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  1. Fantastic week away in sunny Norway!!!! I'm pretty much bankrupt now, but it was worth it for the 'cabin experience', JP's win, Simon's podium and Pete's stonking final day performance, which was superb. The only downsides were the variable air, cost of beer and burgers, aniseed ice-cream, and Joel's fish flakes Espen and his team organised the event superbly, the US guys loved Joel's "insultathon" at the banquet, and JP and I almost drank the local supermarket dry of Pilsener and Magners - all marvellous stuff!!! Lofoten is a pain to get to, but the internal flight regime in Norway is superb, so all we needed to do was find our way to the various gates. The final flight in a Dash 8 was excellent - suitably bumpy and entertaining, with fantastic scenery and a real sense of entering a very remote location - the Ice Station Zebra of F3F Unlikely that I'll be heading out there again, unless I get an invitation to the Lofoten Race Weekend, but it was a superb experience, enjoyed with the best of british and many new and existing friends. ....and, at last we have a British Norwegian Open Champion! Cheers, Greg
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  2. Big thanks to Graeme, Mike B and all, for a fun day of relaxed competition. Okay so the conditions weren't the most consistent, but it was a great opportunity to try different turn styles and experiment with ballast, in order to deal with the slightly crossed wind. And we managed to complete 10 rounds in bright sunshine, fueled by Mike's excellent nourishment!! I've posted a few photos here: https://rc-soar.smugmug.com/F3F/2021/English-Open/ (corrected)
    15 points
  3. Final Results & Spreadsheet 1 Peter Gunning 12337.84 1000.00 2 Mark Redsell 12240.59 992.11 3 Joel West 12132.90 983.38 4 John Philips 12063.71 977.78 5 Stefan Fraundorfer 12021.10 974.32 6 Mark Treble 11927.60 966.74 7 Kev Newton 11823.88 958.34 8 Graeme Mahoney 11740.46 951.58 9 Manuel Rath 11708.49 948.99 10 Daniel Schneider 11704.48 948.66 11 Andy Burgoyne 11633.00 942.87 12 Stefan Bertschi 11572.96 938.00 13 Rich Baygo 11458.56 928.73 14 Greg Dakin 11444.13 927.56 15 Thorsten Folkers 11443.82 927.53 16 Aleix Ingles 11419.99 925.60 17 Mike Shellim 11400.22 924.00 18 Paul Stubley 11245.66 911.47 19 Wiliam Fourie 11243.95 911.33 20 Tobias Reik 11194.91 907.36 21 Mike Evans 11118.23 901.14 22 Dave Rumble 10959.27 888.26 23 Jon Edison 10790.25 874.56 24 Ian Mason 10675.65 865.27 25 Keith Wood 10439.70 846.15 26 Mark Passingham 10314.84 836.03 27 Bruce Hudson 10220.99 828.42 28 Allen Elliott 10018.88 812.04 29 Jason Bioletti 9974.91 808.48 30 Mark Abotts 7591.64 615.31 31 John Treble 7448.79 603.73 Welsh Open 2021.xls
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  4. Car mishaps aside, the 15 pilots had a pretty good day battling through the Levisham variability. Hopefully everyone had a least some good air. The forecasters had the weather spot on. Westerly winds with a sprinklering of showers. Even though we only had three stops for rain, the speed and severity of the showers gave little time for the pilots to dive for cover. Hoping to manage a 10 round comp the target was abandoned when the mother of all showers was seen developing on the horizon. So the comp was called after 9 rounds, and we all headed for the safety of the cars. The final results gave a win to Peter , Mark R in second, and Richard in third. FTD went to Ewan with a 41.31 in R3. Well done guys. Leader board here :- Full results to follow Jon
    14 points
  5. Well that was an absolute blast!!! Marker pens, stickers, sea mist, sun burn, cross-winds, beer and fish & chips......what more could an F3F enthusiast wish for!!! Great organisation from Jon E, Mark and Rich, plenty of humour and good spirits, and a suitably relaxed holiday atmosphere. Dieter and Rich were undoubtably head and shoulders above the rest of us, and flew tremendously well under pressure. There were plenty of us trying to strip Bagoo of his FTD of the weekend, but this guy just kept coming back with his super-charged FS4 to retake the prize Rough Levisham justice abound too for JP, Peter K, Simon T and Euan M - it's always astonishing to watch the same pilots receive the same stodge, round after round - and in this case, it reall skewed the final standings. Model-wise, there's probably not too much to comment on - Freestylers of all flavours, Calderas and Baudis models all performed well at various weights, using various flying styles. The lower cambered models did seem to be better positioned to manage the cross-wind conditions though. Major highlights included Paul Stubley's warp speed run in strong thermal lift, the turning performance of Team SAFs Calderas and the wing-bend / sound effects of Nigel W's Crossfire in big air! So, all in all a fantastic weekend - surely Jon E can't be serious when he says this event was the last North of England Open - he may be SFTC Chairman, all round hero and the stalwart of Northern F3F, but a man of his talents has no right to retire. I may open a petition for GBSRA members to enforce the permanence of his position Great job as always Jon - and if it was your last 'big event' as organiser, it was a stunner!!!! Cheers, Greg
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  7. Hi All, I was both delighted & moved on seeing & reading Nigels opening post. I am very pleased that this yrs English open will be being staged. I am both frustrated & dissapointed that despite my very best efforts that due to continued health reasons I am unable to organise, run or enter this yrs event. My family & I were very moved on reading that the WRFC Committee have decided that all proceeds from this year's event (full entry fee and raffle) will be going to the two charities that I have been fundraising for in memory of our son Tom (aged 26) - Histio UK and Bloodwise. Bloodwise have very recently changed their name to Blood Cancer UK. When you have a spare moment, please follow this link to their new website so as to discover the important life changing & saving work that they do https://bloodcancer.org.uk/ Likewise to discover the excellent work by Histio uk, please spare a few minutes to follow this link to their website ;- https://www.histiouk.org/ My sincerest heartfelt thanks to all involved in the WRFC in organising this years competition, & to all pilots supporting the event. Stu
    13 points
  8. Another great day at Horcum. With the winds now changed to WNW, meant we were back to Levisham, but a little further along the ridge to try and offset the northerly content of the wind. Unfortunately any North in the wind makes the slope even more variable. If you catch some bad air its like flying through treacle, but if you get some good air, then hang on, as things are about to get interesting!! But despite the variablity, another 6 rounds were achieved today, making a magnificant 16 in total. The final results gave first place to Dieter Perlick through his very consistant flying , and that was despite some ballistic flying from both Rich Bago in second and Greg Dakin in third, with Rich taking FTD ( weekend actually ) of 35.37 in R10. Also as this was a Team event, the top three teams were :- 1 Mickeys Massive GB ( Simon Thornton Peter Gunning Stefan Bertschi ) 2 SAF ( Dieter Perlick Peter Kowalski Torsten Herman ) 3 GIGGOF ( Graeme Mahoney Tony Livingstone Martin Drewett ) Well done done guys, a great achievemet. Full final individual positions were :- 1 Dieter Perlick 12632.780 2 Rich Bago 12469.390 3 Greg Dakin 12310.220 4 Simon Thornton 12214.960 5 Peter Gunning 12137.640 6 Peter Kowalski 12130.630 7 Stefan Bertschi 12054.780 8 Frank Holtz 11843.110 9 Graeme Mahoney 11735.510 10 Tony Livingstone 11633.230 11 Mike Evans 11552.550 12 Stefan Bernardy 11458.440 13 Martin Drewett 11457.830 14 John Philips 11442.480 15 Torsten Herman 11392.030 16 Mike Shellim 11344.690 17 Keith Wood 11263.010 18 Mark Treble 11211.380 19 Rick Ruijsink 11105.520 20 Paul Stubley 11088.590 21 Dave Watson 10953.170 22 Arjen Van vark 10875.240 23 George Young 10853.780 24 Ewan Maxwell 10703.580 25 Jon Edison 10594.700 26 Les Wood 10321.690 27 John Treble 10270.270 28 Mick Walsh 10244.730 29 Nigel Whitchalls 9678.940 Full spread sheet to follow. Many thanks to everyone for helping out with all the tasks of carrying the course etc. Special thanks to John Treble and Ewan Maxwell for taking on the dreaded 'buzzer supremo' and thanks to CD's of Mark Treble and Rich Bago for running the center, or in Rich's case, just keeping us in order! Jon
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  9. What is it they say; " the more you put into life, the more you get out". Well this trip certainly proved that. Yes it's not the easiest place to get to, and at times can be eye wateringly expensive, however I have to say it was one of, if not the, most beautiful, un-spoilt and interesting places I have ever been to. The pictures really don't do it justice and I can't explain what effect the sun not setting has on you other than the fact that you don't sleep a lot but oddly don't feel tried (it's catching up with me now though!) As for the comp, well we got 17 rounds in a Euro tour, with 34 pilots competing from 9 different countries, 100 miles above the arctic circle - what's not to like about that? Well it's fair to say that although the weather was glorious, the wind didn't always play ball putting us on, probably, not one of their better slopes It was also typically crossed and sometimes very light. This meant that the times in the rounds often varied by 20+ seconds which meant that some of us (me) may have been heard to mutter those oh so famous words "thermal lottery". That being said, if you ignore the results and were to ask me who the 3 stand out pilots were, the names would be John, Carlos & Simon. All quickly worked out how to exact the most form slope with the air that they were given and didn't make any mistakes (on reflection it's another page for my big book of excuses). As for the crack, well the massive accepted another member into it's clan this year (Simon) and although some say that 3 is a crowd (so God knows what 4 is!), we all got along swimmingly and we all took it in turns being either the cook, pot washer, or DJ - and had a really good laugh in the process. As for the wider group, well I'm always a bit weary about banquets wondering how everyone will get along and whether little cliques will form so that some people feel excluded. However, I have to say, it felt like 30+ mates got together for some food and a couple of drinks and just had a laugh (normally at my expense) whilst waiting for the sun to set . Anyway the Massive is already scouting for it's 2018 road trip and if you are after a fantastic break I suggest you start at the euro tour dates. Joel
    13 points
  10. I had a nice day, and it made a welcome change from fencing, pruning, bricking, mowing and all those things that seem to too often get in the way of friendships.
    13 points
  11. Just to echo what has already been said - what better way to stick two fingers up at Covid than spending three days doing what we love in such great company. And somebody must have been smiling down on us given the uncertainties leading up to the event. Thanks to Kev and Mark T, and all helpers, and congrats to Peter, Joel and Rich for a great display of F3F at its best! Finally, some memories to enjoy: https://rc-soar.smugmug.com/F3F/2020/Welsh-Open/
    12 points
  12. New pit bull arrived today F3b layup ultralight. Be interesting to see how much lighter it is to my standard F3F one is and a week off now to build it ...
    12 points
  13. There always were rules - about endangering aircraft, property and people etc, etc - but there was general ignorance of them. Thanks to work that has been going on since 2003 at some level, since 2015 at a high level, and is continuing now, we have the exemption we have for our model flying. The BMFA has been involved throughout and David Phipps the CEO, continues to be involved at the highest level in the Europe-wide negotiations that continue. Potential future changes are monitored constantly. The new more-detailed rules (where BMFA members have the exemption) are a result of the uncontrolled and wide distribution of potent gadgets to the general public in the absence of any effective general knowledge of , or enforcement of, the original rules. BMFA tried to counter this - remember the 'drone-aware' leaflets. The inclusion of all SUAs under one heading was imposed on the BMFA, and every other European model flying organisation, from the outside. BMFA have achieved the exemption which makes the distinction you wanted. In spite of the relentless, often uninformed and insulting, incoming sniper fire, the BMFA are continuing to work to protect our flying. I'd be amazed if insurance wasn't available elsewhere - but at what cost? - and without the vast BMFA experience to back it up. You could theoretically go direct to the CAA for your own exemption as well, but 'snowflakes in hell' spring to mind. BUT, as a BMFA member you get - 'insurance and much more' - and you can benefit from the exemption. Now that the pressure has relented slightly, I hope Davd Phipps can find the time to write-up the story so far for BMFA News. This model flyer is very grateful for what has been achieved.
    12 points
  14. Entry for Sunday is now closed. There will be a weather call sometime after 20:00 on Friday evening, together with meeting point details etc. CD for the day will be John Phillips. At the moment Back of Wrecker is indicated, but as we all know it is far too early to confirm slopes. As has already been observed we will be sharing the Bwlch with a PSS fly-in, attended by SWSA members and others. Provisional slope allocations have already been agreed with the PSS organiser. There is no reason why there should be any issues between the two groups (their organiser is aware of the one 35MHz flyer on 72 in our group). Please ensure all other flyers are treated courteously and with respect, and if you notice a potential issue please report it via the CD, JP. Simon
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  15. Footage I took over the weekend. Some great flying
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  16. Well, the 'Gromit appeal' has now been wound up. Your donations reached the totally amazing total of £1725.50, so well done you! The money has been transferred to Gromit, and will enable the family to visit Tom in hospital. He is embarking on new treatments which could well keep him in London for quite a few weeks, so this help has turned out to be particularly timely. I must say that when I launched this appeal I expected to raise £500 or £600, but I seem to have underestimated the generosity of the slope soaring community, who have turned out their pockets handsomely. Thanks to you all, and especially to Peter Gunning, Chris Lamming, Martin Newnham, and Mark Treble who have helped with the practical side of things. Safe landings. John
    12 points
  17. I can now confirm the scaled down entry list for the Welsh Open. We hope to run the competition for the full 3 days 11th-13th September - subject to no new lock down restrictions. The competition will be run with social distancing measures in place and copious amounts of hand sanitiser will be provided. There will be no organised social event. 1. Dave Rumble 2. William Fourie 3. Mike Bleathman 4. Andy Burgoyne 5. Jason Bioletti 6. Leslie Wood 7. Nigel Witchalls 8. Mike Evans 9. Mark Treble 10. Paul Stubley 11. David Woods 12. Graeme Mahoney 13. Mike Shellim 14. John Treble 15. Kevin Newton 16. Tony Livingstone 17. Mark Abbotts 18. Stefan Bertschi 19. Peter Gunning 20. Joel West 21. Bruce Hudson 22. Rich Bago 23. Keith Wood 24. Jon Edison 25. Pete Burgess 26. Iñaki Elizondo 27. Fernando Moro 28. Tony Robertson 29. John Phillips 30. Aleix Ingles Reserve List Andrzej Tabero
    11 points
  18. Sunshine and an easterly wind yesterday afternoon - had to be a trip to Beer Head - with the Jedi Space Lift & my newly upgraded hard-hat-cam . Of course the wind dropped & went crossed while I was setting up, so all the ballast came back out again - still good fun though in approx 15-20mph - soaring with the gulls, aerobatics, speed runs & F3F stuff. My first 1080p slope video - shot on an Olympus EPL5 camera zoomed to 80mm (FF/35mm equiv) for tighter framing . Comments welcomed! Phil.
    11 points
  19. Hi all, Some pics posted here: https://rc-soar.smugmug.com/organize/F3F/2019/Champion-of-Champions Mike
    11 points
  20. Hi Guys Just got home after a great weekends flying. Weather gods were kinder to us than expected. Well done to Joel, Mike, Andy, and to Greg for FTD of 37.44 Results after 12 rounds here :- Full spread sheet to follow Jon
    11 points
  21. well? Turned out nice again After a difficult decision at the start, with the wind due to turn from S to W during the day, which slope should we start on? Levisham for W or Horcum main bowl for the S. Well, we talked about it for that long, that in the end the decision was made for us - LEVISHAM! And that proved to be a good choice. Slightly off at the start, but by the time the rain hit, it was a full Westerly An hour stoppage for the weather, meant only 2 rounds completed by 2pm ( one round lost ). But the rain cleared, the wind picked up and another 7 rounds completed. Some really nice conditions as well as the usual Levisham variability, saw Rich Bago storm into the lead, Steve Haley in second, and Peter Gunning in third. Well done Guys. FTD went to Rich with a 35.51 in R8. Many thanks to John Treble for Buzzer supremo, Mark T for Cd'ing, and to everyone for helping with the kit etc. Full spreadsheet results to follow Jon ps. well done to Brett for a round winning PB of 38.63 in R7
    11 points
  22. Completed a successful maiden today on Whitesheet First of course the obligatory “just in case” picture Started empty with CG at 104, wind was light but ok, so I chucked it off. As you’d expect It went away straight as a die, flew around for a couple of minutes and landed for some tweaking, CG was also pulled back to 107. Wind had increased so 500g ballast was added for the second flight. This time it felt much better in pitch, roll rate is superb and crisp, may even reduce it a bit! Turns feel nicely coordinated with just a touch of rudder. Bit more tweaking tomorrow. Happy days G
    11 points
  23. Greg's summary says it all - it was a splendid three days, all the more so for the inauspiciously damp start. Many thanks to Jon, Rich and helpers for keeping things moving smoothly. From a personal PoV, I'm enjoying the Needle 115, it handles well and looks lovely. Unfortunately for me, the massive thermal I'd hoped for didn't materialise the one time I loaded it up to 4.2 kg... but I did learn that it handled the loading (68 g/dmsq) and rough air pretty well. Some photos: http://rcsoar.zenfolio.com/nee2017
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  24. Well today turned out pretty well with 18 rounds flown on a mostly sunny East Lomond with about 9-10ms of wind and some thermal assistance here and there. Saturday was not so good, with the BBC forecast proving to be the correct one (as opposed to XC weather) it was a NE wind that greeted us at East Lomond gradually moving round to be flyable in the South by early afternoon but we only had time to fly 6 of 7 pilots before a shower stopped play. After the shower, the wind had carried on moving round to the West so we lost those two rounds. However, today was fine so we started again with times mostly around the 50 second mark all day, notable exceptions in the first two rounds were Dave with a 40.91 and Mark with a 41.23. Rounds 3 & 4 saw some wuicker times with Ewan on 43/44 and Mike with a sweet pair of 40’s, I flew 43/41. At this early stage it was Mark leading from Ewan and Mike… We all flew pretty consistent times in the mid to high 40’s in rounds 5 and 6, Ewan being fastest in round 5 with a 42.95 and me in round 6 with a 46.60. Ewan slipped into the lead. Rounds 7 and 8 were mainly low 50’s, it was clouded over and pretty cold before lunch but I hooked some very nice air in round 8 for an FTD of 37.29 which took me from 5th to 1st place! After lunch the variability was a bit more pronounced for a while before improving later in the day, Mark took round 9 with a 44 and I took 10 with a 41.95. I think Ewan copped worst air of the day in 11 & 12 with a 58 and 61 but the fastest were 49’s with me and Mike flying 49’s in both rounds, George was quickest in 10 with a 48.14. Mike and Dave were desperate to go sub-40 on the day having been tantalisingly close, Dave was very close in round 14 with a 40.40 and Mark T too on 40.22, Mike was a whisker away in 15 with a 40.14 but the elusive East Lomond sub-40 was not to be for them on the day. With nice sunshine and fluffy clouds from 2pm onwards, we decided to carry on flying as it was fun and fast. Mike flew very well in 15 and 16 for a 40/41 combo which consolidated his 2nd position, I had a 45/39 as Mike made me laugh with his CDing and I had a nibbly cut. Most people had one fast one slow in rounds 17 and 18 showing how quickly the good air was cycling through late on, Dave again coming close to sub-40 in the last round with a 41.14. It ended up pretty close at the top and for 3rd with results below: 1 Peter Gunning 15366.51 1000.00 2 Mike McCracken 15240.09 991.77 3 Mark Treble 14787.14 962.29 4 David Watson 14477.03 942.11 5 Ewan Maxwell 14304.54 930.89 6 George Young 14193.14 923.64 FTD Peter Gunning 37.29 I had organised prizes rather than trophies so the top 3 had a choice of beer, wine or chocolates and I think everyone was happy with the day! Thanks to everyone for coming and Mark for travelling, glad we got a good amount of flying to make it worthwhile.
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  25. Quick summary report. 15 pilots flew 9 rounds on the Horcum southern bowl on day 1, and only 2 rounds on the NE Horcum slope on day 2, due to the wind, which started the day at about 7 m/s dropping below minimum and not returning. Final top three places: 1st Greg Dakin, flying Avatar (one round with Jedi) 2nd Simon Thornton (Shinto) 3rd Rich Bago, Mostly FS3 with a couple of flights with the FS 4 Greg also won the Fastest time with a 39.xx on day 1 (Avatar) Was good to see new face and Whitesheet local Nigel Witchalls, who seemed to be enjoying himself, and the return of Mick Walsh, down from his new base in Aberdeen. Big thanks to Jon Edison and Mark Treble who manned the centre, and John Treble for doing a great job as buzzer supremo. But everyone helped out with carrying stuff etc., so thanks to all. As the weather on the whole was pretty warm and pleasant (apart from the heavy and soaking shower at the end of day 1, I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend, and Greg was a worthy winner. Once I get the spreadsheet I'll post a bit more detail. Simon
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  26. Well that was an insane weekend of entertainment. Great to catch up with old friends and make some new ones too. Delighted to take receipt of my newly built Avatar (thanks Daniel!) and repatriate a long lost Jedi to boot.... Regarding the flying, there was a feast of entertainment - Abbo's pumping , Simon's rocket propelled 32.xx which had the slope diving for cover, Joel's uber reversals and Rumby's new patriot missile bouncing along the compression - it was all there to behold!!! Really exciting to watch Arne and Daniel wring out their sports models, I wouldn't fancy going up against those guys in an aerobatic comp.... Thrilled to bits to pick up a couple of pots on behalf of the Tea Swillers and F3F Puppeteers - Richie and Ronnie Many congrats to Al and Inaki for richly deserved placings - a great weekend for Team Spain!!! Thanks as always to Kev, AJ, Mark T, Martin, Joel, Graeme and fellow Midlander and all round top man, Andy B for running a splendid show... Here's to a slightly calmer and more genteel gathering with the ESSA at the weekend!! Buff on Greg
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  27. Great comp, never thought we'd fly so many rounds let alone experience such a variety of conditions. Thanks to all from over the water who made the journey, to Kev, to helpers and to our sponsors. Some photos here, including some with a somewhat different perspective: https://rc-soar.smugmug.com/F3F/2016/Welsh-Open-F3F/
    11 points
  28. Phil, why post this? Just a simple not coming or direct pm/email to me is fine. Not always but so many times I have seen these kind of comments to be proved wrong for 2 day comps, but put some pilots off because they think we have weather guru in the mix. It is a tricky forecast to call for certain but always good to remain positive.
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  29. Not sure if I should do this, but as there are various reports about my flight, I like to share some of my memories. At first, I honestly do not remember a lot of the flight. It started that I let Pete wait with the launch a good 15 Seconds into working time. I made 3 pumps before leaving the course on base A on the right. The pumps were very powerful and the climb out way above my usual. By dropping in I could feel that it was fast. The first turn was a kind of reversal and afterwards (according to my feeling and also Pete's report) there were all kind of turns. I honestly can't remember them in any way. I just have the memory that the plane got faster and faster in every turn. On base 9 the one thought I had was 'do not cut' - which I gladly didn't (although Philipp Lanes told me after the flight that I was even tight on the bases). Flying wise it was a good bit away from the slope which might have been the reason why the air felt really smooth. I also didn't have the feeling that I had to steer very much beside flying the turns by adding a bit of aillerons and pulling real hard (and probably put back the elevator to neutral at at the right time). After leaving the course I knew that it was quick and I hoped for a sub30 to get a new PB. That it was so fast really surprised me, and I had to ask the CD two or three times how fast it was... In regards of memories. It's funny, I can remember various crap flights in many details but I have more or less none of my two fastest flights I ever had (beside the fact that they both felt smooth and fast). The glider: I flew a Jedi 'Prototype' which I bought from Andreas Böhlen a good year ago. Prototype in the sense that the aillerons are hinged on top, and also the Ailleron/Flap ratio (length) might be different to some production ones. Linkages in the wing are Baudis built in RDS. It's a rather light (~ 2100g) F3B layout and even has a hook for whinching. Ballast wise I put in ~ 1700g of Tungsten/Brass. No such things as reflex or combi switch programmed (no rudder at all in 'Corsa' mode). On the Servo side - no MKS but all JR :-) Cheers Stefan
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  30. Posted a new PB of 45.99 in round 3 of the BMFA summer league at Long Mynd on 08/08/2021 flying the RTG Extreme. Then went quicker again in the last round. Posted another new PB of 43.5 in round 6 of the BMFA summer league at Long Mynd on 08/08/2021 flying the RTG Extreme. The above combined with not posting a time above 50.75 means I was very happy I made the trip.
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  31. :- ) https://rc-soar.smugmug.com/F3F/2021/SE-Open/ My thanks to Allen for a great job - despite the weather it was a really fun weekend!
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  32. Today’s Economist carries a letter from me. It’s not quite the letter I wrote, but space is limited, I suppose!
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  33. Hi Guys Not sure who was posting the results for this, but as I have them I guess it must be me Results here:- http://www.nymrsc.org.uk/Assets/docs/Welsh Open 2020.xls Due to the number of rounds completed, I have had to use a different spread sheet. Regards Jon
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  34. Just done the pics which are in the photo gallery I'll add to the chorus by saying many thanks to Nigel and Graeme for a great day out. Knowing that we can run and enjoy comps albeit with limited entry is really encouraging.
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  35. Whoops, posted this by mistake in the PB topic... if you've seen it, apologies for cross posting. If you haven't .... A display of F3F at its best! Congrats to the top three, the standard of flying was very high and it was great to see such enthusiasm. Report and pics: http://rc-soar.com/gallery/2018/wwl1/index.php - Mike
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  36. Aleix has put together a video of the weekend:
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  37. Morning all, have finally managed to put together some pics: https://rc-soar.smugmug.com/F3F/2018/BFMA-League-1-/ Regards Mike
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  38. Well folks, Mark had his op. He's not ready to say whether there's been much improvement in his sight, and he is still in some pain, but he's been back in action making me help him put plaster board up on his bathroom walls!
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  39. THE ENGLISH OPEN F3F 2017 . aug 19-20th Whitesheet RFC . Sponsored by South Coast Sailplanes. It gives me great pleasure to announce the date of the English Open F3f for 2017. The event will be staged by the Whitesheet RFC over the weekend of Aug 19th 20th. Sponsorship;- I am both delighted & very proud of the continued excellent Sponsorship & support of the event by Peter Payne owner of South Coast Sailplanes http://www.south-coast-sailplanes.com/ Entry date opening ;- Entry will open at 9.00am on Thursday 1st June 2017 ( Entries will not be accepted prior to the opening date.) Entries are to be sent to myself at swallacegromit@aol.com . please include the following;- Name, Frequency, Models. BMFA / insurance details. Entry fee;- The entry fee to the event is £15.00. payable on day 1. I am again securing permission for the use of additional slopes to cater for wind directions not catered for by our club slopes. I shall be regularly posting English Open news, info, updates & comp details on this thread. For now though, be sure to put the date in your 2017 diaries. We at the Whitesheet RFC look forward to welcoming you to this event. Stu, Whitesheet Comp Sec.
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  40. Ok , I take it all back - Levisham is FUN!!! Entertaining , exciting, frustrating, demanding, There are those in our number who seem to be able to master it, so variable it may be, but quite possibly the best pilots are more than lucky. Dieter as usual just did the business, nailing every turn and keeping the course length down to a minimum. Rich was Ballistic - most of the time, and Greg got his act together (or played his Joker) as the conditions became their trickiest on the Sunday. Very well done guys. For my part, I enjoyed turn 9, 10, 11 and 12 on a run Saturday afternoon. Couldn't resist taking a few more as the Shinto was playing such sweet music. Big grin despite the run actually only being a 51. Also enjoyed the cut on turn 3 on Sunday morning. The resultant slope turn seemed to induce an element of Ds and the rest of the run just got faster and faster. Pauls 37 I was on Base B and it was great to see just how accurate Paul was flying his Pitbull. Great stuff. Levisham of course needs lots of rounds to make it a good comp, and massive thanks to Jon and the team for ensuring that happened, and making this a great comp. F3f - mojo rekindled.
    10 points
  41. 4 rounds in today. Pete G moved up from 12th to 6th winning a couple of rounds. Final results for the Brits: 1st John Phillips 3rd Simon Thornton 6th Pete Gunning 7th Joel West 12th Greg Dakin Full results at: http://www.f3xvault.com/?action=event&function=event_view&event_id=855
    10 points
  42. We had a good day today with an afternoon practice on the SE slope. About 8ms and 20 deg C, F3F in t shirts north of the arctic circle This is our house and the beach down the road, it really is a stunning landscape.
    10 points
  43. Nice video Brett, shame you didn't get your SUB 40 on camera! Great to watch your round by round improvement too. A very enjoyable day with a decent wind on the back of the wrecker. All the better once I worked out where to land (thanks Andy!). The drive home doesn't get any easier, needed 40 winks at Gretna but home by 2am.
    10 points
  44. What a fine weekend's racing - who would have thought we'd get in so many rounds! Good to see Mark T back with a vengeance, and Brett enjoying his first comp. My thanks to Jon for his usual hard work organising, to Mark, and also to Rich/T9 for sponsorship. Some photos of the weekend here: https://rc-soar.smugmug.com/F3F/2016/F3F-Nationals/
    10 points
  45. Baggage checked in, security control passed (they were a tad curious about the ballast :-) ), and now waiting for the plane to leave. Was a good comp (probably not a classic), and I enjoyed the company very much. Thank you all for having me (again) and thanks everybody for the smooth processing which made my job a lot easier (although it was still tough thanks to the weather). Congrats to the top three. Well deserved. Cheers and see you all at the Welsh Open the latest. Stefan
    10 points
  46. It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Tom Wallace who sadly lost his fight from HLH, a rare disorder of the immune system. Words may not suffice to express the heartfelt sorrow that we all feel and our hearts go out to his family Stuart, Gill, Ben and Samuel at this very sad time. May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead. Our thoughts are with you all.
    10 points
  47. Not only does he win but he looks cool doing it! Well done Mark, Graeme and Simon
    10 points
  48. 7am Saturday morning , driving rain and gale force winds ...things don't look promising for a race .By the time I arrived at Pole Cott the rain was just a drizzle and it was a touch blowy but by 9:45 we all decanted from the cars and walked (trudged) over to the slope . Wind speeds were a constant mid to high 30's mph and gusting to high 40's , I had a quick fly with my Crossover and the air was quite stable and landings were ok aswell .We were going to give everyone a chance to have a sports fly first to see if they wanted to race or not. The forcast was for the wind to start to ease slightly after lunch so this would enable us to start slightly later than planned .Of the 15 pilots in attendance 10 decided to brave it out and fly , I have every admiration for the guys who didn't fly as none of them left and they stayed till the end helping buzz all day . We started at 11:45 after I had pointed out to all flyers that penalty points would be applied for anyone going back past the flags , with high winds fully loaded fast models we didn't want any near misses (I seemed to forget this in the last round ......DOH) . things started well with Les going sub 40 first up and his new PB but the true master of the conditions was still to fly . Greg hardly put a foot wrong all day and was a worthy winner some of his flying was breathtaking and like a few others on the circuit his ability to maximise bad air puts him to the top.It was good to see Martin Drewett flying again after his recent visits to hospital and after a couple of rounds to get used to the hill and conditions he was soon back in the groove ,Graeme Mahoney also looked good again with his pitbull and somebody else to get a new pB with 34.99 although the result doesn't really show how well he flew .Scott and Ian were flying there needle 100's and in these winds were not at the disadvantage there smaller spans usually handicap them with and they looked at home in the air .It was good to see Alan Flockhart out for a go at F3F instead of his normal F5B and he soon settled down to the new requirements and was to suffer the only damage of the day when he broke a flap horn on his Strega walking back form landing .Abbo flying the twin caldera to Les's adapted as the afternoon went on as his favoured reversals were not the way to go on the day, but he did suffer with some of the more shall we say entertaining air .Paul (buzz) didn't have a good day as he didn't seem to get into the groove early on and it was a day when if you let the speed bleed off it was hard to get back on step .Last but not least I had an indifferent day ,I flew the crossover for its first full comp and never felt it really got going , the difference between sport flying it and racing it and I was genuinely surprised at the end result . Overall a good day and more importantly not the carnage some may have expected , flying in conditions that you may not choose to for sport flying will I'm sure make us all better pilots . Thank you to everyone for turning up on what was not the best forecast ,especially those who travelled from the far flung reaches beyond Gloucester and thank you to all those that buzzed all day and ddint fly . Happy new start to 2015 everyone , lets hope this is a great year . Andy.
    10 points
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