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« on: August 09, 2018, 03:00:30 PM »

Thought I'd start a thread on this, just to be ready for any pics/vids and maybe to see what people are up to this year.

Just back from a lovely hol by the Rhine and about to get back into my workroom. I've just sent off my own entry form as the deadline is Aug 17th. Not decided what to fly yet, but have narrowed it down to a choice of four similarly uncompetitive rubber models ...
Callair- doesn't fly properly yet, running out of trimming time.
Eindecker- usually flies quite well now. Will score poorly in static.
Agricola- reliable and a bit better in static but at only just over the 24” minimum is really too small for convincing outdoor flight unless it's calm (Could happen!)
Big (and now nearly rebuilt) Guillows Fairchild- poor static mark, but I'm hoping it will still fly well. I think this one is my front runner.
I wonder what and who else is coming?

Also, while I'm here- just noticed this re the controversial evening FF 'fun fly' event, now called a 'Jamboree' apparently: http://bmfa-nats.org/power-nationals/evening-activities/free-flight-jamboree
Seems like very good news to me, although I expect some of the 'throw an untrimmed Tomboy at your friend's face' crowd are a bit upset. And I know I'm to blame for raising it, but if anyone wants to discuss the FF Jamboree further (rather than the FF Scale contests) could they maybe use or start another thread?

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« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2018, 04:03:58 PM »

Pete, enter the best-flying and most reliable model. It will beat all the models that don't fly, at the very least.
For me, it'll be the RE8 on its 5th outing. A few test flights revealed that it has put on weight in its box and I have to wring out every bit of power from the Mills. It is also getting a little tatty but it should fly. Also the Jungmann again in rubber. The holes poked at Buckminster have been repaired.
We are expecting two visitors from New Zealand, maybe with a new model. Let's hope for good entries, good weather and a good contest.
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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2018, 04:09:25 PM »

Thanks for starting the thread Pete. I had not realised I needed to pre enter which would have been embrassing on the day  Embarrassed

Entry form sent. I'll give the DH60 a try in IC in my first go at the power nationals . Hope we get some nice weather
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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2018, 04:15:44 PM »

Away on my Jollies, good luck to all, and I hope the weather is good...

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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2018, 06:33:44 PM »

Pete, enter the best-flying and most reliable model.
I will. Always more fun that way, and that's why it'll probably be the old Fairchild if my cut'n'shut repair hasn't changed its flight habits too much.
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« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2018, 02:59:44 PM »

Any thoughts of which day or days the FF Scale will take place on ? I'm guessing Saturday eve ?? or is it very much weather dependent. I checked the BMFA site but there's no events order on there yet just a look at 2017 as a guide
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« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2018, 04:01:08 PM »

Hello Chris
I'm sorry this info hasn't been put out yet. It should be because yes, we still get newcomers. A competitors' letter should go out next week (closing date is tomorrow) but this is late for people to make any necessary arrangements. I'm not organising this year.
Anyway, briefly, there will be three rounds on Saturday evening at 6pm and three on Sunday. If the weather is bad on Saturday, those rounds can be put back to Sunday. There are separate judges for each class. Static judging is in the main RC tent on Saturday. Any questions, come back
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« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2018, 04:47:46 PM »

Thanks Bill thats the information i needed

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« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2018, 12:43:42 PM »

Hoping to get there about lunchtime tomorrow, dump my YHWM in the tent for the static judges to laugh at, and have a few hours buying balsa (and probably also stuff I don't need) and watching my dad fly in the RC. Weather looking okay for Saturday evening.

(Best to ignore Sunday's forecast though- it's bound to be wrong anyway!)
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« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2018, 02:27:33 PM »

Aiming to do similar. Yep Saturday not looking bad at all
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« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2018, 03:07:57 PM »

We will try to squeeze in a 4th round on Saturday because Sunday looks bad. But it will depend on how quickly people get ready - the judges will eventually want their dinner!
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« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2018, 01:44:36 AM »

Best FF scale session in my nearly 50 years of attending. Perfect weather, great performances.
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« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2018, 01:47:27 AM »

some more
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« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2018, 02:38:12 AM »

Yes superb event in perfect conditions. My first full Nationals, although I did do the flying only event last year, I hope they are all this good  Wink

Here's some pics from the static tent

There were so many memorable flights it's difficult to remember them all  Undecided ... Luckily I filmed quite a few of them so I'll post a video here later

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« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2018, 03:03:38 AM »

And here's a few non-flying shots from the flying bit.

Nice to see Pete's Fairchild flying very nicely again after its rebuild...

Mike Smith's Sopwith Snipe gets away on another successful sortie..

and my DH60 made its first ever ROG. The towel by the way is something to show up where the allen key is for adjusting the compression screw as I tend to drop them once I've set the engine and I kept loosing them in the grass... I think it may have become a bit of a comfort blanket as I carried on doing it on the tarmac  Embarrassed
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« Reply #15 on: August 26, 2018, 03:22:11 AM »

Some fantastic looking models, thanks for the pictures guys!  Grin

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« Reply #16 on: August 26, 2018, 04:43:34 AM »

MrsLurker's considered opinion? "Wow! They look real."  I agree, they really do look the business.
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« Reply #17 on: August 26, 2018, 04:55:22 AM »

Dont tell me the Brit's are not conservative  Roll Eyes
There's still somebody flying with Dunlop rubber bands  Grin Grin Grin

Beautiful models, a joy to watch the pictures.

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« Reply #18 on: August 26, 2018, 05:28:47 AM »

  Sooooo envious!  Well done all!
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« Reply #19 on: August 26, 2018, 05:49:28 AM »

Thanks Bill and Chris. A few pics of mine to follow...
As has been said, a really wonderful evening's flying. With today's very poor forecast, the decisicion was made to fly all six rounds, so we just kept going- flight after flight between the beautifully limp windsock and the slowly setting sun. So glad I brought something which could make the most of it; six proper flights and no damage at all for me!  Loads of fab flights to watch from everyone else making it a truly magical evening. To back up what Bill just said, my dad (who was judging the power flights) also said it was the best FF evening he'd seen in all his years going to the Nats.

Here's Chris's fine flying Moth on one of the day's last sorties. It rog'd very nicely. You can tell by its shadow that it's just off here.
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« Reply #20 on: August 26, 2018, 05:53:34 AM »

Some models in and outside the scale tent...
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« Reply #21 on: August 26, 2018, 06:00:19 AM »

Flying shots.
Andrew Hewitt's brand new I.C. Fokker 1decker. Over the six rounds it went from untested and zonking into the ground, through hand-launched qualifier, to taking off and flying properly. Don't know how he does it!
His trusty rubber Morane
Bryan Lea's lovely little Monocoupe
Ricky Bould's faithful Comper Swift (Co2)
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« Reply #22 on: August 26, 2018, 06:02:14 AM »

That is very good news because earlier in the day here things looked decidedly unfriendly but did improve considerably later.   Nice pictures too.

It is looking rather grim though at present with some possibly heavy rain intermittently for a few hours.

How were the entry numbers for FF scale?

Urs - I worked for Dunlop at one time  and so far as I know they never produced rubber bands, well not as we know them, but they did make these huge things for industrial use that could well have held the wings on a 747!

Pete the photo of Andy Hewitts' Morane against that sky is superb - have kept a copy so hope you do not mind.   
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« Reply #23 on: August 26, 2018, 06:08:24 AM »

And lastly from me,  a general atmosphere view* as the sun came down with Mike Smith's (eventually winning) Snipe off on another sortie. The Snipe was a very entertaining model yesterday; on one flight it had a take-off run of about three full circuits of the tarmac before getting off, straffing the entire line of diving spectators and finally up and away!



*aka 'rubbish phone photo taken right into the sun'
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« Reply #24 on: August 26, 2018, 08:07:45 AM »

Looks like a fantastic day. Bummed I missed it. Rain and wind today suggests 6 rounds in one day was a good decision.
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