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Member postings for Harry Twist

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Thread: Bob's PSS Nimrod MRA4
29/07/2019 22:59:11

Looking good Bob! Looking forwards to seeing this one come to life!

Thread: An Introduction to the PSSA 2020 Mass Build Project
10/07/2019 21:20:09

Great introduction Phil, like Alan, I was also one of the lucky ones to enjoy a flight of the prototype. I'll be ordering!

Edited By Harry Twist on 10/07/2019 21:21:27

Thread: PSSA Gliding Events 2019
01/07/2019 23:17:55

Yep, a great weekend was had by all! Thanks to the Lleyn MAC club for use of their superb slopes and thanks to Phil for co-ordinating the weekend. An amazing range of models was on show - most of them getting plenty of airtime. Thanks also to Martin Gay for a twiddle on the Sabre sticks!  Couple of flight line shots from Sunday taken on my phone.





Edited By Harry Twist on 01/07/2019 23:21:55

Edited By Harry Twist on 01/07/2019 23:23:26

25/06/2019 11:06:43

Looking forwards to the weekend, got to dig out my camping gear!

Thanks for the link showing previous Lleyn event images Phil!

07/05/2019 16:05:44

Hi All, thanks for all the menu requests, I'll mail it all to the venue later this evening. Any last minute adds/adjustments please let me know. Here's hoping for favourable winds!

28/04/2019 11:20:03

Hope that's all clear and sorry for it developing into three posts! Let me know numbers and choices at your convenience.Time to get back to fixing my clipped wing Spit...

Edited By Harry Twist on 28/04/2019 11:20:46

28/04/2019 11:14:05

Roasted butternut squash and chilli soup £5.00

Salt baked celeriac, roasted shallot, charred apple purée, pickled apples £5.50

Warm salad of roasted beetroot, roasted garlic and goats cheese mousse and pickled beetroots £6.50

Pan fried cockles, leeks, laverbread and pancetta on fried bread, charred lemon £7.00

Honey and Sichuan pepper glazed pork belly, carrot - raw, roasted and puréed £8.00

Fillet of beef carpaccio, truffle mayo, rocket,pickled mushrooms £8.50

Pan seared scallops, poached Jerusalem artichokes, pickled shallots and Jerusalem artichoke purée £8.50

Pan fried devilled lamb’s kidneys and shredded heart on toasted bread £6.50


8oz /10oz beef rump steak, garlic mushrooms, hand cut chips and peppercorn sauce £17.00 / £19.50

Pan roasted rack of lamb, sautéed spring cabbage, pancetta, peas, spring onions, red wine jus£16.50

Pan fried fillet of salmon, crushed potato, chilli, crayfish tail and kale broth£15.75

Beetroot risotto, goats’ cheese, thyme and roasted garlic mousse, roasted beetroots £14.50

Smoked beetroot, black bean and lentil chilli with Thai black rice, hot flatbread and avocado cream £11.50

Pan fried duck breast, chorizo croquette, wilted spinach, roasted shallot, cherry and thyme jus £16.50

Pan fried fillet of hake, leek mash, poached free range hens egg, wild garlic and laverbread sauce £16.00

28/04/2019 11:04:13

Hi All, Well as the dust settles from a memorable first event of the year, the winds also gather for the second! The Bwlch PSSA weekend is only two weeks away on the 11th and 12th of May.

A few weeks ago whilst Phil was revamping the website I offered to book a table for the Saturday night group meal at the usual Pontypridd haunt - the 'Bunch of Grapes". They have now sent through their new menu - which I have pasted in below.(apologies for the format- that's how it came and I cant seem to amend it!)

So - if you fancy the meal, please make your choices and let me know, by PM (or publically if you want to let people know your dietary preferences!). We need to let the pub know by Tuesday 7th May ideally, final numbers and choices.

Wives, partners, friends, family, are also, of course,very welcome. Sit down time will be around 7.30 pm.

To confirm the location, its : The Bunch of Grapes, Pontypridd CF37 4DA. Its an easy place to find.

We are selecting from the "Evening Menu" - ( for info - this is not the same evening menu as you will find on the pub website, that has yet to be updated!).

This post has reached its maximum character number- so the menu is on the next post!

Keep reading....!

09/04/2019 23:33:51

Just to add to the above, twas a great weekend, with great company and fabulous flying over the east slope and pier. Thanks to Phil for organising and also to the photographers amongst us for sharing their handiwork. All in all a superb start to the 2019 PSS season!

Thread: Tornado GR4 (150%)
05/04/2019 17:40:47

Nice work on the canopies Ade, why three? One spare I assume! Hope to see you at the weekend.

Thread: Hawker Hurricane MK1
10/03/2019 20:24:48

Hi all, Thought I would add some final notes and comments to my build blog for the Hurricane PSS build.

The model did take its maiden flight at the PSS mass build weekend and has also flown a couple of times since. For me I find it an absolute joy in the air, it carries plenty of energy in flight, turns beautifully and flies with a very scale presence and scale speed ( ie not too quick!).

The model ended up at a final weight of 3lb 14oz.

The paint did finally harden off and is now protected under matt lacquer! The effect of the decals has impressed me, they bring the model to life - the long horizontal stripes were awkward to get right but I'm happy with the result.

So for anyone looking to have a go at a PSS build, I would say put the Hurricane on your short list! The path is trodden, 21 Hurricanes were successfully maidened in one day, and there's lots of people on here who I'm sure would offer support and help if needed during construction.

So finally - many thanks to Matt Jones for the concept and prototyping and to Phil Cooke for leading and driving the project along to its highly successful conclusion. Below are a few photos of the completed model and maiden launch ( credit to Phil Cooke for the two airborne photos and thanks John Hey for the launch!).

Pictures below:



hurricane launch.jpg

hurricane flyby.jpg

Fly by - wing lights... just visible!

Thread: A New Look website for the PSSA
22/02/2019 21:50:46

Hi Phil, the refreshed site is looking great. Looking forward to the launch. Many thanks to Peter, Warren and yourself for all your hard work

Edited By Harry Twist on 22/02/2019 21:51:18

Thread: PSSA pre-season get together - RAF Cosford - The Return!
05/02/2019 15:00:34
No problems in moving the canopies northwards Adie, the large Tonka's are being produced not far from me!

Edited By Harry Twist on 05/02/2019 15:01:55

05/02/2019 09:53:42

Great idea - count me in!


Edited By Harry Twist on 05/02/2019 09:54:06

Thread: New Years Eve 2018 / New Years Day 2019 PSSA Fly-In
31/12/2018 21:29:37

Fabulous flying today, dawn to dusk pretty much, with booming lift throughout, all this plus great company resulted in an excellent way to spend the last day of 2018. Happy New Year to all.

18/12/2018 12:08:06

I'm sorted... BMFA renewal done. Fingers crossed for good NY conditions. Here's a pic from last NYD.....

pss 005.jpg

05/12/2018 20:04:00

Hi All, I'm in ... both days if weather is on our side! Gt Orme or Bosley Cloud fine for me.

Thread: Using Ammonia.
28/11/2018 10:39:29

Have a look at the PSSA mass build Hurricane thread, ammonia is used very successfully to achieve some of the shapes in balsa sheet and in longerons.

Here are some things I would recommend:

Wear disposable gloves and use in a well ventilated area, or create an airflow using an electric fan

The fumes are powerfully strong - especially directly above any container the ammonia is in, if available wear a face mask/ or painting style respirator, keeping your nose out of the vapours!

Use neat and brush liberally over the area required.

Whilst wet- jig or clamp the material into the final shape required

Allow to dry thoroughly ( typically 30 mins plus, depending on surrounding air temperature)

Glue into situ, brushes etc can be cleaned as normal

Once dried, where the ammonia has been brushed in will be indicated by a faint yellow stain in the balsa

Sounds complex but its quite straightforward and you can get the balsa to comply to surprisingly contorted shapes.

Hope this helps.




Edited By Harry Twist on 28/11/2018 10:42:34

Thread: Canberra by Andy Blackburn PSS
22/10/2018 19:20:37

Well done Peter, lovely to hear that your Cranberry is successfully maidened. Sounds like it didnt need much taming - trim wise.

Thread: PSSA Gliding Events 2019
17/09/2018 22:47:36
A great selection of images there Phil, thanks for sharing.

Edited By Harry Twist on 17/09/2018 22:48:12

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