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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!!!"
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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!
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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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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2697 on: September 24, 2017, 19:29:29 PM »
A cracking weekend's flying in good company.
Si, Mark, Joe, Charlie, Graham and I had a couple of excellent sessions on Saturday and Sunday in the warm south to south east breeze.
The new kids on the block, 'Wicked Wing' and 'Ahi' were flown by Si, Joe, Charlie and Graham over the weekend and very impressive they are. I shall resist the temptation to get either of them as I have too many models as it is.
i managed to fly my 'ASH 26', and 'Silent Dream' on Saturday and the 'Terry' and 'Wildthing' today and logged plenty of airtime.  :).
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2698 on: October 02, 2017, 14:14:23 PM »
Any of you guys looking for a cheap F3F Model
My Artist 3 Is now just a hanger filler
She has had a  small repair to wing leading edge but no damage to the spar and a repair to fuse just in front of the wings. all strong repairs
No SERVOS in her though
I could find some servos to chuck in her if needs be?
Great Plane, very well behaved, I have flown a 43 second run with her, so she is not slow. would be a good entry level F3F plane on just an amazing sports model, Good in light conditions as well
200.00
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2699 on: October 03, 2017, 07:41:22 AM »
Good planes, those Artist 3s. What are you flying for f3f Allen? I mean, is the Artist hangar filler because you have another f3f model you prefer flying, or because you're not doing much flying?

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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2700 on: October 03, 2017, 14:45:10 PM »
Good planes, those Artist 3s. What are you flying for f3f Allen? I mean, is the Artist hangar filler because you have another f3f model you prefer flying, or because you're not doing much flying?



A Needle 115 and a Needle 124
the 115 is a cross tail and the 124 is the V tail but the fuse is interchangeable so I tent to use the V tail on both and the Cross tail for sports flying 
Very tricky planes to set up right and to fly right if you want competitive times, but when you get both right they are outstanding planes
Im not sure if I will stick with them but they are a great part of my learning curve
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2701 on: October 03, 2017, 21:21:07 PM »
Ah yes, Needles, very fast.
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2702 on: October 07, 2017, 18:06:09 PM »
Another great day at the slope. Just look at these 5 Happy pilots, think the picture sais it all. Mostly Flying wings ruled the day with lots of very entertaining combat. Luckily Eric brought along a proper glider his Ash 26 flown  gracefully while the comabt was in full swing.

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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2703 on: October 08, 2017, 07:25:01 AM »
Did the big K8 fly or was it too wet / windy?
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2704 on: October 08, 2017, 17:42:43 PM »
Did the big K8 fly or was it too wet / windy?
No, all us sensible people kept our precious big scalies (K8, ASH25, Swift) in the car due to the almost constant light drizzle!

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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2705 on: October 08, 2017, 22:28:14 PM »
Another great day at the slope. Just look at these 5 Happy pilots, think the picture sais it all. Mostly Flying wings ruled the day with lots of very entertaining combat. Luckily Eric brought along a proper glider his Ash 26 flown  gracefully while the comabt was in full swing.
We all seem to be enjoying ourselves, apart from the guy on the end!
You've also managed to capture the landing hazards in great detail as well, Joe!  ;D ;D ;D

I see it's looking good for a session at Thurnham on Friday - hopefully I'll be able to get the '25' away then.  :xx
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2706 on: October 09, 2017, 19:21:58 PM »
We all seem to be enjoying ourselves, apart from the guy on the end!
You've also managed to capture the landing hazards in great detail as well, Joe!  ;D ;D ;D

I see it's looking good for a session at Thurnham on Friday - hopefully I'll be able to get the '25' away then.  :xx
I have a good eye for Detail Eric. I will have to work this weekend but hopefully not all of the day so will be late on if i get there. have a good day on Friday.
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2707 on: October 12, 2017, 17:42:25 PM »
Looking rather pleasant for a bit of sloping over the Friday Saturday Sunday Monday "weekend"!....

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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2708 on: October 12, 2017, 17:55:15 PM »
Looking rather pleasant for a bit of sloping over the Friday Saturday Sunday Monday "weekend"!....

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Certainly is Si, better get something charged up.. But tues, wed, thursday wasn't so bad either  :D

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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2709 on: October 12, 2017, 19:48:47 PM »
Anyone feeling strong enough to launch my ASH25 tomorrow?
Looks like it's going to be windy enough to get it away easily. :af  :xx
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2710 on: October 12, 2017, 20:36:56 PM »
I'll be up on the hill and happy to toss you off Eric!!
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2711 on: October 12, 2017, 23:41:23 PM »
Yes please!  :) :) :)
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2712 on: October 13, 2017, 08:05:20 AM »
I may or may not ascend Mt Thurnham today, around mid-afternoon, depending on how work pans out.

At the moment (8am Friday) the weather is pretty yucky (technical term) but the forecast is good.

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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2713 on: October 13, 2017, 12:09:46 PM »
It was wet and horrible so am now back home  >:(
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2714 on: October 13, 2017, 14:37:30 PM »
Yes, it is not looking as good as forecast here at 2.30pm, so I won't risk trekking out to Thurnham. That's the problem with living further away, I can only justify the trip if conditions are clearly looking good.
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2715 on: October 13, 2017, 17:31:46 PM »
It was OK later on in the day and we had a good fly, but probably not worth a long trek as the sky was grey and there was moisture in the air.

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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2716 on: October 13, 2017, 23:44:56 PM »
I arrived after you had left Paul, when the rain had stopped.
After Si left I had another flight with the 26 and another combat session with the WT.
The sun eventually shone through in the distance for a brief moment or two.
Pete and I were last to leave at around 4pm - a successful day's flying, chatting and drinking hot coffee in not the best conditions.
You made the right decision Gary, as the weather was mainly grey all day.  :af
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2717 on: October 14, 2017, 22:01:03 PM »
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2718 on: October 15, 2017, 09:13:52 AM »
You must have been on the late afternoon shift then Gary!
I clocked-out at about 2:30pm leaving one guy on the slope after having five there around mid-day.
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Re: The South East Flyers Thread Part 2
« Reply #2719 on: October 15, 2017, 19:30:23 PM »
Yes, I got there about 3pm. Quite nice conditions, I was surprised no one was there. Paragliders were there, they seemed to be having trouble as they always do! - perhaps the wind was just a fraction too high for them.
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