7/27/11

July indoor flying

It has been about a year since my last indoor session.

I'm noticing some changes around good ole St Vincents...
sorry to see the massive old eucalyptus trees at the entrance fall.
New fences going up, new paint job on the gym, and new faces

in the club.
The membership may ebb & flow, but I think MAC will be
around forever.
And on to the flying....

Haoyang has built a fleet of interesting models.

He modified a Peck One-Night 16 into a Stuka.

His very stable flying wing.



This biplane is also from a One-Night 16.







Shows how much fun a little kit-bashing can be!





Dave brought this sleek looking Micro-X Hornet.
I once built the outdoor, 36"version, and when
I finally got it trimmed...it went O.O.S.!




Jim was developing his Bostonian design. It flies very well on
winglets and no dihedral.



He calls it "Pelophylax", which I believe is some sort of
tree frog with psychoactive properties.

video
A riveting flight sequence.



Mike's amazing F7F. Structure is 1/32 balsa, covering
is condenser paper. He says it weighs in at under 7
grams!


The Broussard MH1521 was a suggested group build for peanut scale. Mike has thrown down the gauntlet...anyone need the plan?

7/26/11

Wind alert

I stumbled onto a new weather reporting site, called "WindAlert".
It has a real-time feed from a weather station at Burdell CA (Gnoss Field), which is approximately three miles away from the SAM Lakeville site (just across the river), so hopefully it will be accurate...we will see.
In addition to present conditions and predictions, it also has history graphs for previous years, and wind statistics.
Fascinating stuff for us wind watchers.
WindAlert

7/10/11

How about a Nordic glider, for a change of pace?


Here's the "Rapid"...an easy, quick building A-3 Glider that will fly
well on a towline or hi-start.
Designed by Jaromir Jindrich of the Czech Republic.
Construction article by Stu Richmond.
From the pages of Model Builder magazine, March 1986.