Saturday, 26 April 2014

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Field Update - Looking SIX TONS Better...

After the six tons of top soil was laid in the hollows on the 6th April the soil has not settled any more and it's level and undamaged.
The grass seed should start to germinate with the rain we had on the evening of Bank holiday Monday and we should have a few more showers this week to keep it growing. The picture below may look drastic but the ground is level and just awaiting the grass to grow...

Monday, 21 April 2014

Whats Been Going On

Lots Going On Bank Holiday Monday - And The Sun Shone!

Sunday, 20 April 2014

One for Pete !!

Sorry I've not been down for a while guys but looking forward to getting down soon.

     I thought Pete might like this death bomber I've aquired LOL  .  Maiden has happened and was very eventful .

The day was totally mad at Bottisham. There was all the ingredients for total disaster :lol: . 
1st off a Nervous Rookie pilot with no more than 10 flights in total on a Jet, lots of knobs,buttons and flight modes to remember, a runway which was short and also peppered with mini ski moguls and a maiden on something from scratch :shock: 

Take off was schweet and the JetCat120SX propelled her very nicely , 1/2 flap was in and my initial trim had 1.5mm down elevator for 1/2flap. This was totally wrong and after the wheels left the ground she wanted to dive rather than ballooning as i thought she would :doh: . Ok so this wasn't a biggy but i used all my up trim left on the tx for straight and level flight with the wheels still down. 
Next was full landing flap again with wheels still down which i had pre trimmed to 2.5mm down elevator! Again totally wrong and actually needed the opposite trim which again left me running out of trim on the TX, i was starting to poo myself at this stage realising yet again Joe hadn't got a clue :pray: So i now have 2 flap settings somewhere near correct and decide to trim with the the flaps put away for straight flight so after a little peek at the tx for my switches flaps were taken out and wheels up, full throttle and some play time :twisted: at which point 3 seconds later quite a bang and of flew the 1 tip tank which are pretty big and threw the trims out quite significantly ( I'm really crapping it now lol) trimmed her as best i could and decided to cut my losses here and try for a landing knowing i got plenty of fuel if she's not looking good to go round again.

Wheels down and full flap deployed with a flyby to check wheels , right hand wheel is not locked :violin: put the flaps away and climbed to get altitude and tried for some bumpity bumps on the way down which didn't work nor did any amount of right hand rolls to get her to lock. :shifty: 

Oh well lets just do it and land this thing as I'm getting more and more anxious , 1st approach was scrubbed as was going to touch down over 1/2 way on the patch , 2nd looked much neater and smooth and as the back wheels touched a small bump jolted her momentarily back up which locked the right hand wheel :D , landing was then smooth but when the nose leg touched down she broke the Piano wire pin on a filed flat area where the steering horn locks into place.

PHEW Its over ,down and not really broke. This whole flight was 4 mins but seemed a bloody eternity. 

Would i do this again as a Maiden , YES , but i think when my Eurosport goes up I'm gonna have a more seasoned Jet pilot talk me through stuff 1st


Fantastic - I want one - make it two so Jan can fly as well...

Friday, 18 April 2014

Sound meter

Need to borrow sound meter for Thursday if weather ok so can check most of my model who's got one or can find there's so I can use if

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

For Sale

Handley Page HP 42 - I feel this is a bit out of my comfort zone so after all the work I have put in I feel she should go to another home.
£425. Full refurb video (You may get fed up as its long and you need to put the YouTube slider to the start position as it wants to start some way in) Regards Peter.

Our Phantom in East Sussex.

Monday, 14 April 2014

The Redwood Drones

Here are two of a number Dave is working with to deduce the best results. Filmed by Dave Cook

Roys Flight & Dead Stick Landing

Well done Roy - And caught on camera by Dave.

Callums Jet

I missed this as me & Jan were elsewhere but Dave captured it so it could go on the blog...

At The Field - at last

Here we go chaps - Jolly good show and all that...
Filming by Dave.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Just testing my phone.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Six Ton Workforce - Field Repair

Great turnout and thanks for all your help repairing the field.
Sorry in advance for the ones who left before I could get a photo...

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

URGENT: Field Levelling Help Volunteers

URGENT:  Well we are so close to the good weather after such a miserable winter. However the field is in need of tender loving care.
We have ordered six tons of top soil to be delivered this Friday 4th April to help us level the waves in the field.  The bags will be placed near the hollows.  We require volunteers for the soil spreading please come along to assist on SUNDAY 6th April.  MUSTER 10:00 a.m. Please bring wheelbarrow, shovel and rake as this is better than using your field boxes or old wing wreck pieces.  Anytime you can spare will be appreciated.  Those with big boots and of heavy disposition will help with the 'rolling'.  Will be a good laugh for all!
Thanks Simon 0770 834 5278