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  2. Hi All, Just a quick post from myself this evening to give my thanks, & those on behalf of South Coast Sailplanes owner Peter Payne, to everyone who came along to the South Coast Sailplanes 'Showcase day' today, it was a 'cracking' day. The flying conditions we had today were those of Whitesheet at its very best The day starting with a 15 mph SW, this built steadily to a very buoyant smooth & thermally 35 mph SW. The day being dry throughout. I'l be posting lots of info & pics about the day tomorrow (Monday ). Stu, Whitesheet RFC Comp Sec.
  3. Phil.Taylor

    Hanging a moulded glider on the wall

    Good luck - photos please when its "hung" I've got the artwork (see avatar - Mondrian scheme Fletcher) - but SWMBO would go ballistic at the thought of that on the wall My away-from-home living space did have an Ahi propped up on a bookcase for a while to cheer the place up Phil.
  4. Redbird

    Hanging a moulded glider on the wall

    I have always just dropped the nose through a loop of string hanging down from a single nail or screw. Easy to take down for use and to replace but can wobble about in draughts.
  5. Eamon

    WANTED - V-Tail for Nan Xplorer

    Will do. Thanks.
  6. Gary B

    WANTED - V-Tail for Nan Xplorer

    No worries, maybe tomorrow, just come off shift. Remind me if I forget!
  7. Eamon

    WANTED - V-Tail for Nan Xplorer

    Cheers Gary. That would be great. Need the dimensions on the width if possible. I have a shadow v tail, but the tail fins on the shadow are wider. regards Eamon
  8. Gary B

    WANTED - V-Tail for Nan Xplorer

    Hi Eamon, It's worth trying Austin, he'll probably read this anyway. I have a 3.5 M F3J Xplorer V-tail, I can take photos or measure the tails if it helps. Cheers Gary
  9. Mike Connell

    COMP IS ON Tonbridge BMFA F5J Comp Sunday 16.6.19

    Some images from todays weather affected competition.
  10. Who would be a CD ? Very very difficult decisions this weekend . A fantastic entry off 32 We decided to go ahead with the Competition after talking to various entrants on the Saturday . We knew it would be windy but expected the light rain to pass through by 11am . unfortunately the rain was quite heavy at times and continued on and off throughout the morning . I took the decision to stop the contest with the help off the majority off competitors . I apologise to those that had travelled long distances ,but a few gallons off fuel wasted is better than replacing an expensive model . Our next F5J completion at Leigh Park Farm ,Tonbridge . Will be on Sunday 22nd September all competitors who paid for their entry today will receive a free entry to this competition. We will just need confirmation off entry later in the year . Thank you all for turning up today Cheers Graham
  11. Marc Sinclair

    New EMC Vega Bungee 15mtr

    What this community/RC family is all about. Nice one Stormeflyer.
  12. Colon, Graham, thanks for everything today. Shame the weather let us down, but thanks for all your efforts. Excellent as ever. Regard Eamon
  13. Peter

    Interglide F5J 2019

    There have been a couple of late withdrawals which have created spaces which cannot be taken up by our overseas friends because they cannot make travel arrangements so if anyone wants a short notice entry then post below or E mail me: lammacot@hotmail.com
  14. Thanks to all who made for a "cracking" day at the South Coast Sailplanes Showcase day. Great lift, gliders, company and cake!
  15. Wixy has kindly donated an F3J Xplorer fuse to me, which has a v tail configuration. Unfortunately he has not got the V-Tail fins themselves. He has given me a stab set, which I can adapt, but if there is anyone out there with the fins spare..... Can anyone let me know if they have these? Happy to pay a reasonable price. Thank you in advance.
  16. Yes. I fly there relatively regularly. Good slope, needs a W with a bit of southerly in it to fly it at it’s best. Huge soft landing area although there is a row of fence posts you have to watch. The main thing is to land on an opposite circuit to the road.
  17. Marc Sinclair

    Hanging a moulded glider on the wall

    Found this if helps Munch:
  18. Mark Evans

    CANCELLED!!!!Malvern Saturday 15th June.

    Latest news is access under the bridge is not far off a meter under water now. Good job I never attempted to get through haha
  19. Marc Sinclair

    Vendor discscounts for BARCS members suggestion

    Hi Pete It seems like these old modellers/monsters have blood on hands....I think they should repent for there sins in some way...Or maybe they need some form of BARCS counselling? Personally I don't know how our older generation of flyers could live with themselves after admitting what they did when they where young... I really don't want to hear any more details about it as it makes me emotional and very angry....;) Some of the best advice I have been given has been right here; especially from some of the older guilty as sin money pinching self-generation, like your good self ... And to rub in/ digging the knife in front back and sides, through a PC/mobile phone! Outrageous! I am 56 years of age, so no spring chicken, and have been out of the RC game for quite some time until recently. My first impressions was how much this hobby/sport has moved on! The amount of information/videos, forums, amazing kits production methods etc, it's incredible! I'm loving every part of it! To give you an example, after buying my first digital RC set I was overwhelmed with all the options/learning curves etc. I came here at BARCS, joined straight away and the good ladies and gentlemen on this forum have helped me so much in getting me on the right track. Much quicker and usually more effective than waiting for my local model shop to open to try and get advice from the old codger that works there (sounds cruel I know...). Whilst I appreciate the awful demise of our models shops and the sadness it can bring, we need to get real and try and keep up with our so called "progress" instead of lamenting on better days of old , coulda shoulda type scenarios... Or perhaps vendors could put prices up and open shops subsidised by the guilty RC generation so that at least we stand a chance of having a cuppa whilst chatting about the virtues of solarfilm … Unfortunately there is NO TEA on the internet! I think we/I might be going a bit off-topic (in a nice interesting way). It is good to hear the views from our vendors regarding getting some form of deal as members, but now I fear that I might be responsible for another shop closing down. Question: how many members do we and the BMFA have at the moment?
  20. Stormeflyer

    New EMC Vega Bungee 15mtr

    Someone selling on BMFA
  21. pete beadle

    Vendor discscounts for BARCS members suggestion

    Hi Marc You make EXACTLY the same points/arguments so many modelers I know, or have known, have made Trouble is, they're now getting older and (possibly) wiser and now are admitting that "what they did when they were younger" was and now is, in hindsight, a short term gain that HASN'T developed into a good long term way of doing business. They are now seeing the long-term effect of their short-term decision is NOT what they wanted, and so they are now admitting that they were wrong, and ARE missing the personal service they used to get. I thought I'd try Amazon to buy some bits and bobs I needed the other day, the delivery charge they made was exactly the price of the bits and bobs I wanted. Roll on the dubious pleasures of delivery by drone! Model flying is a hobby, and today, most service businesses agree they live or die on the service they give, trouble is, the service(s) that modelers want now were supplied by people who decided to take the other option......sad isn't it? Regards Pete BARCS1702
  22. Marc Sinclair

    Dear Diary

    You are a lucky man to have such a wife Brett! Great present! Nice one
  23. Marc Sinclair

    Vendor discscounts for BARCS members suggestion

    I get your point Pete but for people to say it's the fault of tight modellers because they want to get the best deal possible is a bit much no? Times have changed and business practices haver changed (for good or bad), adapt or die or try and do something about it I guess is the only options we have left. The past is gone, the future can be bright (Mystic Meg said that). Personally I look at it this way: I go into a hobby shop for a battery and the kind store owner wants a tenner for it, I can get it delivered to my door for £8, which one am I going to choose? Am I being penny pinching? So what if I am? Do I share part of the responsibility of off-line business going bust because I choose to save some money in my hobby and buy from a cheaper medium/get a better deal? Of course if I where flush I would pay the extra few quid and not bat an eyelid if it meant helping the cause. But we must remember people who start business generally are in it to make money/survive/follow their passions, they unfortunately have to adapt or die....sounds cruel but lets not beat around the bush. Of course I miss my local model shop, a place where you could go and chat/touch feel see all the products, get personal advice and help (even a cup of tea if you was lucky)...Like being in a kids Aladdin's cave... In my experience from the past it was the insane rent hikes that landlords place which eats up profits at a high rate of knots. If people are so concerned about there hobby and want to contribute in some small way to it, joining BARCS and BMFA would be one way of going about it I would have thought. Regards Marc
  24. pete beadle

    Vendor discscounts for BARCS members suggestion

    Hi all Well said f3fman and Mikeb52 It was absolutely obvious to anyone investigating the demise of model shops, that it was we, the fickle customers, that killed the goose that laid the golden egg All too often, when I spoke to local model shops, I was referred to the fact that their customers were coming into their local shops to check out what they said they wanted to buy, and then going away and buying the items at cheaper prices from online dealers. This method was regularly defended by members of my local flying clubs who were obviously sales and marketing "experts" by telling the local model shop owners that it wasn't their fault, but rather the shop owners, because they refused to have an online presence. The simple fact that local model shop owners were usually one-man businesses and often simply didn't have the staff to man their online side, was simply ignored. In fact, one model shop manager, local to me, confided that he HATED model flyers buying practices, and was seriously considering moving away from stocking model aircraft, and replacing his stock with model boat and trains, simply because most model flyers seemed to try their luck with what they said they wanted to buy. laid out all over the model shop's counter, and asking there and then "what discount were they going to get". They seemed to think this was clever purchasing! No, all too often the phrase "He knows the price of everything and the value of nothing" was left hanging in the air as yet another potential customer said "Forget it, I'll get it from HobbyKing!.......you can substitute other names for HK, but that seemed to be the most used alternative Ah well, it's done now, we've made our beds now we're stuck with it........ Regards Pete BARCS1702
  25. Marc Sinclair

    Vendor discscounts for BARCS members suggestion

    Thank you for most insightful post Neil. Much appreciated. Also thank you for suggesting there might be the possibility of a "Special BARCS price list". Sounds like a good plan and gives me faith that some vendors are really human beings with feelings . I do and always will support my Silent Flight vendors 100% and appreciate that you might be working on tiny mark ups on certain products. Seems like we got to start ramping up memberships :). Can people who are not members here, and whom seem to contribute a lot, consider joining as every membership helps (not only for any potential BARCS/BMFA discount scheme, but the hobby/sport in general)) Thanks to all the vendors for being upfront/highlighting the realities of this discount proposal. Regards Marc PS Another couple of ideas for the pot: Offer BARCS/BMFA membership deals if you spend over a certain amount/register with vendor. A BARCS/BMFA "coupon day" (like in the film Jurassic Park ). PPS Why haven't you vendors got a BARCS icons under you names? Perhaps BARCS could throw in a free Membership for our vendors if they need?
  26. Brett82

    Dear Diary

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