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Last Updated 12th August 2018

Cowra Model Aircraft Club flies at 'Milroy field' on the Canowindra road almost every Sunday

(see 'Who we are and where we fly')

Oily Hand Diesel Day 2018 Video

Sorry, its taken a while to edit this video and get it up on this site but here it is.
Hope it brings back memories of a great weekend and keeps you enthused to come next year.

Pilots Briefing for OHDD 2018 (Andy)

As promised, but running a bit late, here is the link to Pilots Briefing for Oily Hand 2018

Apologies from Andy but we had to check the status of the field before we could finalise this.

Here also is the link to the field layout for the different flying areas .

As both documents are now downloadable you can print off your own copies for easy reference.

Please READ them as you will be asked to sign that you HAVE read them.

Laminated copies will also be posted at the Bungalow on the day for easy reference.

If you need to contact me please email cowraoilyhand@gmail.com

Look forward to seeing you all again at the 'Oily Hand', Andy

If you would like to encourage a few friends to come, or just want something for the club notice board, here is a link to the brochure with all the details.

2018 Oily Hand Day Brochure ,

If you can print it off double-sided it will fold up into a pocket-size handout for you and any mates who may like to come.

CowraMAC/PCYC winter flyin for 2018

A number of members of Cowra MAC have a long relationship with the local PCYC (Police & Citizens Youth Club). They have been involved in the running of youth programs through the PCYC and have volunteered in various fund raising ventures as well as contributing through their businesses to the maintenance of the PCYC infrastructure.

Club members have also flown indoor models at the PCYC indoor basketball courts for a couple of decades.

We have the equipment to fly electric round the pole models as well as flying rubber powered models like the well known 'Hangar Rat', small helis and fixed wing aircraft, and yes some have dabbled in indoor FPV. So if you have an RTP, rubber, CO2 or indoor RC model bring it along. We'd love to see them flying.

We also recently purchased half a dozen small indoor quads for those who are interested to have a fly find out what it is all about on the day.

All proceeds from the Fun Fly will go to the PCYC to help young troubled kids in the community become successful citizens.

So long with Cowra PCYC we invite you to join in our inaugural Winter Indoor Fun Fly.

Here is here is a link to the event flyer with all the detais for you to download.

New Brochure for OHDD 2018

Time is creeping on and we are starting to get everything ready for the next Oily Hand Diesel Day.

A couple of club members are well along with their the 52" Barnstormer builds and we hope you are getting excited and are building models too.

If you would like a handy reference to what is going to happen this year, or would like to encourage a few friends to come, or just want something for the club notice board, here is a brochure with all the details.

2018 Oily Hand Day Brochure ,

If you can print it off double-sided it will fold up into a pocket-size handout for you and any mates who may like to come.

MAAA Cards and OHDD 2018

You have to be an MAAA member to fly at Oily Hand and we do need to see your card.

Some times a member’s club has not issued the card or the card has been left at home.

The best way is to have your current card.

If you don’t have your card you must have one of the following

1.A signed and dated letter from your club secretary stating that you are a current member that has your MAAA number on it. We will need a copy.

2.A dated receipt for MAAA fees from your club and your previous year’s card. We need a copy of the receipt.

3.A text message with a photo of your card forwarded to our phone.

Event Descriptions and Rules for OHDD 2018 (Andy)

Here are the links to the various events we will be running at OHDD 2018.
As usual there willl also be plenty of time for just doing your own thing as well as showing off your 'Barnstormers' and 'Pretty Perfects' (the models of the meet - see below for links to plans etc.)

David Owen FF Scramble Rules 2018,
Cabin Scramble Rules 2018,
Plank Racing Rules 2018
Big Kev Memorial Mass Launch

Models for next years OHDD

Models for next years OHDD have been decided. We have two new ones; for the CL'ers amongst us there is the 'Pretty Perfect' and for the Radio mob there the 'Barnstormer'

Pretty Perfect by Arthur John Percival (described by brother Dennis)

Arthur was my brother and best mate with whom I shared much, including designing, building and flying of all types of model aircraft. Arthur designed and built this model about 1976/77.He died in January 1981 at 42 years of age after fighting cancer for several years.

One of his sayings was; “I may not be perfect, but I’m pretty perfect”. This model was not given a name when he was alive, but is now named in memory of him and his favorite saying.

Arthur built and flew all types of models for enjoyment and competed in free flight up to National level. During Christmas/New Year 1980/1 the Nationals was held at Albany in Western Australia. His entry in Free Flight was flown by proxy. Incredibly at about the time he died his model’s dethermaliser malfunctioned and his model went out of sight heading west over the Indian Ocean. It must have gone to the big hanger in the sky, along with him.

Recently his widow moved from the family home to a retirement village with limited storage. I willingly accepted the request of looking after or disposing of his models and bits and pieces.After 27 years all the models were either badly damaged or in an advanced deteriorating condition. I decided that several of the models should be restored to display condition so that my brother’s children and grand children could have something he made as a memento. It was a pleasure to restore these models as it gave me the chance to fully grieve and say good by.

Arthur frequently flew the “Pretty Perfect” model even when he was very weak from his cancer. While flying it he even fell over for lack of strength to stand up.I found his original design sketches and used these during the restoration. I have redrawn then so others may be able to build a “Pretty Perfect”. I did not bother with lots of detail that any reasonably competent modeler can add.

My brother used a PAW 2.5 cc diesel engine and flew it on 50 foot light weight lay straight lines. It is capable of completing the pattern. Build a “Pretty Perfect”, enjoy it’s flying capability and remember my brother.

There is a link to the plan and pictures of Arthur's model below..

Pretty Perfect plan

Pretty Perfect being restored Restored model in all her glory Flap/elevator horn detail

Barnstormer by David Boddington

The 'Barnstormer' was Designed by David Boddington. In the UK, David was a personality as well as an aeromodelling force. He was prolific, producing something in the order of 500 model aircraft plans for radio control. Many plans were scaled up from proven designs as the need arose. This is certainly true for the 'Barnstormer' which is available as plans for 'micro', 'baby', 'orininal' and 'mighty' sizes.

In Australia, Boddington designs were not widely used. Kits were more difficult to obtain in comparison with those from Australia, Japan and America. While many of his designs were published in smaller scale as free plans in the various aeromodelling magazines that he edited, these were a bit on the small side for the average modeller who generally used 40 size engines.

This is our attempt to honour this aeromodelling great.

As I said you have your choice of sizes to make, You can even make all 4 of them if you want to or scale up and down according to your need. Roy Cunningham of Cootamundra made himself one that was scaled up 'mighty'. It had a wingspan of about 108" and was powered by a ST 3000 so anythings possible. You can down load plans from outerzone in the usual way (as you browse the 60 or so other Boddington designs that are there) or use our links below.

29" Micro barnstormer plan
29" Micro barnstormer article

39" Baby barnstormer plan
39" baby barnstormer article

52" barnstormer plan
52" barnstormer article

89" mighty barnstormer plan
89" mighty barnstormer article

MAAA October Royal Flying Doctor fund raiser

As part of October’s Australian Model Flying Month, on Sunday 29thof October,Cowra Model Aircraft Club is holding a thrilling Model Flying event,
hosted by the Model Aeronautical Association of Australia (MAAA),to encourage more people to take part in this exhilaratingall-inclusive sport.
MAAA members, along with their family and friends are encouraged to come along, enjoy a sausage sizzle, witness the fun of model aircraft flying, chat to a skilled model aircraft pilot and perhaps even have a go at piloting a model aircraft themselves – all in support of the important work of the Royal Flying Doctor Service Australia (RFDS).

MAAA President Neil Tank says it’s important to get more Australians to participate in our great sport and that the month-long event is the best way to do that.
“The MAAA Royal Flying Doctors Model Flying Month is a great way to introduce the next generation to our fast-growing family sport,”
he says. “With more clubs expected to be involved this year there’s an even greater chance to educate the broader community about the sport, with the bonus of even more great days out for members and their family and friends.

It’s also a great opportunity for a younger generation to experience the adrenalin rush and thrill of flight in a safe and controlled environment.”

For over 75 years the MAAA has been Australia’s largest flying organisation and supports more than 300 MAAA clubs and over 10,000 members nationwide.
Fun, friendship and camaraderie is what flying with the MAAA is all about and if you join the MAAA, you will have the added benefit and peace of mind that their comprehensive insurance coverage offers.

“We are very thankful for the ongoing support from the MAAA and individual model aircraft enthusiasts around the country, which helps keep the Flying Doctor flying,” says Martin Laverty, CEO of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).“The Royal Flying Doctor Service, with 68 planes, 24 aerobases, over 110 road service vehicles and 1300 staff, are working tirelessly to overcome the barriers to health access for those that live in the bush.”

Where:’Milroy’ Field on Bangaroo Quarry Rd. see 'Who we are and where we fly' on the menu on the left for directions to find directions

Cost: A $5 badge to support the Royal Flying Doctor Services

If you would like to print out a copy of this invitation to give to your friends you will find it here

Oily Hand 2017 Report

The twelfth Oily hand Diesel day out at Cowra MAC has come and gone for another year. As usual the weather and the action at the field was perfect.
What else would you expect from one of the events on the aeromodelling calendar that should not be missed.

Alan Wooster and Brett Butler made the 2,000km trip down from Hervey Bay just so they didn’t miss out. They were joined by another seventy one happy aeromodellers to make the best attended OHDD in the twelve years of the event.

This year was a memorial to David Owen who did so much for traditional aeromodelling and model aircraft engines in Australia. The event featured not only many of the engines he supplied, built and repaired,
but also two of the model aircraft he designed,the Fli-Bi and the Magnum,featured as models of the meet.

Fli-Bi is a 22” free flight biplane and in all twenty nine turned up at Oily Hand. They were powered by a variety of diesels from the newly released Redfin Millish .5cc to an original 1948 Mills P75.
Most of the Fli-Bi’s were in the original F/F format, but some had radio assist and others were scaled up somewhat.

Fli-Biers with their Fli-Bis

Magnum is a 36” control line model originally designed for triathlon events, but doubles as a competent sport
aerobatic model. Twentyone builders turned up with their Magnums. Some of which were fitted with
the Owen Engines T2.5 diesel. The Owen T2.5 is a reproduction of the 1958 Taipan 2.5 which David did a production run of in the few years prior to his passing.
A fine engine for a fine flying model.

A gaggle of Magnums

The concours de elegance for both the Fli-Bi and the Magnum were won by Andrew Linwood with Dave Bailey
and RegTowell close on his heels. The neatness and precision of these builders is awe inspiring.

None of the Magnums were entered in the Plank Racing event. Perhaps their builders wanted them to fly another day as Plank Racing can lead to model attrition.

Anyrate both Traditional Cowra Plank and Super Plank were won by Maris Dislers who had ventured up from SA to show how it is done. Maris also won the inaugural ‘Abomination Mass Launch’. His Cox 049 powered Oily Bird disappeared from view after 6min and 5sec. Not to worry, Maris had a tracker onboard and once Roy Somersby showed him how to use the antenna he was able to find it a couple of paddocks away.

What is this Abomination stuff anyway? Well, all aeromodellers become late at sometime, and such was the case with Big Kev Davies. The thing about Kev was that he was an incurable model engine collector, but also a blue blooded free flight scale modeller. Any model which was not scale was, in Kev’s eyes, an abomination. So we have been left with Kev’s legacy of one-eyedness and engines to deal with. So, why not an event where you have to make an ‘abomination’ fly for the longest time and win a nice diesel engine for your efforts.

This year Maris won a limited edition PAW Millenium Special. Next year he is competing, along with a host of keen rivals, for a Benno Schlosser 0.25cc, the jewel in the crown of small diesel engines. If you wanted you could come next year on the weekend of 25th/26th August and have a crack at winning that Schlosser too!

A good turn up from the SAMS fraternity competed for the radio assist Cabin Scramble late Saturday arvo to be beaten by Condo Smith who achieved a credible 23min 58sec in the allotted half hour. Cabin Scramble requires a model designed before 1960 such as Vic Smeed’s ubiquitous ‘Tomboy’ and powered by a diesel (or reproduction) from the era of less that 1cc.

Some of the line-up for SAMS Cabin scramble

After four years of trying, at long last Craig Thorton from Parkes won the David Owen Memorial Free Flight Scramble with his ‘Sniffer’ and took home that beautiful David Owen Memorial Oily Hand Day trophy and an Oily Hand Day tee shirt. Craig doesn’t drink so the nice bottle of red lived to see another day.

For further reports from those who attended go to the usual Barton UK website. Also, here are a couple of short videos to either give you a feel for the event or relive memories of another great couple of days doing what we most like doing.

Saturday OHDD 2017

Sunday OHDD 2017

Models of the meet for OHDD 2018

Model for next year will be the Percival 'Pretty Perfect' for control line and the Boddington 'Barnstormer'for RC diesel.

More details of these in the next month or so as we get plans etc. Hopefully see you next year at Cowra MAC’s “Milroy” field with your bottle diesel in your oily hand.

Diesel Fuel supplies 2017

Maris Dislers has knidly ofered to bring supplies of diesel fuel to OHDD 2017.
Two brews will be avaulable at $9.50 for a 500ml bottle.
The first brew will be a general purpose brew with 25% Castor, 1.5% ignition improver and is a good all round mix for CL and sport FF or RC engines where good top end power is desired.
The second brew is equal parts Castor, Kero and Ether plus 0.8% ignition improver. A good match for vintage and small diesels e.g. Mills, MPjet Classic, Schlosser where good backed off setting is desired.
Preorders to Maris via jamd@adam.com.au to aviod dissapointment.

David Owen Memorial Oily Hand Diesel Day 2017

Cowra MAC cordially invites you to their Oily Hand Event on the 25th ,26th& 27th of August 2017

This years Oily Hand is dedicated to David Owen. Not only will the F/F scramble trophy once again be hotly contested, but also we have chosen two of his designs for you to build for this year’s meet. You can build one, both or neither.

As usual you can scale the plans and make the model for F/F, R/C or C/L. Just so long as you adhere to the Oily Hand Engine Formula. R/C models must be powered by a diesel of any capacity or a glow of less than 1cc. C/L models must be diesel or open exhaust glow. F/F models can be diesel, small glow, CO2 or towline glider.

Don't worry if competition is not your thing, there is plenty of time for general flying. In fact this is the main activity over the weekend.

After 2:30pm on Sunday you are welcome to stay on and fly any type of model including electric and drones with CMAC’s non-oily members.

There are motels, hotels, guesthouses and caravan parks/camp grounds in both Cowra and Canowindra. www.cowratourism.com.auhttps://www.tastecanowindra.com.au/about-us/links.html


CONTACT DETAILS Andy Luckett – Oily Hand co-ordinator Ph - 0263423054 - please leave message if unanswered

All additional info and updates will be posted on Cowra website (www.cowramac.asn.au) also check Barton in Coming Events for the online discussion www.controlline.org.uk

A bit of a change in the event schedule this year. We replaced catapult glider with The Big Kev 'Abomination’ mass launch (see below).

On arriving at the field you will need to register at the clubhouse before flying.
You will need to present your MAAA card.
The parking area has been expanded and there will be plenty of car park spaces in the main paddock for all participants.
Registration fee for Oily Hand is $25. This includes the entry fee for any of the events you wish to participate in and also the 2017 Oily Hand rag.

Friday 25th
For those who like to arrive early the field is open from 10am. And yes the kettle will be on.

Saturday 26th
Start flying as soon as it is light. 7:00am – 8:30am – brekky – bacon & eggs.
12noon till 1pm - Lunch by the OHDD Master Chefs at the clubhouse kitchen.
1:00pm – Concours judging for both Fli-Bi and Magnum
1:30pm – Photo shoot for concours models
4:00pm - SAMS Scramble.
5:00pm – David Owen Memorial F/F Scramble. No other models to be flown after 4:00pm on F/F field for safety.

Sunday 27th
Flying from dawn 7:00am – 8:30am – hot breakfast at the field.
7.45am to 8:30 am – Big Kev Abomination Mass Launch on F/F field
9:30am - Plank & Super Plank Racing on centre C/L circle.
12:00 noon – Lunch and presentation.
2:30pm event officially finishes, but you can stay on and fly.

This year the model of the meet commemorates the designs of David Owen. There are two models and both are good performing sport models with straightforward builds.

Fli Bi – for F/F With its built up wings this is an advanced Ebenezer. Please contact Andy by email regarding plan availability.

Magnum – for C/L Classic profile 15 to 25 stunt model. Plan can be downloaded from Magnum CL plan Originally intended for ‘triathlon’ events it will make a competent ‘Superplank’ racer.

While OHDD 2017 is a little way off we know that there are many who need to plan ahead and book accomodation etc. It also gives you more time to build that special model

So here is a brochure that summarises all this information OHDD 2017 brochure

If you can print it off double-sided it will fold up into a pocket-size handout for you and any mates who may like to come.

3D Printing and aeromodelling

Like a lot of people these days several we have been trying to apply the new 3D print technologies to our model aeroplanes.
Some guys are already printing complete aircraft. Unfortunately our machines arn't quite up to that task (yet).
But we have been having some success.
The best thing about 3D printing technology is that once you have produced the 'STL' file it's a much more convenient way of making some things.
Materials such as PLA and ABS are not costly and seem to resist glow and diesel fuels. If you leave them to soak in either fuel they go all rubbery, but normal usage, even for small fuel tanks, they seem fine . Prints are also relatively light if you use thin walls.
Small modifications to the objects are also easy to make, and once you have sucessfully achieved what you want, a simple click of the mouse can print another copy....and another.....and another.
Although large objects may take several hours it's a lot easier to make spares in the event of a crash.
Here's a small selection some of the things we've printed so far.

Replacement dummy radial for a Veron Avro 504. Work in progress. PLA seemed a bit too brittle for the job so now reprinting in ABS Experimental engine mounts for DC Darts, one with a printed integral tank. The other one worked fine in a FF Cardinal and just needs to be refined. Wheel chocks, CL belcranks, UC straps, Cowling retainers, FPV micro camera mounts and Spools for mini free flight timers

FPV activity

CowraMAC is a club with quite a diverse range of interests.
Several members have developed qite an expertise in FPV operations. Some use Quads and others use conventional foam models.
The field suits this sort of operation and we even have the permission of surrounding landholders to overfly their properties.
The equipment for this sort of thing seems to be getting better year by year. The HD cameras we have onboard also give great aerial shots of the surrounding countryside and give you a great appreciation of the country you fly over with conventional models.
Autumn and Spring seem the best seasons for us. Winters are a bit too cold and wet and we give it away in Summer becausue of the potential fire risks associated with LiPo batteries in the case of a crash.
Recently we have been trying a bit of formtion flying with two identically eqippped FPV equipped 'Skywalkers' aircraft.
Not as easy to keep each other in view as you might imagine. Keeping the lead aircraft in shot is quite hard even when they fly straight and level at a known altitude and speed and call out when they are turning.

Aair to air shot of a skywalker from another skywalker (MG) Its not that easy! How fighter pilots manage to hit on each other during combat is a mystery (MG) Milroy field june 2015 (BR) from DJI Quadcopter

2016 (third) Cowra Cowra SPARKS fly-in Sunday 3rd April

Interested in flying electric? Got something that battery powered and flys?

This will be the third get together for electric models CowraMAC has hosted in the central west.

It will be held at our Milroy Field (map attached) and gates will open 8:00am.

Registration $10 per pilot

BBQ lunch, coffee,teas and softdrinks will be available on site.


Please bring your own chair and other comforts

Past events have been great with sharing of information and demonstrating members fixed wing models, Quads, Copters and FPV setups.

Interested? Please download the SPARKS information flyer here and the map, and program here

Please pass them around to your friends.

The 2015 (second) Cowra 'Sparks' fly in

“If it's battery powered, and it flies, bring it along”.
Following the sucessful inauguration of the event it will run on again on Sat~Sun, 28 & 29 March 2015.
SPARKS is an electric only fly-in.
There will be no competitions, just flying and having fun.
If this sounds like you, come along and ask a question or two.
We encourage the exchange of knowledge for the benefit of all aeromodellers.

08:00am - Gates open for pilot registration and setting up.
09:00am - Morning session - heli’s and multirotor’s.
12:30pm - BBQ LUNCH with tea, coffee or can of fizz.
01:30pm - Afternoon session - fixed wing aircraft.
05:00pm - Official activities end.

For further information call Mike on 02 63441764, between 5 pm and 8 pm.

The fine print.
There is a $10.00 registration fee for all pilots. This covers both days.
All pilots must register and show their valid MAAA membership card before flying.
The Safety Officer has the right to ground any pilot flying in an unsafe manner.
BBQ lunch available.
Snacks and drinks will be available all day.
Interested? Download the SPARKS information sheet; it contains directions for getting to the field, the day's program of events, important information regarding the event, and some rules of the flying field. Also available for download is our colourful flier, if you want to pin something to the notice board at your local club.

Here are the links to the Dodger for SPARKS 2015 and the Program and maps for SPARKS 2015

'Sparks' fly in reports

We had a great day at our inaugural SPARKS event this year, with 20 pilots registering. A mild sunny day with light winds ensured that there were plenty of aircraft in the air. There were many positive comments and even a few suggestions that it be run over two days next year, which we will be doing in 2015. A big thankyou to all those who participated and to those Cowra MAC members who helped out during the day. In 2015, the SPARKS event will be held on the weekend of 5th and 6th of April. Watch the SPARKS 2014 review on the Cowramac YouTube channel.

Inaugural Cowra 'Sparks' fly in

“If it's battery powered, and it flies, bring it along”. This year CowraMAC is trialing a new event. SPARKS is an electric only fly-in. For 2014, it will be held on Sunday, 13th April.
The gates will open at 8:00 am for pilot registrations and setting up you gear.
There will be sessions for fixed wing and rotary wing (helicopters and multi-rotors).
Lunch will be a BBQ at midday.
There will be no competitions, just flying and having fun.
With the rapid advances in electric flight over the past few years, those new to electric propulsion systems can be excused for being a little unsure about what motor, ESC or battery to buy for their latest ARF purchase.
If this sounds like you, come along and ask a question or two.
We encourage the exchange of knowledge for the benefit of all aeromodellers.
Interested? Download the SPARKS information sheet; it contains directions for getting to the field, the day's program of events, important information regarding the event, and some rules of the flying field. Also available for download is our colourful flier, if you want to pin something to the notice board at your local club.

Here are the links to the The dodger for SPARKS 2014

Here are the links to the The program and maps for SPARKS 2014

Cox 049 Sabre plans

Andy makes a very nice all sheet Cox 049 powered 'NA Sabre'based on a Dick Sapolus plan thats no longer available.
Its a particular favorite.When he gets going he knocks them out six at a time as a job lot.
We have had a video of the Sabre on you tube for, oh, ten months now. It has had over 1500 hits.
Early in the piece there was a "like" and a comment asking about the plan.
Andy has finally managed to find it and have it digitised, together with the instructions.

The all sheet NA Sabre. Andy and Matthew at the 2009 OHDD.

Here is a link to a pdf file of the plan and instructions.

Flying rag Experiments 15/07/12 (Andy)

If you have been folowing the discusion on the 'Barton' website in the UK, there is a bit of chat about how to set up the 'flying rag' model for OHDD 2012. Here is our progress with the design so far.....The engine used here is one of those funny little ones they call ‘product engines’ on the ebays. The grey plastic bit has been replaced with the small tank and back plate. The fuel feed currently goes to the side of the tank like it is for C/L. The fuel is 20% castor, 20% nitro. The prop is a 6x3 Cox bendy black plastic which doesn’t break on impact.

• the fuel must be running out of the tank vents with centrifugal force as the motor spins. the fuel pickup might need to be re-routed to the tank bottom. might need to try the stunt tank or attach some extended breather to the tank vents...maybe this doesn't matter.

Using a rag made of poly-cotton from the lady in the material shop down the street. I chose a nice bright red piece. Cut out a 24”x24” square and twitched it to the 049 with a couple of lengths of thin copper wire as shown in the photos. Notice it is left loose enough so the inlet at the back of the donk isn’t blocked. Initial flights weren’t so good. Trimming around 1½” from the perimeter of the rag improved things. But the best results were when the strips trimmed from the rag were tied to each corner as it is seen in the video. Not only does it fly better, it starts to look like a carnival zooming around. So some purple crepe paper was attached and this made everything better.

Here is what it should look like. How to attatch the rag to the engine and Full size rag before it was trimmed

• The rag needs to be swinging wide to make the rig stay pointing up. The spinning of the engine tends to wind the rag up until the whole rig becomes unstable and eventually turns over and dives. Watch the video.
• The solution would appear to be to stop the whole engine spinning to fast so the rag doesn’t wind up. Running the engine rich to reduce revs produced better flights as the rag didn’t wind up as quick.
• A larger prop to slow the engine – 7x3 – would help.
• Another fix might be to try a fishing swivel between the engine and the rag.

To see how it went follow the action on our own youtube channel http://'www.youtube.com/user/CowraMAC'

.... to be continued.

A good news story!

At Oily Hand last year Peter Jackson had a flyaway. Everyone knew where it went down. The theories ranged from ‘I saw it just to the left of that tree’ to vector angles and trigonometry. After much thrashing around in the waist high wheat field the search was abandoned.

Fast forward to November and it’s time to harvest canola. Matt is on the header and round and round he goes chopping up everything in his path. Unbeknown to him nestling deep in the crop is Peter’s diminutive free flighter. At the instant he turns from observing the rich black seed filling the bin and his head with dollar signs to check his tracking,he observes the distinctive shape and red wings of a model aircraft. And it is just about to pass under the giant treaded tyre. Now Matt had done his pre-harvest preparation of the old Gleaner meticulously and, with a thump and a squeak, he came to a halt only inches from crushing balsa and tissue.

The model had flown well beyond the theorist’s expectations and ended up two hundred meters into the next paddock. It had evidently settled gently into the canola and over the months worked its way down to ground level. Apart from a liberal coating of dried canola flower petals it was in perfect condition having survived frost, torrential flooding rains and the sunny days of early summer.

Matt came racing, in a state of excitement, over to where I was mowing the flying strip. He was on the ag bike and clutching something red to his chest. I couldn’t believe he had found Peter’s model and that it was in good shape. Now it just so happens that Ian LeBronne goes flying free flight with Peter on most Fridays. And as I was going to be seeing Ian the following weekend at a Pylon meet, I took charge of the model.

The following Tuesday evening I had a grateful phonecall from Peter. Apparently he had fuelled the little Cox 020 and after a few flicks it burst into life running like a dream. I recently saw Peter at the Muswellbrook Vets Gathering and he assures the model will make its comeback this year at Oily Hand.

Peters little FF'er looking only a
bit the worse for wear despite
several months in the weather

Build the all sheet Humbug by Sandi Bennie for Oily Hand Day

Click here for Humbug FF plans

This simple little model flies well and is robust. It will make a great model for the FF scramble at this year’s Oily Hand.

I built one when my son Owen was small and we had hours of fun chasing around the paddock. On one occasion it decided to head off, after a kilometre and rolling up our trousers for a river crossing we found it nestled in a lucerne paddock on the far bank. Another time it spent a week up a tree till a windstorm bought it down. A little glue and some oil and off it proudly flew again. Eventually it decided to retire and was committed to the ceremonial pyre.

By increasing the size to about 40” to 45” span (that’s about 135% to 150% on the photocopier) a Cox 049 reed valve engine can be accommodated. Of course a set of bearers and a nice diesel aren’t out of the question.

The original one we built had the 020 and needed some right thrust which is not shown on the plan. The knock-off method of attachment of the engine allows for easy adjustment of engine thrust. Further, on the plan, you will find that the cut width of the sheet for the wing is 4½” not the narrow width as shown in the wing plan. To get the dihedral, block one wingtip up 4½”.

Hope you find an opportunity to build and enjoy this little model.


PS: Also included here are three chuck glider plans. The smallest of these, Drifter, if built light is suitable for flying at the indoor on the Saturday night of Oily Hand. Any of them will be great for a bit of an early morning warm up on the Sat or Sun.

Click here for drifter glider plans