Phil's news letter 26/03/2012

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 video Flying man - real or fake? 

Malvern SA News 

Thermal comp
A damp overcast day to start with for the BARCs rules event did not deter the 10 entrants, although at times we wondered what we were doing persisting with the event with cross wind launching and drizzle; the weather did however improve through the morning and inevitably the sun came out after we had finished.

We welcomed some new faces and Cliff Hannam, who had remembered his transmitter this time, led the 'also rans'.

The final flight of the day had the top 4 pilots launching and within 30 seconds those on the right hand side of the field were in trouble whilst Steve and John on the left found lift over and beyond the river. The flight ended in a nail biting finish, John valiantly trying to keep his sinking yellow aircraft from landing before the end of the slot. The end result was John conceding victory to Steve by landing just 10 seconds before the end of the slot.

The results were:

Position Name Points
1st Steve Hannon 100
2nd John Freeman  90
3rd Mike Grantham  80
4th Phil Hayward  70
5th Cliff Hannam  65
6th Brian Boucher  60
7th Malcolm White  55
8th Geoff Carter  50
9th Nick Neve  45
10th Barry Luen [guest flyer]  40

News letter January




Sunday 1st E Soaring 1 − Distance, start 10:30 am Upton − Fish Meadow
Friday 6th Indoor Flying [7 − 9:30 pm] Elms School
Sunday 15th Thermal 3 − Progressive Times, 10:30 am Upton − Fish Meadow
Friday 20th Indoor Flying [7 − 9:30 pm] (last of the winter series) Elms School


Cotswold slopers
Photo page updated 


Cotswold Slopers compass
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Gloucester MFC News


See Blog  


Membership application form

Indoor flying at Bentham  has now finished, it will be back in the Autumn 

Sunday April 1st will be the first of the themed days and as it's All Fools Day we will be starting with anything silly, daft, unusual, weird or just total insane . I'm sure the weird imagination of our members will come up with something unusual.


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Mick wins the paper airplane comp

The final

Next Club Meeting
The next Club meeting is on Wed 18th April at the BGGC  
The draw for the Radian electric glider was won by Geoff
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Slope Flying  


Strong lift at Frocester

Another day at Frocester and quite warm for March 

But before the lift moved to Selsley Phil specked his Wild Thing almost out of sight against a clear blue sky   - typical. That old brick still goes up in warm air rising...


Phil flew my Highlight today at Rodborough to a height where it was disappearing in the blue sky. He could not get it out of the thermal lift! Spiral dives, inverted flight and it would not come down. I had given up on it!

Phil admitted to have been nervous! Rolls (with a Hightlight?) seemed to help and it eventually came down. The whole loosing height episode took15-20 minutes and I was amazed how the airframe stayed in one piece, the way it had to be treated!

I won't let Phil fly it again!!

I was doing OK with Guy's model as we walked from the east facing slope back to SE facing slope car park, as we crossed the road the Highlight hit a very powerful thermal.

I tried flying out of it  but made no progress, then spinning and flying inverted, all failed. I used a spiral dive in the end. 


My Electric Supra was struggling to get to 150 metres in 30 secs, it is fitted with a Hobby city 810KV inrunner and had a 13 inch x 7 prop taking 350 watts on a 3 cell 2,2 amp battery.

I changed to a 4 cell 1.3 amp battery and reduced the prop to 11.5 x 5 and was surprised at the results

I have tried to do the math's

One horse power will lift 1lb 550 feet in one second, so 4lb in 16 seconds would be 0.25HP, I am putting in 400 watts so the efficiency would be just under 50%

The prop calculator is at 


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Brian, Guy, Mick, Andy G and I had a pleasant afternoon on Minch, but ruined to a large extent by a bunch of inconsiderate and antisocial t055ers flying IC models and ludicrously noisy electric wings, apparently hell-bent on getting model flying finally banned from the common altogether by enraging and intimidating everyone within a half-mile radius.  I'm even thinking of writing to the Council myself.

Anyway, the thermals started off well but gradually faded.  Mick and I had a bit of Alula catching practice.

Expats Andy and Christine D turned up to wish us 'bonjour'.


The lift at Minch got better as the morning progressed
My last flight before lunch is below

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The lift built up to strong by lunch time, Rodborough was very thermally, Ben's Albatross got very high and Tim thermalled his M60

I failed to find lift on minch

More photos at;O=D 

For sale 

Crimping pliers with crimps

The specially designed Crimping Tool securely crimps the pins to servo leads creating a permanent, reliable connection. The pins are then inserted into the plastic housing. Wire leads from 28 through 20 swg can be used. Just cut the leads to length, strip off the insulation, crimp the pins on and install the appropriate plastic housing. It takes about five minutes per connector and can even be done in the field


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Spektrum DX4e

With Instructions Manual


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Some Events 

Join us on May 12th-13th 2012

Welcome to Warwickshire's premier aeromodeller show!

Long Marston Model Air Show 2012 will take place on the weekend of May 12th - 13th and will be bigger and better than ever before.

With reduced tickets prices, free camping and family attractions, the show will be an event for all of the family. We will of course have our favourite show pilots and traders supporting us (thank you to you all) and the usual entertaining and informative commetary from Dave Bishop.


Mar 3 BMFA 60 Foamie Slope Racing League 1

South Wales. Contact Ronnie Lampe on 07977 501195 or

Apr 8-9 SAM 35 Gala and SAM 1066 Vintage Meeting

Inc. SAM 35 Vintage Power Duration. Middle Wallop, Nr Andover. Contact Bill Longley on 01258 488833 or

May 19th          Blackbushe Model Air Show  Blackbushe


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