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  1. Well, blue sky, perfect weather, sub 30 air, pb's everywhere! Ok dream on, but its was a very flyable day, even though the forecast wasn't the most inspiring. Levisham was quite benign all day with no real variability and certainly easy close in landings. A wait at the start of the day when the supposedly WSW wind was a straight Southerly! However, as per forecast, the wind began to turn, and by lunch we were flying. With such a small group, manning the buzzers was hectic, but everyone took to the challenge. Flying was interrupted a couple of times for rain showers, and 8 rounds was easily achieved. Final scores saw a great win for Rich who also claimed the Horcum Challenge Cup and FTD of 42.02 in R2 Steve was a close second, with Peter in third. Thanks to all for your support, and look forward to seeing you all in the new year Full results to follow Jon
    7 points
  2. Another day with the Pitbull and even more impressed. 3.5 m/s sometimes less and didn't miss a beat. Amazed by the efficiency even my top model beginair wouldn't stay up in that.
    3 points
  3. I can't top Mr Fram's flying shots of my Falcon, but can't forget the brains of the team!
    3 points
  4. And a short video. I'd set the glider control throws up using GliderThrow, and using Mike Shellim's eSoar template. Didn't even need any trim on the first flight. http://mahmoudi-modellsport.eu/gliderthrow - I bought mine here and have the quad version. https://rc-soar.com/opentx/setups/esoarplus/index.htm - Mike Shellim's eSoar Plus template.
    2 points
  5. Hi Guys Tomorrows event is ON! Forecast remains as before, WSW 12 to 20mph winds, so we are on lovely Levisham! Meet in Braygate Lane at 9:30 for a prompt start. Oh and don't forget your thermals, its not going to be tropical! See you there Jon
    2 points
  6. Have a look at the excellent article on here by Mike Evans, regarding how he fitted out his pike Precision 2 electric fuselage. I know it’s a different manufacturer, you might be able to adapt the layout like he has done. He has managed to fit a 2200 3s, and a separate receiver battery ( 18500 2s li-ion ) behind the wing joiner.
    2 points
  7. I don’t use a separate Rx battery, but I do use a high end ESC with high power BEC and telemetry, so I can keep a very close eye on battery condition. If properly designed, the failure rate of the electronics in a BEC is a lot lower than the probability of connector/wiring faults. On bigger models I do have the Rx fed from two batteries using a Jeti consolidation switch
    2 points
  8. 1350 3S: (Note the Eternity will also take a 2200 3S battery as well - as in 2nd photo)
    2 points
  9. Getting her dialled in. Flies so well it makes me look good . Had to pack up prematurely as what brought the wind brought the rain . Getting a real taste of how efficient she is and testing how much ballast I can use in light winds... A lot more than I thought
    2 points
  10. Reluctantly selling this beautiful custom FW Libelle to fund another scale project. Mint ‘as new’ unmarked condition: only flown 3 times. Testing the waters and offering this out while still virtually un-flown. As well as the FW Models waiting time this was a right hassle to get into the country, so save yourself some serious time and stress (and £££)! Triple carbon Hardshell Libelle with custom paint, FW canopy and motor install and FW wing and fuselage bags. Professional servo and cockpit installation. All white graphics are vinyl and easily removed if you want. Base colour is orange top, black under. Glider comes in at 7kg...perfect flying weight. If you want better quality photo's the PM me your email. FW Hartschale Libelle £2250 Reisenauer Leopard LC5065 14pol 430KV £140 GM scale prop £50 Mezon Opto 165 £235 KST X10 servo’s £240 Professional install £210 Deposit £215 VAT and carriage £640 Total £3980 Im looking for £3500 07747196963
    2 points
  11. The music is not my choice!
    2 points
  12. I received a sample piece (and silver tape from my local shop) from the link you gave Phil. It's perfect for the job, thx m8
    1 point
  13. Thanks for all the battery and other help, everyone. Successful maiden this morning. What a great glider! Yes, transported by bicycle. I'm temporarily using the box it came in, and have almost finished a plywood coffin to take my gliders to the field. Really happy with all the great service from Neil at Hyperflight.co.uk too. Things didn't go perfectly with this order, but Neil was so brill at sorting out the minor issues that I couldn't be happier! Excellent customer service. The trailer is a Carry Freedom Y-frame and I got an extended arm (the 50cm model) to give more clearance. I could probably have gotten away with using the standard arm.
    1 point
  14. Congratulations on your maiden flight. However diligently you set up your new glider and radio, I find maiden flights are always a nervous moment.
    1 point
  15. This is a great link regarding battery backup using Schottky Diodes.
    1 point
  16. I actually used a several pieces of thin cloth cut so the weave was layed at different angles, wetted out and layed as one. so that the finished cloth was as close as possible to the original in its feel and strength. The external part was a piece of very thin epoxy board held in place and shaped by the existing wing structure on each side of the break. The foam simply pushed back against this. Very simple.
    1 point
  17. Have now made up a battery back up, to cover a power failure, that I suffered recently, on advice of others who have experienced it. There are arguments for and against using a back up, but if it saves an expensive model, has to be worth it. It was the first time in 56 years RC flying that I have had a failure with a radio, apart from when on 27 megs through persons switching on, on the same frequency BARCS 230
    1 point
  18. This is a ‘posh’ consolidation device for two Rx supplies, that also passes the ESC signal - I use this in my Ikura: https://www.esoaringgadgets.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=46_108&products_id=565 It can be done more simply with a pair of consolidation diodes connected at the cathodes and on to the Rx positive supply. Each of the anodes goes to a separate supply.
    1 point
  19. Ah yes, thanks! I was meaning more the electrical connection setup As with Mike's glider I think there is enough room and enough C of G flexibility to fit the receiver battery.
    1 point
  20. I use the 1350 3S Overlander in my Eternity. Still get a reasonable climb rate at max weight. A climb to 200m+ only takes about 350mA out of the battery
    1 point
  21. Hobbyrc.co.uk seem to have recently stocked up on batteries. A lot of them are the well regarded GNB make, although I've not tried any myself, yet. I've got some 3s on order. I don't know if any will be the right size for your needs.....
    1 point
  22. Blue sky, a little high cloud and COLD. 9mph north wind. It was going to be just the same as yesterday, so I just stood there watching for bird activity. I got cold, so after about 15mins I launched and I had a reasonable flight. I had decided not to use any spoiler, but to just keep it in the air until it touched down. Being cold, I picked the model up to walk back, then I saw a Kestrel. It was just sat there, wings outstretched, hovering. So I went for another go. The Kestrel was way above 60m, so I aimed a bit up wind of it. Neither of us seemed to go up (or come down) and looking at the graph, that was for about 1 minute. Then the Kestrel left – flying far faster than I could. There were a couple of periods where my glider was going backwards, due to gusts. So it would have been silly following any thermal, even if there was one. I would not have got back. I'm claiming 3:18. A cold looking Bombay Duck........
    1 point
  23. Hi Mike, I'm using a 3S 1350mah 50C battery from Overlander, which gives me 2, possibly 3 climb outs to 200m for GPS Triangle Racing. A friend is using the same battery in his Shinto.
    1 point
  24. Try Overlander - they seem to have plenty in stock. Bit pricey but if you need them........ https://www.overlander.co.uk/lipo-batteries/14-8v-4s.html
    1 point
  25. I have just rejoined BARCS (after a gap of nearly 40 years!). I like thermal soaring off bungee, tow line or winch and electrically assited thermal soaring. Does anyone know of a club in the area of Cambridge that supports these interests? I am currently a member of Impington Village College Model Flying Club. It is a very friendly and varied club, but without a suitable site for larger soarers (anything over 2m). Similarly I have been in contact with the South Cambridge club, but they have a height limit of 400ft. I'd be quite happy to travel a bit if I could get to a good site. I'd be happy to join another club as well. Thanks for any responses. George Adam
    1 point
  26. No, not polyhedral, but going 6 servo…. Vortex 4
    1 point
  27. I have two Vortex 3 DLGs for sale: 1) Brand new unbuilt kit (yellow/blue): £580 Optional extras: Full set of protective covers: £30 4 x KSTx08 v5 servos (brand new boxed): £100 Brass weights for ballast sets to be made up: £10 2) Like new fully built (pink/blue): £680 Immaculate condition, flown in 5 competitions only this season (helping me win the F3K league ). 4 x Blue Bird BMS-A10H servos. ~ 235g AUW Optional extras: Full set of protective covers: £30 Ballast set -approx weights - 15g, 30g, 45g, 60g, 75g: £15 --------------
    1 point
  28. I've just published a template for the Yoda and similar. It's called 'DLG6S' and runs on any OpenTX transmitter. It features a better way of trimming out crow brakes. Instead of having a separate compensation adjustment, the elevator trim is automatically repurposed to adjust the compensation, when brakes are deployed. No special action is required from the pilot - just trim out in Cruise mode, bang on full brakes, trim out again, and done. There's also an optional launch height callout (requires ALT telemetry, e.g. with FrSky G-RX6 receiver). There are some other internal programming features which I've not used before, in particular the up- and down- aileron movements are calculated separately from first principles. This made some aspects, such as diff suppression and reverse diff, cleaner to program. Full documentation provided. https://rc-soar.com/opentx/setups/dlg6s/
    1 point
  29. 1 point
  30. Does this mean you've got something more polyhedral on the way for next season??
    1 point
  31. Thanks very much! This is a fantastic improvement on what I had before. I spent some of Saturday applying the template and then setting it up together with my GliderThrow sensors, and this is looking very good indeed. Haven't been out flying yet, but that's coming soon. In the meantime I'm finishing up building my Shinto Electric.
    1 point
  32. HaHa - you need this one It survived a first trip from Germany to the UK Then it survived another trip in the UK by Parcelforce
    1 point
  33. HN Extreme Joiner will also fit, but you may need to check if it has a similar lay-up. Other option is get someone to machine a steel joiner - it will save on ballast Simon
    1 point
  34. Yes - put the wire in a vice with just a very small length protruding. Knock that over at 90 degrees perpendicular to the vice jaws. Remove the wire from the vice and put the end of the wire, with the 90 degree bend, into the jaws and clamp as shown in the picture below. Then knock that over at 90 degrees perpendicular to the vice jaws. You will now have two 90 degree bends close together, but the two bends will be in different axes. This is often fine for servo linkages. In order to create a proper Z-bend from this, you will need to clamp both of the bends between the faces of the vice jaws to flatten them out, then tweak them a little to get the bends to 90 degree again. Hope this helps - works for me - Justin
    1 point
  35. Wooohooo! Glider is being sent out tomorrow, so hopefully I'll have it on Thursday.
    1 point
  36. The Big One Forecast was light winds all day, rain in the morning but dry in the afternoon. Cloudy and only a high of 18 degrees. Got to the field for 2pm, still drizzling. Sat in the barn for 30 minutes, setting up whilst listening to the local church bells. Grass getting long already, wellies on, I set up the tan bungee which is only 9 meters long and a little under powered compared to the mighty red HK one (on its last legs). 1-2 mph wind (easterly), 1st launch was only to 30 meters and the lift was incredibly light, I stayed at 15 meters for 10 minutes before coming down. Next launch, straight up and down job. Figured it was going to be a DLG day as lift too light but decided on one more launch. 2:44pm. Launched to 40 meters and worked the lightest of light lift, juggling the speed and elevator to hold my own. After 5 patient minutes I managed to start climbing, working my way very slowly over 300 meters before losing the lift. Came down to 40 meters and was struggling. The lift was so light it was very difficult to work out whether I was climbing or not. This was the hardest part of the entire flight and I could easily have landed here. Picked up some more light lift and then conditions started to improve, little bits of blue sky appeared and the odd glimpse of sun, the temp started to increase, wind got up and I started to climb with a pair of seagulls, the lift took me right overhead into the sun. Using the TX as a sunshade, eventually the blood drained out of my arms and I pushed up wind looking for more lift. I was now 40 minutes into the flight and the hour seemed possible, the next 12 minutes were really tricky as I just couldn't center properly and get away. There was a high chance of blowing it. Thankfully at 53 minutes I got my act together and boomed up to 500 meters. The TX sounded out the hour mark, I was flying on my own but let out a good "wooooooop", celebrating with a speed run across the sky before booming back over 500 meters and then pulling the spoilers in a vertical dive. At this point my neck was pretty sore, I checked my battery levels and figured I'd try for another 30 minutes (TX was a little low but RX had plenty left). Conditions were excellent, the sink was weak and the lift ultra-smooth. The model indicated lift beautifully, either pitching up as I flew through it, a wing tip lifting or locked out from turning as the inside wing was trapped by rising air. I was able to move around the sky jumping from one thermal to another. The 1 hr30 mark passed pretty quickly and then I figured it would be rude not to go for the 2 hour mark. The lift just got better and better, for most of the last 30 minutes I stayed above 300 meters and the lift was insanely smooth. Even at that height it was easy to tell when in lift and when not. It was only at 1 hr 53 that the temperature started to drop and I found a sky full of sink. I did a full 360 tour of the sky before finding some more lift. I worked it for a few minutes right above me before my neck and back gave in - my eyes were also going a bit wonky. I had to speed up wind losing the lift and started to come down. Squeeky bum time as I worked some light lift and just hung on to break the 2 hour mark. Super chuffed to have broken the hour but would have been gutted to miss the 2 hour mark by a few seconds. Not long after I landed the rain clouds started to move back in. Had a few flights with the DLG but the lift was gone so packed up. In summary, apart from a sore neck the 2nd hour was much easier than the first! Never dreamt the conditions would be so favourable. Hardly saw the sun all day and only a few kites. You just never can tell. Cracking day and a time I'm very unlikely to beat. Off for a neck and back massage :) David | Saturday 10th July | X-RES | Hi Start | 2 hrs 43 seconds
    1 point


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