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Brrrrrr, winter's here, how much flying are you getting in?

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Martyn K06/01/2014 16:16:55
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I can honestly say that its getting lighter in the evening. I haven't actually noticed it, I have noticed howling gales, torrential rain but very little snow or ice...


So... resurrecting Mr A's  thread title from last year.

Is it building only or are you braving the elements..?

Edited By Martyn K on 06/01/2014 16:35:00

Simon B06/01/2014 16:22:57
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Had one lot of flying on Boxing day, but i'm taking advantage of the weather to get things shipshape. Currently got my Nijhuis Focke ready for flying, as well as my Black Horse Mustang and just finishing off the battery hatch on my Acro Wot, so i'll have plenty to keep me busy when the weather is good enough

Concorde Speedbird06/01/2014 16:24:51
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I've done loads of flying, Christmas Eve and Boxing day, and many more days. All three of my planes have seen action, Funfly, Domino and Jester. Lots of building too!


Martyn K06/01/2014 16:26:07
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So answering my own thread.

I managed to get out yesterday morning - the first time this year and the first time since mid December.

The weather when I left home was mint, flat calm and weak hazy sunshine. 20 minutes later the wind was picking up..

I decided to have a go with the AstroHog. I have replaced the aileron servos (MG966R) and set them up on separate channels.

However or field was very boggy - I didn't drive on, even walking across the field left severe dents in the ground where my wellies left an impact.

First flight was fine, the new servos and seperate channels have transformed the linearity of the roll - so quite pleased.

Until I landed. The AstroHog is a real floater - it always lands gently, but when it touched down, the wheels dug in and the model ended on its nose with a big dollop of mud where the carb should be.

So back to the pits (I was the only one flying) a quick clean up and take 2 for the second flight.

The wind had really picked up now.

3 attempts to get the model off the ground due to the suction effect stopping the wheels from turning and the model nosing over. Eventually got it away - a lovely smooth take off, but with all the palarva I forgot to star the timer. The upshot was I ran out of fuel on the downwind leg of the approach and had to bring it down in the next field (in one piece). Now far too windy to get it back - even though it was still quite high

At this point I decided that the gods were on my side and not push my luck so I packed up and went home with the revised AcroWot and FleaFli waiting for the next calm day..

Then spent an hour removing the mud from the model, the gear and me. It was very muddy.


Tony Bennett06/01/2014 16:28:24
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our field runs right next to the river mole sooooooooooooooo at the mo it is under 1ft of water.

i have not flown since the end of oct due to the rain and rain and wind and rain.

mind you i am getting lots of building done.

Gixerbenten06/01/2014 16:29:29
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Every day weather permitting. Xmas day was good, thats why dinner was late embarrassed

Vecchio Austriaco06/01/2014 16:30:06
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Building only. The few occasions where wind and weather were acceptable were blocked by family business...

but: I finished my Dawn Flyer, repaired my E-flite Extra, repaired my good old Webbit....


Martyn K06/01/2014 16:32:03
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Gets some floats Tony..! AT least you wont have to worry about the mud

Our saving grace is that the high winds have brought down lots of trees (very high 60+ feet trees) that were classic model catchers. This will have weakened the ground somewhat so I am expecting even more to come down in the next couple of months.


David Ashby - Moderator06/01/2014 16:33:35
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First fly of the year was yesterday, first in the park giving the Crack Turbo Beaver a maiden (get one it's brilliant) then later at our flooded patch. A river runs at the north edge of it and, needless to say, with all this rain, it has broken its banks pretty regularly over the last few weeks sometimes getting right up the field.

So we got the waterplanes out smile

Had a great morning in zero winds and neither Andy or I ended up playing submarines. I had the Icon, it doesn't fly much but comes into its own when we're flooded out or snow covered. Andy had added Funcub floats to his Acromaster and it flew well with them.


Edited By David Ashby - RCME on 06/01/2014 16:36:58

Martyn K06/01/2014 16:33:40
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We had 2 good flying days over Christmas - Boxing Day and the 29th - both days were committed for family events. The rest of the days were absolutely dreadful


Concorde Speedbird06/01/2014 16:41:09
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Yesterday was fun, I flew the Domino which is absolutely fantastic with a 70 four stroke, flying it is a joy. The field was a bit boggy but we coped, and I finally did a nice slow roll properly, and I was practicing side slipping too.


Martian06/01/2014 18:11:51
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none for me it's to cold and me and the cold weather are not good friends

Stephen Grigg06/01/2014 18:16:16
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3 good flights yestersay in light drizzle but loved every minute of it

Terry Walters06/01/2014 18:46:20
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Hoping to meet up with Pete B and another ex-pat at my strip and get 2014 'off the ground' with a picnic fly-in! Pete B will have his Decathlon, Akrobat and the Bixler and I will be taking my YT Monsun, my good old Boomerang and my HK Zlin 50L for it's maiden flight (I hope!). I'll also be taking a FunCub for our friend to fly on the buddy box!

Weather forecast keeps changing all the time but here's hoping!


John Privett06/01/2014 19:33:12
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Posted by Tony Bennett on 06/01/2014 16:28:24:


our field runs right next to the river mole sooooooooooooooo at the mo it is under 1ft of water.

i have not flown since the end of oct due to the rain and rain and wind and rain.

I guess you're probably a Leatherhead club member then Tony? Sorry to hear about your 'lake'...

A few of your fellow-members are also members at my club - EDMAC. Just a few miles away and on high ground with chalky soil. If our strip ever flooded then the whole country would be in serious trouble!

I've managed to fly at least one day most weekends over the winter, though by no means all. Wind and rain have been the main problems, at least it's not (yet!) been too cold, and once the rain stops falling we can go and fly immediately.

Edited By John Privett on 06/01/2014 20:33:16

MMG06/01/2014 20:31:21
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Here in Cardiff the weather is so poor that I have not seen the flying field or park for the last three weeks. At least getting some decent construction time indoors; Magnatilla, Can-Doo and eying up one or two ARTF boxed goodies, Acrowot and the son's Addiction X, even looking forward to the Club's AGM next week. Forecast for Thursday is reasonable so perhaps that's THE day!


Steve Colman06/01/2014 20:51:31
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Beautiful day for flying here today.

Chilly first thing but soon became very pleasant. Almost zero breeze and some lovely sunshine too. Looking forward to many more.


Devcon106/01/2014 22:38:29
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Managed one glorious day on the weekend between Christmas and new year, light winds and a bit of sun.

Nothing at all since but fingers cross for this weekend. Floats on order.


john melia 107/01/2014 08:18:41
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We try to fly every weekend preferably on a saturday because the field which we mainly use is crowded with footballers on a sunday. But if saturday is a no go due to weather we fly at the coast (the leas in south shields) which we were forced to do last weekend. I got one flight with the force 1 simply because i was just too cold . hands were numb. Its also a bit off a walk from the car to the site, making it a bit of chore carrying models and equipment back and forward. I have now ordered heated gloves off fleabay, and my plan is to wear them when spectating , then whip em off , fly , and whip em back on . the son is going to send me some military winter wear too so i'm looking forward to those arriving (i wont hold my breath though) I've also started on the 30cc sbach , so any bad weather just equates to sorting that out . In no rush to get it completed though , got plenty to be flying at the moment yes

cymaz07/01/2014 09:52:29
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With all the poor weather here in sunnycheekyCornwall(not), I've done 10 mins flying in the last 5 weeks!

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