Here is a list of all the postings Pete Willbourn has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Show Off Your WOTs!|
|Thread: Making a spinner by "spinning"|
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.
|Thread: A Very vintage vintage|
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
|Thread: Just How Flat is Your building Board?|
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!|
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|
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|
and interesting !!
|Thread: Micro servo control rods|
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
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|
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|
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 !
It must be a Sub Mini Super, I can see a Mills 75 in there !
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|
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 ??
I 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 .
|Thread: Toe-in or toe-out?|
This may help
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 !
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'|
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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