Saturday, March 31, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Mark de Klerk with his baby's, all pink and white!
Charl with Piet's old Aquila, all decked out in brand new white, day-glow orange and black!
Doesn't she look lovely now?
Camera attached and ready for action!
Piet about to launch Charl's Aquila!
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
With Wednesday 21st of March a public holiday one of the West Rand Spy Bureau agents had a visit the local skunk works of Evan Shaw to see how his production is going.
The first thing that struck me was that Evan had to increase his staff and he promptly introduced me to his new production manager Mr. Goose Goose and his technical assistant Mr. Wit Willem de kat. Evan assured me that production delay’s are rapidly shrinking and that his Shongolo building group is now running smoothly. Mr Goose Goose is also receiving some winch training and please note that he his using his left foot on that red winch pedal. (no more Lead (right) foot Shaw launches ).
Also noted was after a big battle between the Shaw and May teams (Emoyeni and Stilleto projects ) they now have decided to put there heads together with the design of next project. This could well be the start of a new project called Emolleto as can be seen In the accompanying picture of Evan, Mike and their new technical assistant Mr. Wit Willem de Kat.
On a serious note, “ Evan your workshop will always impress me and the RC gliders you turn out here just as much, keep up the good work and thanks for your unselfish assistants to all our club members”
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
After months of on and off building on the Emoyeni, while preparing for the Shongololo building group, the project was finally completed with it's maiden flight this past weekend.
Monday, March 12, 2007
Martie Du Toit took this stunning picture of a real Black Eagle formatting on Ryan Nelson's Zagi on Sunday.
Working out the wing span and presuming that the eagle and the Zagi are at the same altitude, the birds span calculates out at about 850mm. This is about the full size span of a real Black Eagle.
For more info on Black Eagles you can visit the Black Eagle Project at Roodekrans web site at this link. http://www.blackeagles.co.za/ The Story of those Black Eagles makes for some interesting reading and you might even recognise a name there!
So if you ever wondered why this is called the “Black Eagle Slope Weekend”, wonder no more - we play where Eagles dare !!
Camera used- Panasonic DMC-FZ50
The Big ones and the small ones
Despite weather reports predicting very light winds from all directions possible,
“Tamatie Berg” near Volksrust once again did not let us down.
Although we had to wait for the wind at times and had to do some cleaver dancing or shall I say “flying” to stay out of big “sink”. Many a good and not so good pilot frequently found them self going way down the hill and had to fight the way back up to avoid the big “ walk of shame”.
The event was attended by +/- 30 slope flyers from mainly Gauteng, Kzn and Freestate provinces. The range of models ranged from a 15 cm twin pusher electric model, park flyers, fomeies, mouldies and “ Go Big or Go Home “ big scale gliders of 5 to 6 meters wing span.
Here are some more pictures taken over the course of the weekend.
Charl sending of Mike's 2 meter bagged Zagi.
Charl and his Electric "Cumulus"
The pilots " No!! we are not fishing !!!."
"leave me alone I need my afternoon nap!"
Zagi combat with long streamers.
Sunset over Volksrust south slope March 2007.
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Mike & Piet with their bagged Zagis.
Mike's is 2 meter span while Piet's is a standard 1,2 meter.
Mike unfortunately had a CofG problem and his is now looking a bit worse for ware after its altercation with the slope someway down the face. Piet was the one dispatched down the slope to fetch it while Mike directed rescue operation from the bottom, with a cell phone and a pair of binoculars. I'm told Piet has recovered, but looks a lot leaner for his efforts. The good news is that Mike's Zagi Elegance is flying again after some hasty repairs and lots of parcel tape.