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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 2018
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

Thread: Versatile slope soarer
30/05/2018 08:32:26

Hi Rob - I can vouch for the Stan Yeo designs at Phoenixmp as I have the Vagabond and Carerra. The Carerra has a semi symetrical section, will cruise around in fairly light conditions, but give it a 20 mph wind and she'll perform all the aeros you want. Heck mine will even do a knife edge.

The kits are great quality and come complete with all the fittings. You only have to buy the usual sanding paper, glue, covering etc. The Carerra is great value at about £75.

I do like flying mouldies, but I don't have a decent enough budget for them usually, but balsa and foam are pretty good, and balsa isn't as crunchie as some think, but they are easier to repair than glass if you have a bit of a bump.



Thread: PSSA Chat
15/05/2018 09:07:15

Cheers Phil yes

14/05/2018 16:09:55

I have the Island Models Aermacchi MB339, which I bought 2nd hand. The RX battery pack had only been glued to the inside shell of the fuse using hot melt glue, and it came away at the weekend when it hit a tump of vegetation and came to a sudden stop.

So, in order for the model to balance it will need to be fitted about half way between the fuse wing hatch and the nose tip. Any ideas how I could do this but allowing me access in case I need to replace the battery? Or am I better just slapping a bit of epoxy or more hot glue on it?

Aermacchi MB339 PSS

Thread: PSSA Gliding Events 2018
14/05/2018 08:43:13

Thanks to all who turned up to the PSSA meet at the Bwlch. Saturday we were scratching around for lift, but the Bwlch came good on Sunday when the wind changed direction to a westerly, then we had great lift in smooth air and fab flying conditions with wall to wall sunshine all day.

A particular thanks to Alan who travelled all the way from the NE of England. It's the first time I've ever seen a seaplane fly off our slopes.

Hopefully I will see you at the Llyn.

PSS May 18

11/05/2018 08:28:34

So the weather people have changed their minds again about Saturday and they are showing a light breeze from a southerly direction, which will mean flying from Back of Wrecker. I'll be getting up there for about 9 AM to check that is correct and we can meet up at the Ice Cream slope lay-by at 10 as usual and drive up to the Wrecker lay-by if that is the case.

Sunday is still looking westerly so it'll be a hike over to the far side of Mickeys, a 15 - 20 minute walk, depending on how fit you are or how heavy your models are. But you never know, the weather men may change their minds again.

It looks like there are only 6 of us for dinner on Saturday night and I am about to drop the restaurant an email with our food choices.

See ya'll tomorrow guys yes

11/05/2018 08:17:11

I agree with Phil Alan, you'd be better off driving and staying dry, as I will be.

10/05/2018 12:50:14

So at the moment it looks like there are only 5 of us for dinner on Saturday. This is your final call as I will need to send the restaurant the list and make payment tomorrow morning.

I wish these weather apps would get their acts together! angry The local BBC were still saying this morning a southerly wind for the weekend, however XC for Cardiff airport are now saying more westerly 6 mph for Saturday and westerly 15 mph on Sunday, which will make Sunday's flying on Mickey's awesome, as it will be more like 25 mph up there. There is still time for this to change though. Fingers crossed eh.

09/05/2018 08:08:54

Thanks for your replies guys, if I can have the rest asap please so that I can forward your meal requests onto the restaurant, I'd appreciate it.

Ok, no problem staying at the Bwlch, and as it happens the forecast is changing a bit anyway, (surprise, surprise), with sunshine & showers on Saturday with a southerly wind which should be about 20 mph plus on the slope, so it could be a good day. We would still be on Back of Wrecker.

Sunday the wind looks all over the shop currently, beginning southerly and then moving south westerly around 4 PM with only a light breeze, so if that forecast remains, we'll still be on Back of Wrecker.

Keep your fingers crossed guys.

08/05/2018 14:59:24

Hey guys, another PSS event is looming for this weekend and I've been out this morning doing a wind dance, and lets face it, we need some. Down here in S Wales there seems to have been plenty of wind during the week, whilst I'm stuck in the office, and hardly a breath at the weekends.

I have booked a table at the Bunch of Grapes in Pontypridd for 8pm. The restaurant requires us to choose our meals beforehand and I have to pay a £5 per person deposit. So can I have a show of hands please for those intending to eat at the restaurant that evening and please advise me of your food choices from the menu below.

Unfortunately I am unable to get a Mickeys gate key this time from my usual source as the Paraglider club has clamped down on lending it out, as I think a key was lost and it ain't no ordinary key to replace. So I'm afraid it's Shanks pony for us.

Early indications show a southerly for Saturday, so that will mean flying on Back of Wrecker. Sunday is looking like a nice westerly, which would ordinarily mean flying the far side of Mickeys, so a bit of a walk, but hey, we'll need to burn off the previous evenings dinner, right!

But another thought has occurred to me, so I have a question to ask ya'll. If we do have a westerly for Sunday, would you fancy meeting at the Bwlch lay-by at 9AM and then driving 43 miles, (1hr 25mins ish) to fly the BEST slope in the UK? Rhossili!

There is a little church car park at the foot of the hill, but if there isn't enough room, there is a national trust car park down further into the village. Either way, there is a steepish climb up to the top, (not good for carrying a 35lb Hog) but the flying is soooooo worth the trek. If you think the flying on the Orme is good, and you haven't experienced Rhossili, you're missing a treat. Anyway, it's something for you to think about.

Below is the menu for the Bunch of Grapes.

Smoked garlic and beetroot soup, home baked bread £5.00

Fillet of Breconshire beef carpaccio with truffle mayonnaise, rocket and pickled mushrooms £8.50

Seared scallops, celeriac, chestnut and fresh apple £6.80

Pork, venison and juniper terrine, beer and date relish and toasted sourdough bread £6.00

Smoked and bashed beetroots with dill yoghurt dressing and crisp rye bread crumb £5.50

Devilled lambs’ kidneys on toasted focaccia £5.80

Chargrilled asparagus, soft boiled egg on sourdough toast £6.50

8oz / 10oz Breconshire beef sirloin steak, chestnut mushrooms in wild garlic oil, hand cut chips and peppercorn sauce £18.50 / £21.50

Pan roasted lamb chump, parmesan and truffle oil risotto, wild mushrooms, charred onion, garden grown chard and pan juices £17.50

Slow cooked pork belly, roasted celeriac, purple sprouting broccoli, crumbled black pudding, crackling and cider jus £15.50

Pan fried Hake, Jersey Royal new potatoes, cockle popcorn, sorrel sauce and charred lemon £15.75

Pan fried cod, crushed Jersey Royal new potatoes, poached free range egg and garden chive butter £15.25

Pan roasted chicken supreme, peas, pancetta, braised lettuce and chicory £14.75

Wild garlic gnocchi, sautéed peas, edamame beans, spring onion and morel mushroom with tender stem broccoli and wild garlic pesto £14.00

Homemade Campanelle pasta with field mushrooms and burnt onions, walnut pesto, wild garlic and Hafod cheese shavings £11.75

Rhubarb and vanilla trifle £6.00

Dark chocolate fondant, coffee caramel, coffee and brandy ice cream £7.50

Bara brith and Merlyn cream liqueur cheesecake, Merlyn sauce and Penderyn whisky ice cream £7.50

Sticky Toffee Pudding, butterscotch sauce, vanilla pod ice cream £5.50

White chocolate pannacotta, salted caramel, crushed meringue £5.80

Welsh cheese board, chutney, oatcakes, bread, celery £9.00

Selection of homemade ice creams and sorbets (please ask for current flavours)

Thread: Harrier Jump Jet- The aeromodelling Holy Grail !!!!
07/05/2018 19:22:10
Posted by Joel Vlashof on 07/05/2018 19:00:54:

here is my first take off very exciting

WOW thumbs up

Thread: show us your scale glider
21/03/2018 14:01:58

Bwlchfest L213

Fochriw L213

My Inteco L213 A

Thread: PSSA Gliding Events 2018
22/01/2018 16:21:18

Yes the 12th/13th May for the Bwlch. yes

Bwlchfest is back again this year on the 9th/10th June. We had a good turn out last year from the PSSA and of course you're all welcome back again this year. Please bring some better weather with you this time though. wink

Unfortunately I cannot make the April event at the Orme as I will be running, walking & crawling around my first marathon in Manchester on the Sunday.

And talking of the marathon, I have opened a Just Giving page to try and raise some money for McMillan Cancer Support, so please guys, giving even a little bit helps cancer patients and their families.

I hope to see ya'll soon laugh

Edited By Steve Houghton 1 on 22/01/2018 16:21:57

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