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  2. jwest532

    Wales Winter League 2019/20

    Hi guys I've had enough responses to suggest we won't have enough people to run the comp even if the weather does plays ball, so I'm going to call the comp OFF. Lets save our energy for the Wooly B Sorry Joel
  3. Andy_B

    Midland Winter League F3F 2019/20

    we wont start without you Keith
  4. isoaritfirst

    Midland Winter League F3F 2019/20

    You will be fine Keith. Keep you speed down. Can’t have you going fast again
  5. BigT

    Drone & Model Aircraft Code

    #metoo
  6. Jef Ott

    Valentamodel Thermik Excel 3.5M

    I had one of these, it had been converted to electric by the time I got mine, and it weighed about 3.5kg IIRC. It had very similar breaks in the gel coat on the winglets. It was an outstanding aeroplane to fly. The manufacturer's description "It has very good flight charakteristics, and excels in wide gliding range, and it is easy to be centred in thermics. " is exactly what I found. I also found that the model would always find lift and used it with amazing efficiency (a product of the wide speed range). When the model was at the far edge of my comfort zone downwind, having followed the good air for some time, it would simply make its way back to the field without any dramas. The huge flaps (crow) made landing a pleasure too.
  7. jwest532

    Wales Winter League 2019/20

    Hi guys It's another difficult call Most forecasts have significant SW winds showing (some over the limit) and rain due in the afternoon. The issue as always with this wind direction is clag, The mountain forecast says: CHANCE OF CLOUD-FREE MOUNTAIN/HILL TOPS AT 600M 20% at first, with hills above 600m obscured by occasional cloud especially during showers, increasing to 60% during the morning, but falling again to 20% by mid-afternoon. I'm happy to give it a go, my concern is with only 6 pilots down to fly we only need a couple of no shows and we are sunk. Can I therefore ask those that have put their names down to message me on the forum to confirm or not their attendance. I can then make an informed decision. Many thanks Joel
  8. Keith_W

    Midland Winter League F3F 2019/20

    The Event Details say 9:30
  9. Redbird

    Wales Winter League 2019/20

    I'll come along if its on - and I still have flyable gliders after the Mynd tomorrow.
  10. Witch_1

    Midland Winter League F3F 2019/20

    Just added my name to the list as I can't do Wales on Sunday
  11. Munch197

    Midland Winter League F3F 2019/20

    Looking a fast day. Wish I could attend, hope you have a good comp.
  12. Yes 9 at Pole Cott
  13. Brett82

    Midland Winter League F3F 2019/20

    Bring your ballast boys. Andy is it 9am at Pole Cott?
  14. thermaldoctor

    CCM Toy now in UK

    Had a delivery from CCM on tuesday with the new Toy 2m models in. Unfortunately we had to limit the new Toy production as it was holding up the the pre-ordered Optimus Sport models so we were short of the ordered amount of Toy 2m's Unfortunately it means some have gone without sorry as there was a waiting list but we do have more on order for delivery first quarter of next year. But this is an absolutely stunning model with quality and attention to detail i have not seen bettered. You can tell this is a product from one of the best quality manufacturers straight away. Fit and finish is perfect. I can hold the introductory price of £550 for the next batch (carbon versions are £650) and there will be a few models left over for stock.
  15. Andy_B

    Midland Winter League F3F 2019/20

    Tomorrows comp is ON see you in the morning
  16. Hi Dave I was just about to ask if you're the daveh on the esoaring forum. I too often find myself in a class of 1 with my 2m models - my challenge is to do as well as I can against the 'big boys' - and just have fun. The late Russell Mexome of the Ipswich Model club developed a very good club glider competition format. Requirements Any electric glider is allowed. Ideally everyone has a height/motor run limiter - if not a max motor time can be suggested depending on climb rate. A timing system is required with a speaker, a player (iPod or similar (mobile phone?)) and a 10 minute timing file (I can supply one). A matrix - see image below - to enter scores and total up. Start with as many rounds as there are pilots. Want to do more rounds - do it twice. Running the competition In Round 1, Tom doesn't fly, he is the CD (contest director ) Tom ensures everyone is ready to launch and starts the timer - timer file has a countdown to the launch, announces slot time every minute and countdowns to the end of the slot. Pilots launch - up to the individual if they launch at the start or wait a few seconds for the other models to get clear - all models to be launched by 15 seconds from the start. Tom is watching Tom notes who lands first and gives them a score - 6 in the case of 7 pilots. Tom notes who lands second and gives them 5 - and so on until everyone is down. Last one down gets 1. Landing should be within an agreed distance from the flight line - too far a way gets a penalty, 8 perhaps? Land after the end of the slot? Penalty points perhaps? There's no hard and fast rules here, make them up before the start so everyone knows the penalties for late and distant landings. Now for round 2. Dick is now CD and does what Tom did for R1 - and so on until everyone has flown 6 times. Total up the scores, lowest score 'wins'.
  17. Nothing at all in my locality, my two clubs and all nearby that i know of don't "do" thermal, which makes practice a lonely affair (lone violin plays in the distance). In keeping with most modellers these days, there's very few who are interested in any kind of comp. For a couple of years, I have entered the Esoaring and F5J comps held at Wetlands with my 2m models, often being the only 2M entrant. I enjoyed the learning experience (still ongoing..) and for next season I have an old, skinned balsa, 4m ship and am preparing a used "mouldie" (moldie?) sold to me by another competitor, so I have some league comps to go to where I can fly 2M or open. 4M flying demands quite a bit more prep than 2M flying, which can be only an hour's session on a nice evening. I also have a few 2m kits (one RES) to build, so would like to continue to use them. I have made some efforts to get comps running within my local club, and there is some interest, but a simple, cheap format might help tempt them too.
  18. oipigface

    Valentamodel Thermik Excel 3.5M

    Excellent big floaty soarer!
  19. pete beadle

    Restricted class thermal comps/meetings?

    Hi DaveH Why not have a look around your local clubs? I'm assuming the club you belong to isn't glider orientated? Have a word with the BMFA and see if there are any dedicated glider clubs in your area The ISA Foamie Comp started almost as a "one-make" competition, based on the standard "Radian" and grew to include other electric gliders but it was always based on the fact that the recommended "standard" 'plane WASN'T expensive.......it'd soon repay the difference in petrol for visiting clubs out of your area Best of luck Pete BARCS1702
  20. Sounds like just the thing! Perhaps a bit too far for regular travel for me, from the NW. Dave.
  21. Ron Wylie

    Valentamodel Thermik Excel 3.5M

    Brilliant, never saw that. Nose cone now removed and confirm there is a flight pack in there. Thanks very much !
  22. oipigface

    Valentamodel Thermik Excel 3.5M

    If I remember rightly there’s an Allen-head bolt in the tip of the nose.
  23. Ron Wylie

    Valentamodel Thermik Excel 3.5M

    Any easy questions ? LOL . The wing tips (pair) weigh 720g, the main wing centre section 1335g and the fuselage with servos and tailplane, RX and possibly flight battery 1150g (have not removed the nose cone as not sure of exactly how to do that !). All servos fitted in the wing. Total approx 3.2Kg Hope that helps?
  24. oipigface

    Woollyback?

    The comp will be run on one day only. What you do with the rest of the weekend is up to you. If the weather looks good for flying on both days, I shall probably be staying over myself.
  25. Mikeb52

    Woollyback?

    Is this going to be a boy’s weekend, with flyers staying over to fly both days? Mike.
  26. JohnM

    Valentamodel Thermik Excel 3.5M

    What does this weigh Ron??
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