|Final Placements GlennO, and Nutta (Aun) from Thailand will be flying a display of the unknown in the morning. This could pose significant disruptions to our entertainment plans.|
Friday, September 24, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
The models where flown to the conditions, a little closer and slower in the calm, moving it out slightly and a little bigger when the wind got up. Distances where around the 150 to 175meters with a nice slow rolling in the maneuvers. With lots of throttle management. Speed control was paramount. This presented awesomely. Speed was very constant, with no noticeable zooming on down lines. I suppose having a dirty great paddle on the front helps. No aircraft was underpowered, with good reliability considering the extreme heat and humidity.
From memory YS 170 users where using the APC 20x10.5 prop, this gave a nice slow flight and slow down lines. Verticals where effortless, barely a wiff of smoke with their Cosmo low oil content fuels. They where using the YS170 non CDI. Weight???? I know Onda's Asyuler was a light 4600 grams, amazing.
In Suziki's MidRex we spied the OS200 but this time with a CDI attached, this too performed beautifully. The bi-planes do present very nicely (only two bipes present). They look they are on rails, rolling very axially. I also think they perform very good in the integrated rolling looping maneuvers.
The rest of the field was a mix of the typical YS and electric set-ups. Probably more Hacker C50-14XL's than anything else. Not a sole Plettenburg to be seen, don't know why.
Hatta was flying a Extreme Composite Pegasus. This was powered by the Hacker Q80 outrunner. What was unusual was the propeller selection, he used an own design wide bladed 19x13. Very interesting considering the Hacker has a low rpm/volt. Compared to other outrunners on the market.
One notable exception was Micheal Ramel(Germany) flying a Wind S. This was powered by his own designed contra rotating prop system. It uses the Hacker motor and that's about it. Micheal had a couple of unfortunate mishaps. One forgetting to strap his battery pack in, he managed to land the model safely, thank goodness. (the locals are probably worshipping this wonderful gift from the gods!!!) And secondly he suffered some sort of power plant gearbox failure, not too sure. Didn't sound too nice though.
Well now, the work starts for Glenno. Where sitting here having a beer or two discussing how we are going to charge, manage his batteries. With a bit of luck in tomorrows free practice he will get in four flights. Go Glenno!!!! We all know how hard Glenno has been practicing his F's, so it's all looking good.
Model processing went perfect for everybody, no issues at all. Definately pays to do your homework here.
Official practice went really well for everybody, no engine issues for Ron and Chris's speedy kept it's cool. And Glenno was cool taking it all in his stride.
The offical opening went off with lots of load banging literally, imagine half a dozen guys hitting the tops of 44 gallon drums, loud is an understatement. It all went well with lots of entertainment, ask Darren and Fossil, they kept us all amused. Definately a very sociable atmosphere, the locals have gone to great lengths to ensure everything runs smoothly.
Anyway now onto some proper flying.
Ron was up 3rd and put in a good soild flight in really good conditions. Ron was pretty chuffed. Glenno was up next straight after Onda, at least there was a break. Glenno wasn't too happy with his flight but we all thought it was still a soild flight, just what is needed. Chris was up later in the morning, by this time the wind had comeup some, not bad mind you. This was a pretty solid flight, with some room for improvement.
Round two, (Sounds like a boxing match)
First victim Glenno, wasn't too happy, flopped the stall turn at the end of the box. Not happy Jan!!!. This was the one to drop. Plenty of room to improve. Chris was up next, with a scrappy flight, bit messy, not one to keep. Ron was up next, with a very similar flight, but with some big fat zero's on the spins, Ron is still learning to count. There is still hope with two to go. hanh in there Ron.
Round three, (ding, ding)
Chris was up early this time, if you call 8:51 early that is. Unfortunately he was caught unware and unprepared.(was in the ready box but mentally not) Needless to say it wasn't pretty. Enough said. Ron was up next this time with two zero'd manuvers, not good. You can't afford any donuts at this level. Ron was definately trying hard enough. Glenno was up next with a really good solid flight, awesome stuff indeed.
After lunch it was Ron's turn again, what a disaster (not my words LOL) Ron's motor gave it's all but to no avail. Unfortunately it was Ron's worst flight. Glenno next, backing up his earlier efforts. Good stuff, looking good. Chris was lucky last and put in a solid flight, no major stuff-ups just a good solid flight.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Extremely funny as he normally flies mode 1. All in all a pretty awesome effort. I don't think he will be converting to mode 2 anytime soon though. With some pretty exciting manouvers, with Darren being the only one that could identify what they really where. The range of a JR radio is simply amazing.
All in all a pretty eventful day. With a bit of luck we will have Ron's motor purring once again. Time will tell, with the offical practice tomorrow morning. The Kiwi's where also having their fair share of engine dramas also. The climate is making it tricky, having a different blends of fuel is also tricky. With a bit of luck these guys will have it all sorted. The fuel is okay, we just have to get our heads around it.Ron is running 5% less nitro than at home and appears to have the same power.
Ron's model was extremely quiet when unofficially noise tested ( just because it wasn't running!!)
Chris has had his first ever electric dead stick, not good. Realised it was the speedy shutting down due to over temperature. Probably my fault anyway as i was on an extended flight. But boy is it hot here, and the humidity is through the roof. Pretty confident it won't happen again. Batteries here are working awesome, not need for the hot box here. Chris has never had this much power before, with the batteries showing extremely low resistances.
Glenno had two uneventful flights, and is happy with how things are shaping up.
Caught a glimpse of Hatta's Q80 hacker, boy what a monster, didn't realise how big it was. Heaps of power and wisper quiet. Need a huge airframe too contain this baby. Have got some photos to post later, just have to find away of getting them off Chris's camera.
We have caught some flying of Suzuki's Mid Rex biplane, very pretty indeed. Using OS200 for power it definately wasn't lacking.
Tomorrow morning we go out for our one and only official practice flight. Us Aussies are the first off the blocks. Then straight away we are off to model processing, not expecticing any problems here. We had the chance to use their scales and noise meters etc. Brilliant!!
It seems they are going to be rally tuff on the electrics, they want to see we have our failsafes set on the throttle. Makes sense, last thing you want is a runaway pattern model, just ask Painey.