29 June 2007

One for the PSS lads - only broadband users

Those who saw Pete Milne's PSS (power slope scale) Bell X-1 way back will enjoy this one - kindly forwarded by Sheldon McGlone. Huge movie but well worth the download for broadband users.


"Pretty incredible stuff! Make sure you watch the whole thing. It even drops a model of the "Bell X-1," Chuck Yeager's passing the speed of sound "record breaking flight" from 1947! This aircraft runs on four chainsaw motors. (Realistic 4-cycle B-29 "scale" engine sounds! Imagine how much time, effort, skill and money these guys have put into this thing! It takes two (2) pilots to fly it; one (1) for the B-29 and one (1) for the "Bell X-1" U.S.A.F. "breaking the sound barrier" experimental rocket-powered aircraft."

28 June 2007

SA 2007 Thermal Soaring Championships

A total of 88 entries and 45 humans finally made the field for this Kwazulu Natal Midlands event at the Noodsberg Country Club - quite creditable when one considers all participants were travelling. The trophy winners were:

TOTALS F3J (18 entries) Hand Tow Launch
1. Chris Adrian
2. Conrad Klintworth (J)
3. Paul Carnell

TOTALS EW (20 entries) Electric Winch Launch
1. Dennis Bird
2. Dave Greer
3. Anton Coetzee

RES100 (9 entries) Rudder Elevator Spoiler or Full House 100 inch
1. Rudi King
2. Fred Wittstock
3. Gert Niewoudt

2 METRE (19 entries) wingspan gliders
1. Derek Marusich
2. Brad Conlon
3. Allan Sneedon

F3K (10 entries) Hand Launch Gliders
1. Craig Goodrum
2. Anton Coetzee
3. Mark Stockton

F5J Extreme (11 entries) Electric Motor launch Gliders
1. Dion Liebenberg
2. Paul Carnell
3. Craig Goodrum

Open Overall (39 entries)
1. Conrad Klintworth (J)
2. Paul Carnell
3. Michelle Goodrum
4. Chris Adrian
5. Dave Greer (just to show this old toppie not quite past it yet ;-)

Gert Niewoudt Senior
Will Cranmer (J) Junior

Dennis Bird's Nats 2007 pics - also prizegiving

Russ Conradt and and F3J winner Chris Adrian checking out three of the team Winston lads of Brad Conlon, Ryan Nelson and John Coulson.

Ten year old Ryan Nelson concentrating hard in F3J Open.

Team Winston's fourth member, Paul Boswarva with the 2M killing machine, Mini Graphite.

Mission control for transmitter pound - manned by Dave and Jean Denley and Rose Wittstock, assisted by the neat little 35 meg scanner Lionel Brink kindly brought along. Des the scorelogger sits at the ready.

Whew, John Monk got us out of confusion jail with his magic hand launch glider briefings...... ;-)

Izak Theron just finished launching - we think being assisted by Lionel Brink, our MGA chairman.

Oom Gert Niewoudt who flew himself "stukkend" (five flights in a row on the Friday) but all worth with scooping the Victor Ludorum award for the Nats.

The safety area with Wolfie Steffny - he covered much walking distance, being at the furthest end wihtout a murmur, unlike the youngsters who whined a lot the first day then got the idea the from the second day on. Hope Wolfie's Merc is fixed by now.....

The ever cheerful and blast from the past Derek Marusich who sneaked the 2M class from under the noses of the mini Graphite armed Team Winston, armed with his bog stock Sagitta 600. Derek's missus spent the entire event with team Theo of Derek, Theo, John and young Andrew Plint -and really added to the occaision.

Prize giving time from Rose Wittstock with Dion Liebenberg scooping the F5J electric class.

Prize giving time from Rose Wittstock with evergreen Dennis Bird scooping the Electric Winch Open class.

Prizegiving time from Rose Wittstock for Craig Goodrum in winning the F3K hand launch glider class. Craig had some very kind words to say about the twelve years success of the Midland events and strong encouragement for the future. Dave the auditor in his Hobby Specialists / Fragram shirt still pondering the scores but ever thankful to Iron Lady Rose and Fast Fred for being a pillar of strength through the Nats build up - which included broken down Audis, dud printers and fractured sleep. ;-)

A very special one - Rose awarding the Open overall winning trophy to 15 year old junior Conrad Klintworth, following up on his Natal Champs win. Not present at prize giving was Chris Adrian, who won F3J and the title of SA Champion.

27 June 2007

Kurt's Nats Photos - Sunday the 24th June

Fast Freddie Wittstock and Allan Sneedon in 2M - possibly for a relaunch.

Junior Victor Ludorum Will Cranmer with Anton Coetzee calling.

Will Cranmer on landing approach.

Most common gasbag at the Nats - the Spirit 2M ARF.

One of the clutter plane pounds - sugar mill in the background.

Sean Ollermann and helper in full towing cry.......

An excellent view of the Team Winston Paul Boswarva and John Coulson putting some back in to their towing......

Landing approach for a Supra.

John Monk calls for Dion Liebenberg in F5J.

Dave relaxes with Des the scorer in the tent shade.

Rose Wittstock calls the numbers whilst Jean Denley inputs the scores.

Some of the radio pound table.

Dion Liebenberg on landing approach with the E Eish.

One of the many gorgeous moldies.

Yup, there were a few Supras......

The stunning rosewood trophies hand made by Fred Wittstock.

The each pilot handout rotary disk packs kindly sponsored by Fragram (L&G Tools).

Some of the diddy bits given out to the class winners - discounted from Stick Time.

In closure - heartfelt thanks to our sponsors:

Fred Wittstock Woodworking.

Fragram (L&G Tool and Machinery Distributors Ltd).


Durban Model Centre.

Hobby Specialists.

R C Hobbies.

Gasbag Classic kits - Sagitta 600 and 900

Derek Marusich took a well deserved win in 2 Metre at Noodies Nats 2007 with a neat Sagitta 600, long only avaible as a plan scratchbuild with hunting for spar material etc. This little beauty available in kit form from Aerosphere again. Click on the pic to go to Aeropshere.

For the RES 100 buffs, the more well known bigger 100 inch (2.5M) version of the Sagitta also on the same site. Click on the pic to go there.

Kurt's Nats Photos - Saturday the 23rd June

Sean Ollermann's unique F5J model - the Queen Bee!

Dion preparing his E-Eish!

Craig and the ex Adriaan Zoom. This model is super impressive

The business end of an E-Eish!

Ian Lessem and Sean Ollermann fooling around prior to launch

Dion Liebenberg E Eish - Up, up and away

Craig Goodrum's Supra

Michelle Goodrum's Estrella

Dion Liebenberg's new X-pro

Dennis Bird pondering things at the Team Bullit pits......

Derek Marusich's open plane and exquisite 2M Sagitta 600.

Former Champion Theo Wolters looking very relaxed

Oranges and lemons.......?

The Fred Wittstock 2M own design sweetie.

Spot the model name......?

26 June 2007

Kurt's Nats Photos - Friday the 22nd June

Allen Sneedon launches Brian Fanning's Spirit 2M ARF.

The team Winston slopeateers, John Coulson, Brad Conlon and Paul Boswarva.

Rudi King's Tsotsi on launch - the camera deceives how far the trees are away.

Anton's foam Supra

Some late afternoon (too late) thermal inducement.......

What a hotel room looks like after the glider guys arrive!