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Slope Soaring / mount leinster
« on: September 27, 2011, 23:55:17 PM »

Hi all,
           Pic of my1000cc Diahatsu turbo diesel sidecar motorcycle. Thinking of loading it up with with models for trip to mount leinster this Saturday or maybe Sunday. Long range forecast south to sse winds. Anyone be there?

Slope Soaring / fly in
« on: September 26, 2011, 00:57:17 AM »
Hi all,
       great Saturday, really enjoyed it, Great meeting all learned loads, many thanks to Fred for organising (by the way your flying is very impressive). Thanks to Keith(also great flyer who gave me the the encouragement to launch in what I consider winds to heavy for my abilities (effin ell)and  to John also who flight tested my Dg 1000 and gave me some good advice, (trying to sort out crow braking, with my old gear I need to reverse a servo and then it's sorted ) Sorry about your fox  c'est le vie. Look foreward to having another go and meeting all you likeminded oldfellows. By the way what a fab flying site.
Fair Winds,

Slope Soaring / New Glider
« on: September 21, 2011, 21:54:22 PM »
Hi Keith,
          I'm planning on making the trip from Dublin to Mount Leinster on Saturday & maybe Sunday anyone got directions to flying site? I have both wings for the middle phase but generally use the aileron version. John would appreciate your sharing of knowledge on my dg. Fuse repair is almost complete, just needs paint. Look forward to meeting you all.

Slope Soaring / Maiden
« on: September 20, 2011, 23:20:23 PM »
Hi all,
       Maidened my DG1000 tonight in 10-15 knots, it flew ok, handled the gusts very well. It's certainly no floater and needs a stiff breeze. It felt somewhat sluggish on the controls, perhaps I'm not used to the larger span models. It comes down like a stone when the wind drops and speed must be kept up. I'm semi concluding it's a dog but will reserve final appraisal with more testing.
  On the last flight I was caught short and put it down flat on the scrub,the tailplane caught a bush and yanked the fin sideways cracking the fiberglass at the fin to fuselage point. When putting the model together I did think this looked like a weak spot as it could readily flex with little pressure on the tailplane. Anyway will glass it up stronger tomorrow and have another go when weather permits. I then got some nice soaring with my middle phase, It was a great evening for flying and met another flier whilst there, he was flying a Hawk yes a living one. Great to watch and an impressive regal looking animal.
Good Winds,

Slope Soaring / strange behaviour
« on: September 15, 2011, 00:15:56 AM »
Hi Eugene,
              Enjoyed meeting on slope tonight. Turned out to be a faulty receiver, it was losing signal and causing servos to momentarily go wild. Swapped out receiver and no more problems.
Happy Flying,

Slope Soaring / Wednesday afternoon
« on: September 12, 2011, 22:56:21 PM »
Hi spinflex,
              Wednesday afternoon looks a good bet for flying at Killakee. Might go up late afternoon if conditions right.

Slope Soaring / New Glider
« on: September 12, 2011, 00:42:08 AM »

Hi all,
       New glider nearly ready to go. It's a hong kong special 2.6m dg 1000. Finish is not bad (some flat spots on wings), covering was excellent on wings and moulded fuse is good. Final weight with ballast (250 grm) looks to be about 1450 grms. Cost was unreal at €100 delivered. Anyone any experience flying this model? Seen vids on utube and seems to fly ok but needs speed. Mine is the version with flaps (has semi symmetrical foreward swept wing).

Indoor / Next Project
« on: September 02, 2011, 00:27:02 AM »
Hi all,
       During world war 1 my grandfather flew firstly a Dh2 with Hawkers squadron over the somme battling against Von Immelmans flying circus. He later flew a DH5 claiming the first kill of it's type and finally ended up doing night missions in a camel. 7 kills confirmed. He survived the war but unfortunately was killed in the London Blitz.
Would love to find a suitable scale plan to build  a replica of one of his planes suitable for sloping. Rib type construction preferred. Perhaps 40" wingspan.
Picture shows my 23" rubber powered camel yet to add his numbers.
Any Ideas?

« on: September 01, 2011, 23:30:35 PM »
Hi Fred,
          Sorry for confusion, when I googled west wales models top models came up with their name. Apparently they sell topmodel products.

Slope Soaring / Top Models
« on: September 01, 2011, 00:41:21 AM »
Hi alll,
        Is this top models the same shop as west wales models. Thinking of ordering a kit from same. Have paypal accounts been hacked or is it credit card payment only?

Slope Soaring / Sorted
« on: August 24, 2011, 23:49:42 PM »
Hi all,
      Took Fred's  advice as simpler option, removed more noseweight and tried it this evening in force 2-3. She flew straight hands free and much easier to handle got some good flying until I broke it again. Cause. me. In my wisdom I replaced the carbon wing joiner with wooden dowel assuming it would give me a weak link and break on bad landing instead of damaging the wing as I did before. I performed a fast downwind turn back into wind and the dowel snapped (guess I underestimated the forces involved). Anyhows fixing her again. She's looking more secondhand every time I bring her out.

Fred I ordered the reciever you recommended and couldn't resist the the artf 2.6m DG1000( you wouldn't buy the wood and covering for the sale price).Probably made by children who should be in school. Do you think 1.5 kg servos would be strong enough for the ailerons and flaps on this glider(its the 2 seater with scale pilots).

Slope Soaring / Sorting pic posting
« on: August 21, 2011, 23:21:25 PM »

Aha sorted the image posting problem. Heres a few of my rubber powered peanut scale projects. Unfortunately the yellow denight racer is since written off. The Laird speedwing is still going strong with best flight of 1 minute.

Slope Soaring / Newbie Sloper
« on: August 21, 2011, 22:55:06 PM »
Hi all,
       Just joined the forum tonight after meeting Fred on the Killakee slope today. Many thanks to him for assisting in getting my Plouf flying nicely. By the way Fred I flew three times more before breaking it (pilot error), opened up the old tailfin wound. To inform others of my progress with this glider I flew it first with the wing to tailplane (v tail) incidence set up as per plan and it flew well in a force 2-3 breeze (nicely balanced). I then tried it in a force 4 with gusts but needed to correct elevator trim with plenty of down to correct a nosing up tendancy. I searched the internet forums and found comments to the effect that some thought the incidence angle as per plan was too great causing a balooning effect (not sure what balooning means?) and some claiming the model unflyable in standard setup. I changed the incidence to 0 degrees as they recommended and today flying in force 3-4 found I had to fly with a lot of up elevator to keep the ship level. Question is, Do I go back to original setting where she flies perfectly in moderate winds or should I go halfway house? All advice appreciated wether I take it or not.
                                 Fred I would like to get info on those Receivers you're using, like the idea of no crystals. I'm new to all this radio gear and am somewhat bewildered by all the new fangled electro speak and end up getting stuff incompatible with the gear I have so bear with me if I ask silly questions. Why didn't my piccie post?

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