Thursday, October 29, 2009

souvenirs souvenirs ...

Kevin Newton released on his blog some video taken from the Viking Race 1998 in Whales. It was the second VKR for me, and I flew my personnal best(33.24s) there with a Cobra Calypso made by Stuart Blanchard.


What is impressive on the video it the second turn and the acceleration of the plane during it.
This french record stayed for a while until Alexis broke the world record during a VKR selection contest in 2000 with 30.8s.

I consider personnaly that the Bwelsh is probably the best place in the world to fly F3F, with all the slopes in the same area. but like everywhere the weather is sometime not cooperative at all !

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

My new F3F plane :)

My next F3F plane is ready, just exiting the molds ! This will be one of my 3 F3F plane for 2010 season which is an important season because of the Viking race in France from the 8 to the 15th of may



Thanks Alexis !

The Alliaj HM is the new flag ship of Aeromod, designed by Jean-Luc Foucher. Initially, I was not planning to buy one, but after seing it during the F3F contest of "Le Col du Glandon", I felt that it was a promising plane, especially for energy management turns, so I decided to give a try.

Now, I still need to qualify to become a member of the F3F french team, and the seats are expensives !!! Hopefully with 2 wins during the last championships (2008, and 2009), I'm in fist position before the 2 next selection contests.

I should get the Alliaj HM the Week-end of the 31th of October.

Stay tuned :) !!

Weasel in back !

Pretty good news, Dream flight just announced that they will resume the shipment of the desired Weasel. This flying wing flies like a dream. I even prefer it to the Alula, because of its wide range of use. In the club, we had a bulk order, so I know lots of club mates who will be very happy with this news :) !!!



For France, Flash-RC is the distributor.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Strega RCRCM

I received this morning 2 pictures of the Strega I won at the color scheme contest on RCgroups.

It just looks great and I'm pretty happy with the result. It's funny and interesting to see a drawing becoming "alive" in the real world :)

The plane should be shipped on Friday to its new home !!!






I'm now impatient to receive it and fly it.

Specifications:

  • Wing span: 2.9m
  • Length: 1.46m
  • Wing aerofoil: JH8 series 8%, 7.5%, 7% blended
  • Tail aerofoil: JH8-10-sym
RCRCM website

Distributor for France : http://www.wittnaircomposite.com/

Stay tuned !

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Servos, servos and servos ...

With 4 planes arriving in the coming weeks/months, I needed some servos.



But buying only premium servos like Graupner DS368 or DS3210 can be more than expensive even if they are made in china like other brands. This is the reason why I decided to give a try to some new servos like the hyperion 95FMD or Blue Bird BMS 555 MG for the wing and the power HD 2216MG, the inolab 250MG for the elevator. I also order some airtronics which is a good wing servos. I have 2 of them in my martinet already and I'm satisfied with them.



The Hyperion at 32€ seems a good replacement of the DS3210 (which cost around 90€). They have good reputation.



Regarding the BMS 555, I will be very cautious because some of them (BMS 380 and BMS 380 max) can burn easily under load after a while. I just hope they have fixed the problem on the latest servos they released.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Tokina is working great :) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I used my Tokina 124 ATX PRO with success last week-end :


I will now maybe invest in a circular filter to create some visual effect with colors ...

Laurac 2

Last competition of the F3F french league was in fact in Quillan/St Ferriol because of the wind called "la Tramontane" blowing from North West.

I'm pretty happy with the result because I was going there without any pressure or stress, only to learn and practice energy managment turns. I finished second in front of all the EM experts.

Philippe Lanes who was also in the same situation than me, won the competition. He flew very well all the contest, never slowed down until the last round. Best time of the contest was 35s by Andreas Fricke.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Eurotour results

Final eurotour ranking has been published. As forecasted, I finish 6th which is a good result but could have been better if i had performed better in Caussols and Wales. Anyway, I'm satisfied since this is the first time I play with 3 results taken into account.


Congratulations to Alexis Maréchal who won the Eurotour 2009. He fighted hard, especially in Germany at Rügen and deserved his victory !

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

My Tokina 12-24 mm is repaired

In 2 weeks, the Tokina repair center, located in Netherland, received, repaired and sent me back my lens via UPS and try to guess ? Nothing to pay :)

I tried again the famous test and it works !!!

Next step will be to use it intensively during next week-end competition in Laurac.

The only interrogation point that remains is that I don't know what they did on the lens. It is just mentionned: Aperture Repaired :( Is it a new firmware ? Did they change some parts ? I'm just curious.

Mistral Soaring - Rognac

Yesterday we had a good friendly winter contest in Rognac, between Aix en Provence and Marseille. I left Grenoble aroudn 7am under the sn...