About A470 Soaring

This is the blog for a few guys who spend their time flying radio controlled gliders, or slope soarer's, from the many and varied slopes around SE Wales.

This usually begins at the northern end of Cardiff, driving north up the A470 up to the Heads of the Valley's and the southern fringe of the Brecon Beacons. But the A470 road continues its windy way all the way to N Wales.

There are many slopes available for most wind directions, the most famous being the area between Nant-y-Moel and Treorchi known as The Bwlch, which has some of the best slopes and flying in Europe with many F3F competitions being held there each year and visited by many fliers from Europe and around the world. At 1500 feet (450m) above sea level, there is usually more wind than not, and certainly more than at sea level.

If you require any further information, are new to slope soaring or are visiting the area, please contact Steve at steve.houghton59@gmail.com . I look forward to hearing from you.

Take a look at Page 2 (look below and to the left here) for Google maps of our most popular Flying Sites.

Monday, 16 February 2015

SAS Wildthing fin attachment modification

For those of you flying the SAS Wildthing. Are you fed up with the model flipping over on landing and the fin being bust off? Well I have the solution. Attach the fin using rare earth magnets as per the photo's below.
I used a drill bit a similar diameter to the magnet and created a crater in the balsa side brace to one side of the fin and glued the magnet in. I then did the same diagonally across to the rear of the fin. Then corresponding craters in the foam wing with a magnet glued into each. The fin is now secure enough to fly but will come off in a heavy knock and, also makes the model easier to transport.

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