Posted by target | Mar 11, 2006 @ 01:27 AM | 74,969 Views
Well, I finally got to winch launch the Airtronics Thermal Eagle at Field of Dreams, on Sunday, March 5th.

It seemed that the odds were stacked against me, when I finally got to the field when they had the winch set up. The previous SULA club meeting resulted in no winch, just E-planes flying. This time the winch was there, and after the club secretary launched his Compulsion just one time, the battery was dead. He felt really bad, since he knew that I was hoping to get my plane up over a flat field this day. He went home, and retrieved another car battery, but that hadn't been charged, and brought it back. The other battery was weak, but since my Eagle has a rather "wimpy" joiner, and required a light pedal pumping, he felt it would do.

And so, the Eagle was hooked up to the winch, and tossed off with the line being pulled back onto the drum. Up she went, not at too steep an angle, but no "weaving" either. I dove at the end for a mini "ping". Altitude was MAYBE 300 feet, is all. I flew around, checking out the trim, and camber settings. Landing was fine, nice and soft on the soccer field grass.

After landing, I took a little bit of lead shot out of a small ziplock bag in the Eagle's nose, to get the CG back a bit. It was time for the second ever launch.

This time, I used some droop in the flaps, that I had programmed in as a launch setting. This launch was ok also, but nothing to get really excited about. Might have had something...Continue Reading
Posted by David A | Mar 11, 2006 @ 01:26 AM | 5,153 Views
Great model but strange name....Fellowship....what was going through the mind of the designer ? alcohol ?
The model flew well and should be a great aerobatic hack for the summer. My first IC model for a few years now, I seem to be moving back to IC at the moment whilst everyone else I know is moving the other way towards electric flight.
Posted by mdscientist61 | Mar 10, 2006 @ 09:51 PM | 11,072 Views
This is a home-brew electric. The short wings and skinney body with the long landing gear remind me of an insect. It flies reasonably well, except that with the tiny ailerons the rool rate is too slow. The motor is a hacker 2025-4200 with a CC 25Amp ESC and TP2100 3S1P lipo. It has a 42 inch wingspan, which was chosen so that it would fit in the hatch-back of my car with the wing on. It weighs about 27 ounces ready-to-fly. It is all balsa and plywood construction with ultra-cote and solar-film covering. Not bad if you like eccentric looking airplanes.
Posted by beardelight | Mar 10, 2006 @ 04:15 PM | 3,266 Views
My first helicopter is the Blade CP. The reason I got the BCP is it a cheap RTF model that has been adjusted at the factory and is easy to repair. So far, I have logged about 15 flights on this little bird. After I bent one main shaft after landing in some grass one of the skids went into a hole and the blades struck the ground as a result. So, I had to replace the main shaft because there was a bit of wobble and some vibrations. While I had it apart I decided to upgrade to the aerobatic version with the semetrical blades, heat sinks, and new motor. I must say the BCP flys much better with the upgrades (aerobatic kit + 910mah 3S1P TP Prolite). The lipoly is a huge improvemnt over the Ni-MH batteries. To date, I have learned to hover at about 6-10 inches and at about 6 feet off the ground, I have learned to move the heli foward, backwards, side to side as well as turn the tail to face the aircraft towards me. Heli's are a ton of fun and I owe much of my success for actually using the simulator as a teaching tool and not as a way to crash thousands of dollars of rc equipment. I am soo addicted to helis, that I don't even have the desire to fly my planes. I just might have to get rid of the "fixed wings" for good.

Posted by marckossa | Mar 10, 2006 @ 09:31 AM | 5,440 Views
Here's my setup for AP. It is very much inspired with what Pierre Rondel did (

Unfortunatelly, it adds a lot of weight (500g = +50%) to the plane, and it becomes difficult to fly, even with the extra power provided by the brushless setting (Mega ACn 16/15/5, 4.4:1 gearbox + 3S). I hit a tree top upon landing, and was very lucky not to destroy the plane and camera... Only minor damage (broken stab, broken canopy, broken gearbox).

The Easy Glider is too big, too heavy and too complex for me. I find it troublesome to connect the ailerons cables every time. Its weight doesn't make it soar correctly in summer (I'm probably not good enough). I'm going back to my good old Easy Star, where I will retrofit the brushless motor, with a 6x4 and 3S Lipo. Not sure I can lift a camera with it, but I'll keep you posted...

Posted by derfred | Mar 10, 2006 @ 08:38 AM | 11,280 Views

Aerofred is an Indoor and Parkfly R/C Model Airplanes Company based in Europe, more specifically in Portugal wich is a country member of the European Union since 1985. Our main business is the Design and Manufacture of Model Airplane Kits , we produce at our factory in Portugal and sell our products on our website, as a manufacturer we have retail prices for Hobby Shops, Online Vendors and Clubs . On our Website you can find Airplane models of our own design and good links to all the accessories needed to complete the kits, we only sell what we produce

Posted by histarter | Mar 10, 2006 @ 08:27 AM | 3,826 Views
I have survived flying at local fields that have a ceiling of 600ft AGL, a surface area of 2 soccer fields, with 3 mtr aircraft and a ½ size histart, for 12 years! No problems occurring with me averaging at least 2 sessions per week (yes, through large weather variations). It is only in the last 5 years have I slowed down to seek ‘great days’ to fly changing the status to, ‘lucky to fly twice a month’. Now I am playing with a Slow Stick, following the lessons learned from Tom Williams about motor gliders, and I hope to get on my winch at Pilot Point, about 5 times this year (2006).

To be successful at a low launch task I had to learn to interface the elements in a manner they tolerated. I had to learn the ingredients for maximizing a climbout, and how much run capability was needed to sustain altitude gained rather than the mathematical perfection of a Profile! I wanted to be able to hand launch a 3 mtr machine into lift and simply out fly smaller machines because of a wider speed range (due to size). No longer am I an athlete capable of century bike rides, and my arm has weakened and has been replaced (for extremely better reliability) with a ½ size histart. Basically I discovered that soaring airspeed was indexed by altitude launched (for a fixed time period of flight) and modified by wind speed, i.e. overpowered only by wind speed in excess of 12 mph. [I do have enough statistics acquired over a 10 year period to verify my findings]

I tend to make decisions...Continue Reading
Posted by jbourke | Mar 10, 2006 @ 03:10 AM | 20,325 Views
Why did you guys get rid of the gallery software???

Since I've been asked the question several times in Site Suggestions / Complaints, I thought I would address it here in my blog.

Here are some reasons for the switch:

1. Our moderation system wasn't supported by the gallery software. We now rely on the "Report This Post to a Moderator" link to handle site moderation. This feature isn't available in the gallery software.

2. We objected to the dual navigation that proved complicated to new users of the site. The forum navigation bar sits on top of the gallery navigation bar. This is hard to understand at first, and we gear our UI for newcomers as much as possible. In addition, there are separate category hierarchies in the forum software and the gallery system, which adds to the learning curve.

3. Many users were abusing the gallery, using it to store photos for ebay auctions, their website, etc. Because the images are buried inside of the gallery system and very few users looked at a member's gallery unless it was linked within a forum thread, a lot of users got away with using RCGroups as a free image host.

4. The admin system for the gallery was completely separate from the forums and wasn't as sophisticated.

5. Very few people used the gallery! The number of hits we got in that feature was a very small percentage of the site traffic. It wasn't justified from a maintenance point of view.

6. The thread categories, blog feature,...Continue Reading
Posted by jgmtens | Mar 09, 2006 @ 10:50 PM | 5,483 Views
This frame was part of a movie we took of the GWS pizza flying formation with the camera ship - a Scorpio Three Dee.
Posted by SaMx | Mar 09, 2006 @ 07:07 PM | 7,216 Views
just adding this
Posted by theBOZman | Mar 09, 2006 @ 02:38 PM | 7,287 Views
This is not to be coppied by other wing mfgs or pro builders as grumman would say I have a copyrite,LOL
Here is the lowdown bro.
Two materials the henries and the random spun poly weave.Notice the huge roll in the background.

The trick is to apply the either material with 90 ,but alittle liter than the standard build.
Let dry for a day ,then mix the two part fixo tropic bar top coating 50,50.

Then apply with a throwaway brush alittle thick,then blott of excess if you want w a towel.Then a micro layer will remain that is tougher ,and slightly more flexible,so it gives better durability than pu that is a little brittle.

You can leave it thicker for you heavies if you want.

Once dry you repeat on the next side.
After both sides are done give a good sanding with 180 grit.

Then coat it w a heavy coat of 90 with the nozzle sraying wide and even,let dry for 5 hrs or more, then mono it.
The mono wont stick w out the 90.

You can stick your fiber down with the coating instead of the 90 but it takes 4 to 6 hrs to tack up ,so i use the 90 to get the fabrics down prior.
Ps dont tell anyone killer,LOL
try it you will love it bro.
my buddy justin had tried the poly materail a few years ago as did i w no luck.Justin had some of the bar top coating ,and said here take it so i did,a few with it and after getn the hang of it ,i use it all the time even if it is only on the bottom and leading edges ,it makes it bullet proof.


Posted by theBOZman | Mar 09, 2006 @ 01:52 PM | 7,090 Views