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  1. 5 points
    Sailplane international sitar 100 inch built in lock down 2020 from kit acquired from deceased modeler
  2. 5 points
    Here's one from Sunday on Crook Peak, Razor slope. It is the 'Great Wall' 2.8m glass glider from T9, made by TJIRC of Mini Q fame. I am still setting it up (of course) and it seems to get better all the time as CG goes back. Luckily a friend John B was there to to shoot it with his phone.
  3. 4 points
    And here are the photos!
  4. 4 points
    agree with the above comments, but maybe also for consideration; If you fly predictable smooth turns then set up into and out of the turn is more important than lightning quick snappy servos/light fuselage appendages. Less versatility of course, but damping down may just help some fliers.
  5. 4 points
    Just had a great day at White Sheet - 20mph bang on the SW slope. The Skywalker has now had it's maiden flight. Flew brilliantly with no adjustments whatsoever. Needed a bit more elevator compensation on crow braking for landing. Plan to put more throw on the ailerons on a rate switch for my next outing. Thanks to all for the words of encouragement and especially MikeB who was brave enough to launch it for me.
  6. 4 points
    I have worked hard to be like Joe Wurts. Here we are in Croatia for the 2015 F3K World Champs. Joe's the one on the left.
  7. 4 points
    Dear diary, I missed a flight session to record those footages, but it was worth it. And when I finally chucked a glider I lost 250m at beginning: my record so far = : D
  8. 4 points
    I’ve had great fun making and flying little catapult gliders. The biggest one in the image is 25cm span. The smallest is 16cm, made for a friends son and trimmed to fly a fairly tight circle to fly in his garden.
  9. 4 points
    Looking forward to getting my hands on the Pike Precision 2 and happy to see we now have UK back up in Flightech UK. Cheers Neil
  10. 3 points
    Just realised challenge 8 is open. Mike F, expert (snigger), F3K, Vibe Mk 1, 18:55, July 11th.. First time out with the 'new' Vibe. Time should last until tomorrow before it gets beaten...
  11. 3 points
    Nyx goes on Armada watch Armada watch hut/beacon - Culmstock Beacon. Phil.
  12. 3 points
    That would be very possible I flew at Rufforth from 1992 to just before 2000, then switched to power at Sherburn. Before that I was at Pocklington, taking advantage of the "great slopes" of the Yorkshire Wolds! It all began on Beverley Westwood "back in the day", flying RC models as a kid. The flying came to an end once the children arrived, now they have left home, it's time to start again! Regards to all Pete
  13. 3 points
    I recently had an incident where my F5J glider was low on range. I traced this to the antenna on a FrSky X4R receiver coming unplugged. The antenna, like many other manufactures, are connected to the pcb by miniature plugs. The plugs have a dob of glue, supposedly to hold them in place. In my case the glue was only on the rear of the plugs so they could hinge upwards from the front. To prevent a reoccurrence, I have 3D printed a case that prevents the plugs lifting. See attached pictures. Please contact me if you would like the STL files to print one. For safety save I suggest that anyone with a receiver that has this type of antenna connection checks it regularly, and ideally, implements a physical arrangement to prevent them coming unplugged.
  14. 3 points
    Well the second owner maiden was less stressful than the first ...... pleased overall
  15. 3 points
    Got my transmitter back from Mike Ridley, excellent service and would recomend him to anyone with radio proplems. Thanks again guys for encouraging me to put my transnitter in the post.
  16. 3 points
    Stella conditions first thing this morning - pretty much perfect for thermal flight. Replaced the rudder hinge, spring and got rid of the remaining significant wing warp. CG at 77mm. Have to say I am hugely impressed with the performance of these models. My DLG never even got put together! Was not expecting to be able to pick up lift so low - like a DLG the model will core extremely tightly if needed. penetration is surprisingly good and the model has a good speed envelope. only negatives would be naturally unresponsive controls from rudder only. The model won't climb as quick as a DLG - you need to be patient and work what you have First launch I was in the wrong flight mode so pinged off the high start at 40 meters (no longer veering left so work on wing a success). Came down low but managed to pick up some low level lift around 5 meters which put a big grin on my face. The model signalled the lift very nicely and enabled me to recenter as needed. Had another low save mid flight but then climbed out in smooth lift. Never really specced out as the lift wasn't booming. Came down for 31:02. Second launch was better. Fairly uneventful but had to be patient working the lift before I could get above 100meters. Once over 300meters, I was able to test out the spoilers for quick descending. Worked well, although need more practice before I feel confident flying these models at any great height. Work beckoned so had to cut the flight short at 30 minutes. Conditions were good enough for 1 hour + If these traces are boring/distracting, happy to omit them from future postings. All my models are fitted with GXR6 with in built altimeter, I use them to check launch height and post-flight analysis only. David | 15th June | 31:02
  17. 3 points
    Battery and rx installation on the bench. Foam tube to hold the spacer dowel in place. Spacer dowel to prevent the battery breaking out of the fuselage in the event of an instantaneous deceleration of the airframe. Foam pad to protect the wiring on the battery. The battery is velcroed to the fuselage floor and wedged in with a bit of foam. Rx is velcroed to the battery. It is all a very snug fit in the Extreme fuselage.
  18. 2 points
    3 metre span, built from original kit, Futaba &Turnigy servos, airbrakes, ailerons, finished in Oracover, never flown. collection only from Dursley Gloucs. £350 Ono.
  19. 2 points
    Hi Marc Its my Dad! and I am the little fella holding his left leg. I was born 1974 and look about 3 so this photo is c. 1977. Geoff (Dad) is 76 now, migrated onto full size after aero modelling since a little boy. He stopped gliding his Duo Discuss about 8 years ago and is now riding motorbikes. He got me into RC gliding and I have been Flying on and off ever since. lovely to see that photo. I would love a copy but I suspect the negatives are long gone thank you for posting this. Did you start the hobby after this?
  20. 2 points
    Hi there My first post here, so here goes.... As others have said, sounds like ocular migraine symptoms. I use various coloured lenses similar to what you see old rock stars and people with dyslexia wearing. I find purple/red colours work best. And they’re great for night driving too.
  21. 2 points
    Finally got it done and ready to fly. The 'channel' down the side of the servos opposite the control cables has swallowed all the spare wiring. Used pressure contacts to link wing servos. Had to slot the wing servo covers and make blister fairings - 5 mm horns too long for thin wing..... forgot to check before installing flapperon horns....
  22. 2 points
    Is that what those are for? I’ve been using them to mix epoxy for years! What a waste.
  23. 2 points
    For some reason, ‘M' logo mounting rails are smuggled to users inside ‘Magnum’ Ice cream bars. Nice wood - possibly beech or something similar. Eat the ice cream and wash/dry the mounting rail before use.
  24. 2 points
    It’s been done full-size several times. There will be an article in the BMFA News coming to your doorstep soon.
  25. 2 points
    Erm - just put the electric thingie in the front?
  26. 2 points
    Easier yet, click on posters name and when it opens their details, click on message.
  27. 2 points
    Ok sorry new to this, how do i send a PM?
  28. 2 points
    Mike, given the announcement of the cancellation of all SF nationals on Tuesday, should we also assume that the 15/16th Aug event is also cancelled? Would limiting it to a one day comp make it any more likely to be feasible? I hope it may still go ahead, especially in light of the general advice on outdoor sports seeming to be that they can be done safely: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/53276717 Is it worth a show of hands to see who would be likely to attend if it was still a possibility? If we did have a venue, an idea of how to run the comp with appropriate distancing and enough interested pilots, then we'd just have the normal worries of wind and rain to think about!
  29. 2 points
    Flyable in a westerly - ok for soaring high away from the slope - slope itself has trees at the bottom, bushes on the slope. But - since moving house its now my most local slope. Phil.
  30. 2 points
    Hi Peter I know a guy who lived in pock who got in on a group order of f3f models. Also named Peter. Think they used to fly near Kilnwick percey but the land owner wasn't disposed to it. I used to live between pock and MW in Shiptonthorpe. But this was before I got in to flying. Obviously the wolds are quite hilly but I wasn't on the look out for slopes back then. I can try and get in touch with the other Peter if you like. See what he says. You can fly from unrecognised sites still. Obviously within the bounds of the relevant laws. Tom
  31. 2 points
    BenJ / Sportsperson / Mosquito / 3mins 30secs. Just starting to get the hang of my new Toro and was very pleased to chalk up this time today. Quite turbulent air in a suboptimal flying spot but managed to work a very twitchy plane in low pockets after a good launch.
  32. 2 points
    Drill it as far as you can, glue in a long shaft. Clamp in the vice and tap the wing with something suitable. domt put anything in that might spread the joiner more such as a screw tapping us likely to be more effective than pulling.
  33. 2 points
    2x10g + 50-60g extra noseweight Not sure what you gain? - worth doing if going electric Inertia effects on pitch axis - yes but probably not noticeable unless doing extreme square loops. Phil.
  34. 2 points
    Blow torch ............blow torch ..............dont you use them for burning weeds in the garden
  35. 2 points
    Update on my trim issues. Either I had too much up elevator trim before or too rear of a cg but I recently set my plane back up. With the elevator trimmed flat and a coin in the nose it now flies level with zero trim needed and feels like a completely different model. No more pitching up into wind, stable and easy to fly. After seeing Mike F say he pushed his cg forward on his snipe and felt his turns were better is what go me thinking that maybe I needed to go more forward myself. Well it did the trick, surprised how different it feels. Very happy with it now.
  36. 2 points
    Interesting session today. One of those day that makes you question your ability/sanity! The lift never seemed to be where I thought it was. There appeared to be good indications via change in wind speed and direction, but it was not that easy. Reminded me of the conditions we had in Denmark at the 2nd WC. I remember standing the lunch queue talking to Martin Herrig, who like me, was struggling during the first 2 days. We both complaining about the conditions being difficult to read, not making sence. I was relieved that someone of his ability was having similar struggles to me! I had a lot of quite short flights, but did a few in the 4-6min range and ended with one longer flight of 20mins. Although that very nearly ended at 6.5mins. I was low, about 20ft, just upwind and blindly wandered into some good lift. That flight was hard work the whole time. The air seemed quite turbulent. MichaelS | expert | F3K | Votex3 | 20:36 | 22nd June
  37. 2 points
    Well it's only taken around a year and a half but this morning the Skorpion took to the skies again. The reason it's taken so long is that the last few years have been horrendous from a personal point of view but life is now getting back to some form of normality and I'm getting more flying done. The conditions were perfect and the Skorp just flew straight out with very little trim adjustments needed. Took my time to get used to it and then started some runs up and down the ridge. It's a quick model but we all knew that anyway. The flight lasted around 40 minutes and the landing was fortunately non eventful. On a maiden I always like to then get the model home and give it a good check before the next outing. Definitely one to keep and enjoy though and hopefully at some point I'll give it an outing in a competition.
  38. 2 points
    Happy Fathers Day to all the Daddies out there - hope some of you were allowed out to play too Phil
  39. 2 points
    Salcombe Hill - Sidmouth - faces SE. - smooth sea air but not flying over the sea. Theres also S facing cliffs to the right of that slope Phil.
  40. 2 points
    Would you like a can of R5, Graham? £8.00 (cost price). I use it all the time to avoid things like that happening.
  41. 2 points
    if the model suddenly speeds up, you are typically getting pulled towards a thermal (keep going in that direction until you hit it). Once in the thermal and you get yourself correctly aligned around the core, then you can use the increase in speed to pull the elevator and gain more height. If you are travelling too slow and fly right through a low down thermal where the core is small, you will either get bumped out or stall. The art of thermalling is to read the signs and work out how to wrap yourself round the core and stay there as it moves. Made more complicated by the fact not every thermal does what you might think it should Higher up, things are a different matter, the thermal is much wider and thus makes things a whole lot easier.
  42. 2 points
    Mike F, Expert (that's a laugh), F3K, Snipe Mk1, 12:41, June 17th. I went out to try a new CG on my old Snipe - it had drifted back to almost 63 mm behind the root LE. I had remembered it as 62. (Flew my 'new' Snipe for the first time on June 2nd - cg at 62.5 at first, then tried 60.5 and it was better - easier to fly smooth tight circles.) So I have now changed the old Snipe to 60 and I like it.
  43. 2 points
    Thank you for the crimping info. Threaded the new fuselage harness into place using the draw strings that were put in as the old harness came out. Looping the cables backwards in the fuselage has allowed them to go past the wing joiner apertures down next to the ballast tube. A little bit of foam wedged in will stop the cables getting into the aperture making rigging the Extreme reasonable Wookproof.
  44. 2 points
    I understand what you are saying Andy B. I have never had this happen to me but.... Unfortunately I do not have crimping capabilities here at the wookworks, it is something I need to invest in perhaps.
  45. 2 points
    working the late shift again so was fortunate to get out again for a few hours this morning. Slightly breezier but good lift up high - lots of white fluffy clouds today and good visibility. These RES models are easier to fly than DLG, given the inherent stability from dihedral, they pretty much fly themselves in lift. A relaxing few hours of bliss. a couple of 30 minute flights again, I picked up some sketchy low down lift at end of first flight, but lost orientation of the model and dropped out of the lift. Came down for 32:38 which is a slight improvement. Will be next week at the earliest before out again. David | 16th June | 32:38
  46. 2 points
    Well who would believe it!!!!My old friend Paul Bardoe found my old Trilogy 5 dating from 1980, turning up on the RC Universe site for sale, looking exactly like it did then. Well not quite as it has the later tip panels on it, increasing the span too 144. And the rudder has been recovered, still not bad for 40 years old.
  47. 2 points
    Hi Mark I'm in Blewbury, about 3 miles south of Didcot. I fly on the local playing field or if there are too many people on there move across the road to the football/cricket pitch at the western end of the village. Neither are huge, and both open to the public, but plenty big enough for handlaunch. There are some good local thermal generators also it's within walking distance for me. And if you are stuck for finding lift the Red Kites will be along to give you a clue. You are welcome to come over and meet up for a fly some time. In fact anyone is welcome to come over for a fly, the more the merrier.
  48. 2 points
    Another tube has gone in for aerial routing and a plate in the bottom of the fuselage for the Velcro to help anchor the battery. Who ever dreamt up the wire in the tube with magnets on the outside to hold the tube in place whilst the glue sets, genius.
  49. 2 points
    Just been thinking more about this: if you change his mode descriptions from "Zoom (Speed) - Cruise - Thermal 1 - Thermal 2" to the more usual "Zoom - Speed - Cruise - Thermal" then the flapperon and elevator settings begin to make more sense - and the wing becomes moulded in "Cruise" rather than "Thermal" So perhaps its just a question of his nomenclature rather than a radical evolution in wing design or his flying style?
  50. 2 points
    Aircraft details: - Composite - Hollow Moulded Wingspan: 30 Inches or 762mm Weight: 325g-500g Airfoils - JSK-P series airfoils (Custom Foils) Made here in the UK by me. Bruce Tebo flying the Dominic's Reflex 30 @ Weldon USA. Dominic has flow this to a new airframe record of 216 mph.
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