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The 'Crossing' E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 16:15

In 2012 NLFMC moved to its current site, one of the most signfiicant enablers was the creation of 'the crossing' to gain access. As ever Stuart captured the events in his 'unique' style .......

 
Flair 'Phoenix' Tiger Moth E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 19:28

Flair 'Phoenix' Tiger Moth by Colin Bassam


On 16 Aug 2015 I was flying my Tiger moth (see here) when suddenly I had no control the receiver battery had died and it went into a right turn dive and hit the ground , it was a complete write off. It had served me well for 14 years and I couldn't face being without a Tiger but the thought of years of building filled me with dread, so I decided I would try and find a 2nd hand one that I could restore to the same standard as my original. I had saved many of the scale details which had survived the crash including the instrument panels one of which needed some repairs.

 
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Written by Stuart Josephs   
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 20:55

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STEVE KENDALL'S P47G Thunderbolt Snafu 60 built by Stuart Josephs

STEVE KENDALL'S P47G Thunderbolt Snafu 60 built by Stuart Josephs

 

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Another maiden flight coming up soon for Steve Kendall. I've recently completed building Steve's Snafu 60 P47 Thunderbolt.

 
YT ESM 50cc Spitfire E-mail
Written by Stuart Josephs   
Thursday, 16 April 2015 20:15

 

YT ESM 50cc Spitfire Mk.IX

YT ESM 50cc Spitfire Mk.IX Build by Stuart Josephs

 


Easter Monday March 6, 2015 saw the maiden flight of Steve K’s 50cc Spitfire. Built by me and piloted by Connor Stephenson, we watched with great expectation along with a fair number of members, enjoying the Easter sunshine. The flight was spectacular! The only adjustment to trim was two clicks of down elevator.

 
flying 8th feb 2015 E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 09 February 2015 22:10

flying 8-2-15

Flying(!) 8th February 2015

 


As the clouds parted and the sun shone a few brave flyers ventured out for a bit of fun, there were quite a few laughts, some very innovative tech and a lesson in blended waterfalls !

 
Flying Site Weather E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 14:48

This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

 
 
Simulators - Learning to Fly E-mail
Written by Connor Stephenson   
Friday, 30 August 2013 20:20

Simulators – Learning to Fly

2007. The Year this expensive hobby found my 14 year old self.

When Uncle Pete was inspired to get back into the hobby after a 20 odd year break, I followed. It was then we bought Realflight G3 and started to learn, shortly after joining North Leeds Model Flying Club and buying an OS 52 powered Tutor 40.

Starting on what everyone starts on, Mode 2 (throttle left), as provided and advised by our local modelshop, it was soon realised that the vast majority of the club at that time, actually flew Mode 1. Making this change wasn’t the easiest thing, since Uncle Pete had the simulator on Mode 2. Changing this to mode 1 and the Futaba 6EXA, we took a few weeks off from eating, socialising to just sit and fly infront of a screen until our brains realised that Mode 1 was the way forward.

Why the change? Aerobatics being a route I wanted to go down, we were told it would be easier to learn aerobatics on mode 1, with the ailerons and elevator being separated from each other. Looking back I’m not sure it matters, there are equally good pilots who fly all manner of modes, it’s just whatever suits you. I’ve had experiences where I’ve wished the rudder was separate to the other 2, I know of people who fly with the throttle reversed, there are all manor of arguments for each one. My flying advanced quite dramatically on Mode 1 so it seemed to have sunk in.

When I started, Simulators were very much in the early stages of development. Companies like Great Planes had brought out there Simulator, Realflight G3 (now onto G6.5), Ikarus were just thinking about Aerofly Pro Deluxe and Phoenix didn’t exist. Countless conversations have sprung up about people not being able to take simulators seriously due to a few reasons:

-       It doesn’t feel real

-       It’s not real

-       The models aren’t like my own

-       In real life, I can’t just press a button and my model is fixed

-       “Fear Factor”

All these are things I’ve experienced with many different simulators, but one point still remains, inputs. Certainly, a few years ago the physics in some simulators were, in want of a better word, crap, and could only be seen as a “toy”, however the physics in any decent simulator these days won’t be far off spot on.

Yes the model might fly lighter, heavier, faster, slower, easier, harder than what you might fly at your local club field, but I wouldn’t mind betting it’ll help you with inputs, what to look for in so far as the model in the air and different phases of flight. You’ll make mistakes, lots of mistakes, but as I’ve already said, one button and the model re-appears, eventually you’ll learn how to get out of these mistakes, an experience you can take to the field and probably save you money and time!

Nowadays you can change the weather to quite a high degree of realism, with such things as wind, gusts, Variable wind direction, turbulence, thermals, conditions that actually exist in the real world. On the one I use which we’ll talk about later, you can add in radio failure, so you might have to fly the model to a safe landing with one aileron, or interference, not so much of a toy now, is it?

Obviously there isn’t a “fear” as such of crashing, but why spend £120+ and then fly round crashing all the time, give yourself aims, practice things you’re struggling with at the field, with a model similar to yours. You might struggle with the landing approach with your trainer, so practice with a trainer, not a 20lb F-16. Of course it should be fun, if you aren’t enjoying it you won’t learn.

To sum this section up then, Simulators can be used as an extremely useful tool. From starting my full size flying I was asked if I had a simulator, they agreed that for them it was a very useful tool, even to just keep their eye in when the weather isn’t so good, exactly like we could as modellers.

 Connor Stephenson

 
NLMFC New Site is Open ..... E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 07 June 2012 19:26

 

 
'Come Fly With Us' E-mail
Written by Ashley Josephs   
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 07:36

We are also on Facebook.  http://www.facebook.com/northleedsmodelflyingclub

 

 

 

 

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North Leeds Model Flying Club Is On The Move E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 14 November 2011 09:01

North Leeds Model Flying Club Is On The Move

The Club is delighted to announce it has secured a new and fantastic flying site with planning permission and a 5 year tenancy.

The new site, located just four hundred yards or so from the old one has no known humans dwelling in the area!As such the new site allows us to fly I.C powered models providing they comply with the BMFA noise guidelines of 82db.

The Club Hut has been re-sited, a new entrance and gateway has been planned and approved. Two runways are being prepared for the coming season along with the car park, pitts area and taxi ways. The runways will be approx 120m in length and approx 25m wide. They will be suitable for all types of aircraft, including scale, warbirds and light weight foam models with retracts. 

The Club welcomes members new and old. Joining is simple. Just follow this LINK to print out an application form or to see details of how to contact one of the committee. 

Our AGM will be held in January 2012. Prospective new members are welcome to attend by arrangement. The date and venue to be advised.We look forward to flying with you in 2012.

Ashley Josephs
Chairman

 
Flying at Dishforth 14-4-11 E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Sunday, 01 May 2011 10:26

Flying at Dishforth 24th April 2011


The BMFA Northern Area fly-in's take place approximately every two weeks at Dishforth (near thirsk North Yorkshire), there was a great turnout on the 24th April with sunshine all day. One of our memebers Graham took some super photos for you to enjoy.

 
First Fly of 2011 E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 07 January 2011 11:23

Sunday the 2nd January 2011 was cold and crisp but it didn't deter several of our members coming out for the first fly of the year, roll on many more !!

 
RC Lander's MIG 17 E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 01 March 2010 13:17

RC Lander MIG 17 - Build and Flying Review


Ever since the demise of my Alfa Mig I've been looking for another, there is something about the MIG and its swept wing that makes it fly ohhh so well. Luckily RC Lander have come up with a beauty. Its taken some time since the fist prototype was unveiled last summer and after much redevelopment by RC Lander the production version is here, http://www.overlander.co.uk is now the UK distributor of RC Lander products so if you like the look of this 90mm EDF then give them a call or ask you local shop to get one in, you won't be disappointed. The large box arrived, RC Lander are minimalist in the art on the front of the box but its what's inside that counts, and a well packed assortment of parts, all in top condition despite traveling over 9,500km !

 
Flair Tiger Moth by Colin Bassham E-mail
Sunday, 21 February 2010 12:15

Flair Tiger Moth by Colin Bassham

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I didn't get into model flying until 1993, when I joined the Wortley club and started a long hard road of learning to fly. There were no ready to fly planes those days so I built from kits at the back of my garage. My first large kit was a T240 with a 28cc petrol engine. I even had to apply to the CAA for an exemption certificate. This was 1995 and I had joined the RAMS club flying off concrete runways at Acaster near York. I also join the LMA and went to Withernsea meeting where Ian Turney-White took my T240 up for its first flight. He let me land it on the second flight, and I bust the prop, but I was pleased to have got it down in one piece.

 
Buddy Box and Simulators by James Gamble E-mail
Written by James Gamble   
Wednesday, 06 January 2010 17:27

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At the recent AGM it became apparent that some of our new members and existing ones would like the option to use the buddy box facility which is often incorporated into most transmitter modules.

This sparked an idea to write a small article to help our members and future ones to train and improve on existing skills so as not to suffer some expensive and frustrating consequences on the field.

 
Flying 3rd January 2010 E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Sunday, 03 January 2010 22:07

Mad Dogs and Australians ! - Flying 3rd January 2010


Our antipodean member Trev posted on our club forum that there was a light dusting of snow and flying would be no problem. After navigating untreated roads (why do we pay council tax ?) I arrived at our club at about 10:00am, it was snowing (for a change) and the padlock was frozen up, after peeling my skin from the lock I sat in my car and made some quick phone calls tempting members to join in the 'tropical' conditions and to bring some de-icer..... just in case, they took the bait and soon we had a gaggle of members eager to get into the air !

 
Stuart's Corsair Part II **Now with Video** E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 28 December 2009 10:22

Top Flite - Gold Edition Giant Corsair - Built by Stuart Josephs - completed December 2009

Previous article can be found by clicking here.....


It was October 2007 when I took delivery and started building the Corsair and now over two years later, I'm very pleased to say, it's finished. And very good it looks too, if I say so myself.

 
FW190 with Sound ! E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Sunday, 13 December 2009 22:28

H&M Performance FW190 with Sound !


After reading an old article in one of the mags left in our club hut I couldn't help thinking I'd like to try this sound thingy stuff in my recently acquired H&M FW190 (cheers Scott Cupello!) After looking about I opted for the Bendini mini system from http://www.benedini.de/ together with a USB programming dongle and amp. A few days later the goodies arrived in a very small box and I thought some chance of getting a large sound out of this thing but oh how wrong I was ....

 
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Written by James Gamble   
Sunday, 08 November 2009 17:54

Osmose 50 - Build Review by James Gamble

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After flying the Vertigo II through the summer months I decided to let it rest for a while and acquired an up-to-date pattern ship and having a Saito .82A Golden Knight hanging around my dad’s workshop and a Saito .91 spare, this gave me quite a few options.

 
Voltij E-mail
Written by James Gamble   
Monday, 26 October 2009 19:11

Voltij - Build and Fly review by James Gamble

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It was cold, windy and overcast and I’m on top of Baildon Moor stood next to my trusty old Phase 6 waiting for my set when some guy walks to the edge of the slope, shouts out his frequency and lobs a model into the sky – good old Baildon rules! I watched for a while and then decided to join in.

 
Flying Weekend 19-20 September 2009 E-mail
Written by jimbo Graham & Tom   
Monday, 28 September 2009 13:36

Flying 19th & 20th September 2009


At last some decent weather, I'm sure September is the new August !

 
RC Lander Hawker Hunter E-mail
Written by Jimbo   
Monday, 17 August 2009 19:02

RC Lander Hawker Hunter - Build and Flying Review


I've been waiting for this for quite some time, not that delivery was poor or that it got stuck in customs, no, just because for many months I've been trying to convince myself that I could build the west wings version when in reality I hadn't got the patience and there were no alternatives (until now) of flying such an iconic aircraft !

 
flying 9th August 2009 E-mail
Written by jimbo and Mark   
Monday, 10 August 2009 14:47

Well that was summer then .... Flying 6-9 August 2009


Rufforth show weekend usually guarantees monsoon conditions, however the cunning decision to move the show to early August confused the weather demons and made for some very nice flying days at NLMFC.......

 
Rc Lander F16 BWR - build and Fly Review E-mail
Written by James   
Thursday, 09 July 2009 09:13

RC Lander F16 - Build and Flying Review


You know there is something quite bizarre about checking EMS parcel tracking numbers and guessing how long customs will take to check your parcel, this one was almost a record for me 8 days in customs then released without charge! Still the rest of the service was ace and despite what I can only guess must have been copious sniffer dogs and x-rays the RC Lander F16 arrived in tip top condition .......

 
NLMFC's Grand Day Out E-mail
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Written by Jimbo   
Monday, 29 June 2009 20:16

NLMFC on tour at Dishforth 29th June 2009


It was dull and overcast to start with but things soon warmed up .....

 
Flying 24th May 2009 E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 01 June 2009 21:37

It Ain't 'Artf' Hot Mum - Flying Sunday 24th May 2009


It was an intriguing day at the North Leeds Model flying club.......

 
NLMFC on Youtube E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 09 May 2009 19:34

NLMFC's Home on Youtube

The North Leeds Model Flying Club has had a presence on youtube for a few years with videos of our antics added regulary, as you can see we have a lot of fun !
I've added a permanent link to this article on the main menu (to the left)

https://www.youtube.com/user/nlmfc

 
Flying Sunday 26th April 2009 E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 29 April 2009 07:51

Flying Sunday 26th April 2009


It wasn't any ordinary Sunday at the north Leeds Model flying club.......

 
Flying Sunday 19th April 2009 E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 24 April 2009 10:31

Flying Sunday 19th April 2009


At last a glorious sunny Sunday ! The sunny weather brought out our members en mass for a cracking day flying.....

 
Radical RC Quick Wing 20 E-mail
Written by Dilbert Grumpyman   
Tuesday, 17 March 2009 17:51
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The Yorkshire Air Spectacular Christmas Model Show at Harrogate Pavilions is always a temptation, the site being only a few miles from home, and November 2008 was no exception. So, along I went, clutching my little wad of cash, seeking a bargain here and a bargain there, finding bargains just about everywhere and as usual I soon found myself approaching the end of my budget and wondering what to do with the last few quid.

 

 
Hanger 9 Piper Pawnee - 80" span - built by John Carby-Hall E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 12 March 2009 09:01

I had been wanting one of these since I saw David Muir's fly at Rufforth in high Summer.  His flew in a scale like manner on the recommended electric set up of E-Flite 46, and a 4S1P 5000 mAh pack.  It had enough grunt for prototypical low passes, with hammer-head turns to line it up for the opposite run.  It did loop and roll, but looked a bit embarrassed doing so.

 
MESSERSCHMITT Bf-109E - from YT INTERNATIONAL - built by Stuart Josephs E-mail
Written by Stuart Josephs   
Monday, 09 March 2009 17:40


Bought this model direct from YT and started the build back in November 2008 and completed it mid February. Good kit and it went together well apart from one tiny problem.

 
Flying and Strip Repairs, March 1st 2009 E-mail
Written by Trevor Barton   
Tuesday, 03 March 2009 18:46

Cularis and GraphitWell the first of March dawned sunny, warm and calm, so some of us decided it was way past time for a trip to the strip - the first of the year for many in the club, only bettered by two of our more senior members who are obviously made of sterner stuff than us young 'uns!

 
RC Lander Rafale PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jimbo   
Sunday, 01 March 2009 20:05

RC Lander Rafale - Build and Fly Review


RC Lander followed up their immensely popular F9F Panther with a Twin EDF version of the Dassault Rafale (English: Squall). The full size is a French twin-engined delta-wing highly agile multi-role fighter aircraft, it was produced both for land-based use with the French Air Force and for carrier-based naval operations with the French Navy. Although the full size was marketed for foreign sale no orders were ever received, luckily the model has not suffered the same fate and no wonder, its a beaut.

 
BMFA Dishforth fly-in 22nd Feb 2009 E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Sunday, 22 February 2009 20:27

 NLMFC on tour - BMFA Northern Area Fly-in 22nd February 2009


A few of our members, well the ones who didn't have to work or recuperate from a stint underwater in Norway, ventured off again to the BMFA Northern Area Fly-in at dishforth on the 22nd February 2009. The weather forecast was windy but fine but hey after the atrocious weather so far this year a glimmer of hope was all the plethora of folk needed to turn out....

 
Dishforth Fly-in 28 December 2008 E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 29 December 2008 17:04

NLMFC on tour - BMFA Northern Area Fly-in 28th December 2008


A few of our members, well the ones that didn't have the lurgy, ventured off to the BMFA Northern Area Fly-in at Dishforth on the 28th December 2008. We met up at the gatehouse at 10:00am and after gingerly asking a man with a very big gun where to sign in we were off ......

 
F3p Nationals E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 19 December 2008 09:26

Boy Wonder at the F3P Nationals


Our young member Connor cadged a lift to Leeds last weekend to take part in his first competition. So good are his scrounging skills that he also managed to blag a model to take part with !

 
Vertigo II E-mail
Written by James Gamble   
Saturday, 01 November 2008 13:45

Vertigo II - A Blast from the Past

By James Gamble

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Aeromodelling is one of those interests that seem to be passed from father to son.

It’s more than just an interest, it’s an engineering skill.

 
Ben Buckle Junior 60 Build Print E-mail
Written by Dilbert Grumpyman   
Saturday, 18 October 2008 09:21

Ben Buckle Junior 60

by Trevor Barton

Well, having survived the challenge of the Orion-E build, I decided it was time to try something a little more adventurous. I'd heard a lot about Ben Buckle kits, they are supposed to have a reputation for quality, and seemed like a good compromise between building something from scratch and building from a fully cut kit. So, I took my £70-odd to our friendly local model shop and got myself one of these...

 

 

 
when peter came to town E-mail
Written by Jimbo   
Wednesday, 08 October 2008 19:00

When Peter Came to Town ....



Our French member Pierre Jackson left his luxurious pad in the South of France to return to blighty for a spot of flying in September, as usual his timing coincided with some fantastic weather and plenty of flying ensued, a potted history of his exploits follows .....

 
Rc Lander Panther EDF E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 27 September 2008 12:52

RC Lander Panther - Build and Flying Review by James Hindle


I bumped into Scott from www.brchobbies.com at the Rufforth show and was chatting about new EDF models, Scott mentioned the new Lander Panther and the very mention of the word Panther knew I had to have one, I always admired the Panther but the only kits available were too much hassle to build, needed a bungee or were just too expensive.

 
Multiplex Blizzard Build Review E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 29 July 2008 05:00

Multiplex Blizzard - Build Review by James Hindle


After seeing the pictures from the Nuremberg Toy fair and suffering motor mount fatigue on my aging Acromaster I knew the solution .... Blizzard. I'm not

 
Flying 27th July 2008 E-mail
Written by Jimbo   
Monday, 28 July 2008 05:00

That was Summer then - Flying 27th July 2008

 
**UPDATED** Top Flite - B25 E-mail
Written by Stuart Josephs   
Thursday, 19 June 2008 13:00

B-25J MITCHELL ARF WWII BOMBER - by TOP FLITE

 
Flying13-6-8 E-mail
Written by Jimbo   
Monday, 16 June 2008 03:00

A Tale of Two Halves - Flying 13th June 2008


Woody.... sorry I mean our chairman Gary sporting his 'new job' haircut kicked the evening off with a series of adrenaline

 
West Wings Orion-E Kit E-mail
Written by Dilbert Grumpyman   
Sunday, 15 June 2008 07:29

altIt was in the dark dark days of January that the urge came over me to build something.  Fresh from my experiences with my Christmas Cularis, I decided it was time to stretch myself and build right from a kit, and right from a kit I did build.

So, hot-footing it to the model shop, I slapped my £28.49 wodge on the counter ...

Give me the best model kit with real balsa bits you have for that, shopkeeper!", I demanded.

"Coming right up, sorr, right away, sorr!", his hands trembling and eyes staring greedily at the enormous pile of cash.

And this is what caught my eye ...

 
NLMFC On Tour E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 17 May 2008 08:24

NLMFC on Tour 8th June 2008


What a beautiful day ...........

 
Flying 15th May 2008 E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 17 May 2008 04:24

Flying 15th May 2008

 

Welcome ...........

 
Flying 14th April 2008 E-mail
Written by jimbo   
Tuesday, 15 April 2008 11:00

Flying 14th April 2008

 
After a long spell of unsettled weather even earlier in the morning the heavens cleared, the wind subsided and hey presto a few of us turned up for a fly ….

 
Overlander Talk 27/3/8 E-mail
Written by Jimbo   
Friday, 28 March 2008 14:26

 Overlander Talk - Thursday 27th March 2008.. What a Great Night


John, Paul, Ollie and his Dad Stan drove the 97 miles (most of it on fumes) to get to the Mexborough Arms for the club's quarterly meeting.

 
CMPro AT-6 Texan E-mail
Friday, 07 March 2008 10:42

CMPro - CHINA MODEL PRODUCTIONS - AT- 6 TEXAN - 160 size - Built by Stuart Josephs


 

 
E-flite Extra 260 Review By Connor E-mail
Written by Connor Stephenson   
Thursday, 21 February 2008 18:43
It came 26th January, my birthday.  I knew I’d said I’d like the new E-flite Extra 260 to replace my E-flite mini Funtana as it has had its wear and tear with the poor design of the balsa which the undercarriage screwed to, this had been carboned several times but  I knew it was a problem.

Later on in the morning of my birthday Granddad (John) arrived with a 3ft long box wrapped up in wrapping paper, sitting down and opening it revealed the Extra.
 
Flying Sunday 17th February 2008 E-mail
Written by Jimbo   
Sunday, 17 February 2008 00:00

What a glorious weekend it has been, it was really nice to go to the strip today and join in the fun that everyone was having, the strips were in fantastic condition (thank you Barry) and the flying was superb......


First up there was James with his Cermark Victor (see news for a review), the victor flew like it was on rails (although heavily greased)

 
The FIrst Green Peg of the Year E-mail
Written by Dilbert Grumpyman   
Saturday, 09 February 2008 21:25

Well, Haddon rang me last week, and explained that because Nathaniel and John (Carby-Hall) had such hectic social lives they couldn't arrange a training session for Nat this weekend, and would I possibly be able to make it at 2.30 on Saturday. Having seen Nat's flying before under John's expert tutelage I was pretty confident my somewhat amateur (that'd be non-existent) skills as a trainer wouldn't really be required, so I swallowed any trepidation I might have had and agreed.

 
Top Flite Corsair E-mail
Wednesday, 23 January 2008 18:30

Top Flite - Corsair - Built by Stuart Josephs 


Well no one ever said it would be easy & if I had realised just how right they were, I would not have started this one.  The CMP ARF kit would have been much easier but I wanted at least a 7ft wingspan & this Top Flite kit was the only one I could find. The last time I built a plane from a plan & bits of balsa wood, was with my late father and I would have been about 6 years old. 

 
Cermark Victor E-mail
Written by James Gamble   
Monday, 21 January 2008 08:20
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Choosing your next model is never an easy task, it’s like a kid in a sweet shop and with so many manufacturers producing a wide variety of aircraft you just want everything.
Each month a new magazine comes out which teases and convinces you that you need something new , or somtimes you spot a particular model on the field which out performs anything you've seen.
I recently found myself doing a bit of aerobatic soaring at Baildon Moor and spotted a Voltij performing some great aeros - before the common sense kicked in, one was on order in the Nemo colour scheme. I haven’t finished that yet because I’m building a new Overlander Shorts Tucano with a slightly higher spec. than before, but it's always seems the case that when you are halfway through building your new kit -  you go and buy another.
A short trip to Leeds Model Shop possibly to by some glue resulted in one more kit.

The Victor manufactured by Cermark.

This company usually produces some nice looking models and this was no exception, but it did have some flaws.
One of the first victors which was reviewed was by Ian Mason in the Quiet & Electric magazine seemed to have a lot going for it but he did comment on a couple of issues which could have been improved so I hoped that these problems would have been ironed out by now, but on with the build.

Straight from the box the fibreglass fuselage looked fine with no sharp edges and the wings and tail were warp free and pre hinged.

Installing the servo cable through each wing was described as a simple task but in reality new lengths of cable had to be cut and new ends soldered on as they would not fit through the holes provided.
Servo covers seemed to suffice but as with two other Cermark kits I’ve had in the past, the linkages didn’t seem up to the task, and neither did the flimsy wing joiners made out of some cheap plywood.
The plywood joiners were replaced with carbon fibre versions and epoxy held everything solid.
Incidentally the linkages provided were used and haven’t yet caused problems.
The two halves of the V tail were glued together using a template provided but when it was held in place to the fuselage it was quite apparent that it was out of alignment.
This is exactly the same problem Ian Mason described.
With a quick read of his excellent article (also posted on the web), I built up the tail saddle using epoxy and micro balloons which improved it greatly.
Motor, speed controller and battery were fit in about 30 minutes and the wing was bolted into place.
With the folding prop and aluminium spinner fit, incidence and balance checks were performed and after slight adjustments it all looked good.
With a cycle of the battery and a final check along with TX programming a test flight followed.
Launch and landing I believe a beginner could cope with due to it being a tremendously stable model.


When it comes to aeros, the Victor can perform loops, roles, inverted fight with a bit of stick input and outside loops are possible if you have enough speed or with a burst from the motor, but the rudder is pointless, only allowing a fraction of yaw, but that’s V tails for you!
A minor fault is the colour of the underside wing and tail (Grey) good thinking Cermark! Maybe a brighter colour on the side you see the most may help!

Flight times on a good day have been in the region of 30 to 45 minutes and I seem to get about ten vertical climbs before recharge, and on a slope it fairs reasonably well.

Here’s the equipment I chose to install:-

*4 HS55 servos
Hi-tec 06 receiver
Hacker A20-20L motor
Hacker 30A speed controller
Tornado 2200mah battery

I’ve got quite a few flights in recently and I really like this model, but if you do consider building one, do replace the wing joiners for carbon ones.

*Update*

Its now Feb 2010 and the Victor is still going strong! I have opened out the motor cooling section on either side of the fuselage a fraction more which seems to keep the Hacker cool,  but bar that this thing is still flying strong.

 

James Gamble

 
Addiction by precision Aerobatics E-mail
Sunday, 20 January 2008 18:58

Addiction by precision Aerobatics - Short review by Gary Clayton

Show off !This was an impulse buy after watching the great video’s of it flying on YouTube. I say impulse, but I actually had been after a bigger 3D machine for some time now after owning a small profile 3D plane called “Sammy”.

I went for the combo version which included the recommend motor, “Thrust 20” which was made by PA especially for this model using an APC 11X5.5E prop on 1800 to 2200 3cell lipo’s.

 
Flying Saturday 19th January 2008 E-mail
Written by Jimbo   
Saturday, 19 January 2008 18:12

">Nice parking !Well, what can I say, I arrived at about 1pm and after navigating Trev's wonderful parking (I know there's planty of space in Aus but your in Armscliffe now mate !!!!) managed to park my car (there were only 2 other cars in the car park so still no excuse Trev !).

With the wind blowing and nobody in sight I wandered over to the hut to find Gary, Connor and Steve contemplating a good summer whilst sheltering from the wind and cold, you can tell Gary is a surrogate yorshireman as he was forever playing with the setting on

 
Trev's Christmas Present - MPX Cularis E-mail
Written by Dilbert Grumpyman   
Sunday, 06 January 2008 02:50

By Trevor Barton

So, this Christmas I magnanimously thought I'd relieve Judi of the onerous task of thinking up an exciting Christmas present and suggested to her that I might like a new model.

"Oh yes," she said, looking sideways at me, "and just how much is this model going to cost?"
"Err, well, about a hundred quid ...", I replied, "for the airframe."
 
New Skills Tested ! E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 04 January 2008 16:04
 

Trev learned a lot over Christmas, packing a 40lb Turkey, a couple of sheep, some roadkill and a brace of native armscliffe possums (for the barbeque) was a tall order for his compact family car but nether the less our environmentally friendly antipodean managed the whole lot in one go. Armed with his new skills Trev put them to the test on the 6th of January and managed to pack 4 of his models into the back of the car and what’s more managed to take them out without breaking them…. Well I think he did ….

 
Flying today 6th Jan 2008 E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 02 January 2008 19:32

The line up ... Well it was apparently a tale of two halves today, windy this morning and calm this afternoon, unfortunately I only saw the windy bit of the day but stillhad a couple of flights with the F16. The day saw a number of first flights with models, Peter Jackson maidened his Funjet, Trev maidened his Cularis (so good he want's two for syncronised flying). Graham flew his rainbow through a rainbow all in all a good old day at the strip. Click on read more for the rogues gallery !

 
F16 - Foam EDF'ing E-mail
Written by James Hindle   
Monday, 31 December 2007 03:25

Wow this baby performs ....At the Harrogate model show in November I bumped into the guys at electric flight Cumbria http://electricflight-cumbria.co.uk/catalog/ and was impresed with the F-16 (4S option), the build was simple following the include Cd instructions and the various threads on rcgroups. After a few flights I must say I'm impressed with the look, sound and speed of the machine, so impressed that I'm painting the model, read more for some pictures and video

 
Graupner Taxi 2400 Electric tug E-mail
Written by James Hindle   
Saturday, 29 December 2007 10:07

Graupner Taxi 2400 Electric Conversion.

the Big Box !

A cryptic text message from my wife asking what was in the box as big as her signified the arrival of the graupner taxi, in short the box was massive ! The service from Motors and Rotors was excellent, packaging was first rate and delivery was as promised. Opening the box showed that this was a true ARF, all surfaces were pre hinged (and pinned) the only setup was required for the stab, the hardware was extensive, possibly too extensive as we will come onto.

 
New Youtube Videos E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 28 December 2007 04:58

NLMFC has had a presence on Youtube for the last year or so with some of our videos being viewed almost 4,000 times, last weekend (30th December 2007) Jimbo took his video camera along and encouraged a few courageous pilots to perform for the camera, they were: