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Member postings for Old Geezer

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Thread: David Vaughan
08/03/2018 20:52:21

David Vaughan was a lovely chap and a real gentleman, in every sense of the word, and it's been a privelige to have known him.

Thread: Can a foam model be polished
01/03/2018 09:59:52

Actually Trevor I'm not too bothered if the F/C is shiny or not, I'm more concerned to seal the surface to prevent the aforementioned indelible mud splashes. Fussy --- moi?

Edited By Old Geezer on 01/03/2018 10:01:38

01/03/2018 08:26:23

Thanks for that KK - I'll be giving my new FunCub a couple of coats before it's maiden outing.

28/02/2018 18:15:07

I s'pose it's the Clear Gloss product? Any special hints about application - is one coat enough - do you get brush marks or is it self-flatting - does it add much weight? Whatever - it'll be nice to have a foamy that isn't covered in indelible mud splashes.

Thread: Pedantic
26/02/2018 15:53:17

Regarding Johnnie Foreigner - Quote Unquote on R4Extra this morning - attributed to a now deceased member of the Royal Family just back from a Royal Tour: ( I paraphrase ) "Abroad is absolutely awful, and full of nobody but bloody foreigners"

Thread: Pegasus Models Hornet - HWDMAC Winter Build 2018
24/02/2018 17:16:02

Trad' British kit - don't you just luv 'em. When I first started flying power in t'70s my first power model was a Galaxy Escort, tough as old boots (doped nylon covered), safe predictable trainer with a 2nd hand OS25. Also had their Spatman too - overpowered it was huge fun. Then a Magician - another toughie, nice flyer too.

These Hornets look a bit gangsterish - if they fly like the smaller Gangsters (48 or 52) they could be real fun, so very tempting - what are they powered by? Is anyone electrocuting one? (I have been on the dark side for years.)

Thread: The WORST plane you ever had?
20/02/2018 11:56:28

A V-MAR Fournier, beautiful but deadly.

Those elegant tapered wings would tip stall with the least provocation, even at less than 1/2 throttle in level flight, so you learned to fly 2-3 mistakes high all the time. Very much a case of a dry mouth after every landing, the safest way was to turn on finals in a long shallow 180 degree turn keeping as much speed on as possible, then a shallow dive (keeping some power on) onto the patch - never trying to flare, just rounding out at zero feet for a very brisk roller ( to cries of "Open the gate!" ). Pretty hard on the single main wheel. Lots of experimentation with balance point, winding out a little up aileron on both sides - to achieve a bit of wash-out, etc. all to no effect. So I sold her for peanuts before she destroyed herself - and yes, I was honest about her handling with the guy who bought her.

Thread: Best Plane You Have Owned
19/02/2018 08:35:17

My all-time favourite, also my cheapest and ugliest airframe has to be a black Correx (plastic sheet used for estate agents signs boards) "Bogey" - flies in any wind, capable of anything/everything that is possible using aileron & elevator - and extraordinarily hard to damage. Still going after 4 hard years, but sadly no longer in production. Can't leave out Mr Fosse's WOT4 - I'm on my 4th - and when that one breaks I'll get another. A final honourable mention for my sadly short-lived Sid King "Tracer" - I flew the Club20 version with a throttled OS20 and when Sid produced the "Electric Tracer" I stuck an FSR 25 in that - so fast and so smooth until it went in from very very high at full chat.

Thread: Hinges - how many ?
11/02/2018 07:57:07

There's a lot to be said (all good!) about Blenderm tape, and for smaller planes when you can get it, Diamond Tape. Properly applied your surfaces are free moving, and as there is no 'leakage' of air between aileron and wing, the ailerons are more efficient/effective. To any nay sayers, none of my taped hinges have ever let me down.

Thread: Returning to hobby
07/02/2018 21:19:49

What BEB said - can't improve on that.

Thread: Good Stands for the Club
06/02/2018 01:18:19

Looks really solid and stable, at the right price it could sell really well.

Thread: Adaptors
28/01/2018 22:34:47

Regarding the potential number of permutations, it would be nice if one of the mathematicians in the congregation could work out just how many - I think you'd be surprised at the result!

Thread: Hitec anyone else thinking of jumping ship
25/01/2018 10:58:28

Looking at what is becoming available from Hitec now, I think we can conclude that they are rationalising production. At a guess there is insufficient profit in their higher specced Tx's (& Rx's) to continue production, let alone R & D, for what is essentially a pretty limited market. I don't think it is the end of the world as we know it - Hitec have just made a sensible commercial decision.

Furthermore, on the average club field how many flyers are using Tx's capable of controlling more than 7-8 functions, and of those, how many are actually utilising more than 4 or 5 channels? -------- I rest my case.

Edited By Old Geezer on 25/01/2018 10:59:30

Thread: back to flying after a long break
18/01/2018 23:24:19

Can't beat Don's advice - particularly regarding the Wot4 - whichever version, they all fly well, but for strength you can't beat the one you build yourself. If you're effectively starting again from scratch, go the electric route, there will be some negative comments from the "dinoflyers" but once you get the hang of things you'll have no regrets.

If you did decide to go the artf route, the slightly smaller wooden Ripmax Wot4-E artf is a little cracker, much happier than the foamy one if it's a bit breezy

Thread: JR Propo declare bankruptcy in Japan
31/12/2017 08:00:57

Video - as above - sad, sad, sad. Had a couple of Robbe soarers years ago, lovely quality but needed flying with, shall we say - commitment. When I graduated from "27" to "35" I bought a JR set - lovely - however going to "2.4", JR prices were beyond me. Seeing the premises that Robbe/JR products came out of, you can see why they weren't cheap, but unfortunately these days a lot of stuff is made down to a price, quality often being less important.

Need to stop now, before this becomes a rant - - - Nurse! Can I go back to bed now?

Thread: Anyone used this for models?
12/12/2017 23:05:01

Well John - you've stretched that old saying: "If it looks right - - - - it'll fly right" to the bloomin' limit! Well done that man - if there is ever a prize for the Ugliest Aerodyne she's got to be in the running. ( I initially considered Ugliest Flying Object, but UFO's been taken. )

Sorry if the above sounds a bit harsh, but in the circles I fly such abuse would be regarded as a compliment.

Thread: Recommendations for good sunglasses
20/11/2017 18:33:39

+1 for ski goggles over prescription glasses - actually a clear (non-tinted) ski mask for when I'm sloping - and the prescription spec's are Polaroid, just as important for driving as flying. (Very useful for fishing too.)

Thread: 4.8 v or 6 v receiver packs ?
16/11/2017 18:58:10

Being "electrically challenged" - if you have a 6V Rx battery - will the wall-wart charger supplied with my old Spektrum set ( to charge the supplied 4.8V Rx battery ) also charge the 5 cell jobbie? If so, how much longer proportionately should I allow?

Thread: Reichard Model Gliders
10/11/2017 08:02:52

Yes, that would describe them exactly, though definitely not cheap. Had a couple myself, not a huge amount of work to get ready to fly. Neither of mine were exactly floaters but flew beautifully if set up "as per", and just looked the business in the air. Some of the Reichard gliders are a fair size, and may not be exactly light weights, so don't try launching yours on your own until you've got to know one another! Fastish and level is the way to go but once she's climbing away you'll see why I've had two.

Thread: Modellers terms/phrases ?
09/11/2017 23:18:35

Piers - that was a latter day paraphrase of Fredny's (Fred Deudney - late of AeroModeller).

"Simplify and add lightness."

Edited By Old Geezer on 09/11/2017 23:19:38

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