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  1. 10 points
    10 pilots turned up to a clear bwlch and we set up camp on the far mickeys. Due to low numbers and the time it takes to walk back and land we did crow throughs. We managed 10 round in all before a snow storm stopped play. Graeme, Joel and Stefan were the stand out pilots as far as could see. Enjoyable day out and thanks to Joel and Graeme for cding.
  2. 9 points
    Just home, happy but knackered! 15 rounds on the bowl followed by fish & chips in Whitby is my idea of a good day out
  3. 9 points
    A fine windy day on East Lomond and a good turnout saw us complete 16 rounds starting around 12ms and ending up at 18-20ms. We set up facing south west with base A on the right and it quickly became apparent that we would be battling a quite severe crosswind most of the time. Occasionally the wind would apparently ease a little and straighten up when some good air came through. George kicked things off flying his ex. Thornton Shinto with a pair of 51’s followed by Dave with his ex. Thornton FS4 with a 53 and a 55, I was next up with my ex Thornton Shinto and sneaked under 50 with a 47 and a 49. Robert started well with his ex-Thornton FS4 on 51 and 52 followed by Mike and his trusty Precision who flew a 49 and a 44 taking round 2. Ian had an OK start with his Cyril flying 55 and 51 followed by Ewan with a nice pair of sub 50’s (49 & 48) with his Jedi. Round 1 was to be my only round win as Mike continued his excellent run of form taking the next 15 rounds despite the odd cut. None of us could really get near him as the pumps were very energetic and turns were tight and the Precision looked to start on step and stay on step. After 6 rounds in a cross wind, we stopped for lunch and moved the course a full 90m to the left around the point of the hill and squarer to the wind. The times immediately dropped by 5 seconds on average and it was quick for East Lomond with round winning times in the mid 30’s. George started round 7 with a 44 and a 45 followed by Dave on 45 / 41 and then me with a 38 and a 41. Mike stepped up and flew 35 / 39 and Ewan was just a few tenths behind me with a 38 and a 41. The wind was really picking up by round 9 at 18ms and Dave couldn’t hear the buzzer so kindly buzzed the rest of us along with Robert for the rest of the comp. George went sub 40 in round 12 and I was now consistently in the 38-40 range alternating between Shinto and FS5 as part of a learning exercise but all I learned was that I couldn’t get close to Mike no matter how hard I tried as he pumped in times in the 34-36 range. Ewan was flying similar times to me and we both ended up with our best times in round 14, Ewan’s 37.27 besting my 37.94. So the final results show a clean sweep for Mike that fully reflects what happened on the hill, a pasting! Also 2 out of 2 for Mike in the league standings. It’s (kind of) great to see and I can only hope his new model slows him down a bit ;0) 1 Mike McCracken 14000.00 1000.00 2 Peter Gunning 13041.48 931.53 3 Ewan Maxwell 12903.12 921.65 4 George Young 11922.64 851.61 5 Ian Simpson 11670.78 833.62 6 David Watson 6737.71 481.26 7 Robert Carson 6395.48 456.82 FTD 34.31 Mike McCracken
  4. 7 points
    Well, what a way to finish off the final Wales 18/19 Winter League. I awoke in Bridgend to an, as forecast, clear bright sunny day with a strong WNW wind. Everyone was ready to go at the gate promptly at 9am and we had the course up and were ready to go just after 10am. With good conditions we promptly dispatched 10 rounds with a very civilised 30min break at lunch time to refuel and chew the cud. We were just about to start rounds 11&12 (crow through) when some rather ominous clouds appeared across the valley and a quick decision to call it a day had the course down and most people’s models away before the mother of a sleet/snow storm hit which had us all running for the cars. With regards to the flying, the wind and the thermal influence definitely built through the day and round winning times began to tumble. All rounds were won with a sub40 with the FTD being a 32.16.. Although it pains me to say (and he knows how much), Stefan was the stand out pilot making absolutely no mistakes and nailing the bases every time. All this with a new plane (Device) which he maiden at the start of the comp. It’s also worth mentioning that despite the conditions we only had one plane damaged which is incredible considering the conditions. Anyway, as always, thanks to everyone who turned out across all 4 events. I’m especially hoping our new recruits, Graham Bruce and Chris enjoyed themselves. It has been fantastic watching them improve round on round and I’m hoping this WL will encourage them into the summer league . Please see points summary and final standing below, as well as the round 5 spread sheet for some post-match analysis. After a 2 year wait, Wales finally delivered in a style that only the Bwlch can Cheers Joel Wales Winter League-2018-5.xls
  5. 7 points
    Well all I can say is Wow what a day. Some very fast times set on the Mynd today in sometimes tricky condition. Well done to the top three,all three of you deserve your positions. A few PB as Well. Big thanks to all that have supported theses events this year. 6 out of 6 what a great season.
  6. 6 points
    Down a bit to 38.16s in R9 at WWL5, 17/3/2019 on Mickeys, West, with Freestyler 4. Cheers.
  7. 6 points
    Thanks to everyone that turned out today. Great day until Armageddon swept in. Write-up to follwo
  8. 6 points
    It was a great day, the third event that I have attended at the Long Mynd. What a great bunch of people, I learnt so much since my first visit and have improved landings and PB's (not sure by how much but managed a 40.something today, as did Tony after only two events ever!) I missed the chance to speak to people more today, and also I didn't even take a single picture let alone a video (unusual for me). However the event was well organised and had a fast turnover of flying, walking up the hill to land, bringing the plane back through the gusting wind, manning bases, launching, and back to flying again, over and over again. There wasn't much time for talking! Thanks for everyone's help on behalf of the northern newbies. Looking forward to see what the times were like. Cheers! Kyri
  9. 6 points
    Well, turned out nice again! Problem was which slope should we be on? SW winds are betwixt and between Levisham and the South Bowl However it didn't really matter for the first few hours, as Horcum was shrouded in mist So in the intervening period, the forecast and actuals could be well studied and debated. Result - South Bowl! Ten pilots set up camp on the South Slope, and with the mist beginning to lift, flying finally got under way at 11am Winds were surprisingly square on for most of the day, but the bowl will 'straighten' up the flow even though the wind could be crossed. 6 to 12m/s wind speed at the start and end respectively, resulted in a nearly a third of all flights being sub 40,s. After a surprisingly variable days flying, and 15 rounds, the eventual winner with some terrific flying was Mark Redsell. In a close second was Peter Gunning with some equally inspiring flights, and third was Steve Haley , also with some quick flights, so much so , that Steve took FTD with a 33.20 in R12. Full results here Thanks to all for all your support shifting kit up and down from the car park and running the show during the day Next and final Winter League is on the 16th March Regards Jon
  10. 5 points
    So, decided to try add some contrast to my wings to make the tips stand out a bit. The plain orange on the wings looked good but I like wings to have a little something to give it some contrast. Dont see much brushed aluminium on F3F models. Thought I would give it a try. Its car vinyl wrap, much thicker than solar film but much easier to work with. Sticks like crazy and with a bit of heat from the wifes hairdryer it bends around curves well. Very easy to apply. I'm well chuffed...
  11. 5 points
    Epic end to the Wales winter league. Great weather, good and dreadful. Managed a sub 50 second run, don't laugh, by my standards with my antique aeroplane, that's quick! The hail, rain and snow on the treck back to the cars was exciting. A great day out despite coming a distant tenth.
  12. 5 points
    Picked up a Raptor from Keith earlier today and just finished setting it up, well, copied Keith’s Jeti program into my TX... job done! Thanks Keith, didn’t have to touch anything even the sub trim was spot on. First impression is superb Baudis quality as you’d expect, very light wing panels with large ailerons and flaps so should have a good roll rate and at 8% will be quick. Hoping for reasonable weather this weekend to maiden, maybe in Wales on Sunday. Fingers crossed.
  13. 5 points
    Right to call comp on Stuart, real shame the wind was so strong and again right to call it off we looked from the car park while Andy and then Nigel had flights and decided to stay put, pity as you had made the effort to drag the gear over as well roll on next time thanks for your time and enthusiasm in putting on the southern winter league great job cheers JP
  14. 5 points
    Also maidened mine yesterday in far from ideal conditions. 40+ mph, 1.5kg onboard, 45deg crossed, launching by myself. Discretion being the better part of valour, perhaps I should have waited but I chucked it off anyway. Despite the conditions it went very well, and got on step very quick. G
  15. 5 points
    Congrats Andy a very well deserved midlands winter league champion. That PB1 looked so solid almost all day, and how it managed to hold the speed through tight base A turns was very much in a class of its own. Personally I was lacking concentration for most of the day and felt that 7 of my ten runs had errors that cost me, so to finish up second was a pleasant surprise. Fastest comp we have had on the Mynd and In very blustery conditions, it shows what I know to be true, the hill is good for Sub 30 if we ever do get the right day. I measured the wind speed several times during the day. It often felt like 25m/s plus, making walking and standing uncomfortable. Somewhat surprisingly most of the day it was actually around 12- 18m/s, I did read one gust at 20 and quite a few occasions when it was as low as 8, never for more than a few seconds, but it does show the blustery nature of the day as the wind gusted between 8 and 20m/s. Hard to cope with and hard to concentrate. But a great challenge and another great day. Im indebted to Andy and Les for taking on the task of running this seasons events, when I was in favour of stopping them after the last two years of poor support and poor conditions. 5 out of 6 and every one being great aggressive comps. And lastly a small apology for not helping set up today. I was distracted trying to maiden my new PB2. Not ideal conditions for a maiden, but as the course came down my PB2 went up. 8 slugs of tungsten and straight into running the course. I put 2 clicks of down in the normal setting and 4 in the speed and had no feeling that anything else needs to change. Well impressed. Shame I didn’t fly the comp with it. Just might have got a little closer to Mr B.
  16. 5 points
    Some of the best flying conditions I have ever experienced on the Long Mynd. Great to see Brett on form, progressing his PB twice, and Andy was again way ahead of the rest of us flying a very short course with tight turns but managing to maintain speed. I am sure we could have seen a sub-30 too if Greg hadn't pulled too hard! Thanks again to Les and Andy for running the show - great job!
  17. 5 points
    Another great comp at LM with the Midland F3F team. Thank you for running the event. Andy great flying. Mike I did not see you flying and I know you had some poor air so well done on second. Dave and I discussed on the way home how the flying standard has improved as each round has taken place. Dave had bad luck with his Aileron servo and spent most of the day on Base B. Giving Dave the chance to watch all the flights in the last 8 rounds. Right through the field there were great flights happening in every round. I am still struggling to get the ballast load on my PB 2 right for the conditions and need to move the CoG forward. Actually in reality my flying was poor today and I got overly excited on my second quick run. Amazing what happens when you shut your eyes and pull full up in. Hope to be at the Mynd for League 1 in April. Greg
  18. 5 points
    What a great day , started at 11:30 and finished by 3:30 10 rounds flown and everyone was shattered again by the end . I broke my PB 4 times today and I know Brett broke his with I'm guessing both Kyri and Tony doing theres FTD was Greg who got a couple of doses of good air and did a great 31.57 not quite as entertaining as his 31.9 which saw his plane pointing vertical as it got a bit to close to the green stuff . Andy PS cheers Pete for the FS3
  19. 5 points
    A video... (Specially for Jon & Bob ) Simon https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWngbUW0i28&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR27Awv2QHdGGITm0RMZKQeaVblW_kCcmlvljoZ0dsxT79IP0j4xcdiRF1Q
  20. 5 points
    Well, Graeme, since you’ve shown yours, I’d better show you mine. I like the new wing bags! As you can see, I’ve returned to a colour scheme I can be sure is visible.
  21. 5 points
    Looking good Mike, Mine arrived Thursday, the new extra carbon Fuz is like a baseball bat super stiff! Thought I’d go a bit retro with the colour this time G
  22. 5 points
    .... and now it is all done. Wings are coming along, too. There were a couple of repairs that I didn’t have time to paint, that I’ve been giving the wet and dry treatment. Come to think of it, this is the first repair I’ve ever managed to finish right down to the lacquer, 600, 1000, 1200, 4000 and car polish. It looks better than it did when it was lashed up with glass reinforced tape.
  23. 4 points
  24. 4 points
    just think twice as many goes at Levisham ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,hes going to be a gibbering wreck by the end of Saturday ,,,,
  25. 4 points
    Please don't start this discussion.... I can remember an episode during the WC in Denmark when a "Touch and Go" and a protest from a team manager afterwards (something about missing parts on the plane after the touch...) led to a massive tantrum of the affected pilot (no clue who he was......).
  26. 4 points
    Im sure committee can look at this discussion and make a decision about whether it should return to how it was. I'm not on committee by the way but just follow their wishes. It appears unpopular in my eyes.
  27. 4 points
    OK Brett, here is part 2:
  28. 4 points
    Indeed Tom. Rcmf failed when they decided that they needed income from the forum. That in itself wasn’t the reason for leaving but it was the reason the moderators became over protective and stopped moderating and started censoring. forums need mods and on this board it has been just right, but forums also need to be open and inviting with regular new content. If that content is someone trying to sell a fs5 for £1500 then it’s interesting content and attracts views and posters, keeping the board vibrant. £10 may be a small amount but it is a barrier. It will result in a less vibrant forum. As a slope flier and s previous lapsed BARCs member, it is hard to understand what benefits BARCs gives me other than a great forum board. I make an effort to keep the board active and post very regularly and offer lots of advice to others where I can. Anything that reduces posts is s retrograde step. if BARCs needs more revenue it needs to promote what benefits if offers to its members £10 may be a small amount but it’s another £10 on top of BMFA , FIA . Local clubs, event fees etc. It needs to have a value and a clear function. As a slope flier I don’t know what that is.
  29. 4 points
    32.02 round 8 Midlands winter league 6 Poll Cottage Long Mynd
  30. 4 points
    Arrived at Whitesheet this morning at around 8.30 & measured a steady 30 gusting to 35 mph W - WNW Andy B & I walked out in advance of everyone, to the very far end of what is known as 'Morgans' . Whilst I set about marking / measuring out the course Andy had a fly to test the conditions. Within 5 minutes of him launching the wind had picked up significantly, this I recorded as 50- gusting to 55 mph . Credit to Andy, he stuck with it for several more minutes in what would best be described as being a bit of 'challenging air' lol. After a few more minutes of being truly battered by the wind, Andy's quick & crisp footwork to keep his balance would have scored him a perfect 10 on 'Strictly' lol While taking a further windmeter reading it had now averaged a steady 55 - 60, with a highest measured gust of 68 mph THUD ! By now watching Andy's deft footwork to keep himself upright was like watching Michael Flatley in Riverdance With the wind still picking up, Andy then brought his model around to score a perfect 10 landing . The result......….a round of applause to Andy & Comp cancelled . Many thanks to all those pilots that arrived at the slope today, & also to those that thought better of it & stayed at home, all of whom had the courtesy to send me an email or PM to let me know , thank you Guys, very much appreciated Windswept Stu. Whitesheet Comp Sec.
  31. 4 points
    This thread has ended up with lots of everyone's excellent techniques for repairs. Great!! In the meantime the needle is restored, I have taped the flap wipers to protect them from damage (as I already learnt that). I am very proud to have had the chance to get this one air worthy again. Can't wait to get it flying. I will call it the TN124.
  32. 4 points
    Really good day, I did manage to get under 50sec at a48.16. Must work on the Crossfire to make it fly more reliably straight :- unless it's me that needs fine tuning?
  33. 3 points
    Sorry to hear this, Stu. I hope all will be a lot better after your op.
  34. 3 points
    Lol, Jesus chill out boys. I was pulling your leg. God knows, I might even stick some gear in the ellipse and come taunt you all with it at your nostalgia gig
  35. 3 points
    When I returned to aeromodelling about 1990 after an earlier abortive try, I bought a Flair Cub kit, OS FP40 engine and Futarba Challenger Tx set. I basically learnt to fly with this and enjoyed years of flying it. It spent a couple of years nailed to the roof of the large shed we got for furniture storage whilst we built our new house. I then flew it for more years until one day I decided to see how high I could go. On the way down, difficult to see what it was doing, it clapped its wings and the fus plummeted into the ground about 300yds away. One wing took minutes to land Knowing how far away it landed, I calculated it must have got to about 1700ft (based on guess at 60° look up angle). Buried in the ground nose first, the carb was sheared off the engine. Been on/off looking for replacement since. So I was perusing eBay and came across an FP40 for sale, no bids at £10 so I stuck £15 on it and waited. Thought this would be an easy way to get a replacement carb. It arrived this morning. 2 late bids pushed it to £13.50 ....... oh dear! Last of the big spenders eh? So then perusing a bit further on the bay, I found a part built Flair Cub kit - I had to have it and the seller accepted my offer I shall enjoy going back to the beginning and finishing off this build, though I will use modern r/c gear. Mixed in with that, I have agreed to rebuild the engine of a 2010 Mini Clubman for SWMBO's friend. She cannot afford the labour cost of repairing a big-end rattle So I will do it for the cost of parts. Lots to do now
  36. 3 points
    Well, managed to get 10 mins air time on mickies during Sunday’s F3F lunch break. ~ 15ms so filled it with ballast (all-up), checked the controls again and Dave chucked it off. She went away straight as a die no trim needed at all. After a few loops and rolls I felt quite at home, pitch and roll with Keith’s set-up was a little soft for me but it still felt positive. Flicks both inside and outside were crisp with no signs of dropping out at the end, four points were superb, good fin area and powerful progressive rudder kept the line well. All in all very impressed given I only had 10 mins, been tweaking tonight removing as much Expo as i can to try and keep the controls as linear as possible, trying again Friday. G
  37. 3 points
    Sitting in the plane waiting for the take off. What a nice - although cold - day on the slope. Achieved my goal to maiden the device but the further outcome was even better . Big thanks to Joel for running the league and everybody who is attending the comps. I wish everybody a nice CoC and bring on the Summer (league). As for the typos on the scoring the blame is entirely om my side. Cheers
  38. 3 points
    Nice to see that Graeme has turned Spanish, and Jesus (presumably this is the second coming) has become an F3Fer! Well done all. Sorry I couldn’t join in.
  39. 3 points
    Great end to the winter league. Mixed bag for me, more good than bad though . Thanks to Joel for running the show again and to Stefan for launching all day Stand out for me was watching Dave hanging on for dear life as his Pitbull came on step in massive air!! Classic BWLCH Nightmare drive home... managed to pick up a slow ish puncture, had to stop and top it up every 10 miles or so! G
  40. 3 points
    Well Jon, I have spent the last two weeks repairing the Crossfire & the Crossover since our last outing. I have to say that, although I would love to be flying them & showing how good I really am, I am also relieved not to be going out & smacking them to bits again in a hoolie (is that a scottish term?) Good choice, I can go on dreaming of how good I could be. Bob
  41. 3 points
    Here is a front-facing camera video:
  42. 3 points
    Hi Simon, 31.57 Long Mynd Pitbull 2 including a touch and go and 3 seconds inverted, Thank you Greg
  43. 3 points
    Out of personal experience. I came across this forum via a friend saying about the for sale/wanted section as I was in the market for an older not so common sloper. Back then the classifieds was bustling with multiple pages of fantastic flying machines for sale... To the point where I found what I was after and one for a friend too. Nowadays you're lucky to get a page on there and I bet I can count on one hand with 2 fingers missing how many are for sale on there now. I can only assume to this being locked down to barcs members only... From my discovery of the bustling classifieds I found the rest of the forum which is filled with magnificent invaluable information and queries on a huge range of topics for all ages of gliders and pilots. Allowing me to also contribute myself to the information encyclopedia. This is also contributes a massive amount to the new comers/returners to the hobby. I think it's all too easy to tar everyone with the same brush to say that alot come here just to use the classifieds. But some of us may come here for this then find the real gem of the forum... Personally a very short sighted decision one that could slow/cripple a forum. Just my two pence worths.
  44. 3 points
    Shame we had to cancel but the only decision given the extreme conditions, below is a shot of Stu trying to get a good reading during a 65+mph series of gusts G
  45. 3 points
    Congratulations Andy on winning todays event, & even more for winning the Midlands Winter league, top flying Congrats & well done to Mike on taking todays comp second spot, & to Greg on taking 3rd . Well done to everyone else on your own placings, achievements & PB's Stu.
  46. 3 points
    Thanks for getting that posted so quickly Andy. What a day, I am completely shattered. There were some really good flights to be seen and some impressive times. That flight of Greg's didn't half get a few hearts pumping. Honestly thought it was going in. On a personal level, I had an amazing comp. My previous PB was 38.xx and my first flight was a 39.xx so I was hoping it might happen. Took a few more rounds though, did a 37.xx and was over the moon. Role on the last round and nailed a 35.xx which I just realised was a round win, awesome. Cant wait to see the results so I can get my exact time. Congratulations to the top three and once again thanks to the guys for organising. Brett
  47. 3 points
    Well we still have a SW wind, 17 to 29mph , and fairly mild for the time of year So whats not to like, therefore the comp is ON Meet main Car park at 9:30am Some forecasts showing more southerly winds So decision between South Bowl or Levisham will depend upon actual direction See you there Jon
  48. 3 points
  49. 3 points
    Oh they have been very creative in ‘de-spotting’ my ‘never raced or rallied, one careful owner’ models Simon
  50. 3 points
    I’m in stitches here reading this report... Simon
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