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.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Moth Build still continued ............

So I had a change of plan this evening. I was intending on making up the RC component hatches, but instead I ended up laying down X weave tape onto the centre section of the wing, top and bottom and rubbed the tape down with sand paper to remove the release agent ready for gluing to the fuse. I also added a layer to the LE.

Next up a job I've grown to really enjoy doing, laminating, or NS (new stuff) as some still call it.
There are a lot of people who think that you need to use some kind of spray glue, such as 3m 77 for the lam to stick down properly, but that has never been my experience and this is the 5th model I've laminated and I have never felt the need to use any extra glue to hold down the lam, which sticks down perfectly well by itself.

I do each of the four wing panels separately and cut the lam about 25mm (1") oversize, then I set the iron at 120*c. I begin in the middle of the wing and work outwards, then iron the overlapping bits over the LE and TE. This gives a double layer once you've completed the top and bottom to protect the LE from damage. Once the lam was down I reset the iron to 150*c and went over it again. This tightens it up and removes any wrinkles. If it's been done correctly, it should look like a glass finish.

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