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Thread: Is this weather ever going to get better!!!!!!!!!!!!!
25/03/2020 17:01:22

Since my club shut down all flying and grass cutting. I don't look at the weather forecasts anymore.

Its not good for my Mental Health.....

At least my new P3 facemask is good for Balsa dust!

Thread: An Isolation Mass Build?
19/03/2020 16:12:25

Moon Dancer 2 is nice but I have already done that....

My stock level of toilet rolls used or new is lower than the amount of flying days this Year...

Thread: Pics from your free RCME plan build
18/03/2020 12:42:43


18/03/2020 12:41:31

img-20200316-wa0008.jpgMy Tony Nijhuis Lysander both from last Mondays Maiden flights

18/03/2020 12:39:01

moon dancer2_2.jpgMy Moon Dancer 2


Thread: Moon Dancer 2
16/03/2020 20:47:45


16/03/2020 20:47:25

Well the wind was a little stronger than forecast....

The maiden flight went very well, the only trim required was 3 clicksmoon dancer2_2.jpg of up elevator.

She flew very well, took off like a banshee, I had set high, med and low rates. I must say the low settings probably need to go down to 30% at 40% she was still a little lively laugh

Thanks for a great little sportster Peter thumbs up


15/03/2020 20:26:11


Yes, photos should be available . Luckily, we have a Pro photographer in the club.

Apart from the small Bulls/Yellow circles , I did all the graphics by hand... Cutting the film white red and lastly the blue and ironing on.

The large Red Bull lettering using oracover trim putting the red onto white.

15/03/2020 19:20:24


With any luck, the forecast for Monday is looking excellent. The club strip has been cut, and the access track is passable.

So Plan A

1. Fly the Calmato 40 a few times to get the fingers working again, its been soooooo long

2. Maiden the Moon Dancer 2

3. Maiden the Lysander

4. Charge the batteries and do it all again smile

Plan B

There is no plan B smile d

Thread: Is this weather ever going to get better!!!!!!!!!!!!!
11/03/2020 15:24:18

Our flying field is OK its just that the long and winding track to it, is, well mud...

The dry windy days are helping. But its sure to rain on the next non blustery day.....

Still I have finished off two models which are now ready to maiden, if the weather ever gets better.

Could be worse, I may finish the third!

Thread: Moon Dancer 2
11/03/2020 15:18:18

I managed to sort the C of G out by adding a 3700mAh (3S) with the all up weight, spot on 1.6kg (3.5lb)

Gave the power train a spin, as the sun was shining!

Using the recommended motor, Frsky Neuron ESC, and APC 11 x 5.5 prop gave 365W at 31.77A 11.52V

So 102W / lb sounded OK and all well within limits at full chat.

Roll on a decent, non blustery day....


08/03/2020 18:38:37

Thanks for the comments, all completed now ready for a favour day to maiden alongside the Lysander.

Will post what happens next!

At least with the inclement weather, I now have another model to fly. Thanks for the design Peter.


07/03/2020 21:34:20

So having made the rudder 8mm larger and added a steerable tail wheel.

I also made the canopy slightly shorter, (that's all I had.....)

My build came out at 1.5kg that's with a 3s 2200 battery., so I can easily fit a 3s 3300

CG is on the main wing spar so slightly aft, about 5mm.

07/03/2020 21:07:11

Nearly complete, just the RX and a some lettering on the wings.


06/03/2020 21:57:34

Part way to completing the covering, 20200306_213221.jpg

06/03/2020 21:56:37

Well my wire bender arrived today and it is fantastic, bent the 8 swg wire as if I was superman laugh


03/03/2020 19:59:19

Thanks Peter, I will see if I can fabricate such a device

03/03/2020 17:09:32

My delivery arrived today, so will start again.

Decide to have a go at the undercarriage.

Blooming heck how do you bend 8 SWG Piano wire to 90 degrees?

01/03/2020 19:23:38

Peter, I am no perfectionist by a long shot, but a good model deserves to look good!

In fact I am a novice, the only skill I have is I look read, remember and try to emulate, if it doesn't look right I will do it again. That's my flying style as well. Having passed my A cert. I do multiple circuits and landings most flying days. As well as starting to learn some aerobatics. But the truth is I can take off and land multiple types of model as well as anyone in the club.

PS Cant believe, no one else is building it, My goal is to be flying it before the next edition of the magazine come out.. Only the weather will stop me I think.

01/03/2020 17:22:04

Hi Peter, thanks for that, I try not to rush and have been known to throw it away and start again....

Still I had a few scraps of oracover left so decided to start the tail feathers. Just put in place for the photo...

As you can see its going to be in Red Bull Aerobatic colours... well its aerobatic!


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