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Oily Hand Diesel Day 2020

Oily Hand COVID-19 update as at 21 April 2020

We have been fielding enqiries from far and wide about our plans for this year’s OHDD. As of 21 April we have made a decision that Cowra MAC will plan to go ahead with all the organisation and planning as if Oily Hand will run as normal on Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August 2020. Of course we are all in uncharted waters and we realise that anything can happen between now and then. 

So in the first half of July a final decision will be made based on the situation around us at that time. This leaves time for booked accommodation to be cancelled and organisation to cease. A postponement would only be till Oily Hand time next year. That would be 27th, 28th & 29th. Of August 2021. 

At this stage we have decided not to run an alternate 2020 date as we anticipate that the aeromodelling calendar post Corona restrictions will be full. If a date can be found we would run a low key gathering for Oily Handers. If we decide to postpone you will be notified if you are on the email list. Notice will also be posted on the Cowra MAC website. Keep safe and well so we can all keep on Oily Handing once this has passed.

‘Models of the meet’ for 2020 should it go ahead

Prior to Covid-19 we were getting a few queries about Model of the Meet for 2020.  So we have made a few decisions.

Control Line

The C/L models are the Carl Goldberg series of profile stunters: Shoestring, Cosmic Wind and Buster. You would remember Dave Bailey had his very nice Shoestring on display and flying at Oily Hand for us this year. These are the 42” profile fuse series based on full size pylon racers. Be careful as there are full fuse and larger versions around and they are not part of model of the meet. Only the ones from the original Goldberg series are valid for this event. Of course you can scale from the original plan to build smaller and larger versions. The Shoestring plan is available on Outerzone (www.outerzone.co.uk). The Cosmic Wind is on Hip Pocket. I haven’t seen a plan for the Buster. Brodak does a kit of each complete with decals. 

Radio Control

The R/C – F/F model is the Aeroflyte Nova. This is a pretty 46” span parasol wing three channel model. 

Unfortunately the foreshadowed kit that was to be produced did not eventuate. I have it on good advice that the factory was destroyed by fire. The plan on Outerzone (www.outerzone.co.uk) shows the templates for various parts including the formers, cabanes, doublers, fin, tail & etc. This is really useful as it will make setting up the cabane and wing incidence easy. The Boddington Barnstormer from a couple of years back proved a bit tricky in that area too. 

There has been discussion about the engine to power the model. As the model was a from a popular Australian manufacturer and the plan showed an OS 15 glow engine it has been decided that as well as a diesel, a glow engine is also allowable. Therefore, the engine for the Nova can be a diesel of any capacity or a plain bearing glow engine with a maximum capacity of .25cuin. It may be fitted with the stock muffler supplied with the engine. 

This allowance is only for THIS particular model 

ALL OTHER R/C models at Oily Hand must follow the Oily Hand engine formula. That is, any size diesel or a glow of less than 1cc. This will mean that after Oily hand the model can be flown at fields with noise restrictions. We anticipate this will encourage a lot more modellers to build this fine little aeroplane. ALL OTHER R/C models at Oily Hand must follow the Oily Hand engine formula. That is, any size diesel or a glow of less than 1cc. This will mean that after Oily hand the model can be flown at fields with noise restrictions. 

For more some building tips on how to build ‘Nova’ here is a downloadable pdf