Monday, July 18, 2011

Pterodactyl - Covering commences

The latest pictures show the progress of the Pterodactyl to date. With the help of a good RC friend Roy Monk, we've been able to cover the wing and install the ailerons. The wing has been covered with transparent gold Profilm. I just need to add some horns to the ailerons now and connect up the linkages to the metal gear servos which are installed into the wing. That should pretty well see the wing complete then.

As opposed to the wooden horns which were supplied, I've opted for some plastic horns and installed these on both tail control surfaces. 1.5mm Carbon rods have been used with piano wire with Z bends. I've opted for two Ripmax S100 servos to control the tail surfaces and will show pictures of these installed in a later post.

Whats that coming over the hill, is it a monster?

Sneak preview images of the latest addition to my hanger.

Weston Cougar 2000 to the sky.

A few weeks ago, I picked up a second hand Weston Cougar 2000 from a guy who was giving up the RC hobby. I'd spotted the plane on EBay and given the guy lived pretty close to where I work, I took the liberty to view the item prior to committing a bid. All was good with the model and the nice chap even threw in a gallon of fuel at a knock down price. An Irvine 46 was installed and included, as well as a 35Mhz Receiver which was surplus to requirements. This has gone back onto EBay!  I made him and offer and took it off his hands there and then!

The following video was taken from it's first outing to the field. It's a relatively quick flight as it was very close to a no fly period.
Since the video, I've had a further two outings with the Cougar and I'm really enjoying flying this lively bird, even though it is IC!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Waddington 2011 Highlights

Not Strictly RC related, but thought I'd share a few highlight pictures from the Waddington Air show 2011