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  2. 8 points
    Few pics from Sunday and a short vid.
  3. 7 points
    Evening all, Sadly it didn't work out as a comp, but it was still fun. Some (belated) pics here: https://rc-soar.smugmug.com/F3F/2019/BMFA-League-1-Long-Mynd/ Thanks to Mike and Andy for organising.
  4. 6 points
    Having lost the first league competition, we will try again at the Long Mynd on the reserve date of Sunday June 9th. Entry for the competition will open on 29th May.
  5. 6 points
    Well what a pleasant way to spend a weekend To be honest its been a while since I've visited the Old Man, sorry Longman and it was good to see John P and get out with the Massive again and have a real laugh. Flying on the Saturday was really quite interesting as the conditions on the whole were quite stable except for the two rain showers we had. You could see them coming from miles away and as they came closer the wind tripled in speed and the times tumbled. It was great to watch and really interesting from a meteorological perspective however, I couldn't help but feel sorry for those who didn't benefit. Sunday had us on a fantastic small cliff site just at the end of Eastbourne sea front and once the wind came on we had 3 fantastic smooth sea air rounds. Unfortunately the wind then started to swing. Now normally I'll fly in anything however, with the prospect of having to make the decision to either ditch in the sea or crash land on rocks at the base of the cliff I agreed with John when he called a stop to proceeding. We did though have a lovely afternoon sports flying Anyway thanks to everyone that made the effort to come, John P for organizing us Peter B for his CDing and Mark T for everything he does in the back ground to keep things running. Cheers Joel
  6. 6 points
    The podium... Fastest time of the day
  7. 6 points
    6 rounds flown today in reasonable conditions with only two showers i think David needs a bigger umbrella G
  8. 6 points
    Now is not the time to be arguing about what a drone is or isn't or who is getting taxed or not. Registration of some sort is coming, fact. The argument over how useful it will be to the CAA to have an extensive list of who hasn't caused the next drone/airport fiasco is not relevant. The only important thing is that we all get behind the BMFA to help them get a sensible agreement that will protect the future of the hobby we all enjoy. Our strength, such as it is, is in sticking together as aeromodellers. All of us, together.
  9. 5 points
    Thank to all that came to the F3F nats it was not looking that good Friday but the weather was on our side just, great couple off days with you all plus I got lucky with the conditions. The slopes we used are two off our best in my eyes, one very picturesque over the top of The Longman him self and the sea cliff is just a dream with the conditions we had, easy in some ways but still demanding to fly well. i can not remember anyone having a bad flights,(the odd cut) which is a good to see the level of the UK F3F community has risen too. Thanks to Mark and Uncle Pete for there hard work, and you all for helping. JT’s card system worked ok Saturday and I think is a good idea but it was hard to see on Sunday in the long grass, I’m sure he will have sorted that next time see you all soon cheers jp
  10. 5 points
    All those of you who, like me, struggle to make progress in their chosen discipline, will want to applaud the success of David Gilbert. After 18 years as a professional snooker player with little to show for it, he will appear later today in the semis of the World Championship. His pay check will be in 6 figures. An inspiration.
  11. 5 points
    The weather gods have been having fun all week and it does seem still to be a slightly tricky forecast. It is generally dry, with some sunshine and a decent wind strength of around 15mph, although weather sites do vary. The direction also varies across various sites and generally is not ideal, at NW. I am calling the comp on, and if current predictions are correct then we will need to be organised on Sunday morning as the wind shift gets worse as the day draws on. So please arrive punctually at 9.00 or before and be ready for an early start.
  12. 4 points
    Thanks Pete. Turns out it wasn't really Stefan's fault, it was mine No better than 4th in any round for me... I used up all my luck at the Nationals..... .... in 2008
  13. 4 points
  14. 4 points
    It's either got a means of propulsion or it hasn't. Well done for being so clever. I'm talking about something under continuous pilot control within line of sight. I.e within current regs. Maybe you need to calm it down a bit when someone has an idea that's might be slightly different than what you think. No one thinks any of this is good. Re fastest models. What's that got to do with anything. No one cares about what a few americans are doing up a hill. The regs are there because of public perception of drones. E.g gatwick. Whether you like it or not. Different rules already exist for different types of models e.g over 7kg. Emg gliders and failsafes. It hasn't resulted in the break up of the bmfa and the end of western civilization as we know it. Are you going to campaign to get under 250g included as well.
  15. 4 points
    The land owners have been contacted and initial talks have been favourable, the estate has been clear that flying at Rame Head is not going to be possible but they own 14 miles of coastline and think they can accommodate flyers. A meeting has been arranged and hopefully a positive outcome will be achieved. The fact that the modellers complied with the request not to fly and did not argue has gone in our favour. So please if you are visiting Cornwall in the next few weeks stick to the no fly at Rame Head and do not rock the boat. Roger.
  16. 3 points
    PROGLIDE BF For anyone thats interested here are a few pics and some brief details of the latest version of the Proglide that Kevin Beale and I (Colin Paddon) have been developing/building over the past 3-4years. We try to do something slightly different with each new Proglide we build in order to learn from it and so it is with my latest one. This is my 3.8m windy weather BIG FLAP (BF) version that is built with a strong layup/spar and our new slimmed down fuselage pod and boom. I've used a lot of 3D printed parts in this one. I was hoping for a finished RTF weight of around 1500-1600g with provision for 500g of ballast. That idea went out the window when the RTF weight including the 1000mah 4 Cell Lipo came in at 1325g RTF. Im not really sure why its so light after all the additional strengthening I put into it but it is. I think we're just getting a little better on the lay-up's with each one we build. Found out late in the day that with our new fuse pod I could only get a single ballast tube into the fuse so at the moment I'm limited to adding 350g of ballast. Need to look at this again some time. There may be a way to increase this. Everywhere we looked for info on the Synergy section that we now use (which has proven itself to be a stellar performer in a wide range of conditions), indicated that a big flap version shouldnt really work but I fancied giving it a go. It's the kind of thing you can do when a complete wing only costs you £170 in materials. Its the large amount of manhours to build a plane like this that is the real hidden cost. If it doesnt work though, just build a different one! So how does it perform. Well its early days but so far I'm extremly pleased with its performance. It placed first in its debut competition having only had one test flight before hand. The BIG FLAPS definately seem to add another dimension to its performance particulary when scratching in light lift. I wont know what its like in wind until we go to a windy comp. So sometime soon no doubt! One slight issue is that I now know for sure that if you go with big flaps you'd better have a big elevator to compensate for it when using crow. Its not a major issue but do I need to re-design the tailplane to help with this. So what next? Im seeing an awful lot of Eurotour F5J pilots flying big V Tails on their planes so I'll probably try that which as I have removable booms on all my Proglides shouldnt be a major job. Colin
  17. 3 points
    New slope for me this evening - Cherhill White Horse - near Calne Wilts - doesnt look much from the main road - A4 - but after a stiff 15 min steep hike up - its a lovely spot! - series of steep bowls from NW through N to NE. Excellent pub nearby too Phil.
  18. 3 points
    Results spreadsheet here BMFA Nats 2019.xls
  19. 3 points
    Looks like a great weekend, forecasts never looked too promising - it just goes to show what Ive always thought about the UK weather. Never let it get in the way of what you want to do. Well done John, On a roll!
  20. 3 points
    Another 3 rounds today... final results after a total of 9: 1 John Phillips 1000.0 2 Stefan Bertschi 983.88 3 Joel West 980.41 4 Mark Treble 962.83 5 David Woods 958.69 6 Peter Gunning 930.17 7 Jason Bioletti 898.64 8 Graeme Mahoney 891.87 9 Tony Livingstone 866.43 10 Nigel Witchalls 822.35 11 Bruce Hudson 819.84 12 John Treble 812.45 13 Peter Burgess 547.4 14 Tony Robertson 0.0 15 Mike Shellim 0.0 16 Maria Freeman 0.0 17 Mark Redsell 0.0 18 Greg Lewis 0.0 Fastest time: 37.8 by Stefan Bertschi in round 6 well done John, Stefan and Joel!
  21. 3 points
    The FAI World Cup Medal arrived today courtesy of Friedmar Richter the World Cup coordinator.
  22. 3 points
    At least , when you are stood on top of a hill , you will see the police coming . Like that is going to happen ?!
  23. 3 points
    You will also see some F5B models on the Saturday, that could be interesting. Slightly smaller gliders than the F5J but with a bit more power on the climbs.
  24. 3 points
    I'm of to France soon and have just tried to complete their training and test procedure, and also to registered my models. The training involves watching many small videos and answering a few questions. Nothing too onerous but it does take some time. Once you have passed the test then you get a certificate, (which you must carry with you when flying) and once you have registered your models you get a unique number for each, which you have to daub onto your models. But no charge! Having completed the training, I now know I shouldn't fly my drone around airports or look at neighbours in their swimming cossies., or if I have a weak GPS signal ( for return to home) . I should land if anything else whats to fly. I can't fly in urban areas or parks or nature reserves, I cant use goggles unless someone else is also flying my model with me and they aren't. I can't fly out of sight. As a Slope soarer I did find one bit that is relevant to me with a glider with no camera on board, I shouldn't fly if its windy! Still better than the UK though,. PS Having completed all the training the web site wouldnt let me do the test. The site crashed. It looks like I need to do it all again, another hour plus wasted, then hope the test site will open - or its do it again...
  25. 3 points
  26. 3 points
    Enjoyed our away day last night/today Thanks to the Midlands massive for trying, tantalisingly close with 3 rounds completed. Worth a go. Any chance we could see the results just for info. ?
  27. 3 points
    Knapp Hill, Alton Barnes - fresh Southerly wind - T-Master - lovely ! Phil.
  28. 3 points
    This just in from Manny - sent at 2255 Good evening Mike Firstly, thank you and well done on another very successful F3K event at the National Centre, the feedback has been very positive, hopefully we can get a repeat in the diary for next year (including the weather). Thank you for your Email pointing me to the posting on the BARCS Forum. Whilst I usually avoid posting on forums (there just aren’t enough hours in the day) sometimes a response is appropriate, would you be kind enough to post this in its entirety on my behalf as I am not a registered member? One of the problems with forum posts is that once they are out they are out, whether accurate or not they are in the public domain, that is in no way a criticism of Tony’s post however there are a few points that deserve clarification. I am pleased that Tony regards the Centre as a success and the general feedback we receive very much supports this view. Season tickets are always sold on the basis that they are predominantly a midweek ticket with access to some bonus weekends and also access to relevant events. The price has been pitched to reflect this and we are aware that for most of our season ticket holders it is a second or third flying facility, we would not want to “lure” members away from their home club, the price of £70.00 means that it they don’t have to visit many times to make it financially attractive compared to the day ticket price of £8.00 per day. Also the feedback from a significant proportion of season ticket holders (there are currently 80 in total) is that they purchase a ticket as a show of support for the project rather than because they are regular flyers, it has to be said that overall use of the site is still very light during the week, the other big benefit that season tickets report enjoying is exposure to the large range of disciplines that we accommodate at the Centre during the course of the year. Each year (and remember it is still early days) we try to plan a calendar that provides a broad spread of activity that will appeal to as many flyers and visitors as possible, a proportion of these events are open events such as the SAM 35 galas (which now include the very successful swapmeets) where we have radio, control line and free flight all taking place at the same time, also the events run by the Achievement Scheme Committee are open to all and there a are also sport fly events such as the Midland Area Fly-in which are open to all, there is also plenty of opportunity for day ticket flyers to turn up and fly mid-week and any club can book an away-day, on this basis I would strongly argue that the Centre is open to all and in not in any way “selective”, it is also worth noting that camping at BMFA Buckminster is becoming popular and more flyers are taking short model flying holidays at the National Centre in addition to those who camp for events and competitions. Where possible we do run activities and events concurrently, a good example is Control Line events that fit very well with the R/C flying due to the location of the circles (we recently hosted the Freestyle Master which brought 31 of the UK’s best fixed wing free style flyers to the Centre and on the same weekend we hosted a control line combat comp with over 30 entries) however some disciplines are not compatible and require exclusive use of the site (the F3K and BARCS eventsbeing good examples) the recent bank holiday weekend was designated as a quiet weekend so the Sat/Sun worked well for F3K whilst the Friday and Monday were set aside for season ticket holders electric/quiet flight only. In terms of the finances, the use of the National Centre doesn’t provide “a stream of cash to the BMFA” the income generated from season tickets, day tickets and event bookingscover the cost of running and administering the site, after the rent, rates, electric, diesel, water, wages, machine maintenance etc etc (it’s a very long list of expenditure) are paid, any surplus will go into further developing the facilities for the benefit of those who use the Centre, it is a tight but transparent budget (it’s published with the BMFA paperwork prior to the AGM) I hope this has picked up the main concerns expressed in Tony’s posting. Additionally I note Phil’s comment in the thread, it is of course down to personal viewpoint and perspective but we regularly receive visitors from each end of the country for the various events, some flyers happily travel long distances to compete or attend events for their particular area of interest but I appreciate it isn’t for everyone, at present we are certainly receiving strong support and not just from local flyers, two of our season ticket holders live in Glasgow, one in Plymouth and another in North Wales, certainly not just for the locals. Mike, thank you for your post in the same thread, points well made. With kind regards Manny W
  29. 2 points
    Have a chat with Mike Ridley at Model Radio Workshop, he is the go-to man for servicing all makes and will let you know how much £ before he starts a job. https://modelradioworkshop.co.uk/contact-details John M
  30. 2 points
    Thanks Tony and all involved for another cracking weekend. Really enjoy the 2 day format. The excellent BBQ after a soggy Saturday was very much appreciated, as to was Neil's awesome fire. Big thanks to those who helped fix my momentary switch and keep me flying on Saturday!
  31. 2 points
    A few images from yesterday Sundays event. The Stork motor cut because of a loose connection between the logger and power supply. Fortunately on this model I have UBEC which enabled me to miss the trees and parked cars. I have damage to the center panel which I will address today. In future connector clips will be applied on all models.
  32. 2 points
    https://consultations.caa.co.uk/finance/drone-registration/ £16.50 / operator Steve
  33. 2 points
    Did anybody watch the football last night? I was behind the sofa for the last ten minutes! What a night.
  34. 2 points
    Well I guess that finishes off that discussion once and for all. The distinction is not hugely relevant. Get behind the BMFA, integrate the quad-copter and the hexacopter flyers if that gives us a bigger voice. What ever it takes to protect the hobby/sport from unnecessary and/or draconian regulations that make it difficult to attract newcomers and keep existing people active. Today's quad-copter flying youngsters might be the next generation of "proper" aeromodellers.
  35. 2 points
    Ulrich - thank you so much for your hospitality and and help during the weekend. I appreciate how much effort you all put into organising such a brilliant event. Well done! To echo Mike and Neil's comments from last year, if your looking to enter a much bigger event than UK flyers are used to. And to compete against some of the top pilots in Europe then the Vest Pokal comes highly recommended. You will learn a huge amount from such an event. The conditions were incredibly varied, we pretty much had everything. Hail/sleet, thunder, rain, sun, cloud, booming lift, dead air, tent flattening wind. Even had ice Sunday morning. The standard of flying was very humbling. I flew OK on the Saturday with a few crucial mistakes, but the Sunday I was totally outclassed. The lift was marginal and I couldn't do anything with it. I think being an official timer in the fly off was more stressful than actually flying
  36. 2 points
    Can't distinguish between flown or programmed... Are they even trying?
  37. 2 points
    I must have looked like trouble
  38. 2 points
    Plod came up twice then ?lol
  39. 2 points
    Well said AbboF3F Colleagues in the ISA are giving up using old age as the excuse, but, once quizzed about it, they ARE admitting it's these new regulations that are the final straw, and the real reason for giving their up For me, the final straw will probably be when the BMFA finally admits they were unable to get an exemption from these regs for model glider flyers I think the decision/big mistake to welcome drone flyers into the BMFA, will be the real straw that breaks the camel's back, however When I look back at the dozens of pages on this forum where our leaders, and most others who post here, I have to say I'm impressed by their reasonable attitude, cogent reasons for "doing the right thing", erudite raising of arguments and the general air of all-round reasonableness of their argument(s) These days, I'm afraid, this approach just doesn't work any more, as the Global Warming protesters showed with their civil disobedience in central London, no-one really cares until somebody dies.........and sometimes not even then This is my preferred hobby, and it has been so for most of my life, but I'm NOT prepared to do what I think I'll need/have to do, to get these regulations changed to exempt my toy aeroplanes, as some chap once said "Sorry, but I'm not prepared to die in a ditch over this one" and yes, I personally think this IS the last straw for me. as well as for many others........I'm tired and I just want to go home and stop all this fuss........ Regretfully Pete BARCS1702
  40. 2 points
    May be a stupid question , Over the years of flying i have done in many different locations ,in and out of europe ...i have come across pilots who have never been in the bmfa or any governing body of aero-modelling and who probably never will be ....they just go and fly, whether it be quads ,gliders or powered ...some i know fly large scale stuff from private farms ,runways etc ...don,t know about insurance ....we do seem to be having the finger pointed at us for doing things the right way ....why is this?When will they realize that "WE" go about things as safely as possible and stick to the rules laid down by the bmfa ....i for 1 would,t dream of flying any of my models near an airport unless of course like the NATS the runway was purposely closed .... to be honest i fly models to "get away from masses " and go hang out with like minded people ,usually up a large hill miles from anywhere ...If it gets to the point where owning a model plane becomes like owning a shotgun or rifle ...it,s laughable i will jack in !
  41. 2 points
    There is a new roundabout being put in at the Great Bromley junction so there's a diversion to the next (Little Bentley) junction, just follow the diversion signs. I'll put some signs up, not sure I'll risk life and limb to put one out on the main road though. Below are a couple of maps, one showing the position we set up on the field for the new comers. We always drive on the obvious tracks or the edges of the field.
  42. 2 points
    Once the registration is live and operational, which it will like in the US and the rest of Europe, i expect the liability insurance we currently enjoy will require you to be registered, also the participation in BMFA clubs, competitions and shows, so for most of us it will be unavoidable. The cost and the 18+ ruling we may be able to overturn.
  43. 2 points
    My local news programme last night did an interesting feature on a system called WHAT3WORDS. Every 3m x 3m location in the UK can be defined by three words using an app on your mobile phone. You can then use these three words if you need to call 999 to give them your precise location. I think this could be particularly useful for slope or other fliers who may well be away from any known location. More information here and I've already downloaded mine. https://what3words.com/
  44. 2 points
    Running out of jobs so I looked at making new fuselage formers to support a servo tray. I have a profile gauge which gives an approximate guide to the shapes needed, transferred onto card and tweaked here and there to get a good fit. Transferred the card shapes on to 3 mm ply and they fitted very well, the servo tray is too wide to fit easily so I split it into two halves. I can see that I will probably have to lower the height of the formers but it's a good start. Not sure what will happen at the front, possibly two ply sides and another former to create a battery box. The battery in the photo is a 4S 3,300 mAh used for a ducted fan jet, might be too big. Nothing will be glued in/finalised until I have a new motor and ESC, the plan is to get the CG in the correct range without adding any noseweight (or tail weight!) .
  45. 2 points
    Thanks Andy Murphy's law... starting the summer league in sixth place and it doesn't count... Was a good day out anyway. Had a good old chinwag with loads of people I haven't seen in a while. Plus testing out the PiCam trackers was brilliant, even though we had some issues and Les literally blew up the siren, lol. That was actually really cool, I've never seen a capacitor pop like that. Brett
  46. 2 points
    Agreed it was an enjoyable day, thanks for organising Mike and Andy. Yes it would be nice to see the round times just for a laugh.
  47. 2 points
    I’m maybe not a typical member with regard to this topic, as not only do I live only 10 mins drive away from the NC, but it used to be my home back in the day when it was still a riding school! I keep meaning to go and visit, and tried to get to the F3K event over Easter weekend, but alas we had visitors for the weekend so couldn’t make it. The whole Buckminster NC thing happened whilst I was taking a break from modelling (and BMFA membership) so I was a little surprised to see what had been going on when I got my first BMFA magazine in a while, but also very excited! I do have a very nice local flying site, but had been contemplating becoming a season ticket member of the NC, mainly to support the centre and to meet other flyers and their respective disciplines rather than as just a place to fly. I think that we should be pleased that we’ve got such a setup, even though I’ve not yet seen it since it transformed into a flying site. i must admit that I’m nervous as well as excited about visiting for the first time, it might be a bit strange for me seeing it again since I lived there, but I accept that’s my own unique problem! i used to be on the committee of a large riding club, and know first hand the constant fine line that needs to be walked with regard to keeping the members happy versus spending to achieve the aims of the club and ultimately benefitting it’s members. It wasn’t a national club though, so again get that there are other tensions with regard to value for money for those who are unlikely to get there due to distance, or even have no interest in visiting. Personally, I think that if it can start to cover its own costs then that’s broadly a good thing, and if it can start generating revenue then that’s even better.. That’s the heart of the OPs point though, that the busier it becomes the less value there will be to have as a drop in flying site for locals. Given that it’s primary reason for being isn’t as a flying site for locals though, I think I’m ok with that and the busier it gets the better it will be for the RC flying community overall.
  48. 2 points
    I for one said I would never go there waste of money and so on and felt rather annoyed that they had gone ahead with it but and a big but I have now been there 5 times for events Pylon racing 3 times ,Free style masters and last weekend for the DLG event its a fad site and run well and very nice to fly from and I take my caravan with me I went on the Friday to the free style and stopped till sunday night where I then went down the road to A1 south bound camp site till the following Friday where I then went back to the bmfa headquarters for the DLG weekend I loved the fact that both times there were control line flying there as well as us lot members should stop moaning and get there for a fly instead and see what its about,i for one have changed my mind on the site and can see the need for a place to hold events for what ever discipline you do for me its a 240+ round trip but I don't feel is that bad for such a great site,if I lived closer I would fly there more often I think over time it will get used more and more and I don't see why it cant get more things going on at the same time as there is room I for one am pleased we have it and will more than happy take the time to go and use it when ever something I am interested in is held there its no different than going to pick up a second hand model as for me its always the other side of the country no matter what I am after lol Happy flying Simon C
  49. 2 points
    Hi All, After a looong 5 year wait and a prolonged bout of ill health i finally got around to refurbing and flying my foamie Jart! I love it! It's so much more fun than my Ahi, SAS Wildthing and Multiplex foamies i've spent the past year flying! i'm looking forward to flying my mouldie Jarts more than ever now You'll have to excuse the kids Duck tape finish im afraid. A fella at my local club covers his wings in wallpaper. I requsted that he cover some of his wings in Paisley or psychadelic 70s paper, but he refused! (I wonder why??!! lol!), so i thought i'd do this to demonstrate just how 'good' my idea is! lol! I'm currently awaiting some silver 'unicorn' livery from a local sign writing company, just to finish the model off!
  50. 2 points
    Hi all For what its worth, I think, the BMFA have NEVER been good at their own PR and this centre is the final proof, if one were necessary........ It has all the hallmarks of one man's ideal, that is rapidly becoming every member's very own white elephant.....a pity but totally predictable in this day and age....... Regards Pete BARCS1702
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