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While I was over in Australia, took up slope gliding with RC radio planes, a hobby I always wanted to do. It is more of a hobby and sport combined if you ask me. The hobby part if it is that you have to be some sort of a engineer and craftsman when assembling the kit and it's the fine details of craftsmanship and engineering that a pilot can sense when flying these planes.
Dave Kellogg, a sponsored pilot mentioned, that back in the olden days when radio gear was expensive and planes were made out of balsa wood, it was common a pilot could spend 6 hours fixing a plane for every hour they flew it.
Now days there's EPP foam gliders. (The foam is usually used in bodyboards) When it's used in slope gliders, its light and almost indestructible. You can often
your plane, walk over (or climb the hill,) retrieve and you may throw it off the hill again the same day. No big deal.
This is my F-20 Tigershark. The kit comes from New Zealand. It has a JW wing foil. I was in the process of building one in Australia, but that was cut short. Randy, a dentist here in SD county won a kit through a ;raffle drawing. He sold me this one for $50.oo. I ended up with a couple hundred dollars worth of electronics into it and more hours than I would want to admit. But it sure flies nice. It can cover a
lot of area pretty fast and it performs stunts real well.
One thing I wish I would have done is just made it stronger because the plan doesn't want to fly in light winds in the first place, it needs to be stronger to survive crashed and if you usually have to add weight to it, then what was the point in holding back on the strapping tape for?
Unfortunately a couple days before my dad was going to come by for a visit. Someone hammered me with another signal and I lost it in the ocean. Some lady thought she was going to help me by fetching it out if the water. She didn't know what she was doing when she grabbed it and it cost me rear wing and a two piece rear elevator I had made out of balsa wood instead of the corrugated plastic ones the kit came with.
This is my Rader. I call it the Jester. It's good for beginners as well as experts. Good for stunts and those days when the wind in kinna light. My computer type transmitter is an Optic 6. It's able to save the settings for 8 different planes and the control module on the back lets me change the frequency at will.
Some times I wonder that for my F-20, a Flash Five would be better, because you can program the flapperon control to the throttle stick. Take the pin out and the thing will self center. Then you could use the trim button to set it and the stick would be like active differential. But if the Flash Five control feels like the Laser ;non computer controller, I'd forget that idea because Hi-tech Lazer transmitters just suck, I just couldn't fly worth anything with the one I have.
On the Optic 6, I've got to un-solder the pot on the side and the stick and find out if they are the same resistance. If so, I'm in and I'll switch the wiring around. Hell, Hi-Tech could have just wrote better software.
Maybe I'll call or e-mail them to find out the pot values.
March 31st, 2012:
JP took some shots of a flying session. You should check out his really neat slide show at:
May 21st & 22nd brought in wind over 40 mph to the central coast. It's been a long time since I piloted the F-20. You sure can get out of practice. To bad there isn't many places to fly around Morro Bay and Cambria, where the wind tends to have too much north in it.
May 3 & 4 2007 brought some wind, On the 4th just before it got dark, I had to add 32 grams to my F-20, Met a guy who took some pictures. Lets hope he send us some. We worked together on the shots and he took over 100 shots with his telephoto lens camera.
April 15th we had some wind that got to 15-20 and I was able to fly my Tigershark.
March 27,'07 Had some 30 mph wind. I added 32 grams and it wasn't really enough. Crashed twice and had one real scary landing, but it survived.
Jan. 16th, "07:
Folks, if you see people flying an RC plane. And it comes down somewhere near you, please don't pick it up. Many of us have had our flaps screwed up just because someone picked up our plane up wrong.
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Feb. 23rd'07 winds kicked up about 25-30 today, I added 32 grams to my F-20.
Feb. 28th brought enough wind for my F-20. The wind varied. I started out with 28 grams of ballast, but settled on 21 for when it got light.
This page is in memory of Dave Kellogg, a fellow surfer and about the only sponsored pilot I've ever known. Anybody that knew him, knew he was always a wealth of information.
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