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01-26-2013 08:23 AM  4 years agoPost 9481
flyingkiwi

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Hey Guys, yep full speed backwards into the wind and BANG canopy was shreddedThink I was about 2 mins into the flight and decided the only thing to do was carry on. It was fun, and will be doing more tomorrow and Monday, but it's a lot of mucking around for 4mins of flying so bugger stopping due to a minor glitch.
The crowd seemed to like it but I don't think it will become part of the routine
Not the best area for flying either with massive video screens in front on either side, hangers, parked planes etc,oh yeah and the wind too, so flight was a bit disjointed. Might just do stuff up and down the runway next time so.
As usual Clintons Jet was awesome too:-)

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01-26-2013 09:39 AM  4 years agoPost 9482
tskg2

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New Plymouth Tuesday afternoon

Guys-

there seems to be total silence on a tragic event that happened a couple days ago.

Brett Cudby, one of the finest (maybe the finest) scale builders and over-all pilots passed away suddenly at his home in New Plymouth a few days ago.

He was a good friend to many fliers across the country, and besides running the shop in New Plymouth for years- he also ran some great scale heli events at the local club.

He was a good friend to me and I always enjoyed being in his company. A larger than life character, with a heart to match. We had many laughs together- and that is what I'll miss the most.

For all of you who knew him- take a moment to remember him- and think about the many close loved ones who have been left behind.

The funeral is at 2p Tuesday.

G2

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01-26-2013 10:31 AM  4 years agoPost 9483
jonzey

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Levin, New Zealand

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Hey G2,

I found out yesterday from Tony Parkinson, It is very sad that this has happened to such a young talented man. I did not know him but have heard a lot about him through this hobby and the amazing skills he has with the scale machines. My thoughts go out to his family and friends.

Matt.

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01-26-2013 09:05 PM  4 years agoPost 9484
Kevinator9

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First I have heard. Thoughts are with his family, it must be a hard time for them. A tragic loss to this small community

Andrew

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01-27-2013 04:31 AM  4 years agoPost 9485
Magnazan

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Might be a re-post but here it is anyway.

Buddy codes for just about everything on the hobby king website.

http://rcsearch.info/hobby king/buddy/

Ian | 7HV ULT | Rave Ballistic FSO | Warp 360 | DX9

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01-28-2013 04:22 AM  4 years agoPost 9486
punker

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hey peter, did you get any vid of your display?

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01-29-2013 12:24 AM  4 years agoPost 9487
flyingkiwi

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I hope not On the last day I just about gave the crowd a haircut. FN wind caught me on a funny angle and pushed the heli over my head to the right and low over the crowd, behind me!!! I recovered and carried on, prob 99% of the people watching had no idea, and they seemed to enjoy it. Guessing a few out there picked up on it, you know who you are, so the less evidence the better
All in all it was an awesome 3 days, and we had sooooo much good feedback on the display flights (Clinton with his MIG took on rockstar status, and had the media all over him) and the static display in the Hangar was a hit. This included 3 sims with big screens that had people queuing non stop the whole time waiting for a turn, it was unbelievable!!

Overall I think the organizers have got a big sell if they want to pull this show off again. They catered for approx 20000 people per day and 5000 max would have been our guess. It was a great concept but, tickets were to expensive, no warbirds, and people were put off due to traffic concerns (which never eventuated)
The media coverage at the event was wicked, massive screens on the runway with live vid feeds from on board cameras on all the performers via the TV helis. Unfortunately they only got their S#@t together on the last day for us, and we had commentary plus coverage on the big screens, very cool.

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01-29-2013 12:55 AM  4 years agoPost 9488
flyingkiwi

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Hey also want to say what a huge loss Brett will be to our community, and obviously his family and friends. What a cool guy, and you couldn't have asked for a better face for our hobby. I met Brett shortly after getting into this hobby, at RC Bandit, and he always had time to chat and help with a problem. I used to time my trips out there to work in with when he was going to be there (no offense Matt, Carl) but he knew what he was doing and I could almost guarantee leaving the shop ready to fly!!
It's so true he always had a smile on his face, and my heart goes out to those sharing a very difficult day today, and dealing with the void he will leave.

RIP Toast

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01-29-2013 02:24 AM  4 years agoPost 9489
Magnazan

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Was it as low as this guy?

Watch at YouTube

Ian | 7HV ULT | Rave Ballistic FSO | Warp 360 | DX9

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01-29-2013 08:40 AM  4 years agoPost 9490
tskg2

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Report from New Plymouth this afternoon

Hi guys-

I've just arrived back at my home in Auckland and wanted to share a couple thoughts about the farewell for Brett this afternoon.

I know some people aren't comfortable talking about these things- but this gathering, while it had its share of honest tears- it had a very generous portion of warm laughter- remembering Brett.

Besides a large contingent from the local club- there were fliers from all over the North Island. In the chapel on display were several of his helis- plus a good selection of his planes- including his stunning Corsair.

Our good friend Colin P. got up and listed the names of people around the world who had been in touch with him in the past week- all passing along their support to Bretts' family and friends. It was an impressively long list- filled with many names that us scale boys recognized.

The final speakers were from the Taranaki club. They said that just 2 days before he died- Brett was part of the program at a outdoor venue. He flew with his usual flair and skills- and the crowd there really enjoyed what they were watching. Then as the dusk was settling over the field- Brett got out his wee quad rotor that was covered in lights- and flew into the night- until he was all out of batteries.

When it was time for Brett to be taken out of the chapel- all of the RC Modelers were invited to form an 'honor guard' from the doors of the chapel to the rear of the hearse. The size of this crowd was very impressive- a fitting farewell for someone who was as special as Brett.

Our thoughts go to his wife Shelly, their 4 kids and 1 grandchild.

And on a connected matter- please say tuned for an announcement concerning the upcoming Scale Heli Event in Albany!!

My thanks to Hobby City for helping with the transportation for the trip today. We all felt that it was important for us to be there- and it was worth the effort.

Thanks- g2

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01-29-2013 07:39 PM  4 years agoPost 9491
brianInNZ

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Tauranga, Bay of plenty, NZ

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TT G4N

Just for interest sake, who would be the best source for Thunder Tiger Raptor G4N spares be in NZ, and who carries the most stock.

Pro Sponsors:Complete Aviation Services Holdings (CASH)
DNZ

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01-29-2013 08:15 PM  4 years agoPost 9492
raynman

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Lyall Bay - Wgtn - N.Z

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Hot Ltd is the TT NZ distrubtor - but u can source your parts from Richard bee as he is ur neighbour and deals with TT down here.

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01-29-2013 10:54 PM  4 years agoPost 9493
flyingkiwi

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Hey Guys

For those interested here is a link to my pics from the Airshow. Sorry lots of Planksbut nothing new about that for an Airshow.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/d0tajvf3m5dg5y6/jSk6lWFd-y

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01-29-2013 11:12 PM  4 years agoPost 9494
efliernz

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Hamilton, New Zealand

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Thanks G2 for the words from New Plymouth. I couldn't make it unfortunately - great to hear of the big turnout.
Another scarey thought for those of us in our 40's busy (too busy according to my wife) running around chasing kids, models and work...

Pete

Pete, Trex500, Trex600E, Streched 600, DSX9, DX7, Low-volt alarms - check the gallery for my alarms

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01-30-2013 07:54 AM  4 years agoPost 9495
Phil777

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Sorry to hear about Brett, id never met him but heard a great deal.
Sounds like he got the farewell he deserved.

Thunder Tiger , Rail Blades, Byron Fuels, Gens Ace, Scorpion, Lynx

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01-30-2013 07:58 AM  4 years agoPost 9496
Phil777

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brianInNZ

Mike Sutton from H.O.T is the distributor
Currently the agent Hangarone stocks the most TT parts,

There are other agents around NZ that can get parts from mike as well either way you'll have to get items shipped to that agent first then shipped to u.

Thunder Tiger , Rail Blades, Byron Fuels, Gens Ace, Scorpion, Lynx

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01-30-2013 08:05 AM  4 years agoPost 9497
Phil777

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On another note,

i have a surplus brand new replacement Kontronik Helijive 120 arriving back from Germany this thursday or friday.

The one i sent back had a failure due to a possible communication error. or over current situation.

Finally got around to sending it back in. took a week to get ther and be replaced free of charge and probably another week to get back to me if its in my mail box by the end of the week.

I also have a JIVEcooler which is a fan and heatsink you can use with the Helijive.

http://www.readyheli.com/Kontronik-...11_p_38492.html

http://www.jcooler.com/us/home/index.html

If anyone is interested send me a email with a price offer.
pjld777@gmail.com

Thunder Tiger , Rail Blades, Byron Fuels, Gens Ace, Scorpion, Lynx

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01-30-2013 09:40 PM  4 years agoPost 9498
Axeman

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Brett etc

Gents,

As George mentioned, Bretts funeral was of course awful to attend - however it was a huge celebration of his life and RC modelling was indeed a massive part of it.
They had allocated about a dozen rows of seats just for modellers in the chapel and many modellers from all over NZ were there.
His mates had organised a flyover by one of the local fullsize Yaks at the end of the funeral.

Pete (eflier) - no need to worry too much yet about being in your 40s and running around chasing kids, models work etc. Some are saying that Bretts passing was as a result of an electrical accident in his workshop. If this is the case, then be bloody careful with those modified power supplies for charging our big lipos etc.

On a brighter note, here are my photos from the previous weekends Wings Over Wairarapa event at Masterton. We (jet modellers) put on a demo down there.

http://sengle.smugmug.com/photos/sw...AlbumKey=3CNZgW

Yeah I know its not directly heli related - however many of us fly all sorts of different models and enjoy other facets of aviation

Lastly - it was great to see helis (and jets of course) being displayed at the Auckland Airshow.
Peter (flyingkiwi) - all photographic evidence about the crowd buzz and canopy ejection have accidentally on purpose been deleted

Cheers,

Steve Engle

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01-31-2013 06:17 PM  4 years agoPost 9499
raynman

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Lyall Bay - Wgtn - N.Z

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Compassmodels are introducing a few new products for 2013
6HV V2 Ultimate

ALSO something new from Helicommand for 2013 - check it out:

http://www.bavariandemon.com

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02-01-2013 10:27 AM  4 years agoPost 9500
stevewashere

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Like the look of that helical main gear in the 6hv ultimate

Compass 5.5 msh brain, Compass 7HV msh brain,G4 e820 #268

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