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Title: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on September 03, 2009, 13:46:25 PM
Would love to hear from people flying in South Wales (visitors and locals!) Would be great to be able to bump into more people on the slopes around here :af

Cheers
Clayton
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on September 03, 2009, 15:37:12 PM
A very informative website for south welsh flying information SWSA (http://www.mikey.rchomepage.com)   :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on September 03, 2009, 22:06:39 PM
 I will be at the Bwlch at around 11am tomorrow if anyone is interested in some flying. :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andreww on September 04, 2009, 08:04:53 AM
Weather looking good, I'll be there.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on September 04, 2009, 15:15:33 PM
Just got back from a bit of flying in very temperamental wind at the Bwlch with 'Andreww'.
We started on Icecream slope and it was very crossed from left to right. After struggling there for a bit, we walked over to Mickeys and the lift was as poor and very crossed from right to left.
Andy from Cornwall popped up to join us at Mickeys for a bit and it was good to meet him and fly with someone new.
While we were flying on the paragliders launch area, I contemplated moving round to the southern most point of Mickeys as it seemed that the wind would have been straighter on the face. I decided that I had walked enough and stayed put.
It was a very challenging day and it was a great learning experience to see how to fly (or not to fly :D ) in less than ideal conditions. It was also good to see how a couple of different aerofoils on chevron wings worked.

Does anyone have any suggestions for flying sites in todays wind? I think it was Westerley.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on September 04, 2009, 20:14:07 PM
Has anyone flown the 140m high peaked east west hill at Rhossili/Llangenith (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=51.579443,-4.27793&spn=0.048004,0.153637&t=p&z=13).
I'm kinda wishing I had gone for a drive there today instead of the Bwlch :-\
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andreww on September 04, 2009, 20:31:21 PM
Had a good day with Clayton and Andy from cornwall, learned a lot any way  Thanks
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Space cadet on September 04, 2009, 22:34:15 PM
Hello Lads! was great fun today sorry i had to rush off!
cheers
Andy
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on September 04, 2009, 22:37:10 PM
Hope the rest of your holiday goes well Andy. See you next time :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Mike_Y on September 05, 2009, 20:00:11 PM
Mickeys slope is SW, if you go right to the end of the track beyond where the paraglider fly is the Mickeys westerly slope, if you go even further theres a bowl which we haven't tried yet but looks like it should work for the inbetween Icecream and Mickeys Westside wind direction, this bowl would be hell of a walk if the gate is locked. There's always the Meio for westerlys just outside Pontypridd, OK if your desprite   ;), I only ever go there during work if I need to test a plane, I don't go there to fly as such.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andreww on September 05, 2009, 23:55:46 PM
I've seen the Meio on the website, will have to give it a try, living in Barry its closer for a quick afternoon session.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andreww on September 06, 2009, 00:02:37 AM
One of these for South Wales would be good, if any one got the time and skills.
Sites guide (http://www.itscornwall.co.uk/hang/sitesguide.htm)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on September 07, 2009, 16:55:56 PM
Large range of wind directions predicted for this week, swinging from southerly today, moving clockwise all the way to easterly on Saturday. Pick a day for a different slope? Weather also looks fine most of the time :co but we will see :-X
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andreww on September 07, 2009, 19:30:39 PM
Off work Wed , Thurs this week, might try to get up again, especially if the Venom comes tomorrow, build it Wed fly it Thurs, otherwise if the wind is lighter than last week its the Wolf K10 minus ballast.  If its really light, might try Philip 600 thermal.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andreww on September 09, 2009, 14:34:11 PM
I'm up the Bwylch tomorrow, with a wing. Maiden my new Venom.

Andy
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on September 09, 2009, 18:46:02 PM
Flew the Wrecker this arvo, can't believe I was the only one there! Plenty of lift, beautiful sunshine, just me and some buzzards  :co
Had to wear a jacket as the wind was pretty chilly though.
Probly go back tomorrow arvo as the forecast says the same right through til Sunday. Great week for the Bwlch :af
Wish I had more than just a chevron wing.
 Tough slope for a maiden Andy, it's a long drive to the bottom :ev
Hopefully see some more people flying tomorrow :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andreww on September 09, 2009, 19:41:45 PM
I'll be there tomorrow, got two wings now, have took the ballast out of the Wolf K10, its a nice light wind jobbie now, would have been today but had to build the Venom. Been up the field with a bungee this evening, great.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on September 10, 2009, 12:31:13 PM
Just got a message that it is 20knots on the wrecker and also got a pass from SWMBO. I'm off up the Bwlch :af :colm:
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on September 10, 2009, 16:56:04 PM
Andy had 'the drive' to finish off a great days flying ;D
Tip for AndyW, If your gunna fly inverted, do it where you can make a mistake and recover without losing sight of the model down a BIG cliff. ;D ;)
hope the Venom survived :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andreww on September 10, 2009, 20:08:12 PM
Survived with out a blemish !!, in fact, I launched it and flew it to the car, saved carrying it!! couldn't believe there was so much lift down there. :) Where are the photos? Another good day. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on September 11, 2009, 18:34:00 PM
Is anyone flying at the Bwlch saturday?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Mike_Y on September 11, 2009, 18:47:08 PM
I believe a few of the Midlands guys will be there Saturday.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: simon_t on September 12, 2009, 18:20:06 PM
Anyone up the Bwlch today, and if so, what sort of wind strength was it?

Simon
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andreww on September 12, 2009, 20:05:47 PM
I'll be up after work to spectate/oggle!!.  So make it last at least til 3 o'clock!!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Andy_B on September 12, 2009, 23:42:33 PM
Anyone up the Bwlch today, and if so, what sort of wind strength was it?

Simon
probably between 3 and 15 mph today Simon ............generally 10ish most of the day ....went really bouyant later on but only about 5-8 mph
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andreww on September 15, 2009, 23:53:20 PM
Had a go up the MEIO today with my Venom, wind was to far to the East, had a good walk, but also a good fly wind was gusting 35kts, a bit much really. But its closer to home than the Bwlch, not as much choice for wind direction though.

Where do folks fly above Caerphilly, and Machen?, can't find any maps or directions
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Mike_Y on September 16, 2009, 07:32:45 AM
Machen is N to NNE, its an excellent slope but doesn't tolerate much of a swing in wind direction. Access can be a problem unless you know the back roads. Theres no formal agreement with the farmer, I've never had a problem there and spoken to the farmers a couple of times, if you go there just use comman sense, there are alot of sheep roaming loose so its a case of dogs on leads, take rubbish home etc. Theres also the tump at Machen if you wanted to try DSing, its not crunchie friendly and be prepared for a lot of walking if you attempt it, its not very big but its very steep and a few land out / crashes and you'll realise how steep  :) it works in a N and S.

Caerphilly, if you mean the Garth is an E/SE slope, parking can be an issue for more than half a dozen cars (take into account for walkers already parked). Its bit of a trek but the few times I've been there its been good.
 If you mean the slope over looking Nantgarw Hill and the aero engine works I've not flown it but the last time we looked into it the farmer wasn't that impressed with the idea so we never pursued it.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andreww on September 16, 2009, 19:16:56 PM
Thanks for the info, will have alook next month again, will be away for ten days from Friday, so no flying locally.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on September 24, 2009, 23:01:34 PM
Anyone flying in Wales this weekend? I've gotta get some practice with my Lumberjack before next weekends BMFA EPP60 Nats :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Mike_Y on September 24, 2009, 23:06:13 PM
forecast is looking pretty light at the mo  :(
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on September 24, 2009, 23:09:42 PM
bumma :(
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on September 25, 2009, 21:55:02 PM
really doesn't look good at all  :(
Maybe they got it wrong? :xx
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on September 26, 2009, 17:56:35 PM
I went up to the Bwlch today on the off chance that there might have been enough wind to test fly the lumberjack.
I ended up walking all the way to the bowl south of Mickeys.
The only breeze that there was, must have been above the altitude of that little bowl, because there was nothing there.
I reckon I lost some weight today 'cause that is a heluva walk.
I also persisted in throwing the LJ off all sorts of hills and climbing up and down to fetch it. At one stage I had enough nose weight on it to replicate the stall - spiral dive that hapened on the wrecker (which was due to too rearward CG). I have decided that it is very difficult to test a plane in buggerall lift.
From the look of the turbines on my way home, the breeze picked up a little bit as I was driving home this arvo.  :'(
Oh Well
Next time
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on October 04, 2009, 18:16:46 PM
Went for a fly up at Mickeys today. The clouds were ripping passed at my house and the turbines on the way up were scooting around so I thought I was in for a good bit of fun. Got there and really had to scratch around for lift :'( I met Alan (from Nanty) who was helping Chaz to learn to fly. It is always good to bump in to people up there and it happens too sparingly.
Alan and Chaz went home and I was flying for a while and really had to get creative to maintain enough airspeed to fly.

I think I might be losing my mind lately as I have been making a few silly errors. :D The other day I launched my x-it with the radio still programmed for Lumberjackness, yesterday my x-it vanished and today I launched without turning the LJ receiver on!!! :banghead: Fortunately for me, the LJ isn't trimmed perfectly nuetral and it gently arced around to the left and went nose in on the face of the hill at the same height as me.
Great thing about foam, I got to the plane, switched it on, and launched it. No Worries!

As I was getting ready to leave, I met a bloke from Norway (Thor Bear [english translation]) who had popped in hoping to see heaps of people flying as he had seen the Bwlch many times featured in videos on the internet. I told him that I was very surprised at how few people fly on the slopes and the most I have ever seen flying on a non-comp day is five including myself.
After chatting for a while the wind picked up enough for me to launch and let Thor Bear see some flying at Mickeys so his walk up wasn't totally wasted.
He is going to try to get here for the Welsh open next year as he is a glider freak and can't wait to get back with his gliders. If not the open, it will be a holiday for flying at some point. Looking forward to flying with him when he does.

He said he bought a Miniwing from Mike-Y at some stage, so you might have his details Mike?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Mike_Y on October 04, 2009, 18:21:16 PM
Must have been a long time ago as I've not cut MiniWings in over 18mths, probably more than that even.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on October 04, 2009, 18:27:05 PM
thought it was a while ago!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on October 31, 2009, 22:40:19 PM
I thought it was going to be another big wind sunday tomorrow.
I just checked XCweather and it looks like the centre of the system is parked right above south wales and the wind is swirling around us. I start work at one again tomorrow and the wind doesn't settle to a decent westerly until the arvo.

I have a day off Monday and the wind looks consistantly westerly 12 - 15mph all day. Might give Rhossili a crack
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andreww on November 04, 2009, 09:32:56 AM
The last few days I have been flying local in Barry, here
bikehike.co.uk - Course Creator (http://www.bikehike.co.uk/mapview.php?id=25225 )  this was great for SE winds, but will work all the way round south to West, I was flying a Venom wing but Allula's and Weasels would be really fun.

and here
bikehike.co.uk - Course Creator (http://www.bikehike.co.uk/mapview.php?id=25226)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on November 13, 2009, 11:34:14 AM
If you are racing Sunday, Back of Wrecker :ev Bring Ballast!! ;D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Mike_Y on November 13, 2009, 17:18:16 PM
and some waterproofs.....The forecasts I've seen would have us over the rocks on Mickeys SSW and SW I've seen.

I'd be suprised it goes ahead
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on November 13, 2009, 17:22:23 PM
The forecast on XC makes Sunday out to be reasonably dryish, just a few showers? I could be reading it wrong $%&
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Mike_Y on November 13, 2009, 17:25:24 PM
It was reported on the news earlier that this is to be the wettest weekend this year so far, looking at the river I have running down the street at the mo they ain't far wrong  :)

Just checked Metcheck and it has improved since I last looked

Metcheck (http://www.metcheck.com/V40/UK/FREE/dayforecast.asp?zipcode=cf42&day=2)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on November 13, 2009, 17:38:25 PM
Really hope it is flyable on Sunday as I am hanging to do some laps with the freshly painted (and repaired...again) Fishyfish.
I have even put all my ballast in it in anticipation :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Mike_Y on November 14, 2009, 09:21:07 AM
The updated forecasts for tomorrow are different on all the weather sites again  ::), they all agree that there will be rain at some point but they can't agree on when and how much. Still looking SSW to SW though which means we'd be closer to the cars.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on November 14, 2009, 14:50:49 PM
I'm gunna head up about 9ish for a fun fly as that time through to 2ish has been fairly consistantly a reasonably good bet weatherwise.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Mike_Y on November 14, 2009, 14:58:31 PM
Good luck  :af forecast has been spot on regarding the rain here, it hasn't stopped. Its one thing running back and for the car sports flying between rain showers but running a comp in rain is no fun, the stop starting and cancellation of rounds makes it a real chore and usually time runs out before end of play so no result anyway.

Take ballast with you  :)

Mike

As I look out the window its started pouring down again  >:(
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on November 14, 2009, 15:02:53 PM
Good call on the comp cancellation, I totally understand :af
Take it you aren't going to venture out tomnorrow, Mike?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Mike_Y on November 14, 2009, 20:36:37 PM
Doubt it, I want to get a 60" EPP plank sorted for the next DS sesh so I'll probablyhave an afternoon in the garage.

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on November 15, 2009, 04:25:33 AM
I am finding out that the last two weeks of night shifts has messed with my mind and body!! Why can't I sleep :banghead:
I can't really go out in the garage as it is a bit noisy.

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Mike_Y on November 15, 2009, 08:17:07 AM
I was up at 5:30 couldn't sleep  ::) it was still pouring with rain here until 6:30 but it has now stopped and the sun it is trying to come out so you might get an hour or two on the slope if the low cloud lifts.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on November 15, 2009, 14:29:01 PM
The low cloud didn't lift and it looked like it rained there all day. I waited about half an hour to see if it would blow through and then went to Southerndown, next to the old farm house on the cliffs. Sunshine and lots of lift and had a great morning. I took some helmet cam of my lumberjack and will post it if it is any good in the slope vid section. Sw is bang on for the cliffs along there and westerly is perfect for the big cliff at Southerndown beach.
Not likely to be clagged in there :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Mike_Y on November 15, 2009, 14:32:27 PM
It cleared for a short spell here first thing but it was pouring again by 12:30, the sun is just breaking through the clouds now so hopefully thats it, there can't be much rain left up there  :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on November 15, 2009, 14:41:44 PM
The clouds were forming really quickly to dark, heavy stormy clouds and heading straight up the heads of the valley road from what I could see from the cliffs. I only really got a light spattering from the edge of one or two storms.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on November 15, 2009, 21:29:29 PM
Video is up and running. I will zoom in a bit next time as it is a bit hard to see.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andreww on November 20, 2009, 07:49:33 AM
Good afternoon yesterday on Cold Knapp Point, very exciting ;D :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on November 20, 2009, 19:56:25 PM
do tell :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andreww on November 20, 2009, 20:42:34 PM
Nothing to tell really, just a good afternoon on the doorstep. Flew the Wolf K10, no winglets and single fin stuck out the back, went well, 1lb of lead stuck to its back, it was low water so plenty of beack showing just in case , but the just in case not required!! :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on November 20, 2009, 20:53:20 PM
Nice one :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: oldnslo on November 24, 2009, 20:19:56 PM
I will be in Penarth on Sunday. Just by Googling the surrounding area I think I found somewhere nearby that may be OK for the predicted Westerly wind. If you are stood on Barry Beach, looking out to sea, the headland sticking out on the left looks a possibility. Has anyone ever flown there?
 :xx
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on November 26, 2009, 21:06:50 PM
Sorry Oldnslo, missed this post!
I've not flown the site, but AndrewW might have or Dav3uk might have as they are both local.
Hopefully flying tomorrow which is also a westerly. Might fly at Southerndown beach or the headland you described.
There is also the Westerly Slope at Mickeys up the Bwlch, but I don't have a key and tomorrow might be a day for flying near the car!!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: dav3uk on November 26, 2009, 21:08:09 PM
I will be in Penarth on Sunday. Just by Googling the surrounding area I think I found somewhere nearby that may be OK for the predicted Westerly wind. If you are stood on Barry Beach, looking out to sea, the headland sticking out on the left looks a possibility. Has anyone ever flown there?
 :xx

For the last 20+ years for my sins......lol

even had a flair hunter pss off it once or twice.....twas a challenge

use my ridge runt down there on light westerly days

best if tide out as give an extra 20-30 of height(it has the second biggest tides in the world..so they say)

Dave
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on November 26, 2009, 21:14:39 PM
Anyone flying tomorrow?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: dav3uk on November 26, 2009, 21:29:14 PM
20 ish and westerly for friday isnt it.

wont get down Bwlch way as collecting car from reading.

May get down Friars point in Barry for quicky later on tho, high water 12 ish but its only 8m so still some cliff left

But rain all day on most sites predicted

Dave
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on November 27, 2009, 16:12:27 PM
Andy and I flew at Southerndown today. Andy maidened his halfpipe off the cliff :o . Fortunately it flew great and he didn't have to guide a spiral dive onto the rocks 120feet below.
Beautiful sunshine and a nice gentle breeze for most of the time. Wind picked up later on which makes landing very interesting.
Good Day :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: oldnslo on November 30, 2009, 20:44:31 PM
Well I made it to Penarth on Sunday. Time to have had a fly (from Paget Road?) except it rained either hard or harder. In the afternoon I could have skived away for an hour or so, except it poured. I shall have to look into PSS for flying boats, they should be watertight.
Apart from that though had a great day in welsh company.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on November 30, 2009, 20:50:50 PM
I heard on the radio today that it has rained every single day this month in south wales. Feels like it hasn't stopped raining since July :D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: dav3uk on December 01, 2009, 20:46:15 PM
Yesterday was dry i think, i got up the bwlch but the wind was everywhere it was swinging all over got 10 mins and gave up...
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 05, 2009, 12:21:49 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.

I know I'm pretty much leaving a note for myself, hopefully someone will read it and reply though :xx
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 06, 2009, 10:14:25 AM
I'm off to Mickeys!
See someone (anyone $%& ) there hopefully :xx
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 06, 2009, 15:06:11 PM
Well I'm back. twas wery windy :o
Destroyed the Flying Fish after having a great time flying it with full ballast. Also flew the Lumberjack with full ballast, she loved it!
Met Harri Pihl (RCG slope holidays in Europe thread writer). He was flying a Aeromod Aldij (MiniJ?) all carbon 60" glider. Very strong little Blighter.
Nice bloke :af
(http://static.rcgroups.com/forums/attachments/2/7/6/1/5/2/a2915646-130-DSC_3414.jpg?d=1260120167)
Whoops
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 07, 2009, 16:43:41 PM
Had a half day at work today so came home via Rhossili. Had a good fun fly with Cliffhanger. Great, smooth lift even though the wind was a little bit crossed from the South.
When we stopped flying, a BAE Hawk flew passed to the south and when we got back to the cars, a couple of Harriers (I think, though I have never seen one before) flew passed to the north. Nice little 'cap off' for a good arvo.  :co
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on December 09, 2009, 20:18:33 PM
Clayt- Sunday forecast looks good for the Bwlch (not so good for down my way) with easterlies~15mph.
Will you be flying?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 09, 2009, 20:49:36 PM
Sunday does look great, awesome even :ev  ... BUT.... I think there is Qualifying for the F3F team thing (Viking Race 2010 Qualifier) happening this weekend.
NE for us and not sure where else to fly?
Clayt
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 09, 2009, 20:52:47 PM
Be happy to walk up a hill in the Brecons (Pen Y Fan?) if anyone is interested.
 
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: dav3uk on December 09, 2009, 21:27:03 PM
Got 40 mins  on marine drive this morning before wind died totally...as for sunday depends how north of east it gets but the garth will take some north but not much i am nights saturday but will try to get out mid sunday....

Dave
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 10, 2009, 10:55:49 AM
I'm staying overnight in Cardiff Saturday night, so a walk up Brecons way is out for me.  Machen (http://www.multimap.com/s/0WrDiRyX) works for N / NE. Just up the 467?
Long way for Cliffhanger though.
Googlemaps time
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: dav3uk on December 10, 2009, 21:20:43 PM
Cliffhanger im going to mountain wharehouse in bridgend fri/sat are you still up for a pair of gloves?

Dave
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on December 11, 2009, 06:52:21 AM
Cliffhanger im going to mountain wharehouse in bridgend fri/sat are you still up for a pair of gloves?

Dave

Yeah- great. Hopefully you've got a Paypal account.
Just give me your details and cost and I'll transfer the dosh!

Cheers.

Roger
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on December 11, 2009, 07:03:43 AM
I'm staying overnight in Cardiff Saturday night, so a walk up Brecons way is out for me.  Machen ([url]http://www.multimap.com/s/0WrDiRyX[/url]) works for N / NE. Just up the 467?
Long way for Cliffhanger though.
Googlemaps time


If I'm feeling up to it I'll try and "maiden" the bowl shown in pic- looking south, with Cray reservoir bottom right.
Reckon it's gonna be at least a 1 hr hike each way from off the Swansea- Brecon road shown. :o Should be worth it!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Eyeboy on December 11, 2009, 09:01:18 AM
That bowl looks the dogs danglers!! I hope it works as well as it looks!!
 :xx
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 11, 2009, 12:22:47 PM
If I'm feeling up to it I'll try and "maiden" the bowl shown in pic- looking south, with Cray reservoir bottom right.
Reckon it's gonna be at least a 1 hr hike each way from off the Swansea- Brecon road shown. :o Should be worth it!

Don't know if this road (http://maps.google.com/maps?source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=cray+reservoir&sll=51.861016,-3.634243&sspn=0.031062,0.090551&ie=UTF8&split=1&filter=0&rq=1&ev=zi&radius=1.93&hq=cray+reservoir&hnear=&ll=51.87257,-3.603687&spn=0.031054,0.090551&t=p&z=14) would work, but if you can use it, it would cut off some walking time.

When are you planning on going? If i'm back from Cardiff, I'd be interested in tagging along.

The link didn't quite come out in the right spot, but if you drag from the top left to the bottom right, you should see the road that I mean
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 11, 2009, 12:59:10 PM
This spot (http://maps.google.com/maps?source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=cray+reservoir&sll=51.718627,-3.57296&sspn=0.01558,0.045276&ie=UTF8&split=1&filter=0&rq=1&ev=zi&t=p&radius=0.97&hq=cray+reservoir&hnear=&ll=51.71876,-3.566651&spn=0.01558,0.045276&z=15) looks pretty good. Easy access, easy walk? Worth a shot on Sunday?
Here is a piccy..... hopefully
(http://www.rcmf.co.uk/4um/MGalleryItem.php?id=23004)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on December 11, 2009, 14:04:46 PM
Hi Clayt, just got back from your work place!
Temporary fix to my "problem" has left me a bit sore :o
So maybe not fit Sunday for the Cray bowl, but the one you show above the Llyn reservoir looks a lot less of a hike.
Google pic looking South East- possibly no chance of "walk of shame" retrieval.(~170metres from the lake to the top lip!!)


What time you thinking of going?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 11, 2009, 14:20:36 PM
We check out of Cardiff by 11, so I would have thought I coud be there for 1 pm? How does that sound for you?
I can carry stuff for you so that the walk isn't too much.
Glad you are back home already. Bl00dy quick!!!
If you don't think you will be able to make it, let me know.
Anyone else feel like trying this site out?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: conwysoarer on December 11, 2009, 18:01:48 PM
If I'm feeling up to it I'll try and "maiden" the bowl shown in pic- looking south, with Cray reservoir bottom right.
Reckon it's gonna be at least a 1 hr hike each way from off the Swansea- Brecon road shown. :o Should be worth it!

Been ther done that - isnt that bowl facing north ;)

JJ
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on December 11, 2009, 18:50:44 PM
Sure is JJ- as stated the Google view is looking South :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: conwysoarer on December 11, 2009, 20:40:37 PM
This spot ([url]http://maps.google.com/maps?source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=cray+reservoir&sll=51.718627,-3.57296&sspn=0.01558,0.045276&ie=UTF8&split=1&filter=0&rq=1&ev=zi&t=p&radius=0.97&hq=cray+reservoir&hnear=&ll=51.71876,-3.566651&spn=0.01558,0.045276&z=15[/url]) looks pretty good. Easy access, easy walk? Worth a shot on Sunday?
Here is a piccy..... hopefully
([url]http://www.rcmf.co.uk/4um/MGalleryItem.php?id=23004[/url])


Tell me is that the ridge above Rhigos at the head of the neath valley - I used to be a member of the Gliding Club based there and the ridge looks awfully familiar. Spent many a happy time soaring it in a K13 - is the club still there?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 12, 2009, 00:09:43 AM
Tell me is that the ridge above Rhigos at the head of the neath valley - I used to be a member of the Gliding Club based there and the ridge looks awfully familiar. Spent many a happy time soaring it in a K13 - is the club still there?
Don't know if the glider club is still there but it is the ridge south of Rhigos.

Sunday 1pm. The Wrecker is occupied this weekend if anyone was planning on flying up there, so come and play Sunday arvo. The sun has disappeared from the forecast, but the wind still looks very good.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: dav3uk on December 13, 2009, 04:27:40 AM
Cliffhanger tried to phone mountain wharehouse sat to check stock.....like speaking to the queen....but less sense from em. I am hoping to go to the Bwlch Sun so will pop past on the way just to check as got no sense from the girl on the phone...she said they might have 2 pairs!!

dave
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: John Y on December 13, 2009, 05:20:22 AM
Tell me is that the ridge above Rhigos at the head of the neath valley - I used to be a member of the Gliding Club based there and the ridge looks awfully familiar. Spent many a happy time soaring it in a K13 - is the club still there?

The Vale of Neath Gliding Club aka Clwb Gleidio Cwm Nedd or alternatively "The Vale of Death Gliding Club" continues to operate!

Regards



Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on December 13, 2009, 08:09:03 AM
Cliffhanger tried to phone mountain wharehouse sat to check stock.....like speaking to the queen....but less sense from em. I am hoping to go to the Bwlch Sun so will pop past on the way just to check as got no sense from the girl on the phone...she said they might have 2 pairs!!

dave

Ok, Cheers- good luck at the Bwlch!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 13, 2009, 21:28:35 PM
Thanks for flying with me today Roger. It was good to have a challenge in very light lift. I went home via the wrecker and had a fly after the last round of the comp. HEAPS of lift. :ev
F3F in good lift is pretty impressive to watch for a short while.
Have a great Chrissy
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: MSP on December 26, 2009, 22:58:58 PM
Looks like a wnw (Is that the term) in Pembrokeshire tomorrow, I think we're gonna be looking for pastures new..  Anyone here from Pembs with suggestions ? preferably inland, but I'm open to suggestions.

Al
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 02, 2010, 19:09:43 PM
Anyone flying the Bwlch tomorrow (Sunday)?
Nice strong ENE so Wrecker or walk round to Crest for the day?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 02, 2010, 22:33:01 PM
That'd be a no then?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: tired tim on January 02, 2010, 23:18:01 PM
That'd be a no then?

I was keen but peeps want to stay local and the drive from Bristol is boring when you're on your own. Another time though  :xx
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: tired tim on January 02, 2010, 23:20:50 PM
Does anyone ever fly at Blaenavon? Have paraglided there but never seen any RC. Are there any issues (other than the gate)?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 02, 2010, 23:27:29 PM
Not sure where Blaenavon is?

Just had a look at the South Cots section to see if it was worth paying you guys a visit at Rodsomethingoranother.

Visitors welcome? Would love to see some PSS stuff.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: tired tim on January 02, 2010, 23:31:46 PM
Not sure where Blaenavon is?

Just had a look at the South Cots section to see if it was worth paying you guys a visit at Rodsomethingoranother.

Visitors welcome? Would love to see some PSS stuff.

You'd be more than welcome.

There should be a fair bit of PSS there tomorrow and a maiden flight of Yoyo's new Spitfire and Eyeboy is always out with a lorry load of PSS.

Heading there for about 10 ish and then to the gliding club to warm up later.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Eyeboy on January 02, 2010, 23:34:10 PM
Not sure where Blaenavon is?

Just had a look at the South Cots section to see if it was worth paying you guys a visit at Rodsomethingoranother.

Visitors welcome? Would love to see some PSS stuff.

If I had more stuff ready i'd have visited the legendary Crest with Tired Tim. As it is, we're heading to Rodborough. By all accounts it's a bit pants. Time will tell. I'm going to take some PSS stuff but i'm not very optimistic about flying them.
You're more than welcome to join us. Hopefully some day very soon we'll be able to fly the Bwlch so it'd be good to see a friendly face.
 :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 02, 2010, 23:36:46 PM
I'll check with the timekeeper in the morning and hopefully head over :af

Next time, bring the PSS stuff to the bwlch. Apart from comp days, it's normally empty
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: tired tim on January 02, 2010, 23:44:45 PM
If I had more stuff ready i'd have visited the legendary Crest with Tired Tim. As it is, we're heading to Rodborough. By all accounts it's a bit pants. Time will tell. I'm going to take some PSS stuff but i'm not very optimistic about flying them.
You're more than welcome to join us. Hopefully some day very soon we'll be able to fly the Bwlch so it'd be good to see a friendly face.
 :af


Blaenavon is just past Abergavenny off the Heads of the Valley Road. It's a nice long ridge facing NW. There's a bit of a walk up but top landing is massive.
Blaenavon link (http://www.multimap.com/maps/?hloc=GB|SO218098#map=51.78133,-3.13454|14|4&bd=useful_information&loc=GB:51.78138:-3.13498:14|SO218098|SO218098)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Eyeboy on January 02, 2010, 23:51:10 PM
I'll check with the timekeeper in the morning and hopefully head over :af

Next time, bring the PSS stuff to the bwlch. Apart from comp days, it's normally empty

I'm so up for flying the Bwlch. Keen on sorting my Victor out and giving it a madien there within the month.
 :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 03, 2010, 16:47:48 PM
Was on my way to Rodborough this morning and got a call from Zim and Will (Sorry for the no-show South Cotswold :) ) saying they were on the way to the crest so I chucked a 'u'ey at Newport and legged it back to the Bwlch. My car was telling me it was -2.5 deg and my fingers didn't disagree >:( .
The lift was incredible, landing on the ice and snow wasn't too much of an issue for my foam, but proved to be a bit of a challenge for the Skorps of Will and Zim.
Andrzej came along in the afternoon for a bit and declined to fly due to the difficulties in landing without damage.
I am looking forward to getting some moulded planes up and running, the energy retention is incredible.
Anyway, got some exercise and had a fly in epic lift on the crest. A great day :co
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Eyeboy on January 03, 2010, 17:16:14 PM
Sounds like a good fun day. Just as well you didn't come to Rodborough - the lift was, at best, pants! I'm also pleased we didn't make the treck to the Crest. I'ev only got one pass at the moment from the good lady so I must choose my timings carefully. Would have been a real bad day if one of my PSS toys came back in bits.

Looking forwards to flying with you on the Bwlch soon.

Cheers for now.
 :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on January 03, 2010, 22:43:09 PM
A question for you pss guys.I've got an mpx twister,could i use that as pss if i promised not to use the fan.To be honest i'm not sure if it would even fly off a slope,waddyathink? $%&
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: tired tim on January 03, 2010, 23:22:16 PM
A question for you pss guys.I've got an mpx twister,could i use that as pss if i promised not to use the fan.To be honest i'm not sure if it would even fly off a slope,waddyathink? $%&

I have a very liberal approach to what PSS is exactly. It's the same approach I have to "this is a non combat session" and "that was an OK landing"  :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on January 04, 2010, 08:53:48 AM
Good attitude. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 04, 2010, 21:03:06 PM
I don't have any experience with PSS, but I'd have thought that if YOU think it is PSS, who has the right to tell you it isn't? Competitions, however , might be a different story.
Currently balsa basshing a Cambrian Spitfire and have plans for a Tucano and a large Mig15
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on January 04, 2010, 22:54:05 PM
Yes, fair enough in comps,just wondering about what i've got ready in the shed.Feel a bit like a kid in a sweet shop,what with the epp60 models from Ron looming enticingly on the horizon,the twister option, as well as a rippy spit and a windrider bd5j waiting to be defrosted in my workshop,which,to be honest is starting to look like a well stocked model/fishing/ski shop.Got to stop buying kits :banghead:
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 04, 2010, 23:04:26 PM
BD5J would be 'interesting' on the slope. Rippy spit defo works as seen on the main forum. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on January 04, 2010, 23:15:11 PM
aye the bd5 is eps not epp, so much caution and packing tape i think [kit looks quite flimsy]i'll try to keep it light.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: tired tim on January 10, 2010, 23:06:37 PM
I don't have any experience with PSS, but I'd have thought that if YOU think it is PSS, who has the right to tell you it isn't? Competitions, however , might be a different story.
Currently balsa basshing a Cambrian Spitfire and have plans for a Tucano and a large Mig15

How's the Cambrian Spit going? I'm doing the same as a result of Santa's visit. Any advice welcome  :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: tired tim on January 11, 2010, 17:08:57 PM
Currently balsa basshing a Cambrian Spitfire and have plans for a Tucano and a large Mig15

What servos are you going to use in your Spit?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 11, 2010, 21:50:46 PM
Hi Tim,
The servos I will be using are the E-power 12gram digitals from Giant cod.
I will mount one for each aileron as I would like to have spoileron/flaperons.
I am hoping to glass the whole thing and will probably leave the wing permanently attached.
Because I fly on pretty big hills, I am aiming for a decent weight to get some decent speed and energy retention from it and I will be a little bit picky with the conditions (that is the plan anyway $%& ).
Unfortunately, I don't have much advice as I am still learning myself.
Get a razor plane as it will save quite a bit of time as there is a 'bit' of sanding to shape.
My build is on hold at the moment as it slipped down the priority list. Nearly finished fixing up an F3F ship so will get stuck in to the spit again soon.
Cheers
Clayt
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 13, 2010, 10:11:57 AM
Well, we just got smashed with snow here yesterday. Access to slopes is a bit of an issue for the weekend. I heard Pembs and Blackwood got spanked aswell? How did it end up looking in Cardiff and Swansea? Swansea didn't seem too bad when I left work at 6pm yesterday.
Been waiting for a delivery of a schulze receiver since the 6th Jan. Access was getting better til today. oh well, keep waiting
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: MSP on January 13, 2010, 13:50:53 PM
Pembs did get it bad. Our normal sites are off limits even today.  Roads closed due to drifting snow.  I'm hoping the roads will be clear enough for a weekend bash

Al
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 17, 2010, 19:34:38 PM
Was fantastic to finally get a fly in after being frozen out by the weather for a bit.
Bright, beautiful sunny morning. Gentle stroll up a big 'ill. Nice relaxed crowd of four pilots and 10 models.
Conditions weren't epic by any means, but were perfect for any type of flight especially maidens as landings were rotor free.
Mike ISoar had a striking quiver to be maidened consisting of Cyril, Strega and RaceM
PaulS maidened his Typhoon and flew his foamy (model?)
Cliffhanger Rog maidened his Segway, flew and broke his Swinger and ProdiJ.
I finally got my M60 flying prettymuch the way I want it too and flew the Lumberjack a little bit too.
Dunno if it's just mouldie envy, but the Typhoon and Mikes F3Ffers were awesome. Love the whislte.
I really enjoyed larking about with the M60 and was getting pretty comfortable (cocky) with it.
At one point, was flying back to the front from out the back and as I re-entered the front I was confronted with a Cesna with its prop not spinning heading straight at my M60!!! I wasn't expecting that :o . I don't think he was either as he had to turn his motor back on and claw his way out of the hill face and try again. It is a pretty cool thing to watch a fullsize cessna slope soaring.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on January 17, 2010, 20:46:13 PM
hi clayts,what slope did you end up on today?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 17, 2010, 21:11:03 PM
Drove down the Gower to Rhossili, parked in the church carpark and walked straight up the side of the big hill on Rhossili Bay (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=rhossili+bay&oe=UTF-8&ie=UTF8&hl=en&hq=rhossili+bay&hnear=&ll=51.573869,-4.291534&spn=0.022885,0.10952&t=p&z=14).
You could also park in Llangennith and walk up the other end of the hill.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: tired tim on January 17, 2010, 21:30:09 PM
Drove down the Gower to Rhossili, parked in the church carpark and walked straight up the side of the big hill on Rhossili Bay ([url]http://maps.google.com/maps?q=rhossili+bay&oe=UTF-8&ie=UTF8&hl=en&hq=rhossili+bay&hnear=&ll=51.573869,-4.291534&spn=0.022885,0.10952&t=p&z=14[/url]).
You could also park in Llangennith and walk up the other end of the hill.

I bet that was a great place to be today. Am trying to persuade Eyeboy to head out that way.  :xx
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 17, 2010, 21:34:09 PM
It was indeed a great place to be today! Still smiling :)

I saw a video or four being bandied about today. Keep your eyes open, possibly in the Model Maidens thread?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on January 18, 2010, 21:39:45 PM

Cliffhanger Rog maidened his Segway, flew and broke his Swinger and ProdiJ.

At one point, was flying back to the front from out the back and as I re-entered the front I was confronted with a Cesna with its prop not spinning heading straight at my M60!!! I wasn't expecting that :o . I don't think he was either as he had to turn his motor back on and claw his way out of the hill face and try again. It is a pretty cool thing to watch a fullsize cessna slope soaring.

Yep it was a great winter's day- if the wind had been ~8mph more it would have been nigh on perfect.
Caught a grass clump landing the Prodij. Just sheared one of the nylon wing bolts- sorted.
Swinger gave the appearance of being shot down- anyway just a broken spruce spar- luckily it was built so the wings slide off, so half hours work to fix it.
That Cessna often comes along to slope soar if the wind is right. It's from Fairwood airport and would be doing pleasure rides.
So for ~40 you too could be doin' the real thing above Rhossili! :D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 18, 2010, 22:54:42 PM
Glad they are both easily fixed. As I was walking up, I was watching you fly the Swinger and would like to see it fly again. Looked like fun and am going to keep an eye on the Swingers thread with interest to build one up as it looks like a fun time on the sticks. The Segway was flying really well too.
Swinger gave the appearance of being shot down-
Is the battery/receiver wire sorted from the Bwlch new years day or am I thinking about the wrong plane?
Gotta prioritise the workshop builds so that I can get more than two planks up and running.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on January 18, 2010, 23:04:38 PM
yesterday sounds like it was a god day chaps,gutted i missed it.must make more more of an effort to get out n fly :banghead:
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 18, 2010, 23:07:48 PM
yesterday sounds like it was a god day chaps,gutted i missed it.must make more more of an effort to get out n fly :banghead:

It was..... You should :af :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on January 18, 2010, 23:30:34 PM
yeah tell me 'bout it. always next time
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 19, 2010, 21:38:23 PM
Bit early but the wind doesn't look particularly promising for a play this weekend :'(
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on January 19, 2010, 22:35:20 PM
early days yet,everything crossed :xx :xx :xx.things might be a bit windier at altitude if not might even have to dig something p~~p driven out.         [not poop]
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 19, 2010, 22:45:11 PM
I must admit, that if I flew power, I'd be very excited about the prospect of a sunny weekend with very light breezes.
I don't though..... so it's just annoying :D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: tired tim on January 20, 2010, 09:21:34 AM
I must admit, that if I flew power, I'd be very excited about the prospect of a sunny weekend with very light breezes.
I don't though..... so it's just annoying :D

Working the weekend, today is my day off and it's snowing!  :banghead:
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on January 21, 2010, 21:41:19 PM
Anybody fancy a light air slope session this weekend,not sure where to go,all suggestions welcome.Have foamies-will travel :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 21, 2010, 21:49:55 PM
Saturday looks like the pick of the W/E with sunshine and 6-8mph Northerlies. The VR98 slope would be great.
I'm in :af
Hopefully some stuff will be delivered tomorrow that will enable me to get my F3Ffery thingy :af up and running :) Not holding my breath though.
Stuck the Flying Fish wing together tonight, so that shouldn't be too far away from flying again too.
Spitfire is next in the Queue :study:
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 21, 2010, 22:06:03 PM
I'll be at the VR98 slope at the Bwlch from about 10am. If anyone feels like flying with me, come along.

Two weekends in a row!! What's going on!!!


SSSSSHHHHHHHSHSSSHHH.... you'll jynx it ya Duffa
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on January 21, 2010, 22:12:32 PM
Woohoo flying and [hopefully] sunshine.Would be nice to put some more faces to names,come on chaps, come out and play.The more the merrier :D
At the very least you can laugh at my flying :nananana:
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 21, 2010, 22:17:58 PM
.... If anyone feels like flying with me, come along.


I won't fly all the time, so you can fly while I'm not flying if you would prefer.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: tired tim on January 21, 2010, 22:41:23 PM

Spitfire is next in the Queue :study:

Have just started to cover my Spit. Won't be long now  :uk:
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: tired tim on January 21, 2010, 22:42:34 PM
Woohoo flying and [hopefully] sunshine.Would be nice to put some more faces to names,come on chaps, come out and play.The more the merrier :D
At the very least you can laugh at my flying :nananana:

Unfortunately working this weekend  :'( But next time  :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 21, 2010, 22:45:34 PM
Looking forward to seeing your Spit flying at the Bwlch 'next time'.
The PSS gathering seems to be building up a head of steam. Just need to find out spare dates for the Bwlch if you are still keen to have it 'here'.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: tired tim on January 21, 2010, 22:49:55 PM
Looking forward to seeing your Spit flying at the Bwlch 'next time'.
The PSS gathering seems to be building up a head of steam. Just need to find out spare dates for the Bwlch if you are still keen to have it 'here'.

Seems like the best place really. Has to be somewhere that takes most directions and can cope with lightish winds ie the Bwlch!
How does April sound as a first stab at a loose date  $%&
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 21, 2010, 22:56:34 PM
April 18 was going to be F3F, but was not required so is free.
Got the Saturday (17th) as 60" pylon but hasn;t really taken off as yet.
Were you thinking one day as a fly in, or two day official PSSA type?
I am only new at the club, but it isn't very active, so I don't see any probs. Just need to run it passed the Pres etc.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on January 21, 2010, 23:03:53 PM
Yep- hope to get up there ~10.00 on Sat for 2- 3 hours.
Looks like it's gonna be Speedo/Weasel type winds- better than nought :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 21, 2010, 23:08:53 PM
Last time you were there, the predicted winds were 5mph and the slope didn't perform like that did it.
Bring your Luna and your Speedo and your Segway.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: tired tim on January 22, 2010, 16:25:33 PM
April 18 was going to be F3F, but was not required so is free.
Got the Saturday (17th) as 60" pylon but hasn;t really taken off as yet.
Were you thinking one day as a fly in, or two day official PSSA type?
I am only new at the club, but it isn't very active, so I don't see any probs. Just need to run it passed the Pres etc.

I would guess at just one day unless enough want to make it last the whole 9 yards! Getting a two day pass from the Guvna might be problematic  :''
What do you mean, under the thumb  :embarassed:
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 22, 2010, 21:12:08 PM
I would guess at just one day unless enough want to make it last the whole 9 yards! Getting a two day pass from the Guvna might be problematic  :''
What do you mean, under the thumb  :embarassed:
So is Sunday the 18th April a date that you would like to run passed the President?

My thoughts about a PSS gathering at the Bwlch were just a one day gathering on a Sunday and just try to get as much pictoral and videographic evidence as I can. What are your thoughts, plans or ideas?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 22, 2010, 21:15:37 PM
Looks like it might be swinging round to Icecream Slope. See what it feels like when we get there

Yep- hope to get up there ~10.00 on Sat for 2- 3 hours.
Looks like it's gonna be Speedo/Weasel type winds- better than nought :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: tired tim on January 22, 2010, 21:21:29 PM
So is Sunday the 18th April a date that you would like to run passed the President?

My thoughts about a PSS gathering at the Bwlch were just a one day gathering on a Sunday and just try to get as much pictoral and videographic evidence as I can. What are your thoughts, plans or ideas?

I'll run the 18th past the troops, but as a starting suggestion, it a good un!
I also agree with you to hit the Sunday. I'm in contact with Phil Cooke at the PSSA about other things and will get him to publish the date as soon as we get the go ahead from your club.  :xx
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 23, 2010, 16:00:26 PM
What an interesting day :)
Lift was changeable all day. But we got in many flights with the best lift being from about 2pm.
Mad as a frootloop, jelly pilot, Cliff was itching to fly so badly that he launched from the layby at the wrecker into a sparrows fart about five minutes before the lift picked up. He then proceded to land out.
We had also been watching a series of car accidents on the road below the wrecker. A few Beauts.
The same jelly pilot ended up back at the top and launched from the same place as his mates and then proceeded to pile into the VR98 slope with his main folded in half and his reserve managing to break his fall enough to save him from breaking anything. He bounced into the cliff in front of the road and then got dragged over the road. Ouch. :o
I'll stick to RC gliders! I'm sure he is still talking away to himself and even that experience won't slow him down.
My launches weren't very good today and I had to climb down the wrecker again today too. :embarassed:
Had a great day though and was good to fly with Andrew Mawr and Cliffhanger Rog.
Pretty sure there is a video of me being my own target $%& making its way to youtube at some stage tonight.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on January 23, 2010, 18:46:55 PM
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Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 23, 2010, 18:57:28 PM
ooopps :embarassed:
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on January 23, 2010, 19:08:22 PM
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nuff said
vid link on the way
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on January 23, 2010, 19:24:33 PM

      YouTube
            - 23-1-10 wrecker
    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFej6czK1H0)
sorry 'bout the rubbish music and shaky vid, will do better next time
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 23, 2010, 19:30:14 PM
Nice one Andy ;)
Youtube sometimes compress the vids a bit?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on January 23, 2010, 19:42:53 PM
Yeah ,quality looks rubbish now,it should improve.as for the music $%& it's just a stock tune that came with the vidcam software.A couple of valiums before the next flying sesh  should help with the camera shake.Champing at the bit for more flying now ;D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 23, 2010, 20:13:05 PM
Quality on the Vid is great now :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 24, 2010, 11:21:09 AM
Beautiful day again with better wind today for flying. Hope someone/anyone is making the most of it :af
I am locking myself in the garage and not coming out until I have finished one of the planes on the bench.
See ya
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 24, 2010, 20:51:25 PM
I imagine that it would have been a nice morning on Rhossili this morning. Anybody (likely only to have been Roger) hit it? What about any other hills?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Eyeboy on January 24, 2010, 21:02:57 PM
Clayts, am I correct in thinking that despite the massive reputation the Bwlch isn't flown as often as we might think - today for example?
 $%&
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 24, 2010, 21:09:36 PM
correctomundo opticman. There are a couple of other blokes that fly up there and don't do computers, but I've bumped into them about twice each.
Makes frequency control easy :af

Much rather fly with company though.
Looking forward to PSS bash. Waiting to hear back from Knewt about whether or not the 18th will be OK.
Are you gunna hire a van for your fleet?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Eyeboy on January 24, 2010, 21:24:58 PM
correctomundo opticman. There are a couple of other blokes that fly up there and don't do computers, but I've bumped into them about twice each.
Makes frequency control easy :af

Much rather fly with company though.
Looking forward to PSS bash. Waiting to hear back from Knewt about whether or not the 18th will be OK.
Are you gunna hire a van for your fleet?

LOL! Won't be hiring a van but i'll definately try to cram as much into my car as i can. I'm going have to to get to the Bwlch over the next few weeks just for a little play and to learn from you experts about LZ's etc. I was of the impression that it held a comp every other week! Don't know why i should think it would be so much different to St.Agnes but it does surprise me considering they are two of the best slope sites in the uk.
 $%&
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 24, 2010, 21:33:02 PM
I've got a week off next week (not starting tomorrow) so will be hoping the weather plays nice and I get some flying in.

Give us a yell when you decide to head up.

The RCsoar calendar is the one that is kept up to date most regularly. The comps are pretty regular through summer with twice a month being not uncommon.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 24, 2010, 22:46:18 PM
Beautiful day again with better wind today for flying. Hope someone/anyone is making the most of it :af
I am locking myself in the garage and not coming out until I have finished one of the planes on the bench.
See ya
Got the ballast tube in the fuz and had a play with the Tx but did not spend enough time in the garage today as I distracted myself with this Forum lark. :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 25, 2010, 18:09:47 PM
PSS bash at the Bwlch was provisionally hoping to happen on the 18th April. Gotta find a new date now as Round 1 of the BMFA leagues is at the Bwlch that weekend.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: tired tim on January 25, 2010, 21:58:14 PM
PSS bash at the Bwlch was provisionally hoping to happen on the 18th April. Gotta find a new date now as Round 1 of the BMFA leagues is at the Bwlch that weekend.

Thanks for checking - bummer but typical.

How does the 11th or 25th April sound?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 26, 2010, 06:40:01 AM
I finished fixing up my Ellito last night!!
Just like to say a massive 'THANKS' to Andrzej for deciding that he didn't want to fix it for himself.
I am really looking forward to maidenning it, hopefully this weekend.
She feels pretty heavy (AUW without ballast = 2.7kg).

Now to do the Flying Fish!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 27, 2010, 06:47:15 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: South Wales Slopers
Post by: tired tim on January 27, 2010, 15:29:00 PM
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!

Brilliant. Thanks for sorting that.  :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 28, 2010, 19:56:30 PM
The forecasts have been a bit topsyturvy the last couple of days, but it's looking reasonable for either VR98 or Icecream slope at the Bwlch on both Satdy and Sundy.
Anyone think they might be able to make it?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: tired tim on January 28, 2010, 20:08:07 PM
The forecasts have been a bit topsyturvy the last couple of days, but it's looking reasonable for either VR98 or Icecream slope at the Bwlch on both Satdy and Sundy.
Anyone think they might be able to make it?

Toyboy Andy is in Cornwall this weekend and I'm tied up with full scale stuff, but soon my friend  :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on January 28, 2010, 20:38:29 PM
Just nabbed a gulp off ebay ,off to fetch it saturday so i'm out ,maybe sunday,depending on air traffic control/how much work to prep new toy :D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 28, 2010, 20:54:42 PM
Nice one :af
Is it a GulpDS or GulpSR?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: MSP on January 28, 2010, 21:50:36 PM
You'll love the Gulp.  I'm really getting into mine (its a SR)  It was a ball ache to build, but super easy to set up.  I went with throws and CoG as per the instructions and she flew great.

Al
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on January 28, 2010, 22:06:54 PM
just pm d clayts also bought a 46 halfpipe off the same guy sort of a bogof deal ,missus went nuts.
p.s. i think it's a ds
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 28, 2010, 22:20:14 PM
As they do... especially if you spend it out of the joint account and she earns twice the money that I do :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: tired tim on January 28, 2010, 22:45:45 PM
just pm d clayts also bought a 46 halfpipe off the same guy sort of a bogof deal ,missus went nuts.

Ah, happy days. Nice to know I'm not the only one  :'' In fact, I'm being shouted at now - must go  :embarassed:
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on January 29, 2010, 15:55:02 PM
The forecasts have been a bit topsyturvy the last couple of days, but it's looking reasonable for either VR98 or Icecream slope at the Bwlch on both Satdy and Sundy.
Anyone think they might be able to make it?

Are you out Saturday am Clayt? (op. called off :( bummer).

Looking good with winds ~NNW- pretty cool tho' at 1 or 2 Deg.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 29, 2010, 18:53:06 PM
Bummer about the op mate, yes I will be there all day. I'll get there at about 9?
See you when you get there.
Excited about my maiden!!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on January 30, 2010, 07:11:31 AM
Quite heavy snow here last night- and that's Swansea! So the mountain roads up to the Bwlch would have been blasted.
Gonna have a morning in the warm carrying on my Wasabi mod.
If you get there Clayt- good luck with your maiden (not too much down on launching ;) )
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: MSP on January 30, 2010, 10:08:45 AM
Quite heavy snow here last night- and that's Swansea! So the mountain roads up to the Bwlch would have been blasted.
Gonna have a morning in the warm carrying on my Wasabi mod.
If you get there Clayt- good luck with your maiden (not too much down on launching ;) )
Much the same over here on the West coast.  It's been snowing all morning, but looks to be clearing now.  Day in the warm for me also I think.

Al
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 30, 2010, 12:55:06 PM
Bwlch only got a little bit of snow and the roads had actually been gritted (Wonders never cease :D )
I can't remember the last time I was that nervous with regards to flying.
Set up the camera on my tripod and caught pretty much nothing.
Flew for about twenty minutes and the last ten of that was trying to change the direction of the Elevator comp on the butterfly with a radio that I have never used before while scratching for lift cause the wind died off to almost nothing at about 10 minutes. The first time I activated the B/fly, it did a snap floop. Very Sphincter fluctuating :o .
I couldn't get enough height to get over the road so I had to try a slope side landing and my B/fly probably needs more flap to slow it down more (?). Just after one of the many attempts at landing I hit some pretty serious (IMO) sink and  :oaborted the next circuit in favour of a downwind upslope landing. Made it safely with the exception of a dislodged flap servo.

Home now to re-glue and my feet are still iceblocks :'(
Back at it tomorrow if anyone is keen :P
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on January 30, 2010, 13:05:50 PM
Yeah, not the best conditions to maiden a model and try to set up butterfly etc.
Pity it wasn't finished in time for that good day at Rhossili when Mike E. was also sorting his.
Tomorrow looks ok - NW 12+MPH. I'm up for that ( weather dependant) I'll be in touch first thing tom.
See ya.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 30, 2010, 20:15:50 PM
Went back up this arvo and had an interesting session.
Andrzej and Knewt arrived at the same time as me and Andy West arrived a little bit after.
The wind was fickle.
Andrzej's Ascot got the worst of the lift and he ended up landing out. I hope the plane survived well.
The wind picked up a little bit after Kev and Andrzej left and Andy and I had a short fly with our mouldies. I popped my flap servo on landing again and Andy had his first session since October and flew and landed his old Sting without issue.
It was good to see some different faces up the Bwlch :af

Conditions like Rhossili the other weekend would've been great :)

Still up for a sesh tomorrow after the wife gets home from the gym probly about 11ish?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 31, 2010, 09:31:08 AM
How much north is too much for Rhossili?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on January 31, 2010, 09:36:06 AM
How much north is too much for Rhossili?

Just thinking the same thing Clayt.

You can fly in a N.W wind by going to the North end of the bay- I do that quite often.
Get back to me if your interested today and I'll give you directions to meet up, which doesn't mean walking up that bleedin' big hill by Hillend caravan park >:(
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 31, 2010, 09:40:33 AM
Don't think I'll be able to get away with heading down that way today, I'll probly go to Icecream instead at about lunchtimeish.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on January 31, 2010, 09:46:11 AM
Ok- Did I read you had all this week off?
Tomorrow is about the best day of the week acc. to the forecasts with WNW veering West and about 14+ mph by lunch time.

I'll defo. be getting down to Rhossili- interested? :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 31, 2010, 09:49:47 AM
Interested for after lunch, I'll let you know :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 31, 2010, 17:21:57 PM
Went to icecream slope at lunch time just in time to see the snow and clag roll in.
I decided not to wait and see and went down to Rhossili instead.
I managed to have four flights with four reasonable landings and no damage!!
It was fantastic to get some F3F type turns in good wind.
Saw a storm rolling in and raced it to my car.. the storm won by the length of the main straight.
Looking forward to getting back up there tomorrow arvo
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on January 31, 2010, 17:58:03 PM
Saw a storm rolling in and raced it to my car.. the storm won the length of the straight.

 ;D ;D- It hit me with 50 yards to go ;)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 01, 2010, 07:14:07 AM
Gotta go to the bank at ten so should be at Rhossili at about midday. Still looks fantastic. Will have my vid this time
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 01, 2010, 19:21:22 PM
I am sooooooo addicted to sloping, it's really quite sad :embarassed: :ev
Had a great afternoon at Rhossili.
Got a couple of vids from today but will probly only put one of them up. We'll see.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Eyeboy on February 01, 2010, 20:37:41 PM
Post your vid matey! Really want to see more of the place that we keep on hearing so much about!
 :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 01, 2010, 20:42:46 PM
Tinternet is super slow tonight, will be done at some stage though (about 2am?) One of the vids I will link to the Model maidens thread and the other (another attempt at Tripod use) I will just link to from 'ere.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 01, 2010, 22:33:00 PM

Andrzej's Ascot got the worst of the lift and he ended up landing out. I hope the plane survived well.
Ascot survived with only mud on the nose. Nice one :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 01, 2010, 23:31:31 PM
Ellito at Rhossili is linked in Model maidens. Might as well put it here too :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTY4t_s87AE
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 02, 2010, 09:54:02 AM
Stooging around at Rhossili with my M60

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8moyQG1k8w0
Watch it on youtube, its a little bit bigger.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 02, 2010, 13:33:37 PM
Me and Roger at Rhossili.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnvy3Zzbt3s
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on February 02, 2010, 13:56:59 PM
Thanks a lot clayts,my thumbs are itching like mad after watching those vids :nananana: havin to stick them in my ears .
Apparently there's only 1 cure - lots of fresh air and strong winds :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 02, 2010, 13:59:34 PM
Have you finished putting your slopers together?
I'm free most of the week if you can get out.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on February 02, 2010, 14:17:19 PM
Tx in hospital this week but i haven' got any plans for thursday, if you need a cameraman i'll gladly come down for a spin/yak
Stripped coverng off the models,the gulp needs a fair bit of work and the hp seems ok just needs recovering i'm thinking spuckle/solartex/ 125 ns, got most of the stuff on order.Should take me a couple of weeks max.
By the way, i've got the neoprene gloves safely in my car if you still want them.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 02, 2010, 17:12:30 PM
Found the Audio swap feature on youtube and used it to add some music to the Vids above. No known music as such, so I had to listen for a decent fit. Hope youse like it :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 02, 2010, 17:21:21 PM
Lucky not many people check out the South Wales Slopers thread, The music thing hasn't worked :banghead:
I'll try again :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 02, 2010, 17:28:54 PM
Just checked why the music changes didn't happen and in true Clayton style, I am just being impatient :embarassed:
Whodathunkit :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on February 02, 2010, 20:34:48 PM
As you probably know, many music tracks are not allowed on U Tube something to do with copyright.
But no such problem on Vimeo which is why many folks use that (free) site.

Aye it was a grand day on Monday, looks like the rest of the week is downhill ???
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 02, 2010, 21:30:28 PM
Rest of the week does look pants indeed! :'(
I have got a vimeo account, but I don't have any editing software so the music on youtube will do just fine til I find a pot of gold, upgrade my computer and get some good software.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 03, 2010, 11:24:10 AM
Weather forecast is now looking quite good for Friday and Saturday in South Wales and slack in the Midlands.
MMMM.... drive to Long Mynd? not if the current forecast is accurate! Friday Back of Wrecker and Saturday should be the crest. Mouth watering prospect :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 04, 2010, 14:43:21 PM
Still looking good for the BOW or Mickeys rocks for tomorrow. Anyone free?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on February 04, 2010, 19:08:36 PM
Sorry man still no tx >:(
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 04, 2010, 19:43:45 PM
'sOK. I'll be there anyway :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 05, 2010, 07:34:01 AM
And todays weather (http://xcweather.co.uk/forecast/treorchi) looks perfect for the back of the Wrecker. It is one of my favourite slopes at the Bwlch. I love the fact that if you fly from the slope in front of the highest point, you don't have to walk far for landing. And the view is beautiful on a clear, crisp day.
See y'on the slope :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 05, 2010, 15:34:23 PM
As I was driving through Ogmore Vale, I could see clag on the Bwlch :'(
It cleared up by about 11 and I then found out how hairy and unpredictable the Back'O'Wrecker is in a Southerly.
The area I was referring to in my previous post is pretty badly affected by the west side of the Nant Y Moel valley and gets beggar all lift and BIG sink.
I moved East a little bit to where the racing takes place and the lift was better, but maybe I have just lost my balls, cause I found flying today pretty uncomfortable and packed up by 12.30 to preserve my plane for tomorrows midland racing (hopefully).
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: dav3uk on February 05, 2010, 18:46:21 PM
you got some stick time tho. I was looking forward to 10knots due south.............got 2 knots SSE bloody marvelous init first southerly in ages no wind

Had to fly eleccy helicopter................forgive me i have sinned.........

Dave
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 06, 2010, 16:08:31 PM
WALES...WALES....WALES.....WALES....WALES....WALES :ev :ev :ev :ev Smash 'em!!!



I stopped off at the Wrecker on the way home this arvo for a fix cause the clag at the Mynd didn't clear and the wind was cocked. Beautiful, smooth, strong lift. Clear skies too :af Should have stayed local ::) but it was good to ahve a chat to the boys at the Mynd.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 06, 2010, 17:54:29 PM
Silly Alun ??? , tense 5 mins :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 06, 2010, 18:09:34 PM
F.F.Sake >:(
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 06, 2010, 18:45:12 PM
Oh Well, no grandslam this year then :'(
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Mike_Y on February 06, 2010, 18:55:32 PM
Far too many mistakes mate  ::)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 06, 2010, 19:02:04 PM
certainly was
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 06, 2010, 20:17:32 PM
Back to gliders....
Anyone get out today or have plans for tomorrow.
Any builds?
I'm either riding my Bro-in-laws racing quad or gliding tomorrow.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Mike_Y on February 06, 2010, 20:44:17 PM
Was working today, home just in time to watch the "match" :-\. Misses is working tomorrow so I'm left looking after the kids, both being girls don't show a much interest in gliding. I might, if I can find any enthusiam, go in the garage for a spot of building.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 06, 2010, 20:50:53 PM
Spot of building sounds like a spiffing idea old chap. Whatya building?
Looking forward to flying with you again soon :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Mike_Y on February 06, 2010, 20:57:31 PM
Got a 60" EPP home brew plank cut ready for sparring but realy need to dust off the CNC foam cutter as its gathering dust at the moment  :embarassed:
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 06, 2010, 21:06:10 PM
Have you played with it (CNC) since the video's?
Is the plank the same as the one that was at the skirrid?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Mike_Y on February 06, 2010, 21:29:45 PM
No and No  :)

The one at the Skirrid was 54" but otherwise the one I have cut  its the same but 60" span, but I've not done anything with the CNC since well before Christmas, weathers a bit milder this last weekend so feeling a bit more inclined to go in the garage  :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 06, 2010, 21:54:39 PM
Is your misses working every Saturday? Some pylon racing in a couple of weeks :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Mike_Y on February 07, 2010, 09:32:33 AM
 I'm the one working Saturdays, not through choice but with other engineers off with flu, the couple of days missed with the snow and a lot of work generally means I have to work Saturdays until we are on top of things, it's better we have too much work than not enough so can't complain. My misses works most Sundays.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 07, 2010, 18:11:46 PM
Mike, glad you have heaps of work and hope your engineers get better soon :)

Cliffhanger,
Are you up for dragging you sorry ar5e up to the bowl near the cray reservoir :nananana:
The forecast says NE 15mph and overcast. whatchyathink? Anyone else feel like a walk instead of work?
Or how about the Wrecker?
Trying to think of somewhere lower incase of clag and can't. Anyone know of any low level slopes suitable for NE?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 07, 2010, 21:18:36 PM
If it is clear tomorrow, I think I might spend the afternoon on the crest. No roads to cross for landing and NE is a shorter walk than SE
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 09, 2010, 21:57:43 PM
Andy Mawr, did your Tx survive its hospital trip and come home safe and sound?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on February 09, 2010, 22:09:56 PM
Still no news,probably still in theatre with it's guts hangin out :xx :xx :xx :xx
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on February 12, 2010, 13:45:11 PM
Clayt- 4cast looking good for tom. with N.E. winds ~14mph.
There's Wales rugby on in the avro (2.00pm ko) but are you up for the morning at the Wrecker area? I could get there for around 09.30 'til ~12.30.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 12, 2010, 20:43:02 PM
Working all day tomorrow :'( Overtime money will be welcome though :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on February 13, 2010, 08:30:59 AM
Mike- just woken up(late!) and seen your note.

Bit late to get myself together now and get to the Bwlch.

I've been thinking for a while of chucking a foamie off Mumbles hill above Knab Rock and Verdis restuarant, the cliff is about 100' high and faces N.E.
I reckon today will be the day! ;D :D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 13, 2010, 17:46:26 PM
Did you get to the Mumbles?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on February 13, 2010, 17:59:52 PM
clayts, just weighed th gulp ds,comes in at 40 oz,how does that compare with your lumberjack?
think it'll fly? $%& :xx
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 13, 2010, 18:08:53 PM
Those imperial measurements are all foreign to me mate and I haven't weighed my Lumberjack..... But if I held your plane in my left hand and my plane in my right, I'd be able to give a comparison. If it was a close call, I might have to change hands a couple of times to make a decision ;D ;D

Seriously, if it is blowy enough and you don't hang on the elevetor, it will fly :co
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on February 13, 2010, 18:18:09 PM
yeah,only one way to find out i suppose.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on February 13, 2010, 19:13:42 PM
clayts, just weighed th gulp ds,comes in at 40 oz,how does that compare with your lumberjack?
think it'll fly? $%& :xx

Andrew- just looked back in my note book and my AUW with some extra carbon was ~37ozs
I calculated the wing area to be 3.64 sq. ft. so your weight of 40 ozs would give 11 oz/sq ft- pretty light really!
I reckon it would fly nicely in winds from ~16mph. Above ~25-30 mph think of adding some of that ballast! :af


Yep Clayt- flew the Segway for half an hour above the Knab rock area. Reckon I'll dig out the molded "Gull" one summer evening when the wind's right and do some loops and rolls for the people strolling the promenade :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 13, 2010, 22:02:04 PM
I believe I will fit some flying in at the icecream slpe before work tomorrow. I should be there abaout lunch time :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 14, 2010, 08:24:15 AM
Don't think it will be quite enough west for Icecream and will prolly be on VR98, but i'll see when I get there.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on February 14, 2010, 09:05:55 AM
I'm earning wads of Valentines day Brownie points beach walking and cooking a meal for my woman ^-^
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 14, 2010, 09:20:53 AM
Clare doesn't believe in Valentines Day and I'm working tonight so she has 'let me out to play' ;)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 14, 2010, 22:35:19 PM
weird wind today, but we got some stick time...YAY :af
Good to see Andy, Knewt and Andrzej :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 18, 2010, 22:04:55 PM
Might get some study done in the morning tomorrow while I charge the batteries and head to the hills tomorrow arvo.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 19, 2010, 16:08:07 PM
Headed up the Bwlch 'sarvo. Had to park at the layby as there was too much snow and no 4x4 tracks for me to follow up to Mickeys.
The wind was too crossed for Mickeys and I got lazy and didn't go round to the westerly slope. The wind felt ok on the top so I launched from the paragliders hangout. Flew straight out of my hand and turned into the crosswind. turned gently (not gently enough) downwind and voila, stalled into bank of Mickeys. Nosecone jammed on very tighly (still, after a good couple of hours trying to remove it) Should repair fine by Sunday.
As I climbed down to retrieve that plane, I found that the wind that was on the top, wasn't below the lip at all $%&

Anyway.. learning more lessons :embarassed:
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: tired tim on February 19, 2010, 16:56:19 PM
Headed up the Bwlch 'sarvo. Had to park at the layby as there was too much snow and no 4x4 tracks for me to follow up to Mickeys.
The wind was too crossed for Mickeys and I got lazy and didn't go round to the westerly slope. The wind felt ok on the top so I launched from the paragliders hangout. Flew straight out of my hand and turned into the crosswind. turned gently (not gently enough) downwind and voila, stalled into bank of Mickeys. Nosecone jammed on very tighly (still, after a good couple of hours trying to remove it) Should repair fine by Sunday.
As I climbed down to retrieve that plane, I found that the wind that was on the top, wasn't below the lip at all $%&

Anyway.. learning more lessons :embarassed:

Every day is a day at school  :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 20, 2010, 11:37:56 AM
Every day is a day at school  :''
True :)
I have just started a short course with Open Uni called introduction to Health and Social care. It's my first attempt at study since high school. Plenty of distractions(EPP60, F3F, rcmf, rcg, fb, work, photos and vids to name a few  :'' ) to keep me from completing my first assignment ;D

I gave the Elito a quick going over this morning and it is now flyable for tomorrow and ready for some more scratches and more pilot experience before I refurb it again properly and make it look like a bought one :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 20, 2010, 12:22:02 PM
Might head down to Rhossili if anyone is keen for a fly tomorrow as the F3F is off.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 20, 2010, 15:07:30 PM
Off to Abergavenny instead ;)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 21, 2010, 08:55:56 AM
The day has dawned and I'm not sure what to do...... Rhossili has less wind (forecasted) and the Skirrid is bound to be a tough, snowy walk. What to do?????
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: tired tim on February 21, 2010, 13:48:31 PM
The day has dawned and I'm not sure what to do...... Rhossili has less wind (forecasted) and the Skirrid is bound to be a tough, snowy walk. What to do?????

Rhossili get my vote - bad memories of the skirrid  :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 21, 2010, 15:39:14 PM
Hadn't decided when I left and found out from Skirrid option that no-one was going to be there so I went to Rhossili.
What a beautiful morning ^-^ Got a couple of flights in before I ran out of lift and then spent about an hour admiring the views. The brecons look pretty amazing with a fresh dump of snow on them and the air was really clear.  I had a play in really light lift for a bit before I left, by launching, scratching and landing. I found it really challenging and quite rewarding :af
All in all, a beautiful morning :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: tired tim on February 21, 2010, 17:25:29 PM
Hadn't decided when I left and found out from Skirrid option that no-one was going to be there so I went to Rhossili.
What a beautiful morning ^-^ Got a couple of flights in before I ran out of lift and then spent about an hour admiring the views. The brecons look pretty amazing with a fresh dump of snow on them and the air was really clear.  I had a play in really light lift for a bit before I left, by launching, scratching and landing. I found it really challenging and quite rewarding :af
All in all, a beautiful morning :)

I really will have to venture back to Rhossili. It's a bit of a trek from here but so worth the effort even if it's not flyable. I'll keep my eyes open for a lightish Westerly and i'll drop you a PM  :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 21, 2010, 18:25:21 PM
Look forward to it, Cliffhanger tells me that 20mph+ brings Rhossili to life. I haven't flown in those conditions there yet.

Anything over 8mph is comfortable
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on February 21, 2010, 21:19:04 PM
Clayt, couldn't get over how your quite heavy (really heavy!) 2.8m v tail stayed aloft in today's light wind, 7-9 mph tops.
All the "Jellies" could do were top to bottom and the walk of shame back up from the beach  :D ;D.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 21, 2010, 21:24:08 PM
Me either ;) I have had it flying in less wind at the VR slope, but I think the VR slope is much more efficient in a lift:wind ratio type thing.
I was very nervous about tip stalling it into the hill and came very close a few times after you left.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: dav3uk on February 26, 2010, 18:26:39 PM
Got to the Bwlch today OMG......

Looked great from NantyMoel sunny and bright.

Got to the top of Mickeys and was blowing a measured 30-40mph so of went the trusty hack miniracer to test the air.

Awesome...but wind turning more and more to ice cream slope

1/2 hour later the snow started...and got worse and worse....now fighting to keep an all white model no more than 50 feet from you is a challenge but not my idea of a fun afternoon.

So now ive got to land without getting out of sight......mmm dumped it on the lip about 20 feet from me and thought b*****r me that was hard work.......then just as i walk towards it it takes off in a gust and cartwheels about 100yds back...........

Broken fin....very cold...damp....but

Massive grin all the way home


Wife still cant work out how I came home with broken model and big smile
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 26, 2010, 19:53:40 PM
Sounds like a memorable day for you Dave :o
Was there still lots of snow lying on the ground when you got there or had it all melted?
Hoping to head up there tomorrow for a play if the weather plays ball
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: simon_t on February 26, 2010, 22:13:55 PM
I wish you lot wouldn't keep rubbing in how good things have been over there   :'(  Rain, rain and more rain in these parts and another dreadful weekend forecast.  Had even discussed with Mr Sage taking a longish drive on Sunday to find some good conditions, but the forecast means would probably have to go as far as HoH to get a 'fix'.  Even though I have only been to Rhossilli once, and even then only flown on the ledge at the bottom due to rain and cloud, I can still picture that lovely area.

Simon, flooded Kent
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: dav3uk on February 26, 2010, 22:47:56 PM
Still some snow around but not on the roads.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 26, 2010, 22:50:22 PM
I know it says rain for Sunday, but I reckon Rhossili could be an option if you feel like coming west.
I imagine the Bwlch would be wet, snowing, raining, claggy, foggy or any combination of these, plus trying to walk through deep snow drifts along to Ice cream.
I've been wrong nearly every time so far, so trying reverse psychology on the weathermen :xx
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 26, 2010, 22:52:59 PM
Still some snow around but not on the roads.


Ta Dave,
last time I went up there, I couldn't walk out to Icecream cause the snow was too deep :o
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on February 27, 2010, 14:08:46 PM
Lots of lovely wind forecast for tomorrow ,anybody up for a fly?PM looks driest
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 27, 2010, 14:20:44 PM
Heading to Rhossili if you are keen :af Should be a blast :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on February 27, 2010, 16:38:01 PM
Bring it on ,gulp and halfpipe gonna get it whatever happens
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 27, 2010, 16:40:20 PM
Cool, I'll be there from 10 :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: simon_t on February 27, 2010, 18:18:44 PM
Does Rhossilli fly in a northerly?

Simon
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Spoons on February 27, 2010, 18:26:43 PM
At this moment in time I just want to fly anywhere :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 27, 2010, 19:00:35 PM
Does Rhossilli fly in a northerly?

Simon
From 6 onwards it should be NW so the bowl near the trig point will be ideal (  :xx )
The rain has gone from Rhossili's forecast now.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: dav3uk on February 27, 2010, 19:03:09 PM
Hi Clayts am gonna try to get there but am in work til 5am so will get a couple of hours shut eye and then head down if weather is ok, should be aiming at 12.30 ish at the church car park.

Got a 2m chevron and maybe a PSS Fouga Magister to break.........

mind you just picked up 5 JR recievers including 2 PCM ones for 50 off fleabay so can afford to trash something  ha ha

Have got a Vector on standby but will be a few days of work to complete as am on nights for 4 days.

Dave
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 27, 2010, 19:04:49 PM
I passed on flying today at the Bwlch cause the obs and forecasts said it was pants and on the BOWrecker. I got a message this evening saying that they had 10 - 15 on Mickeys in beautiful conditions.  :banghead:

Hi Clayts am gonna try to get there but am in work til 5am so will get a couple of hours shut eye and then head down if weather is ok, should be aiming at 12.30 ish at the church car park.

Got a 2m chevron and maybe a PSS Fouga Magister to break.........

mind you just picked up 5 JR recievers including 2 PCM ones for 50 off fleabay so can afford to trash something  ha ha

Have got a Vector on standby but will be a few days of work to complete as am on nights for 4 days.

Dave
Cool  :co look forward to seeing you there
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: dav3uk on February 27, 2010, 21:13:22 PM
Always the same...as i live 30 mins away its always a guessing game and i have given up second guessing on the drive there you just cant tell till your parked at the top.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 28, 2010, 08:13:18 AM
Cliffhanger,
do the Paragliders show up in their droves when it is a NW'ly? Xcweather has reduced the windspeed to para acceptable levels :'(
If so, do they still use the bowl closest to Rhossili and should we go a little bit further along than normal to the next bowl?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 28, 2010, 22:12:36 PM
Had a good fly at Rhossili today :af Some video in the Video thread thanks to Andrewmawr for filming and uploading it, I saw Rog filming today too, so keeping my eyes peeled for Cliffhanger clips
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 02, 2010, 10:11:04 AM
Probably shouldn't be saying this.... but.....

15mph Easterlies tomorrow and Saturday. cloudy tomorrow and sunny saturday.




Crest anyone???? :ev

I'm sure it will have changed by Saturday though :'(
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on March 02, 2010, 15:16:49 PM

Quote from Mike Young:
"There's always the Meio for westerlys just outside Pontypridd, OK if your desprite   Wink"
Hey Mike - no dissing the Meio!  :P
It's also got a NNW slope and - if you are prepared to walk - a poor E that is nonetheless flyable.
Great fun to be had here combatting on the W (lift not so generous as the Bwlch, so models slower, easier to hit) or relaxing with a floater/F3F or other efficient model on Summer evenings - sun tends to be in your eyes, though!
G-E-N-E-R-O-U-S landing area and a non - frightening slope if you land out.
Clive.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: tired tim on March 02, 2010, 19:41:30 PM
Probably shouldn't be saying this.... but.....

15mph Easterlies tomorrow and Saturday. cloudy tomorrow and sunny saturday.

I'm sure it will have changed by Saturday though :'(

The weather will be perfect from tomorrow onwards - bound to be, I'm working up North til Monday  :banghead:
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on March 02, 2010, 19:50:36 PM
Clayt- forecast(s) saying anywhere between N.E. and NNW. for Saturday so far.

Sounds good for around the Wrecker area- if it stays like that I reckon I could be up there for 10.30 am. You up for it?


Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 02, 2010, 21:46:15 PM
Been offered overtime for Saturday morning, will have the planes in the car ready for the arvo and will go directly from work so should be there about 1ish
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on March 03, 2010, 07:35:43 AM
 :af Yep, get the O/T in fella, times are hard ! I would have been leaving around 1'ish anyway.
Free all day Sunday but it looks sort of Eastish??
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on March 04, 2010, 08:40:52 AM
Cliffhanger,
I will probably be up the Bwlch on Sunday from midday-ish. Depending on weather, of course. :af :xx
The forecast I looked at gives a NE (Wrecker) wind and sunshine.
Get Clayton to come, bu**er the Overtime!
Clive.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on March 04, 2010, 10:45:51 AM
 :af Wrecker or maybe Crest- cu there.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 04, 2010, 17:48:21 PM
Overtime is on Satdee :af
I'll be there on Sunday with my usual bell outfit ;)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Wingtech on March 04, 2010, 18:22:02 PM
Hi Guys
Desperate for a fly may come and play sunday :uk:
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 04, 2010, 18:33:00 PM
Ill be there too,quite a crowd brewing methinks! :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 04, 2010, 19:49:29 PM
Are we going to see a rare and seemingly extinct, Mike_Y monster at the slopes this weekend?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 04, 2010, 19:59:36 PM
Only if he forgets to go to the toilet beforehand ;D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on March 05, 2010, 09:38:41 AM
I'm looking at revising my plans for the W/E and going on the Saturday.
I can see that the weather forecast is a bit less attractive on the Sat, but the wind is given as from the N - (VR98). As I much prefer this slope to the crest (awesome lift there, though) and added to the L-O-N-G walk involved getting to the crest it looks like I'll plumb for the Sat. I should be there noon-ish if anyone wants to join me.
Might even go both days  ;D $%&
Clive.

and, yeah, get Mike Young to come.  :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 05, 2010, 20:21:50 PM
Hey Clive,
I will be there after I finish work tomorrow and I've been told that I should be free by 1pm so should get there by 1.30.

But......... I do work in a hospital and if anyone has ever used the NHS, it isn't renowned for it's timekeeping :banghead:
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 07, 2010, 18:10:44 PM
BBBRRRR. Chilly couple of days flying but well worth the frozen fingers and toes :af

Saw a total of 7 different people flying this weekend  :o , I think that is a new record for a sport flying weekend for me :co

Good to see you all :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 07, 2010, 21:50:22 PM
Yup ,good day's flying,startin ta get a feel for those epp 60 style turns,now if i could just master those pesky landings :'',
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on March 12, 2010, 21:12:00 PM
Hi Gents, Probably be up the Bwlch 11ish tomorrow AM - looks like Ice Cream.
Poss there Sun as well - got to get the Brio dialled in and also have a homebrew to tweak.
Oh, BTW bought a cheap key fob "Spy" video camera - will put that on my X-It for a laugh!
ATB
Clive.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 13, 2010, 22:51:42 PM
Hope you had a good day today Clive,
Did anyone join you?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 13, 2010, 22:56:32 PM
Anyone up for a fly tomorrow?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 13, 2010, 23:10:29 PM
That's "divorce talk" in my house considering tomorrow's mother's day :af
I even get busted thinking about gliding tomorrow and she'll serve me my nuts for brekky :ev

Might see you after a late lunch $%&
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 13, 2010, 23:32:28 PM
"ice cream" for dessert?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 13, 2010, 23:37:52 PM
i scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

We wanna we wanna we weanna wee, If you don't stop for us, we'll do it on the Bus!!

I think I'm tired.
Fixed my M60 today so hopefully test her out tomorrow for desert.
Stay in touch
Clayt
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 13, 2010, 23:42:28 PM
Balistik. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on March 14, 2010, 11:14:22 AM
OK sort of day yesterday - I chased the wind around a few slopes trying to get it smack on - Thermals had a lot to do with that, probably.
Kev & AJ joined me on VR98 later.
Going up after GP today (Sun)
Clive.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 14, 2010, 11:21:08 AM
Can wear you out, chasing the wind around the Bwlch :) Especially if you walk from Icecream to Mickeys westerly and back to Icecream again.
I might be able to head up after the GP (Late lunch for Mum's Day) too
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 14, 2010, 20:26:10 PM
Maidened my Balistik on VR98 today,very quick.Velcro'd one of those keyfob cams to my baseball cap,worked a treat and got some exiting footage of me waving my tx aerial about in the wind and an extreme close up of some sheep poo when my cap eventually got blown off.An elastic  band and some sort of sighting system required methinks, :study:
Still ,it was good to ave a fly with Clayts and a couple of new faces. Well new to me anyway. $%&
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Mike_Y on March 14, 2010, 21:03:34 PM
Hey Clayts, I've finally got my ar$e in gear and joined and sparred a 60" foamie plank  :).  Now its bearable in the garage temperature wise I've fired up the CNC again, so this afternoon I cut the spar slots, joined and PU'd the golf shafts in.

Also cut a 30" wing for, dare I say it, electric flight  :), in fact I more than cut the cores, it's now sat on the bench ready for a flight, AUW 297g, rigged it upto a watt meter and its producing 170W at 15A which should get the little thing zipping along   :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 14, 2010, 21:19:57 PM
WOOOHOOO.... Mikey's back..... back again...... :af
I've been looking at a couple of shockies to play with on the slope for some VWTPXR (?) flying with the motor aswell though and also like the idea of electric ducted fan stuff too. But I think I will make a Swinger next.
Glad you found your Mojo mate.
Had a quick fly with Andymawr and Clive and Mike (Mikey?) late this arvo after replacing a burnt out servo and recovering my M60. Good fun on the para launch slope south of VR even though it was a bit crossed and could have been on Icecream or maybe a bit inbetweeney $%&
Looking forward to flying with you soon :co
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on March 15, 2010, 12:07:11 PM
Went up after GP yesterday and whilst driving up saw a model being flown on the Ice Cream slope. Parked up & walked to said slope to find Andy West packing up after a couple of flights. He had a previous engagement so couldn't stay. Had about 30 mins video flying time here (keyfob spycam on models) with wind "almost" smack on when I noticed a flash of sun on wingtip coming from the direction of the VR98.
Decided it was best to pack up and head over there to see who it was. Discovered Andrewmawr with his Gulp(?) and Brand new Ballistik on the paraglider launch site.
Before long, Clayton appeared followed closely by Mickey (of "Mickey's slope" fame) and a non-flying Alan Shears.
Most enjoyable seeing you all again, and hope to do it again soon. F3F next sun (I believe), so no sport flying for me.
PS Glad to see Mike braving the cold of his shed at last (Get a heater, mate!) ;D

Clive.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: dav3uk on March 16, 2010, 17:58:01 PM
Cracking afternoon of flying at my local slope wind smack on and 10 knots and got to use my key ring video camera. well cuffed with the results from 7 worth... I am in work tonight so will try to edit it and post it later on when it goes quiet...
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 16, 2010, 18:01:50 PM
Where's your local slope?We haven't met yet but i'm sure it's only a matter of time :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: dav3uk on March 16, 2010, 23:52:38 PM
Marine drive in Barry hope this works

http://www.youtube.com/v/Cmt39_8wzRo&hl=en_US&fs=1&

You tube quality is poor at the moment but the camera quality is great for 7

Un edited as im in work so no Mac to work on only microshaft windowz
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 17, 2010, 22:32:00 PM
Nice spot Dave :af
How much wind creates enough rotor for a difficult landing?
Been flying in South Wales for 12 months now and am yet to bump into you. One day our paths will cross, Maybe even the 25th pril for the PSS bash that the South Cotswoldians and SWSA are having at the Bwlch? I am hoping to finish my Spitfire for that. How is your big monster going?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: dav3uk on March 18, 2010, 00:31:34 AM
about 5mph and above the rotor over the bushes is a nightmare, but the large grassy area to the left goes down to the bottom so is nice and smooth. B29 has been on hold as the garage has been sub zero for so long and it dont fit in the kitchen......lol. I have got a fouga magister to fly on the 25th, im not working that weekend...yet so should get up to see everyone.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on March 18, 2010, 16:53:05 PM
Hi Dave,

Is that spot Strictly South easterlies? (just looking at google earth and the nice grassy bank looks south easterly) - or can you get away with southerlies. I'm inclinde to give my 60" wildthing a flutter as I have had little time to go further afield recently.
 I'm in in rhoose myself and havent had the guts to lob the wildthing off the cliff at rhoose (not practical given trees along the top) or that southerly cliff at Southerdowen yet - it looks a bit of a one way street for a beginner. I've mainly practised on the the gentler south westerly slopes overlooking the sea nearer ogmore - oh and the Meio a few times along with that one above  Heol Y cyw, bridgend - "heol a gaer" or something. The hill to the left of the windfarm hill I guess.
I will try the Bwlch at some point.
 
Anyway if you see someone with a wildthing on Marine drive flying like they have no talent whatsoever - that will be me  (or on a gentle day, the Alula Evo (aka -  a few ounces of UHU with wings attached).

I'm just working out how to get there - park at the Knap and take the hike - or drive to the estate at the top?

Chris
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: dav3uk on March 18, 2010, 18:19:02 PM
Drive to the top is the one you park get out walk 10 pace and lob it off..... works best from sw---s but some se will work with something like the Alula when you are at the top there are bushes but there is a bench right at the front and the council cut the bushes in front of it to give it a view....go for height from the lauch to get through the rotor, but as the edge is just past the bushes doesnt take much.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: dav3uk on March 18, 2010, 18:23:01 PM
You gotta get down the bwlch.... it has a reputation as one of the best slope sites around mainly cos you can fly just about any direction..but on the right day the lift is EPIC. I dont get there as much as i should but speak to clayts75 he is local to it and is there a lot
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 20, 2010, 22:53:20 PM
Anyone up for a bit of a fly tomorrow,Gower or Preselis look tempting?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: MSP on March 21, 2010, 09:17:26 AM
I should be up the Preselis later at the spot I told you about earlier this week.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 21, 2010, 09:24:10 AM
 :af see ya later
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: MSP on March 21, 2010, 09:59:40 AM
:af see ya later
all being well there should be about four of us heading there for about 12 to 12.30 ish
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 27, 2010, 15:48:24 PM
Rog, Rhossili would have been awesome today! Did you get the Pace up there? Or did you fly something else?
Did you get any vids?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 27, 2010, 17:45:12 PM
Ey Clayts,you ill?I'd have thought they'd need a jcb to drag you off the hillside today?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 27, 2010, 17:48:56 PM
Wife's working today, planes need fixing, searching for misplaced mojo at the mo.
Did you get out today?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 27, 2010, 17:58:55 PM
Nah ,missus found a new use for those dog training collars they've banned, she's rigged it to go off every time i go near the planes and wired it to me nuts :o.Big push on now to get the house finished before Easter. :banghead:
Then i'll be    FREEEEE! :)
Good luck findin the mojo,lots of dry,windy weather ahead mehopes :xx
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 27, 2010, 18:06:53 PM
Here's hoping you get to keep your nuts :af

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: MSP on March 27, 2010, 18:20:33 PM
Clayt dude when you find your mojo, will you ask it if its seen mine.  Really hard to motivate at the moment.

Andrewmawr - good to see you last weekend, real shame the weather didn't play nice :banghead:
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 27, 2010, 18:23:30 PM
I've even taken to rockclimbing in an attempt to find it mate. Been looking for Mike_Y's too but I reckon he hid it properlike
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 28, 2010, 00:53:46 AM
Good mojo!  
      YouTube
            - slope soaring foamie abuse
    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhLuv0c0wzg&feature=related/)
Wildthing combat anyone? :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Mike_Y on March 28, 2010, 10:14:58 AM
I've even taken to rockclimbing in an attempt to find it mate. Been looking for Mike_Y's too but I reckon he hid it properlike

 HaHa cheers Clayts, I have found my old mojo for small electrics and Ehelis but the slope mojo is still hiding somewhere  :).
 I have started to put together a 60" EPP plank between making small electric pylon racer type models (2/3 scale E2K racer if you've seen the last BMFA rag). With the cost of brushless motors and LiPos so low it only costs a few to put one together and I can fly on the fields behind the house. I've tried using slope methods of covering the wing with NS to keep it real cheap but it doesnt work as well on bare pink foam so I have an experiment on the bench at the mo curing, epoxy and brown paper bagged. It looks real smooth at the mo and I'm hoping it should be paintable with minimal work once cured  $%&, will know later today.

Mike

Incase your wondering why go through the trouble of bagging and not go the full hog and not use glass?....Brown paper is cheap and doesn't need Mylars for a finish so the cost is minimal.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 28, 2010, 10:40:41 AM
HaHa cheers Clayts, I have found my old mojo for small electrics and Ehelis but the slope mojo is still hiding somewhere  :).
 
I've nearly hit the buy button for some electric stuff lately too but have managed to resist. With the good weather (optimistic, I know) coming, I will keep concentrating on slope for the summer and see how I feel later. I've got some racing to organise for the season too.
Are you going to be able to join in in the three welsh events?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Mike_Y on March 28, 2010, 10:46:00 AM
 I'll be there hopefully if only to help you out.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 28, 2010, 10:48:16 AM
Thanks Mike :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 28, 2010, 22:32:09 PM
Just been out in the garage inhaling some balsa dust and I found some of my MoJo :af
Wife has been giving me a wide berth lately... must have been pretty bad company without my MoJo... or she's just sick of me.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Mike_Y on March 28, 2010, 22:48:04 PM
Nice one Clayts :af, I've been balsa bashing this afternoon also, made a fuse for a 24" leccy pylon racer :P. The brown paper/epoxy bagging experiment worked better than I thought it would, results leave a stiff, light weight, ready for paint wing  :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: dav3uk on March 29, 2010, 03:09:18 AM
I am "stuck" on holiday in Florida....flat as a pancake no slopes for miles 7 days in and had to buy a parkzone sukhoi 26 and spektrum tranny to stop me going up the wall....cost me $150 to preserve my sanity and not get locked up for hitting mickey bleeding mouse. Got one flight in and it started raining....lol
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: tired tim on March 29, 2010, 08:36:12 AM
I am "stuck" on holiday in Florida....flat as a pancake no slopes for miles 7 days in and had to buy a parkzone sukhoi 26 and spektrum tranny to stop me going up the wall....cost me $150 to preserve my sanity and not get locked up for hitting mickey bleeding mouse. Got one flight in and it started raining....lol

 ;D ;D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 29, 2010, 20:45:19 PM
Hard life for some, eh dave $%& Do the Florida locals look like the cast and extras from CSI Miami? :xx :xx ;D

Mike, the brown paper sounds like a reasonable idea. Maybe you could put one layer of glass under the paper to strengthen it a bit? or have you got a good spar set up?

Hey Rog, XC says it is swinging west at around lunch time tomorrow and drying up with good wind. you gunna hit Rhossili?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 29, 2010, 21:07:24 PM



Hey Rog, XC says it is swinging west at around lunch time tomorrow and drying up with good wind. you gunna hit Rhossili?
Might just pop down myself  :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on March 30, 2010, 07:09:05 AM
Clayt/Andy.
My (five! :D) weather websites suggest not good this avro- rain and high winds.

Thursday's the day fella's! Sunny winds West 20-25+mph!
I'm steaming full speed ahead to try to finish the Pace.
You guys up for Thursday??- guess I'll be there from ~10.30 :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 30, 2010, 09:53:20 AM
You're on! :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 30, 2010, 14:03:13 PM
7.30 - 6 tomorrow at work. Bummer.
Today was out now anyway due to Granny getting wind of my afternoon off and organising me to look after Mia. Oh Well
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 30, 2010, 14:21:23 PM
Tonkin down here anyway clayts so you aint missed out on any flying
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on March 30, 2010, 21:32:02 PM
Cheer up Clayt- Saturday and Sunday forecast is sunny, Westerlies ~15mph which would mean 20+ on Rhossili top.
Two days of good slopin'- hopefully wind too strong for the "Para boys" :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 30, 2010, 21:43:56 PM
See ya lurkin there al.Round the boys up and come on down.
go on you know you want to :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: MSP on March 31, 2010, 13:40:37 PM
See ya lurkin there al.Round the boys up and come on down.
go on you know you want to :''
Love to, just not sure whats happening this weekend yet.  Gotta get me some practice some time before the 17th.

Al
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on March 31, 2010, 19:28:18 PM
AndyM.- forecast has changed for the worst tomorrow-heavy showers more or less all day. ( all forecasts except XC Weather!)
Guess it's a case of wait and see how things look tom. ~09.30.

Sunday still looks good (so far) :xx
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 31, 2010, 19:48:32 PM
Keepin an eye on things too :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 03, 2010, 12:37:17 PM
Heading to Rhossili tomorrow? Anyone? Should be too windy for the splat cats :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 03, 2010, 12:51:26 PM
Yep, your local yocal will be there! :D
Got a new model to maiden and possibly take some vid- 2metre "homebrew" Sonic fus. +those streched Wasabi wings+ lightweight tail feathers.

Wind looks due to swing from WNW round to WSW hopefully 20-25 mph on the lip to ground the jelly fish.
I'm gonna be there from ~10.30. You got your mojo back Clayt?? :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 03, 2010, 12:54:52 PM
Workin on it ;)
Not sure what time I will be there, but imagine it would be around the same time. See you there :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: MSP on April 03, 2010, 17:35:29 PM
I'm heading to Newgale for a bit of cliff soaring with Tim tomorrow.  All welcome.  Going to start at the NT carpark at the south end and play it by ear from there.  We tried it last week, but the wind wasn't playing, however the wild ponies have created a great landing area.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 03, 2010, 18:26:21 PM
Have a great time fellas (Al and Tim and whoever else hooks up).
I am testing out my new 2.4 FrSky set up in my patched up F3Ffer tomorrow and playing with both my racers too.
The nose cone on my Elito is kevlar/carbon so it will be a testy test too as I'm not too sure about the transparency for the signal. After I set up, I will do an extensive range test and if it fails I will fly it without the nose cone to be safe.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on April 04, 2010, 09:04:16 AM
Ave a good day Al,gonna head down to Rossili with Clayts and C/H  :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 04, 2010, 19:44:41 PM
Another 'top shelf' day at Rhossili :co

Had great fun with the foam. Rogers new aerobat was the bees knees. Flew beautifully.

Andy and I spent ages trying to hit a strategically placed Elito nose cone from the top of some bushes.

I GOT SUNBURNT!! Yay!!! Never been happy to get burned before :ev

Elito flew beautifully with the FrSky gear in it although I didn't use the Nose cone. The CG shifted back a bit without the nose cone and she was quite twitchy on the elevator.

Anyone get out to the Bwlch this weekend?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on April 04, 2010, 20:43:11 PM
Aye Clayts, worralaff! :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: MSP on April 04, 2010, 22:14:47 PM
Top afternoon at Newgale.  The lift was awesome.  We met two locals that were new to us.  And I've also got a sunburnt face.

Hopefully below is some on board footage of the scenery.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tove4uZ9YQ0
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 04, 2010, 22:23:51 PM
Nice one Al :co
See you in a couple of weeks :o it's coming around very quickly
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: MSP on April 04, 2010, 22:33:26 PM
Nice one Al :co
See you in a couple of weeks :o it's coming around very quickly
We're looking forward to it.  I binned my polecat a couple of weeks ago - no control on launch.  I started to put it back together yesterday, but had no power.  It turned out the the switch (jack plug and socket) socket had corroded.  So a major operation with a stanley blade to cut things out and a 40 mile trip to find a jack socket and i'm nearly there.  The switch is all soldered up, just need to make good the wing and where I've cut covering to get to the bits. 

Al
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 07, 2010, 17:54:03 PM
Beautiful afternoon around here. Did anyone get out?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on April 10, 2010, 00:15:34 AM
Missus wants to go for a "spin" tomorrow,the weasel and alula want to come too.Light easterlies forecast, anyone got any ideas for slopes to "stumble" :'' upon within an hour or two of swansea?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 10, 2010, 07:55:22 AM
Heading inland? or Coastal?
Don't worry too much about stumbling on a suitable slope. try an unsuitable (Urban) one instead or a flat field and sniff out a thermal :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on April 10, 2010, 12:27:46 PM
Was asking myslf the same question this am. If I can get this bloke on the phone to confirm pick up of the stargazer i won on ebay from Llanelli, on looking at google earth I thought I'd see if the dunes at Oxwich were ok for my Alula (or even the weasel - but that may be pushing it).

Havent been to Oxwich for 20 years tho. but the dunes/beach do appear to face east / ESE 'ish'   :)

(http://gower-cottages.co.uk/pictures/oxwichbay.jpg)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 10, 2010, 18:14:03 PM
The pic. is taken looking west just past Tor bay, with Oxwich in the far distance- (not a bad Westerly slope but not much l.z.)
I'd say the dunes at Oxwich face ~South East.

Gower is really short on East facing slopes, one I use is above Pwll Du head looking East across to Caswell bay.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: MSP on April 10, 2010, 19:26:43 PM
It's been a weird day over here in Pembrokehire.  I trekked a few miles over the Preselis looking for somewhere new to fly.  I only brought an Alula but the wind was a bit too much for it.  I hooked up with the local paragliders and spent the arvo with them.  From an Easterly it swung North but even the Alula struggled.  In the end I walked a strange dog back to the car (2 miles) so its owner could paraglide down.  Then I ferried the paras and the dog back to the car park.  A good afternoon, met some new people and burnt a few more calories off, which the strongbow is now putting back on :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on April 10, 2010, 19:29:11 PM
Ended up at Newgale today,had a good walk along the clifftop path with the missus and alula sussing out Al and tim's slopes,zero wind but looks very promising, will definitely return when the wind blows.  :)
Lift scratching vid to follow soon.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: MSP on April 10, 2010, 21:31:01 PM
Ended up at Newgale today,had a good walk along the clifftop path with the missus and alula sussing out Al and tim's slopes,zero wind but looks very promising, will definitely return when the wind blows.  :)
Lift scratching vid to follow soon.
Nice one And, its been a bit weird down here as you've sussed.   I think that I may go paragliding again tomorrow
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 11, 2010, 08:54:17 AM
Just about to head up to the Bwlch for round 1 of the SWSA summer F3F (Ken Phillips Trophy).
Should be a bit of a larf.
Gunna try and make a bit of video of the day and am planning on not wearing a jacket (or coat) all day :af
Report back later with Hypothermia :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 11, 2010, 09:12:39 AM
Thanks for reminding me that the Bwlch is being used- no jacket, you'v gotta be kiddin' ???
Guess I'll head out to that N.E slope North of Morriston, If you're around Andy M I'll be there about 11.00.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on April 11, 2010, 10:22:06 AM
Dim probs :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 11, 2010, 16:32:26 PM
Did you get there Andy?

I was there by about 11.30 (flat tyre greeted me in the morning) mucked about til ~12.30 but the wind was veering East and not much of it, so callled it a day. :-\
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on April 11, 2010, 17:38:12 PM
Should have stayed man,turned up at 1:00 ,as you said light wind,but it strengthened throughout the day,started 6 mph and by the time i left it was 20 mph beautiful smooth lift all day,took 5 models ranging from an alula to my balistik,they all got flown at least twice but mainly it was the alula and fox.
Met Chris from swansea and his dad,i think you've met them as well,he flew his foamies non stop an all,a paraglider turned up and we had a good chat about lift an thermals an stuff,he even shared some info on local slopes he uses.Sort of like P/G Tips if ya know wat i mean.
All in all a very good day,might go down again in the week,if the wind allows. :af
Sorry i missed ya. :banghead:
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 11, 2010, 18:43:59 PM
good day at the Bwlch. I only wore a jacket for a little bit and spent most of the day in a T-shirt. I didn't take any video but had great fun. Pretty awesome conditions and I think the fastest time for today was a 34.02 Sec run by Joel West.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 11, 2010, 20:33:00 PM
All in all a very good day,might go down again in the week,if the wind allows. 

Bummer! Ah well at least I spring cleaned my "workshop."

Wind due for N.E all week by the look of it.
Got my 3 weekly hospital thing tomorrow- I'll see how I feel for the next few days- hope to see you up there  :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: MSP on April 11, 2010, 21:23:45 PM
We had a reasonable afternoon on the Preseli's, but the lift kept coming and going.  It was mainly Alula racing, but the Gulp had one decent flight, and got some more on=board footage from the Fox.  Check out my vids on the tuve.

Al
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: conwysoarer on April 15, 2010, 08:36:48 AM
Flew the NE ridge on Mynydd y Gwair day before yesterday. I was in the area overnight and managed to pack the WEVO and fish even though I had a Peugot 107 hire car. Managed to get the fish in fully rigged along with my mums luggage. Wind was variable average about 5mph bang on the slope, managed to scratch around a bit then saw some buzzards to the right in some lift followed them and got to some height, had a play for a bit then had a go with the fish, quite impressed with how it dealt with the light conditions - still tweaking CofG with this one. I tried taking a short video of the WEVO with a compact mounted on a mini tripod only 12 inches off the floor. Had to leave at 11 as I had to get the hire car back up North.

Vimeo video of WEVO (http://vimeo.com/10927998)

JJ
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 15, 2010, 17:50:19 PM
Nice spot JJ, looking forward to trying it out after work soon. Hopefully with my slopemaster in a bit of a blow . :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on April 15, 2010, 21:27:41 PM
Flew for a couple of hours at Mynydd y Gwair today,good lift and managed a double cartwheel landing with the Gulp,crushing the wingtips and detatching an elevon,luckily had a couple of backup planes.Hope you fared better C/H :xx
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Sloping-Off on April 16, 2010, 19:35:35 PM
Geoff N and I reccied a slope above Cwm (south of Ebbw Vale). Interesting access via a dirt track but it puts you right on top of the ridge. 5 min max flat walk to the slope. Brilliant lift today, about 15-20 maybe straight on. It's due east. Huge landing area some of it is a bit bumpy tho. No rotor, just oodles of lovely lift.

Paragliders use it a lot on calmer days and they reckon the air can get a bit bumpy. Pretty smooth today. Definitely a keeper that one.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: tired tim on April 16, 2010, 21:28:13 PM
Geoff N and I reccied a slope above Cwm (south of Ebbw Vale). Interesting access via a dirt track but it puts you right on top of the ridge. 5 min max flat walk to the slope. Brilliant lift today, about 15-20 maybe straight on. It's due east. Huge landing area some of it is a bit bumpy tho. No rotor, just oodles of lovely lift.

Paragliders use it a lot on calmer days and they reckon the air can get a bit bumpy. Pretty smooth today. Definitely a keeper that one.

Sounds interesting. Let me know when you're gonna try them.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 20, 2010, 17:25:42 PM
Bit of wind around today, did anyone get out to play? I was at work today, so 'no' for me >:(
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 20, 2010, 21:31:11 PM
 :af Yes thanks!! :ev

Flew my Excentric with some Red Kites on an inland slope  :co

'Twas it's final flight- it's been used and abused but it was good fun, and all for a couple of sheets of B&Q flooring foam and four Hextronic 9gr. servos  :af

Clayt- Sunday shaping up ok for Rhossili so far. Looking for a launcher/ moral support to maiden the Pace VXH - you gonna be around?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 20, 2010, 21:51:57 PM
got that PSS thing on at the Bwlch on Sunday. My Spitty isn't going to be ready for it though :'( so I could hit Rhossili with my slopemaster in the AM and go to the Bwlch in the arvo!! I think that sounds like a plan to me :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 22, 2010, 23:05:24 PM
Hey Bigfella,
I noticed that you stabilised the vid from the EPP60. I also noticed that the stabilisation and re-uploading has somehow created a 1080 HD clip. I'm not able to watch anything bigger than 360, so how does it look in 1080? Looks pretty good on mine in 360, maybe a little bit steppy (Could be my poota)?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 23, 2010, 16:59:11 PM
Nutha nice day today, anyone get out to play?
My car decided to break down last night so I'm house bound for a bit. Hopefully be able to use the wifes car on Sunday to get to the Bwlch, but the Gower is a no-fly zone for me I think (Sorry Rog)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: MSP on April 23, 2010, 17:43:06 PM
I didn't get out :( .  Been writing a CV and generally pimping myself. 
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on April 23, 2010, 20:38:42 PM
Hey Bigfella,
I noticed that you stabilised the vid from the EPP60. I also noticed that the stabilisation and re-uploading has somehow created a 1080 HD clip. I'm not able to watch anything bigger than 360, so how does it look in 1080? Looks pretty good on mine in 360, maybe a little bit steppy (Could be my poota)?
Saved the stablised vid in 1080 on the vid editing software,then uploaded it ,i don't notice much improvement with 1080 over 720,also,i think the steppyness is a side effect of the stablisation.S'pose i i'll have to buy a proper tripod
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 24, 2010, 10:30:03 AM
Hopefully be able to use the wifes car on Sunday to get to the Bwlch, but the Gower is a no-fly zone for me I think (Sorry Rog)

No problem- looks like some rain on the coast tomorrow anyway- hope you escape it inland, enjoy! ;)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: MSP on April 24, 2010, 10:48:09 AM
I'm hoping that the rain will clear through over night.  I need a fix up the Preseli's tomorrow

Alan
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 24, 2010, 13:19:55 PM
AndyM- do you know if you're in the Preseli's, Bwlch or Gower tomorrow?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on April 24, 2010, 14:16:15 PM
Headin down to the Bwlch for that pss thang,just finished a bd5j although if it's clagged up i'll nip down to Rossili ,the forecast looks good.I'm off Tues-Thurs if you want a bit of company though.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Flying Finn on April 24, 2010, 20:32:39 PM
Just spent a splendid afternoon at the Bwlch.  Arrived at around 3pm with little hope of wind... boy was i wrong... it was bowing about 15 on the back of wrecker,  was briefly joined by  $%& (sorry useless with  names!)  Decided then to trek up to Mickey's (passed a gloomy bunch of para's on the way up)

By the time i got up the wind had gone.  By the time i got down,  i was back on the Back' O Wrecker... Boy it wasn't half blowing,  25mph + :D

Where were you $%&
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 24, 2010, 20:48:43 PM
Glad you had a good day Chris.
Family day for me today.
You coming back up tomorrow?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Flying Finn on April 24, 2010, 21:26:05 PM
Yes Clayton, i will be there bright and early about 09:30, alarm clock depending... get some early flyin in yeah :co

I will be bringing an EPP plane or two,  and ill be bringing a ''scale-ish''  Balsa plane and a bin bag.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 25, 2010, 07:53:36 AM
Headin down to the Bwlch for that pss thang,just finished a bd5j although if it's clagged up i'll nip down to Rossili ,the forecast looks good.I'm off Tues-Thurs if you want a bit of company though.

Thurs. forecast Westerly winds picking up after lunch (allegedly!), could be A1 for Rhossili. ;)

In the meantime, hope the weather is kind for all at the Bwlch PSS thing. Looks like claggy earlier but clearing :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 25, 2010, 08:36:15 AM
Hi Rog, hope you get to Rhossili today to maiden your pace. If not today, tomorrow looks quite good, dry and bang on :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Geoff N on April 26, 2010, 08:21:19 AM
Hi, Does anybody have any suggestions for a slope that flies SE - SW in the Abergavenny area . ?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 26, 2010, 09:17:04 AM
What about this 400m pimple between Stanton and Partrishow. Looks like it might be accessable to the top through Stanton? Never flown there myself though so just looking at the maps
abergavenny - Google Maps (http://maps.google.com.au/maps?q=abergavenny&ie=UTF8&hl=en&hq=&hnear=Abergavenny,+Gwent,+United+Kingdom&ll=51.89204,-3.028622&spn=0.014779,0.061626&t=p&z=15)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: tired tim on April 26, 2010, 09:19:38 AM
Hi, Does anybody have any suggestions for a slope that flies SE - SW in the Abergavenny area . ?


Sugar Loaf takes SSE - SSW for PGs which are less tolerant than most for wind direction.
I't classed as a thermic site as there's no ridge (PG wise) but should be OK for your Salto.

Site details (http://www.sewhgpgc.co.uk/sites/sites.php?site_name=sugar_loaf)

Google map (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=115775878217147663933.00045e2ecfc9af34138fe&ll=51.837475,-3.047161&spn=0.02954,0.066261&t=p&z=14)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Geoff N on April 26, 2010, 09:57:05 AM
Sugar Loaf takes SSE - SSW for PGs which are less tolerant than most for wind direction.
I't classed as a thermic site as there's no ridge (PG wise) but should be OK for your Salto.

Site details ([url]http://www.sewhgpgc.co.uk/sites/sites.php?site_name=sugar_loaf[/url])

Google map ([url]http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=115775878217147663933.00045e2ecfc9af34138fe&ll=51.837475,-3.047161&spn=0.02954,0.066261&t=p&z=14[/url])
I did try the Sugar Loaf. but it seemed there were people cars everywhere . PG s were taking off over over cars so low I was expecting to see foot prints on the roofs
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Geoff N on April 26, 2010, 10:00:30 AM
What about this 400m pimple between Stanton and Partrishow. Looks like it might be accessable to the top through Stanton? Never flown there myself though so just looking at the maps
abergavenny - Google Maps ([url]http://maps.google.com.au/maps?q=abergavenny&ie=UTF8&hl=en&hq=&hnear=Abergavenny,+Gwent,+United+Kingdom&ll=51.89204,-3.028622&spn=0.014779,0.061626&t=p&z=15[/url])

That does look intresting I will investigate .An excuse to take my new Fish for a fly.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Mike_Y on April 26, 2010, 12:05:46 PM
What about this 400m pimple between Stanton and Partrishow. Looks like it might be accessable to the top through Stanton? Never flown there myself though so just looking at the maps
abergavenny - Google Maps ([url]http://maps.google.com.au/maps?q=abergavenny&ie=UTF8&hl=en&hq=&hnear=Abergavenny,+Gwent,+United+Kingdom&ll=51.89204,-3.028622&spn=0.014779,0.061626&t=p&z=15[/url])


The hills up there are all pretty easily accessable, I've walked most of them, some would definatly be flyable. You do end up leaving your car pretty remotely though so make sure nothing is left in it and definatly not on show. It's known that "they" target the walkers carparks and remote areas as they know they are not going to be disturbed as the car owner is miles away on a hill top. They go from carpark to carpark, Black Hill and Skirrid included. I always leave the dash cover open and the boot cover open to show nothing is left inside worth breaking in for and never had a problem.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Geoff N on April 26, 2010, 15:35:22 PM
The hills up there are all pretty easily accessable, I've walked most of them, some would definatly be flyable. You do end up leaving your car pretty remotely though so make sure nothing is left in it and definatly not on show. It's known that "they" target the walkers carparks and remote areas as they know they are not going to be disturbed as the car owner is miles away on a hill top. They go from carpark to carpark, Black Hill and Skirrid included. I always leave the dash cover open and the boot cover open to show nothing is left inside worth breaking in for and never had a problem.
Yes i know all about "them" .They smashed into my wife's car boot a few years ago at the Sugar Loaf Car park . They covered the noise by parking their van next to her car and revving their engine which was running rough and back firing. Guy who was in the car park at the time did not realize what they were doing. Phoned the police " oh really madame ! we'll take the details". The police said that "they" tend to target groups of women walkers because they tend to leave their handbags in the boot whereas men take their wallets with them.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 30, 2010, 15:24:20 PM
I know I shouldn't be doing this, but.........xcforecast (http://www.xcweather.co.uk/forecast/treorchy)
Monday is looking pretty spectacular for the VR98 slope and has done for the last couple of days. Who's around and up for a smashing day of flying!!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Wingtech on April 30, 2010, 16:17:53 PM
mmmm could be road trip time  :xx
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Flying Finn on April 30, 2010, 17:21:09 PM
No work till tues now :D

Fingers crossed for splendid weather this weekend :xx

ill be around the Bwlch mainly.. Hope i wont be the only sod there

Clayts - Monday does indeed look great, ill be there, so will my 109...  Also looking to meet up with Ben? at some point- the chap from America...

Infact, im making an early flying bid - ill be up the Meio in the next hour, looks good, WSW 13mph :D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 30, 2010, 17:51:45 PM
The bloke from the States is Jordan and hopefully he will be there at some point.
See you Monday :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Flying Finn on April 30, 2010, 17:56:51 PM
Oh yes, Sorry Ben.

I mean.... Jordan  :banghead:

Ill be pretty much at the Bwlch from 11pm (ish) onwards.  as long as its not pouring down ill be there.  Anyone else flying there on the weekend?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Mike_Y on April 30, 2010, 19:36:20 PM
Looking to be up Sunday or Monday if the weather plays ball.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Flying Finn on April 30, 2010, 21:29:55 PM
Spent a splendid :-\ lonesome evening on the Meio.  Lift good, though quite blustery conditions. Got a tad chilly after a while... couldn't resist some goofy pics

Looking North with the Bwlch in the distance;
(http://www.imagechicken.com/uploads/1272662636054196300.jpg) (http://www.imagechicken.com)

Nice teef ;D
(http://www.imagechicken.com/uploads/1272662762072478200.jpg) (http://www.imagechicken.com)

 ::)
(http://www.imagechicken.com/uploads/1272662881072004900.jpg) (http://www.imagechicken.com)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on April 30, 2010, 21:56:53 PM
Wahey ,a fusion and a wildthing by the looks of it :nananana: :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 30, 2010, 22:25:25 PM
In the last couple of hours, the xcweatherists have decided to halve the forecasted wind for Monday. Sorry to have mentioned it before :-X Anyway it's my only free day this weekend, so it is bound to turn to sh1t :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on May 01, 2010, 08:25:04 AM
Well tioday is bright & sunny - I might venture up the Bwlch (Forecast Mickeys) this PM if the kids play ball - Missus in Cardiff, shopping.
Also on Met office forecast, Sunday now looks promising - nice & windy on the Wrecker!

Charging models as we speak type

Clive.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Mike_Y on May 01, 2010, 09:57:49 AM
Shane and myself will be up Sunday if its looking more promising, we'll make the decission tonight once we get the weather forecast, we don't won't to dampen a new found mojo by having to sit out the rain, done that far to many times before  ::) You up Sunday Clive?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: tired tim on May 01, 2010, 10:48:42 AM
Well tioday is bright & sunny - I might venture up the Bwlch (Forecast Mickeys)Clive.

Would love to come but I'm still recovering from the financial blow of my last trip there  :banghead:

Back soon though  :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on May 01, 2010, 11:45:49 AM
Shane and myself will be up Sunday if its looking more promising, we'll make the decission tonight once we get the weather forecast, we don't won't to dampen a new found mojo by having to sit out the rain, done that far to many times before  ::) You up Sunday Clive?

In a word Yes - come on, it's got to be worth the admission diesel just to see Shane fly...
bring your electrics (if you've room) so we can have a drool or 2

Clive.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Mike_Y on May 01, 2010, 12:43:30 PM
Sorry to mess you about Clive, change of plan, spoken to Shane it'll be Monday now, my misses has to go into work tomorrow and Shane now has other commitments so it will have to be Monday, weather permitting  :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on May 01, 2010, 13:55:38 PM
Yeah- Jordan (from Chicago) phoned yesterday about 10.30- peeing with rain here saying he was hoping to come down to Rhossili as the wind was westerly.
Met up with him and his wife Valerie in Swansea, weather still drizzling.
But as we drove out to Rhossili the Weather gods played ball and it cleared and the sun broke through!! :af

Climbed up to the trig point- bit slow for Valerie as she is waiting for a replacement knee!!.
Anyway wind was 26-30 mph and Jordan maidened his Typhoon, very smart in purple and green.

Flew ok, but after putting 1lb. of lead in it it was groovin'. He had a good time!

He's very keen to fly the Bwlch, which he can now pronounce like a local! :D
He'll probably be in touch with you Clayt.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on May 01, 2010, 13:58:12 PM
Sorry to mess you about Clive, change of plan, spoken to Shane it'll be Monday now, my misses has to go into work tomorrow and Shane now has other commitments so it will have to be Monday, weather permitting  :af

No problem - It doesn't look like I'll make it today, so as I did plan on going sloping this weekend for two days it'll be Sun & Mon (If weather is OK!)

Clive.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Wingtech on May 01, 2010, 16:36:20 PM
Hi Mike Clive
Hope to see ya Monday also weather permiting :xx

 :uk:
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on May 02, 2010, 08:41:36 AM
Hi Mike Clive
Hope to see ya Monday also weather permiting :xx

 :uk:

Bwlch + Bank Holiday = FUN    - you know it makes sense!

Clive.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on May 02, 2010, 12:33:37 PM
Spent a splendid :-\ lonesome evening on the Meio.  Lift good, though quite blustery conditions. Got a tad chilly after a while...

Yup - been up there a few times myself - I always assumed it was a westerly / north westerly slope - but N and NE seems great too.
Off up there now with a wildthing, weasel evo and stargazer 2 - (havent figured out how i'm gunna carry all three around to the arse-end of the hill yet but there ya go).
May try the Blwch tomorrow as well - still havent been there yet - about time I did.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Flying Finn on May 02, 2010, 18:44:03 PM
Yup - been up there a few times myself - I always assumed it was a westerly / north westerly slope - but N and NE seems great too.
Off up there now with a wildthing, weasel evo and stargazer 2 - (havent figured out how i'm gunna carry all three around to the bottom-end of the hill yet but there ya go).
May try the Blwch tomorrow as well - still havent been there yet - about time I did.

Hey Chris, did you get much flying done at the Meio today?  I suppose NE is doable,  but ive never much liked flying off the north face.  I only ever really go there with westerly's,  after work in the evenings. 

A bunch of us were at the Bwlch today, although the lift was good,  the flipping windchill factor was not.  A few of us will be down there  tomorrow, looking promising.  Why don't you join us?  :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Flying Finn on May 02, 2010, 20:50:50 PM
Have just spoken to Jordan (The Chap from Chicago) and can confirm he will be joining us on the Bwlch tomorrow.  We will be arriving sometime after midday.

The weather looks like it is going to play ball  so no excuses fellas,  don't go wasting a day's flying on another shopping trip with the Mrs :banghead:

See ya there
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on May 02, 2010, 21:27:57 PM
Hey Chris, did you get much flying done at the Meio today?  I suppose NE is doable,  but ive never much liked flying off the north face.  I only ever really go there with westerly's,  after work in the evenings. 

A bunch of us were at the Bwlch today, although the lift was good,  the flipping windchill factor was not.  A few of us will be down there  tomorrow, looking promising.  Why don't you join us?  :af

Meio was great ta  :af . I agree about preference to the west. Smoother I think. Very blustery on the NE face though and after 3 hours of flying I was a bit cold. Wildthing was as fun as expected - the stargazer (being my first non-foamy) was a bit more nervewracking - but about 40 minutes in the air and three OK landings. (Weasel was not up to the wind - did have a try but it resulted in a 200 meter walk :) ). Saw a chap arriving with his Flying Fish as I was walking down. I think he says he posts here - but didnt remeber his name.  :embarassed: I was asking him about the fish - given the number of threads about it here - and my looking to progress to my first molded model. He showed a few major weakpoints on the fuse but was generally pleased enough to consider another. (I've been looking at a possible banana - but thats for another "newbie going glass/carbon" thread at some point).

I am definately up for a trip to the blwch tomorrow. It will be good to catch up with some of you people. (God knows I need a few pointers :)  ). What time are people getting there - and where do I park? In the layby alongside that north-east facing slope? (as per swsa website decription). Anyway - have loaded the satnav with general directions - should only be 50 minutes from Rhoose - be good to see you. Just charging some stuff....
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Mike_Y on May 02, 2010, 22:34:06 PM
I've not looked at the forecast but if it is N, NE, NNE park in the layby, the flight line is within 100m depending on exact wind direction.

I'm picking up Shane up 11/11:30ish so we'll at the Bwlch around 12:30ish, see you all in the morning  :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on May 03, 2010, 08:10:33 AM
Hey Chris, did you get much flying done at the Meio today?  I suppose NE is doable,  but ive never much liked flying off the north face.  I only ever really go there with westerly's,  after work in the evenings. 


I agree re W being far superior to NE slope, but as the Meio is only three miles from my house (and I can see if there are any models/paragliders being flown on the W from my bedroom  :af) it is very convenient for me - especialyy if I have a model to "prove out" after repairs or even for a Maiden. The W is very forgiving and will tolerate a SW to WNW. The NE will accomodate a N and there is even an E if you walk far enough..

BTW, I met up with another "Chris" one evening a fortnight ago - he was from Cilfynydd and had an X-it (and a nice MX-5 as well - my other hobby, see below.)

(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c31/clivehenryjones/Mazda%20MX5/P1230005.jpg)

Clive
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on May 03, 2010, 09:42:34 AM
Mmmmm nice motor! :af
(Not quite the thing for the getting up Mickey's slope!)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Flying Finn on May 03, 2010, 21:16:29 PM
I agree re W being far superior to NE slope, but as the Meio is only three miles from my house (and I can see if there are any models/paragliders being flown on the W from my bedroom



Ooooh ill bear that in mind, next time im up there ill bring my big telescope :''

Which direction do i need to point it?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on May 04, 2010, 09:26:30 AM
Chris, the smaller end needs to be pointed towards your eye, the bigger end towards whatever you want to look at.  :''

Clive.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on May 08, 2010, 09:12:09 AM
"Now get back to studying!!" 



AAAAUUURRRGGGGHHH!! :o
Less than three hours to go!!

Who's flying tomorrow?
I will be at the Wrecker from about 10.30.
Should be 'smack on' the face tomorrow arvo :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on May 08, 2010, 10:18:06 AM
Well done- keep truckin' fella!

Yep I hope to be up there~ 10.30-11.00. I think it's gonna be cold- I'll have to dig out my thermals!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on May 08, 2010, 11:24:56 AM
To Quote James Ingram & Michael McDonald....


Ya mo' be there!





(weather permitting)

Clayts - bring your videocam if you would, please - I can't d/load the footage you shot for me from my cam  >:(


Clive
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on May 08, 2010, 11:43:54 AM
FINISHED..... Far canal....... talk abvout leaving it late and cutting it fine!!  :banghead:

Anyway, to gliding  :''
The garage is calling to me as I don't have anything to fly for tomorrow (bleedin combat :ev )
I'll try to remember my camera Clive. what about your keyfoymejig? Still working?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on May 08, 2010, 12:34:38 PM
aahhh Clayton- no model to fly  :'(.

I'll bring along my 'ole trusty Airtech Evo 2m. for you. Not a floater but ok in medium/good lift.
If you prang it no worries, it's on it's way out - there's more body filler in the fus than f/glass.! :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on May 08, 2010, 12:50:55 PM
See ya there chaps,might have a polecat to maiden :-\ :xx
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on May 08, 2010, 12:52:51 PM
Thanks Rog, don't stress though as I am sure to get a few going today, I'm feeling motivated (til I get out into the garage :ev )


Yay Andy :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on May 09, 2010, 20:19:32 PM

sorry it is skewiff, can't fix it

Local

Kite'n'weasel

ProdiJ by RogiJ
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on May 11, 2010, 10:37:35 AM
I just remembered that as well as the Red Kite, we saw a pair of Falcons (peregrines?) dhasing eachother in some very, very high speed dog fights.
Made my day, I love birds of prey :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Mike_Y on May 11, 2010, 14:13:36 PM
 Peregrines are quite often spotted around the Wrecker and Crest, they nest there but lucky at a spot we don't fly. Next time I see you up there remind me and I'll show the where abouts.
 I rememeber being on the Crest one sunny afternoon, pretty sure it was an F3F comp, a huge bird of prey came over, much much bigger than the buzzards there, easily twice the size. None of us there knew what it was and came to the conclusion it could have been an escapee from a bird centre/zoo, don't think it was native.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on May 11, 2010, 15:41:36 PM
"Normal"people don't realise what they're missing out on when they spend their days sat in front of the telly, eh!
Hmm might be worth starting a new thread
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Mike_Y on May 12, 2010, 15:56:40 PM
Couple of pics from the weekend before last.

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on May 12, 2010, 16:23:07 PM
I knew someone would have taken a piccie of your Sabre, it was you!
Have you figured out a name for the moulded, bagged homebrew?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Mike_Y on May 12, 2010, 16:33:50 PM
Nope its still  a `plane with no name`.

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on May 12, 2010, 21:31:07 PM
Right-y-oh, I gotta go to Haverfordwest on Saturday for an Open Uni thing for a couple of hours in the late morning. Tim and Al (and anyone else :af ) do you wanna meet up for a fly in the afternoon?
If so, where should we meet, I will be at the Pembrokeshire College from 10 til 12.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on May 13, 2010, 13:43:11 PM
Thought I'd post it here too, I have a spare seat and room for planes to go to Hole of Horcum for the Saturday's EPP60 racing. It will be up and back in one day. Let me know if you are interested
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on May 13, 2010, 18:14:17 PM
Roger, are you excited about Saturday and Sunday being suitable (perfect?) for some Rhossili action? It's been a while >:(
It's almost tempting to drop in on my way home from Haverfordwest if Tim and Al don't get back to me about Saturday down their way.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on May 13, 2010, 20:26:37 PM
Got my eye on Rossilli this weekend an all ,i've heard roumours of a possible sighting of an albino polecat

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on May 13, 2010, 21:15:52 PM
I'm picking up my birthday present (Thanks Clare :-* ) Acacia 2 from Simon K on Sunday and will probably come back to the Bwlch (Mickeys) on Sunday and should be there from about 2ish?
Not sure what to do Saturday, be a shame to drive all that way and not fly a new spot, so will probly fly out west.

I've got until the 24th May off work so am planning on getting a bit of flying in if the weather plays nice.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on May 14, 2010, 08:34:23 AM
Saturday is sorted and will be flying 'way out west' probably at Newgale :af
Try to have the Flying Fish (now looking decidedly 'repaired' :ev ) ready to play with as well as my foam racers.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: MSP on May 14, 2010, 09:54:22 AM
Clayts - when you're done in college, give Tim a call and he'll lead you to Newgale and I'll meet you guys there.  Anyone else up for it?  Andy M et al

Al
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on May 14, 2010, 10:40:40 AM
I would like to fly some different slopes but Saturdays are right out (work) and Sundays are a late start for me - lie-in after a late night's work Sat!

However as the Bwlch is only 25 mins travel I can't complain!  ;D

Prob see you Sunday, Clayton. Will bring the Brio and have a faux F3F?  :af

Clive.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on May 14, 2010, 21:21:28 PM
Clayts - when you're done in college, give Tim a call and he'll lead you to Newgale and I'll meet you guys there.  Anyone else up for it?  Andy M et al

Al
Drat!Off to pick up a phase 6 tomorrow so that's me out of it i'm afraid.Don't forget to film some 'evidence'.You goin up Rossili soon Rog?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on May 14, 2010, 22:05:36 PM
OOOOWWW Phase 6 eh??!! wiiiwwoooh
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on May 14, 2010, 22:18:57 PM
Quite a few steps down from an Acacia2 mind,but i think it's a step up for me
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on May 14, 2010, 22:21:26 PM
Built with different flying in mind :af
They all require skill to fly mate, especially getting them down in one piece :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on May 14, 2010, 22:29:16 PM
Therein lies my biggest problem >:(
Epp's more forgiving than wood 'n glass,and i still manage to trash that.Some entertaining vids on the way methinks.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on May 15, 2010, 12:09:13 PM
Hi Andy - I'll be getting to Rhossili tomorrow (Sunday) as soon as the forecasted rain clears, which should be about lunch time.

Hope to see you there + you're Phase 6.   :af
I was flying one of those ~1990! How time flies!  :'(

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on May 16, 2010, 19:40:05 PM
Stopped at the Bwlch on my way home from Basingstoke today. The rain was stopping as I got there and the wind was starting to pick up as I left. Had some light wind scratching with my M60. I would have flown the Acacia11 but I need to re-centre the servos, pushrods, horns etc to suit the Footaba way of thinking.
Andymawr maidened his albino polecat without a hitch. Grinner he is now! :af

Clive, I only got your message as I got home and charged my phone, but yes, the clag had cleared and the wind swung to Ice-cream. Should have been an excellent evening session.

If anyone wants some company for flying this week, just let me know, and I'll try to weasel it passed the wife :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Flying Finn on May 16, 2010, 22:45:44 PM
Clayts, I think i past you coming down the mouuntin around 5pm?

Anyway, interesting day.... Set off 3pm weather not looking to promising, came off the M4 and headed for the Bwlch, thogh it was now raining and could see the clag in the distance so i turned round and headed for Southerndown instead.  Ok, the wind was westerly-ish and just about flyable.  Got quite a bit of flying done until i lost the Fusion over the cliff....

Down it went :o

Lucky the tide was out so i got it back...eventually  ;D

So, sod this i thought ill head back towards the Bwlch.  Looking better now!! got a bit of flying done on ice cream slope, but as Clayts mentioned not so great...

 :xx For more wind to come
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on May 16, 2010, 23:17:38 PM
Should have kept on trucking up to the Bwlch mate. I got there at about 3.15. I went up to Mickeys first and discovered very crossedand light wind and couldn't be bothered going around to the westerly side as there was still rain over there. I came back down to the layby and walked out to the icecream slope and had a bit of fun scratching around.
The lift was improving as the afternoon progressed and I'm suprised that you didn't have a really good sesh.
It was you that was trying to take up as much space as your little car could, coming up to the pine trees wasn't it :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Flying Finn on May 16, 2010, 23:33:28 PM
Humm... You were a bit of a blur really Clayt's,  i was just making good use of the road. '' The Racing line'' i call it :''

The lift was a bit crappy really,  it was swinging all over the place. You made the right decision to leave, methinks
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on May 16, 2010, 23:38:59 PM
Did you follow the path all the way out to where it forked?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Flying Finn on May 16, 2010, 23:44:08 PM
Yep, followed it round then went up. Tried different places but it wasn't really flyable

hey ho
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on May 18, 2010, 10:29:14 AM
The one on the left is the hill Roger and I wandered up yesterday.

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on May 18, 2010, 11:40:27 AM
Maybe this gives a better perspective, taken last winter from the layby, showing the cleft in the top part of the slope we had to negogiate ( with no Sherpas!)


(http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/ae103/cliffhanger_02/040.jpg)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: MSP on May 19, 2010, 17:14:10 PM
Should have posted this earlier in the week.  But we had a cracking fly at Newgale last Saturday afternoon.  The wind was crossed to start and we went for a hike to look for a spot, but it just wasn't going off.  We decided on heading back to where we'd started but Clayts spied a nice clean edge on the cliff, and to our luck the wind started to swing west.  I lobbed of a WR fox and the lift was good and clean.  So Clayts and Tim went off with the 60 inchers and got into the groove.
I've posted a vid to prove that Clayts made the trek west  There's a good bit at about 57 seconds, and a bit later in the vid Tim gets the HP60 up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMzwU2xOLmg

Cheers
Al
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on May 19, 2010, 17:37:27 PM
Nice one Al! :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on May 21, 2010, 07:28:10 AM
The one on the left is the hill Roger and I wandered up yesterday.



Hi Clayton - where exactly is that?
Clive.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on May 21, 2010, 07:53:24 AM
Hi Clive,
it is exactly 'be yer'
Fan Gh... (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=51.858047,-3.626862&num=1&t=f&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=6.881357,14.941406&hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=51.857199,-3.626175&spn=0.048028,0.21904&z=13&ecpose=51.74110881,-3.626175,13637.03,0,44.884,0)
Where the arrow is, not the A
I might have identified the wrong hill in my photo, but it looks like what we scrambled up.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on May 21, 2010, 09:02:48 AM
My legs have finally recovered!!  :D

Mind you N.E forecast for Tuesday- big bowl time!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Eyeboy on May 23, 2010, 08:40:42 AM
Morning gents. Hope all's well?  :af

Do you happen to know if there are any events scheduled for next weekend i.e. the bank holiday weekend? As my last excursion wasn't the best I'm keen to give it another try.
 :xx
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on May 23, 2010, 09:19:58 AM
Morning gents. Hope all's well?  :af

Do you happen to know if there are any events scheduled for next weekend i.e. the bank holiday weekend? As my last excursion wasn't the best I'm keen to give it another try.
 :xx
Hi Eyeboy.
There are no national events planned (BMFA EPP 60" or F3f) according to Mike Shellim's website. Our own website (SWSA) has not been updated to 2010 yet so I don't know of any "local" events going on, but there is a BMFA "weekend" this weekend, so I'd doubt if they'd organise anything for a week later as well (b/hol w/end).
If anyone knows any different, please chime in...

Clive.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on May 23, 2010, 17:51:06 PM
Morning gents. Hope all's well?  :af

Do you happen to know if there are any events scheduled for next weekend i.e. the bank holiday weekend? As my last excursion wasn't the best I'm keen to give it another try.
 :xx
Hi Mate, there is the Ken Philips Trophy on the 30th which is an all day F3F event, but both Saturday and Monday are free :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on May 24, 2010, 08:50:56 AM
Dropped in at Mickeys yesterday evening for a quick fly with the Acacia2. The conditions were very light, but managed to get a few good flights in. Chris (Finn) was there with his foamy. There were quite a few PG's about, but they were grounded due to not enough wind for most of the time that I was there.
Was a beautiful evening and topped off a great week off nicely :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on May 24, 2010, 09:37:47 AM
Looking ok to drop in at the Icecream slope or VR98 on the way home this evening. Should be there at about 1830hrs if anyone feels like a beautiful 'summer evening' on the slope :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on May 24, 2010, 20:53:00 PM
Had a nice hour or so on the Icecream slope practicing turn styles, energy retention and landing. Flew with snapflap for the first time tonight too.
Was good fun and I quite like the Acacia2 :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on May 26, 2010, 16:46:49 PM
Anyone keen for some VR action tomorrow?
After lunch some time would be the go.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on May 26, 2010, 17:36:01 PM
Sorry mate,some of us gotta work. >:(
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on May 28, 2010, 21:41:49 PM
WNW forecast for Sundays F3F (KPT) at the Bwlch. I have spent a lot of time traipsing from Icecream to Mickeys West and further and back chasing lift with that direction. Hopefully it has more north than west in it and we race on Icecream. :xx
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on May 29, 2010, 19:16:48 PM
Wind lookin good for tomorrow.Rhossilli anyone?Should be nuts. :D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: conwysoarer on May 29, 2010, 19:41:00 PM
Any of you guys know of any slope sites in the Aberaeron area?

JJ
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on May 29, 2010, 19:58:29 PM
Any of you guys know of any slope sites in the Aberaeron area?

JJ


Not flown there, but driven NE along the coast road just out of Aberarth and thought it would be awesome for a NW. 300ft cliff, can't remember if landing would be an issue. The terrain map (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Aberaeron&oe=UTF-8&ie=UTF8&hl=en&hq=&hnear=Aberaeron,+Dyfed,+United+Kingdom&ll=52.260541,-4.214244&spn=0.014631,0.061626&t=p&z=15) looks promising though for a drive around. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on May 29, 2010, 20:11:23 PM
AAAh been dragged down to the eisteddfod have you.Da iawn[very good in Welsh],loads of places on the way down from the North,just ask the farmer nicely,they've always been ok with me.I don't know of any official slopes, but Ynys Lochtyn a few miles South of New Quay would definitely offer a range of wind options,also there's a very hilly area behind the main road to the North of the town.Pob lwc. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: conwysoarer on May 29, 2010, 22:10:25 PM
AAAh been dragged down to the eisteddfod have you.Da iawn[very good in Welsh],loads of places on the way down from the North,just ask the farmer nicely,they've always been ok with me.I don't know of any official slopes, but Ynys Lochtyn a few miles South of New Quay would definitely offer a range of wind options,also there's a very hilly area behind the main road to the North of the town.Pob lwc. :af

Thankfully missing the eisteddfod, got a couple of days of DIY and model bashing then we are down Swansea way visiting family then on the way back North next weekend we are staying in Aberaeron for a few days. I have flown from Mwnt near Cardigan which was great and also near the obelisk hill on the way ito Aberystwyth. I have scoped some excellent sites in the Aberaeron area but most are too close to the main road!

JJ
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on May 29, 2010, 22:16:33 PM
Heard AJ talkin about Mwnt when i was down the Bwlch ,he reckoned it looked good for ds $%&
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: MSP on May 30, 2010, 17:29:11 PM
We've had a cracking afternoon - hunting for a NW slope.  Ended up on Garn Fawr above Strumble Head.  The gulp and HP60 were ripping.  As the afternoon went by, the wind swung West so we moved all of 50 yards and Tim gave the HP60 a lob and his words - Awesome.
I took a few pics.  Didn't realise that my camera was in black and white mode, but I like the effect.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on May 30, 2010, 20:04:00 PM
Looks like you had a really nice day Al and co. Nice pics too.
F3F was tiring today, the conditions were weird.
Still, I landed 15 times without damaging anything ! Yay!! :ev

I think I am going to have to play around with the CoG and then throws etc on my Acacia2, It felt mushy, soggy and flicky.

I also had a go at CDing F3F today too. Daunting to start, but not too bad.

How did the Rhossili wanderers go today?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on May 30, 2010, 20:22:43 PM
Good! I was down there by 10.am as I had to come away to video my son playing in his band in the centre of Swansea at 2.00pm! Things we gotta do for our kids!

Anyway, blue skies, the wind was WNW about 20mph so no para g's :) Just a couple of hang gliders later.
Maidened my Guppy and flew the trusty Wasabi.

Left before Big And (+ missus?) were due to arrive- good one Andy?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on May 30, 2010, 20:27:58 PM
Dodgy curry last night put a stop to my plans for Rhossili [don't ask] so i had to settle for a slope overlooking Ammanford,managed to get a few flights with the Albino,weasel and the balistik.Like you said ,weird wind there too,it seemed very thermally and turbulent dotted with periods of sink.Butt clenching fun :o
Missus caught a very rare sight on her phone cam too :''
Gentlest landing my weasel evo has EVER had. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J48AqL4q6Y4#)
Me getting a landing just right.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on June 05, 2010, 08:28:37 AM
Hi Clayt, Andy (et al). Forecast looking good for some Rhossili action Sunday. The earlier forecast rain hopefully will not materialise and winds could be 20+mph on the slope lip- no parag's :D :ev!! (Maybe just a couple of hanglider guiders).

Bringing the Pace to see if it does have a bit more "pace" than the maiden.

You guys comin' along? Lay off them dodgy curries And! :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on June 05, 2010, 08:38:53 AM
I'm keen and will be there in the early arvo, i think :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on June 05, 2010, 10:41:22 AM
I'll be there, portaloo an all :o
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on June 05, 2010, 16:31:37 PM
Valiant effort Wales. 31-34 is a score to be proud of :af
Shame about the slump in the middle :'(
Well done boys :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on June 05, 2010, 18:28:23 PM
Forecast for Rossili tomorrow brewing up nicely :xx
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on June 05, 2010, 18:36:45 PM
WoopWoop!!
What time you aiming to get there?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on June 05, 2010, 18:46:40 PM
Aiming for 11 at the car park,so by the time i've staggered up to the top i should be flying by about 3  ;D
Should be a good day for some racing practice :uk:
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on June 05, 2010, 21:08:14 PM
Also hope to get there late morning ~11.30ish.

Hope the wind picks up a bit!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on June 06, 2010, 09:17:01 AM
Take-away Lamb Madras last night :xx
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on June 06, 2010, 09:18:27 AM
Northern half Rog?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on June 06, 2010, 09:55:14 AM
FIRE IN THE HOLE :o :o

See you blokes soon :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on June 06, 2010, 10:25:24 AM
'Ad enough of that last week >:(,nevermind it's all behind me now
Settin off now .Wheeeeee
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on June 12, 2010, 09:29:16 AM
Clayt & Andy- how was the DS'ing Thursday, any broken bits?

Is there racing on Sunday- Rhossili looking bit like last week with lightish winds Westerly 12-14 mph.

Anybody interested?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on June 13, 2010, 11:19:18 AM
Sorry Rog ,used up all my slope tokens yesterday,grounded today,looks like NE most of this week.Any ideas?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on June 14, 2010, 07:37:01 AM
PM'd you And.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: MooSey on June 14, 2010, 15:42:27 PM
Chaps, I've got a leave pass for Thurs (17th) and thought I'd pop up to the Bwlch for some proper lift rather than my local Whitesheet.
The current forescast is a bit limp wristed and NE but I still fancy a trip. Which is better. Wrecker or nearest NE catching part of Crest? I've flown foam off both but not moulded stuff. I find Wrecker more intimidating because you have to cross the road and yomp back. We didn't bother with foamies.
Hopefully Scotty Edwards will be coming too.
Any locals out and about? I plan to be there mid morning till my eyes start bleeding :D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on June 15, 2010, 14:53:10 PM
I've not flown the NE part of the crest as I am too lazy to do the initial walk :P

Have the day off Thurs so will pop up and have a fly too. See you at whichever slope you choose :af

Clayt
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on June 15, 2010, 19:31:09 PM
+ 1 (hopefully!)
I don't mind the walk to the crest (15 mins?) esp. with a N/E. wind- it's much more "user friendly" than the Wrecker, which as you know Clayt, is not my most fav. slope  :''

Should be there around 11'ish with light wind models- Speedo, F.F., and Guppy  :af

Andy- Speedo maiden??
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: MooSey on June 15, 2010, 20:01:21 PM
Excellent stuff :)
Looks like quite a light forecast but so far we've had stronger winds than expected this week (at least down here).
How will the forecast 6-10mph translate at the Bwlch??
Im bringing M60's a Slopemaster, Banana and Javelin (+ a stringbag incase). Hoping for some good lift as opposed tto the less vertical lift i get at Whitesheet.
See you there.
I've got a turquoise Fiat Multipla btw so you know it's me.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on June 15, 2010, 20:12:13 PM
It's bound to be vertical :o !t should catch anything that is there and shove it skyward with gusto. Don't stand too close to the edge. 'Tis bleedin' steep, mush :ev
See you there.
Easiest place to park is on the side of the road just before the cutting.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on June 15, 2010, 20:35:42 PM
+ 1 (hopefully!)
I don't mind the walk to the crest (15 mins?) esp. with a N/E. wind- it's much more "user friendly" than the Wrecker, which as you know Clayt, is not my most fav. slope  :''

Should be there around 11'ish with light wind models- Speedo, F.F., and Guppy  :af

Andy- Speedo maiden??
I only work 2 days a blinkin week and one of them 's blinkin Thursday.Booga! >:(
Ave a great day chaps :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on June 17, 2010, 08:14:09 AM
9mph Ne - ENE on XCweather. Beautiful, sunny skies :af
Should be a beautiful day at the crest.

Rog, don't be scared, bring the Pace as well :)

 :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: MooSey on June 17, 2010, 21:55:26 PM
What a cracker of a day. Sunshine and that vertical Bwlch lift. Just what i needed after a series of pants sessions on my locals.
Great to see scotts Ceres really moving and I found my Javelin to be perfect for that sort of hill.
Shame I didn't catch Cliff, wanted to say hello. The Wrecker was working nicely so we decided not to join you + I wanted to get confident with the uphill yomp to land.
Nice to meet ya Clayts and I'll see you all up there again (soon I hope) :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on June 18, 2010, 10:07:06 AM
Nice to meet you too Moosey, see you next time. Good to see Scott too
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on June 26, 2010, 23:07:50 PM
Any welsh boyos got plans for tomorrow?Wind looks a bit light >:(
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on June 27, 2010, 09:10:45 AM
Hi And.,

Getting down Rhossili around two'ish for a couple or three hours.

The sea breeze gets up and the wind speed should be 15+ at the slope edge.

If the para g's are on the top I'll be futher North where we've flown from before.

Might see ya!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on June 27, 2010, 09:32:31 AM
Might be able to sneak off :xx
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on June 27, 2010, 20:38:20 PM
Did you get out today guys?
I was doing some F3F at Mickeys.
Was a nice day, hope you had fun.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on June 27, 2010, 20:41:06 PM
Sore point! >:(
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on June 27, 2010, 20:50:37 PM
What did you break?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on June 27, 2010, 21:09:30 PM
My wallet,got dragged round the shops by SWMBO,[camping trip looming],you know the score.Nevermind back in the black with the slope tokens now though.Great Orme here i come,woohoo. :af
Hope Rog had a better time.Waddyasay Rog?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on June 27, 2010, 21:35:00 PM
NAH- wind S/W ~11mph- chucked the Guppy off cliffs near Pennard for 20 mins then came home for the footie. :-\

Not much wind forecast for all this week- When you off to Gt. Orme?

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on June 28, 2010, 21:07:01 PM
Early August i think for about a week,although i wouldn't mind a day trip up first .Fancy it?Might even tempt Mr Landells,it has been mentioned in slopeside conversation :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on June 28, 2010, 23:22:46 PM
I'm very easily tempted ;D My parents should have called me Eve :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on June 29, 2010, 12:21:44 PM
I've also been thinking of a few days up there, but out of school holiday time- maybe early September- bit more wind.

A day trip sounds good, what do you estimate the travel time each way?- I'd guess 3-4 hours :-\

Could we get the three of us in one car- like your nice big car And!  :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on June 29, 2010, 13:51:52 PM
No problem mate,all we need to do is agree a date and we're away :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on June 29, 2010, 14:02:11 PM
Cool! :af

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on June 29, 2010, 15:17:45 PM
More room in my car if you like :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on June 29, 2010, 18:36:59 PM
Whichever, it's gonna be a long day!
As mentioned I reckon it's at least 6 hours round trip (nothing to an Aussie!).

But an early start should give loads of slope time.

Which direction winds can it take?

Maybe on one of Clayt's mid week days off- I'm always available and Andy works- is it Monday and Thursday?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on June 29, 2010, 18:40:52 PM
Yup!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on June 30, 2010, 11:05:43 AM
I'll have a look at my upcoming shifts when I get to work today and let you know when my next midweek day off is.
I'm off next week, although flying all weekend and wanting to fly with Steve Patsy (et al) may have put a wet rag on heading to Llandudno during my week off, my wife still likes me enough to want to spend some time with me $%& so some family time will have to be squeezed in somewhere :ev
Laterz
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on June 30, 2010, 12:26:47 PM
Been thinkin,you two got a fish each and a couple of the gogs got fish.      Hmmm        RACE :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on June 30, 2010, 16:44:29 PM
Are you racing at the weekend Clayt? wind looking great for Rhossili on Sunday~ 18 mph.
Infact most of next week now is looking pretty good for Westerlies.

And; Picked up my F.F  by the wing tip couple of weeks back and a cracking sound was heard, so now I've really got to fixit. Think I'll just chop straight through and rejoin it by glassing from the inside.  :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on June 30, 2010, 17:12:13 PM
Woops  :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Pasty on June 30, 2010, 18:10:25 PM

Infact most of next week now is looking pretty good for Westerlies.


Wooohoooo!

 :xx

Should have my Phoon finished in time to beat up some welsh air  :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on June 30, 2010, 20:30:03 PM
Yeah Rog, Racing Satdy and Sundy.
Should be around for a couple of trips during next week too. :af (wife permitting of course :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on June 30, 2010, 21:54:47 PM
First midweek day off is the last week of July,  then nights wed through Satdy and the next week off.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on July 04, 2010, 20:34:26 PM
Got soaked today :'( , Had a blast yesterday :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on July 05, 2010, 08:20:52 AM
Clayt, And- See you up at Mickeys tom (Tues) I'll be there 'bout 10.30ish.

Hopefully I'll still have some models left after today's Rhossili session with Pasty!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on July 05, 2010, 21:18:50 PM
Had a great afternoon at Rhossili today. Beautiful weather, Good lift and Great company. Thanks Fellas (Steve Roger and Hans :af )
Next available day for me to go flying is Friday, Booo..... better than having to wait til Saturday tho ;)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Pasty on July 05, 2010, 21:53:11 PM
thanks for a cracking afternoon guys :co
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on July 05, 2010, 22:18:44 PM
Aye 'twas good-best conditions for quite a while-Thanks both for making it an excellent day out!  :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on July 07, 2010, 13:02:44 PM
Clayt & Big And, -Pasty's last day in the area is this Friday.

Looks like moderate S/W winds- so are we still up for Mickeys?

Be about the same distance for me/Andy as Steve.

10.30-11.00 am?

Ps Hope the monkeys didn't rip off your w/screen wipers Clayt ;D

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on July 07, 2010, 14:08:59 PM
OOOOO yes :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Pasty on July 07, 2010, 14:59:38 PM
Ooooo me me me me!

I best get fixing some planes  :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on July 07, 2010, 20:43:46 PM
Steve - do you need me to bring along a micro servo, like you talked about at Rhossili - no problem if you do.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Pasty on July 07, 2010, 22:04:17 PM
Looking at it I might be able to take the servo apart and spin the gear as it only uses like 180deg movement... will let you know

ta  :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on July 07, 2010, 22:09:33 PM
I'll be there too, I got a Fish to fry... I mean... Fly :D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on July 08, 2010, 07:15:55 AM
Clayt-Will you be up on the slope, or do we all meet in the Icecream layby.

If the first, does Steve know the score ref. the locked gate?

See y'all Tom. I'll bring the Pace- Whoo hoo :D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Pasty on July 08, 2010, 11:30:37 AM
Ocelot servo fixed... not sure how long it will last tho.

Thats me ready for Mickeys!

How we lookin?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on July 08, 2010, 17:41:48 PM
Just had a squizz at the forecast and it looks like a pretty good day, but not on Mickeys until later in the arvo. I think it will be best on the Eastern edge of the back of the wrecker $%& .
Shouldn't be too rotory as the wind strength isn't epic, I will have a scout around when I get up there in the morning.
Just look for the Clayt-mobile :af
I reckon I will be parked at the closed off layby above the ice cream van on the A4107.
07551917686 (m)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Pasty on July 08, 2010, 18:05:02 PM
I've only ever parked at the icecream van and walked up to mickeys, I can find my way tho... think theres some mpas on the net somehere,
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on July 08, 2010, 18:45:45 PM
What time are you thinking of getting there?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Pasty on July 08, 2010, 19:20:31 PM
woah, the mix of pm's and here is confoosing  :)

Lets do it here, less buttons to press :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on July 08, 2010, 19:26:19 PM
Got plane envy already :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on July 08, 2010, 19:27:32 PM
Sorry 'bout that :embarassed:
See you at the Bwlch tomorrow. Should be a good day and we will probably fly from more than one slope
I'll be there from ten am.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Pasty on July 08, 2010, 19:31:40 PM
We're on then!

I'll see how long the journey is and do my best to be in the icecream layby for 10.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on July 08, 2010, 19:34:46 PM
Sorted ;D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on July 08, 2010, 19:40:54 PM
Gotta go to dentist first- I'll be there 'bout 10.30, I'll drive up and catch you guys at the slope.

Cheers "Cliff"  :D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on July 09, 2010, 18:01:11 PM
Steve, here are the two vids we were talking about today,
Shame we didn't get much flying in today, frikkin Clag!
Was very blowy when I got home, just unlucky today I guess $%&
At least none of us broke any planes, silver lining and all that :ev
Flying fish DSing one
mike y FF 27 08 09 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57bPav_5ds8#)

and Cardboard Keith playing around
Min Chav off Perran sands (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Aqq4QBRaUY#)

Thanks for filming my maiden today Andy, nice work :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Pasty on July 09, 2010, 18:16:18 PM
Good vids them, that fish dont have make a noise when the rons let go  :o.....ta

I'm not deflated by todays wind and weather, its how it goes sometimes, just gotta roll with it.

Thanks to you all for making me feel so welcome... top blokes  :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Pasty on July 09, 2010, 18:21:19 PM
oh... wind and glorious sunlit skies here too....  ::)
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Post by: cliffhanger on July 09, 2010, 19:21:51 PM
Stay cool Steve, hope to meet up with you again in September, when you're defo gonna have to fly my Wasabi!
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Post by: clayts75 on July 09, 2010, 20:33:00 PM
Good company :af

Bits'n'bobs
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Post by: andrewmawr on July 09, 2010, 21:20:29 PM
It is true!
Horizontal stripes do make you look fat. :''
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Post by: cliffhanger on July 09, 2010, 22:46:50 PM
Nah, You're just well insulated And!  ;)

(That's why some rugby teams use horizontal stripes to make them look bigger)
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Post by: clayts75 on July 10, 2010, 16:02:53 PM
Got up to a fine and warm Bwlch today, met Ron Broughton, had a quick chat, fobbed off 'Cliff' (the infamous ParaLoon), moved our cars closer to where we decided to fly from, Rain and Clag converged on us just before we set off over the hill. Sat in the car for a little bit, went home, GGRRRR :D
Who's flying where tomorrow?
I think Ron B is planning on heading back to the Bwlch tomorrow. WNW is slightly in-between, but better on Ice-cream.
Would be nice at Rhossili or the Skirrid (Clag dependent, of course) too.
I may not be able to get out, but worth knowing where people will be, just in case I can escape :ev
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Post by: andrewmawr on July 10, 2010, 17:01:23 PM
I'm all charged up and ready to go,fancy a lift up to the bwlch Rog?Or are ya gonna stay local.I'd rather fly with company so more than happy to follow the crowd :af
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Post by: clayts75 on July 10, 2010, 19:29:53 PM
Got a pass for tomorrow (think I'm gunna pay for it :ev )
Let me know when and where :af
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Post by: andrewmawr on July 10, 2010, 21:52:31 PM
Bwlch or Rhossili.MMMMMMM. Tough choice!
Bit like havin to choose between Holly Willoughby and Catherine Jenkins. :ev
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Post by: cliffhanger on July 10, 2010, 22:35:16 PM
Wind speed not looking that great tomorrow. I'll be popping down Rhossili about late morning with a couple of light models for a couple or three hours.

For sure there's gonna be parag's around.

Might see you there. ;)
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Post by: clayts75 on July 10, 2010, 23:16:11 PM
I'm going to head to the Bwlch first, then if the clag is there, I will trip down Rhossili lane :af
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Post by: andrewmawr on July 11, 2010, 08:53:43 AM
Wat time ya gonna be there?
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Post by: cliffhanger on July 11, 2010, 09:19:00 AM
Looking good down here.

Rhossili might be similar to Monday, but weather front due in around 4 pm.
Wind WNW- No good for Bwlch?

Anyways I'll be up on the slope by ~10.30 Pace and all! ::)
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Post by: clayts75 on July 11, 2010, 09:57:06 AM
be there (Bwlch) in about an hour :af
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Post by: clayts75 on July 11, 2010, 10:01:31 AM
p.s. It is looking NW all day so should be smack on the Ice-cream slope :af
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Post by: clayts75 on July 11, 2010, 19:09:00 PM
Interesting day today, Met with Ron B at the icecream slope. Had a fly in progressively lighter lift. It was so light that even weasels were unable to stay up! Couldn't believe how wrong the morning's wind forecast was. There is no way we had anywhere near 5mph let alone 12!
Ron was testing out his new Eagle as a sloper. Rudder elevator (V-tail), very relaxing to fly and floated around very gracefully.
Andy turned up in the arvo and we eventually headed over to the Para launch are on Mickeys. The lift was OK and we had some fun.
It died there too at about 5.30 so we left.
Andy maidened his speedo successfully, impressive little plane the thermo.  :af

Got your phone message about the great conditions you were enjoying at Rhossili Rog........ jealous. I just couldn't be bothered with the frustration of driving on the Gower on a Sunday :banghead:

Enjoyable, relaxing day today and no breakages :ev
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Post by: andrewmawr on July 11, 2010, 19:14:31 PM
+1 for  that last comment Clayt,Really like the speedo too,quite docile and controllable :af
Wish the missus was like that! :ev
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Post by: clayts75 on July 11, 2010, 21:26:45 PM
Couple of pics of the new Speedo on the Block :af



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Post by: cliffhanger on July 11, 2010, 22:27:51 PM
Got your phone message about the great conditions you were enjoying at Rhossili Rog........ jealous. I just couldn't be bothered with the frustration of driving on the Gower on a Sunday :banghead:

No need to be jealous! That message was about 11.00 am- then same as you, things went downhill gradually until by 2.00pm I left with the wind speed at ~8mph and swinging to the S/W, + there was an infestation of parag's  :'(

ps- nice pics of Andy's speedo :af
pps Why have I just wasted 2+ hours watching that cr@ppy World Cup final  $%&

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Post by: clayts75 on July 11, 2010, 22:44:14 PM
Phew...I thought I had made a mistake going to the Bwlch today :af

I had the final on the telly, hardly paid any attention. Boring game by undisciplined primadonnas.

Did you see the pics and Vids of Ron's Eagle? Also Andy's landing?
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Post by: cliffhanger on July 15, 2010, 20:49:26 PM
Any one up for some Rhossili flying - good Westerlies Friday and Saturday
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Post by: andrewmawr on July 15, 2010, 21:06:24 PM
Soz Rog Fairford this weekend,forecast looks great too >:(
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Post by: clayts75 on July 16, 2010, 07:46:44 AM
Working today and Mia'd birthday tomorrow and Clare's doing the 'race for life' in Cardiff on Sunday. I'm well-and-truly grounded this weekend :'(
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Post by: cliffhanger on July 17, 2010, 21:34:55 PM
Today was very similar to the day Pasty came down to Rhossili- ~26 mph and sunny. :af

Met up with Colin from Somerset flying scalies like a 2.2m Fox- going well, and others.

Had my Pace, rigged it up only to find one of the aileron servos not working- gutted as the lift was brilliant.

Found out later problem was with the internal wing wiring loom!! :embarassed: dunno how it could have had one conductor go open circuit.

Anyway flew the ar$e off my Sonic - so all in all a good day.

Hope you two enjoyed!! :ev
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Post by: clayts75 on July 17, 2010, 21:38:31 PM
Glad you had a good day today Rog :af
Did you get any video?
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Post by: cliffhanger on July 17, 2010, 21:50:33 PM
Nah, had it with me for some Pace action, but after that went t1ts up I couldn'be a$$ed!  >:(  :D
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Post by: andrewmawr on July 17, 2010, 21:56:56 PM
Fantastic day at Fairford,Vulcan was awesome but the F22 Raptor was jaw dropping.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on July 18, 2010, 11:24:06 AM
Anyone interested in some shower dodging at Southerndown this arvo?
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Post by: andrewmawr on July 18, 2010, 12:12:39 PM
What showers?Non stop rain here >:(
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Post by: clayts75 on July 18, 2010, 12:50:58 PM
I'm gunna give it a go with the M60 and the Fish and should be there in a bout an hour.
The clouds have lifted a little bit and the rain has turned into showers with big gaps.
XCWeather is saying 0.1mm from 1 to 4pm
Worth a shot for me as it is only 15min away. Let you know how it goes, or see you there.
Dav3uk, if you read this, it isn't far for you either.
Tra
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Post by: clayts75 on July 18, 2010, 17:47:53 PM
Was fine and dry, met Alistair from the Wye valley.
Lift was light, but fun.
Didn't stay long.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on July 21, 2010, 23:08:42 PM
Hey Rog and Andy, Do you fancy a road trip to the LleynMAC fly in for one of the days?
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Post by: andrewmawr on July 21, 2010, 23:29:10 PM
Daft question  :af
Any day is fine with me.
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Post by: clayts75 on July 21, 2010, 23:36:45 PM
 :co

See what Rog reckons then.
I think he was keen to get up there sooner, rather than later though $%&
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Post by: cliffhanger on July 22, 2010, 09:45:58 AM
YEAH- Brill! :af
Any time is good for me, except from Fri 13 Aug to Fri 20 Aug.
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Post by: cliffhanger on July 23, 2010, 13:04:00 PM
Hey Andy, I'll be giving Rhossili a miss Sunday, wind too light and too much North West.

Looks like the travelling guys might dip out as well.

Woder if the icecream slope might be flyable?

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Post by: andrewmawr on July 23, 2010, 13:40:05 PM
Great'we'll see what xc says tomorrow night :af
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Post by: andrewmawr on July 25, 2010, 19:15:27 PM
Did you manage any flying today Rog?Snuck off for an hour up Mynydd y Gwair with the speedo for a bit of landing practice myself ,managed to take it back in one piece too which was somewhat unexpected.Also saw an unusual bird of prey,a bit bigger than a buzzard and lighter in colour,definitely not a kite.Hope you had a good weekend too Clayt :af
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Post by: bobbyr on July 25, 2010, 19:35:21 PM
I know it may not be it , but there is this Fellow who may frequent the hills in Wales .

                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rough-legged_Buzzard (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rough-legged_Buzzard)

         Bit bigger than a common garden Buzzard , lighter in colour aswell in fact it says looks more like an eagle . but this sucka will nest in hills and on cliffs . Im no twitcher , but i love flying with the Kestrels and Peregrins on the cliffs around my home , and buzzards of the hills around Weymouth in Dorset .
        Or this 1 is another option , its been seen in wales before

             http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/h/honeybuzzard/index.aspx (http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/h/honeybuzzard/index.aspx)

                 Glad the Speedo is working out aswell  ;D

                    Bob
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Post by: andrewmawr on July 25, 2010, 19:55:33 PM
The only Rough legged Buzzard i've ever seen on the Welsh hills is when Cliffhanger's got his shorts on :ev
Seriously though that first one looks a dead ringer for the one i saw.Thanks for that.
Luvvin the Speedo too.Cheap laffs innit! :D
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Post by: cliffhanger on July 25, 2010, 20:43:11 PM
As it 'appens the wind picked up to ~20mph and I had a couple of hours in the late afternoon.

This is me with my shorts OFF!-Don't tangle with muscle Big And.! :D  ;D

(http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/ae103/cliffhanger_02/gorilla.jpg)

A ROUGH LEGGED BUZZY FING'S GOT NUFFIN' ON ME.

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Post by: andrewmawr on July 25, 2010, 21:05:15 PM
Must be your winter coat Rog judging by the size of them nips :o
Sounds like we all 'ad a fix today then :af
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Post by: clayts75 on July 26, 2010, 10:22:32 AM
Had an excellent weekend away at Eastbourne. I found the Longman pretty tricky to fly but managed to do pretty well.
I ended up second in the EPP60 pylon racing and last of the finishers in the F3F.
I ended the day in the F3F on a bit of a high as in the second last round, I had the second fastest time and almost matched my PB with a 46.9. I got more and more confident as the day wore on and think I might have my mouldy landings pretty much sorted (touch wood).
Hope you blokes had a good weekend. I might struggle getting out this coming weekend as I am doing nights late this week including Saturday night :'(
Mike Evans is heading down to Rhossili this weekend and the week after next, so might be a good opportunity to pick his brain regarding the Pace Rog.
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Post by: cliffhanger on July 26, 2010, 10:55:29 AM
 :af Good result Clayt!- You're getting there.  ;)

I'm hoping to fly the Pace today- all I need is some good lift! I'ts all set up ready to go.

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Post by: clayts75 on July 26, 2010, 20:03:02 PM
Well the lift was there Rog, how did you go? :ev
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Post by: cliffhanger on July 26, 2010, 20:09:23 PM
Tell me about it! Sea fog cloaked the top of the ridge. It would clear for about 10 mins then suddenly sweep back in again. :banghead:

The wind was ~18-20mph. :-\

Looked like the Para g's had gone top to bottom and were all playing footie on the beach!

That's slopin' for you.
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Post by: clayts75 on July 26, 2010, 20:11:19 PM
Booo :'(
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Post by: andrewmawr on July 27, 2010, 22:20:17 PM
Gorra free pass for tomorrow ,anybody fancy a fly?
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Post by: clayts75 on July 27, 2010, 22:50:21 PM
Nuthin til monday for me mate :'(
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Post by: andrewmawr on July 27, 2010, 22:51:25 PM
You have my sympathy mate :nananana:
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Post by: andrewmawr on July 28, 2010, 18:17:06 PM
Did a sort of Brecon Beacons slope tour today,very interesting day,i managed to find 5 park n fly westerly sites,nowhere near as good as the Bwlch and a bit turbulent at times,got mobbed by a red kite and eventually ended up near brecon itsef.Great fun.One of the best ones couldn't have been more than 10 minutes from Morriston Hospital Clayt,i've forgotten the name of the place but there's a 200m/25m short grass landing area at the top of the slope and today there was quite smooth lift.I'll definitely be back there,i'll stick the coordinates up forya later chaps.
Did you get out today Rog?
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Post by: cliffhanger on July 28, 2010, 23:24:51 PM
You young dudes!

I was in bed by the time you posted last night Andy.

Rhossili was pretty good today- might see you there on Saturday?

Cheers.
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Post by: clayts75 on July 30, 2010, 19:22:20 PM
I HATE NIGHT SHIFTS!!!

I feel like Zombie (insert JohannL type picture of the living dead).

Off to work in 1/2 hour.

Might see if I can drop in to Rhossili (or maybe the slope near Morriston?) before work tomorrow afternoon/evening
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Post by: andrewmawr on July 30, 2010, 20:05:53 PM
Got to be in Ebbw Vale by 3 tomorrow so i'm gonna stop off by the Bwlch on the way for a quick fly.Should be there about 10.No chance Sun or Mon either
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?ll=51.714572,-3.997337&spn=0,0.00142&z=20&lci=com.panoramio.all,com.youtube.all,org.wikipedia.en&layer=c&cbll=51.714443,-3.997641&panoid=Dc1Y4mpSUMlTQWyQPFxrIA&cbp=12,214.09,,0,5 (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?ll=51.714572,-3.997337&spn=0,0.00142&z=20&lci=com.panoramio.all,com.youtube.all,org.wikipedia.en&layer=c&cbll=51.714443,-3.997641&panoid=Dc1Y4mpSUMlTQWyQPFxrIA&cbp=12,214.09,,0,5)
Here's that nice little wnw slope ,hope you like it :af
BTW,if you'r gonna try it wat time would you be there?May stop off there instead
 
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Post by: cliffhanger on July 30, 2010, 21:24:29 PM
Shame about Saturday guys- looking good for Rhossili, Mike Evans is due down (Isoaritfirst)

You two around on Sunday somewhere?
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Post by: andrewmawr on July 30, 2010, 21:31:59 PM
Bristol mate---unfortunately  >:(Can't get out of it either >:( >:(
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Post by: clayts75 on July 31, 2010, 13:43:00 PM
Shame about Saturday guys- looking good for Rhossili, Mike Evans is due down (Isoaritfirst)

You two around on Sunday somewhere?

Family outing Sunday.

Was thinking of popping down to Rhossili before work tonight.
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Post by: clayts75 on July 31, 2010, 16:07:09 PM
Rog, Mike, whoever else,
I will be at Rhossili tomorrow morning. I finish work at 0745 and will be at Rhossili from about 0900 having had some grub. Will have redbull in abundance too. Did I mention that I hate nightshift :''
Carriage turns into a pumpkin at lunch time, so if you want to fly by yourself, come after that :ev
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Post by: cliffhanger on July 31, 2010, 16:31:11 PM
 :af Well done, I'll be there around 10.30. Great lift today- (just four hang gliders on the ridge). Hopefully same tomorrow.

Mike'll be there also- CU there  :)
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Post by: clayts75 on August 02, 2010, 10:24:03 AM
Interesting morning at Rhossili yesterday. Pretty light conditions while I was there. Lots of paragliders. Maybe I was just tired :''

Wind was blowing pretty hard at my place when I got home, maybe I should have gone to the Bwlch instead.
Gower show + plus Sunday + plus Summer Holidays = bad traffic >:(
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on August 02, 2010, 18:07:30 PM
Had a couple-hour window this arvo for a fly so I popped up to the Bwlch for a bit of a play.

The wind was smack-on the Ice-cream slope and the windspeed would have been struggling to have been 10 - 15mph.

What a great slope when it is working :ev

Had the AcaciaII absolutely screaming and the Flying Fish was perfoming pretty well too.

Was doing F3F practice and reckon the speed that the plane was carrying would have been mid-30's. I'm sure in a race situation, I would still have been only mid-40's (due to turning at the right place and pressure, etc :af ) but it was amazing to think that the same wind speed that was had at Eastbourne was producing such incredible speed.

Oh, I also didn't have to contend with 'Gower Traffic :nananana: )
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Post by: cliffhanger on August 03, 2010, 13:08:51 PM
Wow twice in one day, I dunno you Aussies!

I turn left just past Nelston and go via the King Aurthur and Killay- no traffic.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on August 03, 2010, 13:20:06 PM
Wow twice in one day, I dunno you Aussies!  (Wot u Mean?  $%& )

I turn left just past Nelston and go via the King Aurthur and Killay- no traffic.

I'll give it a go one day and see how much distance it adds to the trip. On a good day it's an hour home via Mumbles(ish) and 45min to Morriston (m4)
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Post by: andrewmawr on August 03, 2010, 21:02:28 PM
Looking good for the ice cream slope from about 10 onwards tomorrow,anyone care to join in the fun.
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Post by: cliffhanger on August 03, 2010, 21:39:02 PM
If I wasn't taking out my grandson, I'd join ya- looks a good forecast for that slope- nice l.z. as well!
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Post by: andrewmawr on August 03, 2010, 23:23:09 PM
No probs Rog :af
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Post by: clayts75 on August 04, 2010, 12:39:53 PM
Hope you got out and had fun today Andy. I'm trying to keep the wife happy
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Post by: andrewmawr on August 04, 2010, 18:16:21 PM
Had a good couple of hours on the VR this afternoon,the wind was almost bang on and averaging 30 mph,the highest i regitsered was 41,started off with the Speedo which lapped it up once away from the slope edge then i tried the Polecat with full ballast.Stewth,never flown anything that fast before the turns weren't as crisp but  much, much faster.Learned a lot about my planes today and had a ball into the bargain,hope the weather holds for Saturday eh Clayt :af
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Post by: clayts75 on August 04, 2010, 23:02:21 PM
I'm trying to keep the wife happy

 ;D She busted me writing that ;D

was playing happy families today wishing that I had the balls to tell her that I was going to fly today AND tomorrow.
Ended up booking a family holiday to le Ranolien, anyone know of any good slopes in Brittany, preferably close to Perros-Guirec?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on August 05, 2010, 22:15:17 PM
Had a great day at the Skirrid today :af

Managed to DS my Flying Fish successfully to 115mph, not a bad speed for the conditions. My circuits are incredibly messy :o

Tried to play with spoilerons and flaps for landing. Found neither particularly helpful especially with full ballast. Last landing of the day was a backside landing without flaps or spoilers, soooo much easier, especially with nice soft bracken to land in :af

Adam Lambretta was giving his new D60 its maiden flight, what a beast of a plane. A couple of the laps in the vid in the D60 thread were 115mph, just for reference for the speed I got with the fishyfish.

Beautiful, warm day with half decent company
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on August 06, 2010, 18:20:33 PM
Wow, you kept that quiet mate! :''

Been hoping to try some ds'ing for a while but needed some experts on hand.

Anyway congrats on getting above the "ton".

Next time eh? I wouldn't impose just want to have "look see" and a quick bash with my F.F.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on August 06, 2010, 18:23:55 PM
Wow, you kept that quiet mate! :''

Been hoping to try some ds'ing for a while but needed some experts on hand.

Anyway congrats on getting above the "ton".

Next time eh? I wouldn't impose just want to have "look see" and a quick bash with my F.F.
Definately next time mate, sorry. I forgot that you are keen to check it out :embarassed: :banghead:
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on August 10, 2010, 18:12:02 PM
Hope you got out today to maiden your scalie Rog. Also hope that you didn't waste the wet morning this morning Andy and have cracked on with your Sunbird :af
Looking forward to catching up with you both (and anyone else $%& ) on Thursday arvo at the Bwlch
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on August 10, 2010, 21:07:01 PM
Yep, met up with Mike Evans who launched it a couple of times and gave some good advice.

Flies serenely, very relaxing. Rudder and elevator are quite responsive but not the ailerons. Zey vill be attended to - yah?!!

Have to get used to the airbrakes- quite different compared to the effect of flaps.

Anyways- all being well I'll be up there Thurs. about 1.30pm - hopefully to fly the icecream slope with it's good  L.Z.

I'll bring the Pace and the Jedi :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on August 10, 2010, 22:37:56 PM
Bring the speedo too Rog ,we'll ave a chase :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on August 11, 2010, 10:49:51 AM
Really looking forward to having a play around on the Ice Cream slope tomorrow arvo :ev
Excited like a kid in a sweet (uk)/candy (US)/lolly (AUS) shop :D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on August 11, 2010, 13:12:47 PM
Bring the speedo too Rog ,we'll ave a chase :ev

Your on!
Dont forget mine's a lot older than yours - ie beaten up, so it might be it's last flight (and maybe yours! :ev)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on August 12, 2010, 09:18:16 AM
Four hours to go :ev
Got very grey outside (in Morriston), still dry though.....and windy :af
Fish and AcaciaII ready to go, both with all their lead in them :P
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on August 12, 2010, 10:10:06 AM
3 ;D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on August 12, 2010, 10:18:00 AM
Calm down
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on August 12, 2010, 10:27:23 AM
wait... let me think about it.............NO :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on August 12, 2010, 11:05:14 AM
two ;)
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Post by: andrewmawr on August 12, 2010, 11:30:30 AM
Startin to get a bit exited myself now :D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on August 12, 2010, 19:26:02 PM
Lost my Balistik chevron wing on the ice cream slope today >:( flouro green on top black on the bottom.Crate of lager if anyone happens to find it :xx :xx :xx
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on August 12, 2010, 19:37:31 PM
Yeh, bad news And- but like you said - it gives you an excuse to buy somfin' else  :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on August 12, 2010, 20:08:35 PM
Any suggestions what to get $%&
P.S.
If anybody suggests new specs i'll sit on them :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on August 12, 2010, 20:21:08 PM
Sorry about your ballistic mate, I was looking for it all the way to the car, and no luck :'(
As far as suggestions go  $%&

spare polecat for racing? Something to build strong for learning to DS with me $%&
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on August 12, 2010, 20:36:35 PM
Crash helmet then ;D
It'll also come in  handy when i tell the missus about the balistik
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on August 15, 2010, 18:47:46 PM
Bwlch was busy today :o :)
There was a group up from Kent, they watched the F3F (Ken Philips Trophy) for a bit on the wrecker and then wandered down to the VRslope for some foamy fun.
Interesting and challenging day today, very thermic.
Got flying ants coming out of my Wahzoo :''

Getting the hang of this walking to land on top business, only reverse parked the AcaciaII once :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on August 17, 2010, 00:33:06 AM
Just thought i'd post a short vid of that Balistik i lost on the Ice Cream slope last week,apparently it has been found.It's very distinctive so if anyone knows anything,would be grateful for a pm :af
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmXJwOhzX8Y
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on August 21, 2010, 17:01:57 PM
Any of the Bwlch/Gower posse up for a fly tomorrow,looks ok :''
Should be an easier walk for me anyway,one less plane to carry hehe :nananana:
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on August 21, 2010, 17:11:25 PM
Thinking about popping up to Mickeys for a little bit $%&
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on August 21, 2010, 17:22:33 PM
Yeah was thinking much the same myself.Might try and sort the halfpipe out,What time ya thinkin of goin up?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on August 21, 2010, 17:36:33 PM
Dunno $%&
I'll have to get wife's approval first :xx

My midweek availability just got smashed :'( but the good news is, I am on the course (paid to learn one I was harping about) :uk:
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on August 21, 2010, 19:21:58 PM
Got a pass for tomorrow :D

How does 11 sound?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on August 21, 2010, 19:36:22 PM
Sounds good to me :af Big congrats on getting on the course,see ya at 11 then.
Comin out for a play Rog?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on August 21, 2010, 20:09:41 PM
Thanks anyway- gonna fly my "local" - XC says west ~10mph; Met office says west~15mph. Hoping its the latter so slope edge is ~20.

Have fun guys- Tuesday shaping up for an epic day here!  :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on August 21, 2010, 20:13:15 PM
Off tuesday too Rog just gotta wait for a delivery then i can set off :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on August 21, 2010, 20:22:10 PM
Some forecasts are giving ~20mph by lunch time = 28+ mph on the slope! Whoo Hoo!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on August 21, 2010, 20:35:38 PM
Ballast ahoy!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on August 21, 2010, 20:36:52 PM
Sickie Clayt? :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on August 22, 2010, 20:16:13 PM
Very enjoyable couple of hours on Mickeys today in light conditions,great fun hugging the ridge with the weasel evo,fantastic little plane,wouldn't be without one now.Speedo and polecat got an airing,i even managed to get a couple of decent flights out of the Windrider  BD5 j,looked very strange pootling round with Clayts' Acacia 2 in the background.Shame he damaged a leading edge of his fish on a thistle stem,unlucky mate :embarassed:
Loads of paragliders out/up and we all got on very well :af
Did any other welsh boys get out today?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on August 23, 2010, 15:42:24 PM
Just got back in from flying Rhos.

Wind was a lot more than forecast- 28-34mph. Had my Jedi (no good in that wind) and my Sonic which I ballasted and flew for a while but began to not like the way the wings were flexing  :o

Tomorrow will be epic with winds stronger than today. It's gonna be Pace+ballast and the everlasting Wasabi.

BigAnd- I'll be up on the slope near the trig point 1.00-1.30pm

Clayt-eat your heart out! aaaahhhh  ;)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on August 23, 2010, 15:53:12 PM


Clayt-eat your heart out! aaaahhhh  ;)


Que? $%&

bl00dy work, first bit of really good wind and last time I looked, it was on for the Skirrid too :banghead:
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on August 23, 2010, 18:00:51 PM
Bit flippin' strong for Skirrid ds'ing innit?

Ne'er mind forecasts for w/e Sat WSW 15mph sunny; Sunday WNW 20mph sunny  :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on August 23, 2010, 19:40:43 PM
Stronger the better for DSing mate.
Heading to France on Friday arvo so will miss the winds over here. I'm being a good boy and not taking any planes :-*

Have a blast with all the ballast in the Pace tomorrow. Please, please, please take some video of it. I really want to see it do some massive energy acro. Huge loops, massive pumps, how many vertical rolls can it do??? Can you do a rolling loop??

Wish I could be there :co
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on August 23, 2010, 20:13:36 PM
Lookin forward to it Rog,see ya up there :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on August 23, 2010, 20:25:25 PM
Have a good time in "La Belle France" Clayt.

Took my Weasel to Greece- couldn't find anywhere to fly it! Island was  covered in olive and fir trees right to the cliff  edge!  :'(

C ya soon!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: MooSey on August 28, 2010, 20:32:30 PM
There's no racing tomorrow up the Bwlch is there/ (29/08/10) Checked the calendars and it appears clear.
NW forecast and I've never flown the Ice Cream slope before.
Is it as good as Wrecker and Crest?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on August 28, 2010, 20:48:50 PM
OOOOOO yes,might pop down myself later,around 2 ish maybe :af
Just follow the path across until the ground to your right levels off.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: MooSey on August 28, 2010, 20:52:18 PM
 :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead

Belay that.
Orders to do some other feckin sh!t instead :'(

Another time maybe.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on August 28, 2010, 21:52:36 PM
Fosho :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on September 11, 2010, 17:37:51 PM
Rog should be having an awesome time on Rhossili today. Turbot buoy has ben recording 30mph for this afternoon. Should compress nicely on top of the hill.

Tomorrows F3F on the Icecream slope should be brilliant. I think there are only 9 or 10 entrants so far $%& . Going to be some very fast times tomorrow. Maybe it is because there is a three day event starting on Friday, but I thought that would have boosted the numbers.
I know it is supposed to be bad luck to talk about the conditions for race-day, but hey... is my voice really going to alter the weather pattern? :nananana:
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on September 11, 2010, 17:44:32 PM
Shurrup! it's just started to cloud over here :D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Yoyo on September 11, 2010, 18:50:00 PM
I know it is supposed to be bad luck to talk about the conditions for race-day, but hey... is my voice really going to alter the weather pattern? :nananana:

No, of course your voice can't change the weather patterns, don't be daft.

But your breath, on the other hand...   :ev  :co
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on September 11, 2010, 20:24:52 PM
Rog should be having an awesome time on Rhossili today. Turbot buoy has ben recording 30mph for this afternoon. Should compress nicely on top of the hill.


Don't tell me! I was on the Macmillan Charity walk- 22 miles from Rhossili to Mumbles via the coastal path. Left at 9am got to Mumlbes ~17.30, pretty much cream crackered.

Would have been a great slopin' day  :'(

Never mind all for the good.

Have a good day tomorrow!


Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on September 13, 2010, 11:08:15 AM
Big And. Wednesday's gonna be one of those days- forecast sunny intervals with Westerly winds ~25mph, translates to 35+ at the slope edge! :D

I'll be SilliRhos'in from mid morning if you fancy it. :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on September 13, 2010, 20:22:48 PM
Very tempting,perfect for a Sunbird maiden? :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Cactus on September 13, 2010, 20:44:43 PM
anyone about near the bwlch in the middle of the week? got next week off and thinking about a stop off for a day or two on the way back form the hop.
wouldn't fancy leaving a car full of camping stuff and power planes at the bottom of mickys tho
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on September 13, 2010, 21:03:59 PM
Sorry Phil, I am pretty sure I will be working but I will let you know if it turns out that I aint, then I will gladly meet you there.
As far as access to the track for Mickeys goes, Forestry are removing the trees from behind Mickeys at the mo and those trucks show little regard for the safety of other track users, so I think the farmer doesn't want anyone using the track for a while.
Clayt
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Cactus on September 13, 2010, 21:09:08 PM
fair do's, i'll bear that in mind checking forecast directions, thanks  :af
it'd be nice to get on the wrecker again, but that direction seems very rare recently, at least down here.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on September 21, 2010, 19:17:33 PM
Hey Phil (or anyone), I am thinking about heading up to the Bwlch tomorrow afternoon (sports day at uni, gliders are sport yeah?). Should be on at the Back of the Wrecker.
Tough place for a maiden, but I have a new toy to learn :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on September 21, 2010, 20:20:01 PM
Double maiden it is then :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on September 21, 2010, 20:42:41 PM
Nice!! (thought you were working?)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on September 21, 2010, 20:44:59 PM
October onwards
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on September 22, 2010, 11:27:29 AM
Hi guys- would have made the trip esp. to see a couple of maidens (pretty rare up that way I believe!), but taking my grandson out for a few hours.

What was being maidened- I guess Andy's Sunbird but wot you got new Clayt?

Anyways- hope it all goes well for you :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on September 22, 2010, 16:40:21 PM
wot you got new Clayt?
Andy will put a video up at some stage, so I will let you guess  :co
His Sunbird flys fantastically! well impressed :af
2 successful maidens!!! Whodathunkit ? ?
Wind was a bit west of south for the Back of Wrecker, so we probably should have moved to the rocky cliff on Mickeys $%&
Was a little unpredictable and uncomfortable at times [perfect for maidens ;D :D ]
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: MooSey on September 22, 2010, 21:07:03 PM
Chaps.

Im on detachment next week working off a little base next to Manorbier which is near Skrinkle west of Tenby in the Pembrokeshire coast national park.
A glider or so might slip into the truck........
Has anyone any knowledge of soaring this coastline?
On google earth there looks to be loads of cliff coastline with grass behind.
I'd love to take a mouldie to enjoy the decent lift. Im just a bit worried about rotor or turbulent air from an untried cliff top.
Are there any specific known sites here or just a case of looking for the most suitable? I've only soared cliffs once. I watched the gulls for a while to check out the air!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on September 22, 2010, 21:39:53 PM
Chaps.

Im on detachment next week working off a little base next to Manorbier which is near Skrinkle west of Tenby in the Pembrokeshire coast national park.
A glider or so might slip into the truck........
Has anyone any knowledge of soaring this coastline?
On google earth there looks to be loads of cliff coastline with grass behind.
I'd love to take a mouldie to enjoy the decent lift. Im just a bit worried about rotor or turbulent air from an untried cliff top.
Are there any specific known sites here or just a case of looking for the most suitable? I've only soared cliffs once. I watched the gulls for a while to check out the air!
Sorry Mike, I have no idea of any specific slopes and their behavior down that way. But, If you find a cliff with suitable lift, check out how far behind the cliff you have to go to feel a consistant breeze because that is where you will need to land. If it is a plane that you know flys, don't even think twice about chucking it off a cliff that faces a breeze!! you will love it!!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on September 22, 2010, 22:39:40 PM
Any chance of you taking a small foamie as well?
Just to throw off and check the landing before flying your moldie.

But as Clayt says, you can get a feel from the wind at ground level if there's a likely problem.

Have fun!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: MooSey on September 23, 2010, 12:44:46 PM
I'd like to take a foamie but they take up so much room.
I must admitt the thought of tossing a mouldie into the oblivion makes my stomach lurch!

Im leaving early sunday and if the weather is playing I might just stop at the Bwlch since it's on the way....... Well it is if your company are paying for fuel!!

Anyone out to play??
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on September 23, 2010, 13:28:17 PM
I'd like to take a foamie but they take up so much room.
I must admitt the thought of tossing a mouldie into the oblivion makes my stomach lurch!

Im leaving early sunday and if the weather is playing I might just stop at the Bwlch since it's on the way....... Well it is if your company are paying for fuel!!

Anyone out to play??

Quite possibly if the weather plays ball.

If I'm there it will be about 12:30 ish.

Clive.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on September 23, 2010, 16:52:14 PM
Possibly Mike,
What time are you thinking of passing through?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: MooSey on September 23, 2010, 18:26:48 PM
Late morning I hope. Want to be at hotel in Tenby for 6ish so that means I get a good few hours in.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on September 23, 2010, 18:58:58 PM
Cool, hopefully see you there :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on September 23, 2010, 20:15:16 PM
Just got a pm pass for Sunday,count me in too. :)
Like the modify feature on here. :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on September 23, 2010, 20:23:29 PM
Sunday? ? :D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: MooSey on September 23, 2010, 23:21:29 PM
Lets hope for a NW. I've never flown the ice cream slope and don't fancy the landing hike every 1/2 hr at wrecker etc!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on September 24, 2010, 06:21:11 AM
Sunday? ? :D

Yep!  Sunday!

Clive.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on September 24, 2010, 07:17:56 AM
Lets hope for a NW. I've never flown the ice cream slope and don't fancy the landing hike every 1/2 hr at wrecker etc!
VR (N-NW)is park and fly, and you can land on top safely.
I'm having Wrecker withdrawals at the mo :'(
You do get used to walking and flying eventually, just plan when you are going to look away from your plane
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: MooSey on September 24, 2010, 20:09:22 PM
Looks like Wrecker/VR.
I flew there last time I saw you Clayts. No probs landing, just a bugger if you are wanting to make changes to setup that can't be done inflight.
I've got a titchy hire car but managed to squeeze some toys in. Looking forward to it :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on September 24, 2010, 20:30:56 PM
Should be a good day mate :af
Hopefully have the Skorpion rippin by the end of the day :ev
Might also have a gulp DS ready for testing too $%&
I've built it strong, yet race legal and might add another layer of NS after the season end.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on September 25, 2010, 08:03:13 AM
Seeing as wot I'm not "incapacitated" this weekend it'll be good to meet up with you guys again and Moosey for the first time.

What time you gonna kick off?

Looks like it could be the Wrecker- oooh my favourite (not :embarassed:)

I'll bring some "Wreckable" toys.

Big And - you gonna bring along your Sunbird? Would love to see it in action :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on September 25, 2010, 08:52:21 AM
Yup!Possibly on the VR slope [better landing zone] :xx
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: MooSey on September 25, 2010, 11:16:19 AM
Cool :co Nice one Cliff.

Does VR have a different LZ? I thought it was same as wrecker. I guess there is a beaten path up to the high ground.

Ideally I need to be in Tenby at 6ish to meet colleagues and get some beer down :af. I hope to be at the Wrecker carpark for not after 10.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on September 25, 2010, 11:24:56 AM
On VR (which we will be flying on tomorrow, 'cause we need a NE for the Wrecker :af ) you land along the top where you fly from. It's really quite smooth. I will gladly give a demo of all the different types of landing (except catching :'( ) that you can get away with on the VR slope.
Park on the side of the road about 500 yards East of the Wrecker layby. I should beat you there so look for a silver Vectra estate :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: MooSey on September 25, 2010, 11:38:51 AM
Nice one Clayts.
I might see if I can fit my M60 in the car too since you may have a foameez :af
It's piddling titchy Seat Ibiza. It has clearly been targeted at people of diminished dimensions and model carrying ambition!
As it is a hire car though, it's the fastest thing on the road ^-^
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on September 25, 2010, 13:30:49 PM
Look Moosey, in these times of economic downturn and companies watching their expenditure, I think a Seat Ibeza is a very good choice for one person to go swanning off down to Tenby. ;D :D

From what I can remeber renting one in Greece on holiday (cheapest of the bunch) it's not  much bigger than a Smart car! your boss must be a tight ar$e! :''

Take it easy on those mountain hairpins.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on September 25, 2010, 20:58:13 PM
I'd be concerned driving a car named after an island renowned for being choccas full of trippers :o

Should be a really nice slopin' day tomorrow guys :af

Looking forward to it :co
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on September 26, 2010, 20:58:42 PM
Good day today Boyos :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on September 26, 2010, 21:28:15 PM
A1,still buzzin, :D
Quite like mouldies i do :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on September 27, 2010, 08:25:08 AM
Yep And, we all thought your Sunbird was the biz. for a 60 incher!

Really quick and pretty aerobatic- sorely tempted. ::)

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: MooSey on October 01, 2010, 12:08:16 PM
Just got back from Manorbier. Didn't fly there but last sunday made up for that.
Great to see you all and look forward to another visit :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on October 01, 2010, 18:49:09 PM
See you next time Mike :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: John Y on October 02, 2010, 20:48:35 PM
Yesterday I had a bloody bad day, I didn't win the 82 mil Euro rollover lottery! Today, I took off early to fly my Extra at my local club when wifey rang and said, " Tesco's have delivered, let's go and visit your parent 's grave and make sure it's ok". "Right oh says I, but I'm just taxiing for take off so this is very inconvenient!" Fifteen minutes later I land and hurl the lot into my car and head for home. Getting there I said to the old girl, "Winds southerly, I'm throwing a couple of gliders in the car and we'll do the Wrecker backside on the way".

One and  a half hours later we get there and I expect to see hundreds of flying nuts, but we're alone. Nevertheless, I sart putting a Phase 6 together only to find it's U/S, so I pull out another 11ft jobo and start putting that together when I charming chap turned up and said, " Nice to see you, not to many people turn out other than for comps, I'm going back to get my gear".

So off I go to the back of the Wrecker and after driving  away a flock of sheep -  well two of them anyway, flung the old bird into the sky, thinking I'd get the wife to retrieve it if it went to the bottom. Jeez, I couldn't have believed it; the lift was so powerful and smooth it was orgasmic! After 30 minutes I had to land because I needed to get to my parent's grave but the 30 minutes I had were great!

I shall now be very happy to drive the 90 minutes or so from my home in Swindon to enjoy the delights of the Bwlch but hey, where were you guys today?

Regards
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on October 02, 2010, 21:48:07 PM
Epp60 racing at Long mynd mate,well,me and Clayt anyway,catch ya next time perhaps :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on October 04, 2010, 06:56:50 AM
Yesterday I had a bloody bad day, I didn't win the 82 mil Euro rollover lottery! Today, I took off early to fly my Extra at my local club when wifey rang and said, " Tesco's have delivered, let's go and visit your parent 's grave and make sure it's ok". "Right oh says I, but I'm just taxiing for take off so this is very inconvenient!" Fifteen minutes later I land and hurl the lot into my car and head for home. Getting there I said to the old girl, "Winds southerly, I'm throwing a couple of gliders in the car and we'll do the Wrecker backside on the way".

One and  a half hours later we get there and I expect to see hundreds of flying nuts, but we're alone. Nevertheless, I sart putting a Phase 6 together only to find it's U/S, so I pull out another 11ft jobo and start putting that together when I charming chap turned up and said, " Nice to see you, not to many people turn out other than for comps, I'm going back to get my gear".

So off I go to the back of the Wrecker and after driving  away a flock of sheep -  well two of them anyway, flung the old bird into the sky, thinking I'd get the wife to retrieve it if it went to the bottom. Jeez, I couldn't have believed it; the lift was so powerful and smooth it was orgasmic! After 30 minutes I had to land because I needed to get to my parent's grave but the 30 minutes I had were great!

I shall now be very happy to drive the 90 minutes or so from my home in Swindon to enjoy the delights of the Bwlch but hey, where were you guys today?

Regards
Hi John Y
Glad to see you had a ball - I guess that you were a Bwlch virgin?
The S of Wrecker slope isn't the best by any means and is one of my least favourite places to fly up there, but as you say, the lift to be had can be pretty awesome. Next time hope for a W or WSW for a flight on Mickeys, probably my favourite for lift and ease of landing.
I'd say that you were unlucky not to meet anyone up there on a Saturday P.M. - It has been known, but the "away" venue comp took two of the regulars out of the equation. BTW, Sunday PM is more likely to get you flying buddies to hang with. I was planning on flying there on Sat PM but went to the Meio instead with my electric EasyGlider to dial it in a bit. the SSW wind wasn't at all helpful on the WSW facing slope and the "electric" part came in handy  ::). There was another local up there with me (Mark) and he had a nice little EPP ASW Semi scale electric that flew with aplomb once the ailerons were set for correct orientation  :o.
John, perhaps if you know you are heading across this way from home to notify here your intentions so that we can make arrangements to be there if possible. We don't often pass up a chance of some socialising on the slopes  :af
All the best.
Clive.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on October 05, 2010, 09:12:31 AM
Andy, Clayt, thanks for your pm's, be seen' y'all soon! :af

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: John Y on October 06, 2010, 07:53:10 AM
Cheers Clive, I'll gladly do that. Although I haven't flown models at the Bwlch before, back in 1957 we did try to launch a Slingsby Kite 1 off what is now known as the Crest but we couldn't get it off the ground  - probably because of the curl-over. In a way this wasn't a bad thing because  had we done so I think we may have succeeded in killling the guy in the cockpit! Certainly in those days there was nowhere to land at the bottom if he'd failed to stay up, but we never gave that sort of thing much thought then!

Regards

John
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on October 06, 2010, 20:27:57 PM
THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A RUSH :ev Just sitting in it and contemplating it!!!

See you next time you bit the Bwlch John :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on October 06, 2010, 20:34:28 PM
Clayt, did you manage any DS'ing today?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on October 06, 2010, 20:48:33 PM
Nah, rained as I left Cardiff, then I thought I would go to the Bwlch instead. As I got to the decision point in the trip, I decided to go home and spend time with Clare and Mia instead :)
I think Sunday (if the weather is OK) is my only day this week.

Just looked at XCLiar :o  17mph ENE, and fine (should be well over 40 on the lip)
Will be howling on the Wrecker!!!
If you come along Rog, I'll land for you :ev Or at least walk/fly them to the landing area for you.
You have to experience the mega, mega lift on the wrecker in a good blow!! your aeros will be HUUUUGE!!!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on October 07, 2010, 13:07:46 PM
Count me in!
I have to "prove out" my 3030 so will bring a sacrificial model with me.

-Cue mind's eye picture of a few Welsh Druids on top of the Bwlch burning a model glider so that a fliers transmitter will work OK.... ;D

Not what I meant!

Clive.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on October 07, 2010, 13:57:25 PM
Hope to have finalised my Pace repair and put it all back together for Sunday.

Thanks for the landing offer- guess I'll just bite the bullet and get used to walking to the top of the ridge behind the Wrecker- shame it's not more Northerly for the VR 98 slope :-\

Hope to see y'all Sunday.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on October 09, 2010, 13:09:46 PM
Hi Guys, running thro' the various weather forecasts, looks like it might be the Crest more than the Wrecker tommorow.

What time is it kicking off?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on October 09, 2010, 13:37:44 PM
I'm aiming to get there around 10 mate. I'm only gunna hike to the crest if the wrecker isn't flyable. I fancy park and fly tomorrow :ev
Had a thought about landing when the wind is more easterly than northerly for the wrecker and I'll try it out tomorrow :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on October 09, 2010, 16:49:12 PM
I'm sure we'll ALL be watching with great interest  :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on October 09, 2010, 16:52:07 PM
I'm sure we'll ALL be watching with great interest  :ev
I'll test it out with Roger's Pace ;D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on October 09, 2010, 16:56:05 PM
Haven't seen the sun at all today in Bridgend, hope it isn't claggy tomorrow $%&

I'm not bringing any foam tomorrow, so the Flying fish may be the guineaPig for landing testing. Been itching to try a pop'n'drop with a mouldie :D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on October 09, 2010, 17:02:05 PM
I'll test it out with Roger's Pace ;D
Right!I'll sit on him while you try and land his Pace!Sorted,ey Rog :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on October 09, 2010, 17:47:43 PM
I was thinking that an ENE wind would be coming in straight along the VR slope. So instead of walking over the road and up the hill, walk along the road and land on the top of VR into the wind (along the slope away from the Wrecker). You should also be able to get enough lift to be able to walk towards the plane for the whole walk instead of having to look backwards. Tight approach though, as you don't want to be approaching over cars. I'll have a crack tomorrow :co
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on October 09, 2010, 20:56:13 PM
Tell ya what,i'll chuck the easystar in and pootle round and see where the rotor is/isn't.Might just find a pocket of calm air :xx
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on October 09, 2010, 21:01:23 PM
Tell ya what,i'll chuck the easystar in and pootle round and see where the rotor is/isn't.Might just find a pocket of calm air :xx

Don't you trust me? ? ? ? ? ?  ;D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on October 09, 2010, 21:28:18 PM
I don't trust no one >:(
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on October 09, 2010, 22:09:45 PM
See yooz on the morrow :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on October 10, 2010, 19:26:22 PM
After waiting for the clag to lift for an hour or so, turned into a fantastic day on the Wrecker at the Bwlch today :co

Was great to catch up with everyone today, especially Andy West, tsbeen frages.

Skorp was hooking today, bum is still twitching :ev Did some lawn darting with the Fish this morning too, nothing a few wraps of glass cloth won't fix :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on October 15, 2010, 20:27:23 PM
It's all quiet on the Welsh front $%&
What's been apnin?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on October 15, 2010, 21:17:00 PM
Norralot here
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on October 16, 2010, 11:16:09 AM
If the racing gets called off for tomorrow at the Bwlch (which I will know at lunch time today), I'm gunna head up to the Wrecker/VR for the afternoon today instead. Anyone else keen?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on October 16, 2010, 11:43:34 AM
 :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on October 16, 2010, 12:34:16 PM
need a tapping fingers smiley  :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on October 16, 2010, 13:06:28 PM
Right, it's off for tomorrow, :'( so I'm gunna head up there for 1.30 - 2-00 :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on October 16, 2010, 13:29:08 PM
Looks to be W or SW light,Challenging :P
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on October 16, 2010, 17:32:36 PM
Looks to be W or SW light,Challenging :P

OOOPPPS, sorrry mate. I meant today ;D
I typed the above and left for the slope :ev

Tomorrow looks sh1t until late in the afternoon :'( and I need to do some study stuff tomorrow
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on October 16, 2010, 20:25:16 PM
My fault,didn't read it right.Might dig out the lipos and try some 3d stuff
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on October 16, 2010, 20:37:42 PM
Enjoy the prop spinning tomoz.
Clive and Andy W were at the wrecker when I got there today.
Flew the Skorp empty first flight to see how it went in decent lift empty. For me, if the lift can support a weighty model, fill it up! So much more fun.
Landing the first flight was super tricky, I couldn't find a place to get out of the shear/rotor in the landing area and the skorp empty was just a feather getting blown around all over the place.
Second flight was full to the brim......GGRRR. That thing is sooooo fast.
Mark showed up later and had his cherry popping flight at the wrecker.... well done mark, it gets easier each time!

Andy W had some trouble today with his TX (we think). Got his blood pumping to say the least. Had to fly with full down elevator stick. made the walk to landing (and the landing) very exciting!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on October 16, 2010, 20:47:09 PM
Wind looks pretty light tomorrow.

My Big Le Fish (82"span) arrived today- prolly sit in the garden and make a load of EPP dust, shaping the fus!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: conwysoarer on October 17, 2010, 11:49:47 AM
I am down your way (Morriston) next week if I manage to sneak some toys in the car it would be nice to meet up with some of you for a spot of flying.

Jon
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on October 17, 2010, 14:12:48 PM
Free tues-thurs this week but i'm away next,which week are you down ?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on October 17, 2010, 15:37:37 PM
I'm usually up for flying most days.

Wind is forecast Westerly this week on Thurs/Fri- Rhossili, Big And?! :D

Jon, guess you mean w/c Mon 25 Oct.

See how the weather pans out!

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on October 17, 2010, 16:13:41 PM
Itching to try the Sunbird on Rhosilli :af :af :af
You're on for Thursday,flying to menorca Friday ;)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on October 18, 2010, 08:16:58 AM
Good on ya! :af

Keep tabs- maybe we should swop mobile no's, pm me if you want to.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: conwysoarer on October 20, 2010, 23:00:50 PM
Down in the Swansea area on 27th until 30th - looks like NWs again hopefully get some flying in up Mynydd y Gwair or Garnswllt area.

Jon
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on October 21, 2010, 18:25:20 PM
Spent a really good couple of hours on Rhosilli today flying in the usual super smooth costal lift with Cliffhanger.20 mph+ on the edge,what a great slope,that article in the latest RCM&E doesn't do it justice.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on October 21, 2010, 18:41:24 PM
Yep, great day once the showers had passed through.

Shot some vid. of Big And flying his Sunbird. will post a bit here when I get around to editing it etc.

Neat little plane, loads of energy retention. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on October 21, 2010, 18:56:58 PM
Chickened out on the ballast though :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on October 25, 2010, 21:29:06 PM
Saw that Clive and Mark had a bit of a play at the Bwlch on the weekend. I was away in Huddersfield getting soaked on saturday and flying F3F in very challenging conditions on Sunday. If the weather is good this weekend, I should be able to get out for a play at some stage :af .
Thought that Andrzej and Kev might have graced the slopes with their presence on Sunday arvo? What about Andy West?
Big And is on hols OS somewhere at the mo too.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on October 26, 2010, 17:58:17 PM
Yea, good bit of fun on VR98 with Clive who showed me how to fly inverted - still removing the lumps from the back of my pants. 

How'd you get on in the comp Clayton?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on October 26, 2010, 19:29:33 PM
Saturday's comp was our first washout for the year in EPP60 and I ended up not doing too bad on Sunday in the F3F. I finished 12th out of 21. Thought I did much worse than that so I was pretty pleased.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on October 26, 2010, 19:32:18 PM
Nice one mate :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on October 26, 2010, 21:15:45 PM
Just had a look at the results spreadsheet and found out that I was 3rd fastest in round 1, and 5th fastest in round 5 :o
Whodathunkit :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on October 31, 2010, 14:54:19 PM
Anyone get to a slope this weekend?

I didn't and I don't think I will be able to next weekend either :'(

Next time out for me is going to be round one of the SWSA Winter F3F league. Oooh sooo faaaar away in the middle of November >:(
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on October 31, 2010, 15:02:30 PM
Nope!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on October 31, 2010, 15:10:24 PM
Got your phoon yet?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on October 31, 2010, 15:11:23 PM
Nope!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on October 31, 2010, 16:35:03 PM
Yep - sh^ty first thing but got about an hour in, Cliver turned up and flew foam wing thing (sorry Clive, forgot the name of it). $%&

We packed up and yacked for a bit, Clive went but I hung on for an hour and it cleared for perfect flying!, all that air just for me - superb! :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on November 01, 2010, 07:02:14 AM
Hi Mark,
The flying wing is an "X-it" - which is the same model as a "Windrider Bee".
I won it a few years ago in a combat comp (anyone remember them?). Flies really well when you strengthen them with carbon spars.

http://www.f3f.co.uk/knewt/comps/swsacombat04-05/kw0o0049.htm (http://www.f3f.co.uk/knewt/comps/swsacombat04-05/kw0o0049.htm)

When I got home, I unpacked the car and noticed that the sky was now 50% blue - a lot better than the 0 % that was evident when I pulled away from the Wrecker car park - I should have hung around!

Glad you had a good time - I spent the afternoon helping to carve a pumpkin and doing the annual "liberating of the Halloween decorations thing" from the shed. The kids that came trick or treating (Whatever happened to "Happy Halloween?") were spectacularly made up, apart from one 14 year old chancer who's only tilt at a costume was a "No Fear" sweatshirt with the hood up!  $%&

Clive.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on November 01, 2010, 17:09:46 PM
Hi Clive,

Yea, it really did improve!  Still practicing inverted (still not quite right but it's more about panic than anything else), I really want to get me head around some of the aerobatic moves, I'll just stick with it until I do!


All the best,


Mark
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on November 06, 2010, 08:05:30 AM
Hi fellas, Anyone flying the Bwlch tomorrow (Sunday)?

Winds seem light and variable  :-\
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on November 06, 2010, 08:44:57 AM
Yep, me and my lil' old Polecat will be there - what time? :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on November 06, 2010, 17:08:12 PM
Probably - depends on wind direction/weather (believe it or not)
Should be there lunchtime.
Clive.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on November 06, 2010, 17:21:07 PM
Hoping to be there for 10.30'ish.

Two and half - three hours then back to see some of the Swansea v Cardiff football match- not that I'm an avid soccer fan , just that it should be a good local derby.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on November 07, 2010, 08:09:56 AM
Apologies guys. Just dragged myself to the computer - a combination of watching two rugby games in the pub  yesterday avro + a cold coming on = staying home today :-\
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on November 07, 2010, 18:13:55 PM
Hope you feel better Rog,

Weather at the Bwlch was excellent (but bl**dy cold!) up 'till about midday, then it just died to nothing.  Clive turned up, AJ and Chris, although by the time AJ turned up, all that could be flown was his Easy Glider - see on the slope soon mate!

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on November 07, 2010, 18:24:16 PM
Glad you got in some flying- CU soon!  :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on November 07, 2010, 21:05:05 PM
It was nice to meet you guys ("again" in the case of Mark).  :af

Pity the wind had all but gone  - but a potter about with the weasel was better than noubt. (That will teach me to get up so late). Nice chatting to you - and at least technically I have now flown the Wrecker (and had a gander at the "Back of Wrecker"). That just leaves Mickey's still to see up close and personal.
I must remember that even up the Bwlch there are low wind days that make it worth chucking The EG in the boot (or even the blaster 2).

Catch you again no doubt - I'm determined to maiden that FF at some point.  :xx

Chris
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on November 08, 2010, 06:51:35 AM
+1 on the "leave EasyGlider in boot" thing.
Although I was up there early (for me) at eleven and finding a good blow on the Wrecker, I only got about 15 mins of Xit'ing before deciding to rig the F3F. After rigging (and poncing about with settings), de rigging and then rigging up another F3F, we found the wind had died to a whisper. So I did a bit of marginal Xit'ing again.
A poor flying day livened up by good company & conversation.  :af
Seems AJ had it right all along....

Clive.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on November 08, 2010, 16:15:10 PM
Nah, AJ got it wrong with the rest of you - the good lift was there from 9 a.m.  Early Bird and all that....................

Good yacking though.


Mark.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on November 13, 2010, 07:17:19 AM
Hi Clayt- how's the house move doing?
Guess you're settled in a bit. Hope you're flying mojo is still intact- haven't seen your name on the forum for a while.

Light Westerlies Sunday- Anyone for Rhossili?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on November 13, 2010, 11:49:24 AM
Hopefully will be flying the Meio with Mark (Nucleardwarf) today (Sat. P.M.). Leave the Bwlch to the F3F Big boys on Sun.
Had a small shower earlier but it's now clearing well - blue skies every quarter and a mild WSW blow - Yippee!

Clive.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on November 13, 2010, 18:42:27 PM
Good fun at the Meio today Clive - pity you didn't get chance to fly your Mininch, it's getting bl^^dy adictive this flying business...................... :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on November 15, 2010, 07:02:32 AM
Good fun at the Meio today Clive - pity you didn't get chance to fly your Mininch, it's getting bl^^dy adictive this flying business...................... :af

AND Bleedin' expensive!
Don't forget, I know you've bought a new toy!  ;D

Weasel clone 80% done.

Clive
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on November 15, 2010, 20:32:17 PM
New plane Mark????
Waddya buy?Go on spill the beans.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on November 15, 2010, 20:37:18 PM
Waiting like a kid at Xmas!

Second hand Flying Fish and a brand new Acacia II - will sh^t meself throwing these out! but what the hell!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on November 16, 2010, 10:58:01 AM
Wahey!
Gwboi Mark,looking forward to seeing those zooming 'round the Bwlch :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on November 16, 2010, 11:25:14 AM
Wonder how long before I wack 'em?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on November 16, 2010, 11:57:37 AM
You'll be fine mate,just take your time and listen to the wise ones  :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on November 16, 2010, 15:48:20 PM
I will, I will  :) - but I don't know if I can afford to buy the shed, bench, dremil, fibreglass, carbon etc, etc, etc, I'll then need to bl^^dy fix 'em!  :'( ;D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on November 16, 2010, 16:47:17 PM
You'll be fine mate,just take your time and listen to the wise ones  :af

LOL! ;D The wise ones eh? Dunno where Mark's gonna find those.

He might find three hanging around a stable in Bethlehem soon!  :D

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on November 16, 2010, 16:54:35 PM
If praying helps me (but I know it won't)  not to break my new toys :'( - I'll set up the "Bwlch Shrine." ;D  We could all spend a bit of time in there having seen the number of crashes I've seen! ;D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on November 16, 2010, 20:59:26 PM
I've seen you land that electric EPP scalie and you do a good job of that. The crow braking of the two models you have bought will give you a landing experience much like that one, no problem.   :af

Clive.

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on November 17, 2010, 19:36:12 PM
Got the Flying Fish! :) :) In pretty good order too!  Small piece of the wing tip had been damaged but a skillful bit of magic from Clive sorted that little problem out pretty damn quick - a big THANKS to Clive for his help and patience with my total lack of knowledge. :af :af :af

Just waiting for the Rx and battery, a bit of fiddling in setting up the surfaces and, with the wind in the right direction, it'll get thrown of a rock face this weekend all going well.

Now it's a case of impatiently waiting for the big one to arrive (Acacia II) and see if I my bottle holds up to sling that as well...................


Will keep you posted.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on November 18, 2010, 17:59:33 PM
I feel a Flying Fish maidening session coming on Mark !

 If the wind is OK - I'll hopefully get a chance to maiden mine this weekend. (also yellow/blue etc).

I've spent some time setting mine up on the SX also.

I have no idea whether I should setup any flap movement with the ailerons or whether I should wait until I'm more confident flying my first moulded model before setting up such stuff.

So far Ive got it set in mode 2 - with the Crow brakes on the right slide lever, some (small) flap movement on the left slide lever , snap flap on the right switch (but switched off by default) and some 40% exponential on the expo switch.

For initial aileron travel up and down, I've reduced mine to about 12mm up and 6 down I think. (too conservative ?  $%& )

Crow braking obviously variable on the slider - but at max -down flaps 70 degrees or so with ailerons up about 12 mm - elevator down just 5 mm. Have a bit of an issue with max crow in that one flap is descending a few mm further than the other - centre and travels are identical so I may need to tweak things mechanically a bit.

(still reading the many threads for final bits of advice)

Oh - and I'm thinking of using my 800mAh 2s lipo with a 5a regulator. though I did get a new AAA nimh eneloop for the purpose - many many conflicting threads on this one.  ???

What travel etc are you setting yours up with ? - c'mon spill the beans Mark   :D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on November 18, 2010, 18:19:54 PM
Chris,

The setup posted with the Fish is:-

CG 91mm back from LE at root, aileron high rate (measured at tip) up 12mm, down 10mm, low rate up 6mm, down 5mm.

Elevator high rate (measured at the centre) up 7mm, down 7mm,  low rate up 5mm, down 5mm.


Spoileron (ailerons up) 11mm at the tip, elevator comp, down 2mm at the centre.

Not sure if this is of any use, $%&  I just wiggle the sticks to stop 'em smashing into the floor! ;D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on November 18, 2010, 18:23:39 PM
Sunday looks good for the Wrecker/VR98 boyos :af,might bring the Sunbird down for a spin.Yeee Ha :D.Gonna bring your fish down Rog? :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on November 19, 2010, 09:33:23 AM
Chris,

The setup posted with the Fish is:-

CG 91mm back from LE at root, aileron high rate (measured at tip) up 12mm, down 10mm, low rate up 6mm, down 5mm.

Elevator high rate (measured at the centre) up 7mm, down 7mm,  low rate up 5mm, down 5mm.


Spoileron (ailerons up) 11mm at the tip, elevator comp, down 2mm at the centre.

Not sure if this is of any use, $%&  I just wiggle the sticks to stop 'em smashing into the floor! ;D

Hi Mark.
I see that the setup you got with The FF seems to be for  a 2 servo wing version - no flaps.
I would either ask on the Main Forum to see if anyone has a setup for the 4 servo wing version that you have.  OR
Go for maximum amount of Flap downward travel when in crow and about half of the spoileron aileron upwards setting that is indicated in the set up notes above - about 6 - 7 mm. There has been a discussion somewhere either on this forum or another about what "up" aileron achieves on a 4 servo wing when in crow. I believe from my experience that a/   it adds a bit of drag, though not as much as down flap does,  b/   it helps "cancel out" any pitching moment that the deployment of down flaps causes (along with elevator compensation, of course) and c/   it puts washout into the wing tips which means that the wingtip stall is delayed when the airspeed decays (model slowed up for landing).

Your opinions might vary     ;D

looking good for the weekend - I'll try to finish off the new model by then.  wish me luck!  :af


Clive.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on November 19, 2010, 14:18:20 PM
Andy- just got back from an unsucessful maiden of the XL Fish down Gower- wind not really on the Fall bay slope.

So could well be up on Sunday to maiden the damn thing- but the forecast favours the Wrecker  >:( but hopefully might be ok for the VR98 :af (Clive H. J. - whats the story behind the VR98 name?)
 
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on November 19, 2010, 22:20:25 PM
Hi Rog.
Hopefully should be there Sunday to maiden my new homebrew Weasel clone, the "MILF"  (My Interesting Little Flyer).

Re: VR98 - SWSA hosted the Viking Race in 1998 and with the northerly winds at the time it was predominantly flown on the slope 100 yards to the east of the Wrecker. I'm not sure if it had a name at the time but since it has always been VR98 in honour of the fact.

Clive.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on November 20, 2010, 19:06:49 PM
Lookin to be at the Wrecker about 10:30 ish tomorrow,Clayt ought to be there around the same time.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on November 20, 2010, 23:02:09 PM
Hoping to join you tomorrow.

Mark, As mentioned earlier  - we'll compare FF settings. (God knows I need to)

I maiden-ed today on the Garth. First time up there - far from ideal with V. low cloud, dark skies and a bit blustery off the slope. - my crow braking on first landing ballooned up badly - I panicked a bit and applied a bucket of down but I had already slowed to a stall -  and nosed in 4 inches into the ground. (it didn't seem to balloon as much when I applied Crow a few mistakes high - maybe the FF attitude was faster and already pointing down somewhat when I tested) Several cracks on the fuse (usual place + down the side) - no damage to carbon wing etc. I did duct tape the Fuse to have a few more goes (probably a bit silly - but I didn't want to come home after a totally negative first try :'' )  - I managed slightly better landings by applying brakes gradually and using elevator manually a bit. The Jart went OK and landed more easily despite only using spoileron/elev. Bit of a treck up the steepish side of that hill - I won't be doing that with 3 gliders under my arm again. I did some basic FF repairs tonight - hoping to have the thing sorted for a possible 2nd try tomorrow morning .  :af
(More comprehensive carbon lining of the wing seat etc will follow next week I suspect). No doubt I need to figure out if I just need more elev. down on the Crow.

As for the morning - I'm assuming N/E is more VR than Wrecker - is that right I wonder. I seem to remember parking on the verge for VR98 rather than the wrecker parking spot.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on November 20, 2010, 23:08:15 PM
Yup!See ya there :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on November 22, 2010, 00:14:39 AM
A Great time up the Wrecker / VR98 today. Nice to meet those I haven't met before.  :af

An enjoyable day - with mostly great lift.

Some highlights


I witnessed an odd shaped plane gain lift during a knife edge. - great plane that Rog.
"Weasels wobble but they don't fall down" - (unless mullered by a Speedo Thermo that is) - I hope the leading edge fix to the thermo isn't to much grief Andy.
Almost a brown trouser moment" as I discovered the reason why so many threads on this forum suggest "keep it moving" when flying a moulded glider.(It was quite an impressive stall as far as stalls go)
Clayt proves it is indeed possible to land my Flying Fish easily and smoothly without a triple salchow and the one and a half twists"
"

Seriously thanks for your help with the Fish Clayt - that excess expo definitely flummoxed me yesterday and no doubt it will feel like a different beast now.

Will try and find the time to edit a small set of Vid. clips I took.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on November 22, 2010, 08:29:55 AM
Yep, was a good day! Enjoyed myself until the cold got into the old bones of mine  :-\

Clive- these are the digi metal geared micro servos I talked about.
Used quite a few (as has Pasty) in smaller models. Even used them lately for the tail feathers in my Wasabi! no problems.

http://www.giantcod.co.uk/epower-digital-metal-geared-micro-servo-p-403798.html (http://www.giantcod.co.uk/epower-digital-metal-geared-micro-servo-p-403798.html)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on November 22, 2010, 19:41:48 PM

"Weasels wobble but they don't fall down" - (unless mullered by a Speedo Thermo that is) - I hope the leading edge fix to the thermo isn't to much grief Andy.
'Twas but a scratch mate :'' but be prepared for some Weasel combat next time we meet :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on November 22, 2010, 20:45:37 PM
No Worries Chris, glad I could help :af

Your's and Andy's mid-air is the first one I have seen at the Bwlch in the 18 months I have been flying there (with the exception of EPP60 racing)  

Make sure you edit OUT any MILF comments with an Aussie accent :-X

Was great to get some flying in on Sunday.

If anyone has any time off this week (not me :'( ) the VR slope should be pumping all week :ev

P.S. the UK border agency has given me indefinite leave to remain........ :co
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Pasty on November 22, 2010, 21:02:30 PM
Hey Guys

How did your big fish go Rog?

I'm glad someones getting some good air, its been shitty down here for over a month!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on November 22, 2010, 21:40:11 PM
Yup,off till Friday,gonna try and get down on Thursday if it's dry and give the BD5 an airing perhaps
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on November 22, 2010, 22:25:38 PM
Hey Guys

How did your big fish go Rog?

I'm glad someones getting some good air, its been shitty down here for over a month!

Rog's big fish stayed toasty and warm in his car mate. I don't think he wanted to risk it on the Wrecker  :)

Have fun Andy :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on November 23, 2010, 07:04:21 AM
But he did fly a homebrew aerobat (Aerofish?) that took "ugly" to a new level!   ;D

Seriously, it flew very well.

Symmetrical EPP Airfoiled section fuselage with carbon boom. Depron "Swinger" cut-down wings and a cruciform tailplane that had as much vertical stabiliser under the boom as on top!! :o

Orientate THAT Mister! (Good thing it had contrasting stripes on the underside of the wing)

I flew my Guppy alongside him and he was ripping it up. At one point he called out that the model was climbing whilst on knife edge!!

Usual Cliffhanger blenders etc were demonstrated.

I'm off  to make one - beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  ;D

Photos please, Roger!

Clive.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on November 23, 2010, 08:44:42 AM
Pasty- yep Clayt was right I still haven't maidened the XL Fish!! :embarassed:

Hopefully this week :xx

Clive- bit of a build thread on the X-Centric II on RCG.

Forgotton that the fus sides were 6mm Depron with epp top and bottom to absorb impacts.

My new X-Centric III should be flying in a week! Not quite so ugly but still a bit wierd  :D :ev

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1310918&highlight=x+centric (http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1310918&highlight=x+centric)

ps Andy- Thurs. looks good for the VR slope with a fairly good (cold!) blow- I'll be in touch.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on November 23, 2010, 20:24:22 PM
I'm keen for Thursday too fellas :ev :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on November 23, 2010, 20:42:42 PM
Wahey!Any more takers,gonna be chilly :co
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on November 23, 2010, 21:04:42 PM
Wish I  could be there. :'(  But on the good side of life I have almost three weeks off over the Xmas break to fly myself stupid! :af

Hope to see some of you at the Bwlch then :co
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on November 23, 2010, 21:51:47 PM
doh!
I have managed to swing a Wednesday off but not a chance of Thursday.
Got some thermals and a new hat.  Will practice my fish flying {landing especially}.
Wind looks a little light tomorrow.  Starts off NNW and then goes WNW.  Would you say WNW was still  ice cream slope or mickeys slope?
Have a great time on Thursday, the wind looks perfect for VR98.

Chris
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on November 23, 2010, 21:55:34 PM
Should be ok on the ice cream slope tomorrow but 'ave a look at VR first.Good luck with the Fish mate :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on November 24, 2010, 06:37:31 AM
Bu**er, why does work always get in the way of a good day's flying?
Mark - I'm off almost two weeks for Xmas so will hopefully hook up then.
Chris - You'll need your thermals!

Enjoy your gliding fun!  :af

Clive.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on November 24, 2010, 17:35:33 PM
Andy et al, hope to get to the VR slope (hurrah! :D) late morning for a couple or three hours.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on November 24, 2010, 17:51:13 PM
Iawn boi :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on November 25, 2010, 00:47:10 AM
Had quite a good afternoon on the Ice Cream Slope.  
The wind was low to start with so I had a  bit of fun with the easyglider.
After an hour the wind picked up a bit, so I had a few circuits with the flying fish.
It's very speedy even in low to moderate winds.  Three landings, one quite poor (nosed into soft earth), the other two not too bad, but a bit on the fast side.  No damage apart from a popped off flap control horn (didn't retract crow - oops  ::)  )
Very happy with the fish, but I need to get the handle on slowing the bird down before coming around to land. She comes in against the wind like an Exocet missile - and takes a while under full crow to slow down. Do you guys have a set method to bleed the speed off a mouldie slope side, before bringing her off the slope ?

Cold day, but thermals and hot soup made the difference.  Looks like you have a V. cold one tomorrow, at least -10 with the wind chill I suspect. Looks like a nice breeze on the VR - Have a good one all  :af
Chris.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on November 25, 2010, 05:38:17 AM
Nice one Chris,

Good to hear that  the FF is airborne and doing the business!   :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on November 25, 2010, 10:04:03 AM
car issues today so I don't think I will be able to make it :'( I'll try though :af

Well done Chris............success ;)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on November 25, 2010, 10:06:08 AM
Is the car business urgent?if you want i'll call for you on the way
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on November 25, 2010, 11:01:49 AM
Thanks mate, but I have to have it fixed by this evening and I should also get some study done so will make the most of the time at home while it is being sorted at the mechanics.
It's bluddy cold out side let alone 1500 feet above. hope you keep warmish :co
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on November 25, 2010, 20:18:36 PM
Got  to the VR slope around 11.00 am. Cold yes, but more of a put off was the blustery conditions.

Maidened the XL Fish but it was pretty unpleasent due to it being knocked around a fair bit and the model is  not that light, at 13 oz/sq.ft

My theory is that at quite high wind conditions, which it was today, the mountain a couple of miles directly North of the VR slope gives a turbulant action which in lower wind strengths is not present- (like on last Sunday).

Andy- how was the ballasted Polecat? Hope the trip was worth it! 
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on November 25, 2010, 20:22:09 PM
Turned up at VR about 11:30 today just as Cliffhanger was packing up,he said the lift wasn't that great as it was a bit turbulent ,sure enough he was right,.The wind was cock on but just felt 'lumpy',i flew for about an hour in a gusty force four-ish which gave the new tranny mitt a thorough test which it passed with flying colours,great piece of kit and only a tenner,my hands stayed warm no problem.Well impressed :af
Hope you got your bargains at McArthur Glen Rog ;)
Weekend's brewing up for a howler ey Chaps
BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on November 25, 2010, 20:25:12 PM
Typed the above while you posted Rog,the polecat coped no problem full ballast!:af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on November 25, 2010, 20:26:12 PM
Hey Andrew,

Can you remind me where you got the "handbag"  ;D for the Tranny?

Cheers mate


Mark. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on November 25, 2010, 20:33:44 PM
Ann Summers in Cardiff "specialist" section :''
If they're sold out try here:
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=11738 (http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=11738)
They're on back order but well worth the wait :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on November 25, 2010, 20:35:53 PM
Cheers Andy! :af

Now to try that little pink number on wrecker........................... :D


Mark
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on November 25, 2010, 20:43:13 PM
Any pink bits on the Wrecker in this weather are gonna be very very little :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on November 28, 2010, 00:18:17 AM
Wrecker tomorrow anyone?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on November 28, 2010, 00:49:03 AM
Hehe - it's going to be Brass  :)
09:00 7 mph ==> 9 mph   NE   -4 C   
12:00 7 mph ==>10 mph  ENE   0 C     
15:00 8 mph==> 12 mph  ENE  -1 C

 I took my blaster out for a few throws this PM just locally and I lost the feeling in my fingers after 10 minutes. - still got to get one of those covers.

If I can get my chores done by mid-day - I may be tempted though. I'm assuming the mountain road has been gritted  :D.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on November 28, 2010, 08:40:15 AM
Staying local today what with the mountain road conditions.

There's some quite tall sand dunes in North Gower I'll try with the Weasel/Segway.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on November 28, 2010, 09:35:53 AM
good idea Rog,might pop down myself,just gotta pop a new servo in the weasel :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on November 28, 2010, 15:36:34 PM
Two planes to maiden and no flippin' wind!  >:(
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on November 28, 2010, 16:54:47 PM
Yup,had a tour of the gower today,D'you think that ridge to the north of where we normally fly overlooking the campsite might be DS able $%&
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on November 28, 2010, 17:31:25 PM
Good day at the Bwlch today with Clive :af  Nice clean lift and saw Clive's MILF fly really well - the adjustments etc., were a proper success mate! ;)  Had a little buzz with the Polecat but still no maiden for the FF yet, the time will come though.................... :)

Suprised no-one else turned up, beautifull scenery right out to the snow capped Beacons, nice just being able to stand on good Welsh turf and enjoy the views :co
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on November 28, 2010, 18:18:31 PM
Yep, good smooth lift, though not bricklifting, and about a 5MPH on slope wind on the Wrecker.
Blimming chilly though - minus one degree.  5 - 10 min flights and then a girly run back to the car to thaw out. Maidened my tranny mitt (ooh err matron) that I forgot I had. It makes a difference. I really hate flying with gloves - this could be the answer.
MILF had a larger area fin and extended chord elevons fitted. Good data gathered for the next one. Reasonable turn of speed and insane roll rate - perhaps 720 degrees in 1 sec.   :o
Easyglider electric looked good in the air with the winter sun to our backs. Great photo opportunity - shame we had no cameras with us. Loving this model the more I fly it.  :af Good job Multiplex.

Clive.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on November 28, 2010, 21:05:44 PM
Yup,had a tour of the gower today,D'you think that ridge to the north of where we normally fly overlooking the campsite might be DS able $%&

I've flown front side there quite a few times, and had the same thoughts about the ablity to DS it. Not a great DS  slope
but probably feasible.

Good to hear some of us got a bit of flying in today :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on November 30, 2010, 21:12:01 PM
Smuggling a plane into the car before uni tomoz and will hopefully be at the wrecker layby, quivering with anticipation (or cold bones), by about 13:30.
Full ballast skorp screaming sesh :ev

I don't care if I am the only one there....................but it would be great if anyone else turns up for a play.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on November 30, 2010, 21:21:05 PM
Be worth turning up just to watch an aussie freeze :ev
See ya there mate :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 01, 2010, 16:06:38 PM
That was interesting!!
Left my gloves in the wifes car. :embarassed:
Hand froze to the point that I didn't know if I was touching the aileron stick or not by the time I had launched.
Thanks Andy for lending me the Turnigy Mitt Thingy and holding the hand entrance open for me. Plane saver :af
Lift was pretty awesome around the lip but pretty quickly got blown out with height. Lead Sled would have been a much better choice for today. Don't have one, so the Skorp full of ballast was the next best option.
Pity I couldn't feel the sticks as I had to fly out and away for a bit until I got a little bit of sensation back. By the time I could feel the sticks, I had had enough and the snow was coming back (my excuse and I'm sticking to it) so Andy guided me up the hill to the wrecker landing area.

Tip for fresh fliers: Check out the landing area BEFORE  you launch.

A quick wander around whilst trying to also concentrate on flying the plane revealed no area with a consistant wind.
"Faark it" says me, and screams the Skorp in for a landing. Glad I didn't fly more than 20-30 metres behind myself as the full ballast and no butterfly didn't produce very much forward movement (relative to the ground) which caused my ring to twitch a little bit as the Back of the wrecker eats fibreglass and carbon at any opportunity and I really didn't want to retrieve the Skorp from down there.
Pretty turbulent approach and was able to get her on the ground without any damage. Andy had his camera out so might have some evidence if the cold didn't freeze the memory card.
That one 15 minute flight was enough for me today and understandably, Andy decided against committing aviation.

Thinking about it just now, it might be worth my while learning how to fly in the nip-tweaking style. At least I would have known that I had the stick, instead of guessing!

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on December 01, 2010, 16:28:13 PM
Vid uploading now :af.i
I'm sure if you ask Clive Henry nicely he'll let you practice on his nips,get a feel for it as it were :o,he might even dress up in his missus' clothes to make himself more tranny-like :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Yoyo on December 01, 2010, 17:57:30 PM
Vid uploading now :af.i
I'm sure if you ask Clive Henry nicely he'll let you practice on his nips,get a feel for it as it were :o,he might even dress up in his missus' clothes to make himself more tranny-like :ev


Oooh, I see what you did there.

Very clever  :D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on December 01, 2010, 21:05:31 PM
OI!

I resemble that remark!!

No-one gets to tweak my nipples unless she pays upfront first.

Clive.

BTW Mark's Acacia has arrived. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on December 02, 2010, 10:03:58 AM
Tried  that slope on the road from Morriston hospital over to Ammanford, just by the turn down to Graig Cefn Parc, yesterday.

I lasted 20 mins- wind blustery and freezing f****ng cold :-\

Oh for a nice 20mph westerly and +5 deg. C for a bit of Rhossili flyin'  :'(
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on December 04, 2010, 15:18:10 PM
Anybody know if the Bwlch road/ice rink is open $%&,the Rhigos road is shut.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 04, 2010, 15:40:28 PM
Dunno mate, but all the snow has been washed away from my place today with the rain. Might be frozen up there though $%&

BBC travel says only the Rhigos part is closed, so it might be ok.

Thinking of flying tomorrow? Looks OK for VR in the arvo, lightish though :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on December 04, 2010, 16:56:56 PM
Aye perhaps,i'll review tomorrow.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on December 04, 2010, 17:43:42 PM
+1 - could be claggy in the a.m. better in the avro.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 05, 2010, 07:20:26 AM
Just popped outside for some 'fresh air'. All the rain we had yesterday has solidified :'(
Hopefully the council displayed some forethought and had the gritters out last night. :study:
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on December 05, 2010, 08:17:16 AM
Same down here mate.

My side road is like a skating rink- the road up to Bwlch from P. Talbot stays in the shade all day, dunno what that might be like! :-\

I'll wait until mid morning and see if the winds are worth the trip(risk!)

Right now very light Northerly.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on December 05, 2010, 08:36:14 AM
Gonna earn some slope tokens today methinks :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on December 05, 2010, 08:39:21 AM
Yep, they always want things done before Christmas- like decorate the whole house!  :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on December 05, 2010, 08:46:44 AM
You can always trade 'em in for a better "model"........................ :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on December 05, 2010, 11:42:58 AM
Sloping tokens it is, then lads.
Will be doing "family/Xmas" chores today. :P
Best of luck to you all, hope you get some in.  :xx
Mark - You need to cut/build this Weasel clone to get airborne in the light lift days...

Clive.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 05, 2010, 11:51:48 AM
I can see the wind turbines near the Bwlch from my kitchen and they are stationary :'(
I'll keep an eye on them, but I have a feeling that even if they did start spinning, I'd be the only loon to try to get up there.
Might spend some time in the garage instead.  Fish repairs and Multifun methinks.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on December 05, 2010, 15:48:10 PM
Has anyone tried sloping Craig Cerrig gleisiad??

Just West of the A470 about two miles North of the Storey Arms Centre.

It would take a North East wind with the slope rising 240 metres from the A470.
The walk up wouldn't be too bad- probably a bit like Rhossili.


(http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/ae103/cliffhanger_02/CRAIGC1.jpg)

Google camera shot from the A470 layby.

(http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/ae103/cliffhanger_02/CRAIGC2.jpg)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on December 06, 2010, 17:20:37 PM
Hi Roger,

Never flown there, walked it too many times to remember but there is fantastic lift when the wind is in the right direction. :)

There are three routes from the A470, two start at the layby where the reserve is on your direct left, one at Storey Arms.  The easiest is: once over the sty (from the laybay) turn right, follow the path for approx half a mile, another sty, turn left up the steep slope which leads you to the ridge.  The other (from the same sty) is left and up a very steep slope!, much shorter but would be exceptionally difficult with an arm full of models.  :'(

The one from Storey Arms- park by the burger van, over the sty behind you, turn right and march on a gradual slope for approx mile and half which will bring you to the ridge again. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on December 06, 2010, 20:43:05 PM
Thanks for the info. Mark :af

Next reasonable N/E I'll give it a go!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 12, 2010, 18:04:20 PM
Nice day today. Nice smooth lift with a bit of a lull around midday.
Good day for an F3F comp :af

Anyone get out this weekend?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on December 12, 2010, 18:15:22 PM
Wind was due East ~10-14 mph down this way.

East is a bit of a prob. here, but some time spent on Google and local map turned up quite a nice ridge West of Pontardawe.
Should have taken my Alula, but even so managed a few flights with my Wasabi with some extra camber dialled in. :af

Did you Clayt or anyone else fly?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 12, 2010, 18:32:43 PM
Had round 2 of the Welsh Winter F3F comp on the Wrecker today. Was a good day :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on December 12, 2010, 18:36:39 PM
Works' christmas party last night,probably still not safe to drive  :banghead:Head feels like that.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 12, 2010, 18:37:57 PM
Any more belly-kiss action :-*
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on December 12, 2010, 18:49:06 PM
Mark & I managed to get out today. We first went to Machen which provided us with some very strange 2.4 gig happenings. Firstly my 2.4 Easy Glider started up the motor on battery plug in whilst throttle control on zero (!) No damage as I always make sure prop is clear before connecting flight battery. Isolated motor from ESC after failing to find fault with software or settings. Flew OK for about 30 secs and then lost control/gained control back twice - fortunately at height. Landed OK but fast - no damage apart from a slight cut on LE from fern stump. Well peed off as I couldn't find the reason for it. Mark then attempted to bind his Flying Fish for it's maiden but no luck - we believe it was the rx battery. We flew the M_i_l_f (35 meg) a bit and enjoyed it's insane roll rate, packed up and left for Mark's home to recharge his rx battery, have coffee and a warm.
After recharging the rx battery we decided that as it was still light (2 ish) we'd do the far side of the Meio. Mark was still enthusiastic about maidening his F/Fish, so off we trod. I took the EasyGlider and flew that first to check the radio response (OK, no problem) and the conditions (buoyant but light). OK now it was Marks' FF's  turn. I threw it off and it tracked well initially but had a few issues which we resolved during the next few flights. Crow deployment resulted in a steep stall so landings were brakeless but easy and not at all fraught. We went away happy but not fully sorted, the crow offset needs further addressing as it baloons up steeply on deployment.
Has anyone else found that Machen produces problems with 2.4 gig? The aerial behind the slope puts itself forward as the culprit, perhaps?

Anyway a  few pics:
(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c31/clivehenryjones/PB300126.jpg)  Mark on Machen
(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c31/clivehenryjones/PB300128.jpg)
Models on machen
(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c31/clivehenryjones/PC010131.jpg)
Here's to nothing!  Maiden @ Meio North East slope

Clive.

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on December 12, 2010, 19:53:18 PM
Had a great day today...........maidened the FF!, ;D ;D with lots of advice and assistance from Clive - thanks again Clive. :af :af

Seems that our opinion that the mast at Machen was to blame for the 2.4 glitches would be founded as there were no issues on Mieo at all.  Really enjoyed getting the Fish into the air at last, can't wait to do it all over again! :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 12, 2010, 20:32:31 PM
Congrats on the maiden Mark :af Glad it went well.

Good to hear that you both got out and about ;)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on December 13, 2010, 16:14:29 PM
Cheers Clayton,

Good fun was had!  Now, let's get this bloody Acacia up as well...................... :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on December 14, 2010, 23:15:58 PM
Had a great day today...........maidened the FF!, with lots of advice and assistance from Clive - thanks again Clive.

  :af

Nice one getting an incident free maiden mark. It does help having these experienced peeps about doesnt it :)
I'm glad you had some easy landings despite the crow - I'm finding mine landing a tad fast even with crow deployed.
 Did it seem quite fast flying compared to your plank? Mine seemed to go from fairly quick to ballistic in a single sharp turn (bare in mind I've come from predominantly EPP City mind - so watching anything faster than a panda with a zimmer frame makes my head spin.). The Jart has been a good warm-up mind - even if it is the EPP one. I wonder if the glass wing fish flys the same as my carbon one - much, much to learn about these mouldie things.

  I'm definatley dialing in more down elevator for the fish next throw and will keep the elevator compensation screen open  for mid-air adjustments again like i did when Clayt assisted my (2nd) maiden. (mine was also ballooning even with 3 or 4 mm down). I'd rather err on the side of too much down as the crow is activated (crow on the left stick) - so I can adjust if neccessary by just pulling down on the right stick also. Anythin beats the "oops Ive ballooned and run outa momentum 15 feet off the ground" feeling.

Also looking foward to hearing about your acacia happenings when they get going.  :af
A rare day of work tomorrow - so maybe some time on the VR98 / Ice cream or the Meio. looks like a N moving to  NNW 12-15 mph  and sunny. Got  2 additional carbon fuel rod warmers off ebay - so toasty pockets at least.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on December 15, 2010, 09:36:32 AM
Hi Chris.
Mark maidened his Fish on the East slope of the Meio. It's not the best slope and the wind was slightly off and so the lift wasn't all it should be. This turned into a plus when we realised that the elevator was out of trim and much too severe. At the slowish speed that the model was travelling overcorrecting the elevator wasn't such an issue as it probably would have been at a faster rate of knots. Deploying crow resulted in instant and severe pitch up. It was obvious the first landing had to be brakeless.
The landing zone on this slope is fairly generous, so Mark just took it back and to the side quite a way on finals and the model landed where IT decided to! It literaly just flew itself into the ground. Soft earth and a strong model mean no damage at all on landing.
We carried out adjustments and flew the model a few more times, modifying trim and travel issues as we went. In the end we had a good set up apart from the Crow. The lift was dying by this stage and it was getting darker so we called it a day. We will have a think about what we need to accomplish next time. We will, no doubt, put in more "down" spoiler compensation on the elevator and possibly try to get the ailerons to rise more. We might even try limiting downward flap movement.
It's all fun!

Clive.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on December 15, 2010, 18:08:56 PM
Hi Chris,

Yea, really, really good time with the F.F.!, but it must be said without the assistance of the "Master" Clive, the Fish may well of been in a bin liner!  Gotta say it though, I found it pretty comfortable landing it but there wasn't a great deal of air about, maybe different in a force 5 wind.  $%&  The F.F. certainly seemed more "slippery" in the air than the Polecat but they really are two different animals I suppose, need to see what happens in a proper blow.

I have now dialled in a wack (not very scientific I know) of down on the elevator and look forward to seeing how the Fish responds to that, I guess it all comes down to (for me anyway) making sure there is plenty of space between the model and the ground before trying anything remotely clever.  Also need to put a big thanks to Clayton for confirmation on the flap movement on my Acacia and Ian/Zim at Sloperacer proper blokes!  :af

The F.F. has certainly reduced the amount of lumps in my pants  :ev feeling everytime I think about launching the Acacia but I have been assured by all the "flying men" that it's going to be easier, better and more fun flying the bloody thing, though I still got this mental picture of the Acacia looking so good up in the air until that moment it needs bringing down to Mother Earth...................................... :'( but what the hell, let's get it done eh? :af

Start of my leave this Friday, weather permitting I am going to fly every damn model I got during the Xmas break (wrong choice of word perhaps), hope we can meet on the Bwlch/Mieo soon and have some fun! ;D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Yoyo on December 15, 2010, 18:47:40 PM
The F.F. has certainly reduced the amount of lumps in my pants  :ev feeling everytime I think about launching the Acacia but I have been assured by all the "flying men" that it's going to be easier, better and more fun flying the bloody thing, though I still got this mental picture of the Acacia looking so good up in the air until that moment it needs bringing down to Mother Earth...................................... :'( but what the hell, let's get it done eh? :af

I know that feeling... my first flights are always as long as possible just in case they are the only flights.

 :embarassed:
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on December 15, 2010, 18:53:49 PM
I know that feeling... my first flights are always as long as possible just in case they are the only flights.

 :embarassed:


Ah ah!, such a good practice Yoyo, must try and increase my flight times...................... :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 15, 2010, 19:41:17 PM
Hey Mark,
Flying longer is fine, as you will gain more experience and feel etc.
But landing only gets better with experience and the more you practice it, the better you will get at it.
You can practice landing as much as you like with the polecat, just try to bring it in as gently as you can and put it where you want it to land.
I still get nervous when I land something that has consequences for a 'not good' landing for the first landing of the day.
The more you practice, the less you will break (eventually  :ev )




Rog, Andy, anyone.....

Up for an early morning session at Rhossili?
The wind is forecast to swing North from the west some time between 9 and 12 so I was thinking of getting down to Rhossili for about 8 - 8.30 and getting a few flights in before the wind swings off :co
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on December 15, 2010, 20:08:13 PM
Hi Clayt- all five :o of my internet weather sites say rain tomorrow by 9am until later in the avro when the winds wlll have swung to NNW.

I'll charge  the up the Pace and see how things look at 7.30 ish I'm  :xx.

If it looks good I'll be in touch by text. How about you And - bit too early?

Cheers.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on December 15, 2010, 20:13:53 PM
Murdering turkeys tomorrow :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 15, 2010, 20:45:26 PM
didn't notice the rain g  fh ffmgj fn chcnxn fch (Clare did that  >:( )

We'll see what it's like in the morning :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 16, 2010, 07:17:44 AM
Looks a bit wet Rog, I'm gunna stay home :'(
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on December 16, 2010, 07:34:38 AM
Ok mate.

I'm up and ready, no rain here (yet). Just phoned Mumbles c'guard -they reprted Westerly 15 mph.

Might leave  about 09.30 if still dry.

Got a new mobile- Sim card did not transfer your no.

Could you pm me some time with your mob no.

TARA! :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 16, 2010, 17:11:59 PM
Did you have a good morning Rog?

Clouds were ripping past today.

Hope you took the pace and all its ballast :co
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on December 16, 2010, 19:14:34 PM
I reckoned it would have been 50 + mph on the slope edge at Rhossili this a.m., with a bad wind chill factor.

So I stayed home in the warm ; ;)

Got well into fitting out a 2m. EPO lightweight which recently arrived from RS2 Hobbies in H.K.

I'm hoping it will come out sub 900 grs. Good for some VTPR, unlike the 82" Fish XL I've just built which is a bit weighty and flies more like a Wasabi.

With the bad forecast for the next week, I might run out of models to build or repair ;D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Yoyo on December 16, 2010, 19:34:29 PM
Got well into fitting out a 2m. EPO lightweight which recently arrived from RS2 Hobbies in H.K.

With the bad forecast for the next week, I might run out of models to build or repair ;D


Want to do some of mine??

Which one is your 2m R2 jobby? Any good?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 16, 2010, 19:42:44 PM
don't blame you for staying warm Rog :af
If you have some cross-country ski's, I'll let you know my address for when you run out of builds/repairs :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on December 16, 2010, 20:10:09 PM
Welsh Tony Fu? :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on December 16, 2010, 21:21:38 PM
Welsh Tony Fu? :''


 :D NOT!

Yoyo- this was the model:  http://www.r2hobbies.com/eng/proddetail.php?prod=rcpl2401001 (http://www.r2hobbies.com/eng/proddetail.php?prod=rcpl2401001)

80 all up incl. shipping (R2 always charge a lot for that part!)

EPO wings and tail feathers and a plastic fuselage that looked like the old Duralene fuselages of 20 years ago, slightly flexible but looks pretty unbreakable -says me!
The kit was really comprehensive with even holes and recesses for all the horns, fus snakes and servo/battery trays installed, even long servo extension leads for the 'ron servos.

I'm building it for slope use only- no motor, although it came with a spare spinner hub which I'll just use to fill with  balance lead and screw to the nose.

The wings came with all the servo well and cutouts etc. for a four servo wing, just had to make a couple of join up cuts to free the flaps- voila, crow braking!

If it flies ok I might post a short build thread. :af

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 18, 2010, 11:17:32 AM
defo not getting out my driveway and up the hill to the gritted road without lots of digging and carting of Grit (bin about 1/2 mile away :'( ).
Cleared my driveway and went for a walk to get some grit earlier, there are cars scattered everywhere.... and the few that are driving are sss..tttt..ruggling
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 18, 2010, 11:27:23 AM
Brother-in-law just told me that if someone slips on the parts of my drive that I have cleared and gritted, I can be held liable in court.
How the Faark am I supposed to get out of my street if I am not able to clear the snow. The council isn't going to do it.
What is wrong with people these days.
I hope no-one slips and falls on my drive, I can't afford to get sued, so I will have to bury them in the bush instead :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Yoyo on December 18, 2010, 11:39:32 AM
Brother-in-law just told me that if someone slips on the parts of my drive that I have cleared and gritted, I can be held liable in court.
How the Faark am I supposed to get out of my street if I am not able to clear the snow. The council isn't going to do it.
What is wrong with people these days.
I hope no-one slips and falls on my drive, I can't afford to get sued, so I will have to bury them in the bush instead :af



Nearly right. But wrong.

On your own land, you can do what you like, but you have to take reasonable steps to keep visitors safe. If you decide to make your path into an ice slide by pouring water on it and the postman slips over, you could be in trouble. If you just shovel the snow off it onto the grass, you're fine.

It's a bit more tricky on public highways such as roads and footpaths - if your actions make it more dangerous (e.g. if you pile up the snow from your drive onto the path so people trip over it) then you could be liable there.

If you're sensible, it shouldn't be an issue.

Snow clearing liability (http://property.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/property/article3205122.ece)

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on December 18, 2010, 17:53:59 PM
Just heard on the radio that the Bwlch/Rhigos roads closed,can't think why :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 18, 2010, 18:01:03 PM
Just heard on the radio that the Bwlch/Rhigos roads closed,can't think why :''

Did you get smashed by the snow last night too? We got about an extra foot.

Was really hoping to get up there at some stage this weekend. See how much walking I feel like doing tomorrow.
Doubt it though :-\
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on December 18, 2010, 18:15:41 PM
Just a couple of inches overnight but more to come from monday onwards i think >:(.I was out in the garden about 3 pm,the temp was -8,can't see us getting a fly before christmas,shame the Sunbird would look nice against a white background with the sun on it,as would the Skorp, wodjathink mate?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 18, 2010, 18:58:01 PM
Would look amazing :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on December 18, 2010, 19:06:41 PM
Really need a fix now gonna dig the easystar out and plough some snow down the park tomorrow i think.Snowing lightly here now.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on December 22, 2010, 22:01:28 PM
Bwlch road still shut :banghead:
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Yoyo on December 22, 2010, 22:09:21 PM
Bwlch road still shut :banghead:

It's a nice walk up from the bottom, surely?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on December 22, 2010, 22:11:20 PM
Yes it is,-and don't call me shirley.
Ithankyou :P
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 22, 2010, 22:25:35 PM
I got all excited this morning when I heard them say on the radio that the Bwlch mountain road was closed in both directions from the A4107 junction to Cwm Parc (T junction at the top). I grabbed my camera (no time for flying this morning) and went for a drive. I can confirm that the road was closed at Nant y moel this morning.
I imagine that you could drive it at your own risk in a 4x4 (Dad-in-Law has one that I might be able to borrow :D ) as the road had tracks on it and wasn't totally barricaded off.

Hope the council get some graders and gritters up there soon ;D

Nice wouldn't be the word I would use to describe the walk :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on December 22, 2010, 22:34:59 PM
We're all missing the Bwlch slopes now aint we :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 23, 2010, 20:36:13 PM
Just realised that the A4107 (road through Cymer to the Bwlch) isn't listed as closed or anything.
I'm gunna try to get up there to have a play on the VR slope.
Anyone else feeling brave and available $%&
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on December 24, 2010, 08:09:11 AM
Packing pressies today.

Good luck getting up the last bits of the Cymer road!

Anways Merry Christmas to all on "South Wales Slopers"   :-* :-* :P
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on December 24, 2010, 09:05:34 AM
Cheers Rog,and the same from me.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 24, 2010, 09:58:21 AM
happy xmas boys :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 24, 2010, 13:03:00 PM
Roads are clear to the Bwlch now from Port Talbot and Nant y Moel. Not from Treorchy yet.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 27, 2010, 12:18:18 PM
Roads are still clear, with a single lane cleared on the Treorchy side of the Bwlch and the Nant y Moel side well cleared.
Signs are still up saying that the roads are closed, but access is excellent.
Tomorrows racing  :xx could be on Mickeys so that would mean walking up the track as there is definitely no way I could drive up that track. The snow is melting very quickly though and possibly a fair amount of rain tonight.

Hope you all had a great Chistmas :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 28, 2010, 16:25:25 PM
Comp was rained off today. Breeze was quite a reasonable SW'ly so I trundled down to southerndown.
Clag all the way until Ogmore-by-sea then the sun broke through and there was even a little bit of blue sky. With my spirits soaring, I pressed on to the old farm layby. I jumped out the car and ran to the cliff-top to be greeted by thousands of blackbirds sitting on the ground and a very gentle breeze on the back of my head :banghead:

I went home and covered the Gulp Fuz instead of flying. It just wasn't supposed to be a flying day today and even 'my' optimism wasn't going to change that :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on December 28, 2010, 21:02:35 PM
Full marks for trying! :af
Looks like tomorrow will be the same- hopefully getting more flyable Thurs/Fri.

Probably the thousands of blackbirds on the ground were Starlings that come in from Northern Europe to winter here.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 28, 2010, 21:36:26 PM
Keen to get out and fly this week mate :study:

Picking up an MandM transmitt and tray tomorrow morning (Chrissy-cash). I have been borrowing Andy's Turniggy muff and can't imagine going through more winter without one now, so I got me a good one.

The tray is so that I can learn to fly nipple tweak style for when I learn aeros better (better control an' all that :af ).

Thanks for the info on the Starlings (I think they nest on those Southerndown cliffs each year?).

Andy, et al, is anyone going to be able to get out and fly this week?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on December 29, 2010, 11:31:32 AM
Glad you mentioned Southerdown Clayt - I was thinking about going there the last day or two as I haven't had the balls to chuck anything off a cliff yet (plenty flown a little further down towards the more gradual slopes of Ogmore). What put me off earlier in the week was the large discrepancy between the BBC wales weather wind prediction for south wales (ENE) and the south westerlies advertised on the xcweather site. They do seem to be back in step now though.  :af

I have had a few days of chucking the Blaster 2 around in the snow at least - and in the light of the "what foamy" thread - I'm resurrecting a FlyingWings storm SL Slipstream for a chuck at some point when the wind changes.

Hope you all had a good Chrimbo etc.
MandM transmitt ? which ones that? Looking for something like this or the Turniggy myself.

Chris.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 29, 2010, 12:43:37 PM
Hi Chris, I've flown the big cliff at Southerndown beach (dunraven bay) a couple of times and it takes a straight westerly. Yesterday I went to the cliffs to the north of Southerndown beach just next to the old farm buildings on the Ogmore Rd as they suit a SW and that was the wind direction we had at the Bwlch.
It isn't as high as the Southerndown cliff (only 100ft) but the landing area is heaps better. Landing on the top of the Southerndown cliff is a nightmare. Rotor as bad or worse than the wrecker with no real options other than to stuff it in and hope for the best.

MandM transmitt is from Tony Watson in Newport. He doesn't use his email anymore and hasn't updated the webpage for ages either but is still producing them. I bought the tray and larger mitt to suit the tray and paid 65 (30 for the tray and 35 for the mitt). Seems worth the money (maybe a bit steep for the tray?) I picked it up this morning and am looking forward to trying it out. The tray fits my FF9 tranny really well and I like the way it hangs round my neck from the bars. Contact via phone or snail mail. MandM website (http://www.mandm.gb.com/page3.html)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on December 29, 2010, 13:22:19 PM
Cheers - I will have a gander at the webby.

I'll wait until the wind is right for the cliffs nearer the farm then - looks like it will also take a SW on google earth?
This year I will definately try the "Witches Hat" on the beach itself. Looking at it on google earth it does appear to be a large west facing bowl . I have walked up it several times to go fishing off witches point. I will no doubt give it a go with the tide full out so I can land out on sand if needs be. The bowl is about 200 meters wide with the cliff top at about 90-100 feet - rounding off to about 120-130 feet.  Maybe even a NW and SW would be fine given the bowl shape.

Google Image of the Bowl on the : Witches Hat (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&q=dunraven+cliffs&ie=UTF8&ll=51.443255,-3.603988&spn=0.004775,0.015492&t=h&z=16)

A nice panormic from beach level of it here : SoutherndownBeach (http://www.360cities.net/image/dunraven-bay-southerndown-glamorgan-heritage-coast-uk#327.40,-35.40,100.0)

Just wondering - has anyone tried this yet?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on December 29, 2010, 13:52:51 PM
Dunno whats worse, snow or this misty sh1te!

Tomorrow looks the best day for windspeed ~14mph Easterly.

Tearing my hair out! >:(
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 29, 2010, 13:58:36 PM
That was the spot I was referring to with the horrendous rotor :ev Should work around to NW. Any south from west would not be a good idea with witches point blanking off the bowl from the south
Steep walk and a very Crumbly edge too
Great lift though :af and worth it for the experience

If it is westerly, I would normally choose the Bwlch or Rhossili.

The cliffs along near the farm work best on SW :co
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 29, 2010, 13:59:46 PM
Dunno whats worse, snow or this misty sh1te!

Tomorrow looks the best day for windspeed ~14mph Easterly.

Tearing my hair out! >:(

Where do you fly for an easterly Rog?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on December 29, 2010, 14:15:07 PM
Found a new Easterly slope a couple of weeks back, it's near *><$%^&%*"  in the Swansea valley. ;)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Yoyo on December 29, 2010, 14:38:07 PM
Found a new Easterly slope a couple of weeks back, it's near *><$%^&%*"  in the Swansea valley. ;)

I think I went there when I lived in Wales.

I love Welsh spelling...
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on December 29, 2010, 15:23:18 PM
LOL! :D :P
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on December 29, 2010, 19:59:42 PM
Clayt, Big And- if you fancy trying this East slope (not huge) tomorrow it's about 10 miles North of the M4 junction with the Swansea valley road toward Ystradgynlais.

If so, I will pm you with the directions- I'll be there from mid morning once the mist has lifted.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 29, 2010, 20:03:06 PM
be great to join you mate! hear from you tomoz
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on December 29, 2010, 20:32:40 PM
 :af Will pm you tom. ~ 9.00, see how the weather and wind are looking.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on December 29, 2010, 20:37:41 PM
Room on there for one more rog? :'(
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 29, 2010, 20:43:11 PM
Room on there for one more rog? :'(
You were in the original invite, ya great gallah!!
Looking forward to catching up tomorrow
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on December 29, 2010, 20:50:37 PM
Oh yeah,trying a bit too hard to finish off the christmas beer,off up the shed to charge my stuff.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on December 29, 2010, 20:51:57 PM
Seein' as how we smashed you 60 points to 17 you're more than welcome! ;D

Will be in touch tom. the walk is only about 5-8 mins slightly up hill- so no prob for your joints And! :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 29, 2010, 20:55:08 PM
Lucky I don't like the Aussie cricket team and like to see them get smashed, or you'd be bragging to me too :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on December 29, 2010, 20:58:42 PM
Was there Rog,Sunday and Monday,i think i know the slope you're on about,see ya there mate,weather permitting of course :xx
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 30, 2010, 16:58:20 PM
it feels SO Good to have finally got some air under the wings :ev
nice little gem of a slope with red kites, buzzards, kestrels, ravens and plenty of seagulls all sharing the beauty.
Thanks for a great day fellas :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on December 30, 2010, 19:32:47 PM
 :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 31, 2010, 22:09:03 PM
Hoping to fly new years day on the VR slope, hopefully see some faces with planes :ev
Happy new year  :af

Hope your heads don't hurt too much tomorrow
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on January 01, 2011, 09:30:54 AM
Well, dunno about your way Clayt, but there's naff all wind down here. :'(

Guess I'll go for a jog (Christmas calories) then do a bit more building.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 01, 2011, 09:37:14 AM
No worries mate, I'll be there if you change your mind :af
P.S. there was bu66er-all wind when I was flying yesterday too, and you can see how 'poor' the lift was :''

Won't know til I get there, but I suspect I will be on the Ice-cream slope $%&

Have a good one mate
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 01, 2011, 10:34:41 AM
Hey Mark, I'll have my Acacia there today if you feel like breaking in the new model at the start of a new year :af
I'm leaving for the Bwlch about nowish and should be there most of the day (unless I'm there by myself the whole time, and then I might get bored and lonely [I know there are sheep :D ])
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 01, 2011, 17:21:57 PM
Sorry to do it to you again Mike $%&

But I had a great day today on the VR slope :af
Had the whole place to myself for most of the day.
Mostly flew my EPP60 plane and had a burn around with the Skorp for a bit too.
The lift was really light til about 2 when Clive and Mark showed up and then it improved somewhat. It wasn't particularly bad in the morning though with really smooth conditions that needed a little bit of 'management'.

Massive congrats to Mark for successfully maidening his AcaciaII :af It looked as though the settings were spot-on and will be a fantastic platform for honing the skills. Fish was going great too :co

I really enjoyed hot-dogging around with the foamy today and the Skorp was its usual awesome self.

I took some headcam today and I'll see if I can get enough 'plane in frame' footage for a bit of a clip. Not hopeful though :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on January 01, 2011, 17:58:00 PM
Glad you guys had a good day,bit jealous too :''
Well done to the Dwarf :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on January 01, 2011, 18:20:32 PM
Booger! :-\

What d'ya think are the chances tomorrow of reasonable flying conditions at the Bwlch?

Ah well, when all you younger dudes are back in work/college, the forecast for Grandad's Rhossili is 15 mph westerly on Thursday.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 01, 2011, 18:37:44 PM
Nice gentle breeze on the Wrecker with that big orange thingy visible in the sky. Should be a really nice day, with smooth lift and easy landings (in the landing area :af ). Chilly though, but if you stay out of the breeze, shouldn't be too bad :co

Family day for me tomorrow :'( (so far :ev )
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on January 01, 2011, 20:07:53 PM
Might go for a repeat of last thursday ;)Waddyathink Rog?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on January 01, 2011, 20:24:19 PM
At the Bwlch today - absolutely buzzing with the maiden of the Acacia  ;D and the Fish,   ;D a big thanks again to Clive Henry Jones  :af :af and your goodself Clayt  :af for the assistance/putting up with the novice.  Loved every minute of flying and intend - weather permitting - to do the same again tomorrow!  :af

How bloody addictive is this sport!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on January 02, 2011, 08:36:01 AM
Might go for a repeat of last thursday ;)Waddyathink Rog?

Yeah! See you on the "Thursday" slope And.
I'll be there today from about midday.

Weather is due to clear a bit and the wind is starting up already  :af 
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Zim on January 02, 2011, 09:17:17 AM
At the Bwlch today - absolutely buzzing with the maiden of the Acacia  ;D and the Fish,   ;D a big thanks again to Clive Henry Jones  :af :af and your goodself Clayt  :af for the assistance/putting up with the novice.  Loved every minute of flying and intend - weather permitting - to do the same again tomorrow!  :af

How bloody addictive is this sport!

Nice one Mark!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on January 02, 2011, 18:31:55 PM
Good,if a bit chilly couple of hours flying on the slope with Cliffhanger today,15 mph-ish when i arrived and dropped to about 5 over a couple of hours so the polecat,sunbird and alula al got an airing.Saw Roger's big fish aerobat [gonna be awesome in a good blow] he's done a good job on the build,quite impressed with the sunbird's light lift performance too :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on January 05, 2011, 17:23:53 PM
Out the Meio today, not too bad lift either!   :af Finally sorted the crow landing issue (ballooning all the time), had the F.F. zipping around quite nicely making that noise we all love  ::) , just gotta sort the differentials out now for the axis rolls!  :study:
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 05, 2011, 21:01:07 PM
Thinking of hitting the wrecker  tomorrow.
Should be there in the morning by 11.
Hope to see anyone there :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on January 05, 2011, 21:07:43 PM
Was just about to post something similar myself,see ya there :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 05, 2011, 21:15:18 PM
excellent :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on January 06, 2011, 08:18:06 AM
Trying to complete the new Wasabi to maiden on Saturday at Rhossili. (maybe see you then?)

Thanks for the pm Andy- Have fun guys!! :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on January 06, 2011, 19:35:11 PM
I did go along after all.- T'was nice!

Lift was marginal but enough for lightweight models and for my Pace and Clayt's  "blue and orange f3b model I've forgotten the name of!"  :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ivohuber on January 08, 2011, 17:39:04 PM
I am coming to South Wales next summer (near Fishguard) from Germany for holidays and would be very interested to know about nice slopes nearby.   
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: wdeighton on January 08, 2011, 18:45:27 PM
I am coming to South Wales next summer (near Fishguard) from Germany for holidays and would be very interested to know about nice slopes nearby.


http://mikey.rchomepage.com/bwlch.htm (http://mikey.rchomepage.com/bwlch.htm)
http://mikey.rchomepage.com/slopes.htm (http://mikey.rchomepage.com/slopes.htm)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on January 08, 2011, 20:52:56 PM
Great afternoon up The Meio. Wind really picked up as it swung WSW and Mark suggested we head for the front of the slope. Great idea - Great lift.
Pity the sun was in our face  - Mark managed to fly under it and over it with great success - I kind of stayed to the right of it.
 Mainly Flying fishes from both of us with a quick potter about with a Flying Wings "Storm Builders Kit" I dug out from yesteryear. Very heavy skies at times with snow/hail blasting us in the face very briefly towards the end.
Looks like a sunny day with another 20-25 mph Westerly tomorrow - moving WSW towards the evening (hopfully sooner like it did today).

A Very quick Vid (against the sun sadly) of Mark swooping and diving under the sun with one of his very successful landings - best viewed in 720 if able  -:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyFW9EiGncg

See you tomorrow Mark  (and anyone else?) - batteries now charged - pocket warmers and Chicken soup at the ready.

Chris
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on January 09, 2011, 08:42:33 AM
Hey Chris!,

Good day at the Meio yesterday,  :af plenty of lift that gave us the opportunity to give the F.F.'s  a good rip.  ;D Looking forward to repeat the fun today, if the lift is there I'll chuck the Acacia off for a spin, be good to see Clive Henry Jones there as well.  :co
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on January 09, 2011, 11:33:22 AM
Just got back in from an early morning session at Rhossili- fantastic, smooth as glass, wind about 20mph.

It's my 65th birthday bash this avro, so I can go there with an easy  conscience having had my fix! :D

Hope the Bwlch f3f  went ok, what a great day for it! :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on January 09, 2011, 17:27:57 PM
Happy Birthday Roger!,  ;)

Nice way to celebrate too mate!   :af Had a superb day up on the Meio again with Chris, got to really thrash the F.F. for an hour or two and also put the Acacia through its paces as well - just brilliant! :af :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on January 09, 2011, 17:32:13 PM
Forgot to pass on my big thanks to Chris  :af for the gloopy, plastic, sticky stuff that sorted the flap rod on the Acacia too, excellent mate, could not have flown her today if it wasn't for that! :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on January 09, 2011, 22:41:00 PM
Hi Mark,

No probs - it's always good to have 5/10 minute epoxy on the slope (especially when certain people keep forgetting to retract crow on landing  :'' ). I didnt realise it took so long for epoxy to go off in V cold conditions mind. Still, great to see your Acacia II in the air eventually m8. Fantastic! - and the landings were sublime (after our "Taming the exocet missile" FF landings)
Must have been 20+ landings between our 2 fish and the acacia and the very worst of them was still half decent  :af

I'm scouring the webby for a 2nd hand acaia every evening now (or for something similar) .
A really great day on the slope. Catch you next week maybe.

Chris
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 10, 2011, 07:45:41 AM
I am coming to South Wales next summer (near Fishguard) from Germany for holidays and would be very interested to know about nice slopes nearby.

Hi Ivohuber,

There are hundreds of very accessible cliffs all around Fishguard. The Pressili mountains aren't too far from there either. Would love to see you at the Bwlch (near Bridgend) if you could make a day trip of it. It is a couple of hours to drive from Fishguard.

I don't think there are regular groups of flyers around Fishguard, but a PM to hitlist1 or MSP on this forum should put you in touch with the two locals that I know (Tim and Alan)

Hope that helps

Clayton
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 10, 2011, 08:00:23 AM
I don't have to work until Thursday night and looking at the forecast has just put me in a bit of a mood. :banghead:

Tomorrow looks like the only possibility of no rain.
Anyone keen to try to get out?

Should be on the Ice-cream slope.
I'm open to suggestions though
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on January 10, 2011, 08:52:06 AM
Depending on how much the wind is in the North West quadrant, I could be getting down the North end of Rhossili overlooking the caravan park, where the slope bends a bit more towards the N.W.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 10, 2011, 08:58:03 AM
Depending on how much the wind is in the North West quadrant, I could be getting down the North end of Rhossili overlooking the caravan park, where the slope bends a bit more towards the N.W.

Sounds nice, but I wouldn't be able to get down there til 1. You're normally done by then, unless you felt like making an exception. I'll probably stay local though mate
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on January 10, 2011, 13:40:23 PM
Aaaw c'mon! I have been known to stay until 1.30! Short span of attention must be due to age. :ev

Have a gud'un, take plenty of ballast, big winds a'comin'.

I'm just sorting out my ballast position in the new Wasabi. It could weigh in over 2kg for the 60" model- whoo hoo!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 10, 2011, 13:50:23 PM


I'm just sorting out my ballast position in the new Wasabi. It could weigh in over 2kg for the 60" model- whoo hoo!

Don't go consevative on the CG position Rog. Possibly centre the ballast a couple of mm behing the optimum CG (which you won't know until you have flown it).

Have a good day tomorrow mate
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 10, 2011, 16:58:39 PM
Forecast has the wind at WNW, so I might give the Bwlch a miss tomorrow. See what transpires on the morrow :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on January 10, 2011, 20:22:15 PM
Off tomorrow too,quite fancy a fly,ice cream slope sounds good
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 10, 2011, 21:02:12 PM
see you there at about 12?
If the wind shifts off, we'll wander over to Mickeys :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on January 11, 2011, 08:24:02 AM
Hi you two Bwlch bums!

My weather vane atop my workshop shows a WNW wind here, with the forecast for it to slowly swing to South West by early evening, and wind speed dropping slowly.
Anyway If you two fancy changing your venue, I'll be at Rhossili by around noon until at least 3.00pm! :D

Come on down for some fresh, smooooth sea air, and great l.z.!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 11, 2011, 09:40:58 AM
sounds good to me, what about you Andy?

Rog, are you sure you'll be OK staying out that late?  :o  :ev ;D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on January 11, 2011, 09:51:36 AM
LOL, I think I'll be all right- does it get dark by then?

Sun is shining here now great day in prospect- I'm just ripping off that 'orrible yellow stuff from the top of the Pace wing- hope to be flying that with full ballast.

Hey- hope to see you two guys a little later :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on January 11, 2011, 10:30:13 AM
sounds good to me, what about you Andy?

Rog, are you sure you'll be OK staying out that late?  :o  :ev ;D
Rhosilli it is then,i'll bring the horlicks for Rog :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 11, 2011, 10:31:24 AM
And I'll bring some cake! Any preference Rog :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on January 11, 2011, 17:10:30 PM
Thanks for the birthday greetings guys!

Nice days flying today- guess you two were there until dusk!

While walking up from the beach it struck me what the problem could have been.
If you remember the model was somewhat below me and flying directly away from me.

The antenna ran on the outside,underside of the fuselage with about one foot free in the breeze probably being blown back fairly straight as it was flying into the wind.

At this orientation the antenna was, I reckon, completly blanked by the top of the fuselage and the horiz. stab. and as it kept on in that steady trajectory, there was no way to obtain a link.

I'll be back at first light tomorrow. After that- San Fairy Ann! :''

CU Soon.

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 12, 2011, 00:17:21 AM
Guys, just to let you know that I won't be using the forum for the forseeable future. Been spending too much time on here and not enough with the important parts of my life. I'll still be flying as often as I can and am contactable by mobile and email (clayts_at_landells_dot_com_dot_au). Keep an eye on my youtube channel for new videos and feel free to post them on my behalf.

Been good to chat, see you soon

Clayt
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Spoons on January 12, 2011, 17:45:00 PM
I know what you meant Clayts.
I think I have flown my mac more then I have flown any models lately.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on January 14, 2011, 20:54:47 PM
Going to miss your posts Clayts. Still following ya vids and no doubt fly with you at the Bwlch soonish.  :af

Mark - you looking to get the fish/Acacia2 in the air tomorrow? The rain looks to be gone by midday if not before - leaving a good 21 mph SW  (albeit gusting to 40+). I'm guessing that's plumb on the flat face (and mini bowl) of the Meio's front.
I'm going to look at going up when the rain subsides - may take just the fish (and some epoxy resin  ;) ) to force me to practise more and land more - but -  may still be tempted to chuck the Jart in the boot also. :ev

I guess the alternative is Back of Wrecker or Southerdown cliffs - though it looks like mist most of the day up Treorchy way and the Blwch may well end up claggy.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on January 15, 2011, 08:25:27 AM
Hi Chris,

Yea - will be up on the Meio as soon as the rain eases off (probably around 1.30ish).  Went up yesterday at 3pm, the Fish was absolutely screaming,  crazy trying to land it!  ;D

Same here with Clayton leaving the site, I've no doubt though that we will still have to elbow him out of the way to have a flight on the Bwlch.  ;D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on January 15, 2011, 23:50:24 PM
Well Mark,

Sorry you has such a bad end to the day. The 40mph random gusts on the edge were likley to catch one of us out at some point - sorry it was your fish that took such a big hit m8. Sickening feeling. just spent an hour or too epoxying my own wing seat nut back in and a load of epoxy and glass balloons assisting with the cracks (which are right through and more than 1/2 way around the fuse.) When I get the chance I am going to be tempted to epoxy the entire mid-section (not just the seat) with carbon or glass cloth.
Anyway - re. your fish - don't give it up as lost - stick it to one side and fly the Polecat (and Acacia) for a bit - then consider what to do (a new fuse maybe?) when ya so inclined.

Similar winds tomorrow - though i'm not sure if i'll get out to the slope as i'm off to Devizes first thing tomorrow to pick up the Dogan I got of the bay. Probably 2 hours each way I guess. If you do get out with the Polecat - have a good one Mark - after today it will be good to get something up in the air as soon as poss. :af


   
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on January 16, 2011, 08:47:23 AM
Hi Chris,

Filling the car up with the Acacia and Polecat now  :af - hitting the Meio in about an hour.  Already started the repairs to the Fish, pretty major damage  :'( but having spoken to Clive, ("everything can be repaired"), I'm gonna give it some TLC, and with a little patience, swearing and glue, I hope to get it back in the air soon.

Great day out though mate, absolutely blasting around with the Fish eh? :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on January 16, 2011, 17:59:08 PM
Hope you managed a flight before the rain set in - was cats and dogs by the time I got back from Devizes.

Still - new toy to play with - just ordered a M-Link RX7 DR for it. Will give the usual bits a good looking over but very happy with the purchase.  :D

[attachthumb=1]
Chris
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on January 16, 2011, 21:00:33 PM
Chris,

Looks sweet! :af can't make the colour out though  $%&  It'll be good to see both The Dogan and The Acacia filling the sky mate, can't wait.

Got on the Meio around 9:15, had the Polecat tearing up the place, ended up with full ballast in - jeez that thing gets a move on when loaded I tell ya! :af  Finished up around midday, got back to the car just as the rain came in, all in all a good day flying.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 17, 2011, 22:22:13 PM
Can't stay away ;D She's asleep now, so she won't know :ev

Nice work on the Dogan Chris, looking forward to seeing it go :co

Anyone got a wingsuit?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 18, 2011, 21:22:52 PM
Anyone free on thursday to terrorise the wrecker?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on January 19, 2011, 05:00:39 AM
Possibly :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on January 19, 2011, 08:48:26 AM
If wind is East or ENE I'm heading for the "Thursday"slope. Could well throw off my 3m scalie  :D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 19, 2011, 20:58:09 PM
I'm gunna stick to the Bwlch tomorrow, need the F3F practice. Should be there from mid morning
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on January 20, 2011, 08:13:39 AM
Ok -as you say the wind will be light today- getting  a bit better on Sat/ Sun.- If Bwlch is on I'll see you there, have a good one  :af

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 20, 2011, 10:12:24 AM
Just noticed that the windfarm is stationary............... and it's not because they had to stop them due to high winds :banghead:
Might wait a bit and see if a breeze develops :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on January 20, 2011, 12:13:34 PM
Just noticed that the windfarm is stationary............... and it's not because they had to stop them due to high winds :banghead:
Might wait a bit and see if a breeze develops :)
Hi Clayton - what GENERAL area are you living in now that you can see the (I guess) Mynydd y Gaer windfarm?

Clive.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on January 20, 2011, 16:14:14 PM
Nice little south westerly slope Mynydd y Gaer - go there quite a bit in the summer when there are more southerlies.
 (That's the West side of the Gaer mind  - not the "Capture windy, spinny roundy - choppy up planey " side)   :D
I keep meaning to give the northerly slope a go - though it does look more "long and gradual" as it drops away towards Glynogwr - perhaps only a 1 in 4 or 1 in 5 gradient.
Still, south and south west are great in a blow - and plenty of EasyGlider fun to be had in a very light breeze.

Your very own gigantic anemometers within sight of your house - can't fault it  :af

Chris.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 20, 2011, 16:24:56 PM
Hi Clayton - what GENERAL area are you living in now that you can see the (I guess) Mynydd y Gaer windfarm?

Clive.
Hi Mate, click on my profile and the arrow on the map is withing 10 metres of my general location ;)

Brackla, to answer your general question directly :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 20, 2011, 21:01:58 PM
Was great to get out today. Flew when I first got there, Andy arrived and the sparrow farts disappeared. Flew the Easystar for a bit until it was able to glide for more than a couple of minutes. Then back out with the skorp.
Vid on the Vid thread, sorry about the goggles :D

Topped up our supplies of Vitamin D today too :uk:
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 21, 2011, 22:59:13 PM
I'll be on the Wrecker/VR slopes all day sunday :af
Hope to see many gliderists there :co
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: abbof3f on January 21, 2011, 23:06:18 PM
I'll be on the Wrecker/VR slopes all day sunday :af
Hope to see many gliderists there :co
frank and i thought about coming down clayts for some much needed practice ,still feelin abit rusty cause of cold spell
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 21, 2011, 23:15:48 PM
COOL :D

Be great to catch up :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on January 22, 2011, 08:16:43 AM
Yep I'll be along by about 11.30! :af

Maybe we could think about dividing up the air time a bit between you F3F boys who want some high speed practise, and us more sport/aero types- it might make for more enjoyment for all.
You can rip up the skies without hindrance from smaller slower models and vicky vercky!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on January 22, 2011, 08:26:03 AM
Maybe we could think about dividing up the air time a bit between you F3F boys who want some high speed practise, and us more sport/aero types- it might make for more enjoyment for all.


Don't forget the novices who fly with a limp.  $%&
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: knewt on January 22, 2011, 08:27:15 AM
FYI there's an old SWSA rule that says 30 mins on and 30 mins off unless everyone wants to do the same thing.  Worked really well when foamies first emerged.

Cheers

K
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on January 22, 2011, 10:20:18 AM
N/NNE,should be enough room for the hares and tortoises between the Wrecker and VR $%&
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 22, 2011, 10:41:47 AM
I think if there are enough people to warrant it, 1/2 on, 1/2 off should work well. Otherwise, we could just make sure we are courteous and use some basic communication skills to share the slopes. I don't think we should segregate. People can choose to fly elsewhere if they like, but they shouldn't feel as though they have to. I don't know any regular Bwlch users who are not willing to share the air with absolutely anyone. Normally there aren't many people there so it makes it fairly easy.

Don't be shy. If you turn up and there are people flying, introduce youself, find out what frequencies people are on (even if you are using 2.4) and chat about any systems in place for slope sharing.

Some of my 2p (lots more where that came from)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: abbof3f on January 22, 2011, 12:20:23 PM
I think if there are enough people to warrant it, 1/2 on, 1/2 off should work well. Otherwise, we could just make sure we are courteous and use some basic communication skills to share the slopes. I don't think we should segregate. People can choose to fly elsewhere if they like, but they shouldn't feel as though they have to. I don't know any regular Bwlch users who are not willing to share the air with absolutely anyone. Normally there aren't many people there so it makes it fairly easy.

Don't be shy. If you turn up and there are people flying, introduce youself, find out what frequencies people are on (even if you are using 2.4) and chat about any systems in place for slope sharing.

Some of my 2p (lots more where that came from)
sorry clayt false alarm ,sometings popped up ,see you all again soon have a great day on the wrecker guys
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on January 22, 2011, 18:45:36 PM
Had a great morning on the Bwlch today until I lost control of the Polecat and it spiralled down the face, landing upside down around 50 on a ledge below with no way for me to reach it.   :'(  After half an hour of forlonly throwing rocks at it in the vain attempt of dislodging it, Clayton turned up and promptly scrambled down the face and retrieved it!  :af  The man has epoxy on his fingertips,  ;D there is no way on this earth could I have got down there unless I had thrown myself off the top! :o

We sat for a while and reasoned that it probably got caught in some wicked rotor, as the air was as bumpy as hell, at one flight across the face, Clayton's Skorp suddenly just dropped 25-30 feet  ??? - scary stuff.  Big, big thanks to Clayt,  :af though it took me half an hour to stop my heart pounding having watched him scrambling about on that face!  At home though, the cause has become clear, the right wing airelon was intermittant in its movement and with closer inspection I found that the servo has stripped some cogs, with the aileron jamming on occasions - a well, all in a day's flying! :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on January 29, 2011, 08:46:08 AM
What Ho chaps!
Anyone flying tomorrow? Funny old wind forecast, ideas on venue?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 29, 2011, 10:12:17 AM
Lately it seems as though there is wind when I am at work, and scratch-around city when I am able to get out for a fly.
Keen to fly tomorrow, and would have thought the bwlch would make the most of the little bit of breeze. Should be light enough to warrant lip landings on the wrecker :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on January 29, 2011, 10:30:01 AM
Ok see you there about 11.30 to at least 3.00!!

You bring dosh- I'll bring Wasabi? :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 29, 2011, 10:35:41 AM
Ok see you there about 11.30 to at least 3.00!!

You bring dosh- I'll bring Wasabi? :af

Cool,
Moolah has been in the car waiting for the opportune moment since about 2 minutes after the sale was agreed :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on January 30, 2011, 17:57:48 PM
A Swanseaite and an Ausie stood on a hill and baited each other to fly,
Three cups of coffee and tea went around but neither of them would try,
The wind wouldn't blow and the jokes were running out, and our feet were frozen to the grass,
It got to the state, that Swansea took the bait, and decided to clench his *rse,
Off went his foamie and it tried to float but it slipped away into the face,
And yet again that Ausie scrambled down the rocks, it's true they are a crazy race,
So that Swansea man said he didn't care and off went another of his planes, insane!,
And guess what happened next?, yep the rocks gobbled it up and off went the Ausie again,
So, many fags later and a few more laughs, me and Swansea went home,
But Ausie?, nope, he wouldn't leave, there might be a glider stuck in the stone. :D :D :D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on January 30, 2011, 18:04:19 PM
Lol- Yeah, a gnats fart would have produced more wind than was on the Wrecker today :-\

ps You're up for Poet Laureate (sp?)  :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 30, 2011, 20:20:58 PM


Whodathunk you was a poet Mark, nice one :af

I left not long after you two today. Thought I'd better show some support to Clare at A+E.
If anyone ever finds themselves in need of an A+E department while flying at the Bwlch, don't go to Bridgend.

Find out tomorrow, after wasting the day today to be told that we went there for no reason, after a scan in the morning.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 30, 2011, 21:23:23 PM
Had it all to myself yesterday  :)

Tragi, Gulp and Cyril all whizzing about in a glorious blue sky.

I was sitting at home, glancing at the wind turbines whizzing around, pining for the wrecker. What made it worse was the complete stillness up there today..........gutted.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on January 30, 2011, 22:13:00 PM
Nice ditty Mark !

Wind (or lack of it) equally poor at the Meio. Having replaced a servo with a spare that crapped out up there with Mark yesterday - I was hoping for just enough wind for a first test glide or two. I got that and nothing more (apart from several hours yomping to and fro N, NNE, NE - looking for a breeze - good exercise tho'). I did a test glide of the Dogan from the mini slope above the North slope and was pleasantly surprised by the longish smooth glide - until I made the turn with no slope lift and very little airspeed - just about recovered from the stall before being saved by a hillock covered with cow poop.

I would have been better just bringing out the DLG.

Quicky question for you Clayt and other F3F/ F3B owners - I took 250+ grams of ancient C-Cells out of the Dogan and have had to add a lot of dead weight to my NiMh pack (I'd rather replace lead with something more useful). Do you guys go for 4.8v packs, 6.0v packs?,A123's - in these larger 6 servo mouldies? If you do use 5 cells - do you use a regulator? - the 5 old c cells were pumping out well over 7.4 volts after charge - hence the flutter and pop of a HS-81 yesterday.

 If you had 250 grams to play with (and enough room for a breeze block up front) - what option could you recommend? (I intend to replace both ailerons with Savox Savox 0255MG - but that still leaves two HS-81s and graupner c507 - which don't seem to like excessive voltage much). Whats in ya Acacia Mark?

Pity it was a slow day - Looks like lots of wind for the week ahead tho guys - (sadly some rain to go with it) ...


Chris.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 31, 2011, 11:19:55 AM
Chris,
I just use 4.8v Nimh's in my planes and have not used more than a third to a half the capacity in a day's flying yet. I have a few servo's that don't like anything more (3150 and any cheapies) Some people use Lipo's with a regulator which I would have thought would be your only option to increase the weight in the nose without adding chunks of lead.
Adding chunks of lead does give you the opportunity to play with the CG as you get more and more confident with the plane and want to turn it into a violently aggressive racing machine that requires an undies change after each flight ^-^
Just don't forget to reduce the tailplane throws if you do go backwards with the CG (Rates are a good tool for that, gives you two or three choices to test each flight [at height])
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on January 31, 2011, 17:17:24 PM
Can't improve on Clayton's info Chris,  :) eneloop 4.8v 4 pack batteries in the Acacia.  :af

Looking forward to seeing that Dogan in the air mate! ::)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on February 01, 2011, 00:20:30 AM
Thanks guys -

Having read that I am happy to use the 1600 c-sub intellects - I also have a new enloop 2000 I could use instead.
As for balance point - i will start off conservative and us the "text book" CoG - I was discussing with Mark over the Meio the difficulty of measuring the balance point of larger gliders. Is there a nack to this - I'm aiming for 92mm from leading edge - I'm considering two HB pencils (narrowed rubber tips) in a vice/workbench.  $%&.
The two handheld BBQ skewers my foamies have utalised aint going to cut it this time :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on February 01, 2011, 08:18:35 AM
What's happened to the Gliding section? Can't get in -says it's maybe removed.
God what am I gonna do now all day!  :'(
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 01, 2011, 20:54:03 PM
I think we must have been naughty :'(

Or maybe it is cause we are freaks and not suitable for public viewing :ev

Rog, did you happen to buy Adam's Vector III?
If not, WHY NOT?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on February 01, 2011, 21:14:29 PM
'Cause I bought it first! :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on February 01, 2011, 21:28:12 PM
Jeez Mark you've got nicer models than I'll ever have!

Well done!  However, personally I thought at 450 it was a bit on the high side, but nice that it's all built RTF :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on February 02, 2011, 06:11:54 AM
Hi Rog,

Always fancied this particular model, hope I havn't pinched it from you. :embarassed:  Due to get a kick in the b&ll&cks with my pay so I thought I'd get it while I could! :af

See you on the slope soon mate. :co
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on February 02, 2011, 14:12:04 PM
Andy, Clayt, if you're out tomorrow, any thoughts about venue- Mickeys slope?
Quite strong S.W. winds forecast, then rain/mist for the next four days :-\
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on February 02, 2011, 19:56:05 PM
Shed time tomorrow,gotta fix the polecat :xx
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 02, 2011, 21:43:10 PM
Andy, Clayt, if you're out tomorrow, any thoughts about venue- Mickeys slope?
Quite strong S.W. winds forecast, then rain/mist for the next four days :-\

Hey mate, Mickeys would be epic tomorrow. If it is clagged, southerndown/ogmore by sea would also be amazing.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on February 03, 2011, 17:05:18 PM
Me too Andy - just received the kit for the Ausie recovered [sic] Polecat.

I've just cut through the top of the wing  :'( to access the servo and my intention is then to join the wiring on the topside rather than cut throught the bottom of the wing to trace the wiring.  The sad thing is that I have to do exactly the same to the other wing  :'( :'( so I can fit two identical servos.

Anyone got any tips on how to cover the holes nicely once the new servos are fitted? $%&
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on February 03, 2011, 17:40:27 PM
Maybe a balsa cap glued on with POR glue, fitted slightly overflush, then sanded down lightly to be flush with the wing profile.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on February 03, 2011, 20:54:01 PM
Thanks for the tip Roger, think that sounds a perfect solution!  :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on February 04, 2011, 22:10:35 PM
PM'd Abbo about some lamfilm yesterday,he's planing on a visit to the Bwlch a week Sunday[weather permitting of course] so if any of you regulars want to top up your stocks ready for the EPP60 season it would make sense to catch him while he's abbout.
Armour plating for your polecat Mark :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on February 04, 2011, 22:17:57 PM
How come you're not half pissed like the rest of us ....30 mins after losing to You Know Who  :'( :'(
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on February 04, 2011, 22:18:49 PM
Armour plating for your polecat Mark :''
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Thanks for the nod Andy! :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 04, 2011, 22:22:21 PM
Thanks Andy, I'd better grab some.
Commiserations to the Welsh. I was yelling and Screaming at the telly, thought you were in with a shot for a minute.
Mia enjoyed watching the Rugby with me. She was counting the rugby's.
Looking forward to getting a flight in on Wednesday arvo, weather permitting :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on February 04, 2011, 22:49:37 PM
How come you're not half pissed like the rest of us ....30 mins after losing to You Know Who  :'( :'(
I'm half asleep instead Rog, been up since 04:00. Nighty night all ^-^
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 05, 2011, 12:01:55 PM
Right then,
Mark, Chris and Andy, we have the next round of the Welsh Winter league for F3F occuring next Sunday. I reckon you will all have a fantastic time at your first F3F event. Andy, you will be surprised how well you can do with the Sunbird, but the finishing place shouldn't be what it is all about. The flying skills (precision, timing, anticipation and landing) are what you will gain the most from competing. Also meeting some of the best pilots in the UK and realising that they are no different to anyone else and are friendly and approachable.
There is lots of help and support available from everyone and newcomers are always welcome. I was welcomed very well even though I was competing with a 48" flying wing for the first couple of events.

I reckon we can get the SWSA up and running with all engines firing again soon. Looking forward to summer and dragging a BBQ to the slope one day too.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: simon_t on February 05, 2011, 12:29:24 PM
Right then,
Mark, Chris and Andy, we have the next round of the Welsh Winter league for F3F occuring next Sunday. I reckon you will all have a fantastic time at your first F3F event. Andy, you will be surprised how well you can do with the Sunbird, but the finishing place shouldn't be what it is all about. The flying skills (precision, timing, anticipation and landing) are what you will gain the most from competing. Also meeting some of the best pilots in the UK and realising that they are no different to anyone else and are friendly and approachable.
There is lots of help and support available from everyone and newcomers are always welcome. I was welcomed very well even though I was competing with a 48" flying wing for the first couple of events.

I reckon we can get the SWSA up and running with all engines firing again soon. Looking forward to summer and dragging a BBQ to the slope one day too.

Yup, come along and have fun, the more the merrier.  There will be lots of folks happy to talk at length (and some even longer...) about models, flying and setups.  And don't worry about your models.  As Clayton says, the important aspects will be discovered with pretty well any model.  If you ultimately decide F3F is for you, then you can start looking for a competitive model to match your style (and there is no one model that dominates).

Hopefully see you all there next week, weather permitting.

Simon
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on February 05, 2011, 16:53:42 PM
The flying skills (precision, timing, anticipation and landing) are what you will gain the most from competing.

Now I might be poetic but that is taking humour too far Clayt!  ;D

My flying would end up in a murder case which my insurance policy doesn't cover mate!  :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on February 05, 2011, 21:23:21 PM
Gotta give it a go innit. :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on February 06, 2011, 08:30:48 AM
Clayt et al, can I come out to play as well?  :D

Dunno much about F3F except what I've seen on video, but this is more of a fun thing with any model being ok?
And seeing as how there's a few more newbies I won't be making an ar$e of myself on my own.

Only thing with remotely any speed would be the 60" Gulp SR, which I'm about 60% through finishing and hoping to maiden this week. :xx

Who is the organiser for Sunday to contact etc?

Ta - Roger
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 06, 2011, 10:23:00 AM
Of course you can Rog. Didn't mean to exclude you (or anyone) :af
Andrzej normally sends out a message via the F3F yahoo group on the tuesday or wednesday before the comp. Which I (or someone else) will normally relay here or in the winter league thread.
s.tabero(at)ntlworld.com is the email address for him. Read receipts get the email noticed fairly well as he has a pretty aggressive junk mail filter :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on February 06, 2011, 19:10:32 PM
Hey Mark,

I assume by your comment on the "Really Windy" thread - you made it up the Meio today? Must have been a blast.  :)
I took the Fish and the Dogan up to Heol Y Cyw just behind Bridgend - the fish had 4 outings - I didn't have the balls to chuck the Dogan off. I must get one of those wind meters - would have been interesting to see the wind speed - the gusts must have been 40-50 - and all fish flights were the clenched buttocked variety.
I did stick the brass from the Dogan in the Fish ballast tube - only about 200grammes as its the wrong shape - and it only helped a bit (I Must visit T9 and the proper ballast set this week).
If the wind were constant at 25 it would have been fab - but the gusts were bonkers and threw the modestly ballasted fish around like a moth in a windtunnel . Still fun though - and a silent Whoopee after each landing  ;D
Not the right weather to maiden my very first 3 metere F3B/F3F. Even flat on the ground the Dogan T-Type elevator looked like it was about to get ripped off. Another trip to the slope without it getting airborne   :banghead: Anyway - landing was interesting but no mishaps.
Hope you had a good time with the Cat - probably held its own better than my fish. (that does sound odd - reading it back).
As for F3F - *Gulp* - I'm still trying to fly in a straight line and land more like a glider under control and less like a demented scud missile (though I can be forgiven that today given the weather).

Hope those that did get out and about - came back in one piece - so to speak.  :xx

Chris


Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on February 06, 2011, 20:02:53 PM
Chris/Mark,it may well be worth turning up next Sunday with your nice new shiny models anyway as there will be many wise heads there as well as Clayton :ev who,i'm sure will be only too happy to share any set up tips with you,also a lot can be learnt by observing how they fly/turn etc.Certainly won't be a wasted day :af




Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on February 07, 2011, 16:58:51 PM
Hi Chris,

The Meio was absolutely bl**dy bonkers, I could hardly stand up!  :o Really couldn't do much with the Polecat as I've only just finished the repairs but can't seem to get it right on the control surfaces, need to find out how to set the surfaces at "neutral" before I try again. $%&  Anyone got any ideas! $%&

Pity you couldn't fly the Dogan mate but so much better to walk off the slope with your model whole rather than looking like my Fish! ;D  If you want mate, you can borrow my Fish ballast until I fix it (if I ever do) :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on February 08, 2011, 16:51:36 PM
Bwlch boyos- I know a lot can happen with the weather  between now and Sunday but all my forecasts are saying a S.E wind.

Am I right in thinking that the Bwlch can't really accomodate a South Easterly?
If so, do you guys go somehere else in the area.

ps finished the Gulp Sr 60- I'm hoping  to get under 60 secs cos I might throw in a few snap rolls, stall turns and at least one leg inverted :D  :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 08, 2011, 18:24:27 PM
Either back of wrecker or far end of the crest. Entries are open by the way. Whatever you do, don't turn towards the slope (one of my fav moves, especially when low) ;)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on February 08, 2011, 19:05:47 PM
"Whatever you do, don't turn towards the slope (one of my fav moves, especially when low) "

Errr... I don't believe you've done that Clayt! $%&
You must have had a mega mental block!

ps what's the link to the entry pls
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 08, 2011, 19:22:47 PM
I'll post the message from andrzej after clare goes to bed. Just email him your name, 2 freq's and your model on the address I posted earlier
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 10, 2011, 20:19:01 PM
Don't know what the weather is going to be like on the weekend, but Saturday is looking better than Sunday at the moment. I have managed to get an afternoon pass for Saturday and will also be sitting in the mist and rain all day sunday if the F3F isn't called off. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on February 10, 2011, 21:23:51 PM
Wat time we gonna be there Saturday then boyo?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on February 10, 2011, 21:35:22 PM
It looks like it could be ~Westerly on Saturday, around 15mph (=20+ on the slope)

If it is, do you two fancy Rhossili? Could be a good day for a 3m scalie!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on February 10, 2011, 21:41:28 PM
I'm easy chaps.You know me-slope tart :-*
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 10, 2011, 21:43:24 PM
Not free til after lunch on sat. Not sure how viable rhossili would be for me.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on February 10, 2011, 21:46:37 PM
Less chance of neptune gettin his flippers on it on Mickeys West Rog $%&.Wanna lift up?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 10, 2011, 21:53:23 PM
Ooooohhh nasty!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on February 10, 2011, 22:02:51 PM
Wasn't meant sarcastically at all ,'pologise if it came across as so Rog
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 11, 2011, 15:38:10 PM
I'm sure Rog didn't take offence mate :) and if he did, he can smack you about on the hill. :ev

The weather forecast has been changing a bit lately, Sunday is looking a bit more promising :xx

Is Mickeys OK for Saturday or would Rhossili be where it is at for you blokes $%&
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on February 11, 2011, 18:40:14 PM
LOL yes very funny Andy- You b@st@rd! ;D

Actually thinking of fixing a propellor to the rudder that I can switch on in these ever increasing cases!  :embarassed:

Thing is fellas, as you know there's a certain rugby game on- Jocks  v Taffs at 17.00 tom. so if I go to Mickeys it's a fair haul back to drop the car and get down the pub.
I bet the first plane up for Clayt is the Wasabi whoo hoo! :af

Looks like its going around S.W during the afternoon so might get down to another Gower slope, then go to watch Wales lose (again)

However, similar wind for Sunday. Even though the F3F is off will you boys be at the Bwlch again Sunday? Looks like it could clear after lunch.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 11, 2011, 18:49:24 PM
Don't think the f3f is off yet? Definitely spending all day sunday trying to fly if it does get called off though. A mouse ate thru the rudder string on the wasabi, so it may not get an airing :(
Tomorrow afternoon - will be at the bwlch.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on February 11, 2011, 19:05:22 PM
Clayt this was an email this morning:


Hi Everyone,

Due to the adverse weather forecast for this weekend the Training/ Practice day is CANCELLED.

Sorry to all those who intended coming along for the first time to see how F3B works.

I will try to arrange for one for the following Sunday on the 20th Feb, however I will not be available for that date so if the course gear is required I will try to get someone else to take it to the Wetlands.

It would be too close the Speed comp on 13th March to arrange a date after 20th Feb.

Regards,

Clive.


__._,_.___


If you're out Sunday I'll defo come up. Do you need some more pull/ pull rudder line, or I've got the fine wire as well if you prefer?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on February 11, 2011, 19:11:07 PM
Bring the wasabi,i'll cut you some of that no stretch fishing line for you to try if you want.Rog that offer of a lift still stands i'll even drop you at the pub aftrewards
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on February 11, 2011, 19:18:28 PM
Thanks for the offer And, but I'll get out by mid-late morning for a few hours down here and Relax my way down to the pub.

Are you out Sunday, weather permitting?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on February 11, 2011, 19:26:47 PM
Yup,missus away all weekend.RESULT :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on February 11, 2011, 19:34:28 PM
 :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 11, 2011, 19:36:06 PM
Guys, that note was for some f3B practice. F3F is what we are playing at this sunday. The call on or off will be made tonight at around 10.
Fishing line sounds great, thanks Andy
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on February 11, 2011, 19:48:37 PM
Ah right... sorry, obviously don't know my F3F from my F3B's! :D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on February 11, 2011, 21:13:11 PM
What time tomorrow Clayt?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 11, 2011, 21:23:19 PM
When clare gets home from having her mop cut. Should be there by 1. Pop round to mine anytime before that if you're bored
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on February 12, 2011, 18:19:21 PM
Clayt/Andy,

Just a quick thank you for your time today at the Bwlch. :af

Jeez though Clayt, that bloody Skorp don't half move mate! :o - makes my old Acacia look like a double decker in the air. :embarassed:  Enjoyed the three models in the air time though, couldn't stop grinning. :) :) :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 12, 2011, 18:23:33 PM
No worries mate, enjoyed it. You'll be blown away by the newer models on a good dayt at f3f :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on February 12, 2011, 18:57:44 PM
Aye good afternoon's play,busted the polecat but managed to half sort out the halfpipe woohoo new DS/race toy all,capped with a Wales win,albeit more down to scots playing bad than us playing well  ey Rog how d'ya get on today?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on February 12, 2011, 19:41:22 PM
Picking up the Vector tomorrow! :co
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on February 12, 2011, 19:54:12 PM
Sorted ;)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 13, 2011, 16:32:03 PM
I'm really excited about seeing your VectorIII screeming around Mark. :af
Been playing with my Wasabi this morning, setting up my radio and throws and stuff. There is a LOT of travel on all the surfaces! Micro-moving thumbs will be required to tame this mini-monster me thinks. I could use lots of expo if worst comes to worst, but I'd like to at least try it with linear responses (I like knowing that moving the stick half way moves the surface half way).

Hopefully tuesday morning and/or wednesday arvo ar OK for a bit of a session somewhere :xx
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on February 13, 2011, 16:45:14 PM
Hi Clayt,

The Vector is pretty damn sweet! :co  Can't wait to get this thing in the air. 

Having read some threads on the settings, they seem huge comparative to my other models - like +/- 20mm on the ailerons?.  I am now scouring the net/rcmf for further info. 

Don't think I can make it during the week for a blast though mate, that bloody routine of work keeps getting in the way! :'(  Is that the Wasabi via Roger?, he flew that so sharp, it'll be good fun to see that zipping about. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 13, 2011, 16:57:01 PM
it is le wasabi du cliff. Should be good fun
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on February 13, 2011, 17:01:10 PM
Vidcam on standby
Both of you :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on February 13, 2011, 17:03:11 PM
Wide angle lens then Andy, so you can see mine in the boot of the car while Clayt bombs about. :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on February 13, 2011, 17:27:20 PM
Clayt- I think you'll find that 25mm each way on the 'rons will be more than ample!

Don't quite understand that you need to know half stick movement = half travel.

I flew that with 50% expo on all surfaces so it was fairly soft around the middle of the sticks but if needed would let loose toward the extremities.

Also set up coupled elevator to flapperons for a max 6mm each way on full elevator travel.
Anyway each to his own of course.

Keep in contact about Tues/ Wed- I'll try to join up with you (Andy?)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 13, 2011, 17:34:09 PM

Don't quite understand that you need to know half stick movement = half travel.


I have never once claimed to be normal :ev
I'll definitely let you know about any midweek happenings
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 15, 2011, 19:46:18 PM
Sports day tomorrow arvo, so I am participating on my favourite sport: Hill walking and gliding :af

Supposed to be E to ESE tomorrow afternoon so I think I will give the Garth a crack as I will be just down the road at the Heath Hospital in Cardiff for the morning.

http://mikey.rchomepage.com/garth.htm (http://mikey.rchomepage.com/garth.htm) should be enough directions for me to find it. Anyone else interested? Should be low enough to be clag free too. The only other option I can hink of would be the Crest at the Bwlch, which could be a bit of a dissappointment with the amount of moisture in the air at the mo.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on February 15, 2011, 20:07:18 PM
Bit too far,ave fun mate :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on February 15, 2011, 20:21:21 PM
Hmm...almost in England mun!
Dunno, what time will you be there Clayt?

Bit of a change of scenery!
Looks quite a goodly hill.

ps just had another look at it -~270metres high from the valley with a rounded top covered in bracken!
 I'm on- bringing the 3m scalie! (at least it's along way from the sea!  :'( :D)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 15, 2011, 20:31:51 PM
Not sure, could be as early as 11.30 or as late as 1pm. My money is on earlier rather than later. Hope it is a good hill, don't know anything about it though.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on February 15, 2011, 21:33:07 PM
Sorry Clayt,couldn't stand the thought of you two having all that fun.Just not on.See ya there :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 15, 2011, 21:39:49 PM
HOORAAY ;D ;D knew you'd see the light :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on February 16, 2011, 00:38:34 AM
Flown it in an E and a NE. Interested to hear how it fairs in ESE - should be great - got Thu off - may make it up there myself then. Looking forward to your report. The Directions on SWSA are just about right. I park in the layby and stroll up the side of the hill - following the path. A bit of a treck - but not to bad. a lot of stone dumped into the path to make it easier to treck up.
In case you have satnav- the layby is : 51 32 29 43 N     3 17 12 63 W
Slope is about 280 meters above sea level with the village below at about 40 meters and when I was there despite only a mild breeze - the lift seemed great.

My only problem was the bracken behind the edge looks very "the samish" and a few times after landing way back - I lost my barings and took a while to get back to the edge - but then I have no sense of direction  ::) .

Some useful paths perpendicular to the slope which can serve well as "bracken free" landing strips.
Sorry I cant make it - but at least Thurdsay is a rare "Dogan Day off" weather permitting :)

Have a cracking day ! tell us all about it :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on February 16, 2011, 17:31:50 PM
Spill the beans then boys (Rog, Andy and Clayt) - what was the Garth like? $%&  I live right on the door of this 'un (and the Meio) have mountain biked and walked the Garth looooooaaaaaaaaaaaads but never flown on it - so come on - good or what? :study:
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 16, 2011, 18:00:11 PM
I'm not really qualified to answer that guys. Easy access. Lift would have been better either SE or E. It was a bit inbetween. I had onw nice flight with the wasabi. Then proceeded to land it into my thigh and caved the LE in on my second (impatient) flight. Bit of a bummer but fixable. Rog and Andy had fun though :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on February 16, 2011, 18:05:24 PM
Sorry to here about the Wasabi Clayt, :'( hope to see it fixed and flying soon.

I have meant to wander up the Garth for a blast a few times but the call of the Bwlch is a big one! :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on February 16, 2011, 18:37:15 PM
As Clayt said the lift was there,somewhere,it seemed to move about as the wind veered and fluctuated in strength,mostly ok though,no doubt it's a very good slope when the wind is 'on' but not in the same league as the Bwlch or Rhossilli.Glad i went down,good couple of hours with a good couple of mates :af
Damage to Clayt's Wasabi dented the fun a bit,don't think it's too serious  :xx Victim of the dodgy lift/symmetrical wing methinks >:(
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on February 16, 2011, 19:24:32 PM
Soz to hear about the dent Clayt - hope it's not too much grief sorting it.
Glad there was some flying done - even if the conditions sounded not the best.

Looks like even lighter winds for me tomorrow - so I may brave the Crest for the very first time.  I may be asking some Crest related questions later.
Just gotta hope for some clag free sky - does look like low cloud is still about.  ::)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on February 16, 2011, 19:37:02 PM
Yeah the mountain comes to a kind of corner overlooking  Taffs Well, and the wind was blowing right at the corner and being split either side. So although the wind was there, the lift was not really.

In a pure Easterly it would be great, as there is a really steep slope dropping down to the river Taff.
With a S.S.E. to S.E. wind there would be a long ridge facing out towards the Bristol Channel to choose your spot.

Mark- living local it would be ideal for you on a summer evening after work! :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on February 16, 2011, 19:40:27 PM
Nice one Rog,

I know the hill well but not from a flying perspective, it's visible from my house.  :af Good to know there is another local flying area so close to home. ::)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on February 16, 2011, 19:42:38 PM
Chris- might very well see you at the Crest, seeing as how today was not the best and we didn't really get a proper "fix"  :co

Probably get there around 11.00.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on February 16, 2011, 23:13:37 PM
Excellent.

The weather looks dubious first thing on bbc weather site - rain and mist etc - hopefully clearing before mid-day though.
I'm guessing I carry on driving past where we park for the Wrecker a few hundred meters further on and park on the verge there?

may take a wing or the Jart as well as the crunchie stuff - just to test the water like :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 17, 2011, 18:15:16 PM
Did you guys manage to get out today?
I was driving home today and it looked like it would have been fantastic up at the Bwlch. Nearly chose going up there over repairing my puncture!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on February 17, 2011, 18:19:30 PM
Andy,

How's the Polecat repairs going, got it sorted? $%&
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on February 17, 2011, 19:02:14 PM
Slow!
Nope!
Jobs around the house racking up slowly so i'm concentrating on them for a short while >:(
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on February 17, 2011, 19:16:45 PM
Still working on the settings for the Vector, spent ages  :study: searching threads on here but can't find anything definate on what aileron/flap/elevator movements should be. $%&

A starting point would be good................. :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on February 17, 2011, 19:25:34 PM
Not qualified to advise ya there mate i'm afraid so i won't even try. :-X
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on February 17, 2011, 19:27:03 PM
Appreciate that Andy. :af  Just not prepared to chuck it off with at least the basic settings done.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Yoyo on February 17, 2011, 19:28:05 PM
Still working on the settings for the Vector, spent ages  :study: searching threads on here but can't find anything definate on what aileron/flap/elevator movements should be. $%&

A starting point would be good................. :''


Ailerons should go up quite a bit, down about half as much.

Flaps should go up as far as the hinge allows (prob not much) and down maybe 70 degrees

Elevator should go up and down 30-40 degrees

Rudder should go about 45 degrees either way.

Dual rate them for the maiden flight to about 60% so you get sane initial throws but can switch it up fast if there isn't enough.

If you're nervous, put 30% expo on everything so the controls are a bit softer.


Seriously, as long as there's 'enough' then it's not supercritical. For a mouldie like that just set the centres lined up with the moulded edges and it should fly pretty much straight and true anyway.


Once that terrifying first flight is out of the way, use the advice below to set the actual throws to suit your plane and flying style. Although they are largely F3F based, until you get to the real fine tuning it doesn't vary much.
 

http://www.gliders.dk/triming_and_setup_of_a_glider_wi_eng.htm (http://www.gliders.dk/triming_and_setup_of_a_glider_wi_eng.htm)

http://www.knewt.com/planes/setup.htm (http://www.knewt.com/planes/setup.htm)

http://www.f3x.com/htdocs/howto/flickin.htm (http://www.f3x.com/htdocs/howto/flickin.htm)

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on February 17, 2011, 19:31:09 PM
Big thanks for that Yoyo! :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on February 17, 2011, 20:11:49 PM
Did you guys manage to get out today?
I was driving home today and it looked like it would have been fantastic up at the Bwlch. Nearly chose going up there over repairing my puncture!

Was on the Crest by ~11.30. wind fairly light. Left the Sonic in the car, just took Segway and Epo Phoenix.

Had a good couple of hours but the wind was dropping, just packing up when Chris in the Vale showed. Seemed a bit reluctant to throw off his moldies, left him deliberating!

Short film is being processed now over at MGM studios (not doin' it to pi$$ you workin' types off- honest! :'')
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on February 17, 2011, 20:31:06 PM
Gwboi Rog :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on February 17, 2011, 22:09:42 PM
Did you guys manage to get out today?
I didn't get there till early pm and missed most of the wind I guess - the wind stayed 4-6 mph all afternoon. Rog came prepared -  I should have brought some lightweight stuff - but there was a 15mph wind in Rhoose and I assumed it would be quite brisk up there. I should have taken a Blaster 2 or weasel - hell even my alula would have been OK on the Crest.
Still at least Rog managed to fly some lightweight stuff before I arrived - I ummed and ah'd and eventually launched the Dogan off when the gusts were about 6mph - had 3 flights - the longest about 15 minutes. Mainly just idling back and forth but not really getting a lot of height without working hard at it. not enough wind for me to start getting adventurous though - didn't even roll it.  Having said that - I was glad to have time in the air. The Fish didn't even get put together. Learnt a bit about how a 3 m moulded model behaves in light air anyway - first throw - very slow  - several stalls - after that I kept the nose down a bit and just kept it moving - and it all seemed so very much better.

First landing it just glided and glided to the point where I had to decide whether to dump it down a bit harshly near the edge or go around again. being  two feet off the ground -  with very little wind. I bottled it and had an untidy but damage free landing.  2nd one was a better landing - but the wing struck one of the many "Cousin It" fluffy grass mounds that are up there and spun around onto the rudder. A bit of glue needed but only on the hard foam insert inside the rudder. Headcam spent 20 minutes pointed mostly at empty sky - doh :banghead: never mind. I managed to vid the launch and a few bits - so I will edit and  post up later.

Slow journey back home - Traffic stationery for an hour. Some sort of major crash on the road between nantymoel and bridgend. 5 police cars and a Helicopter in the middle of the road when I eventually got past via a detour. Hope nothing too bad.
That aside - nice weather if too slow for much air-time - and now I've seen the Crest and lobbed something off it  :af  Sorry another essay - still buzzin  :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on February 18, 2011, 06:01:46 AM
Glad to see you maidened the Dogan Chris. :af  The fear factor has now been cut by 50% eh? :)

See you on the slope soon.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: knewt on February 18, 2011, 07:17:29 AM
The Garth is great fun, I learned to fly there. And lived in Gwaelod for about 10 years.

The main easterly face has tremendous and very high lift. Better to stand on the point as the lift doesn't bleed around the corner much as the hill is a lot wider lower down.

The south is actually more fun though. If you fly basically above where you park you get a really long, straight steep edge.  It teaches you how to land as well as it's in lift the whole time.

That brought a few memories flooding back!

K

Yeah the mountain comes to a kind of corner overlooking  Taffs Well, and the wind was blowing right at the corner and being split either side. So although the wind was there, the lift was not really.

In a pure Easterly it would be great, as there is a really steep slope dropping down to the river Taff.
With a S.S.E. to S.E. wind there would be a long ridge facing out towards the Bristol Channel to choose your spot.

Mark- living local it would be ideal for you on a summer evening after work! :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on February 18, 2011, 15:15:07 PM
Kev,

Must have had a few beers in the Fagens (real ale pub) just down the road then eh mate?

My local.  ::)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on February 18, 2011, 16:51:52 PM
I won't stick this one in the video thread - cost frankly theres hardly any glider footage due to the lack of wind and my complete ineptitude of having the headcam set too high when there was a light breeze - (nice footage of some sky mind). So this is more of a 2 minute " This is the crest" play around with my new camcorder.
(720 or 1080 probably almost the same due to mixed cameras doing the footage)

Dogan Glider at the Bwlch Crest (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co0b50V-vrQ#ws)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 18, 2011, 17:19:23 PM
I liked it Chris :af at least it isn't "just footage stuck on the internet" like mine :ev

Anyone feel like going for a walk up Pen Y Fan on Sunday? Forecast looks pretty gentle with a nice direction for the ridge south from Corn Du. not sure if it supposed to be claggy or not?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on February 18, 2011, 17:30:37 PM
Yes, nice relaxing vid- good quality footage- what camera(s) did you use?
The music was exact same I used for the RCG Surfimp aero comp back in Aug. 2008!! Goes well with a slopin' I reckon.

Clayt- is this Frontside or Backside- just so I know what to digout /repair.

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 18, 2011, 17:41:34 PM
To do backside, it has to have a frontside :af I was thinking it would be ligfht enough to do either
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on February 18, 2011, 18:44:47 PM
Yes, nice relaxing vid- good quality footage- what camera(s) did you use?

The headcam is my trusty old Kodak Zi8 - the new one is a Panasonic SD600. (I was reading review after review on Amazon and was trying to justify the cost when i noticed Argos have just changed their catalogue and offer it as a last years catalogue item for about 80 quid less). With thoughts of "you can get a glider with that" - I rushed down the local and got the last one in Barry branch before I changed my mind .

Wow Pen y Fan - isn't that like 3000 feet or something. You jog up that with ya 3m gliders ?.  :o - or do you just walk part of the way up? (not been to the national park since before I left wales for 17  years in flat old London). It's still hilly I bet  :D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 18, 2011, 19:12:05 PM
Just had a quick look on metoffice for sunday. Extensive hill fog early, possibly clearing later. Winds about 20mph, chilly max of 1deg. Still worth it?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on February 18, 2011, 20:44:11 PM
Chris,

Dogan looks great mate! :af  Good fun or what? ::)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: knewt on February 18, 2011, 23:45:22 PM
Blimey yes. And the pub on the corner that did the mongolian food thing. And the Chinese in Taffs Well was a regular haunt. Happy days, apart from the speed camera!


Kev,

Must have had a few beers in the Fagens (real ale pub) just down the road then eh mate?

My local.  ::)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on February 19, 2011, 07:28:46 AM
The pub still does the Mongolian food,  :af the Chinese is still there (new owners and not so good)  :'( and the bloody speed camera is still there! :banghead:
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 19, 2011, 09:13:10 AM
Was thinking it will be paraglider sentral at rhossili today so will head to the inlaws with the fam today. Still hoping to head to PYF tomorrow.
Also looking forward ro giving Garth another chance one day
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on February 19, 2011, 10:35:47 AM
Mark you about anywhere today?

WNW - and fairly light i guess. Meio or Bwlch maybe this pm for me if anywhere. Not sure if that's Mickeys or Ice cream though - NW would be defo the ice cream - if i do venture that way - will "suck it and see" at the ice cream (seems apt)

Paragliders up the meio last Sunday an all - not airborn much though they were braving 16mph which i thought was their upper limit - think Rog (or someone else  $%& ) mentioned they have equipment that extends their envelope quite a bit more now   ::)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on February 19, 2011, 10:39:33 AM
Hi Chris,

Could well be up for a slope session this afternoon.  wouldn't be much before 2:30 though. $%&
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 19, 2011, 10:53:36 AM
Chris, WNW at the Bwlch is frustrating. It isn't 'on' either IC or MickWest and there is quite a trek between the two. That being said though, the metoffice mountain 4cast says westerly above 400m.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on February 19, 2011, 11:09:00 AM
Cheers Clayt - flying around the hills on google earth it did seem to be between the two.

I think I'll go for a stroll up the Meio early Pm - will take the dogan and something light - the speedo, weasel or even the Blaster 2 for a giggle.

Possibly cya later if you venture up Mark  :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on February 19, 2011, 11:12:38 AM
Cool :co
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on February 19, 2011, 18:34:40 PM
Hey Chris,

Great fun today mate! :af loved that Dogan - silent flight - who'd have thought it possible eh? :co

Proper air display of your models today, the DLG was just superb, a gnats fart would be strong enough to keep that in the air ;D  then we had the speedo zipping about and then the stealth ship Dogan, like a 3 metre ghost in the air mate!, good fun all afternoon. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on February 19, 2011, 23:34:04 PM
Yep - great afternoon - glad the wind turned it on for the big stuff for a while at least.
100+ hours in the air with the Blaster2 yet the very first time on a slope withit and absolutely loved it - what have I been missing :)

Short HD vid in the pipeline - uploading as I speak. Vid mainly of your Lightweight Glider (name  $%&), a few passes with the Blaster and the Acacia cruising past the sun - your glider looks great in the footage - good move bringing that one  :af

Probably take an hour or more  to upload - only 3 minutes long but 250 MB.

Video now  in usual place...
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: billscottuk on February 20, 2011, 14:52:05 PM
What's the usual place ? Youtube or Vimeo?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 20, 2011, 17:45:22 PM
Video thread on the main page Bill.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on February 20, 2011, 18:51:12 PM
Did you get to fly today Clayt?

Never seemed to clear much here all day :-\
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: billscottuk on February 20, 2011, 18:58:29 PM
Video thread on the main page Bill.

Cheers!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 23, 2011, 21:46:35 PM
Old farm house cliff near Southerndown tomorrow arvo anyone? I'll be there from about 12, see you there :af :co
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on February 24, 2011, 00:52:11 AM
dead jealous,  :D

Take some footage if you can Clayt - enjoyed the last snippet you did off the cliff there - aim to have a go on it as soon as time off and a S or SE coincide.

Have a great PM -
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on February 24, 2011, 08:34:49 AM
Got a hot date! (well luke warm anyways)

Weather should be fair to middling, have fun ^-^
.
Forecast looking ok for vr98 or Ice Cream on Sunday

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 24, 2011, 08:37:51 AM
Will do chris,
Hoping for a SW wind though as anything E from south doesn't work in the area at all, and SW is park and fly with a pretty nice landing area between the old stone wall and the cliff top.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 24, 2011, 12:01:04 PM
Rog, you snuck a reply in without me noticing, keen for sunday for sure :af
Arrived at the cliff just now to find that the wind is very much westerly and has this strange liquid in it!
Waiting in the carpark at dunraven bay for it to pass and then I will trudge up the cliff to the south and have a hoon-around.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on February 24, 2011, 18:54:41 PM
"Arrived at the cliff just now to find that the wind is very much westerly and has this strange liquid in it!"

AAHHH NO!! Not the strange liquid that figures in all my recent nightmares!

Beware it has an affinity for carbon, f/glass and even foam, it's worse than the Bermuda triangle for lost aircraft.

I'm staying clear- see you well inland at the Bwlch on Sunday! :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on February 24, 2011, 19:02:17 PM
Anyone up the Bwlch Saturday? $%&
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on February 24, 2011, 19:03:15 PM
Rain and Rugby Saturday
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on February 24, 2011, 19:05:23 PM
XC Weather doesn't mentioned rain or rugby?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on February 24, 2011, 19:42:09 PM
2.30pm Italy v Wales, 5.00pm England v France.

Whoo hoo!! Shove the slope gliders Saturday- five hours classic rugby in the pub with your mates :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on February 24, 2011, 20:00:12 PM
XC Weather doesn't mentioned rain or rugby?
Nope!but Derek Brockway did.
Delete 'rain' -replace with 'beer'
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on February 24, 2011, 20:01:35 PM
So right Andy :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 24, 2011, 21:29:11 PM
As much as I like rugby and have taken to supporting the Welsh team as my own, PRIORITIES :ev
I will be gliding if I get the chance (and the moons allign with jupiter's anus to give good conditions)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on February 25, 2011, 22:01:03 PM
Looks good for VR on Sunday,be there from about 11.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 25, 2011, 23:23:03 PM
Hopefully see you there. I'm also heading up PYF tomorrow arvo for a quick blat if you have recovered enough from last weekend, but imagine you will be watching thugby :co
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on February 26, 2011, 00:00:41 AM
Hope to manage VR Sun also weather permitting. If it plays ball tomorrow will do the Ice cream slope by midday (may have to record the rugby as I do like an ice cream!).

Might see you there Mark. Always a struggle Sat mornings - don't get to bed til 3.00am out of general principal on Fridays/(sat)

Have a fab time Clayt. a bit far for me this Sat but I have to investigate the PYF some time too !

Chris.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on February 26, 2011, 07:30:16 AM
07.30 Saturday- wind blowing from due West forecasted for 15-20mph- quick battery top ups and a morning at Rhossili before the Rugby- who said there wasn't a God!  :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 26, 2011, 08:59:48 AM
Have fun guys, hopefully see you all tomorrow
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 26, 2011, 10:02:13 AM
Decided it isn't safe to go dsing without a spotter so will be at ice cream slope today. See you there
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on February 26, 2011, 11:19:26 AM
Decided it isn't safe to go dsing without a spotter so will be at ice cream slope today. See you there

On my way mate! :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on February 26, 2011, 18:59:14 PM
Finally maidened the Vector III today - sweet model to fly, very nimble. :af  Only now have my buttocks unclenched enough to smoke a cigarette! :ev

Enjoyed the company of Chris with his Dogan, Clayton with his screamer of a Skorpion and the late arrival of A.J. flying a really nice Ceres - nice afternoon gentelmen. :co

Same again tomorrow for me. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 26, 2011, 21:08:38 PM
Thanks for the company today guys :af
Thanks for letting me have a quick spin with the Vector and congrats on the successful maiden!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on February 27, 2011, 13:41:59 PM
Wish me luck fellow Taff flyers.

Tomorrow (Monday 28 Feb) I'm up early to get across the causeway to Worms Head with my beaten about Speedo.
The wind is forecast ~10mph NNE, so I'm going to attempt my first go at DS'ing! :o

I'll launch out frontside on the steeper slope that faces the beach (pic) and then try DS'ing the somewhat shallower side facing out toward Devon.

Dunno what I'm supposed to do really except get pretty high on the frontside and dive down onto the backside and try to do a couple of circuits, then build on that- any more suggestions gratefully received!

I'm fully expecting one of two outcomes- a destroyed model or one more for "Davy Jones' Locker" ;D :D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on February 27, 2011, 14:50:08 PM
 :xx forya Rog sure you'll be ok :afJust got back from a very lumpy VR,just me and the dwarf,Knewt turned up for a bit but didn't fly [very wise].The HP48 was getting thrown about all over the place,great fun and very quick now it's trimmed ok.The fun was interrupted by a couple of squally showers so a quick dash back to the cars was called for so i thought sod it, back to watch the rugby,left Mark there praying for the wind to drop a bit,hope he got a fly :xx
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Yoyo on February 27, 2011, 15:04:18 PM
Wish me luck fellow Taff flyers.

Tomorrow (Monday 28 Feb) I'm up early to get across the causeway to Worms Head with my beaten about Speedo.
The wind is forecast ~10mph NNE, so I'm going to attempt my first go at DS'ing! :o

I'll launch out frontside on the steeper slope that faces the beach (pic) and then try DS'ing the somewhat shallower side facing out toward Devon.

Dunno what I'm supposed to do really except get pretty high on the frontside and dive down onto the backside and try to do a couple of circuits, then build on that- any more suggestions gratefully received!

I'm fully expecting one of two outcomes- a destroyed model or one more for "Davy Jones' Locker" ;D :D


A standard Speedo is supposedly fairly well calibrated to fold up at 99mph - so if you manage it, that's how fast you were going ;)

Go to this page (http://www.billpattersonart.com/dszone.swf) and click on the yellow glider at the bottom to get a decent introduction to DS - you'll need Flash for it.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on February 27, 2011, 15:29:43 PM
Really helpful link for newbie ds ers there Yoyo thanks :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on February 27, 2011, 15:44:11 PM
+1, thanks Yoyo.

I'll video my attempts just for the record!

Big And- got as far as Neath and could see big black claggy clouds so turned back- bought a four pack now I'm watching the Jocks against the Micks!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on February 27, 2011, 15:50:57 PM
Managed to get a pass out 'sarvo. Must have just missed Mark and spotted knewt on the IC slope so wandered over. He left as I got there (wisely) and I managed to get about 10 minutes of super clean ice cream fun before having to bolt back to the car as the hail, sleet, snow and rain dumped. Worth it though :af

One circuit at a time rog :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on February 27, 2011, 16:09:39 PM
Nah - no bloody flying today. 

Watched Andy's new DS machine doing unnatural flight patterns in the strong wind, watched Andy's DS machine wack him in the head in the strong wind (no panic, glider was fine) :ev  Kevin turned up and said hello, then went, then Andy went, I stayed on half hour but it just got sh*ttier by the minute so I went :'(

If it had only calmed down a bit it could have saved a couple of wents. ;D

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on February 28, 2011, 14:57:50 PM
Well, I was on Worms Head by nine this morning to catch the low tide crossing from the mainland.
Beautiful morning- but hardly a breath!
When I scaled the ridge, there was a gentle northerly breeze (zephyr) about 6mph, hardly enough to keep the Speedo up on the frontside (facing Rhossili beach).

Took on board all the tips, but best I could manage was one and a half circuits!!

There seemed to be no boundary layer to punch through to gain speed. (but what do I know about it $%&)

Anyway- short video with some pics.

Half way along the ridge, the North side is almost sheer as can be see just before launching, and I let the video run on at the end, to show (Mike E.) that it is pretty steep on the backside (south facing)- Id estimate 45 degrees.

So given a more favourable wind, and someone who knows what their doing, it should work quite well.

Couple of flies in the ointment- fairly long and sometimes rough walk to get there.
And, esp. at weekends and Summer time, walkers and anglers using both the path on top of the ridge and the one at the bottom of the dark side

Poor attempt a my first DS'ing! (http://www.vimeo.com/20469690)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Yoyo on February 28, 2011, 17:27:09 PM
Really helpful link for newbie ds ers there Yoyo thanks :af

I'm a newbie DSer too (or will be when I run out of frontside new stuff to do!) - I just saw that a while ago and kept a link for when I needed it!

Glad it's useful to you lot as well.

 :) :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 01, 2011, 16:18:31 PM
Never flown the Crest before (heard that the lift is supposed to be awsome).  :) XC Weather is showing good stuff for the weekend, I know, I know, things can change but who can blame me for dreaming? ::)

Hopefully will be there Saturday and Sunday, any takers? :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 01, 2011, 17:44:23 PM
Hopefully Mark, have to wait and see what the good lady says. Firdt thigs first though, I will be basking in glorious sunshine on the wrecker on Thursday when the plumber finishes replacing our shower. So will probably be up there from around lunchtime.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 01, 2011, 17:47:00 PM
You know how to hurt a bloke don't you mate, be in work Thursday. :'(
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on March 01, 2011, 17:48:18 PM
....mojo diminishing fast
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 01, 2011, 17:53:02 PM
Hey Roger,

Don't say that, was hoping to have an invite sometime in the future to your coastal favourite sites mate. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 01, 2011, 18:57:45 PM
Nuther smashing by the docs mate?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on March 01, 2011, 19:59:24 PM
Yeah Clayt, this morning's sess. hit hard.

Can't even look at a toy plane!

Hope it doesn't go the way as Surfimp on RCG or our own MikeY and ShaneB. :-\
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 01, 2011, 21:22:03 PM
Yeah Clayt, this morning's sess. hit hard.

Can't even look at a toy plane!

Hope it doesn't go the way as Surfimp on RCG or our own MikeY and ShaneB. :-\

Chin up mate, you know you're a fighter :af

Maybe a 3.5m scale Swift will cheer you up and get you fired up for flight again:ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 01, 2011, 21:24:57 PM
Hey Rog,

Wishing you well mate.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on March 02, 2011, 07:09:22 AM
Thanks for your considerations fellas, helps a lot.

I was thinking a nice Stingray in the Welsh (Italian) colours might help light the flame!  :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 02, 2011, 07:30:57 AM
Absapharkenlutely!!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 02, 2011, 19:51:36 PM
I hope the plumber dude doesn't take too long tomorrow, really in need of a fix! Got the shakes and am starting to develop a headache :ev
Got the sky man coming sometime saturday arvo too, so that means the weather will be perfect for flying Saturday and pants on Sunday
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 03, 2011, 18:09:54 PM
Beautiful day on the Wrecker today with unbroken sunshine and lovely smooth lift bang on the slope........I presume.
Anyone manage to get up there to enjoy it?
Cos i flippin didn't >:(
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 03, 2011, 18:11:44 PM
Nope - but I did put your Rx in the car! :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 03, 2011, 18:14:01 PM
Gwboi :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 03, 2011, 18:16:35 PM
And sorted (well Clive did) the Polecat without fitting the switch!

Cheers Clive. :co
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 03, 2011, 18:24:45 PM
Nope, would have been GLORIOUS up there today. Babysitting a dithering handyman today
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 03, 2011, 18:37:08 PM
Was he being paid by the hour by any chance Clayt? :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 03, 2011, 18:40:08 PM
You are being very pessimistic there Andy.......... :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 03, 2011, 18:55:07 PM
Wasn't you doing the work for him wassit :ev
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Post by: clayts75 on March 03, 2011, 18:58:37 PM
Only a little bit
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Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 03, 2011, 19:00:15 PM
That plane should have hit you harder in the head Andy! :ev
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Post by: andrewmawr on March 03, 2011, 19:06:24 PM
Should ave flown it LOWER i think :ev :ev
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Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 03, 2011, 19:09:16 PM
Fook man - to hit me you would have to have been grass cutting! ;D

It's your own fault for being such a big target. :''
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Post by: andrewmawr on March 03, 2011, 19:28:04 PM
Touche ;D
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Post by: andrewmawr on March 03, 2011, 21:50:07 PM
Going up to pick up a couple of 'aquisitions' from Cambrad on Saturday,if anyone from down this way wants any of the other stuff he's put up on the 'for sale' thread i can bring it back at the same time[M60 Mark?] no probs :af
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Post by: ChrisInTheVale on March 04, 2011, 01:36:18 AM
wow - you looking to go for the NCFM M60 Mark  :D
I was watching one on ebay (albeit unstarted kit). Out of interest - is the receiver accessible on an M60 or is it burried in a tomb of foam like a Jart? (just wondering - cos if I did find one ready built - I'd be looking to place a 2.4 speccy rx in it.)

Roll on the weekend.

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Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 04, 2011, 06:12:08 AM
Thanks for the offer Andy but I gotta start saving me Dongs for the Vietnam trip in April! :af
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Post by: ChrisInTheVale on March 04, 2011, 09:13:57 AM
Have expressed an interest myself -
Andy I have sent you a cheeky PM
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Post by: ChrisInTheVale on March 04, 2011, 16:27:10 PM
XCWeather for weekend suggests ENE all day tomorrow 12-17 mph.
BBC says ENE until midday then - SW and 1 to 2 mph

somebody's got it wrong - I'm suspecting auntie beeb  $%&

Looking again - seems like BBC only have it messed up for Treorchy way
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Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 04, 2011, 16:55:00 PM
Gonna be at the Bwlch early and hope to be there all the day long......................... :af
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Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 04, 2011, 17:10:30 PM
Hey Chris,

Did you get the M60?  Jammy B%st%rd! :banghead:
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Post by: ChrisInTheVale on March 04, 2011, 17:41:45 PM
"Did you get the M60? "
  tecnically yes - I just gotta get hold of AndrewM to see how I can settle up with him before his collecting trip tomorrow (if he's willing to pick up one extra) - I'm hoping I can meet him on his way or something. Have sent him a PM.

Hey - will this be your first Crest visit Mark?
Dunno if I will be there early (Fri nights are usually 3.am nights out of principal) - but I shall be there :). Tis gunna be chilly I think !
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Post by: clayts75 on March 04, 2011, 18:05:22 PM
Nice one Chris, you won't be disappointed with the M60. Cracking plank. Hope to see you guys up at the bwlch at some stage hopefully tomorrow :af
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Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 04, 2011, 20:07:43 PM
Yep - first visit to the mighty Crest!

Looking forward to seeing your M60 banging about mate, good reports on it everywhere on this site, nearly cancelled my trip to Cambodia/Vietnam for it! :D

Hoping to hit the Bwlch around midday and fly the pants of my toys! (well, tootle about in some lift and try and fly properly).

See whoever is there for a good day out hopefully. :af
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Post by: doofus on March 05, 2011, 10:20:02 AM
Hi Guys

I will be going to Tenby for my wedding aniversary this year,  any good slope/cliffs around that area, thinking of taking a a couple fo foamies for thoses romantic clifftop walks  :''   
Thanks fot your replies in advance.

Regards

Phil
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Post by: clayts75 on March 05, 2011, 10:33:08 AM
I haven't flown around Tenby, but a quick glance at the terrain on google maps indicates it would be worthwhile taking a foamy to ruin any chance of romance and have a decent fly :af

You're missus musn't be Welsh mate, mine tried to castrate me for trying to smuggle a foamy into the car for a two week holiday to France :ev
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Post by: clayts75 on March 05, 2011, 17:05:17 PM
World record for F3F would have been broken today if there was a comp on the wrecker. Thermal lottery a little bit, but when it was epic, it was epic. Never seen the Skorp go that quick :ev
'twas a great hour or two this arvo :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 05, 2011, 17:51:18 PM
World record for F3F would have been broken today if there was a comp on the wrecker. Thermal lottery a little bit, but when it was epic, it was epic. Never seen the Skorp go that quick :ev
'twas a great hour or two this arvo :af

I'll vouch for that! :af
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Post by: ChrisInTheVale on March 05, 2011, 19:22:38 PM
Will do some edits on the Scorp footage this evening - camera had a job to keep in focus - but got some nice bits of your F3F turns and screaming frontside loops etc (and they are mental  :D ) will stick some bits together and upload later.

Straight easterly (or ESE if you prefer auntie beeb's version) and sunnyish tomorrow arvo. I think I hear the Crest a'calling. Better get my mundane  chores of shopping & washing etc out the way this evening methinks.
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Post by: clayts75 on March 05, 2011, 19:28:26 PM
Looking forward to seeing it (I think :o )
No breakages today boys?
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Post by: ChrisInTheVale on March 05, 2011, 21:36:51 PM
will take a while for the movie- my PC needs some kind words and tender loving to get it to edit 1080p.
No breakages  :af  - though my last Jart landing was "interesting" .
Flipped, rolled and righted (more luck than judgment on the "righted") in the rotor - a last second panicked "hop over the fence" to end with a relatively neat Jarty splat not too far from the edge. It wouldn't have looked out of place in a Lorrel and Hardy film; cut between a damsel on the railtrack and a pie in the face moment.
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Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 06, 2011, 07:13:56 AM
Nope, no breakages and absolutely looking forward to the first blast on the mighty Crest. :af

Having watched that Skorp of yours screaming about yesterday, I have invested in a portable bomb shelter to hide in. :D
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Post by: ChrisInTheVale on March 06, 2011, 09:32:50 AM

Short Vid of the Clayts and the Scorpion Now in the Video thread.Uploaded overnight as its 400+ Meg.
Not really happy with the distant filming and gottta work out what setting made it grainy this time  $%&

But I've done worse !

http://www.rcmf.co.uk/4um/index.php/topic,53417.1020.html (http://www.rcmf.co.uk/4um/index.php/topic,53417.1020.html)
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Post by: cliffhanger on March 06, 2011, 09:43:28 AM
Hi guys- I see some of you are on the forum- approx. what time you'll be at the Crest road side pull-in?

Hoping to light my mojo flame again today, even if it's only the pilot light!
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Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 06, 2011, 09:54:52 AM
Rog,

I'm packing the car as I type (I know that's not possible but you know what I mean). :D
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Post by: clayts75 on March 06, 2011, 10:55:36 AM
Nice one Chris, grainy could be from the light conditions yesterday, can't really tell as I have only watched it on my mobile. Looks great to me though :af
Rog, I should be there at about 11.30
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Post by: clayts75 on March 06, 2011, 17:23:23 PM
Beautiful sunshine, smooth lift, great company and slopeside repairable mishap. Finally sussed the crest landing too :af
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Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 06, 2011, 20:14:34 PM
I had my first visit to the Crest today in the company of the flying monster Kevin Newton, "Buck" Roger from Swansea, speedmeister Clayton, Mr. ChrisintheVale and AJ?

There were some fantastic models on display, an Extreme (and it is!), a Skorpion in sting mode, a very sweet Ceres, then a very pretty Dogan, there was also a really aerobatic Wasabi, a beautiful scale Discus, an Acacia II and a Vector III and for those fun moments a Polecat, Jart and a (what is that foamie Clayton?)  I can say without doubt I witnessed some serious flying throughout the day, from rippin' speeds to square loops at silly speeds right through to floating on great lift and huge screaming dives, you can tell can't you that I enjoyed the whole event.

To top it all Kevin blew me away with his incredible generosity, I felt ridiculously clumsy and disingenuous in my thanks and hope my offer to him of a pie and a pint will be taken.  Today was a brilliant day of flying and great company, all I can hope for is more days like that.
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Post by: andrewmawr on March 06, 2011, 20:30:40 PM
Glad to read you had a good day chaps :af Catch ya next time
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Post by: FWAL on March 06, 2011, 21:35:09 PM
I popped up the Bwlch yesterday for a recee. Saw some great flying. 3 people were there a Polecat and a yellow and black stripped  plank which looked very similar to a M60. 
I'm a newbie as you've probably gathered and am learning to soar first at Cefn Bryn (Gower) where the lift is near non existent. With the wind veering more westerly this week I'll be trying out at Hunts bay which is a great place.  Being a complete novice I'm spending quite a bit of time repairing my 3 woodies, a converted West Wings Amethyst, a West Wings Orion and a 80" vintage glider which I don't know the name of.  They are all 2 channel but hopefully with enough practice I hope to be bidding on ebay for a more acrobatic glider this Autumn.
Once I'm less of a liability I might actually bring a plane next time and venture out of the car to meet you.  In essence I'm very envious of your skills and am looking forward to learning the art of good slope soaring.
Mark
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Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 06, 2011, 21:39:47 PM
Hey FWAL - should have come on over and had a chat mate! :af

Hope to see you at the Bwlch soon. :)
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Post by: clayts75 on March 06, 2011, 22:25:03 PM
Don't be shy Mark (FWAL) :af
Looking forward to meeting you soon :co
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Post by: andrewmawr on March 07, 2011, 05:10:56 AM
+1 for that,be good to see a new face,started hangin round down there just over a year ago,best move i made,learned a lot and met a great bunch of blokes,win win really,lookin forward to meeting ya boyo :af
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Post by: cliffhanger on March 07, 2011, 09:32:49 AM
Finally sussed the crest landing too :af

I "cracked" the Crest landing as well! :'( :'(

ps couldn't bring myself to repair the blitzed fus. so just ordered a new one- 90 euros (it's only money!) :D
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Post by: FWAL on March 07, 2011, 10:43:41 AM
Thanks for the welcome and don't worry you'll see me and my floaters soon enough.
Roger, I've noticed you do a lot of flying around the Gower, due to the recent prevailing easterly's have you tried Port Eynon point? or is it better to go that extra mile or two and fly at Fall Bay.  I live at West Cross so although the Bwlch is only a fifty mile round trip with diesel at 6.00/gal I'd prefer to stay local for a quick hours flying in between work or early finishes!
mark 
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Post by: cliffhanger on March 07, 2011, 13:43:41 PM
Mark- have I met you on the NE slope on the road from Rhyd Y Pandy across to Scotch Pine, you were there with an older couple maybe your Aunt and Uncle?

Fall bay works on a South East wind, I've looked at P.Eynon point- the slope is not very high or steep.
PwllDu head works in an Easterly but it means landing on gorse bushes.
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Post by: FWAL on March 07, 2011, 16:56:59 PM
Hi Roger
No I don't think we've met before, unless you flew at Hunts Bay & Brandy Cove approx 20yrs ago.  I use to go there with a friend who started with a Middle Phase and then went onto a symmetric woodie.  I made a glider at the same time but never saved enough for the RC equipment.
I did have a look at Port Eynon around lunchtime, in fact I launched the Orion.  I stood there umming and arring for a good few minutes due to the large amount of rocks, gorse.  There was a small area of grass between the size of a squash and tennis court to land on.  It was a very quick flight! and I landed on the grass more by luck than judgment.  I decided to go somewhere where I could do less damage and maybe learn something.  So I went to Llanmadoc hill, the wind was SSE 12mph and both the Orion and me struggled.  For very short times it was OK but most of the time the wind was dictating which direction the plane was going in.  I think I'll keep her light and use her when the wind is sub 8mph.
Now, I must make a new fuse for what I'm calling my Thundamental .  It  was originally an Amethyst but has now been designed with a shorter, slightly bigger and much stronger fuse which I hope in the future will be 3 channel.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on March 07, 2011, 17:47:47 PM
For a SSE if you have the time, the cliff just on the right (west) above Mewslade works quite well.

Dunno if you've looked at any of my "home movies" on Vimeo but there's one there where I flew a Weasel at that spot. (ignore my landing, there's plenty of room behind to bring it down.)

I might have met you as I got into slope gliding about that time, just for a couple of years- so you probably know Dave Parsons?
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Post by: FWAL on March 07, 2011, 21:24:12 PM
That name sounds familiar, I wonder if he flew a glider that I remember very well.  It was two channel, ailerons and elevator a single cockpit as far as the wing then twin fuselages with two small fins and  the elevator in between.  It looked like a WWII fighter jet the name of which escapes me.  The pilot was very helpful and extremely good and this plane which was built from plan could just be the Godfather of the modern planks I'm guessing.
I have enjoyed watching your vid's very much and as a matter of curiosity where do you park when flying at Pwll-Du?  It's a fairly long walk from Southgate or do you sneak along East Cliff as far as Hunt's and park in front of the Farm.
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Post by: cliffhanger on March 08, 2011, 11:32:41 AM
Big And- looks like it could be an epic Rhossili day tomorrow.

Westerlies around 18mph=25+ on the slope edge.

Are you up for it?- I'll be trying out some new 2.6m wings on my Jedi fus. and reckon to be there by around 11.00

(anyone else got time off work?)
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Post by: andrewmawr on March 08, 2011, 11:39:58 AM
Working wednesdays too now Rog >:( so just tuesdays and thursdays for me from now on during the week,How ya feeling these days?Mojo ok?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on March 09, 2011, 17:42:46 PM
Stonkin' at Rhossili today- at 45-50mph at slope edge.
Flew the 70" Big Fish, no provision for ballast-AUW~1800grs.
It coped pretty well, but anything too high, directly above the slope edge, disappeared backward at a rate of knots!

Feeling ok And, thanks, you and anyone else out tomorrow?
Big West/S.W winds again forecast.
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Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 09, 2011, 17:52:13 PM
Hey Rog,

Glad to find you feeling better. :af  Wish I was there mate  :'( (musn't wish my life away but looking forward to retirement so us old buggers can spend time flying!)  Any video of the day?
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Post by: FWAL on March 10, 2011, 21:25:31 PM
Way too windy for me..... I bet you had a ball.  However, I am in the process of building 'Thundamental' It's a bit of a hybrid but I'm hopping it'll be good up 20mph.  To start off she'll be 2 ch but I fully intend to make a new 48"ish aileron wing very soon.[attachthumb=1]
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: FWAL on March 11, 2011, 08:17:49 AM
I'll get the hang of posting pic's soon  ;D
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Post by: cliffhanger on March 11, 2011, 10:34:56 AM
Nice to see some "real" model building! Not just sticking servo's into molded models.

Nice hardwood block nose there, looks like the plane will be quite lightweight with a built up tail, wings the same?
Keep sending the pics! :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 11, 2011, 12:53:03 PM
Having unproductively stared at paper all morning, I have decided to go flying for a bit instead. Off to Mickeys :ev
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Post by: clayts75 on March 11, 2011, 16:47:34 PM
What a nutty afternoon $%&
Looked out the window before I left and noticed that the turbines were ripping round SW. Decided I'd like to see how the Skorp would fair at Southerndown. Got there and was greeted by a very light breeze. Chucked off with 60% ballast in it and did ok as long as it kept moving. Landed and chucked off empty. Went worse!  $%& Landed and drove to Mickeys....


THE PLACE WAS GOING BONKERS!!

MASSIVE LOOPS, HUUUGE SPEED   really quite scary

A few holes about the place, but I think that might have been because there was almost no breeze at the bottom of the hill in Nant Y Moel.

Forgot to change the white ballance settings from indoor for the first session and then pressed pause instead of record for the second. Sure you're all sick of my vids now anyway (bad luck...I'm gunna keep making them :nananana: ) but there are none from today.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 11, 2011, 17:00:25 PM
Went up the Meio straight from work with the Polecat and Acacia, pretty weird here too Clayton.  Wind felt strong, Polecat would zoom about then start dying, yet the wind kept feeling strong.  $%&

Threw the Acacia off but it wasn't really much fun, just bobbing about without much lift (it ain't the Bwlch that's for sure!)

Looking at XC Weather, the back of the Wrecker looks on, anyone going and what's it like flying there? ???

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Post by: clayts75 on March 11, 2011, 17:27:29 PM
Hey Mark, I just re read my earlier post and realised that it could have been interpretted that I didn't have fun :D

Quite the opposite mate, I scared the bejeezes out of myself and loved it :ev

With the Meio being a bit lower than the Bwlch, maybe it just clipped the bottom of the wind layer?

Back of the Wrecker has pretty amazing power mate and should be coming in straight up the valley if XC is to be believed :ev
Make sure you check before you chuck and have a walk around to find where you want to land. The safest spot is generally the same spot as for the wrecker. If it goes too far East from South, you will be better off walking right around the Crest to fly (quite a bit further than we were on Sunday)
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Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 11, 2011, 17:38:09 PM
Cheers for the info Clayton,

The Meio will never compare to the Bwlch - good for a potch about and testing settings etc., but occasionally it gets a good head of steam up for a blast.

Hope to be at the Bwlch around midday to try the Back of The Wrecker! :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: FWAL on March 11, 2011, 19:50:17 PM
I'll be getting up early tomorrow to fit the hardware and then off for a test.  Not sure about the solid nose cone, a direct hit could send the tailplane into orbit.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: FWAL on March 11, 2011, 19:52:13 PM
Sealed and covered the fuse this afternoon and glued the tailplane on this evening.  Time for the pub
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Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 11, 2011, 20:19:25 PM
That looks so cool Mark. :co

It would be nice to see that in flight. :af  You visiting the Bwlch Sunday?, F3F race on Mickeys slope. ::)
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Post by: cliffhanger on March 11, 2011, 20:30:08 PM
Nice two channel floater there Mark- good luck on the maiden!

Nuclear Mark- Sunday winds forecast 15mph Westerly.Given the choice of watching F3F  (:study:) or getting into some epic smooooth coastal lift at Rhossili it's a no brainer for me! :D

Best of luck Clayt! - Mickey's should be working well.

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Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 11, 2011, 20:36:58 PM
Roger,

Gotta meet Andy on Sunday to drop off his Rx but really fancy a trip to your patch mate. :af  What sort of time you looking to get there and how do I find the spot?

ChrisintheVale - fancy a blast on the coast or what? :''
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Post by: clayts75 on March 11, 2011, 20:41:08 PM
Thanks mate, have fun at Rhossili.
 Mark (FWAL), your beautiful 2ch floater will love you forever if you maiden it at Rhossili :af
Can't think of a better slope for popping cherries :co .
If you did decide to come to the Bwlch on Sunday, as long as you aren't on one of the frequencies being used for the competition, you could maiden it on one of the adjoining slopes to the comp (just keep an eye out for slippery, fast plastic) as the lift will be adequate (slightly crossed) and you can have a chat and a gander to some of the fastest gliders and guiders in the UK.

Other Mark, park in the church carpark in Rhossili (gold coin donation), then walk up the side of the gert big hill. Rog is normally there by 9.30 - 10
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 11, 2011, 20:45:28 PM
What's the landing area like at Rhossili?  $%&
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 11, 2011, 20:48:37 PM
Simples mate,no rotor and loads of space,your vector will be perfect :af Tempted myself
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 11, 2011, 20:50:05 PM
Gonna go Andy?  $%&
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 11, 2011, 20:52:18 PM
What's the landing area like at Rhossili?  $%&
And luscious, soft heathery stuff to cradle your model lovingly as it touches down gently :co

SH1T place really, no-one likes it at all :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 11, 2011, 20:53:48 PM
Knock 'em dead Sunday Clayt. :xx
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 11, 2011, 20:55:14 PM
Gonna go Andy?  $%&
Torn $%&
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 11, 2011, 20:59:34 PM
Keep ya fingers crossed as much as you like Mark :)
I'll just try not to make too many stupid mistakes and let the plane do the talking. Hell of a field to be competing with this weekend, should be an awesome spectacle (if you are F3F inclined) if we have good conditions.  I am really looking forward to finally getting to fly a comp again. 'tsbin frages mukka :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 11, 2011, 21:07:17 PM
Be pretty hot comp if the weather is the same as we had on the Ice Cream the other day! :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on March 11, 2011, 21:28:57 PM
As Clayt mentioned, drive right to the end of Gower to Rhossili village, just as you enter the village on the rhs is an old Norman church with a "not very big car park" You'll see Rhossili down to the North up a fairly steep hill to the very top near the trig point stone is where we usually fly from.

Don't know about 09.30-10.00! It'll be the day after the pub and Welsh rugby- prolly more like 11.00 till I get up there.

These sort of days don't come around that often when it's a Sunday, good weather and the right wind, so see if you can make it down- once flown never forgotten! :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 12, 2011, 00:01:12 AM
Gonna give the coastal path a go tomorrow morning just west of Burry Port marina,sandbanks are only about 15 feet but there always seem to be gulls floating on the lift when the wind's right.Weasel,speedo and wife charged up and ready to go.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on March 12, 2011, 07:32:20 AM
Yeah I know, just along the cycle path- is that tomorrow Saturday or tomorrow Sunday?

(How many milli-amps did the wife take to get topped up?  :o)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 12, 2011, 10:19:30 AM
Today, before the game :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 12, 2011, 16:38:12 PM
Have a blast at Rhossili tomorrow guys :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on March 12, 2011, 19:59:14 PM
Good luck with the comp Clayt  :af
(Mark and I watched some of the opposition limbering up on Back of Wrecker this arvo - I think my docile Dogan flying lulled them into a false sense of security :)

Enjoy the day m8.

Going to charge up and program my tomtom as never been to Rhossili before (well not this side of childhood anyway).
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 12, 2011, 20:00:25 PM
Did you get my pm chris?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on March 12, 2011, 21:12:31 PM
yup - responded -
 ta for offer of some juice in the M60 battery - looking forward to the day even more now
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on March 13, 2011, 07:07:47 AM
'morning fellas, so who's up for some Rhossili action. Sounds like Chris (with Mark?), Big And?

Mark (West Cross) join us if you can with your Thundamental. I reckon the wind should be blowing about 16-20 mph on the slope, we've got Blutac and lead ballast if you need to weigh it down a bit  :D

Hope to see y'all later- I'll be on the slope near the trig point by 11.00.

One slight prob- expect a few para g's today- they usually stay well clear.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 13, 2011, 07:15:27 AM
Rog,

Car all packed up, models fully charged, even bought 5 woodbines and a pasty for the day!  :D

See you there mate. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on March 13, 2011, 08:41:37 AM
G'd on ya!

Wall to wall sunshine here so reckon I'll be up there by 10.30.

Don't leave it too late to get to Rhossilli other wise the church car park will get filled up today, and you'll have to carry on through the village and use the big car park by the Worms Head pub and hotel then walk back.

ps don't look out for my old Peugeot- I go a different way to the top.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on March 13, 2011, 08:52:40 AM
leaving in about 20. probably there 11-11.30 (assuming Mr satnav doesn't take me down any dark mysterious country lanes like it sometimes does :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 13, 2011, 18:15:47 PM
Absolutely top day down Rhossili today with Rog,mark and chris,pg's a bit of a pain at times but on the whole not too bad,super smooth stonking lift all day leaving us all with huge grins,mojo back up to 100% :af
How did the speed merchants get on down the Bwlch i wonder?
Clayt?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on March 13, 2011, 18:40:10 PM
'Aye 'twas a t'rifficday!

Wind a bit light in late morning but increasing all afternoon with hardly a cloud in the sky.
5 mph more would have grounded the pg's and made it an epic day.

We all liked And's new toy- 48" half pipe, super smooth and quick!
Chris fixed up his  new M60 and couldn't stop grinning!
Mark's Vector was going really sweetly, just popped out the flap horn on a landing - no biggie.
Me - I maidened a new wing on the Jedi homebrew- powerful flaps!

Great day guys- those conditions don't come around too often- glad you got the Rhossili experience :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 13, 2011, 19:41:36 PM
Rog, Andy and Chris,

What a miserable trio you lot are to go out for a day's flying. :ev

Nah, only joking boys,  :af best company, fantastic site for flying, great lift later in the day - and I have already fixed the Vector's horn! :co

Look forward to the next day at Rhossili boys, truelly enjoyed the whole event.


Mark.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 13, 2011, 20:01:20 PM
C'mon Clayton,

Spill the beans, how'd you do in the comp mucker. $%&
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 13, 2011, 20:32:13 PM
Sh1t, should have gone 2 rhossili. Nice day in the sun though
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 13, 2011, 20:39:06 PM
Shame Clayt.  :'(

What was the weather/lift like at the Bwlch? $%&
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 13, 2011, 21:06:54 PM
Sunny. Didn't wear a jacket all afternoon or hat all day
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: FWAL on March 14, 2011, 21:14:14 PM
My Sunday's are taken up firstly with my sons football training and then Racing International One meter RC yachts at Fendrod Lake Swansea. 
Clayton, I was at Cosmeston last Thursday and was speaking to a fellow IOM racer who just happens to know you from the Bwlch (Andy Wright).  It's a small world.
A slight hangover on Saturday morning put pay to me completing Thundamental  :D.  Although, I did manage to do a couple of hand launches today, it was blowing 16mph so I added a few more grams of lead to get some penetration and in the end she was gliding happily.  I don't know why but I didn't have the balls to put her on a small bunjee.
With added ballast her wing loading is still only a mere 6.37oz/sq.ft
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 15, 2011, 18:57:49 PM
Anyone up for a fly,got the rest of the week off :D Have planes -will travel
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 15, 2011, 19:38:06 PM
Work and study for me this week mate, sorry
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 15, 2011, 19:46:08 PM
Work, work, work until Saturday and Sunday mate. :'(
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on March 15, 2011, 20:56:44 PM
Anyone up for a fly,got the rest of the week off :D Have planes -will travel

S'funny old week for winds, bit like the girls from Pontyberem's underwear-they seem all over the place! :D

But looking more solid for Sat.& Sun-  "Return to the Crest"  whoo hoo!! :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 15, 2011, 21:35:58 PM
Back to playing with myself again then :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: FWAL on March 15, 2011, 23:24:50 PM
If the wind stays as forecast (SW 6-8mph) I'll be at Rhossili Thursday morning.  I'll be arriving at approx 10ish with all three woodies (all under 8oz/sq.ft) and will be leaving when they're all broken  :'(  Even the wife is telling me to buy a foamy  ;). 
I took Thundamental and a West Wings Orion out this evening and bunjee launched them just to get some practice.  I didn't realise just how long it's going to take to master the art of gliding and not crashing.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on March 16, 2011, 08:11:40 AM
If it wasn't for my Grandson's third birthday tomorrow, I'd have met up with you to lend some moral support.

Good luck with the maiden- hopefully there'll be no or very few para g's around!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 16, 2011, 09:41:15 AM
If the wind stays as forecast (SW 6-8mph) I'll be at Rhossili Thursday morning.  I'll be arriving at approx 10ish with all three woodies (all under 8oz/sq.ft) and will be leaving when they're all broken  :'(  Even the wife is telling me to buy a foamy  ;). 
I took Thundamental and a West Wings Orion out this evening and bunjee launched them just to get some practice.  I didn't realise just how long it's going to take to master the art of gliding and not crashing.
How long you gonna be there,i'll be able to get up there about 2 ish.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: FWAL on March 16, 2011, 10:22:11 AM
Hi Andrew. 
I can do a bit of work in the morning to ease my conscious and also get there around 2ish.  The wind forecast is still below 10mph so hopefully I should manage at least an hours fly'rashing
 before breakages dictate an early bath.  I'll take plenty of glue, tape and tools.
mark
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 16, 2011, 10:30:33 AM
Ok ,great,i'll get there as soon as i can tomorrow,looking forward to meetin ya :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on March 16, 2011, 11:45:51 AM
Count me in guys. Going to the play area at the Pub on the Pond and a meal lunchtime, so should get up to the trig point around 2 to 2.30.

Guess it's a day for the Weasel :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 16, 2011, 12:03:19 PM
Didn't think you'd be able to resist ;)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: FWAL on March 16, 2011, 13:21:04 PM
Looking forward to meeting you both.
Hopefully I'll be coming home with my all my planes complete as I have a bit of a decision to make!
Which Glider to build next?
An 80" Svenson Sunny or a 136" Topaz II
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 16, 2011, 20:19:40 PM
Spent a nice couple of hours today on a slope overlooking Ammanford drifting around with the weasel in about 2 mph waiting for thermals to drift through,mostly 1 circuit flights but every third or fourth chuck would give a 10 or 15 minute flight ending up with the buzzards,most enjoyable :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Bolt33 on March 17, 2011, 17:29:00 PM
Hi,  Im visiting a friend in Cardiff this weekend and thought that I must check out the legendary Bwlch whilst Im in the area.  Do you know if the wind is looking any good and also which slope I should head for?

Thanks
Rob

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 17, 2011, 17:48:20 PM
XC Weather is currently showing showing good air from the South - that would be, in my humble opinion, the back of the Wrecker. :af

Flew there recently (and will be there again this weekend) great lift! :co
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 17, 2011, 18:39:53 PM
Went up the Meio around 3:30 today, flew the Polecat, Acacia and the Vector - great fun! :co
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on March 18, 2011, 07:11:21 AM
Went up the Meio around 3:30 today, flew the Polecat, Acacia and the Vector - great fun! :co
Yeah - I saw you from Upper boat bridge as I was taking the daughter to Asdas.
Just about glimpsed your model - was a 2m+ plus one so either Acacia or Vector.
Will have to join you one day. Family stuff getting in the way.
Clive.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Bolt33 on March 18, 2011, 07:45:50 AM
XC Weather is currently showing showing good air from the South - that would be, in my humble opinion, the back of the Wrecker. :af

Flew there recently (and will be there again this weekend) great lift! :co

Thanks,  I'll come and say hello if I see anyone.  I'll be the one flying either a Speedo or Swinger.
Rob.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on March 18, 2011, 10:32:35 AM
Will also see you up there no doubt.  :af

Weather still looking like "Back Of Wrecker" lightish - and a blue sky day.

I may take some light stuff as well as the Dogan and M60 Plank (maybe the Blaster2 or Weasel). Sods law says If I take light stuff up the Bwlch it will guarantee a 20mph+ breeze.

Having said that - if xcweather says 8mph in the Treorchy area - as far as the Bwlch is concerned - you can usually double it, add 5 and take away the number you first thought of ... or summing like that ..
Probably best not to second guess the humour of the Bwlchy Wind Gods and just fill the boot with what you can carry :)

Mark - you're getting too much practise in mate - I'm going to have to start taking days off work or summing  :ev

Chris
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on March 18, 2011, 14:39:53 PM
Are you fellas talking about back of the wrecker on Saturday?
(Sunday looks like rain :-\)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 18, 2011, 15:05:25 PM
Back of the, back of the, BACK OF THE WRECKER!! ;D

Yep, will be there Saturday and Sunday with all my toys (if you don't take 'em you can't play wiv 'em). :''

Saturday looks on for around 2ish for me, maybe earlier if things pan out properly, Sunday, from the minute the sun comes up! :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: FWAL on March 18, 2011, 19:08:04 PM
Roger
I popped over to Hunts this evening, it was beautiful, the Sun was setting over Oxwich Point and the expertly tuned Rookie (A big thanks to you and Andy) was a complete joy to fly  :af  Slowly but surely my flying skill is improving.  Hopefully, my neck muscles will also develop  :D However, what I thought was an OK'ish landing, one big bounce before grounding turned out to be worse than I thought and it was time to go home a bit prematurely.
So this evening the Wife is going out and I'm left to fix my planes.  But I have with her permission ordered a bullet to try and keep my woodies in one piece.   
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 18, 2011, 19:51:35 PM
Glad you're having fun boyo :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 18, 2011, 20:12:21 PM
Looking to get to the Bwlch around 12:30ish - any takers? :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on March 18, 2011, 20:44:31 PM
yep - I'll be there - (Sunday looks a lot more bleak than Sat). Maybe I'll stick to one bottle of Rioja this evening and get there by mid-dayish. Miracles do happen !
Was hoping SMC would deliver my solartex and profilm for the M60 recover - sadly they aint as quick at delivering as some others we know. - so Mr M60 will come out to play with his old coat for now. better charge him up tho :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 18, 2011, 20:50:00 PM
yep - I'll be there - (Sunday looks a lot more bleak than Sat). Maybe I'll stick to one bottle of Rioja this evening and get there by mid-dayish. Miracles do happen !
Was hoping SMC would deliver my solartex and profilm for the M60 recover - sadly they aint as quick at delivering as some others we know. - so Mr M60 will come out to play with his old coat for now. better charge him up tho :)

Chris,

Don't make it any more bomb proof, my Polecat still has a serious limp after you attempted to chop the wings off it! :ev

See you there mate. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on March 18, 2011, 20:59:41 PM
hehe - yeah sorry about that - the M60 has a polecat wing shaped groove in the shiny silver section of the wing - I will leave it there I think - kinda looks like a battle scar.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 18, 2011, 21:02:27 PM
hehe - yeah sorry about that - the M60 has a polecat wing shaped groove in the shiny silver section of the wing - I will leave it there I think - kinda looks like a battle scar.

Reminiscent of your song selection on the video at the Crest Chris. :co
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on March 19, 2011, 08:44:22 AM
Brief vid of our Rhossili outing last week on the video thread...

somewhere around here http://www.rcmf.co.uk/4um/index.php/topic,53417.1050.html (http://www.rcmf.co.uk/4um/index.php/topic,53417.1050.html)

Chris
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on March 19, 2011, 10:14:32 AM
G'day fellas-Any ideas as to the wind conditions further towards the Bwlch?

Dead calm down here, I can see across Swansea bay, and the steam from P.Talbot steel works is rising vertically :'(

Waddya reckon guys?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 19, 2011, 10:56:12 AM
Feel a little bit of breeze at my place, beautiful day, dead jealous of those who can get out. Should be a great day on the BoW.........light, but great
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 19, 2011, 11:18:50 AM
Gonna recce the Skirrid today with the missus [hope she don't suss me out] :xx
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 19, 2011, 19:02:38 PM
Started out on the BoW but lift would come and go.  $%&  Met Bolt33 and Ian?, the old stalwarts Roger and Chris were there and AJ turned up later. :af

Wind swung so we moved over to the "B"? section of Mickeys where the lift was much more positive, spent a couple of hours in good company enjoying the flying. :co

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 19, 2011, 23:10:22 PM
                                                                               Made it!(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_jUbtUpQjxBY/TYU3ZAvV3WI/AAAAAAAAABM/oEngJHzyryQ/s512/DSC_0778.jpg)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 19, 2011, 23:12:24 PM
                                                                               Made it!(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_jUbtUpQjxBY/TYU3ZAvV3WI/AAAAAAAAABM/oEngJHzyryQ/s512/DSC_0778.jpg)

Good ain't it. :af

No flying then Andy? $%&
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 19, 2011, 23:18:15 PM
Accumulating slope tokens today ,back in time to watch england and wales lose  ;D :'(
Wifey's birthday last friday see. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 20, 2011, 07:14:56 AM
Question - how does one get/earn a key for  the gate to Mickeys slopes?  Is there a club that requires joining/paying for? $%&
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on March 20, 2011, 08:15:56 AM
Good on ya Andy! Bit of a climb innit-you must have hidden your oxygen cylinder for the pic. ::). How long did it take you?

You didn't miss a great deal yesterday, lift was lightish and variable- just the day for Chris's Blaster!
I had a 'mare- did the walk (scramble) of shame down the back of the Wrecker to rescue my Phoenix- losing my mobile in the process. Then stupidly tried a close in aero move in the light lift with my new Psycho and snapped the fus- not a difficult repair, but will I never learn? :-\

Mark, as a stalwart member of the SWSA Clayton has a key to the gate. Maybe he could give you further details.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 20, 2011, 09:03:18 AM
Mark, as a stalwart member of the SWSA Clayton has a key to the gate. Maybe he could give you further details.

Thanks for the heads up Rog,  :af you flying today, looks like it's on for Mickeys again - I'm packing the motor now. :co
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on March 20, 2011, 09:20:12 AM
Yep- change of heart from yesterday, I'll be up fairly soon firstly to try and find my mobile. Got my old mobile "pay as you go" so will get up the to the area and phone my number and see if I can locate the newer mobile.

See you after I've done my mountain goat bit! :D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 20, 2011, 09:21:32 AM
Yep- change of heart from yesterday, I'll be up fairly soon firstly to try and find my mobile. Got my old mobile "pay as you go" so will get up the to the area and phone my number and see if I can locate the newer mobile.

See you after I've done my mountain goat bit! :D

I'll be there to give you a hand mate. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 20, 2011, 09:30:40 AM
Good on ya Andy! Bit of a climb innit-you must have hidden your oxygen cylinder for the pic. ::). How long did it take you?

You didn't miss a great deal yesterday, lift was lightish and variable- just the day for Chris's Blaster!
I had a 'mare- did the walk (scramble) of shame down the back of the Wrecker to rescue my Phoenix- losing my mobile in the process. Then stupidly tried a close in aero move in the light lift with my new Psycho and snapped the fus- not a difficult repair, but will I never learn? :-\
Took about an hour and a quarter at my speed Rog[got overtaken on the way up by a couple of snails] most normal people would do it in half that,sorry to hear about your day mate,didn't think it would be very inspiring and an all dayer in the pub watching rugby would have cost a fortune, hence the skirrid yomp
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on March 20, 2011, 09:30:58 AM
I'll be there to give you a hand mate. :af
Call in for me?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on March 22, 2011, 20:47:57 PM
One of those rare beasts tomorrow - a day of work mid-week (aka a "use it or lose it" annual leave day from last year).
I can hear the Crest calling me with its warmish afternoon sunshine and gently caressing 8-12mph breezes - (hopefully nearer 12-18 up there).  :D


Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on March 22, 2011, 22:45:02 PM
Yeah, might well see you there- approx. when's your ETA? 

Depends on how the winds pan out, trying to save on fuel costs right now. :-\
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on March 22, 2011, 22:57:08 PM
yup - don't know how light they will be up there - but  I suspect I will aim for mid-day or there abouts. will post no doubt when i'm ready to go. about 50 mins for me.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 24, 2011, 19:58:16 PM
Spent a couple of hours at the Crest today (from around 3:45 until 6:30) with the Polecat and Acacia.

Lift was as sweet as you could ask for but had to go way, way back to avoid the severe rotor.  Acacia and the Polecat really got a move on and I had it all to myself! :co  I love this sport. ::)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Yoyo on March 24, 2011, 20:16:14 PM
Spent a couple of hours at the Crest today (from around 3:45 until 6:30) with the Polecat and Acacia.

Lift was as sweet as you could ask for but had to go way, way back to avoid the severe rotor.  Acacia and the Polecat really got a move on and I had it all to myself! :co  I love this sport. ::)

Not jealous at all.  >:( >:( >:(

 :'( :embarassed: :-\
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 24, 2011, 20:19:05 PM
Not jealous at all.  >:( >:( >:(

 :'( :embarassed: :-\

Wish you could be here mate, the slopes at the Bwlch are great but when it's "on" they are the best! :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Yoyo on March 24, 2011, 20:22:31 PM
Wish you could be here mate, the slopes at the Bwlch are great but when it's "on" they are the best! :af

You're only an hour away, but during the week some of us are stuck behind desks all day  :-\
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 24, 2011, 20:25:28 PM
You're only an hour away, but during the week some of us are stuck behind desks all day  :-\

I guess I am lucky that my working hours are 6am until 2:30.  With the days getting longer perhaps it would be worth you doing the drive occasionally to have a fantastic flying experience. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Yoyo on March 24, 2011, 21:14:15 PM
I guess I am lucky that my working hours are 6am until 2:30.  With the days getting longer perhaps it would be worth you doing the drive occasionally to have a fantastic flying experience. :af

I will do. I had a lovely clggy experience the only time I went though...  :'(

I used to work alternating weeks of 6am-2:30pm and 1:30pm-10pm shifts when I lived in Risca - would have been perfect one week but the late weeks I seemed to have no free time at all. Strange.

Typically for me I didn't fly when I lived in Wales, only when I moved away from the hills...
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 25, 2011, 17:04:11 PM
Thinking of giving Bannau Sir Gaer by lake Llyn y Fan Fach Sunday............................ :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 25, 2011, 17:59:21 PM
Got a helicopter now too? :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on March 25, 2011, 19:26:19 PM
Thinking of giving Bannau Sir Gaer by lake Llyn y Fan Fach Sunday............................ :''

Been there a few times, usually parking on the Trecastle road off the Swansea- Brecon road past Dany yr Ogof caves.

I'd love to make it, but right now my body couldn't quite do it   :'(

Is there a comp on at the Bwlch on Sunday? Was hoping to fly the Crest.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 25, 2011, 19:32:56 PM
FYI boyos Abbo's at the Bwlch for the F3F all weekend so if you want to stock up with lamfilm he's your man,i think he's bought 175 and 125 micron,got some of the wide 125 micron stuff to try,looks really good stuff too ,just the job for a light 60 incher:af
Hope you're not feelin too crap Rog ;)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 25, 2011, 20:17:04 PM
Hey Rog,

Something to cheer you up (heavy sarcasm here) Vector?, deck'd her, wreck'd her! :'(  Flying on Mickey's and all was fine when the right wing control surfaces decided not to respond at all, big spiral prior to a massive nose dive into the deck waaaaay below.  Clambered down (Mr. Newton was kind enough to help) and picked up the pieces of my beautiful Vector, she is destroyed. :'(  It would appear that the "plug and play" connector in the wing was at fault?

But on a positive note mate, I have very strong and fond memories of our day at Rhossili, what a fantastic site!, hope to see you strong and well soon mucker. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 25, 2011, 20:38:44 PM
Aw Mark,WTF,really sorry to read your post,at least the fault was electrical and not pilot error i suppose :banghead:
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: GregJWillis on March 25, 2011, 20:40:34 PM
Hi All,

I'm a beginner from Bristol with a Parkzone Radian..
Sorry to jump in without reading the history of this thread :-\
My Girlfriend lives in Cardiff and looking for large commons or slopes in this area..
Can anyone point me in the right direction ??
:)


Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Yoyo on March 25, 2011, 20:49:54 PM
Hey Rog,

Something to cheer you up (heavy sarcasm here) Vector?, deck'd her, wreck'd her! :'(  Flying on Mickey's and all was fine when the right wing control surfaces decided not to respond at all, big spiral prior to a massive nose dive into the deck waaaaay below.  Clambered down (Mr. Newton was kind enough to help) and picked up the pieces of my beautiful Vector, she is destroyed. :'(  It would appear that the "plug and play" connector in the wing was at fault?

But on a positive note mate, I have very strong and fond memories of our day at Rhossili, what a fantastic site!, hope to see you strong and well soon mucker. :af

Sorry to hear about that, it's always a shame to lose a plane to something you couldn't control.  :'(

For the purpose of helping it not happen to others, can you give some more details? Was the wing connection fixed both sides, all loose, or fixed/loose? Was it a wing moving that you think broke the connection, or a duff joint, or what?

The more investigations we have on this sort of thing the better the experience we can all build up.


 
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 25, 2011, 21:08:00 PM
Sorry to hear about that, it's always a shame to lose a plane to something you couldn't control.  :'(

For the purpose of helping it not happen to others, can you give some more details? Was the wing connection fixed both sides, all loose, or fixed/loose? Was it a wing moving that you think broke the connection, or a duff joint, or what?

The more investigations we have on this sort of thing the better the experience we can all build up.

Story goes like this:-

Been flying on and off for about an hour and a half, all good fun.  On landing for the third time, doing the normal wiggling of the sticks to check her out, the control surfaces on the right wing did not respond.  I noted a gap, no more than a sixteenth of an inch between wing and fuse, so I pushed the join back together firmly closing the gap and all surfaces worked properly.  I removed the cellotape across the join and replaced with fresh tape to ensure the join was tight.  I can only assume during flight that the join opened up again (although very small) causing the connection to fail once more.

On my Acacia II, I have simple male/female connectors that seem to me in my humble opinion, to be a far more guaranteed form of connection, I wonder if the "plug and play" style of connectivity has caused anyone else issues?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 25, 2011, 21:54:48 PM
Hi All,

I'm a beginner from Bristol with a Parkzone Radian..
Sorry to jump in without reading the history of this thread :-\
My Girlfriend lives in Cardiff and looking for large commons or slopes in this area..
Can anyone point me in the right direction ??
:)
Hi Greg,Chris in the vale's local to that area i think so he should be able to point you in the right direction.Also you might find this helpful:http://mikey.rchomepage.com/slopes.htm  (http://mikey.rchomepage.com/slopes.htm)PS if ever you're at the bwlch be sure to come and say hi :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 25, 2011, 22:11:37 PM
Hi All,

I'm a beginner from Bristol with a Parkzone Radian..
Sorry to jump in without reading the history of this thread :-\
My Girlfriend lives in Cardiff and looking for large commons or slopes in this area..
Can anyone point me in the right direction ??
:)

Not sure what happened to my first repy, so here it is again:-

The Meio is a good little slope which sits firmly between Abertridwr and Treforest.  Good for South/South West winds, will also cope with Westerly or North/North East winds.  Gwaelod y Garth is another good slope, mainly East or North East but does suffer with the air splitting over the two slopes due to its shape.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Yoyo on March 25, 2011, 22:34:33 PM
On my Acacia II, I have simple male/female connectors that seem to me in my humble opinion, to be a far more guaranteed form of connection, I wonder if the "plug and play" style of connectivity has caused anyone else issues?

My Acacia III has fixed fuselage connectors but free floating connectors in the wing, which means the wings would have to come away by, ooh, 3 inches before they got pulled out. At which point I would have other issues....

With the fixed/fixed connectors it always seemed like they would need the multiplex pop-and-go style wing locks, or some other mechanical clamp, to make sure the connectors stayed tight. I know with my landings (entirely down to the poor quality of the landing sites and rotor, obviously) I often end up with the tape split and a gap developing which would cause exactly the conditions you describe, if I missed it.

I think you're right, the fixed/fixed system is dodgy. Cue a load of people saying how they've been like that on thousands of planes for years and never failed....?

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on March 26, 2011, 08:24:17 AM
Hey Rog,

Something to cheer you up (heavy sarcasm here) Vector?, deck'd her, wreck'd her! :'(  Flying on Mickey's and all was fine when the right wing control surfaces decided not to respond at all, big spiral prior to a massive nose dive into the deck waaaaay below.  Clambered down (Mr. Newton was kind enough to help) and picked up the pieces of my beautiful Vector, she is destroyed. :'(  It would appear that the "plug and play" connector in the wing was at fault?

But on a positive note mate, I have very strong and fond memories of our day at Rhossili, what a fantastic site!, hope to see you strong and well soon mucker. :af

AWWW NOOO! I'm feeling your pain Mark- it was a great looking model.

Always thought those wing connectors were pretty foolproof. What a bummer! :-\

Be thinking of you up on  Bannau Sir Gaer, Sunday. (Last Tues. meds are just kicking in now, but be good again next w/e)

Big And- fancy the Thurs. slope this Sunday or are you spectating up the Bwlch?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 26, 2011, 09:47:18 AM
Well up for some paraglider dodging,what time Rog?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 26, 2011, 10:23:54 AM
Fellas, retrieved a fluoro orange M60 from the crest cliff today. It is up top now. Come and get it Chris (if it's yours?)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 26, 2011, 10:43:04 AM
Yep it's ChrisintheVale's! :af

I told Chris if you spotted it, you'd be scaling the cliffs! :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 26, 2011, 10:58:06 AM
AWWW NOOO! I'm feeling your pain Mark- it was a great looking model.

Always thought those wing connectors were pretty foolproof. What a bummer! :-\

Be thinking of you up on  Bannau Sir Gaer, Sunday. (Last Tues. meds are just kicking in now, but be good again next w/e)

Big And- fancy the Thurs. slope this Sunday or are you spectating up the Bwlch?

Thanks for the condolances Rog, I did love the model but WTF, just bits of plastic (expensive) stuck together, now even smaller bits of plastic not stuck together.  :'(  Wish I could be with you on Thursday men, see you on a slope soon eh? :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on March 26, 2011, 11:32:22 AM
Fellas, retrieved a fluoro orange M60 from the crest cliff today. It is up top now. Come and get it Chris (if it's yours?)

Brilliant will be heading that way shortly - early PM when I get there I suspect - its an hourish drive. will pack up a plane or two now.
Thanks for that !   :af
Mark and I were lobbing rocks at it for a good while - our mountain goat status is not very high. (I got vertigo just peering over the edge).
Chris
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on March 26, 2011, 11:37:26 AM
Hi All,

I'm a beginner from Bristol with a Parkzone Radian..
Sorry to jump in without reading the history of this thread :-\
My Girlfriend lives in Cardiff and looking for large commons or slopes in this area..
Can anyone point me in the right direction ??
:)



Hi Greg,

I'm actually based in Rhoose so a good 15 miles from Cardiff itself. I suspect your going to have to get on and beyond the outskirts to find a place to fly.
Andy's SWSA link is a great starting place with the Meio and the Garth quite close being just off the A470.

My usual spots are as follows:

Meio (SW/NW/N/NE sloping) - see Andy's SWSA link above
Garth (usually "E" but apparently "S" also good) - see Andy's SWSA link above
DLG Flat Field - very local areas next to the sea in Fonmon.
V.Light Slope Soaring - The Gentle Slopes immediatley east of Ogmore Beach (easy Glider / DLG / Alula flying)
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=southerndown&aq=&sll=51.560104,-3.504338&sspn=0.010405,0.036263&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Southerndown,+Bridgend,+The+Vale+of+Glamorgan,+United+Kingdom&ll=51.460585,-3.63272&spn=0.005548,0.018132&t=h&z=16
 (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=southerndown&aq=&sll=51.560104,-3.504338&sspn=0.010405,0.036263&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Southerndown,+Bridgend,+The+Vale+of+Glamorgan,+United+Kingdom&ll=51.460585,-3.63272&spn=0.005548,0.018132&t=h&z=16)
Slightly Bigger Slope - 1/2 mile further east of Ogmore Beach. Parking off the road on the right (Bushes are prickly though)
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=southerndown&aq=&sll=51.560104,-3.504338&sspn=0.010405,0.036263&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Southerndown,+Bridgend,+The+Vale+of+Glamorgan,+United+Kingdom&ll=51.457149,-3.628546&spn=0.002774,0.009066&t=h&z=17
 (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=southerndown&aq=&sll=51.560104,-3.504338&sspn=0.010405,0.036263&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Southerndown,+Bridgend,+The+Vale+of+Glamorgan,+United+Kingdom&ll=51.457149,-3.628546&spn=0.002774,0.009066&t=h&z=17)
Off the Cliff at Southerndown - 1/2 mile further East again of Ogmore - parking off the road between Southerdowen and Ogmore
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=southerndown&aq=&sll=51.560104,-3.504338&sspn=0.010405,0.036263&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Southerndown,+Bridgend,+The+Vale+of+Glamorgan,+United+Kingdom&ll=51.452055,-3.616841&spn=0.005549,0.018132&t=h&z=16
 (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=southerndown&aq=&sll=51.560104,-3.504338&sspn=0.010405,0.036263&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Southerndown,+Bridgend,+The+Vale+of+Glamorgan,+United+Kingdom&ll=51.452055,-3.616841&spn=0.005549,0.018132&t=h&z=16)

Heol Y Cyw.behind bridgend. Gentle - but fine sloping in a good breeze - and excellent for summer thermal gliding. Almost gaurenteed solitude if ya like some peace and quiet.
South West is best - I started slope soaring here.
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=heol+y+cyw&aq=&sll=51.461815,-3.418679&sspn=0.005548,0.018132&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Heol-y-Cyw,+Bridgend,+United+Kingdom&ll=51.559757,-3.504338&spn=0.011072,0.036263&t=h&z=15
 (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=heol+y+cyw&aq=&sll=51.461815,-3.418679&sspn=0.005548,0.018132&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Heol-y-Cyw,+Bridgend,+United+Kingdom&ll=51.559757,-3.504338&spn=0.011072,0.036263&t=h&z=15)

The Bwlch. see Andy's SWSA link above. Visit here - just to see it / experience it / fly it- even just once!
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=southerndown&aq=&sll=51.560104,-3.504338&sspn=0.010405,0.036263&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Southerndown,+Bridgend,+The+Vale+of+Glamorgan,+United+Kingdom&ll=51.643749,-3.539743&spn=0.022104,0.072527&t=h&z=14
 (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=southerndown&aq=&sll=51.560104,-3.504338&sspn=0.010405,0.036263&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Southerndown,+Bridgend,+The+Vale+of+Glamorgan,+United+Kingdom&ll=51.643749,-3.539743&spn=0.022104,0.072527&t=h&z=14)

Commons -
You may find Thornhill common a worthwhile venture - maybe 10 or 15 minutes from cardiff. Its open - and I guess slopes a fair bit particularly overlooking Caerphilly.
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=51.560771,-3.218608&spn=0.008751,0.036263&t=h&z=15
 (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=51.560771,-3.218608&spn=0.008751,0.036263&t=h&z=15)
I have been to Cowbridge common quite a few times (used to be renound for kite flying / competitions). I've flown my Easy Glider Pro here often.
I intened to visit here more in the summer with my DLG - flat common - but some gentle slope as well all around the N thru E edge.
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=cowbridge+common&aq=&sll=51.506819,-3.408165&sspn=0.070091,0.290108&g=cowbridge+common&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Cowbridge+Bypass,+Cowbridge,+The+Vale+of+Glamorgan+CF71+7,+United+Kingdom&ll=51.461815,-3.418679&spn=0.005548,0.018132&t=h&z=16
 (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=cowbridge+common&aq=&sll=51.506819,-3.408165&sspn=0.070091,0.290108&g=cowbridge+common&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Cowbridge+Bypass,+Cowbridge,+The+Vale+of+Glamorgan+CF71+7,+United+Kingdom&ll=51.461815,-3.418679&spn=0.005548,0.018132&t=h&z=16)

Lots of smaller local parks in Cardiff itself of course - including the ones in Roath Park, Heath park and Pontcanna fields
(google them on google maps). DLG/Hand launch would be OK I guess with BMFA insurance but I would take some care if your thinking of flying powered in any public park space.

Watch this thread and come join us some time!

Chris
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on March 26, 2011, 11:45:55 AM
Well up for some paraglider dodging,what time Rog?

 :af I'll be there ~11.30. I reckon it'll be a "Weasely" kinda day!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 26, 2011, 15:20:14 PM
see ya there boyo,not fancyin' it Mark?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on March 26, 2011, 15:36:57 PM
Yes Mark if you fancy a much shorter walk (like 400yds!), join us on the "Thursday" slope, it's near Pontardawe.
If you fancy it I can pm you directions.

But I'm thinking maybe you're getting in some training for you trip to Vietnam soon :D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on March 27, 2011, 17:44:48 PM
I'm feelin' a bit guilty about Mark and Chris coming all the way down West to the "Thursday" slope with such cr@p conditions on offer. ( Mind you I've had a couple of Kronenbourgs in the back garden! :D)

Hopefully fellas it won't be too long until Rhossili comes up with a weekend of sun and +20mph winds and the trip West will be well worthwhile.

CU soon.

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 27, 2011, 18:01:57 PM
I'm feelin' a bit guilty about Mark and Chris coming all the way down West to the "Thursday" slope with such cr@p conditions on offer. ( Mind you I've had a couple of Kronenbourgs in the back garden! :D)

Hopefully fellas it won't be too long until Rhossili comes up with a weekend of sun and +20mph winds and the trip West will be well worthwhile.

CU soon.

Should have had an invite to your back garden by the sound of it Rog! :'(

It was a day out, good company (as always) daft banter and a bit noodling about with the light models, and the introduction to another fine slope when the lift turns on - enjoyed the day Roger. :af

I went back home and walked up the Meio, absolutely useless, :'(  then went up Gwaelod y Garth, got about 20 minutes of flying with the Polecat then it all went dead, just not a good day for flying.

See you soon mate.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on March 27, 2011, 18:13:11 PM
No need to feel guilty m8. The weather was gorgeous  - the slope and company great - just the wind was lacking. Myself and Andrew did manage to grab a few thermals which took us way up a couple of times - and after a brief game of "catch the weasel" the breeze actually turned SW on us. Mark went directly towards the Bwlch mid PM to see if anything was happening up there.
Journey home was only an hour or so - so not too bad a trip at all. Almost stopped by the Meio also - but XC weather on the mobile said 3mph - so I didnt bother.
Just had a go of my blaster in the field behind the house - ironically - it was a bit too breezy actually - but the dog got a bunch of excerise. I'll have another go before sunset if the wind drops.

Glad I ventured out ! :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 29, 2011, 21:26:00 PM
Hi Fellas, hope you are all well :af
Sorry I couldn't spend more time with you (Chris and Mark) on the weekend, competition face was on and I can't do more than one thing at a time. :embarassed:

Hoping to get an hour or two on Thursday if the rain stays away for a bit. One of the current forecasts for Bridgend is 30mph SW'ly so am thinking either Mickeys if the clouds are high enough or southerndown (Old Farm cliff).

Pretty sure I won't be able to get out on the weekend though as I have an assignment due on Monday and it's mother's day on Sunday.

Have you all been well? You hanging in there Rog?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 29, 2011, 21:37:14 PM
off thursday too,watchin the weather :xx
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on March 30, 2011, 08:46:47 AM
What's with the new handle Clayt?
Thought you might have added two more letters and made it "Skippy" ;D :D

Thursday hope to get out after 2pm- big S.W. winds, maybe South Gower.

Sunday is looking promising for Rhossili- WSW 20+ mph on the slope, whoo hoo! (no para g's)
Anyone else up for it?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 30, 2011, 15:59:09 PM
What's with the new handle Clayt?
Thought you might have added two more letters and made it "Skippy" ;D :D

Thursday hope to get out after 2pm- big S.W. winds, maybe South Gower.

Sunday is looking promising for Rhossili- WSW 20+ mph on the slope, whoo hoo! (no para g's)
Anyone else up for it?
Either immigration are after him or he's having an identity crisis Rog :ev[third change in as many months] summat's up ;)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 30, 2011, 19:35:02 PM
As one of the few caucasian australians at my high school, I was called skippy. In keeping with the occa 'country bumkin' tradition of shortening each possible name = skip it is. :af
Tomorrow looks cr@p so far
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on March 30, 2011, 20:29:52 PM
Tomorrow I reckon the rain will stop by at least lunch time and the wind will ease a bit for a good pm's slopin'.

Hey Mark and Chris- are you guys going to join me in making idiots of ourselvs as Newbies in the 60" epp comp, week Saturday (9 April)? I'm guessing "Skippy" and Big And will be competing.

I've just emailed Ronnie to be included- c'mon guys it's (supposidley) a good laugh and a day out! :uk:
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on March 30, 2011, 20:39:07 PM
Not if skippy is flying that bloody great big screamin' Skorp I won't, he tried to kill 12 of us during the Bwlch comp, the last time I saw that men diving for the ground was in an old American war film! :ev

What's the deal then Rog, where is it held/time/rules and all that? $%&
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on March 30, 2011, 21:28:38 PM
Noo moldies mun.

60" EPP man on man racing between two pylons, 70 metres apart. 10 laps ie 20 legs = 1400metres.

Remember, that's what that Gulp SR I had on Sunday is for.

There's rules mainly about having, I think, 2.5 inches of Epp in the nose in front of any hard stuff like lead weight or batteries.

Guess you've got that Polecat that would be ok, Chris has got an M60.

The first comp of 2011 is at the Bwlch week Saturday. They encourage Newbies to come and have a go.

Maybe Andy/ Clayt can enlighten us more.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 30, 2011, 21:34:43 PM
That's about it 'cept it's 10 legs,plenty of time to get the adrenalin flowing :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on March 30, 2011, 21:43:34 PM
Just read the rules-  nose to be 1.5 inches of epp before battery, etc.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: FWAL on March 30, 2011, 21:49:07 PM
I managed to get to Hunts late this afternoon.  Took the Rookie and the Bullet, didn't take long to snap a very old plastic control rod on the Rookie during an unplanned landing. The Bullet was being maidened. I needed a foamy as lots of my spare time was spent fixing the woodies when it would be better spent either flying or building the 'Sunny'.
The Bullet was fun to fly especially considering I'm a complete newbie.  I had to crash it a couple of times just to make sure it didn't break.  The plane didn't but the SERVO's did.  Both servos lost gear teeth.  OK they were under a tenner each but I thought they would last for more than one outing.  They didn't even go at the same time.  So I wouldn't recommend "Tower ProSG 91R " servo's.
Without breaking the Bank what would be a good replacement servo or should I just carry on picking the budget range micro,s
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 30, 2011, 22:01:49 PM
I put heaps of info regarding the EPP60 stuff on this forum last year including links to rules etc. search for BMFA EPP60 2010 and it should pop up. Follow the link to the yahoogroup for EPP60.
Rog was right it is 20 legs Andy, you were there for most of em last year, where's your head? :ev

All will be revealed on the day and is very simple to get the hang of.

Mark, my attempt at mass murder on Sunday was just my normal flying mate ;) At least you weren't on Base B like Joel was :af

Don't know if I can do both days next weekend, we'll see $%&
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on March 30, 2011, 22:06:06 PM
Hi Swansea Mark. Must have just missed you, I popped down to Hunts about 2.30 for a short time.

I've used these servos a lot, metal gear, analogue, good centring and quite tough.

http://www.giantcod.co.uk/epower-metal-geared-micro-servo-p-403797.html (http://www.giantcod.co.uk/epower-metal-geared-micro-servo-p-403797.html)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 30, 2011, 22:09:00 PM

Rog was right it is 20 legs Andy, you were there for most of em last year, where's your head? :ev

D'oh,34 hours no sleep :banghead:
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on March 31, 2011, 10:00:04 AM
Just realised Clayts has been kind enough to create movies in years gone by to give a flavour of EPP60 - you've possibly seen them before - but in case you haven't  :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32AAF6y-K4c
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wANj3tq2BVI

Chris
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on March 31, 2011, 10:15:33 AM
Thanks for that Chris (and Clayt)

Looks like organised chaos! Didn't realise how short the course was- looking fwd to havin' a bash (pun not intended ::))
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 31, 2011, 12:17:58 PM
heading to Southerndown this arvo for a couple of hours from 1pm with Andy. Anyone else able to make it?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on March 31, 2011, 12:46:59 PM
Noo moldies mun.

60" EPP man on man racing between two pylons, 70 metres apart. 10 laps ie 20 legs = 1400metres.

Remember, that's what that Gulp SR I had on Sunday is for.

There's rules mainly about having, I think, 2.5 inches of Epp in the nose in front of any hard stuff like lead weight or batteries.

Guess you've got that Polecat that would be ok, Chris has got an M60.

The first comp of 2011 is at the Bwlch week Saturday. They encourage Newbies to come and have a go.

Maybe Andy/ Clayt can enlighten us more.

Don't forget you need BMFA insurance.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on March 31, 2011, 12:49:20 PM
I managed to get to Hunts late this afternoon.  Took the Rookie and the Bullet, didn't take long to snap a very old plastic control rod on the Rookie during an unplanned landing. The Bullet was being maidened. I needed a foamy as lots of my spare time was spent fixing the woodies when it would be better spent either flying or building the 'Sunny'.
The Bullet was fun to fly especially considering I'm a complete newbie.  I had to crash it a couple of times just to make sure it didn't break.  The plane didn't but the SERVO's did.  Both servos lost gear teeth.  OK they were under a tenner each but I thought they would last for more than one outing.  They didn't even go at the same time.  So I wouldn't recommend "Tower ProSG 91R " servo's.
Without breaking the Bank what would be a good replacement servo or should I just carry on picking the budget range micro,s
Hi FWAL I started my flying with a Bullet - brilliant model for a newbie. Lots of good memories.
I had standard size servos in mine - cheap HiTecs IIRC. maybe these would be more crash resistant?
Clive.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on March 31, 2011, 15:18:59 PM
heading to Southerndown this arvo for a couple of hours from 1pm with Andy. Anyone else able to make it?
Bah! pants 'twas >:(
too much west, too much mist.
Anyhoo, was good to get away for a bit and fly my foam :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on March 31, 2011, 16:56:14 PM
(https://picasaweb.google.com/109480513955619551519/DropBox?authkey=Gv1sRgCMGU_4_q_a6BxgE#5590270314673761458) nuff said
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on March 31, 2011, 18:44:25 PM
YEUCH :embarassed:

You could have had a pic of some frilly ladies panties- those look in need of a wash!  :D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on April 01, 2011, 22:45:48 PM
Tomorrow looking skanky very first thing - then brighter with WSW then W then WSW.
If I don't settle for the Meio - is that longish walk to Mickeys or longish longish walk to Far side of Mickeys the westerly bit  $%& - I can never remember which bit has a bit of south in it and which bit suits westerly better. Anyway if Anyone is going up I will venture that way - (probably 20-25mph I would imagine) - else I'll settle for 15-20mph on the meio.

Got that slightly camp M60 to chuck about -

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(Solartex - "Luminous Red" - my ar5e)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on April 01, 2011, 22:53:49 PM
Busy tomorrow mate.Paraglider free Rhossili on Sunday afternoon for me i think,anyone else fancy it?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 02, 2011, 06:23:57 AM
Why aye man! Probably also be there today if the winds are
~Westerly.

There might be a hang glider or two there Sunday + possibly a couple of advanced Para guys with their smaller canopies for higher wind conditions, but nothing like that sunny day a couple of weeks back.

Nuclear Mark, Chris- fancy Rhossili Sunday?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on April 02, 2011, 07:00:02 AM
Why aye man! Probably also be there today if the winds are
~Westerly.

There might be a hang glider or two there Sunday + possibly a couple of advanced Para guys with their smaller canopies for higher wind conditions, but nothing like that sunny day a couple of weeks back.

Nuclear Mark, Chris- fancy Rhossili Sunday?

Damn well right I do. :af  What time we looking at then. $%&

How about your goodself Chris? :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 02, 2011, 09:29:46 AM
The wind is due to increase during the day.
I'm hoping to fly from that place near the trig point if there's no para f****ers flying from there 'cos landing is so easy.
I reckon to get there~ 11.00 am  :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on April 02, 2011, 10:07:44 AM
Will see how I go -

Tis quite a treck (1 1/2 hours at least) and gotta do the mothers day visit first thing. Of course I could pack the car with a glider or two as well as the bunch of daffys and go straight from Cardiff.

(May think about getting chores done /  settling for the Meio today if going anywhere at all). The old petrol aint getting any cheaper. Mark you anywhere this PM?

I have a feeling Rhossili will be too hard to resist tomorrow.  :D

Chris
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on April 02, 2011, 11:33:08 AM
Anyone doing Mickey's today? $%&  Looking to be there in about an hour. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on April 02, 2011, 11:48:04 AM
Ah well - Looks like the Meio then.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 02, 2011, 11:56:08 AM
Hitting the books taday Mark, Mothers Day tomorrow so trying to put a smile on the wifes head this weekend.


P.S. For future reference: the lock has changed for Mickeys so walking it is. It isn't too bad a walk though
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on April 02, 2011, 19:46:19 PM
Pembrokeshire clifftop stroll with the weasel and wife today,ended up at Barafundle bay [where they buried that dobby thing in the last harry potter film apparently] got a few nice flights in but could have done with a bit more South in the wind,loads of potential sites if you don't mind cliff soaring.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on April 02, 2011, 21:19:43 PM
Change of plan for me tomorrow guys,gotta blinkin family dinner thing on till probably 3 ish that i can't get out of so with the time left then i think i'll go and explore  some of the coastal sites West of the Castlemartin tank range,only 45 min for me,if anyone fancies tagging along ,they're more than welcome :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: FWAL on April 02, 2011, 21:48:10 PM
I managed to get to Hunts twice today, first with the family whilst Geocaching  ;)  There are two caches really close to the flying area so I had to take the Bullet.  Then this afternoon the kids went to a Birthday party so I sneaked in another half hour.   I've noticed for future reference that there are also two caches on Rhosilli Down.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on April 02, 2011, 22:09:38 PM
Hey Roger,

Sorry mate, gonna have to miss Rhossili tomorrow  :'( (Mother's Day and all that) but looking to get up the Bwlch sometime later. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on April 02, 2011, 22:20:13 PM
Going to play it by ear - Mothers day stuff first thing (7.30 on a Sunday - I mean  $%& ).  Looks like some rain showers here there and everywhere tomorrow in wales - but maybe clearing out by mid PM.
Fab day and lift up the Meio with Mark. Hope you manage yo swap your Polecat Servo over  :af

May manage the Bwlch in the afternoon if the weather is ok.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on April 03, 2011, 07:22:18 AM
Hitting the books taday Mark, Mothers Day tomorrow so trying to put a smile on the wifes head this weekend.


P.S. For future reference: the lock has changed for Mickeys so walking it is. It isn't too bad a walk though

Clayton,

You might want to check next time your at Mickey's, last time I was there a guy told me that the gate had been changed but the lock was the same? $%&
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 03, 2011, 08:35:11 AM
That was me that told you that Mark :ev
Since then, the lock has changed :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on April 03, 2011, 08:37:41 AM
That was me that told you that Mark :ev
Since then, the lock has changed :)

You wait till you get old.................... ;D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 03, 2011, 09:35:13 AM
Rhossili was epic yesterday.
Sunny, 20-25 mph wind WSW.
Had the whole ridge to myself until about 2.30 when just a couple of Para G's braved the wind.
Hoping for the same today :af

Saturdays long range forecast is looking good for the 60" mom.
Sun, winds ESE! Crest?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 03, 2011, 15:53:23 PM
Mickeys west is definitely worth the walk. Me chris and mark are here for the arvo. Rog, saturday is the 60's. Hope the forecast holds :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 03, 2011, 16:30:01 PM
Hey Clayt- thought you were getting Brownie points by staying home today!

Been having a go at "pretend" MOM racing today on a local ridge.
 ;D :D I can't do 20 legs on my own with no pressure without f*&^*ing up! Gawd help my next Saturday! :embarassed:
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: FWAL on April 05, 2011, 21:47:43 PM
As it's been raining non stop all day here's a progress photo of the Svenson SUNNY build.  It's cheering me up, just the wing, sanding sealing and covering to go  ;D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 06, 2011, 07:32:09 AM
Looking good- you being a carpenter and all, it must come easily!

When're you going to get an aileron foamie- I think that's the next step  ;)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: FWAL on April 06, 2011, 08:00:58 AM
I was hoping the Bullet might count as my obligatory aileron foamy. 
I don't want to go too mad with the foamies as it might have a nasty and permanent side effect.  I might start to enjoy working with uPVC which would be sacrilege.
I'm fitting kitchen worktops today and hope to get to Hunts between 3-4
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on April 06, 2011, 21:49:45 PM
Anyone fancy Rhossili tomorrow,looking to be there about 11
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 06, 2011, 22:04:21 PM
Anatomy and Physiology mock exam tomorrow mate. Two days of flying this weekend, so I better not push my luck
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on April 06, 2011, 22:08:57 PM
Good luck with them boyo :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on April 06, 2011, 22:09:10 PM
Much, Much Envy Andrew.

Had a few hours "Paraglider avoidance practise " with Mark earlier at the Meio. Fantastic weather - but very limited flying space. Didn't fly the Dogan due to "traffic" - pity - the conditions were great for it.

Have a great day!

(yup Good luck Clayts)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 07, 2011, 07:32:44 AM
Anyone fancy Rhossili tomorrow,looking to be there about 11

Winds looking a bit light, if it bucks up I'll be there And.- I'll drop you a text message a bit later. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on April 07, 2011, 10:11:45 AM
Change of plan Rog,got an errand in Bridgend so i might as well go up the Bwlch,less pg's there anyway :xx
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 07, 2011, 10:55:31 AM
5.45pm- wind here just wasn't paying ball, mowed the lawn and pulled some weeds :-\  Hope the Bwlch was better.

Wind looks like SE on Sat for the 60", would that be the back of the wrecker or the far side of the Crest?
Skip- come in ;)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 07, 2011, 18:30:08 PM
Roger, Roger!
Far side of the crest mate unless everyone decides to be lazy and put up with lesser conditions and big holes on the BOW.
Looking forward to this weekend, should be a good larph :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 07, 2011, 19:08:40 PM
Right-See what you mean about bring your hiking boots!

Yeah looking forward to Sat. ( with some trepidation as I won't know what I'm doing) just hoping not to come last :-\
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on April 07, 2011, 19:46:24 PM
Ice cream 10 mph plus for most of this arvo,lovely smooth lift,the dwarf tuned up about 4 ish  and we had a good couple of hours flying got the polecat flying a bit better    i think :xx
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on April 07, 2011, 20:33:04 PM
Ah, the Bwlch!, if you ain't flown there, you ain't flown. :co  The lift on the Ice Cream slope was sweet today, not raving like it is sometimes, just big, clean air. 

Big Andy and myself enjoyed a good couple of hours tear-arsing around with the Polecats, Andy's Sunbird and (can't remember that little zippy thing Andy) $%&  Got the faithful old Acacia banging about a bit as well, the air was good enough for me to pull of maneuvers that I normally wouldn't try  :af- you could say I had a bit of a smile on me face the whole time. :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on April 07, 2011, 20:44:40 PM
And I'm not green with envy at all,
  ;D

C'mon Mark - what were you trying? Upside-downy stuff - rolly stuff.
Sorry it was a bit too far for me at rush hour traffic time else I would have joined you.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on April 07, 2011, 20:51:52 PM
Hi Chris,

Full Monty mate!  Inverted circuits, bunts ('scuse me language) massive, massive loops, huge dives with the Acacia hanging forever before the turn into another dive and givin' it the old axial rolls on the way back up!, even havin' a crack at the F3F runs for half an hour (bloody quick for me!) don't you just luv this sport. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on April 07, 2011, 21:12:21 PM
The little zippy thing was a Speedo Thermo mate [lawn dart landings a speciality] :af
http://www.aeromodelhut.com/shop/aircraft/gliders/233~rcpl71016_p_wbg~Speedo+Pro+Mark+II+Thermo+Glider+Sailplane+WhiteBlackGrey.html (http://www.aeromodelhut.com/shop/aircraft/gliders/233~rcpl71016_p_wbg~Speedo+Pro+Mark+II+Thermo+Glider+Sailplane+WhiteBlackGrey.html)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Yoyo on April 07, 2011, 21:27:55 PM
The little zippy thing was a Speedo Thermo mate [lawn dart landings a speciality] :af
[url]http://www.aeromodelhut.com/shop/aircraft/gliders/233~rcpl71016_p_wbg~Speedo+Pro+Mark+II+Thermo+Glider+Sailplane+WhiteBlackGrey.html[/url] ([url]http://www.aeromodelhut.com/shop/aircraft/gliders/233~rcpl71016_p_wbg~Speedo+Pro+Mark+II+Thermo+Glider+Sailplane+WhiteBlackGrey.html[/url])


No truth in that at all.

Sadly this one is no more after a midair with an AldiJ during a fly-what-you-brung pylon race...

[attach=1]
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on April 09, 2011, 20:42:11 PM
Such a good day at Heol-y-Cyw with Chris today.  The big ships (Dogan and Acacia) flew sweetly across a fantastic panoramic setting, no paragloaters, just buzzards, skylarks and the models - couldn't ask for more. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on April 09, 2011, 23:56:31 PM
Yep - fab day - nice SE slope that side - mostly flown the other side in the past. Certainly some crazy lift and thermals in the Easterly corner for whatever reason.
Dogan T-Tail crank linkage fixed with a permanent Axel (Allen key bar minus the L) - threaded right through both sides (as per prototype on the slope  ;) ) and epoxied in place. Full elevator movement - no slop - no binding  :af . Will replace that nasty hard foam with balsa in the tail another day. Will watch the F1 then consider the light and changeable wind conditions. May end up with an evening alula/blaster on an Ogmore beach if all else fails.

Welsh lads (and honorary welsh lads) - how was your day EPP60 racing?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on April 10, 2011, 09:21:44 AM
Best one i've been to yet :af
Unfortunately not so for Rog.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 10, 2011, 10:23:56 AM
How did you do in the end And?

No I enjoyed the day- just posted a short vid of one of the races on the BMFA 60" thread.

I'm in contact with the guy selling the two planks- where do the TNG models come from- UK, NZ, USA?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on April 10, 2011, 10:50:39 AM
Somewhere in the middle i think,not sure about the origin of the planks,i'm sure someone will know
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Zim on April 10, 2011, 11:32:32 AM
Somewhere in the middle i think,not sure about the origin of the planks,i'm sure someone will know

I believe they are from Huddersfield?

Z
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 10, 2011, 12:04:26 PM
Aahh right-I know they've got a bit of a "cottage industry" there making racing planks.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 11, 2011, 15:32:08 PM
Hey Rog, Say G'day to Adrian (bloke with the TNG planks) and wish him well from me.
His two TNG planks flew very quickly and seemed to have been built very well too.
Worth it in my opinion mate :af

Website for TNG was something like dynamic soaring . co.uk?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 11, 2011, 19:09:13 PM
A Change From Mickeys

As mentioned briefly during Saturday's race meet, today I walked across to the mountain above BlaeGarw for the first time.

A few hundred yards West of where we park for the Crest is a gated concrete path leading to the radio masts (pic1)
Park there, walk along the concrete path to a rough stone path branching left (after half mile).
Walk along that a further half mile to an old gateway (pic2)
Branch left along the top of the bowl 300m (~1000 feet) above Blaen Garw.(pic3) :D
As the bowl is a directional it will work in only  a SW to WSW wind. I flew briefly in today's westerly and was getting turbulance from the rhs of the bowl

Landing is on a slight down slope, with flattish grass (no big clumpy bits)

So there we have it boys- just a gentle 25 min walk each way and in even a light SW I reckon the lift would be epic.
It's forecast just that for Wednesday so might give it another go :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on April 11, 2011, 19:22:17 PM
MMm looking forward to trying that one  :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on April 11, 2011, 19:46:38 PM
A Change From Mickeys

Hi Rog,

Hope I find you well mate.  Again, I have walked there but never flown, the last time I was there (18-20 months ago) the wind was straight on the face, I could hardly stand up.  Should be fantastic for flying. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on April 11, 2011, 19:48:30 PM
Hey Andy,

Had good reports about your flying at the Comp mate, heard that your flying was really good. :af (My source will have to stay secret!) :co
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on April 11, 2011, 20:08:23 PM
Not quite there yet but getting better,going quite well until i took a couple of painkillers and doped myself down the order :D
That's my excuse anyway. :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on April 12, 2011, 20:19:12 PM
Hi Mark,

Can't remember when you are off on your travels. If it was this week - Just wanted to say have a fantastic trip! Enjoy the Vietnamese food. Try Banh Khoai no doubt (and I'm sure you won't be tempted by the Balut).

(I have no doubt there will be a few nights laying under a vietnamese moon when you are flying the Acacia in you sleep)

Good flight!, safe trip! and get some youtube material   :af



Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 12, 2011, 23:07:06 PM
Yeah +1 to that! Would like to know what the Balut is.
(But don't quite know what Chris had in mind about geting some utube material! ::))
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on April 12, 2011, 23:19:55 PM
And keep an eye out for any good slopes :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 12, 2011, 23:34:48 PM
Did you fly today And? Rhoss. was stonkin'- 20-25 mph right on the slope.

Just Four parag's way out, doing extreme stuff- haven't seen them do a loop yet! :D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on April 12, 2011, 23:48:59 PM
Man flu >:(
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on April 13, 2011, 06:28:02 AM
Cheers Chris, Roger and Andy,

Leaving veeerrrrryyy early Friday morning for Heathrow then up, up and away, (Hope those servos are glued in properly and the batteries charged!) ;D

Really looking forward to the trip now, hope you guys get good weather, bags of lift and the softest of landings while I'm away - see you all soon! :af

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 13, 2011, 09:39:13 AM
Have a great trip Mark!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on April 13, 2011, 12:41:40 PM
Last day of flying today at the Meio wind square on the face around 20mph!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on April 13, 2011, 12:44:03 PM
Cheers Clayton see you at the Bwlch when I get back!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on April 13, 2011, 18:58:33 PM
Yeah +1 to that! Would like to know what the Balut is.
(But don't quite know what Chris had in mind about geting some utube material! ::))

Balut is a boiled egg with the chick partly developed still inside the egg - yum yum!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: FWAL on April 16, 2011, 18:16:29 PM
Oh dear..................Looks like I'd better get some more ZAP. 
At least the children went home well exercised.
14 knots this afternoon directly on shore, loads of lift.  Put the Rock into a dive prior to a loop but she didn't pull up, the wings just folded  :'(
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 16, 2011, 19:39:38 PM
Where were you flying Mark?
Seemed almost windless in my garden this avro!

Maybe some f/glass wing bandage and finishing epoxy will fix the wing, or maybe insert a carbon spar.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: FWAL on April 16, 2011, 20:31:30 PM
I was at Hunts from 3-4 o'clock my anemometer was recording 14 knots or  20km/h.  I also did some drifting there last night but it was a bit too light for the Rocky which HAD a wing loading of 8.30z/sq ft.  I stuck with my best floater, Thundamental which has a wing loading of only 5.9oz/sq ft.  As a comparison the Bullet which was going well today has a WL of 10.8oz/sq ft.
The forecast for the next couple of days is for Easterlies >:(
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 16, 2011, 23:03:22 PM
Sorry to read about the wing foldage FWAL :'(

Hope you are well Rog :af

I've been a relatively good boy this week. Had a 'reading week' which meant that I wasn't required at work or at uni all week and I have actually been reading ..... and typing :af  Haven't even charged my planes since last weekend, let alone flown them :o
Two assignments due on Monday arvo, I can't feel my bum, legs and feet from sitting in front of the computer all week.

Andy, hope the killer man-flu has started to subside mate ...... nothing worse in the universe than the dreaded Man-Flu :nananana:

Looking forward to getting out on a slope on Thursday :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on April 16, 2011, 23:15:33 PM
See ya Thursday :xx
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 17, 2011, 09:51:39 AM
Yep, hope to see Y'all Thursday.

S'bout time I lost another model! ;D :-\ :embarassed:
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on April 17, 2011, 10:52:41 AM
Maidened the McFast on weds and it was excellent. Now have to play about with noseweight/reflex/elevator rates to get it sweeter, although it seemed to be keeping up with Mark's Polecat on the Meio.
The Polecat is now ready for maidening and NO WIND!
Sod's Law!  :banghead:
Still, I'm learning more about Laminating film as I repair these models. It really is great stuff for building rigidity and a nice finish into foam gliders.
 I am going to order more Nichrome wire for my bow and start cutting the EPP that I bought a year or so ago. My first two EPS PW51 planks flew OK on the Bwlch last year
Clive's homebrews at the Wrecker. 9 May '10.wmv (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v69HZovpNQc#ws)
and so I'm going to take the plunge and build a 60" EPP Plank to race, using the best Ideas from the two models I now have.
(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c31/clivehenryjones/P4030167.jpg)
Please excuse oofocus image - I'll get better ones soon!

Wish me luck!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 18, 2011, 17:53:41 PM
Good luck Clive :af

Thought the forum had disappeared today !

What would I have done with all the time I normally waste on here :ev

Glad it's back now tho :)

Looking forward to Thursday, thinking the crest. Also thinking of parking near the forestry and walking in along the track and over the back just to see if it is easier.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 19, 2011, 09:50:59 AM
Yep, looking good for the Crest on Thursday( and Friday, Saturday, Sunday.... :D)

I could be wrong but what I know of Forestry land there's usually a locked gate to stop people practising rallying, having picnics, generally running riot!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 19, 2011, 12:39:03 PM
But we can still walk passed it though :af was just thinking it might be easier? And able to park off the road too.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on April 19, 2011, 16:07:19 PM
Hiya lads,

Now in Phnom Penh - not as good as Siem Reap which was pretty rural - people livin' off the seat of their pants man!  Phnom Penh is a pretty big city, approx 2 million people all riding mopeds, the air is stinking but the Mekong river is bloody stunning.  Off to the Killing Fields tomorrow and the Kings Palace, then an 8-9 hour bus with the chickens again to Ho Chi Min.

Not a slope in the whole country!, it's as flat as flat can be so stow your gliders if you ever come here.  The Cambodians in Siem Reap are worth a mention though (not Phnom Penh so much) but they are incredibly helpful and friendly (not in the way you are thinking Andy) and the temples at Ankgor Wat are just mind-blowing.

Anyways men, see you all in around 3 weeks, my launching hand is beginning to itch (not in the way you are thinking Andy).  Be good and see you soon.

Mark.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 19, 2011, 17:12:54 PM
Well how'ya doin'! Must be early morning there now Mark-just coming in are we? ;)

Didn't realize it was all so flat- had imaginings of towering peaks with soft grass lz's.

We're going through a mini summer here with sun all day and warm temps. No bl**dy wind mind you!

But looking better for the Easter weekend (pretty hard to buy an Easter egg over there eh?)

Enjoy the rest of your trip- and look out for those Ho Chi Min "bus chickens", I've heard the bus lets off a couple of people less than they take on! :D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 20, 2011, 20:19:39 PM
I think I might spend most of the day on the Crest tomorrow. Should be there before 9 I reckon :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on April 20, 2011, 20:58:42 PM
eww - ya lucky git.

This weather better last til next week - got the whole week off (apart from  support calls). Gunna fly some - and gunna start the build on summin sexy  ;)


Have a great day!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 20, 2011, 21:13:56 PM
Ooohh! What dya get?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on April 20, 2011, 23:05:50 PM
tis a :

[attachimg=1]
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 20, 2011, 23:19:53 PM
Awesome mate :ev
You'll love it :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Andy_B on April 20, 2011, 23:43:55 PM
What ya doin Friday Clayt ...?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 21, 2011, 06:38:33 AM
Not sure mate, wife has the day off and nursery is shut.... So probly a family day, mostly. I'll try to get out for a bit at some stage though.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Andy_B on April 21, 2011, 07:34:29 AM
Not sure mate, wife has the day off and nursery is shut.... So probly a family day, mostly. I'll try to get out for a bit at some stage though.
ill drop you a text if Im down the crest
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 21, 2011, 07:59:51 AM
Excellent :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 21, 2011, 08:19:42 AM
An Easterly wind is already stirring the trees down here- looks like s'gonna be a brill day! :D

Just waiting for Big And to get back about lift sharing- c'mon And shake yer arrse!  :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on April 21, 2011, 08:36:34 AM
PMd ya last night ,what time,usual place?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 22, 2011, 07:52:50 AM
Yep, Big Andy, Clayt and me had a great day yesterday on the Crest, but by 3.00pm the wind was shifting a bit and the lift getting variable.

Any newbies to the Crest today- to help save your model walk up the slope to the top and land on the top flat. It's a bit of a pain, but otherwise the rotor with winds around 20mph+ will eat your model!  :-\
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Andy_B on April 22, 2011, 09:45:43 AM
I cant see it being close to 20mph today on the crest Rog ...I was going to come down but not on the forecast for today ....
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 22, 2011, 10:38:35 AM
Well you know what it's like with these big bowl type slopes around these parts, the wind can be given as 8mph in Merthyr Tydfil, yet 20+ on the lip like yesterday.

Mind you the wind seems to be shifting more South here in Swansea- I'll think go local Gower cliff flying! :co
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 22, 2011, 14:27:48 PM
Yesterday was pretty spectacular! Went for a quick fly today at lunch time. 15-20 on the back of the wrecker, probably better around the far end of the crest. Only had one flight today but it was worth the effort.

Just started raining here in bridgend, chore time :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on April 22, 2011, 15:23:05 PM
The old acacia didn't look too far behind the skorp either :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 22, 2011, 16:13:36 PM
Hows the minor repairs going Clayt?  Guess that's what you wanted some foam for.
I'll be up again this long w/e if the weather makes the trip worthwhile  :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 22, 2011, 16:23:30 PM
Tail is done, I had a spare :af

Wing is structurally done, just waiting for the epoxy to finish setting and then fill, sand and cover (paint, kind of).

Foam is for the wasabi wing repair, need to have more at the slope than just broomsticks :af

Andy, I should spend a bit more time setting the acacia up as it really is quite spritely for a fat bird!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 22, 2011, 16:56:41 PM
Well done :af Glad to hear the Skorp will be good as (almost) new pretty soon.

Yes, get something a bit less anorexic flying from time to time.Not as fast granted but still good fun.

(Did your ar$e twitch when you ran out of down elevator on the Sonic doing that inverted loop near the lip yesterday?  ;D  :D)

Addendum: looks like Northerly type winds for the rest of Easter w/e- anyone for the VR slope?

One of the days I might try the mountain above Hirwaun. Not the Rhigos one with the barbed wire all along the top, but the slope and bowl to the East of the Rhigos road. I've reccied a parking spot just on a track off the road before the top layby then it's maybe a 1 km yomp across the top.
Google Earth piccy shows it. It's 300m, 1000ft from Hirwaun town to the top, with nothing beyond to disturb the airflow.

Anyone else fancy giving it a go?- the slope bit just to the west of the bowl has a nice rounded top for easy landings.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 24, 2011, 16:00:43 PM
Heading to the bwlch tomorrow if anyuone is keen :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on April 24, 2011, 17:21:00 PM
I suspect I'll be there at some point during the day (if not most of it).
My new toys arn't arriving until Wednesday (bah humbug to bank holiday delivery interference  :P  ). I will try and keep the excitement under wraps by flying a bit until then.
Is it looking like VR? Only ever done that once. (it probably was absolute N today but I was doing the "visit the parents easter bunny thing". Will settle for some DLGing this evening

Chris
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Andy_B on April 24, 2011, 19:01:43 PM
Im coming down for a play Clayt ...
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on April 24, 2011, 20:25:25 PM
Nah,sod it ,think i'll go to work instead >:(
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 24, 2011, 20:32:11 PM
Chased my tail today, from Hirwaun mountain this a.m (5mph on the top :-\) to Rossili late avro (blustery N.W. but flyable)

So with tomorrows forecast looking light, I'll clean the winter cr@p off my house windows and probably get out on Tuesday's bigger winds forecast.

Have a nice day  :-*
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: FWAL on April 25, 2011, 18:03:30 PM
I've had a good holiday.  Saturday morning I went to a hill opposite Cefn Drum, between Felindre and Amanford.  The wind was NW very light 6 knots and I drifted around for a while, the beauty of this spot is that you could fly whilst sitting in your car. 
Sunday the wind was N 0.6 of a knot and I went passed Roger at Hirwain and walked up a hill near Talybont  called Tor y Foel, there was no way I was going to defy gravity with such little wind even with Thundamental which has a WL of 5.9oz/sq ft.  I did however find the mother of all Oaks half way down the slope to park in.  Luckily I had some fishing line and found a stone to throw up into the tree in order to get plane back.
Today I completed Sunny, I'm really happy with the results.  I also managed to maiden her at Llanmadoc Hill the wind was N approx 16knots she's no f3f but  :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: FWAL on April 25, 2011, 18:05:19 PM
A couple of Sunny doing her thing and another great view
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 25, 2011, 20:10:43 PM
Mark- great shot looking across Loughor estuary from Llanmadoc hill.

We're lucky living in South Wales with some great slopin' areas and stunning scenery!

ps Guess you started your family a bit later than some of us! ;)

Clayt et al- Bwlch tomorrow? could be Crest! (hopefully not the Wrecker :-\) Psycho 2 all fixed up ready to go :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: FWAL on April 25, 2011, 21:02:40 PM
You are right Roger,  Elliot is only five and Harry is seven.  For the past 20+ years I haven't had time for family commitments.  I was too busy doing this practically every weekend around the UK and Europe
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on April 26, 2011, 08:47:33 AM
Mark- great shot looking across Loughor estuary from Llanmadoc hill.

We're lucky living in South Wales with some great slopin' areas and stunning scenery!

ps Guess you started your family a bit later than some of us! ;)

Clayt et al- Bwlch tomorrow? could be Crest! (hopefully not the Wrecker :-\) Psycho 2 all fixed up ready to go :af
Might be there today (Tues). Have a few errands to run and then might bring daughter up. Need to Maiden Polecat and tune in McFast. Let's hope the wind complies!

Clive.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 26, 2011, 18:38:10 PM
Rog, did you achieve knife-edge-nirvana today? Did Keith get his aerobat back up and running? Did you all have fun and play nice? Mia had forgotten about 'her' plane by the time we got home :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on April 26, 2011, 18:55:33 PM
Popped up there myself for a couple of hours this arvo,that orange prototype aerobat thing don't alf go good :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 26, 2011, 19:03:14 PM
Nah- one day when the lift is stonkin' I'll have a real go for half hour!

I popped over the South end of the Crest for a while to fly the Psycho- much nicer than the Wrecker, <100m walk to the slope top and an easy land out.

I think Keith just taped up the rudder in the end, does great aero's even without it!
Big And showed up, nice smooth flying with his Polecat. He's lent me  his Wowings Skewa for any further MOM'S- not used to such a heavy plane, or one covered in such gay purple relective paper, Thanks again And! :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on April 26, 2011, 19:12:51 PM
Don't forget the tinted goggles :co,coz you'll be dazzling the opposition
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on April 27, 2011, 14:17:18 PM
Hiya troops -  Ho Chi Min City is just crazy, 9 million people, three million on motorbikes, no right of way on the roads just pure chaos all day and night!  The city is pretty sleazy really but a must see if only for a day or two.  Did the Mekong Delta, beautiful and temple after temple, all full of antiquities going back hundreds of years.

Now at Hoi An, a much quieter place, hand made clothes and shoe shops are the big thing here.  Took a day out in the markets today, you can buy fish, jewellery, clothes and trinkets all from the same store!  Next up in two or three days, I'm heading for Hue and Halong Bay - hope I find everyone in good heatlh and flying well - will write again soon.

Take care,

Mark.








Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on April 27, 2011, 18:42:51 PM

Hi Mark

Glad all is well over there.Sounds like your filling the tour with plenty to do and see. The traffic sounds even worse than my trips to India.
Temples, sleaze and trinkets - sounds an interesting mix. I bet the food is great as well (fishy? hot n spicy?)
I hope your taking piccies of all these places - dont forget we expect a video diary when you get back :)
I'm hoping to be flying towards the end of the week rather than the start - my vacation has been pitted with work meetings.  -
I think the guys have been to the Crest a few times - I may try Fochriw tomorrow or Fri for the first time (NE) - I'm too chicken to chuck one of my new toys(albeit 2nd hand) off the Wrecker (The other one needs to be built first - yes I have been naughty spending all my pocket money etc).

Take care m8  and have a great time.

Chris
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 28, 2011, 07:25:22 AM
Big Winds are a Comin' WHOO HOO :D

From Saturday through to next Wednesday and beyond, Easterlies ranging 19 to 25 mph.

The "Thursday" slope is going to get a visit or three, loads of lift in those winds, no Parag's and great landing! :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 28, 2011, 08:38:51 AM
Glad you are having a good trip Mark, looking forward to hearing about it when you get back :af

Rog, are you heading out today?

I'm heading into Cardiff this morning and should be doing some study today too .......... but........... I'm keen to have a bit of a blat with the skorp and/or flying fish.

Would anyone be interested in trying out the hill to the west of Talybont reservoir for an hour or two around lunch time for a bit of DS?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 28, 2011, 08:41:20 AM
If 'no' for Talybont, the wrecker should be working well today :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: FWAL on April 28, 2011, 08:45:26 AM
Hi Roger
I'm going to pop down the Gower this morning.  I'm thinking of Parking at Burry Green and taking a walk up Ryder's Down, it looks OK for this mornings wind direction,  later on I might pop over to Hunt's as the Sea Breeze kicks in.  Then from Friday am to Monday pm I'll be spending a lot of time at the Bwlch (The Family are in HK)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: FWAL on April 28, 2011, 09:03:43 AM
Clayt
If you're thinking of the same slope as me, west of Talybont, Llanfigan.  It looks like a big climb!  On the other side of the Usk valley is this ridge, all I know is that it's the start of the Black Mountains.  I don't have a map of this area to know it's name.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 28, 2011, 09:48:13 AM
Just leaving now for the big climb up from the Brecon Road by Cray reservoir, to the best bowl in S. Wales.

If I'm not back by dusk- send the dogs out!

(http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/ae103/cliffhanger_02/cray.jpg)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on April 28, 2011, 15:39:45 PM
Sat on the 4rse side of the Meio with an air one next to me... And an air one wing joiner on the living room floor :(
Also snapped my m60 horn in the middle. I guess its the dogan then. On a brighter note the sun is shinning and I'm about to join two buzzards :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on April 28, 2011, 23:42:12 PM
Wondering how you got on up the Cray reservoir Rog. I spent a good while zooming around it on Google earth. It is indeed a huge bowl. I don't know if you were braving the face from the main road up, or finding access to that path/track that runs behind the bowl (doesnt seem to go or come from any main road for miles tho) - a real treck either way.  The Bowl centre did look NNE to  NE - which would have been spot on I guess.
Looking forward to the report.

Had the dogan in the air for a couple of hours with some birdies for company - V nice afternoon (Depsite a wing joiner being awol). Hope others got some flight time.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 29, 2011, 06:42:02 AM
Hi Chris,
Yes I've used both routes to get to the top of Fan Gyhrych above Cray. I parked in the lay by to do the direct route up, but after several hundred yards of ascending realised I just wasn't going to make it in my present condition!  :-\ (maybe by mid summer)

So I drove a very scenic route South via Ystradfelte to Hirwaun parked near the top of the Rhigos road and walked across to the mountain above Hirwaun. (pic)
Nice spot- good landing on rounded top. Bit of a flattish  walk from the car, downside is the top has been burnt recently  so black cr@p everywhere!

Hope to be up the Crest over the long w/e. :af

(http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/ae103/cliffhanger_02/005-1.jpg)

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: FWAL on April 29, 2011, 18:57:54 PM
I tried to fly at the Wrecker today and failed big time.  The last time I flew the ridge runt (bullet)  I wasn't using enough aileron travel and it was sluggish to turn.  However, since then my tweak over compensated and it was the complete opposite today.  The runt was on speed!  That is until I crashed almost at the bottom of one of those little gorges which run adjacent to the ridge.  The climb down looked very steep from where I was standing, the climb up from the very bottom looked OK.   I'm not climber and I was surprised how steep the slope got the closer I got to the plane.  When I did get it there, there was NO way I was climbing back down.  I climbed to the top and walked along the road as far as VR slope and went down the hill to my van which was parked in a gate way just passed the hair pin bend. 
My knees were still shaking and hour after.
I think I'll stick to the nursery slopes for a little while whilst my blood pressure drops. The runt's aileron servo arm snapped in two but she's willing to fly again tomorrow,  I'll just decrease some EPA's first   ;)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Yoyo on April 29, 2011, 19:01:36 PM
I tried to fly at the Wrecker today and failed big time.  The last time I flew the ridge runt (bullet)  I wasn't using enough aileron travel and it was sluggish to turn.  However, since then my tweak over compensated and it was the complete opposite today.  The runt was on speed!  That is until I crashed almost at the bottom of one of those little gorges which run adjacent to the ridge.  The climb down looked very steep from where I was standing, the climb up from the very bottom looked OK.   I'm not climber and I was surprised how steep the slope got the closer I got to the plane.  When I did get it there, there was NO way I was climbing back down.  I climbed to the top and walked along the road as far as VR slope and went down the hill to my van which was parked in a gate way just passed the hair pin bend. 
My knees were still shaking and hour after.
I think I'll stick to the nursery slopes for a little while whilst my blood pressure drops. The runt's aileron servo arm snapped in two but she's willing to fly again tomorrow,  I'll just decrease some EPA's first   ;)


I started flying partly to get out more and get more exercise - but that's ridiculous!

Could you not have set up dual rates so you at least had two chances at a sensible configuration?
 
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 29, 2011, 19:21:24 PM
Yes Mark, the Wrecker/Crest are a lot higher and steeper than they look from the top.

I had the same trip down and back up a few weeks ago at the mom racing- pretty knackering. Also is it worth the risk sometime for a toy plane?

Hoping to get to the Crest for Sunday's strong Easterly. Tomorrow I'm heading to the Thursday slope  for a couple of hours before bbq'ing, to try out Andy's  Skua (S-15).

Waddabout the rest of youse?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 29, 2011, 19:27:24 PM
I'm thinking I should be able to head out Sunday and am considering the Skirrid or Black Hill for a DS fix. Not sure yet though $%&

Hey Mark, when your thinking about model retrieval from the Wrecker etc, try to see 'paths' running at a zig-zag. Heaps easier to get down that way and coming back up is easy enough just going straight up. This advice doesn't help those without stomachs for height though :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on April 29, 2011, 19:56:22 PM
Quick Garth Report.
I went up the Garth for a couple of hours mid PM. Huge consistant lift once out past 30 meters or so. I'm sure the face must be ENE rather than east. Its by far the best Ive had there.  I actually deployed crow a few times on the Dogan as after half a dozen fast turns its speed was on the edge of my ability to keep the concentration up.
The Air One had its first chuck. Much lighter than the Dogan (I didn't realise how much) - and more agile (Dogan 2.8 Kilos unballasted, Air One is 2.1). No doubt it could have used ballast aplenty - sadly no ballast for it as yet -as the Sloperacer ballest slugs don't fit this one. I will have to make some up. Landing seemed much easier with the lighter model - crow had a far quicker slowing effect than on the Dogan. I certainly flew the fastest I've been yet - plenty of loops and a few rolls. I still feel like a complete novice when I picture the kind of flying Clayts is doing with his Scorp. Still air time, air time, air time!

May try the Thur's slope for a few hours at some point tomorrow - doubt if I'll manage before midday though (chores, dog walking etc). No BH for me Monday - so will make the most of it this weekend if I can.

Chris
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on April 29, 2011, 23:41:30 PM
I tried to fly at the Wrecker today and failed big time.  The last time I flew the ridge runt (bullet)  I wasn't using enough aileron travel and it was sluggish to turn.  However, since then my tweak over compensated and it was the complete opposite today.  The runt was on speed!  That is until I crashed almost at the bottom of one of those little gorges which run adjacent to the ridge.  The climb down looked very steep from where I was standing, the climb up from the very bottom looked OK.   I'm not climber and I was surprised how steep the slope got the closer I got to the plane.  When I did get it there, there was NO way I was climbing back down.  I climbed to the top and walked along the road as far as VR slope and went down the hill to my van which was parked in a gate way just passed the hair pin bend. 
My knees were still shaking and hour after.
I think I'll stick to the nursery slopes for a little while whilst my blood pressure drops. The runt's aileron servo arm snapped in two but she's willing to fly again tomorrow,  I'll just decrease some EPA's first   ;)
Hi Chris,
I was at the Wrecker at about 2:00 and left about 4:00 must have missed you by minutes.
Agree with Clayton - It's easier and quicker to get down to a crashed model from the top than all the way from the bottom, up. What he says about the crosswise paths - more like flattened grass from where the sheep have passed by - is valid as well. You might have to go fifty yards or so along the wrecker to find a less steep "drop in" to these paths, but it is worth it.
Still need LOADS of bottle, though!
Clive.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Yoyo on April 30, 2011, 10:05:30 AM
Hi Chris,
I was at the Wrecker at about 2:00 and left about 4:00 must have missed you by minutes.
Agree with Clayton - It's easier and quicker to get down to a crashed model from the top than all the way from the bottom, up. What he says about the crosswise paths - more like flattened grass from where the sheep have passed by - is valid as well. You might have to go fifty yards or so along the wrecker to find a less steep "drop in" to these paths, but it is worth it.
Still need LOADS of bottle, though!
Clive.

I haven't seen it in the flesh yet, but I'm sure I will. Is it so steep that just splaying yourself out would stop you going down if you fall, or is it past the critical limit (in steepness and/or grip)?

Sounds hairy whatever.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 30, 2011, 11:03:08 AM
First part is vertical and by the time you reach the 'flatter' part, splaying yourself out will only result in broken bones. If you fall, just go rag-doll and you will give yourself the best chance of only minor injuries.

Spoken from the experience of crashing superbikes at around 300kph and falling down cliffs and out of trees etc, etc, etc. :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 30, 2011, 12:36:26 PM
Just got back from "maidening" Andy's Skua. wind was blowing 30-35 mph blustery on Thurs. slope but the thing went well. The c.g seems spot on and all I did was change out the 35meg crystal.

Andy-Your prbly still kipping after your night shift, but what are your plans tomorrow- Fancy trying out some d.s if Skip goes up the Skirrid?. I've got two planes I'd be happy to destroy, one is my old Speedo and the other is the Suraci (heap 'o sh1t).
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on April 30, 2011, 14:58:31 PM
Christening tomorrow >:(Sorry
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 30, 2011, 15:01:57 PM
booo :'(

Have fun though :af

Wife wants me to go out for lunch with her tomorrow, so I will be going DSing after lunch.

I just stiffened the ailerons on the fish by glueing some brass tube into the rons. Hopefully be able to bring it back in one piece tomorrow evening :xx
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 30, 2011, 16:42:29 PM
Lunch with the wife! Could go on into the afternoon- you'll lose all your slopin' tokens if you try and bugger off early to go flying! :-\

OK Skip, what d'ya think about my chances of being able to d.s. at Rhossili on the ridge north of the trig point?
As you know, i'ts got a shallow Easterly facing  rise up to the ridge and then of course the 200 metre drop to the beach.

(And- enjoy the drinks after the christening :af)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: nypd on April 30, 2011, 16:44:21 PM
Would love to hear from people flying in South Wales (visitors and locals!) Would be great to be able to bump into more people on the slopes around here :af

Cheers
Clayton
Hi
Visiting the area and just had a couple of hours relaxing flying at Ryers Down; NE on slope but then it veered East and lift evaporated
nypd
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on April 30, 2011, 19:48:39 PM
Hi nypd, I don't know the slope you are talking about, where have you come from?
I was gunna do some DS tomorrow, but will be at the Bwlch tomorrow arvo instead. Rog, the wind would be a bit to strong for tatty models and first time DS tomorrow.
See you at the Bwlch
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on April 30, 2011, 21:23:38 PM
 :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on May 01, 2011, 00:20:41 AM
Well, instead of studying ALL day, I allocated some of my time to starting a blog. Hope to be able to make it a reasonably interesting, entertaining and informative read eventually :af
http://skipsoaring.blogspot.com/ (http://skipsoaring.blogspot.com/) is where it is on t'interweb.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on May 01, 2011, 09:07:22 AM
Should be just about enough lift on the Crest today,'ave fun chaps :o
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: FWAL on May 02, 2011, 07:20:29 AM
I was on my Jack Jones flying at Ryers Down, North Gower on Sat morning. The lift was good and I needed less of an adrenalin rush following the previous days mountaineering episode at the Bwlch ^-^ After almost two hours the only person I saw had a Wildthing tucked under their arm.  We had another good hours flying together then the wind started to drop and veer easterly  :-\  I ditched the Bullet for the Orion and Hans aka NYPD put up his lightened Infusion.  We stuck it out for a little while longer but the wind never looked like backing so by 2ish we packed up and I showed him one of my favorite spots at Hunts Bay 
Hans was on holidays and had traveled down from Nottingham, most of his flying is in the Peak District and it was his WT's maiden
I think he'll be coming back soon
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on May 02, 2011, 09:48:52 AM
Probably try the Crest today... anyone interested?

Clive.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: conwysoarer on May 02, 2011, 10:57:43 AM
Had a good few hours flying various toys on the Craig Cefn Parc ridge on Saturday, I had planned a trip up the Llyn y Fan ridge on Saturday but didn't quite have enough time to walk and have enough play time. Drove back up North yesterday just in time for the tail end of the PSS meet at the Orme.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on May 02, 2011, 11:01:31 AM
That'll be a "no" then.......

:D

CHJ
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on May 02, 2011, 11:20:56 AM
With the conditions forecasted like yesterday Clive, I'd take a black bin liner with you!

I'm gardening and building (slowly) my "notelot" of room Ocelot.

ps Conwy soarer- that'd be your oldstamping ground up there. If you'd said I'd have joined you for a while- the lift was strong eh?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: conwysoarer on May 02, 2011, 11:30:05 AM
With the conditions forecasted like yesterday Clive, I'd take a black bin liner with you!

I'm gardening and building (slowly) my "notelot" of room Ocelot.

ps Conwy soarer- that'd be your oldstamping ground up there. If you'd said I'd have joined you for a while- the lift was strong eh?

Would have got in touch with you guys but had no internet access, took my mother in law back down south and accidentally chucked in the Vector Weasel and Speedo, flew all three off the ridge superb lift with some very strong thermals also. It was great sharing the sky with some red kites - also a good trip down memory lane, I remember bunging my capstan off there in the 70's with my Dad.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on May 02, 2011, 18:27:01 PM
With the conditions forecasted like yesterday Clive, I'd take a black bin liner with you!

I'm gardening and building (slowly) my "notelot" of room Ocelot.

ps Conwy soarer- that'd be your oldstamping ground up there. If you'd said I'd have joined you for a while- the lift was strong eh?

Hi Rog only went to the Wrecker as I was on my own - wind a bit off but ballistic lift.

McFast and Polecat singing.    :af

Getting them as I want them - slowly!

Clive.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on May 02, 2011, 21:59:54 PM
Going to give the thursday slope a go tomorrow from 12 if anybody's interested
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on May 03, 2011, 07:53:03 AM
Thinking just the same thing And- I'll be there about the same time.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: FWAL on May 03, 2011, 19:04:01 PM
Where is the Thursday Slope?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: FWAL on May 03, 2011, 19:09:23 PM
I forgot to mention.  I ordered a 60" Wildthing today, I hope it arrives and can be put together before the Wife and Kids get back from their travels this Sunday. 
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on May 03, 2011, 19:56:59 PM
Where is the Thursday Slope?

It's up the Swansea valley- pm me if you want more details  ;)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: FWAL on May 06, 2011, 09:21:01 AM
Roger if you need to get out of the garden I'll be down Penmaen this morning from 10ish.  Just two more days to go before the family get back from there trip and I would have flown for at least fourteen consecutive days  :D I think the last day that I haven't been out flying was around 18th April. 
It's not an addiction just an obsession  :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on May 09, 2011, 17:26:27 PM
Well hello fellow fliers, now back from my Cambodian and Vietnam trip and what a trip it was!, best time I have ever had. :af

Anyone doing the Bwlch tomorrow?, lucky me as I have no work until Wednesday so gonna get on the slopes to catch up on my flying.  I hear Chris has a new toy(s) - what you get Chris?, anyone else added to their hanger?

Anyhow, hope to see someone at the slopes - gonna get there earlyish to have a full day!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on May 09, 2011, 20:19:05 PM
Well hello fellow fliers, now back from my Cambodian and Vietnam trip and what a trip it was!, best time I have ever had. :af

Anyone doing the Bwlch tomorrow?, lucky me as I have no work until Wednesday so gonna get on the slopes to catch up on my flying.  I hear Chris has a new toy(s) - what you get Chris?, anyone else added to their hanger?

Anyhow, hope to see someone at the slopes - gonna get there earlyish to have a full day!
Welcome back,  Mark,
It'll be great to hear of your travel experiences next time we meet on the slope.
Might get some in this weekend if weather co-operates.

"anyone added to their hanger?" - Yep, one repaired Polecat.


so you didn't bring back a "Ting Tong" then?.... :D

Clive.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on May 09, 2011, 22:39:15 PM
Glad you're home safely Mark, See you soon :af  (not tomorrow though :'( )
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on May 09, 2011, 22:53:27 PM
Hey Mark - welcome back.
Plenty of stories to tell I bet. Has your taste in food changed perminantly or are you looking forward to some British blandness?
Not been flying a great deal due to work. The guys had a cracking time in a 40+mph wind at the crest last week - some brill vids on the video thread. If the rain holds off Wed. I may take one or two in the boot to work and drop off on the Meio on the way home (lookin WSW at the mo'). As for the toys - one to fly one to build - A 2nd hand Air One and a New Strega to take my time over building. - a bit OTT gven my current skill level I know - I couldn't decide which - in a moment of madness/weakness got both. I seem to remember you have a build to do yourself ;) - we will compare notes.
Have a great days flying. Maybe catch Wed or the Weekend.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on May 10, 2011, 06:54:58 AM
Now recovered from 25 hours of travel home and had my big sleep to adjust.

Chris you sly dog you,  ;) a Strega and an Air One, puts me in the "poor" class of glider ownership now!, hope to see you at the Meio tomorrow and do a bit of flying. :af The street food was fantastic and definitely been added to my culinary list.

Hi Clive, you can do your zip back up mate, I didn't buy what you asked for, thought your missus might object! ;D

Hope to catch up with you all soon on the slopes. :co
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on May 10, 2011, 07:57:17 AM
Yeah, welcome back fella!

If you're interested at all, I'll be flying above Blaen Garw today from about 11.00.
That's the slope where you park along the road from the Crest parking spot and walk South over past the telecom masts. About 20 min walk. Gotta maiden my Ocelot, and the slope there faces SW and has long grass and no rocks!

Failing that se you at the w/e- could be a Rhossili time with winds that would keep the ParaF's grounded :D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Clive Henry Jones on May 10, 2011, 08:00:47 AM
Chris/Mark
Def up for a bit of Meioing Weds afternoon - about 3:30?
Flying and holiday reminiscing (sp) - what could be better?

Roger - Good luck withthat one - could well be a maiden on that slope - I certainly haven't heared of anyone flying it - and I used to live in the Valley that it dominates.
It's all good..

Clive.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on May 10, 2011, 17:19:04 PM
Rog,

Sorry I missed your message but we finally got it together on Mickey's slope (good lift up the hill off the Forestry boys eh?). :af  After you left, the wind got even stronger (I know that your meter showed 50 mph) but I launched the old Acacia off anyhow- what a blast! ::), she was screaming along like a screaming thing, climbing almost out of sight after massive dives, axial rolls and other moves I don't know the name of (some of the moves were not mine), the Forestry boys came back around an hour later and had a chat/watch, blew them away as well!

Clive/Chris,

Will be at the Meio approx 3:30 - looking forward to another day of great flying (you can tell I missed it can't you). ::)

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on May 10, 2011, 19:39:31 PM
Glad you managed to thread your servo lead through the wing and have blast!
Yes the wind was gusting to 50 mph on the lip before I left- bit too much for the models I had, the Sonic was struggling!

Still hopeful of maidening the Ocelot at Rhossili tom.

Might cu at the w/end :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on May 11, 2011, 20:18:54 PM
Really good afternoon of flying at the Meio with Clive and Chris, Clive with his bag of foamies, Chris with his new Air One, Flying Fish and his glowing orange foamie, me with the Polecat and Acacia.

The wind picked up even more after Clive left and Chris and I were left to fly our mouldies to death, best lift I have ever witnessed at the Meio took the Acacia up like it was on an escalator, giving the opportunity to accomplish huuuuuge swooping dives and turns from god knows what heights, Chris had his Air One ripping about a bit too, looked very fine in the air - just a fine, fine afternoon of flying. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on May 11, 2011, 23:08:38 PM
HHMMMMM.......... Jealous :'(

glad you are loving it fellas :af

Who'd have thought I'd be getting outflown around these parts $%& bl00dy study
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on May 12, 2011, 00:50:53 AM
Yep - great few hours Mark. Wind was still rising as I left at gone 8.00.

M60 dialled in a bit better (not perfect), The FF was ridiculous fun with 4 slugs in it - by far the fastest I've flown it - glad I got the carbon wings on it. The air one was defo better with 6 slugs (still got two more to cut off the brass bar). Did another slight tip stall - but not as bad as the first "drop out of the sky spiral" you saw when my roll ran out of airspeed. Methinks following the exact direction of the "off" wind towards the slope and making a turn without keeping it moving may be the culprit (OK and my lack of skill). They do fly infinitely better when moving quick don't they. Your Acacia was ballistic - I still cant believe it flies that true in a high wind like that completely un-ballasted. Incredible. :o

Clayts - hope the study going OK (albeit frustrating) - defo worth it in the long run I'm sure.  :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on May 12, 2011, 21:11:49 PM
Yet another fantastic day at the Meio with absolutely beautiful lift.  Been there about an hour when a group a guys from a Cardiff power plane club turned up with a bunch of woodie gliders and then Chris in the Vale arrived.

Good fun was had by all and it was a real pleasure to see so many different models in the air, everyone had a good time and no models damaged! :af  To me, this was as near as perfect as it gets, good company and great flying conditions, not a lot more to be asked for really. :co
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on May 12, 2011, 21:59:45 PM
Indeed today was an epic day- Rhossili was stonking, wind averaging 40 mph gusting 50!

Had the ridge to myself- maidened the Ocelot (kit bashed to include rudder!) fully ballasted which is only an extra 270grs. :-\   But it's a great "Pocket Rocket", video is currently at MGM studios being edited.

Also flew the 3m Discus. Tried for a while to launch on my own, then asked a passing hiker to try - all to no avail with the strength of the wind. Ended up going part way down the slope and sort of sliding it down the heather for a take off :D
It was howling, with the RG15 wing and the bigger modded ailerons it was a joy to carve out big air aeros at quite a speed.

Yep best day of the year so far :af

Might still be on for the w/end- any takers?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on May 13, 2011, 21:20:32 PM
Me again - up on the Meio again this afternoon.  Another day of tremendous lift, met Tony with his Chris Foss phase 6, such a sweet model, highly aerobatic, smooth, true lines in the air, just a pleasure to watch.

Now I may have an old bird with the Acacia but I have never had so much pleasure flying during the last week.  On my return from the packpacking trip to Asia it's as if the wind gods have visited South Wales and given me the finest opportunity to use the sky and experiment.  I'm not particularly clever or skillful in my ability to fly but this last week of weather has given me a real insight into the experience and pleasure of flying and how graceful and dynamic these machines are - such a great activity to be involved in, can't wait until tomorrow when I revisit the Bwlch :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on May 14, 2011, 07:30:26 AM
Well fellas? Any one gonna join me at Rhossili tomorrow (Sunday)?
The forecast is for the wind to be dead on the slope and I'd reckon ~25mph on the lip.
That edge of Gower gets a lot more sun than inland, so it should be similar to when Chris and Mark came last time but stonking lift :D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on May 14, 2011, 09:59:38 AM
I'll be sitting at the Bwlch hoping to fly F3F for the first round of the Ken Phillips Trophy (SWSA summer league)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: FWAL on May 14, 2011, 10:18:26 AM
I maidened the Wildthing at Hunts yesterday, wind was a blustery 20-25mph.  She was very smooth but needed a few clicks of up elevator as she definitely liked to fly a couple of degrees downwards.  She was the fastest glider I have flown to date but that aint saying much as I only started flying this Jan, Feb. She loops very easy compared to the JP Bullet but the Bullet is a lot more agile.  I managed quite a few different manouvres but haven't a clue what they are called  :D.  After 30 mins a rain squall was fast approaching so I popped home for an hour, put a stripe on one wing tip, refreshed my memory via google on dive testing, re-checked the CG, removed a little lead and went back out. Did another hours flying swapping between the WT and Bullet and carried out a few more dive tests.  The Bullet was leveling off gradually but the WT just flew straight in what ever direction you pointed her in. She never tucked her tail and went any further nose down so for the moment I wont fiddle any more and just spend more time getting to know her.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: FWAL on May 14, 2011, 18:49:07 PM
Well.  I did try to get to know her better but in the end I broke her heart  :'(
It was a gusty 24-32 mph wind.  I'd flown the Bullet for about quarter of an hour and decided to give WT a go.  Started off nice and gentle, some of the gusts were knocking her about a bit so I thought I'd speed things up. This was working fine until I did a roll directly in the Sun, the next thing the WT is spinning down towards me very fast, she landed just in front of me and to my right, hitting the rocks about five feet below me, she bounced up over the ridge and landed again about 20 foot downwind.  There's a nice dent in her nose and the fuse has all but snapped in half.  The break occurred right where the ply reinforcement finishes.  So when I'm cw'ing the next fuse I'll definitely be putting a few layers in this area,  The location of the switch doesn't help much either and it's also a lesson to keep out of the Sun at all times.  So, a bit more fiddling required both on the plane and in my wallet which will be 11 lighter this Monday  :-\
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on May 14, 2011, 21:12:38 PM
Bad luck, but the more you break them the more proficient you get at repairing!

What I would do is put three lengths of carbon tube, say 4mm dia and 60mm long across the fus break on the two sides and bottom, recessed and epoxied in-sorted :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: FWAL on May 14, 2011, 23:27:48 PM
Thanks Roger.
I will give that a go before buying a new fuselage,  I'll pop over to Mike Davies Leisure tomorrow morning to see what Carbon Tent poles he has in stock.  Funny thing is I'd completed the repair to Rockies wings today and glassed a split mouldie fuselage, then I do this. 
Next time I'm flying I will have to keep reminding myself how much money is close to being spent the closer I get to the ground.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on May 15, 2011, 07:36:03 AM
Well fellas? Any one gonna join me at Rhossili tomorrow (Sunday)?

Sorry Rog, bit short on the cash after the trip - hope you have a good one mate. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on May 15, 2011, 08:58:31 AM
Great day on the Ice Cream Slope yesterday. The 3 meters had a blast and the Polecat and M60 were ballasted up and screaming. One of todays competitors turned up for a praccy just as the wind started to turn a bit indecisive on us towards the end of the day (off the icecream and towards Mickeys West).
Looks consistant and quite strong at least for you F3F chaps today - Clayts have a cracking day  :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: FWAL on May 18, 2011, 20:44:01 PM
Had a couple of hours at Hunts today, met up with Zagi flyer or should I say ex Zagi flyer as his next plane is going to be a Wildthing  ^-^. After the rain the wind was only 10mph so we both flew our Orion's but when the Sun came out the wind increased to just over 20mph so the woodies were swapped for the wings.
I maidened yet another plane, well to be completely honest it's not the first time it's err flown.  It has been launched but only went a couple of yards before crashing hard at full throttle  :'' It was the planes fault obviously  :embarassed:  Anyway, a bit of fiber glassing, filler, epoxy, sanding and spraying, oh did I forget to mention the removal of a stupid spinning thing and voila a P15 is born. She flew really well and I could throw it about a bit.  Cannot wait to see how she compares to similar planes, that is if she lasts that long.  I 'm currently gluing the wings together and strengthening around the cockpit after a heavy bump  :'' 
She'll be fit for another session at Hunts tomorrow afternoon ;)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: fr800driver on May 18, 2011, 21:42:32 PM
I am hoping to come to The Bwlch , and maybe Rhosilli with my son and another forumite for 4 days of sloping beginning on the 1st June.
 Please could someone give me a few words on slopes , directions they work in and landing zone suitability. ie rocks, no grass,
we are hoping to camp so if anyone can recommend a site/ farm that would be much appreciated as well.

A lush pint of beer and a bag of crisps for the best info!

Just to give you an idea, our holiday fleet will be a Speedo, P6, MP, TNG, 2xWT, maybe an Alex.

Thanks ,  andy h
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on May 18, 2011, 22:55:40 PM
I am hoping to come to The Bwlch , and maybe Rhosilli with my son and another forumite for 4 days of sloping beginning on the 1st June.
 Please could someone give me a few words on slopes , directions they work in and landing zone suitability. ie rocks, no grass,
we are hoping to camp so if anyone can recommend a site/ farm that would be much appreciated as well.

A lush pint of beer and a bag of crisps for the best info!

Just to give you an idea, our holiday fleet will be a Speedo, P6, MP, TNG, 2xWT, maybe an Alex.

Thanks ,  andy h


G'day Andy, Rhossili: park in the church carpark (golden donation) or the field used as a carpark during Summer on weekends (costs a bit more) and walk uphill. Works best in a Westerly, can tolerate a little bit of North or South. If there are lots of paragliders, the second half of the ridge is safer as it is further away from their launching area. Landing is sooooo easy there, soft spongy heather to land in.

The Bwlch: Mickeys; park at the gate and follow the track uphil til you reach an edge with the wind square. Works from SW to W (bigger Walk). No-one has a key for the gate so no parking to fly for Mickeys anymore :'(  Easy landing in grass over the track from where you fly, but make sure you have a walk around to check the breeze (you need it consistent) before you launch.

IceCream; park as for Mickeys and walk towards Treorcy along the face of the hill with the high side on your right til you reach a flat area and the track forks. That's the pit area. Slope works best in NW to NNW. Nice grassy area for landing, again, have a walk to suss out the best area for the conditions. DO NOT fly too far back on landing to the left (North) as there is a quarry that eats planes that don't penetrate back to the slope.

Wrecker; park in the layby on the A4107, walk about 150 yards along the cliff to your left, drop your plane off the edge. Works best in NE. Landing in anything over 5mph walk back to your car, over the road and up to the top of the hill. land with commitment and do not fly too far to the rear. Beware of having a 'go around' as the rotor between the landing area and the slope is severe and at about ankle height as you stand in the landing area.

VR98; park on the side of the A4107 just east of the wrecker layby (or in the layby and walk East). Walk down the hill from the road to the edge, drop plane over. Works best in a northerly. Landing walk uphill to your right (east), try not to fly over the road and land at your feet. Nice, long soft grass.

Back of the Wrecker; par as per Wrecker, walk over the road and up the hill to the cliff on the other side. the lift is normally a little better and more consistent from the spot between the two rocky outcrops to the East and the slope works best in a Southerly. Landing can normally be done safely on the top of the little rise just behind the slope.

Crest; drive further west along the A4107 until just short of the cutting. Walk about 20 minutes to the north making sure you close the gate on your way through. Just follow the single path (sheep track really) until you think the slope is square to the wind. Drop your plane over the edge again. A square edge can be found in anything from SE to NE (SE being the longer walk). Very important to go waaay back for landing, so make sure you find the highest area behind you and check it out. the tumps of grass can be a bit of a wing twister, so slow the plane down lots before touching down.

Sorry, I don't know of any camping areas although I remember someone saying something about camping near the Afan forest MTB centre $%&
I have a map/drawing on my blog at www.skipsoaring.blogspot.com (http://www.skipsoaring.blogspot.com)
Check out Kevin Newtons blog at http://kevin-newton.blogspot.com/ (http://kevin-newton.blogspot.com/) for lots more great info under the bwlch tab.
Hope that was helpful

P.S.  I have now added this info to my blog on the 'Where I can be found' bit
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: fr800driver on May 19, 2011, 07:22:39 AM
Superb post. Thanks given. :af

smokey Bacon or Pickled Onion?

andy
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on May 19, 2011, 08:17:27 AM
It's gotta be smokey bacon :af
Look forward to hopefully catching you on one of the slopes, enjoy your holiday :af

P.S. if anyone can think of anything important that I missed, let us all know :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on May 19, 2011, 08:40:17 AM
Very good 9/10 (you dropped a mark for not knowing any camp sites  :ev)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: fr800driver on May 19, 2011, 09:47:26 AM
that bonus point is still available.
it doesn't have to be tucked up under the Wrecker.

how long does it take to get from Rhossili to Bwlch?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on May 19, 2011, 09:52:25 AM
how long does it take to get from Rhossili to Bwlch?
An hour and a bit without traffic.

There is a caravan park at Llangennith at the base of the Rhossili hill to the north.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on May 19, 2011, 10:41:03 AM
Quite a few camp sites in Gower, and a nice place to stay- (it was Britains first "Area of Oustanding Natural beauty" awarded in the early fifties).

"Sloping-off" and his family stayed in Pitton Cross camp site last month, quite close to Rhossili and other good sloping spots if there's a S.W. wind.
http://pittoncross.co.uk/ (http://pittoncross.co.uk/)

That would be about 25mins to Swansea and a further 45-50 mins to the Bwlch.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: FWAL on May 19, 2011, 11:00:29 AM
I can recommended this Campsite; http://www.nicholastonfarm.co.uk/ (http://www.nicholastonfarm.co.uk/)
Electricity is only 2/night so you can charge your batteries and take a fan heater if it looks a bit chilly.  There's also a flying spot within a 10 minute walk look up 'Great Tor, Gower'  This Headland works well on both Easterly's and Westerly's.  Rhossili is a 10-15 minute (6-7 mile) drive away and the Bwlch is just over an hour (32 mile) drive.  However, these definitely aren't the only slopes in this area.  I fly a lot at Hunts Bay for S,SW, Llanmadoc Hill N, Ryers Down NE and Pontlliw NW.  These slopes aren't as good or extreme  as Rhossili or Bwlch but they are all close.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on May 21, 2011, 08:08:14 AM
Hello fellas!

Anyone out tomorrow (Sunday) in BIG  Westerly winds

If so where's the favoured place- Mickeys, Rhossili, Meio?

Hope to catch up with who ever is out- ballast would be essential! :D

 
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on May 21, 2011, 09:54:59 AM
Not sure about Sunday but on my way to the Bwlch in the next half hour
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on May 21, 2011, 09:59:08 AM
Heading to Levisham tomorrow guys, Have a great day though :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: FWAL on May 21, 2011, 11:56:40 AM
I tried to post this vid in the thread but the file is too big. 
Flying without a licence.mov (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08KAJDueH0U#)
This is the premiere of my first movie  :)  Although filmed in HD the quality transferring it onto Youtube has been vastly reduced and is now shocking. 
Any suggestions to improve the quality would be gratefully received or any other tips.
thanx
mark
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Yoyo on May 21, 2011, 12:03:32 PM
I tried to post this vid in the thread but the file is too big. 
Flying without a licence.mov ([url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08KAJDueH0U#[/url])
This is the premiere of my first movie  :)  Although filmed in HD the quality transferring it onto Youtube has been vastly reduced and is now shocking. 
Any suggestions to improve the quality would be gratefully received or any other tips.
thanx
mark


That's odd, it's usually fine. How long has it been on YouTube? They tend to put a low res version up first then the HD version turns up hours later.

Can you say what the original camera was, what you used to edit it, and what you did to the video? The wrong choice of codec, bitrate or whatever at various points can make a big difference.


Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: FWAL on May 21, 2011, 12:25:07 PM
Easy Yoyo....I'm a wood butcher when I'm not flying :D
As you can see despite a message telling me the file was too big from RCMF it did upload :)
The camera is a Sanyo Xacti VPC CG 10.  I bought this camera mainly due to it being competitively priced,  5x optical zoom and 10 meg camera. I edited it in 'iMovie HD' and shared it with youtube during which it was compressed :''  I guess this is where the quality was drained out.
What is codec and birate?
mark
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Yoyo on May 21, 2011, 12:31:20 PM
Easy Yoyo....I'm a wood butcher when I'm not flying :D
As you can see despite a message telling me the file was too big from RCMF it did upload :)
The camera is a Sanyo Xacti VPC CG 10.  I bought this camera mainly due to it being competitively priced,  5x optical zoom and 10 meg camera. I edited it in 'iMovie HD' and shared it with youtube during which it was compressed :''  I guess this is where the quality was drained out.
What is codec and birate?
mark

Looks like there may be some issues with the iMovie HD settings for youtube.

See if this helps:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRFiNvpMCQ4
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: FWAL on May 21, 2011, 20:19:06 PM
My son Harry and I shot this vid this morning and I posted it on youtube before reading the above.  As you can see the quality isn't good.  I streamed it for the web >:(
West Wings Orion (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZGRvEaJeuQ#)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Yoyo on May 21, 2011, 20:25:55 PM
My son Harry and I shot this vid this morning and I posted it on youtube before reading the above.  As you can see the quality isn't good.  I streamed it for the web >:(

Your camera should be able to do 1280x720 video (much better than these are) - the problem is entirely with iMovie.

Stick with it. I can't really recommend a Mac video editor, I've been away from the Mac world for too long, but I'm sure others will have an idea. Or iMovie might be tweakable to get full quality too.

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on May 22, 2011, 09:16:20 AM
Anyone havin' a go at the Bwlch today?

Gonna be veeeeerrrrrrry fast and windy! :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on May 22, 2011, 19:20:17 PM
Did you fly Mark?

The wind speed at Swansea coastguard station was averaging ~35mph all day, that would have been at around 60mph on the slope lip at Rhossili. I 've flown my all wood Thorn and my Pace at those speeds but both now are sadly gone  :'(.  I need a lead sled!
Got on with some repairs and my homebrew plank instead.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on May 22, 2011, 19:25:26 PM
Hi Roger,

Yep, had a blast on the Meio.  Wind gusting 50+ the Polecat was just bloody bonkers but you shoulda seen the Acacia, Jeez she was ripping and bouncing through the air like a demented thing!, absolutely great fun mate.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: FWAL on May 25, 2011, 21:25:18 PM
Had a fab time yesterday afternoon.  Here's one vid there's another short one to follow  :)  Had another great time flying and filming this afternoon at Penmaen,  I'm really looking forward to seeing this as the scenery is brilliant and there might be a few crashes caught on film.
Slope Soaring at Hunts Bay (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8v9XqYwydPQ#)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on May 26, 2011, 08:09:38 AM
Looked a nice day down there Mark. Who'se your flying buddy braving the weather in shorts :o?

You might find this web site handy to get in some carbon rod/tube for reinforcing/ fixing foamies.
Prices are reasonable.

http://www.woolmer.co.uk/ (http://www.woolmer.co.uk/)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: FWAL on May 26, 2011, 12:01:52 PM
Hi Roger
I thought you might recognise the hair  :) It's Chris Scott from Dunvant.  Chris does know you so I guess you have met on the slopes before.
I managed to delete all the footage from yesterdays flying at Penmaen  :'( for some reason my computer wouldn't let me download the images as the start up disk was full ?  There is no start up disc!!  I'm confused.  So whilst chucking everything I didn't need in the trash I managed to permanently delete yesterday's clips  :banghead:
Oh well I will just have to go back and do it again  ;D   
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on May 28, 2011, 20:15:44 PM
Great day at the Bwlch today with Ron Broughton on Mickey's slope.

Ron was flying his Balistik and Blitz, two brilliant models, the Balistik can REALLY shift and the Blitz is so nimble it's a joy to watch.  I had my Polecat fully ballasted and she was rippin' about, gave the old Acacia a blast as well but she didn't look that comfortable as the air was really lumpy, she was bouncing about all over the place, what was particularly suprising (not complaining though) is that we had the whole site to ourselves for the afternoon!

Ron and I are doing the same tomorrow, any takers?, be good to see some other models flying, c'mon, the air is fine! :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on May 28, 2011, 21:16:21 PM
I hope to be there. Looks wsw ish again
Too jet lagged to think straight today. Glad the rain held off for you - it was very wet round the coast today. Will get a few things on charge
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on May 28, 2011, 22:43:21 PM
The last bits of work for year 1 at uni are due on Tuesday blokes, so no flying for me til after that. Then I have some repairs to do and will hopefully be able to get to a slope on the weekend.

Can't believe how windy it has been for the last few weeks. Been strapped to my books and computer, pining to be out on a hill. The weather has been laughing its bolluks off at me :'(

Where've ya been Chris to be jet-lagged $%&
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on May 28, 2011, 23:07:40 PM
"Where've ya been Chris to be jet-lagged "
Had a three day workshop event with some IBM types in our Shenandoah office (Texas). Long way to go for three days. (normally get to do the US visits business class which soothes my dislike of being airborne- but at 6k a ticket this time it wasn't on - so old lanky long legs here didnt sleep much on the 10hr flight). I suspect a stiff breeze may clear some cobwebs away tomorrow.
I'm off until thursday - so a bit of building and a bit of flying to do.
Good on ya for managing to keep your head down on the books Clayts - It will reap dividends I'm sure  :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: fr800driver on May 29, 2011, 09:45:03 AM
Clatys....free beer and crisps avail from Wed.

 meeting up with pal at Bridgend services at approx 10am.
 will then decide on whether to go to Bwlch or Rhossili
will PM you my mobile no.

staying til Sun.

andy
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on May 29, 2011, 18:50:59 PM
If you want to do Rhossili then it looks like Wednesday will be your only chance. The forecast is for winds to go North to North Easterly for several days after Wednesday- which would be good for the Bwlch Wrecker.

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on May 29, 2011, 19:02:20 PM
Clatys....free beer and crisps avail from Wed.

 meeting up with pal at Bridgend services at approx 10am.
 will then decide on whether to go to Bwlch or Rhossili
will PM you my mobile no.

staying til Sun.

andy
Hi Andy, not sure how I will be going for time yet. I know I won't be able to do Wednesday and I'd suggest you hit Rhossili if you can.
Hopefully catch you on the weekend :af

P.S. don't worry about beer or chips mate, it was a pleasure to help without bribery rewards (and I'm not able to drink beer :'( )
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: fr800driver on May 30, 2011, 05:11:30 AM
If you want to do Rhossili then it looks like Wednesday will be your only chance. The forecast is for winds to go North to North Easterly for several days after Wednesday- which would be good for the Bwlch Wrecker.

That is our plan. and  I thought we were in for a week of Westerlies! ::)
If it says 30mph for Bridgend I guess I can expect 60mph on the Wrecker!
( I think i might be spectating)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on June 01, 2011, 16:29:54 PM
Well Uni work is out of the way for a little while now :co THANK PHARK :ev


Just going to put some finishing touches on the Wasabi and charge her up for a bit of a crack at the wrecker tomorrow arvo. :xx

Gunna repair the Skorp tonight too, hopefully, but will take the Acacia II (did I mention I did a 36.19 sec F3F run with it the other weekend? :'' ) tomorrow instead to let the repairs cure properly.

Wind looks light, but still should be plenty of lift, looks warm too $%&
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on June 01, 2011, 18:05:03 PM
Good to hear you'll be "remaidening " the Wasabi. :af
Wind forecast is very light tomorrow, but getting better for some Bwlch action Friday and the w/end.

Been flying at Rhossili in the company of Doug from Guilford, who'se staying local for the week. Yesterday was stonkin' today a lot lighter, but both days no paragliders!! $%&

Hoping to get up the Bwlch on Sat/Sun (no comps on are there?). See youse all there!!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on June 02, 2011, 00:37:55 AM
Had a good few hours at the Meio this pm. (Did go to Mickeys - hoping for similar lift/fun to Tues. - but on parking at the Ice cream lay-by the clag was in and walking to the west side in the mist/rain seemed daft - drove on down to meet mark further east). Light lift at the Meio - but air was the smoothest I have ever experienced there. Constant 10mph and virtually no gusting at all. Mark flew the Acacia II and me the Air One.  Mark reconfigured his radio to have the same settings as mine (crow on the left stick enabling the flap slider to be used for some camber and reflex).
All ballast was taken out of the Gliders and the light and very even lift gave us a chance to experiment with Camber and Reflex settings in order to see the marked difference with a mm or two up or down in such conditions.
A very good evening not to mention educational.

Enjoy your flying tomorrow Clayts.  :af

Also looking for some non-claggy Bwlch time on the weekend Rog (though the backwards walk over the road not so much ;)  )

Chris
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: feefo on June 02, 2011, 08:16:05 AM
I'm due to go on holiday on Sat, and I still haven't decided where we are going  :''. There seems to be a lot of northerly/easterly winds forecast for next week, are there any coastal sites, preferably near a beach, that fly N to E. Looked at Rhossili but I'm running out of time to research......

Cheers.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on June 02, 2011, 08:56:23 AM
Yep thanks for the assist with the settings Chris really made a difference to the old gal looking forward to the weekend flying!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on June 02, 2011, 09:06:59 AM
I'm due to go on holiday on Sat, and I still haven't decided where we are going  :''. There seems to be a lot of northerly/easterly winds forecast for next week, are there any coastal sites, preferably near a beach, that fly N to E. Looked at Rhossili but I'm running out of time to research......

Cheers.

The wind direction at the w/end would rule out Gower.

How about North Devon? Loads of coastal cliffs facing Northish- lots of camp sites and Devon cream teas! :D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on June 02, 2011, 13:10:31 PM
Chores can wait, I'm off to the Wrecker til about 3. Hopefully get some pics and Vid for my Blog. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on June 02, 2011, 20:55:09 PM
Sorry I missed you today at the Wrecker Clayton - lovely smooth lift though from around 4:30 onwards, hope to catch up with you over the weekend.

Doug from Guildford who was on holiday arrived, turns out that he'd met Cliffhanger at Rhossili and thought it was a fantastic site, his visit to the Bwlch doesn't need any description of what he thought of the place, his Luna was absolutely blasting around and he is looking forward to another visit over the coming weekend! 

Be good to catch up with everyone soon. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on June 02, 2011, 23:53:16 PM
Hi guys. I'm new to this forum and new to sloping. Got a Flying Wings Hawk and Wildthing and looking to tag along with some people to learn the slopes and ropes. I'm from Newport btw. I'm looking to go flying on Saturday and thinking of Machen as its supposed to be NE. Any recommendations or comments appreciated.

Steve
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: conwysoarer on June 03, 2011, 00:06:52 AM
travelling down to the Swansea area today (Ynystawe) Will probably manage to squeeze some gliders in - hoping to fly on Saturday sometime as I am travelling back up North on Sunday. Looks like a flock of North Easterlies - anybody going to be out playing on Saturday?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on June 03, 2011, 06:16:10 AM
Hi guys. I'm new to this forum and new to sloping. Got a Flying Wings Hawk and Wildthing and looking to tag along with some people to learn the slopes and ropes. I'm from Newport btw. I'm looking to go flying on Saturday and thinking of Machen as its supposed to be NE. Any recommendations or comments appreciated.

Steve

Hi Steve,

Machen is OK but can be somewhat hit and miss and a couple of us have experienced what seemed to be issues with mast at the top effecting our Tx/Rx's? $%&

If you can, for absolutely the very best site around, try a visit to the Bwlch above Treorchy, you will not regret it or forget it, it is the best site I can nominate for full on flying! :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on June 03, 2011, 06:46:48 AM
Welcome to the forum Steve :af

JJ/Steve, Hopefully will be able to get to the wrecker at some time on Saturday $%&


Just put a video in the video thread
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on June 03, 2011, 08:34:32 AM
Thanks guys.

I took a trip up to The Bwlch a couple of weeks ago and met ChrisintheVale there, who was very friendly and helpful. Unfortunately that day I couldn't fly my Hawk as it was much too light a model, but now I'm equiped with a Wildthing as well.

So point taken about Machen, guess I'll take a drive up to The Bwlch tomorrow morning then.

Steve
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: conwysoarer on June 03, 2011, 09:51:39 AM
Unfortunately I will not have enough time to make the trip over to the Bwlch as I only have a couple of hours, so it looks like I will have to make do with Mynydd y Gwair. We used to fly the Bwlch on a regular basis in the early 80's when I was in uni, hardly used to see anyone there - a bit different today! Its good to see that sloping has a good following down south.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on June 04, 2011, 15:27:26 PM
Raining Cats and dogs up here(wrecker).  Fingers crossed it improves a bit in a while. A good gang of folks here eager for an impromptu bit of racing...
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on June 04, 2011, 22:36:17 PM
Raining Cats and dogs up here(wrecker).  Fingers crossed it improves a bit in a while. A good gang of folks here eager for an impromptu bit of racing...

But before the rain the lift was awesome and we had a good half doz planes up buzzing around in 25 - 30mph winds.  ;D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on June 05, 2011, 08:36:52 AM
Sounds like you had fun yesterday guys, sorry I missed out :'(

I'm heading up there today though and hope to see you up the Bwlch!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: fr800driver on June 05, 2011, 16:26:46 PM
Jamie and I have just returned safely to the flat lands!
I just want to say a BIG " Thank You" to everyone we met. I was going to name you individually but I know that I will miss someone.
We were made to feel most welcome.
 We have some awesome lift, and some awesome rotor!
We did miss out on having a fly at Rhossili so we will just have to come and visit you all again!!

Cheers chaps, off to unpack and dry out the tent!

andy
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on June 05, 2011, 17:21:39 PM
Glad  to hear you had a good time- pity you didn't get to Rhossili. September is a good time to come, not yet cold, plenty of wind and the summer crowds have gone.

Doug from Guilford (are you there mate!) had a really good week, with a stonkin' day at Rhossili on Tuesday, a bit lighter on Wednesday, then three more days on the Wrecker with winds 20mph+!  :af

Nice to have met you all- see you again. Mind you if Wales gets independance, we'll be charging you by the hour for slope time  :D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on June 05, 2011, 17:51:20 PM
Nice to have met the Cambridge posse up the Bwlch yesterday, and everone one else. Generally it was a good day and we hope to see you all back again soon.

Steve
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: lordelpus on June 05, 2011, 21:40:53 PM
Hi Roger,
i have joined this forum but have no idea how it works - in the faint hope that you might get this message - i just wanted to say thanks to you and your muckers for making me welcome at rhosilli and the bwlch - a cracking weeks flying was had - there is a fair chance i will be back
all the best
Doug.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on June 05, 2011, 21:48:26 PM
You're more than welcome - see you again sometime now you know where we are!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on June 05, 2011, 22:46:03 PM
Yes It was great to meet so many new faces at the Bwlch on Saturday  :af

Mark - hope you managed to find some non raining slope fun this PM. I didnt get out today (other than dog walking) due to my wanting to finish the build and do a set up the Strega.

Few piccies:
http://www.flickr.com//photos/62429437@N08/sets/72157626893318810/show/ (http://www.flickr.com//photos/62429437@N08/sets/72157626893318810/show/)

Fingers crossed for some maidening weather - either after work midweek or on the weekend. :xx
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on June 05, 2011, 23:02:47 PM
Welcome to the forum Steve :af

JJ/Steve, Hopefully will be able to get to the wrecker at some time on Saturday $%&


Just put a video in the video thread

Thanks Skip  ;D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on June 06, 2011, 06:14:13 AM
Brilliant couple of days at the Bwlch this weekend!, Saturday supplied tremendous lift for a couple of hours, it rained for about an hour and a half, lift dropped away for a while but returned later in the afternoon.  To top it all, we were visited by new flyers with loads of models I have not seen before, excellent fun with half a dozen foamies blasting about. :af

Chris, the Strega looks gorgeous, can't wait to see the maiden of it - enjoy!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on June 06, 2011, 07:20:47 AM
Not a great fan of V tails but the Strega looks great! Neat fit out in that narrow fus. :af
Good luck for the maiden (video?)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on June 06, 2011, 08:15:19 AM
Being a newbie to the slope scene I'm still not sure about what slopes work in what wind directions. The weather man says 10mph SW for this evening so can anyone recommend a slope not a million miles from Newport?

Also, how do I embed a video onto a post on the video channel? I tried it last night from YouTube but all I got on the post was the text and not the video  :banghead:
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on June 06, 2011, 13:01:23 PM
Mynnydd Meio is good for SW - it overlooks Treforest on the one side and Abertridwr on the other
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on June 06, 2011, 13:17:47 PM
Well I was thinking about Meio Mark, I may just give it a go after work. Cheers  :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on June 06, 2011, 13:37:18 PM
Just paste the address bar ifo into a reply for either vimeo or youtube, don't worry about using the embed codes or youtube buttons.
Title: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Yoyo on June 06, 2011, 17:30:09 PM
Just paste the address bar ifo into a reply for either vimeo or youtube, don't worry about using the embed codes or youtube buttons.

Less than that - you only need to put the ten digit code from after the equals sign in between the YouTube tags on the forum
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on June 06, 2011, 18:57:12 PM
Well I was thinking about Meio Mark, I may just give it a go after work. Cheers  :)

Hi Steve,

Hope you managed to get some time in on the Meio,  $%& I had around two hours today and the lift was pretty good!

Not a bad little slope for a SW. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on June 06, 2011, 20:46:07 PM
I do envy you being minutes away Mark  :P
- will try and get there Wed after work - I may have to leave my gear at the security gate house in work as the car was 25 degrees inside when I got in after work today - not going to leave my gliders in that during the day.

yup - the Meio likes Wildthings Chuck. first thing I ever took up there was a wildthing.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on June 06, 2011, 20:54:30 PM
I do envy you being minutes away Mark  :P
- will try and get there Wed after work - I may have to leave my gear at the security gate house in work as the car was 25 degrees inside when I got in after work today - not going to leave my gliders in that during the day.

yup - the Meio likes Wildthings Chuck. first thing I ever took up there was a wildthing.

I suppose I am spoiled really by having the Meio so close to hand and working very early hours. :af

Look forward to seeing you if you make it on Wed Chris, maybe Steve can make it too, forecast is looking damn good so far. :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on June 06, 2011, 23:14:37 PM
I suppose I am spoiled really by having the Meio so close to hand and working very early hours. :af

Look forward to seeing you if you make it on Wed Chris, maybe Steve can make it too, forecast is looking damn good so far. :)

Hi guys

I went up the Meio after work this evening, gave the Wildthing a chuck and it was ok, but the Hawk prefered the conditions better until about 8.30 when the sun was getting low and the lift began to die off. But by heck was it cold up there, and this is June?

Unfortunately I can't make Wednesday, but if you're going any other time, give me a shout. I will always join you if I can.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on June 07, 2011, 11:01:08 AM
Will probably be at the Meio around 4pm today
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on June 07, 2011, 11:05:29 AM
Will probably be at the Meio around 4pm today

I don't get home from work until about 6pm  :'(
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on June 07, 2011, 20:26:42 PM
I don't get home from work until about 6pm  :'(

Hope you got to the Meio Steve, I had around two hours of strong lift but it was bloody cold and I forgot to take a jacket! :banghead:

Should be there again tomorrow if the weather holds out - hope to see you there.

Mark
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on June 07, 2011, 22:19:29 PM
Thinking of heading to Rhossili on Thursday, anyone keen?

I am going to try the dunes at the base of Rhossili for some low-slope racing practice first thing and then head up the top after a little bit. Drop Mia off at Nursery and head straight there, should be there from about 8.30  ^-^

Looking forward to spending a day on the slopes instead of in front of the poota screen :co
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on June 07, 2011, 22:54:03 PM
Hope you got to the Meio Steve, I had around two hours of strong lift but it was bloody cold and I forgot to take a jacket! :banghead:

Should be there again tomorrow if the weather holds out - hope to see you there.

Mark
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Hi Mark

Work commitments prevent me from getting there tomorrow but I'm free after 6 the rest of this week and of course the whole days of the weekend although the weather is looking pretty rubbish.

Steve
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on June 07, 2011, 23:44:45 PM
Thinking of heading to Rhossili on Thursday, anyone keen?

I am going to try the dunes at the base of Rhossili for some low-slope racing practice first thing and then head up the top after a little bit. Drop Mia off at Nursery and head straight there, should be there from about 8.30  ^-^

Looking forward to spending a day on the slopes instead of in front of the poota screen :co
See ya on the top  :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on June 08, 2011, 07:00:03 AM
excellent :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on June 08, 2011, 07:40:33 AM
I'll be there (as usual!) from about 10.00 up until about 1.00 then I'm off to baby sit my grandson.

On Monday eight hangliders arrived at the top- I wandered over for a chat, they were mainly armed forces guys. They were a friendly bunch- the lift was great so no problem as they fly high and don't hug the ridge like some of the paraf*****s!

It'll be good to meet up with you both- long time no see! :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on June 08, 2011, 10:05:59 AM
I can't make the Meio this evening but I can tomorrow and the met office is saying WSW 12 - 26mph, so as long as that is correct I should be there by 7pm for 1 hours ish.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: lordelpus on June 08, 2011, 16:34:52 PM
i have a suspicion that Fr 800 driver or one of his gang were taking pics last friday at bwlch - if there are any pics of the cappuccino or the jart flying i would be interested to see them - it was an entertaining afternoons flying for a flat-lander [from guildford] makes my local slopes look a bit second rate - cant wait to get back to wales.

doug.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on June 08, 2011, 16:42:48 PM
i have a suspicion that Fr 800 driver or one of his gang were taking pics last friday at bwlch - if there are any pics of the cappuccino or the jart flying i would be interested to see them - it was an entertaining afternoons flying for a flat-lander [from guildford] makes my local slopes look a bit second rate - cant wait to get back to wales.

doug.

Hi Doug

I have some video, not of the cappuccino or jart, but general flying from Saturday which I'll try and sort out before the weekend.

Glad you liked our Welsh slopes  :af

Steve
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on June 08, 2011, 21:22:57 PM
Great afternoon at the Meio with Chris today - wind up to 30-35 mph and the lift was phenomenal! :af

Chris's Air One was just screaming about (can't wait to see the maiden of his Strega) the build that he has accomplished puts my skills with glue in the dark ages. :embarrassed:  More of the same tomorrow hopefully. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on June 08, 2011, 23:15:39 PM
Great afternoon at the Meio with Chris today - wind up to 30-35 mph and the lift was phenomenal! :af

Chris's Air One was just screaming about (can't wait to see the maiden of his Strega) the build that he has accomplished puts my skills with glue in the dark ages. :embarrassed:  More of the same tomorrow hopefully. :af

Sounds like you had a great time up there while I still had to work  :'(

I'll be there tomorrow at about 6.45 ish, if you're still likely to be there. :xx

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on June 09, 2011, 09:54:15 AM
I'll leave straight after work again - so if traffic at culverhouse and the M4 plays ball with me - I'll be at the Meio 5.30-5.45ish - Mark as well no doubt. Hoping for maybe a bit less bluster than yesterday - but lift was indeed imense. Cya there.

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on June 09, 2011, 19:02:37 PM
'Twas good today at Rhossili with Clayt and big Andy.
The early light lift increased, and the sun came through quite strongly, I had to drag mysel away at 1.00 to baby sit- hope you two had a good afternoon it was shaping up to be great!

Already fixed the Ferret with extra carbon re-inforcement at the "Achilles heel". Still, it's only a prototype.

Hopefully your Wasabi repair will be just as quick!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on June 09, 2011, 19:12:23 PM
Glad I didn't break it too badly Rog :ev
Had a great day today, it was fantastic to finally get back to Rhossili. I'll chuck together some video later.
The hangliderers were appreciative of the way we kept our eyes open for them and said thanks. The paragliderers even said goodbye! What's the world coming to :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Yoyo on June 09, 2011, 21:03:06 PM
Already fixed the Ferret with extra carbon re-inforcement at the "Achilles heel". Still, it's only a prototype.

If you didn't find the weak points by breaking it there was no point building a prototype...
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on June 09, 2011, 21:07:21 PM
Trying to get Rog to rename it the g-spot,When you see it you'll understand :o :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on June 09, 2011, 21:07:34 PM
Another good day at the Meio with Chris and Steve.

Minor incident with Chris's maiden of his Strega but nothing that can't be sorted, it was so damn sweet in the air! :af  Steve was wanging about with his Wildthing and (can't recall the name of the ultra light one mate $%&) strikes me that Steve is quietly getting addicted to sloping. :''

Really enjoying flying the Acacia these days (must not forget my lil' old Polecat), trying out a few new moves - and currently getting away with it (it'll all end in tears, I know) but great fun. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on June 09, 2011, 22:45:13 PM
Another good day at the Meio with Chris and Steve.

Minor incident with Chris's maiden of his Strega but nothing that can't be sorted, it was so damn sweet in the air! :af  Steve was wanging about with his Wildthing and (can't recall the name of the ultra light one mate $%&) strikes me that Steve is quietly getting addicted to sloping. :''

Really enjoying flying the Acacia these days (must not forget my lil' old Polecat), trying out a few new moves - and currently getting away with it (it'll all end in tears, I know) but great fun. :af

Oh yes, I'm quietly getting addicted to sloping  ::) Thoroughly enjoying flying with you two guys but will have to get myself a model that can keep up with you two racers  :af

Weather permitting I will be back at the Meio tomorrow around 4.15 ish and the Bwlch on Saturday from around 9am. :af ;D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on June 10, 2011, 17:06:25 PM
Steve - we were discussing gliders yesterday that were epp but not delta and full 4 servo control - I suggested the windrider Fox may be a candidate - have a gander at the ST fox thread from Rog - (though I'm guessing you've already been there ;)  )
http://www.rcmf.co.uk/4um/index.php/topic,83371.0.html (http://www.rcmf.co.uk/4um/index.php/topic,83371.0.html)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on June 10, 2011, 17:14:28 PM
Trying to get Rog to rename it the g-spot,When you see it you'll understand :o :ev


OOOOHH Betty!!  :o :D

(http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/ae103/cliffhanger_02/002.jpg)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on June 10, 2011, 17:17:40 PM
Looking like Mickeys tomorrow with sunshine  and rain moving in by the mid/late afternoon. Light winds - I'm wondering if we may have to share the skies with the dubri wotsits  ::)
Anyway - I'll bring something light as well as the usual if I can.
I'm going to try and get this long awaited Blaster2 Fuse and tail set replaced in the next few hours
If its looking very light - the M60 may stay in the garage and i'll bring the blaster or the easyG to keep the 3M's company instead. Always a pity to drive for an hour and not have the right stuff innit.

Wheras I general dont do Saturday mornings due to 3am go-to-beds on a Fri night - I may try 'n make the effort as Sunday looks like a complete washout (ok - maybe there by mid-dayish) ;D

Chris
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on June 10, 2011, 21:00:31 PM
Steve - we were discussing gliders yesterday that were epp but not delta and full 4 servo control - I suggested the windrider Fox may be a candidate - have a gander at the ST fox thread from Rog - (though I'm guessing you've already been there ;)  )
[url]http://www.rcmf.co.uk/4um/index.php/topic,83371.0.html[/url] ([url]http://www.rcmf.co.uk/4um/index.php/topic,83371.0.html[/url])


Chris - Yes I've been looking at the various versions of the Fox. I've been thinking more about what I like to do flying wise and so what would suit me. With my flat field IC stuff I tend to be a bit of a speed freak, chucking in a few aero's here and there and chasing my mates model around, almost pylon racing. With this in mind I'm thinking that maybe am EPP60 pylon racer may be better for me, Maybe an M60, but I'll think about it a while more.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on June 10, 2011, 21:04:58 PM
Looking like Mickeys tomorrow with sunshine  and rain moving in by the mid/late afternoon. Light winds - I'm wondering if we may have to share the skies with the dubri wotsits  ::)
Anyway - I'll bring something light as well as the usual if I can.
I'm going to try and get this long awaited Blaster2 Fuse and tail set replaced in the next few hours
If its looking very light - the M60 may stay in the garage and i'll bring the blaster or the easyG to keep the 3M's company instead. Always a pity to drive for an hour and not have the right stuff innit.
 to
Wheras I general dont do Saturday mornings due to 3am go-to-beds on a Fri night - I may try 'n make the effort as Sunday looks like a complete washout (ok - maybe there by mid-dayish) ;D

Chris

I'll be at Mickeys tomorrrow  :af And as there are supposed to showers later, I'm going to aim to get there early, about 9am to take advantage of hopefully some dry weather. I can have a lay in on Sunday  :co

See ya there  :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on June 11, 2011, 06:57:41 AM
Should be there around 11 for some slope fun. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on June 11, 2011, 22:04:40 PM
OK - I'll kick off the Bwlch report then  ;)

An interesting and on occasions frustrating day at the Bwlch.

Steve got there with the larks at least two hours before me - Mark sometime in-between.
When I arrived the lads were on Mickey's - and as I got to the midpoint we decided Mickeys West was the best place to be.
A nice stroll and the lift was great - then the rain came. Mark had an intersting time walking backwards up the slope with heavy hailstones pummelling his mask to try and land the Acacia 2 in near non existant visibility. Top effort Mark  :af

The wind at this point got some North in it and Mickeys was almost impossible as was the driving rain.

We made the long walk back to the ice cream car park and waited for the squall to blow over. After it did the wind went a bit tragic.
Concensus was - it had some North in it, so another walk - this time to the ice cream slope. Hardly a breeze at all - just enough for the Blaster 2 to have a few outings - but nothing else. The wind changed yet again back to Mickey's - so off we we stomped off to the mid point of that slope yet again. Mark and Steve showed some patience while old fatty asthma chops here struggled for pace walking back up Mickey's. Ta guys :)
Mickeys - part 2 - Intermittent wind on and off the slope with thermals rolling in on occasions.

Mark did a great emergency slope edge landing when the left just vanished and left his acacia gasping for air on the edge. nosed up over the edge and glided in with crow a few meters from the edge.
Again the blaster 2 and Steve's Hawk were the flavour of the hour for a bit. Then shortly after Steve left - the wind picked up and the Strega and Acacia came out to play for a bit. Much better lift and on the face for the final 1/2 hour of the day. (sorry you missed that Steve). Thrilled with the Strega! the speed is fantastic - I just need buckets of air time to grow in confidence!

I haven't done this much exercise for yonks - gunna feel it in the morning. Pity the weather was topsy turvy - but great company, great scenery, and a top day out all the same.

Chris
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on June 11, 2011, 22:23:42 PM
glad your day ended with a great 1/2 hour :ev

the Bwlch can be a pretty 'interesting' place ;D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on June 12, 2011, 00:09:45 AM
Well I certainly enjoyed the day, and the company and getting there very early too :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on June 12, 2011, 06:57:53 AM
Yep, thoroughly good day with Chris and Steve at the Bwlch, talk about four seasons weather in one day and it was especially good to see Chris putting his Strega through its paces, it can really shift.  But................

I decided I hadn't flown enough so drove back to the Meio and quess what?. the lift was damn good, flew the old Acacia for a couple more hours (left the hill at 8:30), :af my knees sounded like a packet of Walkers crisps. :'(

Enjoyed the day, enjoyed the flying, enjoyed the company, couldn't ask for more really. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on June 12, 2011, 16:45:36 PM
The video I took at the Wrecker last weekend with Doug, the Cambridge boys and all the other visitors is now available to watch on the video channel  :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: lordelpus on June 13, 2011, 22:22:02 PM
ok put me out of my misery where is the video channel? i  cant find it chuck

doug.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Yoyo on June 13, 2011, 22:37:15 PM
ok put me out of my misery where is the video channel? i  cant find it chuck


It's this thread here:

http://www.rcmf.co.uk/4um/index.php/topic,53417.0.html (http://www.rcmf.co.uk/4um/index.php/topic,53417.0.html)

 
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: lordelpus on June 13, 2011, 23:58:28 PM
thanks yo yo
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on June 14, 2011, 16:41:59 PM
I need to make up a new tailfin for my Hawk wing, where do you guys get your correx from?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Yoyo on June 14, 2011, 22:05:15 PM
I need to make up a new tailfin for my Hawk wing, where do you guys get your correx from?

Signwriters will often have scrap but usually only in thicker sizes, 4mm and up.

Or just 'find' some signs on lampposts for events that have been and gone... and do your civic duty?

I believe you can buy it too... no idea where though  :''
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on June 14, 2011, 22:47:54 PM
I need to make up a new tailfin for my Hawk wing, where do you guys get your correx from?


Lots of eBay sellers - smaller sizes like these may suffice (not necessarily red tho)

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/5-SHEETS-RED-A3-CORREX-FLUTED-PLASTIC-4MM-700GSM-/220755906620?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item336613d03c (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/5-SHEETS-RED-A3-CORREX-FLUTED-PLASTIC-4MM-700GSM-/220755906620?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item336613d03c)

I may buy some bigger stuff for wing boxes - just need to figure how much to get as the bulkier stuff has a much bigger delivery cost.
Chris
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on June 14, 2011, 23:01:24 PM
Lots of eBay sellers - smaller sizes like these may suffice (not necessarily red tho)

[url]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/5-SHEETS-RED-A3-CORREX-FLUTED-PLASTIC-4MM-700GSM-/220755906620?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item336613d03c[/url] ([url]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/5-SHEETS-RED-A3-CORREX-FLUTED-PLASTIC-4MM-700GSM-/220755906620?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item336613d03c[/url])

I may buy some bigger stuff for wing boxes - just need to figure how much to get as the bulkier stuff has a much bigger delivery cost.
Chris


Chris

I just discovered www.sign-holders.co.uk (http://www.sign-holders.co.uk) who do A4 x 3mm sheets at 3.99 per sheet

Steve
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on June 14, 2011, 23:07:30 PM
Chris

Forget what I just said, they wanted 11.40 delivery. I'll have a search for an old for sale sign.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on June 14, 2011, 23:10:39 PM
Found your thread guys. I'll be at rhossili tommorrw and thurs from 10 ish. Wind wsw
10mph plus :) if you see me flying the wing again, introduce yourselves. Hope tommorrow is also epic...
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on June 15, 2011, 06:51:41 AM
Jim, the conditions look perfect for hangliders and paragliders.
We have worked pretty hard to get a good relationship with the local paragliders and hangliders and we try to fly in areas that keep safety in the forefront.

PLEASE do not fly from the pimple.

Even the trig point gets very crowded when there are good conditions for paragliders, so for safety sake, please walk that extra hundred yards or so. Another added benefit of flying where others normally are is that people can help you to keep an eye on air traffic.

Anyway, I don't feel like flying around wound up paragliders so I will be at Southerndown trying out my local round topped cliff for VTPR
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: fr800driver on June 15, 2011, 07:43:38 AM
Chris

Forget what I just said, they wanted 11.40 delivery. I'll have a search for an old for sale sign.

Thats more like it! :af

Great vid and some superb flying!!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on June 15, 2011, 09:44:21 AM
Confused by the last post - which vid?    :D

If ya do fly Rhossili - have a good one jim, heres hoping you get space to fly and air traffic control do a fine job.

"Anyway, I don't feel like flying around wound up paragliders so I will be at Southerndown trying out my local round topped cliff for VTPR"
Have fun on the cliff Clayts - I still haven't lobbed anything off Southerdown.
Possible day off tomorrow and was wondering about the hour and a half trip to Rhosilli - but given lots of paragliders (I'm very wary of busy busy skies) and maybe showery weather - I may hope the clouds stay up high and go for several hours of 3M moulded praccy on Mickeys instead. I suspect the weather will drive my decision one way or the other. (been caught out with clag and rain the last few visits)

Mark - Boot is full of Gliders, so if rain holds off - will head for Meio on the way home from work usual time.

Chris
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on June 15, 2011, 17:05:03 PM
Come to Southerndown Chris, the low cliff isn't that daunting mate and the landing's are pretty nice too. Less chance of clag too. Hopefully see you there?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Yoyo on June 15, 2011, 18:17:50 PM
Come to Southerndown Chris, the low cliff isn't that daunting mate and the landing's are pretty nice too. Less chance of clag too. Hopefully see you there?

Absolutely, I've flown Southerndown and it is actually quite accessible much further out from the 'edge' than you'd expect, once you get out there.

Eyeboy lost his FA-18 there with a duff AR6250 rx, and I was sure he had lost it in the sea. But 'luckily' he walked down and managed to collect the bits...

 
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Eyeboy on June 15, 2011, 18:37:25 PM
Yes, a "lucky" day indeed! Spektrum were kind enough to give me some goodies though so it wasn't all bad.
 :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on June 15, 2011, 18:40:41 PM
Rhossili report. Well I can report another great day on the cliffs. I got there about 11.30 just a's the sun came out. Hiked up the trig point and lobbed off. And no paragliders. There was some mist that came and went making flying challenging. Hasty landing were sometimes required when clouds descended. But still a great day. Had a slightly heavy landing on the m60 and cracked and aileron :( will be there tommorrow weather permitting. When the mist finally cleared the paragliders turned up at 5pm. Luckily that was hometime for me. I can see what you mean, they are a real pain. One sore point on a great site.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on June 15, 2011, 19:26:41 PM
See you at Southerndown then chaps :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on June 16, 2011, 09:22:28 AM
Is Southerdown ok on a WSW. I always imagined a S or SW was where its at  $%&
Any I'm up for it for a few hours - do I park at the top of Southerdown cliff overlooking the beach and walk right along the cliff - or continue to drive towards Ogmore and park in one of the areas by the wall / farm?
I'll figure it out - theres only one or two places along there to park ;)

Chris
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on June 16, 2011, 09:32:26 AM
south side of the farm mate. Park in the big grass area. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on June 16, 2011, 15:02:53 PM
Another great day on the downs. Had a good fly with Daniel from nuremburg and his home made balsa and foam glider. Had the hill to ourselves. No paragliders again. 
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on June 17, 2011, 10:43:08 AM
Who is flying on Sunday and where?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on June 17, 2011, 13:40:59 PM
It's "Daddy's Day" which means my two boys are taking me out for a meal and beers- (makes a change, it's usually t'other way round  :'')

Looks like a good westery with sunny intervals- Clayt tells me the Bwlch will be used for F3F racing on Sunday.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on June 17, 2011, 23:14:33 PM
 I'm told the Meio is the place to be on Sunday :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on June 19, 2011, 20:18:36 PM
Last day at rossili was another good un. 20 moh at the trig point. Westerly. Great flying. Few if us out again. Simon had a 5.5m pilatus b4 today. Scalie. I can say what a machine. I should know I also flew it! Epic.

Anyway, booking my next trip to gower a's we speak... July.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on June 19, 2011, 20:45:47 PM
Glad you had a great time Jim :af You were pretty blessed with fantastic conditions for most of your stay. Thanks for making the walk to the trig point too  ;)
Hopefully see you in July
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: conwysoarer on June 19, 2011, 22:49:27 PM
Had a good time flying the Hunts Farm slope on South Gower this afternoon in between visiting times at Singleton. I only have the Weasel with me as I flew down from Valley with only hand luggage. Would be good to meet up if any of you are flying in the Gower or Swansea Valley area over the next few days - I will be trying to get some flying in either mornings or late afternoons.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on June 20, 2011, 07:10:07 AM
Met up with Jim yesterday morning before I went for Fathers day lunch- luverly smoooth lift.
Next time down (his outlaws live in Mumbles) he 'll bring some other models to take advantage of the slope.

Jon- I'm always around so just say where you'll be flying and I'll try to meet up with you. Looks like S.W. or West for most of the week.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on June 20, 2011, 22:19:09 PM
Met up with Jim yesterday morning before I went for Fathers day lunch- luverly smoooth lift.
Next time down (his outlaws live in Mumbles) he 'll bring some other models to take advantage of the slope.

Jon- I'm always around so just say where you'll be flying and I'll try to meet up with you. Looks like S.W. or West for most of the week.

Did they sting you for the bill? ... I hope not.

Was good to watch you fly. Next time I'll bring my psycho and my 'new' (a's yet unpurchased 4m scalie..).
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on June 21, 2011, 22:43:41 PM
Flew my local slope today with the Psycho :(

Man it was poor.

Looking forward to next trip to Gower... :)

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on June 22, 2011, 08:30:24 AM
Last night I was out in Blaengarw which is the next valley west from The Bwlch. As I drove through the village there was this huge horseshoe shaped mountain with a very steel slope which would probably fly in south west to westerly. I've had a quick google of it this morning and it may be that there is vehicle access to the top from the road that goes past the Wrecker, there certainly isn't from the Blaengarw side but certainly worth investigating further.

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Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on June 22, 2011, 09:06:56 AM
Hi Steve,
Yes I mentioned this slope several months ago on the regional thread, and how you can get to it by parking on the road a few hundred yards West of where we park to fly the Crest of the Bwlch.

You then have to walk on a track past the telecom masts on your right, and onward to the top of the slope. It's about a 15-20 min walk.

I flew there once but the wind was too Westerly. It needs a S.W wind to blow up that bowl, which is ~900 ft above the village of Blaengarw.!
The next good wind direction will see me there again. The land ing is great- all soft grass.
Thing is most flyers would be using Mickeys on a S.W but it's good to try somewhere different :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on June 22, 2011, 09:29:24 AM
Hi Steve,
Yes I mentioned this slope several months ago on the regional thread, and how you can get to it by parking on the road a few hundred yards West of where we park to fly the Crest of the Bwlch.

You then have to walk on a track past the telecom masts on your right, and onward to the top of the slope. It's about a 15-20 min walk.

I flew there once but the wind was too Westerly. It needs a S.W wind to blow up that bowl, which is ~900 ft above the village of Blaengarw.!
The next good wind direction will see me there again. The land ing is great- all soft grass.
Thing is most flyers would be using Mickeys on a S.W but it's good to try somewhere different :af

Hey, thanks for that. I'm just going to have to give that a go, it looks amazing  :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on June 22, 2011, 11:26:42 AM
Ok guys, being a typical Libran I'm struggling to make a decision on model choice for my first mouldie. I want a 60" with flaps. My 2 choices are ....... Flying Fish or ......... X Models Bladeer DS (the DS version has a 1 piece wing with flaps, the standard has a 2 piece wing but no flaps).

The Flying Fish is at least 40 cheaper if I buy it with servo boards and ballast tube, and that price difference could swing it unless the performance difference of the Bladeer is significant enough to warrant the extra cost.

So, over to you. Opinions please.  :co
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on June 22, 2011, 15:29:22 PM
Take a look at the RCRCM Sunbird from Sloperacer mate,absolutely love mine :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on June 22, 2011, 17:18:37 PM
+1 for the Sunbird.

Haven't owned one but seen Andy's fly quite a few times- impressive and its got good braking power wth those flaps.
Owned a Flying Fish for a while, now't wrong with it but would prefer a Sunbird.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on June 22, 2011, 17:24:14 PM
Andy, Clayt, anyone?
Rhossili is looking great for tomorrow, westerly be about 22-25mph.
(Was there today, just one lone H/Glider)

C'mon down- you know you want to!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on June 22, 2011, 19:40:46 PM
Remember how I was saying I had 5 gliders in flying condition last thursday? well by sunday I was down to one (just the Acacia II) :ev :ev So I will be trying to get my spare Skorp up and running tonight and tomorrow. If I get it done, I will stay local for a quick blat.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on June 22, 2011, 20:24:02 PM
What time tomorow Rog,got a couple of re-maidens almost ready to go and doc appt in the morning so i'll try and get down as soon as i can :xx
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on June 22, 2011, 20:39:06 PM
Reckon I'll get to the slope by around 11.00? I'll take maybe three models so as not too get bored- Ocelot for a bit of a burn up, Wasabi to act like a hooligan and the 2.6m Jedi for some slower aeros.

(Just a quick reminder to bring the ballast tube :af)

Clayt, Wot u been doin'- havin' a smashin' time?  :D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on June 22, 2011, 22:03:14 PM
Ok guys, being a typical Libran I'm struggling to make a decision on model choice for my first mouldie. I want a 60" with flaps. My 2 choices are ....... Flying Fish or ......... X Models Bladeer DS (the DS version has a 1 piece wing with flaps, the standard has a 2 piece wing but no flaps).

The Flying Fish is at least 40 cheaper if I buy it with servo boards and ballast tube, and that price difference could swing it unless the performance difference of the Bladeer is significant enough to warrant the extra cost.

So, over to you. Opinions please.  :co

Hi Steve, I have re-posted this in the main glider section as you will get a little wider opinion base. it is at this link http://www.rcmf.co.uk/4um/index.php/topic,84618.0.html (http://www.rcmf.co.uk/4um/index.php/topic,84618.0.html)
Don't be shy :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on June 22, 2011, 22:14:35 PM
Ok thanks Skip. I'm away on holiday next week so will probably order something on my return depending possibly on the comments. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on June 22, 2011, 22:24:20 PM
Ok thanks Skip. I'm away on holiday next week so will probably order something on my return depending possibly on the comments. :af
You'll get more comments if you give feedback and contribute :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on June 24, 2011, 15:27:59 PM
Hi Steve,
Yes I mentioned this slope several months ago on the regional thread, and how you can get to it by parking on the road ...
I flew there once but the wind was too Westerly. It needs a S.W wind to blow up that bowl, ...

Rog,

Do you think a WSW would be worth a try - just wondering about Sat being worth a go as The Bwlch usual slopes will of course be chocka with F3F comp.

I'm still wondering how to make the most of Sundays hot Southerly wind as well. Not much locally - maybe an 'off' breeze at southerndown - possible Heol y Cyw (but not much cop if winds are light) - maybe I need to look further afield.... any ideas welcome.
Title: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on June 24, 2011, 15:56:52 PM
Chris. Where would we go other than Meio if we don't try that Bwlch slope? I'll probably get up there for 9.30 ish anyway to give it a bash whilst your still snoozing :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on June 24, 2011, 18:55:28 PM
weather looks wet n cloudy 1st thing with the damp shifting eventually - better further east than west - could mean a claggy wet start to the Bwlch  - hopefully not given the comp up there.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on June 24, 2011, 18:57:44 PM
Guys, if you are flying near the Bwlch tomorrow or Sunday can you have a look at this frequency list and beware of clashes.
  1 Martin Newnham 2.4Ghz
2 Simon Thornton 2.4Ghz
3 Joel West 2.4Ghz
4 Ian Mason 82
5 Kev Knewton 77 / 68
6 Mike Evans 80
7 Frank Hulton 70
8 Greg Dakin 2.4Ghz
9 Jason Bioletti 2.4Ghz
10 Mark Abbotts 2.4Ghz/56
11 Tony Roberston 2.4Ghz
12 Mike Shellim 64
13 Rich Bago 2.4Ghz
14 Paul Stubley 65 / 88
15 Mick Walsh Synth
16 Peter Gunning 2.4Ghz
17 Clayton Landells 2.4Ghz
18 Dave Rumble 2.4Ghz
19 Keith Wood 2.4Ghz
20 Adam Richardson 2.4Ghz/Synth
21 Tom Foreman 2.4Ghz
22 Mark Redsell 2.4Ghz
23 Jon Edison 66
24 Paul Upton 2.4Ghz
25 Scott Ravenscroft 2.4Ghz
26 Paul Middleton 69 / snyth
27 Mark Treble 72
28 John Treble 84
29 Andrzej Tabero 89
30 John Phillips 2.4Ghz
31 Peter Burgess 2.4Ghz

Hope you have a good fly, wherever you choose :af

My gut feel is for a claggy and wet start to the day too :'(
Title: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on June 25, 2011, 09:56:57 AM
I left Newport cause the weather seemed to be clearing but as I drove along the M4 it just got worse. Can't see a thing from the top of Meio at the moment :(
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: conwysoarer on June 25, 2011, 18:15:17 PM
Anybody flown the coast near Limeslade? Its looking like SE tomorrow and been racking my brains to think of a SE slope not to far from Ynystawe, I have a bit of time to fly tomorrow but cant go to far.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on June 25, 2011, 19:29:24 PM
Yes I've tried it a couple of times approx one third the way between Limeslade and Langland.

It's more SSE, and landing is tricky as there's very little room at the top before fences and fields.

A much better place is to park at Penmaen where the post office used to be, and walk to the top of the headland which overlooks Three cliffs bay when you face S.E. Good lift and loads of landing room, if a bit prickly.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on June 25, 2011, 23:43:51 PM
So Mark - did you manage to throw your ballistic off anywhere - or did that clag hang about til nightfall. I gave up at the meio - headed towards southerndown / ogmore - but the rain followed me.

SSE tomorrow - maybe 10mph - gusting to 15. Bit limited for choice. Theres always the slope behind pencoed we went to once - or - I guess the Garth carries a SE. - will a SSE be ok I wonder? (havent even done a SE there yet). BTW - scouring Google earth i came accross a road (maybe a lane) that goes accross the top of Llysfaen hill/mountain (Craig Llysfaen) - off a road called Graig road (no sh1t sherlock). Roughly
51.558757, -3.173440‎
+51 33' 31.53", -3 10' 24.38"
Its not far from Caerphilly / your neck of the woods I guess - just on the north edge of cardiff - I may have to have a gander sometime - though maybe its private land  $%&

Shout for ideas flying tomorrow. There will be thermals :)

Chris
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on June 26, 2011, 05:32:41 AM
So Mark - did you manage to throw your ballistic off anywhere - or did that clag hang about til nightfall. I gave up at the meio - headed towards southerndown / ogmore - but the rain followed me.

Nah - clag didn't move, it's still there this morning! >:(

Will give the maps and Google Earth a good scouring to see if there's any decent slopes and let you know. $%&
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on June 26, 2011, 07:16:33 AM
Posting at 05.30- Don't you ever sleep!! :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on June 26, 2011, 08:15:10 AM
Posting at 05.30- Don't you ever sleep!! :)

Hey Rog - how you keepin' mate? :af

As you carry the title of "Slope Bhudda" ;D  any pointers for S.E. slopes? $%&
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: conwysoarer on June 26, 2011, 08:41:15 AM
Yes I've tried it a couple of times approx one third the way between Limeslade and Langland.

It's more SSE, and landing is tricky as there's very little room at the top before fences and fields.

A much better place is to park at Penmaen where the post office used to be, and walk to the top of the headland which overlooks Three cliffs bay when you face S.E. Good lift and loads of landing room, if a bit prickly.

I am probably going to try the Limeslade slope, I only have the Weasel with me so landing will not be an issue. I flew down last week and managed to sneak the weasel into my hand luggage. My mum was in hospital and it was only planned to be a short visit but sadly she passed away on Wednesday. I think I need to get out flying to help take my mind off things. When it swings NW I will hopefully get a chance to fly my first slope - Mynydd y Gwair again.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on June 26, 2011, 21:50:13 PM
Sorry to read about your Mum Jon, condolences mate.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on June 26, 2011, 23:54:22 PM
Sorry to here about your loss Jon.
I hope the wind plays ball and you manage to get out and fly soon enough.

Chris
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on June 27, 2011, 07:14:23 AM
Yes +1 there.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: conwysoarer on June 27, 2011, 07:43:57 AM
Thanks for the thoughts, with everything I didnt manage to fly coastal yesterday but had a good half hour or so on a SE facing slope I had forgotten about, you head up on to Mynydd y Gwair and park on the left just after the cattle grid, if you walk up the slope on the right walk east for about half a km and you arrive at a SE facing slope overlooking Lluast Lewis. The WEVO went well with some really strong thermals coming up from the fields below, I was joined by a pair of very vocal buzzards at one point and also a kite for a short while.
Title: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on June 28, 2011, 16:16:07 PM
Been out flying the Wildthing off Rame Head in Cornwall. My first time flying off sea cliffs, a bit scary or what but the lift was superb! I was joined in the sky by two Peregrin Falcons who came up for a nosey and began chasing the Wildthing as I was swooping and diving. Now that was cool :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on June 28, 2011, 17:25:37 PM
You sure they weren't seagulls? ;D :D
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on June 28, 2011, 20:18:48 PM
Sunday was such a superb day it was worth a mention  :af
Apart from being the first time I have flown the Garth of the south West slope - its possibly the first time I've been there in sunshine.
A Brilliant day up there with Mark maidening his ballistic and the Strega and Acacia 2 being flown for hours.
Gentle SSW (slightly off) breeze all day with some excellent thermals riding in almost every few minutes.
When not flying we watched in disbelief at the antics of a Paraglider. he was blown off his feet backwards about ten times attempting to launch.
I did a reccy in order to do the decent thing and find a spot 1/2 mile away - and on walking back was horrified to see him get blown twice on top of our models
fortunately just the canopy and string straddled the birds - he straddled somewhere else.. He did launch eventually - and managed one traversal of the slope - before ending up sinking into (safely it seemed into) into a field down in the valley.
We were far to dignified to cheer (as his peers were sitting next to us) - but Mark smiled so much his face nearly split into two.  ;D

I will be up there at the Garth again in a SW (better than the gamble you sometimes get on the corner in an Easterly ) - and would even try some gentle thermal hunting off the very top (where the slope is more gentle and two-stepped - and the breeze light but constant).

Definitely seemed like a different mountain to the one Ive seen before. In a bang on SW it will be quite excellent.
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Chris
Title: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on June 29, 2011, 13:47:21 PM
You sure they weren't seagulls? ;D :D
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Oh no, these were definitely Peregrins that had previously been chasing each other around the sky and making that classic bird if prey sound.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on July 07, 2011, 17:02:26 PM
Anyone interested, I've started a thread over on "the other side"
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on July 09, 2011, 22:50:32 PM
So where was everyone today? Just Mark and me at Mickey's  :co
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on July 20, 2011, 21:26:08 PM
Will be at the Bwlch tomorrow from 11 if anyone's bored and fancies some light wind sloping.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on July 21, 2011, 08:10:23 AM
Looks like westerlies at rosilli next week. What over directions can you fly there? Ne? Will be down next week.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on July 21, 2011, 18:48:11 PM
Cliffhanger or FWAL will be the best guys to ask :af
Bwlch was absolutely windless today         weird $%&         no fish maiden then        >:(
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on July 22, 2011, 22:40:26 PM
Hmmm. Wind might not be so good next week. Mitt need my floater. Bummer.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on July 23, 2011, 21:35:21 PM
Anyone got an Acacia II wing joiner for sale??? :'(
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on July 24, 2011, 11:52:06 AM
Just arranged with Cliffhanger,(his pc's in for repairs btw) gonna spend the afternoon at Rhossili if anyone fancies joining us.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on July 24, 2011, 19:48:17 PM
Pity i missed, was driving down. Heading to Rhosilli tomorrow/Monday. Prolly11am. Taking the psycho and acrostar this time. How was it today andy? Where is the backside parking if the church car park is full? Ie school hols.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on July 24, 2011, 20:07:35 PM
Great wind on Rhos' today,steady 10-15mph bang on with the odd wisp of low cloud blowing through,Rog flew his psycho and phoenix like the old pro he is,i flew my sunbird and maidened a s/h flying fish at last.Got a bit cocky with the fish and cartwheeled it off the back of a huge outside loop too close to the edge-no damage though,phew!Unfortunately around 3 we were joined by a paraglider who insisted on flying along the ridge directly in front of us.R-soul.The cloud started to descend about the same time so we packed up,hopefully it'll be quieter in the week :xx
Off most of this week so i'll try to get down to join you for a fly.
If the church car park's full you'll have to use the main ar park a bit further on :'(
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on July 24, 2011, 21:04:29 PM
Damn. Hate the paras. Hopefully will be quiet this week. This is why I avoid Sunday's a ros. I'll show you what the pycho flys like in the hands of a rank amateur... Hope to see you tomorrow. Good wind forecast. Ask rog to bring his stingray.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on July 25, 2011, 05:02:12 AM
Workin' Monday and Rog reckons the ray'll be ready in a couple of weeks,you flying there any other days this week?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on July 25, 2011, 08:28:44 AM
Yes. I'm here the week. Does rosilli 'generate' it's own sea breeze. What I mean is does it work when xc wind also says something ele. Let us know when/where you'll be flying.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on July 25, 2011, 12:18:10 PM
Week off for me too this week - and apart from fixing a flat garage roof with gunge whilst the weathers fine (all week it seems) - I shall be trying to fly. Probably spend most time up the Bwlch. Wind is sadly not quite as great as the sunshine this week - but hopefully OK high up. Nice lift on the IceCream slope  for an hour after the comp finished yesterday - back up there this PM as it looks on the Face - possibly Mark joining after work.

By nice to fly with ya both  some day this week - will watch the thread for info.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on July 25, 2011, 14:16:05 PM
Interesting today. Wind was poor so I took  hike up llanmadoc hill. Xc weather said 6mph nw Nice climb up here but when I got to the top wind was al 5 at westerly! So I had a go with the m60. Not great but kept me entertained for an hr. Now I'm in Rossili church car park waiting fir the clouds to clear! Will try and get a fly in late.Rossili seems to attractcloud cover later. will need to bear that in mind.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on July 25, 2011, 18:39:58 PM
Clouds cleared at 2pm so I hiked up the hill. Dead calm. Anyway I sat around for a while and admired the view for a while. About 3pm the what I think is katiabatic wind hit. Gusting a whopping 5mph. Anyway I was here so chucked the psycho Off. Had a good two hours zipping around in low lift, got in a few aeros. Even better was there was not enough wind for the paras so I had the hill to myself. Had a lot of north in it. Good for ridge running. Will be there timmorrow weather/wind permitting.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on July 25, 2011, 21:09:33 PM
Jimbo- as you prolly know, looks like a very slack wind week for slopin'- have you got any 'leccy toys or an Alula?

Looks like And and me had the best day on Sunday (Andy- it was the Jedi and Phoenix I was flying ;))

Sea breezes do set in in the mid/late afternoon, but these are often stronger a couple of miles inland.
Shame, at least it won't be raining!
Title: South Wales Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on July 25, 2011, 22:19:22 PM
Listen, dead calm on rhossilli is still better than 20mph on the local hill... I think I've sussed the sea breezes, will start heading over to Ross at 3pm. Todays lasted 2hrs. That's enough. I was chasing the buzzards and nearly managed a bunt. Not quite tho. Turned into a bunt will stall turn at top. Looked quite neat. The psycho enjoyed it and so did I.
Title: South Wales Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on July 25, 2011, 22:22:55 PM
Ps. I even got the psycho specced out. In 3mph. Flying the ridge towards llanmadoc to get the northerly.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on July 26, 2011, 08:19:47 AM
PS. there is only one "L" in Rhossili, otherwise you'd be spitting your front teeth out like saying Llanelli! :D ;D
Title: South Wales Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on July 26, 2011, 09:16:55 AM
A little more wind today. My question is - is it going to be nnw like it says on xc, or is it going to be flyable westerly on rhossili.
Title: South Wales Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on July 26, 2011, 09:22:29 AM
Like it was yeaterday
Title: South Wales Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on July 26, 2011, 19:57:21 PM
Perfect. Had a fabulous evening. Light winds, sun, great scenery and a great plane. Was soaring with the birds. Huge flock out today at the trig point must of been hundreds. Nearly lost the psycho in them. Had a good two hours, then noticed ailerons getting sluggish. Anyway came in for a hasty landing and found out that I've stripped a gear! So psycho is out of action as there doesn't seem to be a model shop in Swansea! That's the sticks for ya. Anyway, Acrostar tomorrow though that needs a good blow. Will she how she likes the rhossili lift.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: cliffhanger on July 27, 2011, 07:33:55 AM
" So psycho is out of action as there doesn't seem to be a model shop in Swansea! That's the sticks for ya. "

Yeah- I wouldn't bother coming again.
Title: South Wales Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on July 27, 2011, 08:52:02 AM
I'm afraid with the inlaws living here I'm gonna be forced to visit. What a shame! There's a business opp for you there Rog, open a model shop. Anyway the evening flying seems to be working well. Day on the beach, then slope of to the slope about 4pm for some airtime. Hill flys great in light wind and crosswind keeps the paras on the deck and the hill to myself.
Title: South Wales Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on July 27, 2011, 17:41:34 PM
(http://tapatalk.com/mu/d4b7804a-3f05-2836.jpg)

I'm here and waiting for the sea breeze. Nothing yet. Not even I can chuck the acrostar off in nothing!

The paras just gave up.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on July 27, 2011, 23:25:28 PM
Might give VR/Ice Cream slope a go tomorrow pm if anyone fancies some light wind action
Title: South Wales Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on July 28, 2011, 10:24:46 AM
Heading to rhossili
After lunch today. Looks like a good 10mph from nw today.
Title: South Wales Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on July 28, 2011, 18:27:00 PM
Well I flew the acro star in
A 7mph northerly on rhossili. Ok the air was poor and the lift was sketchy. It reminded me of my local hill.. With better views of course. So locals, see you there tomorrow!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on July 28, 2011, 20:38:48 PM
Sorry haven't been up Jimbo,managed to do something nasty to my back yesterday morning,i had hoped to do some park n fly on vr98 this afternoon but wasn't up to it and i need to try and get fit for work tomorrow night so i suppose my next chance will be Sunday.Glad you've got some airtime this week :af
Title: South Wales Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on July 28, 2011, 21:08:29 PM
Ouch. That hike up to the top isn't too smart when you're feeling rough. Anyway today was rubbish, for you locals, but good enough for a midlander, used to poor lift :) it was that poor had to make a few hasty landings when the sink hit. Still I can't grumble, took the family up there today, with surface and air cam, so hopefully got some good pics and a vid.
Title: South Wales Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on July 28, 2011, 21:12:42 PM
Btw andy what did you think of that eBay item?  Doesn't say if it has a retract though. Would be perfect on the down.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on July 28, 2011, 21:45:00 PM
Btw andy what did you think of that eBay item?  Doesn't say if it has a retract though. Would be perfect on the down.
It's a quality piece of kit by the look and sound of it,not much money around right now so it might go cheap :xx
Title: South Wales Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on July 28, 2011, 22:59:30 PM
Has a reserve of 485. So not that cheap anyway.

Also suspect is that the make of servos is non shown. May be cheap rubbish and need replacing.
Title: South Wales Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on September 02, 2011, 19:00:53 PM
Good flying on the cliffs today. Thanks all for the company! Hope to see marks video compilation shortly.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on October 26, 2011, 18:39:28 PM
Quiet 'ere innit :-X
Title: South Wales Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on October 28, 2011, 18:47:04 PM
Innit just. You been flying much or it been too windy down by the coast?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on October 29, 2011, 19:25:44 PM
Nah,just got too much on at the mo',looking forward to getting back on the hills.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Big Phil on October 30, 2011, 08:58:21 AM
Morning All.
Who has flown off Twmbarlwm, above Cwmbran?
I'm newish to sloping, present fleet is Zagi, W.T & a Weasel for the lighter winds(yet to maiden)
I'm looking for a slope to fly on a southerly wind that is closer to Cwmbran than Bwlch or Southern Down.
Any other recommendations will be greatly received.
            Thanks guys.
                               Phil.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Big Phil on November 01, 2011, 11:57:08 AM
I was recommenced  Grey Hill near LLanvair Discoed by cliffh but have not been successful in finding the access route.    :-\

Phil
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Mike_T on November 01, 2011, 23:34:47 PM
Morning All.
Who has flown off Twmbarlwm, above Cwmbran?
I'm newish to sloping, present fleet is Zagi, W.T & a Weasel for the lighter winds(yet to maiden)
I'm looking for a slope to fly on a southerly wind that is closer to Cwmbran than Bwlch or Southern Down.
Any other recommendations will be greatly received.
            Thanks guys.
                               Phil.

Rather you than me.  The nearest access I know of is via Cwmcarn Scenic Forest Drive.  You park-up near the western end then climb up - it's a man killer!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Big Phil on November 03, 2011, 11:42:39 AM
Cheers tekiM.
              I've found access on the Risca side up Pontymason Lane and then onto Mountian Road I think its called.
Then about a 15min walk to the peak.
I went up there a couple of days back only to be greeted by low cloud, have you flown off there?

             Phil
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Mike_T on November 03, 2011, 12:50:50 PM
Nope. Had enough problems hauling myself up, let alone any gear!  I'll try the access from the other end some time, though, just to scope it out.  I'm in Cardiff so Meio and Southerndown are much more convenient for me...

Mike
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: AJH on November 03, 2011, 15:38:02 PM
"I've found access on the Risca side up Pontymason Lane and then onto Mountian Road I think its called."

That's the route I used  a couple of decades or so ago when I flew there regularly.  From memory, it works best S to SE.

AJH
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Yoyo on November 03, 2011, 17:06:32 PM
"I've found access on the Risca side up Pontymason Lane and then onto Mountian Road I think its called."

That's the route I used  a couple of decades or so ago when I flew there regularly.  From memory, it works best S to SE.

I wish I'd been into sloping when I lived in Risca for a year or so... there were some good looking slopes up by the three aerials but I didn't know what to do with them then.

What a waste!
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on November 05, 2011, 11:01:25 AM
Decent N for Vr98 tomorrow,anybody else fancy it?
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Big Phil on November 05, 2011, 17:21:24 PM
 Working........ :'(

                   Phil
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on November 05, 2011, 18:24:29 PM
Decent N for Vr98 tomorrow,anybody else fancy it?

See you there Andy! :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on November 09, 2011, 08:59:47 AM
I'm not sure if this is a diferent link to Rog's posted a while back (his was a cam from the paraglider club I think) - anyway - the NantyMoel weather station is very useful for those of us who frequent the Bwlch.

Home
http://www.nantymoel.co.uk/index.php (http://www.nantymoel.co.uk/index.php)

Live weather stats - (updates every minute or two)
http://www.nantymoel.co.uk/wxlive.php (http://www.nantymoel.co.uk/wxlive.php)

The WebCam
http://www.nantymoel.co.uk/wxwebcam.php (http://www.nantymoel.co.uk/wxwebcam.php)

A movie of the previous hours Webcam summarised into 6 seconds
http://www.nantymoel.co.uk/wxvideo2.php (http://www.nantymoel.co.uk/wxvideo2.php)

Marvellous isnt it - first real week off work since last Christmas and apart from 2 hours on Monday -  its easterlies, fog mist and rain all week :(. Fingers crossed for a better day Friday maybe.
  :xx
Chris
Title: South Wales Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on November 09, 2011, 09:05:11 AM
You need to take the time off in
Summer, to avoid the mist and rain, but then you'd be avoiding pesky paras instead :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Mike_T on November 09, 2011, 13:23:56 PM
Pontlottyn is good for easterlies - drive up, park up, launch  :)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on November 09, 2011, 17:53:42 PM
Is that the one the SWSA calls Fochriw?
http://mikey.rchomepage.com/fochriw.htm (http://mikey.rchomepage.com/fochriw.htm)

I havent tried that yet - but it would be a no go in this weather anyway. I may give it a try if the rain will hold off for a bit - looks like more heavy rain for most of tomorrow up that way and in SE wales. I wonder if those coves at oxwich that face east are any good or are they just sand dunes I wonder - may be tempted to at least try and get the west side of the rain band tomorrow after mid-day (clutching at straws a bit now).
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Mike_T on November 09, 2011, 18:00:31 PM
That's the one.  I was going to refer to it as Fochriw, but the slope actually overlooks Pont and Abertysswg.  The slope opposite works quite well in  a NNW'er.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on November 10, 2011, 11:28:11 AM
Marvellous isnt it - first real week off work since last Christmas and apart from 2 hours on Monday -  its easterlies, fog mist and rain all week :(. Fingers crossed for a better day Friday maybe.
  :xx
Chris
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Chris

Have you tried Manmoel which overlooks Ebbw Vale and Cwm? Thats ENE - ESE

Steve
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on November 10, 2011, 14:33:40 PM
Decided on Pontadowe. Tis excellent here. Sharing the skies with many kites and other birds of prey. Worth the effort  :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Big Phil on December 08, 2011, 08:42:39 AM
At last my my weekend off work is nearly here,   :D       I only get 1 off a month, >:(        so hopefully we will be blessed with decent weather on Sunday.  :)

Phil

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Mike_T on December 08, 2011, 18:59:29 PM
According to Dopey Derek, the better day is going to be Sat - cold, dry, SSW 10.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 27, 2011, 14:35:19 PM
not sure if I like the idea of two forums, too much cutting and pasting ......... anyway.

Just gave myself a quick lunch break and sprinted (metaphorically) down to Southerndown for a quick blat with the Wasabi.
 
I learned 3 things in a very short space.
 
1. you dont need a fancy rig for a head-cam, strap-o-goggles with hand-held mirror for alignment works a treat (with Xacti lookalike)
 
2. Symmetrical sectioned aerobats arent awe-inspiring in 5 mph
 
3. Launching above mentioned aerobat off coastal cliff in 5 mph slightly crossed gets the ole pucker puckering.
 
More on my blog tonight, hopefully including video
Title: South Wales Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on December 27, 2011, 15:12:26 PM
Skip no one is using this any more. All on the other side.

No doubt 20 posters will start posting..
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 27, 2011, 15:28:05 PM
When I started this thread, I reckon I replied to at least 75% of my own posts  :af :ev
Some of the guys who I fly with, don't look at the other sides.
Now there is at least me, you, yoyo (always chimes in eventually).
I found that even if I didn't get any replies, the people who wanted the info got it.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Yoyo on December 27, 2011, 15:56:21 PM
Now there is at least me, you, yoyo (always chimes in eventually).

 :embarassed:  I like to think it's only when I have something to add  :embarassed:

Anyway, I've flown briefly at the Bwlch (in the Cllag) and at Southerndown, and I lived in Risca for a year, so I'm sort of an honorary South Wales Sloper, aren't I?

I agree that a lot more poeple read these groups than post on them, it's the same in the Cotswolds regional group.

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Big Phil on December 27, 2011, 16:49:58 PM
Anyone flying up the Meio or Eglwysilan Common tomorrow AM?
If the rain clears there will be 2 and of us up there having a dable.    ;)

Phil
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on December 27, 2011, 19:40:23 PM
Hi Phil,
Mark (nucleardwarf), Chris (ChrisintheVale) and Clive (CliveHenryJones) quite often fly at the Meio and I'm sure a PM to  any of them will get a response and some extra company :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on December 27, 2011, 21:20:17 PM
Yup,

Myself and Mark will be at Meio tomorrow. Bwlch will be F3F'd comp'd out (or Blown out - if the winds do indeed go much past 50mph). Good time at Back of Wrecker today - Wind was ok - though lumpy and wild at times - and rotor slightly damaged a few of the practising F3F'ers expensive toys during landings.

Still havent thrown my big ones off at Southerndown yet Clayts - the F-Fish is as brave as I have gotten so far.

Weather looks OK tomorrow Phil - will try and make the most of it for a few hours as its a pretty tragic looking weather chart for the remainder of the week and start of weekend :(

(I always pop back here for a read - I dont mind a foot in each camp  :) )
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on December 27, 2011, 21:54:46 PM
I'll be there tomorrow  :af
Title: South Wales Slopers
Post by: slopeflyer on December 27, 2011, 22:16:52 PM
Busy busy!
Have a good fly tommorrow.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on December 28, 2011, 15:04:16 PM
Big Phil and I headed up the Meio this morning but the wind was westerly and off the face so we headed on a couple more miles to Eglwsilan Common. The wind was in excess of 20mph, smack on the face with great lift. We had a good few hours with only one slight rain shower.  :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on January 05, 2012, 12:28:34 PM
Weather looking good for the weekend chaps  :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on January 06, 2012, 00:26:15 AM
Rhossili tomorrow from 10:30 anyone? me an' Rog will be there.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on January 06, 2012, 10:09:02 AM
Looks like being the Ice Cream slope tomorrow, but with winds forecasted as up to 18mph on XC at St. Athen, it may be a little to windy to maiden my Speedo. May have to wait till Sunday.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Mike_T on January 06, 2012, 16:25:53 PM
I don't know how accurate this is, but this is right 'on target' for you:

http://www.windfinder.com/forecast/nantymoel (http://www.windfinder.com/forecast/nantymoel)

If you click on "Google map", it'll show you where this particular "weather station" is located - anyone know if its actually, physically there?  Bloody convenient if it is!

rgds,

Mike
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Big Phil on January 06, 2012, 19:55:57 PM
Roll on Sunday.   :)
Fetch the cam-corder  Steve.
Looks like Meio or Eglwislan mate.
Anyone else coming  out to play up that way first thing Sunday ( 9ish)

If you maiden the Speedo tomorrow,good luck and keep me informed.     :xx

Phil
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 08, 2012, 10:23:31 AM
Cliffhanger with Dorado on Rhossili Down (http://vimeo.com/34718547)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Zim on January 08, 2012, 12:14:24 PM
v nice mate  :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 09, 2012, 08:16:51 AM
Cheers Zim, here's another one, this time mainly Wasabi. Music is Muse with Showbiz.
Wasabi's first flight of 2012 (http://vimeo.com/34756417)
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Zim on January 09, 2012, 10:33:48 AM
LOL @landing comment! Looks like a good day mate.

Z
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on January 09, 2012, 15:25:44 PM
Nice one Clayt,great ad' for Wasabis.Quite fancy one myself now :'(
But can't have one
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: clayts75 on January 10, 2012, 08:11:46 AM
It was a nice morning Rick  :af

Screws getting tightened Andy? Or have you broken too many egg shells.

I'm designing some 'bubble-wrap' boots for around mine :ev
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on January 13, 2012, 20:18:57 PM
Crest looking epic for Sunday :af :uk:
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on January 15, 2012, 17:39:06 PM
Just a heads up - during an epic day with Roger, Steve and some lads from Bristol, I dumped my beautiful Balistik  :banghead: :banghead: on the cliff side of the far eastern side of the Crest. :'( :'( :'( 

If anyone is brave/crazy enough to get it I would be most grateful.  You can tell it's mine, it's got my name on it! :af

Mark.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on January 27, 2012, 08:30:39 AM
So with Sundays weather forecast not looking very favourable for flying, and a 4mph northerly forecast for tomorrow, is it even worth the trip to fly the VR98? $%&
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: ChrisInTheVale on January 27, 2012, 23:05:10 PM
Makes me wish I still had my Blaster - always the backup of choice for low/no wind days.
I will get a replacement in or before the spring...

 I think Mark is heading up about mid day - I will do the same and will chuck the EG pro in along with the carbon and glass. (if I could find the battery I'd even chuck the alula in).

Being the Bwlch - it could be anything from 4 to 15 up top - and with or without thermals.

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on January 31, 2012, 16:15:51 PM
Hey guys, check out the new Speedo Mk3, as close to a mouldie as you'll get I guess. Check it out

http://www.slopeside.co.uk/shop/aircraft/550~rcplspeedopro_xx~+Speedo+Pro+Mark+III+.html (http://www.slopeside.co.uk/shop/aircraft/550~rcplspeedopro_xx~+Speedo+Pro+Mark+III+.html)

Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on February 01, 2012, 13:10:24 PM
Just also heard a 2m version of the Speedo is to be released later this year with a 4 servo wing.
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: andrewmawr on February 04, 2012, 21:22:23 PM
Bwlch tomorrow anyone? :''
Title: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Chuck Glider on February 05, 2012, 01:27:02 AM
Bwlch tomorrow anyone? :''

Think I'm just going to have a couple of hours flying so will stay local and head up the Meio
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
Post by: Nucleardwarf on February 05, 2012, 07:48:53 AM
Think I'm just going to have a couple of hours flying so will stay local and head up the Meio

Might need to be very careful of the lanes heading up the Meio Steve, lots of snow and ice here right now.  If it eases up, I'll see you there. :af
Title: Re: South Wales Slopers
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