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Thread: How to pass the time when charging Lipos?
11/05/2018 12:59:50

Bit worried that nobody so far has said reading or writing Modelflying threads!

I charge batteries in the garage by the up and over door which is left slightly open and on an extension lead that can be unplugged 10 ft away from the charger. If not working in the garage / workshop they get checked to for progress and temp every 10 or so mins. As others have said, good excuse for a detailed check of clevises, bolts, hinges etc and a clean.

Edited By Richard Ashworth on 11/05/2018 13:01:00

Thread: What's flying over your house
21/03/2018 22:50:54

I live 3 miles from Leeds Bradford airport and A400s have for the last couple of months, on Fridays, have been using the airport for procedural approach training, regularity around lunchtime.

A couple of weeks ago on the Friday, I was at the North Leeds flying site which is approx 5 miles north west of LBA at around 2:00 pm when an A400 suddenly appeared in a steep bank with a lot of power on, at eye level approx 2 miles east of the site and decended out of sight to what must have been less than 500ft into a valley heading NW.

A flying colleague and myself watched half expecting to hear a loud bang and see a cloud of black smoke!

The manoeuvre was repeated in the same area 20 minutes later with less bank and power.

Spectacular but scary!

Thread: WOT4 Becomes Racing Car
08/02/2018 13:49:56

Are you sure that the wing bolts were fully fastened?

I had a similar "racing car' experience with a foamy Wot4 (first flight of day) where I had part tightened the wing bolt (only a third) to check the ailerons were OK with the wing "on" as one connector had been difficult to connect, all worked ok but forgot to fully tighten the bolt.

Racing car, full elevator, 6 ft up then full power dive into terra firma. New fuz.

Only worked it out 6 hrs later sitting at home trying to work out what happened and remembered a change to the usual pre flight routine.

Less likely with two bolts on the ARTF Wot4 but they normally lift off nose up in feet.

Thread: Magnets
16/01/2018 09:32:30

Or autocorrect and smell checker?

Thread: Middle Phase 2
04/01/2018 21:26:31

Hi Jon

Please continue in the same vein. As a teenager 50 years ago I built from plan but much "simpler" planes, free flight and control line, nothing as exotic as foam wings with servos. I have the Middle phase on the possibles list and for me, your build thread has so far been brilliant for education purposes, both general build techniques and Middle Phase in particular.



Thread: Aldi scroll saw
29/12/2017 19:15:30

Definitely a bargain! On Wednesday at our local Leeds store they had 4 (tempted) but at £59.99. They have been going very slowly. Will keep watch for further reduction.

Thread: Christmas Caption Competition!
23/12/2017 09:16:14

Observant prison authorities ban Spektrum iX12 novelty clock radio after LiPo battery deemed fire hazard.

22/12/2017 21:34:42

Applicants for BMFA's new "D" cert.

First five applicants for BMFA "D" cert, switching transmitter on, fail.

Edited By Richard Ashworth on 22/12/2017 21:38:04

22/12/2017 17:06:21

Pending new rules, For Sale, drone transmitters. Job lot £50 ono.

22/12/2017 17:01:47

New meaning to "its behind you!"

22/12/2017 16:59:55

New format! MODE 5 - hands free.

Thread: Acro Wot mk2 artf electric advice plz
06/12/2017 22:41:04


Having just stepped up to the ARTF Acro Wot from a Wot4 foamie (and lots of practice on simulator). I am flying it with the recommended Quantum 55 600kv, but with only 4s 4250 35C and a 13x8 APC thin electric prop. It is airborne in 25ft, flys well, sports mode at 3/4 throttle and draws 39 amps when static at full throttle. Approx max 550 watts - up to 12 minute flights at average 60% throttle. Battery cold on landing.

For the Quantum 55 on 5s I think the recommended prop is an electric 12x8.

The high current on 6s suggests that you are using too "big" a prop. At 800 watt it should be ballistic at around 3kg weight.

My suggestion is to change your prop to an Electric 12x6 (APC £4.99 most places). You should be aiming at low 30 amps and getting longer flights.

Hope this helps.





Edited By Richard Ashworth on 06/12/2017 22:45:32

Edited By Richard Ashworth on 06/12/2017 22:48:03

06/12/2017 19:37:27

Hi Glenn

What prop are you using?

Thread: Smooth Operator
06/12/2017 08:54:19

I suspect this will be regarded by many as heracy, but would the SO convert "fairly easily" to dark side power?

Off to hide!

Thread: Acro Wot ARTF (balsa) chat
04/12/2017 18:09:41

If you haven't flown one before a word of caution. On takeoff when applying power it likes to turn left! Right rudder as necessary keeps it straight. Much more noticeable than on smaller foamie models I had previously flown.

04/12/2017 17:28:56

I glued an ARTF Balsa Acro Wot together a few months ago. I used the standoff mounts from the Ripmax electric set straight onto the ply and power is the Quantum 55, is seems solid as a rock and the plane flies nicely. The latest ARTF has a quarter inch lip cut out under the ply to allow the battery to go in on a sled from the underneath.



Hope these help. The little stick you can see at the back of the hatch is a half inch bit of cocktail stick, drilled hole and gorilla glued to help in getting the hatch out. Those little magnets are stronger than you think! By fluke when I cut the cowl it was slightly narrower than the hatch so there is no way (so far) it can come out other than by lifting the rear of the hatch.


Thread: BN2 Islander, Refurb blog
17/11/2017 11:29:58

Enjoying each posting. You will need a bit of a blow if you want to slope it with that wing! Looking forward to the rest of the restoration.

Thread: Powered Glider Recomendation
12/11/2017 20:35:04

Hi Andrew. Bearing in mind your original "fun" requirement I would say that if you already have 2200 3S batteries look no further than either the Blaze or Lightning. Both can fly either fast or slow, start with small throws and both will progress to nippy fully airobatic fun machines both for around £120 ex receiver and battery. If you want a proper thermal soaring glider you are into bigger more expensive machines. I have a Radian Pro and a Lightning. The lightning goes in the car every time, the Radian when the weather suits soaring. Hope this gives you food for thought.



Edited By Richard Ashworth on 12/11/2017 20:37:05

Thread: DOH!
02/11/2017 19:25:07

It's only two years since I came back to the hobby so new to the DOH. 2 good tries so far.

Foamie Wot 4. - plugged in the aileron leads to receiver and had the good idea of checking the ailerons so put the wing on with only a couple of turns of the wing bolt. Trannie on, lipo connected, all fine. Got distracted. You guessed, Very fast takeoff run, pull hard back on elevator, 10ft up, major nose dive into terra firma. New fuz.

ARTF Acro Wot. Simple installation of horizontal stabiliser. Spent an hour getting the seating right and parallel to the wing, marked and took off the cover. Checked the fit again, got nervous as first time use of 5 min epoxy. Decided it would be easier with the fuz cradled fin down so turned it over. Epoxy mixed, applied, stabiliser slid in and measured nose to both tips and visual check from the front. Sigh of relief then noticed lovely yellow, white red pattern just like on top of the wing. 5 min epoxy 4 minutes gone! DOH, Fortunately I actually like a solid yellow back to the Acro Wot. Flys well unless there are other DOHs keeping quiet, it should be unique, so if you see it passing, come and say hello.

Isn't there a law that says if something can, it will. DOHs Law?

Thread: TN 134" Lancaster build
22/10/2017 20:50:32

To be able to see what you have done in the last 3 months and are doing is a privilege. Your recent wing rivet pic brings home what a labour of love you are undertaking. Total respect.

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