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Showing content with the highest reputation since 23/01/20 in all areas

  1. 5 points
    After quite a few years out of rc soaring, I have today enjoyed the thrill of maiden flights with an Art Hobby Odyssey 2.7m off the bungee. I used to fly in the Open Peterborough Winter League with a Calypso Contest and have flown Algebra 3m and Bird of Time etc. A few hand launches showed me that I had no exxcuse for delaying the moment any longer so I hooked the Odyssey up to the bungee and up it went, straight as a die. On the 3rd or 4th launch, at full stretch, I realised it wasn't gaining height but wasn't losing it either and it hung out for a good 4 or 5 minute flight. It's forecast for light winds and sunshine again tomorrow so looking forward to exploring the performance of the Odyssey. Great to be back.
  2. 5 points
    Hi I design and make custom glider covers Fuselage wing and tale bags for most glider Custom to your glider with optional colour edges Please pm me if anyone is interested
  3. 5 points
    The tails cost €170 - and here they are on the plane, which is very nearly ready to take to the air again. It no longer looks new, but it doesn’t look badly broken either! There are a couple of dings and scratches consistent with it having landed in a tree, and for some reason the green paint matches the fuselage but not the wing. You can see the masking line clearly in the picture. Still it will be nice to see it back in the air. Needs a polish and a some new pushrod covers.
  4. 4 points
  5. 4 points
    Happy to do so, especially as I was promised a business class flight from Zurich to London, a night at the Claridges and a Eurocopter transfer to and from the Bwlch - all financed by the GBSRA
  6. 4 points
    I’m double gutted. Just found the switch in the cab that opens the rear van doors! Numpty of the week.
  7. 4 points
    I’m gutted. I haven’t been out flying since November, and I’ve got several repaired planes awaiting a remaiden. Today looks as if it might be ballistic at Whitesheet, so I was looking forward to seeing how the Forest Extreme would go after repairs and a refit. I woke up in the early hours of the morning with the thought that I hadn’t checked the CG with ballast, and I’d forgotten to program the elevator compensation on the butterfly. Went back to sleep, thinking that these wouldn’t take long to do before I set off. I was right, they didn’t, but while I was doing the programming, I noticed that one of the elevator halves was flapping about. The snake wasn’t properly glued into the fuselage. So the Extreme would have to stay at home. I thought OK, the Raptor’s still in the van. Went to the van with spare key in hand (spare because I lost the other one about the same time as my last expedition to the slope). The spare key is spare because its plastic cover is worn, and the remote only works by pushing a sharp object inside the case. (I’ve got a new one on order.) At least, it used to work that way. This morning it doesn’t, which means that I can drive around with my Raptor in the van, but I can’t get it out because access to the rear of the van is by remote control only! So here I am. Gutted.
  8. 4 points
    Hi all, For those who are interested to save time, finish without cracking any lips, I have done any pictures of my solution. In fact, I did a melting pot of part from Servorahmen iDS parts for KST X10 http://www.servorahmen.de/Integrated-Drive-System/IDS/IDS-KST-X10.html and arm from original TUDM LDS. Let me know if you any question :-) Cheers, Aubry Full album here : https://photos.app.goo.gl/FWkKSwC9oBaaw5Kp6 Maiden planned very soon
  9. 4 points
    Next round of the MIDLANDS Winter F3F League will be on Saturday 8th February,weather call on the Friday evening. Hopefully see plenty of you on the day.
  10. 4 points
    Northern Winter League is ON for tomorrow. Forecast has been fairly constant during the week for WSW winds now in the range 24 - 47mph Should be a fairly exciting day at Levisham :-) See you all in Braygate Lane for 9:30am Jon
  11. 4 points
    10ºC is my limit. Now, in my dotage, I remember failing to get to the hills because of snow, and one time, when I did get to the snow-capped slopes of Bucks, hurling snowballs at passing models. What fools we were, and still are some may say.
  12. 3 points
    They have been flying patrols over the channel for years, with a variety of manned twin engined aircraft. They have cameras, infra-red etc., similar to the drone - As the missions were flown at night I imagine they were mostly using infra-red cameras. Anything to increase the ‘persistence’ of coverage of the channel, especially if it does the same job for a fraction of the cost, is a good thing given the extent of illegal activities in the channel. I am surprised they haven’t done more of this earlier. There have been very capable UK designs that have done border patrol and surveillance trials more than 10 years ago, but the CAA have been painfully slow in understanding how to integrate these into the existing systems. Simon
  13. 3 points
    I recently bought a 3D printer and while looking for interesting model related things to print I came across various CG scale things on RCGroups eventually finding mention of Olav Kallhovd's F3x CG Scale. I like a challenge, I play with Raspberry Pis but have never used Arduinos before so have started to build this scale for my F5J models. I also found Mike Shellim's blog on his build of the scale - I'm hoping Mike @rc-soar will chime in on this thread with answers to my(our) questions and add any advice or changes that he has made, or would make to the scale. I have printed the wider F5J supports My first question is: I've bought the 1602 display with an i2c module, does that mean I don't need a second Arduino to power the display? Second, and related question: will I need a deeper box for the display unit with just the i2c attached? Mike, could you perhaps post your adjusted .stl in this thread? (My brain turned to mush trying to do the alteration in FreeCAD, TinkerCAD is my limit at the moment ) The parts, still a few bits to print plus wire to connect things together
  14. 3 points
    A kite from Surrey would get him to Denmark ?????
  15. 3 points
    Hi guys There is a possibility I might not be able to make it this weekend (its a long story) Anyway I've spoken to Stefan and he is more than happy to run the comp in my absence so the plan stays as is. Weather call as normal, Friday Night. Cheers Joel
  16. 3 points
    https://www.helifreak.com/showthread.php?t=263175
  17. 3 points
    Guys, this is not a for sale forum for Ebay. No more links please.
  18. 3 points
    Canopy glue. several different brands. I have had great success withi this one. And not just for canopies - It has also been invaluable for near invisible repairs on old very valuable vintage rc stuff.
  19. 3 points
    Well we had the wind we had the sun ...... just no big Si
  20. 3 points
    Event ABANDONED!! With wind speeds around 20m/s, but gusts in excess of 25m/s for sustained periods ( 31.6 m/s max recorded peak), and intermittent drizzle from some distant rain clouds, common sense finally prevailed and the eight pilots abandoned any hope of trying to get a comp in. Having said that, some were game to try, but test flights proved that despite the wind, conditions were not that ballistic, and landing was definitely hazardous. So, reserve date kicks in, the next meeting being the 15th Feb Fingers crossed for a little less wind!! Jon
  21. 2 points
    F3F Euro Tour 2020 26th, 27th and 28th June 2020 ESSA are proud to be hosting part of the F3F Euro Tour and the World Cup Entry cost €45 Online Entry will be open from the 1st March 2020 this will be handled by GBSRA: http://www.gbsra.co.uk/competition-entries Any questions or further info feel free to contact be or JP or Check ESSA website for more details
  22. 2 points
    Hi all When I had a Sonata I just cut out a strip of the non-moving elevator and converted it to a "standard" two-sided elevator. Took about two hours to complete and , as far as I was concerned, solved the problem completely - simples! Regards Pete BARCS1702
  23. 2 points
    Since it's a pure X tail with a normal rudder, the only difference is the elevator is all on one side. If the model has enough dihedral to fly well R/E, the very slight roll induced by the off-set elevator will be compensated by the dihedral - I doubt you'd notice anything. If you're worried, you know what to do. A tiny amount of rudder mix in the elevator control would also 'fix it' A full span elevator will produced less 'control drag' but this is a small effect. The control surface produces camber and incidence changes so full span elevators remain the normal choice. Most models use a single sided fin and rudder - does anyone notice the roll from that and compensate for it?
  24. 2 points
    The hi-tech solution. £60 from Nexus Hobbies. Works well.
  25. 2 points
    Hi guys I'm guessing you might have seen this coming but I'm going to call Sunday OFF. As you are probably aware we are due another storm front over the weekend and it's going to bring some nasty weather. Some forecasts suggest we may have an opportunity to fly in a gale late Sunday afternoon, however it wouldn't be long enough, or for that matter legal, to fly a comp and we would be dragging people down there when every news bulletin is suggesting people shouldn't travel. Sorry once again, Joel
  26. 2 points
    A telemtry rx uses about 100mah i believe. Battery testers only test voltage (some under load). The charge state is extrapolated from that info, nothing more. Even telemtry rxs show information that is very weather dependent. Cells don't get discharged by cold per se. What you are seeing is an inability of the cell chemistry to deliver the required current due to the effect cold has on the chemical reaction. I.e crow brakes which draw a lot of current. The way the cells change when the temperature changes is obviously a problem for us when it gets cold but it works the other way round too. Some chargers won't charge in low temps as a safety feature (e.g power tools). Hobby king round lipos might be another option.
  27. 2 points
    It's finished and it works. As the LCD likes 5v I just power the display with a 2S LiPo with a 5v regulator - they hang outside along with the LCD, no 3D printed box for LCD yet. Haven't heard from the seller of Arduinos yet, worked around the voltage problem with the external LiPo. User error(s): Don't follow wiring for load cell amplifiers from github diagram, follow the diagram for actual amplifiers bought so wires are in the right place - worked then. Get front and rear load cells wired in the right order - trying to calibrate them when they're the wrong way round causes head scratching - altering sketch solved that. Ensure wires from load cell are properly soldered after taking them out and putting them in the right place - stops weights fluctuating when configuring. Apart from the above everything went swimmingly Just noticed I've made a poor job of seating the load cells, got a distinct list to starb'rd - soon fixed, might need recalibrating though.
  28. 2 points
    I also like the fact it has made me go out and buy and old school built up wing. I'm quite looking forward to the build too. Bought myself a 2m Res that arrives today
  29. 2 points
    id forgo the Hertz and buy him a kite that will get him there quicker
  30. 2 points
    Counter-proposal. Easy Jet to London, a night in the hell house of St John's, followed by the cheapest hertz has to offer to the Bwlch. You then have the pleasure of organising all the rogues above. Bloody good hills though?
  31. 2 points
    Countryfile has a mention of modelling again tonight, when the handyman on the Scottish estate declares his hobby , 9/2/20 approx 15-20 minutes in
  32. 2 points
    Very sad that RC Soaring Digest shut down. As a swede we do not have any RC Magazines worth the name so as a glider lover i have gone through all RC Soaring Digest. Even if all articles are not of interest just watching all the pictures of beutiful gliders makes me happy.
  33. 2 points
    Well Greg Lewis and I went to White Sheet yesterday and it was very good lift, a bit light at 10.30am and about 35mph when we left at 16.30, SW all day, sunny and not very cold. Graeme Mahoney flew his LET 6m scale model, even John Phillips turned up from Eastbourne, 12 people in total, 3 broken models, but a day not to be missed. I flew my Raptor as did Graeme. All that was missing was an F3f course, and of course John Treble. David.
  34. 2 points
    It is a bit much for a Friday night!
  35. 2 points
    sold for £300 - 2x decent looking F3F starter planes - someone got a bargain there !
  36. 2 points
    Hi Simon. Thanks for posting your set up. I have also been playing with a "Light" class model as I had a friends Valenta Ray X in the workshop for fitting out. This is the "Standard" version which after flying the light version I deemed to be a better bet for the typical UK conditions. Given the poor weather in the past few weeks I have not done that much flying with it but my first impressions are that it is very similar to flying my GPS Special on the Sport Class course. In no lift conditions I get about 3 1/2 to 4 laps depending on wind direction with my GPS Special on the 350m course and surprisingly in the same sort of conditions I have been getting the same number of laps with the Ray X on the 200m course. In flight both models are very similar, given the scale of the different courses, so I was immediatly at home flying the small course with the smaller model. I think the Light class may loose some of the excitment of "racing" in booming lift conditions compared to the Sport and Open classes I fly, but as that is so rare here in the UK, and given the accessability of the Light class to newcommers I think it will be a hit. I will be including the Light Class in my training weekends at Buckminster on 18/19 April and the 2 training weekends at Sherlowe on 30/31 May and 26/27 September. AEB
  37. 2 points
    I too was getting fed up with the weather, so I found this very friendly pilot and his mate who were very happy to go flying in 6 deg C. Five hours later we were in Boa Vista at 26 deg C. I forgot my transmitter, and to my surprise they were not keen to let me fly their 757 because I fly mode 1. Another week and I will meet up with more friendly pilots happy to return me to 6 deg C.
  38. 2 points
    Introducing the new CLS2035HHV a lightning fast 0.05s 5.5kg 12mm fuselage servo. With a quieter more efficient gear train and super centering the CLS2035HHV replaces the KM1203MD. In stock now! Price £28
  39. 1 point
    Graffiti used the same wings as the Purbeck asw27. I've had a few of those over the years. They will fly off any decent hill in as low as 5mph winds if there is a sniff of thermal around. Add a couple of mm of camber to the wing and fly smooth. But work up to that if you are less experienced, and over the sea..
  40. 1 point
    Hi Nigel, just found 2 reviews will scan them and get them to you ps,settings aileron diff 2 to1 flap 90%brake Thermal 2 to3mm down neg speed1 to2mm up I got my Graffiti from Andy Westwood he gave me the settings
  41. 1 point
    Why? These are not autonomous operations - they are flown over a radio link, just like ours, but with longer range. The pilot, although based on the ground, is talking to air traffic just like any other pilot, and ATC would not even know (or need to know) it was remote if they had not been told. These sorts of operations have been going on in Switzerland (and other countries) for many years. RuAG have been flying large drones (light aircraft size) with no special rules, slotted into all the other GA traffic. What you might find scary is when true autonomous operations start. (Or lots of GA aircraft flying around with single pilots, who could have a heart attack without warning...). TBH I find biking on the roads scary Simon
  42. 1 point
    https://www.barcs.co.uk/forums/topic/5918-south-coast-blade/?tab=comments#comment-135161 Hi Si Link shows my Blade build. used 4 AA .
  43. 1 point
    Northern Winter League Reserve date this Saturday. Well, I asked for less wind than last time, and what's the forecast - more bloody wind!! Current forecast is a for a southerly ( good direction ) but 28 to 55mph with a hint of rain! Don't hold your breath, but usual call Friday evening Jon
  44. 1 point
    Hi Marc RC pilot IMO you'll never find an online supplier for what you are needing, personally, I think your best bet is to speak to whoever is advertising the sale of all all his kit as he's giving up the hobby, or anyone that is clearing out the effects of a deceased flyer, as I have just done. If you had made this request a fortnight ago, I could have given you a metre long cardboard box filled to the brim with unused wood, ply, accessories, bits of Solarfilm and suchlike......as it is, that went in the bin.......BTW this is NOT ghoulish, people doing clearances for others always have these boxes available, and would be glad to pass them on to someone like yourself who'd give them a good home......just ask the advertiser, he'd very probably welcome your call, and thank you for taking this stuff away......I know I would have....... BTW I still have a Goldberg Gentle Lady, a Veron Impala, a Ben Buckle 82" model, I think is a Majestic Major, ideal for an electric conversion, and a cabin cruiser complete with stand, to dispose of from my clearance, if anyone wants any of these, collection from NW London and a small donation will secure, PM me if anyone is interested won't you? Regards Pete BARCS1702
  45. 1 point
    Thanks Tom, it had to be out there somewhere. I get most of it, I'll go for 9ms with the MKS servos I have. Now but only a little.
  46. 1 point
  47. 1 point
    It was the right choice for me to pull out, I think I would have broken another model. But it was something else to see your model at full chat in good air Paul. I'm envious.
  48. 1 point
    Ah, round the corner. Stunning beaches.
  49. 1 point
    Better to be a has been... than a never has been! I’m sure you are still up the hill or down on the field when it gets warmer!
  50. 1 point
    Just like a dead budgie.... they don’t go cheep!


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