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08-21-2008 09:46 PM  12 years ago
Axeman

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Gents,

A couple of us Dorklanders are coming down to Hamland tonight for the indoor event (coincidentally there will be good steak and beer as part of the trip as well).

Saturday is out for me for Rotovegas - the only day I can get there is Sunday - which is predicted to be blowing harder than George

Might see you.

Cheers,

Steve.
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08-21-2008 09:58 PM  12 years ago
tskg2

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OK- before shutting down the pc and hitting the road in the might Regius 'Babe Magnet' van, I feel I am honor bound to make 2 replies-

James- come on- really- is the weather up there ever nice for long? Us folks from Windy Wgtn know the truth!

And Axe- compliments are always welcome!

I'll be seeing real men in R-town.....hopefully

G2
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08-21-2008 10:08 PM  12 years ago
jamesotron

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You're probably right. It'll be crap again by lunchtime sociable.co.nz
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08-21-2008 11:27 PM  12 years ago
NZ_Neil

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Just came back for a walk in Drury (Sth Auckland), brilliant clear skys but now ..... its looks like rain (Note to Wife : bring in my socks from clothes line)

As for Rotorua .... I am swinging both ways (and thats not an invitation G2)

Regards
Neil Harker
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08-22-2008 02:40 AM  12 years ago
bigbadflyer

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As for Rotorua .... I am swinging both ways (and thats not an invitation G2)
You had better go or all the meanies will call you a Drury Wowser.

I do hope the weather does clear for all of you attending and you have a great weekend.

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08-22-2008 07:06 AM  12 years ago
NZ_Neil

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Batteries all on charge, 3 Helis in the boot, packed my raincoat and now have nice clean socks for the gummies

If there are 3 sponsors and three attendies does that mean we get a prize each ?
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08-22-2008 11:53 AM  12 years ago
bigbadflyer

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Helicopter crash in Wanganui

Just read this tonight..

http://www.stuff.co.nz/4665666a11.html

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08-22-2008 06:05 PM  12 years ago
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dude....all model heli crashes are important and should be attended but local services....do they know how much we love these things???
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08-23-2008 10:55 PM  12 years ago
NZ_Neil

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Rotorua Scale & Funfly 23Aug2008
(Look at the top of my gallery for Pics)

All week I like others have procrastinated about the weather, but not wanting to let the team down I loaded the car Friday night and headed south early Saturday. Some rain on the way and dense fog north of Rotorua, and then just like magic as I drive into Rotorua the skys cleared to a beautiful day.

Arrived at the field at 10am and found the carpark opposite the pits full (I had to double park) which was a good indicator to the number of fliers that were there. Once scrutineering and safety briefing was dealt to it was into the serious stuff. The Scale guys went off to the far end and had their comp the rest of heathens had the field to ourselves.

The Scale stuff was awesome, I was really impressed at the amount of detail some were now putting into their workmanship. Andreas (From JustScale.co.nz) created two classes of Scale comp and there were half a dozen entrants in each category which took several hours to get judged. Whilst this was happening the rest of the field was always buzzing with helis and the occasional interlude filled with planks. Where were the 6 or so scale Turbine models that are NZ unfortunately none turned up ?

All day there wasn’t a breath of wind, semi clouded skys, no really bad accidents. Ok One dumb idiot practising autos landed his TRex600 into the sign saying “Land Here” and the inevitable happened to four other guys with four identical Foamy T57 Trojans played “Catch Me” over the gorse and scrub (All yelling but I am flying the one with a E on the tail)

Lunch as usual was Burgers and Sausages cold drinks, Free Muffins Tea and Coffee all put on by the Rotorua Club – THANKS ROTORUA CLUB.
At 3pm was the Prizing Giving for the Scale comp were announced.

Prizes were supplied by the three Sponsors – THANKS SPONSORS.
JustScale.co.nz (Andreas),
rchelis.co.nz (Kevin) ,
rcbandit.co.nz (New Plymouth, Brett)

By 4pm the 10 Acre field was covered in a fine layer of Methanol Smoke and the sweet sickly smell of dozens of over cooked Lipo Batteries I packed up and headed home (The wife’s slow cooking lamb Shanks)

What a great day 10/10, lots of new faces from near an afar, shame the weather wasn’t more settled the days before because I am sure we would have doubled the 18 that did fly, still it meant there was no scrapping over the 10 or so 2.4Mhz pegs on the peg board !

Sorry I’ll get Andreas to separately post the Scale Comp winners.

Neil Harker
(Look at the top of my gallery for Pics)
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08-24-2008 04:59 AM  12 years ago
Footey

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Thanks for a good weekend Wayne!!!

And a special thanks for all you guys looking on your little websites counting clouds or what ever and choosing to stay at home, it left the flight line wide open for plenty of lying on one of the best days we have had weather wise fro a month or more. I took plenty of clothes expecting it to be as cold as hell but with little or no wind even at the night flying it was most enjoyable, I think a few of us got a bit sunurned on Saturday.

Sunday was a bit higher on the humidity side of things but we made the most of it and had an enjoyable breakfast and debreif at one of the local eateries, all in all a good weekend away.

Next FF is in Hamiltron where we are pretty much drenched in Sunshine at every FF for the last couple of years, make sure you bring a hat and some sun block!!

We have pleny of beds if guys from out of town want somewhere to crash for the night, just let me know and I will book you in.
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08-24-2008 05:54 AM  12 years ago
tskg2

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Highlights from the weekend!!!
OK- as the person who traveled the furthest (isn't there a prize for that???) I wanna put my 2 cents in on the event this past weekend.

First- as always- we are very lucky to have a super club like the Rotorua Club that allows us to take over the field for the weekend- and they look after us so well! Huge thanks to Sparky, Wayne and Julie!!!

Next- what a great showing of scale machines! Big thanks to the sponsors for the weekend- Andreas, Kevin and Brett- very generous- and hugely appreciated!!

Next- those foamie Trogan planks- 5 in the air at the same time- I have never seen these things fly in formation so well, and flown so impressively. Thanks guys!

Finally- we had another NZ record established at the event. At the night flying- despite 2/3rds of the night machines suffering very
heavy landings during their first flights- those present witnessed the first night flight by a scale helicopter! Assisted by 4 strings of glowire, but minus the use of night blades (they didn't take the 2 hour charge, darn it) A certain ex-yank managed 2 flights with this strange apparition. And the heli lived to tell the tale!!!

The flying was superb on Saturday- and if you weren't there- you missed a heck of a weekend!

Thanks everyone- G2
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08-24-2008 06:07 AM  12 years ago
JAGNZ

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Well, it sounds like I missed another awesome RTown event. Bugger it. But my trip is good fun and I am back in about a week.

Good job Rotovegas boys. Can't wait to be at the next one.

Jason Greenwood

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08-24-2008 07:40 AM  12 years ago
plantone

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Thanks Guys for your kind words it great that you made the effort & come along to fly with us i think you'll agree we had an awesome friday & saturday & only stopped flying at 5pm because dinner was @ 6pm otherwise we would have been flying longer.

I wish to thank our sponsors for helping with the event & prizes with your support to make these events even more worthwhile.Id like to thank,

Hobby hanger, hamilton. Thanks Kevin
Just scale, Auckland. Thanks Andeas
RC Bandit, New plymouth. Thanks Brett

For those who did nt make it Neil has some pics in his gallery & i will have some when i work out how to do it.

We had 18 registrations
51 models on the flight line
2 new guys from Levin, thanks guys for coming.
Furthest travelled was George from wellington thanks George.

Dont forget Hamilton next month check out hobby hangers website for more details see you there.

Wayne

Kevin, julie & i would like to book a bed @ Foote B&B please.
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08-24-2008 07:54 AM  12 years ago
Footey

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No problem Wayne,

Bring your togs for a spa and popcorn for the theatre.

I might have to go for a drive to the feild and see how dark it gets out there, its close to the city so may not be any good for night flying but worth a shot.

Hey Neil let me know if you want me to ask any of the guys at the Align Fun Fly if they are interested in coming to NZ for the heli fest in Feb.

You must have had a smooth trip back home G2 didnt expect to see a post from you today, good to see there are real men in Wellington after all
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08-24-2008 08:06 AM  12 years ago
tskg2

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Kevin-

Of course there are real men in Wgtn-

why do you think I live here??

Best- G2
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08-24-2008 08:39 AM  12 years ago
Footey

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What can I say G2, we didnt see too many of these real men from Wellington this weekend you haven't got them all tied up in your basement have you?

Maybe some of the other real men down there were not allowed out for the weekend
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08-24-2008 09:12 AM  12 years ago
plantone

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if got to go back to the field & try to find my 2 cell lipo that was powering the canopy glow wire, it must of ejected itself when it saw mother earth approaching at warp 9.Mongoose
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08-24-2008 09:16 AM  12 years ago
NZ_Neil

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Dont be too hard on the WGN boys (3 came), there was only 3 of us from North of the Bombays (2 Hours away from Rotorua)

Given "that" club in Auckland has apparently 60+ members and none of them made the trip is more damming.
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08-24-2008 09:17 AM  12 years ago
NZ_Neil

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if got to go back to the field & try to find my 2 cell lipo that was powering the canopy glow wire, it must of ejected itself when it saw mother earth approaching at warp 9.
Didnt you loose a 3Cell in your Striker the previous R.Town event ?
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08-24-2008 09:47 AM  12 years ago
eddienz38

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Great pics Neil, looks like all who went had a great day. I was baby sitting (technically called parenting as they are my own kids) so couldnt trip down but I have already booked the Hamilton and Feb heli fest with the Mrs so bring on summer.

I did find this cool clip while on supervision duties. Many have probably seen already but still great to watch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGu45s1_QPU
Tristan

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