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Posted by steve wenban | Oct 28, 2009 @ 10:12 PM | 4,793 Views
As most in the slope forum know ,now that the Bearcats finished and flown I moved onto my next build. It is going to be a 2.9 mtr Span Fouga 90 PSS
so far the fuse is just about done the tails cut and sheeted and the wings are cut waiting to be sheeted . The build is exactly the same method as the Bearcat was (no surprize there ) Hopefully with proper planning and time the 90 will prove a great flight buddy in the car with the big Bear
Posted by steve wenban | Oct 01, 2009 @ 03:57 PM | 5,095 Views
Have to say I feel pretty good about the slope fest all the work that was put into setting it up and running the show was all worth while, everyone got lots of air time and lots of positive comments about the site. The fact that pilots leaving where booking the accomodation for 2010's event showed the genuine interest the event created . I personally have plenty of memories that will last a life time ,meeting some of the well known names On RCG and some absolute slope newbies who left the event totally hooked on slope flying
All the sponsors where absolutely teriffic and generous with there gifts and many at the event went home with more aircraft than they arrived with.
I think that next year More people will take the oppertunity to use the full week rather than the last long weekend now they know that the site is as good as it is .Stay tuned for Manilla Slope Fest 2010.
Posted by steve wenban | Sep 01, 2009 @ 05:42 AM | 5,323 Views
Wanted to add just 1 more photo of the completed model. So its ready to fly CG set 3.358 KG of lead in the nose I feel its a little nose heavy but thats where is suppose to be by the numbers .
Posted by steve wenban | Aug 18, 2009 @ 03:24 PM | 5,332 Views
This will be the last pre maiden photo but hopefully the in flight photo's will be next to hit the page fingers crossed
Posted by steve wenban | Aug 04, 2009 @ 04:32 AM | 5,692 Views
A few more hours of detailing done today everything is hand cut so its taking forever ,but its a satisfying part of the build . It comes to life more and more with each marking applied
Posted by steve wenban | Aug 03, 2009 @ 04:12 AM | 5,675 Views
I settled on doing Lt Richardson's aircraft of the U.S.S. Midway. lots more to go but its just the pretty up stage now.
Posted by steve wenban | Aug 01, 2009 @ 04:36 AM | 5,136 Views
Finally got paint on the Bear and now scratching and marking panel lines
fairly happy with the result so far .
Posted by steve wenban | Jul 16, 2009 @ 06:22 PM | 5,087 Views
My JR 2720 recently switched off just after launch of my Carbon Miniblade
which rolled on its back and lawn darted. The cause ? the radio gave a long beep and then displayed Backup Error, a lot of discussion on the topic concluded that the lithium Battery on the board had failed .However furthur research revealed that in fact the 2720 does not have the battery and in fact has flash memory and the problem was firmware failure , this means the radio has to go back to Japan to be reprogrammed.And Ive been also told that this problem also can affect the DX7 sets as well. I was also told that it happens on power up ,unfortunately my radio proved that wrong as it was already on. My radio is only 19 months old but still thats out of warranty.
I'm not grumbling about it these things happen this posting is more or less a warning for other users of this radio as well as other check your manuals and if you see the error code BACKUP ERROR listed just keep your eyes open .
Hopefully the reprogramming may upgrade the firmware and eliminate this error happening but thats a big ask I think.
Posted by steve wenban | Jul 15, 2009 @ 04:52 AM | 5,443 Views
The Bearcat is moving along now and hopefully by the end of the coming weekend it will be ready for top coating, I have not really had time to think about it flying but now its getting close the knees are starting to shake abit , however its built to fly (just hope it agrees )
Posted by steve wenban | May 13, 2009 @ 05:50 PM | 5,422 Views
About time I put a few words together for the blog again.
as per my previous entry Ive been busy build a big foam and Balsa bearcat for our September slope festival which has built momentum at an incredible rate . And has drawn International flyers to attend But enough of that heres a photo of the Cat about a week ago , since that photo the starboard wing is complete including the Aileron and flap and the cowl plug has been manufactured so its nearly ready to start the finish process
Looks Like I'll actually finsh an aircraft well befor the deadline .
P.S full build thread here
just incase
Posted by steve wenban | Feb 15, 2009 @ 03:01 AM | 6,961 Views
Ive started work on a 103 inch span F8F2 Grumman Bearcat aimed at Camperdown 2010 ,but maybe I'll get it done for the Manilla 09 slope fest but not going to push it . I'm make this aircraft up as I go along ,working of my old Nick Zirolli plans . Got a reasonable start today after it rain all day ,doesnt look much at the moment but you can get the Idea.
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Posted by steve wenban | Feb 06, 2009 @ 04:10 PM | 5,583 Views
Well After missing this years Camperdown get together I was determined to put something together that a lot of slope flyers and I have discussed many times regarding a NSW event .Now Thanks to Godfrey the owner of Mt Borah in Manilla ,near Tamworth it looks like that event is becoming a reality with solid dates set in September for a week long get together ,so if your into slope and feel like getting together for some good air time with a crew of other slope flyers from around the country and maybe even a few O/sea visitors as well ,then check out the slope forum and the thread with the above title .
Posted by steve wenban | Jan 30, 2009 @ 02:40 PM | 5,314 Views
Picked up a used Mini Blade for a very good price with all the gear in it. However it wasnt a sparkling new model by any stretch of the imagination ,an so I took to it with gusto for a full face lift .Now its almost ready to fly again and looks pretty good i'm happy with the finish ,just needs a cut and polish but thats nothing . So this is another one to go fast in circles on the wrong side of the hill.
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Posted by steve wenban | Jan 23, 2009 @ 03:10 AM | 5,574 Views
tried the water drop finish will see how it works out may mean a complete rub back and start again but you never know till you try.
Posted by steve wenban | Jan 21, 2009 @ 01:20 AM | 5,240 Views
Once again the carbon bird is almost back to flight ready, one stuffup on the wing was the use of a new spray putty looked great when sprayed, however half hour later Orange peel every where . Then to top it off The fuse had only a few scratches to clean up ,I just finished spraying and turn to walk away when I hear click bang ,arggggggh the damb hanging clamp let go and my Fuse was rolling around in the dirt . After some serious Acetone wiping I got it back to basics primed and back top top coat in 1 day . The wing on the other hand took hours to get back to top coat ready sanding,filling sanding again . But its ready to top coat again now . I'll be picking up a stable mate for the bird to DS its a second hand Miniblade and it will get a complete face lift before it hits the slope.
Posted by steve wenban | Jan 11, 2009 @ 03:55 AM | 5,598 Views
After the glassing and a resin wipe to fill the weave ,I use a high build primer coat as a witness coat to find high spots . But get the bottom fill right and there's not much work to do other than polish sanding.
Posted by steve wenban | Jan 10, 2009 @ 03:09 PM | 5,104 Views
Well what can I say but whoops I done it again
but this time it was a dud Xystal in the Rx time for my photo's of carnage and the repair underway once again I'll update the blog with the completed after shot
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Posted by steve wenban | Dec 08, 2008 @ 03:29 PM | 5,375 Views
Well I finally put the Osprey in the magic circle club it felt very powerful but wing flex really had me concerned . So its probably not advisable to keep going as I'm prettty sure it would explode around the 110mph mark. best to keep it front side. The poor old Carbon Bird copped yet another run in with the foilage this last weekend but carbon wrapped and bagged the fuse and its now painted again ready to go by next weekend
Also Ive got a new Plank on the boards at the moment which will be a fully moulded the pod mould and the lower wing surface mould is done will be doing the top skin this weekend . Hopefully these ships will live up to my expectations . and maybe even see a few on special order brought to you from the Downhill Hanger
Posted by steve wenban | Oct 13, 2008 @ 03:15 AM | 5,285 Views
Sad I must say that our winter season is over ,but its not that bad as the coastal season has now started ,however we will still get the southerlys coming through and thats when the Osprey is going to go over the wrong side of the hill . Flew and dialed my new plank design the Sickle 72 in this weekend as well at Hill 60 at Port Kembla gotta say it quick frontside so looking forward to to a chance to see where it goes speed wise wrong side of the hill.
Posted by steve wenban | Sep 30, 2008 @ 04:48 PM | 5,912 Views
Just returned from a trip to Ashhurst NZ the slope sites are huge but have very poor landing areas and are mostly suited to foam . The undulating foot hills are the main problem , and the steepness of the slope just make the turbulance worse . However at certain points of wind direction the lift is big and smooth ,and even in the worst direction once away from the slope the lift is good and smooth ,just gives you a hard time on landing. I flew the bird a few times and used sheer speed to pass through the turbulance on landing ,but damage risk is very high. I managed to get away with it a few times and then called it quits . Went back to the mates place and put an EPP wing together he had stuffed away inthe corner of the shed . Turned out to be a very nice flyer and even got into some slow DS'ing with it
. I'm sure Dave will test it to its limits on his year long trip around both north and south Islands (keep your eyes open for the Fly NZ DVD) .