building and flying model aircraft

Sabre .049 for C/L

I have been flying these little Cox .049 powered Sabres for many years now. It all started back when my son, Owen, was about eight. At that time I also had a group of enthusiastic C/L fliers at the local High School in Canowindra. We built and flew Black Widow powered models and this was one the favourites because it performed well. The original was designed by Dick Sarpolus and was intended for the TD.051. […]

Flying Rags

This year at Oily Hand on Saturday lunchtime we will be having an Oily Hand Rag Mass Launch. We have done this many years ago at Oily Hand, so we thought it is time for another go. Check out the ‘how to’ below and get your Rag sorted. This one can be attributed to Ken Willard from his 1985 book ‘8 Easy Projects for 1/2A Engines’. Here is a copy that explains all about it. […]

Resetting a Cox Piston Ball & Socket Joint

We all know that Cox .010 .020 .049/.051 & .09  engines have a ball and socket joint in place of the traditional gudgeon pin set up in all our other engines. We also are aware that his  ball and socket is supposed to be reset occasionally especially as the engine is being run in. Some of us have the special Cox tools to make this adjustment. Some of us either don’t have this tool, or […]

Aerotech Peacemaker kit review.

Unlike the majority of laser cut ‘short’ kits, Aerotech kits come with all the strip & block wood along with the laser cut balsa and ply parts and the plan.  You don’t have to scrabble around finding stock wood to fit the the laser cut parts, it is done for you at the factory and provided in the kit. I for one appreciated this touch after having given up on laser cut kits for the […]

Nigel Sunday

Took my David Owen Magnum C/L to the field last Sunday 20th. Lovely and sunny, but a breeze so there was no one else there. I set up the stooge and had half a dozen flights. It was great as I didn’t need to make way for any R/C activity and was able to test some tank set ups and timing I had been trying to get done for a while. Stopped midway for a […]