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My disappointing outing

Today I visited a RC Aircraft club in Perth (who shall remain nameless) with a view to joining. It’s always so much better to share a hobby with like minded individuals, plus club and MAAA membership brings extra benefits such as recognised training, qualifications and insurance.

I was hoping to be able to post a rave review about the club and the day I had. While I did have fun I came away very disappointed. Read the rest of this entry »

Wowings Duck Video

It’s such a shame I haven’t had the opportunity to fly this one much. Here’s a video that was taken on the day of her maiden flight. More information on the duck and photos can be found here

Swift II Flying Wing Video

Everything lined up today, the weather has been ideal and Kristy & I both had the day off. So we walked the dog and flew the Swift. Kristy agreed to do the video again – thanks gorgeous! There are some photos of the Swift here.

MS Composit Swift II Flying Wing

I’ve finally added some photos of the Swift to the Hangar. I’m dying to get some video of this model since I reckon it’s the most entertaining of the lot. Hopefully soon I can take Kristy flying with me again, maybe she can take some photos and video.

*Update* See Swift II video here. Thanks to Kristy for shooting the video!

There are only two things I wish this model had: a rudder and an undercarriage. Stall turns with the EVA are great fun and I wish I could do them with this model, plus it would be handy for keeping things straight in those vertical climbs. As for the U/C, hand catches are fun but there’s nothing like a really well executed ‘greaser’ landing on terra firma.

This thing is amazing.

The Swift gets flown consistently in conditions and at sites where I wouldn’t dare fly anything else. From it’s dozens of sorties it’s had almost no prangs, especially considering the way I fly this one! To date the worst has to be full throttle into a chain link fence – one broken prop and no other damage!

I’ve even flown this from my parent’s place in the hills. I hand launched off the balcony and immediately pulled vertical to get above the trees. After flying about for a while I decided to attempt a landing before the battery ran low and forced a landing.  It involved a vertical dive down the edge of the trees, pull out and fly level with the lawn then pull vertical before hitting the trees at the other end. A nice graceful wingover and do it all again with each successive wingover getting lower and lower. All of this was performed with motor off, it’s incredible how much energy she retains in the glide. The final run ended when I ran out of airspeed and lawn, opting instead for an undignified arrival in a soft bush.

The last thing the swift is really good for is flying around other people (public property). While all my park flyers are light and probably wouldn’t do much damage, they all have a propeller poking out the front. Because the swift is so light and has the propeller hanging out the back it doesn’t worry me. I never cease to be amazed by the reaction of on-lookers too. Often I’ll hear “Wow, look at that”, “Do a loop” or “Do a nose dive” etc. I’ll almost always oblige and it always brings a smile to my dial :)

Wowings Duck Build process

I’ve just put the finishing touches on the Wowings Duck build page. Click here for a walkthrough of the build process and a little flying review at the end.

Youtube!

Here’s my first ever Youtube upload and embedded video. Exciting stuff!

Flying Wings

Well, I now have two more models (will this obsession never end?) The first is the Wowings Duck which was a birthday present from my gorgeous wife! This was my first foray into EPP foam and the experience has left me with mixed emotions. It’s horrible stuff to work with, blunts scalpel blades in 30sec and getting a nice clean cutout is hard. However, it more that makes up for it’s shortcomings with durability!

The Duck is my first ever slope soarer, I waited two weeks watching for the correct wind strength and direction for our local granite outcrop ‘slope’.  I had a couple of good launches and got high before aerobating back to the slope. Then something changed, wind strength or direction not quite sure exactly and the good lift was gone. This left me hugging the face of the rock trying for every scrap of lift. This led to some spectacular crashes, none of which worried the duck. It was amazing (and heaps of fun and laughs).

That got me thinking, I need something like the duck for park flying. A model you truly can crash, dust off and fly again. (Not that I try and make a habit of crashing). Enter the MS Composit Swift II from rcflyer.com.au $75 for the model plus postage and I’m laughing. All the radio gear, electronics etc were pinched from the Fling Wing. This thing is now hands down my favourite model. Indestructible like the Duck, but smaller lighter and more agile. I’ve got a 1250mAh LiPo battery in there and from the three flights it’s had and the charge it took afterwards, I rekon I can get 30min runtimes out of it! It’s great fun flying at head height doing tight figure 8′s in front of you, then hitting full throttle and punching out vertical. Truly a small field park flyer. So far one landing was on the grass, the other two were hand catches!

Fling Wing

Another flying contraption joins my hangar! This one came as a free plan in a copy of RCM&E, designed by Nigel Hawes. This thing used about $15 of balsa and was covered with scaps left over from building my EVA Biplane.

The maiden flight was very exciting and followed three or four maiden flops. Eventually I got it trimmed well enough to launch and climb to height before trimming properly.

It certainly looks unique both on the ground and in the air. It spins like you wouldn’t believe and landings so far have been a series of gentle skips along the grass – similar to skimming a rock across a pond!

Looking forward to more flights with her….

The ‘Gentle Advancer’ flies

The Gentle Advancer is a 2m wingspan 2 channel glider. Don’t bother googling for it, I’ve got the only one in existence! It’s got the fuselage and tail from a gentle lady and the wings from a Quiet Advancer.

In the absence of a ‘purist’ launching method I’ve got a Turnigy 28-30B brushless outrunner turning an 8×6 prop mounted above the wings on a power pod. This setup draws 12A on full throttle and a climb from my hand to soarable altitude takes about 1 minute.

Last Sunday was the first time I flew this complete setup. I took a friend with me to the oval and after flying the biplane myself I launched the glider to give him a go. After a couple of climbs and descents the ‘Gentle Advancer’ was almost down to circuit height again, with Michael flying. Then she seemed to surge upwards, at which point I got quite excited and said “I’ve got it”, taking the controls off him. I started a right hand turn, adjusting the radius and position just like I do in the real thing, except this time it was off visual cues not audio and other senses. To my delight, about 60 seconds later she was too high for me to continue thermalling! I handed the controls back to Michael who flew until it was back to circuit height again. WOW – my first RC thermal. That’s almost as exciting as the real thing!

I’m well and truly hooked now, I can’t wait for the next opportunity to take the glider out. Maybe even try slope soaring it off the nearby granite outcrop….

My ‘New’ 2m RE Glider

In terms of R/C I grew up on a 2 meter wingspan 2 channel rudder / elevator glider called the Quiet Advancer. Initial training flights used a cox .049 glow engine on a pod mounted above the wing to launch the glider, once the fuel ran out it was a slow glide back to earth. Once my confidence improved I would fly on my own at the local oval. Often with a mate who had another 2m RE glider (I forget the make) and a bungee. We spent countless hours seeing how many loops we could do in one flight, or seeing who could catch their glider instead of landing it. Read the rest of this entry »