Pylon race anyone?

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Aug 102009

I know it’s hard to keep track of the weeks, but there’s a small event this Tuesday (as in: tomorrow?) If the weather is halfway decent, we will try another Pylonrace. It’s another hedge to hedge race, to keep things simple. Just to let you knw, Phelim had been praktizing, and his reluctant engine had been finely tuned (or worn-out, it’s hard to tell the difference sometimes.) Anyway, it makes a lot of noise and will last the required 10-ish laps.

Yours truly has been finetuning his Cougar, and since the rubber bands that hold the wing are not what they once used to be, has decided to fly around the pylons inverted, thereby avoiding extra stress on the rubbers. Said Cougar has been supercharged with Lipo Power,  and the hope is that the vintage servo’s will last at least one race.

Of course, the usual contenders have their own secrets, so it could be an exiting race?

The weather could be dry enough says the weatherman/women,  we hope for the best.

Update: Tuesday evening 1800: We almost got it sorted, honestly. Found a nice blue bedsheet in the shed for a few additional flags (Hey, it’s not my fault it was closer to my half of the shed then the washing machine! How am I supposed to know it was a good sheet??..)



Alistair asks: Are Heli’s allowed in the open Pylon? I just had a scary idea.

Kees: Sure, sounds a good idea..

David: I’m up for that!

Matthew: I see no reason why not. This could be a scary night!

Paul: I want a bunker with a small hole on top!

Sean: I certainly won’t be flagging!

Ian: I’ll bring some tranquilizers for the flagman.

So with everybody agreeing, there was nothing to stop us, except: The Cows.. They know a bit of green grass when they see it. Especially when it is our nicely trimmed patch. Surely there are other munchy bits?? Apparently not. We will not be moved until we think it’s time to move. So, with that, and a bit of rain (which turned out to be nothing but a shower) I regretfully decided to do this another day. However, as it stands we have 4 committed heli-pylon racers!  Watch this space.  Actually, this could be more fun then originally anticipated. Heli flyers competing with the planks and vice versa.  

Trust Alistair. Any more ideas???

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Family day?

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Aug 102009

Yes, that passed peacefully too. Seems like most family-members knew something we did not. 😉   However, those that managed to escape domestic chores were surprised to find themselves enjoying a pleasant afternoon. Charlie and myself gave the strip an extra trimming, not once, but twice! No blade of grass over 1 inch got left behind. Time flies when you are having fun, and fun we had. Iain flew his whirly-whatsit, a full circuit, when no-one was watching. (I did not count, since I do not understand these things). Since at the end of the day it consisted of the same amount of parts as at the start, it was a good day! Sadly that could not be said for Sean, who somehow got his thumbs mixed up. Sean definitely had more parts at the end of the day then he started off with. However, every cloud has a silver lining, I now have a set of spare wings. (Which is a scary thought when I think about it.) Matthew brought his favorite Sukhoi out for a play, and as always, we appear to be more nervous then he is.  The pics are on the camera, the camera is not where I am, so they will appear soon..


 Posted by at 7:52 am

Display for Donard Special School 06/08/09

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Aug 062009

On Thursday the 6th of august the Banbridge Aeromodeling Club performed an indoor display for the Donnard school in Banbridge. This school is for children that need special care and attention so it was to be a first on that basis. I didn’t know how many pilots we would have as the display was in the middle of the working week at 10.00 am in the morning but we had a good turn out from club members. Thanks to all those who took off work or gave up their morning for this display. It was a small hall but we managed ok. The bunch of ruffians assembled in the car park and then moved indoor to get ready.

The kids were in four groups with their teachers and assistants so we got them to sit up on the stage to give us a bit more room. Iain and Matthew had little contra rotating helicopters that we hovered about and landed on the stage and took off again much to the delight of those watching. David Nolan hovered his X-cell Furion heli in idle up 1 the right way up for a change again to the delight of those watching. The speed controller was rearing to go and so was the heli, so just one flight was made as it really was an outdoor setup being flown indoors. Indoor 3d type models were flown by Kees, Matthew and Richard who came all the way down from Dungannon. It which was exciting to watch and the kids actually cheered when a model hit the roof, wall or floor which was quite often! Matthew had a Sukoi indoor model which is tiny but needs to be flown fast and it was exciting for us to watch never name fly it. In between a group Matthew was prop hanging a 3d model and the speed controller just cut out and the model reversed straight into the floor on its rudder much to the delight of David! A distinct burning smell was smelt so the lipo was quickly unplugged but I think it was the speed controller that fired the dummy out of the pram on this one. No damage was done to the model at all. The last group were away somewhere and were a tiny bit delayed so we were offered a cup of tea and biccys until they turned up. A few went no thanks, were ok but my feet were already going like the back wheel of a motocross scrambler out the door towards the canteen! If you see me refusing tea call a doctor!!! We had tea and biccys and a bit of banter but I wont say who ate all the jammy dodgers, or rather who got the blame for eating them all!

We assembled again in the gym for the last group and flew just off the peg kind of thing. These were bigger kids and enjoyed seeing a micro heli landing and taking off from Kees’s noggin. One of the girls wanted a go at the flying so Iain’s heli tranny was handed over and she got a twiddle at it. Its a micro contra rotating heli so it was simple to fly and the girl was happy that she tried it. We do our best to please you see.

All in all the display was well received by all and we enjoyed flying for them. When we packed up a few of us headed to Burger king in the outlet for a burger as it was dinner time and again enjoyed a bit of crack while munching burgers and chips. Let me now just say thanks to all our pilots and helpers for making the display a success.