Once a year the Lleyn model club stage an event titled the Lleyn bring
and fly. This is staged power wise on their club site and glider wise on
the many available coastal slope sites. For those who have never
experienced soaring on coast the initial launch can be somewhat daunting
as you are in effect pushing out over water. Some sites have the luxury
of a beach to land out upon if necessary, whereas some do not. However,
the quality of lift is superb being smooth and turbulence free usually
extending out to sea far beyond that of inland sites. The wind direction
being southerly, the slope site in use was Cim Farm.
This site has a road and farm track leading right to the very edge
enabling you to fly everything you brought with you as there is not the
requirement to carry them long distances from the car to the site. On
arrival, the wind was quite strong with an overcast sky and once again
the Jarts and the Dudes featured with the smooth and strong lift
enabling some towering “half pipe” displays. For the uninitiated these
are linked left and right stall turns which result in each successive
leg becoming higher and faster. As the morning wore on the wind declined
which enabled us to break out the lighter models. Colin aired his Smart
(recycled Blaster wings on a small Jart fuselage) and I took the
opportunity to fly my own design Solage, a low winged V tail soarer.
This has just been kitted by a UK manufacturer and I had a couple of
kits in the car. One was destined for Colin and the other was given to
Steve Dorling in order that a kit review could be arranged in AMI. Steve
was given the opportunity to fly my version and despite normally flying
Mode 1 to my Mode 2 managed to fly it very well.
Watch the magazine for further news upon its progress.
As the wind dropped so the clouds cleared and the sun shone down and a
rare requirement for suntan lotion emerged. Whilst the sun is always
welcome, due to the southerly aspect of the site we were having to look
into it. This had the effect of making photography quite hard for us.
Fickle lot that we are, we always find some fault with the weather. Thus
the flying continued with an average of six models being in the air at
one time (not all ours!).
took advantage of these excellent conditions to thrust Eeyore (Pilot)
blinking in the strong sunshine in his Pilatus B4. Needless to say the
model and pilot performed faultlessly being ideally suited to these
conditions. Such was the quality of the flying that we forgot about the
little notice on one of the farm gates that it would be locked at
1800hrs. This, when brought to our attention, resulted in a mad scramble
to land, pack up the models and depart thus avoiding any impromptu
flying sessions. Time to meet up with the ladies at the B&B, rescue the
credit cards, and enjoy a night out in Abersoch.
The next day dawned bright and very breezy which was a welcome change to
the howling wind and rain that had occurred during the night. As the
wind was again southerly we returned to Cim farm. Due to the increase in
wind speed the lift was fantastic. However, this brought to problem of
wind rotor in the landing area. Rotor can best be described as the wind
attempting to curl back upon itself. Therefore, you either had to land
further back than normal or land very close to the slope front. Colin
was the first to discover these requirements when upon carrying out the
approach technique which was perfectly alright the previous day found
that his Smart ran out of airspeed, altitude and ideas all at the same
time (no damage though). This time on the slope we had been joined by
another slope columnist namely Andy Ellison from RCM&E. Andy took a
shine to the Dude models that we had and seemed to be particularly taken
with Colin’s Smart. Much taking of photos and recording of details
following so again look out for appearances in the magazines.
we had struggled to deflate our egos and put them back into the car I
remembered that I had a new model to test fly. This was a small flying
wing which I had brought via the internet some time ago as a fuselage
and foam wing core kit. Originally called the Caravello this name was
just too big for the small wing and so I renamed it the “Notus”. This is
ancient Greek for the south wind which I took as a good omen on this
particular site. The first flight was a complete non event. Whilst some
fettling will be required it nevertheless was a very well behaved model
and did everything that this type of layout was supposed to do.
and his Pilatus B4 were primed for flight but it was revealed that
during the night some gremlins had managed to creep into the wing servo
electronics and the model was left for another day. Close inspection of
all the servos and wiring loom will probably bear evidential traces of
hay or fodder because Eeyore seems to have a curious look of contentment
upon his face.
Do you believe in divine judgement?
Both Colin and I in the mid afternoon decided that a session of refined
mayhem was required and the
Wannabee’s were thrown off for some close formation and tail chasing.
The Wannabee is a low wing 60” epp model which was kitted by Stan Yeo of
PMP as a model for the then new epp pylon racing event. Sadly this model
is no longer available, because it is really a great flier; however,
back to the divine judgement. Whilst enjoying ourselves I noted some
very ominous clouds in the distance and we took the precaution of
landing and putting away all the
other various models of the day. This completed, we resumed with the
Wannabee’s. Shortly after, whilst both engaging in a fast pass left to
right followed by a close formation left turn away from the hill we came
together with a loud clap and both spun into the hillside. The Gods had
decided that we had exceeded our
allotted share of the fun and taking heed put the sorry
looking remains into the car immediately prior to the Rain and the wash
cycle for which Wales is justly
famous. Both Wannabee’s will be repaired in very short order as with epp
the damage very rarely is as bad than it initially appears. Thus ended
what was by all accounts, a thoroughly enjoyable weekend and both Colin
and I would like to thank the members of the Lleyn Model club for
staging what is truly a great weekend.
The Dudes that build will be back next year with hopefully more scale
models, own designs and other members of the Ninety Nine Acre Wood
Gliding Club (NNAWGC).