Funfly 25th February 2012

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Feb 262012
 

Well, the first Funfly competiton of 2012 went without a hitch, almost! A huge number of competitors turned out (4) to a wet field which was to be expected after a very mild wet winter. Our main field is currently being prepared for planting with a cereal crop, which has also been hampered by the wet weather, and so is not pretty or suitable for flying. So, having assessed the conditions it was decided to hold the comp in the field at the back of the hut, the conditions also meant that touch & go’s would not be possible, so the triple thrash had Bunts substituted and the touch & go round was changed to Loopings, as they will be known forever after in Banbridge thanks to Kees!

The massive field of competitors for the first comp of the year

The first round was the climb & glide, where Alistair showed the best glide thanks to a well tuned engine giving a good climb & conservative use of the controls for a good glide. Unfortunately for Sean, he missed the strip, by about 100 yards, when he had a radio lock out, resulting in a thump in the next field, and a fair amount of damage.

Pauls Foam Wot 4 could have been doing with a bit more oomph for the climb & wing loading is maybe a bit higher than most gliders!

 

And then there were three!

 

Triple thrash followed, where the limbo dancers unwillingness to bunt came to the fore, as well as the electric Wot 4 which also had a tendency to screw out, although not a badly as mine. Alistair again showed the way, and what a straight built well flown model can do.

 

Loopings, and a trend was starting to appear. Alistair was able to, as he would say, horse her into it, with good tight loops, while again Paul could have done with more oomph and I could have done with a model that doesn’t screw out.

 

After a spot of lunch, and with the smell of Barbecue fresh in the air the dreaded Limbo poles went up, and despite the cold wind some sweat was spotted on worried brows.

Paul showed off his new dolly undercarriage system for the Wot 4, removing it on a slightly low pass, while I showed off the Limbo Dancers string cutting and ground thumping ability in spectacular style!. Once again the steady approach of Alistair sealed the deal.

 

The final results showed first and last place as expected, with Alistairs strong performance all the way through putting him well in the lead, while Seans unfortunate early exit put him in last. So between Paul & myself there wasn’t much, I’d had a better glide but score 0 limbos while Paul had a shorter glide but got a couple of Limbos, so it was only a small margin between us.

Could this be the first third generation member, early days!

With the comp over some more relaxed flying took place with strykers putting on some low & fast passes while I showed how convincing yourself you can fly Helis on a simulator will lead to drastically shortened lifespans for your helicopters. I managed to get away with it, but when I was brushing my teeth this morning I noticed they were skinnier!

 

PILOT

    CLIMB & GLIDE    TRIPLE THRASH           LOOPS             LIMBO

TOTAL

Alistair

142

1000

35

1000

32

1000

9

1000

4000

Paul

66

465

61

574

19

594

2

222

1855

Iain

123

866

70

500

20

625

0

0

1991

Sean

110

775

0

0

0

0

0

0

775

 

 

 

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