We managed one and a half rounds today before rain stopped play. Now it is sunny again so we could have waited 15 minutes for it to pass and then carry on, but Emil (CD) announced that flying starts again tomorrow at 8am to complete round 2.
Round 1 saw a few hits and some misses. Highlight was Thomas doing 51 early on. I think we saw 50 as the next highers score from Wolf but this included a few errors, base a cuts and motor-on at A. Guntmar did 49 I think. The weather was not so good as in previous days and this is reflected in the lower figures. Also, the officials have changed the base B guy and this might mean that the figures we're seeing now are more realistic.
The Brits had an OK day. Dave did 41 and 36 with errors/cuts, George did 39 and 36 also with errors, I did 43 (no errors) and 41 (base B cut). We also came away with all models in tact which is more than can be said for the rest of the pilots.
Today we say lots of carnage often due to cells venting big time. The most impressive was Marco Cantoni's when it took out the rx and when the model crashed the cells exploded. A photo attached shows what an IB4200 looks like after venting.
We also saw a prop shear (or was it another IB failure?) and the front of one of the Italian models popped off. A couple of Italian planes were launched sideways and the stalled prop girations made the plane come straight back to the UK gazebo. First time it picked up and flew OK. Second time he had to switch off and crash into the Austrian tent...very scary stuff.
The Japanese team have had crash after crash and after two rounds we think they might have no models left...very sad
Hopefully we will have another good day tomorrow but the weather is not looking too good.
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