Seagull Yak 54. 57in Wingspan. Length 52.8in. Saito 82 4 x stroke engine. Futaba FP-R 138DF receiver. In excellent condition and ready to fly – just add fuel. Cost £160.00. Telephone 07867998493.
Saturday 16th February saw the first Funfly competition of the year taking place at the club, the usual sound of engines was somewhat decreased with electric setups making up half the planes. As usual high levels of pre-competition practice were evident with not just trimming flights needed, but test flights of new models/setups and radio re-installations!
With the weather improved from what it’s been for about 18 months, Climb & Glide was fine if you stayed out of the low cloud patches (Me!) and your engine quit when asked (Sean!), but with the field still wet, touch & go’s were out, as was the Tripple Thrash. So some alternatives were sought and the old favourite of one minute of loops was settled on and for a change one of the mystery rounds used at the Nats, Roops.
What are Roops I hear you cry!
Roops consist of a one minute flight including a countdown for the pilot in which to complete as many sequences of one roll followed by one loop as possible, with the plane to touch down before the minute is up. For every second over one minute, the pilot looses two points. In my case, I performed 11 sequences but went three seconds over so lost six points, in Paul’s case a score of nine with a penalty of -22 would have resulted in a score of -13, but we were generous and gave him zero!
The comp finished as usual with the Limbo, with some good scores, some not so good scores and one buckled undercarriage (ask me how I know!)
Final positions were
1st Mathew 3713
2nd Alistair 2937
3rd Brian 2912
4th Sean 2414
5th Iain 2178
6th Paul 1440
After lunch, with conditions favourable, and the experience gained from last years highly unpredictable weather, it was decided to run the e-soaring competition scheduled for the following weekend. Fair notice had been given to be prepared for this, so suitable models were on hand. Unfortunately I had to leave early so I can’t provide a very detailed report, only the results. Two rounds were flown, with a 20 second climb followed by a glide, with bonus for spot landing, which nobody got!
1st Matthew 2000
2nd Brian 1559
3rd Paul 1207
4th Alistair 1207
Owing to illness and consequent disability the following Aeromodelling Items are for sale :
|Engine||Size||Type||Comment||Rec. Price £||Sale Price £|
|Saito||325R5||Radial 5 – cyl4 stroke||As new – run twice||1800||950|
|Laser||150||Single 4 stroke||New – never run||300||200|
|Webra||120 Speed||Single 2 stroke||Used Good||100||50|
|SuperTigre||G23||Single 2 stroke||Used Good||110||40|
|Irvine||53||Single 2 stroke||Used GoodNew Carb||80||40|
|Zenoah||45cc Petrol +muffler||Single 2 stroke||Used Good||100|
|Moki||210||Single 2 stroke||New – never run||200||100|
|Moki||135||Single 2 stroke||New – never run||130||80|
|OS||160AX||Single 2 stroke||New – never run||285||150|
|OS||90FX||Single 2 stroke||Used Good||180||50|
|OS||90FX||Single 2 stroke||Used Good||180||50|
|OS||50FX||Single 2 stroke||Used Good||80||40|
|OS||50FX||Single 2 stroke||Used Good||80||40|
|OS||45FX||Single 2 stroke||New – never run||80||50|
|OS||45FX||Single 2 stroke||Used Good||80||40|
|Radio||Model||Type||Comment||Rec. Price £||Sale Price £|
|Futaba||9C||35Mhz FM/PCM9 channel Includes Traplet Manual||As new – serviced||200||100 ( includes new battery Sanyo Eneloop 1800Mah )|
|Futaba||Receiver||PCM 1024||Used Good||80||20|
|Futaba||Servo||3001||Used Good||10 each||3 each|
|Futaba||Servo||High Power||Used Good||20 each||10 each|
|Futaba||Connecting Leads||Long , Short ,Y-lead||Used Good||£0.50 each|
|Plane||Size||Type||Comment||Rec. Price £||Sale Price £|
|YT Adrenaline MkII||120 glow||ARTF Aerobatic Pattern||Never out of box||250||150|
|Great Planes UCD 45||50 glow||ARTF Freestyle Aerobatic||Never out of box||153||80|
|MK Synergy||50 glow||Small Aerobatic Pattern 50 inch||Kit never out of box||120||60|
|Great Planes Super Skybolt Biplane||90 – 120 glow||Scale Bipe 50 inch||Kit never out of box||120||60|
|Misc Items||Size||Type||Comment||Rec. Price £||Sale Price £|
|12 Volt Starter Battery||Compact||Used Good deep cycle Yuasa||5|
|Glow driver||Hand clip on||Used Good||3|
|Glow fuel pump||Battery driven||Used Good||3|
|Props Various||10 inch –20 inch||Fiber glass and wood||New / Used||£3 large unused , £1 small used|
|Covering Iron||240 volt||Flat Sole||Used Good||30||10|
|Covering Iron||240 volt||Round Sole||Used Good||30||10|
|Covering Iron Thermometer||Used Good||10||5|
|Various Colours – Ring||£5 per yard|
|Great Planes Electric Hinge Slotter||110 volt||Unused||10|
|Transformer for Great Planes Hinge Slotter||240 volt down to 110 volt||Unused||10|
|Kavan Hinges||Medium||Pin Hinge||New||10 – £0.50|
|Kavan Hinges||Large||Pin Hinge||New||10 – £0.50|
|Undercarriage Saddle Clamps||Medium||New||10 – £0.50|
|Weston Tuned Pipe||30cc||New in Packaging||30||15|
|Weston Tuned Pipes||40 , 50 , 90 , 120||Used scratches and slight dents||£2.00 each|
|Engine Mounts||40 – 90||Nylon||New||£1.00 each|
I want rid of the lot ASAP !
No Time Wasters or Haggling !
If you buy and don’t like it – bring back in SAME condition for FULL REFUND .
Peter R Anderson
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Following the success of last year’s Horizon Hobby UK Come and Fly evening when you all helped to raise over £1400 for Epilepsy Action NI, I’m very pleased to announce that we will have another Come and Fly event this winter.
With the kind help of Horizon Hobby UK you will have the only chance in the UK to come, fly & explore the latest products from Eflite, Parkzone, Blade & Spektrum. We will have demo’s throughout the day and plenty of products for you to have a go.
There will be a large raffle of Horizon Products to raise money for Cancer Research UK, a very worthwhile cause. I’ve set a fundraising page up on their website which i’ll update shortly, https://www.justgiving.com/ComeandFly
The details are;
Date : Saturday 17th November 2012
Time : 1pm – 6pm
Venue : Queens University PEC Sports Hall. (BT9 5EX, Stranmillis Embankment, Belfast)
Cost : £2 per head
(This includes entry into a separate raffle to win a Horizon Hobby Product)
You will need valid BMFA insurance to fly, this will be checked on the door.
I think that’s all for now, more details will follow closer to the time. If you have any questions just drop me an email.
Please pass this info onto anyone who may be interested, everyone is welcome.
Pilots & Spectators at the 2012 area Funfly
I’m glad to say that the Area Funfly postponed earlier in the “Summer” ran on the 22nd of September and was once again organised by the Banbridge club and this year was hosted at the Craigavon clubs very well maintained Cranny road site, which provided an excellent venue. Also excellent was the weather, which i’m glad to say behaved itself all day.
Pilot numbers were well up on the last couple of years, with eight pilots in class 1 and three in class 2, and also in a change to recent years there were not only several clubs involved, but several countries!, so the first ever international funfly took place. I’m glad to say that by very fortunate co-incidence Simon McNeill was home from Scotland for the weekend & so Dennis’ Limbo dancer found itself with higher rate than normal, while our good friend Kees Blokland was also back on the auld sod for a short break. To help Kees out Sean stepped up & volunteered his recently completed Limbo Dancer for Kees to take part, and take part he did, in two rounds, until the electric wires at the edge of the field jumped up & bit him! shearing the wing very neatly in two.
A slightly embarassed Kees with “modified” limbo wing, a very forgiving Sean & Dennis glad to have finised in one piece!
Sean completed the comp with Matthews spare plane, while Kees declined the offer for some unknown reason!
The remainder of the competition provided the usual thrills and spills of cut limbo strings & caught wing tips, it was great to hear the spectators shouting every time a plane managed a pass under and the ooh’s & aahh’s when it didn’t quite make it!
The mystery round which both classes took part in was loop’s & Spots, a 30 second climb, engine cut & perform as many loops as possible before landing as close to the centre of the strip as possible. Believe it or not 30 seconds makes a plane very small & they carry very quickly downwind as I found out. I also found out that just because someone suggests you could squeeze in another loop, doesn’t mean you should!
The competition was definitely in the traditional funfly spirit and big thanks are due to the Craigavon club for their hospitality and willingness to join in.
Scores are below.
You may or may not know that Matthew is competing in the German Acromasters and is currently doing very well against the stiffest competition in Europe.
Matthew is posting a daily blog HERE where you can follow his progress.
Good luck Matthew, You can do it!
Kees: Well, he did! 14th (out of 33) in a very tough competition, in which Gernot Bruckman took the top honours. Trevor and Matt hit the road tonight, I’m starting off tomorrow morning, so see you all next weekend 😉
Once again there was a strong Banbridge contingent on Barkston Heath for the BMFA Nats. Dennis & Jeanette provided base camp in the caravan, Paul, Sean & Morris headed over in Seans car, while Matthew & Trevor had the well loaded van and were hoping for a reduction is the usual Barkston crosswind for the IMAC. Simon also made it down fromScotland(we still claim him for Banbridge!)
For once the weather behaved, the wind was manageable and most surprising of all given the summer we’ve had, was the sunshine.
I’m very glad to say that Matthew retained his Unlimited IMAC title for the 3rd year in a row, came second in the freestyle, and won the Breitling trophy for overall champion in IMAC. Simon also placed well at 7th in Unlimited & 3rd in Freestyle.
As for how much fuller Sean’s car was coming home, I’m not sure, no doubt some new toys will appear at the field sometime soon!
Matthews report & some Pics can be found HERE, also keep an eye out for his article in an upcoming Radio Control Model World.
For those of you with a Facebook account have a look at the 500 or so pictures taken by Thomas Bakon HERE, they give a great flavour of a day at the Nats and made me wish I’d gone!
As you may have noticed, the website is not updated just as regularly as it should have been, there are a couple of very good reasons for this.
1) Things have been a bit slow due to the weather. (The weather is a great excuse for everything!)
2) I’m useless!
Since the last up date things have been happening for some of our members, there was another great Imac competition organised by Matthew & hosted at the Tyrella club. A full report on this can be found on Matthews website HERE together with a great selection of photos.
The well filled pits at Tyrella
As part of the run up to this, Brendan went for the ‘B’ Cert and I’m glad to say was successful. Well done & congratulations to Brendan.
Sean presenting Brendan with his ‘B’ Certificate
We have also had a number of displays, the first being a new event, run by the Wartime Living History Association at Springhill house in Moneymore, where we managed a few display flights in between WWII battle re-enactments, complete with machineguns and explosions. Only one aircraft was shot down (by a tree!), thankfully the pilot was OK. There was one near miss, when a bunch of crafty Gerrys opened up with their machine gun during David’s warm up flight with the heli, thankfully the helicopter survived, although a strong cup of tea and a change of underwear was needed by the pilot.
Alistair looking nervous, perhaps he is concealing the fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies.
(More worryingly we found out afterwards that Von Klinkerhoffen here was not part of the re-enactments, but a member of the public!)
You can watch some of the battle action HERE, just to let you see that Aeromodellers are at the saner end of the hobby nuts scale!
These things don’t grow on trees you know, oh wait…..
Then we had the now annual night at Drumlough, outside Rathfriland , where we thankfully avoided any mid-airs this year, but did give the slates on the hall a fair rattle during on of the toffee drops. It’s the first time children have had to climb a drainpipe to retrieve the sweets (and they did!). As always we were treated to the best of hospitality and a fireworks show to round the night off, although this year did see a strange plane shaped object shining brightly in the night sky as the good folks of Drumlough danced the night away.
No Idea what that could have been!
As always we had a great turn out of pilots, models & spectators at Delamont & despite the weather we managed to get in two good displays during the afternoon, and once again the toffee drops proved very popular with children of all ages!! More pictures and run down of the display HERE.
The field has gone through a few phases this year, again hampered by the weather, which delayed silage being cut, which in turn badly affected what could get in and out of the strip, thankfully we are now back to normal if still moderately moist from time to time.
Hopefully coming up we have the Club Champs at the beginning of September as well as a heli competition and the rescheduled area Funfly. As I write this there is also a strong Banbridge contingent clearing out the Trade stands at the Nats, so no doubt there there will be some goodies appearing at the field very soon.
Trying to keep an eye on what projects people are up to is always interesting, is there a new Aerobatic beauty or some cutting edge Horizon technology about to emerge from the Poots Garage? Is Paul going to maiden the pusher propjet he bought at the Nats or do a circuit with the heli!! And will Sean ever finish the twin??
Then Alistair says he’s building a B31. Now that will be different, something scale, a bomber, probably World War II.
Looking to see what a B31 looks like causes some confusion, because it never actually existed, it lost out in a competition to design a long range bomber to the B29 in 1938.
So what was Alistair on about, had he been sniffing some strange agrochemical, had the thin air at the high altitude of Ballynafoy finally got to him?
Then the next message says he can’t make a committee meeting because he has to take the B31 for an MOT!
Yep he’s definitely cracked, could be helicopter exhaust fumes, or spending too long in an inverted hover has fried his brain!
Then he sends the pictures and it all becomes clear. Those of you who know Alistair will know he has another affliction besides Aeromodelling, and that is engineering, particularly vintage things, and I don’t just mean the annual service of the club’s Westwood Mower. Alistair has a great talent for taking what looks like it should have died & gone to the scrapyard in the sky donkeys years ago and bringing it back to life, looking like it came out of the factory yesterday.
It turns out BSA made a motorbike, in this case in 1950, called the B31, which as you can see from the pictures had gotten into a sorry state. In the second picture you can see that Alistair has been doing more than planting Barley & helicopters up theBallynafoy Rd.Apparently the only bit of the re-furb not undertaken by Alistair was the re-spoking of the wheels. It looks like a first class job and I’m glad to say it passed the MOT first time!