27 October 2008

Whew, wot a tense rugger final

Mark Phillips taking foamie flying to another level.... ;-)

24 October 2008

Can you spot the differences

Old Prepatation Piet up in Gauteng is testing my aircraft identification skills once again on the BERG blog, but this time he is adamant that I am wrong and he is right. He posted a picture of a glider dumping its water ballast, and I correctly identified it as a DG LS10. Piet reckons its a LS8, because, according to him, only the LS10 has upturned wing tips.

Can you spot the difference - First, the photo that started it all!

Two more of a DG LS10

And now two of a LS8

Maybe I should send Piet to an optometrist - I just happen to know one that practices in his area.

20 October 2008

Dave's sundowner for Saturdays

So impressive was the Mini Ultra Stick at the recent control line event that a kit was tracked down at Digby's shop (thanks to Neville and Russ for the lead). Kit is the wrong term cause it took under two hours assemble this amazingly complete and immaculately produced little craft. The only glue needed was to locate the optional firewall in the front! The brushless speed 480 and 12/6 prop combo definitely a little over the top as the craft tootled around nicely at half power. The only single teeny glitch in the whole assembly was the instructions calling for a 3/32 instead of 1/16 hole in the servo arms - stunning. Oodles of room for the DX6i gear - a nice cosy radio option for park and all sport flying.

18 October 2008

Blast from the past - Saturday mornings

Mark Phillips is a product of the DMAC early Saturday morning RC soaring lessons in the early 90's. Mark then went awol for a decade but micro helicopters prompted him back in to the flying scene. He has got us back in to the healthy habit of 7:30am starts, followed by breakfast at 9:00am and the whole weekend thus still ahead. The E Hawk with brushless 480 and 2.4g connection has proved a sweetie - kinda like the old Easy Bird with a motor.....
Sheer soaring pleasure afore many people are stirring for the day.... Saturday mornings definitely a good habit to cultivate again.

The trick in this game is to always be one step ahead and the Mini Bee with stock motor the ideal foil to get the next step in to sloping. A bit porky with the huge 2000 lipo, so marginal on the flat but ideal for slope days at Derek's Dale etc. Mark also completing a foamie Expo for some evening Park flying.

13 October 2008

PSS Fest 2008 Eastern Thermal Busters

As a follow on to Daves posting, here is my photographic contribution of the event

Richards successful flight on Sunday with the Windrider A388 airliner

Let the judging begin....

The winners - Piet and Rockwell Aero Commander, Mike with Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt (Warthog) and Herman with Hunting Percival Jet Provost

A formation of SAAF Impalas and Sabres

Herman and the Jet Provost just after completion on the slope!!

Norberts Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter

Izaks beautiful McDonnell Douglas FA-18 Hornet, in Blue Angels colour scheme.

The Cessna A-37 Dragonfly Super Tweet belonging to event organiser Paul

ETB PSS fest pics from Dennis Bird

After being a late starter, Mike May knocked this up in very quick time for his son for the event.
Mike May's Warthog meanie.

The Springfield legend himself, Pete Milne with the Martin Baker 5, that confused more than a few people....

The Berg Blog well document speedy build beaut from Pieter Rheeders.

There must have been at least half a dozen of these Impala beauties, all built magnificently.

Paul Carnell's yellow beastie.

Chris Adrian and Johan with one of the quite a few versions of this low, swept wing versions.

The up country slope mecca, known as Tamatjieberg.

There are already some nice pics on the Berg blog and pretty sure that ETB will soon folllow up with a report and the large group pics.....

10 October 2008

PSS fest 11th hour

Dennis Bird nearing completion on the wow ME109 initiated by Michel Moratanus a longggg time ago. Stunning.
Roll on Volksies!

04 October 2008

ETB PSS Fest 2008

With less than a week to go, Jacques and I have finally finished our projects for this event. The Sabre has flown, been dinged and repaired, the Impala will be maidened at Volksrust on the day. The ugly mongrel Harvard was recently crashed while practicing for this event, and has been hastily repaired. She is not a pretty sight. Weights are Impala 1.6kg, Sabre 1.4 kg and Harvard 800g. Lets hope the wind blows on the day...