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« Reply #1550 on: April 14, 2021, 10:29:25 AM »


Pic 3 I can't remember what this is sorry and I'm not that hot on WW2 aircraft



North American O-47 from the Diels Engineering kit

Was a really enjoyable afternoon - so nice to be out flying again. 

I was getting rather worried when the Blackburn Shark got into some lift and seemed to show no sign of coming back back to earth.  It must have been up for a couple of minutes, so quite a long retrieve - at least the drift was along the length of the field.

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« Reply #1551 on: April 14, 2021, 12:45:39 PM »

What a superb flying day!  My little catapult gliders crashing about our small park look tatty to me now...
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« Reply #1552 on: April 14, 2021, 03:56:44 PM »

Loved the video ... looks like some have already had the year I yearn for. Just one day like that would be enough for me  Smiley
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« Reply #1553 on: April 14, 2021, 05:36:18 PM »

Fantastic get-together Chris, Mike et al!

Really lovely to see the Miles Falcon take to the skies!

Despite my best intentions to come along (although I'd have then exceeded the "rule of six"!) I became 'distracted' by an entire afternoon of 2mRES thermal soaring off the bungee in my local edge-of-village field, my first outing this year and a mild success in that I actually managed to stay aloft in the elusive thermals for a good ten and a half minutes.

It's clearly a desperate conflict having too many model flying interests!

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« Reply #1554 on: April 15, 2021, 04:27:52 AM »

I became 'distracted' by an entire afternoon of 2mRES thermal soaring...

Naughty!!!
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« Reply #1555 on: April 15, 2021, 12:50:11 PM »

Can anyone fly at Port Meadow or does a club have exclusivity? I can moor my boat a walking distance from the field.
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« Reply #1556 on: April 15, 2021, 12:59:28 PM »

A Boat moored next to Port Meadow sounds idyllic and in close range of the Trout Inn too  Grin

Flying is for OMFC members only but membership is only £23 for the year and it is a lovely site

You can fly there as a guest as a BMFA member by prior arrangement but you must apply for membership on your third visit

More details here https://oxfordmfc.bmfa.uk/club-details/
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« Reply #1557 on: April 15, 2021, 03:06:56 PM »

Many thanks to fellow OMFC member Mark who has kindly sent me some more photos from Tuesday's flying on the meadow

Pic 1 - double winding

pic 2 - Grahame-White Bantam CO2 Telco powered

Pic 3 -  Mike's very striking Vought Kingfisher

Pic 4 - Blackburn Shark and DH 83 Fox Moth both rubber power
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« Reply #1558 on: April 19, 2021, 06:50:38 PM »

Lovely afternoon at BMFA Buckminster today. Warm and very little wind. Just wonderful to be out flying again. I took 4 models, flew 4 models, and came home with 4 intact models, so a very pleasing day. I did have a slight mishap with my Dewoitine's wingtip and my car door before I'd even taken it out, but nothing that superglue couldn't instantly remedy. I also managed to land my Comte on a car roof and had to glue its tail back on, but nothing to worry about really. Flew my Mooney DHC Beaver as well, and the little Comper Swift again.
Quite a decent scale turnout. Mike Smith's DH4 mailplane is all fixed again, and his Walt Mooney Defender was flying nicely as ever. Ivan Taylor had his new Camel and Albert Ball SE5A (same pilot as his last one, but in a new plane). Not sure if Ivan flew the Camel but Albert Ball certainly went very nicely. Ron Johnson had some lovely models too (all rubber) including his venerable big Corben Super Ace, an old AW Little Ack, and a brand new 1913 Albatros. He gave this last a few tentative chucks, and it looks very floaty already. Bags of sweepback and dihedral.

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-Three of mine, sunbathing
-Ivan's Camel and SE5A
-Ron Johnson's 1913 Albatros. Not fully detailed yet.
-Flying shot of my DHC Beaver

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Ron's Albatros. Early test chucks. https://youtu.be/cCv9hxALZv0

A couple of Dewoitine flights https://youtu.be/YIQEFIhS3aU

A few Comper Swift flights. https://youtu.be/smRDO1Spps0

I could get better duration from both the Dewoitine and Swift with more turns/longer motors I'm sure, but decided that would do for today. No long walks or tree'd models for me!
Good to see you, Russ et al. Hopefully there'll be several more of these Free Flight Mondays. Hopefully there'll be more of this free flight weather too!
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« Reply #1559 on: April 19, 2021, 06:59:18 PM »

Yes, a great day there today, Pete  Smiley
I only wandered around with my old catapult glider soaking up the atmosphere ..  a great turnout from the scale group and a large contingent from the PMFC.
Even just with the glider I had some satisfying flights.

I only managed photos today ... no decent video.
I'll post as soon as I can.
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« Reply #1560 on: April 20, 2021, 02:34:06 AM »

A few shots from yesterday... I still have to transfer my SLR shots.

Pete's Comte.

Ivan's SE5.
Ivan's Camel.
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« Reply #1561 on: April 20, 2021, 02:41:45 AM »

Buckminster is a particularly great place for me as it sits roughly between home in Leicester and my club in Peterborough .... plenty of Peterborough MFC members take advantage of the free flight mondays.

Luke.
Andy.

It's a bit out in the sticks, but just three miles away is Wymondham Windmill ... a nice little centre where I normally nip for a bite to eat. The windmill is open to explore ... usually a classic bike or two can be seen.
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« Reply #1562 on: April 20, 2021, 02:59:37 AM »

Great pictures and videos it looks like it was a lovely day's flying.

Ron's Albatross looks really nice and some promise from the early flights.

Nice to see the Dewoitine in the air again - flying back to your feet is a neat trick Pete

Good to see Ivan's new SE5a and Camel are they both IC powered ?

Look forward to more pics....
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« Reply #1563 on: April 20, 2021, 05:07:45 AM »

Thanks, Russ. There's a similar windmill up the road from us at Skidby. Also a very nice place to while away a peaceful hour or two.

Chris, Ivan's previous Ball SE5A was rubber, then he converted it to IC (not sure why as it flew beautifully on rubber) but this new one is IC all the way, as is his Camel. He was flying his EDF Crusader too, which went very well and just stayed in the field. Can't believe the glide on it. At least I think it was his Crusader; I'm rubbish on jets. It wasn't his Lightning anyway, because he mocked me for calling it that.

Few more flying shots. Not very sharp...
Ron Johnson's FK.3
Beaver in the blue sky (boy, was it blue!)
Dewoitine

Looking forward to Russ's always lovely SLR pics.
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« Reply #1564 on: April 20, 2021, 05:29:38 AM »

Enjoyed seeing Ron's AW flying again ... I'll have to see if I can find a photo from when we were all a bit younger!
Bit out of practice with the camera but I think I have a launch shot of a Corben and a Beaver.
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« Reply #1565 on: April 20, 2021, 05:38:41 AM »

Great shot Pete, could easily be the real thing
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« Reply #1566 on: April 25, 2021, 05:26:03 AM »

Eventually ... the shots from Buckminster last Monday that I took on my SLR.
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Ron and Pete launching .... the Beaver zoomed a bit as I clicked!
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« Reply #1567 on: April 25, 2021, 06:42:23 AM »

Cheers Russ. It’s only when I see your latest SLR shots that I realise how superior they are to the average iPhone pics people usually post (which are also very good I have to say). Hard to put a finger on it, but they ooze quality to me.

PS I think by “zoomed a bit” you actually meant “climbed away nicely”?  Grin
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« Reply #1568 on: April 25, 2021, 06:59:10 AM »

The camera is 14 years old now ... a few dead pixels but still working well.

I apologise  .... a reusable climb away of which Elon Musk would be proud  Grin

I was tempted to rotate the image, but there is just a hint of gradient in the sky.
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« Reply #1569 on: April 25, 2021, 07:07:39 AM »

Quote from: Pete Fardell
PS I think by “zoomed a bit” you actually meant “climbed away nicely”?  Grin
I think the phrase you and Russ are looking for is, "Climbed like a homesick Angel." Smiley

Nice photos, Russ.
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« Reply #1570 on: April 25, 2021, 07:20:53 AM »

Thanks Lurker,

Joking aside, I should say that the Beaver was a slow and steady flyer for the most part ... looked great in the air.
Now where is that build list? ......
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« Reply #1571 on: April 26, 2021, 10:53:33 AM »

Yet another glorious day for flying today; they seem to be coming thick and fast at the moment. I've still got plenty of semi-trimmed and a couple of completely unflown models so I suppose I should have given one of them a whirl. However, I decided I wanted an easy life today and, in any case, before I risk maidening the Demoiselle or Bleriot the windspeed will have to be even lower, and the grass a good bit higher.
So, I just tootled over to my field with a couple of old faithfuls: the Agricola and my last surviving Guillow Fairchild. For aesthetic purposes you do need yellow aeroplanes when the sky is that blue.

A couple of in-flight snaps of the Agricola then, and a little film I made of the Fairchild...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seriK-UcbDI

The may was in blossom, the birds were singing and the the horse dung mountain was high. Lovely!
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« Reply #1572 on: April 26, 2021, 11:10:27 AM »

Looks like a lovely flying session.

Nice video of the Fairchild - 600 turns is amazingly well judged ...I think 601 and you'd have been in the hedge on the last flight

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« Reply #1573 on: April 26, 2021, 11:21:27 AM »

Do you get lift over the hot dung heap?
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« Reply #1574 on: April 26, 2021, 04:28:13 PM »

Do you get lift over the hot dung heap?
I bet you do. You may have just invented a new branch of the hobby. Just need some basic 'dung gliding' rules and we're away.
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