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, 2 December 2015

Wildthing Rebuild Continued ..........

There wasn't a great deal I could do this evening, but I have learned something new.

I closely inspected the wing and the GF tape was quite well wrinkled and there were lots of little dents and dings in the foam. This wasn't going to make covering with shrink film particularly easy or attractive to look at. This may only be a foamie model, but I am taking pride in rebuilding it and what it will look like. There's nothing better than receiving compliments from fellow modellers over the quality of a build.

I began by removing the elevons and the packing tape I'd covered them with.

I then turned my attention to the wing and wondered what effect adding heat would make, running a covering iron over the GF tape? I had used the iron on the Polecat and saw that the heat helped to remove creases in the foam.

I tried various temperatures beginning at 100*c but found that 120*c seemed ideal.

As I slowly ran the iron over the tape, I could see the wrinkles in the tape coming out and the tape seemed to become very shiny, as if the adhesive was being activated and sticking it down better to the foam.

By the time I'd gone over the the entire wing, I was very happy with the result and reattached the elevons.

That was all for this evening and I hope to continue tomorrow.



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