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.

Friday, 6 November 2015

More Polecat stuff

Last night I finished off sanding down the filler on the wing and that is now ready for covering.

So I made a start on the fuselage by using the heat gun on it to loosen the iron on film and the laminate film underneath so that I could strip it back to the bare foam.

Once the covering was off, I used the heat gun on the bare foam around the nose which was a bit creased and dented, and the heat brought it back to a better shape.

I laid out the bits and put them together in a dry fit before mixing up some 30 minute epoxy and began gluing it back together.

By the end of the evening I was left with only one last piece to glue back, a piece about 70mm long which fits above the wing, so I've left that for another evening. However, before packing up completely, I drizzled some Gorilla Glue into some of the gaps where I had to rejoin pieces and small holes in the foam, to use as a filler.

So the next job is to rub it down and fill where necessary before I apply the glass cloth.

To be continued ...........

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