readers of the website News, you may recall the pictures taken (Three
Go Mad in Shropshire) of Colin’s good lady in her wedding dress
launching the B4 from the Reservoir slope on the Long Mynd. The bad news
from that day was that the model crashed and suffered quite extensive
damage in that the fuselage was broken in two, both wing roots were
severely damaged with other various bumps and breaks.
At first it was thought that the B4 was a
write off, second thoughts was that maybe the fuselage could be made
good and used as a plug in order to make a mould. After further
contemplation and assessment of the damage back in the workshop, a full repair to flying
condition was made over the following weeks, with only a 400 gram increase in weight.
Today the B4 flew again with Colin
reporting that the only noticeable difference being a very slight
increase in flying speed. Whilst Eeyore appeared to be glad of the
outing his face seemed to bear a look of relief following the first
landing. In fact, it was a really good scale-like landing, a bit of a
greaser' for which, Colin displayed much pleasure. The event progressed
on much the same lines as fly, talk, eat and drink for the rest of the
day with a good turn out of about twenty like minded souls.
Unfortunately, the conditions were not conducive to flying the G2's.
Pity, as we were both really looking forward to putting them through
their paces and getting people talking about our new Scale models.
Shortly after lunch the wind became somewhat fickle veering occasionally
towards the North West in conjunction with a lessening of strength. This
made for some quite challenging flying with some people forced to endure
the “walk of shame” down the hill. By about 1530 hrs the wind all but
died which in turn required us to break out the foamies.
Now Colin has invented a fiendish device
to launch the Weasel's in either calm slope conditions or on the flat.
The Weasel is equipped with a finger recess in the moulded plastic lower
belly pan and Colin has made some wooden plugs with a tow hook which fit
snugly into this recess.
With a short light bungee it is possible
to launch the Weasel to about 50 feet in calm weather. This enables you
to either venture forth and find lift or have a quick aero session
before landing at your feet. So we availed ourselves and had a very good
Now who said that foamies were light and
safe. Colin missed landing at his feet and, therefore, walked a few yards down the
hill to retrieve the model and stretch the bungee. Whist he was
distracted, a Multi-Plex foam Xeon came in slowly for a slope side
landing. Unfortunately, Colin took the model on his right side just
under his arm pit. Despite a low speed and a relatively light model,
the impact was sufficient to wind and knock him to the ground. After a brief
“rest” Colin was able to carry on with no visible signs of lasting
damage, but was in some discomfort. Afterwards we waited with baited
breath until we were sure that no litigation solicitors would appear
from out of the undergrowth and carried on for a while before packing up
at 1700hrs prior to the drive back.
All in all, it was a very nice day but on reflection there are a few
thoughts to bear in mind.
Even a light foamie travelling slowly is
enough to hurt so always be aware of the other models flying when
retrieving on the hill.
The SSA are to be congratulated on a
successful day which I have no doubt was repeated on the Sunday as both
the wind and the weather was better. One observation I would like to
bring forth was that whilst the day was billed as a scale fly in at
times, it was quite hazardous for scale models to be displayed close to
the slope due to the number of foam wings engaging in combat. This
resulted in the more delicate and/or treasured scale ships stayed in the