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Posted by mintie | Jul 27, 2010 @ 01:27 AM | 5,602 Views
My wife and I decided to do a float fly weekend away so headed up to Blenhiem which is 3.5 hrs from home.
This is the first time to this event and was surely not dissappointed.
During the past few weeks the weather has been garbage and lots of flooding but this weekend gave us some really good flying weather.
I used my trusty Super Club and my foamie float plane along with the boat.
I would say about 12 people attended with about that many planes and one chopper
As you can see from the pics the lake was absolutely superb.I have never had such an amazing day ..thanks guys ..will be back again....Continue Reading
Posted by mintie | Jul 23, 2010 @ 03:09 AM | 5,834 Views
Tuesday night saw the AGM and the hand over of the model BNL
There was a good attendance and alot of surprises when the model was put onto the bench,as most had not idea that the project was being built.
In general business the president did a speach about the project and its significants to the club and half way through I produced the model from the next room ,bought out and put on the bench.
The club now own the model and it will be hung in the lounge when all the repainting is finished.
Posted by mintie | Jul 23, 2010 @ 01:22 AM | 5,827 Views
.A month or so back a student hit a concrete post at an airport away and damaged another Tomahawk. I have just got one back flying and now another one to repair. With the Tomahawk, if the wing tip hits an object while the plane is moving on the ground, if it hits hard enough the forces transfer right into the rear of the cabin where the wings rear spar attaches.
In this case the wing tip and inner trailing edge where damaged as was the whole rear cabin bulkhead.
The aircraft was stripped and transported back to our base where we then start to assess if repairs are going to take place or not.
The decision was to repair.I then had to build a fixture to hold the fuse in the correct postion for the repair work to begin.
Once that was done then strip out all the damage then start on manufacturing the new replacement parts.
The job is on hold at the moment as we have just bought in two near new aircraft and doing a bit with them to get ready for use with training.
Will update as the repair progresses.
Posted by mintie | Jul 18, 2010 @ 02:16 AM | 5,335 Views
Now have the wing all made and fitted
Posted by mintie | Jul 16, 2010 @ 02:34 AM | 6,681 Views
I came across this build a while back and thought this is something different and I have to have one.
The thread can be found here ..
It has been an interesting build and have done a few changes to suit myself.
The rudder is controlled by pull/pull cables,the elevator is done with a wire drive through a bell crank and push rod,and have made the ragallo wing weight shift with a push rod.This part is an experiment so as yet there are no positive results on performance.
Now have to make up the ragallo wing covering and fit to the carbon fiber framework then fit the ESC ,battery and pilot.
At this present stage the airframe weighs in at 210 gms or 7.3 oz.
Will post flying results as they happen.
Posted by mintie | Jul 14, 2010 @ 04:09 AM | 5,783 Views
Some time back a committe member[now the president] of the Aero Club where I work approached me and asked if I would be interested in building some scale models of our full size fleet to hang in our comference rooms .
After some serious thought [on my part]and negotiations we came to a verdict and I started the first model.
At least four models are to be built over a period of 3-4 years in some of my spare time.yeah right.
I decided the first one would have to be the Super Cub we own .The club has had it since new and it is now 54 years old and still gets a heap of use.
Lots of pics and measurements and 18 months and 200 hours later it is to be handed over at the AGM on July the president and committee members.
Good not having to go far for documention as I work on this aircraft from time to time.
Every thing was hand made right down to the glass cowl and pilots head set to match the units we use at the training part of the club.
All the graphics where hand cut and they took a fare amount of time to get right.
Will post the hand over celebrations next week.