What's It all About ???

This page is all about the building and flying of radio controlled model aircraft. It's a highly diversified hobby that takes in as many skills as you like to use. Everything from electronics to carpentry, to painting, to drawing and designing with a little bit of metal work thrown in. Some builders even go into doing their own machining, pattern designing, fibre glassing, moulding and engine design. You can use electric motors, 2 stroke or 4 stroke internal combustion engines or even minature turbine (jet) engines for power. My own models use 2 and 4 stroke internal combustion engines and range in size from about a metre in wingspan to well over 3 metres from tip to tip!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Things you Find!

I don't know if this really fits into a radio control blog because it's a non flying model but  - there will certainly be a lot of building involved.  Our Club President and I got invited to have a look at a collection of models and assorted radio's, motor's, and general bits and pieces that were stored under a house. As is often the case with this sort of thing there were some real treasures - like a 1/3rd scale Cessna Skylane, ditto Mk 9 Spitfire, ditto Ryan PT 19 and to go on is to painful because - as is also common in these cases - everything had badly deteriorated, the owner thinks they are worth much more than a knowledgeable buyer would pay - and so they will sit there while he tries to get his price - no one will pay it - the models etc will deteriorate even more and eventually it is likely they will all end up in the bloody dump!!

However - I did make one rescue - but - other than the fact it is approximately 1/8th scale - is a static display model and is a Fokker DR 1 Triplane I don't know much about it. 

It may be one of those "buy a bit a week with a magazine" type things and a quick look around the internet after I came home suggests it might be of UK origin.  Photos attached - if any one can identify it AND if any one knows where I can get some building instructions I would be most grateful. 

Please email me direct at  echo.echo100@gmail.com  if you can help. I'm also interested if anyone has some parts - particularly of the the tail feathers as they are non existent in what I brought home.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Slow progress is better than none!

Yes, I know, it takes me forever to get anything much done. No excuse, it's my hobby, I work at the pace that suits me and do what I want to do when I feel like doing it. If that doesn't suit you then I have two suggestions -1. Get a life.  2. Go find some one who builds at the frantic speed you think everyone should work at.

OK - so I've had my little rant to the bright spark who felt compelled to email me with his demands - sorry fella - it's a hobby for me - not an obsession - go complain to someone else.  For those readers who understand that this is a hobby, and that you can work at any damn speed you want to here is an update.

1. I've almost finished the Bird of Time rebuild - the wreck is  starting to look like a Bird of Time again - a couple of update photos on it's build page.

2. I've made some progress on the Lancaster - sorry the photos aren't ready yet - AND - I've started to build the Mosquito. 

3. So - when I get around to it - hopefully in the next week - or so - there will be an update to the Gallery page, the Lancaster photos, some progress on the Fournier RF4 and a bit more on my helicopter obsession - and yes - I will try to put a Mosquito page together..

Monday, May 6, 2013

That Bloody P38

I've added some photos of this miserable bloody kit and some of the errors I've found - mostly very basic errors of design and construction. But as you will see  if you check out the P38 page I've decided to completely rebuild and upgrade the kit, it's either that or throw the whole kit in the rubbish bin and write off the investment.

I've also done some more work on the Lancaster, photos later this week . I've started to fly the Shuttle heli - I haven't crashed it yet - and almost finished the Bird of Time - currently it's in the paint shop and I'll post the finished photos soon.