About Odyssey HM
The Odyssey was designed by Ron Broughton in around 2000 - 2001 for 60" (superonik Models) slope pylon racing, the construction was EPP with golf shaft spars and covered with bullet tape for torsional strength and Solartex. Ron's early designs were the TOP in the league beating all other designs it this class! Ron struggled to get the ORIGINAL Mk.1 Odyssey to fly with this new radical design as all models at the time where a classic chevron shape, Ron used the center section off the Balistic and the outer wings were made from scratch... not realizing it needed a lot of noseweight to get a new C/G! As he had never made a flying wing like this before.. it took some time to master the C/G, he didn't take the new MAC point into consideration and as a result he left it for ages, tried again..... and was blown away with the turn rate of the model, WoW it was quick and turned on a dime! The 'Odyssey' was born! A manufacturer made a model that looked just like the Odyssey and that one became well-known. Note* during these early days Ron's household didn't have the internet to hone his design and building skills and/or see what the competition is creating and couldn't spread the news about his creation. Ron is self taught and is an incredible craftsman, his foam cutting skills are second to none.
Skip a few years, 15+ years lol.... Ron approached me to help make a hollow moulded version. I secretly worked on the project (it did take quite a long time due to workload and life getting in the way) I met up with Ron at a slope and surprised him with the prototype Odyssey HM, it sure put a smile on his face.
A lot of time was put into designing the Odyssey HM and all of the intricate detail were carefully drawn in CAD and the moulds were machined directly into aluminium billet, the fit and finish of the Odyssey HM is amazing.
Ron Broughton holding the EPP version (Blue) and Me Jonathan wells holding the moulded version (white).
Ron Broughton is here witnessing the Odyssey HM for the first time, he was taken ill days after this flying session. Ron has had a rough time recently but he's doing well now.