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National F3B team website

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The French National F3B team 2015 just opened his webpage where you will find information and can participate to a tombola to win a FS3 from Tud-Modeltechnik, or buy a Polo T-shirt. They are waiting for your support !

http://www.f3bteam.fr/

Tornado, a new kid on the block

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Matthieu Barrabes design this new F3F plane and teamed up with RCRCM for the manufacturing. The Tornado has a 2.9m wingspan, and feature an original wing planform. Matthieu just received the prototype and should fly it soon.

More pictures and the assembly log here.


F3F model template for Taranis

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I realized that I have not shared my F3x model template for the Taranis. The zip file contains the model template with the sound files in addition to put in /SOUNDS/EN/

You can download it from here.



Taranis plus and new battery

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I received my second Taranis Plus today, so I'm equiped and ready for the F3F season. It will be easy to maintain the 2 Taranis excatly in sync thanks to companion TX software.



I also received my LiIon batteries for the Taranis. On the first picture you can see the original battery (NiMh, 2000 mAh), an hyperion LiFe 2S normally use in a glider, but that was fitting well in the compartiment, and the new Li-Ion battery I need to assemble.

It's a 26500 format, 3.7 nominal voltage, 3 Ah capacity, 2S. Each cell measures 26mm in diameter byr 5 cm in length. They fit particularly well in the compartiment and let lots of space. I'll will have about plenty of flying time !



RC Soaring Digest, March Issue

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My review of the Rotmilan from RTGModel is in the March issue of RC Soaring Digest, among other interresting articles and reports. you can download this issue at the following address:

RCSD March Issue


F3F practice LUA script for Taranis

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I have posted the F3F Practice LUA scrip zip file on RC Settings

You can also download it from here

Enjoy !


Robbe Modellsport GmbH in bankruptcy

Robbe Modellsport GmbH  announced last friday 02/06/2015 that they were in bankruptcy. Problem with Robbe is that they are just rebranding goods/products coming from China. Robbe Radio are Futaba. Not sure that someone will be interested to buy Robbe, like SJ did with Graupner.

OpenTX, the ultimate F3x radio firmware ?

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After leaving the Team JR as an official pilot for 3 year, I was again on the radio market to find the radio that would fit my needs.

My requirements were quite simple: I needed a very flexible programming allowing to implement in flight adjustements. For exemple, I wanted to change the snap flap rate with a clic of trim, per flight mode, or I wanted to change the ailerons differential with another trim, change the camber with a knob, change the elevator compensation with butterfly in a trim clic, etc ... So Flexibility first, but not only, I also wanted an easyly upgradable radio, a good choice of receiver with small size for tiny F3X fuselages, voice capabilities ...

After studying user manuals, I have identify the Jeti DS/DC, the Weatronic Bat 60, the FrSky Taranis, and possibly the T18MZ . Most of these radio are high end radio, so the entry ticket is quite expensive. If you add the price of 5 or 6 receivers, then the investment start to be really high.

And the winning Radio is ?

Nüremberg 2015 Photo Report

Thanks to Flash-RC, here is a nice photo album about Nüremberg 2015 ! Many thanks Hervé !

According to him, disappointing edition, lots of multicopters, big brands like MPX, Graupner, Robbe had very few or no new items. However MPX should release 4 new items within the year 2015. One should have been released now, but after a problem with some parts, they decided to shift the release date and not talk at all about it.

Hacker Model Vagabond XL

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The now popular VTPR glider Vagabond is now available in a larger wingspan version and feature a full moving elevator control using pulley to reach a deflection of ±90°!
Like its little brother, it is made from EPP, printed, and covered with a laminate film. available in different color schemes, it is also proposed in electro version.

 Weight: from 750g Wingspan: 2010mm Lenght: 990mm





SKG Hacker Model glider range

Hacker Model announced a new model range called SKG (simple known gliders) proposing 4 well known semi-scale aerobatic gliders (Fox, Blanik, Swift, Lunak) in several colors with full-color full printing. Some of same also exist in electro version.

They are all 2m wingspan with a length between 950 mm and 1060mm, weight is about 780g. They are made from EPP, printed, and covered with a sort of laminated foil.