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May 05, 2011, 04:43 AM
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Can you guide us the proper way on how to align the winch so that the line can run and rewind tidy on the drum? That is the line will not spool to one side of the drum.

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May 05, 2011, 10:00 AM
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Even when you have been flying F3B for over 35 years as we have, there are always new tricks to pick up from seeing other peoples methods and you never stop learning with this sport. Setting off to Holland now for the F3B Euro event to try a few!

Keep up the good work...
May 05, 2011, 10:06 AM
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Hi polar bear

This is how I learned it and it works fine:

When you have set up the winch, spool up line so that it is under quite some tension. Now lift the winch line up as high as you can and let it go. This will help to get the winch line lying straight on the ground and free it from obstacles (if still present, walk the line and free it).

No begin spooling up line, say at the left side of the empty drum. I deliberately move the right side a bit forward, so that it winds up unevenly (it spirals to the right).Open the brake and release the line from the drum again.
Move right side of the winch a bit back, watch the spirals. The pitch of the spiral should be smaller now.

Work the right side of the winch incrementally backwards until the spirals just disappear and you are all set.

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May 05, 2011, 10:26 AM
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I've noticed that sometimes when the mono will spool on the drum straight under the load of the plane, it doesn't when you are just winding down the chute...
So, if Reto's technique above gets you to what I just described, then just adjust the winch a little afterwards to get it spooling on roughly even when the tension is off as well as on the line.

I always only move one side of the winch or frame, as Reto mentioned; leave the other side alone/staked.

Good luck,
May 05, 2011, 03:57 PM
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wind greatly affects the unloaded line spooling. Gotta watch out for that.

May 06, 2011, 01:21 AM
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May 10, 2011, 01:25 AM
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May 11, 2011, 01:09 AM
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May 11, 2011, 01:35 AM
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May 11, 2011, 06:28 PM
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Fantastic job on all the vids. Can't thank you enough.
Your time, dedication and enthusiasm towards this sport is great to see.

From all of us out there, please keep up the good work!

May 11, 2011, 09:00 PM
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Thanks a lot Dave, it has been fn and educational to view.
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Thanks for posting these Dave. What a fun day!

May 16, 2011, 07:38 AM
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Question about Distance task:
Is there any fixed flying pattern , say pattern 8, or similar to MoM that all planes turn away from the "slope"?
If the plane cuts a turn, should he turn back to that base immedately (like F3F) or he cannot(like MoM)

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