Thursday, August 30, 2007
I would actually love to be there as I want to test fly my newly acquired Grand Esprit to get it trimmed out and ready for the RES/100 challenge happening on the 27th & 28th October. Nice and bright LE so I can see it when it's flying towards myself. (Hopefully!)
Charl Randel is selling a Calypso. Not sure what he wants for it, but I wouldn't offer more than about R1500.00 for it. (A full Composite F3B Shongololo is going for R2500.00 at my building group) It is brand new out the box and needs finishing off. It would be a good contender for the F3B League and a nice transition model form GL type to full house. Foam and veneered wings. Charl can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, just a reminder that we will be going down to Volksrust next weekend, 8th & 9th September, for the Big 5(Big BERG Blog Birthday Bash). And don't forget that Piet has promised to bake us a cake for the Blog Birthday. Just this alone is worth the trip. Piet has booked 10 places at Oom Louis place for the Saturday evening. Contact him for details!
(NW Slope) DG1000 gets airborne............. Oom Louis place below the slope.
We will leave early Saturday morning, about 05h00, stop for breakfast in Volksrust and get to the slope at about 09h30. The wind does not normally start blowing until about that time anyway. That night we sleep over at Oom Louis place and after breakfast head back up to the slope for some more flying and then leave to come home again at about 15h00 on Sunday
Stories around the Camp Fire....................... View from the veranda
On the Veranda, eagerly awaiting Oom Louis' legendary breakfast!
Sunday, August 26, 2007
The lighter ships stayed grounded for most of the morning because of the wind, but it did not stop Piet and I from flying. Piet with his Ellipse and myself with my Emoyeni. Just about every flight was into wave lift and one could ride it for at least 8 to 10 minutes at a time. Then there were times when the thermals would come through and carry you up to spec height in seconds.
Later on after 14h00 the wind swung a bit to the NW and dropped enough to let Len with a Bird of Time and Robert with a Spirit Elite fly. The sky cleared a bit and there was plenty of sun with scattered puffy clouds about and even more thermals.
Michel and Boris arrived in the afternoon and it was quite comical watching Michel getting his knickers in a knot, trying to put new line onto his winch. I don't know that this Italian would have managed without some help form us boerkies!
Herman once again brought out a beautiful model he if scratch building. I think he said it was an Eliminator. It will be about 3400mm, three piece wing. Herman's building is something to behold. It is full of carbon reinforcing and very stiff. Should come out at under 2kg and looks like it will make a fantastic TD glider.
It seems the race is on between himself and Robert to see which will fly first.
Both have completed the wing hinging and are busy with the fin and stabilizer assembly.
Who's will fly first? Watch this space!
Robert Davies has ordered a S.H(one)T load of servos for the Shongololo and they should be landing here shortly. Speak to him if you need. The price is very good and 6 servos (4xHS85MG & 2xHS125MG) will only cost about R1300.00. You can contact him at email@example.com
Thursday, August 23, 2007
There is an abundance of information available and with a little project management it is no different to any other aircraft other than everything is done on a big scale, weight is not super critical but good strong ,sound building is required.
For the record Ventus number 1 was the first ever vacumn bagged wing I ever built ,only the
second moulded fuselage and was ok. Ventus no 2 is only vacumn project no 3 ,what does all this maths mean .....well anyone can build and fly these ships ,the rewards are really BIG go on take the challange.
Here are the photos of Ventus no 3 which is going to belong to another keen Berg pilot not Steve K but Pete K
who wants to GO BIG AND NOT GO HOME.
exactly 6 hours work .complete with pushrods ready for servos.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
ETB CD/Scorers tent
Thursday, August 16, 2007
September the 8th and 9th has been booked with oom Louis place and judging by the popularity of the last trip over the long weekend ( 9 members of the BERG club alone out of 40 ) this will be something to look forward to. So get your Zagi’s and other slope airies ready. Please let me know either by = email me
or when you see me on the berg field if you are joining us. The accommodation for the sleep over at oom Louis’s place including bed and breakfast won’t cost more than R85 per person.
In the mean time the Blog counter has step on and now it looks like we will get to the 6000 hits mark well before the 9th of September. Last month (July) we recorded the most hits so far in a single month (812) and by the half way mark this month (680 hits so far).
Once again thanks you to all our contributors and viewers for making the Berg Blog a great place on the web to view.
I have added some pictures of our past trips to Volksrust just to get you in the mood to come with us to this really majestic place. Eat you your heart out !!
Mike and 6meter Ventus.
Piet let's Charl's DG1000 lose. North slope
Sunset on south slope.
Charl launching Mike's Stretched wing Zagi.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Johan Snyman of Secunda is credited with the following images, thank you.
Charl and Peter preparing to throw, backwards facing caps required.
After the initial throw the glider clears the rocks and is on its way.
See Charl now has his cap on backwards .
In her element soaring on the aircurrents.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
An overcast day with a steady but high wind all day long accounted for the low numbers
of participating pilots flying but even so we managed to do reasonably well.
Piet Rheeders 2095 2.5 Meter Tsotsi SD 7037
Evan Shaw 1705 2 Meter Tsotsi SD 7032
Len Tomas 1523 2 Meter Tsotsi SD 7032
Club Score 5323
Sunday 12 Aug ( 6 pilots)
Excellent day for thermal soaring with not a cloud in sight. Good lift condition
and just about the same amount of sink around made for reading the conditions very important .Many a good pilot got this wrong and paid the penalty for this. I.E Lead foot Shaw.
Mark Stockton 2276 3.2 Meter Eish ?
Kurt Stockton 1978 3.2 Meter Eish ?
Piet Rheeders 1971 2.5 Meter Tsotsi SD 7037
Evan Shaw 1571 2 Meter Tsotsi SD 7032
Peter Joffe 1236 Shogololo ?
Tony Roberts 658 2.5 Meter Tsotsi SD 7037
Club Score 6225
at Volksrust (Tamatieberg). The wind was northwesterly swinging westerly on occassion and blowing at +- 35kmph. The prototype Ventus no 1 flew well but was difficult to land (hard to slow down) and had underpowered servos for the job. Ventus number 2 (ZS-VCX) is a totally improved model in all respects and can be flown with real authority has a huge speed range and snappy turns on the dual full rates, landings are very gentle.
So less than a year after the maiden of no1 at Rosendal and only 12 flights on these big gliders I think that these flights convince me that this has to be some of the most exhilerating and rewarding results of my modelling career so far, I still plan to push the envelope a little futher.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Gert's Minimoa looks so graceful as it climbs out after launch.
(Photo by Johan)
A few photos follow from Sunday 12th August. - Postals.
Rodney has given Justice a Gently Lady and Craig is teaching him to fly it. A rare sight seeing Craig with a GL.
Our newest member Peter Malcolm seen getting in some stick time with Evan and Rodney looking on.
Robert, Tony and I went down to Volksrust on Saturday and we had a ball in the strong west wind. This was Tony's first slope outing and he managed to get in quite a bit of stick time with his Zagi and what's even more remarkable is that it came back home in the same excellent condition it left in. Not a scratch! I flew my new DG1000 and was very impressed with it's handling. An excellent kit which files like a dream and is real value for money.
Unfortunately I did not have my camera with me, so hopefully Charl, Mike and Piet will be adding some interesting news and photos from the slope trip. They went down on the Thursday so should have lots of lekker stuff for us!.... Mmmmh!
Evan's DG1000 (Photo by Johan)
Mike and the Ventus (Photo by Piet)
Mike's 6 meter Ventus. (Photos by Johan)
The Ventus flies (Photo bt Piet)
Rudi and Charl with the Impala (Photo by Piet)
Rudi's Impala. Looks really good in the air! (Photo by Johan)
This Omie had it's wing chopped in half by a foamie, and Johan Snyman the pilot, was able to fly it with just one aileron and bring it around to the back and land it without too much more damage. (Photo by Johan)
In closing, Piet has some very important information to share with us and will be reporting back on the results of the Poll!???