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« Reply #1525 on: April 01, 2021, 12:02:09 PM »

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All looking great, Kevin .... so good to see stuff in the air  Smiley
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What odds on recovering the treed model?

Your mate's a very bad man and you're not much better for posting such tempting pictures of his Swan.  I now have a copy of the Hg Swan plan.  Hmm, 42" span.  Haven't built anything that big in decades...
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« Reply #1526 on: April 01, 2021, 12:28:59 PM »

Lovely to see, Kevin! Aces, and even Elves, don’t seem to give a toss about gusty conditions do they? Must be their British breeding. I also like the look of the Swan very much.

I’d urge anyone who hasn’t done so yet this year to get out and fly something. Nothing beats the lockdown blues like a good dose of Free Flight! (The clue is in the name!)
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« Reply #1527 on: April 01, 2021, 01:15:39 PM »

Sounds like a very nice way to spend a day Kevin. Very nice shots too. I really like your 15" Ace, it looks like a fun little model
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« Reply #1528 on: April 01, 2021, 01:23:53 PM »

I like the vibrant colours - what's the finish? Litespan?

What time did the model land in the tree? If it's after 0830 on the 30th, then I claim the first tree'd model since lockdown - a VMC Cessna in a blackthorn tree. Luckily I had some loppers to hand.
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« Reply #1529 on: April 01, 2021, 01:41:31 PM »

What time did the model land in the tree? If it's after 0830 on the 30th, then I claim the first tree'd model since lockdown - a VMC Cessna in a blackthorn tree. Luckily I had some loppers to hand.
Hmmm... is a blackthorn really a proper tree though? How big was it? If it was bordering on ‘shrub’ status then I’m rather inclined to give the ‘first tree’d model’ honour to Kevin’s in its “very tall oak”.

(No one complains about blackthorns being cut down for HS2.)
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« Reply #1530 on: April 01, 2021, 02:23:41 PM »

What time did the model land in the tree? If it's after 0830 on the 30th, then I claim the first tree'd model since lockdown - a VMC Cessna in a blackthorn tree. Luckily I had some loppers to hand.
Hmmm... is a blackthorn really a proper tree though? How big was it? If it was bordering on ‘shrub’ status then I’m rather inclined to give the ‘first tree’d model’ honour to Kevin’s in its “very tall oak”.
Oh all right then. It wasn't high, but there were spines involved. I suppose there should be an agreed criterion and perhaps 'is it still up there' will do. In which case I concede.
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« Reply #1531 on: April 01, 2021, 02:39:07 PM »

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I like the vibrant colours - what's the finish? Litespan?

What time did the model land in the tree? If it's after 0830 on the 30th, then I claim the first tree'd model since lockdown - a VMC Cessna in a blackthorn tree. Luckily I had some loppers to hand.

The black and cream one is airspan, the little Ace is domestic tissue, the tree'd one is modelspan on the flying surfaces and sprayed polyspan on the fuselage, the Swan is VMC tissue I think.

My tree'd one is still at the top of the oak tree; should it fall it will come down into a pretty tall, dense blackthorn which has grown under the canopy of the oak. You beat me by about 2 hours I think Bill.

Despite the tree incident it was uplifting to put some models into the air.
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« Reply #1532 on: April 03, 2021, 12:49:48 AM »


This is the new 18" version of the Vampire catapult glider.
A cool evening but winds were finally calm enough to fly.

Tony

https://youtu.be/YcbtCH_oR3w
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« Reply #1533 on: April 03, 2021, 01:23:03 AM »

What a nice flight Tony - another winner! However all your jet cats fly well so I expect this performance from your models now Cheesy Cheesy

Good combination of light weight geometry and trimming!

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« Reply #1534 on: April 05, 2021, 06:24:19 PM »

Cheers John.
For sure light and good geometry. Not sure about the trimming. Smiley

Went flying Sunday around noon.
Had a request from a subscriber who is interested to just let the camera roll and show what it's really like.
These are unlisted I'll keep them up for a couple of weeks.

https://youtu.be/8b2L5ADa8cE

I didn't touch the trim once set and it might appear to need some help.It's just gusty.
When filming for YT I try to stand still, but when I don't have the camera on I walk constantly.
So this is what it's like.

5 minutes later (check the time stamp) this flight hooked some air, landed at the top of a tree filtered down and flew out and back into the woods. Shocked Shocked

https://youtu.be/oMzMemq1pQ0

All the while I'm walking, almost started running.
I have a new go pro on order that has stabilization.


The new P59 (18" version) in the picture also flew Sunday.
3 thermal flights all landing in the trees and it took a beating. Tongue
All in all I didn't like the performance due to a wing construction snafu that left it with less dihedral than required for this type of flying.
Building another, try to do better. Grin

I hope you are well John.

Tony
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« Reply #1535 on: April 05, 2021, 09:51:36 PM »

All fine over here thanks Tony - just waiting for the jab!

Your catjets are great floaters Tony. Boy you were lucky to get it back in that second clip!

Cheers
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« Reply #1536 on: April 09, 2021, 04:42:28 AM »

Love the Vampire Tony! Looks great  Cool

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« Reply #1537 on: April 09, 2021, 12:09:33 PM »

Tom-
I apologize if the question has been answered already, but how do you get the dihedral joint sanded so that it holds the specific airfoil you have analyzed?  I can imagine sanding in "a curved surface", but a specific airfoil?

Great flights, by the way.  I'm lower on the learning curve than you with my video efforts.

Ken
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« Reply #1538 on: April 11, 2021, 10:44:38 AM »

Thanks Jon. I hope you are well. Smiley

That's a excellent question about how to join the wing Ken thanks for asking.
I'm building a mouse trap pictures below.

Try not to look while you get the jab John, from that angle the needle appears to be about 6" long. Grin

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« Reply #1539 on: April 11, 2021, 12:29:10 PM »

Very innovative Tony.
I'm assuming you're sanding the wing halves before joining with some kind of sanding block set up.
I'm impressed with your laser cutting, way beyond my abilities.


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« Reply #1540 on: April 12, 2021, 11:00:19 AM »

Thank you very much.  Those pictures were worth 8,000 words. Shocked

I'm doing it all wrong lol. Those are some precisely shaped wings, and you can tell the level of craftsmanship from the number of jigs used. I tend to prop things up with detritus from the bench as I glob glue into the gaps.

I started going through the thirty-odd pages of the catajet thread trying to find anything you posted about the F-16 (or anything else for that matter). I think I'm on page 17 and haven't found it yet.
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« Reply #1541 on: April 14, 2021, 04:13:28 AM »

I spent a lovely afternoon and evening flying on Port Meadow yesterday in almost perfect conditions. My first time out on the meadow since August last year.

With myself , Mike S, Bill and Trish and two other OMFC members not on the forum we formed a group of 6, now allowed to fly together on the Meadow.

I took the Mile Falcon which showing real promise. I initially over powered it with 10 strands of 1/8" .... well I new to rubber  Huh. which pulled it along at quite a pace.  I then reconfigured the same motor as 8 strands but increased length and the model climbed out very nicely. An attempt to increase the turns, though resulted in a blown motor so I'll come back to that one

The GWE Bantam has turned into a nice little flyer and little Peck Cub had its first flight after a year waiting for indoor flying to return.

Later on I had the Cessna 170 in the air and also fired up the Tomtit. This now has an RC rudder and after a bit of messing around getting power setting right it climbed out really nicely . I thought it was going a bit straight so added a tiny bit of L rudder and the model almost rolled on its back in a spectacular fashion despite lots of corrective op rudder. No real harm done and I suspect the actual cause was a flat rx battery !!!! I had similar happen on the bench when the voltage drops the lemon RX just shuts down in whatever position the rudder happens to be in . I had timed how much I had in each battery about (12 mins running time) ...but in the heat of flying I forgot to check...and I even had another battery with me

Mike Stuart brought some lovely models as usual all flew beautifully . I kept trying to get some video of the Foxmoth and Blackburn but every time I realised he was about to launch by the time I got the phone into camera mode it was away. I do have some footage which I will post later . Mike's new Consolidated Fleetster was flying very nicely after a bit of trimming , it looks very nice in the air

Bill and Trish flew some duration models in the afternoon. Bill's Coupe was going very well and later on we were treated to his Chrislea Super Ace flown expertly by Terry Thomas. It had an interesting climb out which ended in a steep turn and a nice gentle circuit...I suspect some dastardly flying by Terry Thomas !! I have to say it was very entertaining and the model has a wonderful glide

Pic 1 Bill prepares the Trumeaux ?? for another launch

Pic 2 Not very good at identifying duration models ...err.. pass

Pic 3 Dave assumes the model rigging position

Pic 4 My own Miles Falcon and GWE Bantam

Pic 5 Mike's Blackburn Shark, flying beautifully again after its repair

Pic 6 Mike's Fox Moth
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« Reply #1542 on: April 14, 2021, 04:17:31 AM »

Pic 1 Mike's squadron for the day

Pic 2 Mike's Consolidated Fleetstar

Pic 3 I can't remember what this is sorry and I'm not that hot on WW2 aircraft

Pic 4 - 6 Bill's Chrislea Super Ace and the star pilot

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« Reply #1543 on: April 14, 2021, 04:21:07 AM »

Great stuff ... mildly envious!
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« Reply #1544 on: April 14, 2021, 05:42:41 AM »

Terrific stuff, Chris. What a super selection of models. Wish I’d been there! Looking forward to the footage.
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« Reply #1545 on: April 14, 2021, 06:04:20 AM »

Thanks guys it was a very good afternoon

Here's the video...apologies for the soft focus start it was..er...  filmed through the gel cover on my phone... I put it on upside down in my haste Undecided

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9-1B35bHfo&t=13s

Dave Monk's Madcap provided some excitement at the end of the day when it flew off over the river and nested fairly high up in one of the trees. Undeterred Dave walked round to the other side, whittled a suitable stick and managed to poke it free

EDIT - I've just had to change the title of the video as 'Mostly Rubber' seems to get the wrong sort of comments on youtube!!!! Shocked. The link still seems to work though
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« Reply #1546 on: April 14, 2021, 06:39:20 AM »

Gorgeous.

Bill's Coupe climbing away is the sort of thing Free Flight dreams are made of.

Nice to see the Falcon flying too Smiley
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« Reply #1547 on: April 14, 2021, 06:44:47 AM »

Bill's Trumeaux flight is great to watch - that's a big wing that rubber is pushing around!
Looks like a great day
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« Reply #1548 on: April 14, 2021, 08:31:41 AM »

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My Memory has returned !!!! Baron Night  Grin
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« Reply #1549 on: April 14, 2021, 09:12:29 AM »

Video of Bill's Les Trumeaux is top shelf, just what I needed for some more motivation.

Thanks

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