Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Ahi 1.0: an OpenTx template for aerobatic slopers

A new baby has joined my family of soaring templates. It's for 4-channel aerobatic slopers 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 many 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 after first rx had low range]

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Adaptable ballast spreadsheets, using array formulae

We F3X pilots love ballast - it makes our models fly faster. The problem is knowing how much to add, and how to minimise any shift in the centre of gravity. One option is to compare different ballast combinations, using a CG gauge. However this can be time consuming and tedious especially with complex ballast configurations. It's so much easier 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

The Needle 115 is the prettiest looking model I've ever owned, and it has served me well in F3F competition for three years. However at the end of the 2017 season, I felt it was time to look around for a new machine. After hearing good things about the Stribog I placed an order, and nine weeks later it arrived at my door, buried in a huge box!

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 be fooled - it's a remarkably capable device which is fully capable of driving an F3F model to the extremes. In this post I'll highlight key aspects of this transmitter, and explain why it offers such ground breaking value.