Sunshine and a morning on the VR98 slope with the Merlins. With the Protoype wings joined with a new tail on on my old Willow fuselage I had the excuse of some test flying as well as improving the sett up on the prototype Merlin. The longer boom of the Willow fuselage really reminded me of how much I enjoy my Willow and it's feel.
Light winds and sunsine on the VR will bring on thermals but when I arrived at 8:30 this wasn't an issue.
Meeting some local guys was a great chance to relax and see them fly their models. On what was my last flight a lightening breeze convinced me to push out and find my thermal- unlike on a race day I found it and as I tracked it ontot the slope wow! The Merlin ripped and I loved it!
Great thermal, great company, Great model!
Sunday, 25 August 2013
Monday, 12 August 2013
I decided to make the most of the longer evenings whilst they’re long enough to get out after putting the kids to bed. My appologies of this isn't too technical but I amm just enjoying my new Model. My local cliff site is a small focussed slope with some very clearly defined compression.
After a few flight scaring the sea gulls the Merlin was really ripping the edge and clearly showing me 2 things- she makes spotting lift so easy- the feedback when you go into the compression is positive and precise. 2, And when I got the turns right she doesn’t half ping back!
I can’t wait to get the Merlin racing on the Wrecker (although I’m sure my thumbs will slow her down).
Sunday evening and it was time to go in land and see how the set up changes from the coast would affect the Merlin on a chilled out evening. Those pinging turns were still there when I build the speed up but even ballasted up to 3kg the Merlin simply climbs away so easily inn lift.
The ‘Speed’ settings make for very simple inverted flight and some inverted thermal turns and climbing away reminded me of my old cross tail acacia I just trust her! If the cliffs are good practise for the Wrecker then I think I’ve been in training for the Mynd tooJ