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Re: The Model Squadron
« Reply #15 on: September 13, 2018, 05:12:58 PM »

They used mobius on board, as it was the only option that recorded in 25fps for the TV production. ND filters were used to reduce the rolling shutter effect on the prop.

We were all provided with googles to use Badlands. Some of us even managed to not give them back.  :sparta:

I was actually the only FPV nut there, all of the others were happy flying LOS or going on passenger rides FPV. I insisted all my flights were FPV. Even on a day when they said no FPV i said ill fly FPV thanks haha.
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The Model Squadron
« Reply #16 on: September 14, 2018, 07:16:15 AM »

Yeah I’d have been FPV all the way!
I did find it funny how they were banging on about ‘new technology ‘ I mean it’s only been around for 8 years or more!
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Re: The Model Squadron
« Reply #17 on: September 14, 2018, 01:53:05 PM »

If they had let me have more air time, i would have got them some amazing shots, but the way they set up the FPV we had to wait for someone to come and set up our video every time, if they werent there i didnt get to fly. So i missed out on lots of flights, or caused delays. Hence the no FPV today bit.

Once the production team saw the footage i was getting on the very last day, they paused the production for 20 mins while hunting for a battery to make sure i could fly FPV in the final battle.

From speaking to them post shoot, they have learnt a lot the hard way, as it was new tech for them to use.
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Re: The Model Squadron
« Reply #18 on: September 14, 2018, 11:14:16 PM »

Just watched it - great fun ! Really enjoyed that.
The dive bombing and formation must have been really tricky LOS, for goodness sake, would have been sooo much easier FPV, could have got a formation of several for a decent length of time.
Some good LOS flyers there though. Nice one.
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Re: The Model Squadron
« Reply #19 on: September 15, 2018, 10:36:03 AM »

Hopefully they have some decent FPV formation footage in the next two episodes.  ;D

Glad everyone is enjoying it tho, seems to be getting good reviews.
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Re: The Model Squadron
« Reply #20 on: September 19, 2018, 10:57:16 PM »

Just watched part two - Brilliant!
The stacking of the 110's, the mass Spitty crash scramble and the exploding condoms made me hoot with laughter.
I'm keeping this on the DVR for when I need cheering up  :P
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Re: The Model Squadron
« Reply #21 on: September 19, 2018, 11:20:35 PM »

It is a great show. A few techy bit on building which was nice as I only fly quads.

It could have been so much better with more FPV pilots and maybe some extra cameras on wings etc. Then again this is the first program to do this type of thing so I guess they are learning. Hopefully it will inspire more people to take up flying and maybe some more programs with model flying for the future.

Roll on next episode.
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Re: The Model Squadron
« Reply #22 on: September 19, 2018, 11:29:29 PM »

Yeah, and maybe make the general public see that model flyers (let's not use UAV or Drone) are hobbyists having fun and not really a threat to life as we know it.
Although, to be fair, there was quite a bit of crashing going on!
Does anyone know what the IR system did? did it just release smoke, or disable the A/C so it would crash?
Maybe that was just creative editing.
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Re: The Model Squadron
« Reply #23 on: September 20, 2018, 08:46:49 AM »

I really enjoyed it too, great fun.  Although I'm not entirely sure that the historian bloke really did get to advance his understanding of and gain further insights into the Battle Of Britain.  I think what we mostly learned from the project is that if you give a bunch of RC flyers a limitless supply of free planes then they'll have a hilarious time smashing them all up.

Also why were all the planes Dynams?  Did the producers get given a container load of them or something?  If it was in the hope of free advertising I definitely won't be rushing out to buy one of their BF110s, they seem to be dreadful.
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« Reply #24 on: September 20, 2018, 10:34:07 AM »

Well, I watched the second episode in the company of 4 very experienced rc hobbyists, both at grass roots and international competition level and several non rc hobbyists. The general impression  from the rc boys was “ it makes us all look like a bunch of dangerous idiots playing with stupid out of control toys”. And from the non rc side “ no wonder the laws been changed”. There where also a lot of comments on the “inclusivity” aspect of the flight line being typical of modern media and how much more prepared the German team where.


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Re: The Model Squadron
« Reply #25 on: September 20, 2018, 10:54:48 AM »

They must be fun at parties.

FWIW I'm a "very experienced RC hobbyist" I've been flying since I was about nine and I'm 44 now.  I didn't see anything that was actually a danger to anyone.

The people you watched it with seem like exactly the sort of godawful bores who utterly ruin clubs and turn people off the hobby.  The non-hobbyists were doubtless just taking their cues from the self-proclaimed experts in the room.
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Re: The Model Squadron
« Reply #26 on: September 20, 2018, 11:16:33 AM »

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Well, I watched the second episode in the company of 4 very experienced rc hobbyists, both at grass roots and international competition level and several non rc hobbyists. The general impression  from the rc boys was “ it makes us all look like a bunch of dangerous idiots playing with stupid out of control toys”. And from the non rc side “ no wonder the laws been changed”. There where also a lot of comments on the “inclusivity” aspect of the flight line being typical of modern media and how much more prepared the German team where.

As a colleague of mine used to say: "experienced, doesn't mean good".  You could have 20 years experience and still be sh!t.

It all looked like good fun in a fairly controlled environment.   TV productions often show things out of context so you don't get to see the whole truth.
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Re: The Model Squadron
« Reply #27 on: September 20, 2018, 01:26:25 PM »

We were on a military base, with over the top health and safety. The only people i have seen say anythign negative about the show so far are old farts on the BMFA pages. Everyone else seem to really have enjoyed the show.

The laser system just set off the smoke, not sure we would have cleared H&S to have control shut down.

The models were all Dynamo as that was what was available. As far as i know they were all paid for and no sponsorship was involved. We started with 70 models i think.

They show/focus on crashes as they are more fun to watch than flying a round in circles.

I cant wait for the next episode as it has my story in it, and at the moment i am just getting abuse for my one line about cutting the tension with a knife. So be nice to have some fresh abuse. (all from the wife)
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Re: The Model Squadron
« Reply #28 on: September 24, 2018, 12:55:25 PM »

Watched the last part last night. It was great. Seeing all those models 'swarming' over the sky, I can't imagine how difficult that was LOS. They really did need more fpv pilots there but judging by most of the people there the show would have had to provide goggles as well as all the planes/lipos etc.
It was interesting to see the original tactics and the difficult in pulling that off.
Can't imagine the actual pilots difficulty and fear!!!!
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Re: The Model Squadron
« Reply #29 on: September 24, 2018, 02:00:03 PM »

Think we had 10-12 FPV planes, and goggles all set up for people to use. Most just chose not to. It was a bit much for them with head tracking and the limited FOV from the cockpit.

If you couldnt tell, i really enjoyed flying it FPV haha.

Obv in the edit they didnt show my kills. In the last battle, where the Germans scored first blood, that was actually me shooting down friendlys. I couldnt tell who was who and i just shot anything that moved. So the first two kills where from me, they just happened to be on my own team mates.  :laugh:

 
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