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  1. 4 points
    Great comp Nick, thank you to you, Colin and Ian. Here is an image from round 3 where you helped me climb back out but I still came last in the round...... Launched to 201 :-(, dropped to 13m and then climbed back to 348m....... Don't care where i scored, best flight in a long time...........................
  2. 4 points
    Thank you Stu, for your very kind thoughts.... I’ve paid you well! It was a great experience racing for the first time, and I loved it! Lots to learn, but that’s the fun of it all. I had a great time getting to know all the racing guys, and the banter that goes with it. A mention to William, who along with myself, were f3f virgins,! But not anymore. He also flew very well for his first comp too. Caroline is not my wife yet! But guess who’s doing the catering, when we do Mike.
  3. 3 points
    As Near to perfect conditions as you could get today. Second launch at around 11 am saw me fly for 26.02 minutes. Using about five different thermals and frequently visited by many different birds. A lovely way to spend an hour. Guy B Madres 26:02 11 am 6th September.
  4. 3 points
    Just a few pics and reports here John (though after the start of the internet age!): 1999 http://rc-soar.com/gallery/1999/07_welshopen/index.php 2000 http://rc-soar.com/gallery/2000/welsh_open_2000/index.php 2001 http://rc-soar.com/gallery/2002/2002_welsh_open/index.php 2002 http://rc-soar.com/gallery/2002/2002_welsh_open/index.php 2003 http://rc-soar.com/gallery/2003/2003_wo_2/index.php 2004 http://rc-soar.com/gallery/2004/2004_welsh_open/index.php 2005 http://rc-soar.com/gallery/2005/wo/index.php 2006 http://rc-soar.com/gallery/2006/welsh_open/index.php 2007 http://rc-soar.com/gallery/2007/wo/index.php 2008 http://rc-soar.com/gallery/2008/wo/index.php 2009 http://rc-soar.com/gallery/2009/wo/index.php 2010 http://rc-soar.com/gallery/2010/wo/index.php 2011 http://rc-soar.com/gallery/2011/wo/index.php 2012 http://rc-soar.com/gallery/2012/wo/index.php 2013 [n/a] 2014 http://rc-soar.com/gallery/2014/welsh_open/index.php 2015 http://rc-soar.com/gallery/2015/wo/index.php 2016 http://rc-soar.com/gallery/2016/wo/index.php 2017 http://rc-soar.com/gallery/2017/wo/index.php 2018 http://rc-soar.com/gallery/2018/welshopen/index.php
  5. 3 points
    Tony's My First HiStart Kit!
  6. 3 points
    Echo the above - thank you to Stu and the crew for a splendid weekend! A bit later than planned, but here's a report, plus a link to the photos: http://rc-soar.com/gallery/2019/engopen/index.php Mike
  7. 3 points
    Cracking days racing in some interesting slightly crossed conditions. Looking forward to more of the same today. Special thanks to Midweek Mike for his slick running of the field kitchen.
  8. 2 points
    So there are some real key fundamentals to increased launch height.. 1. Do not throw the model up, as this is more an underarm throw. You need more of an over arm throw to generate power so you need to feel like you are throwing it to the horizon. 2. Make sure that your body isn’t rotating in one movement. Think of either throwing a ball or skimming a stone, the hips rotate towards the target even before the arm moves, followed by the torso and then the arms. This is called ‘LAG’ the larger the displacement of the hips opening and facing the target to the arm starting to move the more speed you generate, speed=height. 3. Increase the lag by focusing on leaving your arm back as far as you can and as long as possible before the hips face the target, then you can ‘whip’ the arm through last. Do half launch drills where you do not spin but keep the feet in the launching position and then move the model back behind you, this way you can focus on the lag. *Be careful here as the model will be accelerating from zero you need to feel like you are pushing it away from your body otherwise you might catch your wingtip on your hip or ****. 4. RELAX! You will loose all the lag if your muscles are tight. Easy to feel this by moving your arm back as far as you can then tense up. Your arm will automatically try to come back round to be inline with your shoulders.
  9. 2 points
    One thing I noticed watching one of the comps at Buckminster is that the only thing in common with most DLG launches is the spinning around at the start bit! People are using different models, different radios, different hands, and were physically different, so the launches all varied. I guess the best were all doing something right! Do whatever works for you is what I say, all the videos/discussion in the world is no substitute for getting into a field, trying different radio setups and seeing what works for you.
  10. 2 points
    I can’t find a thread for the 25th Welsh Open here, so I thought I would start one. Since this competition is something of a landmark in British, European, and world F3F, I thought I would devote my November Slopeside column in the BMFA News to it. Among other things, I would like to see if I can put together a bit of a history of the event, using results, photos and reminiscences by surviving old stagers. I’ve only been to about a dozen Welsh Opens, so I have memory of what it was like at the start. So, if you i) have got any photos of the early days; ii) can suggest where I might find competition reports from those pre-internet days; or iii) have any anecdotes to add a bit of spice to my article, please let me know. John P.S. I can’t promise to put everything in. P.P.S. Is there going to be curry?
  11. 2 points
    Entry is now open for League 3: http://www.gbsra.co.uk/competition-entries I see Mark is busy in Spain so I thought I would share.
  12. 2 points
    Ballast - why have holey when you can have nice solid brass? 20mm dia brass rod off ebay - then enlisted the help of a local engineering company to drill & tap an M6 threaded hole in the end. So that's 1070g of solid brass ballast - and I can also get 500g of Freestyler tungsten in the wing joiner - should get it moving nicely Phil.
  13. 2 points
    Hi Neil Encquiring as to the cost of a wing set for a Pike Perfection 1600 gram version. Original circa 2016, are looking a bit tired now having been repaired a few times, but does not seem to affect the performance. Attached picture to show colour, believe they keep a record of models supplied. Managed a first yesterday, feel rejuvenated coming up to 80 now
  14. 2 points
    Ditto all the above, really enjoyable weekends racing. Good win Andy, thought I had you until my last flight, maybe next time. Interesting watching JP using his terrain following radar, putting in a charge on day 2 just piping Mark to third. until next time... Graeme.
  15. 2 points
    My thanks to yourself John for devising the 'John Treble' buzzer bas flag system, this working perfectly throughout the wknd. We will certainly be using your system at all future comps at Whitesheet, very many thanks . Earlier this year John started / posted a thread regarding / explain his system, here is the link Stu.
  16. 2 points
    Congratulations, Andy! And another big change since the last time I attended an F3F meeting - a slope kitchen! Will it be an Olympic sport next? With Lottery funding? Great job, Stu, by the sounds of it.
  17. 1 point
    Just buy a new one - its light so doesnt need to be "robust" - will still take plenty of abuse though - flies better than the old EPP one too Phil.
  18. 1 point
    I don’t think I have much, if any, more experience than you but for what it’s worth this is what I do: Launch mode is activated by the push button and overrides every other mode. It only has slight Up elevator. Only experience will tell if you need any rudder too. I hold the button down while in the spin and release it just after letting the glider go. When it has achieved full climb angle. Other modes are on a 3 position switch. Usually Zoom (penetration), Thermal and Cruise. Pre-setting Zoom before launch means that once the button is released you are in the optimum mode for the climb. Neutral elevator and slight reflex. Thermal mode can have a bit of camber and personalised slow speed settings. Cruise can be just everything neutral. I look forward to seeing everyone else’s recommendations! Tony
  19. 1 point
    Hi Nick, Having attended the first session I have nothing but praise for Colin and Graham, it was an excellent day. However, on this occasion I will be away on hols so not able to take part. That said it is a perfect opportunity for others to take part and should not be missed. Regards Garry
  20. 1 point
    Hi SteveJ Chaps my age often had a thing for Julie Andrews Regards Pete BARCS1702
  21. 1 point
    Neil, can the software export raw scores in flight groups instead of per pilot? It is useful to go though score in relation to the group you flew in.
  22. 1 point
  23. 1 point
    Towner results - congratulations to Ian. (Flight score and landing available for download as .pdfs below). Results: towner_flight_scores.pdf towner_landing_results.pdf towner2019overall.pdf
  24. 1 point
    Wow ! thank you for posting / sharing all your Welsh Open photo's Mike . Stu.
  25. 1 point
    The 2019 X9D now does D16, so any rx's on that protocol should work, No need to flash the rx unless you want it on ACCESS. That's my understanding. Obviously if you flash the RX to ACCESS then that way it ain't working with the 'older' tx's. X9 lite is ACCESS also don't forget. None of the new ACCESS tx's do D8 at all anymore. Basically from what I've seen, all the new ACCESS tx's still get you everything you had before, even Crossfire on the latest nightly builds of OpenTX, you just lose D8 now, that's all.
  26. 1 point
    Really, really sad news - tears have been shed and are being shed. I learnt many things from Tony, both flying and running F3K comps. One of the best is using different colour cards for each F3K task, makes keeping the right cards together so easy. RIP Tony B Added to say - it was an article in Q&EFI magazine written by Tony about the new discus launch gliders that got me in to DLGs before F3K was a thing. I remember thinking what a brilliant way to get a glider in the air and went and bought a Salome (fore runner of the Longshot) from Slough Models. Thank you Tony for introducing me to the most pure form of flat field gliding there is.
  27. 1 point
    I think it was on Facebook , not on here . Yep, just checked, Stefans curry list is indeed on the Welsh Open F3f Facebook page, its a few posts down so just keep scrolling, Stefans post dated 20th Feb Stu
  28. 1 point
    Anologue Hitec HS125s are ok, the digital HS5125 rather less so. Centering can be wayward to say the least. I had to recenter the Falcon's flaps for every round of the English Open. Reliability for the 5125 is not special either. The aileron sevos have been replaced with some KST 135s which went straight into the same mounts. Must have a rummage in the draw and find the other two KSTs and swap out the flap servos too.
  29. 1 point
    I think you are missing the point of this plane. It has a built in thermal. Water ballast is carried on a full size plane to increase the Lift over Drag and thus the glide angle on distance flights. Same with some types of models. So F3B for example. A Phase 5 is neither a thermal soarer or a F3B plane. Yes it is possible to fly a lightly loaded Phase 5 in light lift and I have seen very skilled pilots speck this type of plane out of sight on a slope in very light wind. However, you would have more fun with a F3F plane or similar. If you had visited the Radioglide event in May you would have seen heavily loaded F5B planes out climbing F5J planes in thermals despite having a wing loading 4 x times heavier than the F5J. Wing loading is only one factor to a planes ability to soar in lift.
  30. 1 point
    I'm also looking for a new transmitter and have looked at the Q X7S and it seems great value for money BUT you have to remove the battery to charge it - having got used to the x9D and its internal charger I'm strangely reluctant to go for this. Someone let me have a feel of the Horus X10S and although I loved the feel of it and didn't mind the weight at all, I found the sticks slightly too far inboard for my hands and I struggled to get them into the top corners (if you have a tray and 'pinch' the sticks, or have large hands, then this wouldn't be an issue). I've decided to go for the Taranis X9D plus 2019 SE edition which has the new off switch (have to hold down for 3 secs - I'm always a bit worried about bumping the old X9D off while flying, or on while packing it away), has the hall effect gimbals, the improved switches AND a 'push-button' switch on the top which I'd planned on adding to my X9D. If it didn't look quite so plasticky I'd say it was the perfect Tx for me! Good luck with your search and keep us posted when you choose. William
  31. 1 point
    Thank you for the write-up Nick. Very informative. Here is Joe Wurts lecture on Thermal Soaring in Larissa, Greece, Oct 2018 which I am very much looking forwards to watching after work tonight .
  32. 1 point
    Hi all, A British PBs table has now been created on the Great Britain Slope Racing Association (GBSRA) website under the "Contests" menu. It includes the times notified to date. http://www.gbsra.co.uk/f3f-personal-best-times I have agreed to periodically update this, so do continue to post improvements to your PB on this thread and provide your name, model, date, event, and slope. For new or occasional F3F fliers the first challenge is to beat 45s to get onto the table - give it a go! Nigel
  33. 1 point
    TORO 1m DLG All carbon with Rohacell cores, £240. I have a slight seconds version which had a 10mm delamination crease on the underside of one wing, this has been fixed and you would never know.... As a good second selling for £220.
  34. 1 point
    Well, bits of it have now!
  35. 1 point
    Just to correct some of your observations, Bob. E Soaring was the original type of event before F5j came about, as most taking part now, were then flying F3j,circa 2007. Having flown in this event from it's inception, when the height limiter came into play from 2008, I introduced Bartletts rules which have now morphed into what is now known as ELG. As you say there is only a cigarette paper between it and F5j.( the differences being (1) Relaunch allowed and (2) No height penalty, unless exceeding the limit set for the comp, then it is as for F5j 3 points per metre, in excess of mandated height. We down in the South wanted the fixed 10 minute slot, rather than the 11 minute slot, to complete a 10 minute flight. Also the 10% allowance on the max height limit, left a quite an advantage, especially as it was seldom checked from what I saw, at comps. When I gave up running Bartletts events in 2015, Pete Mitchell then introduced, the readable max height limit on the day with the 3 second penalty, plus you could re launch once if desired, but first attempt scored zero. As to restart, I think this is a sensible choice as to saving the the model, plus possible injury and damage to persons and or property, which in today's regulated environment would not go down well. Just supposing it was reversed and electric launched gliders had preempted Open F3j type models, I think the majority would prefer the ability to save the model , but get a zero score
  36. 1 point
    Hi Tom and SP I must say I'm indebted to the bog standard Mark One Radian for many, many hours of soaring fun at my local little hill in Barnet If you remove the inbuilt up elevator it's supplied with, (as per that nice Mr Naton's little vid) the Mark One is a VERY good light air/dead air soarer....assembly couldn't be quicker....just push the wings together, unlike the Mark Two with its fiddly screws, or the Pro with it's even fiddlier wing servo leads......perfick! Having said that I'd also like a standard Mark 2E as well, to replace the one I've just worn out the motor on......I call it the Blue Smoke Special........if anyone out there's got one they'd like to pass on to me...........good price for a nice clean one Regards Pete BARCS1702 (BTW here's the Mark One)
  37. 1 point
    Thank you so very much Mike for sharing / posting your excellent photo's Stu.
  38. 1 point
    Hello 45 mins late afternoon. Very weak lift. Best 3:11 Guy B MadRes 26 aug 3:11
  39. 1 point
    David P is joining us as a late entry - he will fly as Spare A. It's going to be hot and sunny - don't forget drinks, hats and sunscreen. See you there.
  40. 1 point
    Hi Greg Sorry about that, it was a copyright infringement on my part. They usually let it go with a note in the comments section on YouTube. I reckon there were 37 views in a short space of time which flagged it up. In any case, I put the video on my favonius.com website where you may be able to watch it (it may buffer) or download it from here... http://favonius.com/soaring/English%20Open/English%20Open.mp4 The Prize Giving is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWUAgalOZ_A
  41. 1 point
    What a pity, have to change the audio track I suppose.
  42. 1 point
    .... and about 3/4 of a box of PG Tips.
  43. 1 point
  44. 1 point
    The Dreamflight Ahi servo's as far as I'm aware are simply a re-badged Emax 3352. I'm surprised you are having issues with these as I have found them to be excellent and use them extensively on ailerons for my 3.8m full carbon F5J planes. After 2+ years of use, zero issues and the gear train has remained pretty much slop free. You indicate that the one that failed is used in an Ahi, which I also have (excellent little plane). The servo that failed isnt either the Rudder or Elevator by any chance is it? I had to spend a lot of time freeing up/re-routing both the pushrods on the fuselage as the resistance/stiffness was way too much. That much binding/strain on a servo will inivertably lead to failure at some point. I understand that Dreamflight were aware of this issue and would be sorting the issue out in later production runs. (I had one from the the early production runs) Dreamflight. Also I only use a 4 cell NiMh Rx pack on them. I havn't to date found anything as good as these at £7-£8 a pop. If you do break them its cheap to replace the servo outright. Colin
  45. 1 point
    And with all the extra trimmings, no problem m8! Let's do this thing...I'm going for the green also
  46. 1 point
    Great weekend's racing guys in some very challenging conditions at times. Big congratulations two the top three especially my fellow Midlander Andy for taking top spot. Big thanks to Stu and Whitesheet for making this comp happen along with the sponsorship of South Coast Sailplane. Thanks to midweek Mike supplying us all with hot drinks,bacon baps and lovely home made cake. Roll on next year.
  47. 1 point
    An excellent weekend of racing in some variable conditions. Thanks to Stu and your team for organising the event. Thanks To Peter at Southcoast Sailplanes for sponsoring the event.
  48. 1 point
    Hi Paul, I used metal geared Hyperion servos (DH16-FTD for wings and DH20-UTD for tail end). I put both rudder and elevator servos at the front and close looped the rudder and made a monster crank for the elevator. Big supported carbon pushrod drives the elevator. I would be very choosy about servos - I went for the strongest I could find in terms of torque. The switch is a Jeti MaxBec2 with two six cell 3800 NiMh packs driving a six volt output. There is no lead in mine as I chose to carry battery power. Make formers and a tray for the radio gear. I have a former at the joiner tube and 6mm ply running from that to the nose. If I did another I would probably also put a former midway down the boom. I made a composite rudder post and did a pin hinge on the rudder. No real niggles to the build in fairness. There is plenty of space the only thing is to make sure everything is strong enough for the job. The full carbon one is heavy and very fast, so there is plenty of load in flight and sometimes on landing. Make sure you put a strong sub former in at the incidence peg. I did and have not had any issues, but the wings are very solid so I think they need to stopped from having any movement. The retention of the wings is via a peg in the wings that is clamped to the leading edge anti compression bar. I did make provision to fit a ballast box. Never yet felt the need........ I have flown mine in some pretty weak conditions, and no surprise, it is not at its best. For preference I tend to wait for 12 to 15 mph plus and steeper slopes or cold front cloud streets and breezy which is ideal. The climb in thermals is way better than you'd expect - allowing a nice blend of thermal flight with monster hooning. Originally I had 35mHz in the plane. Now on 2.4 so there are whiskers exiting either side of the fuselage at the back end of the canopy. I think the enclosed photos cover the key points. Iain
  49. 1 point
    Decided to fly the Watts New in the Bartletts event on Sunday flew well despite my best efforts to foul it up, by making C--- decision at crucial times. Still 5th against the Supra's, Explorers and Shadows was very pleasing with a home built model. 1 Wainwright, Paul Open 4992.2 2 Smith, Simon Open 4990.6 3 Fisher, Keith Open 4979.7 4 Mitchell, Peter Open 4946 5 Austin, Brian Open 4927.7
  50. 0 points
    CL planes are even less likely to be a problem. But, they're included in DRES and any over 250gm have to be flown by a registered 'operator' and 'flyer'. Make sense of that if you can.
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