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« on: July 08, 2019, 11:18:14 AM »

RIP my Westwings Sapphire, OOS after 18 minutes. It had a fuse D/T, but I didn't dare use it as the field had long dry grass. I was getting 1 minute plus flight on 600 turns and thought 'just one more flight'. Next one I am fitting a timer.
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« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2019, 01:03:47 PM »

Yebbut, eighteen minutes. Smiley

BTW, what's a "thermal"? 
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« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2019, 01:36:57 PM »

RIP my Westwings Sapphire, OOS after 18 minutes.

Just a darn good excuse to build another one, if you ask me.
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« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2019, 01:44:38 PM »

There was virtually no wind. It's horizontal distance when I lost sight was only a couple of hundred yards, but it was just a dot in the sky.
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« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2019, 03:57:05 PM »

If your name was on it, you might see it again. I once had an rc glider get away from me in a thermal and got a call from 5 miles away, where it came down.
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« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2019, 04:36:56 PM »

My best known distance was 18 miles with a F1H (A1).   Grin  I got it back.  Always put your name and contact details on the models and offer a reward for return.  Thermals can strike at any time.

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« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2019, 04:40:30 PM »

It had my name and mobile number, but the nearest village was 8 mile downwind. All the rest was farmland. I'm not very optimistic.
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« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2019, 05:50:40 PM »

BTW, what's a "thermal"? 
It's part of a wise man's underwear when flying on Barkston Heath till the end of May.

(At least till the end of May I mean.)
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« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2019, 06:02:39 PM »

It had my name and mobile number, but the nearest village was 8 mile downwind. All the rest was farmland. I'm not very optimistic.

It could go further than 8 miles. My plane crossed a huge swamp before it came down.
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« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2019, 09:06:49 PM »

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BTW, what's a "thermal"? 

It's part of a wise man's underwear when flying on Barkston Heath till the end of May.

(At least till the end of May I mean.)
   Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

So that's the secret to getting long winter flights!

John
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« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2019, 05:59:53 AM »

Back in 2007, I watched J O'D track his Teacher's Pet at Barkston.
The shot shows John setting up while the model is still in sight. The model had dt'd, but about 15 minutes later he still had his arm raised at about 45 degrees... saying that the model was still climbing!
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« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2019, 07:08:19 AM »

Back in 2007, I watched J O'D track his Teacher's Pet at Barkston.
The shot shows John setting up while the model is still in sight. The model had dt'd, but about 15 minutes later he still had his arm raised at about 45 degrees... saying that the model was still climbing!

But Walt could still see it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2019, 08:33:21 AM »

I don't remember for how long though, Ralph?

Here's someone else bumping around at the same event!  Smiley
.... turn the volume up .... I think that someone gets accused of overkill?!

https://youtu.be/DTYSCufxtbI
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« Reply #13 on: July 09, 2019, 09:25:09 AM »

I usually measure my flights in seconds. It's the first time I have measured in minutes. I realise now I didn't need a stopwatch, I needed a calendar.
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« Reply #14 on: July 09, 2019, 09:32:59 AM »

Ha ha ... the big flights for me are normally when not expected or required too  Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: July 09, 2019, 09:35:43 AM »

I don't remember for how long though, Ralph?

Here's someone else bumping around at the same event!  Smiley
.... turn the volume up .... I think that someone gets accused of overkill?!

https://youtu.be/DTYSCufxtbI

Sounds like John trying to talk me out of lift.  What a great model is the Senator in a bit of wind and big thermals.  I can't remember where that one went.
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« Reply #16 on: July 09, 2019, 11:36:09 AM »

I'm converting my Senator to Tomy Timer D/T to avoid a repeat.
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« Reply #17 on: July 09, 2019, 01:01:45 PM »

Don't forget an address + phone number sticker, either.

I used to fly in various World Cup FF events in Europe, particularly at Poitou, France, a place I grew to love. A couple of decades ago a glider flyer (F1A) hooked a massive Poitousaise boomer, and some of them were awesome, and lost his model o.o.s. upwards! After a while his tracker receiver stopped beeping, so he thought that was that! Late the next day he got a call on his mobile from a guy who'd found his model, which he gratefully went to collect the following morning - it had gone (or so I heard) all of 76 kilometers! I believe the model was a Russian-made F1A, so therefore a costly bit of kit. An address label is essential!

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« Reply #18 on: July 09, 2019, 02:07:41 PM »

One late afternoon, decades ago, I lost an A/2 from RAF Topcliffe.  Pre-tracker times then but I had a good line so took next day off from work and spent hours upon a fruitless search.

Some three weeks later I received a postcard from  a farmer who had found it in his crops  .... close to Redcar.  A  check of Ordnance Survey maps indicated a flight of about 74 miles, some of which must surely have been covered in darkness.  The assumption was that the glider got a boost over the Sutton Bank soaring site ... and then again over the Hambleton Hills.   

My line was good... I  was just about 70 miles short.     Model was retrieved in very good shape other than wing wires rusted into the wing tubes , and was back into the air soon after.
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