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Member postings for Pete Willbourn

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Thread: Show Off Your WOTs!
19/04/2018 22:19:57

img20180419_22073585.jpgimg20180419_22100301.jpgI appear to have had quite a few !!img20180419_22115161.jpg

19/04/2018 22:01:42

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Thread: Making a spinner by "spinning"
04/04/2018 22:43:11

I had family connections to Lune Metals in Lancaster, We made Swan brand pans , of which I still have a set in use from 1966 . As John Rudd states annealing is important , we used to make the ST ST hub caps for British Leyland motor show vehicles, and had to be heat treated after every pass, very time consuming ! . And yes we made rocket nose cones and 7 foot diam wash bowls for the textile dying industry .

Biggest problem was employee insurance as it was a very dangerous operation , !! The speed at which spinning takes place is very fast, Then when you trim the excess off, the buckled bit , it flew everywhere and its sharp !

Magic days , health and safety , ? not invented in the late 50s.


pete W

Thread: A Very vintage vintage
04/04/2018 16:37:28

bw009.jpgbw008.jpgbw007.jpgYes DC I will see what I have .

My plans are mainly subject to interpretation ??!! usually mine !!

But here are some build photos I took and you can see there are some "sort of drawings " I f you can build from outlines and a bit of imagination , I am sure we can help

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Thread: Just How Flat is Your building Board?
19/03/2018 14:23:01

When the company I worked for went CAD all the drawing boards were up for grabs at a £1 a board ,I got as many as I could , They are pine and are adjustable ,by playing with the supports on the back ,

I support them on trestles and before I begin I use a spirit level in all directions to ensure that when the model does not fly its not the builders fault !


glass is great but a pain to stick the pins into , but brilliant for sanding on and for casting carbon sheets between !

Thread: It's good to be back!
16/03/2018 13:53:24

NHS well kinda ?? well maybe ??

A member of our club went to his GP suffering from sleepless nights and other things which was put down to "stress".

The GP told him he needed a hobby and recommended Aeromodelling . He nodded and said very little, having been a founder member of our club many years before ..

It was the aeromodelling side that could have been responsible ! Because 40 years later he is still the same , possibly worse , but can now smile about it .

And me? I have just built a stick and glue model , why , because it was there ! do I need another plane , NO but building them is almost as much fun as flying them .


Thread: Old Kits
11/02/2018 10:35:39

This chap has a fair few oldies kits on the bay ??!!

That may be worth a look ?


Edited By Pete B - Moderator on 11/02/2018 12:01:59

Thread: Own Design 2m F3A Model
10/02/2018 16:59:24

just superb!

and interesting !!

Thread: Micro servo control rods
10/02/2018 13:52:17

just a couple of photos ,

on your hunt for thin push rods , dont forget those little helis have them !! (one showed in the photo )

3 sizes of paper clip , the big one is Sainsbury, and the metal chunk is a piece of steel , roughly the same thickness as a horn ,its got a hacksaw slot the same width as the wire diameter , drop the wire in squeeze with pliers and you have the perfect Z bend ! If you need long rods just put the wire ends on carbon rods bind and cyno pushrods 01.jpgpushrod02.jpg

09/02/2018 17:03:17

I have used paper clips , for years with NO failures , and they come in various wire diameters ,

bend each end with Z and put a V along the straight bit for adjustment , all my 9grm stuff has them !!

Thread: Sealing EDF motor wires passing through exhaust duct
06/02/2018 11:45:12

I place all my engine wires behind each other , and then bend a bit of thin plastic round them all forming a symetrical airfoil to reduce the drag , and act as an out let guide vane !Works well on smaller EDFs

Thread: Mini Super
06/02/2018 11:40:14

I agree with you Nigel R

I actually fell out with Boddington when I sugested all his planes were the same , they all used the same ballooning Clark Y airfoil and the only difference was the size !

we never spoke again !

05/02/2018 21:22:02

It must be a Sub Mini Super, I can see a Mills 75 in there !


05/02/2018 20:08:19

img20180205_19575166.jpgThese photos are 1968,img20180205_19563911.jpg I know its a mini Super , but is it a Sub Mini Super ? it shows the tailplane mounted on the bottom .

It helped me teach myself to fly ! the half finished planes are the original Ugly Stick , and a Flea Fly, Phil Kraft

and the little Cox powered Concorde .and a Kiel Kraft 3/6 penny SE5 cox 010 powered 


Sorry they are on their side??



Edited By Pete Willbourn on 05/02/2018 20:21:43

Thread: Identification required yet again please
04/02/2018 19:54:01

Thanks chaps , brilliant ,

as I said he built beautiful planes , as possibly you can see in the background , there again you have to be a bit eccentric to build a "Peu de Ciel " But how do you dispose of them when the post is not really an option ??

04/02/2018 18:08:41

ross01a.jpgI am trying to help the family of a life time flyer friend who passed on just before Christmas to find new homes for his aero "stuff", He was a superb builder of mainly scale stuff , of which there is a huge hoard of mainly unflown aircraft , But this one I cannot find any plans /boxes or any info at all .

Can anybody out there help , its 37" span . cheers Peteimg_0919.jpg

Thread: Toe-in or toe-out?
01/02/2018 22:30:37

This may help

01/02/2018 22:22:56

This subject was a Thread on the "other " forum many years ago , The answer is

Real planes have Toe Out , apparently ! It took me by surprise as I always set just a tad of Toe In on my sport cars

I never raced a plane !!

Look it up !

Thread: Adaptors
30/01/2018 15:28:49

I have made up many adaptors , mainly to help out those folk who arrive at the patch and have managed to wire their plugs up totally differently to everybody else and need to borrow a lipo !!! or ESCs and even motors ??? and you need 3 of them at a time !!!


Thread: Messing about with Mercos'
29/01/2018 22:32:20

In the mid 60s my old boss , strangely, we worked for Rolls-Royce ,( Bristol Siddley then ) but we did not make Mercos ( previous reference them being the RRof engines ) , he used the Mercos for lots of "research" into flame front speed , by measuring the time it took for the flame to go between the two plugs, ( on a twin head ) He converted many to ignition units of which I believe some of the old timers still use (SAM types )

The Military also used Merco 61s and Puntillio in Hinckley sold surplus new 61s at a very reasonable price !

I got at least 5, now all well used ,

Look up the early American Nats results and you will see that the engine of choice was the Merco !!

How times have changed !

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