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  1. Just like to shout out to Neil at Flightech ,I managed to have a bit of severe hanger rash on the one tail plane half on my new Vantage last weekend .I ordered a new one from CCM but Neil has loaned me one from a plane he has in stock until it arrives . can’t thank him enough as it means I. An take it to Ireland next week . Cheers Neil Andy
    9 points
  2. A bit later than usual (following a 4-day soaring holiday after the comp) but here are some photos of the competition. https://rc-soar.smugmug.com/F3F/2021/Welsh-Open-F3F/ Do let me know if you spot any errors in the captions! All things considered, I thought it went very well - well done to Pete for his second win in a row. And thanks to Kev for organising and CD'ing so effectively once again, and to all the helpers. Roll on 2022!
    8 points
  3. A most enjoyable day of flying! Thank you to Joel and Graeme for putting it all together - and get well soon Joel. Some photos here: https://rc-soar.smugmug.com/F3F/2021/Welsh-Winter-League-1/ - Mike
    6 points
  4. Big THANK YOU to Nigel, Graeme & the Whitesheet crew for the smooth running of a really good race to start the winter league - I thought it was a really enjoyable day. Seemed odd seeing woolly hats & gloves just a month after hot Lundy sunshine & tee-shirts though Congrats to Graeme, Tony & John - well done in the variable conditions - consistency wins and I'm still in shock - FTD of 38.33 (a first for me), a round win, and a new PB - FS5+1.5kg really moves, even on Whitesheet Phil.
    6 points
  5. At last we got a comp in!! 9 rounds flown in typical White sheet variability, It was great to see 15 pilots already to go at 09:45, so we made an early start getting underway at about 09:50. The weather gods were smiling on us today, treating us to 12-14 MS with initially wall to wall sunshine, however as the day went on the cloud started to build, with only a couple of minor stoppages due to some annoying fine rain later. The comp was finally called when the wind started to swing to the West. All in all a great day with only one major crash (Disorientation due to loosing it in the Sun I think) If anyone has any pictures can the post here please. Top 3... 1. Graeme Mahoney 2. Tony Livingstone 3. John Philips Results spreadsheet attached G F3F_Scores_V1_1.xls
    6 points
  6. Hey team, happy to say I managed to get my bamf back together and re maiden it this evening. Flew great all things considered, needs more tuning though. I'm yet to look at open tx programs for dlgs though as I was itching to het it back in the air. I think Neil said the one he uses is Frickman? Not sure. Anyway thanks to everyone for the guidance! Thomas gave me some really good pointers too and put up with my badgering him.
    5 points
  7. Entirely wrong, Ric - You need more of both.
    5 points
  8. We are very lucky in the UK with our ‘bespoke’ suppliers. Flightech, Hyperflight, Superfly (3 x Neils!) and Rich at T9 and Austin at Ace - all top suppliers with great customer service. Simon
    4 points
  9. Well what an enjoyable way to start the Wales Winter League. 8 rounds after a lazy start waiting for the clag and wind to sort itself out, followed by some nice conditions. Should have said on the slope but a big thanks to Graeme for helping in the centre and being on point for any tech issue with new timing gear. 1 Joel West 6833.73 2 Greg Dakin 6829.46 3 Graeme Mahoney 6377.02 4 Mark Passingham 6330.17 5 Paul Stubley 6276.46 6 Mike Shellim 6257.38 7 Keith Wood 6157.21 8 Nigel Witchalls 6110.16 9 Bruce Hudson 5727.24 10 Graham Hill 5259.72 11 Mike Bleathman 4860.55 Fastest time: 42.58 by Greg Dakin in round 2
    4 points
  10. If anyone is interested, here is what I ended up doing for the tricky part where the chunk around the bolt hole had been torn out. I started by hollowing out the foam around the breakage area a bit. Next I glued the pieces back together with super thin ca, then milled a slot on the top skin down to the top of the bottom skin with a dremel. Then I epoxied in 3x1.3mm carbon rod sections in stack in the slot I milled. Finally, dremeled out some hole in the top skin as you can see above ( had to make them a bit bigher than pictured above) to inject in some epoxy with chopped carbon fibres. Then once dry sanded a bit the patched over the top skin with 3 lahers of carboline 39/2 . That's more or less it.
    4 points
  11. Got the box from Dani and Vladimir today. Really good quality hollow molded parts. Really good. Put both models together and no need to sand or tweak anything to fit so really good. Like Lego. Typical uniform surfaces of hollow molded and when D box squeezed no heart sinking cracking noises as the laminations start to delaminate. Initial impressions very good. Models went together perfectly out of the box. Not all are like that these days so a big positive. Airfoil sections and planform are custom Mark Drela so will be good. Not so thin and aggressive of late so should be really easy and forgiving to fly. Hawk Spark has triple dihedral for better circling and straight line performance like Eternity and Plus X. But like Eternity has mechanical link to outboard aileron so no need for needless weight, expense or complication of a six servo wing. Fin plugs on. Perfect fit. Very happy with this. Rudder is simple to connect and gives free and full movement. Elevator done Samba style which of course works very well. Fuselages are very well made and feature pre installed wiring looms via Multiplex plugs with rx sockets awaiting you under the perfectly fitting slide off slide on canopy. Fuselage is slim enough to do the job, but not silly slim. Internal width through canopy opening is 27mm so allows a wide range of batteries to fit. The canopy itself clips on really nicely and is nice and long to allow easy access and an easy installation. So we now await UK testing with one of our top pilots. But there is one in stock already (the white one) Certainly it seems fit and quality wise it ranks amongst the best. I was impressed. Comes with all linkages etc and their own molded carbon IDS system.. Oh.......and if you like big flaps check these out The standard version is in stock and flying weight is estimated 1400g - 1500g. It is full strength for all but very high winds. Price is £1650 including pre installed IDS, wing and tail bags, and ballast.
    4 points
  12. I've had an X20 now for a few months, for testing and template development. The hardware is rather nice, and the Ethos software is coming along well, with regular updates. The programming is essentially a superset of OpenTX. Most people find it rather simpler than OpenTX though are some restrictions when programming especially complex models - most can be worked around, though. There’s no equivalent of Companion - programs must be entered via the touch interface (or by copying a model file to the SD card). The touch interface incorporates a virtual keyboard. I’ve set up a new website which offers my F3F template for download, as well as some programming tutorials. I’m also in the final stages of converting my E-Soar Plus template (for F5J). You can see it all here: Mike’s Ethos Hangar
    4 points
  13. Just booked Stoneycroft!
    4 points
  14. Yes, a great day out, for sure. Thanks to Graeme and Nigel, for the smooth running of the comp. highlight of the day for me, was JP constantly complaining to me, that there were no bacon rolls!
    4 points
  15. Good day today, with light conditions to start getting gradually stronger. Fastest times in low 30’s. I’ve managed to claw my way to 44th, which is more impressive than it might seem, because there are now 46 pilots. Standings after 7 rounds: Me 44th, Mark 37th, Peter 25th, Stefan 11th. Top three are Lukas Gaubatz, Sebastien Lanes, Andreas Böhlen.
    4 points
  16. Cant see anywhere else to wish them luck, so, GO TEAM GB 2021! Peter, Mark and John. Starts 1st October at Laurac.
    4 points
  17. Here's the famous Lundy Sea Duck - well done John - kept us all amused waiting for the big splash - which didnt happen - truly an outstanding achievement Phil.
    4 points
  18. I saw the topic on excellent service from Flightech, and thought Neil at Hyperflight also deserves kudos for the very excellent service he's given me. Really grateful for all your help, Neil, you rock!
    3 points
  19. I also agree with the midland lads. Neil’s service is top notch. He sorted out a new Tenshock motor, cleaned the old gearbox, and fitted it for me. It was sent back to me, before I had paid Neil! Also very helpful with my pike precision 2, that I purchased from him. to be fair, Ace models, have been excellent too. Mike Bleathman
    3 points
  20. +1 from me. Neil goes above and beyond to delight his customers. I was ‘delighted’ by Neil again this morning with delivery of a new model and finishing parts, along with a call to tell me about some finishing and set up tips. Just outstanding service. Simon
    3 points
  21. I changed my name to Neil when I started Superfly lol
    3 points
  22. Great event. Thanks to Nigel and Graeme and everyone who helped. Note to self: next time remember to take the ballast!
    3 points
  23. I second what Mike says Despite not being called Neil, a big shout to Richard at T9hobbySports as well
    2 points
  24. Similar story here. First class service with a real desire to help in any way he can. Cheers Neil.
    2 points
  25. I agree with you Andy Neil is one of the most helpful guys I've ever brought from and will always go out of his way to help.
    2 points
  26. This year’s league is now complete and all the results are shown in pdf files posted here. In addition to the usual ‘National’ league I have posted individual results for each area. Also just for fun, I ran a separate result for our 3 major 2day events (included in the league) which could have counted as Team Trials. Through the wonders of Gliderscore, each of the separate 1 day results of these 2 day events are merged into single comps and scored with only 1 round dropped as required by the TT selection rules. A difficult year for all and we must thank our brave CD’s for their time and the efforts they all put in for us. Without them, none of the following would have happened. A total of 23 individual 1 day competitions were held. 80 pilots entered and 77 flew at least 1 round. Northern League ran 8 competitions and 19 pilots entered. Midland League ran 4 competitions and 19 pilots entered. Southern League ran 4 competitions and 40 pilots entered. Eastern League ran 1 competition and 13 pilots entered. 3 ‘National’ competitions each of 2 days were run. A total of 44 pilots entered. Looking forward to next year already League2021.pdf Midland F5J 2021.pdf East F5J 2021.pdf North F5J 2021.pdf TT.pdf SouthF5J2021.pdf
    2 points
  27. Excellent day out. Great to see some old friends and make some new ones. Thanks to Joel and Graeme for a fine job on running the show. Congrats to Joel on the win with some fine flying!!! Sorry to hear of the Covid issue, but if we're going to catch it off anyone it may as well be our illustrious CD.... Greg
    2 points
  28. Hello Paul / All Thanks for the interest in the Raptor. Unfortunately I don't have any available at the moment, only the ones that I'm flying. Pavel at Baudismodel (zlamal@baudismodel.com) is the right person to speak to if you're interested in a new one. We have made some changes to the layup (stiffer and lighter) and the elevator linkage (lighter and more precise) for the most recent models. The model dimensions remain unchanged. I appreciate that you may have been looking for a pre owned model as opposed to a new one. Cheers Keith
    2 points
  29. Some video that @Rayg took showing the murk we flew in for the first hour or so. Cloud base low enough for models to start to disappear! I've used my weekly data allowance on Vimeo I'll upload part 2 next week.
    2 points
  30. 2 points
  31. Another 'interesting' day at Little Bentley. Variable weather - low cloud, some missle, ending with some sun. Thanks to everyone for coming and helping setup and breakdown the various kit. Many thanks to Ian for doing the scoring - results below. Well done to Graham, Paul and Colin.
    2 points
  32. 2 points
  33. I'm in. Not the Back of the Wrecker please Mark
    2 points
  34. Don't say you're a fair weather flyer. When you're made of the right stuff, you keep it up all year round !
    2 points
  35. I took advantage of the calm conditions today and spent 4 hours flying Purito and Magic 2, both F5RES models. Plenty of light lift about, but very hard to get any decent height from it, with both models I had a lot of flights from 5 - 8 minutes duration, but found it very hard to do better. Finally managed to achieve a good climb out with Magic 2 and finished with a 14 minutes 25 second flight. Still haven't been able to climb over 180 meters with Magic, maybe me jut not flying it correctly, given that my Purito and Circle Dancer have both been over 525 meters at different times. More trimming and more practice needed, the approaching winter will serve up some more difficult and challenging conditions without doubt. Graham Lorimer Magic 2 F5RES Fish Meadow 14 minutes 25 seconds.
    2 points
  36. Skælungur #2 - Volcanic Some more testing in its element: Old Light dynamics. Full basalt flying wing of my own design and build.
    2 points
  37. With a lot of lawn to mow, I went out to do the deed. About 3:20 it was time for the tea break. As I sat there, looking up, there right over my head was a 50 gull thermal. I ran inside, stuck the wings on and rushed out to the field. As always there was not a bird to be seen. Launched and as you would expect – nothing. I stood there for a few mins and thought “Just one more.” Understand that I had not charged the battery, so it must have been well down, it's only a 450-2S. Down to 45m and a little bounce, so slowly I was gaining bits of height. All morning it had been a strongish SE breeze and now it was almost flat calm. Actually the local windmill said SSW, so there was some movement. I probably went 250yds northwards, trying to stay with it. Eventually I had to come back and went past myself looking for some more. I found bits and bobs. Nothing strong and some times I lost them and sometimes I circled in what was actually sink. Then it all ended and there was nothing and I came round and landed. I left the voltage trace on the graph – you can see that with the motor on, I was pushing it ! I am claiming 21:35.
    2 points
  38. Second that - thanks Martyn! Re loss of your field, ours was cut and the bales removed some time ago, so let me know if you'd like to come up here as/when we've got workable conditions. BTW, having rather foolishly hurt my lower-back by over-practicing DLG launches a few weeks' ago, I'm back on the bungee-launched business...!
    2 points
  39. Hi Guys I know that we have just returned from our recent Lundy fest, however whilst on the island, a few of you asked that when we book again you'd like a heads up to book a property of your own with your close family rather than sharing the Barn. Lynda and I have managed to book the Barn from Sat 2nd September 2023 for the week. Properties are being booked up at an unprecedented rate since the release of bookings just yesterday morning, with only eight properties now available. So if you would like to join us, now is the time to grab a property before it's too late. For those who would like to occupy the Barn once again, please drop a line to Lundy Lynda or myself. Regards Marisco Joe
    2 points
  40. The Northern Winter league dates ( all Saturdays ) will be :- 30 Oct 2021 Round 1 of the WL plus the Horcum Challenge Cup 4 Dec R2 8 Jan 2022 R3 5 Feb R4 5 Mar R5 Reserve dates are 19 Feb, 19 Mar A call will be made early on Friday evening before the event Look forward to seeing you all Jon
    2 points
  41. I don't use any, it can create problems if the height limiter shuts that motor off at the pre set height or time, and you then forget to shut the throttle off, the down elevator stays on, upsetting the trim of the model. Can also cause a problem if you reopen the throttle close to the ground, and you immediately get down trim before the climb angle takes over. I know this can be put on a delay, I just find it easier to launch with a little throttle, and then open it up when clear of the ground and I can manually put in any down elevator as needed to maintain the correct climb angle. Graham
    2 points
  42. Oh no, I'm just starting recovering from the last overdose. I'm not used to your industrial amount of beer.
    2 points
  43. Yes - barn please - should be able to do the whole week and can we have some more of that glorious sunshine, but with some wind in a good direction Phil.
    2 points
  44. I'm in (the barn). Hopefully, less beer and more flying
    2 points
  45. Just to confirm that Jack Cubitt and Lenni are joining us and have booked the blue bung.
    2 points
  46. The ideal is to trim the model to match the wind speed and have it just 'hover' over the slope. On a calmer day, the model must fly forwards to avoid stalling but, after a period penetrating into wind, a preset timing mechanism can put it into a steady circle to let it drift back towards the launch point before another period of straight flight is started. Any inputs have to be pre-programmed - no pilot inputs are allowed after release. I have never tried the class but I have seen it flown. Competitors will have a variety of models to cope with different wind speeds. The more wind, the heavier the wing loading. Pitch trim can provide fine flying speed adjustment too.
    2 points
  47. Winner, gets the longest walk!
    2 points
  48. 2nd October: Good day today, with light conditions to start getting gradually stronger. Fastest times in low 30’s. I’ve managed to claw my way to 44th, which is more impressive than it might seem, because there are now 46 pilots. Standings after 7 rounds: Me 44th, Mark 38th, Peter 25th, Stefan 11th. 3rd October: All over now, one round flown at Laurac in similar conditions to Friday. 2nd round was scrapped after a few more than half the field had flown because the wind rapidly shifted from E to W. Could have tried DSing but no one did. Final result: 1st Sebastian Lanes; 2nd Lukas Gaubatz; 3rd Radovan Plch; 14th Stefan; 23rd Peter; 30th Mark; 44th Me (manfully staving off hot competition from Georg Roth, but failing to catch Martin Ulrich)! This was an interesting competition - not necessarily in a good way - with a very strong field and some challenging weather. Unfamiliar slopes (to me) added to the mix.
    2 points
  49. Hi Simon. The 2m eSoaring class (and eSoaring Open class) is a BMFA class that preceded F5J but is still popular in some areas of the country whereas 'we' (Eastern and Southern) have pretty much decided to just go F5J. You can find details of eSoaring competitions here - http://www.esoaring.net/forum/ - rules on the BMFA site - https://bmfa.org/ - go to Contests & Events, then Contest Rule Books, and Silent Flight Contest Rules. Tony
    2 points
  50. Here is a video of maiden flight. David
    2 points
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