Here is a list of all the postings Steve Houghton 1 has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Sennybridge jamming trial|
Thanks for the info, I will pass it on to my slope flying buddies here in S Wales.
|Thread: Slopers at Sunny Hunny??...|
There may be enough height to fly a foamy at the car park by the lighthouse at Old Huntstanton Beach?
|Thread: Hi from Penderyn, South Wales|
Hi Penderyn Flyer - I live in Newport and fly nothing but slope, and of course we have the best slope flying in Wales, if not the UK. Check out my BLOG which has on Page 2 (Flying Sites), all of the popular slopes between Cardiff and Hirwaen. If you are a Facebook user then we also have a group page, Slope Soaring in Wales, check us out and come flying with us.
Edited By Steve Houghton 1 on 01/08/2019 10:03:46
|Thread: Who says flying thermal soarers is boring?|
It can be very challenging, not to mention skillful on less thermic days trying to keep that glider in the air. Other days, when there is lots of thermal activity the challenge can be getting the damned thing back down on the ground.
|Thread: Fouga magister 1/4.5 moulded from scratch|
Very impressive Dirk
|Thread: Baudis Banana ballast|
Hey Clive - I remember Chris S filming my Banana in a 40 mph blow on Meio and it was going crazy fast without any ballast with no problem penetrating. It has very little frontal area for resistance. I can't find the video on YouTube
|Thread: PSSA Gliding Events 2019|
So currently it is looking like Saturday's flying will be on the Ice Cream slope, a short walk from the parking lay-by.
The forecast for Sunday is still showing mostly an easterly, and if it were just me and my mates then we would head over to the Crest with our models in large rucksacks or snowboard bags and as with such low wind speeds (8 mph) there would be lift and little rotor. However for you guys, the 15 min ish walk is quite arduous along a very narrow track, and I feel that may be too much for some but also there is the risk of balsa breakage on landing if there is any rotor. So our intention currently is for me to meet you at the Ice Cream Slope lay-by and then we can follow each other in convoy up to the top of the Rhigos mountain and along the Heads of the Valleys road to Tredegar where we will turn off for Manmoel Common, roughly a 50 minute drive. The road on the common is rough and pot holey so we will have to take it slow and parking will be on the grassy verge anywhere you can find a safe spot. The slope is then just 300m ish to the east. If there isn't enough wind to fly slope then the common has plenty of open space for flying powered thermal soarers or even Hi Start bungee launching.
Here is a video of the last time I flew there just a few weeks ago.
Hi Peter - unfortunately no key will be available on Friday as we won't be collecting it until the evening, but it's not looking like we will require it anyway looking at the forecast currently.
For food, Bridgend will offer more options and is approximately a 20 minute drive from the Bwlch, or Pontypridd where you are staying. However, the chippy A Fish Called Rhondda in Ton Pentra (CF41 7ED) is close and very good.
The weather forecast currently shows a sun bathing weekend with a decent north westerly, so a short walk only to the Ice Cream Slope. Sunday is a different kettle of fish with the morning showing NE but swinging to east at 6 mph. This would mean a 15 min hike over to the Crest, which offers amazing lift but equally amazing rotor. However, in such a light breeze the rotor shouldn't be an issue. But if the forecast remains unchanged then I may consider a move to flying the slope at Manmoel Common near Ebbw Vale instead. I shall take advice from the other locals regarding this. Check out my flying sites page on my blog for details.
Martin - if the road were to be blocked, I'm sure we could find an alternative slope to fly at somewhere other than the Bwlch. Meio, Manmoel, Abertwssyg, Hirwaun etc are all good slopes within an easy drive.
This is a regular occurance every year Martin. In fact I was at the Bwlch a couple of weeks ago flying on the south facing Back of Wrecker slope and could see a grass fire blazing over by the wind turbines, a bit further on from Mickey's slope. A fire engine went up there, we saw the smoke stop, then about an hour later the smoke began again.
|Thread: Jart or M60|
Ron Broughton builds some superb EPP60 racing gliders, designed for man on man slope racing out of EPP foam. His Pole Cat is a M60 copy which I have and I have flown this at Rhossilli in a 40 - 50mph wind, unballasted and it was a match for the fully ballasted M60 I was flying with. Ron's Ballistik chevron wing, well, it's just that, ballistic, probably the fastest chevron I've ever seen, and again I have flown this up against a fully ballasted M60 and is as fast, if not faster.
|Thread: Setting up for Flaps|
I have no idea about the JR set up as I fly with Hitec. I have a Multiplex Heron, with all the bells and whistles, but I set up motor & flaps on flight conditions with both operating on the throttle stick but switch operated. So I flick the switch one way and the stick operates the motor. When I want to land I flick the other way and the flaps work but not the motor. This does mean my flaps stick does work in the opposite direction but I can live with that.
|Thread: Battle of Britain: Model Squadron|
Like my PSS Tiffy on its bombing run then
|Thread: Anyone bought an Acrowot Foam-e Recently?|
I bought one recently and TBH I haven't paid so much attention to the stickers to notice if they are wrong or not, and personally I wouldn't really care as it's a foam sport model and not a scalie, and I wouldn't notice the difference in the air anyway as it's flying past inverted or on knife edge. But I had no issues with my model, it appeared to be perfect straight out of the box, so I think you may have just been unlucky, or was I lucky?
|Thread: 2018 PSSA Mass Build - The Completed Model Thread|
The detail is amazing Phil!
|Thread: 7.4v Receiver pack/batteries/servos|
Gary - War birds are known for needing extra weight up front, and PSS models even more so, no matter how much weight you try to cut off the tail end, or how far forward you mount the RC gear. The PSS guys are currently in the process of a mass build Hawker Hurricane and all of these very experienced builders are having to add extra weight in the nose. Remember, no motor in these babies, just purely wind power.
|Thread: Hawker Hurricane Mk I fabric detail|
Hey Bob, as you are building a Mk1 you may be interested in the Mk1 that was discovered in India and shipped to the UK by Peter Vacher. I watched the video on Amazon Prime at the weekend. What was particularly interesting was the black & white underside paint scheme, which I didn't know about.
The Amazon program is a series of rebuilds starting with a P51 Mustang then moving on to the Hurricane. Peter wanted to keep the build as authentic as possible and I found it truly amazing to watch.
Edited By Steve Houghton 1 on 13/08/2018 14:52:35
|Thread: 11C 213 Squadron Hurricane El Alamein 1942|
A very interesting fix Pete which I must try to incorporate into my Tiffy
|Thread: PSSA Gliding Events 2019|
Yep, windy yesterday, windy today, you can bet your life the wind will disappear again on the weekend
I may just come up anyway and make the most of the fabulous beaches and scenery if flying isn't an option, but I will keep a beady eye on the forecast, it's just a case of which forecast do we believe?
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