March 2020 - Swept back wings

Just before the strict UK movement restrictions came into force – some fast flying.

This is a converted slope soarer that was converted into a motorised speed machine by adding a powerful motor. Controlled by elevons (no rudder). Battery is 4S.

March 2020 - Albatros DV short attempt at Maiden

Just before the strict UK movement restrictions came into force – a brief attempt at flight for a Dynam Albatross.

The pilot failed to hold a straight line on the takeoff run. There are a number of reasons why a plane can swerve to one side on takeoff – weather cocking into wind from the side or one of four design/physics issues. Google for ” left turning tendency of aeroplane” for more info about the four issues.

┬áThe plane is now repaired (easy fix to undercarriage). Awaiting a chance for a second attempt………………

March 2020 - SE5a Maiden

Early March saw some nice flying weather. A chance to try out a Winter build!

This SE5a model is a small wooden built kit by Super flying Models (1200mm wingspan). This example is in the colours of a privately owned 1920s racer.

It flew nicely with a good turn of speed. But its going to take practice to fly well.

January 2020 - Winter Builds

Even in Winter its still possible to fly now and again. But when its just too wet and windy you can always spend time building planes ready for those summer days to come..

RC planes can be built from balsa wood kits or from foam kits. The photos below show a wood kit SE5a by “Super Flying Models” and a foam kit Albatros DV by “Dynam”.

Wood kit planes can take weeks to construct while a foam kit plane can be put together in a couple of hours. They fly just the same and a modern foam model can look very convincing. Its also true to say that a foam plane can be more easily fixed after one of those bad landings!

January 2020 - Learning to fly at Willy Howe Model Flying Club

Neil learning to fly a plane helped by Ian.

Each pilot has his own transmitter radio connected to each other. The instructor can quickly take back control of the plane to help the student out of any tight corners while he learns to fly.

January 2020 - Comet stall

Good session on this mid January day. Very cold but otherwise great weather for flying.

Sadly a beautiful DH88 Comet came unstuck on its landing approach. But all part of the hobby and it will fly again.

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