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Posted by steve wenban | Mar 30, 2012 @ 06:14 AM | 4,549 Views
I keep plugging away ,today I managed to get 1 elevator ribbed and hinged , I also started on the removable fairing on the stab and fin ,as both are removable for transport
Posted by steve wenban | Mar 28, 2012 @ 03:29 PM | 4,448 Views
I'm getting close with the boomerang now ,which is just as well as the Manilla slope Fest is coming up fast .September seems a way off yet but when you put into about 25 weeks it sounds a lot closer any way here some progress shots
Posted by steve wenban | Mar 07, 2012 @ 04:07 AM | 4,986 Views
Setup the airscoop on the Boomerang which really starts to Identify the aircraft positively ,sanded this afternoon and happy with the outcome here is a shot before I sanded
Posted by steve wenban | Mar 05, 2012 @ 02:20 AM | 5,554 Views
I've been able to get stuck into th boomerang build . Today I was able to get the spars into the wings as well as carve the forward cowl ring and the spinner ,fiar bit of work to go yet but I think i'm over the hump part of the build now
Posted by steve wenban | Feb 27, 2012 @ 04:57 PM | 4,146 Views
thought I'd post a few photo's of my tin work on the belly
Posted by steve wenban | Feb 26, 2012 @ 03:44 AM | 4,062 Views
really starting to get to the boom in the boomerang rang shaping up the Undercart fairingwas probably the hardest thing to work out .But I got there in the end.
Posted by steve wenban | Feb 21, 2012 @ 06:34 PM | 4,198 Views
I've always used Lithographic plate for scale metal detail , but my supply was running very low so I was using it sparing lately ,but I've sourced a new supply now so I can use it as I please again
If you want some thing to look like aluminium then use aluminium The Boomerang will get a lot more Lithographic treatment now
Posted by steve wenban | Feb 05, 2012 @ 04:36 AM | 3,941 Views
After some life drama's thrown my way I've got back into the build mode and started to feel good again . The Boomerang has moved on and I'm happy with the progress
Posted by steve wenban | Jan 31, 2012 @ 05:10 PM | 3,848 Views
Unfortunately the homepage that I and many others had worked on for the West Sydney slope soarers club was attacked for a second time but this time all info was lost a stupid act on a forum set up in 2004 to support young and old alike with information and help for new people coming into the hobby .Dont know how they got through RCG system but they did and now its all gone
Posted by steve wenban | Jan 23, 2012 @ 02:27 PM | 4,020 Views
It Saddens me that there is the rift between these groups , Perhaps not internationally but in Australia , its the us and them mentality. The whole thing seems to loose sight of what we like to do and thats fly RC models regardless of the discipline we are in . Unfortunately Power flying in New South Wales is taking a huge hit with club fields being lost at an alarming rate. That aside its a few bad apples on either side of the fence which in turn leads to each group condemning the entire clubs or park flying groups .
its was nice years ago when everyone just enjoyed the company of like minded people and getting together at the field spending the day flying and talking with people who become good friends. Instead it seems that the talk is about denegrating each other rather than enjoying the hobby. Still thankfully I've met a lot more of the nice people than bad that still enjoy the flying the building the talking about flying and different models and exchanging of idea's rather than exchanging insults .
Anyway enough of a rant from me ,onwards and upwards.
Posted by steve wenban | Nov 09, 2011 @ 04:02 PM | 5,130 Views
The dates have been set and the thread open in the slope forum ,for the annual Manilla Slope Fest 2012. I've got 44 weeks to get it all set up and going again
Posted by steve wenban | Nov 01, 2011 @ 11:22 PM | 4,931 Views
Thanks to Matin of Ubercraft for posting the video of the scary maiden flight of the Hurricane
Steve's Hawker Hurricane at Manilla Slope Fest 2011 (2 min 50 sec)

the fact the the CG was nearly 1 1/2 " rearward didnt make it comfortable ,but even so it really didnt do anything silly like other tail heavy machines I flown before .And again thanks Matin
Posted by steve wenban | Oct 31, 2011 @ 01:32 AM | 4,959 Views
As an Aussie I enjoy building Aircraft with Australian markings so this is my next build ,the CAC Boomerang. I drew it up a while back and then promtly lost the drawings ,still I found them again in the last place I looked ,Anyway I'm 2 weekends into the build now and its looking as it should like a Boomerang...Continue Reading
Posted by steve wenban | Oct 16, 2011 @ 05:41 PM | 4,898 Views
After checking my calc for cg I was left scratching my head as I got the same answer as before at 115mm from the L/edge at the root . And then it dawned on me when I remeasured the original cg mark on the root section and to my amazement it was marked at 150mm ,another one for the books measure twice to get the cg right the first time ,took another 650 grams of lead to balance her out . It does however show how well behaved the Hurricane is as yes it was a bit of a hand full but it really didnt do anything nasty during its flight.
Posted by steve wenban | Oct 02, 2011 @ 04:29 AM | 5,073 Views
Well another Manilla slope Fest done and dusted ,and it was huge . Unfortunately I still have not flown the Fouga 90 but did get the Hurricane up and going it was tail heavy but was still well behaved .Managed to drop a wing on landing with some minor damage resulting Still I'm very happy with it performance . My Mate Dave gave the Hurricane the perfect launch
Posted by steve wenban | Sep 12, 2011 @ 05:26 PM | 5,266 Views
Well The 2011 fest is due to kick off in 2 more days , really looking forward to catching up with all the regular crew plus all the new faces that I'm sure will become regulars . The Manilla Slope Fest has worked out extremely well and our sponsors of the event are just awesome with the amount of gear they put forward for prizes . I'm proud to be part of this event as it just has so much to offer and highlights whats great about our hobby . So there will be lots of photo's and videos to come all in the slope forum on the Manilla slope fest thread, even if your not a slope flyer drop into the thread and say hi and have a chat with some of the crew ,you never know it might be right up your alley .
Posted by steve wenban | Sep 03, 2011 @ 10:40 PM | 5,389 Views
I got a little under 2 weeks to get ready for Manilla Slope Fest 2011,so today I assembled the fleet in preparation ,just to make sure all lead, bolts, nuts, and wing joiners are accounted for . Also started packing the support equipment as well . Really glad i've got hold of a boogie wheeled covered trailer thats for sure .
Posted by steve wenban | Jul 27, 2011 @ 12:29 AM | 5,879 Views
Had a bit of spare time ,so I stuck a few vids together of some of my models
I like they way they move (6 min 32 sec)

Posted by steve wenban | Jul 25, 2011 @ 05:44 PM | 6,143 Views
The times ticking away to the Manilla Slope Fest 2011 and I'm almost done with the organizing details The event should be huge again this year with international visitors once again signed up for the event . Matin from Ubercraft in the US just posted this vid from last years event taken from his Raven
Manilla Slope Fest 2010 (7 min 20 sec)

I also happened to be lucky enough to win a competition to build a prototype model for a New Zealand maker call RidgeHogs , the Prototype will get air under its 2.4 mtr wings at this years event also
So I'm really looking forward to just getting the event kicked off so I can relax and get on building my next PSS machine
Thanks for the interest
Posted by steve wenban | Jul 04, 2011 @ 12:36 AM | 6,144 Views
I'm doing a build for a company called Ridgehogs at the moment of a 2.4 mtr EPP sailplane,but I'm waiting on a few items from them to be able to continue the build. So I took some time to finally sort the programming out for the Hurricane plus reprogram the Bearcat and cycle the batteries in all aircraft . So I took a couple of shots of the event with all three together
All the linkages for flaps and ailerons are internal on the Hurricane so nothing to grab when that big air scoop touches down