17 December 2008

Springfield queue - 16 December

Nice to see a mob again on Springfield, for some enjoyable Summer flying.

04 December 2008

TOSS slope 2009 - sneak peak visit to Red Hill 2 December 2008

An idyllic little Simonstown to visit for a spare day (hint hint), packed with interesting views, including this magical view from bay side eating house. The slash up the front of the mountain in the rear is part of the 9 kilometre (yes) road to the top of Red Hill!

Stunning view from the slope spot to across to the town itself - made all the more interesting by the rare continual Navy firing practice on the visit day.

A quick call to Kev Farr revealed that this was indeed Wayne who has sneaked out for some mid week flying with the scale Fox. Wayne kindly talked me through the flying and landing zones and explained the area in general.

The Toss boys have gone to much trouble to clear this lading zone, although the "fyn bos" to one side is still a favourite with the locals.

Wayne with his flap equipped Fox - his landing was a total doddle with flaps in the guess 30km wind. Just a bit of discipline and flaps called for. Unfortunately the cell rang just as I was about to snap the landing approach pic.

Centre view from the pilot area of the slope - as uninterrupted air as anyone could dream for....

More of the popular "fyn bos" landing area to the town facing side of the cleared landing area.

Parking area for the limited entry. Nice view spot in itself.

Kev had mentioned to Russ that no session is complete without a visit to "Dixies" down below. A watering hole dripping with atmosphere and looking on the stone throw away sea. See reflection in the window.

Man, this one event I am looking forward to. The airport to Hill top distance was an easy 50km (with a swerve of to Kennilworth), including the 9k to the top of Red Hill.

15 November 2008

Springfield chickens up north.....

The Umdloti Flyers (Geoff, Mathew, Claire, Mark and junior) celebrating the Currie cup win with the aptly decorated Sharkie - originally a Sticktime Bat which performed magically on its debute at Derek's Dale. Mike and Mathew with the Plane Game Skylark which has proved a revelation for accelerated learning.
Even Uncle Dave has a Skylark (for the god daughter, you understand ;-), which has opened up previously iffy spots for this small by efficient craft - off the back of the Umdloti pimple at sunset, for instance.....

The Inanda Dam view from the west side of Dereks Dale at 7:30 on a Saturday morning - very, very special.....

New blood is an amazing thing. As mentioned in blast from past, Mark Phillips is a product of the early nineties regular beginner sessions and enticed Dave to start up again closer to home. By sheer co-incidence, Plane Game offloaded a dozen or so little Chinese Skylark electric soarers, complete with bat, charger and 35 meg radio, all for R350 a pop. The guys had ou Dave out at Derek’s Dale at 7:30am (this is someone who does not believe in morning sloping) and between the slope lift and getting out of trouble with electric assist, the learning curve was accelerated at exponential rate. The were four of these little Chinese beasties and running between three all flying at the same time did wonders for the heart rate..... ;-) Guess what – a bunch of fun.

14 November 2008

Name the Plane

Piet, your chance to win your beer back! Can you name the sloper in the picture? Also, more importantly, does anyone still own one locally. If you do, let me know please - the designer and creater of this strange looking design is asking.(pictures welcome)

Here you go!

Sorry Piet, Mike May beat you to it. Enjoy the Millers Mike.
It is, of course, a J.A.D.E. Telos from some twenty years ago. Richard Jarel is spooling up a limited re-run of these kits if anyone is interested. Here is the link http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=955809
(Thanks Dave for the link in the Comments section)
Mine is already ordered - any more takers? Oh, and anyone aware of anyone local who still has one still?

03 November 2008

De Havilland Hornet

Hi Guys,

If you've been wondering what I've been up to, well here she is! 2m wingspan scratchbuilt De Havilland Hornet with retracts and two Mamba Electric engines. The real aircraft came out in 1945 just to late to see action in WW2, so was the last piston engined fighter of the RAF as well as the arguably fastest. As she was to be mostly carrier based (against the Japs) she performs well at slow speeds. Single seater with 4 x 20mm cannon in the nose, she is the younger sister to the famous Mosquito. The real plane had 2000 Horsepower Rolls Royce Merlin engines each side (compare that to a 150 HP skiboat engine or a Beachcraft Barren 7 seater twin with only 450HP a side.
I am in the process of cladding the Nacelles (not easy!) and then have only the engine farings to make as well as the undercarriage doors, cockpit & canopy. I will be giving her a resin coat before spray painting. I started in March this year but will only be finished some time in the new year.
Electric power is a big learning curve. I have chosen 2 Scorpion Brushless Outrunners with 70A speed controller turning 15 x 8 props. batteries are 3000Mh 14.8V Lipo's. The total aircraft weight will be around 6kg's.
Building a monster like this is not for sissys......!

27 October 2008

Whew, wot a tense rugger final

Mark Phillips taking foamie flying to another level.... ;-)

24 October 2008

Can you spot the differences

Old Prepatation Piet up in Gauteng is testing my aircraft identification skills once again on the BERG blog, but this time he is adamant that I am wrong and he is right. He posted a picture of a glider dumping its water ballast, and I correctly identified it as a DG LS10. Piet reckons its a LS8, because, according to him, only the LS10 has upturned wing tips.

Can you spot the difference - First, the photo that started it all!

Two more of a DG LS10

And now two of a LS8

Maybe I should send Piet to an optometrist - I just happen to know one that practices in his area.

20 October 2008

Dave's sundowner for Saturdays

So impressive was the Mini Ultra Stick at the recent control line event that a kit was tracked down at Digby's shop (thanks to Neville and Russ for the lead). Kit is the wrong term cause it took under two hours assemble this amazingly complete and immaculately produced little craft. The only glue needed was to locate the optional firewall in the front! The brushless speed 480 and 12/6 prop combo definitely a little over the top as the craft tootled around nicely at half power. The only single teeny glitch in the whole assembly was the instructions calling for a 3/32 instead of 1/16 hole in the servo arms - stunning. Oodles of room for the DX6i gear - a nice cosy radio option for park and all sport flying.

18 October 2008

Blast from the past - Saturday mornings

Mark Phillips is a product of the DMAC early Saturday morning RC soaring lessons in the early 90's. Mark then went awol for a decade but micro helicopters prompted him back in to the flying scene. He has got us back in to the healthy habit of 7:30am starts, followed by breakfast at 9:00am and the whole weekend thus still ahead. The E Hawk with brushless 480 and 2.4g connection has proved a sweetie - kinda like the old Easy Bird with a motor.....
Sheer soaring pleasure afore many people are stirring for the day.... Saturday mornings definitely a good habit to cultivate again.

The trick in this game is to always be one step ahead and the Mini Bee with stock motor the ideal foil to get the next step in to sloping. A bit porky with the huge 2000 lipo, so marginal on the flat but ideal for slope days at Derek's Dale etc. Mark also completing a foamie Expo for some evening Park flying.

13 October 2008

PSS Fest 2008 Eastern Thermal Busters

As a follow on to Daves posting, here is my photographic contribution of the event

Richards successful flight on Sunday with the Windrider A388 airliner

Let the judging begin....

The winners - Piet and Rockwell Aero Commander, Mike with Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt (Warthog) and Herman with Hunting Percival Jet Provost

A formation of SAAF Impalas and Sabres

Herman and the Jet Provost just after completion on the slope!!

Norberts Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter

Izaks beautiful McDonnell Douglas FA-18 Hornet, in Blue Angels colour scheme.

The Cessna A-37 Dragonfly Super Tweet belonging to event organiser Paul

ETB PSS fest pics from Dennis Bird

After being a late starter, Mike May knocked this up in very quick time for his son for the event.
Mike May's Warthog meanie.

The Springfield legend himself, Pete Milne with the Martin Baker 5, that confused more than a few people....

The Berg Blog well document speedy build beaut from Pieter Rheeders.

There must have been at least half a dozen of these Impala beauties, all built magnificently.

Paul Carnell's yellow beastie.

Chris Adrian and Johan with one of the quite a few versions of this low, swept wing versions.

The up country slope mecca, known as Tamatjieberg.

There are already some nice pics on the Berg blog and pretty sure that ETB will soon folllow up with a report and the large group pics.....

10 October 2008

PSS fest 11th hour

Dennis Bird nearing completion on the wow ME109 initiated by Michel Moratanus a longggg time ago. Stunning.
Roll on Volksies!

04 October 2008

ETB PSS Fest 2008

With less than a week to go, Jacques and I have finally finished our projects for this event. The Sabre has flown, been dinged and repaired, the Impala will be maidened at Volksrust on the day. The ugly mongrel Harvard was recently crashed while practicing for this event, and has been hastily repaired. She is not a pretty sight. Weights are Impala 1.6kg, Sabre 1.4 kg and Harvard 800g. Lets hope the wind blows on the day...