Avios Riff Raff

IMG_1519Always having a soft spot for the Sea Fury, I really took a shine to this Reno Racer scheme variant. Hobby King had an amazing discount in their Black Friday sale last year (2015) with this entire plug and fly aircraft reduced to only £60. Christmas was coming up so a word with SWMBO secured an early present.

I’m slightly embarrassed to say she is still sat in her box in the loft. I’d need to buy at least a couple of 6s 5000mAh lipos for her which I keep putting off. And then I read some of the commentary in RcGroups threads like this one, and begin to wonder if she is worth the effort. I’ll ponder some more over the summer, but she might find herself in the annual club bring and buy come the autumn.

If I had more space in the office I’d be tempted to hang her up, she really does look awesome!

Her page is here.

Rockette

IMG_0654After picking up the indoor flying bug again and the demise of the LiddleRod I found myself with some indoor RC gear spare. Having had such a fond memory of the build of the previous two Stevens Aero kits I couldn’t help myself but to buy another one, this time the Vintage inspired Rockette.  Bought, as always from the ever helpful chaps at Micron Radio Control.

The build was, as expected, uneventful although covering with SoLite is always a bit of a chore. She flies very nicely around the gym after a little bit of fiddling with the radio. Initially only intent on turning left! But that, I think was my fault with a shonky rudder pushrod/hinge.

I’ve created a page for her here.

My Yacht

IMG_2562So this model came about thanks to my desire to have something to put on the pond while the kids are playing with their boats, (The Sea Nymph and the Sea Rover). I’ve long fancied trying a sailing boat but didn’t fancy committing the time to build one, neither did I fancy buying a new all moulded one.

Over Christmas of 2014, I spotted this old Vic Smeed design on ebay, it looked nicely built, had a little motor onboard in case of emergencies and was listed as collection only in Southampton. As it happened we were spending New Year in Wiltshire that year, so I figured if I won the auction I could drive home via Southampton (it wouldn’t be much of a de-tour would it now!?) and pick it up. The bid went in, I won the auction and the sailboat was mine for £45. Happy Days.

I’ve created a page for it in the boats section here.

 

Blade 500 3D

IMG_1401-2And another model which highlights how rarely I’ve been updating the blog. I bought the Blade 500 3D to replace the 450 3D, fancying something a little larger.

Having flown it for nigh on three years I was pondering a flybarless heli to replace it, when Mat at my club offered me his almost new Trex 500L Dominator with a nice case and a bunch of packs for what was a bargain price. That settled it then, the 500 3D went on ebay and the Trex came home with me.

For historic reasons I’ve created a page for the Blade here.

Weston Park 2016

For many years I’ve been along to Wings & Wheels at North Weald, but this year that was going to have to take a break. We had booked a short family cruise which happened to fall on the same weekend. This got me pondering what other show I could attend, after a bit of thought I decided to bop up to Weston Park for their annual show, it always looks good in the mags so I figured it was worth a visit.  In short it was great, lots of traders, lots of flying – aircraft, helis and quads all had their own flight lines – and the off road buggy track and boat pond just added to fun. I shot a few pics, which you can see below.