Saturday. Rain so no F3F competition :o(
Sunday . More rain and no sport flying :o(
Monday, 11 June 2012
Not enough time to walk to the much better north slope on the way to West Lomond so I had and hour and a half with my Race M on the backside of
Lomond. Not exactly my favourite slope!
It was blowing about 5-10mph but lots of sink and not a lot of lift. After several climbs and fast passes along the slope I was caught out by a 90 degree change in wind and no lift and ended up landing out just to one side of me. After a chat to one of the three paraglider pilots who turned up I launched again and found some nice thermals and soon had the Race M very high. One of the paragliders decided the lift looked good and launched for about 15 seconds of flight before landing down the slope. Tee, hee!! Never seen the parrot-chutes on that slope before.
which put paid to me doing any more flying. Despite the light lift I flew the
Race M with full ballast and it never felt heavy! Landing speeds were brisk
After stripping a gear on a Hitec 5085 last week I spotted someone selling HS 85 BB gear-sets (all plastic) for £2.99 on Ebay. The metal geared 5085 (and Multiplex Polo) has a small plastic gear at the start of the gear-train and it is this one that usually strips on the metal geared servos. Odd that a metal geared servo has a plastic gear as a weak point. You could argue that it protects the metal gears but then you still have to buy a full set of metal gears to obtain the weak plastic gear which is part of the set. The small gear in the set for the HS85 BB appeared identical so I bought a set and I was correct! A perfect fit at a quarter of the price. Two more sets on order as spares.
Wednesday, 6 June 2012
My plan to do some diy in the morning and go flying in the afternoon didn’t quite go to plan because it took me until 3 o’clock to get the painting done so I abandoned the mess, packed my Race M in the back of the car and headed for Kilspindie for some fresh air fun.
I had a very pleasant hour and a half zipping my Race M back and forth along the east slope in a good 25mph wind. Full ballast and lots of different style turns but can’t seem to get to grips with the EM style. Maybe I need to contact T9 for one of their £600 P3s! I wish :o(
Flying high and thermal hunting was out today because that bl**dy buzzard was not happy to see my Race M in the air!! I gave it a few scares by chasing after it but with an infinitely variable wing and full telemetry the buzzard has an advantage in those conditions. A 10mph increase in wind strength would redress the balance!!
I had to head home earlier than I planned because a nice safe landing on top (unlike the arrival in the hollow behind the slope earlier) saw the left flap servo with a stripped gear. The flaps were away on touchdown but a grassy tussock gave the flap a good thump. 15 minutes to replace when I got home (after tidying up the mess I left in the house after diy earlier!!. It is a pain that Hitec don't sell the single plastic 5085 servo gear that is the weak link and always strips and you have to buy a complete set for £11. I fitted a new servo instead!! Almost as cheap to buy an HS85MG and remove the gears.