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  1. So - 20 rounds! I’m still knackered this morning. Final order was 1. Siggy Schedel 2. John Phillips 3. Armin Hortzitz 4. Mark Treble 5. Sverrir Gunnlaugsson 6. John Treble 7. Erlingur Erlingsson 8. Gudjon Halldorsson. There were two sub40’s - both 39.xx. They were flown by Siggy and Mark. Mark’s was the FTC. The wind was pretty constant in direction throughout the day, but it was very cold when we started about 11, and when we finished about 6, but warmer in between . Wind speeds started about 5.5ms, rose to 12ms around 1 or 2 o’clock and then dropped back again during the afternoon. The star of the show (apart from Siggy) was the landing area. You can see it in the last of Sverrir’s photos above. That yellowy-green stuff isn’t grass it’s a thick layer of moss. It’s like landing on a feather bed. The day ended with the only damage when Mark ran out of battery in his final run. Fortunately the damage was limited to a few scratches and a loose flap servo frame. One of the cars shredded a tyre on its way down the very rough track. Barbecue was delicious.
    8 points
  2. It flies! Maiden on Thursday afternoon at Eggardon Hill in 7ms freshening over a 2.5 hour session to 10ms. It was a lovely warm afternoon, and the symptoms of my Icelandic lurgy have at last diminished to slightly congested lungs and sinuses. It went into a thermal before I had a chance to put a necessary few clicks of down in. So instead of doing F3F runs, I went with fluffy clouds and worked the thermal for about 10mins. Then it was time to set up the brakes. Nothing fancy, just making sure it would fly slightly nose down with neutral elevator and full flap. I did try a couple of runs along the slope. It does turn well. I particularly noticed how easy it is to complete an EM turn with rudder only. First flight was with CG at 98mm. I launched again with the CG at 100mm, and a noticeably fresher wind. Which of these made it really hard to fly slowly, I don’t know, but it was like a different aeroplane. So I had an excellent 20 minutes trying various things, and landed again. By this time, it was time to set off for a dinner date at The Parlour (Bredy Farm) 10 minutes away. The flying was better than the dinner, which I cannot recommend. Overall, then. I’d set the plane up using settings from the PB2 as a template, and with the CG at 100mm the two planes were almost indistinguishable, except that the PB3 is more willing to go round the corners. And that’s what you want from an F3F plane. Sorry, no pictures. I was lured out at quite short notice by the promise of the weather and the SSW wind.
    7 points
  3. A few photos from a brilliant weekend in Bulgaria thanks to our friends who do such a fantastic job of making us welcome there . And 3 Brits make the fly offs . G
    7 points
  4. 3rd Armin Hortzitz, 1st Siegfried Schedel, 2nd John Phillips. Last but not least the good stuff!
    7 points
  5. Hopefully see you at the next one then Mike. For those of you who will be there, we'll hopefully have a some slight technology improvements including: No more drop down lists when entering times (direct keypad entry) Full integration with F3XVault so no double entry of round/draw data for the CD! Pilot announcements with customisable pronunciation Easily configurable gaps between rounds Consistent gaps between all rounds (which we previously haven't had for "All Up") A more obvious (audio) distinction between end of "Test time" and start of "Working time" Auto announcements of pilots briefing and start of round 1 Auto locking of round once round scores complete Round doesn't count for overall scores until all pilot's score complete All part of F3XVault improvements and the complimentary comp running software here: https://www.f3xvault.com/?action=downloads I've spent some time testing this for Tim (the F3XVault creator) and making sure it will work with our Pandora system and providing other feedback so looking forward to using it live. It was used to run this years IHLGF at Poway so we shouldn't have too many surprises.
    6 points
  6. If only I could be there. Instead, I'm here, well I was on Saturday. So far I've seen quite a few buzzards (I think) thermalling, one full-sized sailplane, a paraglider, and a biplane I wish I had made the effort to get closer to to get a decent photo.
    6 points
  7. Done ! Couple of hours with a sharp knife, files & sandpaper & the carbon is now a reasonable approximation of the fus profile. Final finishing is a bit of filler, final sanding, paint - not much to see - I'm tempted to just fly it unpainted, they fly better like that Hope thats all been useful for someone - maybe someone with a fus to fix... Phil.
    6 points
  8. Few pictures of the globetrotters.
    6 points
  9. I can sell you a canopy for £550 comes with free wing ,fuz, and tail plane . G. PS and 6 servos
    5 points
  10. That's the attraction of the class, most of the gliders on hyperflight that fit this class all have a very similar performance, you might pay a little more for lower weight or different wing profile. Majority can be in the air for around £250. You get a model with a wing loading which can rival a DLG and can speck out from a handlaunch. Pilot skill is by far the biggest variable.
    5 points
  11. Vantage was back in the air this evening. DONE !
    5 points
  12. 20 rounds today on this excellent slope, which I am told is called Eraugahlithor Picture is upside down, but I’m too knackered to do anything about it. 20 rounds is the upper limit for Eurotours apparently. The forecast is for rain tomorrow. Results at the barbecue tonight.
    5 points
  13. An excellent hour or so in a good breeze at Kanbar yesterday ended in rain and Icelandic hotdogs. We’re supposed to start here at Bleikisteinsháls at 11. The anemometer currently says 1.2ms so nothing much is happening. The slope is artificial made from rocks excavated during a nearby construction project. Nice flat top with grass to land on as opposed to yesterday’s moss and rocks. Some photos: Sverrir, the boss. Slop looking east. Slope looking west. Across the road that runs along the bottom is a neat facility for powered models and a view of mountains:
    5 points
  14. Had a lot of fun yesterday with the Deviant. Just 8 launches with two big flights. I was especially proud of the second of these, where it took me more than 11 minutes to get above 100 metres and involved low saves from 5 metres and a couple from 18 metres. 35 minutes and up to 421 metres in the end- by far my best flight at this site or with the Deviant. What did others achieve?
    4 points
  15. Great to hear you guys had a good event with some ideal conditions! Sorry I couldn't be there! Made it home to NZ for a break though so not too sorry haha.
    4 points
  16. Just maidened my first E-RES glider - a Purito E. It weighs 447g with a 2s 450mAh Lipo and DYS 1350 Kv motor. 3s would be better, but the 30mm spinner has 3mm pins for the prop blades and all the smaller props have 2mm holes. Wasn't sure I could widen the holes without creating an imbalance. Flies straight and stays up well, but was getting chucked around a bit today. I am used to having ailerons - more practice required. Justin
    4 points
  17. A great day out at Fish Meadow! Super consistent flying from Mike S, making the most of whatever lift could be found anywhere. Well done on the win. Happy to see Will’s plane down from the tree in one piece. The lift certainly wasn’t easy to work a lot of the time. Frustrating at times, satisfying at others. Lots of good practice! Im glad all went well with the new timing software and scoring interface. Once we had enough voltage to the timing board it all seemed to be running smoothly.
    4 points
  18. That’s better! I was determined today to sort out the Slite, it’s been a problematic trimming exercise to say the least. I spent a good couple of hours this morning getting it trimmed up. I’m sure it was Andy Sephton that said “they need to be flown” no kidding! this isn’t a model for someone with an itchy nose, it’s constantly requiring small inputs to make it do what you want it to do. I’ve found that the CofG is 9mm forward of recommended. This is a balance between penetration and letting the model let you know what’s happening in the air. it’s wasn’t the best day, quite windy but with some strong lift blowing through. It was difficult to follow the lift downwind as we have some restrictions on airspace on our field at the moment. I had a few flights in the 10 min plus area, but the one I’m claiming is a 27:33 min flight. Luckily I picked up some strong lift quite a long was forward, and gained height quickly, it was then a case of careful flying in the little pockets that were left. i changed batteries for my next session, and promptly snapped my bungee!!! Day over, but the weather was turning anyway. Claimed time 27:33. Slite F3 P.s are there any flyers in Yorkshire that might fancy a meet up?
    4 points
  19. Great news...the CN guys went back to work yesterday. Fighting and missile attacks were in their home city of Chernihiv (where the name CN models come from CherNihiv) and the lads have been helping to fight and defend their city against the Russians. I have been keeping in touch with them all throughout the conflict and the Russians have now retreated Chernihiv. Fighting still continues 80KM away nearer the border but the guys are now ready to get back to work. Amazing Resilience! So....although we won't be getting in as many as was originally ordered before the invasion, we have 2 Sensors currently being made. The pilots having originally ordered Sensors have now chosen other models, meaning these 2 Sensors coming in will be available for sale. Both are standard all round versions, one is carbon black/neon green the other is carbon black/neon orange. Both have IDS factory fitted and come with wing and tail bags.
    4 points
  20. Given that a key part of f3f is maximising efficiency and extracting the most energy possible from any slope, every turn is about managing energy. However, what's known as em works on any slope where the wind gradient changes within the turn radius. Small cliffs go from mostly vertical lift right on the edge, to mostly horizontal just above the edge. Pierre described a 'belly to the wind' principle some years ago, and this is effectively what you're doing when using em turns (maintaining upward thrust under the wing allows forward thrust to be maintained (or built when done correctly)). Slopes with wide lift bands of constant gradient can work with an em style turn, but without giving much advantage over other turn types. Wales (wrecker slopes) is generally suited to reversals because the vertical lift component goes some way above the edge and there is room to use the compression with the dive in after a reversal. Having said that, I flew 50/50 em/reversal at the last Welsh open and was within 1% of the lead, so an adapted em may still yield more benefit. The most effective turn style at the typhoon race appears to be a dip into the compression before pulling out into a rapid em/banking turn. (Similar edges to wrecker) Reversals don't work at all (comparatively) on low edges because you go straight into horizontal air as you go up for the reversal, killing lift under the wing. Doing reversals at Rugen in strong wind will almost certainly end up in a trashed model. The other benefit of em (done properly on the right hill) is that you should be able to fly heavier and get the benefit of gravity combined with maintained upward air under the wing. Flying an effective em turn is as much about being set properly for the turn as flying the turn itself. The belly-to-wind idea is good to have in mind at all parts of the flight. There are numerous Web posts about elevator-snap settings, and the extent to which snap flap should be used to reduce drag with increasing angle of attack (rather than using it to try to sharpen the turn), so you have to experiment to find the optimum settings for any given model. Ideally though, no ailerons through the turn, and no sharp pulling at the apex. Flying em well probably means stepping backwards temporarily as far as results are concerned as it takes a while to get out of reversal/tight-pull habits to start to make progress.
    4 points
  21. On to the major bit - carbon repair across the fus break. With the nosecone trimmed back 15mm, there's a decent amount of fus to bond to, and the front end wont need to be sanded right back - it can be nosecone thickness to end up flush with the nosecone.
    4 points
  22. Glass & epoxy time... A neat internal repair to the mashed section of nosecone isnt possible - then it wouldnt fit properly. So its an external glass/epoxy repair - which it will have to wear "with pride" - I will try & keep it tidy. The missing end of the nose cone was interesting. I wrapped the inner nose with cling film - laid up a small piece of glass onto it - then slipped the nose on. Added another layer of glass on the outside - then taped it all together. Will need a bit of shaping & maybe filler when set, but should be strong enough. The mashed bit was simply a single layer of glass/epoxy - taped down tightly. Now its sitting in the sunshine to stay warm & set the epoxy - will see how its turned out tomorrow. Time for cup of tea in the sunshine...
    4 points
  23. Now with paint and more flying time
    3 points
  24. Hi All, a reminder that Radioglide 2022 will be held at Buckminster on 2-5 June 2022. Radioglide is one of 3 premier events in the thermal soaring calendar each year with a long history. There will be the first ever FxRES competition held on Thursday 2nd June and entries can be made on the Barcs.co.uk website. It would be great to have a good turn out. Also a reminder for all you F5RES flyers that you are also welcome to enter your F5RES models into the F5J competition on Friday and/or Saturday and the 2M eSoaring event on Sunday. If anyone needs help understanding the rules for these other events then please let me know.
    3 points
  25. Not a great duration but my first go and posting. An exercise in "how to do it". The model is a rather heavy 2 metre RE but no S thermal electric glider called the "Blue Phoenix" a Danish balsa and ply kit. I am claiming 5min 58secs. No doubt Martyn will correct me if got it wrong. Proper RES model a Aero-Naut Triple RES still on the building board. Even that's a bit heavy may need something lighter.
    3 points
  26. 4 Flights early this morning. Best flight was with a Buzzard for a few minutes, he went off to better thermals. Bramhall R5-RES Fresh 13mins 51secs
    3 points
  27. All 6 spare Pandora timing boards completed and ready for use....
    3 points
  28. Can you include me please? Thanks
    3 points
  29. Had to share this one, very funny!
    3 points
  30. Expanding on what John said with a couple of videos, the first would be 'classic' EM (and is in a massive thermal!) on a big slope This one in Rugen is on a low cliff causing a narrow band of vertical lift fairly local to the slope. There is much less lift (dramatically so) out in front of the slope, so the turns have a vertical emphasis to stay in the lift band and get back in the 'compression' on the edge ASAP. It could also be described as EM. So the turn style is adapted to suit the slope. There are some slopes, big vertical cliffs like the Crest, Wrecker and back of Wrecker in Wales where 'old fashioned' reversals are still arguably the quickest way round the course.
    3 points
  31. Few pictures from today.
    3 points
  32. First attempt at this, best of a number of flights with Stewart Walker who was better at finding the lift than I was. 6 min 26 secs F5-RES Circle Dancer (a.k.a Kavan Resco) Bramhall
    3 points
  33. 15mins 34 sec F5-RES Fresh glider 28/4/22 Bramhall
    3 points
  34. We made it just need to get some food now jp
    3 points
  35. Give us the full story Phil. Like you say, it may serve is inspiration!
    3 points
  36. First event run with the combination of F3XVault registration/scoring and F3XTiming went off without a hitch. All the expected benefits were realised and in addition, new updates to the scoring interface on the website brought additional time saving/frustration saving for all who were entering times during the day. I'd be happy to demo the process we are using for our F3K events now to anyone who is interested at Radioglide - most likely on the Thursday or Friday evening if anyone is interested...
    2 points
  37. Some more pictures
    2 points
  38. First attempt for May, not impressive. Found some lift over a copse a fair distance away but found that I was having trouble with orientation and decided to come back a bit closer rather than lose a model. Found a second, weaker, patch of lift but that disappeared and then it was all downhill. Better than the first flight where I found nothing at all and had to hunt for the model in long wet grass. There's lots of month left though. Must spend more time trimming out, can't seem to get it just right, spent a lot of time porpoising about and losing height. 4 min 51 sec F5-RES Circle Dancer (a.k.a Kavan Resco) Bramhall
    2 points
  39. First evening session of the year - the repaired Vantage is back in the air! Phil.
    2 points
  40. Thank you for the write up John! You can see the competition rounds on > https://f3xvault.com/?action=event&function=event_view&event_id=1575 Glacier Girl The competitors. The awards. Fastest time, Mark Treble 39,56 in round 11.
    2 points
  41. Few pictures from yesterday, will have to do for now as there is some wind blowing about.
    2 points
  42. Pleasant afternoon. Shorts and T-shirt, hazy blue sky, light winds and smooth lift, but narrow and tricky low down. Plenty of 30-minute flights, but struggled to link them up as the low-level thermals kept leading to dead ends and the thermals vanishing. Last flight of the day was the best, down wind launch to 35 meters, good low save and a good climb out against a nice white cloud all the way to 1800 feet before I pulled the spoilers. Mid way through the flight a front moved in and brought a big black cloud and winds 10-15mph. Spent most of the flight stationary and maintaining height by just surfing and riding the cloud suck @ 400 meters. That eventually evaporated and I gradually came down. A very turbulent and breezy landing. David | X-RES | 30th April | 38 minutes 2 seconds
    2 points
  43. Cheers, yours isn't half bad either. Ask and you shall receive! Yesterday was supposed to be almost windless but turned into a steady 10 m/s, gusting to 12 m/s. This is Kambar slope that was used for the Viking Race back in 1996. Siggi and JP have arrived so now the foreign legion is fully manned.
    2 points
  44. Thanks for the support guys - I'll keep going... Next up is the inner nose & nosecone - they need to be solid to determine where the end of the nosecone will be i.e. end of the main fus repair - before I start that The inner nose is broken in a couple of places - and missing the end bit. The nose cone is well mashed - and missing a chunk of the end - and I had to slit the seam to get it off the inner nose. When it crashed, it went in to soft muddy ground - to about 300mm deep - but there must have been a rock or two in the mud/ground. I spent some time pushing the squishy bits of the nose cone back into place with some bits of masking tape - then ran thin cyano into the breaks - tape off then & more cyano. Also ran cyano into the breaks on the inner nose. Inner nose tip fixing was car body filler - love that stuff.
    2 points
  45. NOW IN STOCK if you want a new model ready for the 2022 season Price has gone up from £1650 to £1700 due to increased production costs but all Hawkes come factory fitted with IDS and a very high quality wing and tail bag set..
    2 points
  46. The linkage rods were ok - but I had to file/sand the bottoms of the heads - they were rubbing on the servo when fully tightened down. All back together again now - working nicely & slop-free Phil.
    2 points
  47. I wouldnt know a thermal if I fell over one but i got one today, best flight yet, very pleased. F5-RES, Fresh Glider, Bramhall, Cheshire
    2 points
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