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Spring is here!!! Who has been out flying??

Maiden flights included ..of course

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cymaz29/03/2015 10:40:56
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Thought I would pip John to the post and start the ball rolling. Spring has sprung, the warm weather is here and lambs are gadding about.

Well no, not really here in PL31, its blowing a gale and the rain is coming down. The lambs and holiday makers are all shivering under shelter.

Two new planes in St. Austell club

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Edited By cymaz on 29/03/2015 10:43:37

leccyflyer29/03/2015 11:36:07
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Wish you'd started this earlier - I'd have put the pictures up of my first flying of 2015 in this thread instead.

Nice Cub - and that looks a nice sized build of old G-AAMX if I'm not mistaken?

Percy Verance29/03/2015 12:39:54
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No flying here today. Pouring with rain in the Lakes..........

Bob Cotsford29/03/2015 12:39:55
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much the same in the Midlands, strong winds and rain so I decided it was time to make up the Slec model stand I bought last month. I now have bits of MDF lying about everywhere waiting for the primer to dry ready for a coat or two of white.

I had hoped to get the engines set up in the Jabberwock and Sea Fury but that ain't happening this weekend!

Percy Verance29/03/2015 13:24:14
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Is your stand the one that's bit like a trestle Bob? If it is they're a very worthwhile bit of kit. No more grovelling around in wet or damp grass........

I've had one for years, and it now lives in the club hut for others to use if I'm not there. It just isn't dignified to be crawling around on the floor once you reach a certain age Bob......

cymaz29/03/2015 13:30:45
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Posted by leccyflyer on 29/03/2015 11:36:07:

Wish you'd started this earlier - I'd have put the pictures up of my first flying of 2015 in this thread instead.

 

Nice Cub - and that looks a nice sized build of old G-AAMX if I'm not mistaken?

Nearly it's G-AAVJ

Edited By cymaz on 29/03/2015 13:32:10

Alan Gorham_29/03/2015 14:18:36
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Well, last Sunday felt spring-like to me and I went float-flying at Ullswater for the first time this year.

The sun shone and lambs were out in the fields...

Got the Flair Cub wet for the first time:

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Bob Cotsford29/03/2015 14:24:30
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Posted by Percy Verance on 29/03/2015 13:24:14:

Is your stand the one that's bit like a trestle Bob? If it is they're a very worthwhile bit of kit. No more grovelling around in wet or damp grass........

I've had one for years, and it now lives in the club hut for others to use if I'm not there. It just isn't dignified to be crawling around on the floor once you reach a certain age Bob......

The best way I can describe it is a folding saw-horse with a flip-over tray and adjustable model cradle arms. Even the legs are cut from MDF and the thing is positively gulping down primer. Never mind dignity, I've got too many dodgy disks to be crawling around at ground level any morecrying

What a contrast to last weekend when I got a very pleasant couple of hours at the field with a foamy Wot4 and Hyperbipe.

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John Privett29/03/2015 14:32:12
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Can't help feeling we had spring last week, have by-passed summer and gone straight into autumn this weekend with the howling winds we're experiencing. The only thing flying around here today is various bits of twigs and other assorted garden debris.

 

Edited By John Privett on 29/03/2015 14:32:33

cymaz29/03/2015 14:52:48
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Next weekend will be great weather..whoohoohot

I hope

leccyflyer29/03/2015 16:19:54
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At Moderator Pete B.'s suggestion I'm reposting the pictures, shot by clubmate Derek R. to this thread.

ad my first day's outdoor flying this week, which was great (if a bit cold at the end of the day). Though I've been flying regularly indoors throughout the winter, this was the first real chance to fly out of doors. Highlights of the day was getting my venerable Easy Bee back in the air after being in the workshop for repairs for ages - love this model and she's coming up to 20 years old. Got a bit overconfident in the harrier landing though and had an un-intended meeting with a new fence post. All repaired now.

The other big highlight was sharing some weak early Spring thermals with the resident Red Kite. My clubmate Derek was on hand to take some snaps and it was a grand day all round - thanks D. He always manages to capture those in-air shots with some real atmosphere, as his piccie of my PZ Spitfire shows. It was good to see the lads at the field and hoping for a really good flying season to come.

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Dave Hopkin29/03/2015 16:31:47
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Cracking pic of the spit - looks just like an oil painting

GrumpyGnome30/03/2015 07:47:42
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20+ mph wind and rain here in yorkshire this weekend Indoor flying with MCPX and little quad only .............

Son did DoE practive Saturday and Sunday and called it "the worst weekend of my life"

GG

David Ashby - Moderator30/03/2015 08:43:44
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Posted by Dave Hopkin on 29/03/2015 16:31:47:

Cracking pic of the spit - looks just like an oil painting

Just what I was about to say Dave.

David Ashby - Moderator30/03/2015 08:50:06
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I got out last week during the only decent day and gave my little Pichler Grunau Baby a maiden flight tow with the Mentor....well Graham flew the Mentor smile

All good although the Mentor was at the limits of it's pulling abilities with the Grunau.

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Mike Etheridge 130/03/2015 14:30:05
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I flew this Tutor Mk 1 last Tuesday with the assistance of the EDMAC trainer so that I can take my A-certificate which I have yet to attempt despite flying RC planes on and off since about 1963.

The Tutor has one of my Enya 45's fitted inverted up front as I gather with the Tutor you can experience fuel feed problems with an upright engine ? As the Enya is particularly noisy I have had to fit a 'just Engines' secondary exhaust which became detached for the second time last week as did the silicone tube link. However the new fixings should hold OK I hope?

The Tutor seems to be a very capable plane and I was looking forward to another flying session tomorrow but unfortunately strong winds are forecast.

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cymaz30/03/2015 17:45:30
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I had a Tutor but with the upright engine variant. Was no problem the right way up !

Mike Etheridge 130/03/2015 20:51:44
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That is interesting Cymaz, I gather the previous owner (RIP) of my Tutor had the fuel problems and got over them by inverting the engine. I just wonder with the engine the right way up whether I could fit the secondary exhaust satisfactorily? However the plane works OK now after lots of adjustment and drains the fuel tank (I have fitted three!) after nine minute flights . As far as the A-certificate is concerned it seems I just need to practice but unfortunately over the years I have developed bad habits through flying 3 channel 'Old Clangers' that need limited throttle movement and Slope Soarers that don't need any throttle movement. As for maintaining the same height that is something I need to work on and it would seem I fly planes too low and too close to the flight line.--will I ever pass?

cymaz30/03/2015 20:58:38
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Is there a pressure feed from the exhaust to the tank? Engine trouble is usually connected with lack of fuel delivery, engine running too lean, poor plug and old fuel.

Pete B - Moderator30/03/2015 22:36:41
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If this is going to be a protracted exchange, gents, it's a bit off-topic for here, so please feel free to start a thread in the IC section.....

I thank you.....smile

Pete

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