Monday, April 27, 2009

Masters 2009 Shepparton

Thumbs down from the master!!!

Henry and Jas with the 140rx powered Cyclone.

Sparksey calling for me, rain is on the way.

Jas, Henry and the Nugget boys (Nugents)!

Just some of the fifty odd planes that were flown.

Neil Martin had a interesting way of keeping his outrunner cool.

Jas with Oxai Australia representative - Rob Clarke.

Oxai Axiome owned by Bill Bloodworth.

More models, Dave McFarlane from Model Sports flew his beautifully built EP with great skill in the strong winds.

Team Crossman, preparing for another flight.

Bill Bloodworth finished in third position and also made the Aussie Team for Portugal in October but later withdrew due to work commitments.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

****CANOPY UPDATE****GlennO breaks another one!!!

Thanks to Steve Dawbin and Mike Timms, we successfully removed and replaced then re-painted the damaged area and now you'd be hard pressed to pick the repair. Thanks guys.

Well, your not going to believe it. After breaking the Aries GP canopy when the wind blew it off the rubber stand a few months back, you'd think I would have learned from my mistake.
Yes at Ballarat I had the new Aries EP on the stand changing batteries (plane has to be turned over to access packs) when I left it unattended for only a matter of seconds and a wind gust came through knocking it off the stand and onto the Canopy.

Same as last time, canopy destroyed. I did tape it up for my last flight, however it needs a major "cut and shut" job to have it ready for the Masters in April.

I, together with the help of local club member Mike Timms removed the broken canopy and replaced it with a new one, then Steve Dawbin re-painted the affected area. Lucky I brought two canopies last time! Must have known something...

Model Engines Trophy at Ballarat

The winners.

Oxai once again were a popular choice among competitors.

Triplets! Aries in the foreground is an EP version, the other two powered by DZ170.

Electric power!! Peter Newman with his own designed Hacker outrunner powered model.
GlennO with Aries EP and Rob Clarke with his beautiful new miss wind powered by Hacker c50 14XL.

Our contest director busy at work keying in scores again. On ya Henry!!!

The Model Engines Trophy, awarded to first place in F3a.

Pilots inspect the damage following Brian Greens Beryll's battery coming loose
and un-plugging. Luckily, only minor damage to the undercart.

My new EP powered Aries. Fly's great!! had a Oxai Dymaxion motor and Hyperion controller, will be changing over to Hacker C50 14XL.

Rob Clarke preparing the miss wind for it's first flight late on Friday afternoon. This plane has awesome potential once trimmed and sorted.