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Periodic Ramblings 240414 PDF Print E-mail
Written by C Ovgee   
Thursday, 24 April 2014 10:52

WRCS Ramblings by C. Ovgee

Check out the track in folks! How good is it now! It’s rumored there’ll eventually be overtaking lanes as well as fixed speed cameras. Half way down the track a Hungry Jacks & Video Easy is planned.

If you are last to leave, please stack the chairs INSIDE the sheds to keep them out of the weather so they are dry for use the next day. Thanks.

Our CFI Dean Schuback has become Quad mad. He’s invested in a multicopter (had a few mishaps!)& loves learning to fly all over again.

The team of Des Rim & Barry Mason make sure that Baz’s small electric Cub behaves itself. Barry flies it very well & Des makes a great number two.

Good to see founder member Peter Clarke at the field flying his Senorita. Peter is one of the club’s first instructors and when surf club duties allow, Pete comes down to the field with mate (& also original member) Mark Rickard for a fly & a chat.

We wish regular flyer George Kayley a speedy recovery. George had a lower bowel problem and is spending a stint in Royal North Shore. Will be good to hear that Pommie Cockney accent back on the flight line.

Lawman Phil Maher has become a deft “On the Sticks” man as he struts his stuff with gleaming electric models. Good stuff Phil..you sure have come a long way since earning your Bronze Wings.

Ex heli man Ellie Mehanna has just maidened his brand new electric Hangar 9 Mustang. The plane had a tendency to pitch up but after a few trimming flights, Ellie now has full control and loving it.

The Scanner & Tiger men are busy practicing their routines ready for the first race which will be a demonstration event at Scale Day on 4th May. Have a look at what Kelvin King has done to his Tiger. Talking of Scale day…have you dusted down that Show Pony; got her tuned and charged ready for the big event?

When connecting servo extension leads, ALWAYS secure the join so it doesn’t come apart. The easiest way is to tie it with fishing line. That way an accident and a bush walk will be avoided.

Seems like the weeny petrol engine is getting popular at WRCS. Kel Steinman has a 46 size in his Tiger, John MCConaghy has a 10cc version whilst Patrick VanOorschot has one of the new OS 15cc petrols.

We sure have had our fair share of rain this month. It hasn’t been heavy…just bloody annoying. Thankfully the field is just holding up and if we get a sprinkling of sunshine, she’ll look a million dollars.

The sunset flyers which include Al Zuger, Richard Owens, David Bolstad etc. fly till the sun sinks in the west. Lovely time to aviate.

Grant Furzer is not too well and we wish him our best. He is sorely missed on the flight line both as a pilot & an instructor.

Quite often Col Bruce can be seen buzzing the field in his newly acquired Piper Archer which is hangered at Bankstown. Although built in 1978, Col has done a wonderful job sprucing her up and it looks like she’s just come off the production line.

When it comes to undercarriages, struts etc. – ordinary soft solder won’t cut the mustard. Silver solder is the way to go & a Map Gas (to get the heat) gun can be purchased from Bunnings. Any welding supplier will sell you silver solder rod (must be at least 50% silver) as well as the special flux. Do a few trials and you will find out how rock solid silver soldering is.

Attempted Humour

Paddy phones an ambulance because his mate's been hit by a car. 

Paddy: 'Get an ambulance here quick, he's bleeding from his nose and ears and I tink both his legs are broken.'
Operator: 'What is your location sir?'
Paddy: 'Outside number 28 Eucalyptus Street.'

Operator: 'How do you spell that sir?'
Silence.... and after a minute.
Operator: 'Are you there sir?'
More silence and another minute later.
Operator: 'Sir, can you hear me?'
This goes on for another few minutes until....
Operator: 'Sir, please answer me. Can you still hear me?'
Paddy: 'Yes, sorry bout dat... I couldn't spell Eucalyptus, so I just dragged him round to number 3 Oak Street.'

This took place in Charlotte North Carolina. A lawyer purchased a box of very rare and expensive cigars, then insured them against, among other things, fire.
Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile of these great cigars,
the lawyer filed a claim against the insurance company.
In his claim, the lawyer stated the cigars were lost 'in a series of small
The insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason, that the man had consumed the cigars in the normal fashion. The lawyer sued and WON!
(Stay with me.)
Delivering the ruling, the judge agreed with the insurance company that the claim was frivolous. The judge stated nevertheless, that the lawyer held a policy from the company, in which it had warranted that the cigars were insurable and also guaranteed that it would insure them against fire, without defining what is considered to be unacceptable 'fire' and was obligated to pay the claim.
Rather than endure lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance company accepted the ruling and paid $15,000 to the lawyer for his loss of the cigars that perished in the 'fires'.

After the lawyer cashed the check, the insurance company had him arrested on 24 counts of ARSON!!! With his own insurance claim and testimony from the previous case being used against him, the lawyer was convicted of intentionally burning his insured property and was sentenced to 24 months in jail and a $24,000 fine.
This true story won First Place in last year's Criminal Lawyers Award
contest. Makes you feel good doesn’t it?

It is estimated that 99% of lawyers give them a bad name.


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New Scale Rules PDF Print E-mail
Written by clive weatherhead   
Sunday, 06 April 2014 09:48

The scale rules have been updated for this year to take into account all the input from the competitors. Whilst it isn't posisble to please everybody, Dave Pound has done a serious piece of work here and managed to get input and agreement at our last two club meetings. Thanks Dave.

You can see the new rules at this LINK.


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Periodic Ramblings 280314 PDF Print E-mail
Written by C Ovgee   
Friday, 28 March 2014 14:53

WRCS Ramblings by C. Ovgee

You will have noticed the permanent restraints outside the pits, designed for inhibiting large models. These new restraints can be removed for mowing and will alleviate the problem of getting sticks in the ground when its rock hard. The rule is..large models and engines over 40cc (petrol) or 180 (glow) must be started outside the pit area for safety reasons (but feel free to use the new restraints for smaller models too). A large thank you to Tom Sparks who designed, made & installed these safety devices.

Some of our members are off to America in April. First visit is Top Gun where the crème de la crème of aeromodelling are invited to fly. After a couple of weeks touring, they end up in South Carolina for Joe Nall - the biggest meet of aeromodellers in the world. Interesting to hear comments on their return.

The State flying field at Cootamundra was the scene for the annual MAS Fly-In in March. Our nomadic WRCS travelers flew their little bums off in near perfect weather. It was Dean Schuback’s first trip away from home & things didn’t go quite to plan on Day One. He lined up his prized Bonanza and opened the throttle. The aircraft rotated then went completely berserk ending up in pieces on the other side of the strip. The post mortem revealed a Y lead plug had become disconnected. However, Dean also brought along his beautiful Cessna 152 and that performed admirably. The only other drama was on the Sunday; Ron Clark got blinded by the rising sun, lost orientation and crashed his big green Extra. Other than that all others flew well and were impressed with the facilities at our State field.

Engine harmonics can do horrible things to a model. Things such as loosen wing/engine bolts and change engine settings. Always secure steel to steel bolts by wiring them or making sure they do not chatter loose by the addition of Loctite. Needle valves need to be firm so they do not lose settings.

We played host to the Gosford Club a few Sundays ago. It was a cracking day with over 20 flyers coming down from the Central Coast. WRCS put on a BBQ lunch and Gosford’s Club CFI Jas was happy that all her members flew well and there were no bushwalks. We look forward to the return visit.

You have probably noticed we have a new gate & and locking system. The reason is that Ausgrid employees & contractors found it hard to find the correct key for their exclusive padlock. (And they reckon the new gate will solve that problem???) Hopefully the innovative artistic design will eliminate that inconvenience & all parties that access the gate will, once again, live in harmony.

Don’t forget we light the wood-fired BBQ up on the northern side of the field every Saturday around 11.45am. Even if you are not flying, bring along the family for a BBQ and enjoy the spectacle.

One of our members has just tried his hand at airbrushing models at home thinking it would be like shelling peas. A little fairy tells me there was more paint on his face/hands/shed walls & floor than on the model.

With all the recent wet, humid weather, sprays of pampas grass have become prolific. Committee has been out there cutting down stalks to stop them spreading their very fine seed.

Congratulations to committeeman Kelvin King & wife Katie on the birth of their little girl Luella Esther. One name suggested was Hobby (get it….Hobby King!!) 

 Heard in the western Gerry Shed, “The model was a total right-off it was such a bad crash …In fact the crash was SO bad…even one of the sticks on the transmitter was damaged”.

 Who was it that unloaded a HUGE amount of mulch down our track just off Morgan Road? It was dumped between 12 noon and 1.30pm on a Friday afternoon. The culprits sure were brazen & let’s hope it doesn’t happen again.

Vince Payne has spent many hours with Ted Davies teaching him to fly. Ted lost a plane up on the western ridge mid-morning so both went up to look for it. After a few hours they got separated and Ted, emerging from the bush became concerned for Vince’s welfare. As evening approached, members eventually called the police who alerted Polair. Vince had become disorientated and nearly six hours later came out of the bush at Kimbriki Tip just as Polair started their search. He was exhausted and very dehydrated. An ambulance took him off to hospital where he stayed a couple of nights rehydrating & recovering. Polair spotted the lost model (50m from where the boys parked their cars!) and a police officer went in & retrieved it.

You will find that CA glue becomes a lot less hassle regards to drying out if you keep it in the fridge. Talking of glues…when using two-pack epoxy – make sure you give it a very, very good mix so that both parts are well integrated & go opaque. Just a couple of twirls won’t end up as a strong join.

Always remember we’re always under the watchful eye of Parks & Wildlife, Aboriginal Land Council, Crown Lands department, Warringah Shire Council etc. This means keeping our patch of Nirvana clean & tidy. Take a plastic bag & pick up any litter. If you have a few moments, grab a broom and sweep out the sheds. Always do your little bit in keeping our field pristine so we don’t attract unwanted attention.

Attempted Humour

First law of Physics…What goes up must eventually come down.

Second Law of Physics..When it comes down…Go try & find it!!

How do you know when you run out of invisible ink?

If Teflon was so non-stick…how come they can get it to stick to frying pans?

Why is the word Abbreviation so long?

Why is it you go to a footie match & sit in the stands?

After you cut a tree down…you then proceed to cut it up!!

Why does the doctor always greet you with “How are you?”

Why is it that I have no money in my bank account…but still have three cheques left?

Two Women Talking in Heaven

1st woman: Hi! Wanda.

2nd woman: Hi! Sylvia. How did you die?

1st woman: I froze to death.

2nd woman: How horrible!

1st woman: It wasn't so bad. After I quit shaking from the cold, I began to get warm & sleepy, and finally died a peaceful death. What about you?

2nd woman: I died of a massive heart attack. I suspected that my husband was cheating, so I came home early to catch him in the act. But instead, I found him all by himself in the study watching TV.

1st woman: So, what happened?

2nd woman: I was so sure there was another woman there somewhere that I started running all over the house looking. I ran up into the attic and searched, and down into the basement. Then I went through every closet and checked under all the beds. I kept this up until I had looked everywhere, and finally I became so exhausted that I just keeled over with a heart attack and died.

1st woman: Too bad you didn't look in the freezer---we'd both still be alive.



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Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 08:29
1 Make Challenge - update PDF Print E-mail
Written by clive weatherhead   
Saturday, 05 April 2014 09:23

The rules for the 1 Make Challenge have been updated - see this LINK.

Also, there will be several "fun" events during the year. The first 'official' one of these will be on the Autumn Scale Day on 4th May with a 1 Make race, for fun, at lunchtime.

There will be two scoring pylon events and 2 scoring combat events for the 1 Make Challenge that will count towards the annual club championship. These will be on the pylon/combat day on 15th June, and the Electric FunFly day on 10th August. In each case, the 1 Make series will be in standalone events, so the Pylon and Combat Day will now have:


  • Open Pylon - as usual open to electric and IC engines
  • Open Combat - ditto
  • 1 Make Pylon - open to Tiger and Scanner with IC engines up to 46 and other rules as per the 1 Make Challenge
  • 1 Make Combat - ditto


We also have an order for more Tiger 3 (and more Scanners if they become available). I have 7 people waiting for the Tiger 3 so, if you'd like one and haven't let me know, please do so. You can click This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to send me an email.



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Last Updated on Saturday, 05 April 2014 10:06
Gosford Visit - report PDF Print E-mail
Written by mike minty   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 13:45

Many thanks to Jaz, and all the members of the Gosford club who visited us on Sunday 23rd March for a great day of sport flying and socialising. Our roving reporter has written up his notes and included a few photos covering the event. Click HERE to read his findings.


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