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Posted by Chris F | Mar 26, 2007 @ 11:14 PM | 12,770 Views
Unfortunately I didn't snap every aeroplane at the airshow, but here are some of the ones I did get....Continue Reading
Posted by Chris F | Mar 09, 2007 @ 05:00 PM | 13,122 Views
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Posted by Chris F | Mar 09, 2007 @ 07:02 AM | 23,296 Views
After my experience with the Precision Aerobatics Supersonic, I decided to wait it out until I found a real Hotliner I could afford that is available here in Australia. I find it interesting that the prices for Hotliners here vary so much. I was very tempted by the FVK Bandit as it is a fantastic entry level Hotliner and it is the only non-moulded type available here in Australia. This should make it the cheapest right? The fact is that there are a couple of fully moulded Hotliners available here that are cheaper than the Bandit , and the latest one to hit the market is $25 cheaper and has a bigger wingspan. I couldn't resist this one and forked out the money. The Bandit should be much cheaper, and if I wanted to ship it directly from FVK in Germany I would probably be able to get it at a good price, but at a local price of $420 for the 1.4 metre Bandit compared to $395 for a fully moulded 1.7 metre Hotliner I know what I would rather have.

The Hotliner I bought is the Lanyu F5B, apparently a Chinese copy of the Graupner Speed. I have spent my entire budget on the airframe, and have some other stuff for it already, but I still need servos so it will be a while before I get it in the air. The main thing is that I have got it!!!

You can find more information in this thread:

Here are some pictures of it.
Posted by Chris F | Mar 09, 2007 @ 07:00 AM | 12,419 Views
Now I had the Formosa II flying, I started practicing flying in a scale like manner. Nice smooth and slow barrel rolls, loops, stall turns and of course nice smooth landings. The Formosa II is a great model to start your landing practice with because the wheels are so far forward of the center of gravity. No nose-overs, but no nice realistic take-offs and landings rolling on the main wheels with the tail up either. I also tried my most powerful electric setup yet in the Fomosa II, over 500 Watts. It was fun, but I ended up flying around at half throttle most of the time, and I had bought the esc and 4s lipos for a future Hotliner so I took them out.

I had decided that with the kit building 23 years before and all the repairs and own design wings I had built during the past year I was ready to build a scale model from a free plan I found on the internet. The main problem was that the plan I had found was for a tiny rubber powered free flight model. Scaling up was easily done at a printing place, but the structure needed some re-design. I asked for help in the Scale forum and got it from ďWork in ProgressĒ, a keen and experienced scale modeler in England. With his help I built a scale model of the Wackett Trainer. This is an important aeroplane in Australian history because it was produced in larger numbers than any other aircraft designed and built here. My father also flew these aeroplanes when they finished service with the RAAF and were sold on the civil register. He...Continue Reading

GWS Formosa II

Posted by Chris F | Mar 09, 2007 @ 06:25 AM | 11,013 Views
I love sailplanes! I think they are graceful and elegant. Hotliners are both those things and fast at the same time! But when it comes to RC models, I have always had a preference for scale and there are so many civil and military aeroplanes I would love to have models of. Sailplanes had been convenient because I didnít have a smooth enough runway for models with wheels, or did I?

Looking around behind my house I found a couple of possible runways. One is a sealed road running through a huge block of vacant land that is being developed for light industry. The other possibility is the creek behind my back fence turns into a big concrete lined drain a few hundred metres upstream. I inspected the drain and decided it would be suitable when the water level is low (most of the time) except for some weeds and debris that I cleaned up myself. It is also a good distance from houses and people as it is surrounded by open paddocks. Now I have the runway I need a model so itís back to the internet to see how cheap a model with undercarriage can be. I found the GWS Formosa II at my favourite Hobby Shop (These guyís look after me) for $70 so I went and bought it.

Now foam was a new thing to me at the time and I was sceptical. Also after flying sailplanes I could hardly believe the stubby wings could fly this model, but I also know that GWS has an almost cult following so it must fly. The Formosa II isnít scale, but it was a great way to get some confidence taking off and landing on...Continue Reading
Posted by Chris F | Mar 09, 2007 @ 05:51 AM | 10,081 Views
After flying the Venom Freedom Flyer until I was thoroughly sick of it, it was time to climb the ladder again. I hadnít made the extra wings for the Freedom Flyer at this stage either so I was keen to get my first model with ailerons. I searched RC Groups and internet stores to find a sailplane that would be a bit of a challenge. I discovered Hotliners and I have been hooked ever since .

Hotliners (especially in Australia) are quite expensive so I had to wait until I found one at a price I could afford. At this stage I had only been flying electric for a few months so I didnít really know much. I found an advertisement in a magazine for the Precision Aerobatics Supersonic Hotliner! It seemed like a good price so I bought it. Reading through the High Performance forum I quickly realised that what I had was not a Hotliner but more like a warmliner . My model had a built up balsa wing and came with a brushed 600 size motor. I realised quickly that there would be no vertical climbs, but that was ok, so long as I could get enough altitude to do one of those high-speed dives and watch it whistle over my head. I went to a hobby store and asked what I could do about increasing the power of my model and walked out with another brushed 600 motor, but this time with a gearbox. He charged me $110. I didnít realise that I could have bought a brushless motor and esc for less than that . With this motor and the two cheap 7 cell NiMh packs recommended to me the Supersonic was hardly...Continue Reading
Posted by Chris F | Mar 09, 2007 @ 03:46 AM | 9,171 Views
Since packing away my RC stuff all those years ago, it's been at the back of my mind. Occasionally I would think of my retirement and all the fun I would have with my model aeroplanes, and all the spare time I would have to fly them.

I now live in a beach side suburb in Melbourne Australia with my wife and two dogs, and one warm Autumn evening while walking the dogs along the beach with my wife, I saw a man flying a RC Aeroplane. This model made no noise at all, and other people nearby took no notice. I immediately realised the possibilities of electric RC flight and that maybe I wouldn't have to wait until retirement to have another go at this fascinating hobby. I stopped and had a chat with the guy while he was flying and asked him a million questions. "How much does it cost", I asked. "Not much", said the man. The motor only cost $12. The model only cost $120 etc. My wife was getting more nervous as I got more excited, and within a couple of weeks I had bought myself a Hobbyzone Firebird Scout for under $100. So cheap I thought . The whole deal for under $100 . For those who know the Firebird Scout, it is the sort of model that will help give you some confidence to move onto the next step up the ladder, but it can only be flown in the calmest of weather. Also it doesnít have an elevator so control is minimal.

I managed to get the hang of flying towards myself and was ready to go onto bigger and better things. Also I felt I had a lot of ground...Continue Reading
Posted by Chris F | Mar 08, 2007 @ 11:45 PM | 8,625 Views
For anyone who hasn't got anything better to do, read this. I hope it is at least mildly entertaining, and I'll be adding to it

Over 20 years ago, like many young and over enthusiastic 20 year olds, I decided to take up RC flying. I already had my pilots license so this would be easy and I'd teach myself right? I started at what I thought was the beginning and bought an IC trainer kit with an OS 40 motor and the optional aileron wing for when I was ready for it. I spent the next few weeks assembling the kit and ambitiously made the aileron wing too. I had never made a balsa model before and had no help while making it. By the time I had finished it I was afraid to fly my new creation, so I bought a second hand airframe that was advertised in the paper. I noticed how much better the construction was on my new airframe, and put all the gear in it and drove it to my fathers property 2 and a half hours away in the country so I would have all the space I would need for my first flight.

After getting everything ready, I started it up and gave it full throttle. The model was speeding along the ground but for some reason wouldn't take off. I checked it out and decided the cg was too far forward so I moved the battery as far back as I could. I didn't bother securing it; I just shoved it as far down the fuselage as I could. Take off attempt two was much more successful. Too successful as the model now jumped off the ground and before I was ready for it I was kind of flying it...Continue Reading