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Mike Thomas
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« Reply #1450 on: October 01, 2020, 02:14:40 AM »

It was quite easy really. First, I have a vague familiarity with the area, having lived on the other side of the Humber (Cleethorpes) until our family emigrated to Australia in the 60's, when I was a teenager. I have had 3 or 4 trips back , the last in 2015, and they usually included crossing the Humber Bridge. So, from the photos I knew you were flying on a line roughly N.E. of the bridge, and a quick look on Google maps showed where the open spaces are. A significant feature in one field was Horse Manure Mountain, and that was it.
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« Reply #1451 on: October 01, 2020, 09:53:24 AM »

That's it then!  The second lockdown cookup will be known as Horse Manure Mountain Cookup !   Grin

Now that the context is globally established, what's the theme...?
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« Reply #1452 on: October 01, 2020, 12:15:29 PM »

"Mustangs"   Grin
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« Reply #1453 on: October 01, 2020, 12:16:05 PM »

Pres Bruning designs?
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« Reply #1454 on: October 01, 2020, 01:36:08 PM »

"Mustangs"   Grin
Very good. Smiley
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« Reply #1455 on: October 01, 2020, 03:21:38 PM »

Thought Mustangs were wild... how would one collect enough of their manure to make a suitable mountain!?  Grin
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« Reply #1456 on: October 01, 2020, 03:32:26 PM »

Thought Mustangs were wild... how would one collect enough of their manure to make a suitable mountain!?  Grin
You’d shovel it into a Horsa glider?
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« Reply #1457 on: October 01, 2020, 05:31:59 PM »

Shouldn't that be cheval it , M Bleriot??  Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #1458 on: October 05, 2020, 11:31:12 AM »

Got some good flying in this past weekend at the FAC meet at Wawayanda, with a few videos!

Flying Aces Moth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLkq2UdV2DE

Mauboussin Hemiptere: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuRoWWHTFrY


The Hemiptere has some nose-block vibration issues, and will probably need some surgery to really climb well. With a new prop and tight-fitting nose block where I can adjust the thrust line, I think it'll have no trouble breaking a minute. Lots of pictures of that build, I'm planning on uploading to YouTube and here when I get the time.

Oliver
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« Reply #1459 on: October 05, 2020, 11:46:04 AM »

Nice Oliver!  Hope to make it east for some meets next year.

Mike
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« Reply #1460 on: October 05, 2020, 07:57:35 PM »

Very enjoyable videos Oliver. the one of the Flying Aces Moth was beautifully captured - even with cooperative clouds! Nice camera work. Thanks for posting.

John.

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« Reply #1461 on: October 13, 2020, 08:55:57 AM »

 Grin  played with the grandkids yesterday. we flew two gliders, the skyhawk and the vulcan, the Diels p40 and the Diels wind indicator to total destruction. I'll see what can be fixed. pics to follow as camera was out of power.

jim Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Grin
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« Reply #1462 on: October 18, 2020, 06:21:39 PM »

A most enjoyable session at Buckminster today. I finally decided to jump back into the competition pond and have a go at a couple of the flying only events which are now being run all together as an ongoing league-style contest.
Near perfect conditions with an almost vertical windsock. The only heartbreak, and it was a major one, was that Mike Smith's beautiful new DH4 mailplane inexplicably went the wrong way, careened into the cars and cut off its starboard wings and tail on an open hatchback door. Repairable certainly, but not I fear any time very soon. With no wind to take the models safely off into the distance it seemed to me the car line came into play more often than usual. I had two lucky escapes myself- landing my DHC Beaver neatly between two vehicles on one occasion and, a bit later, my trusty Comte (slightly off form today) was saved from certain Carmegeddon by a very clean and unflustered catch by John Bowerman. Thanks, John!

I entered the Comte in the AM/MA designs comp. It's what I built it for really, but it had a mishap at Barkston in that event last year. Today, I couldn't work out why its nosebock was such a tight fit. I actually had to grease it to get it in and thought the balsa must have somehow expanded. Only when I was about to launch did I realise I'd forced the Beaver's noseblock in instead! Then I couldn't find the real Comte noseblock for a while, but eventually realised it was in... you've guessed it... the Beaver. What's more, the Beaver had just put in quite a decent flight with it! Do the two noseblocks and props look the same you ask? Er... no. Just pure gormlessness on my part I'm afraid.

I got some good flights with the Beaver today, especially once it had the right noseblock in. Here's one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7tpzFNk_hU
The best of the lot though (which I didn't video, but which luckily was judged as a Selby comp flight) sailed over the cars, over the ditch and landed on its wheels in the rough field, trundling to a stop as pictured without even nosing over.
Dewoitine went okay as well. It needs a bit more height really though, so I think I'll up the rubber a bit next time out. Here's a vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbbM5vrI158

Mike Smith's Mooney Aeronca Defender was flying just beautifully today. Here's a video of that too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tikMFM_dUDg It always seemed to do another circuit or two just as you thought it was going to come down.
I'll put this and my Beaver flight on the old Mooney thread too.

And here's Ivan Taylor's new, giro equipped FW.190 doing its highly impressive thing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJ1cwFcZ7u8.
His Heinkel bipe was going very nicely too, but I failed to get a pic. Also failed to get any footage of John Bowerman's Fairchild, which was also going well and his Mooney GeeBee and Cosmic Wind (I think?) racers were showing potential too.

Pics are my Beaver and Dewoitine in their rough field and KK grass landing positions respectively, and Ivan's FW.190 at rest. Sorry- I should have photographed more models but it was the kind of day when flying takes precedence. Certainly the calmest conditions I've flown in this year. Thanks to Mike and all concerned for getting scale flying going again, and especially Doug Hunt and Paul Rich at Buckminster today for all their judging efforts.







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« Reply #1463 on: October 18, 2020, 08:00:56 PM »

Thanks for the report and videos Pete - easy to see why you didn't waste more time taking photos! how do you find the site as a free flight area? The mounds of dirt alongside the ditch looked menacing. Lots of KK grass though!

John
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« Reply #1464 on: October 19, 2020, 02:48:31 AM »

Hi John, I really like Buckminster for flying. Ok, it’s not perfect with the hill and the excitement of leaping the ditch to retrieve escaped models, and actually at this time of year there is just a small island of KK grass (which the Dewoitine found) and the rest is rather shorter, but still soft enough to land in. Not sure what the current earth works are there for; anyone? I know the BMFA has its faults and critics, like almost every large organisation, but the Buckminster Centre is a huge credit to it in my opinion. There seem to be improvements every time I go and it’s always kept in good shape. I think Manny and the others who run it do a great job.
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« Reply #1465 on: October 19, 2020, 03:31:06 AM »

The Compte's nose was in the Beaver...!?!  And then you got the vaseline out?!  Whatever were you thinking of, Pete?!  Cheesy

Lovely to see the videos!
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« Reply #1466 on: October 19, 2020, 03:41:04 AM »

The Compte's nose was in the Beaver...!?!  And then you got the vaseline out?! Whatever were you thinking of, Pete?!  :
Ok, it sounds bad when you put it like that. It was just straightforward, innocent idiocy though. It was my wedding anniversary yesterday and not only did my wife happily let me spend it at Buckminster flying, but she has now put up with exactly this kind of dunderheadedness for 23 years. (Commiserations to all who have less saintly spouses.)
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« Reply #1467 on: October 19, 2020, 04:02:25 AM »

Great report , pics and videos and excellent dunderheadedness

Sorry to hear of Mike's DH4's encounter with a car  Undecided hopefully the winter will see it back together again
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« Reply #1468 on: October 19, 2020, 04:45:43 AM »

Enjoyed your report, Pete  Smiley
Love how Ivan's Fw190 was flying and good to see your models flying so well.

I'm a bit worried that the event completely slipped my mind ... I even had the day off for 'something?'! I ended up at the Great Central Railway's Rothley station, drinking tea and watching the locos coming in and out ... small compensation for missing Buckminster.
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« Reply #1469 on: October 19, 2020, 05:05:09 AM »

I'm a bit worried that the event completely slipped my mind ... I even had the day off for 'something?'!
Russ, are you on Mike Smith's FF scale email list? Very good for getting reminders and updates (and also his reports after the events).

Talking of Mike, here's one more pic that I forgot I had taken: his Aeronca Defender in the air, and also a still from the (much-too-painful-to-post) video of his DH4 on its fateful flight.
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« Reply #1470 on: October 19, 2020, 07:30:41 AM »

Pete,
I thought I was on the email list at one point ... I did get a PMFC reminder for the other comps, but I forgot that as well as not realising that there was scale activity. Oh well, happy for those with more ordered minds! I think I have just switched off this year because of the ongoing disappointments.
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« Reply #1471 on: October 19, 2020, 07:34:53 AM »

Hi John, I really like Buckminster for flying. Not sure what the current earth works are there for; anyone?

Hi all.

If the earthworks are those by the 'small pond', then there is a thread about it here http://controlline.org.uk/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=15989&postdays=0&postorder=asc&&start=0.

Cheers,

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« Reply #1472 on: October 19, 2020, 09:15:49 AM »

Thanks for the report and uploading your videos and photographs Pete.

Some excellent flights took place in great weather conditions which saw virtually no wind for the majority of the day!

Pete is also being very modest about his “decent” Beaver flight; it was absolutely superb!  I wish it had been captured on video for prosperity!

It was great to see so many people at Buckminster for an excellent day of flying and socialising (in accordance with official guidelines of course!)

I’ve also added a photograph of John Bowerman’s Guillows Fairchild 24 to virtually complete the set of models taking part yesterday ( unfortunately I didn’t capture any images of  his Veron Cosmic Wind or Mooney Gee-Bee)

Best wishes,

Paul
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« Reply #1473 on: October 19, 2020, 12:21:54 PM »

Excellent Pete, thanks for posting this, very enjoyable viewing and reading. Mike Smith's Aeronca Defender got one of my votes in your famous Lockdown Lashup Mooney Cookup! Good to see it in the air!

Stephen.
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