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Posted by rondavel | Jun 20, 2016 @ 04:59 PM | 2,733 Views
On the bench at present is a scaled up version of a Limit EX. Thanks yet again to encouragement and inspiration of SpeedsterDen.

Its only been about a year in the making, but finally taking shape.
Posted by rondavel | Jun 09, 2015 @ 03:04 AM | 3,171 Views
So I get a small window of opportunity on Saturday to slope, under the guise of a family picnic; the wind isn't quite coming on, but worth a try. And, yes, it was sufficiently pleasant enough to be sitting on the slope.

Wind not coming directly onto the slope
Slopehunter website says there is an agreement with Boxhill (National Trust) to fly unpowered planes
Ah, the parking.... always the parking: no longer 2, but 4 for part of the day
The place is packed (you don't often get a pleasant day to picnic)
So I venture further down the slope (not in my favour)
Give it a whirl; cannot fly close as the wind is not coming directly on; hence play around with it higher up for a bit.
I pack it in

Jimmy from National Trust gives me ear for flying.

Later I observe people smacking real cricket balls, and flipping hard plastic frisbees

Now my family are compliant, and I decide to back down based on their respose, as I didn't deem it helpful (for future fliers, and to educate the Jimmy - it would have taken a long time...)

This set up a debate between myself and my brother, who was with us:

Are we teeing up a society of unspirited complient yes men?

People blindly follow rules, imagined, or real, and give way to an ever smaller paddock.

The incident above, in my view, was testimony to this.
Posted by rondavel | May 31, 2015 @ 04:57 PM | 3,768 Views
Just completed a correx build of a Mig 3 which is ready for a maiden. At 900g odd, it shall hopefully be as good fun as the fellows on the site tell me it should be. They are an inspirational bunch.

Just been down to Longman on the South Downs. Didn't have much space, and packed in a (Junior) Hacksoar from Avicraft (Rob's design). Flew SW, W and Northerly slopes. A real treat to be on that slope, and to just be out in the fresh air, airborne.
Posted by rondavel | Feb 15, 2015 @ 05:10 PM | 4,546 Views
Slope activity a bit scant at present....

Last outing was to Long Man, where my trusted Reptor (http://translate.googleusercontent.c..._MSa3otkrQGoyw), which was modified for heavy wind, took a bad cartwheel on its nose....

This was in response to my beenie being blown off and a 'last chuck' before collecting gear and walking down.

So, its cold and bench time.

Currently overengineering with ply/balsa/foam a new fuselage for the Reptor and completing the wing for a stretched 78cm Limit Ex (

Hopefully will be back in the air soon.
Posted by rondavel | Oct 08, 2013 @ 03:59 PM | 4,325 Views
Well, I have been out once this last month, a few days back; and got about half an hour on Colley Hill. The winds have been unfavourable in these parts for some time. Perhaps I need to do some building?

Anyway, here is a clip of a solid run at sloping while I was in Croyde late August. Friends went awalking on a rather crappy day; I asked them to hold up while I rushed off to the parking lot to fetch the bird (my Buzz 400 inspired depron design); asked them to hold up again for a few minutes while I chucked the bird off the slope.

Those boys at the coast have a blast.

Mortehoe slope soaring - catch the bird (1 min 43 sec)

A mate happened to have his phone camera out and took the snaps. A luxury as there is never anyone about to get some footage. Equally amazing was my ability to catch the bird.
Posted by rondavel | Jul 10, 2013 @ 06:13 PM | 3,747 Views
Learning to fly is a b****r. I've dabbled a bit for about 4 years.

I started out having a few minutes on a friends IC trainer; then on an electric Blu Baby (rcgroups design Tony65x55) - and a winner. Plenty of repairs......

Unfortunately the repairs to stick time ratio was not very good for me.

A number of home builds have followed, resulting in numerous bent prop shafts.

It was then that I decided to go for a pusher design - the Divinity 42 (by ApachePilot) seemed to be my real breakthrough (4mm correx on a KFM foil construction) as I could fly without fear.... virtually indestructible, until the bearings in the motor started to 'cluck'.

My biggest problem was sub 10 minute or thereabout flights; and a run of bad luck with several of my LiPos.

Around this time, a 'sailor' friend of mine introduced me to the slope - tricky to get your head around; but so rewarding....

My stick time almost doubled on my first few outings! It was quiet..... and above all, a blast.....

My first attempt was a home made scratch design based on a DaveReap inspiration, which surprisingly got me up for a total of about an hour before I purchased a 2nd hand SAS Wildthing. Now I was hooked.

But to build and see your creation fly still gnawed at me. Then I came across the SpeedsterDEN Wisel slope design.

I have not looked back. I must have clocked up about 10 hours now slopeside; it would be more if the damn wind blew the (predominant) right way for the local slope.

Thank you to all those who have inspired through their designs posted on this site, as well as comments and encouragement