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  1. Final Results & Spreadsheet 1 Peter Gunning 12337.84 1000.00 2 Mark Redsell 12240.59 992.11 3 Joel West 12132.90 983.38 4 John Philips 12063.71 977.78 5 Stefan Fraundorfer 12021.10 974.32 6 Mark Treble 11927.60 966.74 7 Kev Newton 11823.88 958.34 8 Graeme Mahoney 11740.46 951.58 9 Manuel Rath 11708.49 948.99 10 Daniel Schneider 11704.48 948.66 11 Andy Burgoyne 11633.00 942.87 12 Stefan Bertschi 11572.96 938.00 13 Rich Baygo 11458.56 928.73 14 Greg Dakin 11444.13 927.56 15 Thorsten Folkers 11443.82 927.53 16 Aleix Ingles 11419.99 925.60 17 Mike Shellim 11400.22 924.00 18 Paul Stubley 11245.66 911.47 19 Wiliam Fourie 11243.95 911.33 20 Tobias Reik 11194.91 907.36 21 Mike Evans 11118.23 901.14 22 Dave Rumble 10959.27 888.26 23 Jon Edison 10790.25 874.56 24 Ian Mason 10675.65 865.27 25 Keith Wood 10439.70 846.15 26 Mark Passingham 10314.84 836.03 27 Bruce Hudson 10220.99 828.42 28 Allen Elliott 10018.88 812.04 29 Jason Bioletti 9974.91 808.48 30 Mark Abotts 7591.64 615.31 31 John Treble 7448.79 603.73 Welsh Open 2021.xls
    14 points
  2. Glad I made the effort to attend. I struggled at times but the fresh mountain air, bit of exercise and good company all helped! Some very good consistent flying on display and the podium places were thoroughly deserved. Thanks to Kev, AJ and Mark for CDing.
    9 points
  3. A bit later than usual (following a 4-day soaring holiday after the comp) but here are some photos of the competition. https://rc-soar.smugmug.com/F3F/2021/Welsh-Open-F3F/ Do let me know if you spot any errors in the captions! All things considered, I thought it went very well - well done to Pete for his second win in a row. And thanks to Kev for organising and CD'ing so effectively once again, and to all the helpers. Roll on 2022!
    8 points
  4. Hi There I'm looking to run the Wales winter league on the 3rd Saturday of the month with the meeting place being the Ice Cream Slope carpark at 9:30, I will make the weather call no later than Friday night and like the midland league I will look for a minimum of 8 entries Dates as follows October 16th November 20th December 18th January 15th February 19th March 19th Regards Joel
    6 points
  5. Big THANK YOU to Nigel, Graeme & the Whitesheet crew for the smooth running of a really good race to start the winter league - I thought it was a really enjoyable day. Seemed odd seeing woolly hats & gloves just a month after hot Lundy sunshine & tee-shirts though Congrats to Graeme, Tony & John - well done in the variable conditions - consistency wins and I'm still in shock - FTD of 38.33 (a first for me), a round win, and a new PB - FS5+1.5kg really moves, even on Whitesheet Phil.
    6 points
  6. At last we got a comp in!! 9 rounds flown in typical White sheet variability, It was great to see 15 pilots already to go at 09:45, so we made an early start getting underway at about 09:50. The weather gods were smiling on us today, treating us to 12-14 MS with initially wall to wall sunshine, however as the day went on the cloud started to build, with only a couple of minor stoppages due to some annoying fine rain later. The comp was finally called when the wind started to swing to the West. All in all a great day with only one major crash (Disorientation due to loosing it in the Sun I think) If anyone has any pictures can the post here please. Top 3... 1. Graeme Mahoney 2. Tony Livingstone 3. John Philips Results spreadsheet attached G F3F_Scores_V1_1.xls
    6 points
  7. Unfortunately flying was a bit lacking. Just had few nice sessions, one on Lundy, one on Rhossili and one on back of the wrecker. Today and tomorrow should be good to have another couple. But most important I met several pilots I knew in my past travels to UK and had a great time with lot of nice people and skilled pilots. Oh, and tons of pictures and videos...
    6 points
  8. A most enjoyable day of flying! Thank you to Joel and Graeme for putting it all together - and get well soon Joel. Some photos here: https://rc-soar.smugmug.com/F3F/2021/Welsh-Winter-League-1/ - Mike
    5 points
  9. Hey team, happy to say I managed to get my bamf back together and re maiden it this evening. Flew great all things considered, needs more tuning though. I'm yet to look at open tx programs for dlgs though as I was itching to het it back in the air. I think Neil said the one he uses is Frickman? Not sure. Anyway thanks to everyone for the guidance! Thomas gave me some really good pointers too and put up with my badgering him.
    5 points
  10. Entirely wrong, Ric - You need more of both.
    5 points
  11. 2021 Welsh Open fastest time: Andy Burgoyne, 35.88sec
    5 points
  12. Well what an enjoyable way to start the Wales Winter League. 8 rounds after a lazy start waiting for the clag and wind to sort itself out, followed by some nice conditions. Should have said on the slope but a big thanks to Graeme for helping in the centre and being on point for any tech issue with new timing gear. 1 Joel West 6833.73 2 Greg Dakin 6829.46 3 Graeme Mahoney 6377.02 4 Mark Passingham 6330.17 5 Paul Stubley 6276.46 6 Mike Shellim 6257.38 7 Keith Wood 6157.21 8 Nigel Witchalls 6110.16 9 Bruce Hudson 5727.24 10 Graham Hill 5259.72 11 Mike Bleathman 4860.55 Fastest time: 42.58 by Greg Dakin in round 2
    4 points
  13. If anyone is interested, here is what I ended up doing for the tricky part where the chunk around the bolt hole had been torn out. I started by hollowing out the foam around the breakage area a bit. Next I glued the pieces back together with super thin ca, then milled a slot on the top skin down to the top of the bottom skin with a dremel. Then I epoxied in 3x1.3mm carbon rod sections in stack in the slot I milled. Finally, dremeled out some hole in the top skin as you can see above ( had to make them a bit bigher than pictured above) to inject in some epoxy with chopped carbon fibres. Then once dry sanded a bit the patched over the top skin with 3 lahers of carboline 39/2 . That's more or less it.
    4 points
  14. Midlands winter league will run on the 2nd Saturday of the month as usual meeting on the Mynd at 9:30, starting October 9th until March 12th Weather call on the Friday night and if we don't have 8 entries then I will call it off please use the events page on here for RSVP.As we are having 6 events and there are generally other comps every weekend I don't propose any reserve dates . October 9th November 13th December 11th January 8th February 12th March 12th Andy, Les
    4 points
  15. Got the box from Dani and Vladimir today. Really good quality hollow molded parts. Really good. Put both models together and no need to sand or tweak anything to fit so really good. Like Lego. Typical uniform surfaces of hollow molded and when D box squeezed no heart sinking cracking noises as the laminations start to delaminate. Initial impressions very good. Models went together perfectly out of the box. Not all are like that these days so a big positive. Airfoil sections and planform are custom Mark Drela so will be good. Not so thin and aggressive of late so should be really easy and forgiving to fly. Hawk Spark has triple dihedral for better circling and straight line performance like Eternity and Plus X. But like Eternity has mechanical link to outboard aileron so no need for needless weight, expense or complication of a six servo wing. Fin plugs on. Perfect fit. Very happy with this. Rudder is simple to connect and gives free and full movement. Elevator done Samba style which of course works very well. Fuselages are very well made and feature pre installed wiring looms via Multiplex plugs with rx sockets awaiting you under the perfectly fitting slide off slide on canopy. Fuselage is slim enough to do the job, but not silly slim. Internal width through canopy opening is 27mm so allows a wide range of batteries to fit. The canopy itself clips on really nicely and is nice and long to allow easy access and an easy installation. So we now await UK testing with one of our top pilots. But there is one in stock already (the white one) Certainly it seems fit and quality wise it ranks amongst the best. I was impressed. Comes with all linkages etc and their own molded carbon IDS system.. Oh.......and if you like big flaps check these out The standard version is in stock and flying weight is estimated 1400g - 1500g. It is full strength for all but very high winds. Price is £1650 including pre installed IDS, wing and tail bags, and ballast.
    4 points
  16. I've had an X20 now for a few months, for testing and template development. The hardware is rather nice, and the Ethos software is coming along well, with regular updates. The programming is essentially a superset of OpenTX. Most people find it rather simpler than OpenTX though are some restrictions when programming especially complex models - most can be worked around, though. There’s no equivalent of Companion - programs must be entered via the touch interface (or by copying a model file to the SD card). The touch interface incorporates a virtual keyboard. I’ve set up a new website which offers my F3F template for download, as well as some programming tutorials. I’m also in the final stages of converting my E-Soar Plus template (for F5J). You can see it all here: Mike’s Ethos Hangar
    4 points
  17. Just booked Stoneycroft!
    4 points
  18. Yes, a great day out, for sure. Thanks to Graeme and Nigel, for the smooth running of the comp. highlight of the day for me, was JP constantly complaining to me, that there were no bacon rolls!
    4 points
  19. Good day today, with light conditions to start getting gradually stronger. Fastest times in low 30’s. I’ve managed to claw my way to 44th, which is more impressive than it might seem, because there are now 46 pilots. Standings after 7 rounds: Me 44th, Mark 37th, Peter 25th, Stefan 11th. Top three are Lukas Gaubatz, Sebastien Lanes, Andreas Böhlen.
    4 points
  20. Cant see anywhere else to wish them luck, so, GO TEAM GB 2021! Peter, Mark and John. Starts 1st October at Laurac.
    4 points
  21. Here's the famous Lundy Sea Duck - well done John - kept us all amused waiting for the big splash - which didnt happen - truly an outstanding achievement Phil.
    4 points
  22. By the way, the last evening I went to Il Vecchio in Bridgend. Wow, I was really surprised about quality. Great, real tasting lasagne, served without French fries; a real, original babba and, surprise, a real Neapolitan espresso. So if someone next in Bridgend would like to feel the Italian atmosphere and taste, I could only suggest it
    4 points
  23. And now become an alcoholic LOL Was great to meet you Ric
    4 points
  24. The Southern Winter F3F League will run this year on the first Sunday of each month from October to March, with the Saturday of the same weekend being used as a reserve option. The winter events are very relaxed, and a good way of trying out F3F, but also fun for those who have been away from it for a while. Sun 3 October Sun 7 November Sun 5 December Sun 2 January Sun 6 February Sun 6 March The venue will be White Sheet Down, Mere, for wind direction SSW-NNW. For certain other directions an event may run in the Eastbourne area. The weather call will be made by the Friday evening. 8 firm entrants will be required. Please indicate attendance on the Event Calendar which is weblinked from the dates above. For your FIRST event you must send your BMFA number and CAA OP number by email to nwitchalls1 AT gmail.com . Once provided you will not need to reprovide them for subsequent events, but just confirmed as renewed in January. Those who attended the English Open have already provided current details. If you have any queries please contact me by PM or email.
    3 points
  25. Great event. Thanks to Nigel and Graeme and everyone who helped. Note to self: next time remember to take the ballast!
    3 points
  26. Here is a video of maiden flight. David
    3 points
  27. 15 rounds and flying on all 3 days made this a great weekend for me! Great to have some European visitors again after the disaster that was 2020 Thanks to the organisers for running a slick show all round. Thanks to my team mates for taking the p**s and buzzing honestly (I had 1.5 cuts and Joel was buzzing both times) It was a close faught comp and it could have gone any way on day 3, I was very releived to get some air in rd14 and delighted for Mark T and myself that he blew round 15 away.
    3 points
  28. Thanks, looking forward for that. The journey to Dover was easy and straightforward: 4h20m. I was then three hours earlier and decided to finally visit the Dover castle.
    3 points
  29. Pleasant looking day with light winds and sunshine, so off to the local common after lunch. Parking can be a problem but all five spaces were empty. The grass has been cut and the Skylarks are gone so I had the entire field to myself. Almost got away from a one third power trimming throw - made 2 minutes from 10 metres. Soon had a 6 something and then tried some 'one flight only' practise. No real signs for the first two…. 0:55 and about 1:45. On the third, coming up to 2 minutes in, the gentle drift went round more than 90 degrees and I went to the downwind side. Got 8:05 as the slot ended but I was way up and being joined by a Red Kite so I kept going. I think that one was about 16 minutes in the end. I was soon away again and thinking 30 minutes plus…. but down at 22:53…. Away again after a few low ones and this time it was gentler lift but plenty of it. I was doing really well until a large cloud turned off the Sun… mikef, F3K, 'expert', Snipe mk1, 24:47 September 21st 2021
    3 points
  30. Oh no, effectively I drunk more beer this two weeks than in the past five years Was great to meet you too, Les! Still in the UK, but already looking forward for next trip
    3 points
  31. I hope you have been able to get some good flying in between sampling all the culinary delights that the UK is rightly famed for. Italian ice cream and danish pastries etc, etc....
    3 points
  32. Excellent day out. Great to see some old friends and make some new ones. Thanks to Joel and Graeme for a fine job on running the show. Congrats to Joel on the win with some fine flying!!! Sorry to hear of the Covid issue, but if we're going to catch it off anyone it may as well be our illustrious CD.... Greg
    2 points
  33. Hello Paul / All Thanks for the interest in the Raptor. Unfortunately I don't have any available at the moment, only the ones that I'm flying. Pavel at Baudismodel (zlamal@baudismodel.com) is the right person to speak to if you're interested in a new one. We have made some changes to the layup (stiffer and lighter) and the elevator linkage (lighter and more precise) for the most recent models. The model dimensions remain unchanged. I appreciate that you may have been looking for a pre owned model as opposed to a new one. Cheers Keith
    2 points
  34. Some video that @Rayg took showing the murk we flew in for the first hour or so. Cloud base low enough for models to start to disappear! I've used my weekly data allowance on Vimeo I'll upload part 2 next week.
    2 points
  35. I'm in. Not the Back of the Wrecker please Mark
    2 points
  36. Don't say you're a fair weather flyer. When you're made of the right stuff, you keep it up all year round !
    2 points
  37. Skælungur #2 - Volcanic Some more testing in its element: Old Light dynamics. Full basalt flying wing of my own design and build.
    2 points
  38. With a lot of lawn to mow, I went out to do the deed. About 3:20 it was time for the tea break. As I sat there, looking up, there right over my head was a 50 gull thermal. I ran inside, stuck the wings on and rushed out to the field. As always there was not a bird to be seen. Launched and as you would expect – nothing. I stood there for a few mins and thought “Just one more.” Understand that I had not charged the battery, so it must have been well down, it's only a 450-2S. Down to 45m and a little bounce, so slowly I was gaining bits of height. All morning it had been a strongish SE breeze and now it was almost flat calm. Actually the local windmill said SSW, so there was some movement. I probably went 250yds northwards, trying to stay with it. Eventually I had to come back and went past myself looking for some more. I found bits and bobs. Nothing strong and some times I lost them and sometimes I circled in what was actually sink. Then it all ended and there was nothing and I came round and landed. I left the voltage trace on the graph – you can see that with the motor on, I was pushing it ! I am claiming 21:35.
    2 points
  39. Second that - thanks Martyn! Re loss of your field, ours was cut and the bales removed some time ago, so let me know if you'd like to come up here as/when we've got workable conditions. BTW, having rather foolishly hurt my lower-back by over-practicing DLG launches a few weeks' ago, I'm back on the bungee-launched business...!
    2 points
  40. The Northern Winter league dates ( all Saturdays ) will be :- 30 Oct 2021 Round 1 of the WL plus the Horcum Challenge Cup 4 Dec R2 8 Jan 2022 R3 5 Feb R4 5 Mar R5 Reserve dates are 19 Feb, 19 Mar A call will be made early on Friday evening before the event Look forward to seeing you all Jon
    2 points
  41. Yes - barn please - should be able to do the whole week and can we have some more of that glorious sunshine, but with some wind in a good direction Phil.
    2 points
  42. Just to confirm that Jack Cubitt and Lenni are joining us and have booked the blue bung.
    2 points
  43. The ideal is to trim the model to match the wind speed and have it just 'hover' over the slope. On a calmer day, the model must fly forwards to avoid stalling but, after a period penetrating into wind, a preset timing mechanism can put it into a steady circle to let it drift back towards the launch point before another period of straight flight is started. Any inputs have to be pre-programmed - no pilot inputs are allowed after release. I have never tried the class but I have seen it flown. Competitors will have a variety of models to cope with different wind speeds. The more wind, the heavier the wing loading. Pitch trim can provide fine flying speed adjustment too.
    2 points
  44. Hi Simon. The 2m eSoaring class (and eSoaring Open class) is a BMFA class that preceded F5J but is still popular in some areas of the country whereas 'we' (Eastern and Southern) have pretty much decided to just go F5J. You can find details of eSoaring competitions here - http://www.esoaring.net/forum/ - rules on the BMFA site - https://bmfa.org/ - go to Contests & Events, then Contest Rule Books, and Silent Flight Contest Rules. Tony
    2 points
  45. What happens if you think that it only affects someone else? First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
    2 points
  46. Exactly. We all have to support this. Next time they might be coming for you, any of you.
    2 points
  47. We’ll that’s me wrong again!
    2 points
  48. A huge thanks to all the old hands for welcoming me to my first F3K comp, and for guiding me through the essentials of tasks, timing, etc. Going from being a sports flier at my local field to experiencing the demands of specific tasks at an unknown site has opened up a whole new dimension - which is really great, and gives me much more to work on and enjoy. Apologies again for delaying the briefing by being slightly late, and apologies again also to Cornelius for landing into his back (the 100 point penalty was irrelevant as it made no difference to my placing in that round!). Looking forward to Twywell on the 2nd Oct - hopefully this will go ahead. Jon
    2 points
  49. Ooofff Had a read long way downwind, launch on the buzzer. Went to read. No lift. Landed out. Wanted to go for the win as I have not won one this year. Not a qualification year so nothing to loss. If it was a qualification year I would have just covered the pack for at worst a strong second.
    2 points
  50. Ric you travelled all the way from Ticino, Switzerland just to enjoy good Welsh/Italian ice cream oops “gelato” lol.
    2 points
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