Polishing up a set of wing molds is not a quick or fun part of develping a new model. It could be a long job but I can't wait to see the result of these!
Tuesday, 23 November 2021
Monday, 22 November 2021
Thursday, 18 November 2021
Sunday, 14 November 2021
Flying is by no means all about racing. Saturday was a great day to get out with 2 favourite toys, meet up with some mates ad fly.
This is something that makes up a huge part of my enjoyment of flying. The Harrier is like putting on an favourite pair of shoes, just feeling familiar and totally trusted.
What is possibly becoming my favourite model is the 100 inch Falcon. With excellent performance she is certainly the quickest and most responsive model I have flown in a long time. As I enjoyed the week winter thermals I found myself pondering if it would out perform the Wizard compacts I loved for so many years.
It was great to hear the comments from the other flyers about the models looks (I have to get some better looking tape) and build quality but also it's flying performance. I was left coming away from the slope with a huge grin on my face- again!
I decided to measure and up-date the falcon settings in the build notes. The Falcon's lightweight wings mean that they respond well to lower throws on the ailerons.
Sunday, 17 October 2021
What a day on micky's! Sometimes writing about a days flying is best done after thinking about it but the buzz from flying a great slope on a sunny day is something so good to have.
Although I couldn't make the race this weekend, the prospect of flying and setting up my Harrier wasn't going to be missed. Pumping wasn't giving me much but on the edge the Harrier just grooved. It's nice to have a model that you can almost deliberately speed up and slow down by taking the turns differently.
It's so much easier when there's no buzzer and your thumbs are relaxed!
I have got into the habit of only flying 1 model each time I fly. But the Falcon just kept looking at me. The falcon in these conditions was just pure joy and fun to fly. It feels quicker than the larger Harrier, if not faster against the clock. For pure fun and enjoyment I cant think of anything to top the Falcon today.
Wednesday, 22 September 2021
What a weekend, the Welsh open never fails to deliver a fantastic weekend of good company. This year’s race was 3 days of seeing some top draw flying that was like a mast class at times. The first obvious lesson was don’t turn up to the race tired, damaged models and poor flying will most likely follow- In my case the pre-production Harrier I have enjoyed for nearly 18 months was cartwheeled on fight 1.
The day did allow my to sit and watch some stunning examples of EM turn flying, particularly from the Austrian team. With some brain picking the weekend really did turn out to be an educational experience. The delay in the day 2 start allowed me to test fly my first production Harrier and that was it- I wasn’t going to put it down for the weekend. With the stock set up, my times started to come down and scores up. This continued through day 3 and some respectable flying showed how
The typically thermic conditions gave everyone a chance of a good run but as always the better pilots just seem to make that bit more of what ever they get- regardless of style, model or slope. Flying EM turns certainly seems to give more air speed but further travelled, when compared to the straight lines flown by many British pilots.
A great weekend, well run by Kevin and the SWSA team. Now to practise those turns!
Sunday, 12 September 2021
The Whitesheet club's 24th scale day of the year inspired me to return to Portland for the first time in many years and the first time with my Harriers.
The predictability that come from a model I've flown for well over a year really helped to put the harrier in the compression more often than not. And that made it fast and fun!