Small but nice at 21
Off to Signals we drove on Saturday. Ryan had an awesome early session up at Chappies while others had to wait for other commitments to clear the decks before we got going for the afternoon session. It was just beautiful up on the Hill and Signal Hill can sometimes turn on the gas and so it did. Between some very nice combat, the usual low and fast over the chair and around the corner with the speed ships, we really enjoyed the day with the likes of Jacques and Philip who I believe were both doing guest appearances. Roy and Rob both had some fun and the day was a really pleasant outing, ending late as the sun dipped and the lift continued to improve in what was becoming awesome late summer/autumn conditions. Winner for the Day was Christo’s tiny little E-Flight ASK 21 that flapped its way into everybody’s heart by wildly swinging its wings up and down in the lift as it raced back to the front of the slope, through 30-40km/h winds, after a startling downwind leg. Much aligned when first presented this small, fast and wonderfully aerobatic machine was much enjoyed by Christo, Mally and myself as we passed around the TX before the tiny battery decided to pack it in. Lots a fun!
UMX ASK-21 BNF
The E-flite® UMX™ ASK-21 model is a scale RC sailplane of the renowned two-seater designed by Rudolf Kaiser and built by the famous Alexander Schleicher GmbH & Co. A first of its kind, the UMX ASK-21 plane is an elegant, fully-functional 4-channel aircraft that, at altitude, is capable of loops and rolls, as well as thermal or slope soaring that’s popular around the world. Lightweight and sleek, its onboard AS3X® System is custom tuned to offer the silky-smooth experience of flying a Giant-Scale sailplane, even in breezy conditions. Like a Giant-Scale sailplane, the UMX ASK-21 plane is equipped with remote tow hook release control, making it aerotow capable when paired with a powerful RC airplane like the E-flite UMX Carbon Cub SS (EFLU1180). You’ll find that its onboard AS3X System is excellent at stabilizing the various flight conditions an unpowered model can encounter, especially at high speeds during launch on the Hi-Start or tow line. The UMX ASK-21 plane can be ready for its first flight in just a few minutes. Just charge the included Li-Po battery and bind to your own full-range DSM2® or DSMX® 4-channel transmitter, such as the Spektrum™ DX4e transmitter.
|Wingspan:||33.9 in (860mm)|
|Overall Length:||17.0 in (432mm)|
|Wing Area:||80.4 sq in (520 sq cm)|
|Flying Weight:||2.56 oz (72.5 g)|
|Recommended Battery:||3.7V 1S 150mAh 25C Li-Po|
|Minimum Age Recommendation:||14 years|
|Is Assembly Required:||No|
– 4+ channel DSM2®- or DSMX®-compatible full-range transmitter
Sunday looked all good and pimped to deliver, so we ran for Chapmans Peak early to catch the thumping North Wester that was predicted, but mom nature had other ideas and the rain soon settled in after we had just seen some of the speed ships doing silly speeds in the absolutely giant lift. The Kind of ” I better come down now before I disappear” type of lift. Once the rain has settled in… that was it … and a retreat to the couch was signaled with the pillow wining the stare at the raindrops to see if they go away battle. Keep in mind that this weekend a large volume of bipedmechanicalcompetitivecontraptions will be circling the peninsula and so… stopping us circling the peninsula… so happy building on Sunday, and make the best of Saturday!
Jacque has a great time with the MB foamie from Anton Benning and loved a great morning cruise past the slope
Seems the pilot just wants to get out on this one
The little ASK 21 shows its flex in the strong lift and Christo grins wildly -p Great fun