Triptych is a supermodel
IF YOU look skywards on a fine day there's a good chance you'll be in for a big surprise.
As soon as conditions are ideal, local model aeroplane enthusiast Joseph Frost will be letting his latest creation, The Triptych, soar.
"After designing, building and successfully flying dozens of various sizes and shapes in my recent years I decided to make a bit of a statement and create something really different this time," Mr Frost said.
The model is powered by one of the best performance Australian-produced fans, the 127mm Ramtec fan, and made of more than 30m of carbon fibre tubes, plywood and balsa.
"The paint alone for this build is probably close to half a kilogram, so my originally expected weight of around 12kg came to just under 17kg."
The recent poor local weather saw Mr Frost take the jet up to Evans Head for its debut flight.
"Unfortunately the power of the model was so tremendous that it quickly became uncontrollable and travelled only 60m before crashing.
"It looked bad at first but after cleaning all the mud from the model things did not look too bad after all."
After some minor reparations the jet was ready for another test flight, and this time it was a success.
"I immediately knew it was a different model.
"I was extremely relieved after this successful flight."
The aeroplane enthusiast is looking forward to some clear weather so that he can take The Triptych out again.