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Posted by Pappyjkns | Mar 31, 2019 @ 07:28 AM | 1,622 Views
If you follow the posts on RCGroups, you may have come across an interesting fellow by the name of Red Jensen. Red formed a small business on the side, designing and producing limited number of balsa models, mostly micro models of old time classic sailplanes. Red works full-time for NASA developing remotely controlled models. Can you imagine having to play with models all day and getting paid for it!! Hey….it’s a tough life but somebody’s got to do it!

So far I have purchased and built, a micro Wanderer with 30” wingspan and more recently, a 34” wingspan, micro Sinbad both planes coming in around 2 ozs or 56 gms. Red spends a lot of time reducing the number of parts and simplifying the build. His kits remind me of a modern, more simplified version of the old classic, Gulliows Balsa kits.

Red’s company is called Alien_Tech and already I hear he is working on another classic slope soarer. I feel fortunate that we have talented people in our hobby like Red who have the know how and the means to bring back modern versions of the old classic balsa planes. Good times indeed!

Check him out when you get a chance….but beware….his enthusiasm is contagious! : )

I will admit, I'm not the best builder, especially when it comes to these micro builds where my big thumbs tend to get a little too aggressive then crack! Dang! Another broken piece of balsa. However, I'm finding the more I build, the better I am getting and I'm making a lot fewer mistakes....all good! I've...Continue Reading
Posted by Pappyjkns | Mar 23, 2019 @ 03:46 PM | 1,859 Views
I’m always amazed when I read on RCGroups, that some people don’t belong to an R/C club! Now, I realize that people can live in an area where there just aren’t any clubs within a reasonable driving distance from home. So I get that they fly solo. My advice to anyone that doesn’t have a club nearby, is to try and start your own club. Put up posters in prominent locations around your area, shopping malls, hobby shops etc. Who knows, there may be others who, just like you, are looking for an r/c club to join. I also realize that some people prefer to fly alone! And that’s okay too!

For those of you that do belong to an r/c club, what do you get out of it? Why do you belong to a club? As I look around the room at each of our members I can analyze each one’s involvement. Some members are content to show up at our general meetings and interact with like minded individuals. We might not ever see them at the flying field, special workshops or other functions. On the other hand, we have members who are involved in all aspects of the club and we see them at the field quite often as well. Each members gets what they want and I am okay with that. Our own club of some 30 members, might only have 10 -12 pilots that actively fly on a regular basis.

Personally, I enjoy the camaraderie! The lively exchange of ideas, whether it be at a meeting, workshop or on the field. There is such an amazing collections of building and flying knowledge from the members who come from all...Continue Reading
Posted by Pappyjkns | Mar 17, 2019 @ 07:32 AM | 2,599 Views
March 17/19

Happy St. Paddy's Day!
From the moment I first saw the email from one of my club members telling me about this little micro quad/plane hybrid, I was intrigued! Whoever the engineer was that came up with this brainwave, I hope Horizon Hobbies have compensated him or her appropriately! With in two weeks of hitting our local hobby store in nearby Paris Ontario, five members of our club have grabbed this unique little flyer. For around $70 Cdn, you get this neatly package unit with a USB charger & 1S 150 Mah Lipo! You can easily remove the foam wing and use it as quad copter and for a few extra bucks, you can buy a hovercraft attachment that will allow you to “fly” this little puppy just like a real hovercraft! How is that for versatility?? These unique little flyers are literally “flying off the shelf!” Sorry….my bad! I just couldn’t resist! I have flown it at the arena and also in my basement, where after you get the trim set properly, you can hover and fly slowly until your heart’s content….or until the battery dies….which usually comes first! : )
I’m having soooo much fun with this micro unit! It’s perfect little flyer that can be flown indoors and out, and helps to keep my reflexes tuned while I wait patiently for Spring to arrive! As a bonus, the grandkids love it too and I think this may be a great way to get them interested in r/c! If you get a chance, check it out! Maybe you should grab one before they are all gone!

Thanks for checking out my blog! Comments are always welcomed!


Lyle Jeakins,
43 Degrees North Latitude
Posted by Pappyjkns | Mar 11, 2019 @ 07:57 AM | 2,771 Views
March 11/19:
As you may be aware from reading my previous posts, I belong to SOGGI (Southern Ontario Glider Group Inc.) a small soaring club out of Hamilton, Ontario, with some 31 dedicated members. All though our primary goal is thermal soaring and contests, there are also members who enjoy other facets of the hobby. Flying & building free flight planes is one of them!

For those of you who have always been involved with r/c control, free flight seems….dare I say….archaic? Something you might have read in a very old black & white magazine from the ’50’s. Our club has been blessed with interesting members representing all walks of life, who bring a lot of talent to the table. Over the past couple of years, there has been a resurgence of interest in free flight models. This winter, a decision was made to build a P30 stick and tissue model. This class cannot exceed a 30” wingspan & must weigh a minimum of 40 grams.

An old classic design was chosen and a club build workshop was held on March 10/19. One of our members has become proficient at laser cutting and produced a number of kits for the other members for only $10 Cdn. for the short kit and $20 for the full kit. Can you say “bargoon!” : )

We had 10 members participate in the build, many of them with little to no building experience. This was a morning workshop and by noon, most of us had the tail feathers complete while the more experienced builders had almost finished the complete plane!...Continue Reading
Posted by Pappyjkns | Mar 01, 2019 @ 08:33 AM | 2,934 Views
Many modellers may remember days of yore when some of us flew control line planes and got involved in games of combat with the aim of taking off the ribbon trailing behind the plane in front of you! Oh, what fun!

Now that was a loooong time ago and until recently, I never thought of it anymore. Last fall, I took up indoor r/c micro flying as a way to keep my reflexes sharp. While I was at the arena, some of the pilots were having a blast flying these micro foam deltas about, trying ever so hard to actually knock each other out of the air! Now that’s what I call “combat!”

Our club decided to hold a build workshop in February and about eight of us proceed to build this little warrior. We call it “Rick’s Delta” after the fellow who designed it. It sports an 18” wingspan and weighs in at a hefty 2 ozs! : ) We purchased ten Horizon Hobbies Micro Champ fuselages and proceeded to use the brick and motor for the new delta.

The foam is good old Dollar Tree foam board. The wing is based on the KFm profile that you wouldn’t think should actually fly. We use small 1S, 150 Mah Lipo batteries which last for about 5 mins. We programme elevons on the Spectrum radios and found you need to have a fair amount of reflex set up in order to get these deltas to fly.

It is quite the sight let me tell you, to see 12 to 15 of these deltas buzzing about in the air above the floor of the arena all trying to actually run into the other guy! Total chaos but sooooo much fun! I highly recommend it!

Best Regards,

Lyle Jeakins,
Hamilton, Ontario