Monday, 10 August 2020

Harrier Maidened

 I always seem to be on the Whitesheet north slope to maiden models.  The Harrier was no different and so although the sun was much stronger than the breeze I hurled the Harrier off.  Launching a model for the first time is a nervous moment, but when it's the first of a model our of the molds you can multiply the feeling.

  The Harrier just sailed away and went off thermal hunting.  Like all F3F models the Harrier's efficiency means it can hunt even the lightest lift.  When I did get the Harrier away I could give it a dab of down and she was off!  The tail gives a very positive control and tight turns that never felt like letting go.  

  I just have to wait for some decent wind to really ring her out.  




the new tail and fuselage

Building is a lot easier witht he Harrier's molded servo tray.




Monday, 27 July 2020

In the Post!


  The first pictures of the completed Harrier models have arrived and confirmation that It’s on the way!  Although I’m now at the mercy of international shipping there’s a chance that the Harrier could be here for the English Open.  You can’t beat the randomness of Whiteshite to test a model😊

Well I like the look of it!







Thursday, 23 July 2020

Great to see your model out of the mold

The first harrier models have been molded and I can't wait!

  Being involved with a project is great fun but seeing the model parts coming out of the molds make it feel very real!

  I've been flying the prototype model almost exclusively all summer. The King max servos and bearings I used have proved to be reliable and remain slop free.  The Harrier has given me a good positive feel and some sharp control movements.

  It can be said of many top moldies but I love having a model that can go from scratching on summer sea lift one day to screaming round in storm force winds the next- just add lead!

  Bring on the production models- anyone fancy being a test pilot

Thursday, 18 June 2020

More flight testing while the hard work goes on in production.

It’s been a couple of weeks since I got hold of the Harrier Wings, it’s been a great opportunity to get some air time with the test set-up in a variety of conditions.  I did have in the back of my mind to really give those wings a hammering to test them.

Screaming strong lift- I just kept adding lead flight after flight.  As I did- she loved it, the Harrier actually went really well on less ballast than I would expect but add the weight and she keeps on going.  The opportunity to try so many different turn styles certainly kept me smiling.  I really enjoyed the model’s agility, while she can go fast on a course, the wing just never grumbled as I banged in fist fulls of control throws and threw the Harrier about to just have fun- But I can’t bend those wings

Thermic air- It’s been a while since I have done much thermalling.  The wing’s plan form helps to keep the inner wing tip from dropping during the slow turns.  Just a lot of fun flights!

Light sea lift- This weekend I got the chance to fly in what turned out to be pretty light sea lift.  Launching out to see when the cliff edge means you can’t feel a breath of wind is always a leap of faith.  Knowing that the Harrier wing wasn’t going to miss-behave made it that bit less scary.  It’s didn’t take long before the Harrier’s natural pace and slipperiness really showed in the solid pace it was flying at.

  I really enjoyed the classic bank and yank turns in these light days.  The controls key a solid and positive feeling through the flight.



Getting excited! I’ve received these pictures showing that the first production version of the Harrier is coming on.  As well as a great production quality, I know that Zhou is keen to make sure that the models are tested before being made available-


Friday, 29 May 2020

A lock down project moving on!

  Returning to the slopes after lock down has been made even better by flying the new Harrier prototype.  I'm sure that cam through in my other posts.  Being involved with model development is a fantastic experience, combined with a model that's just good to fly makes it even better.

  Boom length, tail and incidence decided and the Harrier positive came out of the CNC machine this week.

  It will be like waiting for Christmas as the molds and first models are made!

  Whilst I'm sure that Zhou will be happy to work with flyers directly, if you have any 'standard' colour scheme suggestions- let me know here!





Thursday, 14 May 2020

post lock-down fun


  I needed fun and the Harrier prototype fits the job perfectly.  It feels like it’s been a long time since that the completed Harrier has been sat waiting for a decent flying opportunity so I wasn’t going to miss the chance.
  While the current model does not look as plush as the CAD files being milled for the production model I wasn’t going to wait any longer than I had to.  Get the nerves over with and away she went as perfectly straight from the hand as I could hope.  I was really pleased with the natural pace that she showed around the sky, 2mm of camber had her thermaling away with the buzzards but it’s the speed and efficiency between the thermals that can make a model.  All that height gained was converted into fun.
  The broader wing root really gives you the confidence to use some big control surface movements without worrying about the wing biting back.  It’s been tweaked slightly since the original Willow models (I’m told it will fit on the willow fuselages)- this only becomes evident when you’re in the air.  I really enjoyed the shorter boom than it’s Willow predecessors, square moves come off far better.
  The fun and performance from the model is fantastic.  The lockdown had given me the time to program in a different set up with racing in mind, what can I say- it felt fast to me and the EM style turns carried through better than I expected on a first day out.   It’s the model that I would try up turns and then roll as a race move.
  More next time after I've taken some other models out too- but getting out again is great!

Thursday, 23 April 2020

Harrier model developement

  Lock down has been a great chance for many modeller's to get on the building board.  I've been doing a little of my version of this and the result is the Harrier.  The aim of the model is to be the best sports  performance model possible.  A high performance wing with a sympathetic plan form, short tail boom and a strong effective tail.

  The wing has the depth to fit both servos and ball raced frames in, to make a durable and slop free assembly.



  The fuselage is a little bigger than some of the race models out there but more room to build and strength in the design are great attributes.

  A beautiful looking model as well!


  As the models are built I'll keep posting.