Monday, 30 December 2013


  Full of turkey and mince pies again- it must be ready for the Wooliebacks.  My first pass since the last round of the southern winter league was given and while with Geoff Boycotts optimistic words keeping me company I headed out.  I’d forgotten how cold Wales can be, luckily the dark Lord arrived and commanded the frost to clear and wind to come on to Mickies- it did!

  I’d love to say that for 10 rounds off very varied conditions I got the poor air every round but I just didn’t fly that well and I’m still setting the Merlin up.  When I did get it right then the Merlin took off and was blistering.  Martin flew his Merlin to show the EM turn ability and impressed thee watching crowd- I’m going to have to find time to get out and practice those turns!

  Whilst I was setting up and playing with the Merlin, Greg, Simon and Martin were giving a master class on Flying mixed air- often with models that put your back out when you launched them!

Martin had his game face on but I think Andy was still upset he didn't get to show off his Christmas mankini!
  It was a great pitty that AJ’s Elita let him down before the race started and our pilot numbers were down by 1- but too then sit and CD pretty much the whole event- someone buy that man a drink!
   An Excellent day all round!

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Merlin gets the EM treatment

  Martin's got his Merlin going and true to form he starts off his Maiden with 1.2kg of lead.  It doesn't take long for him to be screaming around the slope.

  Fast and no bad habbits is the feedback again.  I can't wait to see Martin with it on the slopes again.  I'm really excited how fast the Merlin looks!

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Happy Christmas

That time of year to post my favourite Father Chistmas pic

See you on the Slopes!

Monday, 9 December 2013

A fun day at the races, some round wins and 2 of the top 3

  The second round of the Southern winter league has to go down as an excellent day out and race.  Starting off in the rain and with a couple of bad decisions by me must have put me dead last by the end of round 2 but watching John Philips win round 1 with his Merlin’s first ever competitive flight was fantastic.  JP was eventually just pipped to the win, followed by John Bennet.  Well done to Tony Livingston on the win.

  With John Bennett among those flying Willows there weren’t many rounds without a Willow racing model up there consistently beating the Pittbulls/freestylers and the like.  It was pretty clear that it was my thumbs and settings that were holding the Merlin back and so some serious tweaking went on and I started to mix things up at the top of the field.  Including some interesting private battles with Martin Drewitt’s Pit bull and Tony’s Freestyler.  I think the discards were the difference that put Martin ahead of me.

  I know that the Willow is pretty vise less on the course but variable and intermediate conditions like those on Sunday were a good test for the Merlin- she passed without a second thought.  JP was flying his hill hugging/grass cutting style with confidence.  My own flying really benefitted from the Merlin’s forgiving nature in the turn and excellent energy retention- there aren’t many models that let you get away with a full yank as you fly past the base.
  With 8 rounds ad bacon butties provided by Joe and Linda you can understand the smiles on the way home!

Monday, 2 December 2013

The Merlin attracts BARCS younger members

  Thanks to Martin for snapping his efforts are the BARCS AGM to promote F3F and show off the Merlin.  It’s fantastic to see F3F being promoted and talked about away from a purely F3F audience.
  It’s also great to see the chance to fondle Martin’s Merlin being taken up by so many people.