22 June 2017

solstice '17

A rather magical session up at Wrotham
in honour of the longest day and the start of summer.

Eric makes sure he doesn't miss tonight's episode of 'Strictly Come Soaring'.

It's in there somewhere...

More arrivals at the patch as the sun begins to sink.

Mark leads the way with the mighty Nimbus, but
first he has to slide his head back onto his neck
and then revolve it through 180 degrees.

Like a boss.

We dream of evenings like this.

The lift eases off, and Mark heads over to the trees
to milk their gentle but consistent heat guffs.

Facial pubes indicate 1 m/s up

Eric's off to join the fun...

...and Joe pursues with on-board camera whilst (I thought I might add for the record)
adhering strictly to the BMFA FPV guidelines  

What's this bursting from out of the sun?

It's Mark's 200% ASH 26 low over our heads!

Time to get rid of those pesky nettles....

More speed or leading edge razor blades required next time!

Eric provides us with two walks of shame....

...and an interesting tailplane configuration!

ahhhh the Pulsar at Wrotham!
It's like March 2012 all over again!!

We're warming up for some low passes....

Though this lot was consistently the lowest (and most annoying) of the evening

Looks as if the conditions are going to lend themselves well
to the Minimoa too...







in today's blog entry!

Low lift conditions bring out the obligatory Alula.

But the light beats us eventually.

And despite all being airborne for the last rays of the sun....

.....the time has come to land.

Mark takes this opportunity to attack the nettles at 76mph.

Nettles shrug off a 12kg scalie and live to sting another day.

Here comes winter!

17 June 2017

nostalgia- the sequel

The Empire Strikes back, The Godfather Pt 2, Toy Story 2....all sequels that
surpassed the original material.

Then there's Speed 2, Exorcist 2- The Heretic, and The Matrix Reloaded...

15 June 2017


Can't you just smell the balsa dust and nitro fumes wafting back from a past era?

13 June 2017

radian suicide

It's been a war of attrition for the poor old Radian recently,
vertical arrivals from 200ft, nose-ins onto concrete and at least one tree landing.

This morning she finally spat her dummy out and shed a prop blade
just after launch, or maybe it was an EASA agent hiding in the wheat with his shotgun.

10 June 2017

picking the moment

After 18 months or so of meticulous fettling
Eric's ASH 25 mi is ready for its maiden.

good turn-out from the committee of know-it-all 'assistants'

Eric is unphased 

Mark's looking strong and stable

top tosser is up and running

children scatter with fear in their eyes and terror on their tails

away she goes, straight and true after a couple
of false starts due to a overly conservative cg 

England's green and pleasant land.....and a glider

guys and dolls