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Posted by Rob Knox | Nov 24, 2013 @ 02:53 PM | 4,577 Views
Well, after some 2 months, with time availability being a major issue for me, young Shaun has finally solo'd.
This was filmed yesterday at the Club field in Toowoomba, QLD, Australia.
The first 3/4 of the vis is with me on the buddy box, and the last minute is his solo flight.

It was quite windy yesterday, but Shaun handled it very well.

Congratulations Shaun. Well done.

RC Trainee Pilot Shaun Rotherham Flys Solo (5 min 28 sec)

Posted by Rob Knox | Sep 28, 2013 @ 02:19 AM | 4,983 Views
I'm very fortunate that my parents have a house at Bribie Island, near Brisbane, Queensland.
This morning, very early, I headed over to Surfside and had some fun with my J Power P38 over the Pacific and the Beach.
Enjoy the pics, compliments of my Dad....Continue Reading
Posted by Rob Knox | Sep 21, 2013 @ 11:22 PM | 4,251 Views
This is a link to face book showing one of the landings young Shaun conducted yesterday morning.
Once it was on the ground, I took over and got airborne again straight away, that's why it was a touch and go.
Posted by Rob Knox | Sep 21, 2013 @ 07:33 AM | 4,923 Views
A few months ago, a former Helicopter Aircrewman Trainee and colleague of mine, approached me to help his 11 year old son get started into RC Aviation.
I sent them along to a "Have-a-go"day at one of the local clubs here, where young Shaun had his first 2 flights of a nitro powered Boomerang trainer. The lad was hooked.
I suggested that they get him a sim, either Real Flight or Phoenix. They ended up with the Phoenix, which came with a DS X 6i transmitter.
I had at home, a damaged PZ T28 which I repaired for Shaun, and then got flying for him.
We got a buddy lead, and I got the model rigged up for some Buddy flying with my DS X 9 and Shaun's DS X 6i.

I gave Shaun 2 flying lessons at my local park, just getting him to fly circuits.
I briefed him before the flights, explaining exactly what I wanted him to do.
I conducted the take-off, and demonstrated the circuit, then gave him control with a definite, " You Have Control" handover.
I talked him through the circuits, and was very pleased to see his circuit flying progress well during those 2 flights.

This morning, I took young Shaun to the club field at 0630, and gave him 6 more instructional flights. The first flight just had him flying standard circuits based, naturally, on the duty runway direction.

I was happy with his progress in the circuit after that first flight, so I briefed him that we'd look at landing approaches, where, if I was happy with his approaches, he would land the model....Continue Reading
Posted by Rob Knox | May 30, 2013 @ 07:54 AM | 5,141 Views
Here is the vid of Steve Thomas's Catalina on its 2nd flight.
World's Largest RC Catalina Flying Boat 2nd Flight (8 min 16 sec)

Posted by Rob Knox | May 30, 2013 @ 03:52 AM | 4,857 Views
A good mate of mine, and prolific builder of ENORMOUS Rc War Birds, Mr Stephen Thomas, recently asked my to document the maiden flight of his Catalina.
Here it is.
World's Largest RC Catalina Flying Boat Built By Stephen Thomas (12 min 12 sec)

Posted by Rob Knox | May 25, 2013 @ 12:55 AM | 5,300 Views
I managed to get my 18 YO daughter to film another slow flight with the EFlight Hurricane. She wasn't all that interested so the camera work is pretty dodgy, but you do get to see how stable the model is flying slow tight manoeuvres.

RC EFlight Hawker Hurricane Slow Flying At The Park (4 min 10 sec)

Posted by Rob Knox | May 21, 2013 @ 02:50 AM | 4,914 Views
The surface of the park is still pretty good despite the recent rodeo.
Here's a vid from the Hurricane today.
RC E Flight Hawker Hurricane, Some Low / Slow Flying (0 min 0 sec)

Posted by Rob Knox | May 11, 2013 @ 09:03 PM | 7,487 Views
The annual Charity rodeo has once again taken over the park.
Once again, I'll have to be careful of the damage to the surface of the park for take off and landing due to the heavy vehicles driving on the grass.
Posted by Rob Knox | Jan 21, 2013 @ 05:02 PM | 5,098 Views
This is a short Vid of my FMS T 28 from last Sunday.
My brother was about to head home, and I wanted him to film the T 28 for me before he left.
In my haste to get into the air, I grabbed the battery which I had used on an earlier flight, so I lost useable power pretty quickly.
The landing was a pearler though.
RC FMS T 28 A Very Short Flight (2 min 24 sec)

Posted by Rob Knox | Jan 20, 2013 @ 05:24 AM | 5,266 Views
There was a Committee meeting today at Gratton Field about the last of our planning issues for the event. All Is going very well.
Afterwards we did some Flying.
The first Vid is Peter Love and his Gas Turbine Jet PST Reaction X;
The Second is John Knox Flying His PT 17 Steerman.
RC Jet PST Reaction X (6 min 54 sec)

RC PT 17 Steerman (5 min 14 sec)
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Posted by Rob Knox | Jan 14, 2013 @ 09:55 PM | 5,096 Views
Just go to the website, click on the SGAI Event link and then click on the info you require.
See You There!
Posted by Rob Knox | Jan 14, 2013 @ 01:10 AM | 4,874 Views
Ladies and Gents,
The Spektrum Gratton Air Invitational will be Held at Gratton Field, Calvert Queensland, February 14-17 2013.

Pilots will be competing from around the world Including Ali Machinchy (UK) and Mike McConvile (USA).

Contact me for directions.
Posted by Rob Knox | Jan 14, 2013 @ 12:29 AM | 4,424 Views
I had 3 flights Sunday. The top temp here got to 40 C by 1730.

The first flight is the Freewing B17 customised as The Pink Lady. This flight was at 0810 at 27 C.
B17 "The Pink Lady" Freewing RC Electric Model (3 min 58 sec)

Next was the old Hobby King P51D, with a 1555mm wing span. this has been customised in the fantasy Aussie scheme of " Surf 's Up" .
RC P51D " Surf 's Up" Flies Over Meringandan (4 min 9 sec)
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Posted by Rob Knox | Jan 07, 2013 @ 11:52 PM | 4,121 Views
This is my Brother's ultimate fun flyer.
Watch the vid and you'll see why.
RC Electric ' V ' Fly (2 min 26 sec)

Posted by Rob Knox | Jan 06, 2013 @ 11:55 PM | 4,217 Views
I got up at 0400 Sunday to go and do some electric park flying with my brother John.
This first vid is both of us having a turn with his FMS Me 109 Version 1.
RC Me 109 FMS Version 1 (6 min 25 sec)

John and Mark fly their Piper Cubs
RC Piper Cubs (8 min 2 sec)
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Posted by Rob Knox | Dec 31, 2012 @ 11:54 PM | 3,894 Views
I posted the flap fitting detail on the thread at this location
Posted by Rob Knox | Dec 31, 2012 @ 10:55 PM | 4,526 Views
I first saw this model advertised on one of those banners at the top of the screen. I went to the site and was impressed by the flight video. I've also since devoured the thread info for this model.

The model arrived in very good condition, with the model box being inside an outer container. All parts were perfect, without damge or warping, unlike some other kits I have purchased. (GOOD)

The model comes with an instruction sheet with colour plates to help illustrate the various assembly steps. The instructions are general in nature and rely on the builder to have had some experience in assembling such models before. (ADEQUATE)


The Wing
Assembly of the wing is quite simple. You need to install the aileron servos and run the servo leads through the channel. Fitting of the servo horns and rods is straight forward with no noticeable 'gotcha's ' to worry about.
The wing spar fits beneath the servo leads near the center so be aware of that. One of the very nice aspects of the wing is that the servo leads all plug into a single connector which makes fitting and removal of the wing quick and easy.

The Horizontal and vertical stabilisers fit very nicely. I dry fitted both parts and was quite pleased with the neatness of the snug fit. Due to some unintended rough handling, the elevator snapped off, so I fitted 4 flat dubro hinges and hinged it.
There are also two horizontal strakes to be fitted at the top of the Vertical fin....Continue Reading
Posted by Rob Knox | Oct 16, 2012 @ 04:10 AM | 4,928 Views
Some months ago, my brother, John, handed me his Piper Pawnee. It's an ARF balsa electric model.
Wing span is 62" and flies VERY well.
Anyway, the plan was to repaint it and get Callie
to do the decals for me.
I have customised the model after the Pawnee 235 which my Dad flies as a Tug Pilot for the Darling Downs Soaring Club. Dad is an amazing bloke. 74years old, still swims a mile a day and is still flying full size.
Anyway, in his honor I have completed this project.

The simplest part, I thought, was going to be the re-spray; boy was I wrong!
Spraying directly onto model film covering is impossible.
The paint pools and runs. Very untidy. I had to buy some plastic undercoat spray to prep the surface to take the paint.
Anyway, I still had to apply MANY very light coats in order to avoid paint runs, and I still wasn't very successful there.

Finally, the painting was finished and it was time to apply Callie's fabulous decals.
The hardest decals were the stripes running the the length of the fuselage, and where they met the control rods for the rudder and elevator.
Have any of you been applying decals the length of the fuselage and had them touch down before you were ready? It is a deadset bugger.
I ended up having to cut the stripe on one side and re-angle it. Don't look too closely.

Below are the pics from the concept, up to post maiden flight..
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