The Scale DayWith the bug obliterating the 2020 fixture list it was extremely heartening that the Scale Day ran in September. CW words follow, together with a selection of his fabulous pics
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CW Words of WisdomWSRFC SCALE FLY-IN SEPTEMBER 13TH Under the twin threats of the ire of the Weather Gods, and the next-day clamp down of Covid restrictions, this event was pretty much star-crossed before it began. Imagine the all-round surprise, then, when the most favourable forecast in a decade was thrust upon us. 9-14mph, direct on the SW bowl, and no vertical dampness on any horizon!The Gremlins got in early, though, when the 150 or so emails sent out to declare the event very much On via the Mailchimp app, all seemed to end up in everybody’s Spam box. Perhaps a blessing in disguise, as a very healthy 20 or so fliers turned up for the festivities, comfortably below the statutory 30 max allowed by the soon-to-be outdated Covid regs. Of course, nobody was that surprised that the forecast had been overly optimistic regarding the reliability of the wind, so as far as the lift went, it was a case of ‘the Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away… This kept a few gliders on the ground, but when the Lord Gaveth, he gaveth big, and some great flying was to be had. Pat Teakle’s masterful land out in ploughed field earned him the Sub-Standard-Hat-of-Commiseration. (The hat was sub-standard, not Pat) Everyone was well-behaved and most of the models went home in one piece so, despite the Sub-Standardness of 2020, not the best of years, at least this event gave us a glimpse of what-used-to-be…cw
before we get to the pics …..Thanks to CW and All for running the day and managing the ’30’.
Thanks also to CW for volunteering to act as Scale Secretary Supremo for 2021
In case you haven’t seen it, there is a really useful CW article on aero – towing in the current issue of RCM&E, plus, the closing pics in the mag of some Petrels.
Am glad that the hats got some use, am guessing that CW is keeping the rest for future land-out commiserations.
Also good to hear that our new member, and examiner, Jonathan Smith has volunteered for future retrieval duties following his yomp to pick up Pat’s Skylark
Obviously, as we all know, Brexit disturbed the Weather Gods to such an extent that they forgot to order the rain and sent only wind instead. With four less-than-perfect forecasts and one that was unbelievably good, it was of course the latter that saw the unexpected rain. Nevertheless, a record turnout on that day broke all the records for attendance, necessitating a 7-up rule to avoid the possibility of mid-airs. The downside of such numbers meant that we had to restrict the scale fly-in days to scale models only, for which I feel it necessary to apologise to those that do not fly scale models.
There was some epic fun during the season: vertical launches, tree perching, fuselages turning brown, and one inadvertent overflying of the pits that really frightened the horses!
I would like to nominate myself for the Person-Who-Forgot-To-Bring-The-Most- Glider-Parts this year: I doubt anyone can beat my tally…
Good to see that Geof Crew was awarded the prestigious “Launcher of the Year 2019” at the AGM – keep up the good work
With five of the six scheduled events run, this has to be some sort of record, and the great thing is, Bradders has chosen the dates for next year, so if normality returns I can dodge the blame. Let’s hope for his sake that this is not the case…
The Dates for 2020 are:
March 8th is CANCELLED, we now move to the reserve date of March 29th, Hopefully!