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Member postings for KiwiKid

Here is a list of all the postings KiwiKid has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.

Thread: crash/emotions
27/03/2018 14:02:46

Sorry for your loss. I always try and keep a stiff upper lip - but does hurt a bit.

labour crash.jpg

Thread: Hobbico - files for Bankruptcy
26/03/2018 15:18:32

Not wanting to kick a dead horse when he is down, but Hobbico looks about to go on the chopping block.

An auction of the assets was scheduled for today, although it looks like it may now be tomorrow.

Hobbico directors have valued the group at US$38m which is going to be somewhat shy of their debt burden which appeared to be somewhere north of US$100m. With a good chunk of the debt presumably secured over the companies' assets, the creditors and staff may not see much of the sale proceeds. Horizon Hobbies have also made a play for a portion of the business at US18.8m and will bid for this at the auction.

Couple of background articles:



And a bit of light reading (PDF): **LINK**

Thread: show us your scale glider
25/03/2018 13:19:58

Interesting blog entry here on a scale version of G-DCBP: **LINK**

Edited By KiwiKid on 25/03/2018 13:21:35

23/03/2018 01:34:51

Hi Andy, did you know that an AV-36 glider is actually a PSS ship? smiley

AV-36 "ultralight" built by Jean-Claude Néglais


Thread: motor gliders
22/03/2018 10:55:24

Love that T61 Trevor - superb detail in the cockpit and finishing. With the prop clearance and outriggers, I assume it can ROG?

Here's my Ogar - a Polish tandem glider in which the occupants sit side by side. There are still quite a few flying - 45 were shipped to the States and are popular with clubs for training as the a/c can be powered up to height, the motor switched off and long flight times obtained by soaring.

My own model performs very well in my four favourite passions of club and park flying, thermaling and sloping.



Thread: scale glider chit chat
22/03/2018 10:41:45

I think it's great that Roo started the Scale forum. The Gliders and Gliding section otherwise only had the three forums (G&G, Slope/DS and Flat Field) and most other sites have a scale forum. The scale area of gliding is relatively niche and posts can get lost in the general hubbub of glider chat.

Just look on the threads that Roo has posted as "conversation starters" - contribute or do not depending on what interests you or add a new thread if you have a scale matter you want to discuss.

Thread: show us your scale glider
21/03/2018 22:42:48

You have some great models in the hangar Roo.

My 4M w/s DG-808S - flown mainly as a sloper, but has a power pod in the build stage.




Edited By KiwiKid on 21/03/2018 22:43:49

Thread: motor gliders
21/03/2018 22:17:12

Well this one is an actual motor glider - the Scheibe SF-24 Motor Spatz (Motor Sparrow).

The f/s was produced in Germany in the early 1960's and was one of the first commercially available motor gliders. Really a fun model to fly and also performs well as a sloper - I guess with the prop removed it would be a PSS!


sparrow flyby.jpg

21/03/2018 14:24:16

I have a bit of a penchant for motor gliders as they give a very good bang for a buck, being useful as park flyers, club flyers, thermalers and slopers.

Here's my 3.5m Ka-8B.



slope launch.jpg

Thread: show us your scale glider
21/03/2018 14:17:18

Some great pics coming out of the woodwork here guys - keep 'em coming.

My DFS Habicht.


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Thread: links to other scale forums
21/03/2018 10:48:14

Hi Roo, if you use the "LINK" icon in the reply page graphics you can add a direct link to a web page that people can click on. Like so: **LINK** **LINK**

Thread: show us your scale glider
21/03/2018 09:05:09

Yes, some parameters would be good so that we don't make any fopars. How about scale motor gliders? Is foam allowed? smiley

Thread: Scale markings
15/03/2018 09:23:27

Thanks Chris, I have only ever used the dry method.

The decals from Callie come with that sticky backed tape on the front of them, so you pull the backing paper off and can position them holding the sticky backed tape. I often use thin bits of masking tape as a positioning guide.The only time I would expect it would be beneficial to use the wet method would be if you have a particularly delicate surface where you might only get one chance to "get it right" or the sticky backed tape might pull some paint off.

Some more of Callie's artistry.


14/03/2018 09:33:37

Another Kiwi fan - better have a link: **LINK**

I have been using Callie since not long after she first started out. Some of the slope guys on RCGroups hooked up with her and were singing her praises. This was her first job for me:


Quick background - her mom and dad owned a model shop and she had been studying graphic art, helping out in the shop when she could. One day a customer was talking to her dad complaining that he couldn't source some decals he wanted for a model - Callie overheard and asked what he wanted. She knocked them up and printed them using a basic vinyl cutter. Word got around the customer's club and RCG and soon she had a busy back room operation going.

She has her husband doing cutting, packing and delivery while she works on the design and custom work. She has amassed a huge library of graphics and there is a lot more material available than shown on her site. See also the customer pics.

If you are building a particular model you can e-mail her to see what she has in stock or send her some pics of a f/s plane you like and ask for a quote for decals. These, of course, can be sized to any scale.

Really friendly person and has been around modelling and airplanes all her life.

Edited By KiwiKid on 14/03/2018 10:02:30

Thread: Forum members' new models: Let's see them.
07/03/2018 08:56:11

Any new models about for show and tell?

This model is new to me in that it is a sloper I have had for awhile, but have just completed an electric conversion on it using a HK Gliderdrive 900kv motor. Flies amazingly well and from experience with other powered slopers it should continue to perform well as a sloper.



Thread: 35 mhz - any value
06/03/2018 11:25:13

I still use a couple of my old JR (40 MHz) radios for park flying and slopin', controlling lesser valued models and they still perform great (just gotta remember to put the aerial up!). The achilles heal of the older JR radios is that the innards are powered by a proprietary JR lithium battery and once that goes she's a paperweight these days.

I also have another couple of newer JR radios that I converted to 2.4 with FrSky modules four or five years ago. I have had zero issues with these over 100s of flights and they are reported to have a good signal out to around two kms which will do me.

oldgit, are your futaba tx's suitable for modules?


Edited By KiwiKid on 06/03/2018 11:26:23

Thread: Can a foam model be polished
28/02/2018 22:06:03

Yip clear gloss is the ticket. Just use a flat soft brush and don't apply it too thickly. It's very easy stuff to work with. Keep an eye out for any runs as it dries. If you are working on an assembled model, apply the solution in sections rotating the model so that the area being covered can be left in a horizontal position as the solution dries.

Two coats are best as the first coat seals up the foam and the second adds some more gloss. The weight penalty is not significant as the product is WBPU (water based polyurethane) and the water content evaporates as it dries. As well as looking good the application of the WBPU provides a modicum of protection from mild scuffing and hangar rash.



Edited By KiwiKid on 28/02/2018 22:13:48

Thread: WW1 Aircraft detailed close up photo collection
26/02/2018 23:22:50

Really awesome pics there Dave - but that Photobucket POS has to die!

I have seen all those planes in person and they are indeed mouth watering. They really look like scaled up RC models with the push rods replaced by cables and the servos replaced with the pilots arms and legs.

One of my favourite pics.


Thread: Unrecognisable ARTFs - new paint jobs!
25/02/2018 22:28:12

One of my local hobby shops used to specialize in slope soarers and produced a very nice sloper called the Arrow.


I thought it looked like something from the drawing board of Alexander Lippisch, so set to with a conversion into a Luftwaffe Pfeil.


Really a nice flier and something a bit different for the slope.


22/02/2018 11:52:33

Looking forward to seeing some others' efforts in customizing their ARF's.

Back in the day the Parkzone Stryker was quite a hit and many newcomers to RC flying cut their teeth on Strykers as they were easy enough to control and tough as old boots. I would love to know how many Parkzone sold - must be in the tens of thousands (I have had four) and guys did all sorts of mods to them. Two upgraded ARF versions were also produced incorporating some of the mods done by modelers.

I started with the stock model (brushed motor and Ni-Mh battery) in 2006 and then progressed to custom builds and paint jobs.

Indoor model with 3mm depron fins and 6mm depron elevons.


"Su-27 Flanker" - strengthened airframe, cut down fins and balsa elevons.

su 27 1.jpg

"Vulcan" - don't laugh, at that time there were no Vulcan ARF's around (still the case actually, why is that?) so one had to make do.


Very versatile airframe and can be powered up (with 6S and glassing) to do around 150mph.


Edited By KiwiKid on 22/02/2018 12:09:06

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