Blog mission statement.

This Blog is all about the building and flying of the Correx Mig-7 originally designed by Dave West

http://westaero.wingedshadow.com

The Mig-7 is a scale R/C Aircraft constructed primarily of corrugated plastic and ply wood.



Comments and questions are very welcome.

correxmig7@gmail.com


Friday, December 25, 2009

MERRY CHRISTMAS.



MERRY CHRISTMAS to all our friends and followers. May you and your family be BLESSED during this time. Living in South Africa has taught us to be tollerant of each others differences, therefore, if you do not reconise this season as being HOLY, thats fine. The flowers above are from Lady Slipper, Uitenhage Nature Conservation, the slope where we fly. The top being the Giant Protea, the other I am not sure......But can find out if you insist. Sean.

Mike sloping







I finished work early yesterday and on my way home noticed that there is a nice stiff breeze blowing.

Said a quick hello to the family, loaded the Zagie and went to fetch Mike at his house.

After I managed to drag him (kicking and screaming) out of his house into the car we shot of to Maitlands.

The wind at Maitlands was not too strong hovering around 20 to 23 km/h but the air was nice and thick with good lift.

I did not know the status of charge on my radio and glider, but as it turned out I had plenty of juice left for some cool flying.

Mike really enjoyed himself. It was only his second flight with the Zagie since Hermanus.

Mumbles like “I love this, this is so graceful and silent” could be heard. He really got into his Zagie and started to throw it around. The occasional tumble did not do anything to dampen his joy.

Correx and slope rules!!!

Merry Christmas to all you RC fans

Markus





Thursday, December 17, 2009

Alain Blatti starts to build.







So he has cut out all the parts and says he has no idea how to put them together, besides Davids instructions. Alain, start by clamping the fuzz sides at the tailmost point, together. This will help keep the fuzz straight when glueing in the FW former. Then glue in assy F5 keeping it true to FW. These two will give your fuzz the allignment. Glue the rest in at leasure, keeping FW and assy F5 as guides. Post me some more pics and I will direct you as required. Sean.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Covering your mig.






I was asked how do I "paint" my Migs. I use self-adhesive vinyl 95% of the time. You can spray the entire plane, but, paint is not as durable as vinyl. But I was a little lucky with Johanns Mig. Above are pics of how we "color match" a can of yellow spray paint to yellow vinyl. This small area I sprayed because the "spot welds" look a little untidy if not done right with vinyl. I used plastic primer first coat, then the yellow. Sean.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Johanns E-Mig goes sloping.











Todays flying was a bit of a hiss and mit. We started by going to Slipper, but got rained out on the way there. But as we are "DIE HARD" fans....the movie is showing on TV as I type... :-)... we sat in the rain waiting for it to clear, until Markus phoned and said ..."come to Maitlands, the wind, ....the wind, .....the wind ... is blowing!!....Markus, well done on operating your phone while flying!! So by the time we dropped the key off at the Nature Conservation office and got to the sshlope,.......the wind turned to SSE and dropped at a fast rate. We then turned to our electric Migs for help. Johann flew his plane with passion!! I joined him and we flew formation. Looked beautifull, and we drew a crowd at the same time without knowing it. Unfortunately the photographer was one of the pilots so we could'nt get any stills. JL Productions' video camera operator.......was the other pilot. We put on a good show for the audience and flew out four batteries each in quick succession. Sean.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Morne and his Bomber.




This is Morne holding his .46 size Mig. It has not flown yet but we expect her to fly as per any Mig does!!.....now dont we!! Well done Morne!! She looks GREAT!! This is the first time I have seen a Mig with a scale pilot!!.....and yes, his name is Capt Vodka!! Sean.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

We are still here.


We are all back on the ground, doing what we do to keep our bank managers happy, or in some cases, behind the counter selling Grand-Pa's. Sorry to keep you waiting for feedback about Hermanus, but we are getting the best photographs together, not many as the wind did'nt blow. You would not say so with this picture!!! .......wrong direction!! We will up-load asap. Sean.

Friday, November 27, 2009

The above pic is of Johanns E-Mig which has flown but not in her new color scheme, So we look forward to seeing her in the air.
OK!! So my photo's are not in order......sorrry!! Neither is the text, so please just tollerate it for today as I am using Shauns laptop via his cell phone. Above Markus sporting his new Team Mig logo.

Above, an earlier model Mig, below Johanns Red Bull getting some good air.






Hi to all bloggers, we have had a rollercoaster ride from Port Elizabeth, ten o'clock, Thursday, to now, Friday 22h05 in Hermanus. This because we stopped at three slopes, which normally pump with wind, but nothing to fly with. The conditions at Hermanus were due East, no good for the main slope but ok for the smaller slope to the left. The pic above is on departing PE, below is Shaun flying the electric at Wilderness.









Below are pilots left to right, Markus, Daron and Johann.




We hope to get some decent sticktime in tomorrow, but we have not managed to get two weather sites on the net to predict the same forcast. So I guess thats a way of saying "we dont know what the wind in Hermanus is going to do!!" So time will tell. OK...off to bed I go and will update tomorrow evening again. Sean.



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Thursday, November 26, 2009

HERMANUS 2009

OK....SO NO MORE SLEEPIES......

We just passed the Eersterivier turnoff, and if Sean would drive properly I'd be ab;e to type better.........talk aboutb a rollercoaster ride.....

GPS says 174km to Wilderness slope.......bring it on....should be there by 14:00

will bring you further updates as the weekend unfolds....

SHAUN (note the correct spelling...)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

CHOW4NOW!!.....chat to you on Tuesday.

I-O-I-O-ITS-OFF-TO-HERMANUS-WE-GO!! ...........To all our Correx Mig-7 bloggers, we have counted the sleepies ....till we have one left! So tomorrow we are off to sail the slopes in the Cape. We will give a full report when we get back. Regards Sean.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

David Drowns, Escondido (San Diego County) California




David has sent me a mail, below is a snipet, above is a pic of his Mig and one of his build parties. MAN!! I wish we could get build parties this BIG!!.... Great stuff David.




"I do power combat with the mig but have modified the wing to meet a spec. class that required a 400 sq. in. wing area (SSC) and it flew so well I used the wing for my open class Mig also. The changes have been modified enough along with a midified tail to where I now call it a Mig-3. We made a set of plans that will be ready to post soon and we also ran it by Dave West to get his blessing on the upload and he was happy knowing his plane was still of use to someone. We've done 4 build parties with 14 planes and 1 more with 18. I attached a picture of a group just before a combat (10 migs) and another closeup of mine so you can see...I like Migs too."




Thanx David, keep mailing us!! Sean

Sunday, November 22, 2009

THE LAST SAMURAI!!!!




Mike was so nervous about the maiden. It looks like he changed his mind mili-seconds after launching....check...he is trying to grab the plane back.....jokes!!






Well done to Mike on a GREAT maiden flight. Sorry I did not get some stills, but JL Productions were kind enough to extract a few from thier reel. Mike, you may now box Zoom-Zoom for Hermanus. Sean.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Welcome Mike Hagemann.

Mike has built this Mig and will maiden her at Hermanus. He flew there last year and looks forward to flying there again. Well done Mike, she looks GREAT!! Sean.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Mig on Slipper.

video

I received this mini movie in the mail from JL Productions....They normally do WEDDINGS... :-) and said the recession forced them to flex a little....hence the shakey camera work. But hey, its better than listening to John Denver!! :-) Enjoy!! Thanx Johann!....... Sean.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Just one left!!

What must we do to get Mikes Mig in the air?? Can anybody out there give me ideas as to how we can get the Mazda ZOOM-ZOOM to experience some zero gravity?? His is the last one left from the home build to fly. Come on Mike!! Lets make plans for this weekend!!.....Mike!!.....you there??.......??.............. You see, thats what happens when you make a COMBAT plane too pretty,... you dont want to fly it! :-) Sean.

At last.......MAIDEN FLIGHT...!!!!!

After many weeks of fighting the unfair and uncooperative weather, and a number of other obstacles, Ashley and I were able to Maiden our Migs today.......

Not only did we get to maiden them from the Lady's Slipper, we were able to fly them at Maitlands shortly thereafter.........ALL ON ONE DAY......!!!!!!

Ash was up first......after a hairy launch (Dad's sh!t throw)....a few clicks to the right and one click down were all that were needed to get her flying straight and level. Mine was up next, and what a perfect launch....the proverbial homesick angel......
Both aircraft flew beautifully, and we now cannot wait for Hermanus.........Imp's beware!!!!!!



SHAUN

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Some of the pilots.




Alain, Daron and Morne at the stix. Alain has just started building a Mig. I will keep you up to date on his progress, maybe he will send us some in-process pics. Alain??....pics?...
Morne retrieving his Corrostang and assessing the rash with Daron.
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Daron maidens his Mig-7.




Today was a day like few before. Maitlands was on a mission. To prove Murphy does have his say..... again.
Last week when I had time to fly myself DIZZY, there was no wind. But alas, as I am working the entire weekend, she blows like the world is about to end. Well done to Daron, and Gavin, for the successfull maiden flights of their Migs. Seems that Darons Mig has a problem though....it keeps flying inverted..? Must be the pilot, he will deny it, because everything else was good :-)
Morne showed us that a correct CG (balance point) makes a plane fly much better. This after two VERY UNSUCCESSFULL launches. He also showed us that one does not need a mid-air to loose orientation and go full tilt into tera firma. His corrostang came out with little bush-rash. Will post some pics of the stang and Gavins mig. Thanx to JL Productions for bringing the slope to a screen near ME!! Thanx Johann!!....Sean.
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