|Dutch C/L Nat's 2005|
17-18 Sep 2005
This years event turned into a bit of a saga, so I have split it into two parts. The intention was to fly in the 1.5cc teamrace with Herbert Harritsen, as well as document the event. Little did I know what would transpire.
This page is about general impressions and some fun I had on the last day, This page is the epic saga of trying to enter the team race.
The Saturday dawned quite sunny with a mild breeze, and stayed so for the rest of the day, quite a pleasant feeling after the rain showers of the previous two days.
My first impression was that there where not quite as many bodies about as the previous year, but not having access to actual figures I can't verify that. What was evident was a certain seriousness in the competitors, the, I fly for fun attitude seemed to be edging towards, I want to win. Nothing wrong with that, and it is an inevitable consequence of competing in anything. I have experienced it myself. That is what made the team race business you can read about on another page so frustrating.
Because of the preoccupation with the team race and helping Herbert in the beginners stunt. I had very little time to take pictures, but I hope what little I did manage captured some of the atmosphere.
Two very memorable events stood out for me personally. Watching Winfried Holle fly his 10cc speed model at 304 kph, a truly exhilarating if terrify sight. The engine is masterful piece of enginering design as is the tuned pipe system.
The other was flying Jan Odyen's small carrier design that he uses to prop hang (I'm not confident enough to do that yet) and actually managing to catch the arrestor lines on the carrier deck, TWICE!, with Jan's encouragement from the centre of the circle, on two consecutive flights. The first flight was peculiar in that the throttle would only close so far leaving the model flying at quite a fast rate. Hearing Jan's, "Try landing it anyway." I switched to a sort of zen state and tried to get the model lower each circuit. There was no way I could see the carried deck until it had passed by. It's quite shock when the hook catches the arrestor wires, one minute I was flying along quite fast next the model has stopped dead, with seemingy nothing in between. I still can't remember actually seeing the deck. As I have never flown carrier before the grin on my face must have stretched across the airfield. After a bit of bending the throttle linkage the throttle could be closed properly. strangely this made the model slightly more difficult to control at low speed. but I actually managed to catch the wires again. At this point I decided to refrain from any more flights while I was ahead.
I freely admit that it helped a great deal that there was little or no wind, and I have no illusions about how difficult things could become in a wind. But I must confess, my interest in carrier has been tweeked.
There is so much potential in the way Jan flies this model and the carrier discipline in general I am sure some of the techniques could propergate across to other disciplines to great advantage, I certainly left with my head buzzing with ideas. Now all I want is the space, and time, to put those ideas into practise.
Jan flying the model described above.
The Saturday saw Herbert pick up the handle of his stunter, upside down, during practise. I only noticed when he tried to take off with full down elevator. The resulting devastation put him out of the competition for that day. I also saw someone in F2B do exactly the same thing but they would probably not admit to such a basic error.
The Sunday was hot and sunny with almost no wind and saw Herbert win the beginners stunt with an OS.35 powered Fancy Pants. So honour was restored. I flew this model after the competition and found the controls very stiff, with a tendency to roll in with outside manoeuvres. The stiff controlls probably resulted in a very smooth looking flight and larger loops than Herbert has a tendency to do normally. However as far as I was concerned, after few test manoeuvres, I don't like having to step backwards with every outside loop, I played safe and just flew the tank out. Of course, despite saying, "Don't fill up the tank." he did, resulting in a very boring long flight. We were not amused.
Herbert's Fancy Pants.
What I saw of the team race proved that you have to spend money if you want to be competitive with Loet Wakkerman's engines being much in evidence. The F2C final was entertaining, if expensive, for the Metkemeijers. After a series of very impressive and fast loops, I thought for brief moment Bert was showing off because he had won until the model kissed the tarmac and disintegrated. The cause, a broken line near the wing leadout.
So enjoy the pictures in no particular order, that I did manage to take, at another entertaining Dutch C/L Nationals.
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