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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2680 on: September 02, 2017, 10:31:52 AM »
I had a fantastic long weekend at the Nats with 4 consecutive days of good flying weather. Lots of free flight mayhem. I also picked up this quarter scale pilot at the bring and buy incredibly cheap.
I had a great few days at the Nats as well!

I started off by visiting the Silent Flight Nationals at the new BMFA National Flying Centre at Buckminster where the 100 inch and 2 metre electric events were being held. Not many contestants but I did meet Steve Haley, one of the previous owners of Si's 'Fosa 2'. It's a lovely site with masses of room for flying and camping although as it was quite quiet there I decided to move on to the main Power Nationals site at Barkston Heath as I wanted to see the madcap free flight jamboree that evening. Photos and videos to be posted here later.

Met up with Sir Bob in the evening where he was to be found playing with his Coquette  :o,  which performed well as the sun set. His Ebeneezer also  strutted it's stuff over the weekend although he did have a mid-air collision with another f/f jobbie right above our heads luckily only minor damage was sustained to both models. Also bumped into Bob the following morning at the early start (7am!) Swap Meet where he obtained his pilot and I made a couple of purchases.

On the Show Line I watched the Ghost Squadron guys and gal perform one of their immaculate demonstrations of sailplane flying accompanied by a very poor commentary with rap background music - that guy will have to go!

Contrast that with the first class commentary on the Scale flight line - everything that you needed to know about each model, it's flight, relevent background information and details of the competition in general was given in a quiet professional manner. Excellent!

Also met up with David A who arrived at the RCM&E stand just as I did, after gathering lots of information and photos for the magazine.

On Monday I watched the final control line events and then called in to Buckminster to watch the F5J (up to 4 metre electric) and the F5K (DLG) events, the former being mainly for the old guys and the latter definitely for the young and fit!  ;D

In all a great weekend with an easy drive back to Kent with no traffic delays, most surprising for a bank holiday Monday evening. :)
« Last Edit: September 02, 2017, 17:45:17 PM by EricF »
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2681 on: September 03, 2017, 22:39:29 PM »
I had a great few days at the Nats as well!

I started off by visiting the Silent Flight Nationals at the new BMFA National Flying Centre at Buckminster where the 100 inch and 2 metre electric events were being held. Not many contestants but I did meet Steve Haley, one of the previous owners of Si's 'Fosa 2'. It's a lovely site with masses of room for flying and camping although as it was quite quiet there I decided to move on to the main Power Nationals site at Barkston Heath as I wanted to see the madcap free flight jamboree that evening. Photos and videos to be posted here later.

Met up with Sir Bob in the evening where he was to be found playing with his Coquette  :o,  which performed well as the sun set. His Ebeneezer also  strutted it's stuff over the weekend although he did have a mid-air collision with another f/f jobbie right above our heads luckily only minor damage was sustained to both models. Also bumped into Bob the following morning at the early start (7am!) Swap Meet where he obtained his pilot and I made a couple of purchases.

On the Show Line I watched the Ghost Squadron guys and gal perform one of their immaculate demonstrations of sailplane flying accompanied by a very poor commentary with rap background music - that guy will have to go!

Contrast that with the first class commentary on the Scale flight line - everything that you needed to know about each model, it's flight, relevent background information and details of the competition in general was given in a quiet professional manner. Excellent!

Also met up with David A who arrived at the RCM&E stand just as I did, after gathering lots of information and photos for the magazine.

On Monday I watched the final control line events and then called in to Buckminster to watch the F5J (up to 4 metre electric) and the F5K (DLG) events, the former being mainly for the old guys and the latter definitely for the young and fit!  ;D

In all a great weekend with an easy drive back to Kent with no traffic delays, most surprising for a bank holiday Monday evening. :)

Eric you are surely losing your memory as in your Nats Report you failed to recall this incident!

"Met Eric today at the Nats......sat down beside him (with beard) and he didn't twig who was talking to him so familiarly.....when he finally realised....he went into a laughing fit and couldn't stop!!!"
Rob Cavell.
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2682 on: September 04, 2017, 20:37:45 PM »
Yet another Senior Moment!  ;D ;D ;D

However I think I can be excused for not recognising Rob even though I have known him for over 40 years, as in his own admission it is the first time that he has ever grown a beard!
It certainly is a cracking disguise!  :af
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2683 on: September 09, 2017, 09:30:14 AM »
Looks like the Cows want a bit of flying action.

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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2684 on: September 09, 2017, 12:10:30 PM »
Looks like the Cows want a bit of flying action.

This years bunch appear to be very curious, we were there a few days ago flying combat down by the fence with our gear higher up, turned around to check and found they were all over our stuff, they crapped on Charlies Ahi fuz and slobbered all over the tx cases. Shooed them away but they moved a few yards and just stood there looking at us.


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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2685 on: September 09, 2017, 15:05:19 PM »
I landed a model in a cow field once. (Asked permission to fly there from the farmer) and a load of curious heifers started towards it. I waved my arms and shouted at them and they took flight and stampeded around the field for the next ten minutes....I got called John Wayne.

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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2686 on: September 09, 2017, 19:39:39 PM »
When one of my gliders landed in a field with heifers in it this lot did the opposite and they all stampeded towards me and I had to rapidly exit over a barbed wire fence! - Ouch!!
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2687 on: September 09, 2017, 21:55:49 PM »
This years bunch appear to be very curious, we were there a few days ago flying combat down by the fence with our gear higher up, turned around to check and found they were all over our stuff, they crapped on Charlies Ahi fuz and slobbered all over the tx cases. Shooed them away but they moved a few yards and just stood there looking at us.
. After i took the photo i decided to call it a day and they followed me to the gate, was getting a bit worried as they can do a bit of damage if they felt the need so Stampeed  ;D

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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2688 on: September 10, 2017, 09:04:33 AM »
. After i took the photo i decided to call it a day and they followed me to the gate, was getting a bit worried as they can do a bit of damage if they felt the need so Stampeed  ;D
The ones I stampeded ran round the outside of the field, right beside the fence, three times. Every time they came past at full gallop I got cries of 'yee hah' and ' go get em Big John...'  :embarassed:


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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2689 on: September 13, 2017, 19:21:08 PM »
50 mph gusting 55 today at Thurnham for me Charlie and Graham with our Wicked Wings.. Quite a bit of ballast added and a lot of mayhem.. Rain stopped play.. No trouble with the cattle today.

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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2690 on: September 14, 2017, 06:04:50 AM »
The two Wicked Wings I ordered have arrived, so yours is here when you want it Mark.  Both came with yellow and green tape so we may have trouble telling them apart!
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2691 on: September 14, 2017, 07:31:23 AM »
The two Wicked Wings I ordered have arrived, so yours is here when you want it Mark.  Both came with yellow and green tape so we may have trouble telling them apart!
Si

Not more Wicked Wings  :D The XL I suppose.. Looks like i'll have to get the XL, my normal one gets set upon by you bigger guys...

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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2692 on: September 14, 2017, 09:49:44 AM »
Does this mean I'm going to have to dust off the Wild Thing?
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2693 on: September 14, 2017, 13:09:09 PM »
The two Wicked Wings I ordered have arrived, so yours is here when you want it Mark.  Both came with yellow and green tape so we may have trouble telling them apart!
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That's no good for my Swiss design idea! I may have to buy some white tape...

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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2694 on: September 14, 2017, 21:39:42 PM »
Does this mean I'm going to have to dust off the Wild Thing?
I'll be joining you!
Wildthings rule don't they Paul!  :af :af :af
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2695 on: September 15, 2017, 07:26:00 AM »
Bring on the cannon-fodder!!!.....

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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2696 on: September 16, 2017, 21:08:26 PM »
I see that Simon has made it into the RCM&E again - two months in a row!!
Si has a mention in Simon Cocker's slope soaring column albeit with a shortened and mis-spelt surname. Mr Cocker was reporting the scale soaring event at Long Mynd in Shropshire that Si and I attended a couple of months ago and he said that Si did well to keep his Purbeck Fox airborne in the light conditions.
Maybe Si will feature again next month! ;)
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