It will become clear that my passion is mostly focused on rotary wing, that said if it can be used to defy gravity for a while I am interested and probably owned or used one. Talking about gravity if you are thinking about becoming a model pilot gravity wins sometimes and things get broken. Even after 37 years of experience it still happens occasionally and you have to suck it up and go back to the building board. For me it is the challenge of constructing and piloting a model that still gives me a buzz, I find it therapeutic whether it goes well or if gravity wins its a new challenge to work out why.
The effects of gravity
I am glad I do not do this too often, apart from taking up time I could be flying there was a fairly lengthy list of spares. I do not have access to a model shop all the spares are mail order usually from Fast Lads or Midland Helicopters. I should say I am not sponsored by anyone which gives me the freedom to mention anyone who has fast, efficient, accurate service and is polite and knowledgeable, also those that are not.
Hmmmm! perhaps I should have been more patient but test flight I did despite 20MPH plus gusting wind. I have to describe that as the most hairy 5 minutes flight for quite some time. We survived in one piece with a list of adjustments in my head, must write them down, I had not remembered how interesting it is to fly. I remeber now as a bead of sweat ran down my forehead, few!
Refurbished OS32 runs very well and spun up the Vertol, some work to do on front blade set tracking and gyro settings but all good so far. Considering next step as an electric conversion once set up is completed.
Not had much hangar time, too many decorating jobs, however Hirobo Vertol is near to maiden engine run up and test flight. 😊
60 ball links to check for slop may keep me busy
My current project refurbishment the Vertol, I have had this from new in 1992 it still has the OS32SX-H just rebiult and provides adequate power for scale flying.
Well the weather has been not too kind here in the South West but it has given me more workshop time. As the title suggests I have got the Miskito on the bench for updating and engine service. The engine is Enya 50 H now with new liner, piston ring and bearings, the electronics have been updated to 2.4GHz. This heli is 25 year old this year and is still flying on the original wooden blades, its span is 1200 mm and has a fairly rare tricycle undercarriage. Pictures soon to follow
Waiting for the wind to drop so I can test fly the TSK gasser