October Blog

Saturday  October 20th, 

Following a morning carrying out modifications and last minute tasks to various models, packed car in preparation for indoor flying then headed down the field to give a few new models an airing before going straight to the evening session. Planning an early departure home for the rugby world cup final. 

I couple of I/ C fliers out including David Brent who having just moved is a new member. He was just packing away is World Models Groove but I managed a couple of shots before it went in the car. 

They informed me a group of fliers had been out testing a couple of similar looking electric models?? 

Gave a second air test to my Great Planes Turmoil (see models for full details). This kit has been sitting in my workshop for over two years, so needing a substitute for my departed and much missed Bye Yak as Clive had still to receive a new Bye Yak kit on ordered. 

I had tested the Turmoil the previous day and found it wanting however with it’s new set up it flew superbly, the pictures just speak for themselves. Paul had a fly and pronounced, “Superb must have one”. It will make a great outdoor model but a little to heavy for indoor use. 

Decided to test fly my new 70% Mini Bye Yak (again see models for full details) before taking it indoors. Having placed the model on the strip opened the throttle and it went nowhere, at this point smart arse Paul points out that the motor is turning the wrong way. Knew I had forgotten something, mistake number one had not programmed the speed controller.

So quick detour home over tea and a slice of cake the speed controller was plugged into laptop and reprogrammed. Then to Chosen Hill school. 

I had expected the numbers to be down with the rugby starting at 8.00pm but not so this was to be the best turn out yet with twelve “adults” and one junior. Although quite a few like me crept away early. 

The first flew flights of the Bye Yak were a little disappointing, lacking power and any duration. It wasn’t until I was preparing the Extra 300 for flight that mistake number two came to light. The Icarus……  is the same motor (different badge/colour) as the AXI 20/38? Fitted to the Extra 300 but on the Extra 300 I use 2 X 640 mahr Kokams.

 With the 640 Kokams fitted the Mini Bye Yak quickly proved to be all I had hoped for. It flies superbly so well that I didn’t fly any other model all night. A latter check with a Watt meter proved what I should have known from the outset that the small 300 mahr Lipo’s really are only suitable for very small motors using very small currents. 

Was nice to see another own design indoor model, Mike? flew very his shocky variant, bit flexible in the wing department, but flew very well. The England squad had their very similar models flying and they to are now flying very well. 

Clive had a new small flying wing to compete with the “holy cow” after a sweeping pass down the hall it wedged itself firmly behind a basket ball net. Didn’t see it fly again. Not sure who had the black disco but was also going well. Lots of small models flying must try next time to get some shots of these flying. 

See you all on the 3rd of November.

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Dave Brent's World Models Turmoil.

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Great Planes Turmoil. Brilliant clour scheme.

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Mini Ultimate 10-300 let loose outdoors.

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Turmoil in "flight". It just does this so effortlessly.

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Clive's new fling wing.

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Neatly parked at the end of 1st test flight.

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70% Bye Yak

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Nearly matching pair from the England team.

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Mike's floopy OD model, flew very well though.

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Black "Crash" like model owner?

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Mini Bye Yak hanging around.

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d hanging up!

Sunday 7th October.

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Vice Chairmans very dead "Hype" in his own words "brain to hand link failed".

Just as well that he brought another model.

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O/d electric model that only made a short hop indoors night before, flew very well outdoors

Midday and the pit area fills up

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I/c starting area also saw plenty of use

Clive starts to assemble his Robbie hang glider

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Paul Gurrs new I/C diesel control liner, built for his son? Young David seeks expert advice while dads not looking.
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Clive still assembling hang glider. Dad now seeks expert help.
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Away for test flight Ken on the handle. More adjustments and advice.
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Then Paul finally gets ago (didn't see his son get ago?) Finally assembled, pity after all that time and effort that it didn't fly (3 P's rule)
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Clive flew his new glider instead.

 

 

Indoor meeting Saturday 6th October.

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At last half descent photo of a mini heli in flight.

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The clubs "wined" up merchant!!

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Moment of release

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A genuine Icarus "shockie"

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Now you see it,

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Now you don't,

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"Splat" and now you do.

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An O/D model bit heavy but did manage a short hop.

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Another O/D called the "Shark"

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New prop and young David gets to grip with electric indoor control line.

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Sub one ounce corner, very cheap fun. These models were airborne all evening.

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A busy heli slot, one in each corner for safety.

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Selection of heli's. Sorry can't remember types.

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Repair work, lightness neads adding??

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Kyosho Minium, after savage attack by shockie.

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