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  1. 6 points
    I thought I’d try my hand at making my own servo frames and exterior bearings. This is my first success, and I shall be making four like it (with minor variations from this prototype) to go in the Extreme that was lost in the forest for years. It drives an old-style pushrod, but I’m working on machining my own LDS output arm, which is not proving easy. P
  2. 5 points
    Another great day on Levisham. Weather forecast was spot on, but the clear sky meant some careful flying around Base A to avoid the 'current bun' Westerly winds ranging from 8 - 12 m/s gave some fairly decent times, although Levisham variability was evident in later rounds. 14 pilots recorded scores, with a welcome return from Dave Wright. Cengiz now a veteren flyer making his second event and Kyri and Tony adding to the numbers 10 rounds were completed, which gave time to pack up the gear and gather in the carpark for the results, before the daylight faded A great win for Peter, with Richard Second, and Steve a comfortable Third. FTD went to Richard with a 41.57 in R10. Great Results chaps. Full Results :- Full Spreadsheet to follow Thanks to everyone for helping throughout the day. Look forward to seeing you all on the 1st February Jon
  3. 5 points
    Clagged in, except for a brief moment when the sun broke through long enough for Mark T. to do two loops and and a roll with his Ahi. Wind was OK, but no visibility. The trophies are gutted:
  4. 5 points
    Coming, sod star wars! Already had the grief for bringing the planes on holiday so might as well follow through...
  5. 4 points
    Thanks for trying John The trophies looked great!
  6. 4 points
    Hi Gliderchuck The problem I have with all this is is simply this......, the government is implying that it's all about terrorism and flight safety, and when the Stanstead and Heathrow incidents occurred the authorities made great play of the dangers allegedly being caused by "rogue" drone pilots and even arrested a drone pilot who was subsequently not charged. So why are the police, and especially the terrorist protection service, possibly even including SO18 , being called out for what is basically a problem of business and simple economics.....why are the police involved at all? and why is it necessary to throw around threats of arrest and substantial on-the-spot fines for something so intrinsically trivial as unregistered model aircraft flying ? So, why do the government really need to have all model drones registered at all? and why does non-compliance need to be made illegal? and, more importantly, why are the government/ the CAA and anyone else concerned conflating the two, completely separate dangers? It's just not logical. or sensible is it? I would refer you to the coverage of anti-drone "weaponry" currently under developement and, even the suggestion that the military should get involved in the Gatwick incident, as being good reason for the general public being concerned, if it isn't in defence of terrorism, but just who gets to deliver our parcels, why are our taxes being wasted and lies being told about what this is really all about? End of rant..... Regards Pete BARCS1702
  7. 3 points
    HoH Winter league this weekend 4th Jan 2020 Current forecast is for Westerly winds 17 to 28 mph ( Met Office ) All good, lets hope this remains the case, As usual, call will be made Friday Evening Jon
  8. 3 points
    A hard one again. It looks like the winds will be OK, but there is a question mark over the possibility of clag. Taking the current forecasts seriously would lead me to call it on, but not try to start early, because the chance of low cloud early on is high. So, I’m going to call it ON, with meet time at 9:45, which, if things work in our favour will give time for a reasonable number of rounds. Hope to see you at the Wrecker car park then.
  9. 3 points
    Sorry folks, I seem to have unwittingly given the impression that I’m offering wing or tailplane bags. No folks, these are the kind of padded mailing bags that aeroplane bits arrive at your door in.: Having said that, it is true that I’ve got some wing bags with no wings to go in them, but I haven’t had the opportunity to check what I’ve got yet. Is anyone still interested in the postal bags?
  10. 2 points
    Mass production: Wood parts from 4mm ply took about 20minutes of machine time, which I spent reprogramming the machine to produce 4 bearing mounts instead of one: Bearing mounts are from 5mm epoxy glass, and take almost half an hour. I used the time to clean up the wood parts, during which I realised that I’d forgotten to modify the program to put the drill holes in the servo retaining plates! I did this by hand on the prototype, so I guess I’lll have to do it the same way again. .
  11. 2 points
    Mike, although I completely understand you are wanting to wind down your F3K involvement, it does make me sad. All that you have done for us and the sport is phenomenal. Besides that though, it's just great to have you with us. It won't be the same without you.
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  13. 2 points
    And who is going to be checking up whether or not you are registered ? I’ve never had anyone ask to see my club flying I.d will the “ glider police “bring their own set of scales to make sure we aren’t lying about the weight of our models ??? im going back to bed zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
  14. 2 points
    You win the prize, Andy... a free padded postal bag.
  15. 2 points
    Flight report: Very oddly it is two years to the day when I first posted about this glider. In that time I have converted to Jeti Duplex so the 35 Mhz gear came out, replaced with a REX6. Quick range check and some encouragement from two other slope fliers, no time for nerves! My tailplane setting was a mid-range guess, it was either very nose heavy or seriously out of trim, I used all the available nose up trim and was holding half back stick. A quick check of the airbrakes (no trim change) and managed a reasonably close landing in the nice long nettles. Moving the elevator servo horn one spline put the stab nearer where it should have been, another launch, much better. At home I dialled out the small amount of nose up trim I had used with Tx sub trim. In flight it is very stable, I tried a few stalls which were a non event. I took the ballast bars with me but they weren't needed, it was blowing 15 - 20 mph and was penetrating well, any less wind than that and it will probably struggle to stay airborne. Any windier and I wouldn't want to be risking it anyway. Cheers Gary
  16. 1 point
    Tough Call Joel! Mountain forecasts 10-15mph but not sure at what height - http://www.mwis.org.uk/english-welsh-forecast.asp?fa=BB&d=2020-01-19
  17. 1 point
    Come to Scotland! We have a great forecast for Bishop hill and only 3 entries Going to go and fly anyway and try out these Picam trackers...
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  20. 1 point
    Hi Ben Personally, I'd suggest leaving the fuselage "as is", repair it into flying condition, FLY IT, then see if it's worth doing lots of work to get the fuselage stronger I assume you've bought it at a "bargin" price(?).....so, do as much as you have to to get it flying, THEN make the decision Good luck BTW I'm suggesting this from bitter experience......I once bought myself an "unflown, still in the box" Veron Cobra, 117" spent months straightening out all the faults and finally flew it at Ivinghoe,it was a DOG! too heavy, needed ailerons (it was "designed" as an R/E when bought) I thought that wouldn't matter because it had LOADS of dihedral as standard......instead, the massive dihedral ruined the scale look, and taught me just how awful "Dutch rolling" was! Others I met said theirs were "delightful" but I just didn't believe them....... Regards Pete BARCS1702
  21. 1 point
    Finally received new batteries from Hobby King: 2x3600mAh LiPo’s. The dimensions are slightly larger than the 1100’s I had fitted before, and I have had to change the configuration in the nose, but this was not a lot of work. Here’s the original setup The batteries can’t go any closer to the edge of the plate because the fus wall curves over. They can’t go further forward because the nose weight is carried there. They can’t go back much because the screw heads need to be accessible. They can’t be centred because they would foul the tow release. The new batteries are about 5mm wider, a little longer and quite a bit fatter, so some head scratching had to be done, to fit them in. In the end I ditched the plastic ties, and jammed the batteries up against the roof of the nose with a cunningly sculpted block of foam. Looks secure enough to me! They can’t move forward, and the lip of the canopy aperture stops them moving back. These weigh 120g more than the originals, which is almost exactly what is needed to compensate for the extra weight of the new elevator servo fitting.
  22. 1 point
    Nice to see George flying still. I still have his book on thermal soaring, it was the only one that had any information about the hobby. That, and the slope soaring book by Dave Hughes.
  23. 1 point
    H Gary You're looking quite pleased with yourself! Hopefully, I'll be looking pleased with myself when I maiden (for me anyway) the MPX Flaming 2001 I bought recently as my other Xmas present to myself, and as a direct result of reading your posts here, thank you for that I'll let you know how it goes when the weather clears down here........ Regards Pete BARCS1702
  24. 1 point
    Round 4 of the Midlands Winter League comps will be held on Saturday 11th January. Weather call Friday evening. Meeting time 9:30 If you are going to attend please tick the box in the event calendar.
  25. 1 point
    Hi all And manufactured by my employer of many years ago, who sponsored the UK round of the World F3B Championship in York in 1983, good old Henkel! (Supergloy, as was back then) Now where's my local stockist? Regards Pete BARCS1702
  26. 1 point
    Want to remember which way to offset servo arms on wing servos? Then Advance towards Ailerons, but Flee from Flaps. This is based on experience with top hinged surfaces and top mounted servos. Most moulded models are like this, but there are probably some that aren’t. If you’ve got one that’s different you are on your own. Guess what brought this to mind!
  27. 1 point
    I dunno with hv servos you can easily be over 500mah usage. I don't really see a particular reason to use lifepo4 batteries any more given that lion cells are better in every metric expect the actually higher voltage. I've never had a servo burn out though in my years flying. A 2s 18650 pack fits better in most cases than a 1600 lifepo4 pack and has over twice the capacity if you get 3500s. Either way makes the servos move though. Models that need 18500s are obviously tight installs which ever way you look at it. At least the 2/3a days are over.
  28. 1 point
    Hi Andy Thank you for your help in this, and thank you to all the BMFA staff involved too - can I wish you all a Happy New Year? IMO it is essential that you answer the questions such as this as quickly as possible.....most of these questions are asked by people who are looking for help in deciding which of the many incorrect posts posted on other forums ARE in fact incorrect, and that's how the confusion starts As you did with my question that I asked here, you came back to me with a definitive reply which was correct, and which I could use to reply to the same question asked of me by non BARCS members, or BARCS forum members, alike.....they were usually people who were trying to get an answer to a simple question which needed a yes or no answer, which cut through the confusion of different replies they'd had received when asking around for help from their colleagues, and fellow club members who were confused too, and didn't want to appear stupid in having to ask for help themselves ........ So, please keep up the good work into 2020 as efficiently as you have in 2019.....we do appreciate it, although we/they don't usually say so! Here's wishing everyone at the BMFA offices have a happy and prosperous New Year Thanks and regards Pete BARCS1702
  29. 1 point
    21700 cells aren't much bigger then 18650 but can go up to 5000mah
  30. 1 point
    Charge fully. Fly the way you normally do for a known amount of switched-on time - say 30 minutes. Then recharge your battery and note how much it takes in Amp hours. You will then know how much capacity it took for the flying time. You say that your batteries 'seem to be virtually exhausted'. How are you judging this? Your battery capacity is 1100 mAh nominal.
  31. 1 point
    I thought only the police could ask to see this paperwork? Well I suppose anyone can ask but only the police can demand to see it...
  32. 1 point
    This has been the case since I learned to fly there in the mid 80's, by which time model flying there was already long-established, and we were advised to continue flying to maintain the historic rights. I was considering going there Sunday myself. To avoid a genuine legal challenge be sure to have complied with the Drone regs - have BMFA membership evidence and/or CAA exemption paperwork. Any passer by could ask for this and report those not presenting it to the landowner or police, which could put some of our sites at risk if modellers don't have it.
  33. 1 point
    The weather god's gifted me a fly on Christmas day. First fly for 3 months. Got out for an hour before food. Couple of flights where I doubled launch height. Didn't time them - was just blissful to be out flying in the sun. Normal weather service resumed today. Merry Christmas.
  34. 1 point
    I saw George Bushell too. I also saw Tony Slater of the Leatherhead Club with his pipe and ‘Slarmi’ chuck glider.. I might have spotted John Dumble too and maybe Dick Godden?
  35. 1 point
    Brian, you're showing your lack of age! Too many fliers? That's because they ALL had at least one spare pair of crystals in their bags! and most ex-Scouts like myself heeded the Scout motto of "Be Prepared" by having two or even three spares!.....and, don't forget, unlike competition flyers we flew on both "odds and evens" Don't think so Pete, as it looks like a lot of the gear shown were reed outfits and those that had Xtals were fixed and not interchangeable, also Super Regen was not crystal controlled. First set I had Single Channel was an F&M Echo where you tuned the Rx in. Futaba in 1972 really started the interchangeable Xtals, as it came with 6 in the set. Some used reversed Xtals and some strange ones sold by Teleradio . Oh yes flairs were in the future in 1963.
  36. 1 point
    what a beautiful picture, thanks for sharing
  37. 1 point
    Never irrelevant while they are getting our money...
  38. 1 point
    Went over to see Ben this week - got some great tips & what a fantastic plane. Typical brilliant Baudis quality. I've now ordered mine in double carbon/strong. KST X10 HV servos and colour scheme copied from the Sansibear website. I've changed the black for Signal Blue, with Green underside. They're quoting me end of April for delivery, so that's a long wait for my Xmas present. Expect to see it at White Sheet in the Summer.
  39. 1 point
    Not sure I understand Pete. The police and courts routinely enforce licensing regimes from pubs, shotguns to car related licences and registrations. 60k registrations so far X £9 = £540k. That's peanuts. The commercial opportunity for this airspace market is said to be worth billions. Let's face it. Us glider pilots are an irrelevance in the grand scheme of things.
  40. 1 point
    I have a Silent Flight 'B' which is a consequence of my holding the BARCS/BMFA Gold gliding achievement awards when the BMFA Achievement Scheme started.
  41. 1 point
    These rules are written for competition at World and European Championships (so they have to be 'hard')and it’s therefore logical to use them to pick teams for GBR to send to these major events. Under these rules you will only drop your worst score after 12 rounds. 'Other' DLG Events, in theory, could use any rules they chose to but it makes sense to work consistently. I would rather see the full rules flown 'locally' - perhaps with the emphasis on the ‘easier' tasks. We use the best 4 of 6-8 events to pick a team so this allows for pilots to have 'off-days'.
  42. 1 point
    There is no need to put your CAA id on your BMFA profile.
  43. 1 point
    John - you just need to sell some stuff on ebay never enough padded bags for an ebay seller - even had to buy some recently... Phil.
  44. 1 point
    Just available on iPlayer. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000cfpr/countryfile-buckinghamshire Start at 44 minutes. Good performances by Jim Wright and Andy Symons. Congratulations to all involved.
  45. 1 point
    Sign of the times I'm afraid. Remember these are the same people that included Control Line in their proposals until they gallantly gave way to the BMFA. Put a 45g Mobius on your model and you break the law, ridiculous isn't it. Snowflakes, cotton wool, apron strings, nanny State etc. all spring to mind. The population is being infantilised by the elite (sic) and the professional classes. When I was a youngster of 10 or 11, wearing a 9" sheath knife on my belt (Cubs or Scouts) I can't tell you what we did with fireworks, bows and arrows, bonfires etc. and now this latest nonsense; it beggars belief. gw
  46. 1 point
    Hi Kickstart The worst that could happen is that you'd be told off by all these people rushing to provide a list with their name on, that the police could use to find drone flyers that have objected to the new rules As I said in a previous post, the police don't have the resources available to enforce these new rules, and if they tried they'd probably fail just as they did with the Gatwick fiasco If you continue to do what you are doing now, staying away from all restricted airspace, especially airports, and flying safely in out of the way places where the worst you could do is scare a few sheep, the police, and other enforcement agencies would turn a blind eye to the technical infringement, which is the only thing they could "do" you for, and let you get on with your harmless enjoyment If you did comply with all the requirements of the new regulations you'd simply be providing the police with a helpful list of potential culprits...... But don't forget, you WILL incur the wrath of every flyer currently rushing to register.....if you don't mind that, you've nothing to fear continuing to do what you are doing now......you choose, it's still a free country.....or is at the moment....... Regards Pete BARCS1702
  47. 1 point
    I bent it.... just about 2mm off straight.... works a treat! Good to get a vintage model back in the air. Fly's so well Im prob going to fit new servo's all round as original ones are knackered.
  48. 1 point
    Diamond tape is still available at T9 , I've just done the tails on a willow sor using diamond tape and E6000 which is a flexible self levelling glue ,I've done silicone hinges before but the E6000 feels a lot stronger, did a trial on two pieces of thin plastic taped it glued it left it overnight took the tape of and couldn't pull them apart. I'll never use slicone again Paul
  49. 1 point
    A couple of points from Jef. It only takes me a second or two to get elevator control while it is in its ballistic phase and the model trajectory is dead straight at that point. I tend to think of it as 3 phase event. The ballistic phase then hopefully the climb to the top of the line then finally, the bit when velocity starts to drop off and I may have to sacrifice a bit of height for a clean launch. On a good launch all boxes get ticked and i get what looks like a 45-50m high launch and trajectory. It's just not consistent and is variable on wind strength and some technology or skills issues. It's the consistency I need to get right and I am still struggling to identify just what is going wrong. Good luk with my Antics? I have to admit this is the best aeromodelling fun I have had in ages. I wish there were more serious flat field glider guiders up here in darkest Cheshire. This is a fantastic learning curve and the exercise must be doing me good.
  50. 0 points
    Just had a quick go at aerotowing! Not having aerotowed before and with a distinct lack of enthusiasm from my dad regarding us two having a go I decided to go it alone... I thought it was going to be a bit tricky Tundra controller with one hand and Ka-8 with the other. Obviously on neck straps. I'm not that daft! Duly convinced this was a bad idea I added a hook to a free flight model. I've read somewhere, possibly on here but maybe rcgroups, that Lidl had a nice chuck glider so I got one of those. The actual towing was a complete anti climax. I guess that's got to be a good thing though! One thing I noticed straight away was if the speed built up it dived down to a low tow position and assumed a 'fish on a line' kind of attitude I think the glider has too much down elevator, only made worse with the added weight of the hook on the nose. I plan to move the hook back an inch or so before next flight. That should help it stay in the desired high tow position. All in all a nice experience. I can't wait to try with Kate now! Tony
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