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Bristol AMARC The flying site at Weston in Gordano was vandalised a couple of nights ago, details



Indoor flying
At the first event at Chosen Hill School session I was happy to fly a circle. have a look what 
Armin Mangelmann can do with his mid motor - variable pitch prop - design at the InterModellBau in Dortmund/Germany. I wonder if you can get the same  with a bi-directional speed controller   

Also worth a look, Chris Bishop's masterpiece Depron Man the Movie, some clever editing has made the flying look good. The outtakes are a more accurate representation of the flying, at UTube click here
Please note editing by Rob Bishop

If you wish to join in the fun consider copying my toilet seat lid, this model got through the whole of last season's indoor flying surviving mid airs and lots of crashes,, saved by its low weight, 4 oz all up, details at or come as a spectator and talk to the pilots
Also have a look at my quick build IFO copy at but fit a rudder for indoor use

Indoor flying will take in Gloucestershire.


Venue the main sports hall Chosen Hill School, Brookfield Road, Churchdown, Glos. GL3 2PL.  Saturdays 6.00pm until 8.00pm.


Dates for the autumn/winter 2007 are:

Saturday 6th & 20th October,

Saturday 3rd & 17th November,

Saturday 1st,15th & 29th December    


Indoor Flying at Bristol  Grammar School  post code BS8 1SR map
 starts 21st September 8-30 to 10PM every week with one missing, please check




SCSA Club Meetings Wednesdays 8.00PM at the Bear, visitors and quests welcome 

October 17th a talk on aero towing by Steve Holland
November 21st the auction
December the AGM 12th (one week earlier)

It is hoped to draw the raffle for two 60 inch for Shandy glider/electric at the next meeting 


BARCS F3J 2007 Update at 19/09/07 from 

Pos Name Points Cards
1 Adrian Lee 388.8 6
2 Dave East 386.3 6
3 Ian Duff 380 7
4 Chas Dunster 376.9 7
5 Chris Glover 375.5 5
6 Brian Johnson 370 5
7 Colin Lucas 362.1 5
8 Mark DeVall 360 5
9 Kevin Beale 359.5 6
10 Ozzy Osbourne 357 6




14th October  West Mendip Soaring  cross country WMSA  

BMFA event list for October 



This is a RC F2730 Brushless outrunner I have just fitted my 3mm Depron Extra.
 It is rated at 1300 RPM per volt. On two Li-Polys  8.0V it took 5 amps and turned a 9 X 4.7 GWS prop at 5000 RPM giving a calculated thrust of 9 oz. It prop hangs my extra on a little over half throttle.
On three cells they state a thrust of 15 oz, It should fly most shockies or park fliers and wont break the bank at about 12, sometimes they go through ebay real cheap. If you are confused by all figures buy one and play with it, try it on a triangle of Depron, it should pull 2 or 3 square feet with ease

link to ebay with spec

It's always warm and sunny on FMS flight sim unless you choose the Switzerland scenery.
I have been practicing my indoor flying, this is the F-air I have reduced the weight, increased the control movements and moved the C of G back a little to imitate my foamie. 

The modified par file is at or  

You can download, rename and try it on any fun fly in FMS. Rename the old par file and save it.
FMS does not have side area lift but does have fuselage drag, so you can do knife edging somewhat. 

Tuesday at Selsley, good lift in the morning with showers lunch time. We then had light lift on the west facing slope, followed by a strong but turbulent breeze on the north slope. 
Alan's K8 looked happy once it gained some height. Alan's Pik20 seen in the photo was a bit of a handful. Alan was not happy with it and I landed it for him well back  on the common avoiding the worst of the turbulence and the cows

Wednesday at Selsley 

John's 6 metre ASW22 on its maiden flight.

Thursday at Cam Long Down.

It was pleasant change to visit this slope, Wendy  Windblows said the wind was NNE and breeze was square onto the slope, with nothing in front until the Malvern hills the lift is always smooth. The only downside is landing, most of choose to land on the front of the slope rather than trying to land on the narrow ridge.


Photo Bryan's Condor landing


Sunday at Rodborough 

A good morning but it felt like summer was over with hats and coats worn. The lift was good for Rodborough with a little turbulence. 



  1. Brian's Victor, this had a short flight hitting Pete who took the photo
  2. Peter's ProdiJ
  3. Peter's Discus doing a pass for the camera
  4. 2.4 GHz gear being tested on a Zagi (review to come later)
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