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Thread: Canberra by Andy Blackburn PSS
21/10/2018 19:42:37

excellent Pete, great to hear she's maidened successfully and is back home safely - good work! It was never in doubt!!

Thread: PSSA Gliding Events 2018
21/10/2018 11:04:04

yeah nice shots Steve!
Al those little brushed can motors were so quiet we could hardly tell you were reliant on electric assist! Looked great in the air!!

Thread: 1 Squadron RAF Hurricane Mk.IIc
16/10/2018 18:55:02

Superb work Alan - great bit of skill with the castings!! And the paint looks lovely! I look forward to seeing it on the slope! Do add a picture and description of it in the finished model thread for me please when she's done! thumbs up

Thread: PSSA Gliding Events 2018
12/10/2018 10:03:49



Quick note to say we've taken the decision to put out a cancellation note for the first day of this weekends PSSA Fly-In on the Great Orme. We've been studying the forecast for some time and we are confident that Saturday will be a washout until late afternoon combined with very blustery winds.

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Our event will run as planned on Sunday 14th, meet for a 10am start in the Tank Track Car park.

For anyone in Llandudno Saturday our planned evening meal is still going ahead - Johnny Doughs Pizzeria - 129 Mostyn St for 6:30pm

See you there (I'll actually be in town for lunch too if anyone wants to meet for a beer )



07/10/2018 20:22:14

Last months Hurricane Mass Build Event has now been written up and included onto the Events Review page of the PSSA website...


Any more build blog updates? All gone a bit quiet! thumbs up

See you next weekend on the Orme again!

Thread: Canberra by Andy Blackburn PSS
07/10/2018 17:29:36

Very nice Pete - that looks superb - such a great scheme for a PSS model on the slope and I look forward to seeing you with the Canberra on the Orme next weekend!

04/10/2018 09:50:14

For small refinements like this - I personally think its best to build with mechanical symmetry and make the refinements in throws using the Servo Travel Adjustment feature on your Tx. You should easily be able to allocate +5mm and -7mm with a little bit of effort in that particular function (Im assuming you're using a Futaba set up - other systems may use a different term for the same feature?)

02/10/2018 22:47:12

I think you have 2 options Pete - use an inline servo reverser cable with the Y lead into one channel or (better solution) is to use a programme mix on your TX with a 'Master and Slave' channel set up - the 'slave' servo will follow the master channel (elevator) - you can get rid of the Y lead then too so a neater solution!

Thread: RN Hawker Sea Hurricane IIc
24/09/2018 22:33:35

All minor repairs and tweaks are now made following our first outing - I've programmed in the spoilerons with a little down elevator compensation and reattached the chin rad which was knocked off. The cannons are now fixed with a black elastic from the wife's sewing draw - ready for the slope again at our final event of the season 13th October!

Can't wait to get some more airtime on this one!

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Thread: fouga magister 1/4.5 moulded from scratch
21/09/2018 06:43:07

Lovely looking cores there Dirk!

Thread: USA Build: A4D-1 (A-4A) Skyhawk, circa 1956, Southern California
20/09/2018 18:57:57

good to see the Boston Scooter back on the bench John! thumbs up


Thread: PSSA Gliding Events 2018
17/09/2018 17:58:28

Some more photos now edited from our Hurricane Mass Build Event 8th/9th September...


Remember there's a full pictorial review of our weekend planned for the Autumn Special RCM&E due out before the end of the month! thumbs up

14/09/2018 20:35:58

Reminder to all PSSA members that next weekend (September 22nd/23rd) we have been invited to partake in the North Yorkshire Moors Ridge Soaring Clubs PSS event.

PSS at the Hole of Horcum, North York Moors

Saturday fly for fun/trimming. Sunday low key competition. Special category for PSS models of full size aircraft that flew before December 1955 and built in the spirit of SAM 35 using traditional materials. Moulded intricate shaped components permitted. Everything from the Wright Flyer to Beechcraft Mentor accepted.

Entry £10 per flyer to enable weekend NYMRSC membership and insurance.

For further details contact :

Michael Kitchen Tel: 01347 810685 or email :

Sadly I cannot now attend myself, but I am conscious of the work that has gone on behind the scenes to regain a dedicated PSS weekend at this fabulous site. There are hopes that if it's successful it may become a regular fixture on the PSS calendar. I do hope those PSSA members who are able to travel take part and enjoy flying at this superb inland site.

14/09/2018 09:54:40

I think you can fly every wind direction apart from North Easterly... the main bowl slope is best for either Southerly or Northerly winds as I recall - more details of location here...


12/09/2018 11:01:47

Great launch photos Paul - some superb Hurricanes in action!! Many thanks for sharing here! thumbs up

Thread: RN Hawker Sea Hurricane IIc
11/09/2018 19:39:04

Thanks Trevor. Looking at the models on Sunday I would say the majority of them had the main wing radiator glued firm to the wing underside. This is what I did too and it survived the landings (no impact damage) but as reported I think it's square face is the main contributor to the sudden stop as it catches in the tufty grass.

At least if its glued on firm you can use it to aid launching too which I think is an advantage, but I'm not convinced which is the better solution overall...I know Matt as the designer was keen for it to be removable and I can tell you it hasn't damaged his tail at all in the 5 or 6 landings I've seen him perform to date.

11/09/2018 18:58:34

So the Mass Build event has come and gone and despite some wet weather each morning we all had a blast! - 35mph SW winds working well both afternoons right upto sunset!

On the Sunday once all the photos were taken and the static judging complete all 21 of the Hurricanes on site were successfully flown - only two of the models had flown prior to the event so that's 19 maiden flights!

I had 4 flights in total - all in the epic lift produced by the SW slope in these sort of conditions. The model handled the rotor well and penetrated smoothly from launch each time, amazingly it seemed to require no trim adjustments whatsoever - not in pitch or roll - I was very happy! But this seemed to be the norm for the type - everyone was getting away smoothly and without any alterations appearing to be necessary - testament to the design I think!

The model at 4lb 3oz has plenty of energy and in flight this generates a smooth, rock steady feel. The controls all felt nicely balanced with the throws set to the lower end of the plan recommendations - really no need for any more - and on top of that I had added -35% expo on the elevator and -25% on the ailerons, just to keep it gentle around the centres.

In the conditions an into-wind stall was almost impossible to achieve, when forced it did drop the left wing each time but it was very easy to see it coming and it was a mushy, soft event when it happened. Perhaps the stall test will be better performed on a day with half the lift. Rolls were lovely and axial if needed, not very Hurricane like but it 4-pointed and inverted very nicely too. Loops (in the conditions) were as big as you like, almost jet like(!) and it tracked true over the top.

Throughout the flight I kept thinking just how similar to fly she was to the slightly bigger Hawker Sea Fury I still own and have been flying for 14 seasons - so the Hurricane felt very familiar!

On landing she covered a huge amount of ground with the speed in the downwind and base leg, the airspeed did bleed off a little into the headwind on finals but she still arrived at a rate of knots and on 3 of my 4 landings she came to a very abrupt stop as the glued on radiator 'dug in' to the long grass. After 4 landings I had lost 2 of the 4 magnetic cannons in the grass and the little chin mounted radiator had also been cleanly sheared off along its glued joint. So some more thinking needed regarding the retention of the scale 'trinkets'... and I must dial in a spoileron mix to see if I can bleed off a bit more of the approach speed - on a day with less wind I think she might be a handful to slow up (again - just like my Sea Fury)

All in all a great series of flights, I'm over the moon with it and Im sure it will be regularly flown going forwards. I didn't get any flying shots of my model on my camera but here is a shot of mine (7N) with sister ship 7K owned and flown on the day by Steve Kemp.

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Thread: PSSA Gliding Events 2018
07/09/2018 11:28:14

I think there are a few skipping Saturday to give them another days work to get finished for Sunday!

If you finish in time and are able to travel - there is a seat for all at the Cottage Loaf pub 7:15pm Saturday night, if you can make that even if you've missed the days flying please let me know on the phone.

07/09/2018 10:46:21
The weekends weather looks very promising for our Mass Build Event with good strength winds forecast from the South West - perfect winds for our most favoured slope at the Tank Track site!
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We're expecting a big turnout and there will of course be a huge collection of new models on show!
Please remember your BMFA insurance, there will be a pilots brief given at 10am each day.
Both days will be run in our usual 'Fly For Fun' format but Sunday will see the formal Hurricane congregation for our Mass Build. There will be low key static and flight judging and a prize ceremony planned for 4pm. We have some superb prizes up for grabs in 3 categories - Good Luck to all who are taking part!
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We will see you on the slope from 9:00am tomorrow!

Edited By Phil Cooke on 07/09/2018 10:47:54

Thread: 2018 PSSA Mass Build - The Completed Model Thread
07/09/2018 09:41:26

Hawker Sea Hurricane IIc.

Finished to represent NF672 'Nicki' from 835 Sqn FAA operating from HMS Nairama in 1944.

The model is glassed all over in 25g cloth using FighterAces resin. Airbrushed in acrylics with decals from Callie Graphics. 3D printed pilot and exhaust stubs from Real Model Pilots, 3D printed tailwheel from Andy Meade. Weathering is pastel dust applied with brushes all sealed with a coat of Halfords satin lacquer.

AUW is 4lb 3oz. Fitted with 3 servos and a wing L/E light unit, it utilises 12 magnets to retain the cannons, aerial mast and tailwheel.

See you all on the hill in the morning!

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