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  1. Just one more
    8 points
  2. Superb day on The Crest yesterday good bunch of mates and wall to wall sunshine (not The Bwlch at all) 40mph on the edge and the video gives an idea of the rotor .Still 8 pilots and nobody really broke anything so whats not to like ...other than Welsh pubs are still closed .....
    6 points
  3. How to launch a glider - just roll it down the hill ! (roll the vid to 1:00 if you're feeling impatient...) I've flown full-size bungee launch off the Long Mynd, but this looks even more fun Phil.
    6 points
  4. Hello. First day out with my ReSolution. I had 2 set up flights early morning in still air. Model seems to carry a very slight side slip and rudder trim so i need to get the incidence meter on the wings as i must have a small twist to get out. Noting bad and if it wasnt totally still i am sure i wouldnt of noticed it. I then had a good few flights once the thermals kicked in. It really is a very good glider, efficient in a thermal! Best flight today (18/04) was 42 min. 16 sec. Launch time was 13.30 No strong thermals but i seemed to have a reliable t
    5 points
  5. So glad the weather was on our side for once! Wet feet but big smiles. In between the showers it was really good condition with light winds and patches of light light lift. Thanks to all CD duo, Mike f for making the trip just to support us and MSA for the use of the field. Also a big thanks to all the pilots it’s just a great sport which is fun on your own but infinity better together, which I think we have all realised over the last 18months. Win lose or draw it’s just great to get together and fly with a goal. cheers. Hope to see you all at the next one.
    4 points
  6. Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks. My friend Pat has wanted to fly since he was a teen but he never had the resources so today I took him out for his first flight on a small slope with a buddybox. After a quick introduction he was off keeping it level and doing slow passes. We packed up after an hour and fifteen minutes .
    4 points
  7. First time out in what feels like years but actually about nine months. Southerly winds less than 5 miles an hour often completely still. First flight three minutes 30 so there was lift about despite being 4 o’clock in the afternoon. Second flight straight into strong lift and went up with very flat and wide circles. Due to lack of wind the model drifted very very slowly down wind and I came out of the thermal only when I glanced down at my timer and looked back up and took what seemed like seconds to find the model again. So bottled it. Soon caught another strong bit of lift and again dr
    4 points
  8. The BMFA Nationals will take place in Wales on the reserve date of 5-6th June. By this date, accommodation should be fully open. Entry will open on 15th May at 10am http://www.gbsra.co.uk/competition-entries. A big thank you to MKS and T9 Hobbysport who will be sponsoring the competition.
    3 points
  9. I'm so excited! Even if the weather's crap its going to be great to see you all again. Bed now, up at 4am.
    3 points
  10. Spent a very nice day at Fish Meadow today, several F5J guys flying, and I loaded up my two 2 Meter RES Electric models. 90 Minutes flying Purito only produced a best of 13 minutes, so decided I would try some more trimming of my recently acquired Circle Dancer. I had already spent an hour or two trimming it, but the only way to stay in lift seemed to be "Flying Ugly" as I would call it, nothing smooth about this one at all. Stalls were quite common and very hard to dial out, I found I had to fly it all the way. Several flights in, snagged some reasonable lift and got away nicely after sp
    3 points
  11. I've been waiting for your Yoda flight report Mark!!!
    3 points
  12. Further to Gregs post the Albatross App can be found here https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.rc_electronics.albatross the manuals for the various devices can be found here on the R C Electronics web site https://www.rc-electronics.eu/downloads/#1549731197294-8d5dcea8-1b53 Have a go, find a new and interesting way to fly your F5J glider for 20 minutes and enter GPS triangle competitions from any flat field on any day of the week, record your progress, challenge yourself with a PB and start chasing it, GPS Triangle racing opens up a whole new area of flying.
    3 points
  13. After a little break, maybe 7 years or so, I have, today, returned to discus launching. Being averse to the way the BMFA dealt with things "drone" related, I refused to be a member. This act cost me a lot of enjoyment, because despite hardly ever flying, my clubs (I was a member of 4 flying clubs, all affiliated) and BARCS wouldn't allow me to remain as a non-flying member, even if I vowed to never fly. I was relegated to flying slope soarers on public access land until the 250g limit was enforced. So I have a fleet of lovely planes that I'll probably never fly again. I still love th
    3 points
  14. Early bike ride yesterday, got to the field for 11am to find quite a few flyers and lots of lift. Had a quick test flight with the DLG and could see there was lift everywhere. Broke my spoilers again and discovered it's because I keep connecting the Left Right connectors in wrong order which exceeds linkage limits. Easy fix for next time. Second launch off the high start, found some smooth light lift, got up to 300 meters without much effort but the lift was taking me straight into the sun. Came out of that and then had to work really hard for the next 20 minutes, the
    3 points
  15. If it is cancelled, the reserve date on 13th June will be used and we will attempt to run it in Wales. There is a another chance at Whitesheet in 4 weeks time (30th May).
    3 points
  16. Have just completed the builds/refurbishment of these two models that were for sale local to me recently. The Phase Four was missing the canopy/radio hatch and was converted to a four servo wing by removing the mechanical mixers. It has a larger rudder and ventral fin than shown on the plan that I have so it is either either pre-1975 or built from a pre-1975 plan. The Phase 5 was missing its tailplanes (possibly unbuilt), had no fuselage servo mounts and the elevator pushrod had been left over length with no end fitting. The wing had the mechanical mix, single servo, four aileron setup w
    3 points
  17. so bit of a leap of faith by Ian today, first flight of the falcon with ballast and he did take some persuading but fair play to him 17m/s on the Crest isnt ideal but the plane handled it better than its owner ....
    3 points
  18. we could all go to Wales .........oppppsss no ......
    3 points
  19. Stingray ! first assembly - she's a big lass Phil.
    3 points
  20. Entry for BMFA L1 will open this Wednesday at 10p.m. It looks like travel from Wales and Scotland is allowed, so it will be the start of the BMFA League provided there are no changes to the restriction lifting schedule. I will enable the PayPal link after the weather call on Friday 30th to save having to give refunds if called off.
    3 points
  21. Sorry Guy, I knew there was one missing. The most I have ever had to do in the past was 3, now its like Piccadilly Circus... Now updated, hopefully correct and sorted by score.. Some truly remarkable flights and its only April...
    3 points
  22. Well .. Today marked a step in the right direction for so many of us in the UK... its now possible to have a pint inside in a pub in England!! . I therefore thought I would start this thread again so that everyone is all up-to speed for our forthcoming much needed holiday! Firstly, we are firmly 'all steam ahead' or, should I say 'We will all be.. at Sea,' in September and I am looking forward to welcoming you all on our slope soaring mecca, along with /swimming/snorkelling/bird watching/rambling/drinking/slot car racing/darts adventure. Not all activities are compulsory! I intend ho
    2 points
  23. Hi, I thought you would be interested to know if you update the Multi module in your Radio master TX16S it now supports version 2 of the ACCST Firmware (ACCST V2). See. www.multi-module.org. I hope this helps. Terry.
    2 points
  24. BMFA F3K League 15th May 2021 Malvern - at the Malvern Soaring Association field in Upton on Severn. I'm opening up registration earlier than usual for the first event of the year - lets see how many entries we can get! I'm going to be attempting a different approach to registration and online scoring this year using F3XVault.com Please register through F3XVault. Link to the event: BMFA F3K 2021 Malvern BMFA membership is required. There is a field to fill in your "AMA#" - please insert your BMFA number there. £10 entry fee. I've added the
    2 points
  25. The best flight counts irrespective if how many models you fly.. I think that is fair. I'll update the tables and start a new challenge this evening. Meanwhile, here is my electric version of Mad Hatter 2. Sadly I appear to have a duff motor so another is on order. 435g with battery
    2 points
  26. A great day's flying... Big thank you to the MSA for the amazing field, always love flying there, many fond memories. All 12 pilots turned up to what was a damp start but the weather improved for good soaring conditions, there were intermittent showers throughout the day but we managed to complete 6 rounds. Great to catch up and see fiends after such a long time. Thanks to my tech expert and wingman Paul R for everything. Always amazing to see new people at a competition, both John and Nick seemed to really enjoy it and learnt loads. Congratulations to Richard for
    2 points
  27. Just to confirm, I've sorted the scores for the two groups in the final round now. Due to the fact that there was a full 8 minutes scored by Mike C and Mike S, one in each of the two groups, all relative scores stay exactly the same and therefore there is no change at all in scores or final result.
    2 points
  28. Great day! And very glad I was wrong about the weather! Thanks Neil and Paul and MSA. Really nice to see every one again and to see some new entrants.
    2 points
  29. Big thanks to Paul and Neil for making it happen and to everyone else involved, It was good flying, in between the showers. looking forward to the next one.
    2 points
  30. There was no tape/pegs/cones to mark the flight box today - my fault, sorry. I'll bring it all to Radioglide. Congratulations to Neil H for the weather call. (I would have cancelled). Neil, buy a lottery ticket. Well done Paul for making the contactless scoring easy. Thanks to the Malvern Soaring Association for the lone of their fabulous site.
    2 points
  31. Entry for the BMFA F3F Nationals is now open. http://www.gbsra.co.uk/competition-entries
    2 points
  32. I have just priced up at Hobby King in the UK, in stock, a motor plus esc and two Lipo batteries for £36 plus postage. That was 750g thrust in a 5/600g airframe will be plenty powerful enough. So the argument that a powertrain is expensive is not true. Yes you can spend £300 or more on a Hacker geared inrunner plus a YGE speed controler but there is no need - this is supposed to be a cheap entry class after all. You can get to 100m easily in 30seconds with a 1:1 or better thrust to weight ratio. Or 60m in 20 seconds or whatever the rules end up as. It doesn't stack up that electric p
    2 points
  33. Same with mine, they charge up to 3.6v per cell, but then drop back to 3.3v per cell very quickly and stay there. I have some 700 mah 2s turnigy packs in some models and they can see the voltage drop to below under 6v quite easily under load. Whereas my Lipos charge up to 4.2v per cell and then drop off more slowly. One of the things with Life cells is that the resting voltage initially drops to 3.3 v per cell and then stays there until they are almost discharged and then drops off, with Lipos there is a steeper discharge curve so it's easier with a Lipo to use resting voltage as a
    2 points
  34. Actually I'll be the one bringing the Yoda! (that is if the bits that were missing from the hardware pack turn up in time) Are we going to see you on Saturday?
    2 points
  35. Regards a removable fin. https://www.rc-network.de/threads/nores-ein-norddeutsches-eigenbau-gemeinschaftsprojekt.11829729/page-5 Scroll down. Read via Google chrome for translation. It does include fixing the tailplane in thee fin but you'll get the idea.
    2 points
  36. Yep - if its F3F its a proper rucksack of survival stuff as well as the plane bag ! Phil.
    2 points
  37. Glider rucksacks always look like a nice idea, but in the UK normally I'm carrying a complete rucksack of survival gear. Not often I walk up a hill without several spare layers of clothing and drinks and food etc. Not sure they will cope with all the added junk.
    2 points
  38. That's the way to do it, or at least a way to do it. Low energy aerobatics, low, slow and close. https://www.slopeaerobatics.com/2014/03/20/look-at-where-we-are-ultrabatics-2014/ from Steve Lange's excelent Slope Aerobatics Website.
    2 points
  39. Hi Terry Can you add me to your list for this comp please. Open elec on 2.4 I will join Peter as another "Essex Boy" Thanks Garry Matthews (BARCS No 3628)
    2 points
  40. Fly it as it is Phil and see what it is capable of. I learnt rolling circles on a R/E model, ailerons aren't a necessity of flight as well you know ;-)
    2 points
  41. Maybe keep it as it is as an homage to the way it used to be done?
    2 points
  42. Nice days flying at Fish Meadow today, bit of work keeping out of the way of the F5J models, but at least I was able to see where the lift might (or might not) be. The weather was not true to forecast, the wind in the morning far more than it was supposed to be, but after lunch the weather rewarded our perseverance. Had numerous launches, and a maiden flight with a new Circle Dancer which was interesting, very different to fly compared to the Purito, but did manage about 13 minutes with it later in the afternoon. The day involved swapping the prop assembly between the two models, currentl
    2 points
  43. Hi all, unfortunately this weekend's comp is OFF, due to inadequate wind conditions
    2 points
  44. Despite the few mishaps (and I had one of my own) it was a very enjoyable day. I think we all asked ourselves what were we doing first thing in the morning, when it was full on cloud, cold and windy. But after a shortish wait the wind strength dropped enough to start, and the day ended in sun with more reasonable wind. Thanks Tony for tempting us out and CD'ing the comp.
    2 points
  45. Great to see so much activity on this thread and some impressive flights! Last week was incredible, I can't remember the last time we had 7 consecutive days of sun and light winds. I had the week off but sadly didn't have access to my RES model. Thankfully I was able to get some DLG practice in. Having flown nothing but DLG for the last 6 years, these F3RES models have been a great distraction and revelation. User input is reduced and the dihedral/polyhedral sometimes feels like auto pilot. I've been amazed at the performance of these models in the right conditions - th
    2 points
  46. Think you need to add another line in the mixing menu, for each servo to move in the direction you want with the switch assigned to to Thermal Then repeat for the Speed task. I do that for my F5j models, works fine. Open Tx does take a bit of getting your head around, but is far more cost effective, than more expensive gear.
    2 points
  47. Out again today with the PuRES, NE 5mph gusting 8-10 or so, blue skies, a few high cirrus, sunny but not particularly warm of course. Flights went from appx 6-8mins mid-morning, up to 13-14mins after lunch, then my personal best ever of 22:46 mid-afternoon (spent quite a bit of time initially at low-ish levels - around 8mins - until climbing away two or three times, with a final max height of 334m quite a distance downwind before turning for home), later, around teatime, the thermal action slackened off so called it a day. So (Jon W take note!) there's absolutely nowt wrong with a se
    2 points
  48. Someone got a bargain - Stingray - new - unbuilt - £475 Me ! https://bmfa.org/class1/id/106509
    2 points
  49. After playing hunt the allen key too many times, I made a place for an allen key in each model (usually with magnet to secure it), and put a 4" piece of bright coloured insulation tape on each one (so that when you drop it in the grass you can find it).
    2 points
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