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Posted by glydr | May 15, 2011 @ 06:57 AM | 5,880 Views
... 'cos I went flying in a Cessna 172SP over Jindabyne!
Posted by glydr | Dec 11, 2010 @ 12:49 AM | 7,317 Views
Fitting out an STC for a beginner. This would be the 3rd or so off my bench.
Posted by glydr | Oct 26, 2010 @ 11:34 PM | 7,278 Views
Not mine - but this could happen to anyone! The LG plate is attached by 4 plywood tabs! Whilst doing this repair I made some structural alterations which should share the landing loads around the airframe.
Posted by glydr | Jan 03, 2010 @ 05:29 AM | 7,778 Views
Following the very kind present of a gift voucher at aerowasp helicopters in Camden (South Sydney) I took a 'Trial Introductory Flight' the other day.

Fantastic experience, extremely enjoyable and very difficult. Flying our little models is very easy compared to this! Forward flight was reasonably easy, I kept dropping the nose during turns, and hovering was very difficult.

Fantastic experience - wish I had the squillions of dollars required to complete a private heli license and buy a Robinson R22 - which by the way is a super machine!
Posted by glydr | Jan 03, 2010 @ 05:15 AM | 8,053 Views
A few photos of Dusk's stock standard Parkzone Radian. Flies quite nicely.
Posted by glydr | Oct 18, 2009 @ 11:18 PM | 8,219 Views
Down here in Australia live some very aggressive birds named Magpies. If you don't know what a Magpie is I'm sure that Wiki will help you - but the short of it is when they have young in a nest - look out. That goes for pedestrians, cyclists and model airplanes!
Posted by glydr | Oct 18, 2009 @ 03:37 PM | 8,898 Views
Awesome GWS Spitfire by Dusk - unlimited vertical on 2S lipo!

Posted by glydr | Aug 18, 2009 @ 06:21 PM | 8,625 Views
As long as I've been using lipos I have been sure to not exceed 1C charge rate - so when I started playing with the brilliant Blade mCX I was shocked to read that the standard charger pumped ~3C into the little lipos!

I imagine that as the AA batteries become flat the charge rate decreases - never-the-less I preferred the precision offered by my Swallow charger (or any other computer charger) so devised a lead/ switch arrangement enabling me to plug my regular swallow charger into the standard cheap charger that came with the mcx.

In case I needed to use the AAs (e.g. on holiday or at an indoor event) I introduced the switch - enabling the original charger circuitry to be used.

The photos and diagram should explain all involved.

It has worked for me - feel free to post your experiences/ questions/ comments in this thread.

Posted by glydr | May 25, 2009 @ 07:36 AM | 8,473 Views
And quite well too.

There is a vid floating somewhere (not posted yet) taken by the Hamburgular who was expecting an early demise (he told me afterwards that the last two Zipper maiden's he observed crashed on take off... he wanted to be ready this time).

It very nearly did prove entertaining as I underestimated the amount of reflex required!

After some juggling with the elevator and trim I had the Zipper zipping quite nicely up and down Lake George. Wanting more aileron throw and a more rearward CoG I swung it around for a greaser landing.

Only trouble - the rear hold down plate came loose on that landing (gladly not in flight!) so that was an end to flying the Zipper that day. Although the plate is now very securely epoxied in place!

This glider has sat ready for some time, just waiting for an opportunity to fly at Lake George (around 1 1/2 hrs round trip from my place).

Some thanks are in order...

Glenn and Rick at who made the glider available as a Christmas prize.

Liam who won it but decided that I would have more fun with it.

Matt who 'borrowed' my kit only to return it with some cores fully glassed.

And Jordan for his vote of confidence on the maiden!

Posted by glydr | May 01, 2009 @ 12:25 AM | 8,796 Views
And here are a couple of photos...

Stayed at Morvern Valley - why? Well there are horses and ducks and chickens for the kids - and - a nice empty paddock behind the cottage for flying planes

Small, electric planes mind you - so as not to disturb the animals or the neighbours.


Second photo is taken over Exeter oval (took the photo last year).

Last year I tried to get the MS Swift to limbo the fence around the oval - no joy last year.

But this year I managed to do it 3 times!
Posted by glydr | Apr 12, 2009 @ 11:07 PM | 8,939 Views
A collection of some of my favorite RC related photos...
Posted by glydr | Feb 03, 2009 @ 09:24 PM | 9,572 Views
Hi heli fans,

Someone asked me to write about my experiences stepping up to collective pitch / belt helis - so here goes.

I have been flying little 'fake' helis for a while, including a GWS Dragonfly (DF), a Lama V3 contra rotating heli and more recently a Blade MCX (2nd hand and brilliant!).

However having put some time in on the DF over Christmas I figured that I should put my chrissy gift cash towards a 450 size proper helicopter.

The budget was slim - so I scanned the for sale ads and jumped on an "as new" Blade 400 - beauty!

Around the same time HC/HK released the TREX clone kit which would have worked out to be about the same price if I sourced a gyro etc 2nd hand. No-way I thought... who wants to be bothered with putting that together... I want to open the box and fly.

So when I opened the box, I learned what "as new" means:

"As new" feathering shaft: bent.
"As new" main blade: small chip, out of balance, out of tracking
"As new" tail blades: chipped, out of balance
"As new" tail shaft: slightly bent - not too bad though
"As new" tail fin: chipped - cosmetic only though
"As new" rudder pushrod - without pushrod guides
"As new" swash setup - misaligned
"As new" see saw holder - snapped, screw missing
"As new" see saw to head connections - installed back to front


To be fair, a lot of the necessary parts were included -...Continue Reading
Posted by glydr | Nov 15, 2008 @ 05:00 AM | 11,381 Views
Its not an Alula - its an Asian clone called the DIU...
Received with thanks from Mr_g - thanks Matt.

Not in the same realm as the Alula (this one weighs in at 245g - ) but promises to be a good light-medium air sloper. So much so that I pulled the gear from my 200g Pibros to install in this little plane.

Mods? Cut the wings straight... used the supplied fibreglass spars across the entire span. Apart from that (and a stack of tape) built it as, well, no plan or instructions - just built it as it went together. Though I did ignore the plywood tow hook (I think thats what it is) and the bulkhead - this one's a sloper not a parkflyer.

Promises to be good fun.
Posted by glydr | Sep 30, 2008 @ 06:51 PM | 10,647 Views
Simi wing RC conversion - just over 100g - we'll see how it goes.

This in no. 1 - a rough throw together to see how it goes. If it works well the other will be done properly and this one may become light air slope trash.
Posted by glydr | Jul 14, 2008 @ 06:43 PM | 10,306 Views
New wing nearing completion... 54" - HUGE!

Slightly modded EPS zagnutz cores. 3M77, some tape, balsa elevons and standard rc gear.
Posted by glydr | Feb 04, 2007 @ 05:04 AM | 12,092 Views
Here is a handy Alula travel box... has taken the alula by car about 500km so far and works a treat.

Soft foam in the bottom, depron foam on the lid, all 5-6mm coreflute (ex real estate sign).

Posted by glydr | Nov 11, 2006 @ 11:42 PM | 12,263 Views
Here are some photos of Alula #1 built for a friend. Alula #2 (for me) will be finished in time to be packed in the car at Christmas time.
Posted by glydr | Nov 07, 2006 @ 06:07 AM | 14,373 Views
Greetings Alula fans. Alula construction has commenced. Well - I started a little while ago - I'm just lazy at taking photos of this one.

The colour scheme was dictated by the available texta markers - I searched for spray paints but could only get the foam eating variety. At the stationary shop I bought some jumbo markers (about $10 AUS each). I noticed that EPP doesn't colour as well as, say, depron - but I guess we are after a lightweight finish on this purposeful soarer.

The niftiest part I think is the logos. I copied the alula logo from the web site ( and just typed 'richter' in pussycat font as that sort of looks appropriate and similarish to the font used on the web site. These were printed on ordinary paper and I used a sharp balsa knife (yes I do use balsa) to cut the characters. The template is placed over the wing and texta-d over. Pretty nifty eh!

Anyhow - here are the pictures... enjoy.