Hi guys and gals I hope you enjoy the blog I am goin to be doing!
I hope to get some feed back and ideas as the build contiues.
I've been doing some thinking about getting back into the hobby just didn't know how or when up until I got to talking with a friend of mine. He owens a Restaruant and a Bar.... that is called the Mile High Club. He mentioned he would like to have something in the bar like a plane or some kind of memorbilia in it. So I offered to build him an Aircraft and donate it to the cause.
So when I got home that day I talked it over with the wife and she agreed!!!! lol
Just one problem with that, she was right when she said, I would get hooked back into the Hobby!
Here I am working on not just one P47, instead of one I desided to build two and ever since I started it I would say I have finally got to the point of ugh ..... Builders Burn out!
So as the blog continues you'll understand what I have been up to
See you real soon as it continues
Well folks, after seeing Ali from Avicraft with his slowfly EPP firefly at our interclub funfly on Sunday (16th May), I dashed over to Avicraft on Monday to go get one for myself. Really impressed with how strong and tough it is, and it flies really slowly too, perfect for a beginner like me, I can crash it as much as I like and not break it (almost maybe).
So, I got it home, shot a quick video of it, and now need to get it painted and put together asap for some amateur proof testing and learning.
I have a feeling this is going to be a ton-o-fun.
Avicraft are making their own kits, laser cut, for £19.99 with plywood laser cut motor mounting and they can supply you with whatever specification you want to fly it, but I went with 3 servo's, the linkages, GWS slowfly propellor, motor and a 10amp Speed controller, for "around" the £80 mark. I'll slap in a 4ch parkfly futaba receiver I have and a 2cell lipo battery!
Several of us @ Croydon Airport Model Flying Club have bought one this week.. Here's the quick vid I made to show you:
<iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/12436757" width="400" height="300" frameborder="0"></iframe><p><a href="
">Avicraft FireFly 01 - Flying ceiling tile! Before I get to work</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/rcnet'>http://vimeo.com/rcnet">123rc.net</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p> Now all I need to do is get it painted and assembled, I'll show you once I've done mine.
Hey ho web neighbours
Well, The Multiplex Easystar I bought from Modelspot arrived, and 8 weeks later I've got it out the box and built it all, and made a few small modifications, nothing major as I'm still an amateur and learning, so want to find my feet first as I'm still needing to master safe take-off and landings.
So, heres what my Multiplex Easystar looks like now its finsihed:
Multiplex Easystar foam kit
40amp Turnigy Plush ESC mounted on the top by cutting away the top to make it flat.
2700KV Turnigy brushless inrunner motor glued into the fuselage
APC 4.5 x 4.1 prop with aluminium prop mount to help with the CG over the rear.
Futaba 7ch receiver, purely because thats what I had available at the time.
Entire all up flying cost for this plane is under Â£100, and it packs plenty of serious punch.
When I built this model, I did some reading up on various websites and found that many had crashed and broken the fuselage, so I decided to coat the internal cockpit area with Zacki glue, let that harden, then fibre tape the entire inside of the battery compartment with a little extra UHU Por to hold in the velcro for the batteries.
I then covered the entire fuselage in Fibre tape to strengthen it and protect it from whats called "hanger rash" (Damaging it during transport to/from the flying field) so after spending an entire afternoon taping the living daylights out of it, I then covered all the fibre tape in coloured sticky tape to protect the fibre tape from disintegrating because sunlight makes it go nasty yellow and UV light ruines the fibre tape, plus it looks rubbish just covered in fibre tape, so 1 roll of yellow and 1 roll of red purchased from Avicraft and 3 hours of cutting and sticking, a-vwoala, its ready to fly
I deliberately put the ESC on the top to keep it cool because the inside of the easystar is tiny, and the inside of the fuselage before glued together isnt big enough and has zero ventilation, so the roof was pretty much the only place left, short of cutting out the bottom and making some sort of belly box to put it in, which I am still thinking about with a new fuselage if I ever smash this one up...
Entire build took me about a week of messing about and experimenting but it turned out really well, and I'm now trying to get some decent video of me flying it
Hi-di-hi web goers...
Now, the Multiplex Mentor I bought from modelspot arrived within a a few days and I've now finally finished pratting about putting it together and took it up to the flying field to plug it all in and test it all, even taxi it around on the runway for half hour to check it all stays in 1 peice and that the new battery is all good...
Here it is finished in standard format:
Nothing special to look at, but its my very first proper electric trainer, and its freakin massive!!!!
I seriously need to do something about the wings too because carrying them around is messing them up in the box as I keep throwing in other bits, screwdrivers and what-not and the servo wires are rubbing against the foam too, so I'll definately have to come up with some sort of "wing-bag" for these ASAP!
I'm really looking forward to flying this plane, I feel a lot more confident with this electric foamie than I would with a nitro plane thats for sure.
When your learning, you really need something reliable that you can depend on, and nitro for me, welllll, it just doesnt cut it as reliable given the amount of "dead-sticks" (Engine cut-outs) I've seen at our flying field over the last few months of spectating. With electric, you just plug-in, and go fly, and as long as everything is wired correctly and properly, you wont have any problems.
With the Mentor, Radio ready model, I did have to change the ESC (speed controller) plug to my own preference of an XT60 because they come with the multiplex plug on, ready for a multiplex lipo battery, but I think if you buy just the speed controller, its just wires only, nothing to cut off or de-solder.
I am seriously impressed though at its shear size, and all up weight, with my 5000mAh 3cell lipo is 1950g or 1.95kg, so it has a reasonable amount of weight.
Well, given that the Twinstar II is my project plane, I want something I can fly NOW, so, having looked around, and already being a big fan of Multiplex models based on all the endless hours of youtubing, I've got onto modelspot.com (Multiplex specialists) and just ordered me the Multiplex Easystar (kit only), and the Multiplex Mentor (Radio ready model).
For the Multiplex Easystar, I've already bought a Turnigy Brushless Inrunner 2700 motor (18) for it and a Turnigy Plush 40amp ESC (Â£22) from Ebay, which is totally OVERKILL, but, best to have more than you need, than not enough, and for the price its big enough to use in other models too in future, although I think given what everybody says about the easystar, I can see this one being a long term favourite...
Very happy with the service from Modelspot.com so far, placed my order over the phone, the chap was very helpful, advising and patient, told me the 2 kits will be posted out tomorrow along with the servo's I added to the order, all is good
So, once this little lot arrives, I'll be sure to snap some video and show you more on these 2 models..
Persistence pays off:
Yep, if you try for long enough, lady luck will find you and sure enough, I got my very first ever training flight, and a second flight in the last 8 weeks, right before christmas. How was it? It was excellent, totally bloody excellent. One of the club guys gave up an evening to help and show me how to setup and prepare my plane (Thanks Dave) and the guys at the field really helped me loads in showing me safely, what not to do, and safe ways for the "to-do's" and getting it all started and fuelled up for flight.. Its somewhat nerve wracking getting your plane started for the first time ever, but with my plane fuelled up and running, it was time to fly, finally, after what was feeling like "forever" I was getting some air-time..
My instructor took off, flew about for a bit, trimmed the plane and told me what he wanted me to do, then said those magic words I havent heard since I was a teenager "You have control"!
Well, after around 10 minutes of flying around in circuits, and even a few loops, he landed the plane and that was that, back to the pitts to clean-up the mess
Freezing fingers, wet ground, and a plane covered in castor oil... Niceeee:(
I didnt give a damn, I had my first flight, and nothing was going to put a frown on my face that day..
Thanks Jim & Steve (If you ever see this)
It really is a great feeling to get airbourne for the first time and do something "Outside of your comfort zone"
So, I've recently bought a Multiplex Twinstar 2, from Biggin Hill Models, and figured I'd keep a running entry on each of my Models, so here is the Multiplex Twinstar 2.
Here are the crappy 6volt motors and motor mounts that come with the Twinstar 2:
The motor mounts are "ok'ish", nothing special, but I will be using brushless motors on my self-build custom bird, so will probably need to hot-glue and other-glue these mounts into place.
I've also got an FAA lighting kit to go into the wings, 8 LED's in total, 2 white landing lights, 2 red pulsing lights, 2 white flashing strobes and 1 red/1green wing tip lights, but none of the cables reach the end of the wing tips, so I am going to chop-up some servo extension wires I bought to extend the lighting circuit out to the ends of the wing tips....
Anyway, thats the plan, will see how it goes...
So, right before christmas, the weather is pants, flying looks unlikely now until January sometime, so I think its time for a trip down to Biggin hill models for something to build over the festive season..
Well, after looking around, and much discussion, I finally picked up the Multiplex Twinstar II
So this will be my long term project as I want to modify the crap out of it if I can...
Hi all - If anybody ever gets to read this...
So, I'm totally new to the world of Radio Control Model Flying "in the flesh" as it were, but flying, and planes have been a long standing interest for me ever since I was 13 and got "Shoved kicking and screaming" into the Air Cadets as a kid... Well, thanks to the ATC, I discovered planes and flying, and I dont just mean spectating either, I was very regularly going off on flying days with the ATC (34F Balham & Tooting)..
Trips in the Sea king and the chipmunk @ 1AEF Manston (Those of you in the ATC will know what that means), and completing my BGT & AGT at west malling airfield was also a total blast, and certainly something I never though the MOD let us "kids" get up to, and other varied flying experiences across the country over the years that have now vanished into that grey matter of a brain...
So, I had a little hunt down for my local RC flying club and low and behold, the Croydon Airport Model Flying Club is right smack bang on my doorstep... So, I joined their website/forum and made myself known and was totally welcomed along to the local flying field for an introduction, meet the lad's as it were and find out more...
Well, I have to say, you couldnt ask to meet a nicer bunch of complete strangers
I have been going along every week for about a month, learning what-was-what and how everything is all done and also getting to know the club and the members, which actually made it a LOT more fun, especially as it was now getting VERY cold at the field as winter was showing its ugly head. Eventually I went along to their monthly club night and joined up, and spent pretty much all winter going along to the flying field as regularly as the weather permitted to watch, learn and ask questions, and this month have just bought my very first RC model plane....
My first ever RC model plane was the Thunder Tiger Trainer 60" wing span in Red/White:
Now, not having any RC flying experience, I went to see my local modelshop (Biggin Hill Models) who fixed me up with a new Futaba 6EX transmitter, and a copy of Phoenix RC 2.5 for the measly sum of Â£140'ish, so now, I have my first transmitter, and, something to practice on while the weather is pants and get myself started...
If your thinking about getting into RC Flying, then you really really should start by getting an RC simlator and a cheap transmitter, you can pickup a 35mHz transmitter on ebay for less than Â£20, or buy one of the cheap sims that come with a USB transmitter for less than Â£40 so you can see if you like it, unless your like me and go guns blazing into the deep end.
So, I've now got my very first plane, my transmitter, and my simulator software, all set.... NOT!
After just a few hours I as finding the simulator software fairly easy, and after a few weeks, could even manage some of the training helicopters, albeit for a few minutes at a time, although spending my entire life in I.T, it does feel a little like a video game, which I was soon to find out how different it is from the real thing, BUT, the simulator software is a massive help as it does teach you orientation, and gentle stick controls...
So it's back to Biggin hill models for some supplies...
Namely, a receiver to put in my plane and a buddy box cable to enable me to fly with the club instructors, fuel for the plane, a starter motor, flight box, 12v battery for flight box, power panel, battery charger, battery checker and a few other "odds-n-sods"... (ker ching goes another Â£250!)
Now, lets see how we get on over the winter months..