A bit over 12 months
since we last had a Carrier Comp. So, after a couple of aborted
attempts due to lousy weather and a wet flying field, we finally got
some decent weather to get the deck out and do a bit of flying.
The day turned out to be a fairly relaxed affair rather than a serious
comp with nearly everyone having a few problems of one sort or
another. Harry and Bryce had their new Brodak Bearcats to try on the
deck for the first time, both powered by Thunder Tiger 36's. The TT36
certainly doesn't lack grunt, Harry adopting the vertical take off
But low speed was giving both Harry and Bryce a few problems. Like
most current radio engines the TT36 doesn't have a throttle stop on
the carby, not necessary in a radio model but it makes reliable and
accurate low speed throttling without shutting down on a carrier model
much more difficult to set up. Something to consider when choosing an
engine for Navy Carrier.
HP40 powered GS Bearcats were flown by Graham, Murray and Mark, Graeme
with a fairly claged HP that's looking for a new ring and Murray
having a few undercarriage problems.
Peter was flying his old Wildcat with an even older Orange Head Merco
Paul's HP40 powered Brodak Guardian seems to have much improved
handling now that the tailplane has been increased in area, and with
it's big thick wing it should get some really good low speed times.
Conditions were a little breezy at times which made low speed a bit
more challenging, but overall not a bad day.
Next Carrier Deck Comp is on 19th June.