Some pics below. Nice weather and really nice models. I seldom get to freeflight contests but this was worth the drive. Aeromodelling at it’s best.
ps : My wife spent some time paddling around beautiful lake Särkijärvi at the end of Räyskälä airport runway. You can check nice pics of that in her blog site, here.
Visited Finnish Airforce Museum (Suomen Ilmavoimamuseo / Keski-Suomen Ilmailumuseo @Tikkakoski near Jyväskylä…) to see interim display of Aviation Museum Association (my own translation, I do not know the official translation) restoration / replication / rebuild-project of VL Myrsky II. Rebuild-project has been continuing for some time now and current state was up for display for summer break. For finnish language announcement of event see here.
Breathtaking project with craftsmanship out of this world.
I really know that this is so pic heavy post that it pushes everything else from first page, but… it is worth of it. See below. And visit museum!
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.