This is kinda sad thing. As the cost of mailing has increased I have had to make changes to product packaging. When I started this business 8 years ago I decided that I will not never ship folded plans. Mostly due the fact that folded plans are not good for building. I kept that idea for ages but then mailing costs kept creeping up. And couple years ago they crept up really. Also, Finnish postal services stopped delivering maxi-letters inside Finland. They had to keep delivering them outside Finland, so that did not really matter too much.
But then the prices jumped a bit. Last time I shipped rolled plans the cost of mailing was more that customer paid for plans. That was approx 25€. Which is bad. Really bad. Same plan shipped in envelope (folded…) cost approx 6€.
So some time ago I started changing all delivery statements in my pages (www.iwaru.fi) to not include promise of rolled plans. Currently all plans ship folded.
I know this is not optimal for some builders. So if you need rolled plans pls. contact me and I can arrange shipping rolled, with some extra cost. Also, when you order short kits plans are rolled.
This is an extremely nice model built (or actually rebuilt) from Marutaka kit with heavy modifications. For full (and long) story pls. see build log in RCGroups. Ilkka has gone great lengths to replicate all elements of original plane. Even all stickers and warning labels have been copied from pics of original plane and then put to this model. Attention to detail is impressive.
Plane flies really well and it is impressive, really slow flight speed. Really nice & awesome model.
Some detail pics.
I think that this model defines whole idea of awesome model. It is an impressive sight and you can feel it’s presence. Yep, it has Moki 250 which really allows you feel the sound of it’s motor. It’s an really crowd pleaser in flight as it flies in real scale manner. It looks like it has escaped from 1940’s war movie. Really awesome model. There is an long build thread in (finnish) at lennokit.net. (pls. note, you have to register to see pics and it is really in finnish).
And to the main event of Finnish summer scale scene. I would like to quote my wife who is just-a-bit picky when it comes to model aeroplane events : ‘this is really nice, there are so many nice models and somebody is flying all the time’. You really cannot say anything against that. And the weather was great too.
Yes, venue was Jämijärvi again, as last year event. This time the main runway was paved couple weeks prior to event. Also there was great taxi-area. Flying organized by itself quite well and there were zero crashes. There was some light showers but luckily they took place while we were eating/something. There was also some maidens with one junior maidening new plane with goal of participating competition within couple weeks. Impressive progress.
Below you will find couple pics showing atmosphere. I will add some special galleries to show some awesome models. It will take some time as I took close to 2.200 pics during event. Whew.
Okay, some time ago my extranet-site of main eCommerce site (www.iwaru.fi) broke down. I got some comments regarding problems with it’s id system which is extremely simple and straightforward. As there is very little commercial value on those items which are downloadable via extranet I decided to make things simpler. This is to remove all user id systems of extranet and re-create it here.
So now all freely downloadable stuff has an separate index-page which is visible at top menu of this site. That means, all files which are supposed to be on old extranet and files presented in this blog have their place in index. And there is no user id’s to remember (or distribute for that matter).
There is possibility of human error here. I tried to gather all files which were supposed to be in old extranet, but… I might have missed something. That happens. Contact me if you miss something.
Just received final professionally printed version of Aerotow-hook (see all notes about this) from Shapeways. It looks gorgeous. The openings are not really open, but it does not matter as they must be drilled to spec anyway. It feels slightly heavier than PLA-printed version, but that does not really matter.
This process of first designing product in 3d-cad, then prototyping it with home printer and finalizing it with shapeways is really working. The home printed version has limited strength but this shapeways ‘strong and flexible’-material is extremely strong. Shapeways also have really, and I mean really fast & professional service. You can get your copy of this version from shapeways.com (direct link to product). Also I’ll try to embed shapeways product info directly below. Let’s see how it turns out.
Also, just an reminder – if you want to print this directly in your home printer, or ask shapeways (or some other commercial printer) to print it for you just download this file aerotow S 06. It is ready .STL-file, identical to that in shapeways.
Send me photos if you try this out. Thanks in advance!