed Flipper has given lots of fun, and generally have got a lot of flying done.

What's next? Well, I need to maiden a new vintage glider, assemble my rc yacht, and finish an autogyro.... And build a really nice glider.

Happy Christmas

Posted by owlsabie | Aug 13, 2013 @ 10:06 AM | 8,942 Views
Well, its time to move on to some exciting stuff!

I'm currently busy with a two meter glider. Its both for fun, and to test the concept, as this is a new area for me. If she works well,I'll do a more "serious" version, and probably tackle the T31 M.

When my PC is alive again, I will be doing a slightly enlarged Vic Smeed flipper for the current old timer build off.

There will also be a Farman 190 build happening

So - lots will be going on in the little town of Sabie for the rest of the year.

I'm going to post updates on all of them here - a sort of mixed build

Posted by owlsabie | Apr 20, 2013 @ 10:21 AM | 9,139 Views
Well - here it is! The next build is the Gazookus, an oldish parasol design. My aim is to buid her very very light, and unlike a typical old timer she will have ailerons. If this is successfull, then I will build a T31-M or T28 slingsby as a sort-of scale project using the same concept.
Posted by owlsabie | Mar 31, 2013 @ 03:02 PM | 9,299 Views
So - having now finished the Paageboy, the big question has to be what next?

I have been looking at free plans and magazines and things, and I still feel the need to go with either a glider or something scale. Of course, I could do a scale motor glider, and fully intend to do a Slingsby T31-M at some stage. But, at the moment I just don't feel like working from plans, or doing something that has to look like something.

So - I am not sure yet, but I think over the next 3-4 months I will probably do a glider of my own design. Maybe a little different, and probably not insanely excelent at gliding - but hopefully good enough to play with in the odd thermal.

The flying aspect is going unexpectedly well. I am actually keeping a record of my flights, and as best as I can figure I've probably flown more this year already than I did in at least the last 6 months of last year

Thus, the build will be painfully slow. Just something to keep me out of trouble when I am bored . ..


Update! Glider plans shelved, I am going to build a Gazookus http://www.outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=892

Posted by owlsabie | Mar 18, 2013 @ 03:17 PM | 9,669 Views
Well, this build is slowly nearing completion. It is my entry for the 2013 Britplan build off. Next pics will be of finished aeroplane.

In the meantime have been getting lots of flying in

29.03.13 -- She is finished
Posted by owlsabie | Jan 28, 2013 @ 10:42 AM | 9,704 Views
Well, its a new year, so I guess one should look for new challenges and areas to grow in.

I'm definately taking more holiday this year, and also going to take things a bit slower.

My major mission is to get my study sorted out better, so that I can actually move around a bit without standing on anything To that end I have decided to finish my autogyro (https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...1252458&page=9) which will free up my work table and quite a lot of floor space.
I am also busy with a Vic Smeed Paageboy. (https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...1797372&page=3).

Once these two are finished, I will go through the whole fleet, fixing all those little bits that I am not happy with.

Long term? Well, I have lots of ideas, and they seem to change daily. But probably something of my own design, and hopefully complicated enough to keep me busy for ages.

Further than that any crashed planes will be recycled The Super Sportster has just the right components for that "Sporty Forty" I want to build . . . . , so it is in danger!

Mostly, I would just like to spend more time flying.

Posted by owlsabie | Dec 04, 2012 @ 03:23 PM | 11,459 Views
Well, in a lot ways its been a shockingly bad year this side for personal reasons - so I would like to just briefly take the time to thank all my on line friends for the encouragement and chats and things You folk have kept me at least reasonable sane, and brought lots of light into dark times

Anyway, this is actually about the new biplane "The Mallard" (thanks for the name Sean). Its susposed to be a fantasy scale '30 's biplane - and is based on the ZB3.

The wingspan is 1200mm, and it will be somewhat lighter - and I am quite pleased with how it looks so far. It should be finished pretty soon, as work and other things allow.

At the moment I am on track to beat 500g all up weight, but wil be happy with anything under 700g.

Posted by owlsabie | Aug 19, 2012 @ 04:05 AM | 12,080 Views
Seeing as "no.4" actually flies, I decided to try a biplane.

Its come a long way from a modified tomboy, but this is pretty much based on no.4 as far as dimensions go.
Posted by owlsabie | Jun 24, 2012 @ 06:35 AM | 11,431 Views
I decided to deviate from plan building for a change, and after much research settled on this little plane as an early birthday present to myself. It would seem to be recommended as a good second plane after a trainer, but a decent aerobat as well. As such, it should be a good replacement for my venerable foam stick as a regular club flyer, and should hopefully see me through my next rating or two.

So far its a well made plane, with very pleasing lines. Sure - not everything fits 100% absolutely perfectly, but then it is mass produced,and I have absolutely no complaints thus far.

The size is also good - easy to transport, but a little larger than my parkflyers. We'll see, but I hope to be able to fly it in the park as well.

So far its progressing most enjoyably. The reviews suggest it can be built in a night or two, and this is undoubtably correct, but I am taking a lttle time over some parts. After all, hopefully it will be flying for a couple of years, so an extra hour or two now can't do any harm In some areas I am also used to doing things a bit differently, and so my build order is also a little different.

Finished photos wil be posted when its all together, but it will probably only be flight ready later in the week.

01.08.2012 She's finished Just need a itle more lead to balance her, and it will be maiden time. The power seems outrageous too
Posted by owlsabie | Jun 17, 2012 @ 10:17 AM | 10,917 Views
A while ago I destroyed my Tomboy while trying to fly in rather windy conditions. As I was now a park flyer short, I decided to have another quick go at doing on own design. Today was the maiden - and it flies

19.06.2012 Except for any later additions, the plane had now been decorated, and is finished
Posted by owlsabie | Feb 22, 2012 @ 12:30 PM | 10,998 Views
This afternoon, although overcast with thunder, was about the calmest air I've ever seen. When leaving work, a colleague said that it would just be wrong if I didn't go flying.

So - I rushed home and loaded my Stick with its in flight camera and rushed off to the park.

To my surprise, there were TWO soccer teams practicing, so I was left with a large uneven field to fly on. Which is fine, except the areas i use for take off were covered with cars

Anyway - eventually I managed to get the thing in the air, and realised it was a bit nose heavy and awkward to fly. Never the less, I got up good and high and flew some circuits, hoping to blanket the area.

Then when I got home, I realised I had forgotten to press "record"

Oh well, watch this space, sooner or later a video will appear

Inflight video (1 min 36 sec)

Posted by owlsabie | Dec 10, 2011 @ 01:58 AM | 11,672 Views
My good friend Sean (Moscow 580) and I will be doing a joint build the Laird Super Solution, from enlarged Comet plans - should be a blast

Here where to go for the action:https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/member.php?u=115272
Posted by owlsabie | Nov 28, 2011 @ 12:06 PM | 12,219 Views
Thinking how to make summer flying last just a little longer . . .
Posted by owlsabie | Oct 14, 2011 @ 02:28 PM | 13,297 Views
Well- my Peter Rake had finally had a dignified semi-retirement. Having now burnt out 3 motors on it, I've decided it can grace my wall, probably to be revived again one day. Here's the current flying collection
Posted by owlsabie | Jul 03, 2011 @ 10:26 AM | 13,313 Views
I am trying to learn aerobatics, and wanted to build something a little different - so I'm doing a Top Dawg.
Video from My Phone (0 min 57 sec)

Build thread :https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1459568

6 September, 2011. It flies

20 September, 2001. The second flight was OK, but I wasn't that happy and did some retrimming and fiddling. Took it out today and its perfect - rolls loops and things are easy. She's just a little faster than I am used to flying

11 October, 2001. 20g nose weight added, TE elevated 1mm - it now flies really well. Straight and level at 1/2 throttle' It does climb with full throttle, but its anyway a bit small to see well at that speed.

I like this one...Continue Reading
Posted by owlsabie | Apr 30, 2011 @ 04:55 AM | 13,405 Views
Another vintage freeflight converted to electric rc. Awaiting maiden

02.05.11 Maiden - tried to ROG, it rolled left - I managed to level off and cut the throttle - went in nose first. Repaired, second attempt hand launch. Rolled left and into the ground. Repaired again - bigger prop. We'll see what happens
03.05.11 still no luck. I'll keep the wing for a future project, the rest of the small pieces have been binned. I must have messed up badly somewhere
Posted by owlsabie | Apr 11, 2011 @ 01:45 PM | 13,468 Views
The Hal deBolt Live Wire Trainer - electric and enlarged a little

15.05.2011 - She's flies beautifully!

Now with flying photos, my entry for 2011 vintage build off is finished!
Posted by owlsabie | Dec 02, 2010 @ 09:40 AM | 15,694 Views
It flies!

24.12.2010 After bit of a battle with rolling and diving and such, and a wing collapse, I finally have a cute, if battered, new toy!

Owl's Tomboy (0 min 54 sec)

Posted by owlsabie | Oct 20, 2010 @ 09:40 AM | 15,043 Views
Sinbad Jr ready to maiden.


The Sinbad has maidened, and had a couple of flights. I'm still getting the throws right, but it is fun to fly, and a little different.

03.04.11. Unfortunately I flew the Sinbad a little fast, flutter set in the wings, and it disintegrated mid air.

But a very nice aircraft, I am glad I built it, and thoroughly enjoyed flying her. The only chanes if I were to build another, would be that I would build it a lot bigger