Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Ahi 1.0: an OpenTx template for aerobatic slopers

I've just added a new setup to my library of soaring templates. It's for 4-channel aerobatic slope soarers like the Ahi, Phase 6, Voltij etc.

Monday, 1 October 2018

Frsky RX6R - a tiny full range 6CH receiver

The FrSky RX6R sounds like the answer to a lot of pilots' prayers - a receiver small enough to fit in a Pitbull or Stribog without looking as if it's been jammed in with a hammer! What's more, the RX6R is claimed to offer 40% more range than X-series receivers.

Sounds too good to be true? Let's find out... [note: updated 18 Oct 2018]

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Adaptable ballast spreadsheets, using array formulae

[updated 30 October 2018] 
F3X pilots love ballast - it makes our models fly faster! The problem is knowing how much to add, and where to put it to achieve a particular CG. One option is to evaluate various ballast combinations using a CG gauge. However this can be time consuming, especially with complex ballast configurations. It's so much easier - and more flexible - with a spreadsheet!

Photo magic at the Welsh Open

Here's a publicity shot by MKS, using two of my images. It shows Joel West winning the recent Welsh Open. I think their graphic designer has done a rather nice job!

Friday, 17 August 2018

A One Minute Guide to F3F

F3F is the Formula 1 of slope soaring, but you don't need a Ferrari to compete - just a moulded glider, a transmitter... and a liking for ripping up the slope!

Saturday, 7 July 2018

RTGmodel Stribog review

My Needle 115 has served me well in F3F competition, however at the end of 2017 I decided to look around for a new machine. After hearing good things about the Stribog I placed an order, and nine weeks later a huge box arrived at the door.

Fast forward... the Stribog has been assembled, tested, and flown in competition. Has it replaced the Needle as my number one model? Read on!

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

FrSky Q-X7 - an F3F-ready transmitter for £100!

The FrSky Q-X7 may not have the looks - or the price tag - of a premium radio, but don't let that fool you! In this post I'll highlight key aspects of this transmitter, and explain why you should give it a further look.