Limbo Experiment @ Fairlight

Limbo @ Fairlight!My son & I went to Fairlight armed with a couple of big sticks, trees actually – we’ve got this tree that produces astonishingly fast growing saplings and these ‘sticks’ were 2 I felled earlier.

The wind wasn’t quite on the slope, SW gusting 15-20mph, coming over the East Hill next to Hastings Old Town before hitting the slope making some pretty lumpy air!  It was a bit too grim for my son, he gave it a bit of a go though. Continue reading

 

Light lift at Butts Brow

OK so it’s been a while since I’ve posted, have been out to the slopes – just haven’t quite felt inspired to write about it for a few outings.  I’ve added up the inspiration from the last 4 outings and it’s enough for a writing sessions! Continue reading

 

Glider Crash – RC Slope Soarer Pilot Smackdown

Why combat the other glider when you can go for the pilot instead? When I told my buddy to fly really close to us I didn’t mean to hit me darn it, he swears it was an accident…! Haven’t laughed like that in ages, pmsl indeed!! Continue reading

 

Loads of Lift, No Lift, Loads of Lift, No Lift…!

All of the SAS gliders together, awww…

The wind was a very variable 5-20 mph Westerly, definitely smacked of thermal powered wind (changed direction, came & went – being a sloper I couldn’t be sure!)

Big Jim, The Legendary John Ruck, Robus, Killa Zagi Dave, Amos & I pitched up at Winchelsea, East Sussex around midday on Father’s day 2015 for what I was expecting to be a dodgy fly (the wind was way too westerly to be on the slope at all according to the beeb). Continue reading

 

Fairlight Frolics – Combat Slope Soaring @ Fairlight Firehills

fairlight-frolicksAfter some site indecisiveness, the Legendary John Ruck, Amos & I turned up at Fairlight to be greeted by a 20mph SSW wind, pretty much straight on the slope.

John’s Vagabond wasn’t too sure about the windspeed but tarted around pulling all sorts of exciting / death defying aerobatic feats. Continue reading

 

Misty day at Fairlight Firehills, Vagabond, Fooling around & Shield Landing

A misty day…

sheild-landingWe got to the slope around midday, wind was about 15mph which was definitely doable at the beautiful southerly slope at Fairlight, there were 6 of us, all armed to the teeth with Wildthings, Mambas, Vagabonds, a Zagi & a Venom.

The Vagabond’s had a ply to begin with, showing off their crazy flipping skills – John managed 10 flips in a row which looked very cool.  Then we settled down into some steady combat, which seemed a bit more civilised (comparatively!) with only a few proper smackdowns, Dave was playing the Robus, popping down the hill to search for his model ever now & again. Continue reading

 

Flight Testing my 3D Printed Bomb Mechanism

Wildthing with Bomb Dropping MechanismFinally the wind changed to SW & I tested my radio controlled bomb dropping mechanism at our local slope in Winchelsea. I tested it using my old faithful SAS Wildthing, a model I am used to and don’t mind sacrificing in the name of foolishness (not that I was expecting anything bad to happen!?!) Continue reading

 

Building a 3D printed bomb bay for my SAS wildthing

Bomb bay door device on my aged table in the garden. Fascinating!

Bomb bay door device on my aged table in the garden. Fascinating!

I always start these things by putting the images in first, it’s the only way my poor little brain can produce such a level of nonsense.

The first print failed badly. After much head scratching I realised it was because I used ‘components’ when making the model (which is a really good idea normally!) so I ‘exploded’ the model until it had no components in it. Continue reading

 

The Best in the World

I was thinking on the drive back from flying today; “What a lucky chap I am”. I go flying with a bunch of wonderful piss taking, funny, ridiculous, techy, corny, unforgiving, insulting, vicious, idiots that make me laugh until I cry every time & go slope soaring – a guaranteed escape from ‘life’! My flying buddies really are the best in the world! Continue reading