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Title: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on August 13, 2009, 17:12:42 PM
Hey ya'll, I've just moved to the Cotswold area from Cornwall (yes I was / am a Proper Cornish Sloper) but haven't got a clue who fly's in this area?
 :'(

I've visited a few slope sites and met some slopers, but none that I recognise from this forum. I've visited the SCSA website but there is no forum and i'm yet to hear of anyone on here who may be a member. Are you one of the lucky few? Do you fly on from a Cotswold slope?
 $%&

Would be good to hear from you.
 :af

P.S. Sorry this sounds like a dating request - i'm straight and am not looking for love (the girlfriend wouldn't be happy).
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers - are there any?
Post by: Eyeboy on August 13, 2009, 18:53:26 PM
Is there no-one out there . . . .
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xh_9QhRzJEs
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers - are there any?
Post by: marcellus on August 13, 2009, 19:05:35 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!

Guy McKenzie
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers - are there any?
Post by: thermaled on August 13, 2009, 19:11:43 PM
Looked up the club website. Cam long down looks interesting and is less than 1.5 hrs away from me I reckon, does anyone ds there and if so what wind directions are best? Your web site says front side in North East but on the map several directions look possible.   

Mark
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers - are there any?
Post by: Eyeboy on August 13, 2009, 19:33:10 PM
Our SW slope - Frocester is 'on' for light winds, tomorrow, Friday and there will be a few of us there in the afternoon.

Hopefully see you there tomorrow (if I can get away from work at a decent time). Looks like the winds should be 14mph SW at 16:00. I'll try to get there for max lift!

Thanks for the comments.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers - are there any?
Post by: GordonP on August 13, 2009, 20:27:27 PM
Hi Eyeboy. I belong to the SCSA, and am usually on the slopes on Sunday mornings with my mate Andy George. I don't actually live that local, but these are probably the easiest slopes for me to get to. Be warned that the landing zones on most of our slopes leave a lot to be desired!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers - are there any?
Post by: marcellus on August 13, 2009, 20:38:08 PM
Hi Eyeboy. I belong to the SCSA, and am usually on the slopes on Sunday mornings with my mate Andy George. I don't actually live that local, but these are probably the easiest slopes for me to get to. Be warned that the landing zones on most of our slopes leave a lot to be desired!

Hi Gordon. I overlooked you in our 'regulars' list, sorry. Have you got the tail fixed up on the Luna yet?
Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers - are there any?
Post by: Eyeboy on August 13, 2009, 20:54:05 PM
Hi Eyeboy. I belong to the SCSA, and am usually on the slopes on Sunday mornings with my mate  Be warned that the landing zones on most of our slopes leave a lot to be desired!

I've read the reviews and flown from a few of the posts already. I've got a lovely 90" Spitfire that is just itching to see some land rather than sea below her but I get the impression that unless the wind is on at Selsley, there's not much chance of her flying. The SCSA certainly gives the impression that although you may be able to land at other slopes, the margin for error is small.
 $%&

Any idea how long it takes to get from Stroud to the Bwlch . . . . . ???!!
 :''

Will hopefully catch up with you this weekend if you're about.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers - are there any?
Post by: GordonP on August 13, 2009, 21:31:28 PM
Hi Gordon. I overlooked you in our 'regulars' list, sorry. Have you got the tail fixed up on the Luna yet?
Guy
Yes, all fixed now, but I had to resort to a little surgery along the way. :-\
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers - are there any?
Post by: marcellus on August 14, 2009, 09:26:19 AM
The Bwlch is 1-1/2 hours from Stroud and it costs £5.40 to get over the Severn Bridge!

Frocester is a slope that some won't fly, or only fly foamies as the landing can be tricky if you don't follow a proven approach! Others fly 4m scale ships and don't have a problem getting them down! It's easy with crow.

The slope will fly SW around to W or even WNW when you should then be flying Selsley. It tends to drift to SSW as the afternoon goes on when the lift can get intermiitant depending on the wind speed.

Mark, CLD flies N best and is OK with a touch of Ease in it. Despite what our website says, for me NE is no good. The back of the ridge faces South and I've flown that too but ended up in one of the numerous bushes!

People do DS it in both N and S. We tend to fly Selsley in a Northerly (but it dies if it goes East past North) and Haresfield in a Southerly. The latter is a good Southerly ridge but the nice open LZ can be turbulent in a strong wind.
There is a small SSW bowl there with phenominal lift but really it's for foamies as the landing is a quick about turn and dump on the lip of the ridge! Some fly big stuff but walk down the slope and land in the fields below.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers - are there any?
Post by: Eyeboy on August 14, 2009, 14:04:02 PM
I see the wind is SSW at the mo. Are you going to Haresfield Beacon today? $%&
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers - are there any?
Post by: marcellus on August 14, 2009, 16:52:08 PM
Just got back from flying Frocester with 4 or 5 others. It was mainly SW but kept drifting to SSW, so in all was not good but perfectly flyable.
The small bowl at Haresfield would probably have flown OK. One of those frustrating borderline days...
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers - are there any?
Post by: Eyeboy on August 14, 2009, 17:22:03 PM
Won't have the chance tonight after all.  :'(

Let us know if you're intending to get out and about this weekend if that's ok? I'm defo up for a bit of slope action and the winds should make it just about do-able!
 :xx :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers - are there any?
Post by: the-fridge on August 14, 2009, 17:30:13 PM
Hi Eyeboy. I belong to the SCSA, and am usually on the slopes on Sunday mornings with my mate Andy George. I don't actually live that local, but these are probably the easiest slopes for me to get to. Be warned that the landing zones on most of our slopes leave a lot to be desired!


Is is easy to land at Frocester, there is a video on the club site

http://www.scsa.org.uk/video/frocester.wmv (http://www.scsa.org.uk/video/frocester.wmv)

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers - are there any?
Post by: Eyeboy on August 14, 2009, 17:51:46 PM
Is is easy to land at Frocester, there is a video on the club site

[url]http://www.scsa.org.uk/video/frocester.wmv[/url] ([url]http://www.scsa.org.uk/video/frocester.wmv[/url])

Phil


Thanks for the link. Think i'll try it a few times with an EPP model before using something crunchable.

Will hopefully get the chance to try it tomorrow winds permitting.
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: oldnslo on August 14, 2009, 21:17:14 PM
Hello Eyeboy,
I am a member too. Almost a year since starting this hobby. The others have not seen me for a while because when the wind is SW I go to Cleeve Hill, by the radio masts. I enjoy the wider slope and steadier lift, have even practiced proper landings. When I get lonely again, or the wind changes I go back to the SCSA slopes.
Cleeve Hill overlooks Cheltenham race course, I haven't managed to scare the horses yet. :''
Tony.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on August 14, 2009, 22:13:59 PM
Hello Eyeboy,
The others have not seen me for a while because when the wind is SW I go to Cleeve Hill, by the radio masts. I enjoy the wider slope and steadier lift, have even practiced proper landings.Tony.

Tony, sounds like a great slope. May well catch you up there some time soon especially if it's slightly more "crunchie" friendly for landings. If you ever want company, let me know when you're heading up there.

 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: oldnslo on August 14, 2009, 23:46:43 PM
I'll be up on Cleeve Hill at about 2.30pm for a couple of hours, if the wind is right for Sunday I'll be there again in the afternoon. I have seen people flying large crunchies on the slope, I am still a foamie sort of flyer so can't offer advice on flying anything valuable.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on August 15, 2009, 00:11:44 AM
I'll be up on Cleeve Hill at about 2.30pm for a couple of hours, if the wind is right for Sunday I'll be there again in the afternoon. I have seen people flying large crunchies on the slope, I am still a foamie sort of flyer so can't offer advice on flying anything valuable.

I've got nothing financially valuable but a couple of my models are my pride and joy.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Wingtech on August 15, 2009, 12:45:56 PM
Hi Eyeboy
You managed to get over the border then, was thinking of a road trip tommorrow might come and have a look at cleeve hill looks good from the road.

Steve C
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on August 15, 2009, 14:56:24 PM
Eyeboy,

Here is a map of the Cleeve Hill slopes and nearby Leckhampton. I've been to both locations with models but there was no wind!

Good luck - Guy

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on August 15, 2009, 18:42:01 PM
Eyeboy,

Here is a map of the Cleeve Hill slopes and nearby Leckhampton. I've been to both locations with models but there was no wind!

Good luck - Guy


Thanks matey, that's a  cool map to have. Will defo try flying there soon.
 :af
Do you know if any of the slopes listed are at all crunchie friendly having a decent LZ?
 $%& :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on August 15, 2009, 18:47:05 PM
Had two flies at two different slopes this afternoon. Started at Frocester which was OK for lift but a bit bouncy. Then went to Haresfield and flew from the tight slope just feet away from the car park with a chap called Paul who is newish to the game (says the bloke who's only being flying for 20months). Top afternoon.
 :colm:

Hoping to get out again tomorrow for an hour or two. Anyone else playing?  $%&
Winds are set SW going W and light (10mph) so I guess that means Frocester again.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on August 16, 2009, 08:07:01 AM
There will be a few at Frocester this Sunday morning.

I'll not make it until this afternoon.

Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on August 16, 2009, 14:15:02 PM
Hi, Andy, nice to see you at Frocster hill
please join our news group

http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/phil/news.htm (http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/phil/news.htm)

phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on August 16, 2009, 17:19:21 PM
I hope the flying was as good as it was this afternoon!!

Strong lift and wind and generally pretty smoooothe.

Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on August 16, 2009, 17:34:41 PM
Hi, Andy, nice to see you at Frocster hill
please join our news group
phil

Phil thanks for the help re the landing pattern at Frocester - much appreciated and I feel much more comfortable flying there now.
 :af

Marcellus, did you fly at Frocester or Haresfield this afternoon? I'm tempted to go out again this evening for an hour but don't know which would be the better slope?
 $%&

Talking of wind directions, I take it for refernce purposes, Staverton Private is probably the most local wind direction reading isn't it? If so, do you ever make any allowances e.g. if Staverton says due W, it's more than likely WSW at Haresfield etc?
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on August 16, 2009, 17:52:29 PM
Phil thanks for the help re the landing pattern at Frocester - much appreciated and I feel much more comfortable flying there now.
 :af

Marcellus, did you fly at Frocester or Haresfield this afternoon? I'm tempted to go out again this evening for an hour but don't know which would be the better slope?
 $%&

Talking of wind directions, I take it for refernce purposes, Staverton Private is probably the most local wind direction reading isn't it? If so, do you ever make any allowances e.g. if Staverton says due W, it's more than likely WSW at Haresfield etc?

Frocester was great but chilly! WSW, so Haresfield no good. Yes, Staverton. Staverton is usually correct. You will notice we always get a bit more S in the direction compared to the rest of the UK. Effect of the Severn I believe.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on August 17, 2009, 13:08:24 PM
Then went to Haresfield and flew from the tight slope just feet away from the car park with a chap called Paul who is newish to the game (says the bloke who's only being flying for 20months). Top afternoon.
 :colm:

I'm really not convinced that you need to bother with the "tight slope" at Haresfield. On numerous occasions, the wind has felt as though it was "dead on", at this slope, but when I have ventured round to the main slope, the wind has always been perfect there also! Given the choice, I know which slope I would rather fly from, even if landing at the main slope can be a bit tricky due to rotor.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on August 17, 2009, 13:17:08 PM
I'm really not convinced that you need to bother with the "tight slope" at Haresfield. On numerous occasions, the wind has felt as though it was "dead on", at this slope, but when I have ventured round to the main slope, the wind has always been perfect there also! Given the choice, I know which slope I would rather fly from, even if landing at the main slope can be a bit tricky due to rotor.

Absolutely true Gordon! There is a large wind turbine on the horizon, which helps identify the actual wind direction!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on August 17, 2009, 13:19:50 PM
Cheers for the advice gents. No problem with wind direction / slope today. It's currently SW going W. I'm gonna head up to Frocester for a quick lunch time sesh in a mo.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on August 17, 2009, 13:22:55 PM
It must be great having the slopes right on your doorstep! I've recently changed jobs, and now work in Bicester, so the prospects of any after-work flying are virtually non existant these days.  :embarassed:
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on August 17, 2009, 13:27:06 PM
Congrats on the job!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on August 17, 2009, 13:37:10 PM
I've recently changed jobs, and now work in Bicester, so the prospects of any after-work flying are virtually non existant these days.  :embarassed:

True but the job will no doubt mean that you'll be able to add to your hangar which therefore improves the quality of flying you get. Quality not quantity (as the girlfriend says)!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on August 17, 2009, 17:33:03 PM
Lunchtime session was so enjoyable i'm gonna head up to Frocester again in a mo for an early evening sesh to feed my addiction.
 :cigarsmoking:
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on August 17, 2009, 17:42:15 PM
I'm going to have to put a plane in the back of my car this week! The sun is still shining, and I'm sure I could just about get to Stroud before sunset!  :)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on August 17, 2009, 22:04:27 PM
I'm going to have to put a plane in the back of my car this week! The sun is still shining, and I'm sure I could just about get to Stroud before sunset!  :)

It was lovely up there again this evening catching the odd bit of thermal lift every now and again. Met a chap called Ross who was throlwing around his Blade. Awesome piece of kit and well beyond my price range.
 :)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on August 18, 2009, 08:29:19 AM
Absolutely true Gordon! There is a large wind turbine on the horizon, which helps identify the actual wind direction!
The small slope next to car park does SSW to SW, the large slope runs east to west spot on for a south.
Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on August 18, 2009, 17:15:13 PM
And the ridge at Haresfield looks great for Wednesday.....due South
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on August 18, 2009, 21:26:41 PM
Wednesday 19th Aug is the SCSA mini glider competition, 6.30 for 7.00PM start.
If you can't make it bring a note.
Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on August 19, 2009, 17:24:54 PM
Haresfied ridge was great this pm, a touch of west in it but strong lift. Two visitors from Solihul, whom I've seen there before.

Landing in 12-15 mph was OK but there was some rotor to trip you up...
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on August 20, 2009, 09:01:47 AM
South Cotswold Soaring Association, we are holding our club thermal competition on Minchinhampton Sunday 23rd, 9.30 for a 10.00AM start.
We need some help with towing, scoring and timing

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on August 20, 2009, 13:06:11 PM
South Cotswold Soaring Association, we are holding our club thermal competition on Minchinhampton Sunday 23rd, 9.30 for a 10.00AM start.
We need some help with towing, scoring and timing

Phil

Sorry Phil, but I will be racing my mini at Croft in North Yorkshire!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on August 20, 2009, 22:29:21 PM
South Cotswold Soaring Association, we are holding our club thermal competition on Minchinhampton Sunday 23rd, 9.30 for a 10.00AM start.
We need some help with towing, scoring and timing

Phil

Sorry but I won't be around to help either as we have the in-laws and grand in-laws staying with us which I'm sure will be fun?????!! Would much rather be up on the common.
Hope the weather is good for it.

Gonna try and get out for a sesh at some point tomorrow (Friday). looking promising at the mo.
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on August 21, 2009, 10:39:48 AM
Just out of interest, does the wind ever blow from the NW around here? I'm itching to fly from Selsley but as yet, after a month at least, I'm still waiting for the chance. I presume Selsley has the best LZ for larger models in the area (once you've avoided the on-lookers and cows).
 $%&
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on August 21, 2009, 11:37:44 AM
Just out of interest, does the wind ever blow from the NW around here? I'm itching to fly from Selsley but as yet, after a month at least, I'm still waiting for the chance. I presume Selsley has the best LZ for larger models in the area (once you've avoided the on-lookers and cows).
 $%&

Selsley has the two slopes. The West bowl which won't take any SW as the lift breaks up over the trees to the left. It will handle some North until the wind moves to the N-NW on the 'Tump' as we call it! We get plenty on NW over the winter but not much recently. We sometimes fly the ridge in between.

Yes, the landing is perfect but we do watch out for gawkers / walkers / Paragliders and occasionally full size sailplanes, as they sometimes beat up the ridge.

Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on August 22, 2009, 18:26:51 PM
Haresfield looking ok for tomorrow. Have the in-laws around at the mo so don't reckon i'll be able to get there much before midday. Hopefully still catch a couple of you there. Out of interest, is there a particular wind speed or direction that creates the greatest rotor at the slope?
 $%& :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on August 23, 2009, 07:21:06 AM
Haresfield looking ok for tomorrow. Have the in-laws around at the mo so don't reckon i'll be able to get there much before midday. Hopefully still catch a couple of you there. Out of interest, is there a particular wind speed or direction that creates the greatest rotor at the slope?
 $%& :af
We will not be going to the slope, it is our F3J competition, have a good afternoon
Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on August 23, 2009, 07:53:48 AM
Haresfield looking ok for tomorrow. Have the in-laws around at the mo so don't reckon i'll be able to get there much before midday. Hopefully still catch a couple of you there. Out of interest, is there a particular wind speed or direction that creates the greatest rotor at the slope?
 $%& :af

Stronger wind equals stronger rotor at Haresfield. It's not too bad up to 10 mph or so.

The important thing is to walk back to the top of the ridge for landing so you can see where the plane is if lands over the crest of the ridge.

I flew my Prodij there earlier this week in 15-20 mph and landed without too much difficulty. I have a christening party this p.m.

Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on August 23, 2009, 14:15:07 PM
South Cotswold SA thermal,
results and some photos have been posted at http://www.scsa.org.uk/comp09/thermal.htm (http://www.scsa.org.uk/comp09/thermal.htm)
details and report to follow.
The club should be out in force on the slope next Sunday weather permitting.
Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on August 24, 2009, 07:48:35 AM
The important thing is to walk back to the top of the ridge for landing so you can see where the plane is if lands over the crest of the ridge.

The rotor wasn't a problem but the variable lift was. So much so, that I just couldn't be confident enough that draggy mouldies I have would make it back to the ridge, and being a newbie to the slope, I didn't fancy landing out. Still had a top time there.

Nice to meet you Oldnslow. Thanks for the help with the Hawthorn tree!!
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on August 25, 2009, 13:18:31 PM
Frocester looks good this pm! I'll be out, with Phil and Andrew.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on August 25, 2009, 17:06:35 PM
Frocester looks good this pm! I'll be out, with Phil and Andrew.

And it was good! Booming lift albeit a little bumpy at times....
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on August 25, 2009, 19:53:03 PM
And it was good! Booming lift albeit a little bumpy at times....

Indeed! Managed to fly all three of my planes. First time the Luna has been out since doing a little open heart surgery on its elevator linkage. Mind you, I landed it a little way down the slope, and it disappeared among the foliage. It's at times like this that a lost model alarm would come in handy!  ;)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: oldnslo on August 25, 2009, 21:48:19 PM
Those trees just reach out and grab anything within 10feet, flippin' quick too. :''
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on August 26, 2009, 08:42:49 AM
This is a photo from Tuesday of Gordon's VoltiJ flying at Frocester.
The weather looks bad for the next few days
There are some more photos of the slope at http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/?M=D (http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/?M=D)
Phil

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/gordon500.jpg)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on August 29, 2009, 17:45:05 PM
Saturday was good at Frocester hill, strong lift and mostly sunny
Phil
(http://www.scsa.org.uk/images/frocester/peter-froster-herc_small.jpg)

larger image
http://www.scsa.org.uk/images/frocester/peter-froster-herc.jpg (http://www.scsa.org.uk/images/frocester/peter-froster-herc.jpg)

and some more at http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/?M=D (http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/?M=D)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on August 29, 2009, 19:50:54 PM
Gutted to have missed seeing the Herc fly. Looks great in the photos. Back down in Cornwall loving the clean lift from the cliffs again.
Hope you all have a great weekends flying.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 01, 2009, 11:03:02 AM
With the wind apparently coming SW, would it be best to fly from Haresfield or Frocester?
 $%&
I'm going to get a little lunch time flying in but don't know which slope would be best as the wind direction is right between the two according to the SCSA compass.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 01, 2009, 11:07:05 AM
With the wind apparently coming SW, would it be best to fly from Haresfield or Frocester?
 $%&
I'm going to get a little lunch time flying in but don't know which slope would be best as the wind direction is right between the two according to the SCSA compass.

SW is Frocester. Only go to Haresfield if it's SSW- SSE, but XCWeather currently shows SSW for Staverton!
Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 01, 2009, 11:10:08 AM
D'oh!  :banghead:

Will check it again before I leave. Thanks for the info. :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 01, 2009, 11:34:50 AM
The small bowl at Haresfield will fly SW, just. Frocester fly SSW but it gets bumpy above a gentle breeze!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 01, 2009, 13:00:55 PM
Think I'm going to risk Frocester. The winds are still SSW which may mean it's a little bumpy but i'm up for the challenge!
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on September 01, 2009, 13:34:13 PM
XC is claiming 15mph. That's going to feel quite strong up there!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on September 01, 2009, 13:58:10 PM
The small bowl at Haresfield will fly SW, just. Frocester fly SSW but it gets bumpy above a gentle breeze!
If the wind goes less than 215 degrees at Frocester hill you can get into trouble. The wind comes over the trees right on top of a model. It is much safer to fly at Haresfield on the small slope, a two metre model can be landed if fitted with brakes.
Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Gary on September 01, 2009, 16:03:41 PM
Flown at Frocester today, eck it was turbulant. Then went to Haresfeild just as it started raining, did'nt bother to hang about.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 01, 2009, 16:33:18 PM
Flown at Frocester today, eck it was turbulant. Then went to Haresfeild just as it started raining, did'nt bother to hang about.

I popped up to Frocester around 13:30 but didn't even get out of the car. Awesome seeing the rain coming in from that vantage point with such intensity. I was waiting for the lightning to strike the car at any moment!
 :o

Not looking too promising right now but i am still keen so may venture up there again in a while.
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 01, 2009, 16:45:49 PM
It's 4.42pm Eyeboy and the sun is shining! Go to Haresfield on the small bowl and it will be great!! I wish I could come too....
Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 01, 2009, 16:49:10 PM
It's 4.42pm Eyeboy and the sun is shining! Go to Haresfield on the small bowl and it will be great!! I wish I could come too....
Guy

Thanks matey. Just finishing off here then heading up to the bowl for a quick blast (weather permitting)!
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 01, 2009, 19:58:49 PM
And how was it? Wild, I expect....Haresfield seems to be the windiest place in Glos.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 01, 2009, 22:08:56 PM
And how was it? Wild, I expect....Haresfield seems to be the windiest place in Glos.

A tad gusty. Had approximately 30 mins there before the weather closed in yet again. Thanks for the advice though - it was on slope.
I'm away for a the next couple of days but am really hopefull that Fridays W / WNW come into play and Selsley is do-able.
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 02, 2009, 11:36:52 AM
We've been moved to our own slot.
Seems a good idea to me as it didn't fit too well with all the gliding technical bits!
Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on September 02, 2009, 17:23:27 PM
The compass needs updating, there is no overlap between some slopes and Cam Long Down is missing. we first need to measure the limits of the wind direction for each slope, before redrawing.
Phil

(http://www.scsa.org.uk/images/logo2.gif)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 02, 2009, 17:36:11 PM
The compass needs updating, there is no overlap between some slopes and Cam Long Down is missing. we first need to measure the limits of the wind direction for each slope, before redrawing.
Phil

([url]http://www.scsa.org.uk/images/logo2.gif[/url])


Anyting we can do to help? Don't know who created the original compass but i do like it's simplistic style which makes it very easy to read.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 02, 2009, 18:26:41 PM
Phil,

Isn't there some software that this was drawn with?

Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 02, 2009, 20:53:47 PM
Eyeboy, Thurs/Frid/Sat might well be SELSLEY!! (Before the weather gods dose it with some southerly flow and put us back on Frocester!)
Keep 'em crossed.... :colm:
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 03, 2009, 00:48:20 AM
Eyeboy, Thurs/Frid/Sat might well be SELSLEY!! (Before the weather gods dose it with some southerly flow and put us back on Frocester!)
Keep 'em crossed.... :colm:

There crossed! Will hopefully get a chance to try each day after work and all day Saturday (pink pass from the girlfriend permitting)!
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on September 03, 2009, 09:17:57 AM
Phil,

Isn't there some software that this was drawn with?

Guy
It was drawn then scanned, any drawing package will do like Coral, but we need to measure the wind directions first.
Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 04, 2009, 11:01:44 AM
It looks as though Selsley is the biz this pm and the wind has moderated to a 'good  blow!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on September 04, 2009, 13:49:36 PM
It's looking like Haresfield again for Sunday.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 04, 2009, 16:46:01 PM
It looks as though Selsley is the biz this pm and the wind has moderated to a 'good  blow!

Selsley's West bowl was/is great today. A bit bumpy after launch but when you get out a bit smoothe strong lift. Damn chiily though, need to get the winter gear back in the car.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 04, 2009, 17:00:11 PM
Selsley's West bowl was/is great today. A bit bumpy after launch but when you get out a bit smoothe strong lift. Damn chiily though, need to get the winter gear back in the car.

Going to head up there for a blast in a short while. Hope the wind doesn't drop off too much in the interim.
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 04, 2009, 21:01:51 PM
Going to head up there for a blast in a short while. Hope the wind doesn't drop off too much in the interim.
 :xx

At most of our local Stroud slopes wind speed is not proportional to lift, unlike sea facing slopes. 10-15 mph is generally the optimum.

Blow through is the problem, often caused by up wind interference.

Tell us how it was for you Friday pm!!

Marcellus, otherwise known as Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 04, 2009, 21:08:23 PM
Blow through is the problem, often caused by up wind interference.

Tell us how it was for you Friday pm!!

Marcellus, otherwise known as Guy

A tad bumpy with variable lift. The thing is, I don't know if a local sloper would class this evening as poor or very good.

Just checked the weather for tomorrow and i think it's looking slopeable. The wind is predicted to be 12mph from lunchtime to late afternoon.
Anyone playing? If so, where?
 $%&
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 05, 2009, 10:37:52 AM
Looking a bit pants today. Gonna leave it until tomorrow I reckon and just hope the wind is as predicted S12mph.
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 05, 2009, 10:50:52 AM
Maybe I spoke too soon. Wind looks like it's picking up a little. May be able to get a fly in today after all.
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 05, 2009, 12:28:56 PM
A tad bumpy with variable lift. The thing is, I don't know if a local sloper would class this evening as poor or very good.


The lift was strong by any standards between 1.30 and 3.30 pm. It tends to back SW towards the end of the afternoon and the lift breaks up and the bounce incteases as it clips the end of the wood on the left.

This afternoon looks like Frocester, which works well even in light winds. I may well be there.

Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 05, 2009, 12:56:01 PM
This site gives a good indication of what is actually happening on our slopes.

Current Weather Conditions at The Tuffley weather Station.  (http://www.jfmto.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/Current_Vantage_Pro.htm)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 05, 2009, 13:24:35 PM
This afternoon looks like Frocester, which works well even in light winds. I may well be there.
Guy

Thanks for the link to the weather station. Nice little link. The wind speed looks a bit low though. I would have thought it was above 5/7mph at the mo? The prediction is max 10mph according to Staverton on XCweather. Think I'll keep an eye on the wind this afternoon, and on here, to see if it's doable.
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 05, 2009, 13:50:04 PM
I'm giving it a miss today....
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 05, 2009, 14:18:14 PM
I'm giving it a miss today....

Me too. Too much waiting around. May well be ok up there now looking at the trees moving. Think i'll play it by ear for tomorrow. Predicted to be best around lunchtime again.
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 05, 2009, 15:33:03 PM
I drove past on the way to the rubbish tip and it was blowing 15+ up there. Phil the Fridge was screaming about with his Nyx. Tufflley - cuurently shows 7mph
- wrong, just South of West - right!

And Sunday, now looks like Haresfield!!! They seem to change the forecast evry flipping hour........
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on September 06, 2009, 07:35:16 AM
Thanks for the link to the weather station. Nice little link. The wind speed looks a bit low though. I would have thought it was above 5/7mph at the mo? The prediction is max 10mph according to Staverton on XCweather. Think I'll keep an eye on the wind this afternoon, and on here, to see if it's doable.
 :xx
Don't worry about the wind strength a Zagi will fly in 4 MPH, modern models are very efficient and will fly in a lot less. The three metre composites are at their best when there is no slope lift and flying in thermal lift.
Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 06, 2009, 10:03:21 AM
Thanks for the info Phil. Think i'm going to trundle up to Haresfield around 11am on the off chance that it may be working.
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 06, 2009, 13:32:33 PM
Think i'm going to trundle up to Haresfield around 11am on the off chance that it may be working.
 :xx

Working well! I like Haresfield, even the bowl. It seems to enjoy the cleanest lift on a regular basis. Definately blowing more than predicted up there too!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 06, 2009, 13:42:40 PM
I like Haresfield too. You have been spoilt by coastal sistes!!

It's always windier there than you are expecting. I will go this afternoon but the wind seems to be between Frocester and Haresfield and shifting all the time.

It's forecast to end up at H so that is where I shall go, shortly.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 06, 2009, 17:18:21 PM
Well, Haresfield was at it's best this pm 15 mph with strong consistant lift on the ridge and a nasty rotor to land in!

We tried the small bowl on returning to the cars and it was booming too! Just the three of us on a sunny afternoon. I guess the other slopers were out this morning?
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 06, 2009, 17:36:43 PM
I was out this morning along with approximately 6 or 7. Thing is, Sunday mornings for me are not the best. It's the one chance all week when I don't need to set the alarm. A leisurely Sunday afternoon fly is much more appealing but I get the impression i'm in the minority?
 $%&
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on September 07, 2009, 13:41:07 PM
Strangely, 3 of us were on Selsley, yesterday morning, with thermal soarers!! At times, the wind was on the slope, but for most of the time it was too far south. I managed a half decent flight, but unless you could get above the tree line, you were destined to a very short flight. On reflection, we should really have checked out Frocester, or Haresfield. Later in the day (around 5.30), I dropped in on Haresfield, with the Mini Blade. The lift was huge. So huge that I had problems trying to land. I lost count of the number of times I tried to get it down. Unfortunately, when it did finally, come down it got caught in the rotor, and landed on one wingtip. There was slight damage, but nothing too bad.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 07, 2009, 13:53:51 PM
Strangely, 3 of us were on Selsley, yesterday morning, with thermal soarers!! At times, the wind was on the slope, but for most of the time it was too far south. I managed a half decent flight, but unless you could get above the tree line, you were destined to a very short flight. On reflection, we should really have checked out Frocester, or Haresfield. Later in the day (around 5.30), I dropped in on Haresfield, with the Mini Blade. The lift was huge. So huge that I had problems trying to land. I lost count of the number of times I tried to get it down. Unfortunately, when it did finally, come down it got caught in the rotor, and landed on one wingtip. There was slight damage, but nothing too bad.

Yup my unbreakable cheapo slipstream flick rolled 18 inches off the ground and landed inverted. Gordon, I don't know how much you've flown Haresfield but the rotor is not really an issue in gentle winds. It was blowing a hooly up there yesterday afternoon, after a windless start to the day.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: rcfanuk on September 07, 2009, 13:55:10 PM
I knew I should have come out to play

Steve
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on September 07, 2009, 13:59:31 PM
Gordon, I don't know how much you've flown Haresfield but the rotor is not really an issue in gentle winds.

I've flown there quite a bit. However, this is the first mouldy that I've flown that doesn't have crow! I've got the ailerons & elevator setup for landing, but am still getting to grips with it! I have found that if you try to land just in front of the raised ridge, just behind the slope (about 25m back), it's not too bad. Yesterday I got caught out!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 07, 2009, 14:13:33 PM
I knew I should have come out to play

Steve

You sure should have. Andy described it as good as a poor day at the Bwlch!

GordonP - yes that's the spot....''I have found that if you try to land just in front of the raised ridge, just behind the slope (about 25m back), it's not too bad.''

Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on September 07, 2009, 18:37:08 PM
I've flown there quite a bit. However, this is the first mouldy that I've flown that doesn't have crow! I've got the ailerons & elevator setup for landing, but am still getting to grips with it! I have found that if you try to land just in front of the raised ridge, just behind the slope (about 25m back), it's not too bad. Yesterday I got caught out!
There is a spot near the trig point where it is possible to do a proper landing, it curves and the wind sticks to it without a curlover.
There is another landing where you float up the slope and turn into wind before touching down on the top of the slope, both are not for the faint hearted

Frocester was great this afternoon a series of smooth thermals, I flew my old Starlight
Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 07, 2009, 21:39:17 PM
I'm hoping to get out after work one evening this week.

I notice from the SCSA compass that there is a gap for NNE to NE. Is there nothing that's suitable nearby or do you have to look further afield for a slope sesh?
 $%&
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on September 07, 2009, 21:59:36 PM
I'm hoping to get out after work one evening this week.

I notice from the SCSA compass that there is a gap for NNE to NE. Is there nothing that's suitable nearby or do you have to look further afield for a slope sesh?
 $%&

Maybe Cam Long Down? This is one slope I've never been to around this area.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 07, 2009, 22:11:57 PM
Maybe Cam Long Down? This is one slope I've never been to around this area.

Isn't that the site that can be DS'd?  $%&
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on September 07, 2009, 22:50:30 PM
Isn't that the site that can be DS'd?  $%&

Not sure about that. I just looked at an aerial view on Multimap, and looks like the top is covered in trees, Maybe someone else from SCSA can give some advice?
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on September 07, 2009, 23:36:15 PM
have a look at http://www.scsa.org.uk/andycamdsing.mov   (http://www.scsa.org.uk/video/andycamdsing.mov)

the hill in the background is Frocester

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 08, 2009, 07:54:57 AM
CLD flies well in a Northerly and either side of that. Some don't agree but I think NE is too far East for it. Yes you can DS it as Phil's video shows. Landing is on top of the ridge and can take a few attempts. The South side will fly but there are a lot of trees/bushes on the slope.

The nearest reasonable NE slope is at Leckhampton, shown on the map I posted. It flies well but landing is rough.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on September 08, 2009, 08:15:04 AM
This is a map of CLD  CLD map (http://www.streetmap.co.uk/newmap.srf?x=377400&y=199555&z=3&sv=377400,199555&st=OSGrid&lu=N&tl=~&ar=y&bi=~&mapp=newmap.srf&searchp=newsearch.srf)

We have flown 4 metre scale gliders there, most of the trees have been cut down.
DSing is better with a south wind there are less trees on the north facing ridge

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 08, 2009, 18:01:16 PM
I notice from the SCSA compass that there is a gap for NNE to NE. Is there nothing that's suitable nearby or do you have to look further afield for a slope sesh?
 $%&

Looks like most of the week and the weekend are set NE. Looks like Rodborough may just about be on slope.
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on September 08, 2009, 18:07:55 PM
Looks like most of the week and the weekend are set NE. Looks like Rodborough may just about be on slope.
 :xx
It looks too northerly for the east facing slope at rodborough, look more like CLD

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 08, 2009, 18:28:03 PM
Yup, get fit chaps CLD....
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on September 08, 2009, 22:12:25 PM
 I will try Selsley Wednesday afternoon, if it is too far east I will go to CLD
Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 09, 2009, 09:33:14 AM
I will try Selsley Wednesday afternoon, if it is too far east I will go to CLD
Phil

XC shows Selsley as N until later on in the afternoon. I expect to be there at 2pm
Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 09, 2009, 17:00:20 PM
Eyeboy,

It's 16.55 and I've just got back from Cam Long Down (with Phil). It's bang on, about 12 mph and the lift is smoothe and good. If you are going out tonight that's the place to go! Selsley would have been awful.
Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 09, 2009, 19:11:14 PM
Sounds like you had loads of fun at CLD.

Just got home from work. Will probably be late home again tomorrow but Friday and the weekend, well that's a different matter. Hopefully CLD will be good then too.
 :xx

Have you any info as to where to park / fly from?
 $%&
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 09, 2009, 19:15:13 PM
The point to fly is pretty obvious when you trudge to the top of the ridge. A gentle 15 minute trudge!

I'll try to sort some directions for you!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 09, 2009, 19:18:00 PM
I'll try to sort some directions for you!

Please don't go to any trouble, just a couple of pointers would be great.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on September 09, 2009, 19:51:47 PM
Please don't go to any trouble, just a couple of pointers would be great.
 :af


The SCSA map is close enough, we like the little dip it is out of the wind.
I tried DSing and got scared, I dont like the trees on the south side


Phil
http://www.streetmap.co.uk/newmap.srf?x=377400&y=199555&z=3&sv=377400,199555&st=OSGrid&lu=N&tl=~&ar=y&bi=~&mapp=newmap.srf&searchp=newsearch.srf (http://www.streetmap.co.uk/newmap.srf?x=377400&y=199555&z=3&sv=377400,199555&st=OSGrid&lu=N&tl=~&ar=y&bi=~&mapp=newmap.srf&searchp=newsearch.srf)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 11, 2009, 08:28:59 AM
It looks like the girlfriend has given me a pass to fly all weekend!

Now, if only there was a bit of wind . . . .
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on September 11, 2009, 08:46:35 AM
It looks like the girlfriend has given me a pass to fly all weekend!

Now, if only there was a bit of wind . . . .
 :xx

Modern gliders only need 2 MPH on the slope to stay up, if the sun is out you can thermal up to a dot and come screaming down. Much more fun than flying backwards and forwards across the slope
Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 11, 2009, 09:11:44 AM
Modern gliders only need 2 MPH on the slope to stay up, if the sun is out you can thermal up to a dot and come screaming down. Much more fun than flying backwards and forwards across the slope
Phil

I'm sure you're right. i just wish I had a hangar suitable for thermals. Thing is most of my kit is PSS related and i really don't like the idea of bunging something like that out in just 2mph.
I'm sure the flying wing will do the job this weekend. Might try and recover the Wildthing tonight so that it's a bit more slippery in the air. If nothing else, i'll i've got a multiplex Fox!
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on September 11, 2009, 17:01:29 PM
Friday
The wind was north East, the one direction we don't have a slope for, a little too east for Cam Long Down and too north for Rodborough.
I went to Leckhampton (GL53 9QL) and wind was square on, a 20 minute drive and a 10 minute walk. The lift was good, very smooth with a good view of Cheltenham see
http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/leckhampton1.jpg (http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/leckhampton1.jpg)

Gloucester cooker (http://www.freewebs.com/ebley/cooker4.htm)

Phil  
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 11, 2009, 17:26:54 PM
Do you park at Daisy Bank road, Cirencester Road or Hartley Lane? Also, there appears to be two "bowls" there - are both flyable?
Also, is the landing zone any good or is there a mass of rotor and a tight spot?

Is this the missing NE slope from the SCSA compass?
 :xx

Think I may head up there tomorrow unless anyone has any better slope suggestions?
 $%&
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 11, 2009, 17:44:54 PM
I wish I'd come Phil - much more fun than my gardening chores. You'd better reply to eyeboy (Andy??) as I know where to park but cannot derscribe it. It's on the left before Hartly farm!

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on September 11, 2009, 18:59:26 PM
I don't know much about the site, this is only my third flight there.
landing is like harefield, I land on the edge of the slope.
have a good day
Phil
(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/map1.jpg)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 11, 2009, 21:18:52 PM
Thanks for the info Phil. Much appreciated.

Looking forwards to a good sesh tomorrow.
 :colm:
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 12, 2009, 08:30:13 AM
Eyeboy - one car park is in a quarry, the next one along is big and open, use that!
Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 12, 2009, 10:06:14 AM
Thanks for the info. Gonna spend an hour or two recovering my Wildthing this morning so will hopefully get out this afternoon - weather permitting. May even turn out to be Selsley this afternoon.
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on September 12, 2009, 13:19:10 PM
Saturday
The wind was blowing west at 9.00AM, while driving back from Wotton Under edge I spotted the wind was blowing  NW at 10.30.
I went home and got a model and flew at Selsley from 11.00AM till 1.00PM, during that time the wind had picked up and gone NE. I had managed to get a good height and was able to fly between the areas of lift without needing the slope lift
Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: sparkyben on September 12, 2009, 19:50:07 PM
Thanks for the info. Gonna spend an hour or two recovering my Wildthing this morning so will hopefully get out this afternoon - weather permitting. May even turn out to be Selsley this afternoon.
 :xx
Hi Andy, did the wind pick up at selsley this afternoon? Thought I'd leave you to take that long walk on your own. ;) Looks like it will be similar tomorrow but if there's a bit of a breeze would it be ok if I tagged along? Hope you don't mind. Cheers, Ben. :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 12, 2009, 20:08:51 PM
Hi Andy, did the wind pick up at selsley this afternoon? Thought I'd leave you to take that long walk on your own. ;) Looks like it will be similar tomorrow but if there's a bit of a breeze would it be ok if I tagged along? Hope you don't mind. Cheers, Ben. :af

Ben good to see you on here and at the slope again. The wind did pick up - just. Stayed until sunset playing around in the scratchy lift. Loved it! Will be on here tomorrow to let you know what's on (if anything).

Will hopefully have enough puff to play. Going to charge loads of kit just in case  . . . .
 :xx
Anyone else playing tomorrow? $%&
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: geoffers on September 12, 2009, 20:45:07 PM
Quote
Stayed until sunset playing around in the scratchy lift
I though I might meet some of you guys up Cam Long Down late this afternoon - the lift there was excellent (though I was flying my lightweight miniFireworks DLG) and I don't think I've done so much formation flying with so many swallows before  ;)
Blimey - the landing area does leave something to be desired though!! $%&.

Spent the final 20mins flying Peaked Down itself, with the sun setting over the Severn - quite magic - then walked/flew the plane back down to the car.

Quite an excellent end to the day....
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 12, 2009, 21:13:01 PM
CLD was the place to be today and again tomorrow. I'll be there in the afternoon, if I can.

Yes, the views are magic, in this clear air.

Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: oldnslo on September 12, 2009, 21:25:05 PM
I flew my EG at Leckhampton this afternoon, plenty of lift and PGs. Finally plucked up the nerve to maiden my scale model of the Fauvel. It outsoared the EG easily, very quick and precise response to control inputs. (Beginners speak for twitchy flying ;D) Looks a bit odd, but she flies like a beauty.
I shall take SWMBO for a drive out tomorrow, to that big hill you see as you drive past Swindon towards the M4. It seems to face roughly North to North/east. I think its called Smeathes Ridge.
If I remember to take my camera I wil try to get some pics of the new model, airborne.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 13, 2009, 00:09:18 AM
Seems like today was a good one all round. Lovely day topped off by a great sunset. Just uploading a couple of photos now of the evening. Will post when I can.

Can't believe so many spots seemed to work today. Think that if the wind is in the same direction as today, and the wind is as predicted, i'll be back up to Selsley with my Spitfire which i'm absolutely itching to fly again. Last time she went out was back in Cornwall on a cracking day . . . .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cy8v0UyWmLU

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 13, 2009, 00:29:54 AM
Couple of images from Saturdays sunset at Selsley
(http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o12/j_rilstone/DSC02191.jpg)
(http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o12/j_rilstone/DSC02183.jpg)
and my fave . . .
(http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o12/j_rilstone/DSC02192.jpg)

Was it the end of summer? Hope not.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on September 13, 2009, 00:33:24 AM
Me and Andy George are planning on coming to Selsley in the morning, armed with thermal soarers. Hope it's better than last Sunday! Now it's time for bed!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on September 13, 2009, 08:09:34 AM
Me and Andy George are planning on coming to Selsley in the morning, armed with thermal soarers. Hope it's better than last Sunday! Now it's time for bed!

I will be there when the mist clears.

Last week the wind was blowing from the south, that why Selsley was poor.

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 13, 2009, 08:57:04 AM
I will be there when the mist clears.

Hope to be heading up there for 10:30ish - just as the wind picks up  . . . . .  :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 13, 2009, 10:14:53 AM
Looks like it will be similar tomorrow but if there's a bit of a breeze would it be ok if I tagged along? Hope you don't mind. Cheers, Ben. :af

Ben, i'll take the buddy box so that you can have a fly if you want. If you can't make it today, no worries - stay in touch and we'll arrange another time.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 13, 2009, 11:44:08 AM
Decisions, decisions, I am going to go to CLD this afternoon!
Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 13, 2009, 12:59:49 PM
Decisions, decisions, I am going to go to CLD this afternoon!
Guy

Probably a good move. Although the wind strength was good at Selsley, the direct was too far East for it to be any good. Just got back and it still feels fairly easterly. Will CLD handle that?
 $%&
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 13, 2009, 13:11:58 PM
IMHO as far as NNE for CLD but some say NE. When I looked earlier XC said it was going almost N but now it says NE Grrr.

The only safe bet is Leckhampton and I can't be fussed to go out there.

I'll try CLD, take a compass and make some observations...
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 13, 2009, 13:17:32 PM
IMHO as far as NNE for CLD but some say NE. When I looked earlier XC said it was going almost N but now it says NE Grrr.

The only safe bet is Leckhampton and I can't be fussed to go out there.

I'll try CLD, take a compass and make some observations...

Think I'm gonna faf around at home for an hour or two and jnust hope that the direction changes a little . . .not much chance of it happening though.
 :xx
Saying that, the XC wind map is showing that the pressure system is moving across the country from the East and MAY bring a decent Northerly later. Who knows.
 $%&
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 13, 2009, 15:05:17 PM
Well, I went to CLD to find I'd left part of my plane at home. Not a good day!

Someone was flying a big white scale job up there, seemed to be going well.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: oldnslo on September 13, 2009, 23:26:17 PM
Saturday pm at Leckhampton, plenty of lift but no LZ.
Sunday went travelling, ended up in Kingsclere. Strong wind, a bit blustery at times, loads of lift, hours of flying, even landed on the wide enough LZ.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on September 14, 2009, 20:24:25 PM
Saturday pm at Leckhampton, plenty of lift but no LZ.
Sunday went travelling, ended up in Kingsclere. Strong wind, a bit blustery at times, loads of lift, hours of flying, even landed on the wide enough LZ.

Whereabouts in Kingsclere??? Maps please!!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 14, 2009, 20:46:06 PM
Hi Gordon,

Search near Newbury, Berks.

Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on September 14, 2009, 20:52:36 PM
Whereabouts in Kingsclere??? Maps please!!


http://www.multimap.com/maps/?qs=Kingsclere&countryCode=GB#map=51.31334,-1.25364|15|4&dp=os&bd=useful_information&loc=GB:51.32491:-1.24329:14|Kingsclere|Kingsclere, Newbury, Berkshire, England, RG20 5 (http://www.multimap.com/maps/?qs=Kingsclere&countryCode=GB#map=51.31334,-1.25364|15|4&dp=os&bd=useful_information&loc=GB:51.32491:-1.24329:14|Kingsclere|Kingsclere, Newbury, Berkshire, England, RG20 5)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 14, 2009, 20:56:09 PM
South side of the M4 according to Google Maps. I presume from the "normal" slopes that Kingsclear would be about an hours drive?
 $%&

On another note, does anyone have any suggestions for a good thermal sloper? Am looking for a decent second hand model to add to my collection. Had a bit of a realisation when the best thing i had for the lift on Sunday was a Wildthing!!
:embarassed:
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on September 14, 2009, 21:14:11 PM
On another note, does anyone have any suggestions for a good thermal sloper? Am looking for a decent second hand model to add to my collection.
:embarassed:

My thermal soarer is a 3.1m Graphite. However, I was quite impressed with the lightweight gliders that the two Mikes had. Haven't a clue what they were, or who makes them though!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 15, 2009, 11:52:07 AM
Think i may well have to give Leckhampton a try at some point today with the wind still coming from the NNE/NE. Will let you know how it goes. May even see one of you up there!
 :xx :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 15, 2009, 17:44:55 PM
I will be very interested to hear how you got on! How was the lift and landing?
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 15, 2009, 19:55:55 PM
I will be very interested to hear how you got on! How was the lift and landing?

Just got back. It was blowing a hooli up there but the lift wasn't as good as i'd anticipated. Flew all right across the main slope which has a fantastic outlook. I can only assume that the wind was too great for the slope. The landings zones are not quite Selsley but nor is it as tight as Frocester. Will defo try it again but in lighter winds.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on September 15, 2009, 20:15:13 PM
My thermal soarer is a 3.1m Graphite. However, I was quite impressed with the lightweight gliders that the two Mikes had. Haven't a clue what they were, or who makes them though!
They both own Weasels and Highlights, there is a Highlight for sale on the BMFA, now called a Betty

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: oldnslo on September 15, 2009, 20:23:38 PM
The slope I was on yesterday at Kingsclere is the Watership Down slope, bottom left corner of the map Phil the fridge posted. Really only worth the journey if you make a day of it, but what a day ;D
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 17, 2009, 20:27:24 PM
They both own Weasels and Highlights, there is a Highlight for sale on the BMFA, now called a Betty

Phil

Picked up the Highlight tonight. Hope it's what i need for the light winds that we're predicted to have this weekend?
 :xx

Any suggestions for a lightweight 35mhz receiver and battery pack?
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on September 18, 2009, 00:21:36 AM
Is it still possible to buy the Highlight (or Betty) new, and if so, who sells them?
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 18, 2009, 07:46:12 AM
I use s Schultz 435 and a 4x AAA pack in mine
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on September 18, 2009, 19:50:26 PM
Is it still possible to buy the Highlight (or Betty) new, and if so, who sells them?


FrankenModellbau Highlight Standard ARTF with Servos and Rx Battery. - West Wales Models (http://www.westwalesmodels.co.uk/epages/es114103.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/es114103_es121994722150/Products/%22Highlight%20Standard%22)


Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on September 19, 2009, 13:47:39 PM
Saturday morning at Selsley
good thermal lift but poor slope lift, I am taking my Starlight to have another go PM, it may swing to frocester

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 19, 2009, 17:11:06 PM
And the lift - mostly thermal was excellent on Saturday afternoon at Selsley. I flew my Highlight and electric Champion, though rarely used the motor in the 2-3 mph breeze.

A real gentle summers day flying - not had too many of those lately!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on September 19, 2009, 18:32:33 PM
Do you think Selsley will have enough slope lift for a wing (X-It) tomorrow morning? XCWeather says 5mph North, but I haven't flown there before so I'm not sure how that translates...

Cheers
Paul

(The Paul that Andy/Eyeboy mentioned near the start of this forum!)
 
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 19, 2009, 18:50:45 PM
Do you think Selsley will have enough slope lift for a wing (X-It) tomorrow morning? XCWeather says 5mph North, but I haven't flown there before so I'm not sure how that translates...

Cheers
Paul

(The Paul that Andy/Eyeboy mentioned near the start of this forum!)
 

Absolutely no idea - but it must be worth a try!! Just got back from a jaunt onto the big smoke and am itching for some slope action! I'll be up there tomorrow (weather permitting).
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on September 19, 2009, 19:36:02 PM
I think I'll be heading that way for about 9:30-10 if it isn't raining. I'm halfway through building a Windrider Bee Evolution, not sure if it'll be ready to maiden tomorrow - if I can sort it tonight I will.

I'll probably also have two anklebiters in tow to go down and fetch it back for me anyway  ;)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 19, 2009, 21:15:31 PM
Do you think Selsley will have enough slope lift for a wing (X-It) tomorrow morning? XCWeather says 5mph North, but I haven't flown there before so I'm not sure how that translates...

Cheers
Paul

(The Paul that Andy/Eyeboy mentioned near the start of this forum!)
 

5 mph North No No. Only good for thermal soarers. Go to Cam Long Down.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 19, 2009, 22:33:46 PM
5 mph North No No. Only good for thermal soarers. Go to Cam Long Down.


Is that where you're headed?

I think I may take a trip to Selsley on my way to Cam. If it's good enough at Selsley, i'll stay there. Flew my Wildthing in next to no wind last weekend and I believe a Beevolution is more aerodynamic.
I reckon most will meet at Selsley tomorrow morning. Whether they stay for long is another thing.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on September 19, 2009, 22:39:58 PM
Thanks Marcellus and Eyeboy...

Now I'm torn.. maybe I'll go for that too, Selsley first then CLD if it looks like I'll get any flying done at all.  The Bee Evo is ready to go (I think) - only strengthening tape, not decorative though, except on the balsa fins. I can make it pretty another time. The CoG with no ballast is about an inch back from the instructions but I think that was true of the X-It (A.K.A the Bee Original) too, so it could work out OK.

Well, if anybody else is heading for Selsley for 9:30-10ish I'll see you there, otherwise I won't.  :xx

Cheers
Paul
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 19, 2009, 23:18:09 PM
Well, if anybody else is heading for Selsley for 9:30-10ish I'll see you there, otherwise I won't.  :xx

Cheers
Paul

I intend to be there for 10.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 20, 2009, 18:54:47 PM
Thoroughly enjoyable days flying. Got the "Betty" up to a peck on a thermal and parped myself when I couldn't work out which way it was flying. Top stuff. Getting lift from a thermal is such a buzz.
Great to see the slope being flown pretty much all day. Just went up there for a walk and still more people flying. Looks like slope soaring in the South Cotswolds is alive and well.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on September 20, 2009, 19:23:37 PM
I was pleasantly surprised how well my wings managed in the teeny tiny winds. Got to decide what to cover the BeeVo with now it's proved itself.

I'll have to limit how much I let Jacob fly - only four or five flights and he's looking better than me already...

I was tempted by the Ripmax 'Valero' that just finished with no bids on EBay - here (http://search.ebay.com/230377460730) . It's a 1.5m tail-only glider with balsa/film wings. Missing canopy and small crack in the moulded nose, but only £15.. hmm.

Tis only in Nailsea as well, if anybody wanted it.

And I still haven't been to CLD. Ah well.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: ryan2 on September 20, 2009, 19:57:31 PM
 Looks like slope soaring in the South Cotswolds is alive and well.
 :af
[/quote]that's good to here you found some good slopes i haven't been to saint agnes for a while but i have a few friends in newquay that fly and we found a slope 5 Min's walk from my place and its actually quiet good but not much ov a lz so no flying the blade
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 20, 2009, 20:07:44 PM
It was very light at Selsley today, mostly thermal. Rest assured you Cornish exiles, the lift does boom with some more strength from NW-N.

That said, it was a perfect summer's day, blue skies and so on. No two days are ever the same and it will be back to wooly hats and gloves in no time.



Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on September 20, 2009, 20:10:57 PM
Here are sone photos of Andy's Betty  (Highlight) flying at Selsley

on Sunday

Phil
(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/betty2.jpg)

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/betty.jpg)

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/betty3.jpg)

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 20, 2009, 20:20:35 PM
Here are sone photos of Andy's Betty  (Highlight) flying at Selsley

on Sunday

Phil

Thanks for the photos Phil. Looks like i've got more hair than I thought - have you been editing the photos?
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Pasty on September 20, 2009, 20:34:32 PM
Looking good as ever Andy  :-*
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 20, 2009, 21:29:09 PM
Looking good as ever Andy  :-*
You got to try it some time Patsy. Thermaling is awesome. Getting an elevator ride on a decent thermal and specing out is the dogs danglers (had one today)! You'd love it.
 :af

There's always a couple of rooms free at L'Hotel de Eyeboy for any of the WCS boyos (except Phil)!!
 :ev
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on September 21, 2009, 16:39:44 PM
Monday afternoon at Frocester, the slope is working well, stacks of lift.
Nick was flying his 5 metre ASW20

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 21, 2009, 17:41:51 PM
Any photos of Nick's big beastie?

He was easily talked out of flying it last night at Selsley in NO lift!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on September 21, 2009, 19:49:27 PM
Nice to see big arrows on XCWeather again..

Me and Glenn are off to Frocester after work tomorrow with a couple of wings (since that's all we have  :-\ ). Looks like WSW at 12mph or so, should be quite flyable...

 
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on September 21, 2009, 19:50:37 PM
Any photos of Nick's big beastie?

He was easily talked out of flying it last night at Selsley in NO lift!


No but there are some on the page I wrote when I owned it, I bought it off Nick and sold  it back to him after I bought the up rated version.

http://www.ebley.plus.com/models/asw20.htm (http://www.ebley.plus.com/models/asw20.htm)

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 21, 2009, 21:51:21 PM
Me and Glenn are off to Frocester after work tomorrow with a couple of wings (since that's all we have  :-\ ). Looks like WSW at 12mph or so, should be quite flyable...

May well see you there!
 :xx

Just picked up two models tonight, both need a little bit of TLC but they look awesome. I've got a Handley Page Victor and a DeHavilland Comet Racer. Can't wait to to get them in the air!!!
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on September 21, 2009, 22:59:15 PM
May well see you there!
 :xx

Just picked up two models tonight, both need a little bit of TLC but they look awesome. I've got a Handley Page Victor and a DeHavilland Comet Racer. Can't wait to to get them in the air!!!
 :af

So.. 18 months flying and *how many* models? That's got to be more than one a month...

Have you got a big spare room to keep them all in? Or do you need to pass on some of your less well used models? I'm sure I could fit a GWS Spitfire or a decent thermaller in here somewhere  ::)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 22, 2009, 12:48:45 PM
Looks like today might be on the edge of Frocester capability. Would Haresfield be a better choice? The wind is meant to gain more west in it as the day progresses. Think i'll keep an eye on it and decide later.
 $%&
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Cactus on September 22, 2009, 12:52:58 PM
how you guys coping with his "enthusiasm"? ;D
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 22, 2009, 13:06:18 PM
how you guys coping with his "enthusiasm"? ;D

That's the stuff that seems to be lacking from the PCS boyos at the mo!
 :-X

P.S. they haven't seen me jumping around the slope with joy yet!
 :colm:
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on September 22, 2009, 13:08:05 PM
how you guys coping with his "enthusiasm"? ;D

Enthusiasm? He's one of the quieter ones...   :''


Anyway... XCWeather shows WSW all day now, which is a bit too far West for Haresfield I would have thought. Although Haresfield is only about 2 miles from where I am now, so I'd prefer it if it does turn out that way...

I'll pop back on before I leave work and see if there's a consensus.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 22, 2009, 13:14:52 PM
Staveton is the arrow to follow for the Stroud slopes and it always seems to have more South in it than the general trend. It's presently showing SSW.

Eyeboy with his enthusiasm has given us 'Regional Gliding' which seems to be popular accross the UK and Eire. I met Eyeboy for the first time this weekend but have no idea who yoyo42 is yet!

Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on September 22, 2009, 13:37:41 PM
I met Eyeboy for the first time this weekend but have no idea who yoyo42 is yet!

I say we should ban these strange forum names. What's wrong with using your real name???

By the way "Eyeboy", I sent you a PM regarding your Highlight. Did you receive it?
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 22, 2009, 14:20:02 PM
I say we should ban these strange forum names. What's wrong with using your real name???

By the way "Eyeboy", I sent you a PM regarding your Highlight. Did you receive it?

D'Oh! Just checked my PM's and have replied. Sorry for the delay.

Kind regards

Eyeboy (aka Muhactmasham Doasibjatid)
 ;D :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 22, 2009, 14:25:33 PM
. . . . but have no idea who yoyo42 is yet!

Guy

That'll be Paul. He had left by the time you got there.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 22, 2009, 14:46:07 PM
Ah!
Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on September 22, 2009, 16:26:47 PM
Staveton is the arrow to follow for the Stroud slopes and it always seems to have more South in it than the general trend. It's presently showing SSW.

Eyeboy with his enthusiasm has given us 'Regional Gliding' which seems to be popular accross the UK and Eire. I met Eyeboy for the first time this weekend but have no idea who yoyo42 is yet!

Guy

I'm yoyo42 - and you wouldn't know me if I was using my real name either ;-)

I decided not long after registering that i didn't want to use yoyo42 anyway - but it doesn't look like you can change it.

So - we're off in a minute. But to Frocester or Haresfield?

If anybody else is on the way out to either of them *right now*, give me a call on 07595 821189.


Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 22, 2009, 16:40:57 PM
So - we're off in a minute. But to Frocester or Haresfield?
Got to be Haresfield!

Winds still have more South in them than predicted.

Gonna head up there myself in a minute. See you there!
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 22, 2009, 20:08:00 PM
Flew both Haresfield and Frocester. On balance, the lift at the Haresfield bowl was better and less variable.
Had a right good laugh with Paul and Glen hitting a stick!

Roll on the next session!
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on September 22, 2009, 21:08:20 PM
Flew both Haresfield and Frocester. On balance, the lift at the Haresfield bowl was better and less variable.
Had a right good laugh with Paul and Glen hitting a stick!

Roll on the next session!
 :af

I'd just like to point out this was 'hitting a stick with a plane', not just hitting a random stick for a bit...

Also, don't ask Andy (Eyeboy) to 'do a close pass for the camera' if you value your camera...

[attach=#]

But his demonstration of Cornish scrumping techniques went down well...

[attach=#]
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 22, 2009, 21:24:25 PM
And it wasn't even my plane (well, at least not that time)!

Top evening of frivolity. Last time I played hit the stick, this vid was taken. Love it!
Hit the Stick (http://vimeo.com/3426068)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Cactus on September 23, 2009, 12:30:01 PM
Quote
That's the stuff that seems to be lacking from the PCS boyos at the mo!
umm, think i've been out 3 times since you left

and andys got a highlight?? ???
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on September 23, 2009, 12:50:40 PM
Wednesday afternoon. I am going to Frocester to fly my scale Pegase, a steady breeze is forecast, should be perfect

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Pasty on September 23, 2009, 12:53:48 PM
That's the stuff that seems to be lacking from the PCS boyos at the mo!
 :-X

Pffft, dont bundle me up with the northern lot, us southern guys are full of enthusiasm... we fly whenever wind permits (so thats most days :)) and if we're not flying we're building/creating something too fly!

Northern cars can only drive to staggy it would seem $%&
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 23, 2009, 13:19:06 PM
Wednesday afternoon. I am going to Frocester to fly my scale Pegase, a steady breeze is forecast, should be perfect

Phil

I'll see you there Phil.

Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on September 23, 2009, 17:28:07 PM
A good afternoon with just the right wind strength.
These are 2 of the photos Guy took of my Pegase

Phil

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/peg-by-guy.jpg)

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/peg-by-guy2.jpg)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 23, 2009, 19:14:45 PM
Thanks for the credits Phil. Tis a first! Great views over to the Severn.

I personally would have prefered a bit  more of a blow.....

OK South Cotswolds Soarers - you are going to have to dust off your floaters and head for Selsley over the next few days.

That said, the west bowl produces super lift in just light breezes, so the Cornish exiles gang can enjoy with their foam and eyeboy with his Highlight!!

Someone in Cornwall was a bit shocked about that purchase Andy  (P-Baby Cactus?) You'll have to explain to him what 'specked out' means....

See ya!

Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 24, 2009, 07:55:38 AM
OK South Cotswolds Soarers - you are going to have to dust off your floaters and head for Selsley over the next few days.

That said, the west bowl produces super lift in just light breezes . . .
See ya!

Guy

What about with 1mph of wind as is currently predicted for Saturday? Fingers crossed the wind speed may pick up a little. 5mph would be ok.
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on September 24, 2009, 08:12:51 AM
Thursday
It look like the west facing slope on Selsley with a light breeze picking up in the afternoon
I will be there about 2.00PM

Phil

tel 07966 175193
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 24, 2009, 09:30:49 AM
Looking to get there for an after work session.
 :xx

P.S. Great shots of the Pegase. Lovely looking model (the plane, not Phil).
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 24, 2009, 09:50:35 AM
Looking to get there for an after work session.
 :xx

P.S. Great shots of the Pegase. Lovely looking model (the plane, not Phil).
 :af

Great photographer....
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 24, 2009, 12:08:28 PM
Great photographer....

Shame you couldn't have done a bit of photoshopping on Phil!
 :ev
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on September 24, 2009, 19:12:28 PM
Thursday afternoon
A good  session at  Selsley, the lift was very strong lunchtime, I saw three paragliders get away. The slope and thermal lift faded mid afternoon leaving just enough to stay air born with weak thermals. Later slope lift started on the west facing slope with weak but smooth thermals.

Photos guy's Multiphase  and Doug's Cassiopeia
Phil

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/guy-centi-selsley.jpg)  

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/doug-selsley.jpg)

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/blue-blue.jpg)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 24, 2009, 22:09:59 PM
Had an ok evening up there too. Very light lift in variable conditions.

Hoping to get out again tomorrow to make the most of the little wind that we're likely to get over the next few days.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: sparkyben on September 24, 2009, 22:53:28 PM

Hoping to get out again tomorrow to make the most of the little wind that we're likely to get over the next few days.
 :af
Hi Andy, I was hoping to get out and see you all this weekend, but yet again the wind doesn't seem to be doing me any favours! >:( Sounds like you've been buying up every model on ebay! The highlight looks fantastic!  Maybe I'll drive home via selsley to take a look tommorow. :-\
Cheers, Ben
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 24, 2009, 22:56:50 PM
Hi Andy, I was hoping to get out and see you all this weekend, but yet again the wind doesn't seem to be doing me any favours! >:( Sounds like you've been buying up every model on ebay! The highlight looks fantastic!  Maybe I'll drive home via selsley to take a look tommorow. :-\
Cheers, Ben
Sunday MAY not be as bad as expected (but i've just jinxed it by saying it)! XC is showing a bit more puff for Sunday than it did this morning. We can but hope!
Hopefully catch up with you soon matey. I'm carrying around the spare tx just in case.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: sparkyben on September 24, 2009, 23:10:53 PM
Sunday MAY not be as bad as expected (but i've just kinxed it by saying it)! XC is showing a bit more puff for Sunday than it did this morning. We can but hope!
Hopefully catch up with you soon matey. I'm carrying around the spare tx just in case.
 :af
Great stuff mate, one day I'll learn how to do this flying thing! :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on September 25, 2009, 09:02:00 AM
Friday
Could be Selsley or frocester, the wind should be strong enough to fly a scale model.
going out about 2,00PM

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 25, 2009, 11:34:39 AM
Friday
Could be Selsley or frocester, the wind should be strong enough to fly a scale model.

 :xx

I'm going to try and get away a little earlier today if I can but won't be able to get there for 2pm. I hope that my scale jobs can get an airing . . . .
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 25, 2009, 13:15:24 PM
Currently showing WNW at Tuffley. I take it that means Selsley will be working?
 $%&
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 25, 2009, 13:39:53 PM
Should be.

Yesterday the wind was shifting from W to NW every few minutes. In my completely un-technical opinion, I believe the lift doesn't develope so well with  a light breeze, unless it stays in one direction. There was also some thermal activity pulling it about and thermals bring sink as well as lift.

I wait to be shot down in flames!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on September 25, 2009, 17:32:48 PM
Friday afternoon
Selsley was poor at 2.00PM, I flew there for about half an hour then went to frocester.
The wind was a little west but very smooth, ideal for my scale Pegase. Bill got his Highlight very high and I took my mini Ellipse into a cloud in one thermal.

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 25, 2009, 23:07:44 PM
Looking a bit pants for the weekend. Gagging for a slope sesh but can't see it happening unless the winds do pick up a little on Sunday afternoon.

I can but hope . . .
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on September 26, 2009, 09:11:08 AM
Saturday 9.00AM
Just watched a hot air balloon take off from below selsley, it went west for while then south east quite quickly.
It looks a little stronger than the forecast, a shame as I was hoping to fly HLG.
If I load a scale, thermal and HLG I should be OK what ever happens

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 26, 2009, 10:55:03 AM
Saturday 9.00AM
Just watched a hot air balloon take off from below selsley, it went west for while then south east quite quickly.

Phil

Which slope will you be heading to considering the variable winds? XC are currently showing 0mph whilst Tuffley have just shown a gust of 3mph (but a 10 min average of 0mph)!!

I'm desperate not to jinx things again, but XC looks slightly more interesting for tomorrow afternoon.
 :''
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Cactus on September 26, 2009, 11:13:42 AM
dont forget up your way XC might be peoples home stations located on the side of a house, useless.
unless your looking at local airfields take them with a pinch of salt.
the inland sites here are never right, was always seven stones lighthouse for accurate wind readings on the face
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 26, 2009, 11:25:42 AM
dont forget up your way XC might be peoples home stations located on the side of a house, useless.
unless your looking at local airfields take them with a pinch of salt.
the inland sites here are never right, was always seven stones lighthouse for accurate wind readings on the face

Too true matey. Thats why we use Staverton which is a local airfield just a few miles away. The Tuffley site would appear to be based out of someones backgarden but it's still a good aid when used in conjunction with looking out the window!
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Cactus on September 26, 2009, 11:29:43 AM
use the compression layer luke  :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on September 26, 2009, 12:02:38 PM
Any one for Selsley on Sunday?  :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on September 26, 2009, 12:13:31 PM
The SCSA mob will be, in the morning. Not me though this weekend, as I have family staying. The wind forecast looks pretty light though.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 26, 2009, 12:15:43 PM
Any one for Selsley on Sunday?  :af

I will be. As the F1 is on I imagine the masses will get their early morning fix and be gone by noon. Thing is, that's when the wind is predicted to be at it's lightest. I'm more inclined to see whats happening and get up there when it looks doable.
But I will be there, weather permitting . . . .
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on September 26, 2009, 13:10:02 PM
The morning at Selsley
I look out the window and see which way the clouds are moving
Selsley was OK AM, reasonable thermal lift but a little turbulence spoiling it.
I picked up a large thermal about 12.30 but had to come down for lunch.
I may try again this afternoon with a heavier model, the little Viltis HLG is hard work unless it's calm
Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 26, 2009, 15:38:34 PM
I may try again this afternoon with a heavier model, the little Viltis HLG is hard work unless it's calm
Phil

Looking very calm at the mo otherwise I would have been tempted too. Guess I'll hust have to leave it until tomorrow and hope there's a little breeze about.
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on September 26, 2009, 17:48:48 PM
Looking very calm at the mo otherwise I would have been tempted too. Guess I'll hust have to leave it until tomorrow and hope there's a little breeze about.
 :xx


Looks like later in the day is the only option - and I'm busy then   :-\

Would this be able to fly today, do you reckon?

EBay Flying Wing (http://search.ebay.com/250503919382)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on September 26, 2009, 18:29:44 PM
Saturday afternoon was good, the wind went round to west with good slope and thermal lift.
Andy G flew his Home brew thermal machine now fited with a Charisma fuz, went real well.
Ian flew his Micro Floh
I will add some photos when I have eaten

Phil

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/ian.jpg)

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/ian2.jpg)


(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/andy-f3j.jpg)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 26, 2009, 19:17:05 PM
Looks like you had a bit of fun up there this avo.

Think i'll probably trek up there tomorrow morning just to see what it's doing but hope to get a decent sesh in the afternoon.
 :xx

May well see ya'll then.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: oldnslo on September 26, 2009, 19:27:15 PM
We live in hope, like matelots in the Doldrums. Hope to see you tomorrow afternoon at Selsey  :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on September 27, 2009, 08:20:49 AM
Sunday 8.00AM
It should be Selsley 2 MPH, the sun has just broken through but may need a little time to produce some lift.
Peter and Bryan the early birds are there.
I will take a couple of light weights and the F3J for when the lift starts
have a look at Windfinder - Wind & weather forecast map British Isles (Great Britain, Ireland, United Kingdom) (http://www.windfinder.com/forecasts/wind_british_isles_akt.htm)
http://www.windfinder.com/forecasts/wind_british_isles_akt.htm (http://www.windfinder.com/forecasts/wind_british_isles_akt.htm)

a wind map

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 27, 2009, 09:11:35 AM
Not looking particularly great although the sun is out.
 :co

Going to head up to Selsley for my first sesh of the day around 10:30. Looking to head back there mid afternoon IF the wind picks up to 5mph as predicted.
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: sparkyben on September 27, 2009, 12:56:13 PM
Not looking particularly great although the sun is out.
 :co

Going to head up to Selsley for my first sesh of the day around 10:30. Looking to head back there mid afternoon IF the wind picks up to 5mph as predicted.
 :xx
XC is now showing it dropping to 3mph but the met office shows a steady 6 NW for the afternoon.  Let us know if you're heading back up there. :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on September 27, 2009, 13:25:05 PM
Sunday 1.00PM Selsley :)

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

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo 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

Phil

I knew he wouldn't be able to resist getting it up this weekend.  :''
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy 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!
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy 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.
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on September 27, 2009, 19:06:48 PM
I knew he wouldn't be able to resist getting it up this weekend.  :''



(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/glen.jpg)

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/glen2.jpg)

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/glen3.jpg)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo 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.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo 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.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge 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 (http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/phil/news62.htm)

phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy 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.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy 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.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo 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... :-\
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy 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 (http://www.phoenixmp.com/acatalog/Futaba_Radio_Sets.html)
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
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GP 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.

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge 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?
Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers - are there any?
Post by: lozza 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!

Guy McKenzie

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

lozza
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on September 30, 2009, 18:01:08 PM
Only one Para glider was it something I said?
Phil

Actions speak louder than words . . . . !
 :''
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers - are there any?
Post by: marcellus on September 30, 2009, 18:11:14 PM
Just cause i hav'nt been up for a while don't forget me  :banghead:

lozza

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?
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: sparkyben 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 ([url]http://www.phoenixmp.com/acatalog/Futaba_Radio_Sets.html[/url])
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
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge 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 (http://www.ebley.plus.com/wind.htm)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo 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

[url]http://www.ebley.plus.com/wind.htm[/url] ([url]http://www.ebley.plus.com/wind.htm[/url])


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...

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on October 03, 2009, 11:18:10 AM
Frocester looks good but hold on to your hat!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge 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.

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/taking-the-evening-air-selsley2.jpg)

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 (http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/indoor/indoor.htm)

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo 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.

 :uk:
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo 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.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus 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....
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on October 04, 2009, 08:18:11 AM
Sunday 8.15AM
Frocester 6 MPH

from Bryan T

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus 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.
Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP 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.
Guy

The rest of us were there in the morning.  :nananana:
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus 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!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP 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!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: oldnslo 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  :)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge 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

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy 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.
 :'(

This weeks looking a bit wet! May well try and get a little slope time in tomorrow though if the weather permits.
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo 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...
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus 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.
 :xx

Phil,
just ignore it and continue to encourage many with your enthusiasm and commitment to the hobby/sport....
Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy 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....
Guy

Well said that man!
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo 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.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 06, 2009, 18:53:01 PM
At least you tried.
 :uk:

Have you ordered a new transmitter yet? I'm thinking about getting a new one myself. What did you go for?
 $%&
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo 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?
 $%&

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.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy 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.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo 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...
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on October 06, 2009, 21:44:32 PM
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...


I have the DX7 for my helis and indoor flying, I like but it will not do the mixes needed for a 4 servo wing.
Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on October 06, 2009, 21:50:30 PM
I have the DX7 for my helis and indoor flying, I like but it will not do the mixes needed for a 4 servo wing.
Phil

I had a quick skim around before I wrote that.. the DSX9 doesn't seem very popular amongst the competitive glider fraternity - too pricey and not enough features. I don't know what they go for instead.

The question then becomes - does Andy need a full four servo wing setup or can the DX7 do enough for his PSS collection?
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 06, 2009, 21:53:18 PM
I have the DX7 for my helis and indoor flying, I like but it will not do the mixes needed for a 4 servo wing.
Phil

So would you prefer a 9 channel tx Phil?
It's for the exact reason you state that i'm tempted by a 9 rather than a 7 even though it's more than double the price. At the moment I only have one model with four servo wings, but i'm absolutely sure it won't be the last.
 $%&

I've had a brief look at the 2.4 section on here and the one comment that is thrown up more times than not is, buy the best you can afford. The 9 would be right up at the top of my capacity but it could be done. Just.
Hopefully it'll last for a good few years so the money invested wouldn't be wasted.
 :study:

Keen to get your views as always gents.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on October 06, 2009, 21:56:19 PM
At the moment I only have one model with four servo wings, but i'm absolutely sure it won't be the last.
 $%&

It's almost like you're actually into collecting planes really - you just fly them to cull the weaklings...
:o
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 06, 2009, 22:02:16 PM
It's almost like you're actually into collecting planes really - you just fly them to cull the weaklings...
:o


Not guilty your honour!
 :-X

Just been thinking about it and the DSX9 is pretty much identical to the older DS9X2 (the 35mhz job), whilst the DX7 is all but identical to the 2720. If the links are no more than 35 v 2.4, I think there's no contest in terms of which is the better set.
 :study:
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on October 06, 2009, 22:08:46 PM
Just been thinking about it and the DSX9 is pretty much identical to the older DS9X2 (the 35mhz job), whilst the DX7 is all but identical to the 2720. If the links are no more than 35 v 2.4, I think there's no contest in terms of which is the better set.
 :study:

It *should* be better but is it twice-the-price better?

How about getting the 35MHz set and a 2.4 module?

Anyway, that's me done for tonight  :study:
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on October 07, 2009, 18:19:23 PM
Right.. next time I get it up ::) looks like it will be Sunday morning at Selsley (if the wind and rain stay like XCWeather is surrently predicting).

I want to get that Relic up and flying, soI need some clues about seating the wings - they use bands, and are built up balsa roughly fitting onto a balsa fuselage. So...

- how many bands do I need to get? and how tight should they be?

- what do you use to seat the wings to the fus? double sided foam tape? single sided? draught excluder?

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 07, 2009, 21:20:23 PM
Right.. next time I get it up ::) looks like it will be Sunday morning at Selsley (if the wind and rain stay like XCWeather is surrently predicting).
ME TOO.
I want to get that Relic up and flying, soI need some clues about seating the wings - they use bands, and are built up balsa roughly fitting onto a balsa fuselage. So...

- how many bands do I need to get? and how tight should they be?
2 OR 4 DEPENDING ON THE FIT. aS TIGHT AS THEY CAN BE WITHOUT LEAVING AN IMPRESSION ON THE WING
- what do you use to seat the wings to the fus? double sided foam tape? single sided? draught excluder?
I USE DOUBLE SIDED FOAM TAPE AS IT CREATES A NICE SOFT BASE FOR THE WING. THE ONLY WORD OF WARNING ABOUT IT IS THE STUFF STICKS QUITE WELL SO MAYBE YOU SHOULDN'T UNPEEL THE SKIN FROM THE TOP SURFACE SO THAT IT DOESN'T STICK TO THE WING.

My answers / suggestions in CAPS in the quote above.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on October 07, 2009, 21:40:32 PM
I USE DOUBLE SIDED FOAM TAPE AS IT CREATES A NICE SOFT BASE FOR THE WING. THE ONLY WORD OF WARNING ABOUT IT IS THE STUFF STICKS QUITE WELL SO MAYBE YOU SHOULDN'T UNPEEL THE SKIN FROM THE TOP SURFACE SO THAT IT DOESN'T STICK TO THE WING.

Fair enough, I'll try that. The only worry I have is that the gap varies from touching in a couple of places to nearly 10mm a worst.. I guess something has settled in storage (for thirty years <gulp>) since the rest of it seems to be well built and from the 'Malvern Soaring Association' and 'Clent Soaring Association' stickers on the wings it looks like it's had a healthy outing or two.

Do I need to seal the gap completely or just give the wings a solid footing?

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 07, 2009, 21:59:33 PM
Do I need to seal the gap completely or just give the wings a solid footing?


I'm no expert but I can only assume the more contac the wing has with the fuz, the better! If it's all but impossible to join the two, maybe just build the tape up in the gaps so that contact is made all round?
 $%&
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on October 08, 2009, 18:36:21 PM
Thursday afternoon at Selsley
Started OK with some steady lift, then the wind went too far east and it was hard work. Later the wind backed to north with pleaty of lift.
Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 08, 2009, 18:40:56 PM
Damn it! If I thought it was going to be good up there I would have headed up after work. My mistake for not keeping an eye on things.
Away with work until Saturday afternoon so i'll be keen to get a fly in on Sunday weather permitting.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on October 08, 2009, 19:07:21 PM
Damn it! If I thought it was going to be good up there I would have headed up after work. My mistake for not keeping an eye on things.
Away with work until Saturday afternoon so i'll be keen to get a fly in on Sunday weather permitting.
 :af


I was really torn today too and decided against.

Hopefully 10am-ish Sunday the wind will be far enough round (XC says WNW at present) to fly at Selsley.  :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on October 08, 2009, 22:01:46 PM
I'm planning on going to Duxford on Sunday, so might try to get out for a session on Saturday.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 09, 2009, 08:37:38 AM
Hopefully 10am-ish Sunday the wind will be far enough round (XC says WNW at present) to fly at Selsley.  :xx

Just my luck. Sunday is the first day that i should be able to fly the Spit at Selsley, and last weekend I cracked it's canopy. Think the Diamond tape will be bought out and the old girl patched up IF the new canopy doesn't turn up in time.
 :xx

Off now for a couple of days. Enjoy your flying. See ya'll on Sunday hopefully.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Cactus on October 09, 2009, 12:16:59 PM
slacker ::)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 09, 2009, 18:28:28 PM
slacker ::)

WORKING!
 :-X
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on October 10, 2009, 08:59:50 AM
Saturday... looks like the wind is W or a bit more North from there after lunch so I'll be up at Selsely after lunch to try and get my Relic flying again.

The wind is probably more Frocester but I don't fancy the landing with a crunchie I've never flown before...
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on October 10, 2009, 12:33:52 PM
Saturday... looks like the wind is W or a bit more North from there after lunch so I'll be up at Selsely after lunch to try and get my Relic flying again.

The wind is probably more Frocester but I don't fancy the landing with a crunchie I've never flown before...

The Wind was WSW at 12.00 Saturday, The wind may be clipping the trees at selsley
Frocester was good in the morning

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on October 10, 2009, 12:59:10 PM
The Wind was WSW at 12.00 Saturday, The wind may be clipping the trees at selsley
Frocester was good in the morning

Phil

Thanks Phil,

Might have to be Frocester then.. I didn't really want my first ever rudder-elevator crunchie landing to be there though $%&
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 10, 2009, 18:35:56 PM
Did the relic fly? Were you able to bring her down safely?

Think I may not venutre out until the afternoon tomorrow. Hopefully by then the wind will have strengthend and moved around to WNW for a Selsley session.
 :xx

Anyone else playing?
 $%&
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: rcfanuk on October 10, 2009, 18:43:46 PM
I hope to be there, about time I got out again  :af

Steve
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on October 10, 2009, 19:10:08 PM
Did the relic fly? Were you able to bring her down safely?

Yes... and no.

Flew and landed her a few times after some very useful initial help from Phil - she flew very nicely, even in the initial quite light winds. I even managed a few loops, some nice low passes and some very slow sideslips for Phil to get some pictures (which will hopefully turn up somewhere soon...)

But. On one low pass along the slope the wing caught her under one wing and I fishtailed it all along the slope trying to avoid hitting anyone (or their planes) or get flipped right up and over and into the ground at speed. It doesn't fly like a wing does - much smaller control surfaces.

I managed to nurse it all the way along the row of pilots (sorry to anyone who had to duck) then ended up giving Glenn a bruised thigh and crushing a leading edge. 6" higher and it might have been Glenda from now on. 4' further on it would have landed on grass. Oh well. Lucky it was him really - I'm sure I must have already owed him one.

It looks quite repairable though, so that's my job for this week.

With the wings, Sam (my 9yo) got to have a fly or two with the virtual 'stand behind him' buddy box technique, and Jacob (my 14yo) flew around totally unaided, looping, rolling, all sorts. He's far too good, I'll have to limit his flying time.

Can't make it tomorrow though, so everyone can relax ;)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on October 11, 2009, 09:18:28 AM
Three photos from Saturday at Selsley
Phil

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/glen-tree.jpg)

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/glen-bushed.jpg)

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/paul.jpg)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on October 11, 2009, 12:00:08 PM
Sunday morning at Frocester :)
Steady lift until rain stopped play at 11.30 AM  :'(
Doug's Blanik looked good and went well

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: oldnslo on October 11, 2009, 12:45:56 PM
according to XC Weather after the rain the wind should strengthen and veer to NW, maybe able to get some playtime at Selsley even if the grass is a bit damp. :-\
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 11, 2009, 13:26:28 PM
according to XC Weather after the rain the wind should strengthen and veer to NW, maybe able to get some playtime at Selsley even if the grass is a bit damp. :-\

Thats my intention. Thw wind is still looking a little light but hopefully it'll pick up in the next hour or so and swing more from the NW.
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 11, 2009, 20:04:56 PM
Some good lift this afternoon and plenty of good company! Attempted to fly the Spit, and i'm sure she would've flown towards the end of the sesh. Looking forwards to the next time we have similar conditions at Frocester.

Thanks for a real good afternoon gents.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on October 11, 2009, 21:59:26 PM
Some good lift this afternoon and plenty of good company! Attempted to fly the Spit, and i'm sure she would've flown towards the end of the sesh. Looking forwards to the next time we have similar conditions at Frocester.

I don't think I'll ever get to see that thing fly...

Are you not tempted by the F16 in the classifieds Andy? It's about the only plane you haven't got isn't it?


Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 11, 2009, 22:14:30 PM
Are you not tempted by the F16 in the classifieds Andy? It's about the only plane you haven't got isn't it?

Very nice but the engine is worth more than the plane and that's the one bit I don't want / need! Otherwise . . . :''
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on October 12, 2009, 08:40:08 AM
The sun is out and a light breeze is forecast for Selsley.
I will be there about 2.00PM with a floater and my Starlight
Phil

5.00PM
Just got back a great afternoon it started out light on the west slope then a breeze sprang up from the north to give some good lift.
Photos my Starlight taken by guy and Guy's Centi Phase

Phil

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/tuesday-guys-elerley.jpg)

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/phils-a-star-selsley.jpg)

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/phils-a-star2-selsley.jpg)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 12, 2009, 18:52:10 PM
Cracking shots! I got up there around 5:15 and there was no wind at all. Just used my Highlight as a DLG (without the DL bit) doing circuits. Still enjoyed it though.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on October 12, 2009, 19:49:32 PM
I have loaded a few more photos to

http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/?M=D (http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/?M=D)

Tommorow looks good, a light wind at Selsley again

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: oldnslo on October 12, 2009, 21:04:14 PM
Thanks Phil for trimming out my plank on Saturday. I had more success on Sunday, really enjoyed throwing it about and being thrown in the turbulence. At times the wings flexing looked like a bird flapping as it climbed through the rough stuff.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on October 12, 2009, 21:36:58 PM
Thanks Phil for trimming out my plank on Saturday. I had more success on Sunday, really enjoyed throwing it about and being thrown in the turbulence. At times the wings flexing looked like a bird flapping as it climbed through the rough stuff.


There is photo at http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/tony-what-fauvel-is-it.jpg (http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/tony-what-fauvel-is-it.jpg)

phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: oldnslo on October 13, 2009, 20:47:26 PM
Phil, once again thank you, for the picture this time. The Model is Called "Mini-Fauvel AV361" sold by A german company "EPP-FUN.de" It is a 1/6 scale model, they also do a 1/4 version that is 3.30M WS. When the wind and lift are enough it puts a huge grin on my face just to see it in the air, when I loop and roll it I LOL. ;D ;D
Hopefully you will see a lot more of it.  :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: oldnslo on October 17, 2009, 12:58:52 PM
NE wind again, this pm I shall be trying my luck again at Leckhampton, the right hand slope.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on October 17, 2009, 13:58:59 PM
NE wind again, this pm I shall be trying my luck again at Leckhampton, the right hand slope.

Glenn and I were up there last night on the left hand slope (I think - the one directly at the end of the footpath) flying wings till well after dark. I got some flashing RGB LED keyring lights form Hong Kong for a pittance. I forgot the sticky pads though so we just hooked two of them into the control horns and threw them off the hill - seemed to work fine - very visible, and didn't seem to affect the flight characteristics much at all.

Glenn also has some electroluminescent (EL) glow wire in his wing now - it looked too dim at first but once it got well dark it was excellent.

You really have to concentrate to keep your orientation, especially with so few lights. It's quite an experience - well worth a try (with something that bounces, obviously!)

There will be more lights in future... watch for UFO reports in the paper.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 17, 2009, 17:35:42 PM
Sounds like a lot of fun! I like the idea of night flying too!
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: oldnslo on October 17, 2009, 17:49:07 PM
Just got back, the lift was smooth but intermittent, each time it died I was able to make it back to the ridge,just. Five minutes later the wind was back, flew my Hilla (the plank) EG and WR Fox. There were a couple of PG fliers there too, they gave up before I did, all in all a happy afternoon.

Night flying? I have enough trouble staying airborne when I can see my model and the ground. I might try it with my first cardboard build, no probably not even then, I am to stingy to risk all the hardware that goes into the models. lots of luck and fun to those who do try it. :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: rcfanuk on October 17, 2009, 17:50:24 PM
So where does it look like tomorrow?

Steve
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on October 17, 2009, 18:02:53 PM
So where does it look like tomorrow?

Steve

Hmm. XCWeather says 5mph SW - so it's between Frocester and Haresfield. Haresfield is 10 mins from me, Frocester is 30, so I know which I'd prefer - but then again I've got my balsa/film 'Relic' patched up now and I'd like to fly that one again, so the Scaresfield landing is a bit hairy - a SW wind is definitely better on the small bowl than the main slope, but the landing there is death to crunchies (at my beginner skill level with that thing anyway).

Having said that, the landing at Frocester isn't that much friendlier. So, basically, I suppose that means 'I don't know'...



Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on October 17, 2009, 18:09:52 PM
Hmm. XCWeather says 5mph SW

Oh yes - and it will be *cold*. I'm alright, I bought one of those transmitter muffs from the classified ads on here that needs to be maidened as well, but anybody lacking a muff  :'' might like to bring some thick gloves, a coat... and a hot drink!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: rcfanuk on October 17, 2009, 18:10:22 PM
Looks like Frocester for me

Steve
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 17, 2009, 19:57:20 PM
Whichever slope Yoyo is going to be on tomorrow . . . .



. . . .I won't!!
 :ev ;D
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on October 17, 2009, 20:59:16 PM
Whichever slope Yoyo is going to be on tomorrow . . . .



. . . .I won't!!
 :ev ;D

No worries, I'll hunt you down...

No, really, it's no trouble!  :nananana:
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Cactus on October 17, 2009, 23:11:08 PM
Quote
Sounds like a lot of fun! I like the idea of night flying too!
tis till you realise your the only one there, and it's damn cold
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: oldnslo on October 17, 2009, 23:40:36 PM
My models survived a lot longer when I stopped flying at Frocester and went to Cleeve hill instead. For me it is a bit closer to Cleeve hill so when the wind is SW I head for the radio masts. :)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on October 18, 2009, 07:28:48 AM
Tony,
Do many fly out at Cleeve Common?
Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on October 18, 2009, 08:59:15 AM
Tony,
Do many fly out at Cleeve Common?
Guy

OK, so I was thinking about setting out in 30 mins or so for Frocester.. or is Cleeve worth a look instead?

I don't know it at all - where do you park and where do you fly from? (Useful for the future even if people are heading for Frocester today)

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 18, 2009, 09:38:30 AM
Would love to get out and fly at some point this weekend but have the folks with me so will probably struggle. Will try and get out later (especially if the wind picks as predicted).
 :xx
Will defo fly at Cleeve one day especially after the good comments Tony has made about it in the past.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: rcfanuk on October 18, 2009, 09:48:50 AM
Well, there's no wind in my garden at the moment so may go up later, if it picks up

Steve
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on October 18, 2009, 12:46:20 PM
Well, there's no wind in my garden at the moment so may go up later, if it picks up

Steve

I went to Frocester this morning, where lift varied from some to none - OK for a Gentle Lady but not much else...

Went to Haresfield on the way home where Glenn was trying out his new toy. Went quite well except for the wings falling off every time he landed  ;D

There was also a friendly paraglider there. By the time I left the lift seemed to be slowly improving, so it looks adequate for later on.

You'll all be glad to know my muff is lovely and warm.  :''
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on October 18, 2009, 19:15:42 PM
Where was everyone today? $%& Got to Froster just after midday to find the hill empty with the wind smack on at about 10mph. Had 2.5 hours to myself.  :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on October 18, 2009, 19:17:45 PM
XC said it was SSW so I didn't bother.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: oldnslo on October 18, 2009, 21:23:07 PM
Tony,
Do many fly out at Cleeve Common?
Guy

In the warmer days of summer there have been up to a dozen or more. Today I was alone for most of the afternoon. My EG flew well, got in a fair bit of practice flying nearer to the slope and staying airborne. A father/son team turned up with a beautiful crunchie model. During a chat I found they had no experience at all. I recommended they join a club and get a foamie to learn with. Let the lad have a go with EG. Three landings later they agreed, so we may get some new members for our club. Meanwhile I am doing some minor repairs to one of my models. :''
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: oldnslo on October 18, 2009, 21:37:41 PM
Head for the radio masts. When you can see the car park, stop. On you left is a gate and stile. Pull onto the verge,either side of the road.
Over the stile, follow the path past the power cables about a hundred yards, then anywhere along that path for the next three hundred yards or more is the slope for SW wind.
When landing dont pass the tree/shrub line behind you, turbulence does some (not so)funny things to foamies back there.
Personally I prefer Cleeve Hill to Frocester, not that I have never crashed there, my planes seem to survive better. Lso the trees are not so voracious or high. :''
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 18, 2009, 22:19:16 PM
It looks like an awesome place.  I had a drive with the family which, funnily enough, happened to end up at Cleeve Hill! Fantastic backdrop and a lovely wide slope. I will definately be thinking about trying that place on the next decent SW we get. Can't leave it all to Tony!!!
 :af

Had a 30 min fly at Frocester just before dusk. Naff all wind - even the Higlight was struggling. Away for most of the week now so hope i'll get a fly in next weekend.
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on October 19, 2009, 13:40:48 PM
Hey guys, I need some specific directions on how to find Cleeve Hill. I went for a drive, on Sunday afternoon, but ended up in a small parking area near Cleeve Cloud golf course. Even though there were hills nearby, I couldn't tell where the slope was that you are all talking about!!

Just looked at an OS map view, in Multimap, and I now realise where I went wrong. Might give it another go, next weekend if the wind is in the right direction.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 19, 2009, 14:36:44 PM
Hey guys, I need some specific directions on how to find Cleeve Hill. I went for a drive, on Sunday afternoon, but ended up in a small parking area near Cleeve Cloud golf course. Even though there were hills nearby, I couldn't tell where the slope was that you are all talking about!!

I made the same mistake myself the first time I looked for it! I've tried to link a map to this post but can't so the advice i'd give is, if you've found the radio masts, you've found the slope. The flying slope is on the escarpment just a stones throw below the masts. There is good parking (although I can imagine in the summer months it gets a tad busy) only yards away from the slope.
Will hopefully see you there some day!
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on October 19, 2009, 15:52:43 PM
I found this map,

(http://www.ppmfc.com/images/locations/slopesmap.jpg)

or map (http://www.multimap.com/maps/?qs=bishopscleeve&countryCode=GB#map=51.94333,-2.01948|15|4&dp=os&bd=useful_information&loc=GB:51.94333:-2.01948:16|GL52 3PW |GL52 3PW)

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on October 19, 2009, 17:50:57 PM
I'm guessing that you all already know about this site, but just in case.
There's a website called Slopehunter that has most of the decent hills marked on it. This is a link to his map page. You just then need to scroll towards Cleeve Hill and zoom in.
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=103290592315162107965.000455d330c2eab44f708&ll=51.144894,-0.318604&spn=0.859804,2.460938&z=9
Select the Satellite view and off you go.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on October 19, 2009, 17:53:58 PM
Comes up URL not found....
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 19, 2009, 17:56:29 PM
I'm guessing that you all already know about this site, but just in case.
There's a website called Slopehunter that has most of the decent hills marked on it. This is a link to his map page. You just then need to scroll towards Cleeve Hill and zoom in.
[url]http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=103290592315162107965.000455d330c2eab44f708&ll=51.144894,-0.318604&spn=0.859804,2.460938&z=9[/url]
Select the Satellite view and off you go.


Worked a treat for me! Just had to select Cleeve Hill (which was approximately 2/3 down the list), zoom in on it and Bob's your uncle! First clear map i've seen that shows the telegraph poles and the car park right besides them.
 :af
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on October 19, 2009, 18:33:57 PM
Andy,

clicked on it again and it worked just fine, too, this time.

PC's and all the rest of what goes with them can be a little trying at times....

Haven't you noticed....?

Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on October 19, 2009, 19:51:15 PM
I started collecting information on slopes at
http://www.ebley.plus.com/slopesites2.htm (http://www.ebley.plus.com/slopesites2.htm)

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 21, 2009, 19:08:38 PM
With all the W and SW winds predicted for this weekend it looks like Cleeve Hill might be the slope of choice. I'm certainly keen to try it especially as the inds are going to be pretty strong!
 :af
Just hope it stays dry!
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on October 22, 2009, 07:54:45 AM
With all the W and SW winds predicted for this weekend it looks like Cleeve Hill might be the slope of choice. I'm certainly keen to try it especially as the inds are going to be pretty strong!
 :af
Just hope it stays dry!
 :xx

Sounds good to me. If I can get the servo connectors rewired in time I might have a new toy to try out as well - another old glider, but a 2.6m aileron+V-tail type this time, with a plastic pod and alloy tailboom. Should be... interesting.

The stickers suggest it's an 'FAI Vega' - an Italian make. Anybody heard of it? Google hasn't...
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on October 23, 2009, 09:13:54 AM
There is a weather station at Aston Down

http://www.cotswoldgliding.co.uk/members/weather (http://www.cotswoldgliding.co.uk/members/weather)

I will give Haresfield a go this afternoon

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on October 23, 2009, 09:22:44 AM
Me too. I'm getting withdrawal symptoms...
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on October 23, 2009, 13:06:07 PM
Might give Cleeve Hill a try on Sunday morning.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on October 23, 2009, 16:34:56 PM
Friday afternoon at Haresfield

Phil

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/guy-friday-haresfield.jpg)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on October 23, 2009, 16:45:35 PM
That's me flying my Slipstream! I also flew my ProdiJ; Andy D (Tiger) flew his PJ and a Zagi and Phil a Zagi. Sunny and very mild. Look at the colours.

The rotor was gentle and the lift smooothe and good. The Paragliders couldn't make too much of it!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on October 23, 2009, 17:28:05 PM
Might give Cleeve Hill a try on Sunday morning.

Me too - hopefully.

Just leaving Haresfield because my 800mAh battery is going flat. It's been beautifully smooth with loadsof lift and only me and a paraglider to appreciate it. I've now got a dozen good landings (and a couple of ground loops) under my belt with my crunchy Relic so I'm happy.
 
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 23, 2009, 17:28:49 PM
Looks like you gents had fun whilst we mere mortals were working! But . . .

it's the weekend!!!
 :af

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on October 23, 2009, 18:09:20 PM
Looks like you gents had fun whilst we mere mortals were working! But . . .

it's the weekend!!!

Ahem! I only skived off early today because we worked late last night to be sure of meeting todays deadline - but then today was easier than we expected so we knocked off early...

Honest, Guv!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 23, 2009, 20:16:51 PM
What day is best for Cleeve considering wind strength and direction this weekend?
 $%&
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on October 23, 2009, 20:23:39 PM
From the published slope maps, Cleeve doesn't fly South and that's what is forecast until about 4pm. It will be raining on Saturday morning in any case.

Sunday seems the best choice for you. Would appreciate some feed back as I was 'becalmed' both times I went there or Leckhampton.

I work at weekends so can't make it anywhere until late pm.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: oldnslo on October 23, 2009, 20:37:36 PM
What day is best for Cleeve considering wind strength and direction this weekend?
 $%&
Looks like Saturday pm and Sunday all day will all be as good as each other.
I know I will be there Saturday from about 2:30pm till about 5:00pm. Sunday I intend being there at least all afternoon. Seeing as the clocks will have reverted to GMT the afternoons will be shorter.
Wind looks like all rounder class, so wildthing and EG will be fun to fly as well as my new plank. I may even try the WR fox with the ballast bar in. Flik, the correx delta, should fly well too.
 ;D ;D
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on October 23, 2009, 21:02:44 PM
I'll probably give Cleeve Hill a go on Sunday morning. What's the landing zone like? I might give the VoltiJ and Luna an airing.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on October 23, 2009, 21:44:59 PM
I'll probably give Cleeve Hill a go on Sunday morning. What's the landing zone like? I might give the VoltiJ and Luna an airing.

Sunday 10am-ish for me (if I can find it!). Looks like it might get crowded ;)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Tiger on October 24, 2009, 09:27:03 AM
That's me flying my Slipstream! I also flew my ProdiJ; Andy D (Tiger) flew his PJ and a Zagi and Phil a Zagi. Sunny and very mild. Look at the colours.

The rotor was gentle and the lift smooothe and good. The Paragliders couldn't make too much of it!


And here's the evidence...................................

(http://www.rcmf.co.uk/4um/MGalleryItem.php?id=22173)

Photo courtesy of 'the-fridge'

Tally Hooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo  :uk:

Andrew
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on October 24, 2009, 12:28:06 PM
And here's the evidence...................................

Hmm. I can't have missed you lot by much - I was there from about 4:00 to 5:30, all on my lonesome.

Was it just coincidence, or did you see me coming and hide?
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 24, 2009, 12:37:50 PM
I'm sure it wasn't anything personal Paul. They probably just didn't want you to modify the appearance of their planes!!
 ;D

Hopefully see you on Cleeve tomorrow. It has the potential to be an awesome day!
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on October 24, 2009, 12:55:51 PM
I'm sure it wasn't anything personal Paul. They probably just didn't want you to modify the appearance of their planes!!
 ;D

*One* time I had a problem bringing it down, the first time I'd flown rudder-elevator ever and I get a reputation.  :-\

I fly a lot smoother now anyway. I've been practising landing on cowpats at Haresfield...

I'll leave the 'flying like a wing' for when I'm flying a wing, and fly the soggy old glider like a soggy old glider. That should work.

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on October 24, 2009, 13:16:04 PM
Hmm. I can't have missed you lot by much - I was there from about 4:00 to 5:30, all on my lonesome.

Was it just coincidence, or did you see me coming and hide?


We left the ridge at approx 15.40, so just missed you. We flew the bowl earlier but the wind shifted to the ridge. Which did you fly as both were working?

We didn't see you coming, no!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on October 24, 2009, 13:26:04 PM
We left the ridge at approx 15.40, so just missed you. We flew the bowl earlier but the wind shifted to the ridge. Which did you fly as both were working?

We didn't see you coming, no!

I flew the main slope, the solitary paraglider there was just launching from the bowl as I got there and the wind was far enough round so I thought I'd just share nicely.

I always seem to end up talking to somebod foreign when I fly that main slope - that's four times now, every time it's been someone french or german who stops to chat. Weird.
 
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on October 24, 2009, 13:47:22 PM
I flew the main slope, the solitary paraglider there was just launching from the bowl as I got there and the wind was far enough round so I thought I'd just share nicely.

I always seem to end up talking to somebod foreign when I fly that main slope - that's four times now, every time it's been someone french or german who stops to chat. Weird.
 

It's the Cotswold Way and attracts walkers from all over the place!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on October 24, 2009, 17:44:04 PM
I decided to pop out this afternoon to try to find Cleeve Hill. Well, I think I found it. Just before you get to the end of the road, there is a gate on the left. I climbed over the style to get to the slope. It can't say that I was that impressed. There are high voltage power lines to contend with, as well as an assortment of bushes and spikey undergrowth. Well, it felt like it was blowing a gale, but I attempted to launch the X-it. Bad idea! It just got blown backwards, and ended up in the most spikey tree in the known universe. This, of course, was surrounded by even more spikey bushes. I managed to retrieve it, but my legs are shot to pieces. Needless to say, I didn't bother with a second attempt, and came home. >:(

So, was I in the right place???? Not sure I fancy doing that again, might have to be Frocester instead!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 24, 2009, 18:19:25 PM
I'm a sheep. I'll follow the masses. If it's Frocester tomorrow, game on but i would like to try Cleeve Hill at some point.
 $%&
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on October 24, 2009, 18:32:33 PM
I'm a sheep. I'll follow the masses. If it's Frocester tomorrow, game on but i would like to try Cleeve Hill at some point.
 $%&

youve been there-does it sound like the same slope? I know there are lots of slopes there and it is supposed to have a good landing area...

I think i'll head to Cleeve anyway, about 10. I've been getting that old/new 100"glider going today and I don't really fancy frocester for it!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 24, 2009, 19:44:31 PM
youve been there-does it sound like the same slope? I know there are lots of slopes there and it is supposed to have a good landing area...

I think i'll head to Cleeve anyway, about 10. I've been getting that old/new 100"glider going today and I don't really fancy frocester for it!


Sounds like it was the slope Tony wa flying from last weekend. I didn't believe the power lines would be an issue as they are only obstruct the area closest to the road leaving at least 3/4 of a very wide slope to play on. As for the lift - I can't voutch for that. It wouldn't surprise me if it wasn't excellent but I would expect it to be good enough. It's got a lot of height from the basin below but the gradient is no-where near as severe as Frocester so the lift may be weaker than you would first expect.
 :study:
As for your choice of weapons to take to the slope, with a windspeed of 15mph on the flat, it's going to be closer to double that up there - won't it be too much for the old/new girl?
 $%&

Decision made. I'll be leaving Stroud for Cleeve hill at about 10:30 so should be there around 11. If it pants, I'll head back to Frocester.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on October 24, 2009, 20:22:49 PM
As for your choice of weapons to take to the slope, with a windspeed of 15mph on the flat, it's going to be closer to double that up there - won't it be too much for the old/new girl?
 $%&

Decision made. I'll be leaving Stroud for Cleeve hill at about 10:30 so should be there around 11. If it pants, I'll head back to Frocester.
 :af

That sounds like a plan. I'd forgotten to allow for the height.. I'll pack it since it's ready but I'll wait and see about flying it. That'll be wings for me and Jacob then.

Are you bringing the spit or bottling it again?
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: oldnslo on October 24, 2009, 20:37:10 PM
I was at Cleeve today, 2:00 til 4:00pm. The wind was fierce. I tried and failed with Wildthing, managed to steer away from the gorse bushes, just couldn't penetrate the wind.
Had some success with Flik, the correx delta wing. Once I realized it has to be flown fast I got some reasonable flights though it wobbled a lot.
I am hoping that tomorrow the wind will be a bit easier.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on October 24, 2009, 20:43:06 PM
I was at Cleeve today, 2:00 til 4:00pm. The wind was fierce. I tried and failed with Wildthing, managed to steer away from the gorse bushes, just couldn't penetrate the wind.
Had some success with Flik, the correx delta wing. Once I realized it has to be flown fast I got some reasonable flights though it wobbled a lot.
I am hoping that tomorrow the wind will be a bit easier.

interesting - I'll be sure to bring some ballast.

Glenn has a correx wing he recently bought off EBay. It needed loads of wind at first but after rebuilding it with a much thinner airfoil it's actually a pretty decent flyer.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on October 24, 2009, 20:43:54 PM
Maybe I wasn't far enough to the right of the power cables, as the bushes certainly looked to be an issue when landing. I will give it another go tomorrow morning. I will try to convince Andy George to come along as well.

Just found out the Andy's got swine flu! :o
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 24, 2009, 23:29:28 PM
Decision made. I'll be leaving Stroud for Cleeve hill at about 10:30 so should be there around 11. If it pants, I'll head back to Frocester.
 :af

Gonna leave an hour earlier than previously stated. Forgot the clocks go back an hour!

So, I should be there around 10 to 10:30!
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 25, 2009, 09:24:22 AM
I'm just about to start loading the car and head for Cleeve. If it's not going to be Cleeve today can you text me?

Hope to see you there around 10am.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on October 25, 2009, 13:19:11 PM
I'm just about to start loading the car and head for Cleeve. If it's not going to be Cleeve today can you text me?

Well, I know you went up there because I've just got back myself...

Had a bit of trouble finding it. Take Greenway Lane off the A40 through Charlton Kings, then follow signs to 'Aggs Hill' and 'Cleeve Common'. Don't go to Harp Hill or Cleeve Hill, and don't take the left 'dead end' road at a fork that looks like it's the choice that goes towards the radio masts because you won't get there. Don't ask me how I know that.

Very windy up there today. The slope is quite gentle, and not on a par with Selsley but better than Frocester for landing. Saw quite a few other people from other clubs up there.

Lift seemed to be a bit hide and seek - suddenly there was loads, suddenly none at all, but I suspect the changeable weather and the strong winds made that worse than it normally would be.

I'll go up there again occasionally, when I want to fly something breakable and it's a lighter SW wind...
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on October 25, 2009, 14:45:40 PM
I went on to Frocester, after Cleeve Hill. Got there at around 12:55, but the weather was pants so decided to come home. I'm not sure what to make of Cleeve Hill. Strange conditions, but I guess that might have been due to the blustery wind?
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Gary on October 25, 2009, 16:36:03 PM
It got better after you all left, the rain cleared for an hour or so and the lift got smoother, someone else turned up from on here, could of been Andy & his wife christene,excuse me if I've got your names wrong
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 25, 2009, 16:47:39 PM
I went on to Frocester, after Cleeve Hill. Got there at around 12:55, but the weather was pants so decided to come home. I'm not sure what to make of Cleeve Hill. Strange conditions, but I guess that might have been due to the blustery wind?

Went to Frocester after Cleeve Hill too. Got severely caught up in the traffic diversions around Stroud due to the half marathon. A few heavy showers dodged resulted in a good afternoon of flying. Was joined by Tim and Mark and we had a good laugh. Also good to pop down the road into the glider clubs cafe for a cuppa during the showers.

Did like Cleeve but agree with Pauls comments. Fantastic outlook.

It'd be great of one weekend soon a few people would be keen on a trip to the Bwlch - now that really is supposed to be the dogs danglers . . . . .
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on October 25, 2009, 16:51:48 PM
It'd be great of one weekend soon a few people would be keen on a trip to the Bwlch - now that really is supposed to be the dogs danglers . . . . .
 :af


Well, it is only 1.5 hours from me - closer to 2 from Stroud. It is nice round there though - I used to live down the valley from there, closer to Cardiff. That was well before I started flying though, so I've got no idea what the flying is like!

I'd be up for it but it would have to be ideal weather and a day when I'm free of kids..

Looks good from what I can see at this link though...

The Bwlch (http://www.knewt.com/bwlch/thebwlch.htm)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 25, 2009, 17:19:21 PM
I'd be up for it but it would have to be ideal weather and a day when I'm free of kids..

I agree. No point going there if it's going to be pants. I'd also want to take a full quiver and spend the day there.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Tiger on October 25, 2009, 18:22:29 PM
It got better after you all left, the rain cleared for an hour or so and the lift got smoother, someone else turned up from on here, could of been Andy & his wife christene,excuse me if I've got your names wrong

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, we were there at sparrowfart today.................Moto GP on early, so I think we missed you. One day.......................perhaps.

Tally Hoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo  :uk:

Andrew
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on October 26, 2009, 09:26:34 AM
Monday
I am hoping to fly at Frocester this afternoon, the wind may go light so I will bring a floater.
If the wind is not on Frocester I will go to minch

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on October 26, 2009, 09:36:33 AM
I wonder what happened to the medium Westerly they XC promised for today?

I'll see you somewhere this afternoon.
Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on October 26, 2009, 16:50:10 PM
Monday afternoon at Frocester.
A quite afternoon with a gentle breeze and a few very week thermals.
Photo is of Graham flying his balsa Zagi, just enough slope lift to stay up
Phil

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/monday-grayham-froster.jpg)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 26, 2009, 17:46:20 PM
Great photo. Trees are really looking good at the mo which adds to the picture.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on October 26, 2009, 17:58:47 PM
Great photo. Trees are really looking good at the mo which adds to the picture.
 :af

Should be interesting tomorrow then... I'll be taking at least two wings up there for about 5 o'clock - with lights aplenty as the daylight fades. And a decent torch so I don't fall down the hill!

I can lend you some coloured led keylights (only a few grammes each, quite aerodynamic and VERY bright) if anybody wants to join in and bring a plane and some double sided sticky pads to attach them...
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 26, 2009, 19:49:44 PM
Matey, i'll definately be up for it one evening but i'm going to be late back tomorrow.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Tiger on October 26, 2009, 21:08:21 PM
So.......................where were you Kernow types this afternoon then?

Very satisfying conditions to fly .....................  :)  :)  :)

We were there, armed with Fireworks and PJ for me and the X-it for Christine, she has just about got over the demise of her much loved Luna.......................Sunday morning..............Luna.............tree...............very fast..........tree wins..........Luna...............bin. Typhoon ordered-ish.

Tally Hoooooooooooooooooooooo  :uk:

Andrew





Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on October 26, 2009, 21:24:41 PM
So.......................where were you Kernow types this afternoon then?

Well.. I'm not a Kernow type, but.. I was at work  >:(

I wish they'd let me work different hours so I got more daylight... unless anybody wants to donate £££s to my early retirement fund?
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Tiger on October 26, 2009, 22:50:59 PM
Well.. I'm not a Kernow type, but.. I was at work  >:(

Oh dear..............what a pity..................never mind ! ! ( said with a 'valley accent )  ;D  ;D  ;D

It must be terrible ...............

Rain forecast for the weekend.................... :)

Tally H  :uk:

Andrew
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on October 27, 2009, 23:00:41 PM
Should be interesting tomorrow then... I'll be taking at least two wings up there for about 5 o'clock - with lights aplenty as the daylight fades. And a decent torch so I don't fall down the hill!

Well.. when we got up there the expected 15mph wind was more like 30mph, but having prepared everything we went for it anyway. I'll post a video when I can get it uploaded from my son's mobile phone...

When I got there (still light) Glenn already had a plane stuck in a tree. After a bit of clambering about we decided it must really want to be there, so we left it and got the nightwings out.

As the light faded the lights really stood out - we even had a car that was driving past stop so they could come and see what it was.

Due to the high (and very lumpy) wind conditions there were a few heavy landings - Glenn was OK with his EL wire buried in the foam, but my stuck on LEDs suffered a bit -although I have to say seeing a well-lit wing pile in then all the LEDs scatter themselves over a 6' radius in the dark was spectacular.

We decided to give up when the wind picked up even more and I had that fatal 'one last flight' which ended up with my wing becoming a superb Christmas Tree ornament in one of the tallest trees there.

No chance of getting to it so Glenn hung around while I popped home to get a ladder and some poles. Climbing ladders against wobbly trees in 35mph+ winds and waving tall poles about is ..um.. interesting!

We got my plane and (most of) Glenns down though, so we'll call it a draw.

 :af :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on October 28, 2009, 17:28:07 PM
Wednesday at Frocester.
A very pleasant afternoon, about 10MPH dropping late afternoon, Graham's balsa Zagi went well

Phil

(http://www.rcmf.co.uk/4um/MGalleryItem.php?id=22197)

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on October 28, 2009, 17:35:46 PM
Nice photo Phil. Wish I could have been there but I did a great job of the lawn. Last time in 2009?
We'll see.
Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 28, 2009, 18:39:47 PM
No chance of getting to it so Glenn hung around while I popped home to get a ladder and some poles. Climbing ladders against wobbly trees in 35mph+ winds and waving tall poles about is ..um.. interesting!
 :af :af


Sounds like you need one of these . . .
(http://www.phoenixmp.com/acatalog/kiddy_150.jpg)

It's a kiddys model retriever available from Phoenix model products for £24.95!

Sounds like a damn good laugh though. I keen to try it soon.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on October 28, 2009, 22:42:54 PM
Sounds like you need one of these . . .
([url]http://www.phoenixmp.com/acatalog/kiddy_150.jpg[/url])

It's a kiddys model retriever available from Phoenix model products for £24.95!

Sounds like a damn good laugh though. I keen to try it soon.
 :af


I've been looking at a 10m 'Kite pole' - you can get them for about £20, fibreglass telescopic poles (like roach poles). With the last springy section replaced with some sort of grab/loop it should be quite effective.

Anyway, here's the video. Sorry about the quality, mobile phone cameras and nighttime don't go well together... I took the sound off - we've all heard the wind plenty already!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGka1XRXJ8A
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 29, 2009, 18:54:35 PM
AWESOME VID! I love the look of night flying! No wonder it attracted the attention of onlookers - they can be forgiven for thinking it was ET coming home!!
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 29, 2009, 21:38:47 PM
Anyone need anything from Phoenix models? I'm placing an order tomorrow (Friday) for a few odds and ends so might as well share the packaging.
 :''
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 30, 2009, 16:20:56 PM
Anyone need anything from Phoenix models? I'm placing an order tomorrow (Friday) for a few odds and ends so might as well share the packaging.
 :''

All ordered. 2.4ghz better be worth it! I'm now £800 lighter.  :o  :o  :o

Whats the deal for the weekend? Sunday morning is looking thoroughly pants and as it gets dark by 5pm, it's looking more like a build day.

Anyone flying tomorrow? Looks like a lightish Frocester day. $%&


Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on October 30, 2009, 18:00:12 PM
All ordered. 2.4ghz better be worth it! I'm now £800 lighter.  :o  :o  :o

Whats the deal for the weekend? Sunday morning is looking thoroughly pants and as it gets dark by 5pm, it's looking more like a build day.

Anyone flying tomorrow? Looks like a lightish Frocester day. $%&

Aaaaargggh I hate this forum software. That's twice it's lost my post because I brushed against my touchpad at the wrong time...

The posts I wrote before were erudite, articulate, packed with fantastically useful information and perfectly grammatical. And in rhyming couplets too. But this time, I'll summarise:

- 2.4 is great, no more interference worries and I haven't had any issues at all.

- get a muff. Warm hands all the time and showerproof as well for your expensive toy.

- Sunday 3-5 looks OK with XC but I can't make it then so I'll be gutting a chuckie at home instead.

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on October 30, 2009, 18:26:53 PM
While we're on the topic of 2.4GHz, has everybody with a DX6i spotted that there is a new recall for a trainer socket problem, (NOT the recall for the joystick pots). To see if yours is affected, go here:

DX6i Trainer Socket Recall (http://www.horizonhobby.co.uk/aeroonline/knews/karticles/k32_dx6i_bulletin/k32_dx6i_bulletin.asp)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on October 31, 2009, 09:16:40 AM
As tomorrow is looking like rain, I was thinking of going to either Frocester or Cleeve Hill today. Anyone else out today?
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 31, 2009, 09:28:28 AM
As tomorrow is looking like rain, I was thinking of going to either Frocester or Cleeve Hill today. Anyone else out today?

I'm probably going to head to Frocester around 11:30. Hopefully by then the wind will have picked up a little. Will be on here again at around 11 to confrim.
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on October 31, 2009, 09:48:03 AM
I'm going to make tracks for Frocester then. I will probably be there around 11.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 31, 2009, 10:04:12 AM
I'm going to make tracks for Frocester then. I will probably be there around 11.

See you there a bit later. Tim is on his way over so should be there around 11:30 too.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: oldnslo on October 31, 2009, 12:43:54 PM
Back form a disappointing couple of days on the GT. Orme. I will be out on Cleeve hill this afternoon.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 31, 2009, 16:16:36 PM
I'm going to make tracks for Frocester then. I will probably be there around 11.

Nice afternoon gents! Medium winds but light lift which was kinda odd. Still a good bit of fun.
 :af

Tomorrow morning is looking totally pants. With luck the winds will stay strong as the weather window seems to favour an afternoon sesh at either Frocester or Selsley.
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on October 31, 2009, 16:57:39 PM
Saturday afternoon at Frocester
A photo of Andy's Hawk

Phil

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/andys-hawk-froster.jpg)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on October 31, 2009, 18:12:46 PM
Saturday afternoon at Frocester
A photo of Andy's Hawk

Phil

One of the many you took. Thanks Phil!
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on October 31, 2009, 20:36:44 PM
The others are here....

Guy

Index of /photo (http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/?M=D)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on November 01, 2009, 12:06:22 PM
The wind is strong, it's dry and the planes are charged. Anyone else thinking of flying at Frocester today?
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on November 01, 2009, 13:01:05 PM
I might pop out after the GP has finished.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on November 01, 2009, 13:07:27 PM
Too windy for me - I've only got the wing that will fly in this (if anything - it must be 40mph plus at the top if XC says 24mph at Staverton)) and I need to spend the time building some stuff up instead.

If it was 10mph I'd love to get my big old thing out.. but!




Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on November 01, 2009, 17:45:14 PM
Too windy for me - I've only got the wing that will fly in this (if anything - it must be 40mph plus at the top if XC says 24mph at Staverton)) and I need to spend the time building some stuff up instead.

If it was 10mph I'd love to get my big old thing out.. but!


Twas awesome! Flew my F18 and the F4 (albeit a very short flight). Started at Frocester but after a call from Tim we headed to Selsey. Easily the best lift i've experienced here. Loved it!
 :D
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on November 01, 2009, 19:38:10 PM
I decided to get some building done instead. Made myself a new freestanding work bench, which makes life a lot easier, as I can now get all round the model. The Wildthing is progressing well. :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on November 01, 2009, 19:48:24 PM
I decided to get some building done instead. Made myself a new freestanding work bench, which makes life a lot easier, as I can now get all round the model. The Wildthing is progressing well. :af

I could make myself a workbench no problem, it's having the space to put it that defeats me. My latest project is currently filling the dining table. Luckily it's only small <cough>.

I keep meaning to mention.. I've got a fair few woodworking tools if anybody would like to come round and use them - particularly some slightly more unusual things like a scroll saw, a router table, a big stationary disk/belt sander and a good solid drill press.

I would have a bandsaw as well but it needs a new top wheel making (from glued up plywood). Anyone got a lathe that could turn a 12" disc?
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on November 01, 2009, 20:26:57 PM
Anyone got a lathe that could turn a 12" disc?

No, but I do have a hammer in my tool box if you want to borrow it!
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on November 01, 2009, 20:32:31 PM
No, but I do have a hammer in my tool box if you want to borrow it!
 :af

Based on how my current build is going, I probably should have used that instead of scalpels etc. Does anybody make a really fine grain/smooth version of EPP so you don't tear chunks out as your blade goes blunt?

And don't start me on 4x3mm Carbon tube.. crumples as soon as you look at it!

(Luckily I have some 5x3mm as well ;-)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: geoffers on November 01, 2009, 20:58:03 PM
....... I would have a bandsaw as well but it needs a new top wheel making (from glued up plywood). Anyone got a lathe that could turn a 12" disc?

Hey - if you've got a router table, roughly cut your ply board to just > 12" dia. then screw it to the table (or make jig) with the screw at the centre of the disc so that the cutter meets the edge at the required 6" radius, then rotate the board & you've got your 12" disc

Easy peasy..

Cheers, G.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on November 01, 2009, 21:05:28 PM
Hey - if you've got a router table, roughly cut your ply board to just > 12" dia. then screw it to the table (or make jig) with the screw at the centre of the disc so that the cutter meets the edge at the required 6" radius, then rotate the board & you've got your 12" disc

Easy peasy..

Cheers, G.

That bit isn't too bad, but it also needs a stepped hole through the exact centre which is a press fit for the original bearings/axle.. I figured that would be much easier on a lathe.

I would buy a replacement from DeWalt, but they want over £100 for a pressed steel wheel with no bearings or tyre, and it offends me to pay that much for what actually costs them maybe £5 to make...
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: geoffers on November 01, 2009, 21:33:35 PM
Yeah - see your point: howzabout drilling/routing out your bearing hole first, mounting the bearings, then use them as your centre point to spin the wheel.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on November 01, 2009, 22:13:20 PM
Yeah - see your point: howzabout drilling/routing out your bearing hole first, mounting the bearings, then use them as your centre point to spin the wheel.

I think I will end up doing that - I tried to do it that way on the table saw but it screwed up - I think the 36mm ply was too thick to use the 'straight' bit of the blade....


Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on November 02, 2009, 17:37:54 PM
Monday at Frocester
Very cold, it rained and the lift was poor,
Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on November 02, 2009, 18:27:46 PM
Monday at Frocester
Very cold, it rained and the lift was poor,
Phil

Sounds like a fun day!!
 :D
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on November 02, 2009, 19:08:53 PM
Monday at Frocester
Very cold, it rained and the lift was poor,
Phil

You know, some days I'm gutted that I had to be at work.. and then there's others!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on November 03, 2009, 16:36:25 PM
Tuesday at Frocester
A lot better than yesterday a good breeze slightly to the west with good lift on the slope and in the bowl  :)

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on November 04, 2009, 16:07:04 PM
I meant to scribe a note on Sunday. Grumble time.

There were 8 or 10 of us at Frocester on Saturday afternoon and only 3 or 4 frequency discs and only 1 or 2 on 2.4

The club has use of the slope coutesy of the NT and we do ask people to display their frequency!!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on November 04, 2009, 17:06:42 PM
Wednesday afternoon at Frocester
Smooth lift later in the afternoon, a bit cold and looking straight into the low sun.
Time for gloves and over trousers
Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on November 04, 2009, 18:07:30 PM
There were 8 or 10 of us at Frocester on Saturday afternoon and only 3 or 4 frequency discs and only 1 or 2 on 2.4

The club has use of the slope coutesy of the NT and we do ask people to display their frequency!!

Guilty as charged your honour. Will do so in the future (although i'm just about to go over to 2.4 for most of my planes). 
 :embarassed:

Totally agree with your comments.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on November 05, 2009, 16:38:52 PM
Thursday at Selsley
Good lift but spoilt by some showers mid afternoon

I found this page that tries to guess when the rain will arrive

http://www.meteox.com/h.aspx?r=&jaar=-3&soort=exp (http://www.meteox.com/h.aspx?r=&jaar=-3&soort=exp)

Phil

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on November 05, 2009, 16:53:29 PM
Thursday at Selsley
Good lift but spoilt by some showers mid afternoon

I found this page that tries to guess when the rain will arrive

[url]http://www.meteox.com/h.aspx?r=&jaar=-3&soort=exp[/url] ([url]http://www.meteox.com/h.aspx?r=&jaar=-3&soort=exp[/url])

Phil





Flying EVERY DAY! I like your style. Got any jobs going???
 ;)

I like the weather link - very useful.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on November 06, 2009, 18:26:42 PM
Anyone venturing out tomorrow (Saturday)? Looks like Frocester/Cleeve, and XC is claiming the sun will be shining. :)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on November 06, 2009, 19:41:23 PM
Have a good one gents. Sounds ideal. It's chucking it down here in Cornwall and looking like showers tomorrow too. Sunday on the other hand is looking awesome.
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: oldnslo on November 06, 2009, 20:28:47 PM
For me SW = Cleeve hill. Tomorrow afternoon with a couple of foamies. :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on November 06, 2009, 21:41:10 PM
For those of you looking for a PCM9X2 to convert to 2.4GHz.

PCM9X2 (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/rx-jr-pcm-9x2-transmitter-gliders-planes-helicopters_W0QQitemZ170403358636QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_ToysGames_RadioControlled_JN?hash=item27acd4e7ac)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on November 06, 2009, 23:25:59 PM
For those of you looking for a PCM9X2 to convert to 2.4GHz.

PCM9X2 ([url]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/rx-jr-pcm-9x2-transmitter-gliders-planes-helicopters_W0QQitemZ170403358636QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_ToysGames_RadioControlled_JN?hash=item27acd4e7ac[/url])



Pretty damn cheap especially when I received mine yesterday at £380!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: rcfanuk on November 07, 2009, 13:17:57 PM
Great morning on Frocester, smooth lift , just a bit chilly on the finger tips.

Only Andy and me there all morning, one other flyer turned up as we were leaving.

Steve
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on November 07, 2009, 13:24:36 PM
Great morning on Frocester, smooth lift , just a bit chilly on the finger tips.

Only Andy and me there all morning, one other flyer turned up as we were leaving.

Steve

I'm looking at going to Selsley tomorrow 12-3ish - XC says 8-12mph and North winds for that time, which I think should be OK to finally get my new/old 100" glider out.


Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: oldnslo on November 07, 2009, 18:09:11 PM
Cleeve Hill was not a good choice today. The wind was off, slightly south of SW. Weak lift meant hard work staying airborne. Still a weak fix is better than none.
Tomorrow I shall be traveling most of the day, hopefully though when I get back my latest acquisition will be ready to fly. It is a 2M TD Soarer, hopefully it will mean I too can fly when there is only thermal lift around.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on November 08, 2009, 09:31:55 AM
Sunday 9.30 AM
There are a few on Selsley, the wind is from the north, Cam Long Down would be a better choice.
There are some photos of last night's indoor flying at

http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/indoor/id0910/indoornov09/nov09.htm (http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/indoor/id0910/indoornov09/nov09.htm)

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on November 08, 2009, 11:03:17 AM
Sunday 9.30 AM
There are a few on Selsley, the wind is from the north, Cam Long Down would be a better choice.

You may well be right but I have enough new stuff to deal with maidening my 'Vega' so I think I'll stick at Selsley for today - I know there's a good big flat landing space there!

Cheers
Paul
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on November 08, 2009, 14:02:37 PM
You may well be right but I have enough new stuff to deal with maidening my 'Vega' so I think I'll stick at Selsley for today - I know there's a good big flat landing space there!

:'(

Just been to Selsley - and come back again. XC said it would be brightening up after lunch so we popped over - it was still raining and cold when we got there so we explored the common a bit to wait and see.

When we got back to the car it was brightening up a touch *but* we were too cold and wet to put the planes together, so we came home instead... to a loud 'I told you so' from the missus who doesn't understand the addiction of flying ;-)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on November 08, 2009, 14:37:50 PM
I must have arrived just after Phil had left. I flew my X-it and Luna. The lift was quite impressive, but the visibility was a bit iffy. Then it started to drizzle. This stopped, briefly, and I had another couple of flights. However, by now, my fingers had frozen, and I was a bit soggy so decided to go home. I left Glenn there playing with a Zagi.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on November 08, 2009, 15:09:56 PM
I must have arrived just after Phil had left. I flew my X-it and Luna. The lift was quite impressive, but the visibility was a bit iffy. Then it started to drizzle. This stopped, briefly, and I had another couple of flights. However, by now, my fingers had frozen, and I was a bit soggy so decided to go home. I left Glenn there playing with a Zagi.

Oh well. Maybe next weekend will be better...
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on November 08, 2009, 17:19:14 PM
Oh well. Maybe next weekend will be better...

We had a few showers down here in Cornwall. Thing is the wind was 38mph on one of the best slopes around and the lift was EPIC! Had the Spitfire, F4 and the F18 absolutely caining around in the huge lift pulling all types of loops and rolls. AWESOME!

Used my 2.4 set for the first time too and am lucky enough to have got all the models back on the ground in one piece. Happy, happy days!
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on November 08, 2009, 20:42:50 PM
Fancied a change today, so went to Crook Peak. Having recovered from the walk up, we had a fantastic day. The Aermacci screamed around the skies (which was a relief after yesterdays visit to into the trees - Thanks Glenn). Bit of a combat session with the boys from Al's Hobbies -  :D
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on November 08, 2009, 23:13:33 PM
Fancied a change today, so went to Crook Peak. Having recovered from the walk up, we had a fantastic day. The Aermacci screamed around the skies (which was a relief after yesterdays visit to into the trees - Thanks Glenn). Bit of a combat session with the boys from Al's Hobbies -  :D

Sounds like fun! Viewed their interactive slope site and am really impressed. It's a good 45 mins away so will only go there if it's going to be worth the drive.
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: John Y on November 09, 2009, 07:52:36 AM
I must have arrived just after Phil had left. I flew my X-it and Luna. The lift was quite impressive, but the visibility was a bit iffy. Then it started to drizzle. This stopped, briefly, and I had another couple of flights. However, by now, my fingers had frozen, and I was a bit soggy so decided to go home. I left Glenn there playing with a Zagi.

I went out to Selsey yesterday at 1 o'clockish; there was noone there and the wind looked as though it was far too northish. I was a bit disappointed really as I don't often make the effort to go slope soaring but I'd got the bug again after climbing Liddington Hill the day before which nearly killed me but which was worth it for the soaring. Anyway after leaving Selsey I went over to Minchinghampton and watched a couple of frozen nuts flying there.

Regards
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: geoffers on November 09, 2009, 10:01:01 AM
tired tim said:
Fancied a change today, so went to Crook Peak....

Sounds like fun! Viewed their interactive slope site and am really impressed. It's a good 45 mins away so will only go there if it's going to be worth the drive.
 :xx


eyeboy - I'm brizzle based & normally fly with the WMSA at Crooks, however there are some other great sites round the area if you're interested - particularly with N or S winds fantastic coastal soaring at Sand Point & Brean Down.

I was a Sand Point yesterday to maiden my WR-Fox - wind was N >30mph at first, then dropped off to ~20ish. Fantastic lift - just me & 2 friendly hang-gliders & sunny most of the afternoon (whilst inland it looked pretty black & wet). It's a great site  - short climb from the car park towards Middle Hope. Smoooooth lift & grassy slopes (with plenty of land-out area before you ditch in the sea  :ev) so it's a particularly good spot for a maiden.

Check out these sites on google maps...<brizzle slope sites> (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=101885999264229347213.0004604d20554e312a41e&ll=51.411199,-2.71225&spn=0.473673,0.992889&t=h&z=10)

<edit> ok - you've guessed I really like it at sand point,  :'' so here's a piccie of the N facing slope - middle hope - taken from the point. There may be some DS possibilities on the point itself, but that's out of my league. </edit>

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on November 09, 2009, 16:19:26 PM
Monday afternoon at Selsley
A surprising amount of lift for the wind strength, which was a lot less than the 5MPH Metcheck predicted.
The fog never really cleared, I could see down into the valley but as soon as I got some height I had trouble seeing my Starlight.
By 4 o'clock the lift and light was fading
Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on November 09, 2009, 20:38:43 PM
Geoffers, thanks so much for all the info. Sounds fantastic and well worth a visit. I think the first thing i should do is get down to Crooks Peak first, meet up with ya'll and then visit some of the other slopes over the next few months.

Again, thanks so much for the info. Much appreciated.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on November 10, 2009, 16:56:29 PM
Tuesday at Minchinhampton common
Another poor day, cold wet and next to no lift, it still beats a good day at work.

Does anybody know the dierection for the Lockleaze slope in Bristol?

I have added it to my list at http://www.ebley.plus.com/slopesites2.htm (http://www.ebley.plus.com/slopesites2.htm)

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: geoffers on November 10, 2009, 18:42:22 PM

Does anybody know the dierection for the Lockleaze slope in Bristol?

Phil

Phil
Yep - it's dead-on SE (and really does have to be dead on!!) - on the OS map by the obelisk ST618772 (best place to park is in Duchess Way south of the M32 & follow the path under the m32 into the parkland)

It's a really small slope, so probably not really worth going a long way out of your way for, but if it's just down the road from you it's certainly worth checking out in the right wind.

I've had some great thermalling there, as the M32 (or maybe the houses beyond) presumably provide the heating to kick off the thermal lift

You'd probably be better adding Dundry (W -> NW) and MaesKnoll (E-Dundry SW->W) as "Bristol" slopes, to your slopesites page.

G
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Sloping-Off on November 11, 2009, 14:30:31 PM
Might get out tomorrow. Looks about due South. Will be coming down from Ross Way, what's the best slope? Haresfield?
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on November 11, 2009, 15:02:40 PM
Thursady pm is forecast South on XC (Bight with sunny spells) and that is Haresfield, on the ridge. I'll probably get out there myself at 2 pm.

Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on November 11, 2009, 17:25:00 PM
Thursady pm is forecast South on XC (Bight with sunny spells) and that is Haresfield, on the ridge. I'll probably get out there myself at 2 pm.

Somehow I've arranged to have a quick fly with Glenn *before work* tomorrow at Haresfield.. so if anybody wants to join us, see you there about 7:15...

 :-\
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on November 12, 2009, 08:22:43 AM
Somehow I've arranged to have a quick fly with Glenn *before work* tomorrow at Haresfield.. so if anybody wants to join us, see you there about 7:15...

 :-\


So, how did it go? Did you get up in time? I'd like to have met you for a morning slope but didn't get in from work last night until 1am. Definately earning my pay this week.
 :P

I'm hoping to get out on Saturday. The forecast is looking promising for Frocester at the moment but who knows what'll happen. Anyone else playing?
 $%&
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on November 12, 2009, 08:49:01 AM
Thursady pm is forecast South on XC (Bight with sunny spells) and that is Haresfield, on the ridge. I'll probably get out there myself at 2 pm.

Guy

I will be there, it looks as if the rain will arrive later than the BBC foecast

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on November 12, 2009, 09:06:04 AM
It seemed dark and windless at 7.15 am!
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Post by: marcellus on November 12, 2009, 09:06:30 AM
It seemed dark and windless at 7.15 am!

I'll see you there Phil....
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Post by: the-fridge on November 12, 2009, 15:31:13 PM
Thursday at Haresfield
Plenty of lift, but rain stopped play at 2.30PM :'(

Phil
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Post by: marcellus on November 12, 2009, 16:20:34 PM
And I arrived at 2.30 to see you fleeing the downpour....Plane remained in car.
I'm off to Cornwall (Port Isaac) for a week at the weekend and am undecided whether to take a plane. Who in their right mind would book a week in November, me, I suppose because I've worked all summer long?
Guy
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Post by: Eyeboy on November 12, 2009, 17:13:20 PM
I'm off to Cornwall (Port Isaac) for a week at the weekend and am undecided whether to take a plane.
Guy


Guy, the answer to your question is

           YES!

With all those cliffs there must be some decent sites around. If one day you do venture a bit further south, St.Agnes on a N or NW is well worth the visit (it does work from WSW to ENE, but the best two slopes face N and NW). Here's a link to the Proper Cornish Slopers (http://propercornishslopers.co.uk/index.php?page=home) website. If you have a look on the "Slopes" tab it'll show you which slopes are working based on the current wind direction. The one limitation with the site is that it is designed more with West Cornwall in mind, rather than the North where you'll be.
Whatever you decide, have a great time. I hope the weather is kind to you.
 :af
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Post by: marcellus on November 12, 2009, 17:33:02 PM
Hi Andy,

I went down to Port Isaac ayear ago and asked for some advice on RCMF and got a couple of responses but I can't find them! The wind blew South summit most of the time in any case.

I did find one of the sites and the wind was right but you had to launch over six + foot high gorse into oblivion, you couldn't even see the sea below, so I chickened out. I did find a rubber band in the grass though!

I walked West along the cliffs from Polzeath and it looked very flyable with lots of grassy slope before the cliff. I might try that, if the wind i right.

We had really very nice weather early November last year. Too much to hope for again!
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Post by: marcellus on November 12, 2009, 17:52:58 PM
And Metcheck says it's South summit all next week....

Story of my life when on holiday. Numerous North Devon breaks have enjoyed Easterlies.....
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on November 12, 2009, 18:53:02 PM
So, how did it go? Did you get up in time? I'd like to have met you for a morning slope but didn't get in from work last night until 1am. Definately earning my pay this week.
 :P

Yes! I arrived about 7:15 and Glenn had already got his Fox stuck in a tree.. he claims he's still setting it up and it wouldn't turn left.

Had a quick fly with my wing off the main slope to check the rotor (I rated it as 'hmm, bit dodgy but I didn't get up this early for nothing'), then got the 100" Vega ready to go. Preflighted it then Glenn launched it while I shook with terror.

..rightly so, as it happened. It climbed really fast, so I added some down. No effect at all. Eventually after giving it all the down I had, the patented StetchyString pull-pull system kicked in and it dived. Fast. After many oscillations of up-down-up-down while it was being blown slowly backwards across the landing area I had no choice but to land it hard next time it oscillated close enough to the ground.

It seems to be mostly untouched (after I dug the nose out of the 'mud') except that the wing that had an old repair had snapped at the repair - turns out it's a balsa-sheeted foam wing and the old repair consisted only of butt jointing the foam (not the balsa) then putting new film on it.

I wanted to put wing servos in instead anyway, so at least I can now see the wing construction clearly. I'll put a carbon spar or two in to strengthen the repair while I'm doing it.

Then I can go through it all again! Hopefully at Selsley next time...

Still, at least when I popped in on my way back from work Glenn's Fox had been blown down and is still intact.
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Post by: Antiquus2Helix on November 12, 2009, 20:08:33 PM
Alright, the fox v2 is still a bit twitchy and thanks again for collecting it!
Sorry your vager took a bullet in the line of duty, but I am also glad to see that I did not get the blame for my dodgy launch.
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Post by: Eyeboy on November 13, 2009, 08:31:43 AM
Alright, the fox v2 is still a bit twitchy and thanks again for collecting it!
Sorry your vager took a bullet in the line of duty, but I am also glad to see that I did not get the blame for my dodgy launch.

Is this post from Glen?

Sounds like a bundle of laughs yesterday gents. You get up early to fly and you loose one model in a tree and the other smacks a wing. IDEAL! Think i'll give it a miss . . . . .
 :ev

So, anyone coming out to play in the big winds we've got forecast for Saturday? Looks like potential showers and big winds at Haresfield in the morning moving round to Frocester with slightly less wind (but still windy) and less chance of showers in the afternoon.
I'm hoping to get out after doing some shopping with the good lady at the Farmers market.
 :xx
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Post by: sj on November 13, 2009, 09:01:44 AM
Hi Andy,

I went down to Port Isaac ayear ago and asked for some advice on RCMF and got a couple of responses but I can't find them! The wind blew South summit most of the time in any case.

I did find one of the sites and the wind was right but you had to launch over six + foot high gorse into oblivion, you couldn't even see the sea below, so I chickened out. I did find a rubber band in the grass though!

I walked West along the cliffs from Polzeath and it looked very flyable with lots of grassy slope before the cliff. I might try that, if the wind i right.

We had really very nice weather early November last year. Too much to hope for again!


While it doesn't happen very often, Andy's right.  :af

Bring planes.

I think there are plenty of sites up that way. Closest one that I've actually flow (as opposed to talking about flying it one day) is the hill at Daymer. Daymer bay is just round the corner (south) from Polzeath. From Polzeath head up the hill to Trebetherick. Just over the brow of the hill turn right down the lane to Daymer. There's a car park just above the beach. Right in front of you you'll see a small hill. The base is a bit damp in places at high tide, but remains accessable. Plenty of people fly that in a range of directions, cant remember the best (so best check the OS), but I'd guess W to NE are best, but probably works on a wider range. There's the coastal path from Polzeath round to Daymer that I suspect would be great weazel teratory. There's also Pentire point (I think that's what it's called on the maps) just north of Polzeath. Never flown it, but looks like it could be good.

In short, I'd be surprised if you couldn't find a slope within 10-15 minutes of where you are. Just bring your waterproofs, as next week is looking damp at times.

Have fun.

sj
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Post by: marcellus on November 13, 2009, 09:26:00 AM
Thanks SJ. Waterproofs are already in the car! Boots have been waxed too.
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Post by: Eyeboy on November 13, 2009, 13:27:48 PM
So, anyone coming out to play in the big winds we've got forecast for Saturday?

I'm starting to think that I may leave it until Sunday to fly. Don't if I'm too keen on flying at Haresfiled - although it's a good sight, the rotor is a bit of a bu99er and i'm keen to fly something "nice".

What say you?
 $%&
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on November 13, 2009, 15:38:26 PM
I'm starting to think that I may leave it until Sunday to fly. Don't if I'm too keen on flying at Haresfiled - although it's a good sight, the rotor is a bit of a bu99er and i'm keen to fly something "nice".

What say you?
 $%&

Sunday looks like my best choice too - 9:00ish onwards. If not haresfield, then where for South/SW?
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Post by: Eyeboy on November 13, 2009, 17:39:46 PM
Sunday looks like my best choice too - 9:00ish onwards. If not haresfield, then where for South/SW?

I was thinking about heading further afield but it's not looking too good on the forecasts and the Bwlch is meant to have a race running. If I do get the chance to fly this weekend, it'll probably be at Haresfield on Sunday morning too. IF the weather breaks at any time between then and now, i'll be up there like a shot!

I'll bring your Rx too!
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on November 13, 2009, 18:13:05 PM
I was thinking about heading further afield but it's not looking too good on the forecasts and the Bwlch is meant to have a race running. If I do get the chance to fly this weekend, it'll probably be at Haresfield on Sunday morning too. IF the weather breaks at any time between then and now, i'll be up there like a shot!

I'll bring your Rx too!
 :af


Thanks for the Rx. Bring a wing as well. Strong winds and combat are just made for each other...

It wasn't the rotor that did for my Vega at Haresfield, BTW. It was having very sluggish controls and being untrimmed with an awful lot of up for it's first flight. And having a duff repair just waiting to fail...
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Post by: sj on November 13, 2009, 18:34:20 PM
It's that windy down here at the minute that I could probably soar the car at Aggie right now, Force 11 forecast to peak in the early hours. Looking good for flying tomorrow. Hope you guys have fun up there.

sj
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Post by: marcellus on November 13, 2009, 18:41:55 PM
Blowing a gale 'up here' too...
Guy
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Post by: Eyeboy on November 13, 2009, 20:40:19 PM
Thanks for the Rx. Bring a wing as well. Strong winds and combat are just made for each other...

Stripped a servo in the wing so may struggle to get something combat ready. Who knows . . . .
 $%&
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Post by: Eyeboy on November 13, 2009, 20:47:47 PM
It's that windy down here at the minute that I could probably soar the car at Aggie right now, Force 11 forecast to peak in the early hours. Looking good for flying tomorrow. Hope you guys have fun up there.

sj

Get down to Rinsey early. Sounds like an awesome slope sesh is in prospect. Shame it's Southerly for most of it. Still, looks like Tubbys could come into action tomorrow afternoon.
Have a good one big man!
 :af :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: sj on November 13, 2009, 21:36:27 PM
Looks like Tubby's, or more probably Coastguards will be on like donky kong on steroids with big Westerlys forecast.

sj
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Antiquus2Helix on November 13, 2009, 22:27:31 PM
Andy, I have some spare futaba s3003 servos if that helps?
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Post by: Eyeboy on November 14, 2009, 00:13:01 AM
Andy, I have some spare futaba s3003 servos if that helps?

Cheers Glen. Very kind of you to offer. I've currently got 9 new servos lying around - they aren't the problem. It's getting the time to recover the wing which i'll have to do to replace the servo.

Gonna try and get the P-51 sorted over the weekend.
 
Thanks again for the kind offer.
 :af
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Post by: the-fridge on November 14, 2009, 10:20:21 AM
There is a Pat Teakle ASW20 for sale on Ebay tomorrow, not suitable for Haresfield but great on Selsley, I used to land mine on Frocester OK

Ebay (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/SCALE-GLIDER-ASW-20_W0QQitemZ150386434727QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_ToysGames_RadioControlled_JN?hash=item2303bae2a7)

Phil
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Post by: metcalfeclive on November 14, 2009, 10:32:26 AM
Whats the score regarding flying some of you guys slopes, I'm thinking of poping over to haresfield tomorrow with my luna for a bit of fun.  I flew it 3 or 4 years ago with a couple of mates and it was a nice slope IIRC

CM
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Post by: marcellus on November 14, 2009, 11:08:32 AM
Doc,

It's forecast 12-14 mph South tomorrow which is spot on the ridge at Haresfield. The rotor might be horrible so bring a foamy, to test things out. Haresfiled tends to blow much stronger than the wind at sea level.

There should be a few there in the morning, not me this sunday though!

Guy
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Post by: the-fridge on November 14, 2009, 11:09:32 AM
Whats the score regarding flying some of you guys slopes, I'm thinking of poping over to haresfield tomorrow with my luna for a bit of fun.  I flew it 3 or 4 years ago with a couple of mates and it was a nice slope IIRC

CM


There are some details at http://www.scsa.org.uk/ (http://www.scsa.org.uk/)

You can phone me in the morning and I will tell you the wind strength

Phil

07966 175193
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Post by: Yoyo on November 14, 2009, 11:13:31 AM
Whats the score regarding flying some of you guys slopes, I'm thinking of poping over to haresfield tomorrow with my luna for a bit of fun.  I flew it 3 or 4 years ago with a couple of mates and it was a nice slope IIRC

CM


Haresfield is on National Trust land, so it's open to anyone. The Cotswold Way footpath runs through it but I've never had an issue with walkers, except that some can keep you talking for ages ;-)

There's a power flying club a mile or so away, so if you aren't on 2.4 be very careful with frequencies.

I like it (because it's my nearest slope) but the landing is a bit iffy - there are two slopes, a small SW bowl where you have to land across the slope with trees both sides, and a bigger S slope with an adequate sort-of-flat landing area but sometimes a really nasty rotor and occasional cows.

I wouldn't fly a Luna there, but then I've only been flying for a few months ;-)

I will be flying a wing there tomorrow morning though. See you there if you decide to come over.

The other main sites the club uses are also public access, although none of the others are really good for a South wind. Have a look on here for more details:

South Cotswold Soaring Association Flying Sites (http://scsa.org.uk/sites.htm)
Slope Soaring sites UK West country (http://www.ebley.plus.com/slopesites2.htm)

XCWeather for Staverton gives you the best wind direction report (IMHO) although the wind at the slopes is often up to double that reported.
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Post by: metcalfeclive on November 14, 2009, 11:20:53 AM
NIce one, cheers chaps, all being well i'll be there in the morning.

CM
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Post by: GordonP on November 14, 2009, 11:43:31 AM
I wouldn't fly a Luna there, but then I've only been flying for a few months ;-)

I've flown my Luna there, and I was flying my VoltiJ there last weekend. I've even flown my Graphite there. Yes, you have to be careful of the rotor, but as was mentioned earlier, take something foamy, and check out the landing first. All being well, I plan to be there Sunday morning as well.
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Post by: the-fridge on November 15, 2009, 08:19:50 AM
Sunday morning at Haresfield
9.15AM - 12 to 14 MPH and sun is out, see y'all there

Phil
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Post by: Yoyo on November 15, 2009, 08:24:44 AM
Sunday morning at Haresfield
9.15AM - 12 to 14 MPH and sun is out, see y'all there

Phil

Posted at 8:19 - has someone forgotten to put his clocks back?? ;D

See you there as soon as I've woken up properly...
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Post by: Eyeboy on November 15, 2009, 09:04:57 AM
Posted at 8:19 - has someone forgotten to put his clocks back?? ;D

See you there as soon as I've woken up properly...


Just this second got up. Will hopefully be there around 10am.
 :af
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Post by: Yoyo on November 15, 2009, 13:32:40 PM
Just this second got up. Will hopefully be there around 10am.
 :af

Just a flying visit, was it  ::)

Still, looking forward to seeing this fantastic giant you're working on.

I've just got back from a cracking morning at Haresfield - I was the last to leave both slopes and someone left a red tackle box with an '84' channel marker on it, so I brought it away with me. Doesn't look like anything too vital in there, but if you need it urgently you can PM me on here or email yoyo42@gmail.com.

If not then I'll be going to the auction on Wednesday and I'll take it with me.

Cheers
Paul
 
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Post by: Eyeboy on November 15, 2009, 20:56:43 PM
Just a flying visit, was it  ::)

Still, looking forward to seeing this fantastic giant you're working on.


Same photo's as i posted on the Proper Cornish Slopers, but here's a photo from a couple of nights ago . . . .


(http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h119/obeythestate/IMG_0427.jpg)

(http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h119/obeythestate/IMG_0426.jpg)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on November 15, 2009, 21:27:08 PM
I have tried to update http://www.scsa.org.uk/sites.htm (http://www.scsa.org.uk/sites.htm) with some post codes for satnav, please try these out to see if get anywhere near to the slopes

Phil
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Post by: Yoyo on November 15, 2009, 22:04:12 PM
Same photo's as i posted on the Proper Cornish Slopers, but here's a photo from a couple of nights ago . . . .

Pah. it'll never fly ;)
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Post by: the-fridge on November 17, 2009, 08:54:58 AM
South Cotswold Soaring Association
Model auction
Nov 18th 8.00PM
at the Bear Rodborough directions (http://www.cotswold-inns-hotels.co.uk/property/the_bear_of_rodborough/how_to_find_us.htm)

Phil

07966 175193
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Post by: tired tim on November 17, 2009, 19:13:35 PM
Where were you today?
Only myself and another gent on Froster this afternoon in what can only be described as breezy! So much so that I managed to land my Aermacci backwards in a sort of Harrier jump jet style. Left about 15:30 when the drizzle came.  :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on November 17, 2009, 19:24:32 PM
Where were you today?
Only myself and another gent on Froster this afternoon in what can only be described as breezy! So much so that I managed to land my Aermacci backwards in a sort of Harrier jump jet style. Left about 15:30 when the drizzle came.  :af

Would love to have been there but some of us have to work! Are you going to the glider bring and buy tomorrow? I'm very tempted. It's been almost two weeks since I bought anything expensive!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on November 17, 2009, 20:02:42 PM
Would love to have been there but some of us have to work! Are you going to the glider bring and buy tomorrow? I'm very tempted. It's been almost two weeks since I bought anything expensive!


I'll be there, although I haven't really been flying long enough to build up anything to get rid of...

If you do go I'll pay you for that Rx - thus giving you some untraceable 'found money' to assuage your guilty feelings at spending so much...

:ev
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on November 18, 2009, 10:22:11 AM
Are you going to the glider bring and buy tomorrow? I'm very tempted. It's been almost two weeks since I bought anything expensive!


Would love to be there, but some of us have to work!   :'(
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Post by: Eyeboy on November 18, 2009, 12:45:35 PM
Would love to be there, but some of us have to work!   :'(

At 8pm? You are dedicated, but then again you get paid loads!
 :af

Don't worry mate. If I see anything I think you'd like, i'll buy it for myself!
 :ev
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Post by: Eyeboy on November 18, 2009, 20:43:38 PM
Don't worry mate. If I see anything I think you'd like, i'll buy it for myself!
 :ev

Didn't get to go myself!  :'(
My Bro is with us tomorrow and Jodie's folks are with us on Friday and Saturday so i'm cleaning at the moment. Didn't have the heart to leave the girl alone so that i could buy more toys. Bet i missed a couple of beauties too.
 :'(  :'(  :'(
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on November 18, 2009, 21:53:15 PM
Didn't get to go myself!  :'(
My Bro is with us tomorrow and Jodie's folks are with us on Friday and Saturday so i'm cleaning at the moment. Didn't have the heart to leave the girl alone so that i could buy more toys. Bet i missed a couple of beauties too.
 :'(  :'(  :'(

I think you would have gone for the big jobbie Glenn bought - a 'Fouga Magister' (a Belgian air force V-tail jet trainer). Very nice it was too - and it went about £5 past what I could justify, but was still very cheap for what it was. And much too nice for the one flight I'd probably have got out of it without a lot more practice...

This is the first time I've been, but I gather there were very few items for auction tonight compared to other times. Nothing there at the right level for my next step up really.

 


 
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on November 19, 2009, 22:22:26 PM
Plans have arrived for a U2  :af Well I say plans, more like a sketch on a big sheet of paper. Time to learn how to fibreglass  $%&http://pssaonline.co.uk/images/434.gif (http://pssaonline.co.uk/images/434.gif)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on November 19, 2009, 22:35:02 PM
Plans have arrived for a U2  :af Well I say plans, more like a sketch on a big sheet of paper. Time to learn how to fibreglass  $%&[url]http://pssaonline.co.uk/images/434.gif[/url] ([url]http://pssaonline.co.uk/images/434.gif[/url])


COOL!  :af

Looking forwards to seeing her in the air in a short time!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on November 19, 2009, 22:56:13 PM
COOL!  :af

Looking forwards to seeing her in the air in a short time!


I was thinking about planes I have known and wondering which would make good gliders - a Canberra seems like a good choice.

I think I need a lot more practice flying things with tails before I start building from scratch though!

 :banghead:
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on November 20, 2009, 09:27:14 AM
COOL!  :af

Looking forwards to seeing her in the air in a short time!


May be some time yet. The bedroom, garage and most other places in the house are stuffed with bits of balsa as I try and make head nor tail of this Hawk - Not going as well as it might have  :banghead:
If only someone would stop hoarding all the Stan Yeo kits  ;)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on November 20, 2009, 13:08:48 PM
If only someone would stop hoarding all the Stan Yeo kits  ;)

Shame that as they are really nice kits by all accounts!  :ev

Anyone playing this weekend? Weather is looking a bit pants again. Will try to keep my options open for a fly on Sunday if Saturday is as wet as the forecast predicts.
 $%&
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on November 20, 2009, 17:19:59 PM
Friday at Frocester
20MPH square on to the slope, sunny and not too cold.  :)

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: oldnslo on November 20, 2009, 20:21:59 PM
I was thinking about planes I have known and wondering which would make good gliders - a Canberra seems like a good choice.



Yes +1 for the Canberra. Compared to the Phantoms and Harriers it was almost as quiet as a glider anyway. Pundits back in the 60's claimed it had the most efficient wing ever designed. :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on November 20, 2009, 22:05:21 PM
Anyone playing this weekend? Weather is looking a bit pants again. Will try to keep my options open for a fly on Sunday if Saturday is as wet as the forecast predicts.
 $%&

On standby my friend.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on November 20, 2009, 22:19:44 PM
On standby my friend.

I'm busy for a long day tomorrow then got the kids over on Sunday... doesn't look like the slopes are going to be busy this weekend.

..or at least, not by the crowd who spend all their time on the computer  :-\
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on November 20, 2009, 23:25:17 PM
Yes +1 for the Canberra. Compared to the Phantoms and Harriers it was almost as quiet as a glider anyway. Pundits back in the 60's claimed it had the most efficient wing ever designed. :af


Love the look of the Canberra. Have seen a few for sale as Depron models but i'm not too keen on that method of construction. As you know i've got an F4 Phantom myself. Beautiful looking plane I reckon but it needs a damn good blow to get her flying and she's not the most acrobatic model in the world. Here's my F4 flying at St.Agnes on a damn good day!
(http://propercornishslopers.co.uk/ploggerb3/images/st.agnes_head/14_3_9/m_14-3-9__128_.jpg)

I think you know how much I love PSS models. Flying pencils have their place but I just don't get it in the way that I get PSS. Defo think you should go down the Canberra route if you get the chance.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on November 21, 2009, 10:11:00 AM
On standby my friend.

May be a bit of a weather window tomorrow morning. Predicting some possible showers and the wind is set to swing from S to SW by noon. Looks like another Haresfield Sunday to me. What do you reckon?
 $%&
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on November 21, 2009, 10:38:31 AM
May be a bit of a weather window tomorrow morning. Predicting some possible showers and the wind is set to swing from S to SW by noon. Looks like another Haresfield Sunday to me. What do you reckon?
 $%&

Send me a text when you're thinking of heading out. Aermacchi being refuelled now!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on November 21, 2009, 10:42:21 AM
Send me a text when you're thinking of heading out. Aermacchi being refuelled now!

Roger. Out.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on November 22, 2009, 08:24:07 AM
Sunday 8.20AM
Haresfield 25MPH

Don't be late

Phil

(http://www.sat24.com/image.ashx?type=meteox&sat=ir&tijdid=20091131424)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on November 22, 2009, 11:50:47 AM
Sunday 8.20AM
Haresfield 25MPH

Don't be late

Phil

thanks to the wonders of modern technology I'm writing this from the slope at haresfield. Four of us here and a good 25-40mph blow as long as you don't mind hiding from the odd shower! (and no I don't mean us four)
 
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on November 22, 2009, 15:21:30 PM
thanks to the wonders of modern technology I'm writing this from the slope at haresfield. Four of us here and a good 25-40mph blow as long as you don't mind hiding from the odd shower! (and no I don't mean us four)
 

A good little sesh even though there was a bit of shower dodging going on. Good to back on the slopes for more than 5 mins too!
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on November 22, 2009, 15:41:54 PM
While it doesn't happen very often, Andy's right.  :af

Bring planes.

I think there are plenty of sites up that way. Closest one that I've actually flow (as opposed to talking about flying it one day) is the hill at Daymer. Daymer bay is just round the corner (south) from Polzeath. From Polzeath head up the hill to Trebetherick. Just over the brow of the hill turn right down the lane to Daymer. There's a car park just above the beach. Right in front of you you'll see a small hill. The base is a bit damp in places at high tide, but remains accessable. Plenty of people fly that in a range of directions, cant remember the best (so best check the OS), but I'd guess W to NE are best, but probably works on a wider range. There's the coastal path from Polzeath round to Daymer that I suspect would be great weazel teratory. There's also Pentire point (I think that's what it's called on the maps) just north of Polzeath. Never flown it, but looks like it could be good.

In short, I'd be surprised if you couldn't find a slope within 10-15 minutes of where you are. Just bring your waterproofs, as next week is looking damp at times.

Have fun.

sj

Well it blew (gale force) S or SW all week. No day time rain at all and some clear blue skies whereas much of the UK drowned.

The toys remained unused, sadly. I saw the hills you suggested (including Brea Hill) plus the one someone recommended last year just South of Lundy Bay - over the gorse into the abyss. I walked way along the beach at Rock and there appeared to be a nice hill on the right which would have flown in SW. I tried at several places to buy the appropriate  OS map locally but they were all out of stock until next year! Having looked on the net since, it may well have been the backside of Brea Hill.

Daymer is a smashing place and the church there is beautiful!

Better planning required here as I could have figured out how to access it. Nevertheless flying in strong gale force winds might have not been too much fun!

Thanks for your help anyway.

Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on November 22, 2009, 23:29:15 PM
Shame you didn't get to fully enjoy the thrills of sloping in Cornwall. When it's on, it's awesome!

Just spent the last hour or two wondering why the ailerons on my Comet Racer weren't returning to neutral following a full throw. Turns out that the arms were slipping.
 :banghead:
As such, i've just cut out the servos from my beautifully finished wing to replace the parts at fault. Got a good mind to go back to the "local model shop" and show them the mess they've caused especially after I asked for arms to fit that type of servo.
 :banghead:
On the plus side, at least I found out before it took to the air!
 ???
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on November 23, 2009, 08:13:22 AM
Just spent the last hour or two wondering why the ailerons on my Comet Racer weren't returning to neutral following a full throw. Turns out that the arms were slipping.
 :banghead:
As such, i've just cut out the servos from my beautifully finished wing to replace the parts at fault. Got a good mind to go back to the "local model shop" and show them the mess they've caused especially after I asked for arms to fit that type of servo.
 :banghead:

Yuck.. I guess they were a close-enough fit to "feel right". If you're really disillusioned with that plane now I' could probably be persuaded to take it away for you - I wouldn't even charge you for the transport, that's how nice I am!

While we're on the subject of doing wing servos wrong, I'm just about to build two 9g, 22oz.in (1.6kgcm) servos into the wings of my 100" aileron glider. Will they be man enough for the job?
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on November 23, 2009, 11:01:24 AM
Yuck.. I guess they were a close-enough fit to "feel right". If you're really disillusioned with that plane now I' could probably be persuaded to take it away for you - I wouldn't even charge you for the transport, that's how nice I am!

While we're on the subject of doing wing servos wrong, I'm just about to build two 9g, 22oz.in (1.6kgcm) servos into the wings of my 100" aileron glider. Will they be man enough for the job?


Thanks for the offer but no thanks!

As for the servos, I take it they're mini servos? May well be ok for the job. Personally i'd go for the biggest servo I could fit into the wings just to be safe. I get the impression she's only a lightweight flyer anyway so the ailerons shouldn't be under too much of a load (except when diving) should they?
 $%&
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on November 23, 2009, 21:41:39 PM
Thanks for the offer but no thanks!

As for the servos, I take it they're mini servos? May well be ok for the job. Personally i'd go for the biggest servo I could fit into the wings just to be safe. I get the impression she's only a lightweight flyer anyway so the ailerons shouldn't be under too much of a load (except when diving) should they?
 $%&

Yep, Turnigy SG9 9 gramme micro servos - I have a couple already and they seem OK. Glenn just bought a couple of the Turnigy metal gear equivalent as well for his Magister... bit of a difference of opinion there - I think the plastic gears will be a safety 'weak link' in a hard crash, Glenn thinks metal gears will be 'fit and forget'. Time will tell ;-)

I found a 'servo strength calculator' on the web where you plug model weight, top speed, control surface size and max surface travel  and it gives you the minimum power you need. But that told me I only needed 0.2 kg.cm which seems like nothing, so do I trust it? Anyway, I have 1.6kg.cm available so that should be plenty.. maybe!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on November 23, 2009, 21:46:31 PM
FOUND on the main slope at Haresfield on Sunday morning:

A single black Thinsulate glove, left hand.

Send me a message if you've lost one and we'll get it back to you.


PS Phil I've still got your red box - I forgot to bring it to the auction and haven't seen you since! It's in my car when I do see you.

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on November 24, 2009, 08:08:56 AM
FOUND on the main slope at Haresfield on Sunday morning:

A single black Thinsulate glove, left hand.


I think I know who owns the glove and he wants it back . . . . .


(http://i248.photobucket.com/albums/gg199/Sauls74/michael_jackson_glove_2005-03-30.jpg)

Is Michael Jackson still alive? Does he now live in Gloucestershire? Has he become a glider guider?
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on November 25, 2009, 17:31:01 PM
Nearly there, but not quite! The balsa bit is almost done, then it's just covering and techy bits  :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on November 25, 2009, 17:48:59 PM
Nicely done that man! Looks like your up-ing the PSS game a bit. I like your style.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on November 25, 2009, 18:38:23 PM
Nicely done that man! Looks like your up-ing the PSS game a bit. I like your style.
 :af

I'll soon turn it into a bag of balsa.  ;D

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on November 25, 2009, 18:43:12 PM
I'll soon turn it into a bag of balsa.  ;D

I can probably help you with that... :-\


Anyway, have you got that video transferred yet?
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on November 25, 2009, 18:54:26 PM
I can probably help you with that... :-\


Anyway, have you got that video transferred yet?


Slacking a bit on the video front. Just spent the last half hour trying to unstick my fingers after a slight hicup with super glue.  :banghead:
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on November 25, 2009, 19:54:40 PM
Anyway, have you got that video transferred yet?

Did it come out at all? The cam seemed to switch off during / after one of the flights.
 $%&
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on November 25, 2009, 20:39:01 PM
Did it come out at all? The cam seemed to switch off during / after one of the flights.
 $%&

Hmm.. could that have been my ..um.. close pass?
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on November 26, 2009, 20:02:03 PM
Hmm.. could that have been my ..um.. close pass?


Yeah. Thats one word for it. Close. Hmmmmm.
 :''

How's the build coming on Tim? Really like the look of that Hawk. I reckon it'll be very slope friendly and you'll probably get some decent air time with it over the next few years (just so long as you don't fly when Yoyo's flying "close" to you)!!
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on November 26, 2009, 20:20:49 PM
I reckon it'll be very slope friendly and you'll probably get some decent air time with it over the next few years (just so long as you don't fly when Yoyo's flying "close" to you)!!
 :af

There you go again, picking on my flying. You *asked* me to follow you as close as possible to get a better video...

It takes some skill to hit a small plane like yours at that speed and with your erratic flying...

 :P
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on November 26, 2009, 20:23:02 PM
There you go again, picking on my flying. You *asked* me to follow you as close as possible to get a better video...

It takes some skill to hit a small plane like yours at that speed and with your erratic flying...

 :P

 ;D
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on November 26, 2009, 21:31:33 PM
Did it come out at all? The cam seemed to switch off during / after one of the flights.
 $%&
It switched off just before my spot landing in errrrr that tree!

There are some good shots. You'll get to see them as soon as I get my finger out.  :study:
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on November 27, 2009, 13:30:06 PM
Friday afternoon, Frocester is looking OK, good breeze, sunny and not too cold.
Hope to be there at 2.00PM

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on November 27, 2009, 15:57:18 PM
And it was good too, 'cept the sun in your eyes.....
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on November 27, 2009, 16:40:13 PM
And it was cold.
photo of Russ's home brew Storch flying at Frocester Friday afternoon

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/russ-storch.jpg)

Does anybody fancy indoor flying? 6.00PM Saturday at Bentham

Photos from last week at http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/indoor/id0910/indoornov09/nov09.htm (http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/indoor/id0910/indoornov09/nov09.htm)

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Tiger on November 28, 2009, 16:56:25 PM
I quite enjoyed Fri 'noon.................shame about the company though  :ev  :ev

Excellent Tornado pictures Phil.............

Tally H  :uk:

Andrew
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on November 28, 2009, 23:39:10 PM
Saturday same breeze and the same model
Phil

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/saturday.jpg)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on November 29, 2009, 09:08:00 AM
Sunday morning 9.00AM
A strong SE breeze on Roborough, only three flying
Phil :-\
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on November 29, 2009, 11:07:46 AM
Sunday morning 9.00AM
A strong SE breeze on Roborough, only three flying
Phil :-\

It's persisting down here at the moment (Gloucester) but XC suggests it might stop this afternoon - with the wind going from E round to NE - still Rodborough by the look of it.

I think I'll stick to building stuff today.

On that topic, it's been suggested that I might be getting a Spitfire slope soarer for Christmas. I'm looking at the Ripmax one at the moment, but I know GWS and ParkFly do them as well - anybody got any experience with any of them - build quality, flyability, ruggedness?
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on November 29, 2009, 16:44:26 PM
It's persisting down here at the moment (Gloucester) but XC suggests it might stop this afternoon - with the wind going from E round to NE - still Rodborough by the look of it.

I think I'll stick to building stuff today.

On that topic, it's been suggested that I might be getting a Spitfire slope soarer for Christmas. I'm looking at the Ripmax one at the moment, but I know GWS and ParkFly do them as well - anybody got any experience with any of them - build quality, flyability, ruggedness?


I saw a Ripmax Spitfire fly once at St.Agnes. It flew very well if I remember correctly. I'm sure it needs a decent blow to get it going though - probably not too good for anything less than 15mph for example. Nice piece of kit though. Might get the ME109 if you get the Spit!!!
 :ev
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on November 29, 2009, 18:32:15 PM
I saw a Ripmax Spitfire fly once at St.Agnes. It flew very well if I remember correctly. I'm sure it needs a decent blow to get it going though - probably not too good for anything less than 15mph for example. Nice piece of kit though. Might get the ME109 if you get the Spit!!!
 :ev


There's a decent clip of it gliding here: Spitfire gliding (http://www.gliderireland.net/images/videos/spitfirepssweb.wmv)

Several of the forum threads I've found about it from electric fliers say how theyhave had to make their landing approach much lower and slower than normal otherwise it glides right past them - which has to be a good sign!

What make is your Spit then? I thought that was a Ripmax one ( I think the same kit used to be made by BalsaCraft before Ripmax bought them out).

In other news I've finally managed to patch up the wing on that 100" Vega of mine - I made perfect 5mm ply spars to cross the break in the wing but as soon as I gave it the slightest tweak the ply snapped. So today I fired up the table saw and it now has two stub spars of 12mmx5mm ash instead - it was good enough for the main spars in the Mosquito so it should work here!
 
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on November 29, 2009, 18:48:16 PM
What make is your Spit then? I thought that was a Ripmax one.

Never mind, I just found the thread where you bought it. I can sort of see why you're so scared to fly it now, when it's a scratchbuilt one with 17 years history behind it...

Bit bigger the the Ripmax's 48" too.. 94" span was it?
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on November 29, 2009, 21:46:39 PM
Found this on YouTube.

RC Mayday (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1-mKReCmK8)

Well, at least it's better than bl**dy "I'm a Nobody..."
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on November 30, 2009, 09:50:03 AM
Found this on YouTube.

RC Mayday ([url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1-mKReCmK8[/url])

Well, at least it's better than bl**dy "I'm a Nobody..."



Maybe we should consider doing a similar one involving you and the trees at Haresfield???!!
 ;D ;)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: geoffers on November 30, 2009, 10:53:45 AM
Found this on YouTube.

RC Mayday ([url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1-mKReCmK8[/url])

Well, at least it's better than bl**dy "I'm a Nobody..."



Funniest thing I've seen in a long time ;D - should be posted on the main board
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on November 30, 2009, 18:14:11 PM
Hopefully this gives you some indication as to why I keep on harping on about the lift at St.Agnes being so good. This is a video of my DH-88 104" being maidened at St.Agnes yesterday. Epic, epic lift!!! Would take 10 minutes to get to the same height with the lift we enjoy around here!!
 :D

andys launch on Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/7896320)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on November 30, 2009, 20:12:56 PM
Vid doesn't work for me...
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on November 30, 2009, 20:22:40 PM
Vid doesn't work for me...

Strange that. $%& I've chekcked it again from the link and it's working fine. It's not my account either but i'm able to view it. Are you able to play anything on Vimeo? If not, is the problem at your end I wonder?
 :study:
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on November 30, 2009, 20:26:42 PM
Andy, I've never had any problems with Vimeo.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on November 30, 2009, 20:33:04 PM
Very strange. $%&

I don't know what to suggest other than to say that the video is entitled "Andys launch" by the author  "Ryan 2's videos". The original link to the video is on P80 thread #2390 of the Proper Cornish Slopers thread by Ryan 2.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Gary on November 30, 2009, 20:34:46 PM
Works fine for me :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on November 30, 2009, 20:35:45 PM
Works for me too. :)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: oldnslo on November 30, 2009, 20:36:12 PM
Works fine for me :af

+1 for me too
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on November 30, 2009, 22:19:54 PM
+1 for me too

Worked for me too.. although it was bit distorted. The plane looked freakishly large for a PSS glider, the landing looked ridiculously bouncy, and for some reason the top of Eyeboys head looked all shiny?

 :''

Looks like a stormer to me, Hope we get good enough conditions for it to fly round here sometime soon.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on November 30, 2009, 22:29:03 PM
Hopefully this gives you some indication as to why I keep on harping on about the lift at St.Agnes being so good. This is a video of my DH-88 104" being maidened at St.Agnes yesterday. Epic, epic lift!!! Would take 10 minutes to get to the same height with the lift we enjoy around here!!
 :D

andys launch on Vimeo ([url]http://vimeo.com/7896320[/url])


So it flies! Watched the video until your plane was outside of the earths orbit. Lucky those blokes let go just in time  ;D
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on November 30, 2009, 22:33:25 PM
On that topic, it's been suggested that I might be getting a Spitfire slope soarer for Christmas. I'm looking at the Ripmax one at the moment, but I know GWS and ParkFly do them as well - anybody got any experience with any of them - build quality, flyability, ruggedness?


Not sure if this helps, but I'm building a Spitfire from a plan. From the bits I've managed to cut out, it looking nice. Happy to do you a caopy if you're interested. By the way, the alarm arrived. Thanks
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on December 01, 2009, 07:45:42 AM
Not sure if this helps, but I'm building a Spitfire from a plan. From the bits I've managed to cut out, it looking nice. Happy to do you a caopy if you're interested. By the way, the alarm arrived. Thanks

Glad it got there safely. I expect I'll hear it on the slope sometime...

Have you got access to 'proper' moulding equipment for canopies, or do you just have lots of practice shrinking pop bottles with a hairdrier? I was having a look at that the other day, I might have a go for the Vega once I get it flying again - the existing canopy is intact but has been through a few wars.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on December 01, 2009, 08:53:42 AM
Have you got access to 'proper' moulding equipment for canopies, or do you just have lots of practice shrinking pop bottles with a hairdrier?

Neither, I've gone for the third option and just buy them. The one for the Spit was £2 when bought with the plans.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on December 01, 2009, 09:03:13 AM
Vid doesn't work for me...

Strange things computers are. It works fine this morning....
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 02, 2009, 08:07:13 AM
Tim, have you decided on a colour scheme for the P-51 yet? I've gone for this one . . . .
(http://www.deroeck.co.uk/plane-pictures-ww2/Mustang-Miss-Velma-(22)-02.jpg)
(http://www.deroeck.co.uk/plane-pictures-ww2/Mustang-Miss-Velma-(6)-03.jpg)

Would be great to see two p-51's on the slope (with different marking of course)!!
 :af

Glen, when are we going to see your new beasty hit the slopes?
 $%& :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on December 02, 2009, 09:13:54 AM
Brian B has one in those colours, I took this photo Saturday

(http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/indoor/id0910/indoornov09/4-sally_small.jpg)

It's the small Kyosho
Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 02, 2009, 09:42:48 AM
Brian B has one in those colours, I took this photo Saturday
It's the small Kyosho
Phil


It is very similar but not quite the same. I'm keen on a trim that no-one else has used (as far as I know). There are a number of trims like the Miss Velma, but when you look again, you'll see there are in fact different. It's the same with the Parkzone P-51 (below) very similar to "Miss Velma" but the "Gunfighter" has a red pin line rather than yellow.
(http://gunnerson.homestead.com/files/pz-p51-bl_3view.jpg)

Thanks for the photo though Phil. I'm going to try and get her completed by the weekend for a maiden.
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on December 02, 2009, 14:15:08 PM
Give me a ring and I will take some photos.
Frocester is the best place to fly PSS, I have landed a 200 inch model there.
Hope to see you at the weekend
Phil

07966 175193
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on December 02, 2009, 15:02:35 PM
Sorry I'm off topic but for those of you who might not know - the SCSA have their AGM at 8pm, Wenesday December 9th, at the Bear Hotel in Rodborough.

South Cotswold Soaring Assciation (http://www.scsa.org.uk/)

See you there!

Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on December 02, 2009, 20:09:30 PM
Tim, have you decided on a colour scheme for the P-51 yet? I've gone for this one . . . .
Would be great to see two p-51's on the slope (with different marking of course)!!
 :af

I'm still waiting for the kit to arrive, so the colour scheme is a little off.

Hawk nearly ready to fly though!  :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on December 02, 2009, 21:49:58 PM
Frocester is the best place to fly PSS

Just been sitting here wondering why????  $%&
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on December 02, 2009, 22:25:31 PM
Just been sitting here wondering why????  $%&

I agree... We can't all sideslip in to a pinpoint stall landing.

Selsley would be my choice.
 
Although - can you get a bit of height at Frocester, fly over the back then turn back into the wind and land in the field? Would that work?
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on December 03, 2009, 07:01:47 AM
We are not allowed to land in the field behind at Frocester! Danger to the public etc. NT rules.

The downside of Selsley for me is that you have to fly quite a distance from yourself, that's all.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on December 03, 2009, 07:43:24 AM
We are not allowed to land in the field behind at Frocester! Danger to the public etc. NT rules.

The downside of Selsley for me is that you have to fly quite a distance from yourself, that's all.

Fair enough. It is a pity Selsley isn't a bit steeper - the shape of the slope is about the same as Cleeve really.

But the landing at Frocester is not that much better then Haresfield, it seems to me. Except for the lack of trees tight on both sides and the rotor on the main slope, of course.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on December 03, 2009, 07:55:36 AM
I found landing at Frocester a bit daunting at first but no problen at all after mastering the approach.
Selsley is a cinch of course and Haresfield a challenge if the wind is strong!

I'm just grateful to live near to 3 or 4 slopes!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 03, 2009, 14:41:05 PM
Just been sitting here wondering why????  $%&

I think Frocester is a good place to fly PSS as the lift would appear to be greater there than at Selsley (wind speeds being consistant) which seems to be of greater importance to a PSS model than a flying pencil for example (due to drag etc).
 :study:
I agree that the landing at Frocester is a little more of a challenge than at Selsley. The Frocester approach is something I for one need to master if I want to fly some of my bigger PSS models as the wind direction and 15mph+ winds seem to greatly favour Frocester over pretty much any other slope in the SCSA area.
 :study:
Can't complain though. What a fantastic array of slopes and slope directions in such a small geographic area (which is one of the reasons why I moved here but i've never told Jodie that)!
 :'' :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: rcfanuk on December 03, 2009, 15:54:59 PM
Frocester certainly is a challenge, last time i was there i just spent ages doing landing approaches to try and get it nailed.

Admittedly i was trying to land at the time :'' :''

Steve
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on December 03, 2009, 16:04:55 PM
Hi Steve,

My Prodij is a pain to land there, it just keeps on going and won't slow down. It usually takes me several attempts.

You're a Moderator. Can you ban Eyeboy from mentioning the joys of St Aggie for 30 days?

Just kidding, I think....
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: rcfanuk on December 03, 2009, 16:27:48 PM


You're a Moderator. Can you ban Eyeboy from mentioning the joys of St Aggie for 30 days?

Just kidding, I think....

I'll see what I can do  :'' :''
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 03, 2009, 17:57:31 PM
This is a test . . . . .


ST.AGNES


Sorry Marcellus and rcfanuk. Still looks like i'm able to mention

ST.AGNES
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on December 03, 2009, 18:09:22 PM
This is a test . . . . .

Sorry Marcellus and rcfanuk. Still looks like i'm able to mention


I'm guessing there was supposed to be something else on there? Nothing on my PC...

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 03, 2009, 18:14:23 PM
I'm guessing there was supposed to be something else on there? Nothing on my PC...



 ;D

On another note, am I correct in thinking you're combat wing is a Windrider BeEvolution? I stripped a servo in my Venom and as I have to recover her, i'm thinking about replacing it altogether. After being on the slope with a BeEvo  running rings around my Venom, i'm think now is the time to upgrade.
 $%& :study:
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on December 03, 2009, 18:14:53 PM
This is a test . . . . .


ST.AGNES


Sorry Marcellus and rcfanuk. Still looks like i'm able to mention

ST.AGNES


Grrrr....
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on December 03, 2009, 18:39:50 PM
;D

On another note, am I correct in thinking you're combat wing is a Windrider BeEvolution? I stripped a servo in my Venom and as I have to recover her, i'm thinking about replacing it altogether. After being on the slope with a BeEvo  running rings around my Venom, i'm think now is the time to upgrade.
 $%& :study:

That's right, and yes I did run rings round your Venom  :af

I fitted the long spars in a curve instead of the daft 'cut them in the middle' which the instructions suggest. I used my own tape as the stuff in the kit is useless, the colour all falls off it. I also put the pushrods through slit drinking straws so they could stay inside the wing for as long as possible without the tape sticking to them.

Tis a great wing. I've flown it from 4mph up to 50+. Fitting a ballast tube would be a good move for the high winds like you get at that place you like.. what was it called again? Stagnate?


 
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 03, 2009, 18:46:55 PM
That's right, and yes I did run rings round your Venom  :a

Imagine how good you wing could be in the hands of a good pilot then???!!
 ;D
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on December 03, 2009, 19:23:43 PM
Imagine how good you wing could be in the hands of a good pilot then???!!
 ;D

I do have to just imagine it, what with the dark evenings, grotty weather and busy weekends   :'(

It would be interesting to see it in the hands of a good pilot,I agree. Do you know any?

Actually, Pete had a shot with it a while ago, and as usual managed to make it do totally impossible things like rolls so slow it was pretty much entirely a knife edge flight. I suspect telekinesis must be involved - it definitely went past aerodynamics...
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: sparkyben on December 03, 2009, 19:45:18 PM
;D

On another note, am I correct in thinking you're combat wing is a Windrider BeEvolution? I stripped a servo in my Venom and as I have to recover her, i'm thinking about replacing it altogether. After being on the slope with a BeEvo  running rings around my Venom, i'm think now is the time to upgrade.
 $%& :study:


Hi Andy, just noticed that you're thinking about a BeEvo, I've seen them for sale at Robotbirds.com (http://www.robotbirds.com), £39.95 has got to be worth it!  My good lady wife has said I can have one for Christmas so hopefully it will be ordered soon and I'll see you on the slopes in the new year!  Also considering the Middle Phase and 100" Albatross for sale in the classifieds, anybody know how good the albatross is for thermalling?  Also about the right prices? $%& £75 for the middle phase and £35 for the albatross. :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 03, 2009, 20:12:34 PM
Funnily enough I have a BeEvolution in "my basket" with Robot Birds. Thing is, I want to check they have them in stock so will be phoning them tomorrow morning! Thanks for the info though matey!
 :af
You've got a good lady there if she's buying you a wing of that quality. If you need any help setting it up, just say the word.
 :study:
As for the Middle Phase and the Albatross, out of the two the Middle Phase gets my vote especially now were in the winter months when hopefully we'll should have a bit of wind. The Albatross is more of a light wind model. As you know, both are made of wood so probably don't bounce all that well! If you are seriously considering one, it's probably best to look at them not to fly right now but they may be good once you've got your fingers and thumbs working the sticks properly.
 ;)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on December 03, 2009, 20:15:30 PM
Hi Andy, just noticed that you're thinking about a BeEvo, I've seen them for sale at Robotbirds.com ([url]http://www.robotbirds.com[/url]), £39.95 has got to be worth it!  My good lady wife has said I can have one for Christmas so hopefully it will be ordered soon and I'll see you on the slopes in the new year!


£39.95 is a good price - I got mine at cost from Glenn when he imported 6 from Hong Kong (and didn't get stiffed for the import tax) and it was only a few £££s less than that.

Just add two full size servos, a 4AA flat battery pack and a receiver, and you're flying the best combat wing going.

I'm just about set on the Ripmax 48" PSS Spitfire for Xmas, but there's still time to maybe switch to a decent aerobatic (and tough) aileron/V tail glider if anyone can suggest a good one for < £80?
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 03, 2009, 20:55:57 PM
Just add two full size servos, a 4AA flat battery pack and a receiver, and you're flying the best combat wing going.

I'm just about set on the Ripmax 48" PSS Spitfire for Xmas, but there's still time to maybe switch to a decent aerobatic (and tough) aileron/V tail glider if anyone can suggest a good one for < £80?

Already done. In fact i've just bought 10 more 2.4 RX to convert the remainder of my gliders so am hoping to recover some of the costs by selling my 35mhz recievers.
 :study:
As for the Spit or a V tail, no contest. Get the Spit! Can't beat some good PSS action on the slope. I'm very tempted to get the ME109 but will wait and see how yours flys first!
 :co
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on December 03, 2009, 21:10:58 PM
I'm very tempted to get the ME109 but will wait and see how yours flys first!
 :co

That's cheating!

To be fair though, that's exactly what I've been doing with Glenn - following along a month or two behind and learning from his mistakes  ;)

 
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: sparkyben on December 03, 2009, 21:48:03 PM
Funnily enough I have a BeEvolution in "my basket" with Robot Birds. Thing is, I want to check they have them in stock so will be phoning them tomorrow morning! Thanks for the info though matey!
 :af

As you know, both are made of wood so probably don't bounce all that well! If you are seriously considering one, it's probably best to look at them not to fly right now but they may be good once you've got your fingers and thumbs working the sticks properly.
 ;)

I think you are totally right about them not bouncing, a bit of learning to do with the BeEvo first!  Anyway, he who dares! :xx  Thanks for the offer of help with the setup, might well need it, Cheers :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on December 03, 2009, 21:53:03 PM
I think you are totally right about them not bouncing, a bit of learning to do with the BeEvo first!  Anyway, he who dares! :xx  Thanks for the offer of help with the setup, might well need it, Cheers :af

I can vouch for the BeeVo being tough.

Having said that, last time out I managed to have a high speed sub-optimal vertically-oriented landing and split the wing at the back, as far in as the 1/4" tube spar.

All re-glued now and ready to fly again. I can squeeze in an early fly at Frocester on Saturday morning if the weather holds out,so if anyone else is out and about, see you there.
   
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 03, 2009, 22:29:10 PM
I can squeeze in an early fly at Frocester on Saturday morning if the weather holds out,so if anyone else is out and about, see you there. 

I'm probably going to get out on Sunday morning rather than Saturday.
 $%&
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on December 03, 2009, 22:36:51 PM
XC says Saturday is going to be a Haresfield or Frocester sort of day?  Sunday looks more settled on Frocester. But by then, we will have to wait and see.....Hell, it could be blowing East.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 04, 2009, 18:28:17 PM
XC says Saturday is going to be a Haresfield or Frocester sort of day?  Sunday looks more settled on Frocester. But by then, we will have to wait and see.....Hell, it could be blowing East.

Might have a look tomorrow but will defo be out on Sunday morning if the weather plays ball.
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: sparkyben on December 04, 2009, 19:33:10 PM
BeEvolution and Tx ordered!  Lets hope they've got enough stock to go around!  See you soon chaps! Happy days!! :af :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 04, 2009, 23:37:59 PM
BeEvolution and Tx ordered!  Lets hope they've got enough stock to go around!  See you soon chaps! Happy days!! :af :af

FANTASTIC NEWS MATEY!!! Looking forwards to seeing you on the slopes very soon.
 :af  :af  :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on December 05, 2009, 09:43:28 AM
Frocester 9:40 Saturday...

15-20mph just left of the slope, and dry.

Lots of dogs, but only me flying so far...
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on December 05, 2009, 10:00:22 AM
Frocester 9:40 Saturday...

15-20mph just left of the slope, and dry.

Lots of dogs, but only me flying so far...

also... Loads of lift.

Also... Just found a wing down the bowl on the right. Done in striped tape - don't recognise it.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on December 05, 2009, 10:31:32 AM
I'll be out this afternoon, when it looks like it will be Haresfield.....
Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on December 05, 2009, 11:41:51 AM
I'll be out this afternoon, when it looks like it will be Haresfield.....
Guy

The wind was definitely moving Haresfield-wards just before I left Frocester.

This is the wing I found. I think it's an original Zagi. Looks like it had been there a day or two.

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 05, 2009, 12:20:20 PM
This is the wing I found. I think it's an original Zagi. Looks like it had been there a day or two.

Looks a tad beaten up but I bet it'll fly well after a bit of TLC. What were you doing down in the bowl anyway - looking for something you'd lost?????
 :'' :ev ;D

Not going to get out today but I am hoping that tomorrow will be do-able. Looking like a few showers may be about in the morning but there's a decent WSW wind predicted. Anyone else playing tomorrow?
 $%&
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: clayts75 on December 05, 2009, 12:25:22 PM
Any of you lot interested in having some Pylon racing fun at the Bwlch on Dec 19th. Any EPP nosed and leading edge model will do. Zagis welcome. come and have some fun. If you have a Flying Fish, bring it too as I will be holding a race or two for them if the numbers allow. PM me or email me.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 05, 2009, 12:32:32 PM
GUTTED! Would love to hit the Bwlch in style but have got the folks coming up for an early Christmas lunch / weekend.
Best of luck with it though matey.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on December 05, 2009, 13:10:46 PM
Looks a tad beaten up but I bet it'll fly well after a bit of TLC. What were you doing down in the bowl anyway - looking for something you'd lost?????
 :'' :ev ;D

>:( Actually my swivelling Eagle EyesTM spotted it in amongst the ferns as I was walking to the slope, so I had a quick fly, then went to have a look. While I was there I may have <cough> picked up my own plane as well...

Found a frisbee as well.. finders keepers on that one. I seem to be the club Finderer at the moment - I still have Phils frequency marker/bits box (PM me your address and I'll post it if you like since we haven't crossed paths for a while, Phil) and a single black glove found at Haresfield.

Still looking for that pot of gold. I think Eyeboy must have found that one already though, the amount he spends on this stuff...



Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on December 05, 2009, 15:37:15 PM
Saturday pm - Booming lift from the small bowl at Haresfield but cold and it began to drizzle at 3pm.

The wind just got stronger but never shifted to South (for the ridge) as forecast by XC.

Phil joined me at about 2.30 with the Zagi he bought at the club auction. It flew very well but white does not help visibility in the winter gloom. Get some colour on it Phil!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 05, 2009, 16:52:07 PM
Still looking for that pot of gold. I think Eyeboy must have found that one already though, the amount he spends on this stuff...

Defo haven't found a pot of gold that's why i'm making do with some of the battered old stuff rather than buy new. Talking of which, my Wildthing is now combat proof, or rather Paul proof!

Hopefully see you out there tomorrow morning to test it's new found strength. Just hope the rain stays off for a little longer than it did for Guy and Phil this afternoon.
 :af  :xx

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on December 05, 2009, 16:57:38 PM
Defo haven't found a pot of gold that's why i'm making do with some of the battered old stuff rather than buy new. Talking of which, my Wildthing is now combat proof, or rather Paul proof!

Hopefully see you out there tomorrow morning to test it's new found strength. Just hope the rain stays off for a little longer than it did for Guy and Phil this afternoon.
 :af  :xx

I doubt if I'll be out, I've been told we're having a big family party here tonight, and with *her* family involved it might be quite a late one  :''

If I get to do anything flying related tomorrow it'll probably be sorting out that Vega. Wing servos are in now, I was going to put pushrods to the tail but the swivels and stuff were tricky so I'm sticking with the pull-pull. I found that the reason the tail was so sloppy wasn't just 'normal' slop but that the pulleys were mounted on a bit of really skinny plywood which just bent under the tension.

I'm making a 1/16" Dural mount for it (and the servos) instead - that should sort it out and get me some nice crisp controls again. I hope.

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on December 05, 2009, 20:50:38 PM
If it's not raining, I should be out tomorrow with my new Wilthing 46. Wind is looking like SW (Frocester or Haresfield), but showers are predicted. >:(
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on December 06, 2009, 02:54:30 AM
If it's not raining, I should be out tomorrow with my new Wilthing 46. Wind is looking like SW (Frocester or Haresfield), but showers are predicted. >:(

Hope the weather holds out.

I was right, it was a late night for me. The last stragglers are still here. I don't think an early Sunday fly is on MY cards this weekend...
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on December 06, 2009, 09:01:57 AM
9.00 AM Sunday
Bryan and Pete are flying on Frocester, the wind is strong
Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 06, 2009, 09:07:35 AM
I was right, it was a late night for me. The last stragglers are still here. I don't think an early Sunday fly is on MY cards this weekend...

Family! I've got both sets staying with us in a couple of weekends time. As such i've bought two bottles of everything - one expensive and one cheap! When the mothers are half sloshed on the good gin, i'll substitute it for somehting a little (well, actually a lot) cheaper. Same with the Whisky for the blokes, 30 year old single malt to start with followed by a bottle of Grants blend!
Cheap? Me? Never!
 :'' :ev

Sounds like you had a good night. I'm planning to get out to the slopes mid morning in the hope that the worst of the showers will have passed.
 :xx  :af

Can't imagine the slopes will be too busy this morning. Thinking of heading to Frocester. Any other suggestions from anyone?
 $%&
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 06, 2009, 09:40:56 AM
It's brightening up! Right gents, hopefully see a few of you at Frocester around 11am.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on December 06, 2009, 09:53:27 AM
Looks as though it will be good at Frocester - lucy you. I work on Sunday mornings....
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on December 06, 2009, 13:22:58 PM
A couple of photos from Sunday morning at Frocester, Gordon's Wildting (yes we drop 'H's in Glo'ster) and Mike's wing
Phil

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/gordon600.jpg)

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/mike600.jpg)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on December 06, 2009, 14:50:43 PM
Eyeboy, I saw this and thought of you... fancy a 'proper' PSS P-51 Mustang?

EBay Mustang (http://search.ebay.com/120502233557)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 06, 2009, 17:01:57 PM
Eyeboy, I saw this and thought of you... fancy a 'proper' PSS P-51 Mustang?

EBay Mustang ([url]http://search.ebay.com/120502233557[/url])



Thats a very big girl! I like it but not enough to bid on it. Large PSS models - exactly my thing. Thanks for the link though.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on December 06, 2009, 17:28:51 PM
Thats a very big girl! I like it but not enough to bid on it. Large PSS models - exactly my thing. Thanks for the link though.
 :af

£300 as a starting bid is way too steep for me, definitely..

So... how big is 'too big' then? :''
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on December 06, 2009, 17:31:25 PM
How was Frocester on Sunday am? Tell me what I missed!!

Len Gardiner used to launch his Fox at Selsley with a bungee. Not for the faint hearted!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on December 06, 2009, 17:40:25 PM
How was Frocester on Sunday am? Tell me what I missed!!

Len Gardiner used to laund his Fox at Selsley with a bungee. Not for the faint hearted!

laund? launch *and* land? Absolutely definitely not for the faint hearted!

Actually, having some sort of gentle elastic arrester net would work well for me at Frocester and Haresfield. Anybody got one?


 
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on December 06, 2009, 17:47:25 PM
Typo corrected.
Definately launch and we all stood well clear. It was a big electric Fox and the bungee was the only safe way to get it up to flying speed on the slope.
I always thought it would catapault into the large stake that secured the bungee.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on December 06, 2009, 18:00:42 PM
Typo corrected.
Definitely launch and we all stood well clear. It was a big electric Fox and the bungee was the only safe way to get it up to flying speed on the slope.
I always thought it would catapult into the large stake that secured the bungee.

It would if I tried it  :embarassed:

I'm waiting to see Glenns Magister launch (the one he got at the auction). He's overhauling it at the moment and redoing it in a silver/orange colour scheme. I asked him when he'd be flying it and apparently the answer is 'ages yet'.

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on December 06, 2009, 18:29:09 PM
How was Frocester on Sunday am? Tell me what I missed!!

Frocester was very windy. Approx. 36mph at times! Launching for me was difficult, as I couldn't hold on to the fuselage tightly enough. I had a near miss when my new Wildthing almost took out a group of ramblers, then I almost lost it over the back of the slope. However, I knew all those hours of nose-in hovering with helicopters would come in useful one day, as I coaxed it down to the ground! Pete had his VoltiJ out, and managed to land it on top of a dry stone wall...very lucky. Brian(?) had the misfortune to lose the battery from his plane (yes really) just after launching. Needless to say it didn't get very far after that. Andy & Christine turned up, just as we were all leaving. All in all, a good morning's flying.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 06, 2009, 22:21:25 PM
I'm waiting to see Glenns Magister launch (the one he got at the auction). He's overhauling it at the moment and redoing it in a silver/orange colour scheme. I asked him when he'd be flying it and apparently the answer is 'ages yet'.


If it comes out looking anything like this, it'll look the dogs danglers on the slope and well worth the wait!  :xx
(http://www.milavia.net/downloads/wallpapers/previews/60.jpg)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on December 09, 2009, 09:25:34 AM
The SCSA AGM is tonight 8.00PM Wednesday at the Bear inn Rodborough
Following the AGM there will be a flying related Quiz  by Doug.
Guests and visitors are always welcome.

The weather looks better today and it looks like Haresfield, I will be there in the afternoon.

I have started my news letter again and it is posted at http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/phil/news.htm (http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/phil/news.htm)
This forum gives all the slope news, so it is now smaller. I hope I will not be attacked by our grammar school grammarian, I aint no wordsmith

Phil

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on December 09, 2009, 09:55:52 AM

I have started my news letter again and it is posted at [url]http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/phil/news.htm[/url] ([url]http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/phil/news.htm[/url])
This forum gives all the slope news, so it is now smaller. I hope I will not be attacked by our grammar school grammarian, I aint no wordsmith

Phil


That's good news Phil. I'll try to contribute as before!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: rcfanuk on December 09, 2009, 10:40:10 AM
I hope I will not be attacked by our grammar school grammarian, I aint no wordsmith

Phil



Don't worry Phil, no-one will be having a go at anyones gramatical errors, or they will be asked nicely to stop it. :af

Hope to see you this evening

Steve
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: oldnslo on December 09, 2009, 20:07:46 PM
As usual I can't make the meeting this evening, stuck at work. See you on Sunday, hopefully at Selsey.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Tiger on December 10, 2009, 17:15:47 PM
What a great quiz night it was, guess who walked off with the bottles......................

Slurp, slurp..............Hic................Hic.................

Nice one Steve, what a team ! !  but we must brush up on our 'cloud spotting'  Tut tut tut...........

Oh yeah, there was an AGM too ...................

Tally Hooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo  :uk:

Andrew
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 11, 2009, 11:13:37 AM
Could Sunday really be on for a good Selsley (PSS) session? Current prediction is for N13+mph!
I really, really hope so!
 :xx  :xx
Tim, would your Hawk be ready in time?
Glen, how about your Magi?
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on December 11, 2009, 22:30:20 PM
Could Sunday really be on for a good Selsley (PSS) session? Current prediction is for N13+mph!
I really, really hope so!
Tim, would your Hawk be ready in time?


Fingers crossed though a few sites are now saying NNE  :-\

Hawk is still waiting for the air crew to arrive (oh and a RX)  :''
Avro Vulcan now on the production line  :af

Spitfire still in bits but P51 finally landed on my doorstep yesterday. Happy days!!

Will be out on the weekend somewhere. :co
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 11, 2009, 22:54:46 PM
Avro Vulcan now on the production line  :af

The one PSS model I would give my right nadjer for! I absolutely love the things. One day i will have a 80" or 90" span Vulcan. For now though i'll just have to keep on with the Victor.

Looking forwards to a bit of synchro flying with both the Hawk and the P-51!

I've got the folks with me next weekend so probably won't hit the slopes. We then head to Cornwall for Xmas and the New Year so it'd be good to meet up this weekend so that I can give you the two Rx's. Fingers crossed the weather will suit a Selsley sesh.
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on December 12, 2009, 09:51:34 AM
The one PSS model I would give my right nadjer for!


If you're after a big one, try this
It's a scale 72" version. V. nice  :co

The one I'm building is the Ian Benson version 50" from the PSSA Plans service - As they say, Every day is a day at school  :banghead: (http://www.southhertsmodels.co.uk/Vulcan.htm)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 12, 2009, 14:17:50 PM
So do you my right or my left nadjer? Thanks for the link matey. I may well be getting one of those beauties in the New year once I've got all my current fleet airborne.
 :xx :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 12, 2009, 14:25:02 PM
On a different note, tomorrow is back around to N 13+mph!!  :xx

Will get the PSS models on charge and pray that it's good for some proper Selsley action. 
:xx  :xx  :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on December 12, 2009, 14:30:08 PM
On a different note, tomorrow is back around to N 13+mph!!  :xx

Will get the PSS models on charge and pray that it's good for some proper Selsley action. 
:xx  :xx  :xx

I hope so too... Today is pants with NE in the Stroud area! It's a shame as it's a beautiful sunny day.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on December 12, 2009, 15:52:55 PM
Dreaming of the Hawks test flight (and bricking it about the landing).

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Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on December 12, 2009, 15:54:11 PM
On a different note, tomorrow is back around to N 13+mph!!  :xx

Will get the PSS models on charge and pray that it's good for some proper Selsley action. 
:xx  :xx  :xx

It may be on Cam Long Down, it's a better slope, the lift is very smooth.
Selsley in not good in a northerly wind as it faces NNW
I will check out the lift and post on here about 9.00AM Sunday morning
I will be flying indoors at Bentham tonight, 6.00 till 11.00PM Bentham country club, visitors welcome
Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on December 12, 2009, 16:45:20 PM
Yup, Selsley needs a dab of West in Northerlies and as it's forecast NNE the next day a dab of East on Sunday is more likely.

IMHO CLD is the best slope we have and well worth the hike up the hill! Landing is a little trick but you can go round and round until your approach is right.

I'll get up there in the afternoon. Working on Sunday am as usual...

Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 12, 2009, 17:13:53 PM
IMHO CLD is the best slope we have and well worth the hike up the hill! Landing is a little trick but you can go round and round until your approach is right.

Is the landing as tricky as it is at Frocester? I'm in two minds about it.

I'll keep the options open until Phil's slope review and choose a slope after that.
 :xx :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 12, 2009, 17:15:01 PM
Dreaming of the Hawks test flight (and bricking it about the landing).

Is this the colour scheme you've gone for Tim? Looks impressive even if it is American!
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on December 12, 2009, 17:35:00 PM
Is the landing as tricky as it is at Frocester? I'm in two minds about it.

I'll keep the options open until Phil's slope review and choose a slope after that.
 :xx :af

It's a ridge with a flat bit on top. Overshhot a couple of times and then get it right! If all else fails there is bracken on the front lip of the slope to stop you.

BTW, the air comes all the way from Cornwall....

Frocester is just practice and familiarity. You'll find it easy peasy soon!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on December 12, 2009, 20:57:12 PM
Is this the colour scheme you've gone for Tim? Looks impressive even if it is American!
 :af

It is. I was in two minds about going for an American colour scheme but as I'm planning on knocking my own friends out of the sky, an American colour scheme seemed the obvious choice ;D
I'll do another one soon In Red Arrow's colours  :uk:

Mark's also got one on the production line!!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: oldnslo on December 12, 2009, 21:07:57 PM
Must tell you this story. Today at Leckhampton the wind straight at the slope but a very gentle 2-4 mph. having made the trek with the SWMBO I had to launch something so sent the EG for a circuit. The lift was magic, well pretty good for the slow wind, EG flew well and gained height. a motorised full size glider flew along the slope, lower than my EG! It made another three passes without the motor.
A PG launched from somewhere over to the left, he too flew right across the slope between me and my EG, as he turned he drifted to far away from the lift landing down below somewhere near the rugby field.
Finally alone I got down to some serious practice of my landing techniques. After several successful landings I found some thermal lift plus slope lift and gained some real height. As I brought EG round to start the landing approach I realised I still had to much height so flew a circular course over the field to shed some of it. Landed on top of the tallest tree on Leckhampton hill. ???

A passing walker offered to climb up and get it.
I pleaded with him to leave it where it was it would eventually fall out of the tree, no model is worth risking a life for.
He insisted. "I can do it, I fly micro-lights".
At 60feet up the tree he threw the model out of the branches. It dropped onto the top of the next tree.
He scampered down the tall tree and straight up the next one. Again he threw the model from the tree.

"Its amazing what you can do when you are 68 and have just had 4 pints"
Then he continued his walk with his wife and his dog.

I am very pleased to have my model back, however I still feel that he was extremely foolhardy to have retrieved it, all in all a very eventful afternoon. :uk: :uk:
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on December 12, 2009, 21:22:35 PM
Gee, I'll not fly with you again!
Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 12, 2009, 22:17:19 PM
Must tell you this story.

Great story! Sounds like a fun filled and eventful day on the slopes. Maybe see you out on one tomorrow (i'll be looking in the trees just in case your not on the slope itself)!
 :af

Tim, is Mark going for the same yank colour scheme or has he decided on something decent?
 :ev :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on December 13, 2009, 08:48:06 AM
Sunday 8.45AM
The SCSA club are flying at Cam Long Down, Wind is 20MPH
Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 13, 2009, 08:50:49 AM
Sunday 9.45AM
The SCSA club are flying at Cam Long Down, Wind is 20MPH
Phil

Your an hour earlier than you think! It's 08:45!
Right then, Cam Long Down it is. Is the car park there "safe" ?
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on December 13, 2009, 08:59:34 AM
Your an hour earlier than you think! It's 08:45!
Right then, Cam Long Down it is. Is the car park there "safe" ?

So far we have not had problems.

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 13, 2009, 09:15:58 AM
Thanks Phil.

If that's the case, i'm going to pack out three or four planes, including the DH-88, in the hope that it'll be flyable and that I can master the LZ.

I'm going to leave here in about 30 mins so should be on the slope around 10:30. Hopefully see ya'll there.
 :co     ;D    ;)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: sparkyben on December 13, 2009, 09:32:10 AM
Thanks Phil.

If that's the case, i'm going to pack out three or four planes, including the DH-88, in the hope that it'll be flyable and that I can master the LZ.

I'm going to leave here in about 30 mins so should be on the slope around 10:30. Hopefully see ya'll there.
 :co     ;D    ;)

Hi Andy,

Do you still have a buddy box and the wildthing working or has your digital switchover changed that arangement.  Don't worry about it if not I was just hoping to get my fingers and thumbs working the right way.  I'll head down to have a look whatever so see you in a while. Cheers, Ben :co
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on December 13, 2009, 10:04:44 AM
Thanks Phil.

If that's the case, i'm going to pack out three or four planes, including the DH-88, in the hope that it'll be flyable and that I can master the LZ.

I'm going to leave here in about 30 mins so should be on the slope around 10:30. Hopefully see ya'll there.

 :ev :ev :ev

Gutted. I've got about three days worth of to-do list to get sorted today, so I can't get out there.

Hope they all get a flight - the bigger the better!

Make sure somebody gets some pics and video. I'd like to see some shots of CLD so I know what I'm in for when I do get out there...

Enjoy yourselves!!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on December 13, 2009, 11:04:39 AM
Unfortunately, I have to work today. I am currently at Xtrac testing our new gearbox.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on December 13, 2009, 12:39:16 PM
Sunday Morning at Cam Long Down
A photo of Andy's Hawk
Phil

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/hawk-cam-ld.jpg)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on December 13, 2009, 13:11:01 PM
Ha! Did you get it down OK Andy?
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 13, 2009, 16:14:50 PM
Ha! Did you get it down OK Andy?

Yes although without the breeze that was expected, she liked overshooting a lot so took a few laps to bring her down safely. Eventually plucked up the courage to fly the F-18 which benefits from spoilerons but even that struggled. As I said, had the wind been a little keener i'm sure the approaches would be a doddle.

Cam Long Down is worth the effort in my opinion. Although I chose the hard route to get to the flying part of the slope (i.e. along the face and then up which was a beast of a walk and got me caked in mud), the air was smoother there than any other SCSA slope i believe. Having the chance to try a bit of DSing was also excellent fun. My Wildthing lapped it up and made a great noise when penetrating the dark side.
I'm actually looking forwards to my next session there but I don't think i'll ever fly anything big there. Walked back down the slope the easy way with Tim after a good 3 or 4 hours of flying i.e. along the slope ridge, and around the tree line. Once we reached the edge of the trees and the start of the grass alongside the small hill, I threw my Wildthing for a fly and it went all the way to the car (actually hitting the car in fact).

Top day and glad to hear you got your plane down Tony.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on December 13, 2009, 18:28:11 PM
Sunday, I have loaded a couple of photos to

http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/?M=D (http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/?M=D)

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on December 13, 2009, 21:08:13 PM
Sunday, I have loaded a couple of photos to

Phil


Great photos Phil. The first of the Macchi in action, unfortunately she's in a state of undress  :o
Aermacchi (http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/so-tired-cld.jpg)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on December 13, 2009, 21:57:05 PM
Great photos Phil. The first of the Macchi in action, unfortunately she's in a state of undress  :o
Aermacchi ([url]http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/so-tired-cld.jpg[/url])



Really really gutted not to have made it there now - looks like you had fun!

I think I can probably claim copyright on Bryan's style in this picture. (http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/bryan-cldi.jpg) Running away from your own plane with your hands in a muff seems familiar, somehow  $%&

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: oldnslo on December 13, 2009, 23:13:54 PM
I will save a lot of petrol if I just sling my models at the tree in my garden. :''
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 14, 2009, 18:41:31 PM
I will save a lot of petrol if I just sling my models at the tree in my garden. :''

But what fun would that be for the rest of us???!!
 ;)

Glad she's safe and sound.  :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 14, 2009, 21:33:54 PM
If you're after a big Vulcan, try this
It's a scale 72" version. V. nice  :co


Here's the 72" version of the Vulcan you mentioned Tim. I will get one after Christmas.  :af
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnZiSaXCEAo
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on December 14, 2009, 22:04:14 PM
Here's the 72" version of the Vulcan you mentioned Tim. I will get one after Christmas.  :af

So with your Vulcan and a couple of Spits (if mine lasts more than its maiden flight...), what else will we need for a Battle of Britain Flight?

No more new planes for me for a bit, I just ordered a ridiculously large TV as 'our' Christmas pressie...
<guilty look>
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on December 15, 2009, 20:58:04 PM
Here's the 72" version of the Vulcan you mentioned Tim. I will get one after Christmas.  :af

I'm gonna have to go to a PSS event. Will probably get a 72" as well.  :''
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 15, 2009, 23:44:23 PM
I'm gonna have to go to a PSS event.

Me too. I'm keen to build up my PSS hangar before the next event. 9 isn't quite enough yet!
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 17, 2009, 12:27:35 PM
May well try and venture up to Selsley in a while. Looking likie NNW 10+mph at Tuffley and building. :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on December 17, 2009, 12:50:38 PM
I'll be there at approx 2.15 as will Andy D

Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 17, 2009, 13:18:45 PM
I'll be there at approx 2.15 as will Andy D

Guy

Looks like it's getting a bit more east in it now. Possibly NNE. I'm still keen to venture out for on my lunch break to Selsley even if it is a bit off slope. Time won't allow me to fly at CLD today.
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on December 17, 2009, 21:14:20 PM
I'm still keen to venture out for on my lunch break to Selsley even if it is a bit off slope.
 :xx

What are you like. No wonder my vets bills are so expensive  :D
Hope it was good.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on December 18, 2009, 00:21:17 AM
Thursday at CLD, very cold, but the lift was good. Andy only stayed till it got dark, pressure of work.
Phil

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/andy-cld600.jpg)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Tiger on December 18, 2009, 00:27:41 AM
I did enjoy the climb to the top.......................... :-\

Well at least I'm still alive....................just.

Tally Hoooooooooooooooooooooo and have a good Christmas everybody ! ! !

Andrew

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on December 18, 2009, 13:06:11 PM
In the unlikely event that my job will allow me time to go flying over the xmas period, where do you park if you are flying at CLD? I've never been there before!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on December 18, 2009, 13:25:12 PM
There is a park at the west end, north side below a small pointed hill called Peak Down. The B road isn't labelled on my OS map but it runs between Cam and Dursley.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on December 18, 2009, 16:33:31 PM
There is a park at the west end, north side below a small pointed hill called Peak Down. The B road isn't labelled on my OS map but it runs between Cam and Dursley.
For Satnav users it is 600yards south of GL11 5EW

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on December 18, 2009, 21:35:34 PM
For Satnav users it is 600yards south of GL11 5EW

Phil

Did we ever get anywhere with renewing the SCSA logo? i.e. adding Leckhampton and CLD, fine tuning the directions etc.?

I'm happy to have a crack at drawing it if we can get an agreement about what should be on it.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on December 18, 2009, 22:11:22 PM
Probably a dumb question with a simple answer but how do you paste a picture into text on this site?  $%&
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 18, 2009, 22:40:45 PM
Probably a dumb question with a simple answer but how do you paste a picture into text on this site?  $%&

You aren't able to upload a photo from your computer directly. Instead, you need to upload the image to a media site (e.g. photobucket) and then link it from that site to this one using the icon that looks like a photo frame (between the Youtube and the website icons). Hope this helps???!!
 :study:
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Pasty on December 18, 2009, 23:24:19 PM
you can also attach an image by hitting the advanced options... link below the text box when making a post.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 18, 2009, 23:41:42 PM
you can also attach an image by hitting the advanced options... link below the text box when making a post.

Mate, i've tried that before but it seems most of my images are well above the 250kb limit for uploads. Do you know any other tips for getting them on here?
 :study:
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on December 19, 2009, 00:33:05 AM
Mate, i've tried that before but it seems most of my images are well above the 250kb limit for uploads. Do you know any other tips for getting them on here?
 :study:

Phil always seems to be able to insert quite big pictures in his text. He obviously has the answers :banghead:
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 19, 2009, 09:01:48 AM
Phil always seems to be able to insert quite big pictures in his text. He obviously has the answers :banghead:

I think Phil uses the method I suggested. If you look at his images, most are duplicated straight from the SCSA website.
 :study:
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on December 19, 2009, 09:34:16 AM
Mate, i've tried that before but it seems most of my images are well above the 250kb limit for uploads. Do you know any other tips for getting them on here?
 :study:

You could shrink them?

250kb should be plenty for a jpeg to go on here. I use Irfanview, a freebie program that let's you resize and crop as well as lots of other things.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on December 19, 2009, 10:12:34 AM
Phil always seems to be able to insert quite big pictures in his text. He obviously has the answers :banghead:

 
There is album space on this forum to load photos to.
I load photos to my web space that comes with my broadband
I update the SCSA (http://www.scsa.org.uk/) and the Glos-mfc (http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/) web sites. I know nothing of IT but I can do text, links, photos but not spelling
 
 I load general photos to my web space http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/?M=D (http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/?M=D) the ?M=D sorts them in date order
I resize to 600 pixels and use 10 to 20% Jpeg compression for the forum and 980 pixels for the SCSA web site, this is good for 1028 screen size
We need good photos for the gallery and slideshows and articles.
 
There is a for sale page on both sites
 
Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Tiger on December 19, 2009, 11:55:17 AM
Try here for 'How to upload pictures'.............

Using The Media Gallery to store pictures (http://www.rcmf.co.uk/4um/index.php/topic,58708.0.html)

Tally H

Andrew
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on December 19, 2009, 13:07:26 PM
Try here for 'How to upload pictures'.............

Using The Media Gallery to store pictures ([url]http://www.rcmf.co.uk/4um/index.php/topic,58708.0.html[/url])

Tally H

Andrew


Brilliant. Thanks for that  :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on December 19, 2009, 16:02:19 PM
Saturday at Frocester.
A light breeze, enough for a zagi, the Para gliders took off and were not seen again.
Photo is Adrian's single fin Zagi, ade was tuning it for the boxing day pylon race
Phil

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/aids-froster-saturday.jpg)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on December 19, 2009, 16:19:02 PM
Photo is Adrian's single fin Zagi, ade was tuning it for the boxing day pylon race

Is that the real boxing day (Saturday 26th) or the bank holiday day (Monday 28th)?

I assumed it was for the normal fast pylon racing type things - mouldies and such.

Is it open to all comers and all planes then?
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on December 19, 2009, 17:09:07 PM
The real Boxing day, 26th!

This is lighthearted fun, lots of Zagis etc but you may see a 60" pylon racer, depends on conditions on the day. I've raced Zagis, a Phase 5 and a Prodij and usually came close to last!
Someone won with a Calypso last year grrrr.
We flew a SSW into the sun at Frocester!

You'll be away by 12 ish, so peace at home.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on December 19, 2009, 18:10:41 PM
The real Boxing day, 26th!

This is lighthearted fun, lots of Zagis etc but you may see a 60" pylon racer, depends on conditions on the day. I've raced Zagis, a Phase 5 and a Prodij and usually came close to last!
Someone won with a Calypso last year grrrr.
We flew a SSW into the sun at Frocester!

You'll be away by 12 ish, so peace at home.

I thought it was held at Rodborough last year??
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on December 19, 2009, 18:15:57 PM
You are right. Time flies Gordon. Wait until you are an old F***t. It was mostly floaters as the lift was so poor and I think that d**n Calyso might have won there as well.  I was a flag man not a flier that time. Froze almost to death.
G
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on December 20, 2009, 08:24:38 AM
Sunday Morning 08.15
Pete, Paul and Bryan are on the west slope at Selsley, XC suggests Frocester
A light breeze and cold, very cold
Last night's flying photos are posted  http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/indoor/id0910/indoordec09/dec09.htm  (http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/indoor/id0910/indoordec09/dec09.htm)at that's me in the hat.
Sunday's slope photos are posted at http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/?M=D (http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/?M=D)

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/weazle600.jpg)
Phil

mobile 07966175193
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on December 20, 2009, 16:29:34 PM
Sunday Morning 08.15
Pete, Paul and Bryan are on the west slope at Selsley, XC suggests Frocester
A light breeze and cold, very cold



By the time we got there at midday, it had swung South West 8mph. Stayed until 15:00 ish with a few others. Eventually frost bite set in so went home. My Hawk had it's maiden flight. Photo's to follow  :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on December 20, 2009, 16:45:51 PM
My pile of balsa took it's first flight today and even survived a slight "arrival" (thanks Mark)  :af

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on December 20, 2009, 16:47:16 PM
Yes, XC got it right for the p.m. SW into the bright low sun, backing SSW occasionally.

Phil got it right too - cold, very cold but not in your new suit perhaps? Just the fingers.

A couple of flights with the slipstream and home to the warm.

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on December 20, 2009, 16:50:26 PM
Sorry about the focusing but I was either shaking with fear or the cold  :-\

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 20, 2009, 18:12:08 PM
Sorry about the focusing but I was either shaking with fear or the cold  :-\

LOOKS FANTASTIC MATEY!! I'm green with envy right now. Any more photos (would be great to see them)? How did it fly - any vices?
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on December 20, 2009, 18:53:58 PM
LOOKS FANTASTIC MATEY!! I'm green with envy right now. Any more photos (would be great to see them)? How did it fly - any vices?
 :af

Yep, there is video  :af Will post it soon (ish)  :study:

I have up loaded a few more photos onto my gallery. Apparently will should be able to see them (but I'm not sure how).
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: lozza on December 20, 2009, 19:38:10 PM
Good to see theirs still some flying going on even with the cold, must get back up their soon, its been too long

lozza
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 20, 2009, 23:23:51 PM
Yep, there is video  :af Will post it soon (ish)  :study:

I have up loaded a few more photos onto my gallery. Apparently will should be able to see them (but I'm not sure how).

Looking forwards to seeing the photos and the video.
 :af
Gutted I missed what sounds like a good days flying.Instead I spent the day as I did yesterday - showing both sets of parents around shops in Stroud, Gloucester and Cirencester. I am well and truly retailed out.
 :'(
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on December 21, 2009, 07:55:04 AM
Yep, there is video  :af Will post it soon (ish)  :study:

I have up loaded a few more photos onto my gallery. Apparently will should be able to see them (but I'm not sure how).


Look here (http://www.rcmf.co.uk/4um/index.php?action=profile;u=10615;sa=mgallery). I found it by going through the 'Gallery' link on the left, then going to 'user galleries' then finding you, right near the end.

I was expecting a direct link from your profile page but there didn't seem to be one.

Nice job on the Hawk. I think my Spit will need a pilot too (or a very heavy spinner) because it's designed to have motor, prop and most of a flight battery in front of the CoG, which I'm somehow forgetting to fit.

 
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 21, 2009, 09:19:20 AM
Cheers for the link Paul. :af

Looks great in the air Tim. You should be really proud of her.  :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on December 22, 2009, 18:27:09 PM
Cheers for the link Paul. :af

Looks great in the air Tim. You should be really proud of her.  :af

Pleased, I am (said Joda). I'm also bricking it about flying the thing.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on December 24, 2009, 10:11:08 AM
I finally posted video of my Hawk's first flight. Straight away YouTube stripped the sound track off it  :banghead:, so it's on Vimeo  :nananana:
Vimeo Hawk flight (http://vimeo.com/8361867)

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on December 24, 2009, 10:26:43 AM
Here is the YouTube version.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j36Kml56zOc
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on December 24, 2009, 12:29:18 PM
More vids, sorry but I've eaten so much chocolate that I can't move from the sofa  :af

Here's my Aermacchi video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dc-yzRPHui4

Have a good one  :)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on December 24, 2009, 14:12:42 PM
More vids, sorry but I've eaten so much chocolate that I can't move from the sofa  :af

Here's my Aermacchi video.
...
Have a good one  :)

Does this spurt of videos mean we're finally going to see the video where we were chasing Andy's hawk at Haresfield soon?

In other news, Aldi are selling their ski wear collection again from Sunday 27th - ideal slope fashion at this time of year! Nothing wrong with a nice pair of salopettes...
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on December 24, 2009, 16:11:30 PM
Does this spurt of videos mean we're finally going to see the video where we were chasing Andy's hawk at Haresfield soon?

In other news, Aldi are selling their ski wear collection again from Sunday 27th - ideal slope fashion at this time of year! Nothing wrong with a nice pair of salopettes...


Possibly  :study:
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 24, 2009, 19:26:30 PM
The Aldi salopettes are very good value for money.

On another note, I hope you and your families have a very Happy Christmas!
;)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on December 25, 2009, 10:23:44 AM
Tomorrow's pylon race is looking like Harefield, or Frocester. If Haresfield, let's please do it on the main slope!

By the way, Happy Christmas   ;D
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on December 25, 2009, 16:16:17 PM
Hi Gordon,

Looks to me, from XC, that the wind will be on the small bowl at Haresfild. It would be nice to race on the ridge, let's hope in gets a bit more South in it!

Happy Xmas to you too.

Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on December 25, 2009, 17:05:11 PM
Both Andy George and I have found that when the wind is west of south the ridge is as good as the bowl. I hate flying on that bowl!!!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on December 25, 2009, 17:34:06 PM
Surely the bowl is too small for a race anyway?

See you tomorrow morning!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on December 25, 2009, 18:00:13 PM
Surely the bowl is too small for a race anyway?

See you tomorrow morning!

You could have a pylon on the slope of the bowl and another out in the field, instead of side to side?

Anyway, I can make Haresfield tomorrow (if I can find the charger after all my plane stuff got relegated to a big pile to make room for family visits), so I'll see you mad people there at 9:30.

Let's hope the wind and temperature both stay up...
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on December 25, 2009, 18:26:51 PM
Unfortunately I won't be there - I'm driving to North Norfolk.

Talking of Southerlies, has anyone flown the south side of CLD?
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on December 25, 2009, 18:55:50 PM
Yes,
It works fine but the trees and bushes on the slope can get in the way...
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on December 25, 2009, 20:20:28 PM
Yes,
It works fine but the trees and bushes on the slope can get in the way...

I find trees and bushes getting in the way is a fairly constant thing wherever I fly... strange that.

Norfolk, Tim? Not the best place for slope soaring. Have you got your priorities right?  ::)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on December 26, 2009, 08:45:40 AM
Saturday 08.45
SCSA will be using the small slope at Haresfield for the open class pylon race.
We will fly from part way down the slope
Please arrive at 9.30 for a 10.00AM start
Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: oldnslo on December 26, 2009, 08:52:27 AM
Thanks Phil, see you there soon.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on December 26, 2009, 12:18:13 PM
Dave Payne wins

(http://www.scsa.org.uk/images/davep.jpg)  (http://www.scsa.org.uk/images/davep2.jpg)

results soon

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on December 26, 2009, 12:56:09 PM
Dave Payne wins

results soon

Phil

Good fun was had by all.. and it has to be better than tidying the house after the family descended yesterday!

This one was actually going round the silver birch 'pylon', not into it:



And this shows how close the racing was getting at times:



Also, I'm glad to say that I took that lost Zagi along that I found a few weeks ago at Frocester and it was instantly recognised as belonging to one of the other Pauls(?) and I've left it with Pete who's more likely to see him than I am.

Apparently it's been buried in the bracken/brambles there since summer and has defied several rescue missions.
 
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on December 26, 2009, 13:38:05 PM
14 racing and 6 or so watching was a very good turnout! Lovely morning and great lift. Shame about the LZ!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on December 26, 2009, 13:53:54 PM
Sunday p.m. looks good for Selsley!!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on December 26, 2009, 22:22:30 PM
Pete has released the results of the pylon race

They are posted at http://www.scsa.org.uk/comp10/pylon.htm (http://www.scsa.org.uk/comp10/pylon.htm) with some photos
Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on December 27, 2009, 15:44:50 PM
Well, Sunday p.m. turned out great, except whilst some were seen flying Selsley, Andy, Christine and I flew Frocester.

Tons of smooth lift - most to the RH side of that nasty dazzling sun.

Landing - wow - the lift was a bit stubborn!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on December 27, 2009, 18:12:35 PM
Is anyone flying tomorrow? Looks like Rodborough.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 27, 2009, 18:17:12 PM
Is anyone flying tomorrow? Looks like Rodborough.
Would love to but am still in Cornwall. Have a good one.
 :)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Tiger on December 27, 2009, 18:17:52 PM
Malvern is the place for an Easterly................as well you know  ;D.

I doubt, that we will be there though, but, stranger things have happened.

Enjoyed my flying at Frocester this afternoon, saw 'the Fridge' VW at Selsley on the way home. Hey Ho ! !

Tally H  :uk:

Andrew
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on December 27, 2009, 18:35:05 PM
Would love to but am still in Cornwall. Have a good one.
 :)

likewise except we're in Norfolk (not known for its slopes).
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: oldnslo on December 27, 2009, 21:17:51 PM
Had a really great afternoon at Selsley. Flew my slipstream and my battered stargazer. Same again tomorrow hopefully at Rodboro'
Must admit that they both flew better when Phil had a go.
Looks like a good week of practice coming up, if I can escape the shopping trips.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on December 27, 2009, 22:03:08 PM
Had a really great afternoon at Selsley. Flew my slipstream and my battered stargazer. Same again tomorrow hopefully at Rodboro'
Must admit that they both flew better when Phil had a go.
Looks like a good week of practice coming up, if I can escape the shopping trips.

Interesting, one of those days when both Selsley and Frocester were working.

I was gagging to fly Selsley but Frocester was great and at it's very best and I thought Selsley had too much South in the wind when I arrived and checked the direction?

Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on December 27, 2009, 22:03:39 PM
Norfolk, Tim? Not the best place for slope soaring. Have you got your priorities right?  ::)


What on this earth makes you think that I have any say in what I do and when I do it. My priorities are given to me and I dutifully obey (if I know what's good for me)  :''
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on December 27, 2009, 22:34:34 PM
Does this spurt of videos mean we're finally going to see the video where we were chasing Andy's hawk at Haresfield soon?


Have tried to make a vid out of what we shot, but most of the footage is of the Hawks tail and nothing else. I think we need to do a bit more filming and then we'll have enough for a decent movie - See you when we get back.  :af
If your Spit finished yet  :uk:
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on December 27, 2009, 23:25:51 PM
Have tried to make a vid out of what we shot, but most of the footage is of the Hawks tail and nothing else...
If your Spit finished yet  :uk:

Strange - it's almost like something must have given Andy's Hawk a clout and knocked the camera off line...

As for my Spit, haven't even started it. There's a surprising amount to do for an ARF model, probably 8-10 hours over a few sessions (with breaks to let the glue dry)!

I need to get my Vega fixed first anyway, so I can get some more aileron/elevator/rudder practice in with something tough before flying a delicate balsa/film crunchy.

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on December 28, 2009, 23:22:03 PM
A photo from Ross,whose Spit?
Phil

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/Spifire-launch-Selsley600.JPG)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on December 28, 2009, 23:42:33 PM
A photo from Ross,whose Spit?
Phil

It's mine Phil. The photo is of Selsley a few months back when we attempted to give the Spitfire a fly. Unfortunately the winds were marginal so the flight was very short lived.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on December 29, 2009, 10:05:07 AM
I have posted some more of Ross's photos at

http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/?M=D (http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/?M=D)

I have just finished a Multiplex Fox, I haven't tried it on the slope yet as I had to glue the prop on, it will be flown indoors on Saturday at Bentham. As they are only £9 I will buy a second for the slope.
details at http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/models/fox/fox.htm (http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/models/fox/fox.htm)

Found at Lekhampton -a Zagi, contact hatz

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on December 29, 2009, 11:44:55 AM

Found at Lekhampton -a Zagi, contact hatz

Who's hatz?

Glenn lost a BeeVo (Zagi-alike - same as mine) ages ago at Leckhampton. I think it was white with big blue dots on it  Could it be his?
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on December 29, 2009, 19:04:33 PM
I have just finished a Multiplex Fox, I haven't tried it on the slope yet as I had to glue the prop on, it will be flown indoors on Saturday at Bentham. As they are only £9 I will buy a second for the slope.

Phil

Our Fox flew at Froster just before Chrimbo. To say it's twitchy is an understatement. Glenn seems to be the expert.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on December 29, 2009, 19:20:26 PM
Our Fox flew at Froster just before Chrimbo. To say it's twitchy is an understatement. Glenn seems to be the expert.

Glen is cheating look inside his model.
Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on December 29, 2009, 20:08:08 PM
Glen is cheating look inside his model.
Phil

I can second that. His is very twitchy too when you turn the magic boxes off...

My unfinished Fox (I'm seeing a theme here  :-\ ) is also cheating - but in my case so I can get pitcherons and elevator from only two servos.

I started that Spitfire today. Looking good so far - a couple of minor bits missing from the kit (solder-on clevis adaptors), and a few design changes (two 3mm machine screws instead of one 5mm nylon bolt holding the wings on) - but I've got all the flappy bits glued on yet still mobile, and the tail is on and square.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on December 29, 2009, 21:13:16 PM
Glen is cheating look inside his model.
Phil

Don't think of it as cheating, he's just using the available technology and putting it to good use  :nananana:
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: oldnslo on December 29, 2009, 21:20:16 PM
I have posted some more of Ross's photos at

[url]http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/?M=D[/url] ([url]http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/?M=D[/url])

Phil


 :af Thanks for the pictures Phil, The wing is a Slipstream that I inexpertly covered in NS. I found that it flies better now though so am leaving it looking a bit of a mess.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Antiquus2Helix on December 30, 2009, 12:13:41 PM
Cheating, I call it experimentation, anyway my fox no longer has a gyro to stabilise the roll!
Also thanks to Trevor for finding my Bevo and thanks to Phil for calling me to let me know.

Phil my email address is turnerglenn@gmail.com
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on December 31, 2009, 18:07:48 PM
Anyone out tomorrow? Looks like it will be a nice day at Selsley for trying out those new pressies from Santa  :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on December 31, 2009, 18:15:05 PM
Anyone out tomorrow? Looks like it will be a nice day at Selsley for trying out those new pressies from Santa  :af

Chilly though.. -2C - +1C? Brrrrr!

I've still got some to do to the Spit, although she's waggling under her own power now.

Just a few tricky bits left - how to attach the spinner without a motor shaft, cutting the canopy from the blank without shattering it, sorting the C of G, that sort of thing. It won't be ready for tomorrow though :-(

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: oldnslo on December 31, 2009, 19:22:05 PM
I had a pleasant couple of hours at Leckhampton today. The wind was directly onto the slope at 5-11mph producing a nice steady lift. It was only cold on the fingertips and the nose.
Flew my Slipstream a lot and tried my latest model. A homebrew Beetle 48", following the build advice from Stanley Chan.

It looks like Selsley for tommorrow so will try it again, maybe with more confidence.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 01, 2010, 10:19:31 AM
Saturday 10.15 AM
Andy G and Gordon are on Selsely, there's a breeze and the sun is out
Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on January 01, 2010, 15:18:14 PM
Had a good morning of flying with my Graphite and Easy Glider. However, it was spoilt slightly by the pratt who insisted on kite boarding back and forth in front of us.  >:(
Andy and I left at around 1.30pm when the lift died. However, Phil returned, and seemed to be flying ok, so the conditions had obviously improved by the time we got to the car park.

Phil, if you got any decent shots of me and Andy's planes, can you post them up please?

Oh yeah, forgot to mention that we had to scrape the ice from our wings at the end of the session!!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 01, 2010, 15:47:03 PM
Shame about the light winds - not as forecast. Tomorrow looks similar but I'll give it a go!
Kiteboarding on the front of the slope, that's unusual, perhaps he was a Paraglider?!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 01, 2010, 16:16:15 PM
The lift was OK in the afternoon, strong enough at times for Ben to fly his Wildthing.
Here are some Photos, taken by Andy and Ben, names are in the file name.
I will post some larger photos at http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/?M=D (http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/?M=D)
Phil
(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/andy1.jpg)

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/gordon1.jpg)

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/phil1.jpg)

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/tim1.jpg)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 01, 2010, 16:22:06 PM
Shame about the light winds - not as forecast. Tomorrow looks similar but I'll give it a go!
Kiteboarding on the front of the slope, that's unusual, perhaps he was a Paraglider?!

I'd like to see them try that at Frocester...


My Spit is finally ready to fly... so I'm waiting for a decent wind at Selsley myself. Looks like that won't be this weekend though.

Here's a couple of pictures of it:



And I had to add a ton of weight to the front to get the CoG right:


Yes that is a 2100mAh NiMH, 40g of wheel weights and an M10x50 bolt with a pile of nuts and washers! The thing was designed for a biggish motor and the flight battery is also supposed to be 2/3 in front of the CoG so there's a lot of missing weight to compensate for.

When I stuff it I might just make it into a comedy stubby spitfire so I can lose some of the noseweight... who knows  :D


Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 01, 2010, 19:21:51 PM
12mph and Westerly tomorrow. Doesn't that mean that Selsley would work? Nice job with the Spitfire Paul!
 :af
Sunday is looking like it's got a bit more wind strength behind it at Rodborough. Never flown there before. What's the slope like in terms of lift and landing zones?
 $%&
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 01, 2010, 19:34:53 PM
12mph and Westerly tomorrow. Doesn't that mean that Selsley would work? Nice job with the Spitfire Paul!
 :af
Sunday is looking like it's got a bit more wind strength behind it at Rodborough. Never flown there before. What's the slope like in terms of lift and landing zones?
 $%&

Well, they did all the work really... that ready-printed covering really speeds up the build and improves the finished effect.

I thought full Westerly was 'too West' for Selsley, even the small slope? I don't fancy Frocester for it, really.

I've never got round to Rodborough either. Somebody mentioned Malvern for Easterlies? North Hill should be really good for that, but it's a trek to the top - steeper than your description of CLD by some way.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 01, 2010, 21:32:24 PM
My Spit is finally ready to fly... so I'm waiting for a decent wind at Selsley myself. Looks like that won't be this weekend though.

Beautiful job mate  :af

It makes no different where the wind is, you still need to bring her out so we can dribble all over it.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 01, 2010, 21:41:45 PM
Talking of Easterlies, I was chatting to some bloke on Selsley today who flies at Malvern a lot. He claims that the hill is bloody freezing at this time of year but normally is brill for PSS due to the massive landing area.
From my Paragliding trips, Malvern or Pandy are the two choices for East blows but both involve a up hill walk.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 01, 2010, 22:09:59 PM
Talking of Easterlies, I was chatting to some bloke on Selsley today who flies at Malvern a lot. He claims that the hill is bloody freezing at this time of year but normally is brill for PSS due to the massive landing area.
From my Paragliding trips, Malvern or Pandy are the two choices for East blows but both involve a up hill walk.

I used to live in Malvern so I'm used to the hills - and I can well imagine how cold it is up there.

From the Tank Quarry car park up to the top is quite a climb, especially carrying a plane or two!

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 01, 2010, 22:54:36 PM
I see that the Malvern club were to hold an event this Sunday but due to "adverse weather conditions" it's been postponed. Is this an omen??? Tempted???

malvern soaring association (http://www.malvernsoaringassociation.co.uk/)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Tiger on January 01, 2010, 23:40:45 PM
I see that the Malvern club were to hold an event this Sunday but due to "adverse weather conditions" it's been postponed. Is this an omen??? Tempted???

malvern soaring association ([url]http://www.malvernsoaringassociation.co.uk/[/url])


We have flown North Hill a few times now, in the summer, the lift on all occasions with an Easterly wind was superb. On our last visit we were treated to some excellent flying from an ME 262, it seems ideal for PSS. The walk is longer than CLD but not as steep in my opinion. I am pretty sure that North hill is the only slope the club fly from now, so best to follow the instructions on the website.

Have a nice time.................

Tally H  :uk:

Andrew  
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 02, 2010, 00:18:38 AM
I see that the Malvern club were to hold an event this Sunday but due to "adverse weather conditions" it's been postponed. Is this an omen??? Tempted???

malvern soaring association ([url]http://www.malvernsoaringassociation.co.uk/[/url])


When was sir thinking of heading up 'T' North (Malven)  $%&
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 02, 2010, 00:29:52 AM
When was sir thinking of heading up 'T' North (Malven)  $%&

This 'sir' has some unexpected guests for the weekend so I doubt I'll be out and about much :/

If you do go to Malvern, enjoy it!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 02, 2010, 09:46:14 AM
I have posted Saturday's photos to http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/?M=D (http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/?M=D)

I have charged my Pegase and will fly it at Frocester today
Phil

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/andy-peg-600.jpg)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on January 02, 2010, 15:01:02 PM
A great morning of flying at Frocester, but where was everyone else??? Only me, Andy and Phil.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 02, 2010, 15:10:05 PM
A great morning of flying at Frocester, but where was everyone else??? Only me, Andy and Phil.

Just got back. Am up for a fly tomorrow. Tempted by Malvern or anywhere else "local". Saw a few models up at Crookes Peak as we drove back. Not fussed where I go just as long as the lift is good. I need a PSS fix!!!
 :xx :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 02, 2010, 16:12:19 PM
Just got back. Am up for a fly tomorrow. Tempted by Malvern or anywhere else "local". Saw a few models up at Crookes Peak as we drove back. Not fussed where I go just as long as the lift is good. I need a PSS fix!!!
 :xx :af
How about Leckhampton? it does NE and East and you get some shelter from the wind, shame about the landing
Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 02, 2010, 16:21:08 PM
How about Leckhampton? it does NE and East and you get some shelter from the wind, shame about the landing
Phil

I agree Phil. Leckhampton would be good but the LZ is a little too risky for something fragile like my DH-88. Also, I'm keen to fly different slopes so am up for alternative "local" suggestions.
 :af :study:
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on January 02, 2010, 16:54:48 PM
XC is claiming ENE at 15kts tomorrow. The only other "local" slope would be Rodborough? I've never been to CLD, does that do this direction? There is also Malvern, but I couldn't imagine you would want to lug your DH88 all the way to the top! It's a damn long climb on the best of days.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 02, 2010, 17:01:47 PM
I agree Phil. Leckhampton would be good but the LZ is a little too risky for something fragile like my DH-88. Also, I'm keen to fly different slopes so am up for alternative "local" suggestions.
 :af :study:

Malvern is 45mins from me so it will be an hour each way from you. Is that 'local'?

I wasn't going out, but I am dead keen to fly that Spit...

If not Malvern, then where? I can sneak out if it's early enough - as long as I'm back for Sunday Lunch  :''

There are pictures about of 'CLD as seen from Coaley Peak (Frocester)'and 'Coaley Peak from CLD' so I guess it's sort of facing Frocester, which would make it Eastish. Never been there to check though - that side might be duff.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 02, 2010, 17:02:41 PM
A great morning of flying at Frocester, but where was everyone else??? Only me, Andy and Phil.

Andy D, Tim and I arrived just after you left! It was good despite the sun!

Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 02, 2010, 17:04:53 PM
Malvern is 45mins from me so it will be an hour each way from you. Is that 'local'?

I wasn't going out, but I am dead keen to fly that Spit...

If not Malvern, then where? I can sneak out if it's early enough - as long as I'm back for Sunday Lunch  :''

There are pictures about of 'CLD as seen from Coaley Peak (Frocester)'and 'Coaley Peak from CLD' so I guess it's sort of facing Frocester, which would make it Eastish. Never been there to check though - that side might be duff.


Na! CLD is for S or better still N.
NNE is about the decent limit but some say it works in NE....
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 02, 2010, 17:37:48 PM
AS I see it, with an ENE wind, the options for tomorrow are as follows:

Rodborough - no comments about it from anyone so either it's pants or nobody has actually flown it.
Leckhampton - good location, ok lift but pants LZ.
Crook Peak - smallest of the CP slopes. Unknown LZ. Mendip (http://www.slopesoaring.org.uk/wmsa/location.html)
Brent Knoll - small hill. Unknown LZ. Brent Knoll (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=101885999264229347213.0004604d20554e312a41e&ll=51.494944,-2.776151&spn=0.226571,0.694885&t=h&z=11)
The Crest (Bwlch) - Legendary slope. Good LZ (apparently) if you know what you're doing!BWLCH (http://www.mikey.rchomepage.com/bwlch.htm)
Westbury White Horse (Bratton) - nothing known but listed on the South West Slopers thread!
Malvern - good lift (apparently). Long walk - slopeside landings.  Malvern (http://www.malvernsoaringassociation.co.uk/th.html)

Any suggestions . . . . ? Would love to see Paul's Spitfire and Tim's Hawk flying!
 $%& :study: :xx :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 02, 2010, 17:52:21 PM
AS I see it, with an ENE wind, the options for tomorrow are as follows:

Rodborough - no comments about it from anyone so either it's pants or nobody has actually flown it.
Leckhampton - good location, ok lift but pants LZ.
Crook Peak - smallest of the CP slopes. Unknown LZ. Mendip ([url]http://www.slopesoaring.org.uk/wmsa/location.html[/url])
Brent Knoll - small hill. Unknown LZ. Brent Knoll ([url]http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=101885999264229347213.0004604d20554e312a41e&ll=51.494944,-2.776151&spn=0.226571,0.694885&t=h&z=11[/url])
The Crest (Bwlch) - Legendary slope. Good LZ (apparently) if you know what you're doing!BWLCH ([url]http://www.mikey.rchomepage.com/bwlch.htm[/url])
Westbury White Horse (Bratton) - nothing known but listed on the South West Slopers thread!
Malvern - good lift (apparently). Long walk - slopeside landings.  Malvern ([url]http://www.malvernsoaringassociation.co.uk/th.html[/url])

Any suggestions . . . . ? Would love to see Paul's Spitfire and Tim's Hawk flying!
 $%& :study: :xx :af


I'm game for Malvern. Here's a map of the car parks (http://www.malvernhills.org.uk/Content/Documents/access_to_the_hills.pdf) - I'd use the North Quarry or Tank Quarry car parks for North Hill.

Some of those sound an awfully long way away. Just how desperate ARE you? I've only got the morning so any further than Malvern is out for me really.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 02, 2010, 17:54:20 PM
Many have flown Rodboro and there will be several out on Sunday AM, I'm sure.

I like ESE the best, though it's OK in E and ENE.

Lovely in the summer - very thermally...

Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 02, 2010, 17:58:35 PM
Thanks for the info Guy. Is it suitable for a large PSS model do you think? The wind strength tomorrow is good so, as i've already mentioned, I'm keen to get out with one or two of them.
 $%&

If not, i'm starting to think that Malvern gets my vote. Anyone know if the route to the slope is hindered by trees / bushes only i am to carry the equivalent of a fragile surfboard up there?  $%&
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 02, 2010, 18:10:40 PM
Anyone know if the route to the (Malvern) slope is hindered by trees / bushes only i am to carry the equivalent of a fragile surfboard up there?  $%&

It's a few years since I've been up there, and then I went straight up instead of using the path... I know the parking and route they recommend on the MSA site is longer but gentler than I would have chosen, although I wasn't carrying any planes!

Actually, having read the MSA description again, the good flat LZ is for Table hill (the SW-N slope) while the N-SE slope on North Hill is slopeside landings. Bah. (Although North Hill is pretty bleak - there's probably only sheep-cropped grass up there, and some gorse patches).

Maybe Rodboro is a better bet for tomorrow, if the LZ is adequate?

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on January 02, 2010, 18:16:25 PM
If you stick to the pathways, there are no bushes or trees to give you any grief. However, I must be one of the unfitest slopers around, because I had to stop to catch my breath a couple of times on my way up earlier in the year!! Mind you, I had my rucksack, plus a surfboard bag with my 2 mouldies to weigh me down!

I have also flown at Rodborough. It's not too bad if you are flying from the left hand slope/bowl, and landing isn't too bad, as long as you remember that the main road is lurking just over the horizon!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 02, 2010, 19:15:35 PM
After all the fuss, the lure of seeing Paul's Spitfire is too much. See ya'll at Rodborough in the morning! Sleep tight!
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 02, 2010, 19:27:51 PM
After all the fuss, the lure of seeing Paul's Spitfire is too much. See ya'll at Rodborough in the morning! Sleep tight!
 :af


I didn't think I was definite but Rodborough suits me so I'll go for that too. See you all tomorrow. Is Stroud all roadworks yet?
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 02, 2010, 23:33:11 PM
I didn't think I was definite but Rodborough suits me so I'll go for that too. See you all tomorrow. Is Stroud all roadworks yet?

I'm with Andy - need to see the Spit  :D
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: sparkyben on January 03, 2010, 08:55:39 AM
Doesn't look like much of a breeze out there boys, enough to get a Beevo set up maybe? Could do with a hand from anyone at Rodborough later. Cheers, Ben :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 03, 2010, 08:56:31 AM
Sunday 8.55 AM
Pete & Bryan are flying on Rodborough, the wind is lighter than forecast although I can see the clouds moving
Pete is flying his 136 inch Eliminator
Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 03, 2010, 09:11:15 AM
Doesn't look like much of a breeze out there boys, enough to get a Beevo set up maybe? Could do with a hand from anyone at Rodborough later. Cheers, Ben :af

No problem. Let's hope the wind picks up a little as Phil mentioned and the forecast shows.
 :xx
See you there. I'm going to get there for 10am and should be there for a ciuple of hours if the wind is any good.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: sparkyben on January 03, 2010, 17:03:29 PM
Thanks for your help with the setup today Andy and Phil, I'm really happy with the way she flew, and that I managed to land a few times without any disasters! ;D  Can't believe how much lift there was with such a light breeze, roll on next weekend :af :af Cheers
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 03, 2010, 17:10:17 PM
A bit pants really. Like the slope a lot but the wind never materialised. Good company saved the day!

Here's Paul's Spitfire maiden. Nice one Paul, it looks the dogs danglers!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cx2sNJO3kno


Also, it was great to see Sparkyben on the slopes losing both his and his models cherry! Top stuff Ben! I've never seen anyone go solo on their first day of sloping!!! Couldn't believe how well set up your BeEvolution was. Inspired me to finish mine now
 :af
(http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h119/obeythestate/DSC01161.jpg)

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Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 03, 2010, 19:12:43 PM
Here's Paul's Spitfire maiden. Nice one Paul, it looks the dogs danglers!

Also, it was great to see Sparkyben on the slopes losing both his and his models cherry! Top stuff Ben! I've never seen anyone go solo on their first day of sloping!!! Couldn't believe how well set up your BeEvolution was. Inspired me to finish mine now
 :af

Cheers for the Spit video. Have now reglued the rudder hinges, and patched up the air scoop under the nose - I think it must have caught on something fairly solid at the end of the landing - a frozen cowpat maybe? The landing didn't look that hard in real life or on the video, but there's a crack in the (thin glass) cowling and a bit of balsa came loose. Maybe the batteries shifted - I'll go and check it again.

I'll call it a shakedown flight  ^-^

Thanks for all the encouragement, and for the piloting in borderline conditions by Pete!


Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 03, 2010, 21:30:50 PM
Did look like a soft landing so am also surprised by the damage too matey. Hope it's not too bad?

Have been cracking up at your avatar. Love it! ;D
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 04, 2010, 07:40:41 AM
Did look like a soft landing so am also surprised by the damage too matey. Hope it's not too bad?

Have been cracking up at your avatar. Love it! ;D

I've had a good look now - it looks as though the battery pack slid downwards and might have given the air scoop and the cowling a smack.

It will be more tightly secured for the next flight!

Asfor the avatar, glad you like it - it's a small section of a larger animated GIF and it took a while to figure out how to crop it. Almost every image editing package can only do it by unpacking every frame of the animation, cropping it separately, then sticking it all back together. Luckily I found an old version of JASC Animation Shop which can do it in only a couple of steps.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 04, 2010, 08:55:31 AM
2010 has been good for flying so far, I have got out 6 times.
It looks like the west slopeof Selsley this afternoon, me & Guy are up for it.

I have posted my news letter at http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/phil/news.htm (http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/phil/news.htm)

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 04, 2010, 18:19:43 PM
No wind today at all, unless you discovered otherwise on the slope Phil?

Bumped into Andy (Tiger) at Tesco and we are both planning to enjoy Selsley tomorrow, if XC have got it right! We could have two PeggySues airborne at the same time....
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 04, 2010, 18:56:37 PM
No wind today at all, unless you discovered otherwise on the slope Phil?

Bumped into Andy (Tiger) at Tesco and we are both planning to enjoy Selsley tomorrow, if XC have got it right! We could have two PeggySues airborne at the same time....
The wind was on the west facing slope at Selsley this afternoon, a few light thermals added to the weak slope lift.
The wings on my Starlight were icing, but it felt warm in the sun, the lift faded at 3.30.
Tuesday looks a bit windy for my Pegase
Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Tiger on January 05, 2010, 17:01:24 PM
No wind today at all, unless you discovered otherwise on the slope Phil?

Bumped into Andy (Tiger) at Tesco and we are both planning to enjoy Selsley tomorrow, if XC have got it right! We could have two PeggySues airborne at the same time....

'sno(w) joking, we were..........................

What a great idea that was. ::)

Tally H

Andy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 05, 2010, 17:29:18 PM
'sno(w) joking, we were..........................

What a great idea that was. ::)

Tally H

Andy



The best laid plans o' mice and men, Oft gang aglay

I have found a winter image for SCSA slide show (http://www.scsa.org.uk)

phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 05, 2010, 20:00:11 PM


What a great idea that was. ::)


Optimistic foolishness as it turned out.

A little bit more optimism here, but I remember some great flying at Selsley last year after the snow.....Ah well we'll see....
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 05, 2010, 21:33:01 PM
A little bit more optimism here, but I remember some great flying at Selsley last year after the snow.....Ah well we'll see....

Let's hope we get the same this year. The winds for the weekend are good but Northerly. I know it's a long way off but has anyone got any suggestions re flying sites? CLD should be working and it does enjoy some damn clean lift but the LZ is, well, a tad tricky!!!
 :xx :study: $%&
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 05, 2010, 22:56:14 PM
Let's hope we get the same this year. The winds for the weekend are good but Northerly. I know it's a long way off but has anyone got any suggestions re flying sites? CLD should be working and it does enjoy some damn clean lift but the LZ is, well, a tad tricky!!!
 :xx :study: $%&

It's the walk not the LZ at CLD that you find tricky, tell the truth.

Anyway, I thought Selsley was OK for North through to West?

We really need to get the badge updated. I'll post a list and let people argue on here until it stabilises, then see what it looks like.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 05, 2010, 23:08:57 PM
I wrote about the NE wind direction some time ago, it is posted at http://www.scsa.org.uk/news/april1.htm
 (http://www.scsa.org.uk/news/april1.htm) with some contour maps

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 05, 2010, 23:50:36 PM
Anyway, I thought Selsley was OK for North through to West?

Unfortunately not. The face is just too far West for it to provide some respectable lift. CLD or Leckhampton seem to be the two local alternatives.
Would a trip to Malvern be worth it this weekend . . . . . . ???????
 :ev
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 06, 2010, 08:27:08 AM
Pants! The wind is now forecast NNE for the weekend! There goes Malvern.  :banghead:
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 06, 2010, 08:40:40 AM
Unfortunately not. The face is just too far West for it to provide some respectable lift. CLD or Leckhampton seem to be the two local alternatives.
Would a trip to Malvern be worth it this weekend . . . . . . ???????
 :ev

So are you saying Selsley is actually NNW-W, not NNE-W as it says on the logo?

Phils newsletter also seems to say Rodborough stops at ENE not NE, and CLD is fine for NE bt not the range it covers.

Anyway, getting *anywhere* looks a bit dicy for this weekend. About 3" of snow on the ground here (Gloucester) and another 2" due this afternoon.



Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 06, 2010, 09:28:32 AM
I have adjusted the compass

(http://www.scsa.org.uk/images/logo3.gif)

phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 06, 2010, 09:32:57 AM
Thanks Phil. I thought Northerly's were too far North to generate any decent lift at Selsley? Shouldn't Selsley end at N by NNW or even NNW?
 $%&
Also, is there any chance CLD could but placed on the compass? It seems to cover the compass points that are currently unflyable i.e. North to N by ENE.
 $%& :xx :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 06, 2010, 09:37:23 AM
So are you saying Selsley is actually NNW-W, not NNE-W as it says on the logo?

Phils newsletter also seems to say Rodborough stops at ENE not NE, and CLD is fine for NE bt not the range it covers.

Anyway, getting *anywhere* looks a bit dicy for this weekend. About 3" of snow on the ground here (Gloucester) and another 2" due this afternoon.

In asnwer to your questions:
-Yes (I believe)
-True re Rodborough. I believe that CLD is in fact flyable from N to NE.
-Where there's a will  . . . . . .

See you and that Spitfire of yours on the slopes this weekend chuckmonkey!
 :ev :af ;)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 06, 2010, 09:38:19 AM
The Tump at Selsley is bang on at NW and you can fly all the way round past the 'point' to West on the bowl.

Phil should certainly add CLD if he can!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 06, 2010, 09:50:50 AM
The Tump at Selsley is bang on at NW and you can fly all the way round past the 'point' to West on the bowl.

Phil should certainly add CLD if he can!


Agreed! No pressure Phil!
 :ev

On an entirely different note, I am looking at getting 2 or 3 more PSS EPP models from Leading Edge Gliders in the States. This is the same company who made the kit for my P-51 (below). I have contacted Jack Cooper at LEG and some savings can be made on P&P. To this end, is anyone in the market for a new PSS model? In addition to my P-51 i'm looking at purchasing a ME/BF109 and a Mitsubishi Zero to have some dogfighting fun with Paul and Tim's Sptifire and P-51, as well as either a U2 or an A10.
I'm looking to place an order by the Friday so if you are interested, please let me know ASAP.
Here's a link to LEADING EDGE GLIDERS (http://www.leadingedgegliders.com/eppGliders/index.php) and a link to a CURRENCY CONVERTER to work out approxmiate costs.
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(http://www.xe.com/ucc/)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 06, 2010, 10:41:52 AM
The Tump at Selsley is bang on at NW and you can fly all the way round past the 'point' to West on the bowl.

Phil should certainly add CLD if he can!

The north slope at Selsley is best for NNW, NW is on the point and not very good.
It is very hard to get accurate readings as the wind bends round the contours.
The club compass is the club logo, it needs coral draw or another CAD pakage to redraw it then Photo shop to resize and antialias it.
People have there own ideas about which slope for each direction.
There must be an overlap for Frocester and Haresfield, this is not shown
Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 06, 2010, 10:45:10 AM
The north slope at Selsley is best for NNW, NW is on the point and not very good.
It is very hard to get accurate readings as the wind bends round the contours.
The club compass is the club logo, it needs coral draw or another CAD pakage to redraw it then Photo shop to resize and antialias it.
People have there own ideas about which slope for each direction.
There must be an overlap for Frocester and Haresfield, this is not shown
Phil

I'll have to get my compass checked!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 06, 2010, 10:54:24 AM
I'll have to get my compass checked!


Have a look at the OS map there is a link on the SCSA web site

The compass logo can not be altered, as it is reduced in size, We need the original which I think was a hard copy, that means paper to people of my age.

this is what happens if you try altering it. I am not good with computers or drawing.
please have a go at making it neat, we will need the committee to approve it, as they are non flyers this may be hard to get
Phil
(http://www.scsa.org.uk/images/logo4.gif)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 06, 2010, 11:27:26 AM
To this end, is anyone in the market for a new PSS model?

You are a bad influence.

I've looked at their stuff before - curiously the U2 and A10, and also their 'Le Fish' full-on aerobatic glider (or it's little brother 'Le Guppy').

Can't afford any of them this month or next though :(

I'll just have to get my Vega flying and wear it and the Spitfire out first!


As for the compass, I was being really ambitious - I was planning to write a web page which took a list of sites and their angles and generated a compass just like the club logo as an SVG file, but for *any* list of sites.

Really it's so useful I'd like to see one on every gliding club site, so you can find good sites easily wherever you go...

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 06, 2010, 11:38:35 AM


As for the compass, I was being really ambitious - I was planning to write a web page which took a list of sites and their angles and generated a compass just like the club logo as an SVG file, but for *any* list of sites.

Really it's so useful I'd like to see one on every gliding club site, so you can find good sites easily wherever you go...




there some info on my my list

http://www.ebley.plus.com/slopesites2.htm (http://www.ebley.plus.com/slopesites2.htm)

That would be a lot of work

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 06, 2010, 11:49:14 AM
Have a look at the OS map there is a link on the SCSA web site

The compass logo can not be altered, as it is reduced in size, We need the original which I think was a hard copy, that means paper to people of my age.

this is what happens if you try altering it. I am not good with computers or drawing.
please have a go at making it neat, we will need the committee to approve it, as they are non flyers this may be hard to get
Phil
([url]http://www.scsa.org.uk/images/logo4.gif[/url])


I'm off work today, so I'll do it right now. It's the only way I ever get round to anything!

I'm going to do it as an SVG file - a vector (CAD-style) format which can be scaled up or down as much as you like without losing quality. I can generate any number of different sized images from it too.

I'll use these angles unless I hear different: (using angles not compass points as definitive - 0 is North, 90 East, 180 South, 270 West)

Selsley:                    N - W      0-270 degrees anticlock
Frocester:                WNW - SSW   295-205
Haresfield:               SW - SE      225 - 150
Rodborough:            SE - NE      150 - 55
Leckhampton:          N - ENE      0 - 65
Cam Long Down:     NNW - NNE   350 - 30

Any others? Any changes? What about places with two or more slopes, shall I put them as separate, in which case what angles for each?

I'll start it now but it should be fairly simple to change once I've got the basics done, so I can update it later.


Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 06, 2010, 11:57:01 AM
Good on ya Paul!

May I suggest that Selsley is good for W to NNW? I don't believe it can handle a Northerly wind well. If someone came to the slope from outside the area, they would be thoroughly disappointed to find that the lift was pants and off slope. I've yet to hear anyone say that Selsley is good on a Northerly.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 06, 2010, 11:57:45 AM
Frocester:                WNW - SSW   295-205

should be Frocester:                WNW - SSW   295-225

It clips the the trees if it goes south of SW

There must be an overlap of frocester and Haresfield

Lecy has a north facing slope which I have not flown
give me ring
Phil

01453 826164
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 06, 2010, 12:55:05 PM
Good on ya Paul!

May I suggest that Selsley is good for W to NNW? I don't believe it can handle a Northerly wind well. If someone came to the slope from outside the area, they would be thoroughly disappointed to find that the lift was pants and off slope. I've yet to hear anyone say that Selsley is good on a Northerly.
High permance models and 4 metre scale things can cope with the wind being off the slope a little. It is easier to land at Selsley


I have amended the guide to:

Selsley Common: A NNW facing "plateau type" slope overlooking Stroud and Stonehouse, with views as far as the Malverns (on a clear day). Has a reasonable slope, with a huge flat open landing area just behind the slope. Also inhabited by cows and paragliders during summer. However these do not usually cause any problems, apart from the occasional cowpat encountered when landing! For West to North winds, if the wind is North or anything east of North CLD is a better slope
Safety Note - We have an agreement with the paragliders that when they are flying on Selsley, they keep to the right of the Millennium stone and we keep to the left. This helps to ensure the safety of everyone involved.  Satnav 0.3 miles east of GL5 5PL
Photos of Selsley Common


Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 06, 2010, 13:24:05 PM
I like your upate Phil but I still don't think Selsley should be deemed as flyable in a Northerly wind. No-one flies there on a Northerly as far as i'm aware so why list as flyable on the compass? If we were to practice this on other slopes, we would have Frocester flyable to S by SSW as it's still flyable -  but it's pants! I still think Selsley should be amended to NNW as it's maximum northerly limit.
 $%&

Vote Selsley for NNW!!
 :uk:

Rant over. Going to stay off the coffee for the rest of the morning!
 :ev
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 06, 2010, 13:34:28 PM
I like your upate Phil but I still don't think Selsley should be deemed as flyable in a Northerly wind. No-one flies there on a Northerly as far as i'm aware so why list as flyable on the compass? If we were to practice this on other slopes, we would have Frocester flyable to S by SSW as it's still flyable -  but it's pants! I still think Selsley should be amended to NNW as it's maximum northerly limit.
 $%&

Vote Selsley for NNW!!
 :uk:

Rant over. Going to stay off the coffee for the rest of the morning!
 :ev

The contour lines are 20 degrees off East West, square on gives the best lift, but it will fly true North. The models we fly there have large aspect ratios, it is not good for zagi type models and PSS
Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 06, 2010, 14:03:01 PM
I've just had another coffee . . . .  :ev

Based on that Phil, Selsley is flyable on a northerly (but only if you've got a high aspect wing). Why not keep that as local knowledge rather than imply that it is flyable by including it as Northerly on the compass. Also, if we were to inclde the argument about high aspect wings, every slope would have a greater flying range - but they don't so why make the exception for Selsley?

There are a couple of reasons why I'm so keen for it to change to NNW.
1. This thread has shown on numerous occasions that a misconception that Selsley works on a Northerly when, in fact, it doesn't unless you have a very specific type of model. I for one have often looked at the compass and thought "brilliant, I can fly some of my PSS models" when in fact I can't as the lift is not good enough.
2. If someone were to view the SCSA website and take their EPP model to Selsley on a Northerly, it would not fly. I know, as a "foreigner" i've tried it and failed miserably.
 :study:

I am still keen that it changes to NNW.
 :ev

Perhaps to accommodate these two views we should consider having a dotted line between NNW and N for Selsley on the compass. This would (hopefully) indicate that it is flyable but only if you have the correct model and that CLD would be the better option.
:study:

Paul, you do realise that this is all your fault . . . .  ;)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Tiger on January 06, 2010, 14:14:13 PM
Christine has flown her Zagi in a true Northerly from the tump at Selsley.

Tally H  :uk:

Andrew
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 06, 2010, 14:19:49 PM
I am still keen that it changes to NNW.
 :ev

Perhaps to accommodate these two views we should consider having a dotted line between NNW and N for Selsley on the compass. This would (hopefully) indicate that it is flyable but only if you have the correct model and that CLD would be the better option.
:study:

Paul, you do realise that this is all your fault . . . .  ;)

Read my .sig ....

I was thinking of maybe tailing off the ends of the segments for each slope at different angles depending on how hard the cutoff is at that slope. But just agreeing on the angles looks like it might be tricky enough. Maybe I should make it full colour with some jazzy fading going on ;-)

I've got the basic compass done now, just looking at the best ways to do the segments and curved text. It's slower than it would be because I'm using it as an excuse to learn a new drawing program (inkscape) and do it 'properly'.


Also, "Christine has flown her Zagi in a true Northerly from the tump at Selsley. "

Looks like it's just AndyBoy that can't fly there then ;-)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 06, 2010, 14:40:59 PM
Christine has flown her Zagi in a true Northerly from the tump at Selsley.

Tally H  :uk:

Andrew

I think it will sometimes fly North quite well and then die on you.  I remember flying a Zagi easily over the bit of the bowl to the left of where the ParaGs jump off, for half an hour or so in something N or NNNE even.
I landed by choice and Andy G arrived with his Calypso and neither of us could get above the horizon at all and went home.
The other factor is that Fridge bloke is a bit canny about finding lift where others can't but don't tell him I said so....
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: rcfanuk on January 06, 2010, 14:42:28 PM

The other factor is that Fridge bloke is a bit canny about finding lift where others can't but don't tell him I said so....

I think he has helium filled wings on his models

Steve
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 06, 2010, 14:45:17 PM
Read my .sig ....



I've got the basic compass done now, just looking at the best ways to do the segments and curved text. It's slower than it would be because I'm using it as an excuse to learn a new drawing program (inkscape) and do it 'properly'.


I look forward to seeing it as the current one has irritated me for ages! Phil's correct, we need to run it by the SCSA committee as I guess it's 'club property'! No reason why we can't have a peep on here though.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 06, 2010, 14:46:51 PM
I think he has helium filled wings on his models

Steve

It seems that way sometimes...ggrrr
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 06, 2010, 15:03:34 PM
It seems that way sometimes...ggrrr

Has anybody checked his planes for tiny silent ducted fans?
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 06, 2010, 15:17:43 PM
Sounds like a good idea Paul. I have been trying to find the West Cornwall Slopers glider compass which sounds a lot like the one your're making in that the bearing of the slope face was a solid colour and faded out towards the limits.

As for displaying it, i definately feel it can be posted. This thread is a seperate entity to the SCSA. I'm sure it doesn't encrouch upon any copyrights as long as it doesn't include the SCSA logo. Looking forwards to seeing it Paul (the compass that is)!
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 06, 2010, 15:33:51 PM
Selsley can be cruel at times, there is no sharp ridge, you need to get past the trees to miss the turbulence and get into the lift. There is a spot below where the para gliders take off that gives reasonalble lift in a northely.
As with most slopes it is at its best when the wind is sqaure on. The compass shows north as the limit, some days the lift is good in a northerly and others you get poor lift with NNE.
The site guide says CLD is better for a North wind.
Red amber and green would be good on a site guide compass, but the club compass should stay mono as it is the club logo
Each of us will have a different view of the limits depending on how good the lift was.

Phil


Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 06, 2010, 15:40:30 PM
Each of us will have a different view of the limits depending on how good the lift was.

Phil

Too true. I think i'm going to have to try the slope more often on a northerly in an attempt to be a fraction as competent a flier as Phil. Selsley is, in my humble opinion, the nicest of all the local slopes.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 06, 2010, 15:41:35 PM
P.S. In case you hadn't noticed the caffine effect is wearing off at last!
 :D
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 06, 2010, 16:05:46 PM
Sounds like a good idea Paul. I have been trying to find the West Cornwall Slopers glider compass which sounds a lot like the one your're making in that the bearing of the slope face was a solid colour and faded out towards the limits.

As for displaying it, i definately feel it can be posted. This thread is a seperate entity to the SCSA. I'm sure it doesn't encrouch upon any copyrights as long as it doesn't include the SCSA logo. Looking forwards to seeing it Paul (the compass that is)!
 :af

I'll leave the logo off for now then  ;)

Here's a moderately sized first draft of it, with all the vital elements in place - adding the other slopes won't take long now.

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Cactus on January 06, 2010, 16:09:43 PM
andy wanted this posted, it was my first slope compass
the band shows what directions the slope works and the best direction is shown by the dot

also handy to print out, stand in the garden, point it north and see where the winds coming from ( pre live wind readings on the net days )
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 06, 2010, 16:16:10 PM
andy wanted this posted, it was my first slope compass
the band shows what directions the slope works and the best direction is shown by the dot

also handy to print out, stand in the garden, point it north and see where the winds coming from ( pre live wind readings on the net days )

I think he really just wanted to show off how many slopes you lot are spoiled by down there!

When you say 'your first compass' does that mean there are later and greater incarnations?

I like the 'sweet spot' idea, especially when several slopes overlap. If we ever find enough slopes, I'll use it ;)

For now the idea is just to update our current compass with new sites, but seeing a good example of a pretty pretty one should make it easier to move in that direction.

Cheers
Paul

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 06, 2010, 17:53:31 PM
Cheers for your help Phil.  :af

Paul, there are a lot of slopes included in the "Cornish Glider compass thingy" (yes, that is it's official name), but many of the dots are due to multiple slopes at the same venue e.g. St.Agnes which has three different slopes but are all part of the same venue. I guess Haresfiled typifies this locally with the bowl and the main slope.

What you've done so far looks the dogs danglers matey. Just one thing, you've got Selsley as flyable on a northerly  . . . . .  :ev :D ;)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 06, 2010, 18:11:26 PM
What you've done so far looks the dogs danglers matey. Just one thing, you've got Selsley as flyable on a northerly  . . . . .  :ev :D ;)

Look again, Obi Wan.

N by NNW I think you'll find. I didn't want to get into all that ;)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Cactus on January 06, 2010, 18:51:32 PM
Quote
When you say 'your first compass' does that mean there are later and greater incarnations?
no, once the websites thingy was up and running i didn't bother to improve this one.

dunno if there is confusion, but slopes are sorted by colour and the dots are the best directions, you can see for instance flushing has two slopes, but doesn't link the two together in usefulness, where as the epic staggy does with a fade ( good but not great on either face ) in between the north and NW site
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 06, 2010, 20:48:50 PM
Here's a moderately sized first draft of it, with all the vital elements in place - adding the other slopes won't take long now.

I lied ;)

With a few breaks for non-essentials like food and TV, here it is. I had some trouble fitting in Leckhampton and CLD in the formerly empty space at the top, so I had to redo it a couple of times.

It would be much easier without the OS grid refs but I think we need them really. Unless the name is enough to google for and find on the website on their own? I can remove them fairly easily if that's generally acceptable.

I know there's no logo in the middle yet. Not a problem when the time comes.

Any comments welcome - layout, fonts, site angles, spleling, anything.

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 06, 2010, 21:38:59 PM
No one uses the grid references anymore I think we could miss them out, post codes are in the site guide, can you turn "Haresfield" the right way up.
Only Andy thought Selsley could not be flown with a north wind, so I think we could move the limit round to North.
I have spoken to Mike who is the domain holder and he happy for us to update it.
You could miss out the word hill from Leckhampton.
I have had a go before at redrawing it and given up it is a lot of work, we wont please everybody.
Pete Wolf is the expert on picking the right slope, but is away for three weeks
If there is no obstruction in the way, each slope should fly 20 to 30 degrees either side of spot on depending on the glide properties of the model.
We can edit the radial lines later if needed,

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 06, 2010, 21:58:34 PM
Good work that man! Looks like it took a lot of time to produce but it does now include the "new" slopes which makes it so much more viable. Nice one Paul.
 :af
Also, I agree with all of Phils comments re changes.

Again, top stuff Paul.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 06, 2010, 22:09:55 PM
I  have gifed it & loaded it to

http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/scsa/ (http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/scsa/)

this is a spare copy I keep on another planet in case we get a world wide EMP attack

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on January 06, 2010, 22:20:38 PM
Also agree with Phil's comments. Also, could you centralise the Rodborough & Haresfield texts?
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 06, 2010, 22:30:46 PM
Also agree with Phil's comments. Also, could you centralise the Rodborough & Haresfield texts?

No problem. All the texts were originally at the right end of their segment and ended up more or less central somehow.. but you're right, there is room to centralise them all now, especially with the OS grid refs gone.

I'll do the changes tomorrow (although sadly it looks like I'll have to go to work first) and re-export it at better quality GIFs for general reference.

Here's an indication of the quality it should be at, the draft was a bit rough:



Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 06, 2010, 22:42:28 PM
I'll do the changes tomorrow (although sadly it looks like I'll have to go to work first) and re-export it as better quality GIFs for general reference.

Another small point - how about if I used Proper Case for the names instead of SHOUTING them?
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 07, 2010, 09:27:41 AM
Another small point - how about if I used Proper Case for the names instead of SHOUTING them?



That was a lot of work. I have added the models background it is at  http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/scsa/ (http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/scsa/)

The compass looks spot on.

The inner ring could do with thickening 1/2 a point and the very outer part rings.It would be nice to change the fonts to match the original.
We now have what we wanted, we need to measure and agree on directions this could take some time.

Have a rest for now Paul, let some others look at it
The low quality on the test site is due to the resize, send me a larger bit map
Thanks for all the hard work,
Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 07, 2010, 09:55:55 AM
That was a lot of work. I have added the models background it is at  [url]http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/scsa/[/url] ([url]http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/scsa/[/url])

The compass looks spot on.

The inner ring could do with thickening 1/2 a point and the very outer part rings.It would be nice to change the fonts to match the original.
We now have what we wanted, we need to measure and agree on directions this could take some time.

Have a rest for now Paul, let some others look at it
The low quality on the test site is due to the resize, send me a larger bit map
Thanks for all the hard work,
Phil



OK, I'll do the changes later on and send them to you. I couldn't find a font quite the same as the original - if you can find it let me know the name and I can change it.

The old logo is still on the glos-mfc site slideshow as well. What size do you have the background bitmap at? If I can get a copy I can add it as the background so it'll be there on all the resized copies.

Send it to me on gliding@bitrot.co.uk if you like.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: rcfanuk on January 07, 2010, 09:57:59 AM


The old logo is still on the glos-mfc site slideshow as well. What size do you have the background bitmap at? If I can get a copy I can add it as the background so it'll be there on all the resized copies.

Send it to me on gliding@bitrot.co.uk if you like.


I assume the background is an independant image,  so if you have yours on a transparent background the job will be done  :af

Steve
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 07, 2010, 10:08:02 AM
I assume the background is an independant image,  so if you have yours on a transparent background the job will be done  :af

Steve

That's true, but since mine is actually a vector image, if I use the bitmap as the background it can get scaled as needed and the vectors can stay at the best quality for whatever size the actual exported JPEG/GIF/PNG etc. is done at.

 
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 07, 2010, 13:11:21 PM
the background gif is at

http://www.scsa.org.uk/images/models.gif (http://www.scsa.org.uk/images/models.gif)

one of the jobs I had to do was line up the background image with the rest of the page.

The quality of the resizing and antialiasing will make a difference to the final quality of the image.

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 07, 2010, 16:19:55 PM
Selsley was good this afternoon, a light westerly with a touch of north in it and not a cloud in the sky

font, have a look at Arial rounded MT bold, with a little increase in letter spacing

Phil

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/snow500.jpg)

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/snow2-500.jpg)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 07, 2010, 17:18:30 PM
Looks like a tunning day up there. Absolutlutely gutted I couldn't get up there for an hour today.

Northerly's tomorrow. If I get the chance i'm going to try Selsley.

North / NNE for the weekend. CLD anyone?  $%&
A decent wind is predicted (which also means the brass monkeys will be fit to fall off).
 :embarassed:
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 07, 2010, 18:10:05 PM
Northerly's tomorrow. If I get the chance i'm going to try it

you can't fly Selsley in a Northerly, what are you thinking!! 
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 08, 2010, 12:19:22 PM
you can't fly Selsley in a Northerly, what are you thinking!! 

I am going to try Selsley today, about 1.30PM

roads look OK

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on January 08, 2010, 13:15:42 PM
The wind history, according to XC, does not look promising at zero mph at 12:50 today!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 08, 2010, 13:22:32 PM
The wind history, according to XC, does not look promising at zero mph at 12:50 today!
The wind thingy is iced up

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 08, 2010, 18:04:52 PM
Anyone up for flying tomorrow? The weather looks better ( :o) for tomorrow than Sunday.

CLD? Leckhampton?
 $%& :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 08, 2010, 18:35:42 PM
Anyone up for flying tomorrow? The weather looks better ( :o) for tomorrow than Sunday.

CLD? Leckhampton?
 $%& :xx

I'm tempted despite the weather. CLD doesn't go very far to the East and I've never been to Leckie so I'm not sure where to go.  $%&
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on January 08, 2010, 18:49:51 PM
I've never done CLD or Lecky, so would be happy to try either! If someone could decide and post what time I'll come along. From what I have read, both these sites are not very LZ friendly, so I guess I should only bring foam?
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 08, 2010, 19:21:58 PM
You're right about the LZ's at both slopes - not the best for anything other than foamies.

Undecided about where to fly. In my opinion CLD enjoys the smoothest lift so that would be my prefernce but I really don't know how favourable the roads will be around there in the morning. If it is do-able, i'd be keen to get there around 10:30.

What do ya'll reckon?
 $%& :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on January 08, 2010, 19:41:42 PM
Ok. I'll try to get to CLD for 10.30. However, if the roads are anything like they are in my village, it could be "interesting". Do you park in the car park at the bottom of the hill?
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 08, 2010, 19:48:22 PM
Ok. I'll try to get to CLD for 10.30. However, if the roads are anything like they are in my village, it could be "interesting". Do you park in the car park at the bottom of the hill?

Yes, pity you can't drive to the top! Wrap up warn Gordon....
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 08, 2010, 20:02:34 PM
Yes, pity you can't drive to the top! Wrap up warn Gordon....

Try my Satnav info from the scsa web site:

'GL11 5EW is near, travel 600 yards north to the car park'

I will drive though Coaley tomorrow

Rodborough was poor today, the wind was a little too north

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 08, 2010, 20:31:46 PM
Undecided about where to fly. In my opinion CLD enjoys the smoothest lift so that would be my prefernce but I really don't know how favourable the roads will be around there in the morning. If it is do-able, i'd be keen to get there around 10:30.

Glenn lives 600 yards from the Leckhampton slope, in a cottage on the farm that you park by. He came to work today in a Discovery because his Subaru 4x4 wouldn't have made it from the farm to the main road. He snowboarded half a mile down the road to where the Disco was parked. I'd suggest NOT going to Leckhampton!

No idea what CLD is like.

Here's the latest logo. Only the centre and background missing - I'll do those over the weekend.

Final comments?


 
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 08, 2010, 21:03:02 PM
Ok. I'll try to get to CLD for 10.30. However, if the roads are anything like they are in my village, it could be "interesting". Do you park in the car park at the bottom of the hill?

OK. Ben and I will head to CLD. See you there for 10:30  :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 08, 2010, 21:31:31 PM
YoYo - looks great...
Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 09, 2010, 00:03:45 AM
Nice work Paul! Looks damn fine to me.
 :af

Gordon, i've sent you a PM with my mobile number just in case things don't look to great in the morning.

All being well, se ya'll at CLD at 10:30.
 :xx :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 09, 2010, 08:48:07 AM
Morning gents. I'm still keen to fly today but due to the cold and ice here I'm going to try and get there for 11:30 am not 10:30. Hopefully this will allow a bit more time for the roads to improve. Last thing I want to do is smack my car up.

Is that ok with you?

I'm going for the Eskimo look today. Reckon it's going to be ba5tard freezing up on CLD (but very good).
 :co  :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on January 09, 2010, 09:56:45 AM
No worries. Just deicing the car! Not sure how far I will get, but I'll give it a go.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 09, 2010, 10:48:49 AM
Just had a call from Tired Tim who has made it to CLD from Bristol. He did go via Dursley though. I'm just about to leave and will also go via Dursley.

Hope to see ya'll there later.
 :af :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 09, 2010, 11:18:17 AM
CLD 16 mph. -2 degree C. Wind straight on. Perfect!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 09, 2010, 14:18:58 PM
Andy's Mustang on CLD Saturday morning

There are others at http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/?M=D (http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/?M=D)

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/cld-andy.jpg)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 09, 2010, 16:07:57 PM
Nice photo's Phil. Good to see some real men out there flying in the stunning (but cold) conditions.
My BeEvolution maiden went well. Great machine but it's not quite combat ready yet. I'm going to take the wing off the P-51 to see what the issue is with the ailerons - very odd. The more I think about it the more I don't believe it is caused by the cold.
One thing i've learnt from today is that benefits of having a thermos of hot chocolate on the slopes - fantasticly warming! This will now become part of my winter flight bag!
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: gromit on January 09, 2010, 16:20:47 PM
Eyeboy.  Mustang flying pics look really nice :af
 Whats your aileron prob $%&

  Stuart   :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on January 09, 2010, 17:04:33 PM
Andy. Apologies again for attacking you with my Wildthing today!!

Note to self...must get some warmer clothing for flying in the snow.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 09, 2010, 17:13:28 PM
Andy. Apologies again for attacking you with my Wildthing today!!

Nice one Gordon. I couldn't make it today but I'm glad to see you picked up the responsibilty of keeping Andy on his toes.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 09, 2010, 18:06:41 PM
 ;D

It really didn't hurt. Being a cage fighter, I've experienced far worse!  :ev

Guy, I don't quite know what the problem is with the ailerons. They aren't centrering and are slow to act. My suspicion is that something is hindering their movement, possibly the fuz. If that is the case, and being an EPP model, it's easy to bore a bigger space for them to move around.
 :xx

Don't know if I'm going to get the chance to fly again tomorrow. Looks like Cam or possibly Rodborough (if the wind develops a little more Easterly) will be the place to go.
 $%&

P.S. When I say that i'm a "cage fighter" what I really mean is that I have wrestled a Parrott out of his cage before. Man are those beaks sharp. It really hurt me. In fact it made me cry.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 09, 2010, 18:17:39 PM
Guy, I don't quite know what the problem is with the ailerons. They aren't centrering and are slow to act. My suspicion is that something is hindering their movement, possibly the fuz.

It would have to be quite a drag to stop the servo recentering them under power - have you tried taking the servo arm off and moving it by hand to see how hard it is to shift?

You haven't put the wrong size servo arms on *again* have you? Or got stripped servos? Or too low a voltage so they have no oomph?

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 09, 2010, 18:31:11 PM
All good suggestions. Once i've finished this l;ovely glass of wine (and if I can be arsed tonight) I'll take off the wing and have a closer look at the ailerons and the rods.
 :af

Any more suggestions would be gratefully received.

 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 09, 2010, 19:09:40 PM
On another note, I'm going to send an order to LEG (Leading Edge Gliders) in the States as soon as I hear from Jack on Monday. If his prices are keen, I'll bite the bullet and get several models in the hope that he'll give me a good discount. In addition to the P-51 that Phil photographed today, I'm keen to buy . . . .

60 Inch Me-109 Messerschmitt. Removable Wing. Pre-Shaped Fuselage.
60 Inch P-80 Shooting Star. Removable Wing. Pre-Shaped Fuselage.
60 Inch A-10 Thunderbolt
60 inch Fat Albert
52 Inch F-86 Sabrejet. Pre-Shaped Fuselage.

If anyone wants a model from LEG, please let me know ASAP. Come on, you know you want to???!! PSS is the dogs danglers as far as I'm concerned.

 FYI, the Fat Albert is an EPP version of a DS machine. I'm keen to try covering it with some "new stuff". Should keep me building or a month or three . . . .

Once again, here's the website
LEADING EDGE GLIDERS (http://www.leadingedgegliders.com/eppGliders/index.php)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 09, 2010, 20:10:25 PM
If anyone wants a model from LEG, please let me know ASAP. Come on, you know you want to???!! PSS is the dogs danglers as far as I'm concerned.

What, did the credit crunch skip your house or something?

That Fat Albert looks very like the wild thing you already have, is it that different?

With an order that size, you are likely to get hit by VAT and duty as well, don't forget to add that on.

Ask me next month instead... :(

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 09, 2010, 20:16:27 PM
All good suggestions. Once i've finished this l;ovely glass of wine (and if I can be arsed tonight) I'll take off the wing and have a closer look at the ailerons and the rods.
 :af

Any more suggestions would be gratefully received.

 :af

I'd go for another glass of wine  :D
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on January 09, 2010, 20:21:56 PM
If anyone wants a model from LEG, please let me know ASAP.

Did you say he would only do you a discount on models up to 60" span? I could possibly be interested in a Le Fish. However, this is a 66" span model.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 09, 2010, 21:15:13 PM
Did you say he would only do you a discount on models up to 60" span? I could possibly be interested in a Le Fish. However, this is a 66" span model.

There's always Le Guppy - Le Fish's smaller brother. Supposed to be just as good, just faster.

I was considering either of those myself.

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 09, 2010, 21:40:09 PM
I've certainly not won the lottery. In actual fact I think I'm going to have to seriously revise my list as I've just fallen in love with something else. After all that I may not be ordering on Monday.
 :embarassed:
FYI, the only reason I've been focusing on the 60" models is because he won't send 72" due to the silly overseas P&P prices.
 :banghead:
Re the Fish and the Guppy, I would much rather pay less than one fifth of the price and build a Team Monkey Swinger as created by my ansome Cornish pals Steve and Gary (aka Pasty and Hexo). Probably a far better machine, much cheaper and far more rewarding. I've always been tempted to build one. It seems as though there's quite a bit of interest for such a model (Gordon, Paul, Guy and myself) - would create a great one make series!!!
 :co
Have a look at the vids / thread (below) and see what you think!
Team Monkey Swinger build instructions (http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=885150)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 09, 2010, 22:26:40 PM
Re the Fish and the Guppy, I would much rather pay less than one fifth of the price and build a Team Monkey Swinger as created by my ansome Cornish pals Steve and Gary (aka Pasty and Hexo). Probably a far better machine, much cheaper and far more rewarding. I've always been tempted to build one. It seems as though there's quite a bit of interest for such a model (Gordon, Paul, Guy and myself) - would create a great one make series!!!
 :co


Now *that* looks very very interesting. Now that I've finished my last project I'll start planning that one.

Speaking of my last project, here it is, the final final version. For now.  ;)


Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 09, 2010, 22:59:10 PM
Cracking bit of work there Paul! You should be well chuffed. If you don't mind i'll copy it and bung it in the opening post of this thread for ease of reference.
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on January 10, 2010, 09:20:31 AM
Speaking of my last project, here it is, the final final version. For now.  ;)

Are you sure? I've just noticed that Cleeve Hill isn't on there!

By the way, not flying today, as light snow has started falling again where I live.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 10, 2010, 09:34:29 AM
I phoned the SCSA this morning, it is too cold for them to fly.
The wind is a little more notherly than the forecast I suggest CLD again
I found this rain animation

http://www.weatheronline.co.uk/cgi-app/radar?CONT=ukuk&CREG=ukuk&LOOP=1&LTYP=vie&LANG=en&STRUCTUR=_&W=0&L=0&SLP=0&ROAD=0&CITY= (http://www.weatheronline.co.uk/cgi-app/radar?CONT=ukuk&CREG=ukuk&LOOP=1&LTYP=vie&LANG=en&STRUCTUR=_&W=0&L=0&SLP=0&ROAD=0&CITY=)

looks like the light snow will stop

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 10, 2010, 10:02:49 AM
I phoned the SCSA this morning, it is too cold for them to fly.
The wind is a little more notherly than the forecast I suggest CLD again
looks like the light snow will stop

Phil

Current conditions at the top (well at Nympsfield gliding club which is close enough) is 15 - 20° NNE, 9kts and -2°C.
I stuck at home doing domestic stuff, I need the brownie points  :'(
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 10, 2010, 10:14:57 AM
Are you sure? I've just noticed that Cleeve Hill isn't on there!

By the way, not flying today, as light snow has started falling again where I live.

Is Cleeve within the SCSA area though? When I started flying (all of 5 months ago now!) Haresfield was the northern edge, now we've got Leckhampton, and Cleeve is more Northerly still.

I have a feeling there's another club that covers Cleeve, but I'm not sure.

I suppose it all comes down to whether it's a regional slope compass or an SCSA thing. Cleeve Hill (and probably Leckhampton as well) are getting a bit far north for a SOUTH Cotswolds club...

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 10, 2010, 10:28:06 AM
I think you're right about Cleeve Hill being "covered" by another club.
 :study:

On another note, I purchased another PSS model last night. (not from LEG) Will be a little while before it flys but I'm very excited about it.
 :D
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 10, 2010, 10:44:00 AM
I think you're right about Cleeve Hill being "covered" by another club.
 :study:

On another note, I purchased another PSS model last night. (not from LEG) Will be a little while before it flys but I'm very excited about it.
 :D

You can't give us half the story, what is it?
You'll probably be needing to sell that black hawk to me to help cover the cost of these new purchases  :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 10, 2010, 10:56:26 AM
You can't give us half the story, what is it?
You'll probably be needing to sell that black hawk to me to help cover the cost of these new purchases  :af

Ok. I have no idea what it's worth so name your price, i'll think about it, scratch my head a bit, umm and ah, and then say ok.
It's the first model that i've agreed to sell. A very odd feeling.
 :'(

I'm not going to say what i've bought. Instead, i'll turn up to the slopes with it one day.
 :''
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 10, 2010, 11:18:29 AM
Where do you draw the line? Cleeve and Leckhamton to my mind were slopes flown by a Cheltenham group. Their flying map mentions 'non club members'.

The SCSA map has never included them.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 10, 2010, 11:23:13 AM
Where do you draw the line? Cleeve and Leckhamtonto my mind were slopes flown by a Cheltenham group. Their flying map mentions 'non club members'.

The SCSA map has never included them.

CLD is definitely in the SCSA remit, Cleeve I think is too far North, and Leckhampton is borderline but I think it should be included because otherwise there's a gap in the logo ;)

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 10, 2010, 12:38:28 PM
I agree.  :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: sparkyben on January 10, 2010, 15:37:51 PM
I'm not going to say what i've bought. Instead, i'll turn up to the slopes with it one day.
 :''

Sounds interesting Andy!  My money is on a Vulcan :''  Place your bets now gentlemen ;D
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 10, 2010, 15:51:49 PM
CLD
The wind was a little lighter than yesterday and still square onto the slope.
A little light snow and then fog for a while.
Who would be daft enough to take a white Zagi to fly in
 the snow?

Presbury MFC hold details of Cleeve hill and Lecky and offer advice on using the slopes

Please bookmark  http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/scsa/ (http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/scsa/) to see the new Compass, I will leave the old one up for a while.

Paul, can you let me have the compass parts or the compass without the background, I want to fade out the model GIF a little.

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/cld-zagi.jpg)

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/cld-path.jpg)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 10, 2010, 18:25:36 PM
Sounds like a fun day at CLD!
 :D

Ben, good guess but your not right (not this time anyway)! I don't actually think I've mentioned the model to ya'll before. That's it for now though - no more replies about it from me.
 :-X

With the weekend all but over I don't feel satisfied that I have had my flying fix this weekend. It has made me realise that when the weather improves and the wind is right, I'm really keen to spend a day flying at Malvern, the Mendips and, ultimately, THE BWLCH!
 :xx :co :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: AGG on January 10, 2010, 19:06:00 PM
If it was down to me, I would put Selsley anywhere from West to East ,
Lift might be pants, but its the only place I can land  :D
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on January 10, 2010, 19:40:56 PM
If it was down to me, I would put Selsley anywhere from West to East ,
Lift might be pants, but its the only place I can land  :D

Hmmm! AGG? Is this Andy George, by any chance??????
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 10, 2010, 20:17:28 PM
Hmmm! AGG? Is this Andy George, by any chance??????

Well if it is, he's not new to our slopes. Ask him where he landed his PJ? I was NOT on the flat top of Selsley. If it is you Andy Hi and Welcome.....Real name Guy
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 10, 2010, 22:23:13 PM
If it was down to me, I would put Selsley anywhere from West to East ,
Lift might be pants, but its the only place I can land  :D


I still mess up the landings at Selsley  :D
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 10, 2010, 22:28:09 PM
I'm really keen to spend a day flying at Malvern, the Mendips and, ultimately, THE BWLCH!
 :xx :co :af

With you there Bro!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 11, 2010, 09:03:30 AM
I have posted my news letter at

http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/phil/news.htm (http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/phil/news.htm)

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 11, 2010, 09:29:08 AM
Received it this morning via email. Thanks Phil.

Looks a bit light today especially for Rodborough.
 ???

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 11, 2010, 14:06:28 PM
Yes It looks like rodborough, I will take a power model as well and do a bit on Minch common

Not much to put in my news letter most news is on this forum

I got this back from the SCSA about the Logo:

~Phil:

True, but if you aren’t familiar with our slopes and you have a quick look at the logo, you’d end up going to CLD if the forecast was North, whereas in reality 99% of the club would be on Selsley…
'

They are still convinced Selsley is OK for north
 It can be flown in a North wind but the lift is poor compared to CLD,

20 degtees west of north is best for selsley and 10 degrees east is when CLD is at its best


Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 11, 2010, 15:00:34 PM
True, but if you aren’t familiar with our slopes and you have a quick look at the logo, you’d end up going to CLD if the forecast was North, whereas in reality 99% of the club would be on Selsley…

Could this be the reason why "they" are never seen on the slopes in a Northerly - they're flying in pants lift on Selsley whilst the rest of us our having a ball on CLD???!!
 :ev

"99% of the club . . . " - LOL!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 11, 2010, 15:35:43 PM
Could this be the reason why "they" are never seen on the slopes in a Northerly - they're flying in pants lift on Selsley whilst the rest of us our having a ball on CLD???!!
 :ev

"99% of the club . . . " - LOL!


Seems a shame to go against their wisdom. Maybe we should let them fly on Selsley in a North, which means that CLD will be nice and quiet for us  :''
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 11, 2010, 15:53:34 PM
Any rate, this isn't an instruction just an indication of which hill in what wind and the choice is up to the individual.

The North at Selsley bit is a bit of a conundrum. It will fly N in a breeze and thermally conditions but will struggle to support an heavily loaded low lift kinda plane.

That shows the value of the colour coding on the Cornish compass.

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 11, 2010, 16:34:27 PM
Rodborough was good this afternoon, very light, ideal conditions for a floater.

The lift goes lumpy on the east facing bowl when the wind picks up.

North west is not very good at selsley it hits the point and splits, giving poor lift, I think the same happens when the wind goes North, the wind blows up the diagonal path leading down to the cross roads and ends up blowing across the slope instead of up it.
The paragliders are off to Lecky when the wind goes north. I have spent a lot of time at selsley struggling for lift, this is usefull to me as I like to practice thermal flying.
I am baffled by the 99% of three SCSA members who fly
Phil

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 11, 2010, 17:07:05 PM
Advice needed. Hitec HS 81 any good for aileron servo for my Spitfire  :-\
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 11, 2010, 17:24:01 PM
Advice needed. Hitec HS 81 any good for aileron servo for my Spitfire  :-\


How big is your spit?

There's a claculator online here (http://www.workhouse.dk/br/sobre/about-me/servo-size-calculator/). It gives you answers in Newton-cm, so divide by 10 (approximately) to get the Kg-cm that servos are usually rated in.

Using the WAG* method, I think your Spit will be easily OK with a single HS81 doing both ailerons. The calculator says you need 0.2kg-cm, an HS-81 gives you 2.6!


* WAG**: max model speed 60mph, control surface size 1"x9" (x2) max deflection 30 degrees each way at +/- 45 degree servo travel.

** WAG: Wild Arsed Guess

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 11, 2010, 17:28:53 PM
Any rate, this isn't an instruction just an indication of which hill in what wind and the choice is up to the individual.

The North at Selsley bit is a bit of a conundrum. It will fly N in a breeze and thermally conditions but will struggle to support an heavily loaded low lift kinda plane.

That shows the value of the colour coding on the Cornish compass.



I agree with all your points Guy. As Tim says, for those that want it, CLD is just down the road and would remian the playgorund of the 1%who don't fly at Selsleyon a Northerly.

After all this discussion, there doesn't appear to be a northerly for a good few days to come!
 :D

Although it's a good few days away, this weekend is looking like it's going to be good for Haresfield. Having checked both the SWSA and the WMSA site's, although both have suitable slopes, neither look fantastic. As such I'll probably give my sloping adventures a miss this weekend and play at Haresfiled. Perhaps we should have a bit of a challenge running e.g. hit the stick or limbo (for planes) . . . . .
 :ev

Hope the Spitfire will be out flying Paul . . . . .   :af

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 11, 2010, 17:40:56 PM
How big is your spit?

There's a claculator online here ([url]http://www.workhouse.dk/br/sobre/about-me/servo-size-calculator/[/url]). It gives you answers in Newton-cm, so divide by 10 (approximately) to get the Kg-cm that servos are usually rated in.

Using the WAG* method, I think your Spit will be easily OK with a single HS81 doing both ailerons. The calculator says you need 0.2kg-cm, an HS-81 gives you 2.6!


* WAG**: max model speed 60mph, control surface size 1"x9" (x2) max deflection 30 degrees each way at +/- 45 degree servo travel.

** WAG: Wild Arsed Guess




Is that a yes or a no?  $%&
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 11, 2010, 17:49:37 PM
Is that a yes or a no?  $%&

Yes. No. Maybe.

Is diesel OK for my new car?

To get an accurate answer, you need to tell me how big your plane is! An indoor ultralight foamy won't lift an HS81, ailerons on a quarter scale Spit wouldn't move with one.

But basically an HS-81 will be big enough for almost anything any of us have except maybe some of the monster scale gliders, or ultra-aerobatics.

No point asking me though, I've hardly been flying any time at all. I just ran the numbers.

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 11, 2010, 18:36:54 PM
To get an accurate answer, you need to tell me how big your plane is! An indoor ultralight foamy won't lift an HS81, ailerons on a quarter scale Spit wouldn't move with one.


It's a Cambrian Spitfire 42"
Your Rippy claims to be 1.45Kg. I'm not sure if that's dry or flying, My Spit is coming in at 750g ish at the mo but it's not finished yet.  :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 11, 2010, 18:56:19 PM
It's a Cambrian Spitfire 42"
Your Rippy claims to be 1.45Kg. I'm not sure if that's dry or flying, My Spit is coming in at 750g ish at the mo but it's not finished yet.  :xx

That will be plenty, Iwould have thought. I've used mini servos (16g, 2.5kg-cm) on mine because it was designed for them, and yours is smaller and lighter so a similarly torquey servo must be plenty.

Surprised yours is so light though, when it's not that much smaller - how much of it is foam? 1.5kg sounds like the flying weight to me.

Haven't weighed mine since it was finished, and it's tucked away now so I can't...
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 11, 2010, 19:33:42 PM
That will be plenty, Iwould have thought. I've used mini servos (16g, 2.5kg-cm) on mine because it was designed for them, and yours is smaller and lighter so a similarly torquey servo must be plenty.

Surprised yours is so light though, when it's not that much smaller - how much of it is foam? 1.5kg sounds like the flying weight to me.

Haven't weighed mine since it was finished, and it's tucked away now so I can't...


The wings are foam veneered and the rest is built up balsa. I sure it's going to get heavier. At the mo it's get the elevator servo, RX, battery and 100g of lead. I'm expecting it to at least be as lardy as yours if not not more so. Apparently they need a blow to fly. Hoping to have it ready for the Malvens  :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 11, 2010, 20:09:25 PM
The wings are foam veneered and the rest is built up balsa. I sure it's going to get heavier. At the mo it's get the elevator servo, RX, battery and 100g of lead. I'm expecting it to at least be as lardy as yours if not not more so. Apparently they need a blow to fly. Hoping to have it ready for the Malvens  :xx

Lardy! Mine! I feel like I'll be flying something made of the most delicate porcelain... it's terrifying!

I drove past the appropriate car park at Malvern the other day, but since it was (a) snowing heavily and (b) 10:30pm I didn't take the opportunity to do a site recce. I know, what a wimp.

To get away from the subject of excess delicacy, of both my Spit and me, what size Swinger shall we all build? The 46" looked favourite for a while (yes I did read the whole 55 page thread Eyeboy linked to) but the 60" seems to have got a lot of praise for being 'as much fun as the 46 but less frantic' which sounds like a good compromise to me!

Cheap enough to build, too. I'm going to the local bulk Depron supplier tomorrow (Topps Tiles ;))  to price it up.

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 11, 2010, 21:01:52 PM
Lardy! Mine! I feel like I'll be flying something made of the most delicate porcelain... it's terrifying!


On that topic, has anybody ever heard of/tried filling a built up model with spray foam to toughen it up? Or is it too heavy? Or too tricky to put the right amount in without it expanding too much and blowing out the sides?

I'm always wary when I remember reading this (http://www.diyfaq.org.uk/humour.html#foam).
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 11, 2010, 21:19:13 PM
To get away from the subject of excess delicacy, of both my Spit and me, what size Swinger shall we all build? to me!

I might be slightly missing the point here, but what's a swinger?
I seem to remember that there were Swinger's parties in Rodborough sometime ago, but I'm guessing that's a different subject  :''
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 11, 2010, 21:35:17 PM
Seems like you've missed a few posts - I even offered to sell you my black Hawk if you look back over page 30!
  :o

Here's the stuff I wrote about the Swingers:


Re the Fish and the Guppy, I would much rather pay less than one fifth of the price and build a Team Monkey Swinger as created by my ansome Cornish pals Steve and Gary (aka Pasty and Hexo). Probably a far better machine, much cheaper and far more rewarding. I've always been tempted to build one. It seems as though there's quite a bit of interest for such a model (Gordon, Paul, Guy and myself) - would create a great one make series!!!
 :co
Have a look at the vids / thread (below) and see what you think!
Team Monkey Swinger build instructions ([url]http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=885150[/url])
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 11, 2010, 21:38:39 PM
I might be slightly missing the point here, but what's a swinger?
I seem to remember that there were Swinger's parties in Rodborough sometime ago, but I'm guessing that's a different subject  :''


Hmm.

When things like 46" and 60" are mentioned, you can be fairly sure it isn't *that* sort. I hope!

These are super-cheap, super-tough aerobatic slope gliders along the lines of the 'Le Fish', designed and prototyped by a couple of Andies old mates down in that far-off place with all the cliffs.

He gave a link to it earlier - these are the beasties:

Swinger main thread (http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=885150)

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 11, 2010, 21:39:38 PM
To get away from the subject of excess delicacy, of both my Spit and me, what size Swinger shall we all build? The 46" looked favourite for a while (yes I did read the whole 55 page thread Eyeboy linked to) but the 60" seems to have got a lot of praise for being 'as much fun as the 46 but less frantic' which sounds like a good compromise to me!

Cheap enough to build, too. I'm going to the local bulk Depron supplier tomorrow (Topps Tiles ;))  to price it up.

I'm defo up for building a 60" Swinger. After wathcing them both fly I reckon the 60", although arguably not quite as madly aerobatic as the 48", performs all the same task with a little more precision plus it's probably got a lower wing loading which has to be a good thing around here.
 :af

Interested to hear the views of all thinking about building one. Paul, if you are thinking about getting some Depron for the job, would you be so kind as to get me some too if possible?
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 11, 2010, 21:52:14 PM
Interested to hear the views of all thinking about building one. Paul, if you are thinking about getting some Depron for the job, would you be so kind as to get me some too if possible?
 :xx

AFAIK it comes in big packs, so there should be plenty. I'll let you know how I get on.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 11, 2010, 22:16:30 PM
Seems like you've missed a few posts - I even offered to sell you my black Hawk if you look back over page 30!
  :o

Here's the stuff I wrote about the Swingers:



Don't worry about the Hawk. I've already cleared a space in the bedroom to put it. Obviously Sara isn't too happy about loosing her place in our bed  ;)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 11, 2010, 22:44:34 PM
Don't worry about the Hawk. I've already cleared a space in the bedroom to put it. Obviously Sara isn't too happy about loosing her place in our bed  ;)

LOL! Sweet dreams!
 ;D
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 12, 2010, 09:48:59 AM
There is a glider for sale, looks a light weight at

http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/forsale/for-sale.htm (http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/forsale/for-sale.htm)

Looks like Rodborough again today, I wont be there long

Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 12, 2010, 10:48:04 AM
Looks like Rodborough again today, I wont be there long

Phil

I'm going to try and get a lunch time fly in seeing as Rodborough is so close. All being well I'll hopefully be there around 13:00.
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 12, 2010, 15:37:05 PM
I'm going to try and get a lunch time fly in seeing as Rodborough is so close. All being well I'll hopefully be there around 13:00.
 :xx

PANTS!
Forgot my gloves - really painfull fingers after just 5 minutes of the cold.
The wind was off slope at Rodborough.
Had to launch my wing 5 times before it eventually "flew".
As I said,
PANTS!
 >:(
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 12, 2010, 16:04:48 PM
PANTS!
Forgot my gloves - really painfull fingers after just 5 minutes of the cold.
The wind was off slope at Rodborough.
Had to launch my wing 5 times before it eventually "flew".
As I said,
PANTS!
 >:(
I think you were on the wrong part of the slope, there are two places, the bowl and SE facing slope.
I flew there just after 2.00PM and the lift was very good, the wind was coming down the valley square onto the slope.
The SE slope is a lot better than the bowl and the landing is easier
Phil
Phil
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 12, 2010, 16:15:20 PM
Eyeboy,

You can look forward to nipping out at lunch time in the summer! It works quite well when the wind is coming up the valley from ESE/SE on to the LH ridge!
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 12, 2010, 16:21:41 PM
I think you were on the wrong part of the slope, there are two places, the bowl and SE facing slope.
I flew there just after 2.00PM and the lift was very good, the wind was coming down the valley square onto the slope.
The SE slope is a lot better than the bowl and the landing is easier
Phil
Phil


(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/rod1.jpg)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 12, 2010, 17:01:51 PM
Double PANTS! You're right. I attempted to fly it from the mid point (i.e. to the left of the slope where we flew the Sunday before last). Ah well, I'll know for next time.
  :P
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: John Y on January 12, 2010, 17:05:09 PM
I was up at Rodborough then and all I saw were seagulls flying, and they didn't stay airborne for too long as it was a tad bit cold in that wind! I suppose I was at the "bowl" but the wind was certainly dead on it if I was! As I'm staying at Chalford I'll pop up again tomorrow if the wind's in the right direction. Suppose I ought to join you South Cotswolds guys really as I only live in north Swindon.

Regards
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 12, 2010, 18:07:32 PM
Suppose I ought to join you South Cotswolds guys really as I only live in north Swindon.

Regards

GOOD MAN - WELCOME! We're a friendly bunch (we'll most of us). Look forwards to meeting you on a local slope very soon!
 :af
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 12, 2010, 18:53:15 PM
Suppose I ought to join you South Cotswolds guys really as I only live in north Swindon.

Regards

You could chuck one off at Birdlip on the way over! Flies well apparently. Land on the old road?
I shouldn't have mentioned this - 'they' will want it on the SCSA compass before you know what's what....ha ha - Did you ever fly there Phil, I know Pete W did?
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 12, 2010, 19:52:07 PM
Add Birdlip to the compass Paul! Am genuinely interested to see how it flies.
 :D
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 12, 2010, 20:00:57 PM
Add Birdlip to the compass Paul! Am genuinely interested to see how it flies.
 :D

You can fly it without it being on the compass, you know ;)

I think slopes need to be well proven and fully explored in a range of conditions to qualify for a place on the compass  ::)

(BTW 'the old road' is still a road... if it's the one I'm thinking of. And you thought Haresfield was a poor LZ. Although I seem to remember a certain Aeromacchi being retrieved from 'the road LZ' after attempting some sort of cross country run)

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 12, 2010, 20:47:29 PM
This is one argument about the compass i'm gonna instantly back down on (but i am keen to fly it one day).

Any news on the depron?
 $%&
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 12, 2010, 21:00:11 PM
Tim, can you remind me where you sourced the plans for the U2 from.
 :study:
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 12, 2010, 21:32:39 PM
This is one argument about the compass i'm gonna instantly back down on (but i am keen to fly it one day).

Any news on the depron?

Well, it couldn't go on the compass until we know the angles anyway, so knock yourself out. Glenn has also flown the 'cliffs' in Crickley park that you see looking across from the Birdlip 'scenic car park'. Apparently it was OK except there was no way to retrieve your plane after a sub-optimal landing.

Topps didn't do Depron. Apparently big B&Qs do so I'll see if I can get in there and have a look.

Some of us only get 30 mins for lunch, not most of the day ;)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 12, 2010, 23:39:59 PM
Tim, can you remind me where you sourced the plans for the U2 from.
 :study:


U2 as in "All is quiet on New Year's Day" Wellllll I was knocking around Ireland and I bumped into this bloke called Bono.........

or do you mean Lockheed U-2. In that case you need Paul Janssens (http://www.pjmodelclassics.be/)

I have a set here for you.  :''
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 12, 2010, 23:43:52 PM
Hey Yoyo. Thanks for the tip off on Swingers. I've had a fantastic night and it helps keep you warm  :D I may have to stay away from Roborough for a while though  :''
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Stacker on January 13, 2010, 02:59:25 AM
Hey Yoyo. Thanks for the tip off on Swingers. I've had a fantastic night and it helps keep you warm  :D I may have to stay away from Roborough for a while though  :''

Apparently the Shab Hill site at Birdlip is already very well known for swingers!! :ev
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 13, 2010, 08:20:58 AM
Apparently the Shab Hill site at Birdlip is already very well known for swingers!! :ev

Sounds like a fun place to visit!

On another note, and I know I'm going to jinx things by saying it but Sunday is currently predicted as good winds and NNW. Will we at last see some PSS models flying off Selsley?
I really, really hope so.
 :xx  :xx  :xx

Paul, will the Spitfire be flying IF the weather is right on Sunday? Tim, could we see the Hawk ripping the slope up at Selsley?
 :af

I'm really going to be watching the weather over the next few days. My money say's it'll swing around to the North or NNE.
 :'(
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 13, 2010, 09:30:25 AM
Other Slopes
Near Stroud we have Painswick Beacon, Stinchcombe, North Nibley, the fort at Uley and the west facing slope over Little London.

Any others?

I often carry a model and throw it at any bump in the ground
The South facing slope at CLD should be included in any guide, as it's our only DSing site.
We could do with a web page to put all this info on.
The SCSA will not accept CLD as north facing slope, so we can not use their space.
I will see if we can get some space on on the Gloucester club, that is a bit full up as I have loaded the SCSA videos to it.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on January 13, 2010, 11:11:17 AM
We could always start "The Cotswold Soaring Club" rather than restricting ourselves to South.  ;)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 13, 2010, 12:13:31 PM
We could always start "The Cotswold Soaring Club" rather than restricting ourselves to South.  ;)

Burn the heretic!

Seriously though I don't think I've ever actually 'soared'. What about the Cotswold Crash Landing Club?

I'm not sure if there's a need for a split, although there does seem to be a significant disconnect between 'the club' and 'the people who go flying.'
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 13, 2010, 12:31:36 PM
I'm not sure if there's a need for a split, although there does seem to be a significant disconnect between 'the club' and 'the people who go flying.'

Too true. I'm keen to join and start attending the meetings. If we don't shout, who will. We only have oursleves to blame.

I would say that this thread, although heavily influenced by the SCSA, has no accountability to it. If we want o show a compass that includes all sites mentioned, or we want to give the thread a new name (e.g. Cotswold Soaring Club), we can in my view.
 :study:

I'm starting to think the compass is probably of little value to the SCSA as the original also acts as the club logo. Maybe we should include all the flying sites, and the rationale behind them on here, or maybe even create another thread! Again though, due cosideration should be given to the SCSA and where possible, our opinions should be voiced before we get too carried away.
 :study:

Enough of the politics,  who's up for some flying this Sunday?
 :uk:
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GP on January 13, 2010, 12:39:55 PM
One group covering all the Cotswolds sounds like a good idea.

On the south downs we have the East Sussex Soaring Association covering the eastern end of the south downs, but nothing covering the western end.  So I suggested the club should cover all the downs and change its name to something like the South Downs Soaring Club.  But that didn't get much support because members felt they couldn't be bothered travelling to the western end to fly, so there was no point trying to cover them with one club.

So I guess if you would actually fly on all Cotswold sites, it should be one club (such as the SCSA becoming the CSA) or just casual, such as this thread losing the 'South' from the title.  But if no one actually flies more northern Cotswold sites, maybe it's not worth changing.
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 13, 2010, 12:40:33 PM
Enough of the politics,  who's up for some flying this Sunday?
 :uk:

If the weather's up to it, I should be.

Bit of a hard landing on frozen ground though - and can we make it somewhere I don't have to drive up or down any hills?
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 13, 2010, 12:47:28 PM
If the weather's up to it, I should be.

Bit of a hard landing on frozen ground though - and can we make it somewhere I don't have to drive up or down any hills?


As I mentioned earlier, it's currently looking good for Selsley on Sunday - but watch this space because I reckon it'll change (but i hope not).
 :xx
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 13, 2010, 12:49:01 PM
Hey chaps! The SCSA has been in place for many, many years. I'm a very happy member and don't want to be part of any splinter group!

The value of the compass is limited to new flyers that come to the area and little if any to those of us who know all the slopes. It is nice to see it updated on whatever wall you hang it.

The current SCSA committee won't be offended if I mention that they are all serving the cause under duress because NO ONE (myself included and I have been asked) will step up and serve. The club would have collapsed if they hadn't agreed to do the job for a third, fouth or fifth year. I applaud them!

The AGM is attended by 20+ few of whom you never see at the slopes - that does frustrate me. But there are 5 or 6 new names included on this forum and in this thread and new to our local slopes. That's GREAT!

14+ attended the SCSA boxing day pylon race, so there is life in the old dog yet!

Please, please don't break away - go to a SCSA monthly meeting and suggest your case for a better compass to show the slopes for all. There will not be a problem with that I'm sure....

Guy

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 13, 2010, 12:55:09 PM
I don't think we need to start a club, just a simple bit of web space to promote the interest of slope flyers in the Cotswolds.
I have not been able to configure a sub domain with a seperate pass word on the gloucester MFC site.
The SCSA have stopped sending me photos for their web site, also the site has bandwidth problems, it restricted to 1 gig per month and has no webspace left, I have had to pinch space from gloucester MFC to keep it going.

Perhaps one of our IT people could find us some web space that we can load our photos to.
I am not good with IT

The forum is good but the banter and daily flying info makes it hard to find items, as we need it go through too many pages, because it  is in cronological order

Phil

Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 13, 2010, 13:51:24 PM
I don't think there is any intention whatsoever to form a splinter group - there certainly isn't on my part. As you correctly say, the SCSA offers many benefits, not to mention dedication from a number of individuals that make it the success it is.
 :uk:

My view is that this thread IS independent of the SCSA but at the same time is closely allied to it. If we believe slopes are flyable in differing wind directions or wish to include slopes that fall outside the remit of the SCSA on a unique version of the comapss, this forum / thread would relish the diversity. Perhaps to that end the title of this thread should be changed to "Cotswold Slopers" in order to avoid directly linking the SCSA and RCMF (but I must add this should not be viewed as a splinter group, more a forum for those who fly or intend to fly on the fantastic slopes we are blessed with)?
 $%&

Edit: I've just had a look back at the opening post of this thread (and have removed the un-approved SCSA compass as it includes the SCSA logo), which says "I've visited a few slope sites and met some slopers, but none that I recognise from this forum. I've visited the SCSA website but there is no forum and i'm yet to hear of anyone on here who may be a member. Are you one of the lucky few? Do you fly on from a Cotswold slope?"

I get the impression that all were aksing for is a compass that's applicable for the "local slopes", whether they're covered by the SCSA or not, to post on here as a reference. I think and hope this would end this discussion which is distracting us from the one thing we all have in common - flying toy planes!
 :D
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on January 13, 2010, 14:13:38 PM
I don't think there is any intention whatsoever to form a splinter group - there certainly isn't on my part. As you correctly say, the SCSA offers many benefits, not to mention dedication from a number of individuals that make it the success it is.
 :uk:

My view is that this thread IS independent of the SCSA but at the same time is closely allied to it. If we believe slopes are flyable in differing wind directions or wish to include slopes that fall outside the remit of the SCSA on a unique version of the comapss, this forum / thread would relish the diversity. Perhaps to that end the title of this thread should be changed to "Cotswold Slopers" in order to avoid directly linking the SCSA and RCMF (but I must add this should not be viewed as a splinter group, more a forum for those who fly or intend to fly on the fantastic slopes we are blessed with)?
 $%&

Blimey! What have I started here??
There is no need for "splinter groups", or new clubs, but I do agree with Andy that the thread could be renamed. We have frequently mentioned other slopes on here that are not in the South Costwolds, but are "somewhere" in the Cotswolds.

Gordon (who is not about to start WW3)
Title: Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 13, 2010, 14:18:19 PM
On another note, the wind is still looking good for Sunday at Selsley (not that I'm watching it every hour)!
 :xx
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: rcfanuk on January 13, 2010, 14:23:55 PM
Ok main topic renamed to Cotswold Slopers as it would seem to cover all slopes in the area withought being club specific. However i do agree with Phil that being a member of the SCSA is a worthwile thing to do, even though my trips to the slope are limited.

Steve
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 13, 2010, 14:45:26 PM
Thanks Steve.  :af

So where were we, ah yes, talking about the possibility buikding a Team Monkey 60" Swinger. Any ideas who or where I could get a set of the plans printed locally. Also, being a dumb arse, I appreciate "copy shops" are able to scale up plans, but is this the only way to get the full size drawings to print? I'd be more than willing to get copies for anyone that wants them and would only ask you only cover the cost of your own print (again, i've no idea how much it would cost?
 $%&
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: rcfanuk on January 13, 2010, 14:57:25 PM
You could always tile print them, thats what I did with the 48" version, but never got round to building it, too many projects I guess

Steve
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 13, 2010, 15:08:48 PM
OK, for what it's worth, here my thoughts.
Forum name: I use this particular section because most of the people I know belong to the SCSA. I also add my comments to the South Wales Slopers and the South West Slopers because I hope to fly their sites, though I have no intent on joining any others clubs.
I am a member of the SCSA and also West Mendip (because I fly at Crooks Peak sometimes). This means I am contributing to a clubs existence and also as a way of getting insurance.
I don’t really care what the forum section is called. South Cotswold seems OK to me because that’s where the majority of action takes place. This doesn't mean to say that I won’t venture future afield.
As for the Compass Rose; if you put too much info on there, it becomes unreadable. This was tried by various Paragliding clubs with no success. If you want info on a variety of site, you could consider something like this (http://www.avonhgpg.co.uk/sites/sitesmap.php?link=2) or Slope Hunter's site (http://www.slopehunter.co.uk/) which is getting better all the time.
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 13, 2010, 15:47:55 PM
You could always tile print them, thats what I did with the 48" version, but never got round to building it, too many projects I guess

Steve

Again, being dumb, is it easy to print in tile format from PDF's? If it is, it would be an easy solution and would save a couple of £££!!
 :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: rcfanuk on January 13, 2010, 15:50:27 PM
I have the option in my settings when i hit print, this may depend on your printer of course

Steve
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 13, 2010, 17:01:16 PM
I'd be more than willing to get copies for anyone that wants them and would only ask you only cover the cost of your own print (again, i've no idea how much it would cost?
 $%&

When I've had copies of A0 plans done, they cost me £2.75 for a black and white copy.  :uk:
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: rcfanuk on January 13, 2010, 17:11:08 PM
Where was that TT, last copies I had were £40 for 3 A0 sheets

Steve
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 13, 2010, 17:13:23 PM
When I've had copies of A0 plans done, they cost me £2.75 for a black and white copy.  :uk:


I've heard that white can be quite expensive.
 :D

A big "D'oh!" on my part I reckon!

I'm really keen to get one of these things flying now. Would be great if Paul has a source for some Depron. Think I'll try Giant cod rx, servos and batterys forn the build in the hope that i'll be able to build the thing for less than a round of drinks! Would be great to see four or five of them flying at the same slope at the same time. I reckon they'll be great fun.
 :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: rcfanuk on January 13, 2010, 17:16:12 PM
Do you have a link for the 60" I only have the 48"

Steve
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 13, 2010, 17:17:58 PM
I have ruined Paul's compass by trying to colour it in with red and green crayons
The idea is to have the sweet spot and on the slope dark green, OK, light green and marginal amber. I have removed the S & A from the logo.
Ihad put a lot of effort into measuring the angles for each slope. Does anyone want to argue over directions?
The Avon site has CLD stopping at North, but the slope is OK for NNE
I like the Pac Men on the map, simple and effective
If we agree on directions and style we could do a better job on the colours
I don't know Lecky very well, but is great for NE.

Rodborough was light today 5MPH, with some light snow
Phil

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/logo8.jpg)

 
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 13, 2010, 17:26:20 PM
Nice one Phil!

Steve, I couldn't find the plan myself but i've PM'd Hexo (Gary) and Pasty (Steve) to bestow their wisdom, advice (and hopefully a 60"plan) on this thread. Hope thats alright with ya'll?
 :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: rcfanuk on January 13, 2010, 17:28:05 PM


Steve, I couldn't find the plan myself but i've PM'd Hexo (Gary) and Pasty (Steve) to bestow their wisdom, advice (and hopefully a 60"plan) on this thread. Hope thats alright with ya'll?
 :af

Sounds good to me  :af

Steve
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: rcfanuk on January 13, 2010, 17:30:18 PM
I have ruined Paul's compass by trying to colour it in with red and green crayons

 

Looks good to me guys, adds greater depth to the slope, especially if you don't visit a slope much

Steve
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 13, 2010, 20:15:58 PM
I'm sure Pasty won't mind me sharing this PM with you re the Swingers . . .

"I'd go for the 46" every time, I'm not a huge fan of the 60. The 46" is tougher, more fun and flies in the same air.

The key with Swingers is dont over engineer then, build as they're meant to be built.

Get a 46 under 400g's is the aim."

Thats from THE MAN HIMSELF (well one of the two). Based on this advice, i'm up for a 46" (Oooohhhh errrrr misses)!
 :-*
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Pasty on January 13, 2010, 21:06:39 PM
WHAT THE HELL!! I CANT BELIEVE YOU JUST POSTED THAT!! IT WAS FOR YOUR EYES ONLY!!  :-*

Word up party people

Yeah, Swingers... luv em. As said above I'd go for the 46" and keep the weight below 400g's. Dont over engineer is very important, so many people have tried to build a Swinger and slung loads of reinforcement on it, all sorts of covering etc and ended up with a dog because it too heavy.

One area I would strengthen a bit next time is where the spar passes through the fuz as thats the area where mine has slop now, this would consist of some light ply on the inner fuz sides for with the spar passing through it.

Heres a thread that covers a lot if not all the Swinger detail you'll need.

New fish on the block.... - RC Groups (http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=885150)

My build is on there too and when I do one again (which I need to as my current one is a bit beat up) I'll be doing the same build as I love the way mine flies.

The ethos behind the Swinger is cheap fun, you dont need fancy materials or expensive radio gear. Mine has Hextronic 9 grams servos (couple of quid each) on the elevator and rudder with a single standard size servo running the rons, a crappy GWS pico rx, with a 2000mah AA rx pack up front I needed no extra weight to balance and she came out at 370g's.

My wing spar is made from 4mm pine stock from B&Q which I doubled up side by side, I put a bit of very light ply running down the centre fuz former from the middle of the wing to the tail which stiffened the tail up a lot but added very little weight. All push rods are 2mm carbon and horns are what I had kicking around.

Whats important is getting the wing section as smooth as you can without it creasing as it goes over the spar, Cliffhanger (on rcmf and rcg) has been using formers to give the wing a proper consistent section stopping the dreaded spar crease. It might be worth chatting to him about his builds as hes been quite innovative with his design solutions.

If you cant find the white depron easily you can get green stuff from B&Q which is used as under floor foam or something, its green but I dont know its trade name. Again Cliffhanger might be able to point you to the right stuff (i've only ever used the white).

That should give you enough food for thought for now, read the thread above, if you've still got questions just shout... I dont monitor this thread and my post alert thing is screwed so if I dont reply just gimme a nudge via pm.

Have fun

Steve
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 13, 2010, 21:20:36 PM
Aha, so the thread has been renamed. Good idea. No need to have connected it to the SCSA at all.

I'm sure we at SCSA would have been non-plussed by the thought of swingers.....
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 13, 2010, 23:22:23 PM
Steveo, thanks for all your help re the Swinger. Will defo start to have a look at getting all the relevant kit over the next few days.
 :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 13, 2010, 23:31:27 PM
Where was that TT, last copies I had were £40 for 3 A0 sheets

Steve


I use a place called "Service Point". The one I use is on Whiteladies Road in Bristol, but it's a chain so they are all over the place (http://www.servicepointuk.com/company_location_uk.asp).
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 14, 2010, 00:25:17 AM
I have ruined Paul's compass by trying to colour it in with red and green crayons


The stark design I did was because I was matching the existing compass - I much prefer it with the colours and would be quite happy to add Phil's version to the original. Also to change/remove the centre text is no problem at all.

As for the Swinger, the 46" sounds like a good choice following Pasty's comments. I haven't got any brilliant ideas for suppliers - the couple of flooring/tiles places I've tried haven't had it. After that it's either the B&Q Green stuff or online/EBay suppliers, for instance here (http://search.ebay.com/260473649198).

Regarding the airfoil shape - the wings I saw on the build thread had balsa formers, is there any reason not to use more of the 6mm depron?

And finally, is it worth starting a 'Cotswold Swingers!' thread to avoid swamping all the what/where/when talk on this thread once we start building?
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 14, 2010, 08:25:25 AM
£2.50 per sheet for Depron isn't too bad but it's defo worth a look at the B&Q stuff Pasty mentioned.
 :xx

I like the idea about a seperate thread for the builds. Perhaps once we've got all the materials sorted and we know who is going to build one for definate, we could start it.
 :study:

On another note, some miserable git has nicked that beautiful NNW from Sundays forecast. It's now showing WSW and sub 10mph.
 :'(  :'(  :'(
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Pasty on January 14, 2010, 09:10:35 AM
I may be wrong but i think the B&Q stuff is 6mm, you'll need some 3mm for the wings... having said that, someone may well have tried the 6mm on the wings with good results... Cliffhanger would be the man to ask as I think hes been using the B&Q stuff.
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 14, 2010, 09:28:48 AM
I have started a map, I can make it interactive so we get a popup on mouse over and  new page on click with all the slope info and a map of the slope
Phil

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/camap.jpg)
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 14, 2010, 09:30:31 AM


On another note, some miserable git has nicked that beautiful NNW from Sundays forecast. It's now showing WSW and sub 10mph.
 :'(  :'(  :'(

Andy, the bowl at Selsley works even in gentle winds from the WSW so don't loose hope yet! It will probably be forecast E by tomorrow!

Guy
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 14, 2010, 10:03:07 AM
The stark design I did was because I was matching the existing compass - I much prefer it with the colours and would be quite happy to add Phil's version to the original. Also to change/remove the centre text is no problem at all.


The colours add more information to the compass and I hope the colours make sense.
We need a place to put our maps and information, I could register cotswold_slopers.co.uk as a domain name, but we need some web space that we could access, with its own pass word
Most of us could write simple HTML or use a simple editor, some sites have on line editors like the forum

Andy, I flew Selsley west in 2MPH last week, there was plenty of lift, but maybe not enough for a brick!
Phil
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 14, 2010, 11:20:57 AM
Phil / Guy, thanks for the info re Selsley. I'm not jump of a tall building just yet!
 :D
As for the compass and the photos etc, would it not be a good idea to link it in with the descriptions Hexo is looking for regarding Sloping in the British Isles?
 $%&
Also, I am able to edit the opeining post of this (long running) thread. I believe it would make sense to put the compass there for ease of reference once we're all agreed on it.
 :study:
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 14, 2010, 11:48:46 AM
The Hexo package is excellent.

He already includes details of most of our sites (Says Selsley is a NW slope though) and a link to the SCSA but it would be good to get the 'correct' compass to him.
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: rcfanuk on January 14, 2010, 12:04:58 PM

Also, I am able to edit the opeining post of this (long running) thread. I believe it would make sense to put the compass there for ease of reference once we're all agreed on it.
 :study:

Me too, might be a good place once it's agreed on

Steve
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 14, 2010, 12:22:02 PM
The Hexo package is excellent.

He already includes details of most of our sites (Says Selsley is a NW slope though) and a link to the SCSA but it would be good to get the 'correct' compass to him.


Andy, do you have a link to hexo site?

I have made one part of the map with the Pacmen on work, only the CLD, the bottom one works so far.

http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/cs/cs.htm (http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/cs/cs.htm)
Click on the map to open a page with the larger map on it, then click CLD above dursley

We can put our info and photos on this page, I will style it later
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 14, 2010, 12:54:07 PM
Phil the map and the link from it work really well. Nice work!

The link to the Hexo thread is here . . . UK Slope Soaring Database (http://www.rcmf.co.uk/4um/index.php/topic,62940.0.html)[/color][/b]

It's a link the thread that's running on the main glider section board. In it you'll find all manner of links and info about what he's trying to achieve, including a link to a trial database.
 :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 14, 2010, 17:23:23 PM
Right, all you potential swingers!

I'm looking at placing an order for significant quantities of Depron from DepronFoam.com (http://depronfoam.com), if there's enough interest.

I'm going to buy 20 sheets of 3mm thick white, 1000x700mm - and the same of 6mm. It works out at £2.40 a sheet for either thickness (including a share of the p+p).

I want 4 sheets of each and so does Glenn, so the others are up for grabs. I haven't ordered it yet, so if there is a huge demand I can always add some on. There is also UHU POR glue, the ideal thing to use with it, at £2.50 for a tube. ( I used it to glue the two halves of my first electric EPP wing (no spars, tape etc, just edge jointed POR) and when I stuffed it at full throttle the wings ripped off *but* the POR joint was still solid.)

I'm passing this on at cost, buying it all at once gets the price down from £2.50 a sheet plus p+p.

Let me know what you're after - either on here, by PM, or on gliding@bitrot.co.uk. I'm hoping to order it later tonight.
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 14, 2010, 17:27:57 PM
Matey. that's very good of you. Can I mathc the quatities both Glen and yourself are ordering? Can I also get a tube of that glue (no point messing around trying to find an alternative). If you're out this weekend i'll give the required cash.

Thanks so much matey.
 :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 14, 2010, 17:53:55 PM
I'll have the same (not wanting to be left out) as Andy ie 4x sheets and a tube of glue.
At some point, would somebody tell me why I'm buying this stuff and what I'm meant to do with it.  :study:
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 14, 2010, 18:35:47 PM
I'll have the same (not wanting to be left out) as Andy ie 4x sheets and a tube of glue.
At some point, would somebody tell me why I'm buying this stuff and what I'm meant to do with it.  :study:

That's 4x3mm and 4x6mm, same as the rest of us lemmings?

In your case, I think the best thing to do with it is to spread it out across the slope to reduce the landing impact(s). Happy to help!  :ev

Alternatively there are rumours that you can make a glider (or two) out of it. I haven't actually measured it out to see how much you need per 'Swinger 46', but I'm assuming four sheets of each is more than plenty.

Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Pasty on January 14, 2010, 18:49:02 PM
I'd get some foam safe CA and kicker too, POR's great but sometimes you need the instant tack of kicked CA. Its better for putting in carbon strip reinforcement into the stab as theres no movement, good for the fin to fuz wood too.
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 14, 2010, 19:08:39 PM
Selsley was rubbish today, very little lift

I have done a page about Cam Long Down at


http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/cs/cld.htm (http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/cs/cld.htm)

please have a look, I will edit it again when we get a better discription of the site

Phil
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 14, 2010, 19:14:12 PM
I'd get some foam safe CA and kicker too, POR's great but sometimes you need the instant tack of kicked CA. Its better for putting in carbon strip reinforcement into the stab as theres no movement, good for the fin to fuz wood too.

I don't know about everybody else, but I've got CA and kicker already, and odd bits of carbon and wood. Also a hot glue gun - can Depron take the heat (for tacking bits together)?

Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Pasty on January 14, 2010, 19:32:14 PM
I have no idea whether a hot glue gun would work, it doesnt take much to melt depron tho... try a bit and let us know :)

Your CA's foam safe right? normal CA eats depron for fun.
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 14, 2010, 19:36:15 PM
I have no idea whether a hot glue gun would work, it doesnt take much to melt depron tho... try a bit and let us know :)

Your CA's foam safe right? normal CA eats depron for fun.

Yeah, I paid a load for it then found I didn't need it for EPP... doh!

I'm thinking of using a carbon main spar (because I've got a 1m long 5mm spar handy) and cutting airfoil formers from 6mm Depron.. seems like there's no point having a bouncy wing then putting balsa in it. With my 5 months experience, that is ;)

Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Pasty on January 14, 2010, 20:07:51 PM
The spar tapers from root to tip and you're already starting to over engineer :D

this is a sub 400g plane, you dont need a super duper spar.
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 14, 2010, 20:17:36 PM
The spar tapers from root to tip and you're already starting to over engineer :D

this is a sub 400g plane, you dont need a super duper spar.

I know I don't *need* it, but I've got it.. isn't that a guiding principle for this thing? I can always put a tapered pine one in if needed, but that's more work not less.

And I wanted to put in a slightly better (Wasabi?) airfoil because we don't have nice high cliffs with vertical lift round here, so a bit more will probably be useful...

I might be completely wrong though, in which case feel free to point and laugh.
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 15, 2010, 10:37:13 AM
I have added a few more sites to the map I am making, only the page for Cam Long Down is finished

http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/cs/map.htm (http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/cs/map.htm)

Phil
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 15, 2010, 17:47:23 PM
Phil, I think the info you have provided for CLD is spot on. If you're looking to replicate this type of page for the other key slopes, you will have a very comprehensive and easy to use slope site database. Top, top stuff!

Still looking at the weather for Sunday . . . .  :xx  :xx  :xx
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 15, 2010, 18:30:07 PM
Still looking at the weather for Sunday . . . .  :xx  :xx  :xx

Yes, it's not the slope/wind knowledge just the bl***y weather that's spoiling my hopes and worse still, Sunday is a MIL day Ggrrr.

Mines passed on but now my daughter has one or will soon. Roast this and that and definately NO flying, they're coming for lunch.

Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 15, 2010, 18:51:56 PM
Yes, it's not the slope/wind knowledge just the bl***y weather that's spoiling my hopes and worse still, Sunday is a MIL day Ggrrr.

Mines passed on but now my daughter has one or will soon. Roast this and that and definately NO flying, they're coming for lunch.

Are you sure she doesn't want you 'out from under her feet' for the morning?

Sounds like you need to work on that strategic incompetence...   :ev

Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 16, 2010, 12:36:03 PM
I have added a few more sites to the map I am making, only the page for Cam Long Down is finished

[url]http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/cs/map.htm[/url] ([url]http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/cs/map.htm[/url])

Phil


Top effort  :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 16, 2010, 13:41:27 PM
Someone has been updating Google Slope Hunter

Slope Hunter (http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=103290592315162107965.000455d330c2eab44f708&ll=51.144894,-0.318604&spn=0.859804,2.460938&z=9)

This is a great resource, Wiltshire would be a problem, it would be all pins

Phil

Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 16, 2010, 18:05:51 PM
So whats the deal for tomorrow? Will it be WSW +/-10mph in the morning going W at noon before swinging back WSW in the afternoon?  Anyone flying tomorrow? So many questions, so little time . . . .
 $%&
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 16, 2010, 18:11:52 PM
So whats the deal for tomorrow? Will it be WSW +/-10mph in the morning going W at noon before swinging back WSW in the afternoon?  Anyone flying tomorrow? So many questions, so little time . . . .
 $%&

- Don't know
- Probably
- Yes, unless it rains
- (and to answer the one you didn't ask, almost certainly Frocester)

I've ordered the Depron now, hopefully it'll be here on Tuesday and I can bring it along next weekend to wherever (unless anybody is too impatient and wants to come and get it from Gloucester...)

Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: sparkyben on January 16, 2010, 18:13:22 PM
So whats the deal for tomorrow? Will it be WSW +/-10mph in the morning going W at noon before swinging back WSW in the afternoon?  Anyone flying tomorrow? So many questions, so little time . . . .
 $%&
Sounds like Frocester to me - Anyone fancy teaching me how to land on a postage stamp! ???
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 16, 2010, 18:22:22 PM
Sounds like Frocester to me - Anyone fancy teaching me how to land on a postage stamp! ???

As Phil keeps lecturing me on how to do it, I thought I'd pass it on:

"It's easy really, just fly exactly the right line and don't get it wrong, then it'll be fine".

Something like that, anyway. Keep watching the video(s).


Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 16, 2010, 18:27:02 PM
The video on the SCSA site called  "Landing at Frocester" is a starting point. We're all trying to land there like Phil can.
 :banghead:

On another note, if the wind is W in the morning, I'd be far more keen to give Selsley a try. If it's not good enough, Frocester for me too.
 :xx
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 16, 2010, 18:27:27 PM
Someone has been updating Google Slope Hunter

This is a great resource, Wiltshire would be a problem, it would be all pins

Phil

There's a real danger that these sites will be populated with every hump and bump in the country. Surely they should only show sites that are worth a good drive for, say an hour or two. I have seen one site that show a hill just off the M32 in Bristol. Though it's probably soarable, I would recommend it. (mind you, i think the same about Rodborough)  :''
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 16, 2010, 18:30:03 PM

On another note, if the wind is W in the morning, I'd be far more keen to give Selsley a try. If it's not good enough, Frocester for me too.
 :xx

Not wishing to be subversive but does anyone fancy Crooks Peak?
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: sparkyben on January 16, 2010, 18:36:24 PM
As Phil keeps lecturing me on how to do it, I thought I'd pass it on:

"It's easy really, just fly exactly the right line and don't get it wrong, then it'll be fine".

Something like that, anyway. Keep watching the video(s).

Yeah seen the vids, got a feeling that Phil might be making it look easy! ;D
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 16, 2010, 18:47:23 PM
Not wishing to be subversive but does anyone fancy Crooks Peak?

Tempting but as the winds are set to be quite light, for me at least, it's probably not worth the extra 3/4 hour drive. Did also consider the Malverns but the same applies. If Selsley does work tomorrow, I'd be a fool to miss out flying there.
 :xx
I take it you're tempted to give it a try Tim?
 :''
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 16, 2010, 19:00:45 PM
Tempting but as the winds are set to be quite light, for me at least, it's probably not worth the extra 3/4 hour drive. Did also consider the Malverns but the same applies. If Selsley does work tomorrow, I'd be a fool to miss out flying there.
 :xx
I take it you're tempted to give it a try Tim?
 :''

The madness behind my thinking was, it really doesn't matter which way the wind blows at CP, you just chase it around the hill. The West face works with anything from SW - NW. In a West, the blow is smooooth cos it's straight off the sea and it's higher than Selsley so the wind will blow that bit harder.  ;)
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 16, 2010, 19:13:50 PM
The madness behind my thinking was, it really doesn't matter which way the wind blows at CP, you just chase it around the hill. The West face works with anything from SW - NW. In a West, the blow is smooooth cos it's straight off the sea and it's higher than Selsley so the wind will blow that bit harder.  ;)

Sorry, Crooke Peak is not for me - it's an hour and a quarter from here, so there and back uses up my free morning even without any gliding - never mind petrol for a 120 mile round trip!

I could get to the Bwlch in the same time and distance. So it's Frocester for me, but enjoy CP if you go there!


Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 16, 2010, 19:42:33 PM
Sorry, Crooke Peak is not for me - it's an hour and a quarter from here, so there and back uses up my free morning even without any gliding - never mind petrol for a 120 mile round trip!

I could get to the Bwlch in the same time and distance. So it's Frocester for me, but enjoy CP if you go there!

I'll put you down as a "Not Sure" then Paul  ;)
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 16, 2010, 19:46:40 PM
I'll put you down as a "Not Sure" then Paul  ;)

Fair enough.

So. Who's for the Bwlch tomorrow then?

Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 16, 2010, 20:31:44 PM
Fair enough.

So. Who's for the Bwlch tomorrow then?



Went there today! No joke. Thing is we couldn't see anything. Even massive log carrying lorries faded into the mist at less than 50 yards. From my door to the Back of the Wrecker t :Pook 1hr 40 mins. I'm hoping that next time I go there I'll be able to see the slope.
 
Gonna take your Spitfire to the slopes tomorrow Paul? Tim, if you are heading up this way you can take the Hawk tomorrow and sort out the £ in the future (Your aircraft may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on an aircraft loan or any other debt secured on it).
 :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 16, 2010, 20:40:58 PM
Hi Andy,

I've had 2 or 3 days there like that. Clag or similar they call it....

Wait for some blue sky days next time!

You can do it quicker than 1hr 40 from Stroud. Difficult to find the first time maybe?

Guy
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 16, 2010, 20:48:49 PM
Gonna take your Spitfire to the slopes tomorrow Paul?

Might do if the weather looks OK in the morning - otherwise it will just be the wing to practice landing with. The Spit is in the loft so it's a hassle to get it out and charged ;)

I am keen to fly though - even if all I ever write here is excuses!
 
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 16, 2010, 20:59:01 PM
You can do it quicker than 1hr 40 from Stroud. Difficult to find the first time maybe?

Guy

We stopped in Tesco's, endured the roadworks around Cardiff and also faced the very heavy rain. On a good day I reckon I could knock at lesat 20mins of the time. Just had a look at some of the photos of the Wrecker - can't wait to see it on a fine day. Topped it off with a pop into a Welsh distillery on the way home and picked up a nice bottle (which i'm currently enjoying a glass of). I like Wales!
 :af

Paul, i'm charging some toys just on the off chance that I'll get to fly at Selsley. I'm kinda hoping you might consider the same with the Spitfire.
 :''
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 16, 2010, 21:14:01 PM
Tim, if you are heading up this way you can take the Hawk tomorrow and sort out the £ in the future (Your aircraft may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on an aircraft loan or any other debt secured on it).
 :af
I have a boot full of Bearer Bonds, krugerrands or used Fivers, which ever takes your fancy. See you tomorrow  :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 16, 2010, 21:18:17 PM
The Spit is in the loft so it's a hassle to get it out and charged ;)


In the Loft!!

Mind you, we don't all have a room dedicated to storing of Toys like some people from Truro I could mention  :''
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 16, 2010, 21:25:25 PM
In the Loft!!

Mind you, we don't all have a room dedicated to storing of Toys like some people from Truro I could mention  :''

'They' all often live in the Conservatory, but it's a bit cold and damp out there for now, so they've moved upstairs to 'the guest room' where my kids sleep when they stay over.

Somehow a 10 year old boy and a 4' PSS Spitfire in the same room overnight don't seem to mix, so I punted it up to the loft last time they were over.

It's down now though...


Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: clayts75 on January 16, 2010, 21:44:07 PM
Went there today! No joke. Thing is we couldn't see anything. Even massive log carrying lorries faded into the mist at less than 50 yards. From my door to the Back of the Wrecker t :Pook 1hr 40 mins. I'm hoping that next time I go there I'll be able to see the slope.
 
Gonna take your Spitfire to the slopes tomorrow Paul? Tim, if you are heading up this way you can take the Hawk tomorrow and sort out the £ in the future (Your aircraft may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on an aircraft loan or any other debt secured on it).
 :af
BBC local was/is saying that the road from Nant Y Moel to the Bwlch is still closed!!
obviously not then. I didn't bother heading up there today as it is Clag, Clag Claggy and pi55ed rain all day.
Next time any of you venture up, send us a text (PM for the number if you missed it). I'll show you around and point out landing issues and stuff.
Clayt
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 16, 2010, 21:53:54 PM
BBC local was/is saying that the road from Nant Y Moel to the Bwlch is still closed!!
obviously not then.

Next time any of you venture up, send us a text (07551917686). I'll show you around and point out landing issues and stuff.
Clayt

Cheers for the offer - I know I certainly intend to head up that way later in the year.

Eyeboy only really does coasts - he probably ended up on the Gower not the Bwlch ;)

Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 16, 2010, 21:58:14 PM
Thanks for the kind offer Clayts. Will definately take you up on it in the future. As for the road, there was a far bit of snow on the top but it was melting very quickly. The snow however, wasn't the problem - the clag was! Absolute nightmare.
 :o
Looking forwards to seeing ya'll on the slopes tomorrow. Will bung the Hawk on charge for you Timbo. Great to here the Spitfire MAY get an outing.
 :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 16, 2010, 22:10:24 PM
Great to here the Spitfire MAY get an outing.
 :af

Right. The Spit is out and charged, the wing is charged, and I've also bunged a receiver in the Relic and am about to rebalance it with a new smaller battery pack (since it's original battery pack went in the Spitfire).

Happy now?

If it rains hard in the morning after all that, I shall be visiting you with a hammer....   :ev :nananana:
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 16, 2010, 22:20:37 PM
Have spent the day cutting ribs for the Vulcan. Hadn't realised how many there are. The makes 4 birds on the go  :banghead:
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 16, 2010, 22:32:21 PM
What time are folks heading to the hills?
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 16, 2010, 22:34:29 PM
What time are folks heading to the hills?

I'm aiming to be at Frocester by about 10am. Being Sunday morning, that may vary.
 
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 16, 2010, 23:03:58 PM
Have spent the day cutting ribs for the Vulcan. Hadn't realised how many there are. The makes 4 birds on the go  :banghead:

But what a great bird she'll be when she's done.
 :co

Like Yoyo, i'll be looking to be at Frocester for about 10am but hope it'll have enough W in it to fly Selsley. See ya'll slopeside.
 :af :xx
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 16, 2010, 23:46:50 PM
10 am!!! Do you lot not know how to sleep. I shall endeavour to drag myself out of bed and head to the hills before the sun sets. :o
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 17, 2010, 08:18:08 AM
Looking a tad light here at the moment. I'm hoping it's just because we're in a valley.
 :xx

See ya'll about 10am. Don't forget your hot chocolate!
 :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 17, 2010, 08:32:36 AM
8.30AM sunday
The SCSA are flying at Frocester, wind 10MPH

Phil
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 17, 2010, 09:01:02 AM
Looking a tad light here at the moment. I'm hoping it's just because we're in a valley.
 :xx

See ya'll about 10am. Don't forget your hot chocolate!
 :af

Warm and sunny today, isn't it?

Iced tea for me....
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 17, 2010, 14:26:25 PM
Warm and sunny today, isn't it?

It certainly is - I just got back. A cracking day marred only by the wind being a-bit-light and a-bit-Frocester and a-bit-Selsley.

Nice to see loads of people at Frocester, the talking-about-gliding pit was quite crowded ;) - but then the wind swung round to the point so a few of us went to try Selsley West. It was fine there and perfect for the landing practice I desperately need before I'll dare fly the Spit.

Had quite a few decent landings and finished with a proper floaty 2mph hand catch of the Relic - so I'm well pleased.

First sunny day flying of the year. Hopefully many more to come.
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 17, 2010, 15:14:29 PM
A few photos from a very pleasant Sunday morning.

At Phil's photos (http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/?M=D)

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/mark-k8-froster2.jpg)


Phil
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 17, 2010, 17:14:36 PM
Top photo's Phil. Definately think Marks K8 needs a scale pilot but it does look the dogs danglers in the air. I for one am very envious of it.
 :af

As Paul mentioned, it was great to see so many faces and models on the slope and in the air. If only we had an extra 4 or 5 mph of wind it would have been all but perfect.
 :co
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 17, 2010, 18:23:46 PM
Lucky beggars. I'm free to fly now but it's dark....
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 17, 2010, 19:07:45 PM
Lucky beggars. I'm free to fly now but it's dark....


Don't let that stop you!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGka1XRXJ8A
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 17, 2010, 19:30:53 PM
Very impressive, no excuses from me then. Which slope was that?
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 17, 2010, 19:46:58 PM
Very impressive, no excuses from me then. Which slope was that?

Haresfield, when the nights drew in too much for evening flying a bit before Christmas.

What that video doesn't show is my plane ending up at the top of one of the tallest trees there with all the lights flashing away merrily and the lost model alarm squealing away to itself. It was like the star on Gloucesters first (and biggest) Christmas tree for a while - until I got back with a ladder and tree lopper to get it down...

Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 17, 2010, 21:27:45 PM
Andy, Have you seen the comment from Clayts75? He went to Rhossili today. Here's a link (http://www.enjoygower.com/panos/rhossilibay.cfm)
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 17, 2010, 21:46:47 PM
Does look pretty awesome. The mad thing is, according to Google it takes just 15 mins less for me to drive there than it would for me to get to St.Agnes! Still, I am tempted. Definately think the Bwlch is a higher priority for me at the moment though (as are Crookes Peak and the Malverns). One day though . . . . . .
 :af :''
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: clayts75 on January 17, 2010, 22:18:27 PM
Keep an eye open for some vids from either PaulS or Isoaritfirst of todays flying at Rhossili to give you an idea of what it is like.
It's worth the drive, especially if there is a chance of clag at the Bwlch or the Skirrid.
Speaking of the Skirrid, you guys could probably get there quicker than I can. It takes me 50mins.
Big lift in a Westerly. not tried it in an Easterly yet though.
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 17, 2010, 22:20:07 PM
Does look pretty awesome. The mad thing is, according to Google it takes just 15 mins less for me to drive there than it would for me to get to St.Agnes! Still, I am tempted. Definately think the Bwlch is a higher priority for me at the moment though (as are Crookes Peak and the Malverns). One day though . . . . . .
 :af :''

The Gower Peninsula (which Rhossili is on the end of) is a surprisingly long way even if you start from Cardiff - I used to live a few miles inland from there, at Risca. The problem is that once you leave the M4 it's all teeny tiny roads that take forever to drive along.

The Bwlch is a high priority for me too - but only once I have suitable weapons. A Swinger and a Spit sound like a good combination... unless you want to lend me one of your less-flown models, a DH88 maybe, you never seem to bother with that one? :co


Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: clayts75 on January 17, 2010, 22:28:06 PM
I live in Tondu near Bridgend and work in Morriston near Swansea. It takes 50 min to get to Rhossili from home and 45 mins from work. I was in Risca on Friday and that took 45 mins from home too.
Some people don't drive that far for holidays.
The Gower on the weekend is a pain in the 4r5e. Travel times increase big style.
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 17, 2010, 22:53:53 PM
The Gower Peninsula (which Rhossili is on the end of) is a surprisingly long way even if you start from Cardiff - I used to live a few miles inland from there, at Risca. The problem is that once you leave the M4 it's all teeny tiny roads that take forever to drive along.

It's a fair point, Rhossili is a decent drive from here and you'd be mad to travel that distance each time you fly, but surely epic sites are worth a little effort occassionally.
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 17, 2010, 23:05:56 PM
It's a fair point, Rhossili is a decent drive from here and you'd be mad to travel that distance each time you fly, but surely epic sites are worth a little effort occassionally.

Oh absolutely, but there are epic sites (i.e. The Bwlch, Stagnant) which are closer and/or easier to get to, so places like Rhossili end up further down the list.

In other news, I was just thinking about what to use for Swinger spars and realised I have a recently deceased Flexifoil kite, which has left me with two 3 foot long tapered fibreglass spars. I think I may have found the ends of them a new home!



Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: John Y on January 18, 2010, 06:01:26 AM
I live in Tondu near Bridgend and work in Morriston near Swansea. It takes 50 min to get to Rhossili from home and 45 mins from work. I was in Risca on Friday and that took 45 mins from home too.
Some people don't drive that far for holidays.
The Gower on the weekend is a pain in the 4r5e. Travel times increase big style.


Honestly, you can't call residing in Tondu "living" can you? :D :D
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 18, 2010, 09:37:45 AM
Flying today?

the wind is little more southerly than the forecast, looks like Haresfield

I have added a few more links to our web pages,

Please send me any edits needed for the slopes

http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/cs/cs.htm (http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/cs/cs.htm)

we were thinking of buying www.cotswold-slopers.co.uk about £6 for 2 years

Phil

Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: clayts75 on January 18, 2010, 09:45:42 AM
Honestly, you can't call residing in Tondu "living" can you? :D :D
:-X Mustn't......... take.......... bait
Massive 4 bed house, quiet court, Llynfi river outside back door... everyday is like a holiday
Clayt
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 18, 2010, 10:59:43 AM
Phil, i'm having (yet another) blonde bald moment regarding your last post. Rather than set up a new website "Cotswold Slopers", can we not either a. expand the Stroud Cookers site  or b. set up a joint access Photobucket account, both of which would allow us to store more photos? I'm a little concerned that setting up a new website under a new name MAY be viewed as a direct threat to the SCSA website. Using an alternative such as Photobucket would simply allow us to post photos, and it could even be called the SCSA photo account, plus it's free to set up! $%&
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 18, 2010, 13:10:16 PM
Maybe website is too strong a term, all I wanted to do was provide some information for those who want to fly in the Cotswolds.
The domain name was to keep the address constant, it is very anoying when links dont work due to changes of ISPs.
I would have put the pages on the SCSA site if it was not full up.
The SCSA have not updated thier web site front page for a year, they never supply any photos, the last time they sent me a photos was two years ago.
The club secretary never looks at the web site. Bryan Tucker supplied two comp reports last year, but got into trouble from one of the members by making an error.
Photo bucket is a bit of pain to load photos to, I did set up an account with them and asked members to contribute but no one did.
I did load some photos to Picasa Web Albums - Phil - Much-Marcle 2007 (http://picasaweb.google.com/philscsa/MuchMarcle2007?authkey=qTfMueMcWK0#)

When the gloucerter MFC finds out I have stolen some web space he may ask me to remove the pages.
He will be OK for a while as I spent an hour on the phone with him last night doing IT support.
He uses Windows7 and I am using MS DOS6 on the 286 so it was hard work
Phil

PS the first batch of BMFA membership forms have come back, Mike will try handing these out and post the others
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Hexo on January 18, 2010, 14:27:57 PM
MS Dos6! On a 286! Takes me back that does!

I'd just go with a new website, this thread and comunity seem very strong and would therefore warrant a portal for all your photos and the like.

Although saying that our proper cornish slopers site needs some updating!
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Hexo on January 18, 2010, 14:38:01 PM
I may be wrong but i think the B&Q stuff is 6mm, you'll need some 3mm for the wings... having said that, someone may well have tried the 6mm on the wings with good results... Cliffhanger would be the man to ask as I think hes been using the B&Q stuff.

6mm wings do not work. They are twice the weight and leave a nasty airfoil section. 3mm only on a 46.
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 18, 2010, 16:19:52 PM
Now here's something for you to mull over on this rainy day.
PSSA have posted their meet dates in June, August and October. Now I'm quite keen to go along to one of these events but they are all at the Great Orme, Llandudno, N. Wales, which is a hell of a drive even with my record.

Who fancies having our own PSS meet somewhere a bit closer. It would have to be somewhere that takes most winds to avoid everyone heading off in different directions.

Any takers?
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 18, 2010, 16:38:51 PM
There isonly one slope I know of that takes all direction

http://mikey.rchomepage.com/bwlch.htm

At Stroud we can fly all directions as they are so close together we could drive between them if need, but some of the slopes have poor lift.

Phil
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Cactus on January 18, 2010, 16:46:04 PM
Quote
Although saying that our proper cornish slopers site needs some updating!
i know i know, but i forgot me camera yesterday  :embarassed:
but then, it wasn't one of those days you need pics of, don't get those now baldy's taken his cakes else where for some slopey lovin  :-\
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 18, 2010, 17:20:08 PM
Now here's something for you to mull over on this rainy day.
PSSA have posted their meet dates in June, August and October. Now I'm quite keen to go along to one of these events but they are all at the Great Orme, Llandudno, N. Wales, which is a hell of a drive even with my record.

Who fancies having our own PSS meet somewhere a bit closer. It would have to be somewhere that takes most winds to avoid everyone heading off in different directions.

Any takers?


YES!!
 :uk:

I agree with Phils comments, although Stroud is blessed with slopes for all wind directions, the lift tends to be a bit weak or the LZ is a bit of an issue for mere mortals. If the Bwlch is available, and the natives believe it's a suitable site for all drections with a PSS brick, it would most definately get my vote.
 :af

The alternative would St.Agg..., St. Agggg, St. Aggggnn . You know where! Even my Spitfire can fly there in winds from 14mph (which are very common).
 :-X
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 18, 2010, 17:57:45 PM

YES!!
 :uk:

I agree with Phils comments, although Stroud is blessed with slopes for all wind directions, the lift tends to be a bit weak or the LZ is a bit of an issue for mere mortals. If the Bwlch is available, and the natives believe it's a suitable site for all drections with a PSS brick, it would most definately get my vote.
 :af

The alternative would St.Agg..., St. Agggg, St. Aggggnn . You know where! Even my Spitfire can fly there in winds from 14mph (which are very common).
 :-X



Stagnant? That's hundreds of miles away (you don't do it as a day trip, IIRC)!

The Bwlch sounds better. Or maybe Crookes Peak, isn't that most directions and decent lift?


Also, I've been and done it... see here (http://www.rcmf.co.uk/4um/index.php/topic,63207.0.html) for the All New 'Cotswold Swingers!' thread - for all those who are planning to build one.

I see Eyeboy has found it already,  Hexo and Pasty (Designer and Chief Dogsbody (is that right?) are in there too so you couldn't get better support for building one.

Just waiting for the foam now...



Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 18, 2010, 18:02:11 PM
Monday pm at Frocester was great! A gentle 5 mph breeze produced really smooth consistant lift. Andy (Tiger) and Christine flew their Zagi and Aliaj, Phil (tf) his Pegase and me my Starlight and Miraj.

And for the first time in ages - it wasn't cold, nor wet, my first outing in 2010!. Made me feel a lot better after missing Sunday morning.
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 18, 2010, 19:01:20 PM
Bwlch sounds better. Or maybe Crookes Peak, isn't that most directions and decent lift?

Crooks Peak is an option along with the Belch, ooops Bwlch. I guess if enough folks are keen and we can decide where to go, we will have to get the OK from which ever club flies there.  $%&
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: clayts75 on January 18, 2010, 19:22:31 PM
I've been thinking about it (PSSA) too and am just waiting for race dates and stuff to get an idea of when I might be able to ask the club to squeeze it in.
Clayt (keen for a PSS bash at the Bwlch :af )
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 18, 2010, 19:30:13 PM
This is the last PSS comp the SCSA put on

SCSA PSS Comp (http://www.scsa.org.uk/comp2007/comp2006/pss.htm) :embarassed:

Phil
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 18, 2010, 19:36:13 PM
I really like the Hercules!

3 models in the competition?????! We definately need to hold it somewhere else!
 ;)
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: clayts75 on January 18, 2010, 19:39:20 PM
This is the last PSS comp the SCSA put on

SCSA PSS Comp ([url]http://www.scsa.org.uk/comp2007/comp2006/pss.htm[/url]) :embarassed:

Phil

The last time someone organised a PSS event at the Bwlch was Dave Williams and he said there were five entrants.
But... they never get more popular by not having them!
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Cactus on January 18, 2010, 19:40:11 PM
quick note, battle of britan colours do not include D-day landing invasion stripes  :''
nice none the less :co
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 18, 2010, 19:49:01 PM
quick note, battle of britan colours do not include D-day landing invasion stripes  :''
nice none the less :co


'Invasion' = 'bloody obvious because there are Yanks around'?

Mind you the Germans had the same problem (http://hsfeatures.com/fw190d9dj_1.htm)...
 
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 18, 2010, 19:51:09 PM
this is one of the better years, it's in XLS format, macros are safe

http://www.scsa.org.uk/comp2007/comp-old/2002comp.xls

Phil
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 18, 2010, 21:43:46 PM
I really like the Hercules!

3 models in the competition?????! We definately need to hold it somewhere else!
 ;)

I want that Hercules  :af :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 18, 2010, 21:48:19 PM
The last time someone organised a PSS event at the Bwlch was Dave Williams and he said there were five entrants.
But... they never get more popular by not having them!

To be honest, I don't really care how many people turn up. If we have a nice day out, flying PSS on a decent hill, I'll go home with a smile on my face and that's all I want from it.  :af
You never know; from little acorns.........................
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Cactus on January 18, 2010, 22:10:10 PM
comes squirrel poo?
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 18, 2010, 22:21:46 PM
this is one of the better years, it's in XLS format, macros are safe

[url]http://www.scsa.org.uk/comp2007/comp-old/2002comp.xls[/url]

Phil


29 competitors throughout the year? Wow those were the days.....where have we gone wrong?
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: John Y on January 19, 2010, 06:13:01 AM
:-X Mustn't......... take.......... bait
Massive 4 bed house, quiet court, Llynfi river outside back door... everyday is like a holiday
Clayt

Only joking! Have fond memories of sitting in the back row of the local cinema on a Sunday night in the early 50's  (Most places were closed on Sundays) trying to abuse the local talent, if you know what I mean! :af :af

Regards
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: John Y on January 19, 2010, 06:36:21 AM
I was wondering if anyone has ever flown in the Ammanford area which is much easier to get to than Rhossili, particularly in the summer when traffic is heavy? Back in the 50's we used to get down there with either an EoN Baby (The British equivalent of the Grunau Baby) or a Kite 1 and fly some great S - S/W slopes. As the Eon had a wheel we were not adverse to autotowing it off on the main road behind our old wartime Humber Pullman staff car,           (There wasn't a great deal of traffic in those days) whereas the Kite, which only had a skid, was always auto-bungeed off on the grass. Great days!

Since there's motorway virtually all the way it 's probably no further than the |Bwlch time wise.

Regards
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Tiger on January 19, 2010, 13:01:15 PM
Monday pm at Frocester was great! A gentle 5 mph breeze produced really smooth consistant lift. Andy (Tiger) and Christine flew their Zagi and Aliaj, Phil (tf) his Pegase and me my Starlight and Miraj.

And for the first time in ages - it wasn't cold, nor wet, my first outing in 2010!. Made me feel a lot better after missing Sunday morning.

STARLIGHT ! ! ! ...................................

It looked like a SLIPSTREAM to me.....................

Get a grip man...............................................

I won't even mention the quality of the flying ! ! !  ;D  ;D  ;D  ;D  ;D

Tally Hoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo  :uk:

Andrew


Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 19, 2010, 14:03:22 PM
you have pinched my saying.

I never make Mastakes

Phil
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 19, 2010, 14:10:26 PM
Whoops! It was a SLIPSTREAM!
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Tiger on January 19, 2010, 18:56:26 PM
you have pinched my saying.

I never make Mastakes

Phil

OK...................fair enough, I'll change it then.  ;D

Tally Hoooooooooooooooooooo  :uk:

Andrew
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: John Y on January 19, 2010, 19:11:46 PM
Went flying at Rodborough today and had a great time although my hands got a bit cold! Wind was ESE at around 14 kts and the lift seemed really quite smooth. Only met one other guy, who didn't belong to SCSA but was flying a model he said was over 35 years old, which impressd me as mine often don't last 35 seconds! Didn't get a chance to ask his name.

Question:

How do I manage to join you lot and pay some money; do I leave it over the bar at The Bear?

Regards
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 19, 2010, 19:13:41 PM
Question:

How do I manage to join you lot and pay some money; do I leave it over the bar at The Bear?

Regards

Dito that!  $%&
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 19, 2010, 19:14:58 PM
OK...................fair enough, I'll change it then.  ;D

Tally Hoooooooooooooooooooo  :uk:

Andrew


No leave it, mine was 'I have my faults, being wrong isn't one of them'

There was some strong lift at Rodborough today.

I have added a few pictures and links to the Cotswold info site today, a few links, photos and some more words on the site guides.
Cotswold Slopers (http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/cs/cs.htm)


I have always wanted somewhere to put the non SCSA photos
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 19, 2010, 19:17:25 PM
Went flying at Rodborough today and had a great time although my hands got a bit cold! Wind was ESE at around 14 kts and the lift seemed really quite smooth. Only met one other guy, who didn't belong to SCSA but was flying a model he said was over 35 years old, which impressd me as mine often don't last 35 seconds! Didn't get a chance to ask his name.

Question:

How do I manage to join you lot and pay some money; do I leave it over the bar at The Bear?

Regards


Give the money to any member of the committee or post to the membership sec

South Cotswold Soaring Assciation (http://www.scsa.org.uk)
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 19, 2010, 19:27:50 PM
I have added a few pictures and links to the Cotswold info site today, a few links, photos and some more words on the site guides.
Cotswold Slopers ([url]http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/cs/cs.htm[/url])


I have always wanted somewhere to put the non SCSA photos


Damn Phil, you've been busy!! Nice work that man!
 :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Cactus on January 19, 2010, 19:32:46 PM
(http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/cs/images/10jan/wild-thing-caught.jpg)
pull your king trousers up  ::)
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 19, 2010, 19:34:10 PM
Damn Phil, you've been busy!! Nice work that man!
 :af

It needs a bit of art work and some styling, I only do text, links and photos
Phil
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 19, 2010, 19:36:08 PM
It needs a bit of art work and some styling, I only do text, links and photos
Phil

Some very impressive links. Talking of the photos, is there anyway of turning them into thumbnails rather than text?
 $%&
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 19, 2010, 19:38:14 PM
pull your king trousers up  ::)

You're just jealous because all your pants have some type of stain on them.  :o :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 19, 2010, 19:41:22 PM
Some very impressive links. Talking of the photos, is there anyway of turning them into thumbnails rather than text?
 $%&

try the lower link marked photos, the latest photos is where I load the photos before thumbnailing them, so we can then see the days photos
Phil
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 19, 2010, 19:56:45 PM
([url]http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/cs/images/10jan/wild-thing-caught.jpg[/url])
pull your king trousers up  ::)


I keep telling him but what can you do. I blame his mother  :co
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Cactus on January 19, 2010, 19:58:15 PM
pull them down when he's flying, every single time. they ought to learn where abouts a belt goes, and it's not below the hips  ;D
theres a whole facebook group dedicated to these misguided misfits
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 19, 2010, 20:56:08 PM
pull them down when he's flying, every single time. they ought to learn where abouts a belt goes, and it's not below the hips  ;D
theres a whole facebook group dedicated to these misguided misfits

Your staring to get old Phil!
Come on man, get down wid da kids. Put on some Ndubs and chill bro. Oh yeah, and loosen your belt a little . . . .
 :D
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Cactus on January 19, 2010, 21:04:00 PM
erm.. i'm listening to Symphony No.5 by Andante Mosso Quasi Allegretto at the mo.....
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Tiger on January 19, 2010, 21:08:46 PM
Went flying at Rodborough today and had a great time although my hands got a bit cold! Wind was ESE at around 14 kts and the lift seemed really quite smooth. Only met one other guy, who didn't belong to SCSA but was flying a model he said was over 35 years old, which impressd me as mine often don't last 35 seconds! Didn't get a chance to ask his name.

Question:

How do I manage to join you lot and pay some money; do I leave it over the bar at The Bear?

Regards

Go to 'The Bear' tomorrow night, you will be able to join then.

Tally H

Andrew
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 19, 2010, 23:08:54 PM
The Spitfire is now ready for a lick of paint (Solartex) as long as Phil stops trying to destroy it  ;D
All up weight 850 grams/ 1lbs 14oz - sorry Yoyo

Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 19, 2010, 23:12:34 PM
The Vulcan is also making (slow) progress.

Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 20, 2010, 07:46:27 AM
The Spitfire is now ready for a lick of paint (Solartex) as long as Phil stops trying to destroy it  ;D
All up weight 850 grams/ 1lbs 14oz - sorry Yoyo

No worries, it looks gorgeous.

I'm a big fan of wood, I'd just gloss clearcoat it like that ;)

The Vulcan will be amazing. Don't know how you find the time to do both...
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 20, 2010, 08:20:20 AM
Top stuff Tim. Can't wait to see them both on the slopes.  :co
As I've mentioned before, if you want ot borrow my spray gun and compressor at any time you're more than welcome.
 :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 20, 2010, 09:18:57 AM
No worries, it looks gorgeous.

I'm a big fan of wood, I'd just gloss clearcoat it like that ;)

The Vulcan will be amazing. Don't know how you find the time to do both...

To be honest, I'm really pleased with the way it's turned out. It did cross my mind to just clear laquer it, but it's a Spitfire and for that one and only time I managed to pull off a decent climbing barrel roll, it needs to be in WW2 colours  :uk:
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 20, 2010, 12:56:05 PM
...but it's a Spitfire and for that one and only time I managed to pull off a decent climbing barrel roll, it needs to be in WW2 colours  :uk:

but if you paint it all green how will you find the pieces afterwards?
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 20, 2010, 13:40:00 PM
but if you paint it all green how will you find the pieces afterwards?

That's a fair point, well made - bright orange it is then  ;D
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: rcfanuk on January 20, 2010, 13:52:48 PM
The Vulcan is also making (slow) progress.



Tim, which plan is that as i used to fly one, till it had one house move too many, it flew very well though?

Steve
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 20, 2010, 13:59:34 PM
Tim, which plan is that as i used to fly one, till it had one house move too many, it flew very well though?

Steve

It's the Ian Benson plan from the PSSA website.  :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 20, 2010, 14:04:24 PM
Hey Toyboy (Eyeboy Andy), you were asking last night about builds from plans and I've just stumbled across this thread for a DH Mosquito (http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=620228)

I've also put together a bunch of plans that I already have for you and Jody to look at, I know she'll enjoy that  :ev
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 20, 2010, 19:45:46 PM
Hey Toyboy (Eyeboy Andy), you were asking last night about builds from plans and I've just stumbled across this thread for a DH Mosquito ([url]http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=620228[/url])

I've also put together a bunch of plans that I already have for you and Jody to look at, I know she'll enjoy that  :ev


Well yeah, but.. given all the interest in fishy gliders at the moment, how about building one of these?

(http://www.inlandsloperebels.com/03funfly/7.jpg)
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 20, 2010, 20:57:28 PM
Cheers for the Mosquito thread Tim. It looks very interesting but it doesn't float my boat i'm afraid. Neither, come to that, does the Shark!
 ???

On another note I'm picking up the A-10 that was advertised on ebay tomorrow. Yep, more PSS on the Cotswold slopes. I'm starting to think that we don't actually need to go to any other sloeps to hold a PSS event. With the amount being built by Tim, Paul's Spitfire and a couple more from me, I reckon we've already got about 15+ PSS models to admire!
 :co
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 20, 2010, 21:04:47 PM
Cheers for the Mosquito thread Tim. It looks very interesting but it doesn't float my boat i'm afraid. Neither, come to that, does the Shark!
 ???

On another note I'm picking up the A-10 that was advertised on ebay tomorrow. Yep, more PSS on the Cotswold slopes. I'm starting to think that we don't actually need to go to any other sloeps to hold a PSS event. With the amount being built by Tim, Paul's Spitfire and a couple more from me, I reckon we've already got about 15+ PSS models to admire!
 :co

Maybe one day we should try flying one or two of them?

Nah, where's the fun in that.
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 20, 2010, 21:28:24 PM
Maybe one day we should try flying one or two of them?

Nah, where's the fun in that.


The day that Selsley decides to play ball, I'll make sure that most of mine get an airing!!  :xx

I've just been trying to rack it up. Paul has the Spitfire; Tim has two Hawks,  an Aeromachhi, Vulcan, P51 (I think thats it) and I have 9 in the hangar. We do have 15 PSS models between us!

On a perfect day with all the SCSA chaps who don't post on here, I reckon there could be 25+ PSS models on a Cotswold slope. What a spectacle that would make!!!
:co  :co  :co  :co    (maxed out on "Cool" smileys)
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Gary on January 20, 2010, 21:46:41 PM
I've got a P51 mustang to add to the collection :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 20, 2010, 21:52:53 PM
26+ then!
 :co  :co  :co  :co  :co
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: rcfanuk on January 20, 2010, 22:03:50 PM
I've got a P51 mustang to add to the collection :af

And me  :af

Steve
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 20, 2010, 22:05:21 PM
26+ then!
 :co  :co  :co  :co  :co

Not forgetting Mark's Hawk (which ought to be finished by now) and the U-2.  :af

Oh, I have another set of plans on the way - not a word to Sara  :''
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 20, 2010, 22:07:57 PM
Just out of curiosity, when are we gonna have this bash then  $%&
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 20, 2010, 22:10:07 PM
27
28
29


30+
 :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 20, 2010, 22:14:11 PM
The first of the SCSA competitions took place this evening

Tim Chant won, report and photos later

See photo  (http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/paper-plane.jpg)


Phil
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 20, 2010, 22:15:55 PM
Tim, i've no idea when to hold it. Guess the first thing is to agree on a slope. Looks like this is more than likely going to be the Bwlch which means we'll probably have to work it around a number of events. My guess would eb some time in the early spring - weather permitting!
 :study:
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 20, 2010, 22:18:31 PM
Tim, i've no idea when to hold it. Guess the first thing is to agree on a slope. Looks like this is more than likely going to be the Bwlch which means we'll probably have to work it around a number of events. My guess would eb some time in the early spring - weather permitting!
 :study:

Sounds good to me. Right, you're in charge  ;D
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Gary on January 20, 2010, 22:21:19 PM
Tim, i've no idea when to hold it. Guess the first thing is to agree on a slope. Looks like this is more than likely going to be the Bwlch which means we'll probably have to work it around a number of events. My guess would eb some time in the early spring - weather permitting!
 :study:

If its a Cotswold slopers event surely a Cotswold slope would be appropriate
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 20, 2010, 22:25:15 PM
Sounds good to me. Right, you're in charge  ;D

Not me my friend. I'll be flying my toys! Besides, it was your idea so you should take all the credits!!
 :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: John Y on January 20, 2010, 22:28:16 PM
Go to 'The Bear' tomorrow night, you will be able to join then.

Tally H

Andrew

Been there, done that! :af :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 20, 2010, 22:31:37 PM
Been there, done that! :af :af

I've obviously got a brain like a sieve! Ah bu66er.
 :embarassed:
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 20, 2010, 23:00:25 PM
Not me my friend. I'll be flying my toys! Besides, it was your idea so you should take all the credits!!
 :af

Right Yoyo, Andy says you're in charge!  :''
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 21, 2010, 09:09:42 AM
I have updated our photo page

Cotswold slope flying photos (http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/cs/photos.htm)

Please let me have any photos you want adding to this page

watch South Cotswold Soaring Assciation (http://www.scsa.org.uk/) for thw full paper plane comp results out soon

please check our slope guide for errors I am no Wordsmith

Cotswold Slopers (http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/cs/map.htm)

There seems to be an unheathly interest in trouser waist height on this forum, due to my age my trousers now come up to my arm pits, I will soon need to cut eyeholes in them
Phil
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 21, 2010, 09:49:21 AM
There seems to be an unheathly interest in trouser waist height on this forum, due to my age my trousers now come up to my arm pits, I will some need to cut eyeholes in them
Phil

"Trouser waist height"?   $%&

Top stuff on the site's Phil. The photos look damn good in the format you have arranged them i.e. thumbnail. With luck, and with the NNW wind that we have predicted for the weekend, we might be able to add some more to it.
 :xx :af

I too am no wordsmith so can't possibly comment on the grammar.  :-X
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 21, 2010, 14:23:40 PM
I have updated our photo page

Please let me have any photos you want adding to this page

Phil

I'm so impressed with your work on this site, I have a question for you. How easy/ possible would it be to categorise the photos; say New and possibly PSS?  :''
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 21, 2010, 17:41:05 PM
Right Yoyo, Andy says you're in charge!  :''

Yoyo? Who he?

I've never flown PSS in my life, what's it got to do with me?   ::)

Eyeboy, tag. You might be flying on the day, but you can sort it until then... it needs somebody with the enthusiasm of Tigger to drive it forward.  And we've only got one of those...  :co
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 21, 2010, 18:17:20 PM
it needs somebody with the enthusiasm of Tigger to drive it forward.  And we've only got one of those...  :co

Too true, so it's back to Tim then.
 :af
Nice one Tim!  ^-^
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 21, 2010, 18:25:13 PM
Actually, it's just dawned on me that there is next to nothing to organise for a PSS event. As far as i'm aware Tim's intention was to get as many like minded PSS nerds on top of a hill somewhere (probably the Bwlch) to fly their planes. I'm of the impression that it's a bit like a normal Sunday morning but on someone elses slope and with a bunch of blokes we don't know! I don't think there is any need to buy prizes etc but it's probably decent to inform the local slope association of our intentions (and possibly the PSSA). To that end, i'm more than  happy to put in a contribution to see it come together.
 :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 21, 2010, 18:44:04 PM
it's probably decent to inform the local slope association of our intentions (and possibly the PSSA). To that end, i'm more than  happy to put in a contribution to see it come together.

The advantage of telling the PSSA about it is that we could get lots more PSS-candy to attend. Especially if it's somewhere spectacular like The Bwlch.


Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 21, 2010, 18:44:50 PM
To that end, I'm more than happy to put in a contribution to see it come together.
 :af
Phew, for a moment I thought I might have to do something  :study:
Prizes - The idea was to get as many PSS planes together on the same hill, not give out plastic cups for 'Straightest Solarfilm line' etc.
I think between us we should Oh, and let the local club know what's going on, just in case it clashes with sumot else  :)
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 21, 2010, 18:54:15 PM
The advantage of telling the PSSA about it is that we could get lots more PSS-candy to attend. Especially if it's somewhere spectacular like The Bwlch.

I agree. When we've choosen wisely, I'll drop Phil Cooke at the PSSA an email saying that we are having an informal PSS meet, all welcome etc etc

Still keen to go to one of the PSSA meets, poss June or Oct if any one fancies a weekend in North Wales  :-*
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 21, 2010, 21:10:55 PM
Looking like light winds on Selsley again this weekend.

I can only make Sunday morning for a brief stint, thanks to kids and visitors, and that's using up one of my nine lives.

The question is, is it going to be worth it?
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 21, 2010, 22:46:39 PM
Looking like light winds on Selsley again this weekend.

I can only make Sunday morning for a brief stint, thanks to kids and visitors, and that's using up one of my nine lives.

The question is, is it going to be worth it?


Yo Yoyo erm? Thanks for the PM. Unfortunately I'm working this weekend so won't be out to play - I'll catch up with you soon though  :nananana:
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 22, 2010, 08:43:19 AM
I'm so impressed with your work on this site, I have a question for you. How easy/ possible would it be to categorise the photos; say New and possibly PSS?  :''


It is very easy to make a page of PSS images, the problem is getting the photos.

The SCSA have a page, but they don't send me any photos

South Cotswold Soaring Association - PSS photo's (http://www.scsa.org.uk/pss.htm)

I have collected the few PSS photos I have and posted them at

Cotswold Slopers PSS (http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/cs/pss.htm)

Phil
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 22, 2010, 16:42:05 PM
It is very easy to make a page of PSS images, the problem is getting the photos.

The SCSA have a page, but they don't send me any photos

South Cotswold Soaring Association - PSS photo's ([url]http://www.scsa.org.uk/pss.htm[/url])

I have collected the few PSS photos I have and posted them at

Cotswold Slopers PSS ([url]http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/cs/pss.htm[/url])

Phil


Top marks Phil. One little note though, when I first open the Cotswold Slopers site, the centre picture  gallery shows what looks like a Mosquito for a milli second and then it's never seen again. Only the 2nd and third photos are displayed  $%&
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 22, 2010, 17:24:10 PM
Top marks Phil. One little note though, when I first open the Cotswold Slopers site, the centre picture  gallery shows what looks like a Mosquito for a milli second and then it's never seen again. Only the 2nd and third photos are displayed  $%&

I fixed it, just a missing comma.

I tried to configure an email address for us, They have rejected me, because I am too old, too short and have too much hair.
Can you think of someone for an email contact address?
Phil
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 22, 2010, 17:29:22 PM
Back to flying!!

Selsley looks good Saturday pm, if somewhat gentle. Anyone going?
Guy
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 22, 2010, 17:58:37 PM
Back to flying!!

Selsley looks good Saturday pm, if somewhat gentle. Anyone going?
Guy

As i'm only likely to get one "pass" this weekend, I think Sunday might be the better option for me. Slightly stronger winds peaking at lunch time and it may even be be good for some PSS at the bowl on Selsley .
 :xx
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 22, 2010, 21:30:42 PM
Calling you PSS types. How does Sunday 18th of April sound for our bash on the Bwlch?
If there are no major objections, we'll try and get the go ahead from the SWSA  :xx
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 22, 2010, 22:27:20 PM
I tried to configure an email address for us, They have rejected me, because I am too old, too short and have too much hair.
Can you think of someone for an email contact address?
Phil

I'd be happy to do it - I'm always on my email anyway ;-)

What's the reason for the email address - just general enquiries?

You can use cotswoldslopers@bitrot.co.uk and it'll get to me. In fact, anything@bitrot.co.uk gets to me...

Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 22, 2010, 22:39:34 PM
As i'm only likely to get one "pass" this weekend, I think Sunday might be the better option for me. Slightly stronger winds peaking at lunch time and it may even be be good for some PSS at the bowl on Selsley .
 :xx

Sunday AM until lunch looks best for me too. I suspect it'll be like last time though - a-bit-frocester and a-bit-selsley. Do you mean the bowl or the west slope?

Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 23, 2010, 09:26:16 AM
Phil, as this PSS bash at the Bwlch looks like it might happen, what are the chances of having a link/ info on the Front Page of our new site.
All it needs to say is something like PSS Bash at the Bwlch, Sunday 18th April, all welcome. Proof of insurance needed etc.
When we get the go ahead from the SWSA, we can link it to maps and info......... :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 23, 2010, 09:53:17 AM
Phil, as this PSS bash at the Bwlch looks like it might happen, what are the chances of having a link/ info on the Front Page of our new site.
All it needs to say is something like PSS Bash at the Bwlch, Sunday 18th April, all welcome. Proof of insurance needed etc.
When we get the go ahead from the SWSA, we can link it to maps and info......... :af

No problem, but wot about the pronunciation?

Phil
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 23, 2010, 09:58:00 AM
Sunday AM until lunch looks best for me too. I suspect it'll be like last time though - a-bit-frocester and a-bit-selsley. Do you mean the bowl or the west slope?

D'oh! Yep, I meant the West slope. If there's enough breeze the A10 thunderbolt could get a maiden.
 :xx

Tim, you've been a busy boy and now i feel guilty! 18th April looks damn good to me. Let's hope the SWSA don't mind and that the weather plays fair.
 :xx :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: John Y on January 23, 2010, 10:22:29 AM
No problem, but wot about the pronunciation?

Phil

Try "Boolch" which'll be close enough. It translates as "mountain pass" or something close, which is fair enough I suppose when you look at the place.

If you ever return via the M4 at Port Talbot I recommend that you call in at the "Refresh" in Cymmer, which is about 11 miles south of the Bwlch on A4107. It's a pub/restaurant on the old railway station and is absolutely fantastic so I'm happy to give them a plug!

Regards
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 23, 2010, 16:06:03 PM
Selsley was light today, enough for the models but not for the paragliders who only has a few hops
Phil

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/sat-selsley-star.jpg)

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/sat-selsley-some-guy.jpg)
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 23, 2010, 17:00:23 PM
Selsley was light today, enough for the models but not for the paragliders who only has a few hops
Phil

It's looking better tomorrow though - 9-10mph West. Let's hope it keeps going up!
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: John Y on January 23, 2010, 17:08:52 PM
One guess only - who's a stupid Numpty then?
Got it?
You're right, it's me!

Went flying at Selsley today and after a few sessions decided I'd decamp to the gliding club to have a coffee and a bun and get warm. So, I duly trog back to the car and for reasons best known to some ethereal being I put my Futaba FF9 on the bonnet whilst I derigged. True to form I then drove off forgetting all about the tranny.

So, I get to the gliding club where I meet an old friend I hadn't seen for 20 years or so. He introduces me to Nigel Lamb who's there having some work done on his fabulous MXS. So, by the time we chat and I look over Nigel's plane an hour and a half slips by.

Well, I finally left and drove back to the common where I thought I'd have another go before going home. So, I rig a glider and then look for my tranny before suddenly realising what I'd done. What an idiot!

Made several searches but without any luck, so it looks as though I'm in for a big bill unless I can get my insurance to pay up.

I'd like to thank Phil for helping me search for it, and if anybody does find it I'd be grateful if you'd let me know.

regards
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 23, 2010, 17:18:31 PM
So you are John Y! I'm Marcellus, otherwise Guy, flying with Phil and Andy.

Just a thought, have you considered calling Stroud Police? People do hand things in sometimes.....
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: John Y on January 23, 2010, 18:40:01 PM
So you are John Y! I'm Marcellus, otherwise Guy, flying with Phil and Andy.

Just a thought, have you considered calling Stroud Police? People do hand things in sometimes.....

Thanks for the advice;  I did telephone them before I left Selsley so hopefully some honest soul will hand it in. Consolation prize was that it was nice meeting you guys anyway!

Regards
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 23, 2010, 18:46:08 PM
John was the 'loss' between the Selsley car park(s) and the gliding club'?  If so it needs walking.
My wife is going to a wedding fair at Woodchester Mansion tomorrow (no she doesn't want to remarry me)

I could leg it along that route. Fact is it was most likely to drop off as you applied full lock leaving the car park, so finding it along the road side is unlikely.
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 23, 2010, 18:49:54 PM
Thanks for the advice;  I did telephone them before I left Selsley so hopefully some honest soul will hand it in. Consolation prize was that it was nice meeting you guys anyway!

Regards

I left a whole bl***y 60 inch aeroplane in the car park and some honest soul made sure I got it back (only to wreck it next time out).....

Jesus, I heard on the news on the way home that our male life expectancy is only 77, so go buy a replacement before you are gone....
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 23, 2010, 19:33:05 PM
John, really sorry to hear about your tx. I hope it does show up. In the mean time I have a couple of spare JR 6 channel tx's - your more than welcome to borrow one.
 :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 23, 2010, 19:38:11 PM
It's looking better tomorrow though - 9-10mph West. Let's hope it keeps going up!


What time are you heading out chuckmuppet?
 ;)
I hope you'll be bringing the Spitfire just in case. . . . . .
 :xx :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 23, 2010, 19:44:25 PM
What time are you heading out chuckmuppet?
 ;)
I hope you'll be bringing the Spitfire just in case. . . . . .
 :xx :af

Be there 10ish.

With a Spitfire, relic, two wings, two TX's, two boys.

As for the ChuckMuppet tag, at least I don't launch them upside down...

Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 23, 2010, 19:46:49 PM
Spitfire, relic, two wings, two TX's, two boys.


Don't beat yourself up mate. We're all getting older!  :af

Hot chocolate slopeside (Selsley all being well) at 10am?  $%&
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 23, 2010, 20:24:55 PM
Don't beat yourself up mate. We're all getting older!  :af

Hot chocolate slopeside (Selsley all being well) at 10am?  $%&

if you're offering ;)

I suspect the more experienced locals will be at Frocester for pure West, but I'll try Selsley first.
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 23, 2010, 22:16:15 PM
John, I have some bad news, it was found broken, on the road by the carpark
Phil

Tel  07966 175193

I will post thewindspeed in the morning, I have some canes for limbo but no string

Phil
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Wingtech on January 23, 2010, 23:52:30 PM
Hi Guys
I fancy a little road trip so might see you in the morning.


Steve
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 24, 2010, 08:19:51 AM
Sunday 8.15AM
The SCSA are at Selsley, the wind is light at the moment, bring something light, lets hope it will pick up enough  for the bricks to fly later.
Phil
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: John Y on January 24, 2010, 08:44:27 AM
John, really sorry to hear about your tx. I hope it does show up. In the mean time I have a couple of spare JR 6 channel tx's - your more than welcome to borrow one.
 :af

Very many thanks for your generous offer but it now looks as though it's been found in a wrecked condition so I'm going to have to get another one tomorrow. Sad thing is that I've now got to re-programme all my models, which'll take forever!

Regards
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: John Y on January 24, 2010, 08:46:10 AM
John, I have some bad news, it was found broken, on the road by the carpark
Phil


Bu66er! Thanks Phil I'll give you a call later!

Cheers

John
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 24, 2010, 08:49:57 AM
... it now looks as though it's been found in a wrecked condition so I'm going to have to get another one tomorrow.

Phil, how wrecked is it? There's a whole spectrum from 'a cracked case' to 'driven over several times'...

For a pricy Tx I'd be surprised if you can't get spares for most of the mechanical/structural bits. Whether that's cost-effective is a different matter, of course.

Sorry for your loss, John... but at least you remembered to put the plane in the car...  :-\
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: John Y on January 24, 2010, 09:13:36 AM
Sorry for your loss, John... but at least you remembered to put the plane in the car...  :-\

Many thanks. My wife will put it down to senile dementia but I've been doing the same thing since I can remember and my lost mobile phone count through pulling the same stunt must be around four! I once landed a glider in the middle of a large field during a comp and drove out with the de-rigged glider in its trailer for the long trip back to the airfield. When I got back I realised I'd left the glider's barograph in the field so I drove all the way back to get it. Would you believe it, the bl**dy thing had gone. Someone must have walked into the field after I'd left and found it. They must have had eyes like a hawk- scumbags! Result - £250 loss and worse, no score for the day's work!

Regards
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 24, 2010, 09:34:48 AM
Perhaps the 2.4 module will be ok. I assume you didn't have a Campac in it with your programmes backed up?
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 24, 2010, 13:39:26 PM
A photo from Sunday morning, more on the website later
Phil

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/a10-selsley.jpg)
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 24, 2010, 13:44:19 PM
A photo from Sunday morning, more on the website later
Phil

It flew then? I'm amazed!

Should have stayed to watch...
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 24, 2010, 13:52:18 PM
It flew then? I'm amazed!

Should have stayed to watch...


Not quite a standard flight. In fact it was more like a quick circuit. 30 seconds airtime, and that was it. Going to try again in a short while at Frocester.
 :xx

Nice photo Phil! Thanks.
 :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 24, 2010, 13:59:02 PM
In case you were all thinking 'where the hell did Yoyo learn to fly', I learnt all I know from this guy (http://www.bofunk.com/video/9954/drunk_pilot_steals_plane.html)

Got to go now, need to practice my two stick, two plane flying. I'm quite good at it already though, don't you think Eyeboy?

ROTFLMAO   :''  ;D  :nananana:
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: clayts75 on January 24, 2010, 14:06:26 PM
Very cool vid! Awesome :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 24, 2010, 15:03:02 PM
Got to go now, need to practice my two stick, two plane flying. I'm quite good at it already though, don't you think Eyeboy?

ROTFLMAO   :''  ;D  :nananana:


 :embarassed: :-X
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 24, 2010, 16:38:19 PM
It flew well at Frocester this pm. Light but good smooth lift.

Richard flew his Bird. I was impressed, as although I've heard of them many times, I'd not see one fly.

Here's a question for someone: I've watched at least two local lads trying to get their Blades (not MinI Blades) roll well without success. I've always thought the poor roll might be due to the few inches of wing (the sexy upturned tip to be exact) outside the of the outer end of the aileron, working against the roll.
Well the Bird has just the same tips but rolls fine. Any one got any sensible suggestions?
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 25, 2010, 08:51:34 AM
I have posted my news letter at

News (http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/phil/news.htm)

follow the links to see the photos from the weekend

Phil
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 25, 2010, 10:13:36 AM
Phil, some nice photos there. Seems to be a lot of interest with the indoor flying.
 :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 25, 2010, 17:35:19 PM
Phil, some nice photos there. Seems to be a lot of interest with the indoor flying.
 :af

*But*.. the Swinger isn't a swing-wing model! It's just a very aerobatic standard glider.



Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: clayts75 on January 25, 2010, 18:06:28 PM
17th and 18th April is booked out at the Bwlch due to BMFA leagues :'( .
What about 2nd May? (bank holiday weekend)
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 25, 2010, 18:58:15 PM
17th and 18th April is booked out at the Bwlch due to BMFA leagues :'( .
What about 2nd May? (bank holiday weekend)

Probably not the best as many will be using the time for holidays etc. I know i will.

What about the 25th April?  $%&
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: clayts75 on January 25, 2010, 19:35:46 PM
I'll ask :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 25, 2010, 19:51:47 PM
I'll ask :af

 :af  :af  :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 25, 2010, 21:54:25 PM
17th and 18th April is booked out at the Bwlch due to BMFA leagues :'( .
What about 2nd May? (bank holiday weekend)

bank holidays are difficultfor me as well, usually working. 25th April would be better or even the 11th  :xx
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 25, 2010, 22:28:19 PM
bank holidays are difficultfor me as well, usually working. 25th April would be better or even the 11th  :xx

The one weekend I have to work this year is the 11th April.  25th April = ideal!  :xx
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 25, 2010, 22:57:34 PM
Ade has loaded the Video of Bryan's ASK18 flying Sunday morning

Phil


      YouTube
            - Sqeela's Channel
    (http://www.youtube.com/user/Sqeela#p/a/u/0/iQKP4w-TA40)

still image http://www.scsa.org.uk/images/selsley/bryan-ask182.jpg
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 25, 2010, 23:04:48 PM
The one weekend I have to work this year is the 11th April.  25th April = ideal!  :xx


Right, the 25th it is then  :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 25, 2010, 23:14:43 PM
Right, the 25th it is then  :af

Fine by me. Let's hope The Bwlch is free too...
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: clayts75 on January 25, 2010, 23:18:21 PM
Hope so too :xx
I have sent an email and if I don't get a response by tomorrow evening, I'll try the phone :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 25, 2010, 23:21:20 PM
Hope so too :xx
I have sent an email and if I don't get a response by tomorrow evening, I'll try the phone :af

Thanks  :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: clayts75 on January 27, 2010, 06:52:14 AM
25th April is good for the PSS Bash at the Bwlch. Don't forget that you have to be covered by appropriate insurance to fly at the Bwlch :af
Bring Planes and fly!
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 27, 2010, 08:33:34 AM
25th April is good for the PSS Bash at the Bwlch. Don't forget that you have to be covered by appropriate insurance to fly at the Bwlch :af
Bring Planes and fly!

Excellent news  :af We will put a note on any promotional stuff to say that proof insurance is required.
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 27, 2010, 08:42:36 AM
Excellent news  :af We will put a note on any promotional stuff to say that proof insurance is required.



If you can do a bit of a writeup I will add a page to our web site. We can then promote it

I have added a video page

Cotswold Slopers (http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/cs/cs.htm)

Phil
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 27, 2010, 15:28:11 PM
If you can do a bit of a writeup I will add a page to our web site. We can then promote it

I have added a video page

Cotswold Slopers ([url]http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/cs/cs.htm[/url])

Phil


Cheers Phil. Great work on the CS site especially the Cornish compass thing.  :af :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: John Y on January 27, 2010, 16:07:43 PM
Wind is looking positively bang-on for Selsey tomorrow so is anyone looking to be there as I hope to get out fairly early?

Phil, I shall have a new transmitter with me but have you managed to get hold of the damaged one yet?

Cheers

John
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 27, 2010, 16:41:14 PM
Excellent news  :af We will put a note on any promotional stuff to say that proof insurance is required.


I'm assuming 'appropriate insurance' means BMFA?
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: clayts75 on January 27, 2010, 17:54:25 PM
I believe there is another bunch you can get indemnity insurance through? Could be wrong though $%& .
But yes, BMFA insurance
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 27, 2010, 17:55:15 PM
Phil and I flew West bowl at Selsley this pm. 25mph, blustery, poor visibility, freezing, bumpy and yes I'm up for tomorrow pm.

We need insurance at the SCSA sites too. Club membership gives you BFMA.
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: John Y on January 27, 2010, 18:08:25 PM
Hope it's better tomorrow & hope to see you there!
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 27, 2010, 18:32:37 PM
I'm assuming 'appropriate insurance' means BMFA?


If folk have current BMFA membership cards, everyone knows what that means. Should someone turn up with other insurance, they will probably need to bring with then their insurance certificate and cover details. Probably not worth the hassle  $%&
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 27, 2010, 18:35:54 PM
Phil and I flew West bowl at Selsley this pm. 25mph, blustery, poor visibility, freezing, bumpy and yes I'm up for tomorrow pm.

We need insurance at the SCSA sites too. Club membership gives you BFMA.

I ventured further afield. Only as far as Crooks Peak to spend the day with Pat Teakle.  :co
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 27, 2010, 18:38:01 PM
Hope it's better tomorrow & hope to see you there!

Full size or smaller  $%& Depends on the weather but either way I'll be somewhere near Selsley/ Nympsfield  :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 28, 2010, 17:28:56 PM
Selsley PM at Selsley

This is the video I took at Selsley,

http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/video/andrew.wmv

and there are some photos at

Index of /photo (http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/?M=D)

It was a very dark afternoon and I was pleased with the still results, but the video was very shaky

Phil
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 28, 2010, 17:38:58 PM
Phil, can't see the video. Was I the star in it?
Guy
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 28, 2010, 17:42:05 PM
Phil, can't see the video. Was I the star in it?
Guy

No it went up, should have gone 5 degrees down

The video is in Windows media player 9, it should  play on any machine.

Phil
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Gary on January 28, 2010, 17:48:33 PM
Phil, can't see the video. Was I the star in it?
Guy

erm, dont give up the day job just yet, the stage is'nt calling :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 28, 2010, 18:17:48 PM
Mmmmm interesting day. Went to Selsley this morning. Wind was good and the direction was spot on. Cracked out Andy's EPP Hawk; couldn't get the rx to work more than 5 foot away from the tranny.  :banghead:  Never mind, I had the Freebird with me. RX completely dead in that.  :banghead: :banghead: Decided to go for a cuppa at the gliding club with John Y. After tea and a great bowl of soup, I had a strole up to the launch point and flew a K13 for a couple of hours on the ridge. Guess there's always a silver lining  :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 28, 2010, 18:38:32 PM
Mmmmm interesting day. Went to Selsley this morning. Wind was good and the direction was spot on. Cracked out Andy's EPP Hawk; couldn't get the rx to work more than 5 foot away from the tranny.  :banghead: 

Sold you a pup, did he? Never trusted him myself  ;)

Tell you what, I'll take it off your hands, no charge. I might even collect it if you pay the petrol?

Still, at least you've got the option of playing with the big toys!
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 28, 2010, 18:51:24 PM
Sold you a pup, did he? Never trusted him myself  ;)

Tell you what, I'll take it off your hands, no charge. I might even collect it if you pay the petrol?

Still, at least you've got the option of playing with the big toys!


The word on the street (well the hill) is that Webra RX don't work with Futaba TX  $%& Curious thing is, it worked fine yesterday on Crooks Peak and before you ask the bats were fine  :'(
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 28, 2010, 19:38:10 PM
No it went up, should have gone 5 degrees down

The video is in Windows media player 9, it should  play on any machine.

Phil

Had 9, just updated to 11 for XP. Still don't won't play your vid! Never mind the 1st launch was perfect. 5 degrees up for the second ain't a lot to worry about anyway. These big scalie beasts in a strong wind are not easy to hang on to.
Your Pegase in 25+ yesturday tried to take me with it........
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: John Y on January 28, 2010, 20:01:12 PM
The word on the street (well the hill) is that Webra RX don't work with Futaba TX  $%& Curious thing is, it worked fine yesterday on Crooks Peak and before you ask the bats were fine  :'(

Tim

Here's a quote from the Webra website so it's certainly worth investigating further:

FM (PPM) transmission system
For this Frequency Modulation (PPM) receiver we
have adopted the signal format used by the most
popular radio control systems currently on the
market.
Certain manufacturers employ different R.F.
techniques and layouts, making them completely
or partly incompatible with this receiver.
IMPORTANT: please check carefully to ensure
that your system works perfectly with this receiver,
without “glitches” or interference.

Being of Teutonic origins, they may not consider Futaba to be amongst the most popular systems currently on the market!  :'' :''

Regards
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 29, 2010, 09:51:51 AM
erm, dont give up the day job just yet, the stage is'nt calling :af
[/quote

You are right. Finally got the vid to play and the launch was upsish. Trouble is people keep asking me to do it!
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 29, 2010, 13:51:59 PM
WAKE UP COTSWOLD SLOPERS....

Saturday and Sunday look good for Selsley and sunny, if cold....and enough wind strength to fly a PSS brick..... :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 29, 2010, 16:50:03 PM
WAKE UP COTSWOLD SLOPERS....

Saturday and Sunday look good for Selsley and sunny, if cold....and enough wind strength to fly a PSS brick..... :af

Typical! Guess who's off to Cornwall this weekend? Ah well, at least i'll be able to enjoy a good sesh on the best slope Staggie has to offer.
Have a good one gents. Take loads of vid and photos if you do fly some PSS bricks. I'll do likewise!
 :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 29, 2010, 18:38:23 PM
I found this on  a web site

Slope Trash Magazine Slope Pilot Identification Guide (http://www.slopeflyer.com/artman/publish/article_185.shtml)

'The Photo-Journalist - Bought a digital camera and wishes to use it for something beyond family snapshots. Harbors dreams of getting the greatest in-flight model shot ever recorded. Usually forgets a telephoto lens and will try to convince others to fly within three feet of the camera for a magazine cover. Overrates his own importance, but is tolerated by others because he occasionally gets a lucky shot.


This is not funny

Phil
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 29, 2010, 19:16:59 PM
I found this on  a web site

Slope Trash Magazine Slope Pilot Identification Guide ([url]http://www.slopeflyer.com/artman/publish/article_185.shtml[/url])

'The Photo-Journalist - Bought a digital camera and wishes to use it for something beyond family snapshots. Harbors dreams of getting the greatest in-flight model shot ever recorded. Usually forgets a telephoto lens and will try to convince others to fly within three feet of the camera for a magazine cover. Overrates his own importance, but is tolerated by others because he occasionally gets a lucky shot.


This is not funny

Phil


You're right - I see no humour in that at all. And no resemblance to anybody I know, either.


"Mr. Combat Certain - Someone who tired of breaking his own planes and decided it would be more fun to break someone else's.  Sports the dreaded foamy and is probably self-taught.   Flying is characterized by erratic maneuvers close to the hill.  Thoughts of "fresh meat" enter his head whenever the F3F dude takes to the air."

This is also nothing like anybody *I* know. And I'm trying to change, anyway ;)



I'll keep an eye out, though, and see if I recognise anybody when I'm out hopefully PSS'ing around lunchtime tomorrow.
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 30, 2010, 12:39:34 PM
Selsley 12:30

plenty of lift, plenty of paragliders but only four flying come on out if you can.

Refreshing weather...
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 30, 2010, 13:22:29 PM
I'm on my way.....
Guy
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 30, 2010, 16:32:13 PM
A photo of Paul's Spitfire at Selsley

Phil

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/paul-spit-selsley.jpg)
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: sparkyben on January 30, 2010, 17:06:42 PM
Paul, the spit looks lovely flying.............how long til it looks like that again? :ev

The wind and lift died off soon after you all left but it was well worth rushing over to get half an hour flying time.

Nice to put some faces to names as well - Hopefully a longer session tommorrow morning :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 30, 2010, 17:09:33 PM
A photo of Paul's Spitfire at Selsley

<Cough> thanks Phil.

...and this is a photo of the aftermath. It just dropped a wing close in and about 20 feet up and plummeted before I could do anything. I think Phil might have it on video for a post mortem?


So what actually happened internally?



Not too bad really. Looks like the motor mount couldn't hold the batteries and ballast, so I'll make it a beefier front end from 5mm ply. It should be easily fixable and the heavier woodwork can easily be balanced by removing some of the ballast.

The better news is that now it's trimmed it flies very nicely indeed. We didn't get the full 10-12mph wind forecast, but there was enough lift in the best bits of the day to get it up nice and high and do some low passes and loops. Haven't dared do barrel rolls, Immelman turns etc. yet - they will come later, when the wind is better!

I had half a dozen good flights out of it, so that's about £12/flight so far!

Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Tiger on January 30, 2010, 17:50:44 PM
Selsley PM at Selsley

This is the video I took at Selsley,

[url]http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/video/andrew.wmv[/url]

and there are some photos at

Index of /photo ([url]http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/?M=D[/url])

It was a very dark afternoon and I was pleased with the still results, but the video was very shaky

Phil


Wooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww ! ! ! !  Phil.............

The pictures and video are excellent, considering the light conditions that prevailed at the time.

Thanks very much...........

It was a good session this afternoon too................................ shame about the company though !  :ev

Tally Hooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo  :uk:

Andrew
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Tiger on January 30, 2010, 17:57:08 PM
I found this on  a web site

Slope Trash Magazine Slope Pilot Identification Guide ([url]http://www.slopeflyer.com/artman/publish/article_185.shtml[/url])

'The Photo-Journalist - Bought a digital camera and wishes to use it for something beyond family snapshots. Harbors dreams of getting the greatest in-flight model shot ever recorded. Usually forgets a telephoto lens and will try to convince others to fly within three feet of the camera for a magazine cover. Overrates his own importance, but is tolerated by others because he occasionally gets a lucky shot.


This is not funny

Phil


Just about on the button I reckon................. :)

Tally H  :uk:

Andrew
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 30, 2010, 18:37:15 PM
There was a solomn shaking of the hands today when Yoyo, Sparky, Tiger and Marcellus revealed their allegiance to RCMF and real names.

Apart from all that rubbish, the flying was great, despite the Paragliders, who did little more than irritate.....light lift, blue skies....

Welcome to Tim (another one) who has swapped France and flat field flying for the SCSA slopes and awaits delivery of his first slope soarer....

Guy
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 30, 2010, 19:16:29 PM
There was a solomn shaking of the hands today when Yoyo, Sparky, Tiger and Marcellus revealed their allegiance to RCMF and real names.

Apart from all that rubbish, the flying was great, despite the Paragliders, who did little more than irritate.....light lift, blue skies....

Welcome to Tim (another one) who has swapped France and flat field flying for the SCSA slopes and awaits delivery of his first slope soarer....

So.. is he going to be Frog Tim?

As for identifying everybody, I found it useful. Although I'll have forgotten everyone by next time. Badges, I think, that's the only thing that will work for me.

Or an I-Spy reference card somewhere with pics of each pilot, all their planes, their real name and forum name?
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 30, 2010, 19:50:16 PM
So.. is he going to be Frog Tim?

As for identifying everybody, I found it useful. Although I'll have forgotten everyone by next time. Badges, I think, that's the only thing that will work for me.

Or an I-Spy reference card somewhere with pics of each pilot, all their planes, their real name and forum name?


Looks like I missed a good day. Spent the day applying a camo colour scheme to the Spit - now I can't find it  ::)
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 30, 2010, 20:00:11 PM
Put your real name on your frequency disc?

Froggy Tim, I'll ask him.....
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 30, 2010, 20:20:36 PM
Put your real name on your frequency disc?

Froggy Tim, I'll ask him.....


Speaking of frequency discs, I found a 'Phil 84' disc by the car park. I wonder whose it could be?

I think I'll do myself a CD with a big 'Yoyo 2.4GHz' on it to stop anybody worrying. About my Tx frequency, anyway. There are other aspects f me being around that people may choose to worry about more  ;)  :ev
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Tiger on January 31, 2010, 01:42:35 AM
Shame about the Spitfire.............. Paul.

Cameras and models don't mix. Not much to fix though.

Tally Hooooooooooooo

Andrew

Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on January 31, 2010, 08:21:24 AM
Sunday 08.20
The SCSA are flying at Frocester, wind 12MPH SW

There are some new photos on our photo album

Cotswold slope flying photos (http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/cs/photos.htm)

Phil
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 31, 2010, 11:59:33 AM
Phil was videoing during the last flight (for now) of my Spitfire.

Postmortem time... I didn't think I was doing anything I hadn't done before, so what went wrong?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kdz97cD4BIg
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Cactus on January 31, 2010, 13:22:54 PM
looks to me like, didn't recover enough speed after that small climb out ( which was slow going in anyway ), then got slightly downwind, had no airspeed and stalled in
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Hexo on January 31, 2010, 14:19:57 PM
Agreed with that cactus. Probs to much elevator as well so it never started to fly again and then just fell out the sky. Nice flying till then yoyo!

Hope its fixable.
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 31, 2010, 14:30:39 PM
Agreed with that cactus. Probs to much elevator as well so it never started to fly again and then just fell out the sky. Nice flying till then yoyo!

Hope its fixable.


Yes, it's not too bad. I'll remove some of the ballast from the nose and rebuild the internal structure with tougher stuff - 5mm ply seems favourite, since I have a pile of it ;)

The impact shattered the motor mount (always a weak point on these, made of 2mm ply), sliced the cowling back into the balsa fuse all the way to the wing, and also transmitted the shock back through the battery tray/motor mount to the cockpit area where a couple of ribs have become dislodged, but are re-glueable.

The cowl only has a couple of small cracks though, which is good. It should end up looking just as good as before.

I'll have to replace the pulverised spinner - it was only a really skinny bit of plastic anyway, so no great loss. The question is do I get a 'proper spinner', turn a wooden one, or make an EPP/rubber one to take the inevitable later impacts as well?


I think I'm only just starting to learn about energy management. And about how some things stall at much higher speeds than others. The Beevo I have most experience with would have been fine at half that speed, and could have recovered from a stall at that altitude as well...

At least it was on video ;)

Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Cactus on January 31, 2010, 14:33:42 PM
seen that so many times, stalled followed by full up elevator trying to pull out.
even seen it on funfighters and they've got engines to get the speed back.

recovery is all about regaining flying speed as soon as poss, even if that means getting scary close to the ground
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 31, 2010, 14:52:11 PM
I didn't see the crash (heard it though) It does look as though it tip stalled as you turned down wind. Addtionally there is a lot of turbulance in that area between the slope top and trees at the bottom, difficult to know what the air is doing and what your real airspeed was.

I wrecked a Prodij coming down wind there, some months ago, the same way and Tony smashed his plane up coming down wind later on after you.
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 31, 2010, 15:50:23 PM
I wrecked a Prodij coming down wind there, some months ago, the same way and Tony smashed his plane up coming down wind later on after you.

At least I'm in good company ;)

I did have quite a few 'moments' with the Spit and other planes flying close in over the slope - suddenly dropping a wing, or just plummeting 10' or so in a split second.

A few seconds later you could fly through the same air with no trouble at all. I guess I'm just going to have to learn to be more careful that close in...

Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 31, 2010, 15:53:43 PM
I like the Tump at Selsley but you do have to fly a way out to find smooth, consistant lift and small planes can get hard to see with my old eyes...
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Tiger on January 31, 2010, 17:55:57 PM
As I keep telling Christine........................

AIRSPEED is your friend.....................

Without it, you might as well be flying a brick ! ! !

Tally H  :uk:

Andrew


Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on January 31, 2010, 17:57:31 PM
Phil was videoing during the last flight (for now) of my Spitfire.

Postmortem time... I didn't think I was doing anything I hadn't done before, so what went wrong?

Oh Mate. Sorry to hear about the Spit. What time were you on Selsley? I got to Froster abouit 13:30 and stayed there til it got dark.
I flew the Hawk and Mark flew and spun in his K8. Tragically smashing the wing to bits  :'( :'(
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 31, 2010, 18:40:43 PM
Oh Mate. Sorry to hear about the Spit. What time were you on Selsley? I got to Froster abouit 13:30 and stayed there til it got dark.
I flew the Hawk and Mark flew and spun in his K8. Tragically smashing the wing to bits  :'( :'(

I was out yesterday (Saturday), 12-3ish. Didn't get out today.

Sorry to hear about Marks Ka8 - and even more glad now that I got to launch it a couple of times yesterday (non-chuckmonkey stylee) and even fly it in a holding pattern while Mark warmed his hands back up...

Hopefully there's enough left to get if flying again?

Seems to be a bad weekend for injuries.. I bent my Spit and the Relic, Mark did his Ka8 in, Tony splatted his Stargazer..

Ah well, back to the bench for everybody!
 
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GP on January 31, 2010, 19:45:10 PM
A classic tip stall, I'm sorry to say. 

You turned towards you, ie with the wind, so the airspeed over the wings got too low.  Only a fraction lower than you had been doing before, but just low enough to get a tip stall.  The spit's pointy wing tips make its tip stalls particularly nasty - no chance to pull out of the resulting nasty spiral dive. 

How do I know this?  I did exactly the same thing myself recently (with a new Baudis Banana).  I felt as though I had successfully made turns like that before, but obviously my last one must have been just a bit slower relative to the airspeed at that moment. 

I smashed the nose to smithereens but the rest of the plane was unscathed so I've just completed the repair today.

Hope yours is similarly repairable - it was flying on rails until that moment, beautiful.
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on January 31, 2010, 21:16:59 PM
Seems as though the board of enquiry has reached a unanimous verdict - tip stall caused the accident! Without knowing where the crash was going to occur on the vid, I prepared myself for the worst when you gave it the hard climb. I also agree that she never really gained enough airspeed after that point. I hope the repair goes as well as you hope.

Gutted to hear about Mark's K8. Such a big beautiful beast too.

If you haven't already read about it on the Proper Cornish Slopers thread, we had a great time down at st . . . .  .! However, there must have been the best part of 30 hangliders bashing the slopes. They took the best slope too. Still we had a damn good laugh (as always) and enjoyed some great lift! Hope you don't mind but here's a couple of shots of two of my toys in action yesterday . . . .

Yes, this is meant to be in Landscape. She loves a good bank . . .
(http://propercornishslopers.co.uk/ploggerb3/images/st.agnes_head/30_01_10/m_30-1-10__333_.jpg)

I'm sure the pilot is staring at me . . . .
(http://propercornishslopers.co.uk/ploggerb3/images/st.agnes_head/30_01_10/m_30-1-10__390_.jpg)

Too close for missiles. I'm switching to guns . . . .
(http://propercornishslopers.co.uk/ploggerb3/images/st.agnes_head/30_01_10/m_30-1-10__152_.jpg)


One day lads, you'll have to join me down there.
 :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on January 31, 2010, 21:24:14 PM


If you haven't already read about it on the Proper Cornish Slopers thread, we had a great time down at st . . . .  .!


I'm relieved to see you remembered the ban Andy....!!
G
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: oldnslo on January 31, 2010, 21:30:42 PM

AIRSPEED is your friend.....................

Without it, you might as well be flying a brick ! ! !

Tally H  :uk:

Andrew



I know you are right, just my brain has trouble keeping up with it.
Saturday evening was enriched with the experience of repairing the Gazer again.
Sunday I didn't risk flying it in the light wind and even lighter lift.

Lets hope February is better weather, especially Valentines weekend when I am off to the Isle of Wight for a romantic weekend with SWMBO and a few models.

I have heard there are some good places to try coastal soaring there.

Tony
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on January 31, 2010, 21:42:30 PM
Lets hope February is better weather, especially Valentines weekend when I am off to the Isle of Wight for a romantic weekend with SWMBO and a few models.

I have heard there are some good places to try coastal soaring there.

Umm.. I think there may be a difference of opinion on the meaning of 'romantic' about to smack you between the eyes....

But good luck anyway!
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on February 01, 2010, 08:59:38 AM
I have posted my news letter at

News (http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/phil/news.htm)

There is not much content as most of the news is on the forum.
Please consider sending me a few lines for next week.
Follow the links

Phil
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on February 01, 2010, 20:41:31 PM
I know it's a long way off but does either this weekend or next grab you for a trip to the Bwlch just to suss the place out before the PSS event?
 $%&
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on February 01, 2010, 20:50:22 PM
I know it's a long way off but does either this weekend or next grab you for a trip to the Bwlch just to suss the place out before the PSS event?
 $%&

Welcome home me old fruit. I'm up for a trip to the Bwlch but not this weekend as I'm on the beach! I'm around on the following w/e 13th & 14th if you can wait that long  :study:
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on February 01, 2010, 21:12:36 PM
Ade has put a video clip of my Pegase flying in light lift at Frocester


      YouTube
            - Phil's Pegase
    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZmm9jA3xOE)

Cotswold slope flying photos (http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/cs/photos.htm) has been added to

Phil
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on February 01, 2010, 21:29:01 PM
Ade has put a video clip of my Pegase flying in light lift at Frocester


      YouTube
            - Phil's Pegase
    ([url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZmm9jA3xOE[/url])

Cotswold slope flying photos ([url]http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/cs/photos.htm[/url]) has been added to

Phil


Your launch was a bit upish Phil??  Haha revenge...
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on February 01, 2010, 21:34:57 PM
Welcome home me old fruit. I'm up for a trip to the Bwlch but not this weekend as I'm on the beach! I'm around on the following w/e 13th & 14th if you can wait that long  :study:

D'oh! Valentines weekend! Don't expect for one minute i'll be able to get a pink pass on the 14th.  :-*

I'm back in Cornwall the following weekend, so maybe the 27th? Probably best to think about it again closer to the time. I did try though . . .
 :-\
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on February 01, 2010, 21:37:41 PM
Your launch was a bit upish Phil??  Haha revenge...


you got this one spot on

http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/Ash%2026%20launch.JPG

Phil
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on February 01, 2010, 21:40:22 PM
Ade has put a video clip of my Pegase flying in light lift at Frocester

Phil

Once again Phil shows the benefit of helium filled wings.  :ev

Nice flight all the same.
 :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on February 01, 2010, 21:47:06 PM
D'oh! Valentines weekend! Don't expect for one minute i'll be able to get a pink pass on the 14th.  :-*

I'm back in Cornwall the following weekend, so maybe the 27th? Probably best to think about it again closer to the time. I did try though . . .
 :-\


That's a fair point. Alass I'm working the weekend of the 27th  :banghead:
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on February 01, 2010, 22:11:51 PM
you got this one spot on

[url]http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/Ash%2026%20launch.JPG[/url]

Phil


My reputation is restored ...thank you. What vexes me, is why they keep asking me to do it? The glider guiders, not the girls damnit....

Jes'    the next few days look awfull....
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on February 02, 2010, 06:30:46 AM
I know it's a long way off but does either this weekend or next grab you for a trip to the Bwlch just to suss the place out before the PSS event?
 $%&
Mate, It may be easier for you to meet up with Clayts this coming weekend, otherwise it's going to be March before we get a chance to head that way togther  :'(
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on February 02, 2010, 18:16:03 PM
Mate, It may be easier for you to meet up with Clayts this coming weekend, otherwise it's going to be March before we get a chance to head that way togther  :'(

I could be tempted this weekend, but I've got the kids over (not a stopper, except it leaves less room in the car ;) ), I only really have wings flyable at the moment, but mostly just the weather looks very very grey for the weekend.

Sometime soon, though.
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on February 02, 2010, 18:28:25 PM

Yep, the weather is looking totally pants this weekend. Why couldn't it be bad weather next weekend (i.e. Valentines) as I won't be able to fly anyway.
 :banghead:
On a positive note, the evenings are getting lighter by the day. Won't be long until we can get some evening slope sesh's in!
 :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on February 02, 2010, 18:30:14 PM
Yep, the weather is looking totally pants this weekend. Why couldn't it be bad weather next weekend (i.e. Valentines) as I won't be able to fly anyway.
 :banghead:
On a positive note, the evenings are getting lighter by the day. Won't be long until we can get some evening slope sesh's in!
 :af

It would be great except I've just started working somewhere that finishes at 5:30 not 4:30  :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: GordonP on February 02, 2010, 20:12:12 PM
It would be great except I've just started working somewhere that finishes at 5:30 not 4:30  :'( :'( :'(

Aren't you the lucky one! I'm currently working on the dyno at Cosworth, and my hours are 6am until 10pm. Nice! That's the glamour of F1.
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Antiquus2Helix on February 02, 2010, 22:25:46 PM
I managed about 30 mins flying at birdlip viewpoint after work. Great lift from a 20mph wind but no good landing zone there for a model but a good alternative for the EPP wings in a north to west wind. Worth a look but watch out for curl over which will take your wing onto the A417 $%&
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on February 02, 2010, 22:28:20 PM
HE'S ALIVE!!! Good to hear from you Glen!  ;)

Always fancied flying at that spot even if only with a wing. Talking of models, have you sorted out your big PSS model yet?
 :xx
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on February 02, 2010, 22:28:44 PM
I managed about 30 mins flying at birdlip viewpoint after work. Great lift from a 20mph wind but no good landing zone there for a model but a good alternative for the EPP wings in a north to west wind. Worth a look but watch out for curl over which will take your wing onto the A417 $%&

Good call. Any guess as to the range of wind angles for it?
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Antiquus2Helix on February 02, 2010, 23:41:34 PM
Well the PSS model is about 30% complete and has been for some time, I just cant face the cold workshop at the moment but i think i could finnish it in about one week.
As i mentioned earlier Birdlip looks to have usefull wind angles from West to North and would be a good venue for combat  :uk:
But night fliers beware as Birdlip plays host to other nocturnal sports and can get quite crowded as i have heard  :''
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on February 03, 2010, 07:58:25 AM
...night fliers beware as Birdlip plays host to other nocturnal sports and can get quite crowded as i have heard  :''

So you can go flying but then put the planes away when the sun goes down, and still have something to do. That's convenient!
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: clayts75 on February 03, 2010, 11:47:42 AM
The 25th April is booked at the Bwlch for the PSS Bash.
don't forget insurance and bring wind and sunshine :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on February 03, 2010, 12:12:14 PM
The 25th April is booked at the Bwlch for the PSS Bash.
don't forget insurance and bring wind and sunshine :af


I will place this ad on the BMFA site, if OK with everbody

'Apr 25 Bwlch PSS Fly In

All day PSS fly for fun and get together for all PSS enthusiasts at the Bwlch, Mid Glamorgan, Wales. Details at  Cotswold Slopers (http://www.glos-mfc.co.uk/cs/cs.htm)


Phil
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on February 03, 2010, 14:55:16 PM
Thanks Clayts and thanks Phil. Looking forward to it! Fingers crossed we get wind, bright sunshine and plenty of models flying!
 :af :xx
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on February 03, 2010, 16:15:09 PM
But night fliers beware as Birdlip plays host to other nocturnal sports and can get quite crowded as i have heard  :''

A good place for the Cotswold Swingers maiden perhaps?
 ::)
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Antiquus2Helix on February 03, 2010, 17:23:11 PM
A good place for the Cotswold Swingers maiden perhaps?
 ::)

I think you are knob-on with that comment, literally.
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on February 03, 2010, 22:50:57 PM
Sorry to hear the weather is looking pants back in the UK. It's in the high 20s here on South Beach Miami with a nice sea breeze :af Would be perfect if I had a model with me  :'(
Off to the NFL pool party tonight, I'm sure that there'll be a few models to look at there - missing you all  :nananana:
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on February 03, 2010, 22:54:05 PM
Sorry to hear the weather is looking pants back in the UK. It's in the high 20s here on South Beach Miami with a nice sea breeze :af Would be perfect if I had a model with me  :'(
Off to the NFL pool party tonight, I'm sure that there'll be a few models to look at there - missing you all  :nananana:

You going to the Super Bowl? Even if you're not, you're a GIT!
 >:(
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on February 03, 2010, 23:08:53 PM
You going to the Super Bowl? Even if you're not, you're a GIT!
 >:(

Might be  :''
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on February 04, 2010, 21:04:18 PM
So what's the deal for the weekend gents? Saturday is looking like it's on slope at CLD whilsr Subday is looking like a Rodborough sesh.

What say you?
 $%&
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: sj on February 04, 2010, 22:42:19 PM
So what's the deal for the weekend gents? Saturday is looking like it's on slope at CLD whilsr Subday is looking like a Rodborough sesh.

What say you?
 $%&

Yoou'll be missed.  :af

sj
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on February 04, 2010, 22:45:38 PM
Yoou'll be missed.  :af

sj

You're missing my man hugs already???!! Back down on the 19th matey and hopefully i'll be able to maiden the Handley Page Victor.
 :xx :uk:
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: TBU Founder on February 05, 2010, 00:33:50 AM
Sorry to hear the weather is looking pants back in the UK. It's in the high 20s here on South Beach Miami with a nice sea breeze :af Would be perfect if I had a model with me  :'(
Off to the NFL pool party tonight, I'm sure that there'll be a few models to look at there - missing you all  :nananana:

Hmm, how are the hills down there then  ;D
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: John Y on February 05, 2010, 06:54:58 AM
Sorry to hear the weather is looking pants back in the UK. It's in the high 20s here on South Beach Miami with a nice sea breeze :af Would be perfect if I had a model with me  :'(
Off to the NFL pool party tonight, I'm sure that there'll be a few models to look at there - missing you all  :nananana:

Sorry to hear you're having such a rough time Tim! Anyway get yourself out to the Iron Horse Saloon tonite (Friday) & tomorrow nite for a few beers and great live music; that'll cheer you up! You could take in Bruce Rossmeyer's as well if you like Harley's cos he's huge and well worth a visit! :'(
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on February 05, 2010, 16:41:46 PM
Hmm, how are the hills down there then  ;D

Sort of flatish  :'(
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on February 05, 2010, 16:47:30 PM
A good session at haresfield this afternoon, the showers passed and the sun came out.

there are a few more photos at Index of /photo (http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/?M=D)
Phil

(http://www.ebley.plus.com/photo/guy-haresfield.jpg)
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on February 05, 2010, 20:45:12 PM
So what's the deal for the weekend gents? Saturday is looking like it's on slope at CLD whilsr Subday is looking like a Rodborough sesh.

What say you?
 $%&

Looks a bit dire. Saturday afternoon looks favourite, but what's the landing like at CLD? Or alternatively Leckhampton?
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on February 05, 2010, 21:04:40 PM
Looks a bit dire. Saturday afternoon looks favourite, but what's the landing like at CLD? Or alternatively Leckhampton?


I think both are about as good (or bad) as each other. Very limited LZ's unless your happy landing on the slope itself. I can say the that CLD does enjoy some very smooth lift so it would get my vote, but i'm still unsure when best to fly.
 $%&
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: sj on February 06, 2010, 07:40:56 AM
You're missing my man hugs already???!! Back down on the 19th matey and hopefully i'll be able to maiden the Handley Page Victor.
 :xx :uk:

counting the days.
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on February 06, 2010, 13:12:32 PM
hopefully i'll be able to maiden the Handley Page Victor.
 :xx :uk:

The what?  $%&
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Eyeboy on February 06, 2010, 13:23:41 PM
The what?  $%&


A PSS version of this . . . .
(http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-photos/middle/3/6/4/1329463.jpg)
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on February 06, 2010, 13:43:45 PM
A PSS version of this . . . .
([url]http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-photos/middle/3/6/4/1329463.jpg[/url])


Very nice.

I can't match that, but I have got this one ready to maiden...



Since it's a Fik-60 glider with an extra wing section spliced in to give it enough span to cope well with a light wind, I think I'll call it my Handily Played Fiktor.

 :''
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on February 06, 2010, 16:12:44 PM
Anyone fly CLD today?
I decided to watch Italy and Ireland bore me and many others to death. Wrong decision, hope Wales / England is better....
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: the-fridge on February 06, 2010, 16:31:11 PM
Anyone fly CLD today?
I decided to watch Italy and Ireland bore me and many others to death. Wrong decision, hope Wales / England is better....

CLD was good this afternoon, enough lift for the bricks.
Selsley was poor barely enough for an F3J
Wind was 5 degrees East of north
Phil
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on February 06, 2010, 16:32:56 PM
Anyone fly CLD today?
I decided to watch Italy and Ireland bore me and many others to death. Wrong decision, hope Wales / England is better....

Nope. Although I did chuck the Fiktor about a bit by the house and it looks like it should be a good floater.

But I've just spent a lovely hour or two wandering around Gloucester shops with my two sons. What a lovely way to spend some time...  :-X
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: marcellus on February 06, 2010, 16:49:11 PM
XC is forecasting NE tomorrow. Pointswest is forecastig SE. We'll have to see!
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on February 06, 2010, 21:04:48 PM
A PSS version of this . . . .
([url]http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-photos/middle/3/6/4/1329463.jpg[/url])


Where did that come from - there was no mention of anything like that turning up  ???
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: tired tim on February 06, 2010, 21:05:58 PM
Very nice.

I can't match that, but I have got this one ready to maiden...

Since it's a Fik-60 glider with an extra wing section spliced in to give it enough span to cope well with a light wind, I think I'll call it my Handily Played Fiktor.

 :''


Who's been a busy boy then  :af
Title: Re: Cotswold Slopers!
Post by: Yoyo on February 06, 2010, 21:17:56 PM