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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #240 on: September 27, 2009, 13:45:39 PM »
Sunday 1.00PM Selsley :)

Good lift on the north facing slope, enough for Glen to fly his Blizzard

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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #241 on: September 27, 2009, 14:05:32 PM »
Good lift on the north facing slope, enough for Glen to fly his Blizzard

Going to head back up there later. Just stopped for a bite to eat and a recharge and then hoping to get back up there later.

Don't quite know when but it's likely to be around 4pm. Will check in here first!
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #242 on: September 27, 2009, 15:47:37 PM »
Don't quite know when but it's likely to be around 4pm. Will check in here first!
 :af

UPDATED:
Gonna head up there around 5:30pm.
 :xx

Winds are looking really light again at the moment. Do I, don't I? The 10 minute wind average at Tuffley is only 3mph. Hope it'll pick up soon.
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« Last Edit: September 27, 2009, 16:51:38 PM by Eyeboy »
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #243 on: September 27, 2009, 19:06:48 PM »
I knew he wouldn't be able to resist getting it up this weekend.  :''








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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #244 on: September 27, 2009, 22:29:58 PM »
Looking good. The plane, that is. Obviously.

Actually Phil, I'll be looking for your help sorting out another glider as soon as I get radiuo etc. into it. I'll call it my 'Relic'. It's a long story...

When I was about 13 a model club met on the playing fields by my house in Droitwich and I used to hang around and make a nuisance of myself. Eventually someone took pity on me and gave me one of his 'retired' gliders to put my 27MHz car radio into.

But... I never got round to it, and shortly after that we moved away so I couldn't give it back. I always felt a bit guilty about that.

*So* now that I (like to think I) know enough to fly it and not wreck it on the first flight, I've dragged it back out of the loft. It's a 30+ year old balsa glider, 4 foot span. Rudder/elevator only, so it shouldn't be too bad to fly.

I'll put new radio gear in it, but is there anything else likely to need sorting out? The covering looks OK - not sure what it is but it does look synthetic rather than tissue.
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #245 on: September 28, 2009, 07:42:49 AM »
It looks like we might get some actual noticeable wind after work today - 7-8mph at Selsley - or is it more Frocester?.

I'll stick my wing in the car and head over there about 5:00.
« Last Edit: September 28, 2009, 08:04:24 AM by Yoyo, Reason: added Frocester indecision... »
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #246 on: September 28, 2009, 08:10:42 AM »
I have posted last week's collection of news bits at http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/phil/news62.htm

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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #247 on: September 28, 2009, 14:35:48 PM »
It looks like we might get some actual noticeable wind after work today - 7-8mph at Selsley - or is it more Frocester?.

I'll stick my wing in the car and head over there about 5:00.


I'll attempt to get over there after work too. Currently looking like tonight will be a Frocester session. Unless things change in the mean time, that's where i'll be heading.
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #248 on: September 29, 2009, 21:09:41 PM »
Light winds but fairly good lift at Selsley this evening. It's likely to be all change at the weekend though with a strond W wind. Have a good one gents. I'm off back to Cornwall for the weekend.
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #249 on: September 29, 2009, 21:34:45 PM »
I've been cleaning up 'The Relic' tonight.. It's polished up nicely. Two tiny splits which now have tape on them, some old plastic clevises I've replaced with metal and the airframe is about ready. Just need to pick up a receiver and switch tomorrow, knock up a servo tray and she's ready to go.

Sadly the next time I'm free to fly is likely to be the weekend and 20mph is wing weather again... :-\
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #250 on: September 29, 2009, 21:51:27 PM »
Sparkyben, here's a link to Stan Yeo's site that may interest you.
Phoenix model products
He's got to be one of the nicest guys to deal with as he offers impartial advice. He won't attempt to sell you something that's not right for you just to make a couple of quid and as such gets loads of repeat business.
If there's something you want I could probably pick it up from Stan this weekend if he's off back to his home in Cornwall. If nothing else, he provides excellent service on all products he sells, and most of the time he's the cheapest around. I buy all my RC kit from him - he's a genuine top bloke
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #251 on: September 30, 2009, 07:51:12 AM »
Crikey, how much did Stan pay you for that ad?!  Just kidding, I buy a lot of my stuff from Phoenix MP as well.  Definitely the place to check first for servos, receivers etc.  Plus the stuff is kind of 'pre-vetted' - Stan doesn't stock everything, but if he stocks it you know it's good.

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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #252 on: September 30, 2009, 17:48:39 PM »
Wednesday afternoon at Frocester
Smooth lift with the thermals fading at 5.00PM, my mini Ellipse liked the conditions.
Only one Para glider was it something I said?
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers - are there any?
« Reply #253 on: September 30, 2009, 17:52:44 PM »
Hi Eyeboy!

Welcome to the South Cotswolds.

The SCSA has a membership of approx 80 but that results in about 20 or so who frequent the slopes occasionally and a hard core of us of about 10 who do it often!

Tiger, Phil the fridge and others contribute to the forum often.

Our SW slope - Frocester is 'on' for light winds, tomorrow, Friday and there will be a few of us there in the afternoon.

Please feel free to pm/email me and we will get you started, though it may well not be up to Staggy...

Welcome!

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Just cause i hav'nt been up for a while don't forget me  :banghead:

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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #254 on: September 30, 2009, 18:01:08 PM »
Only one Para glider was it something I said?
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers - are there any?
« Reply #255 on: September 30, 2009, 18:11:14 PM »
Just cause i hav'nt been up for a while don't forget me  :banghead:

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It has been a long time! Too many photos in Wales. They are great though....

I'm surprised you haven't been arrested for spying?

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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #256 on: September 30, 2009, 19:37:15 PM »
Sparkyben, here's a link to Stan Yeo's site that may interest you.
Phoenix model products
He's got to be one of the nicest guys to deal with as he offers impartial advice. He won't attempt to sell you something that's not right for you just to make a couple of quid and as such gets loads of repeat business.
If there's something you want I could probably pick it up from Stan this weekend if he's off back to his home in Cornwall. If nothing else, he provides excellent service on all products he sells, and most of the time he's the cheapest around. I buy all my RC kit from him - he's a genuine top bloke
 :af

Thanks for the link Andy, I'll give him a call but still not sure if I should take the plunge or just save my pennies for moving house in a few weeks! :-\
Does anyone know the difference between a Futaba 606FS and an R617FS receiver?  50 difference on Phoenix website, when buying as a package deal, but with the Servo Shop the 617FS just as cheap an option.  Any ideas? :af

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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #257 on: October 01, 2009, 09:02:20 AM »
I have tried to put all my favourite weather sources on one page, the addresses keep changing so it needs frequent updates,
Please let me know if you can find better sources

Phil

http://www.ebley.plus.com/wind.htm

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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #258 on: October 03, 2009, 08:57:58 AM »
I have tried to put all my favourite weather sources on one page, the addresses keep changing so it needs frequent updates,
Please let me know if you can find better sources

Phil

http://www.ebley.plus.com/wind.htm


Cheers Phil, looks useful.

Quiet here without that wotsisname bloke, isn't it  ::)

Anyway, I'm off to Frocester for about 10:30 today (Saturday) to play in the big winds. I think it looks too far South for even the end slope at Selsley but not enough to go to Haresfield, but I'm open to better advice...

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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #259 on: October 03, 2009, 11:18:10 AM »
Frocester looks good but hold on to your hat!

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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #260 on: October 03, 2009, 11:49:14 AM »
Frocester looks good but hold on to your hat!


I have a zagi fitted with a ballast tube, this could be a good day to try it out.

Thursday was perfect, 10MPH NNE , no model photos but I did get this guy taking the evening air.



Friday we had plenty of lift on Frocester, Nick flew his big ASW20

We are flying indoors tonight, visitors are always welcome, seehttp://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/indoor/indoor.htm

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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #261 on: October 03, 2009, 13:30:43 PM »
I have a zagi fitted with a ballast tube, this could be a good day to try it out.

Just got back from Frocester...

I put 60g of extra lead on my Bee Evolution and it made it just about flyable.. when we got there it was 20-35mph, when we decided to pack up it was showing a *steady* 50mph on Glenns new toy anemometer.

Flying wasn't too much of a problem once you pushed out from the slope - a few lumps in the air though. Landing was almost impossible - lift dropped off completely when you went round the corner and I had to collect it from the bottom of the paraglider bowl twice.

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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #262 on: October 03, 2009, 19:05:42 PM »
Crikey, how much did Stan pay you for that ad?!  Just kidding, I buy a lot of my stuff from Phoenix MP as well.  Definitely the place to check first for servos, receivers etc.  Plus the stuff is kind of 'pre-vetted' - Stan doesn't stock everything, but if he stocks it you know it's good.

Well, I haven't got anything from there before and I needed a new Rx and a few bits so I rang up Friday about 2pm to order them. They arrived this morning...

I've now got a Spektrum AR6110E, the new park flyer Rx. Very small, very very light. And cheap at 35 as well.

Not sure on the range yet - it's going in that 'Relic' which is ready to fly next time we have a 7-8mph wind at Selsley. I don't want to maiden my not-flown-for-thirty-years crunchie at Haresfield or Frocester for some reason.
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #263 on: October 03, 2009, 19:06:55 PM »
Well, I haven't got anything from there before and I needed a new Rx and a few bits so I rang up Friday about 2pm to order them. They arrived this morning...

Typical....

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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #264 on: October 04, 2009, 08:18:11 AM »
Sunday 8.15AM
Frocester 6 MPH

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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #265 on: October 04, 2009, 17:24:18 PM »
Sunday pm was great. 10-12 mph WSW, smooth lift and lots of sunshine. Just Graham and I there though.
Wind drifted towards SSW at 4pm, so we called it a day, as the lift disappeared.
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #266 on: October 04, 2009, 20:10:15 PM »
Sunday pm was great. 10-12 mph WSW, smooth lift and lots of sunshine. Just Graham and I there though.
Wind drifted towards SSW at 4pm, so we called it a day, as the lift disappeared.
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The rest of us were there in the morning.  :nananana:

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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #267 on: October 04, 2009, 20:12:55 PM »
The rest of us were there in the morning.  :nananana:

And how was it Gordon?

I guess we will find out from Phil's newsletter in the morning.

I have to work Sunday morning!

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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #268 on: October 04, 2009, 20:18:59 PM »
And how was it Gordon?

I guess we will find out from Phil's newsletter in the morning.

I have to work Sunday morning!

Lift was pretty minimal first thing, but it picked up nicely later in the morning. Was a bit cold though. Had to break out the woolly hat & big coat!

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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #269 on: October 04, 2009, 21:29:58 PM »
I tried my luck on Selsley Common, west slope. From about 2:15 til 4:00 there was enough lift for EG and to soar around with my plank, finished off with a little bit of fox. Happy days  :)
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #270 on: October 05, 2009, 09:26:42 AM »
And how was it Gordon?

I guess we will find out from Phil's newsletter in the morning.

I have to work Sunday morning!

I have got fed up with my emails being returned to me with all the errors underlined in red

Our Grammar Nazi has put most people off

Monday afternoon Rodborough was OK for a light model, a series of small thermals, Minch was poor, 4 motor runs and I failed to find lift

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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #271 on: October 05, 2009, 19:59:31 PM »
Thats a real shame that the newsletter is no more due to the actions of a few narrow minded individuals.
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This weeks looking a bit wet! May well try and get a little slope time in tomorrow though if the weather permits.
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #272 on: October 05, 2009, 20:05:47 PM »
Thats a real shame that the newsletter is no more due to the actions of a few narrow minded individuals.
 :'(

This weeks looking a bit wet! May well try and get a little slope time in tomorrow though if the weather permits.
 :xx

Aye, it's a shame. I've been known to be pedantic too sometimes but, like Roger Rabbit, 'only when it's funny'. And this sounds like it went well beyond that, although I think I must have joined too late for most of it.

Anyway, me and Glenn should be winging it at Haresfield about 5 tomorrow unless it's bucketing down, with some lights to try out when it starts getting a bit dim...
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #273 on: October 05, 2009, 20:10:25 PM »
Thats a real shame that the newsletter is no more due to the actions of a few narrow minded individuals.
 :'(

This weeks looking a bit wet! May well try and get a little slope time in tomorrow though if the weather permits.
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Phil,
just ignore it and continue to encourage many with your enthusiasm and commitment to the hobby/sport....
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #274 on: October 05, 2009, 20:38:49 PM »
Phil,
just ignore it and continue to encourage many with your enthusiasm and commitment to the hobby/sport....
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Well said that man!
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #275 on: October 06, 2009, 18:05:55 PM »
Well... after being dry most of the day it chucked it down just as I finished work and was about to head to Haresfield, then dried up just as suddenly, so I thought I'd try it out on the way home.

Got two or three decent flights then the heavy rainstorm I could see slowly coming at me from miles away arrived and I packed it in. Oh well.
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #276 on: October 06, 2009, 18:53:01 PM »
At least you tried.
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Have you ordered a new transmitter yet? I'm thinking about getting a new one myself. What did you go for?
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #277 on: October 06, 2009, 19:43:36 PM »
Have you ordered a new transmitter yet? I'm thinking about getting a new one myself. What did you go for?
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It was only another receiver I was after, not a transmitter. I went for that new Spektrum AR6110E. It's only a 'park flyer' but for wings and things that's all I really need - not to mention that most reviews I can find say it's good up to the limits of visual range unless you put it in a carbon fuse or something...

I've already got the AR6200 (two box, full range, 6 channels) and the AR500 (one box, full range, but only 5 channels). Never had a range or glitch problem with either of them.

For transmitters, I only really know the Spektrum range. I like my DX6i but I gather the DX7 is a lot more flexible (more user mixes, model memories etc.). There is a DX9/X9303 available elsewhere but it doesn't look like they are pushing it in the UK.

The DX7se version has higher resolution on the servos (2048 instead of 1024 steps) and half the latency - so is supposed to feel much more 'snappy'. Although you get that at the expense of the 'trainer' function.

Glenn switched from Futaba to Spektrum for another reason -the RX's are 35-45 each instead of 70-80 for Futaba.

Hope that helps.
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #278 on: October 06, 2009, 21:08:43 PM »
There is a DX9/X9303 available elsewhere but it doesn't look like they are pushing it in the UK.

Thanks for all the info. I'm very tempted by the DSX9 even though i'm sure a 7 would suffice. Thing is, if I bought a 7 but could afford a 9 would I regret it. I also like the idea of a 30 model memory. This could get VERY expensive!

Tomorrow is looking to be very cloudy but dry. The winds are NE though so not much cop for the slopes around here. Think tomorrow night will definately be a build night.
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #279 on: October 06, 2009, 21:25:23 PM »
Thing is, if I bought a 7 but could afford a 9 would I regret it. I also like the idea of a 30 model memory. This could get VERY expensive!

Look at it this way - you can get the DX7 and *five* new receivers for the price of the DSX9. Do you really need those extra 2 unused channels? How would you feel about treading on a 500 Tx on the slope?

If you really need all those model memories just get two DX7s for the price of one DSX9, then you get *40* model memories and a spare Tx...
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