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  • Modelflight Off to Finke Desert Race with Brad Gallard Team #454

    Modelflight Off to Finke Desert Race with Brad Gallard Team #454
    So this time next week we will have completed our 1500km trip north from Adelaide to Alice Springs for the 38th Finke Desert Race. The Modelflight team are looking forward to getting involved in the sights and sounds of this historic race. For those of you that may not be aware we thought it important to give you a little background to the history of the race. The Tatts Finke Desert Race is an off-road, multi terrain two-day sprint/race through the Simpson desert from Alice Springs to the small Aputula (Finke) Community on the first day, and, back to Alice on the second day. The race crosses the Finke River, believed to be one of the oldest in the world and this year will be held from the 7th to 9th June. “Finke” as it...

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  • The Phoenix Event Report: Indoor Flying in Adelaide, May 2014

    The Phoenix Event Report: Indoor Flying in Adelaide, May 2014
    INDOOR IN THE MERRY MONTH OF MAY Well dear readers, life for we mere mortals has had its share of "ups" and "downs" over the last few months. The weather, always a common topic has, fortunately been mainly on the "up"  with we here in Adelaide notching up some sort of a record for the number of consecutive days over 22 degrees. Scott the golfer has had several "downs" among his many "ups" but still manages to be popular. Rolf Harris could well have done with a few more "downs" but dont let us mosey along that path and probably one of the most important "ups" to us is that our flying numbers were up to such a height that for the first time this year, we managed to pay the rent to the Netball Stadium. My first picture features a group of fine looking gentlemen, mainly making their first visit to our Indoor Flying and what a welcome they were. I can only hope that they return. [caption id="attachment_6251" align="aligncenter" width="600"]...

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  • TSA Model Infusion 700E and JR XG14 - A Review From Hamish Scott

    TSA Model Infusion 700E and JR XG14 - A Review From Hamish Scott
    This is a special guest post from RC helicopter pilot, Hamish Scott. If you would like to see Hamish's skills in action, please visit our YouTube playlist "RC Helicopter Action Videos with Hamish." G'day Blog Readers, After a year off from flying I am getting back into it and I am more pumped than I have ever been before. With a big thanks to Modelflight, once again I will be returning into flying this year with some great new products. I will be flying this year with the new JR Propo XG14 DMSS transmitter and TSA Model helicopters more specifically the 700 electric series. The ...

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  • Phoenix Flight Simulator V5 Software Arrives at Modelflight

    Phoenix Flight Simulator V5 Software Arrives at Modelflight
    Version 5 of the Phoenix Flight Simulator was one of the most anticipated releases from the Nuremberg Toy Fair 2014. Today, we are pleased to announce that this new RC software has arrived at Modelflight. This simulator comes with many exciting new features, which we wanted to discuss in more detail here. The key drawcard of this new flight sim is that it comes with the Phoenix Builder companion software. Phoenix Builder allows you to import your own RC plane and helicopter designs from almost any 3D CAD program. After loading this source geometry, you can then use Phoenix to customise...

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  • The Phoenix Event Report: Indoor Flying in Adelaide, April 2014

    The Phoenix Event Report: Indoor Flying in Adelaide, April 2014
    On the surface, the situation looked a little brighter than it has been at ETSA Park over the past two months and I am opening my story this month with a picky of a trio who are usually the life of the party. They are from left to right: Matthew Chapple, Mike Holmes and J.J. Their antics are usually well worth taking the time out from flying to see them in action. They are all brilliant fliers and no doubt most of you have witnessed their flying at fields throughout the State.  It is not surprising to see David getting all "up close and personal" with the tenth scale Griffon hovercraft for a little later in the evening he took the controls and had no problems with hovering or flying the interesting machine...

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  • The Phoenix Event Report: Indoor Flying in Adelaide, March 2014

    The Phoenix Event Report: Indoor Flying in Adelaide, March 2014
    Many years ago, The Late Max Starick designed and built a light, but fairly basic little aircraft. It was, sort of, a balsa stick with an extremely light covered wing and tailplane assembly that only relied on two moving surfaces. A rudder and an elevator and it was powered by a loop of rubber that was connected to the propeller. It could really only be flown indoor, as any breath of wind would fly it off course, often violently  so an area was sort that was normally used as an aircraft hanger. The Starick model was called a "Hangar Rat." Literally dozens of these little "rats" were built and those who flew them were usually under the guidance and assistance of The Late Leo O'Reilly who organised that, after trying several venues, we settled on the Recreation Hall at Blackwood. In many ways, history repeats itself as many Hanger Rats were quite often assembled on the counter of Leo's model shop, Model Flight in the Southern Suburbs. Few of we fliers these days would not be fl...

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  • Modelflight Becomes Proud Sponsor of The Brad Gallard #454 Trophy Truck Team

    Modelflight Becomes Proud Sponsor of The Brad Gallard #454 Trophy Truck Team
    Today, Modelflight is proud to announce that we are sponsoring the Brad Gallard #454 Race Team for the 2014 Australian Off Road Championship season. Once again, Brad is entering the 2014 season in the Extreme 2WD class and his prospects are most promising. Brad has previously won his maiden Finke Desert Race and the highly competitive ARB Goondiwindi 400. With this track record, we are certain that Brad will continue to excel. Modelflight is thrilled to rank alongside Toyo Tires and Jetpilot as one of the major sponsors of Brad’s Geiser Brothers Trophy Truck. Jamie Nancarrow from Modelflight said: “This is a great opportunity that presented itself through a mutual passion for off-road motorsport. Brad Gallard and Todd Casey have both been using the the ...

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  • Modelflight En Route to Spektrum Gratton Air Spectacular

    Modelflight En Route to Spektrum Gratton Air Spectacular
    Mike, Greg and Shaun will be travelling to Queensland next week to take part in the Spektrum Gratton Air Spectacular. They will compete in the Golden Era, Reno and T-28 racing events and assist Team Horizon members, Peter Goldsmith and Mike McConville who will do demonstration flights each day.   Here are some of the latest photos from Modelflight's travels:       For more info on the event go to http://crams.com.au/gratton-air-invitational/ and check out our interview with Mike McConville be...

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  • Adelaide Indoor Flying March 2014 - Event Photos

    Adelaide Indoor Flying March 2014 - Event Photos
    A small but enthusiastic crowd gathered at ETSA Park last night for the monthly Indoor Flying meeting. Thanks to Richard Tapp for these great images. Come and join us for the next flying session on Thursday April 17.        ...

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  • Graupner Product Support Finishes in Australia

    Graupner Product Support Finishes in Australia
    A somewhat sombre mood is coming out of the Australian distributor for Graupner with the iconic Radio Control brand going through some further negative publicity after last year’s insolvency and subsequent transfer in ownership to Korean company SJ Propo. The extracts below are from a press release to Australian dealers: "Effective 1st March 2014 OMP is no longer the exclusive Australian Agent for Graupner products. Continued Warranty and Service of Graupner products and associated technology will cease and transfer to a new distributor, should they eventually be announced. Effective immediately." "It is with a sincere note of sadness that this day has come for one of the most iconic Radio Control brands. The O’Reilly’s have done business with Graupner since 1965 when my father, Leo, imported the first Graupner/Grundig radio in Australia. OMP has sold Graupner products since 1975 and was the exclusive distributor from 1990. Graupner/...

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