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Thread: Opinions please
21/01/2017 15:31:49

Have a look at the Etronix range.


I have had one for a couple of years now and am very happy with it.

It depends what you mean by reasonable. If I assume you mean price, then cheap is not always cheerful, particularly with chargers. You are probably better advised to go for a lower spec quality manufacturer, rather than a high spec copy, or unknown brand.

Asking on here is a good start. yes

Edited By kevin b on 21/01/2017 15:32:30

Thread: 2A0 Plan Copying and parts cutting
21/01/2017 15:24:49

PM sent.

Thread: Confessions of a Bodger
20/01/2017 22:10:45

Interesting thread BEB.

My take is that model kits are designed for people who like to build them and construct them in their own way.

Whereas the bike rack is designed for people with lots of spare cash, who like dress up in Lycra for no logical reason, put illegal white flashing lights on the front of their machines and have to wear cameras on their heads (Unlike other well adjusted cycle riders). devil

It's just a pity that most of this high quality technology isn't made in Britain (apart from Laser engines).

Thread: Why does this happen?
18/01/2017 20:34:17

Short answer to the original question.

Because its British.............and not a Laser. teeth 2

Thread: Duplicate of SC (ASP) FS400AR 5 Cylinder Radial
15/01/2017 22:23:32

I saw it.

It's not me, but if someone has one and doesn't want it...............


Thread: Flair Puppeteer Plans Help please
12/01/2017 18:49:22

PM sent.

Thread: Scale rescale
11/01/2017 20:20:45

Thanks for the information guys.

I think I will go with the plan as is. If I build light and it is ok, fine. If not I could always put a bigger engine in it. I have a spare Irvine 60 2 stroke !!!

10/01/2017 20:20:56

I wonder if anyone can offer advice please.

I have been looking for a nice scale biplane to put my OS 40FS in. Something a bit "different", but vintage.

I have found a nice plan ate 41ins span (1/9th scale), but it is for a 45-60 four stroke.

I wondered if I reduced the scale down to 37.5ins (1/10th scale) and build light, would that be about right for my engine ? Scaling down plans is not a problem to me.

I did consider trying to build the original very light, but of course there is the drag factor as well.

It's curious that when I look at the old free flight plans the engines are all under half the size of the modern RC equivalents, but I suppose they weren't intended to perform aerobatics (intentionally) !

Thread: Ebay sellers...
10/01/2017 18:22:56

Here's some New Year Stats for you.

I have just perused e-bay in the Rc department. I searched for "Kit".

19290 items

192 auction only

125 of those in the UK

That wasn't just aeroplanes either and most of those have start prices over 70% of retail !

Glad I did my buying and stocked up several years ago. teeth 2

03/01/2017 19:41:07

Fair condition maybe.

Fair price. NO

03/01/2017 18:56:40


"Vintage isn't the word I would use to describe it !!!

Thread: JR closing down?
01/01/2017 22:15:13
Time will tell - "Futaba will never go" eh - well they probably said the same about JR!

And Graupner, And Flair. Oh, and what happened to Airfix and Keilkraft ?

However, with the financial clout that Futaba have behind them it would be a very worrying time for the rest of the industry if they closed !

Thread: Kit builders, what would you like???
01/01/2017 13:11:50

Would need to be a big tranny and piloted by an octopus ! cheeky

Thread: JR closing down?
01/01/2017 11:11:05

I don't think the hobby has declined as much, but I think that we are probably spending less money. How many of us now own at least 4 transmitters and probably 3 times as many receivers ? There comes a time when you reach saturation point, partly due to the reliability of modern technology. How many covering manufacturers are there, and how many non-specialist engine manufacturers ? Our hobby has gone in leaps and bounds over the last few years, mainly due to the toy industry and also mobile phone technology. I think we are now entering a period of change. This is not necessarily a negative thing, although I can see the hobby becoming more expensive on new purchases. I'm afraid that the cheap and cheerful days are over and we are going back to how it was in the 50's and 60's when hobby items were relatively more expensive (as was decent food). Those of us who can remember those days know that we can use our resourcefulness to enjoy our hobby without great expense and should encourage newcomers that they also can.

Thread: Five Years Of Outerzone
28/12/2016 22:00:27

Steve is a really nice, helpful guy and I know for a fact that it does NOT make a profit. The advertising doesn't cover the costs of overheads. The purpose of Outerzone is to provide the great resource it is and this in turn is helpful to Steve, so it is a win-win situation. If plans are commercially available Steve usually pulls them from the list. The grey area is regarding plans that were originally given away "free". As Outerzone distributes plans freely, then there should be no problem over copyright as no profit is made and the original designers are always acknowledged. As are the people who donate the plans.

It's the free plan providers who offer to print them for you (at a price) who are breaking the law.

Thread: What's the recipe for growing club membership?
19/12/2016 20:53:28

Re - Growing Club Membership.

Our flying field gets "fertilised" regularly, but all we seem to grow is grass. devil

Thread: Sign of the times - funnies
17/12/2016 19:18:32

Nice one Peter.


Thread: Hot or not ? Which plug to use
17/12/2016 19:13:11

Thanks for all the help folks. It seems like we are all thinking the same way.

Phil, They both have the same problem in that they were cutting out part way into a flight at about the same height, though travelling in different directions. It is the cause that is mystifying. The only thing that both aircraft had in common were the air going through them and they both used the same glow plug (OS no 8). Everything else about the models (and pilots) was different. Even the plugs were of different ages. Mine being less than 12 months old and my instructors being from the Jurassic period. (along with the engine). The only other similarity was neither engine was particularly interested in starting from cold until the plugs had been thoroughly warmed through.

Anyway by this time we were both cold and the wind showed no intention of behaving itself, so we decided to retire, whilst we still had undamaged aircraft.

So there went the excuse for not going Xmas shopping ! Bah Humbug.

17/12/2016 17:51:00

On the basis that the only stupid question is the one you don't ask, I have a problem.

Today we went out to fly (first wrong move) as the weather looked flyable.

At the field is was a "little bit" windier than normal, but we were there anyway. It was breezy, cold and low clouds were blowing over. My instructor told me that it would be good experience. He then proceeded to set up his Funfly, while I sorted out my trainer. Both models started ok, but weren't over happy at tickover. The Funfly has an old Irvine 39 and my trainer a SC46. Off he went and about half a tank later had a dead stick. Unusual as it is usually very reliable. Noisy, but reliable. Anyway we took up my trainer and after about 5 minutes that also went dead stick, at about half throttle. We refueled (different fuels) and tried again. Same result.

the curious thing is that both of these models flew ok all the way through last winter with only needle tuning on cold days. We are wondering if it is wind chill and atmospheric moisture causing the problem ? Unfortunately neither of us had alternative plugs with us to try out. Would a hotter plug improve things ? Both are running on Os No 8 plugs.

The field is about 300metres above sea level and we reckon that wind speed at over 50ft was probably nearer 30mph than 20mph.

Edited By kevin b on 17/12/2016 17:52:54

Thread: Kit builders, what would you like???
12/12/2016 23:22:23

Interesting thread Richard.

The problems are many and the answers are few.

There is so much choice these days that customers end up just not bothering sometimes.

What I do find interesting is that people will pay rather large amounts for somebody to cut a "bespoke" kit of parts to a plan downloaded for free, but turn their noses up at value for money, fully tried and tested kits. The best example that springs to mind is Flair. It was a well known fact that you couldn't buy all the bits in the box at the price Flair were selling the kits for, but they still couldn't produce viable turnover, Marutaka were another one years ago.

I'm afraid solely producing model aeroplane kits will no longer be a profitable business and you are best advised to diversify. Again I will site an example. Laser engines are excellent pieces of kit. However they are produced by an engineering company as a side line. If they'd had to rely totally on model engine sales, they would probably have shut the doors years ago. Yes they may be profitable, but this is still a very fickle cottage industry.

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