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.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Polecat rebuild continued ................

So the final piece was epoxied back into place and once the glue was dry I rubbed it down with medium glass paper. There wasn't a great deal of foam to foam contact area so this was going to be a weak area, so I added a piece of glass cloth over the top just to strengthen it up a little.

I then set about sanding over the entire fuselage before spreading light weight filler, or "spackle" as our American friends would call it, over its entire length, just to fill in the foam void holes and create a smooth surface for the laminate film to adhere to.

So now this is done and I'm ready to laminate. However, I thought I had some laminate film in my materials box but there wasn't enough, so I ended up having to order some more. Hopefully this will arrive by Friday so I can get on with it over the weekend.

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