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Gloucester MFC news
 No flying Saturday 8th August thru to 1200 (midday) Monday 10th August (2.5 days) due to Charity Auto grass event for 2009

The weeks flying  at Gloucester MFC

Lee's Spitfire on Sunday


SCSA limbo from 1989 from Brian  on YouTube

F3J News

After a long drive to Retford (Wildfowl Wetlands) for R4 F3J we managed to get some flying in despite a dismal weather forecast.
We had some rain to start followed by strong winds followed by more rain!!
In spite of this we completed 4 rounds and were 1/2 way through the 5th when we gave up for the day due to increasing rain and wind. Scores were based on 4 rounds and there was no flyoff.
Dave East came first (Graphite), Adrian Lee 5th(Graphite), I came 6th(Shadow) and Mike Raybone 7th(Graphite) so the CATS team were in good form.
Some good thermals but the main problem was strengthening wind and I ended up flying the shadow with 15oz of ballast (AUW around 2.6Kg)!
Some incidents during the day, Adrian had a midair with Chas Dunster on approach and Brian Johnson landed in one of the trees on approach. There were a couple of other "outlandings" and one aileron flutter incident on the launch.

1     East; David        4000.00 R1:1000.00 R2:1000.00 R3:1000.00 R4:1000.00    100.00
2     Wicks; Graham  3852.27 R1:995.65 R2:1000.00 R3:1000.00 R4:856.61         96.31
3     Stanswood; Jon  3836.92 R1:1000.00 R2:957.53 R3:973.48 R4:905.92           95.92
4     Hayley; Steve     3787.19 R1:1000.00 R2:787.19 R3:1000.00 R4:1000.00       94.68
5     Lee; Adrian         3717.49 R1:960.69 R2:1000.00 R3:756.80 R4:1000.00        92.94
6     Paddon; Colin     3642.17 R1:1000.00 R2:846.41 R3:1000.00 R4:795.76        91.05
7     Glover; Chris       3640.21 R1:985.78 R2:1000.00 R3:818.97 R4:835.46          91.01
8     Raybone; Mike    3627.35 R1:762.06 R2:914.97 R3:950.32 R4:1000.00         90.68


Slope & soaring 

Plenty of Lift at Frocester




 Strong lift at Frocester, photo - Ade's big Thermik
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One of the best slope sessions for a long time, the wind light enough for HLGs with lift strong enough for scale models.

There are some more photos at right Mike's Weasel 


The trip to  CRCS at Aston Down  for a power flying experience, date to be arranged

The thermal comp against Malvern SA was postponed,  new date    9th Aug., please contact Brian
A practice session this week

Next club meeting August 19th Wednesday evening 6.30 for 7.00PM start Mini glider competition and electric model flying details

August 23rd Sunday  club thermal competition 9.30 for 10.00AM start

I found this on a Forum, most statistical evidence advice is for laptop batteries 


The chart shows graphically what I was saying (in fact, this was one of the titbits of info that I gleaned my knowledge from.  What its saying is a low temp storage with mid charge level will retain 98% of useable capacity (that last two words is missing from this chart, I think it was in the lead up description), whereas a fully charged battery stored at 60 C will be down to only 60% useable capacity after just 3 months.

That chart though is more aimed at laptop batteries, where they are always fully charged and the average running temp is around the 60 degree mark.

In our game, I keep mine fully charged, but store them in a cool metal container that would average around 15 degrees C.  Based on that chart, this will only drop to around 90% useable capacity after 12 months. Not taking into account that 50 to 100 times during that time they will be run down to 20% capacity and recharged (based on using each battery twice a week).

In my mind this is not that much different to the ideal storage habbits, that will drop to 98% useable capacity after 12 month.  So in reality for our usage type, providing you dont store them on the dashboard of your car when not in use, you will not notice any real diference.

Analysis: stored at ideal charge, comparing 0 degree storage temp to 25 degree C staorage temp - difference of just 4% total useable capacity after 12 months.

comparing the same 0 degrees half charge voltage to 25 degrees C fully charged, 18% difference in total capacity after 12 months.

Since we only avery 2 years useable life, I dont see that the effort is worth worrying about.

FOR SALE , For use by club members and others in Gloucestershire, send to


newly listed  Items 

For sale:  26/07/09

Saito 150s Black Knight four stroke engine, brand new in box has never been used.   Present price in excess of 400, yours for 275.   Can deliver within reasonable distance.
Brian Cobb 01452-780005


Interested in a Brand new RCV 91CD Four Stroke. This engine cost me 179.90 has only been bench run.
This engine was for my Topgun Spitfire, However i have decided i need a 120 four Stroke

Looking for a trade, ideally a good OS 120 Four Stroke in good condition, good running with good compression, I would consider
other engines..

I would also sell, Offers accepted.




List of items fore sail  for details

hanger 9 piper cub
Edge 540 electric RTF
Connectors, Heat Shrink,  Connectors, Carbon Fibre 
Wanted, a Din to Square Futaba trainer lead. 
10" x 5" x 4mm thick gyro tape, this can be used to mount gyros, rec, servos and more . 3 a sheet  
Cyanoacrylate (Super Glue) thin type 20g container  . 75p a tube  
Zippy lightmax 2200 20c 3cell batteries fitted with deans plugs . 20  
flightmax 130mah batteries. For the mcx or vapor 3 each 
Flightmax 800 3 cell batteries suitable for Trex 250 10 each 
HXT 900 micro servo 9g/1.6kg/.12 sec 4 each
, a Din to Square Futaba trainer lead
Also a 6mm heli starter drive 5.00 again new never used.
ATS Kite 64" with OS46 + servos,
Flair Piper cub 72" damaged, 
Hitec focus 6, Sanwa vanguard 6, 
Sanwa RD6000 sport, field box with control panel,
1 starters, glow starters, fuel pump, fuel and lots of accessories. 
Futaba crystals RX88, , RX71, RX71 dual conversion,
Wanted  RX84,
Mini Titan,
Don's PC9 150 complete PC-9 45 *


Events & Shows

This isn't intended to be the definitive list of all the events and shows in the country, just one's that might be of interest to club members

Aug 2  Wincanton Falcons 15th Annual Charity Display
Aug 8-9  Park Hall Helicopter 3D Competition
Aug 9  Rollstone MFG Scale Helicopter Fly In
Aug 15 (or 16) 

Thames Valley Scale Aerotow Event

Siege Cross, Nr Thatcham, Berkshire. For Details See
Sunday 23/08/09  Cirencester & District Model Aircraft Club  Day 
Aug 23rd Woodspring Efly
21st - 23rd Aug Bristol model exhibition Thornbury  
Aug 29-30-31  BMFA British National Championships 
Aug 29-30-31

 SAM 1066 Vintage Eurochamps Inc Dixielander Celebration Event on Sunday. Middle Wallop, Nr Andover,

 SO20 8DY. Contact Mike Parker on 0118 948 1392 or or see
29 August OPEN DAY Gaer Park At junction 28 on the M4 take the roundabout exit signposted A48 St. Mellons.
Follow the A48 for St. Mellons & Castleton 
Sept 5-6th LMA Much Marcle Show Herefordshire, HR8 2LX. Contact Bernard Morris on 01989 740619 or 07720 677056 or or see
Sept 5 -12th Bream flying festival week 
beach, slope soaring field flying and bring  'n' buy
Sept - 12 & 13   AEROTOW at Middle Wallop
September 13th Autumn Barbeque 
Sept - 26 or 27 AEROTOW at Siege Cross Farm
25-27th Sept 3D heli championship  J8 M5 
3rd October Indoor flying at Bentham 6.00 - 8.00PM 
11th Oct XC West Mendip










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