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aidan mcatamney21/10/2018 12:10:41
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This was very refreshing to read. I love both electric and ic for different reasons. I love the sound of engines and i like getting my hands oily working with glow fuel. Been flying since May 1986 and mostly glow planes in my hangar. But in recent years ive been flying a few more electric planes. Enjoy your glow planes old geezer, this is a great hobby of ours.

aidan mcatamney21/10/2018 14:20:19
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I was out this weekend flying my Multiplex Mentor on floats . I love this plane as it flys like a big trainer and looks great on the water. With a 3s 4250 lipo, i get a good lengthy flight time even with all the lights i have installed on the plane. It is also very stable in flight and can perform basic aerobatics quite well.

aidan mcatamney21/10/2018 14:21:17
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Erfolg21/10/2018 14:56:37
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Ron Gray21/10/2018 18:08:26
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@DD - now that’s a much better photo, lucky you!

@OG - defo get rid of castor based fuel, you will see (or not) the difference. Be careful with on board gloss, they can mask a basic engine setup problem. A few of my club mates used them but have now got rid of them as they’ve retuned their engines, in most cases they were too rich so the plug got cold when running slow. But if it gets you out flying again them great.

Erfolg21/10/2018 21:51:33
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Autumn is really here now, the signs are there to see.

In the field s across the vale from the flying field a long line abreast of beaters moved steadily down the the hill, last week. All waving large plastic bags whilst yelling and whistling. Spasmodic shots were heard from time to time and the odd dog, appearing as a dark shape could be seen running to something unseen.

Whilst flying yesterday, I became acutely aware of some strange noises behind me, had another modeler arrived? It turned out to be the increasing wind rattling the now golden brown leaves in the trees that still clung onto the branches, whilst others tumbled through the boughs on their way to the ground.

Now daily, ever larger flocks of Geese are passing overhead, making their way to the marshes on the estuary. Mostly in "V" formation, although some were line astern. Today at the field we observed a swarm of what were probably starlings in the distance, an ever morphing from one shape to another, then gone. Something similar was observed yesterday.

At home I saw a Parliament of crows fly over, I was awe struck at the sheer number, probably several hundred or more. I did think there is always one that is different, observing a black blob, way above them. I then thought not for long are you of independent mind, as it approached vertically at high speed. The flock changed shape into a donut, as I realised this was an attack by a hawk of some kind. I lost sight of the hawk as it swooped into one side of the donut, which by know disappeared as quickly as it seemed to form.

Not everything has changed though, Transco and British Gas have essentially severed all road movement out to the west, creating chaos in the area, as vehicles follow the detours and are held up at temporary lights, to increase the chaos. Then there are the fracking protestors, who yesterday blocked of Preston New Road that I use to get to our field. Now promising "fire balls in the sky", "poisoned water supplies", your tap water bursting into flames. The fact that our water comes from the Trough of Bowland seems irrelevant. Yet it is the intimidation that concerns me most, and the delays.

The weather now being increasingly damp, has changed our farm track from a concrete like Belgium Parve, increasingly into a Toboggan Run (Rodel Bahn for the German Speakers), where traction is not as guanteed as concrete becomes liquefied mud.

Perhaps my biggest issue is the grass on the field; it is still growing, now quite long and ground now unsuitable for the lawn mower.

As for flying itself, I am continuing on a weekly basis, of generally 4 times. Increasingly there are fewer others present. The unfavorable and unpredictable wind directions, is often are a source of turbulence, from the South or North. Come to think of it, the east is not great either Together with topography of the site, which is often is the source of issues, due to the slops, increasing the need to plan the flight.

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David Davis22/10/2018 05:32:59
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Talking of ornithology, while painting the outside of my house I distinctly heard the sound of migrating cranes. Harbingers of winter here as they make their way towards southern Spain and north Africa. As I was standing on a ladder my movements were somewhat restricted so I never actually saw any but yesterday several flocks of them flew over the flying field. Several hundred birds in each group. I even saw one group circling in a thermal before striking out southwards once they had gained altitude.

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AWflyer23/10/2018 10:14:03
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Congleton Model Flyers member Phil Youngman test flying his new Carl Goldberg Super Chipmunk powered by OS 91 four stroke fantastic build and covering job by his father Peter.chip1.jpg

Nigel R23/10/2018 12:45:40
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Very nice.

Our field is starting to get a little softer underfoot. The small electrics will soon be ruling the shorter days.

I refreshed my HK MX2; swapped the unbranded 9g servos - one had failed mid-flight, interesting moment - for HS55, and changed the pushrod hardward for "proper" 1.6mm + clevis stuff - the thin stuff was loose in the horns (and had been from new). I also straightened up the twist in the fuselage by reinforcing with some (more) paper covering at the corners. I need to perform the same treatment for its rather warped ailerons. Was nice to get it back in the air.

I spent another session shooting touch and goes with my RM Trainer, the post-flight cleanup was less pleasant - the sheep are back in the field, and their offerings are like undercarriage magnets. And as sticky as epoxy. The downside of flying on land with livestock.

aidan mcatamney23/10/2018 13:39:39
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Posted by AWflyer on 23/10/2018 10:14:03:

Congleton Model Flyers member Phil Youngman test flying his new Carl Goldberg Super Chipmunk powered by OS 91 four stroke fantastic build and covering job by his father Peter.chip1.jpg

Thats a really nice Super Chipmunk and theres nothing to beat the sound of a nice running four stroke engine. That looks like a very nice flying site.

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Tim Ballinger06/11/2018 09:58:08
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Just liked the sun on this Grumpy Tigercub landing last week.

buster prop09/11/2018 10:18:23
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A fine breezy yesterday here with the wind from the south so good for Ivinghoe Beacon. The south slope is flyable except for having to land crosswind along the slope. The air can be turbulent there as well because it is downwind from another hill. Partly for those reasons I took my Slipstream foamie wing to fly. I have changed the pushrods from the kit supplied bike spokes to carbon rods but other than that it’s absolutely standard. Had several long flights, the lift was good and even some thermals went through. After my Cliffwhacker session a couple of weeks ago I’m getting more into slope soaring. This is an actual and metaphorical slippery slope I’m afraid..

Ron Gray09/11/2018 11:36:07
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Still enjoy flying it them Tim, my build is working its way up the list but I've got a big TC that I'm picking up next week so may have to accelerate the Grumpy build to get some twin experience in first.

Tim Ballinger09/11/2018 11:57:24
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Yep great fun Ron. By big TC I presume you mean the FMS tigercat ? Sounds like cheating to me 😉

Tim

Ron Gray09/11/2018 21:47:10
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Think a bit bigger and IC powered - EMS TC

cymaz09/11/2018 22:04:15
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No flying for nearly 3 weeks! Shocking wind and rain today in PL31 raining catcat and dogdog

Tim Flyer09/11/2018 23:11:41
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I managed 3 great flights today in windy conditions with my Wot 4 kit built plane ..wind was up to about 28mph here and I stopped when it started raining. This plane is overpowered with a Laser 80 and I certainly used the air brakes bringing it in today with a strong SE cross wind on our runways. Despite the big blow it was good fun flying and the heavy glass covered plane handles strong winds easily and really tracks well. In fact this plane is actually more fun when it’s windy. 😊

Tim Ballinger10/11/2018 07:00:58
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Christmas come early then Ron🎉

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