Phil's News Bits 26.04.2010 Gloucester oven spares

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We have a new reporter this week, pen name Blaze Cunningham


How high is my model?
I am trying to estimate the height of a model using a digital camera, have a look at 
I got the basic idea from Father Ted

Video clips
An HLG video will soon be released, this will be in slow motion

Cotswold Slopers

A PSS bash at the Bwlch, Sunday 25th April, all welcome. 

Tuesday evenings 9.30 - 10.30 pm only ! members only

Gloucester MFC

Reg has released May's Modelflight mag at 

Reg has reviewed the GMFC web site


Richard's Weasel was great fun and went well once we moved to the north facing slope at Selsley

Monday 19th April – The South East wind onto Rodborough Common seemed to have brought a bag of sink-o-matic for the day. The light shifting wind was not ideal but significant thermal activity more than made up the difference. Phil’s reasonably light HLG and my Radina DLG both managed a few good pulls culminating with a catch on landing up by the car park – Awesome thermal flying!
Blaze Cunningham
Tuesday 20th April – A brisk Selsley Common and no coat….beginning to sound familiar! Winds picked up and flattened the slope lift to about 400ft. The XXL struggled to make the tight turns required of the narrow thermals but did manage to get away a few times. Getting used to the recent warmer conditions makes days like this seem like we were back in winter!



Photo Dave's Raptor, looked good but failed to clear the slope


Blissful sunshine on Selsley Common and a much gentler wind than the previous day! The only downside being that it was Northerly at lunchtime and continued East through the afternoon. What XC Weather did not mention was the monster thermals! First launch of the Dragon clocked a not insignificant ascent of 1,540ft above the launch point – a very tiny spec! (logged on the vario). At full crow she refused to come down eventually descending way back at about 150fpm.(the vario reads out altitude change in ft). Conditions then turned scratchy and it seemed the fun was over. Phil’s Pegase flew like a dream (well balanced and little wing loading to speak of) spiralling up in the thermals and even enjoyed the Selsley East slope along with the Dragon later in the day. Days of epic thermals like this are rare!
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A relatively calm Minchinhampton common set the scene for a dabble in the realms of reduced voltage. My complete neglect in preparation for today’s adventures bit quite hard as my Radina DLG dived  in vertically at circa 50 mph. It will fly again but an accurate description of the fuz would be ‘multiple fractures’. I just hope the radio gear is intact! 

Ray and Steve flew Electric models, Steve's FunJet was very fast 

Photo: Ian's Yak


Slope lift was not good at Haresfield
7 or 8 Essex lads have arrived for their yearly visit. Sadly lift at Haresfield was poor this afternoon in a gentle breeze on Haresfield but apparently this morning was good.

Despite the breeze, Minchinhampton became a thermal delight through midday with a few sailplane pilots getting away nicely. Phil’s DLG caught an express elevator and as he followed it back across the common achieved a height in the region of 750ft. At 1.5 meters it was beginning to look quite small!  

Let’s keep our fingers crossed these sunny days continue!  

Blaze Cunningham.

Photo: HLG launching at Minch, shutter speed 1/60

Variable lift at Haresfield 


Ideal condition for the XC comp, we were joined later by our friends from Essex
SCSA April XC comp results  

Half pipe being launched

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For Sale

Newly listed items


CMPro Cessa Skylane 182 83ins Wingspan with RCGF 26cc Petrol Engine very good Condition engine has had little use New spare Cowl model has flaps no servos fitted
Tel 01452 714701 or E-mail




For sale

Thunder tiger 70

Zippy 2200mah 25c 3 cell battery  £20
Phil   07966 175193

2 no hl 400 gyros for sale £15.00 each
 1 no hl 800 gyro for sale £20.00 new 
Turnigy sentry 60amp speed esc £20.00 new
 please ring Andy  07511947773
TWISTER SKYLIFT, Phase 3 Edge; Don’t Panic . Eindecker Foam, Nieuport 28, Thrush Glider, Great Planes,  Fokker DR1 and  SE5A 
ASP 0.61 FS engine.  
Puppeteer Mk2 FL1001.
Plane Sailings Infinity, Flair Heron, Flair Volture, Phase 6, Unbreakable flying wing (cannot remember the name). Also for sale JR X388-S transmitter, and Sanwa Vanguard transmitter
10 off  8” x 4” E-PRO props’  
Zippy Lightmax 2200mah 20C lipo. Suit  400/450 heli, Deans connector
 325mm 400/450 fibreglass heli blades £5 per pair
8.4 volt 650 ma Ni-mh pack  for Twister £5
Sanwa TX, starter, gyro,   91 4 stroke,   Battery, 35 meg Crystals




some forthcoming events for 2010

May 8-9 Long Marston Model Airshow Nr Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 8LL. Contact Chris Watson on 07801 348736 or or see
May 8-9  Model Air Mayfly  Weekend

at Old Warden. All Models Welcome, Especially Vintage and Electric. Ebenezer Mass Launch. R/C under 14 kg. Camping and trade. Old Warden, Nr Biggleswade. Contact Mike Reynolds on 07775 662955 or see

May 15th  Thames valley model Airshow
6th June trip to Duxford Airplane Museum  The Aston Down club
Jun 19-20 Weston Park  Model Show Weston under Lizard. West Midlands Nr M54, J3 or M6 J12. Extensive Camping. Contact Steve Bishop on 01952 587298 or 07961 864415 or see
3rd & 4th July Woodspring 


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