Weekend in Wiltshire



IMG_2394In the last few weeks before I was due to go back to work we had a little family break, first we popped down to devon for 4 days, then another few in Wiltshire on the way back. The weather throughout the holiday was perfect with lots of clear sunny days. Whilst in Wiltshire I couldn’t resist having a little fly of the Dynamic-S, which I don’t think I’ve flown since 2015! It flew, as ever, brilliantly. There wasn’t enough wind to venture onto the slope, but on the flat field at the top of the White Horse hill I had a lot of fun while my daughter looked on.

IMG_2408After waiting to patiently while I put a few packs through the Dynamic, we couldn’t resist putting a pack through our new RC car on the way back home.  The Dominus worked well on the gravel track, with the Daughter slowly getting to grips with the steering!






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.


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.

Avro Vulcan

Avro Vulcan, originally uploaded by Robin Kearney.

I have always loved the Vulcan since I was a kid, I have fond memories of seeing it fly at air shows my father took me too years ago, before it lost the airworthiness certificate. Thanks to the magnificent work of the people at Vulcan to the Sky XH558 is flying again, and for her fiftieth birthday too! I attempted to see a display last year at the Bournemouth air show, but sadly the flight had to be cancelled. This year my luck was in however, and at Farnborough Air show I once again got to see her fly. Amazing stuff!

Farnborough Airshow 2010

We managed to find time this past weekend to visit the Farnborough Airshow, I dont think I’ve been since I was a kid. It was certainly as big as I remember it! I rented a Nikon 300mm f/2.8 VR lens and a TC-14 E Teleconvertor from Calumet for the weekend. Oh my, I love that lens! It took a while to get used to not having zoom, but after a while almost every shot was a keeper. I think I’ll be renting it again soon. Below is a slideshow of some of the pictures I took during the afternoon of flying.