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The Lockdown Restrictions Have Been Relaxed. Who's Been Flying?

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john stones 126/05/2020 19:48:18
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No wildlife report Erf ?

You're slacking, your posts are getting shorter by the session. dogcatquestion

Erfolg26/05/2020 20:09:13
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John

I did see two hares in the distance, plus a couple of rabbits along the track.

Being completely open, I realty find this aspect very much part of the aeromodelling experience.smiley

Just like building models.

John Wagg26/05/2020 20:21:15
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First flights of the year.

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Dave with the eagle and me with my own design 27 year old trainer.

john stones 126/05/2020 20:25:36
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Posted by Erfolg on 26/05/2020 20:09:13:

John

I did see two hares in the distance, plus a couple of rabbits along the track.

Being completely open, I realty find this aspect very much part of the aeromodelling experience.smiley

Just like building models.

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Nigel R27/05/2020 08:27:18
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Got to the field yesterday evening to find bowling green runway (well done to the committee) and perfect weather.

Also discovered:

- all the heatshrink slackened and wrinkled in the car

- I've forgotten how to properly check the main needle on a glow (whoops)

- one engine out on a twin take off is exciting

- one engine out on a twin take off is really really exciting when the trims are all miles out of whack and you don't know why

- plain nylon motor mounts are naff and bend of their own accord, leading to the spinner being about 3/16" out of position, also throwing the idle out on the affected motor and not helping the trim problem

- a strip aileron had warped (heat?) so badly I didn't want to fly it again without fixing it

the two airframes I took were checked over the night before they went in the car - I think they had been baked by the sun for an hour or so causing the covering and warping sad

despite all that, it was great to get back out, some good flights were had (with the one without the bent aileron) yes

I am now clamping the aforementioned bent aileron back to straight and will try heating it to aid the straightening process...

Edited By Nigel R on 27/05/2020 08:31:14

Erfolg27/05/2020 16:43:57
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Yet again in continuing my mission to develop my rusty skills and to seek out new experiences I boldly went, yet again to the flying field.smiley

Much to my surprise, the locked gate to the track was open, open wide. Hopefully it is the farmer I thought, half a mile further along the track, oh yes, I thought, a tractor and driver. Turning into the car park (yes a neat trick, if you can do it) my elation turned to horror, as I found that i was not the only one there, there were two other cars. then I spotted a third.

My frustration was further raised, as i routed through the boot, looking for a cap, to reveal a packet of large elastic bands. Why that particular reaction, well in preparation for the resumption of flying I found that all the elastic bands on my less temperamental models, that coincidentally have the wings retained by these items were perished, all my spares were perhaps, well you get the drift. So I have ordered a total 80 of them from Amazon, plus 10 i bought for next day delivery. What a cretin, I thought, remembering that this packet had been bought at our November fly in.

Now onto more palatable events, today i replaced the Delta, now in for repair, with my reduced scale Nobler.

As a re scoped model, not my best effort, as it is extremely cramped for everything. As for flying, not great in the roll plane, probably due to the taper of the ailerons, a tad small, tends to wander, probably the fin and rudder need enlarging. With respect to the rudder, less than effective, in yawing the model. Non the less with a higher pitched prop, now quite fast, keeps we away from the stall. I am not quite sure why, it needs a lot of up elevator in the turns. Which leads to a requirement to always watch the model, with continuous inputs. Being small soon disappears from my sight. In short a great model.sad

By the time I left there were ten at the field, I would have been the eleventh, just to many in my opinion, so i went.

Ah the field I think i here you think. Given the lack of maintenance not bad at all. That is excepting most of my models have small wheels, and it is just not up to bowling green standards. not yet.

ken anderson.28/05/2020 08:58:21
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maiden flight of oowah at 07.30 this morning -perfect conditions only me a few dog walkers passing and early morning joggers. Model flew ok,needs the C/G altered and the throws reduced…job's a goodin.

ken anderson...ne..1..maiden dept.

Kevin Fairgrieve28/05/2020 09:10:58
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Posted by ken anderson. on 28/05/2020 08:58:21:

maiden flight of oowah at 07.30 this morning -perfect conditions only me a few dog walkers passing and early morning joggers. Model flew ok,needs the C/G altered and the throws reduced…job's a goodin.

ken anderson...ne..1..maiden dept.

Nice models are they not Ken?

I maiden`d mine last Satuday and have flown it every day since.
Work has started on my toowah!
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ken anderson.28/05/2020 09:49:44
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hello kevin,hope your well and not suffering too much from lockdown-itis ...agree its a canny little model ..

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ken anderson....ne....1..oowah dept.

Erfolg28/05/2020 18:03:51
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Still only tree models flown today. Unfortunately a cross wind at 90 degrees to contend with, made into a problem due to the trees causing a lot of turbulence, even with no real wind.surprise

Billy no mates, again, just as I like it at present.

Steve Colman28/05/2020 18:58:07
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Been at the club with my friend Dan every day of this week. Took a few snaps of him with his Nan Explorer 2 F5J glider in all it's carbon loveliness.

And, sometime in the near future it may be mine smiley 

Daniel with Nan Explorer 2

Exp 2 Flaps down for landing

Exp 2 Landing approach

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Edited By Steve Colman on 28/05/2020 19:21:28

ken anderson.28/05/2020 19:15:16
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two visits to our site today and 6 lipos used.......they think its their birthday...windy all afternoon.....but part of the penalty for been on the coast....

ken anderson...ne..1..coast dept.

PeterF28/05/2020 21:41:30
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Lovely afternoon, we can see the sea but are far enough inland to miss the coast breeze so very little wind - Tiger Moth weather, fantastic afternoon, only 2 of us at the field so 6 flights of 12 minutes each and no one to moan that I am hogging the sky. Plane is now 2 years old and I really enjoy flying it on days like today, sun, clear blue sky, birds singing, hardly any background traffic noise.

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Geoff S29/05/2020 21:55:23
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I had a few flights with my DB Gypsy (Cirrus) Moth yesterday as well as my lockdown special Liddle Stik which, with down thrust removed flew very much better and after a couple of clicks of right aileron flew happily hands-off. Very pleased with my quick build.

Very relaxed day with only 2 of us there.

It was only when I got home that I realised I'd been flying illegally! I'd put my new number on my Stik but never thought about either the Gypsy Moth or the Wot4 I also flew. Good job the plod didn't come to check

Geoff

john stones 129/05/2020 22:32:08
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Posted by Geoff S on 29/05/2020 21:55:23:

I had a few flights with my DB Gypsy (Cirrus) Moth yesterday as well as my lockdown special Liddle Stik which, with down thrust removed flew very much better and after a couple of clicks of right aileron flew happily hands-off. Very pleased with my quick build.

Very relaxed day with only 2 of us there.

It was only when I got home that I realised I'd been flying illegally! I'd put my new number on my Stik but never thought about either the Gypsy Moth or the Wot4 I also flew. Good job the plod didn't come to check

Geoff

You sign the confession after you get nicked Geoff. wink

David Davis01/06/2020 08:15:29
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I flew my WOT 4 XL with the old twin cylinder Laser engine yesterday. It flew beautifully, even though there was quite a wind blowing. The loops appeared to be perfectly round. The engine emitted quite a bit of smoke, I am running 15% oil but the smoke described the manoeuvres perfectly. Still one or two adjustments to make to the engine's slow running but generally very pleased.

If the weather's fine I should maiden the Big Guff next weekend. Just need to make up the u/c, check the cg and test run the engine.

Stay safe and keep well gentlemen.

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Jonathan M01/06/2020 09:34:10
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Flying the Ahi lots in this settled weather of easterlies on various slopes within a 40 minute driving radius... but this one yesterday was an hour's walk from home!

The bowl isn't very steep or clean - lots of rolling 'moguls' to give the breeze random twist as it winds up the valley - but excellent and relaxing fun.

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Richard Harris01/06/2020 09:59:40
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Test flew my mates Gee Bee yesterday, wasn't expecting it to go as well as it did after what I had read. This one is the Seagull version fitted with 35cc petrol, one of my favourite aircraft.

There is some on board footage with telemetry, 80mph was roughly the fastest with just over 2G being pulled in some turns, video below, enjoy the ride.

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Adrian Smith 101/06/2020 11:11:11
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Richard,

I take my hat off to you! I used to have a Gee Bee years ago and clearly I wasn't up to the challenge as after two flights I trashed it crying. Great video by the way yes

David Davis01/06/2020 11:38:11
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I'd like that sort of set up on my BE2 to see how slowly it flies! wink

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