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  1. Not sure what crop is in that paddock, looks like grass to me. But then I'm not a farmer!
  2. I think he did a great job. Even had the prop stopped horizontally so it didn't hit anything. At least he didn't hit the other big rock in Stanley...
  3. Especially if you're looking for one without a cowling, and you add "nude", "bare", "undressed", or "with bits hanging out"
  4. As far as I know, the 80hp Rotax is a 4 stroke...
  5. I think the instructor was the clown there. Jeez that put the pucker factor on, especially when the camera inverted - I thought they'd gone in then.
  6. I would agree that the guy is a highly experienced jumper, even without knowing who he is you can see his skill with maintaining different attitudes in free fall. However I would also say that there is a lot that can go wrong with trying to attach harnesses (looks like he's hiding some straps under the shorts) while going straight down at 220km/h. I've done a tandem jump - just one, which I admit is not a great deal of experience, but there was a lot of strapping together and adjusting and tightening stuff and double checking before we jumped out of the plane. Not a
  7. I can't edit the previous post now, but @red750 kindly brightened up the photo.
  8. Hi Ian, Bit of a strange one, I just uploaded a photo in my "Marty_d's CH-701 build log" thread, and it comes out rotated 180 degrees (so upside down). It's the right way up in my folder on the computer. Any ideas? Tried to edit the post but there's no way, as far as I can see, to rotate images. Cheers, Marty
  9. Got the welded up exhaust tubes back from the welder a couple of weeks ago, only just got an hour to test fit. I also bought a threaded stud and 8 new lock nuts from Bert Flood, but for this fit just used the original nuts. It's gone on mostly ok but the ball of one of the long pipes is not quite seating. Not sure whether to get the welder to cut and insert a very short length to make it a bit longer - any advice?? Sorry about the darkness of the photo - need some more light in the shed!
  10. Sorry to hear about the quarantine, but it'd be an experience having only 3 people in a brand new A321. Do you have to compensate for the missing weight of pax + luggage at all, or just fly empty? Guessing handling would be a bit different?
  11. You too Don. All the best mate.
  12. It really is a silly compromise. Either something flies well or it drives well - can't have both. Not sure how much these whizzbang Inspector Gadget car/planes go for, but willing to bet for the same money you could have a beautiful trailered aircraft and a top of the line 4WD to tow it with.
  13. I liked the gratuitous bum shots at seconds 5 and 8. Oh, and the rocketeer dunking.
  14. Just googled them, the Thatcher CX4 is a lovely looking aircraft.
  15. http://www.zenithair.com/stolch701/data/7-c-0.gif CH701 is pretty much the same as Sav. As you can see from the drawing, the Y-stick is connected to a torque tube with fixed horn on the back. That horn has threaded rod running to the inner end of horns that centre pivot on the mixer. It doesn't show it in this picture, but the outside of those horns have a rod which is connected to a fixed horn on the flaperon. So sideways movement on the stick rotates the whole torque tube and pulls/pushes on the mixer horns to move the flaperons. Mixer is pivot mounted at the front so
  16. The nursing home staff probably already give them to your Grandad. Stops him rolling out of bed at night...
  17. Yep I've dealt with Andrews Race Cars, they're brilliant. Had to order a piece only 200mm long once, they had no issues with sending it.
  18. More proof of his lack of connection with reality. If (and I really hope this happens!) he gets thrashed in the polls, as a one-term president, even the stupidest of Republicans would not endorse his nomination in the future. That would be like the Democrats putting up Hilary again.
  19. If a Trump supporter told me that the sky was blue, I'd stick my head outside to look. The fact that they could support such a scumbag raises questions about their judgement in every aspect of life.
  20. If you get your news from Breitbart, you'll end up less informed than you were to start with. You don't have to look far for Trump's crimes. The fact that he's paid a total of US $750 tax in the last 11 years should be a good place to start. Claiming $70,000 a year for THAT haircut? I can't wait until he's out of office, he's broken multiple laws in both state and federal jurisdictions. They will be on him like flies on a turd, which is a very apt analogy.
  21. Wonder why they bothered with all that metal around the cockpit. You could replace the whole top with a clear dome-shaped canopy - not like you need any structural stiffness there and you're protected from rollover by the mast itself.
  22. Kind of looks like one of those pretend planes they have as rides for kids in shopping centres.
  23. It's been a while... Fortunately @wideblueyonder just lent me some cowl moulds, so this is inspiring me to get back into it. I bolted the engine back on temporarily to test fit the mould. I got some advice from the Fibreglass Shop in Hobart that the moulds are too thin and need beefing up, so the first job (while on the plane to maintain shape) will be to add wooden strips and fibreglass them on to the outsides of the moulds. After that will be some more smoothing to the insides (surfboard filler epoxy was suggested, with sanding down to 1500 grit), then on to making
  24. Massive thanks today to @wideblueyonder who took me up - not once, but twice - in a Sav from his Midlands Flying School strip at Tunbridge! It was great to fly with the eagles (as long as they kept their distance) - fantastic morning for it. Thanks also for lending me the cowling moulds for the 701 - I stopped in at the Fibreglass Shop in Hobart on the way home and got some advice. (I'm the one with the Santa look...)
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