A return to model building and flying. Part 66


June 2010

Another Disaster

Having finally manage to get a solid state camcorder that doesn't use a really stupid proprietary encoding on the files it produces. I set off to the UK FF Nationals at the end of May for a wander round for a few hours. The weather was abysmal with winds that would not be kind to any form of model flying, let alone FF.

By noon it was obvious that a lot of people were beginning to give it up as bad job. But the Bowden Trophy comp was still going strong much to my amazement! There must be something to to be said for these vintage designs. with the larger models coping better on the whole. There where lots of Oooh's and Ahh's as things lifted, spun, hit tarmac or grass, or vanished off downwind at alarming rates.  I gave up after a couple of hours as the vintage CL I had wanted to see seemed to have been abandoned, and made my way home.

The video I had collected was remarkably good, and a week later after finding and trying out various suitable video editing software to find what would do what I wanted satisfactorily on my Linux system, I set about editing it into a reasonable little piece.

Then disaster struck! I had yet another hard drive fail. Would you believe, the same make and capacity as the previous one? this time it was so dead it stopped my whole pc from booting, even onto the second drive I have in there as a backup. Only removing  the faulty one completely enabled me to recover from the damage. I have learned from the last fiasco what to back up and where, so recovery was only half a days work; with most of that taken in diagnosing what the hell was wrong and waiting for a few hundred gigabytes of data to transfer.

Only when things had got back to semi-normality did I realise what was missing. I had backed up everything except the desktop as I never have anything of consequence on it. You guessed it! For a couple of days I had kept the temporary video files I was working on in a folder on the desktop. I had lost the lot! After completing the video I had also deleted the raw files in the camcorder the night before, so even that avenue was closed. Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!

So these handful of stills are all I have left of that day.

The CL pictures were taken at the BMFA Festival of Flight in June. I was too busy flying in the carrier event to take many pictures. You will notice the difference in quality between the FF Nat's pictures and the FOF. The latter where taken on the camcorder I was using for convenience.

FF Nat's Bowden Trophy

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Festival of Flight

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