WRCS RAMBLINGS by C. Ovjee
Regular flyer Roger Crouch had a brown-out and his prized Tiger 3 crashed into the bushes behind the car-park. Fuselage OK but wings a total mess. Lucky he has a spare boxed Tiger 3 in the garage!
For newbie electric enthusiasts; rule of thumb is - you need roughly 100 watts per pound (450gms) for the aircraft to perform.
Very sad to report the passing of our long term member Barry Mason. Barry was a master builder of both aeroplanes and boats. His Manly Ferry is testament to his skills. He will be sorely missed.
Our valued member Peter Wyss is making slow but steady progress at North Ryde. He is now speaking a few words and with constant physio, has more control of his hand. We sincerely hope he keeps improving.
Flying his foam P40, Col Bruce hand launched and the plane went hard left & crashed. The post mortem revealed that the rudder servo had reversed for no reason at all. Why? Very weird?
Ex CFI David Menzies has scored himself a small EDF jet. Sure does travel fast. Don’t take your eye off it as the plane will be in another post-code in a flash.
After a minor stroke, John Parker is on the mend. He can’t fly as yet but hopefully it won’t be too far away.
Who was the committee member that let his plane get too slow when lamding from the west? It stalled and the big 50cc Extra pancaked into the bush halfway up the slope. Very little damage..just a torn leading edge. All fixed and back in the air.
OK. Let’s see what Santa gave you for Xmas. Bring it down & chuck it into the air. I’m sure we’ll witness quite a few maidens in the coming months.
Glider enthusiast Steve MacMahon has given flying away for now and is now sailing RC boats and driving RC cars. This is due to ill health which has impaired his panoramic perception. We wish him well.
Important on servo arm locking screws that have a tapped thread (such as Hitec 645MG) to make sure you dab a smear of Loctite. These screws have a nasty habit of loosening (especially with gas engines) and there could be disastrous results.
Good to see Paul Tremaine back at the flight line. Paul was introduced to the sport by his lovely wife Lynette (herself an accomplished pilot) and they are often both there for the Saturday BBQ.
It’s always interesting to see what David Foster is flying. With probably the largest hangar of aircraft in WRCS, David always has his eye out for a new, something different type of model.
If you see a trolley piled high with aircraft coming over the bridge, good chance it will be David Bolstad. Dave brings most of his planes for a weekly fly so they don’t get “stiff” languishing at home.
Kel Steinman has purchased David Cotton’s crashed Wilga as well as David’s half completed Sea Fury. Keep your eye on the flight line as these models will be ready to fly in a few weeks. UPDATE. The Wilga left the ground and unfortunately both ailerons went into the up position (pre-flight check?) and it crashed heavily into the ridge breaking one of the three pots on the radial engine.
A visitor from the UK commented what wonderful facilities we have at WRCS. You only have to visit other venues to see that we are streets ahead when it comes to shade, power, toilet facilities, camaraderie, aircraft and procedures.
If you are keen to travel and fly at other venues, there’s a feast of events happening in 2015. Orange in February, Cootamundra in March, Maitland in May, Shepparton in September & Canberra in October to name a few. Why not join the regular WRCS travelers (+ wives) and enjoy good company, great flying and a whizz-bang social time? Speak to Col Buckley or Doug Radford.
Canvassing & getting the ‘good oil’ from pilots at the field, it seems HobbyKing really have got their game together and putting out some outstanding flying machines. In the past HK planes were a bit ordinary but in recent times models from this supplier appear to fly beautifully straight out of ‘the box’.
Threaded rods into clevises are wonderful for those small adjustments. Beware however that the thread will wear with vibration and can pull out of the clevis after time leading to complete lack of command. To stop these happenings…run a touch of wicking CA down the thread.
Congratulations to our member (who originally hailed from the US) – Mike West. Mike has just received his Bronze Wings after many months of hard work.
Spend time checking out your aircraft at home. The airstrip is designed to fly…not to spend hours over a problem that could have been rectified in the workshop.
Pulling an aircraft too quickly off the ground can be expensive as Chris Jordan found out. Let it get to flying speed before you squeeze in a little up elevator.
Before gluing any metal to wood, make sure that the metal surface is a) spotlessly clean by washing it with meths or Prepsol and b) rough up the metal to give the glue something to ‘key’ into.
As the grass has now really taken on a spurt, please be patient if you turn up and the mowing crew are hard at it. Grab the whipper snipper or blower from the shed and pitch in to help.
I was reading an article last night about fathers bonding with sons, and memories came flooding back of the time I took my son out for his first drink.
Off we went to our local pub which is only two blocks from the house.
I got him a Miller Genuine. He didn't like it - so I drank it.
Then I got him a Tooheys Old, he didn't like it either,
so I drank it. It was the same with the VB
and the Hahn. By the time we got down to the Irish whiskey,
I could hardly push the stroller home.
A loud mouthed man sat in the barber's chair
"I'll have a shave and a shoe shine."
The barber began to lather his face and then strop the cut-throat while a woman with the most beautiful breasts he had ever seen, knelt down and began to shine his shoes.
The man said, "Honey, you and I should go spend the afternoon in a hotel room."
She replied, "Sorry, I'm married and I’d never be unfaithful to my husband."
The man said, "Tell him you're working overtime and I'll pay you the difference." She said, "You tell him; you're closer!”
Several men are in the locker room of a golf club. A mobile phone on a
bench rings and a man engages the hands-free speaker function and begins to talk. Everyone else in the room stops talking.
WOMAN: "Hi Honey, it's me. Are you at the club?"
WOMAN: "I'm at the shops now and found this beautiful leather coat.
It's only $2,000. Is it OK if I buy it?"
MAN: "Sure, go ahead if you like it that much."
WOMAN: "I also stopped by the Lexus dealership and saw the new models. I saw one I really liked."
MAN: "How much?"
MAN: "OK, but for that price I want it with all the options."
WOMAN: "Great! Oh, and one more thing... I was just talking to Kate and found out that the house I wanted last year is back on the market. They're asking $980,000 for it."
MAN: "Well, then go ahead and make an offer of $900,000. They'll probably take it. If not, we can go the extra eighty-thousand if it's what you really want."
WOMAN: "OK. I'll see you later! I love you so much!"
MAN: "Bye! I love you, too."
The man hangs up. The other men in the locker room are staring at him in astonishment, mouths wide open. He turns and asks, "Anyone know who owns this phone?"