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Bücker Meeting 2022 in Landshut, Bavaria

The annual Bücker FlyInn took place on the 18th of June in Landshut. This event is a meeting for all full-size Bückerpilots and fans from all over Europe with their Bückers.

Herrmann Diebold, who is the key point of the Bücker scene in Europe, invited me end of last year to attend this event after seeing my video with the 50% Bücker from Friedrichshafen.

Luckily my friend Andreas Golla from Hacker Motor lives quite close to the airport Landshut and invited us to his house for a delicious BBQ and some hangout in his pool. An excellent refreshment during the hot summer day and good preparation for the Bücker FlyInn in the evening.

A real highlight was the Hangar 69 at the airport Landshut. There are some very nice airplanes including the original “Liesel Bach” Bücker Jungmeister. I was sitting inside the cockpit for a short time to feel the spirit of Bücker Jungmeister… but it´s better I stay on the ground with my radio 😉

Thank you very much for this amazing day with you!

BVM-Jets Ultra BANDIT

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 

After a few weeks without any new report here I decided to drop a few lines about the UltraBANDIT proejct from last summer…

In 2018 BVM-Jets announced a jubilee version of their legendary UltraBANDIT which was a “must have” for my father. It took almost 2 years until he started to build the plane in January last year.
State of the art equipment had to be installed: brandnew JetCat P250, Hacker / Ditex Servos, JETI model CentralBox-220 with 2x 2,4Ghz + 900mHz Backup-RX, Electron retractsystem and a custom smoke tank from CM-Jets.

While my father was building the jubilee UltraBANDIT, I completely reworked the older UltraBandit. It got also an electric landing gear, stronger “Low Voltage” Hitec flap servos and a JETI model CentralBox-400 with 2x 2,4Ghz + 900mHz Backup-RX. The CB-400 is required due to the older Futaba LV-servos which need only 5,9V.
Overall it was much more work than expected, as the electric gear has completely different design and other measurements. That´s why I needed to remove some of the old gear mounts and let my friend cut new carbon flex-plates for main- and nosegear – Thanks Manuel!
In July we finally made both maidenflights.

Conclusion: The “old” UltraBANDIT is still in a league of its own. The quality, the details and the extremely balanced flying is in my opinion still unrivaled.

All the work paid off, both airplanes fly excellent! Especially the JetCat P250 with its fast start, fast throttle response and the support of turbine telemetry make it a good progress in turbine flying.
The knowhow in this 15 year old design is still in the pole-position!

 

Faszination Modellbau and airshow “Stars des Jahres”

After the fair had to be canceled last year due to COVID-19, it was great that they opened the doors from 5th-7th November again. Friedrichshafen is known as THE fair for rc-enthusiasts in Germany!

Unfortunately there were not that much exhibitors than in the past years, but all those who took part were rewarded with numerous of visitors and good conversations.

I had the chance to present my new 50% Bucker Jungmeister at the airshow “Stars des Jahres” at the airport next to the fair.
I was invited a few times in the past years but for me this was one of the best, maybe the best fair in Friedrichshafen ever.
Great atmosphere for visitors and exhibitors, excellent airshow with many great pilots and a perfect organization.  Truly one of the best weekends this year!

I´d like to thank the VTH-Team at the flightline, especially chief editor Uwe PuchtingerFrank Joosten for great commenting on the show, Jörg for trouble-free communication with the tower and all others who were involved to make this fair a big success!

A special thank you goes to Andreas Maier and Markus Nussbaumer  for providing their excellent footage and video for this report.

Thanks also to all who have helped and supported me during the weekend!

Arcus 6,06 m and DG-1000 6,66 m

After a few years without flying a scale glider, I wanted to have one again. The Arcus by Schempp-Hirth is with its unique wing shape one of the most beautiful gliders in the present so it had to be an Arcus. End of 2019 I was together with Erwin Schreiber from RC-Flight-Academy in Asia and on the flight back to Munich, 11.000 m above the ground, I placed my order for his Arcus. Right after my father joined the project and ordered a DG-1000 from him.

Due to various projects and my study we were unable to finish the gliders earlier. In a creative phase during study I drew the scheme for both gliders. Of course these 2 planes should also bear the spirit and signature of RT DESIGN. Based on this scheme I worked out another 2 versions of this livery for a new F3F glider and TSAR monoplane- more on that later!All the grey parts are 2K painted, the golden parts are realized with ORACOVER-easyplot.

As most of the customers buy the planes ready to fly, the building progress was laborius and took quite a long time. It took some effort to cut the slots and holes into the top wing of Arcus for the flap and aileron linkages. The following applied: cut and hope it was correct! All the linkages were made with high quality MP-Jet aluminum clevises and carbon tubes. The DITEX servos are all mounted in wood frames which are also available from Hacker Motor.

We wanted to install a self launching electric motor system, that we are not always dependent on a towing machine. As we have a lot of 10S packs from the F3A models, Hacker needed to arrange a power setup for 10S packs and the concept works excellent! Max current on Arcus is just around 55A and on DG-1000 it´s around 70A and a few several hundred meter climbs.

A few blowholes and areas where the white paint wnt off are needed to be mend. The good flying characterisitcs of the planes are bringing the troubles in balance. Almost no function had to be trimmed, the CG´s are reached without any extra weight in the nose, the drive dimensioning from Hacker is excellent and the super bright LED flash light make those gliders to a really successful project. Now we wait for days with good thermals to get them enough air-time!

We installed the Click-Connect system from Hacker Motor for the first time because of 5 servos in each wing plus the LED´s. That´s during building much more work, but in the end the most precious and safest solution for all the wiring and after crimping 2, 3 cables it´s quite an easy task. The result is a perfect reverse polarity protected central plug for all wires from wing to fuselage.

The power management system is a JETI model CentralBox 400 with two 2,4Ghz RSat and one 900mHz RSat. Each servo is directly connected to the CentralBox and can be programmed individually. That make the flight conditions and landing setup (airbrakes + butterfly) very easy in setting up. The CB-400 has still enough pins for the 3rd receiver and all the telemetry inputs. Telemetry from the CentralBox itself, each receiver, from the ESC (current, capacity, temperature…) and from the MVario2 are delivered in real time to the radio and gives a great overview about the safety onboard. As already installed and loved in other planes, the RC-switch is also here a must. The batteries are Hacker TopFuel ECO-X 3000mAh 2S.

I heared a lot about Tailored Pilots from England, but never had one of these pilots in my hands. After carefully checking their website it was sure that those pilots can meet our expectations. A few eMails with Wilson Li from Tailored Pilots later the order for 3 pilots were placed. What I can say after getting them is: quality, weight and detailing are surely one of the best available today. And they have a wide range of accessories to choose such as seatbelts, sunglasses, parachutes, headsets… Really nice are the RT DESIGN baseball caps he made in the correct size for our pilots.

A big “thank you” goes to Hacker MotorJETI modelFALCON and Tailored Pilots for joining this project!

Equipment (both almost the same):
Hacker / Ditex EL 3214S
KST X10 (outer wings and stab DG-1000)
JETI Central Box 400 + RC Switch
2x RSat2
1x Rsat 900Mhz
JETI MVario2
Hacker A50-14L FES Ex-Uni
Hacker A60-7M FES Ex-Uni
FALCON folding prop white 14×10 (Arcus), 19×13 (DG-1000)
JETI Mezon opto 95
Hacker / Unilight ACL-light system glider
10S Hacker TopFuel 5100 F3A
Hacker Click-Connect
Hacker/Emcotec Premium wire
Hacker Topfuel 2x 3000 2S ECO-X, 1x 1800 3S ECO-X
Tailored Pilots 1:3 und 1:3,5

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Welcome 2021!!!

Unfortunately due to my studies and COVID-19 I was unable to fulfill my 2020 wishes but it was still a good year nonetheless.
The TSAR monoplane project was unfortunately not completed in 2020,it has now been over a year and is still not finalized but I am getting closer to the end.
With that being said I would like to introduce to you the all new, TSAR monoplane from RT DESIGN.

Stay tuned for more pictures of the new highly visible colour scheme.

I would like to thank everyone for the support in 2020 and wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2021.

 

RT DESIGN turbo KARAT V2

THE GAME-CHANGING TURBOPROP MODEL!

Beginning until mid of this year I was very busy due to my study. So I could not invest the time for aeromodelling as I wished to. But in the past weeks I worked up and finally after more than 1 year the new turboKARAT V2 was finished.
When my father flew turbo KARAT V1 he said “I need one”. So we shared the work and built 2 new turbo KARAT V2.

What has been changed from version 1?
– stronger and lighter turbine, now Kolibri T35
– special FIALA 5-blade wood propeller
– special exhaust pipes for the small turboprop
– all new colorscheme “bronce-NAVY”
– new Hacker / Ditex-EL Servos
– reworked LED-light-system from innoflyer
– reduced go-fly weight

Equipment:
JETI duplex REX12
JETI RC-Power Switch 10A
Hacker / Ditex Servos
Special FIALA 5-Blade Propeller
CM-Jets special KARAT fueltank
innoflyer light system
Kolibri T35 + turboprop

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RT DESIGN duplex DC-24K

It all started when I was a boy with the Graupner MC-24 gold from my father. I thought it´s a cool and beautiful radio. That time I already knew I want such a transmitter someday!
Almost 15 years later I hold a JETI duplex DC-24 in my hands, with almost each part and switch 24-carat gilded. Probably the worlds one and only DC-24 with such a finishing. The name: DC-24K.
 
„When modern carbon meets classy gold to end up in world’s finest radio.“
 

But until I had it in my hands, it was a very long way. It took more than one year until the radio was completely finish. I think with the gold color it describes the quality and valence of this product best.

"Before gilding all aluminum parts, they have to be polished to a high level gloss and after that galvanic nickel-plated. 
The quality of the aluminum polish is decisive for the final result. Finally the galvanic 24 carat gold plating takes place." 
Only with the support of good friends we could realize this exclusive unique masterpiece.
Therefore a special thank you to: Lenka, Hendrik, Jörg, Jürgen, Jakub and JETI model!

20 years Hacker Motor GmbH

On saturday, 23rd of March, Mr. Hacker invited to his 20-year-jubilee of Hacker Motor in Ergolding.

A great event with famous guests, interesting guids through the company and an exhibition of their projects in RC-business and industry made this day to one of the highlights in 2019.
Even the weather was perfect with a deep blue sky and warm temperatures, maybe also a merit of the past 20 years.

What started in the loft of his families´ house is nowadays a mid-sized company with almost 40 employees and projects around the world.

For more than 10 years I am Pilot for Hacker Motor. Since my beginning I trusted in the products from Bavaria. When I look back, that was probably my best decision I made in my rc-career. I am more than proud to be part of this team since that long time.

For some time Hacker Motor is also the exclusive distributor in Europe for my RT DESIGN models- nothing better could happen to me!

At this jubilee last week we took the chance to introduce my latest design coming this summer the market:  Acrostar mk2 XL – the big brother of our 6S successor came to the market last year.

(More information about this plane coming soon.)

Again congratulations to Rainer Hacker for 20 years of Hacker Motor GmbH!
I´m looking forward to the next 20 😉