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« on: August 14, 2019, 06:35:06 AM »

Not long now, so a reminder that the closing date for entries is Friday16th August, received at the office.
 I have foolishly entered 3 classes but only have two hands this year, so:
WANTED... FF Scale assistant (need not be glamorous). Duties:
-carrying stuff to and from flightline Sat and Sun evening
-holding rubber model for winding
-protecting models from tramplers
-retrieval/collection and bagging of bits
-if a model goes rogue on takeoff and heads for mine in the pits, you will be expected to dive in front of it.
Apply on the day, please

Should be a good one this year; at least 3 expected from the Antipodes
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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2019, 06:53:10 AM »

What is the competiton date and venue please Bill?
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« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2019, 07:13:10 AM »

24, 25, 26 August Barkston Heath, with the FF scale on Sat and Sun evening 6pm, when the wind will have dropped to a mere whisper
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« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2019, 12:17:46 PM »

I too need a helper, so if you fail to make the cut to becoming Bills assistant you could always try me?

Your duties would include all of the above as well as operating the motor cut-out device for a large electric model.

Only entered 2 classes...………. what a lightweight!

Steve
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« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2019, 04:33:23 AM »

Is there a programme of some sort? I have trouble finding anything on the BMFA website. What order do the classes fly in, or is it a bit of a free for all? Is kit scale held at these nats or just super scale? Sorry for all the questions, my first nats and of course I've left everything til the last minute.
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« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2019, 04:42:03 AM »

Coincidentally, this was recently posted on Facebook.
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« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2019, 04:44:05 AM »

Free flight scale after 6pm on Saturday and Sunday as stated bottom left in the program.
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« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2019, 04:51:06 AM »

OK, the August Nats is totally different to the May Nats. The entire airfield is taken up with control line and radio activity and there is no chance of FF flying in the daytime. There are ropes everywhere.
The FF scale events are therefore on Sat and Sun evenings at 6pm when the RC 'stops' and we get 'permission' to fly. It is just the three 'superscale' (so-called) events. The static judging takes place during the day on Saturday in the RC scale tent and you are free to look in.
The May Nats is where we have the flying only and kit scale events.
You may wonder why we fly these events in August - one of the many reasons is that there is simply not the time to fit it all in.
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« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2019, 05:22:44 AM »

“You may wonder why we fly these events in August...”
 Also, in August, there are already some expert RC scale chappies on hand to judge the free flight for us.

Having been to the August nats already, the first time I went to the May nats I could hardly believe it was the same place. All the noise, tents, cars, and loud sweaty fat blokes had been replaced by acres of grass and a few curlews. That said, I do love the August event too. Totally different feel to any other scale FF event, but wonderful.
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« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2019, 05:49:48 AM »

“You may wonder why we fly these events in August...”
 Also, in August, there are already some expert RC scale chappies on hand to judge the free flight for us.
In truth, that's the other main reason.
Also, over the last 50 years, the weather is better in August.
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« Reply #10 on: August 16, 2019, 08:36:17 AM »

I think I'll give these nats a miss then...the May nats sounds more like my scene and presently I only have my almost completed Aristocrat to fly and I really want to go to the Peterborough flying aces the weekend after the August do.
Have to keep the hire cars down to a minimum!
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« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2019, 10:18:59 AM »

Everybody should come to the Peterborough Flying Aces! .... well before I was in the PMFC it was my favourite event outdoors. I'm "on duty" judging so can't enter the events but I still love to watch what goes on.
I do really enjoy spectating at the RC and Scale Nats though. It's the best opportunity for buying supplies and the scale area is great for spectators ... as are other areas.
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« Reply #12 on: August 16, 2019, 11:40:35 AM »

I think I'll give these nats a miss then...
Don’t be put off by anything I said. As Russ points out it’s a superb opportunity to stock up on supplies without any postage costs, the whole power nats circus is something to behold and the evening FF contest, once all the RC flyers have stopped, is often a quite magical occasion. Never mind the car hire cost- go to Barkston and Peterborough!
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« Reply #13 on: August 16, 2019, 01:32:09 PM »

£140.00 for long weekend hire or £41 for the following weekend. Nah, Peterborough it is...when I add up bus fares to and from hire car company, hire car, petrol, camping fees for two, entry fees and a bit of a spend, I doubt I'd get out of the nats for much less than £300.00.
I'll be taking our boat  towards Leicestershire next year so maybe then.
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« Reply #14 on: August 16, 2019, 02:39:08 PM »

I’m from Leicester myself ... i spend time on the dry side of the waterways sometimes.
Foxton Locks are a favourite.  Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: August 18, 2019, 10:02:12 AM »

" All the noise, tents, cars, and loud sweaty fat blokes"  ....... yes my feelings exactly - bit like a boot sale too..... but that said the FF scale events are magical and worth the trip alone so take it easy and get there mid after noon......?  Dare I ask - is the chuck and duck event happening this year?  Or has sense prevailed?
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« Reply #16 on: August 18, 2019, 03:53:06 PM »

David

The "chuck and duck" is being held at the same time as the FF scale competition (after 6.00pm when all RC flying stops). 
It will be held in the same place as the showline flying is done during the day.
Rather more policing and crowd control/positioning, with a specific launch box, than previous years I believe.

If you are going - introduce yourself during the daytime before the FF starts.

John M
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« Reply #17 on: August 20, 2019, 03:04:59 PM »

The forecast is looking promising - two evenings of 'gentle breeze' so fingers crossed that all models reach their potential.
Flat calm tonight so I sneaked onto a cut field for a bit of guerilla trimming. I guess I'm as ready as I ever am these days...
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« Reply #18 on: August 20, 2019, 03:43:06 PM »

Nice work Bill. I hoped to do the same but by the time I got back it was too late. Hope to do a glide check at least before Saturday . Yep fingers crossed for the weather and good luck with 3 classes  Cool
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« Reply #19 on: August 20, 2019, 04:02:07 PM »

Good luck to all taking part ... I hope nothing changes with that forecast  Smiley
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« Reply #20 on: August 20, 2019, 05:12:48 PM »

Have sent you a pm John....
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« Reply #21 on: August 22, 2019, 02:28:03 PM »

The entries are interesting - a disappointing 5 and 6 in rubber and CO2/electric but an astonishing 13 in IC, including no fewer than 7 new models. It goes to show how things are cyclical
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« Reply #22 on: August 22, 2019, 02:51:59 PM »

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an astonishing 13 in IC, including no fewer than 7 new models.

 Grin Grin That's great, I'll bring a spare battery for my camera !!!!
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« Reply #23 on: August 24, 2019, 06:03:02 PM »

A great evening of free flight scale .... a pleasure to watch  Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: August 24, 2019, 06:31:40 PM »

A great evening of free flight scale .... a pleasure to watch  Smiley
Yes and the same again tomorrow.
Very interesting flights from the three gyro -stabilised low wing models
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