Monday, July 30, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Even if you aren't a BERG Member and would like to participate, please vote! Everyone is welcome.
The majority vote will decide. So go for it! Have some fun and cast your vote. Or make suggestions at the Comments link. There is even a place to vote if your wife won't let you out to play! The poll will run until Friday 10th August and after that we will start the planning!
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Wesley holding the Edge. Here you can see just how big it is!
Final tweeking done. Time to fly!
Straight down the runway and away!
Len's 1/4 Scale J3 Cub 90 cc glo motor
J3Cub Fly By!
Unpacking and assembling for the days flying.
James waiting for the runway to clear!
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Some of the members enjoying a break in the flying proceedings.
For more details you can contact me (Piet) at email me
My Gentle Old Lady is nearly complete, only elevator and re installment of RC equipment to do.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
I am currently restoring my CG Gentle Lady that I bought in 1987.
Actually it started out as a my first ever electric glider and the kit was called a Electra by CG. The kit with the motor but excluding the NiCad battery pack cost +/- R700.
The electric motor was similar to that found in RC model cars at the time.
The combination of the electric motor and battery pack was capable of giving a running time of +/- 10 min but due to the under powered motor, did not have a great rate of climb.
Even so, I can clearly remember a number of flights over 30min and at least one flight of more than an hour endurance. Unfortunately the electric motor broke down, so I had built the nose back up to that of conventional fuselage and also fitted a tow hook for bungee or winch launching.
Apart from the strengthened wing (fully sheeted top skin D box and extra strength (3 ply doubler's in the fuse) the dimensions are the same as a normal Gentle Lady.
Finally, about 2 years ago I stalled it close to the ground on landing and broke the right hand tip and so it landed up on my “Ag one day I will repair it again -Shelf "
The pictures here show the scars of many years of flying and it has maybe more carbon in it than most Gentle Lady’s.
Evan’s resent call to get our old gasbags out and to dust of their wings for the RES/100 Challenge, has prompted me to revamp it
Once I have it completely restored it I will post more pictures of (Then (1987) and Now (2007)).
Monday, July 09, 2007
Here are some pics of one of the cores on the cutter.
Here is Peter sitting next to the completed set of cores.
Note the standard battery harness in the center of the wing.
The next step will be the construction of the spars and the caps.
PS. This is a bigger project than I thought it would be. But as Mike always says "Go big or go home".
Saturday, July 07, 2007
BERG played host to International visitor Klaus Christiansen who popped in today to test fly his Tabooish before the F3K Jamboree next Sunday. Klaus is currently based in Switzerland, he has represented his native Denmark at both the Canadian and Slovak F3J World Championships.
Klaus and his family arrived on the same plane Craig Goodrum flew out to Switzerland to compete in the 2007 F3B World Championships.