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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
    14 points
  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
    13 points
  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
    12 points
  15. Footage I took over the weekend. Some great flying
    12 points
  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
    11 points
  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.
    11 points
  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
    11 points
  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
    11 points
  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.
    11 points
  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. Just want to say thanks to Mark, John and Rich for a great day's competition. Def worth the journey up (after some last minute agonising given the forecast of Northerlies). And of course congrats to Mark R for a very convincing win. Here are a few words, with a link to the photos: https://rc-soar.com/gallery/2021/bmfa_l3/index.php Below is a round by round progress chart. Roll on the next comp!
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  32. :- ) 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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  33. Not seen much on the forum lately to show what new models we are all building So I thought if I show you mine, some one is bound to show me theirs Here is my new Prestige pk2 from Samba via Flightec.
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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.
    10 points
  35. Well, here is a view from a newcomer to f3f. William and myself are members of white sheet, and has a hard core of f3f pilots. We have both been keen to try f3f, and flew in last years English open. We both had a great time, and the f3f community were very welcoming, along with a little “teasing” We both fly pitbulls 1 and 2, and the main reason we tried, was because of the great guidance and help of Graeme Mahoney. Without his help and advice on cg, snapflap, settings, etc, we would still be scratching our heads. Along with the correct line, different turn styles, and pumping, which is an art, just on its own! its ok watching the top pilots hooning around on YouTube, but unless you have someone like Graeme showing you the techniques you need to practice, it would take a while to figure it out as a couple of greenhorns! the one thing about learning f3f, is it gives a totally different view on how you fly! It’s easy to just launch, and tootle around, maybe chuck in a roll or loop, and land. There is nothing wrong with that, if that is how you like to fly, but to try and progress in the discipline, you have to have a plan! So every time William and myself go up to fly, we are constantly working on our flying, be that an f3f model, or an Ahi, but learning to fly smoothly, and learn the techniques required to progress in the discipline. they say it’s all about the journey, not the destination... bit like life really. stay safe, and we will be back throwing 2 grand models off the side of hill near you soon!
    10 points
  36. It's been over a year since I (Colin Paddon) and Kevin Beale first posted details of our home built and designed 3.8m composite F5J glider, PROGLIDE. The original article can be found at this link: https://www.barcs.co.uk/f5j/articles-events-and-reports/articles/proglide-homebuilt-f5j-soarer/ This update brings us up to date with the project. It’s all very well designing and building your own competition plane but its not worth a lot if it turns out to be lacking in performance compared to the professionally manufactured gliders that it will be flying against. There seems to be a general misconception that home built F5J competition gliders are in some way inferior to the professional commercial offerings in terms of their flying performance. Straight away lets dispel this myth. The prototype PROGLIDE in its first full year of competition use won three UK F5J league competitions and finished 2nd in the 2016 National UK F5J league with an overall score of 99.06%. Myth dispelled. The only downside of designing and producing your own composite F5J plane is the time and effort it takes to do. If we paid ourselves 50p per hour for all the time we have put into this project we still wouldn’t be able to afford to buy them! It’s a complete labour of love in every way but the sense of achievement makes it all worthwhile. A quick look at the web gallery that accompanies this article will give you some idea of the time and effort that has gone into achieving our original goal which was that it must be economical to build, use techniques that anyone with reasonable building skills can learn/do and most importantly have as good a flight performance as the commercial offerings. Achieving the 100% perfect finish compared to the hollow moulded professionally produced planes was not a high priority. We were only interested in its flight performance and were happy to accept a good finish as opposed to a perfect one. During the development period we worked in parallel on different areas of design/construction. For example I decided that I wanted to be able to split the fuselage in half for ease of air transport which meant that the elevator and rudder servo’s were both enclosed within the tailplane mount pod with the boom being secured to the Fuselage Pod spigot by two carbon tubes that could be removed and the boom slid off. Ditto the fin/rudder assembly. Kevin worked on optimising his layout with the servos under the wing at first followed later by the elevator servo in the tailplane pod and the rudder servo under the wing. For his Fin/Rudder he went along a similar route that the Nan Xplorers use. Finding easy to do home build solutions to problems took time, effort and testing. One of the things that several people asked us about was how we made the wing joiners. In the end it was so simple that I wondered why I hadn’t thought of it before. Buy yourself from HobbyKing a protruded 10x10mm square section carbon rod which comes with a 8mm dia hole all the way through it. Cut into required joiner lengths and angle the two inner end faces to the required angle. Roll up 40mm of unicarbon tows to achieve a tight fit inside the hole, wet out fully with epoxy and slide it half way into one half of the joiner and then the other. Put balsa caps down the hole so that it just very slightly compresses the central wet unicarbon and keeps them centrally located within the length of the joiner and then clamp into required position and allow to set. Result, pair of carbon joiners that weigh 23g total. The plane would be destroyed before the wing joiners broke. This technique wouldn’t be strong enough for F3J planes but more than adequate for our lesser stressed F5J models. Quick, cheap and foolproof with the ability to create any angle of joiners you require. Kevin went a different route by using straight solid round carbon rod which allowed him in our normal wing section to get the required dihedral tip angle he wanted. All this problem solving sounds as if it was a PITA, and at times it felt that way, but in reality we both enjoyed finding home build solutions to these challenges. The first two Proglide’s produced used cheap fibreglass cloth on the flying surfaces which enabled us to learn the required composite skills knowing that when it goes wrong (it will BTW!) that it hadn’t cost the earth in materials. However, the aim was always to eventually use Carboline which is a fantastic cloth but it’s not without good reason that it’s called “Black Gold”, its very expensive but gives a strength to weight ratio that is unbeatable for our purpose. The early fibreglass skinned versions of PROGLIDE achieved RTF weights of between 1450-1580g, ie still reasonably light for a full house 3.8m electric plane. With each new plane we tried different lay-up’s, build techniques and incorporated various detail design changes along the way. Lots of time was expended in producing test pieces during this period to prove the viability of what we were doing. We had failures along the way on pieces that we felt sure would work well but turned out not to be of the standard we were seeking. Amongst the various failures though we managed to have some light bulb moments which were always welcomed! One such moment came when we started to investigate how to achieve repeatable 100% success with shaped inflation bladders in the moulding of the fuselage pod in order to minimise the weight. After quite a few failures it turned out that a fine tipped soldering iron and Recycled black rubbish bags (yes really) worked brilliantly. The variable air pressure for this task was handled by a £50 EBay airbrush compressor which had a small air reservoir tank. After trying various layups, like most of the professional manufacturers, we have now settled on using all carbon for the fuse pods. Another light bulb moment came in regard to hinging the flying surfaces. At first we used silicon hinges which did work but were relatively heavy and difficult to get perfect every time. We later moved to using Diamond tape for the hinge along with Microfibre tape on the inner faces of the foam. (Microfibre tape sticks like the proverbial to raw pink foam). This resulted in strong, lightweight quick to apply, field serviceable (if required) hinges that were very free in their movement. They have turned out to be every bit as good as silicon hinges and in many respects far better. After building a few Proglides we felt confident enough to move onto using Carboline. We also decided at this point that we would again take advantage of having two of us involved. Kevin’s first Carboline PROGLIDE was to use our normal wing section whilst mine was going to use one of the new F5J Syner ultra-thin wing sections. We had hoped to use a friend’s CNC foam cutter for this new prototype wing but unfortunately he moved house just at the wrong time and we all know how much time they take up to get sorted out. So, yet more wing /spar templates to make! Using such a thin wing section on a 3.8m wing brought with it a host of new structural problems to overcome and additionally neither of us was totally convinced that these Ultra-Thin wing sections were the right way to go for F5J. Kevin progressed quickly on his first Carboline build as we now knew exactly how and what to do. He made no attempt to get this plane down to be a super lightweight and used standard sized servo’s with a heavy motor/ESC/battery in the fit out. Even so the finished RTF weight came in at just under 1440g. He estimated that had he used lightweight equipment the finished RTF weight would have been easily under 1300g. The project was moving in the right direction. After flying it Kevin liked his PROGLIDE so much that he immediately decided to press on and make a full on lightweight Carboline version. This ultra lightweight PROGLIDE, which he seemed to put together in record time, came in at 1280g. It fly’s superbly. Meanwhile, it took me a while to iron out the new structural issues raised when building a 3.8m solid core ultra-lightweight thin section wing. Eventually though we were ready to proceed with the build. Did it go smoothly, of course not! Due to a stupid error on my part during the bagging up of the centre panel, I managed to ruin the entire panel. It was an expensive and time consuming mistake to make. After the required amount of San Miguel I decided to build a new centre section straight away. I took this “opportunity” to try a different approach with the spar structure. The rest of the build thankfully went without a hitch. The plane RTF came in at 1245g using lightweight radio gear, 1000mah 3S Hv Lipo and a 85g direct drive motor. All that was needed now was to test fly it to see if it performed as well as we hoped it would. Following several test flying sessions we can report that its flight performance has exceeded all expectations. All preconceived negative thoughts on whether ultra-thin wing sections would work well for F5J have been dispelled. In light of the successful flight testing of the first thin wing PROGLIDE we have decided to build a heavier windy weather version using the same thin wing section. In the meantime the Carboline Ultra light just tested can be ballasted to 1550g AUW which hopefully will be capable of handling a decent amount of wind (yet to be tested). But as we all know, here in the UK there’s times when you just need a heavy plane. For those that are interested in weights here they are. Part Finished Weight With Gear Installed Weight Carbon Fuse Pod 89g 135g Boom & Tailplane Mount 35g 55g Centre Panel 263g 333g Left Wing Tip 128g 150g Right Wing Tip 130g 152g Elevator 33g 35g Fin/Rudder/Tube 24g 24g Prop/Spinner/Motor 113g ESC 50g Other installed equipment 78g Total AU RTF Weight 1245g In terms of airframe material costs, the fibreglass skinned versions come in at around £100-£130 and Carboline versions at £200-£250. Labour cost….well let’s not go there! Overall, somewhat cheaper for an equivalent commercially produced 3.8m F5J model at this kind of weight! So what next? We are confident that we can further reduce the overall weight with minor detail changes, improved lay-ups etc, but recognise that we are getting close to what can realistically be achieved in this regard with home building. A picture really does say a thousand words, so if you are interested in seeing how the PROGLIDE is constructed, the photo web gallery that accompanies this write up shows all. If you have any specific questions about the plane or its construction please feel free to ask on this thread. Colin Paddon/Kevin Beale View full f5j article event or report
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  37. Hi All Final results here after a great weekend. We could have done with a bit more wind, but with blue skies and clear conditions over both days can't be bad Winds were where they should be today, a rather cool NE veering ENE with speeds ranging from 1m/s to 7m/s provided a bit of variability Another 5 rounds were completed before the number of reflights began to get out of proportion. So after 8 rounds, the final winner, and CoC Champion, was the ever popular Mike Shellim, second was Mr T9 himself, Rich Bago, and in third, Mark "shirt sleeves" Treble completing the trio. Mark T also had the FTD of the weekend with a 45.20 in R7. Great results guys and much deserved. Complete placings here :- Full spread sheet to follow Many thanks to all the pilots for making it such an enjoyable weekend, and for mucking in an shifting all the kit on and off the hill. Thanks to John T for administering his 'unique' self regulating ( mostly ) buzzer supremo system. Look forward to the next get together Jon
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  38. Without a doubt, that was the best start to a winter league series that I can remember!!! The wind was very slightly crossed to the right on the main southerly bowl, blowing 15m/s + and creating some tremendous lift throughout the day. It was a little variable, but the eleven rounds easily aggregated the variance and produced a worthy winner (well flown Mark). The field was also the strongest that I've seen for this event, and a quick calculation suggests that we had circa 200 years of soaring experience on the slope. In terms of models, the field was pretty varied. Certainly the Pike Precision 2 looked exceptionally good in the hands of Pete G, Steve H and Greg L. The Freestylers were also well represented and lived up to their reputation, and the new Pitbull 2 seemed pretty effective too. Rich B started out as the cream of the crop but suffered with less than favourable air during the latter part of the event. Mark R was flying accurately, but conservatively - steady, stoic and unrelenting. Pete G was smooth, aggressive and stylistic but suffered a nasty cut which was costly. Steve G and Greg L were really carving the air with their new models - both planes looked spectacularly good. Ewan was on fire and nailed a PB, as did Steve with a magnificent 31.xx - a sight to behold. Pengy wasn't looking too shabby either - if anyone can tell me the secret of popping up to the slope and flying a 32.xx after a two year hiatus, please let me know My thanks to Jon and Mark for running the show seamlessly and to Pengy, Greg L and Ewan for some top notch launches. Cheers, Greg
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  39. Aleix has put together a video of the weekend:
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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. Big thank to Mr E for another Northern Open,I know you have said it's going to be your last,fingers crossed it's not. If it is then thank you very much for all you have done and you have been at the for front of are sport. I've only been flying F3F for around four years and it can be so frustrating when you are trying your best and get bad air,but when that sign of warn air comes and your plane starts to go like you've just stole. Well that's why I keep coming back for more,made for it This has been my second Northern and it dose not get any easier but I hope I learn from mistakes and move forward to make myself a better flyer. No matter where l come on the leader board it's always a good laugh and meet up with good friends. Well done to the top guys you really deserve your positions,but most of all to to my good mate Paul with that amazing run. also thank to M and J Trebbel and Erwin. Great weekend and to anyone who's thinking about coming along to one of these comps no matter how good you are then just come along,you'll have a blast. And good to meet up with you guys that made the long trip from overseas and see see you in Wales.
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  44. 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
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  45. 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.
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  46. 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.
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  47. 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
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  48. Homebuilt F5J Soarer (Kevin Beale & Colin Paddon) After a long gestation period, we are pleased to announce the birth of a rare beast … a competition homebuilt 3.8m F5J soarer! When the F5J class came into being, it shone out as a great opportunity to once again be able to produce a homebuilt model which would be able to compete well against the superb moulded manufacturers offerings. With no F3J launch stress to consider, Kevin Beale & I (Colin Paddon) decided this was a totally feasible option albeit one that to date had not been taken up by many other F5J competition pilots, at least here in the UK. So we decided that together we would design and build our own “Medium Tech Composite” 3.8m F5J Soarer. To be able to do this would however require that we master some new building skills and techniques and that turned out to be more involved than we originally thought! We weren’t however starting from scratch as Kevin had a lot of experience in producing moulded fuselages and ditto myself in producing foam wings. It did require though a lot of time and effort in pulling together the requisite moulds, building the automated foam wing cutter, many jigs/templates, vacuum pump rig etc. On top of that many tests were undertaken to understand/achieve the best utilization of materials and hone the required composite skills/techniques of which there were many. It was decided from the outset that if cost effective commercially made components were readily available then we would use them. In our case this meant that we bought the carbon fuselage pod boom and the protruded 10x1mm carbon wing spars and wing joiners. Everything else is self-built. The first thing we needed to do was to hone down a general design brief. After some discussion we ended up with the following: 3.8m wingspan Medium Tech composite construction Vacuum Bagged wings, tailplane elevator/Fin Rudder coupled to a composite fuz pod and boom. Total AU finished flying weight of between 1.4 -1.7kg Proper ballasting capability Good working space within the fuz pod Wide performance envelope to cope with different weather conditions Light enough to be able to use a direct drive motor if required Kevin was tasked to come up with the wing plan-form/ spar layout and I think the finished wing shape is very nice. The fuz pod design/implementation works well and his moulding technique improves incrementally with each one he produces. Again many different lay-ups have been tried out to see what works best. An airfoil section was chosen that would provide good all round performance. We decided to try out various alternatives of tail end layouts including all flying tailplanes through to separate tailplanes/elevators both on the fin, in front of the fin and under the fin/rudder. It came down to personal preference in the end but a fixed tailplane with a separate elevator regardless of layout proved to be our preferred type. The fin/rudder on the version shown here is completely removable from the boom itself to aid transport (i.e. to get it to fit in the transport box) and also to provide access to the tailplane/rudder servo’s. Whilst the finish on the wing is acceptable, with the further testing on surface finish we have now done, we are reasonably confident that we will be able to obtain an excellent paint/surface finish. For his first full prototype, Kevin has gone for the under the wing Elevator/Rudder servo set-up and increased the tip dihedral slightly as we felt Prototype No1 may have been slightly less than optimal although the initial flight tests have proven this may well not to be the case. (see photo of Kevin’s plane in garage) The first completed full prototype is the version you see here and despite several mishaps/mistakes during construction with the worst being when the vacuum pump decided to go open circuit over-night and pulled massive vacuum pressure rather than the 15-18Hg it was set to, it still turned out to be relatively OK though. (I can now vouch for the compressive strength of pink/peach foam although it did mean that the spars on the centre panel were a little proud! Another mistake occurred in the painting of the mylers in as much as we didn’t extend the black far enough along to cover the servo well reinforcements on the tips. As it was only a prototype though, it didn’t really matter. We tested four different types of paint on different weights of glass to see which provided the best release/finish. Halfords spray gloss black turned out to be the best for the black with fluorescent tree marking spray being best for the fluro Orange as it did not require a backing coat of white to achieve the bright fluro result required, i.e. lighter. The wing control surfaces are all hinged with silicon as is the tailplane/ elevator. You wouldn’t think there is much to do to get silicon hinging right but again the right silicon coupled with using the right application technique & custom spreader tool took a while to nail down along with yet mini samples to get it 100% right. This first completed PROGLIDE prototype seen here weighs 1460g ready to fly which for a first prototype isn’t too shabby. It uses a direct drive 28mm diameter outrunner motor turning a 11x7” Aeronaut folding Prop, 40 Amp ESC and a 3S 1300Mah Lipo. The gadget with the two green LED’s is a home built Ubec/ESC BEC change over unit. (If one of the BEC’s fails the other takes over automatically). How does it fly? Well we only managed to fly it twice before it poured down but so far we think it fulfils the design brief nicely. We are extremely pleased with its handling/flying performance but the true test of how good a plane is, comes when its flown in competition against other planes. The feeling of achievement derived from designing and building our own competition models once again is amazing. Yes, the journey involved a steep learning curve with many ups and downs along the way, but if we can do it so can others. Knowing what we now know, we are confident we can get the overall AU flying weight down to around 1250-1300g if required. For UK flying this is really not required but with mainland Europe in mind, an ultra-lightweight model at 3.8m will be worth having in the quiver. The next PROGLIDE versions will be laid up to achieve an AUW of around 1700-1750g ready to fly. We now plan to continue to refine and further develop the PROGLIDE series along with our composite building skills. Hopefully this article might provide the inspiration for others to try similar projects. Kevin Beale/Colin Paddon
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  49. Not only does he win but he looks cool doing it! Well done Mark, Graeme and Simon
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