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Posted by Damian Couzoff | Mar 13, 2012 @ 05:08 AM | 10,803 Views
I am awaiting delivery for a phoenix models K8B vintage scale glider-3.5 Metre wingspan.Since the Seagull models KA8B has proved to be a good glider,its bigger version(K8B),should just be as good.It does not have spoliers,so l will be installing 250 mm electric spoilers, awaiting delivery on those as well.Hopefully l will receive the phoenix models K8B by early to mid april 2012,and complete the radio and spoiler installation for slope soaring this winter.UPDATED-13TH APRIL 2012-Finally,its arrived,I am picking up the K8B tommorow morning,plus the electric spoilers/ext leads,etc,everything required to get the K8B completed for winter slope soaring.I will post a pic when l complete it..UPDATED-19TH APRIL 2012-I have completed the K8B,and will post a pic when l slope it for its maiden flight.
Posted by Damian Couzoff | Oct 23, 2011 @ 05:59 AM | 8,804 Views
This model has a tow release fitted, and working,and 250mm electric spoilers that l fitted, which replace the existing outdated letterbox spoilers.It has a low wing loading of only 15 oz/sq foot.Maiden flight went well on 6/11/2011,off the slope.Added extra lead to the nose,to balance at 60mm,wing loading is now 16.5 oz/sq foot,total flying weight 2.9 kg.Flys well,and is very stable.
Posted by Damian Couzoff | Oct 15, 2011 @ 01:57 AM | 7,927 Views
I acquired a MPX LS-3,and finished off the radio installation,and other minor tasks like lead cast for the nose,new set of steel blades for the wings.It has 250mm mpx spoilers,and will be primarily flown slope.
Posted by Damian Couzoff | Sep 18, 2011 @ 12:21 AM | 7,478 Views
Posted by Damian Couzoff | Jul 04, 2011 @ 07:59 AM | 9,272 Views
I acquired a southern sailplanes Kestrel 17 kit,nearly 2 months ago,and are still building it.This glider is the biggest span model l have,the closest to it is my S2G-ASW 27,with a 4.20 metre span.The Kestrel 17 is one glider that has eluded me for years,l first saw one fly in 1980,and have always wanted to own one,luckily now l do.Once l complete it,l will post a pic.I completed the kestrel 17 on the 25th of sept/2011,here it is-after many many hours work.UPDATED-MARCH 2013.I finally got around to maidening the kestrel 17 off the slope.The wind was strong and l was nervous,as l had spent approx 60 hours to build this model.It launched well,and climbed upwards quickly.It took a while getting used to the feel of this model,at one stage,both outer wing panels bent downwards,out of a turn,and this is due to the washout built into the wings-it doesnt need any.This luckily only happened once,and it recovered,afterwards,after losing height as well.Anyway,the landing was due,and after applying full spoilers,the nose ptched downwards about 60 degrees,so l quickly retracted them,and applied alot of up elevator,to bring it in level.It was not particularly easy to land,and next time l will apply the spoilers for a very short time,to keep the speed up,with less pitching down.
Posted by Damian Couzoff | Apr 26, 2011 @ 06:35 AM | 7,735 Views
I purchased a 3 meter ARF Bird of time,it only needs 250mm electric spoilers to be installed, to complete.I will use a heavy duty high start-flat field thermal,l have fitted the towhook.I will also slope it,good for those light wind days,where other models will not stay up.I am fitting spoilers which are a necessity for this model,its a big floater-over 1000 sq inches wing area,and only weighing 1800 grams-flying weight.I will post a pic, once l complete fitting the spoilers.It has an all moving stab,a HS 82 MG is in the fin to operate the stab,the rudder is controlled by a HS 422 standard servo in the cockpit.It has no ailerons or flaps,only three channel.
Posted by Damian Couzoff | Mar 09, 2011 @ 01:41 AM | 8,657 Views
Posted by Damian Couzoff | Feb 22, 2011 @ 05:19 AM | 8,903 Views
I am in the process of fitting Graupner spoilers-370mm in length,to my DG 808S-4 Metre scale slope glider.This model has no spoilers,only flaps.A y reverser lead,and two HS 82 MG servos are required to fit out and metal threaded rod and metal clevises-dubro.Total cost to fit out is $190 Australian Dollars.The flap servo well will be used for the spoiler servo.UPDATED-21/3/2011-GO TO COMMENTS
Posted by Damian Couzoff | Jan 07, 2011 @ 01:36 AM | 7,822 Views
To the right of the photo is accessible only,the summit to the left is not accessible
Posted by Damian Couzoff | Dec 18, 2010 @ 11:35 PM | 8,963 Views
I am currently installing an aeronaut 1/4 scale electric retract in the ASW 27
Tow release and tow release are already installed.
Final flying weight will be 6.250 grams.
Wing loading- 31 oz sq foot.
Posted by Damian Couzoff | Nov 29, 2010 @ 06:37 AM | 7,364 Views
Posted by Damian Couzoff | Nov 29, 2010 @ 06:33 AM | 2,733 Views
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Posted by Damian Couzoff | Nov 23, 2010 @ 04:07 AM | 8,662 Views
I am awaiting delivery for a Discus 711-4 meter semi-scale glider,via EMS airfreight-ETA-12 days.This glider is cheap,but has 440mm spoilers pre-installed,and it will be a slope only model.I am going to strengthen the entire cockpit,wheel cavity area with epoxy resin and woven cloth,and install a dubro 2.75 inch fixed front wheel and a dubro tail wheel-25 mm diameter.Hitec HS-225 MG and Hitec HS-82 MG servos will be used.I will post some pictures once it arrives,it will be built during the winter months-year 2011.regards damoUPDATED-9/12/2010-IT ARRIVED TODAY-Everything is okay,nothing was damaged in transit,the spoilers are free working and sit flush to the top of the wing,in closed position.The fueslage is thin,l have removed all the cockpit formers already and the entire cockpit will be glassed from the nose to the trailing edge,the formers will be epoxied back in,etc,after glassing.OVERALL-Happy with it,big straight wings,big wing area,no warps,spoilers are great,the fueslage is the only negative item-too light a lay up,this will be rectified by a proper lay-up.Other mods will include tailplane mod and wheels to be fitted,nothing to hard,looking forward to working on it.I will post some pics when l get around to it.regards damoCompleted this model just before christmas 2010
Posted by Damian Couzoff | Nov 01, 2010 @ 09:43 PM | 9,018 Views
Semi-scale Flyfly Condor evo magic 4-well made arf kit-straight fin,wings align perfectly with the fueslage.I highly recommend this glider,big wing area,well made,high lift- flat bottom eppler 205 airfoil,and a good buy at $300 Australian dollars delivered.
Posted by Damian Couzoff | Jun 19, 2010 @ 12:28 AM | 6,125 Views
The final flying weight is 3913 grams,wing loading 22.98 oz/sq foot.Apparently the roll rate of the DG 808S is mediocre,so coupled ailerons and rudder is what l have got,with full rudder throw.I have also worked out a better throwing technique using two hands,my left hand will below the cockpit area and my right hand at the base of the fin.With a strap for the transmitter,it leaves both hands free,it should be okay to launch by myself,using this method.
Posted by Damian Couzoff | Jun 14, 2010 @ 12:29 AM | 6,020 Views
Everything is in the fueslage box required for flying-extra ballast,CF rod,electrical tape for the winglets,scissors,rubber bands for the wings,tailplane,winglets.I also added cardboard chocks to stop the fueslage sliding from side to side.The wing boxes only cost $10 including a reel of tape,and they are strong-cheap & practical.They fit in on an angle between the seats of my small 4 door sedan,and by moving the passenger seat forward the fueslage box fits no problem,and by putting the back seat down also.The transmitter and 12 volt swallow charger go in a separate flight case,and l can charge transmitter and receiver batteries at the slope.It was worth spending the extra time making these boxes, and it only cost $10 for everything,by using the original kit box and outer as well.I can now load the car in less than five minutes,and charge batteries after flying for one hour.I am using 2100 mah batteries for the receiver-varta fast charge-15 minutes-4.8 volt battery pack.I built a charger facility so l can charge 8 varta batteries at once,as my futaba 4exa uses the varta 1.2 volt batteries also.
Posted by Damian Couzoff | Jun 11, 2010 @ 07:49 PM | 6,401 Views
The rain has not stopped-just balanced, so l decided to take a quick pic whilst the wings are still on.