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Member postings for Steve Houghton 1

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Thread: Fouga magister 1/4.5 moulded from scratch
31/05/2019 11:30:24

Very impressive Dirk yes

Thread: Baudis Banana ballast
14/05/2019 15:42:52

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
10/05/2019 11:08:32

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.

09/05/2019 09:33:43

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.


08/05/2019 14:07:14

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.

08/05/2019 13:04:44
Posted by Martin Gay on 08/05/2019 12:44:21:

Just seen this:

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
02/04/2019 12:03:04

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
28/03/2019 15:00:45

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
27/09/2018 14:01:07

Like my PSS Tiffy on its bombing run then wink

tiffy bombing run.jpg

Thread: Anyone bought an Acrowot Foam-e Recently?
07/09/2018 10:53:01

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
07/09/2018 10:40:12

The detail is amazing Phil! yes

Thread: 7.4v Receiver pack/batteries/servos
22/08/2018 14:03:22

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
13/08/2018 14:49:12

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
26/07/2018 11:39:56
Posted by Peter Garsden on 26/07/2018 07:56:33:


The guns are now attached with magnets, but I fear the rubber is too thin. My wing dropped on the floor guns first and the elastic broke. Will try to shoe horn in thicker rubber in the repair and see how we go. Problem is there is not much width, and the magnets are very hard to cut even with a dremmel.


A very interesting fix Pete which I must try to incorporate into my Tiffy yes

Thread: PSSA Gliding Events 2019
03/07/2018 09:58:49

Yep, windy yesterday, windy today, you can bet your life the wind will disappear again on the weekend angry

26/06/2018 13:32:17

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? dont know

14/06/2018 09:46:56

I'll be driving up on the Friday and leaving about 4 PM on Sunday, camping at Tai'r Lon, Cilan as Ann had no space left.

Thread: Dreamflight Libelle
12/06/2018 13:23:09

I built one and just used standard CA and it was fine.

Thread: Versatile slope soarer
12/06/2018 09:25:00

Hi Rob. Stan is talking about using the ailerons as spoilers or flaps (spoilerons or flapperons). In other words you program your tx so that on a landing approach the ailerons are reflexed for spoilerons, (go up) by about half of the amount of your full aileron travel. So if your ailerons go up by a max of 10mm, then use 5 - 6mm reflex, which will still afford you some roll ability. In this configuration the model may put its nose down too much so you may have to program in some up elevator compensation also, but each model is different and you will have to play this by ear. The effect of the spoilers is to kill the lift so that the model descends more quickly, but this can also increase the speed of the model, which in light wind situations can make landing more difficult than if you didn't use them, but at least you have the option.

Your other option is to use the ailerons in the opposite way as flaps, in which case you would probably need to program in some down elevator compensation as when you deploy the flaps the model may balloon upwards with the possibility of the model stalling. The same rule regarding flap travel applies as per flapperons.

You can program this onto a 2 position switch to give you on/off, or a 3 position switch gives you 2 levels of control travel, but better still is to program it onto your throttle stick, giving you proportional control, as you would with a mouldy glider.

You won't be disappointed with the Carerra, it's a cracking model and I love flying mine.

Thread: Hitec Flash 8
01/06/2018 09:37:22

Glad to hear they work well as I'm considering buying one. In fairness, all of the non Hitec receivers I've used have bound well to my A9 and keep a rock solid link with the TX with no loss of signal #scarybumclenchingmoments

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