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Posted by pittsartist | Feb 07, 2017 @ 04:26 AM | 1,139 Views
86g RTF excluding battery. I'm happy with that !



Only finished Sunday so yet to test fly - hopefully next Tuesday evening !
Posted by pittsartist | Jan 25, 2017 @ 12:14 PM | 1,197 Views
A lifetime RC modeller talks about state of the art fullsize design - interesting stuff !

GB1 GameBirdWhy do modern aerobatic aircraft look the way they do?With an RC model, you´ve got endless options: engine, size, weight, shapes, all can be as you want. It takes an idea, some work and off you go. Best way to learn and to try new things.Model aerobatics are clearly leading the way, at least in Freestyle.Add people to flying machines, and the amount of options for designers gets less:There are pretty much only 2 engines to choose from if the machine is supposed to have sufficient performance for unlimited competition (Lycoming AEIO 580 and M14 radial).Persons require space, add weight and come in all shapes and sizes (but pay, so make sure they feel comfortable sitting in the airplane!) Cockpit design and ergonomics and engine choice are pretty much the starting point. Once you´ve decided how many people (one or two) should be propelled through the box by which engine, the rest is a matter of how many you want to sell and to whom, size of the development budget, plus talent, experience and persistence.It is also important to make sure the design can be produced economically and that the design meets whatever regulations apply so that it may legally fly.I’ve been working at Game Composites the last two and a half years. At Game Composites I have the privilege of working with the best team I could wish for. Building the team is one of the key factors to make such a long and...Continue Reading
Posted by pittsartist | Nov 23, 2016 @ 10:10 AM | 985 Views
Time Flys 2016 (3 min 28 sec)

2016 crammed into 3 1/2 minutes. Hope you like the film
Posted by pittsartist | Feb 19, 2016 @ 03:05 PM | 1,780 Views
Here's a video from last Friday - taking a "1st timer" for an aeros ride in a Pitts. He's wearing my headset / headcam setup in the front seat. All preflight checks OK we launch and climb to 3500' just North of the airfield. Final pre aerobatic check is to roll inverted and check oil pressure / fuel systems and no loose objects.

It did not go to plan ..............

Oily (5 min 4 sec)

Posted by pittsartist | Jan 31, 2016 @ 02:13 PM | 2,282 Views
I've been trying to improve my flick roll technique of late. Every so often I hit a good one - but it's not consistent. Soooo, I've made a little film to help reinforce what it should look like to help me remember.

The current "recipe" is

-Set full power and climb 45 deg to drop airspeed to 85mph
-Level off and allow to accelerate to 100mph
-Rapid tug of up elevator to give about 2.5g,
-At the exact moment the G peaks bang in about 70% left rudder
-When the aeroplane "breaks" Unload to 80% fwd stick / 70% left aileron
-Keep the rudder in until 3/4 complete (I often fail here !)
-Change feet, then , a little more fwd stick (like a mini punch) then back to neutral to stop

This is what it looks like. (still slightly over rotated and a slight L/H heading change - but at least there's a fair "snap" to the rotation)

Flickroll Analysis (0 min 42 sec)

Posted by pittsartist | Jan 29, 2016 @ 04:49 PM | 2,349 Views
Just realised I never posted this 'Vid. Much the same as the last one - you can hopefully see a little progression in technique since this earlier flight. I loved the bit at the end swooping through the clouds - the RV is great for this - so fast

Vans RV-6 Aerobatics and some Cloudbusting (6 min 51 sec)

Posted by pittsartist | Jan 29, 2016 @ 04:38 PM | 2,268 Views
A nice day just after finishing work ready for Christmas. Not much of an Edit - just add a little music and watch "as is"

I'm gradually exploring flying the RV inverted. Nothing had fallen off and it's kept running so far. Actually, it's better inverted than I thought it would be - not much fwd stick and although I loose a little height it seems to fly along quite nicely at about 170mph inverted.

Hope you like it.

RV-6 Aerobatics 20 12 2015 (5 min 44 sec)

Posted by pittsartist | Nov 17, 2015 @ 01:34 PM | 2,478 Views
Well, yet again it's that time of year.

2015 has been fantastic for me. My first visit to Oshkosh, my first complete aircraft build finished (and flown). Numerous "once in a lifetime" views of the world from the air, 6 or 7 films (I even seem to have finally seem gotten to grips with Premier Elements at long last !)

Anyway, here it is - 150 flying hours shoe horned into 4 minutes

I really do hope you enjoy watching it

Time Flys 2015 - An aviators yearbook (4 min 17 sec)

Posted by pittsartist | Oct 15, 2015 @ 04:43 PM | 2,854 Views
A young chap I met at the UK R/C Nats a year or two back is now doing a media course and needed to make a mini documentary as a course assignment.

Here's the result. Hopefully worth a watch for a few minutes.

(how many of you can identify with the "plane on a stick" comments ? ..... can't believe I was the only one )

The Dream | A Pitts Artist (11 min 3 sec)

Posted by pittsartist | Sep 29, 2015 @ 10:45 AM | 2,556 Views
A re edit of my last film - some colour correction and re editing to make it was watchable as possible rather than just a "holiday" video

Hope you like it

Dragon Lands (3 min 26 sec)

Posted by pittsartist | Sep 16, 2015 @ 04:03 AM | 2,782 Views
A quick film of our annual "Pitts Artists" expedition. This year it was to Swansea.

There's 2 x S1-S, 1 X S1-T and Eagle and a Cub (The Cap 232 went Tec with brake issues).

Taken the weekend after our BMFA R/C nationals here in the England, there's a fairly "chilled" vibe for 3 mins 43 sec.

Hope you like it

The Pitts Artists do Wales 2015 (3 min 43 sec)

Posted by pittsartist | Aug 11, 2015 @ 01:29 PM | 2,576 Views
There's a password - "RC"

Air 2 Air (3 min 12 sec)

Shame it was not a smoother day - but we managed to stay within the safety brief and got the fullsize in shot every pass.

Trust me, it's much harder than it looks for the R/C pilot, mainly due to timing the pass and getting in the right place at the right time when you can't look at both aircraft at once.

the R/C camera ship was a multiplex Easystar with a gopro on the front, not that i'd want to test it - but probably not enough to cause serious damage to the RV in a collision.
Posted by pittsartist | Jul 20, 2015 @ 06:24 AM | 2,515 Views
After (and before) .......

Dramatic moment a Spitfire lands without any wheels. (0 min 57 sec)

Spitfire at Sibson V4 (4 min 18 sec)
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Posted by pittsartist | Jul 15, 2015 @ 05:06 AM | 2,432 Views
First ever spin of this (new) aeroplane.

Could well be the last as this type is not cleared for intentional spinning here in the UK

Many thanks to my test pilot. Looks tame on a computer, but in reality you need BIG balls (or a small brain )to do this

RV-6 Spin testing (0 min 22 sec)

(PS - before anyone says it, "Zero" for the flicked spin entry, and don't you love how the ipad keeps trying to flip rightside up !)
Posted by pittsartist | Apr 21, 2015 @ 10:35 AM | 3,312 Views
A quick 1m 50s ride along with a Pitts formation last Monday

Hope you like it

Low Trail ......... A Pitts formation flight (2 min 7 sec)

Posted by pittsartist | Apr 18, 2015 @ 04:30 PM | 3,552 Views
Posted by pittsartist | Mar 24, 2015 @ 10:48 AM | 3,503 Views

IMG_3717 by pittsartist@yahoo.com, on Flickr

6 1/2 hours so far. 200mph straight and level @ 2600 rpm - I'll settle for that !

IMG_0059 by pittsartist@yahoo.com, on Flickr

With spats ....
Posted by pittsartist | Mar 03, 2015 @ 11:23 AM | 3,765 Views
I've been ready for 2 weeks now - but the weather has other ideas

It's an RV-6, 160 hp with full inverted systems to go with the Pitts. Brand new, never flown, built over the last 18 months from a 16 year old untouched kit I found in a barn.



Posted by pittsartist | Feb 05, 2015 @ 05:22 AM | 5,240 Views
vid3 (5 min 23 sec)

Posted by pittsartist | Nov 28, 2014 @ 10:19 AM | 3,370 Views
A bit of a "crossover" film this time. Some of the sequences are shot from a Multiplex R/C "Easystar"

Cloud Dancing on the "Bullet Train" (4 min 14 sec)

As soon as the weather improves there's plans afoot to try some air to air shooting with R/C & the Pitts. Ideally we need either a static quad copter or a 100+ mph fixed wing platform.

Methinks the fist stage will be "flypasts" of a quad copter in static hover at about 50'

Can't wait to get started !