Yes I'm still alive and kicking. Working hard and travelling a bit and when I have been in Sydney for the weekends it has been gale force winds most of the time. So not a lot of Stick time!
But what stick time I've had has been fun, both helis and planes, but still reducing my heli fleet and increasing the plane hangar, I'm having real trouble storing them all at present. Luckily my son is studying in Denmark for 6 months and so his room now has half a dozen planes in it. Although studying may be too strong a word for it as he travels somewhere in Europeeach long weekend, which for him is every second weekend, and he can't work out if he prefers the Danish, Norwegian, Swedish or German girls yet, so that's still a work in progress. But he is having fun trying to crack this serious conundrum.
Last weekend I joined a local RC flying club mainly because the last few planes I bought are a bit too big and fast for local ovals. But man oh man,I felt like I'dtakena Swiss army knife to a shot gun fight!! The biggest friggin planes and helis I've ever seen, some of these planes were 1/5, 1/4 and 1/3 scale, and the helis were either 600 or 700 size. It reminded me from that scene in Jaws, as I said to myself...I think I'm going to need a bigger plane....! So when I got home I got straight on-line and ordered a 1.7 metre wing span plane (a Hanger 9 Toledo Special)- my little 1 metre jobs were too small and hard to see flying the clubs big circuit, and their wheels to small for the thick grass landing strip.
Among themembers wasthe Australian representative for FC3 heli flying (if I got that right), - I have never seen such control of a big nitro heli ever, this guy was just so smooth yet fast and so clean through the air it was magic to watch. And it was a flybarred heli! He was sponsored by Futaba and had the nicest looking heli ( a compass I think). And Jonsey, I applaud your safety tips, and this guy checked EVERYTHINGbefore EVERY flight, he even did a range check before EVERY flight!! A little bit of OCD i thought.
Rob, Just what I wanted to hear re the BLMCPX, I'll grab one and sell the Nano, I still have a 1,000 spares for the MCPX and hopefully some of them will be a direct fit. Thanks for the detail.
Brian good to see you still holding things together here, and the boats look a treat. Enjoy all parts of the RCWorld I say, I built a 1/10 scale 2WD short course truckie thingy, but I think I buggered up the soldering (that's enough giggling from you Pav) and the motor doesn't perform as it should. I ended up hotgluing the three motor wires to the motor - I holds, but I guess that's not ideal, I must say that all my other soldering is now world class, but car motors, not so, allI can say is thatit was an odd arrangement and I stuffed it up!
Have we ever heard from Spiros again?
Best to all, and hi to Ingleburn and Simon as well.