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« on: September 20, 2019, 03:02:54 PM »

Looking a bit breezy, but otherwise lovely tomorrow.
Does anyone know what time John Ashmole's Rubber Bowden contest is likely to kick off? Afternoon I'm hoping.
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« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2019, 03:25:28 PM »

This is from the SAM 35 website.

2. Procedure:
 a) Competitors must sign on by 12 noon on the day of the event, a ballot will take place
for flying order. Competitors may enter models in both classes.
 b) Competitors will be called upon to fly in turn from a position adjacent to the CD, and
will have two minutes in which to launch (may wind before this time.) If no flight, or less
than a 10 second attempt, go to back of queue for a second go.
 c) Fly to the target time. In good conditions it will be 40 seconds, but conditions on the
day may cause this to be reduced to 35 or 30. One point lost for every second deviation
from the target time. Overflying the sixty second maximum (or landing under d/t before 60
seconds) will entail a loss of 20 points (or, 60 minus target time.) There will, therefore, be
no disqualifications for overflying.
 d) There will be a short interval between rounds. Second round as before, but the flying
order will be rearranged, best last. Lowest aggregate loss of points wins.
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« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2019, 03:35:25 PM »

Thanks Bryan

I was wondering the same thing... I'm hoping I can find some calm air behind the trees to trim out my Skokie :-)
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« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2019, 03:57:27 PM »

Thanks Bryan
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« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2019, 03:55:28 PM »

Superb days flying today at Old Warden.

It was a lovely September day with warm sun and a good turnout for the Rubber Bowden, only the slightly high windspeed let us down.

A wide range of models were flown from full scale to kit scale to vintage kits and designs I'd never seen before.

The idea is the closest to the target time, this year set at 30s. Each second away from that scores a point, the flyer with the fewest points wins !

I entered my new Skokie having test flown it to check it actually flies in the hour before the 1pm start.

John Ashmole organised a very enjoyable competition, flown in two rounds. After round 1 the leaders were tight with just a second between them but round two saw, our own, Pete Fardell the clear winner with a combined error of just 3 seconds with his Auster Agricola - nice one Pete

My own Skokie managed a best flight 6 secs away from the target and proved an enjoyable model to fly. I brought a car full of models and spent the whole day just flying the Skokie, well at least its sort of trimmed out now  Grin

I have a video of some of the Bowden flights which I'll post later

Here's some pics . Last one is Pete on his way to a round one 28 sec flight
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« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2019, 04:00:12 PM »

Well done Pete.
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« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2019, 04:35:19 PM »

Great stuff, Chris ... and well done Pete.
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« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2019, 06:12:41 PM »

Well done indeed! The Agricola gets better and better with age.

Looks like you had a glorious day
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« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2019, 06:34:09 PM »

Thanks chaps, and especially Chris for the launch pic. Yes, a glorious day! I was delighted to somehow finish at the top of the pile. That first round flight was actually two seconds over the target 30, and my second round effort (by which time I was a bit jittery!) was 31s. The Agricola has a happy knack of flying for about 30 seconds on windy days! I enjoy the eclectic mix of models in this event. Score board photo attached. The numbers show the deviation from the target time of 30s rather than the actual flight times and, if anyone’s wondering, the class A models are the high wingers, B is low wingers and bipes.
Many thanks to John Ashmole for running the event. Here too is the very nice trophy wot I won. A few other (less boastful) snaps from the day to follow in a minute...
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« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2019, 07:20:24 PM »

Gloriously sunny, but quite a horizontal windsock and not many on the FF field, although the car park was quite full. Got a little bit more busy than this pic once the Bowden comp started.

Chris and his Skokie. Vid of a short trimming flight here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9hjFigB2jY

Martin Stonelake and his Gemini (placed 2nd)

Sorry, that seems to be about all I took!
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« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2019, 01:09:42 PM »

Thanks for the video Pete. The Skokie has proved a lovely model both to build and fly..  I'm getting to like this rubber lark too.

 Sunday at Old Warden proved to be a excellent day despite the rather grim weather forecast. I arrived to get on the airfield at the start of play at 10am to be greeted by almost flat calm conditions as a departing weather front headed east. Another front was expected later so there was a buzz of activity in the morning as all present took advantage of the weather.

 I managed to trim out my Piper FC now fitted with a new tail and I got a chance to see what the Skokie actually does in decent air.  The conditions were lovely in the morning we even had some sunshine but by 1pm it had clouded over and by 2pm in was raining. We retired to the canteen for tea and then spent a pleasant time nattering and touring round the Shuttleworth Collection marvelling at the fullsize aircraft

Pic 1 - YHWM everywhere...I even had another one in the car

Pic 2 - Paul fettling his very smart RC assist Tomboy

Pic 3 - more action from the RC assist flightline

Pic 4 - Ron's lovely Corbyn Super Ace

Pic 5 - The rush to fly in the calm conditions

Pic 6 - Sunshine, light winds, field full of modellers  Grin



 

 
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« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2019, 01:37:50 PM »

Looks good Chris. I'm ashamed to say we ignored our golden rule which is to take no notice of weather forecasts but it said lightning all day at Barkston and I've seen what can happen.
I want a Skokie
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« Reply #12 on: September 22, 2019, 03:54:22 PM »

Glad you made the most of the good weather slot, Chris. Always tricky to judge whether to trust the forecast. I’m going to have that dilemma for Oxford next week I fear. Thanks for the pics and report- looks like another very good day. That Super Ace of Ron’s is always a treat to see flying.
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« Reply #13 on: September 22, 2019, 04:42:42 PM »

Hmm yes the BBC and XC weather seem to have conflicting forecasts at the moment for Oxford - I'll take the XC Weather one ! ( 8mph NW cloudy sun)

Here's a video of some of the flights from today at Old Warden including Peter Illife's wonderful micro RC flying boat https://youtu.be/x1glFjkJ_fg


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« Reply #14 on: September 22, 2019, 04:52:32 PM »

There's a video here of the Rubber Bowden competition held on the saturday and run by SAM 35

https://youtu.be/IGE5w43OJM4
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« Reply #15 on: September 22, 2019, 06:06:21 PM »

Thanks for posting the videos Chris ... made up in part for me not being able to make it .... actually made me quite depressed to have missed the last OW of the year!
John Ashmole ... and other PMFC members ....doing some sterling work I see!
Look at that Agricola go!
Pete Iliffe showing how things are done as usual ... love the HB w.20.
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« Reply #16 on: September 23, 2019, 03:15:59 AM »

There's a video here of the Rubber Bowden competition held on the saturday and run by SAM 35

[email]https://youtu.be/IGE5w43OJM4[/email]

Thanks for posting these Chris

Your link is posted in 'email' format, so fixed:

https://youtu.be/IGE5w43OJM4
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« Reply #17 on: September 23, 2019, 04:33:26 AM »

Thanks Jon , must had a senior moment  Undecided
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« Reply #18 on: September 23, 2019, 12:33:07 PM »

Many thanks for making that sunny little film, Chris. (I shall watch it again on those frequent days when things don't go quite so well!)
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« Reply #19 on: September 24, 2019, 12:42:57 PM »

Many thanks for making that sunny little film, Chris. (I shall watch it again on those frequent days when things don't go quite so well!)

I think someone will splice it into your biopic one day, Pete. Smiley
I watched it on the "Big Telly" the other day ... very atmospheric  Smiley

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