Tuesday, February 2, 2016

[Video] The Horus X12S running the FrSky Operating system


Very first video of the FrSky X12S Horus in action with the FrSky OS (not open Tx), so you can have an idea about the capabilities/features that will be by default on the radio. This is probably not the final release of the software:



Sunday, January 31, 2016

[FAKIR and MC4X] milling and cutting machines

My friend Renaud Iltis, well know for his  MiniCut2d, a desktop digital hot wire cutting machine, just released 2 new machines that can be of great interest for the aeromodellers we are:
  1. A new multipurpose digital milling machine able to draw, cut, or mill. The milling surface is 310 x 510 mm which is about a A3 format.
  2. The MC4X is a bigger but foldable hot wire cutting machine. It provides a cutting volume of 980mm horizontally x 500mm vertically  and from 300 to 1000 mm width
This 2 machines are at a very interesting price.

More information can be found here: http://cncfab.renaudiltis.com/ !


Sunday, January 3, 2016

[3D Printing] my first project


My first creation from scratch using Freecad CAO software, and my 3D printer. This CG balancer is the tool I needed to setup correctly the CoG on my sailplanes accurately. It is made from PLA and aluminium, is very stable, and very sensitive, so precision should be better than the millimeter, which is perfect. Freecad is a bit like OpenTx, you need to learn the philisophy of it. I still haven't understood everything but I'm getting better every day using it. For the 3D printer GCode generation, I switched to CURA 15.04.3 instead of SLICR. I obtained much better results, and now I'm able to print right at the first attempt. Correct Temperature for orange PLA from BQ is 215 degrees. Overall, this first project give me confidence in the usability and interest of the 3D printing for our hobby.



Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year !

In this very first day of 2016, I wish you all a year full of happiness, health and success. I hope it will be for all a year plenty of new and exciting projects, nice flights, and safe landings ! Happy New Year !
Greetings from France.
Pierre Rondel



Thursday, December 31, 2015

FrSky Horus X12S officially released today !

Official message from FrSky:

"We are excited to announce FrSky Horus Radio is officially released at the last day of 2015.
FrSky is continuously adding features and improvements to our radio systems at past years; we are convinced that the Horus X12S is one of main representative product in FrSky radio series product, which built-in new FrTX operation system and integrated many wonderful features.
More information about Horus X12S can be found on: 
http://www.frsky-rc.com/ad/X12S.html "


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

[Video] Needle 100 DSL

My latest video filmed the 28th of December and the last for 2015, as the weather is now wet and some snow is finally expected in the next days. October to December have been crazy with plenty of nice flights at col de faisses in very good conditions, so I could do lot's of nice pictures and video.


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

[Video] Weasel Trek

I have missed this video posted few weeks ago, showing the Weasel Trek in flight. Watching this video, it seems this new version of the Weasel has better aerobatic capabilities and is lighter than the previous EPP version, the one I have. The bad news is that we will need to wait as the release date has shifted to the 1st quarter of 2016.


Monday, December 28, 2015

Last slope flight of 2015

Global Warming ?

The 28th of December, at 1700m of altitude, no snow and 12 degrees ! We could reach the slope easily and had an exceptional flying session with 10 to 15m/s of wind. I flew and enjoyed a lot my old and brave Needle 100 DSL (triple carbon version of the Needle 100), recently upgraded with HV servos (MKS HBL 6625). A great day to end the 2015 slope season !


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Christmas time !

Ok, ok ...the picture I chose is maybe not very representative as there is no snow on the french alps at the moment. Anyway, I wanted to wish you all and your family a Merry Christmas !


[Breaking news] New Dynamic Soaring world record !




Spencer Lisenby established a New Dynamic Soaring world record 513 mph flying his Kinetic 130 at Weldon, with a wind up to 60 mph. 513 mph is 825,6 km/h, an impressive 229 m/s. This is just insane !
Congratulation to Spenser for this achievement !