Post by Dave Homewood on Aug 8, 2021 19:57:56 GMT 12
Do you the models buy from Aussie or from Norfolk Island, Peter? The tax free toy shops at Norfolk Island used to have very cheap models back in the old days when Dad used to go there and buy up large.
Freight would be a killer Dave, as they would have to go Norfolk to Sydney than back out to Lord Howe.
As you are probably aware duty free is not what it was these days, purchased most of my models from mainland Oz and get them posted. As I said above I have purchased quite a few second via RC Trader, people move out of the hobby and sell cheap sometimes, I'm a sucker for a bargain.
Yeah Norfolk Island Airlines long gone, they also had a Dash 8 100 series with long range tanks in the markings of that King Air.
There is talk of such a service coming back with the operator that comes out of Port Macquarie using King Airs. The real problem they have is the alternate is so far. As in if you can't get in at Norfolk your alternate is either on to NZ or back to Lord Howe. The problem with coming back to Lord Howe it is too hilly around the airstrip for commercial operators to land after dark.
For two years, a few years back, my wife and I were the agents for an airline that did double island holidays, week on Lord Howe than week on Norfolk. We used to have real problems with Norfolk being clouded in and not being able to get there then come back before dark.
Last Edit: Aug 8, 2021 22:33:26 GMT 12 by planecrazy
The'll need some range, got a feeling such a bus would spend more time sailing than flying when crossing the ditch!
Coming along with my Mustang to Buchon conversion, one of the reasons I chose a Merlin powered Buchon over a Daimler Benz powered 109, I didn’t have to lower the motor meaning a whole lot more work. The after market 1/24th scale canopy is perfect and again a whole pile of work saved.
Will fly her as you see her to check I have decalarge correct, bit of a concern, I have modelled the tail surfaces as per scale and they are quite a bit smaller than when she was a Mustang, wish me luck!
These are really cool. This is one of my favorite threads. With the changes you make do you need to do much to move the centre of gravity back (or forward) to where it should be? Or does it not matter too much on these micro RC planes?
Post by planecrazy on Aug 11, 2021 16:41:23 GMT 12
Thank you, CG usually moves forward as I often add weight to the rear, in saying that I took a lot of weight out of the rear of this Buchon conversion. I have flown her as she is above and she probably flies a little better than a stock Mustang.
These small 2 cell planes need to be light, as is the case with anything that flies weight is an issue. I don't really mind sacrificing flight time for scale details.
STOL take off FMS Super Cub, love flying this thing leasurly and fun!
Have the little Turbo Timber to Turbo Wilga sorted.
Finally last nights efforts getting paint on the conversion of an UM Mustang to Messerschmitt. (Actually a Hispano Buchon) Have a couple of surprises with this little job, no prise for guessing what colour the nose will be?
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Thanks Dave, always been a bit of a fan of the STOL stuff, takes a bit of skill to fly slow, like real planes the slower you get the less effective the control surfaces. Best thing about RC planes with the high power to weight ratio, if it gets ugly you can just "give the jandal" and motor on out of trouble.
Here's another clip from last weekend, this ones a bit bigger 1.7 meter span Super Cub, flies on a 4 cell 22 volt battery, get around 6 or 7 minutes depending on how hard you go.
Last Edit: Aug 19, 2021 8:28:20 GMT 12 by planecrazy