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Thread: Fantasy Formula 1
04/08/2019 22:25:41

I too was looking at a completely correct set of podium predictions until Vettel mucked it up for me! I guess Vettel won't be on your Christmas card list then either, Pete?

I also had a 'near-miss' with the 'bonus' question. I put Gasly down for a top-5 place. He finished 6th...

Oh well, onwards to Spa!

04/08/2019 20:26:54

There's a familiar look about the overall table after today with only two pairs of place changes;

Pos Gain/Loss Team Manager Pts
1 - GASTON Formula Chris McG 1805
2 +1 Roos Racers rk295ELITE 1742
3 -1 Pitts Specials john stones 1714
4 - iqon racing iqon 1711
5 - PSS Power Flyer 1666
6 - Revers Racing Pete B 1618
7 - AnyoneSeenBernie johnpflyrc 1563
8 +1 Norfolk Flyers Kevin Fairgrieve 1533
9 -1 Flying Eagles Gary Goodfellow 1511
10 - Essex Racing Tony Clark 1435
11 - Team Webby Racing Simon Webb 1400
12 - Team Charles Picd Charles Pic 1400
13 - AeroArrows Bondaero 1367
14 - Torque of the devil Stu 1319
15 - teewrex John Tee 1213

Near the top of the table Robin moves up to 2nd, pushing John S down to 3rd.

Mid-table, Kev and Gary trade places, Kev moving up to 8th with Gary now 9th.

I must admit I thought Mercedes had slightly lost the plot when they pitted Lewis, but it turns out the tactics were spot on. I wonder where Bottas will be next season though, and I think Verstappen is going to feature even more in the second half of the season.

So we have the summer break now, Spa is up next at the very end of August/early September, the race being on 1 September. Plenty of time then to consider our predictions!

04/08/2019 20:16:11

Channel 4's coverage should hopefully be coming to a close about now, and even if it isn't, those who are watching it are probably glued to the screen and not surfing the net at the same time!

So here are the scores in our league for today;

Pos Team Manager Pts
1 GASTON Formula Chris McG 176
2 PSS Power Flyer 147
3 iqon racing iqon 145
4 Roos Racers rk295ELITE 140
5 AeroArrows Bondaero 135
6 Norfolk Flyers Kevin Fairgrieve 131
7 AnyoneSeenBernie johnpflyrc 130
8 teewrex John Tee 128
9 Torque of the devil Stu 120
10 Revers Racing Pete B 117
11 Team Charles Picd Charles Pic 115
12 Essex Racing Tony Clark 112
13 Flying Eagles Gary Goodfellow 109
14 Pitts Specials john stones 109
15 Team Webby Racing Simon Webb 101

An impressive score of 176 from Chris heads our table today. Flyer is almost 30 points back in 2nd with 147 and Iqon is only 2 points further back on 145. Well done all - especially Chris, the overall fantasygp high score today was 209.

All of us scored over 100 today. So up next, how does the overall table look?

02/08/2019 22:43:46

Thanks Chris! I'm a bit behind schedule today...

I haven't done my predictions yet, and I'm not sure what to predict based on P1 and P2!

I'll be out tomorrow during the day so won't manage to watch qualifying, but qualifying and the race are the usual times for a European race - 2pm (UK time) for quali and 2:10pm for the race.

So, just to repeat what Chris already said;

Don't forget your predictions!

(I'm going to do mine right now!)

28/07/2019 23:23:24

And the revised overall table has one place change compared to before - I move above Gary into 7th, Gary slips to 8th.

Pos Gain / Loss Team Manager Pts
1 - GASTON Formula Chris McG 1629
2 - Pitts Specials john stones 1605
3 - Roos Racers rk295ELITE 1602
4 +2 iqon racing iqon 1566
5 -1 PSS Power Flyer 1519
6 -1 Revers Racing Pete B 1501
7 +2 AnyoneSeenBernie johnpflyrc 1433
8 -1 Flying Eagles Gary Goodfellow 1402
9 -1 Norfolk Flyers Kevin Fairgrieve 1402
10 +1 Essex Racing Tony Clark 1323
11 -1 Team Webby Racing Simon Webb 1299
12 +1 Team Charles Picd Charles Pic 1285
13 -1 AeroArrows Bondaero 1232
14 - Torque of the devil Stu 1199
15 - teewrex John Tee 1085


Hopefully that's all the changes now until next weekend!

Edited By John Privett on 28/07/2019 23:24:29

28/07/2019 23:18:47

OK folks, take 2! Following the application of the 30 second penalties handed out to Raikkonen and Giovinazzi, the points have been revised and today's table looks like this;

Pos Team Manager Pts
1 iqon racing iqon 184
2 Essex Racing Tony Clark 179
3 Team Charles Picd Charles Pic 159
4 Roos Racers rk295ELITE 151
5 GASTON Formula Chris McG 144
6 Pitts Specials john stones 121
7 AnyoneSeenBernie johnpflyrc 109
8 AeroArrows Bondaero 94
9 Torque of the devil Stu 75
10 teewrex John Tee 73
11 Norfolk Flyers Kevin Fairgrieve 72
12 PSS Power Flyer 70
13 Team Webby Racing Simon Webb 56
14 Flying Eagles Gary Goodfellow 56
15 Revers Racing Pete B 55

The top 3 positions are as before, though Iqon 'loses' 2 points, down to 184 and Charles gains 9, up to 159.

28/07/2019 21:52:25

Ah, ok - I thought they had! I might make it into 3-digits then!

I'll post an update when I see any changes...

28/07/2019 21:39:57
Posted by iqon on 28/07/2019 21:26:42:

Hang on, channel 4 shows penalties I may lose a few points

Yep - from, "Raikkonen and Giovinazzi had 30 seconds added to their race times for use of driver aids at the start."

That's already accounted for in the results published. Amongst other changes, it elevates Hamilton up to 9th.

28/07/2019 21:20:50

So the overall table, perhaps surprisingly shows no changes in the top3, nor in the bottom 2. But changes in almost every other position.

Pos Gain/Loss Team Manager Pts
1 - GASTON Formula Chris McG 1627
2 - Pitts Specials john stones 1598
3 - Roos Racers rk295ELITE 1592
4 +2 iqon racing iqon 1568
5 -1 PSS Power Flyer 1517
6 -1 Revers Racing Pete B 1488
7 - Flying Eagles Gary Goodfellow 1411
8 +1 AnyoneSeenBernie johnpflyrc 1410
9 -1 Norfolk Flyers Kevin Fairgrieve 1391
10 +1 Essex Racing Tony Clark 1323
11 -1 Team Webby Racing Simon Webb 1288
12 +1 Team Charles Picd Charles Pic 1276
13 -1 AeroArrows Bondaero 1242
14 - Torque of the devil Stu 1199
15 - teewrex John Tee 1085

Chris remains in top spot, with John S and Robin 2nd and 3rd.

Iqon's win today moves him up 2 places to 4th at the expense of Flyer and Pete who each slip a place to 5th and 6th respectively.

Gary remains 7th and below him Kev and I swap places, I move up to 8th and Kev down to 9th. Another position swap sees Tony move up to 10th and Simon down to 11th.

Finally Charles and Bondaero trade places, with Charles taking over 12th.

A race to forget for Mercedes - not what they would have hoped for clebrating their 200th F1 race and 125 years in motorsport. But in conditions like today it was all a bit of a lottery.

Next up is Hungary next weekend.

28/07/2019 21:08:57

Well, well, well... That was certainly an incident-packed race! I'm surprised that the overall high score on fantasygp was 263 points, and rather less than surprised that most of us scored a LOT less than that!

Pos Team Manager Pts
1 iqon racing iqon 186
2 Essex Racing Tony Clark 179
3 Team Charles Picd Charles Pic 150
4 GASTON Formula Chris McG 142
5 Roos Racers rk295ELITE 141
6 Pitts Specials john stones 114
7 AeroArrows Bondaero 104
8 AnyoneSeenBernie johnpflyrc 86
9 Torque of the devil Stu 75
10 teewrex John Tee 73
11 PSS Power Flyer 68
12 Flying Eagles Gary Goodfellow 65
13 Norfolk Flyers Kevin Fairgrieve 61
14 Team Webby Racing Simon Webb 45
15 Revers Racing Pete B 42

An impressive 186 points from Iqon tops our table for today's result, Tony is close behind with 179 and Charles third with 150. Well done to the top three today!

I don't recall seeing so many people with 2-digit scores (myself included!) and the lowest score today of 42 is from Pete!

This must have shaken up the overall table a bit - that's up next!


Edited By John Privett on 28/07/2019 21:09:14

28/07/2019 10:27:03

Well I put Hamilton for both pole and the win - so I'm half-way there on those predictions. teeth 2

However... I put Leclerc and Vettel for 2nd and 3rd. I sense a bit of an uphill struggle for those predictions to come through! Though, with a bit of rain, who knows what could happen?

Anyway, don't forget the non-$ky folks don't get to see the race highlights until 7pm, so I'll post the results after that (assuming they're published by then.)

Thread: Finding Models
27/07/2019 17:52:56

Some months back I used the telemetry on my FrSky Horus to locate a slope soarer.

Due to a bit a brain fade I had flown the foamy soarer high over, just behind, and to one side of me, put it into a dive and pulling of the dive to head out over the slope again I had flown it 'through' the sun...

I lost visibility of the model and failed to regain visibility of it! After a few seconds scanning the sky in all directions I started to come to the conclusion that it had "landed" somewhere. I walked to the edge of the slope and started to walk down. That was the direction the model had last been heading, so logically it must be somewhere at the bottom of the slope. Oh joy... sad

At this point I got a spoken "RSSI low" alert and realised I could use that to help find the model. It also suggested that the model was most likely somewhere at the top of the slope. So standing on the edge of the top of the slope I rotated, looking for the position the RSSI signal was lowest. That would be when my body was directly between the model and transmitter and attenuating the signal. So turn 180° from that point and start walking. I repeated that a couple of times and was lead directly to where the model was - sitting happily between two bushes at the back of the landing area.

Without the telemetry I'd have found it eventually - or somebody else would have done. But I could easily have wasted an hour or so and had a long walk down, and back up, the (rather steep) slope.

Thread: Fantasy Formula 1
26/07/2019 19:23:49

Fairly close in P2 with Leclerc heading the Ferrari duo and Hamilton leading the Mercedes duo, but with little more than a tenth of a second covering the top 3.

The race is at the usual time for a European race, with quali tomorrow at 14:00 UK time and the race at 14:10.

Now once again...

Don't forget your predictions!

25/07/2019 20:27:00

Chris - yes, I'm now back on dry land. Our arrival back to Southampton was delayed somewhat, though that just meant getting off the boat at a rather more civilsed hour of the day than if we'd arrived on time!

Our hour sitting going nowhere that I mentioned on 17th, and an hour going slowly (7 knots) the day before were eventually explained after a slightly delayed departure from Skagen and a very delayed (2am instead of about 6pm) departure from Stavanger while they had divers in the water "inspecting a propeller." The full story was that there was water seeping into one of the azipods. Yes, I had to google it too! Here's a wiki link.

These ships are basically diesel-electric. Big diesel generators power electric motors housed in azipods and directly driving propellors - the azipods can swivel 360° to provide steering. One of ours was leaking and since water and big (14 MW) leccy motors don't mix too well it had to be fixed. I'd love to see the size of the ESCs!

We've had very hot weather here today - hottest July day ever, and thunderstorms this evening. Bizarrely the wind picked up about 20 minutes ago from a gentle breeze to rather windier than I'd choose to fly in. And just as suddenly it's now dropped back to a gentle breeze again. Not as hot as central Europe though and I guess the weather could play a hand in the outcome in Germany this weekend.

I'll remind you all again tomorrow, but a quick reminder as already hinted at by Chris;

Don't forget your predictions!

Thread: Planespotting Live
24/07/2019 19:16:31

I saw the trailers for Planespotting Live and it seems from the comments here that my thoughts at the time have been confirmed. I might skim through it on iPlayer just to see if it really was that bad, though I'm sure I already know the answer...

I will confess to have once been 'in a field near Heathrow', but on only one occasion - to capture on video the 3 last ever Concorde passenger flights returning to LHR - I feel that was justified!

The other programme though, mentioned my Cuban8 and Martin, sounds well worth a watch on iPlayer.

Thread: Russian aircraft over St. Petersburg
23/07/2019 22:33:36

Interesting, Jo - thanks!

That Spitfire seems to UK-based, but a regular visitor to Stavanger, often attending an air show there in June. I believe in the photo you've posted it's painted with Norwegian colours on the rudder, wingtips and spinner.

I see that the incident in Korea today, with alleged incursion of Korean airspace by Russian aircraft, is illustrated on the BBC News website (it's currently the most read story there) with a picture of what they describe as an A-50 very similar to the aircraft in the third of my photos. Wiki explains that the A-50 is based on the Ilyushin Il-76 transport as identified by Richard.

19/07/2019 17:10:10

Two more aviation sightings over the past 2 days have caught me unprepared and unable to get even a half-decent photo!

First, at Skagen, a pair of F-16s from the Danish Air Force flew past at low level over the sea, then rapidly climbed to very high level and remained in the area for a while.

Then today in Stavanger I was surprised to see a Spitfire overfly the city. Too high to have a hope of seeing any identification, other than - from the dreadful photo I did manage to take - it had a 4-bladed prop. I don't think there are currently any airworthy Spitfires based in Norway - or indeed Sweden or Denmark - so I've no idea what it is doing here!

18/07/2019 20:42:49

I knew the details of the yellow heli - I was tracking it on Flightradar24 as it circled the ship prior to landing! teeth 2

I thought its close approach to the ship was a bit odd, but an announcement on the PA system on the ship explained it all!

17/07/2019 20:19:09

Great - thanks for the IDs Richard! thumbs up

I was fairly sure about the TU114, but not the others. If I'd put my brain into gear I'd have probably guessed the Sukhois - though I may have initially guessed them as SU27s that I first saw at Farnborough almost 30 years ago!

17/07/2019 17:13:58

Some photos of aircraft (etc!) that I took in the past few days on a Baltic cruise.

I don't know what the occasion was, but shortly after I came out of the Hermitage Museum shortly before noon on Saturday there was a flypast of various aircraft. The first few shots were taken with the standard lens before I got a chance to get the telephoto zoom out for the rest!

First some contra-rotating helis;


Followed by some fixed-wing of various types - if anyone can identify exactly what they are then please comment! I haven't had a chance to look them up yet - and the slow internet connection here doesn't help!





And then, after leaving St. Petersburg, somewhere west of Kronstadt - ok, not aircraft, but may be of interest to somebody!


And back to aircraft, a very close encounter with a Swedish air ambulance that landed on the ship's helipad to evacuate a sick passenger shortly after leaving Stockholm;



Edited By John Privett on 17/07/2019 17:16:13

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