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.
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.