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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #160 on: October 18, 2014, 15:33:42 PM »
I took my LUFF Me163 out for an airing
I must get out more...


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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #161 on: October 18, 2014, 15:35:59 PM »
Quite windy it was too
I must get out more...

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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #162 on: October 19, 2014, 20:22:05 PM »
Ended the day with a lovely dog walk. 20 knots on the slope so PDR's Phase 6 came along too. Nice end to the weekend.
Flying with one hand and taking pics with a phone brings a fresh challenge!!
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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #163 on: October 20, 2014, 20:44:07 PM »
Nice 25mph plus, bang on, some epic flying of the voltij and the furio, between the bands of passing showers. Tommorrow the tail of the hurricane is passing over, better get some big wind toys charged.  :uk:

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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #164 on: October 21, 2014, 22:30:56 PM »
Crazy conditions out today as the tail of Gonzales batters UK. Anyone else go flying?

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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #165 on: November 02, 2014, 22:26:31 PM »
Yep

Went flying today but I almost wish I hadn't

Ronnie gave my Pace VXL a great launch but the lift at Royd Moor fell away and I ended up "landing" in an Almost obscured dry stone wall well down the slope  :'(.

Many thanks to Richard for recovering the bits....

Ho Hum

time to improve my repairing skills I guess..

Bit sad really as I sold my Acacia 3 yesterday and that flew really well in the hands of its new owner.

I'm thinking of using the funds to replace my aged and oft repaired Erwin - anyone got any better ideas?

Cheers

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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #166 on: November 02, 2014, 22:38:58 PM »
Bad luck. :-\
Anything is repairable with a little time....
Hope you found all the bits :''
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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #167 on: November 02, 2014, 23:33:09 PM »
Thanks Mate

Got most of them, have carbon cloth, tows and resin so its just the skills bit I'm a bit worried about....
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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #168 on: November 02, 2014, 23:43:14 PM »
Sorry to hear that mate. That's very bad news. :( What is there not to like about the Erwin, how do you think it compares to your VX? In my hanger my VX is the goto big wind ripper. Is the Erwin similar? And the XL looks great, but that pace 3.8m Drool..


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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #169 on: November 03, 2014, 00:43:19 AM »
My Erwin is a very second hand DS version.

Bought off e-bay for 250 as it had been comprehensively crashed while DSing Rushup in the hands of one of the T9 guys, or maybe Tony Fu.

Beautifully repaired by Tony but, well, you Know?

Bought it anyway and from the very first flight it just did it.

No trim, lovely to fly, it is my go to model.

And it fits in the boot of the MX5.

Pace was Fu bult from new and, also flew straight out, no trim.

Also a superb flying machine.

Which is best?

Couldn't say mate, in big winds the Erwin can't carry the ballast the Pace can, but, particularly on the smaller slopes the Huddersfield Mafia are now confined to, the Erwin is generally the most adapatable.

I guess the short answer is......

You really need both!.

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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #170 on: November 03, 2014, 10:09:54 AM »
Not a good day for you Tim. Was rather surprised when you 'went for it' as conditions were marginal. Having said that when you launched it was okay, only for it to then die on you. You'd never catch me launching in conditions like that.....  :''

Obviously landing down the slope is never a good idea but I thought it was just going to wallow into some soft stuff so it was quite a shock when we heard the crunch sound. If anything the damage could have been a lot worse although leading edge damage like that is always going to be a bit tricky to sort out nicely.

Oh, and we'll hear no more about you getting rid of the Erwin. That's a cracking model and I reckon you'd miss it if it departed.

Unfortunately we have a mad hobby and these things happen every so often. Par for the course I'm afraid!

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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #171 on: November 03, 2014, 11:23:29 AM »


Oh, and we'll hear no more about you getting rid of the Erwin. That's a cracking model and I reckon you'd miss it if it departed.




Ah - I see I have been misunderstood.

I have absolutely no intention of getting rid of my Erwin - I like it way too much.

What I am thinking about is using the funds from the Acacia to buy another Erwin for when the inevitable happens....

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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #172 on: November 03, 2014, 17:10:25 PM »
there was a pace desire on bmfa a while back for 600, second hand vxes do pop up occasionally, pretty unique toy for sure.
Ive flown my vx in lighter winds but tbh i dont bother any more, i only ever get it out when the wind is blowing hard, im surprised you even risked it in dodgy airs!
I like the idea of both let me now if you need more funds and id be interested in the erwin (if its still if fair flying condition of course lol)
Good luck on the hunt.

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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #173 on: November 03, 2014, 18:52:35 PM »
Had an hour at Nont Sarahs (Buckstones) this afternoon, cracking lift, nobody else there, nice to fly without the jellyfish!
The weekend before last I briefly flew Went Hill for the first time, near Wentworth village. Its a fair walk and only a small slope, but its quite steep and clear out front and its only 5 miles from home!  Both sites are south/southwest.
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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #174 on: November 03, 2014, 18:59:06 PM »
Mine is the VXL, but I much prefer to fly it fully ballasted in a good blow too.

Yesterday it seemed like a good idea to take the ballast out and try to float it about.

Not a mistake I intend to repeat.

On the plus side I nipped over to T9 this aft with a view to seeing what else was available that I might like to re-invest the proceeds of my Acacia sale in.

Suffice it to say that my build queue has increased as I just couldn't resist the shiny new Erwin5 on the wall  :af

No intention of getting rid of my old one though - but it was much repaired when I bought it almost 6 years ago, and nothing lasts forever.....

They only have one left now  :ev

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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #175 on: November 03, 2014, 19:06:40 PM »
Go on then, put some pics up  :af

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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #176 on: November 03, 2014, 21:05:18 PM »
Happy to do so if someone could just point me at an idiots "how to" guide, its something I have always failed spectacularly at in the past  :embarassed:
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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #177 on: November 04, 2014, 10:46:21 AM »
Had an hour at Nont Sarahs (Buckstones) this afternoon, cracking lift, nobody else there, nice to fly without the jellyfish!
The weekend before last I briefly flew Went Hill for the first time, near Wentworth village. Its a fair walk and only a small slope, but its quite steep and clear out front and its only 5 miles from home!  Both sites are south/southwest.
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Phil
Hi Phil
Can you give more details about Went Hill. I've found the village Wentworth on Streetmap and Google but not Went Hill.
Dave

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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #178 on: November 04, 2014, 12:42:45 PM »
Hi Dave sorry I dont have access to the map I drew at the moment but I did post it on BARCs under Yorkshire Slopers:
http://www.barcs.co.uk/forums/topic/3960-yorkshire-slopers/page-2#entry120677
I might have exagerrated the 'long walk' aspect  :)  its maybe 5-8 minutes along the footpath.
Theres room for maybe 2 cars max at the gate, its just after the posh houses as the road straightens up.
Its all one public footpath, no idea about permissions, I'd rather not draw attention by asking!
Note there are two accessible slopes there (or rather 2 usable bits of the same ridge). 
Its better than Great Preston but I would suggest a foamy first if you've not been before  :af
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Edit: pulled my map back down from barcs:
« Last Edit: November 04, 2014, 12:55:59 PM by Phil_G »

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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #179 on: November 04, 2014, 15:02:32 PM »
Thanks for that.
Looks like an interesting slope. I wouldn't normally think of there being slopes over there as I tend to think once past Wakefield everything is quite flat.
The contour lines look goo though. May get over there some day.

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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #180 on: November 04, 2014, 15:56:49 PM »
I'd not really looked at the contours,  they suggest its only about 42 metres high but it certainly seems more looking down from the ridge top! 
My first time I didn't know about the path, so climbed up it from Moor Lane and that definitely seemed more than 42m!!
XC says Nont Sarahs on Sunday, maybe if it swings a bit west we could have an hour Sunday morning Dave if you fancy?
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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #181 on: November 04, 2014, 16:33:58 PM »
I would expect the lift band to be fairly narrow with contours like that. Having said that I suspect it's probably quite good for racing along the ridge.
Afraid I haven't a clue yet what I'll be doing Sunday. To be honest I don't normally know until Sunday! I suspect with lighter winds the para/hang glider boys would be up there too and I'd rather keep well away from them. Quite possibly with lightish winds I'd be going to the power field too.

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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #182 on: November 04, 2014, 17:35:53 PM »
Happy to do so if someone could just point me at an idiots "how to" guide, its something I have always failed spectacularly at in the past  :embarassed:
We're still waiting!

What colour did you go for?

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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #183 on: November 04, 2014, 21:34:43 PM »
We're still waiting!

What colour did you go for?

+1!

Cant operate a computer is a poor excuse, dont you have a 6 year old in the house?  :)

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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #184 on: November 04, 2014, 23:26:25 PM »
+1!

Cant operate a computer is a poor excuse, dont you have a 6 year old in the house?  :)

No Mate

I had a couple of teenagers but they have both fledged and left the nest

New Erwin is naked Carbon with a a white Erwin 5 decal across the top surface and a couple of stripes on the underside.

Can't really tell what colour they are - its all just too shiny!

TBH I haven't even unpacked it yet, its safe in its bubble wrap cocoon....

But I did cuddle it a bit after I smuggled it into the house this morning  :-X

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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #185 on: November 04, 2014, 23:30:26 PM »
I find that the way to keep a glider for a long time is not to fly it. Leave it in its bubblewrap until the nice warm weather in the Spring and in the mean time fly your existing Erwin!

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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #186 on: November 05, 2014, 06:12:00 AM »
Nice piece of kit


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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #187 on: November 06, 2014, 20:18:19 PM »
Here's a photo of Tim's new Erwin and also the damage to the wing of his Pace

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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #188 on: November 06, 2014, 20:39:22 PM »
I find that the way to keep a glider for a long time is not to fly it. Leave it in its bubblewrap until the nice warm weather in the Spring and in the mean time fly your existing Erwin!

That is in fact plan a.

I did unwrap it yesterday and popped it together for a garden fly.

I had a star filter on my SLR which had a great ping off the wing, but the batteries weren't playing to actually take the pic - and the Yorkshire sunshine deserted us today.

The pics above are from my phone...

Rest assured it is now safely back in its bubble wrap and awaiting its rightful place in the build queue.

I would like to know what people have done to add ballast to their Erwins - my original has had its shear web ground out to take a couple of square section lead bits in addition to the steel joiners, but I still think it needs more...

Is this worthy of a new thread?

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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #189 on: November 06, 2014, 20:51:30 PM »
That is erwin is lovely tim. I am very tempted myself to purchase such a beauty! But i fear i may have to sell something as i have no room!
Pace, is that the only damage, that should be easy to sort out if that is the case, just fill it with some foam and rebuild the carbon or glass.
One thing i would of done is get the erwin with some colour on, i do find the pace in black carbon sometimes pretty hard to see (i lost it once in the grey over rhossili and nearly had a heart attack, luckily after a few secs it reappeared).

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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #190 on: November 06, 2014, 22:04:32 PM »
To repair that I would use the wing next to the damage as a mould.  Wax it, lay up a new section of glass. when set pop it off, feather edge the damage, insert the new section of glass, them carefully reinstate the carbon over the top. Fair in and build up with clear resin. Wet flat and polish up. Should only add a few grams.
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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #191 on: November 08, 2014, 22:59:06 PM »
Ok Guys

Thanks for the advice.

When I bought my first Erwin it had girly pink bits on the wing and tail tips.

My daughter said "cool"

I replied the girly pink was coming straight off, but then I flew it, and suffice to say that almost 6 years later the pink is still there...

I absolutely hear you on the colour thing mate.

Now then, Seanick, I actually pieced together the top surface with cyano and then layed a layer of carbon over the damaged area.

The underside was pretty much shattered, so I cut the damaged area out, added several tows along the LE, then sanded a piece of foam to give the underside some support, filled the obvious gaps with scrap cloth and tow and then layed in a piece of carbon cloth on mylar, taped to the underside, into the hole.

Result is strong but needs some prettyfying before I will be happy with it.

Lot happier now than I was a week ago though...

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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #192 on: November 09, 2014, 19:10:43 PM »
During the cold patches it was cold, but but when the sun came it was rather warm. Wind ranged 10 and dodgy at times almost South to a spanking 20-25mph bang on. Winter is on the way.


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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #193 on: November 09, 2014, 23:48:45 PM »
Our club Cadmac held its annual Open Glider Electric duration Poppy day event. Absolutely no wind for most of the day, 20 pilots, 25 second motor run, and then how long can you stay up. Later on some bungee runs too when the breeze kicked in. Good fun day, raised money for the Poppy Fund and brilliant weather. T-shirt on November 11th!!
There was also a Poppy petal drop from a model over the airfield.
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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #194 on: November 11, 2014, 12:19:42 PM »
During the cold patches it was cold, but but when the sun came it was rather warm. Wind ranged 10 and dodgy at times almost South to a spanking 20-25mph bang on. Winter is on the way.
Do you use the Mobius with standard or wide angle lens?
Nice video.
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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #195 on: November 11, 2014, 18:33:44 PM »
Do you use the Mobius with standard or wide angle lens?
Nice video.
TIA
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Cheers Dave, TBH im not sure, im using the camera that came from hong kong (elaptonline), so i suspect its the standard.
I shot this one by putting the camera on the heather, hence its bumping about. Considering the price its actually quite decent as a panoramic video camera as well as being small enough to mount on board larger models.

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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #196 on: November 22, 2014, 20:42:20 PM »
On board shot from the mobius soaring high with the birds into the evening.

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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #197 on: December 03, 2014, 21:37:38 PM »
No, I was at work, honest!
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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #198 on: December 05, 2014, 21:04:02 PM »
Cold n windy, 35-40mph

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Re: Been flying today?
« Reply #199 on: December 06, 2014, 09:20:32 AM »
TBH im not sure, im using the camera that came from hong kong (elaptonline), so i suspect its the standard.

It's easy to tell them apart, the wide angle Mobius has a front entension and the lens is larger diameter and forward of the main body in a stepped out tube. The standard lens is mounted IN the main body and hardly protrudes at all.

I have found that the wide angle is good for car dash cam use but for head cam or plane cam the std is better. (I have two cams as swapping lens is a strain on the internal ribbon cable that wil soon give issues)

Most of the time I use mine in head cam mode, fitted to the top of a cycle helmet so it ends up at the same angle every time.

It does not need a larger plane to carry it, I have used it on a 18" span Hyperfly delta and a tiny Twister Quad!!

« Last Edit: December 06, 2014, 09:25:27 AM by Bad Raven »
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