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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
    10 points
  4. 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!
    10 points
  5. :- ) 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!
    10 points
  6. Today’s Economist carries a letter from me. It’s not quite the letter I wrote, but space is limited, I suppose!
    10 points
  7. The white sheet field kitchen will be there. Bacon rolls, Linda’s finest for our vegetarian fliers, and some cake too. And a comp as well, what’s not to like.
    9 points
  8. What fun Vertical climb. Didn't have low voltage cut off, so kept the motor run to 65 seconds. That was still an 8 minute flight with a lot of silliness. Charging the pack afterward put 756mAh in, so next time I'll have three times the fun! Tenshock 1530 8T Reisenauer 5:1 gearbox King Max CLS0911W (flaps) King Max CLS0612W (ailerons) MKS HV6100 (V tail) 17 x 8 prop 3s 2200 mAh Supplied by www.flightech.co.uk
    9 points
  9. took a while but new Prodij HM finished , if this one flies the same as my older one i’ll be well happy
    9 points
  10. Have to agree that Grunher CNC are indeed fabulous at what they do. I’ve assembled a laser cut kit if the Slite V2 an f3res design & everything fits together like a glove very happy with what I managed to put together over the Xmas holiday of it. Expensive & over engineered? yes Worth every penny? Definitely
    9 points
  11. Glad I made the effort to attend. I struggled at times but the fresh mountain air, bit of exercise and good company all helped! Some very good consistent flying on display and the podium places were thoroughly deserved. Thanks to Kev, AJ and Mark for CDing.
    8 points
  12. Hope you are getting some good flying on the lighthouse slope today Photos now up on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/40257895@N03/albums/72157719806720781 Phil.
    8 points
  13. At this weekends English Open I watched other fliers getting some 'good air' and waited with everything crossed that I would get in on the action. It didn't seem to be coming my way, until round #9 when all of the planets aligned and the thermal gods smiled on me. From launch I knew that the air was good and couldn't get off and back on course quick enough. The Shinto was finally on the step and I managed a 43.89 to win the round and achieve 3rd quickest of the day. Now I've got the taste for it I will definitely be back for more.
    8 points
  14. Thanks to Andy, Les, Mike and Mark for organising the day despite the challenging weather conditions. When we got to lunchtime I had given up hope of us getting any rounds in. It was quite pleasant when the sun finally appeared. Thanks to Peter for doing all the driving and organising accommodation and a visit to a brilliant hostelry. Thanks also to Graeme for his support recovering my Shinto. The memory of wading through the water and foot deep mud underneath will stay with me for ever!
    8 points
  15. Unfortunately, day 2 didn't happen. Light winds on to Mickey's allowed for some sports flying, but we decided to call it a day at mid-day as there was no sign of improvement on the hill or in the forecast. Thanks to everyone who came and helped. After a long f3f drought, it's great to be back. I am sure there will be some photographs appearing soon.
    8 points
  16. Just one more
    8 points
  17. It is indeed sad news - I spoke to him shortly before he went into hospital. He was a determined and committed individual, and made a remarkable return to flying after suffering a stroke some years ago. Pete was never short of conversation and the Beacon will be a quieter and poorer place without him.
    8 points
  18. Whilst I have never flown with or met Pete, I felt by his regular posts a sense of knowing him. Rest in peace Pete. Gone From My Sight I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side, spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other. Then, someone at my side says, "There, she is gone." Gone where? Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast, hull and spar as she was when she left my side. And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port. Her diminished size is in me -- not in her. And, just at the moment when someone says, "There, she is gone," there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!" And that is dying... by Henry Van Dyke
    8 points
  19. 8 points
  20. What a very enjoyable week on stunning Lundy. A mixture of flying walking and over socialising in the pub,just what I needed after 18 month's of uncertainty weather it was going to go ahead. Many thanks to Lynda for all your hard work setting this up
    7 points
  21. Spent yesterday pm and today at the Bwlch. Setting up and practising. The significant news is that I managed not to break anything!
    7 points
  22. I had an hour and a half of good flying ,it just wasn’t in the competition
    7 points
  23. Hats off to the Whitesheet lads for keeping the English Open on the F3f calendar. Special thanks to Andy B for not being a grumpy passenger on the way home
    7 points
  24. A good day on Whitesheet hill,10 rounds completed with no breakage's! The usual Whitesheet variable, all blow and no-go conditions prevailed all day, giving times ranging from 88.XX to 41.xx however I think everyone enjoyed themselves Thanks to all for being ready to go when your time came this made for a very slick comp, thanks also to those who helped dismantling the course. Results spreadsheet below... G F3F_Scores_V1_1.xls
    7 points
  25. passing inspection this morning
    7 points
  26. 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
    7 points
  27. This morning, I took the red Pitbull 2 to a local, safe slope and chucked it off using a different Tx. No problem at all, except that after a couple of minutes flying the cloud base came down to about 20ft, so I landed hastily! The Tx I used at the Nationals is in the post to Ripmax. Thanks again for all your suggestions. Eventually I might find out what the problem was…
    7 points
  28. Had a great day down on the Wrecker 7-10m/s all day no rain and even some sunshine later on
    7 points
  29. The Svolazzo that I’ve torn most of my hair out building, was maidened today at white sheet! Usual conditions up there, blowing a good wind on the bowl, but sometimes no lift at all, only helped by the odd thermal passing through. It looks beautiful in the air, but I had to land as the closed loop on the elevator was a bit slack, giving me double centring. That was fixed, and relaunched. I didn’t try the madstab as it was catching on the closed loop of the madrudder,to be fixed later. Even without all the “mad” settings, the rudder authority was ridiculous! I haven’t as yet, installed the wing twist servo,that will be a retro fit, if I get that far! I elected to use a small cable tie to retain the wings, as with such a thin section fuse, rubber bands are too fiddly. The cable tie is just cut at the end of a session, as I have plenty. A lot more setting up to do, but I think it will be a blast, when it’s dialled in.
    7 points
  30. Thanks to the whole Barcs team for organising an enjoyable weekends flying and thanks again to flightech for the prizes. The weather was fantastic and it was great to catch up with old friends following the last 18 months of misery. thanks again, Steve
    7 points
  31. Don’t worry boys, the white sheet field kitchen, is ready to go when needed! Bacon rolls, cake, and Linda McCartney’s finest sausage’s will be available, when we finally get a comp run at white sheet.
    7 points
  32. How to launch a glider - just roll it down the hill ! (roll the vid to 1:00 if you're feeling impatient...) I've flown full-size bungee launch off the Long Mynd, but this looks even more fun Phil.
    7 points
  33. It's been ready since Christmas and today it eventually took to the air. Conditions were bumpy and wind at least 45 off, but the Pike handled it with aplomb. 800g ballast for first flight. Just need to pick up the yellow nose cone from Les who has been clear coating it for me. Today both Pikes shared the one Orange nose
    7 points
  34. Here's hoping for a more successful year in 2021. Whether they actually happen or not - these are the dates! Mar 27–28 Champion of Champions, HoH Apr 11 BMFA L1, Bwlch BMFA May 15–16 BMFA Nationals, Bwlch May 30 BMFA L2, Whitesheet BMFA June 5–6 BMFA Nationals (Reserve), Bwlch June 13 BMFA Reserve 1 (Wales/Whitesheet) June 25–27 South of England Open Jul 25 BMFA L3, HoH Aug 8 BMFA L4, Long Mynd Aug 21–22 English Open Sept 17–19 Welsh Open Sept 26 BMFA Reserve 2, (Long Mynd/ Hole of Horcum)
    7 points
  35. Unfortunately, this year is once again not going to plan. But there is some light on the horizon. The Whitesheet club have very kindly given access to their slopes to run a competition on May 2nd. As it is unlikely that we will be able to use Wales on April 11, this date is a replacement for L1. We will try to run any event that we can this year - however if there are regional travel restrictions in place preventing participation from all, then the event will not score as part of the BMFA League.
    7 points
  36. New model ! Ecirtech Stellar F5J - all wood built up kit - I bought it ready built in December - from an ad on BMFA - was the original owners build project in the last lockdown. He said it went together well - certainly looks well built. Hoping to get it in the air in springtime - lots of covering to do - transparent of course to show off those lovely wingtips. Link to website: https://www.ecirtech.fr/stellar-f5j/ Phil.
    7 points
  37. Well the Slite Vll is finished & awaiting lock down end so it can be flown.
    7 points
  38. Hiya, Here's one I took of him a while ago on his favourite NE slope at the Beacon; even in 2020 he was still doggedly sticking to 35Meg with his Graupner 24 set. There are other images which exist on the ISA Flikr photo archive website: https://www.flickr.com/groups/ivinghoe/pool/page1
    7 points
  39. My new model finished this week just before Christmas 2020: A bit of history first: Hello to the few of you out there who still remember me from the earliest days, from the first year of BARCS’s Thermal Soaring Group in fact! I have long since given up Competitive T/S but was tempted get back into it & to take up this new fangled Electric Launch discipline. This also was some time ago and in fact the first competitive year of electric launch T/S so I purchased an Ava from Hyperflight intending to compete in the second competitive season. However after I had attempted to ‘move heaven’ in the impossible task of reliably setting the maximum possible watts per kilo weight of the model to an acceptable level there transpired an unholy ‘discussion’ on line & in the relevant circles regarding new rules for electric launch, the result being a split with at least two sets of rules immerging. The result for me was that I despaired with it all & gave up the idea altogether! Fast forward to the second 2020 lockdown, thinking of what I shall next build, or more like it these days, what shall I buy & assemble, it was then I happened upon this silly named ‘Introduction to F5J’ model from Grüner in Deutschland. Erm it seemed to be a modern but proper model kit, made of wood, sinue & a bit of this carbon stuff which is quite good & the whole thing might take more than a few covid free hours to stick together? So I Googled it to find no other than Hyperflight (I’d heard of them) have stock. Being the impetuous buyer that I am the next day it arrived but by then I had completed more Googleing & discovered that I had ordered the original kit & there was an updated design called ‘Inside’ with a 6 servo wing available, I want that one! The supplier was not disposed to change the kit for the new version (don’t go there) so I seriously explored & considered the possibility of my converting the basic flap/spoiler wing to the full six flapping bits version. I decided it was certainly feasible & have since discovered that there might even have been enough wood in the kit left over to do it, other than for the necessary solid wood bits for the extra four aileron/flap surfaces. Long term gliding mate Ian Nicholls persuaded me with logic to build the kit ‘as is’ (You are still not going to use it competitively, are you? You’ll be doing deckchair sit down & going to sleep floating about!) yep he was right of course, so that’s what we have here. The six servo wing only kit is available at least from Germany but not for what I consider to be reasonable cost & you would not want or need both wings anyway, if you fancy that then better to buy the full ‘Inside’ kit in the first place! I must say Mr Grüner certainly knows his stuff, the kit is a quite magnificent example of the relatively new art of laser cutting technology. I have built British laser cut semi kits of old timer designs which in terms of parts fitting together do not begin to approach the quality of this kit. To be fair this was my first example of a kit specifically designed for laser technology production, come to think of it it is also the very first modern built up kit design I have built which has a multi coloured Autocad plan! As a retired engineer the multicolored plan is really good, so much easier to read at least for old tired eyes. Every single part fitted absolutely perfectly even down to the geodetic 3mmx3mm point ended/differing angles tailplane braces, not a single part needed a helping hand to fit exactly! As for those 3x3 braces the afore mentioned British kit would have at best given you a piece of 3mm square & expected you to fashion them yourself! The balsa was clearly perfectly selected for the task intended & suitably marked on individual parts themselves therefore not lost on the sheet once released. The parts are retained in the sheets from which they are cut by the usual two or three tabs of uncut material, I released the parts by the use of the point of a No11 scalpel blade which was about double the width of the laser cut! During construction of the wing I did consider it rather light & fragile, not a D box type but 1.5mm balsa ribs & riblets on a tubular carbon spar, 2mm dia solid carbon LE, slotted hard balsa TE in the case of the flap area & 1mm ply TE for the outer panels. It is necessary to take care when handling, I am light of hand but managed to damage a couple of ribs during handling & sanding etc. However once the covering is applied, I used transparent Orocover & also a Banggood variety, the wing is firm and feels as firm & solid as any built up D box model wing structure. The kit contained all parts required to complete the airframe including hardware, wing joiners, unique style dihedral braces, wing retainers, wing servo boxes, GRP horns, wire, snakes, nuts, bolts, quik-links, even magnets for the canopy cover etc, etc but not covering. Not flown it yet & it will be another couple of weeks at least before I will be able due to the latest Covid Tier 4 lockdown in our area but I’m certain it will perform excellently. Regards and as Happy a Christmas as you can manage to all! Rob Cavell BARCS 78
    7 points
  40. Infinity evo light supplied by Neil @flightec
    7 points
  41. Great day once the clag cleared, 2 big cuts in rounds 1&2 scuppered my chances. Many thanks to Andy Les & Mike for running the show, congrats to the top 3, well deserved with a very difficult base B. George managed to tent peg his Shinto into a small island in the middle of a boggy pond, Below is a shot of him stripped down to his pants retrieving it. luckily only very minor nose damage. That looked very cold George!!
    6 points
  42. 'Come try it' event at BMFA National Flying Centre, Buckminster for the weekend of 19th and 20th June. We will be covering a very wide range of topics and giving 1-2-1 sessions, there will be an element of theory and practical sessions covering the following topics. Air Reading Understanding Your Model Behavior Launching Model Set Up Flying With Ballast DLG Building Q&A F3K Tasks Flying Your First Competition Competition Strategy If you own a DLG or you are thinking about buying one or just interested to improve your understanding on this subject then this event is absolutely for you.... There will be a few DLG models available to use for those that need one. EVENT INFO Friday 18th June - Evening Fun & Sports Flying Saturday 19th June - Come Try It Event Saturday Evening BBQ Sunday 20th June - F3K League 3 Competition Event Onsite Camping Available For the Sunday competition entry please enter via F3X Vault, link below..... https://f3xvault.com/?action=event&function=event_view&event_id=2086 For the 'Come Try It' event please reply to this thread and your name will be added to the list. Mark Evans? Andy Soars Doug Arnold Martin Riccardo Riccardo +1 Steve Steve +1 Oliver We plan to have a BBQ on the Saturday evening, please bring your own food and drinks for this. Camping will be charged at £10 per night per person, come try it event will be charged at £10 per person, Competition entry will be £10 per person, we can take either cash or card on the day. Any questions before the event please ask on here or send me a PM....
    6 points
  43. The forecasts for Sunday are all agreeing around 2-3m/s from the South. As this is insufficient to hold a competition - especially on the back of the wrecker, I am calling it OFF.
    6 points
  44. Superb day on The Crest yesterday good bunch of mates and wall to wall sunshine (not The Bwlch at all) 40mph on the edge and the video gives an idea of the rotor .Still 8 pilots and nobody really broke anything so whats not to like ...other than Welsh pubs are still closed .....
    6 points
  45. Once the world has returned to being a more 'endurance cycling' friendly place, I will do a charity bicycle ride - asking you to make donations for the Stroke Association UK - in Pete Beadle's name. This will be 150 miles, a very demanding distance for me, to echo the challenges Pete faced every day following his stroke. Please just PM me if you would like to support this. Thank you. Jef
    6 points
  46. Big fun this afternoon - T-Master in 40mph wind on the south cliff at Beer Head, Devon warning - also contains on-board footage - to show the view - its an epic soaring site Phil
    6 points
  47. New Infinity Evo A really beautiful 3.5m F5J yet fly's like a light F3B....Almost immaculate build quality! I had the original Infinity a few years back, this is way better....the new design with input from Dirk Pflug is a delight. Im looking forward to trying out with the supplied 600g ballast! This is the Performance layup. With 1300 3S battery and white paint it comes in at 1730g. Thanks to Neil @ Flightech for his excellent service...
    6 points
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