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FilmBuff17/07/2019 13:25:41
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Shaun Walsh17/07/2019 13:32:05
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Of course thermal soaring can be fun, hours of pleasure can be had looking for them after the overambitious use of a strong thermal thinking

FilmBuff17/07/2019 13:56:07
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Posted by Shaun Walsh on 17/07/2019 13:32:05:

Of course thermal soaring can be fun, hours of pleasure can be had looking for them after the overambitious use of a strong thermal thinking

Agreed. Still my favourite aspect of model flying. Love powered scale and aerobatics etc - but picking up lift at low level and working it up is just the best.

KiwiKid17/07/2019 14:32:04
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It's a very entertaining part of the hobby to participate in, but for the viewing public - not so much I fear.

Steve Houghton 117/07/2019 14:43:57
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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.

Speedster19/07/2019 09:19:18
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Not boring laugh

Arthobby Silent 3,4m

Cheers

Soren

FilmBuff19/07/2019 11:14:22
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Posted by Speedster on 19/07/2019 09:19:18:

Not boring laugh

Arthobby Silent 3,4m

Cheers

Soren

yes I Love watching your videos - especially the ones flying from the sand dunes on the beach

Peter Jenkins20/07/2019 00:09:51
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FilmBuff - the heading says thermal soarers and yet you have a hot liner in your video. Rather different don't you think? Don't get me wrong, I used to fly full size thermal soarers and it was a fantastic sport but have yet to fly model ones.

Nigel Dell20/07/2019 03:06:48
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Peter

where is the hotliner in the video?😳

that is an Xplorer 3 F5j thermal soarer I guess a 3.8 m model, a hotliner is a completely different animal, I have an Xplorer 2 and at 1.9kg flying weight is just as spritely but the 3 is sub 1.5kgs.

Martyn K20/07/2019 10:43:40
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Thermal soaring is IMHO, one of the most challenging and enjoyable aspects of model flying. It doesn't have to be expensive, the vids show moulded carbon models, way out of my price range. Older wooden gliders can be picked up for buttons or you can still build your own. Have a look at F3-RES class which is very popular in the USA and on the continent. A 2m wingspan limit with technology restrictions. Must be mainly wood.

Martyn

David Hall 920/07/2019 11:24:08
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Many years ago, I built a 100 inch thermal "Chieftain" just to have a go. This 2 channel model was great fun trying to contact thermals. As a bungee or tow-man was needed, it seemed to be too much effort to fly regularly. Now, after my return to model flying, I was very interested to see that esoaring is thriving. I went along to a comp meeting to see what was involved and was hooked (although it doesn't make an exciting spectator sport).

Typical models as used are molded CF jobs with fittings that cost more than I wanted to spend in total. One or two were flying 2m gliders, which are more affordable. I've now entered a couple of seasons in the 2m class and learned a lot, yet have much more to learn. The 2m class is considered to be the "starter" class, but competing in the same slots and scoring on the same scale, it sure feels to be even more difficult to stay aloft for the full slot time.

Now considering a step up to Open with the model that Soren posted about above.. Does it make a good F5J model?

 

 

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FilmBuff20/07/2019 11:51:13
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Posted by Peter Jenkins on 20/07/2019 00:09:51:

FilmBuff - the heading says thermal soarers and yet you have a hot liner in your video. Rather different don't you think? Don't get me wrong, I used to fly full size thermal soarers and it was a fantastic sport but have yet to fly model ones.

Yep - as the others have said - no hotliners used in the making of this thread!

FilmBuff20/07/2019 12:06:19
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Take a look at this F5J comp. As you lose points for altitude via the motor - you try and launch as low as possible to make the maximum time in 10 min slot.

Edited By FilmBuff on 20/07/2019 12:07:19

Dickw20/07/2019 12:44:39
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The videos so far definitely show F5J thermal soarers.

If you want to see a hotliner have a look at a video of the first part of an F5B comp flight (the second part of the flight is basically a 10 minute thermal duration). F5B planes are basically high powered 2m soarers.

Some F5B videos here.

Dick

Speedster20/07/2019 18:52:39
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Flying my Arthobby 2,7m thermal glider at the beach

devil

Soren

Speedster21/07/2019 21:09:02
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Arthobby Silent 3,4m
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Soren
robert chamberlain07/02/2020 07:48:03
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Hello, I built a "high start" out of 100 feet of 7/16 OD surgical tubing and 400 feet of light kite string. Easily launches my 3 meter BOT (bird of time) and, with care, smaller ships. Of course the BOT is not all that heavy. Any thoughts out there on just how heavy a ship I could go for on my next build? I live in the flat lands of Kansas with limited aero tows so it is always going to be a High Start. Thanks in advance,-------Regards, Bob Chamberlain

Peter Miller07/02/2020 08:34:31
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While most of my models tend to be sports aerobatic some of my most memorable flights have been with thermal soarers

Tim Kearsley07/02/2020 08:57:39
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While watching a thermal soarer as a spectator could be dull I suppose, anyone who finds flying a thermal soarer boring hasn't understood the point I think! There's nothing more absorbing than trying to find and stay in thermal lift. It's a calm, relaxing antidote to high-adrenaline aerobatic activity!

Tim.

Bob Burton07/02/2020 08:59:10
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Flying thermal soarers is not boring, but when you put a motor in a glider it is no longer a glider

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