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David Davis last won the day on March 13 2022

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  1. Yes, it can get really hot down there in the summer. I had to abandon my 2022 attempt because Miss Blue Eyes felt unwell in the heat.
  2. True enough Martin but given the location we might manage a cup of tea with a dash of milk and a bacon sarnie!
  3. I have sent off the Thunder Tiger's cylinder head to an engineer called Mike Phillips who bought a kit from me last year. Let's hope he can repair it for otherwise it's a very sound engine. With all of the swapping around, I now have an OS FS Surpass 52 in the British Baron and a Magnum 52 FS with an OS carburettor in the Ukrainian Baron. I have recently bought a Laser 50. I plan to fly a Baron in British markings with a British engine next year, but the engine is much heavier than its Chinese or Japanese equivalents so I'll have to make a Baron with a shorter nose. It arrived without a slow running needle but I managed to track one down to a model shop in Athens of all places.https://www.bestrcshops.com/. Mike plans to fly in the competition next year and may use a PAW 35 which would not be competitive against the OS35AX which is the engine of choice for the hot-shot i/c pilots in La Coupe, but it would be different. If it happens there would be two British pilots flying two Barons in British markings and powered by British engines! How cool would that be!
  4. Here's a few more pictures of the model in flight. My van is in dock at present and I only have an old P6 Rover as transport, consequently I cannot take anything bigger than a Super 60!
  5. Lovely afternoon here yesterday so I took the Ukrainian Baron flying, practising for La Coupe Des Barons. The model was previously fitted with a Thunder Tiger 54 but the threads in the exhaust port have stripped. I'm arranging for a trained engineer to have a look at it. I replaced it with a Magnum 52 FS. Previously the carburettor of this engine had insisted falling apart in flight, but I found an OS caburettor among my souvenirs and I fitted it yesterday morning. This combination now runs perfectly. I practised low level flight and because the wind was from the east, right-hand circuits which I found a bit difficult owing to lack of practice! One of the lads turned up with an old sport-aerobatic model which had been given to the club. It was fitted with a big new OS two-stroke but the lad managed to put his finger tip into the moving prop. There was blood everywhere but fortunately the club chairman was there, who used to be a nurse, and he soon got him patched up. It was the first accident I can recall and we found out that some of the equipment in the first aid kit was out of date! He managed to fly the model later on. My van is in dock so I am limited to only one medium sized model because that is all I can fit into my fifty year-old Rover. Unfortunately I didn't take my camera with me so the pictures are historical.
  6. I found a sound OS carburettor among my souvenirs and fitted it to my Magnum 52 FS which used to be in the British Baron. The engine ran well enough but the original carburettor insisted on falling apart in flight.
  7. I have been practising for La Coupe whenever I can. I have decided to use the Ukrainian Baron in the competition as it's slightly easier to fly than the British one. Unfortunately the threads in the cylinder head of the Thunder Tiger 54 let go this afternoon so I have some decisions to make. There's a new cylinder head for sale on eBay but the bloke wants 119€ for it. I have two OS 48FS Surpasses either of which should drop straight in and I have a box of OS 52 Surpass spares which might make up an engine but I would have to run it with open rockers because I know that I don't have a rocker cover. I could use one from one of the 48s I suppose. Deacisions, decisions.
  8. I have one which I was going to fit to my BE2e to prevent the lower wing from hitting the ground in the event of a gust. Perhaps we'll use that.
  9. I find myself impressed by Best R/C Shops of Halandri, Athens, Greece. Despite stern strictures from Jonathan Harper warning me against buying a Laser 50, I have gone ahead and bought one because I think that it would be ubercool to fly a Baron with a British engine and British markings in La Coupe Des Barons next year. I'm not an expert on the Super Tigre carburettors which were fitted to the early Lasers but my engine came without a low-speed needle. A quick internet search came up with Best R/C Shops in Athens. They have a website in English and over 250 spares for Super Tigre engines as well as extensive stocks for other marques and for aeromodelling products generally. Having taken the dog for a walk and eaten breakfast, I dashed off an email to Best R/C Shops explaining my situation in English, with pictures of my carburettor dismantled and assembled, fully expecting not to have a reply until tomorrow. However, within minutes I received a reply from Stelios Koutsos informing me that the part I needed was part no is 22263099. Apparently this is the same low-speed needle for the entire Super Tigre range from the G34 to the 60cc engine. Cost 6€. I await the arrival of the needle with impatience. https://www.bestrcshops.com/en/engines-spare-parts/supertigre-parts?page=5
  10. I must admit that when I lived in England a lovely old chap (LOC) turned up at the club with a beautifully built Fokker Eindekker about 1.5 metres in the wingspan. He had installed the radio and asked me whether I thought that his model would be suitable to learn on. I said that it was not a suitable aircraft for real German pilots to learn on in 1916! The best pilot in the club flew it and he found it a bit of a handful. I gave him a go on the buddy box with my Junior 60 and he was so impressed that he built one. He'd made a super job of it too but he insisted on fitting an electric motor which was much too powerful for the airframe making the model very difficult to fly unless you throttled back and allowed the excess speed to bleed off, something which a beginner is unlikely to be able to do. We flew off a WW2 training drome and used the taxiway as a runway. The taxiway must have been twenty metres wide. There was a derelict accomodation block a few metres from the taxiway and if the wind was in one direction we had to take off passing the accomodation block on the left. LOC explained that he'd fitted a powerful motor to his Junior 60 so that he could gain height quickly to avoid hitting the accomodation block on take off. Unfortunately the excess power transformed the model from a very docile flier to an over-powered horror. A few months later the club secretary died and we raffled off his models. These included a Radio Quen which LOC bought. One day he was coming into land when someone called "Deadstick." LOC panicked and spread his Radio Queen deep and crisp and even all over the runway. Someone gave him an A Certificate. I would never have done so. As for yesterday's shenanigans, if the chairman was concerned about a tailplane which was not horizontal and the centre of gravity was too far to the rear, why did he fly the model at all? Perhaps I should have inspected it.
  11. So this afternoon our club chairman who once finished tenth in the French Nats was persuaded to fly the Radio Queen and handing over control to Frans once he'd trimmed it to his satisfaction. Things didn't turn out too well. He trimmed it out and handed Frans the transmitter, then after a while took it back. He then slowed the aircraft right down and I thought he was going to land but he was considerably off track descending into a very slight breeze. Suddenly the wheels hit the apex of the roof of an industrilal building and the model flipped over. The fuselage and wingtip were damaged. Before the flight Hubert, our thirteen year-old hot shot pilot, said that the tailplane was not horizontal and after the flight our chairman said that he thought that the centre of gravity was too far to the rear. If that was so why was he flying the model at all? Having said that, the treasurer told me that the chairman was concerned about his eyesight, so that may have been a factor. Frans is building another Junior 60 and also plans to fly an E-Flite Turbo Timber which belongs to his son Timmi but Timmi has lost interest in flying and never visits the flying field anymore. I've flown it and I found it very docile but then I have been flying for a few years. I managed a few flights with Bertie Baron but I think I'll fly the Ukrainian one in La Coupe. Picture of our runway and the building concerned below.
  12. Just for clarification Frans chose Mode 1 because if I was not available one of the other instructors could fly with him. I think we have four club trainers three of which have Futaba transmitters and buddy boxes but they are all Mode 1. The fourth trainer is the Boomerang which I look after. It is usually flown by me on the master transmitter with the pupil on the buddy box. Apart from my DX9 there is not another Mode 2 transmitter in the club, indeed I am the only Mode 2 pilot in the club.
  13. The only problem is that I fly Mode 2 and everybody else flies Mode 1! I'll get an experienced Mode 1 pilot to fly it and trim it out.
  14. While I have no problem holding down the button on the DX9, I used to use a Futaba transmitter and prefer their sprung levers.
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