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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #80 on: October 16, 2010, 00:55:36 AM »
Therein lies the problem with most of Scotland as far as our hobby goes,
Fantastic hills, no access.

unless you like yomping up mountains.
Sleep 'till you are hungry, eat 'till you are tired.
Being a service hand is great :-)


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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #81 on: November 07, 2010, 22:08:06 PM »
The dates for the scottish/Fife Soarer's F3F winter league are:

Nov 20
Dec 11
Jan 15 - 2011
Feb 12 - 2011
Mar 12 - 2011

And if you finish in the top 5 you get to go and race at the Slope Racer Champion of Champions 2011 which is a great race.

All with insurance welcome more info here Fife Soarers... BTW Ron doesn't wear those shorts in the winter

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #82 on: November 10, 2010, 21:30:35 PM »
here here ...... bit of a fashion faux pas there :o

top 5 for champion of champions.....thats like half the club  :D

50/50 im likin my odds for getting in :xx




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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #83 on: November 10, 2010, 23:13:27 PM »
I had better check that....

My big scalie short kit arrived today, a slingsby petrel 4.95m from belairdigital.co.uk.

I don't think its going to go too well inverted... big camber and a root rib thats 82mm thick  ^-^

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #84 on: November 11, 2010, 07:40:36 AM »
Hamburglar,  ;D If we get a full turnout of all the potential F3Fers we can manage at least 13 or 14. We just need to make sure they are encouraged to attend. The main thing to do to help qualify is not miss any races! The Sloperacer rules are a bit ambiguous about numbers of entries because they state 5 in the main body but they specifically say 3 from Scotland near the end and I suspect this is the correct number. I understand their fear of too many marauding Northerners!  :co

Pete, Hope you get your workshop in use before too much longer and you can get started on your scalie. A nice photo thread would be good!!  :''
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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #85 on: November 11, 2010, 21:17:30 PM »
4.95m that'll need a big ballast tube.
wouldnt mind seeing a build thread to peter. so the workshop is well underway then :D thought u sacked the builder

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #86 on: November 14, 2010, 21:51:40 PM »
We could do with getting a few big scalies out at the same time. Not flown the vega for a while and not seen a few big scale models in the air together for much longer. When you getting one george? :''


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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #87 on: November 15, 2010, 08:29:59 AM »
When you getting one george? :''

I have a Dremel fret saw and quite enjoy cutting out parts but I'm liking the short kit idea. Cutting out dozens of pairs of ribs does not appeal :-\

I have another exam in January so all my spare time (well, a lot of it) will be spent with my nose in my books  $%& Once that is over I may well clear the workbench although building a 5 metre span model in my shed could be a challenge. A four-piece wing would be ok but the fuselage looks pretty long  :-\ That 1/4 Slingsby Skylark 4 in the Belair range does look lovely.

The one area that does bother me about building a large scale glider is making the canopy but fortunately Traplet produce one for the 1/4 scale Skylark 4  :af

Having said that if you consider the cost of the short kit, the extra wood, plan, canopy, an acre of Solarartex and the servos that 400 1/3 scale Fox on EBay looks tempting!! :''
« Last Edit: November 15, 2010, 10:12:07 AM by Velcro »
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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #88 on: December 28, 2010, 16:17:30 PM »
does or has anyone flown from dunrod hill nr greenock. the easterly slope overlooks loch thom and there is a southerly slope too. where do you park? it look like a very handy place to fly for me  :D
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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #89 on: December 28, 2010, 16:59:47 PM »
How about Cornalees Bridge Centre Nick?

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #90 on: December 28, 2010, 17:03:13 PM »
sorry bob, not following you?
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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #91 on: December 28, 2010, 19:02:11 PM »
does or has anyone flown from dunrod hill nr greenock. the easterly slope overlooks loch thom and there is a southerly slope too. where do you park? it look like a very handy place to fly for me  :D

I posted, How about Cornalees Bridge Centre Nick?

If,,, my memory is correct there is not much room on the road below the Hill. Plus IF my memory is correct there is ample parking at the centre and the angling folk are friendly at a little cafe place. Have a look at Google maps, should show am I correct, or not. I do not know if anyone Slopes at Dunrod Hill though.
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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #92 on: December 28, 2010, 21:47:28 PM »
Hi,

Yes I know the site above Loch Thom.  You can park at the bridge centre and follow the path from the back of the car park.  I've only ever flown there in E-SE winds and it works pretty well.  From that direction there's truly spectacular rotor in the obvious landing zone just behind the edge, so it's best to walk 50-100m back to the larg flat area.

I gather there's a group of people fly there, but I've never met them.  Must be a couple of years since I was there last.

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #93 on: December 28, 2010, 21:49:43 PM »
cheers for that david, and yes bob you do remember correctly. looks like the place to park is in the carpark. on the maps i was looking at using the trail that goes up from the farm but dont want to annoy any farmers  :)
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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #94 on: January 04, 2011, 19:03:24 PM »
hi guys
new to this forum, im in Paisley just outside Glasgow, the only nearby site i know of just outside Neilston, works in a NW, and according to XCweather Thursday looks like a slope soaring day, thank goodness im only back at work on Monday!!

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #95 on: January 04, 2011, 19:45:54 PM »
i'm in erskine so not too far from you  :af neilston pad work well, but there is also the campsies, and fairlie that are also both not too far away. i'm putting together a couple of wings for some sloping fun and there is a growing group of us that want to do some slope combat. what model(s) are you flying? i mainly fly powered models with CVF over nr kilmacolm.

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #96 on: January 04, 2011, 20:17:14 PM »
hey Nick
i dont know what the site is called in Nielston, all i know is that it overlooks a wee loch and its near a small substation.
dont fly anything fancy, got a 50" storm SL wing from flyingwings for the slope, and a few foamy parkflyers, spent all my money on a TX (Evo 9) so hoping to add to the hangar this year (vat increase not helping :uk:)

im well up for some slope combat, and maby some 60" pylon racing

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #97 on: January 05, 2011, 08:06:57 AM »

im well up for some slope combat, and maby some 60" pylon racing

The only 60" pylon racing I know of in Scotland is run by the SSA/Fife Soarers. No dates for 2011 yet.  :study: There weren't too many events run last year but maybe we will be luckier this year. Great fun when the weather complies  :af

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #98 on: February 06, 2011, 14:44:21 PM »
Hi Guys
Not been on for a while,there is a slope on the Stewarton Road (B769) it is an easterly have flown there a few times it is not the best but it is quite flat on top for landing.
Also there is a south westerly down at the Electric Brae past Ayr some of the guys from the warrix have told me of? Hope this helps

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #99 on: February 06, 2011, 15:31:42 PM »

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #101 on: February 16, 2011, 22:31:15 PM »
So where do slope heads fly in and around the Falkirk area? :)

So when i next visit the outlaws i can get away for my sanity :D
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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #102 on: February 23, 2011, 21:13:34 PM »
If you want to go racing you need to head to fife to the lomond hills.
http://www.soaring-fife.co.uk/

But you can get a good bit of sport flying in the pentland hills at various sites. Im up there most sundays  :)
http://www.forthvalleysoarers.org.uk/

Cheers

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #103 on: April 17, 2011, 19:27:08 PM »
Can anybody tell me of any slopes on the Isle of Arran if they exist as I shall be visiting family in early May.

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #104 on: September 11, 2011, 12:47:33 PM »
Can anyone in here tell me how to get to the flying site people use in fairlie  in largs. I fancy a wee west coast gliding adventure

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #105 on: September 11, 2011, 17:00:20 PM »
if you zoom out from this it should help find it
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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #106 on: September 11, 2011, 19:02:36 PM »
cheers Nick

Have you been there before? anything to look out for. what  directions does the site work best for
I recognise that plane in your pic from a training and test day at cvf. prop hanging and the like, was a good while ago i was there.

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #107 on: September 12, 2011, 21:12:08 PM »
The hill/ridge runs North South, so a westerly it looks like.  I knew the area nearly sixty years ago. Look at it in Google Earth.
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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #108 on: April 01, 2014, 17:58:26 PM »
just wondering if anyone is still actively slope flying from this thread? i had my first slope sessions on both days at the weekend. i was on a local hill between barrhead & paisley which needs an easterly wind to generate lift. i enjoyed it and will hopefully get out again on other local spots if the conditions suit. the braes in a northerly, neilston pad in a westerly (but rumoured to be not great any more due to tree plantations), possibly campsies as well.

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #109 on: April 01, 2014, 20:41:25 PM »
I know there are a number of slope racer F3F types who fly regularly and a few of them fly on the Campsies. Not many of them follow this forum though.

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #110 on: April 02, 2014, 17:49:53 PM »
i can see the location mentioned previously in this thread but not sure if there are others? assume a southerly wind is required for most campsie spots? would be good to find out where they are so that if its to blowy for my other stuff i could head up there for some flying.

i only have one suitable slope model at the moment but might add another cheap one if i can find a few sites to throw it off!

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #111 on: April 03, 2014, 07:41:55 AM »
When you say the braes, where about do you mean? And where is the slope for an easterly? Didn't know there was one local to me
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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #112 on: April 03, 2014, 09:47:36 AM »
gleniffer braes you can slope on most parts when it's a northerly. the best spot is to park in the 'car park in the sky' and then cross over the road towards the pylons. there is an area just to the side of the pylons with good landing area and less trees than other areas along the ridge. i've not flown there yet but a flying buddy has for years.
zoom out from this map to get your bearings.
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/search/gleniffer+braes/@55.8127868,-4.476077,159m/data=!3m1!1e3

caplethill road between paisley and barrhead is the place for the easterly/north easterly. (technically it's still part of the braes country park) turn up the road and park in the car park about 100m from road. walk up through the farm and then up the hill. follow the path up and pick a spot. check your wind but you should be launching over towards barrhead, my line at the weekend was right on the fire station tower. it doesn't look like much but i was rather surprised at how much lift there was. this link will show you the top of the slope. zoom out to get you bearings on where it is.
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/search/gleniffer+braes/@55.8110835,-4.411933,159m/data=!3m1!1e3 

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #113 on: April 03, 2014, 11:36:56 AM »
I'm currently offshore but I think I'll have to check them out when I get home. I've only sloped at the campsies, Neilston pad, and fairlie. We have also flown at the rest and be thankful but that's a story for another day ;)
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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #114 on: April 03, 2014, 23:10:01 PM »
I'm off to Mull in June...gonnatake an Alula and my D40...hopefully find a hill and some wind
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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #115 on: April 04, 2014, 16:22:47 PM »
i suspect beach soaring will be possible with the alula if you find a beach with some dunes and the wind coming off the sea.

how did you find neilston? i've not flown there but heard it was becoming poor due to the trees at the bottom of the slope spoiling the lift.

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #116 on: April 04, 2014, 20:44:45 PM »
i havent been to neilston for a good few years but when i was there i was flying a 1/4 DG303 and it when well  :af
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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #117 on: April 04, 2014, 21:20:21 PM »
I'm based near Strathaven, and fly on the local hills. I've got one good slope near Muirkirk which is very good in SSE through to NE, bit of a climb though.

Been to Fairly a few times, but it seems to only work in a (rare) Westerly. Has anyone found any decent slopes South of Fairlie down the Ayrshire coast?

Ballygeich (sp) near Eaglesham is reasonable in a Northerly, and possibly NW.

Tried the Campsies a couple of times, but a fair climb and the landing is not the easiest. Tinto has been largely ruined by trees. Used to do a bit of cross country there when I was younger and fitter. Flew off the Devil's Beeftub just North of Moffat once. Fantastic lift in a SW, but the thought of landing a model down that very steep slope....

Looking for suggestions. I'd love to find somewhere near where it is possible to drive, park, and launch on slopes facing all wind directions. Something like the South Wales slopes would be nice :D

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #118 on: April 19, 2014, 23:19:48 PM »
Monday is looking good with an easterly forecast on BBC and windfinder. Going to try to hit the barrhead slope in the afternoon.

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Re: Central Scotland
« Reply #119 on: April 21, 2014, 07:20:02 AM »
Monday is looking good with an easterly forecast on BBC and windfinder. Going to try to hit the barrhead slope in the afternoon.

Don't hit it too hard Paul  ;D

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