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Adrian Smith 1

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  1. Happens to the best of us, Peter. For every bad day, many more good ones follow! πŸ‘
  2. Arrived at the field this morning to be confronted with a threatening sky. I thought I would chance it as the wind was straight down the strip blowing 8-9 mph. In the meantime I had increased the motor timing on my GoldWing Slick 91" from 15 degrees to 22 degrees as I thought the lower setting was a bit benign. All good to start so nothing else for it, but go for it. As it turned out the rain held off and I had some good flights. Particularly satisfying were the inverted flat spins which took a while to take hold (3-4 turns) before she flattened out. Strangely she resists doing flat spins upright and I didn't want to get too close to the ground before bottling out. I will try another day. Just to illustrate how much of a lucky morning it was, the rain started just as I was packing up! 😁
  3. I like that simple idea, Peter πŸ‘
  4. Lovely morning in Suffolk today with a very light NNE crosswind at 2-5mph. Given the benign conditions I decided to dust off my Pilot RC 67" Slick. I haven't flown it since September last year. Where has the time gone? According to my notes on the last flight the starboard spat came loose, but held until landing. Just needed a bolt tightening and thread lock applied. I was delayed at the field because about this time of year I get some boy racers where the strip is and they kick up all sorts of flint onto the grass Grrrrrr.....! I cleared it off straight away as I don't want to screw up the mower. This happens a few times a year, but fortunately the ground is dry so not much harm done. It seems to happen as the school holidays near when these guys are at a loose end after senior exams and are trying to impress their Molls. Occasionally this occurs on a winters evening in the dark when all the villagers are tucked up and in bed. No police patrols of course. Anyway, onwards and upwards. I made sure my varifocals were clean and set off for some fun. She is a great little flier and because she is a bit smaller than most of my other squadron I needed to concentrate a bit more! 😬 Anyway a super morning and here's hoping the nice weather will be gone enough to get some more action in.
  5. She's a beauty, Peter. Nice patch to too. ✈️
  6. I was blessed with a window of opportunity this morning with a couple of days off from part time work. Firstly, sometimes it pays not to take any notice of the local met office forecast as rain was being promised, but there was not a drop at 1pm when I came home. A very benign WNW wind almost down the strip at 4-5 mph along with highish clouds, no sun. Right then, off for some fun! I wheeled out my SkyWing 74" Edge for a blast for the first time for some weeks. Cracking flights all round on a Dualsky 3500 racing motor and she proved to be very precise - indeed I could almost rename here as a "Slick" and not "Edge" such was the accuracy of positioning. Not sure I had too much to do with it as she is just that easy to fly snd a pussy cat to land. Lovely morning's fun 😁
  7. Ah! yes, Peter. Solartrim is such versatile thing - used it many times in the same way as you 😁 !
  8. Best of luck with your competition efforts, Peter! 🀞
  9. I have used up to 60 mm standoffs on some of my larger motors for some while, Tosh (60cc 100cc electric equivalent). Never had a problem and it is noticeable how little or no vibration occurs with electric motors. With petrol engines I was forever tightening up bolts after a couple of flights. Not with leccys. Just put blue thread lock on the bolts to the standoffs and motor wall and make sure you have a decent quality motor onboard.
  10. No flying for me today so a bit of mower maintenance called for. I recently bought a ride-on mower jack to clean under the mower. I am glad I did. There was rather a lot of congealed grass underneath. I am surprised any grass found it's way into the rear bin when cutting the strip! Glad I did that. πŸ˜€
  11. Yeah, I know what you mean, Ron. It took me twice as long as usual to cut my strip - the grass just went bananas in the last week πŸ₯΅
  12. I have the CG Extra 300 plan in front of me and yes there 2 degrees of right thrust , no down thrust. Also the main wings and tail plane are at 0 degrees to the datum line. Hope that helps.
  13. That's an impressive array of models for just two of you, GG? πŸ‘
  14. Lovely plane, Paul. It's been chucking rain down all day here in Suffolk! ☹️
  15. But very heavy compared to it's contemporaries, Philip. I have had a 50 cc and 100cc Rotomax πŸ™electric equivalent and while they go well they are nearly twice the weight of comparable rivals. πŸ™
  16. No flying for me today, as it was a sunny day but with a 15mph S crosswind I thought discretion being best part of valour I would leave it and cut the strip. I can't believe after only 6 days I had to cut so much off it. Quite hard work but all good now, πŸ˜€
  17. Nice one, Dom. Do you know which Rotomax motor is installed and the amp capacity of each 6S lipos in the 12 setup? Thanks.
  18. Lovely day to be out. Unusually there wasn't a breath of wind down the old runway. My windsock is static unlike yours LF!. When there was any wind it was barely 2 mph as a crosswind ESE so even I can handle that one! 😊 I had a very successful session still adjusting the Capiche by degrees ........ almost there now - even the pilot complained of a hot backside so off came the canopy straight away.! Aaaah ....... Happy days ✈️ πŸ‘
  19. My turn to go out tomorrow now that I have escaped exam invigilating for at least one day. Yeah .........! πŸ˜€
  20. You sure need "bottle" to fly in that sort of space. Wow!
  21. Nice shots there Leccyflyer. I must admit this year I am getting used to flying in less that perfect weather as long as its safe.
  22. My wife calls it a Daddy look! Where as a Mummy look always finds things πŸ™„
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