Building a Sports Model – Part 6

The completed wings can now be test-fitted to the fuselage.  The wing tube is cut to size so that both wings can slide on fully. With the wings now aligned, the carbon fibre undercarriage legs could be attached evenly.  They had to be cut to shape, and one side cut down, as there is a …

Building a Sports Model – Part 5

The root  ribs are cut from 1.5mm ply and glued to the foam wing cores.  Also included are a 5mm bolt for mounting to the fuselage and two locator lugs made from leftover carbon-fibre rods. The wings are now ready for sheeting with 1.5mm balsa.  First the sheets need to be glued together along their …

Building a Sports Model – Part 4

The servo rack was installed into the fuselage with a couple of Savox servos.  The rudder wires can be seen attached for initial fit testing.   Below, the wing tube and other holes were drilled and the wing spar tube aligned and glued in place   Less than three months after replacing my phone camera …

Building a Sports Model – Part 3

I know how excited everybody is for the next instalment, but I must insist on patience as these things take time.  What with all the fan mail I receive from on-line casino owners and Russian women making marriage proposals – sorry but there’s only so much of me to go around. The tail feathers were …

Building a Sports Model – Part 2

Before a model starts to look pretty, a lot of work has to go into installations. First to the business end of the model, and mounting the engine.  The plans call for an offset engine mount, about 2.5 degrees to the right, which helps to deal with engine torque that tends to roll the aircraft …

Building a Sports Model – Part 1

With our myriad fans clamouring for more website posts, it’s time to show the masses what goes into building a flying model aircraft. After asking around the club for a ready-to-fly, easy-going, 60 size sports model, I was handed the exact opposite: a fibreglass short kit for a 30cc IMAC stunt model. (IMAC is a …

‘Up in the Air’ Festival

The club is participating in Lake Macquarie’s ‘Up in the Air’ Festival to be held at Rathmines Park on Sunday 23rd May. EDIT 26th May:  Photos of the club stand erected for the event   “This is a fantastic opportunity not only to see … spectacular aircraft soar over Lake Mac, but to enjoy a …

Cessnock Airshow

Peter Jackson (Jacko) is interested in attending the Airshow at Cessnock Airport alleged to take place the weekend of 13/14 March.  Jacko has a camper trailer with an annex of 2.4 metres, with an additional 4 metre extension if required. He is looking at free camping on McFarlane Reserve (flat, with some trees, plenty of space) in …

New Committee Elected

A new committee was elected at the recent AGM. Please click here for details. Many thanks to retiring president Andrew for his efforts over the past couple of years. The field has been developed and club membership increased substantially during his presidency. Thanks also to Brian, who has volunteered an enormous amount of time and …