Hoges's blog - RC Groups
Shop our Airplanes Products Drone Products Sales
Hoges's blog View Details
Posted by Hoges | Jul 18, 2010 @ 09:55 PM | 3,884 Views
A little bit of fun with the Alula!
Remote Control Boomerang (4 min 24 sec)

And when there's too much wind to fly rc planes, how bout kite buggying??

The 13th Beach Gang rides again (11 min 39 sec)
...Continue Reading
Posted by Hoges | Jul 04, 2010 @ 06:52 AM | 4,042 Views
Not that I'm qualified or skilled enough to demo anything, but here's a better look at the ailerons on the Easystar working as hard as I can work 'em !! Managed to talk my wife into a bit of videoing with a better camera (as opposed to my normal ultra wide angle GoPro camera which does a good job portraying a plane as a distant dot !! ) I'm using the spoileron function when landing and I think the Easystar is coming in a lot steeper than normal, but still quite stable. I get the feeling that with the ailerons, the Easystar could be a really good performer in the hands of someone who really knows what they're doing (ie: NOT me!!)
Easystar with ailerons 2 (3 min 15 sec)

Posted by Hoges | Jun 28, 2010 @ 12:37 AM | 4,123 Views
Here's my aileron mod on the Easystar. Much crisper to fly, I can even roll it! (I'm a bit surprised it's still in one piece) A very worthwhile mod and pretty simple to do.

Easystar with ailerons (2 min 57 sec)

Posted by Hoges | Jun 04, 2010 @ 06:35 AM | 6,932 Views
Just a bit of fun with the GoPro velcroed to the Radian. Seems to work pretty well. Didn't fall off!!
Radian Glider with GoPro HD attached (3 min 10 sec)

Posted by Hoges | May 27, 2010 @ 08:45 AM | 5,867 Views
Here's how the first throws and bungee launch of the EasyGlider Pro looked. GoPro HD camera on head.

Maiden flight of the EasyGlider (8 min 39 sec)

Posted by Hoges | May 26, 2010 @ 07:12 AM | 5,381 Views
Got the Easyglider Pro finished today. A gentle breeze was blowing and I thought "Right, perfect conditions for a few gentle tosses to check the trim and if that goes well I'm gonna stick it on the bungee"!!

Bungee: think 15meters of 6mm shock cord and 20meters of fluro pink builders lines with a shredded kite tail as a chute. Not a real bungee at all!! but until HobbyKing get some more of their silicone rubber tubing it's all I've got. I am NOT paying Clarke Rubber $15 per meter for their rubber tubing!!!

Number of times I have bungee launched a glider: 0. (have launched the Xeno with a bungee and tow hook way up the front but that's not quite the same thing!)

OK, did the range check and looked over the control surfaces: all good. Gave it a toss and it just flew/floated away and landed 60 meters away. Great. 2nd throw and it went a bit further. Time for the bungee. Pulled her back till I felt the resistance build suddenly (that'll be the cloth covering on the shock cord I reckon) let her go and she flew up, reasonably straight, at about 50 - 60 degrees. Came off the line easily. Didn't quite land it where I was expecting 'cos it just keeps gliding!! After half a dozen flights and a tiny bit of trimming of the spoileron/elevator mix I started to get a little more accustomed to it. While the spoilerons only go up about 15mm or so, they do inhibit the glide by a reasonable amount. Providing I was traveling in a straight line, I could flip my spoileron switch and it would land itself.

An excellent start. Think I'm gonna like the Easyglider Pro.
Posted by Hoges | May 08, 2010 @ 07:58 PM | 3,964 Views
Put a bigger rudder on the easystar which seems to help. Still think I should get a spare pair of wings and put some ailerons on them though. The motor was cutting in and out a bit and I lost control a couple times in the morning session so I ripped out the Dynam 36mhz reciever and put a 6110 in it for the Spektrum DX6i - motor never missed a beat after that, nor was my control ever interrupted. I had been using the radio and rx from the Dynam Snowbird - it used to cut out all the time and I had assumed I had damaged the esc in a crash. Looks like it's was a dodgy radio after all.
Easystar (2 min 59 sec)

Posted by Hoges | Apr 27, 2010 @ 12:32 AM | 4,322 Views
This is my third session with the Xeno. After many hours on the flight sim I'm just starting to get the hang of it! This is Mt Hollowback just north of Ballarat, Vic, Aus.

Xeno slope soaring (8 min 17 sec)

Posted by Hoges | Apr 18, 2010 @ 07:35 AM | 4,163 Views
"A ten year old could put it together" he said. It must have taken me 8 hours!!! Servos were too small for the well, so there was some cutting and packing and the leads weren't long enough so then I had to do some surgery on the servo cable channel to accommodate some extension leads. Then when I finally get it all together I discover that the DX6i has elevon programming problems. did two hours of head scratching over that one but rcgroups came to the rescue again and provided me with a workaround solution. Checked the cog - within 5mm, took it out into the paddock and chucked it into the wind a few times.... sweet, just glided to earth. Off to Mt. Hollowback. Not much wind to start with but came up just enough to provide a couple of flights of 20min or so. Ah, the joy of having something that responds straight away to my control inputs! A revelation after the Snowbird. Looks like the Xeno is tough enough to take some unplanned landings and responsive enough to teach me in the finer points of flying. A good afternoon - put a smile on my dial.
Posted by Hoges | Apr 03, 2010 @ 07:25 AM | 4,215 Views
Well, managed to crash the little Snowbird several times again today!! Managed to fly it into a tree and broke the wing in half. And flew it into the ground and snapped the vertical stabilizer in half. Put a new stabilizer on.....back to front! Holy crap sometimes I think I'm totally bleeding useless!! Fast running out of spares. Not convinced that the rudder has as much movement as it should. Better spend a lot more time on the simulator......
Posted by Hoges | Apr 02, 2010 @ 04:21 AM | 4,418 Views
Hi all, I was recently given a Snowbird as a gift after showing a keen interest in rc airplanes. I've taken some video of my first attempt at flying it. turned out to be pretty good at crashing it! Poor little thing has hot melt glue and gaffa tape all over it now!! Last couple of flights have been a bit more successfull. I'm keen on getting an elec assist glider (maybe Radian) and a scale or thermal glider once my flying doesn't involve bits of foam going everywhere!! I'm a keen kite buggier and have lots of videos on Vimeo and Youtube of such. I've got about 15 hours in a double seat glider but I started to realize that the anxiety of flying was just outweighing the fun factor. Managed a couple of landings and some nice thermalling to 10,000ft. Never got comfortable with the take off though - I don't multi-task real well! Have just found out about rc gliding. Here's my first attempts with the Snowbird. Feel free to laugh!

Blundering around the sky (5 min 6 sec)