So about 8 weeks ago while we were down here in Wiltshire, I flew the Dynamic-S up at the White Horse and made a bit of a dumb error in reading the wind. I thought it was coming along the slope and hitting the bowel, but I learnt the hard way that actually it was coming from slightly behind the hill causing some horrible turbulence around my normal take off and landing spot. Well, to cut a long story short the DS had a bit of a rough landing, the nose snapping clean off, but otherwise causing no damage. I had a good ponder about how to get her back in the air, eventually deciding that a new fuselage at £20 or so was the easiest and probably safest route.
HobbyKing UK didn’t have them in stock in August, but they came in a week or so ago, just in time for me to transplant the gubbins and get her ready for this weekend which was our next planned trip out west. Friday say a nice day, but with no wind, so I flew her from the flat field at the top of the hill, about an 8 minute flight with no unpleasant surprises.
Today the wind was blowing about 15mph from the North East, swinging round to ENE at times. That meant I had to use the eastern edge of the slope, of which I have less experience. I need’nt have worried however, she was up in the air for a good 30 minutes, with still a few minutes of battery left when I landed so she could have easily flown for longer. Brilliant flight, lovely aircraft on a surprise sunny September afternoon.
I’m becoming more confident with her, rolls are nice and axial and I’m practising slow rolls with rudder fed in to keep altitude. I even managed a inverted circuit, it was a little rough, but I made it all the way round
I’ve included a little pic below so you can see the view I have while I’m up on the hill.
So a while back I managed to stuff my Edge 540 hitting the nose quite hard and breaking the prop. When I picked it up I noticed the rudder was all loose suggesting I had stripped the gears in the rudder servo. No worries I thought, how could it be to find a new servo? Well the answer is, quite tough indeed! The official part # is EFLR7100, I couldn’t find any UK stockists and going by the USD price I figured if I could find one it would likely be 20 quid or so which seemed a little steep.
After quite a search I found the TGY-D1290P from Hobby King, this fitted perfectly, even including the little JST connectors enabling it to connect directly to the AR6310 Spektrum RX which is supplied with the aircraft. There is a handy extension cable buried in the fuselage, so the length of cable supplied with the servo is sufficient.
I’ve had four flights since replacing the servo, all good!
So I’ve started another build, this time though I’ve decided to build something smaller. I’ve got quite a few RC planes sitting around and I’m not getting much time to fly them, so that got me thinking: What could I build which would be enjoyable but wouldn’t either cost much, or take up much room.
After a bit of a ponder I hit upon the idea of a small rubber powered free flight model. A bit of research and I happened on the lovely Guillows kit of the Beaver, an aircraft I’ve always thought pretty.
The build has only just started, with just a few formers being fixed to the central fuselage crutch, I’m uploading pics as I go to the gallery here. The pic below shows the left hand formers drying.
I use a Spektrum radio to fly my planes and helis, which has the ability to save model memories from the transmitter onto an SD card. A while ago this lead me to think it might be useful to create a website whereby people could upload saved model files and share them easily with others using simple web links. Building on this idea I thought it might be nice to offer some sort of visualisation of the saved model file on the web.
I’ve had an attempt at building this, it is early days yet but so far you can register, login, upload a model and view some basic information about the saved file. The site is at http://spektrum.riviera.org.uk/ at the moment the only model uploaded is a file from my DX8 which is used for my Edge 540QQ, you can view that here.
I just noticed the Blade 450 page hasn’t been updated since 2011! The little heli hasn’t been forgotten about, I’m currently flying it about twice a week thanks to moving house and finding a lovely field on the way to work. It would be rude not to put at least a couple of packs through. The guys at work find this very amusing, often asking how many packs I put through it each morning, and in the case of the one recent crash, guessing I had stuffed it from my mood on arrival
Following on from the video I shot onboard Roo, I took my new Dynamic-S on maybe its tenth flight at Bratton Camp in Wiltshire. Normally I fly off the slopes to the east and south, but the wind tonight was light and northerly so I used the flat field behind the slopes. I had the 808 camera with me so I used some velcro to attach it onto the left wing and shot a little video.
We are down in Wiltshire at the moment and as ever we brought the boat I built for Edward last year. He loves to take it down to the pond in the pleasure gardens. This time I brought my 808 camera and attached it into the cabin in the boat. The little video we shot is below.