Saturday, May 31, 2008
BERG was represeted by this happy bunch of modelling maniacs: Piet, Evan and I did us proud taking a fair portion of the prizes - with our Piet flying his mielie off to win the prestigious Victor Ludorum.
The ETB field was in excellent condition, the organising committee did a fantastic job but unfortunately the weather just didn't co-operate. We Managed to get some reasonable flying in on the first day, got rained on a little on the second and third day and just had to give up on the last day.
Windy weather resulted in very challenging conditions for the 2m, F5J and especially the F3K class models.
F3B scenes: always good fun for serious and not so serious competitors - even had some F3J models having a go.
Left, as big a smile as you'll ever get from this guy: Dion with his Crossfire after his blistering 15.9 second speed run. Below, me launching Estrella.
Day four dawned and contestants arrived at a really soggy field. Michelle set up a winch to test the conditions. Her model zoomed into cloud cover! We found a dryish patch of grass upfield to complete F3K and called off the rest of the contest.
Prizegiving: Evan got a certificate for F3B CD, Alan Smith F3K champ and I managed third place in 2 meter.
And on the left, our club superduperhero, Piet Rheeders: Winner of the prestigious Victor Ludorum trophy:
1st place RES100
2nd place F5J
4th place 2M
10th place F3B
12th place Open Thermal
Got to get you into F3K, Piet.
And sorry Piet, just not enough blog space left to show you receiving all your prizes so I've had to overlay all your pictures :-)
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Traditional wing constuction with balsa ribs and cap strips, centre panel complete , tips built together and cut in half later.
I will post some pictures if these things actually get of the ground
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
.Next the foam was melted out with thinners and it was sprayed with a 2k white, which made it look rather like it belonged on this white glider...exactly right.
If this all proves successful , outlanding off more outrageous slopes will no longer be a problem.
Monday, May 19, 2008
After a busy few weeks before the Nats , I eventually got some time in to finish my 3.4meter Emoyeni.
(Glen from Durban will be glad to hear this, as I can move on to the next project that involves making a mold), but yesterday (Sunday 18 May) I maiden the Emoyeni , and it is just amazing how easy and true this composite gliders flies.
Other than a ground range problem (resolved by removing the Rx aerial to the outside of the fuse), 15g nose weight and some adjustment to the elevator compensation on the full crow -setting , every flight that I few went well. I have to say that I still have to learn a lot about and getting use to the handling of the glider and lots of fiddling with trim, tow hook and CG settings will follow.
However first prize is to go home after your maiden flights with the plane still in one piece.
Later on Evan came around with his new 3.7 meter Emoyeni and we flew a few flights together.
For our overseas visitors the name Emoyeni, translated from Zulu to English means “Upon the wind”.
The name of the Glider was inspired by the Black Eagles which visit our club from time to time. They nest on the nearby ridge and can often be seen thermalling overhead. The females name is Emoyeni. Check them out at this link to the Black Eagle Project at Roodekrans
The real Emoyeni
EMOYENI"UPON THE WIND"The grand old lady is probably 35-40 years old and is loved by many who have followed her life cycles with passionate interest.The first sightings of Emoyeni were in the early 1970's with her first mate, unfortunately we do not know anything about him. Quatele was her second mate and she scoured the ridges searching for him when he disappeared in 1998. Patiently taught her third mate Thulane everything she knows, tolerating his initial shortcomings, but now appreciating his newfound expertise. Many a lesson could be learn't from this wondrous lady.
Click on the Lable below to see previous posting on the Emoyeni