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  1. 8 points
    A good day. My Extreme flew again after 7 years lost in Wales, some repair work and a refit of the entire control system. I fell in love with it all over again. It’s a great plane. RTG should be proud. ‘Midweek’ Mike Bleathman took a photo:
  2. 7 points
    Terrific day! Forecast spot on in all respects. Winds increasing during the day 8-10m/s during the morning, 10-15m/s in the afternoon Cloudy but bright, which al least kept the sun out of your eyes, which can be a problem on the South bowl Only disappointment is that we only had 8 pilots to enjoy the day. Still, plenty of flying with 17 rounds completed ( could have done more, but its pretty hectic with only 8 )and some fast flying conditions Mark R once again demonstrated his flying skills with a convincing win, Peter G some equally terrific flying in second, and Paul G not far behind in third FTD went to Mark R with a 31.04 in R2 Thanks to everyone for keeping the show moving along at a cracking pace all day Full results to follow. Next and final WL at Horcum 21st March 2020 Jon
  3. 6 points
    Over '70s banned from going out? Not us...
  4. 6 points
    results from the final race of the winter league A strange day but at least we got a comp in . Andy
  5. 5 points
    Dear diary, I can't recall what I poured into my body the night I designed that finish ... (did anyone mention scale finish?) but this is the result I got: Ready now for the next one (where is my bong?). Ric
  6. 5 points
  7. 5 points
    Thanks again to Andy & Les for organising the Midland Winter League, but everyone did a bit to help make things run smooth. I called in to the Long Mynd on Friday afternoon to clock up another couple of hours with my RTG Orden and felt settled enough to give my usual "go to" Pitbull 1 a rest in yesterday's competition. I am very pleased with the way the Orden performed on the course, but in hindsight I was probably flying a bit lighter than optimum for the conditions. There was a nice collection of current models on the hillside yesterday, Quantum's, Freestylers, Pike Precision 2, Pitbull 1's, but Bruce proved the Rotmilan is still no slouch. Here's looking forward to the Champ of Champs at the end of the month
  8. 5 points
    Hi all, I understand what you said earlier Peter, what a machine, more I try settings more it is easy and fast. At the end of the day, I put CG aft to 106/107 and whaooooo mum mum mum mum please mum it can't stop, nervous nervous but fast. I love it maybe find an antidote against COVID I bring my wife this time to be my camera girl : Have a good day! Aubry
  9. 5 points
    Well done to the top three Some very crossed and strange air around in today's comp. Good decision to do a crow though and have two rounds each time,made life easier for everyone. All so well done Bruce your Rotmilan was going great. Well another Midlands Winter League completed, thanks to everyone for making it such an enjoyable time. And a big thanks especially to those who have travelled long distances to support us. Now bring on the summer.
  10. 4 points
    Hello, in those times of fear, back in the past in a great day:
  11. 4 points
    It's important to get opposite servo horns on the servos to sit at the same angle. this was done with a bit of subtrimming and both aileron pushrods were cut to the same length. I.e same servo horn angle and same length pushrods. Same position horns in the wing = same travel. No need for adjustments post gluing - there will be plenty of travel. Servo and frame glued it with the aileron taped at neutral. Result is a very solid linkage but one where the arm and servo can easily be removed. Happy with how it turned out. Flaps next I had to dry over night as i am working with slow epoxy.
  12. 4 points
    Hi John As you know on your flaps of the horns are even slightly different left to right you can end up with big differences in the travel which can be hard to take out with the radio The idea is to use the trailing edge of the flap/aileron as a datum point. This is done just be using some epoxy board or wood. The stopper controls the distance the horn is from the trailing edge and the thickness you build it dictates the height. One is made for the flaps and one for the aileron. So the control horn position is closely matched from left to right. What i usually use is a 1.6mm (1/16") drill bit as the holder pin for the horn, as pictured. Most clevis pins are 1.6mm but obviously this needs to be correct for the clevis used. Obviously the jig is used to hold the horn in position while the glue ******* dries. Two obvious caveats - 1) the width of pairs of control surfaces isn't always the same (left to right). You can measure this with a caliper - i.e. sometimes one flap will actually be wider than the other. But this can be compensated for. 2. The idea works less well the more tapered the control surface is as you need to accurately match where along the flap or aileron the jig is positioned laterally. And stopper will be aligned with the trailing edge and not the hinge line unless you use something round. However most flaps don't taper very much and accuracy is actually less important on the ailerons where the travel is much less. When you have 80 or 90 degree flaps you really notice if you have uneven control horns.
  13. 4 points
    Wind forecast this morning was NE about 20mph. I went off to the Bwlch for a fly, expecting the wind on the slope to be no more than 40. Seemed about right when I got out of the van, so I set off for the Nant y Moel slope hoping to get some setting up done. About 300yds short of the launch place, I realised that I was no longer standing up. I don’t think I’ve ever actually been blown over before! Put my stuff down and walked without it to the centre of the slope. I measured the wind twice: 28.5m/s the first time, 31.2 the second. That’s upper 60’s in mph. Would have been great if I had been able to launch! And stand up after.
  14. 4 points
    Among the barrage of stuff ont tinterweb I did rather like these two.
  15. 4 points
    I had a quick fly with les's Quantum on Sunday Bruce . Seems nice enough was a bit over sensitive on the elevator for me so didnt try anything to aggressive but its agile and pretty viceless and seemed to pick up speed well when some nicer air came through . Andy
  16. 3 points
    I too went out yesterday. Lovely conditions, light wind, lift, clear air and high cloud. I am sure I could have done over an hour, but got tired looking up high. Moved around the sky and managed a 30:09. Even high up the model was easy to see. I am guessing this reduced social activity is giving us clearer air. I am particularly impressed with the almost 4 straight minutes of nearly 5ft/sec climb rate! MichaelS | expert | F3K | Vortex3 | 30:09 | 1st April
  17. 3 points
    Hi Lynda, ok I'm in, in the barn. Let see how it goes Now I have to find a good way to organize that, but there is time ... Ric
  18. 3 points
    I have build both versions you mention. The veneer Version is obviously heavier. The most important thing to consider is the material you use and that you apply the weave at 45 degrees to the main spar. This offers the best torsional rigidity. You also need to make sure that you get the resin/cloth ratio correct, too much resin is weight! Whichever method you decide, making a vacuum pump is extremely advantageous to achieve the best results. As for the built up wing tips? If you are vac bagging glass or carbon straight onto foam, I would also do the same for the tips as this will probably work out both lighter and stronger.
  19. 3 points
  20. 3 points
    I would be pleased to get 40 m. all the time - I mainly make 35-37. But I can still catch lift and soar with the Kites and Buzzards. Not many people can make 50 let alone top 60 but some do and that gets the most publicity. No one comes onto the web boasting about their 45 metre launches.....
  21. 3 points
    I wouldn't worry about having to "always" catch a DLG. I've seen plenty of damaged DLG's as a result of a fumbled catch. The windier the conditions the more likely you are to fumble the catch and cause damage. If it's nice and calm I will always try and catch. If windy then I will typically land normally rather than try to catch. Unless your'e landing on very short grass or uneven rough ground, then landing normally is fine. The fin on my older NXT is pretty chewed up but that's because I chose to land it on less than ideal surfaces. The key thing when landing on the ground, land straight and level. Don't try and do a last minute turn causing the plane to land and skid putting unnecessary load on the fin. If it means doing a downwind landing then so be it (that's what flaps are for). The flaps are so efficient on a DLG that you should always be landing slowly anyway. Only exception would be if you are fully ballasted and forced to land downwind.
  22. 3 points
    Lord Falkland’s maxim apparently is news to them: ‘If it is not necessary to make a decision, it is necessary not to make a decision.’
  23. 3 points
    I have been asked my opinion on this new provisional class by the BMFA SFTC and I have proposed that GBR votes in favour of CIAM adopting it.
  24. 3 points
    I think I’ve won the lottery ....PS I've had this for over a month
  25. 3 points
    I have every intention of going out on my own to fly. That’s more isolated than staying at home with Denise.
  26. 3 points
    Hi guys, thank you to all of those that have replied. To be honest, I agree with you, I just didn't want to be the one that called it off yet again! So, to clarify, tomorrows comp is OFF. Fingers crossed for the Champ of Champs in a couple of weeks!
  27. 3 points
    day trip to Scotland?
  28. 2 points
    Well, its been awhile since I last posted , but I just thought we could all do with cheering up a little. So with that in mind, I had this crazy idea that I should organise another Lundy Fest! I have done some research and the week commencing September 4th 2021 is available. The Barn is free and there are a lot of other properties available should you not want to cosy up with the snorers! So at this stage, I am making some enquiries as to who might be up for it! We will need to get the barn filled up to make it viable, so will put your names down on a first come, first serve basis. The week's event is likely to include all of the usual entertainment, to include a themed night ( Fancy dress pretty compulsory lol )with food, indoor and outdoor flying comps etc. Organising this during the Ist week in September means that the Barn is cheaper than in mid summer so the week ( in the Barn) would cost £106 plus the Ferry Trip currently £74 plus Meal and indoor flying material costs. So we have a rough estimate of £200 for the week. ( Other than paying for one meal) there is a rather lovely pub where food can be purchased daily or you are able to buy food at the village shop. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the island you can find mostly everything you need to know at www.landmarktrust.org.uk . There's a special link to Lundy. You can also see the other properties that are available to book should you wish to go for that option. You can put down a deposit which is refundable if you decided to pull out up and till 3 months before the date. ( I will check this out- but that was the case when I booked before). As I will need to put a deposit on the Barn , I would appreciate a payment of £100 to secure you place. At this stage, however, I want to gauge some interest before I go ahead. Of course, we are all unsure as to what lies ahead of us with the current situation... but...…...I am sincerely hoping by September 2021, we will all be out and about and able to enjoy the magic of beautiful Lundy Island. Any questions.. fire away:) Once I have sufficient interest I will get the ball rolling... Lundy Lynda
  29. 2 points
    As I don't really have anything else to do other than child care, I decided to tackle a build (when she's asleep). I've had this model for, erm, a couple of years. Now the epoxy has had plenty of time to fully cure I decided to start a build on it. There is nothing different about it compared to any other f3x model in terms of build. DP section made by Radek Munzar. I'm doing a hybrid LDS system using the frame and pushrod but having an exposed horn and clevis. 1. I'm using what i got and 2. LDS has it's cons as many of you will know. For this situation i would rather have a more serviceable model but I like the frames of LDS and the solid linkage. Price was very good on this model at the time. Layupis carbon of course. Not sure what. Probably c160 i would guess.
  30. 2 points


    Hi I've been flying gliders on and off for about 30 years now! I started many moons ago flying a Cub off Baildon moor and got hooked. I now fly (when I get chance) at Burton Dassett with the SMSA. They are a great bunch who make just been on the hill a good time. I main enjoyment comes from building 70's / 80's designs off plan, mainly rekindled after getting a copy of Mr Stringwell's book on thermal flying and reading cover to cover several times!! I'm still in the process of setting up my new workshop after moving house (the wife takes objection to cutting and sanding wood on the dining table for some strange reason! Next project will be a 3m algebra with the rolled ply fus! A build that is a filling me with mixed feelings about! Hope everybody has fun flying when we can all get back out there! Dave
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  32. 2 points
    just book big st johns for the Girls JP
  33. 2 points
    Mhmm, I'm tempted. Could be an occasion to come back to UK again, if I miss this year. Ric
  34. 2 points
    We went on line a few days ago and secured the Barn and another property John. Stuart also managed to book the Radio room. Joe has just tried the website again a few minutes ago and it seems to be working. 4th September - 7 days 2021. There seems to 12 properties still available.
  35. 2 points
    Any of the top models will suit you fine. They can all be ballasted up for wind. At the moment I mostly fly the Votex3 because I have a 2-piece wing version so I can carry it in a back pack to the park. Cirrus covered the landing for you. The best advice I can give you for the launch is to not try to throw it up. You want to throw it forward, aim for the distant tree tops. Use an elevator preset to rotate and climb. This will stop you tip striking as mentioned above. Tip strikes are caused by trying to throw the glider up which means you dip the model 90deg from point of release and can hit the tip on the ground or foliage. If we ever get to have one, you should come along to the BMFA come and try weekends we have, whether you have a dlg or not. You will learn a lot.
  36. 2 points
    On the other hand, Pete, if Tim has a flying site within walking distance, he could devote his daily permitted exercise outing to practise!
  37. 2 points
    It would have saved time to have known sooner that CIAM cancelled the old F5K rules last year (It was electric indoor pylon racing). There is now a formal proposal for a new 'provisional' class with that name. You can see the full agenda here:- https://www.fai.org/sites/default/files/documents/ciam_2020_plenary_meeting_-_agenda_issue_1-1.pdf Page 45 extract below. If you need the annexes you can find them here:- https://www.fai.org/page/ciam-meetings
  38. 2 points
    Well I have to make comment here..... It completely depends on what suits your flying style and what you feel comfortable with. I have flown every model that I sell, both in practice and competition. There are about 4-6 models that all have the potential of being winners at world championship level. Marketing and social media has a lot to do with what is popular and not..... There is soooo much to learn, it takes more than just fancy flying...
  39. 2 points
    There must have clearly been a reason why top drive became popular, but I remember when I first got into dlg and my blaster 3.5 had external pushrods. Everything always comes round again and the last couple years the BAMF made external popular again even though planes like LD own stark and stark pro had always used them and so did other models on the market. Whilst even the Auri is expensive for a toy plane, I would imagine there’s really not much excuse if you wanted to compete with a high end plane and wanted to buy new. I remember one of my very first contests I went to, Marin was flying his Accent, and doing rather well. There were still planes like the Swindells Bonus there when the NXT was the plane to have. In fact I wouldn’t mind trying to find a Bonus, I really like the appearance of them and I think those type of planes, again, would suit me. I’ve learnt I don’t like the super small and fast planes like the BAMF/NRJ etc, the NXT was about right (like the Snipe) as I really liked but again, don’t forget even that was a wing design from around 2013 I believe? Not exactly a new design. I chased the hype for a while, I was fortunate enough to be able to do so. But it didn’t get me anywhere. All the current planes are good, buy one you like the look of and fly the heck outta it. Best advice ever and would have saved me a lot of £££
  40. 2 points
    Just a thought. For those with a competitive urge, flying in isolation or in small groups can be more interesting when you have an aim. We have the duration challenges but they tend to need perfect weather and the F3K enthusiasts may feel the need for something nearer to the task-based approach they are used to that maybe doesn’t end up needing an exceptional day to make it count. One accessible-to-all challenge we used to fly was to set a count-down timer to 10 minutes and see how many 50 second flights you could make in the time. 11 is possible. You'll need a flight timer in your Tx programme if you don't have a helper - some radios will do this with audible prompts to help. There are loads of options. Post your ideas and we can sort out a few, set up challenges and keep a check on results. Remember to make them suitable for the lone flyer with basic equipment if possible.
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  42. 2 points
    I thought shaking hands was outlawed now. Don't we bump elbows as a greeting? I feel pretty safe in the knowledge that you haven't been doing the paperwork with your elbow!
  43. 2 points
    Be very cautious if Brett offers to let you fly his glider!
  44. 2 points
    Unless travel is banned outright I think we could run responsible F5J comps., keeping a 2 or 3 metre gap between ourselves at all times. Certainly at Little Bentley and Tonbridge there is space to be parked well apart and to keep 10' away from each other on the field at most times. F3K might be more difficult. We could even suggest those north of the Thames don't travel south, and vice versa, to avoid cross contamination until things have calmed down - that's even if Corvid-19 (sic - the secretary of the shooting club let his spell checker make an un-noticed funny ) really takes off here. TonyM Male ✔ Over 60 ✔ Underlying medical condition ✔ Suppressed immune system ✔ Already reducing my activities ✔ Overly worried ✘
  45. 2 points
    At the moment you’ll probably get more for a second hand toilet roll than an immaculate mouldie. Brits hate paying a fair price for SH models! Simon
  46. 2 points
    I thought we were well on the way to another very well attended Vest Cup 2020, over 50 registrations 2 months before the scheduled date. But the current situation does not allow to run the Vest Pokal on the originally planned date, nor an estimate of when a new date would be possible. We will consider rescheduling the Vest Pokal 2020 as soon as it is foreseeable when it will be possible again without endangering the health of helpers, participants and visitors. Until then, everyone stays healthy! Cheers Ulrich
  47. 2 points
    Thanks Mike, might try the tapping method first and move on to more extreme methods if needed! Pete: I did try running a hairdryer over the wing skins in that area but that didn't help and can't work out how to drop the temperature of the lead inside the wing without cooling the wing! I think it would still work if I cooled the whole wing and lead as I imagine that the expansion coefficient of lead is a lot greater than carbon and resin but I could be wrong - I often am! Thanks for all the suggestions, haven't tried anything yet as the weather was good for flying today so just flew with a slug of ballast in the opposite wing. Will attempt extraction tomorrow.
  48. 2 points
    Yeah...you certainly dont want a flu rather than a fly ............ get well soon
  49. 2 points
    Tomorrow's comp is ON Meet at Pole Cott for 10am Wind is ment to be turning SW before midday so hopefully we'll get some good flying in. See ya all in the morning .
  50. 2 points
    So with the battery in the cg came out at what i wanted 98mm to 100mm. With my chosen configuration there is room for a multitude of different batteries you just have to be careful of length - thickness does not matter. Please bear in mind, if i had i envisaged a 3s set up from the start i would have mounted the servos in front of the battery and had the battery under the ballast tube to help balance it. But i didnt i wanted 4s so have ended up with a perfectly okay but not optimum configuration. But what is really really good about the Osprey is that it is not a stupidly tight fuselage to get your gear into. It is slim enough to be efficient yet large enough to get all sorts of set ups in. This is a very big bonus and makes it a lot easier to put together.. Now ready for the first flights...
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