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Thread: Keep Those Old Cordless Tools Going
21/02/2018 23:55:51

Well done Gary, it's great when hobby experience helps you out in real life.

I had a similar problem seven years ago and I was sitting down contemplating the horror of soldering up a bunch of ni-cads when I suddenly thought "hold the bus a lipo could do this". Worked a treat and the drill is still soldiering on to this day.

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Thread: Unrecognisable ARTFs - new paint jobs!
20/02/2018 11:21:54

Great idea for a thread TWS, loving those Skippers. I have a Skipper and a Polaris Ultra and have endless fun with them.

I do have a bit of form for this sort of malarkey, but don't want to bomb the tread, so I will just do some dribs and drabs.

Here's an ARF X-8 FPV wing that got the treatment.

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95% of the model was sourced from HobbyKing (I have no shame) and it turned out to be an awesome flyer and a great slope soarer.

Somewhat unexpectedly, it also turned out to be a bit of a chick magnet down at the parkcheeky

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Thread: Flite Test Centre (Center?)
07/02/2018 22:10:22

That's one thing about the States, it has economies of SCALE.

You can see in the vids the pulling power of the Flight Test Festivals which have been growing in size every year with a lot of family (read new blood kids) involvement. The reason for this is that they make RC cool by doing whacked out projects (that sometimes don't go right and/or are funny) and showing kids and adults how to make their own stuff cheaply. Good luck to them.

Thread: Best given the right of way
07/02/2018 09:59:14

Rattlers will still give you a nasty bite. Love a good snake story, mainly 'cause I have never seen one in the wild.

Interesting thing I saw about rattlers last year - significant numbers of them have actually stopped rattling! As a defence mechanism I always felt it had a fatal flaw - that of giving away your position. It also presupposes that your assailant knows that you are a badass that should be avoided. This worked fine on buffalos, but unfortunately for the poor old rattler, the assailant is now more likely to be a red neck with a '45. So, as evolution would have it, the rattlers that kept their rattle stowed tended to prosper and maybe the trait will get passed down through generations.

I have seen comment on some California slope threads where they go on a snake hunt, beating the grass around their launch site before flying. I guess it's a bit un-nerving when you have your hands full, so to speak, and someone yells SNAKE! In the States they also have these nasty things called tics and chiggers. Evil little beasties that live in grasses and can give a bite that can get infected and really turn nasty.

On an American slope site one day, I remember reading this post where a chap was relating how a rattler had turned up on their slope and, quite matter of factly, he said "So I went to my car, got my gun and shot the varmint" - gotta love 'em.

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Edited By KiwiKid on 07/02/2018 10:04:43

Thread: Paint masking Advice
02/02/2018 09:02:01

Interesting stuff and some great looking models. I have been enjoying the blu-tac and cling film method for the last few years. It's handy for compound curves and provides a nice fuzzy line mimicking full size paint jobs.

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Thread: Adaptors
28/01/2018 22:24:02

The list of possible permutations, whilst large, is finite - just keep making them as you need themlaugh

EDIT: Haha posted at the same time - maybe set up a spreadsheet and see what you have and what you are likely to need in the future.

Edited By KiwiKid on 28/01/2018 22:27:49

Thread: Sign of the times - funnies
27/01/2018 23:18:53

It's hard to get good help.

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Thread: Hobbico - files for Bankruptcy
24/01/2018 22:09:34

Here's a listing of Hobbico's top 20 creditors by $ volume.

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As you might expect Futaba has a pretty significant exposure, but not in terms of their overall operation which is huge. Rather intrigued by the Drinker Biddle Reath (lawyers) debt of $1.2m. 

Edited By KiwiKid on 24/01/2018 22:18:36

Thread: Electric Cars.
23/01/2018 13:27:05

I have seen comments on here and elsewhere regarding the hazard caused by an electric car's almost silent passage. I was nearly a victim of this myself last year - I was about to cross a road and had two cars go past, was about to step off the curb when a Niro zipped past with hardly a sound. Very smooth tarseal and wind noise helped it's stealthy passage, but I wonder what will happen when the inevitable fatality happens, if it hasn't already. Maybe the compulsory fitting of a sound module could be in the offing - I would plum for a Merlin I think.

EDIT: just as an aside, I have seen the odd poster struggling with the fiendish line that appears on the left of quoted text. To escape it's evil clutches just locate your cursor at the end of the text and hit the down arrow button - freedom!

 

Edited By KiwiKid on 23/01/2018 13:31:59

Thread: Hobbico - files for Bankruptcy
13/01/2018 03:14:32

Yes, all interesting stuff BEB.

Left hand down a bit.

I really don't like Hobbico's chances of getting out of this. Sale to another entity is the best option, but I don't think anyone would buy a company that has been left in the dust by it's competitors and hasn't had any real innovation for the past 15 years. While Tower has name recognition, much of their base is either gone or going away quickly. Most newcomers into the hobby are not looking for quality or durability, they are looking for any way to get in the air with as little money and as little work as possible. Hobbico products certainly don't fit that bill.

In an example of "there is no problem that cannot be made worse," I was surprised to note this little gem at the end of one of the newspaper articles "Hobbico is under a federal investigation. We first told you two weeks ago that leaders are accused of mismanaging employees' stock. Several current and former workers said their accounts have plummeted." There are several reports of staff who were laid off or took redundancy last year not being able to get their funds out. They were fobbed off and a promised payment date of 31 Dec came and went and then 10 Jan Ch11! Not a great way to start the year.

11/01/2018 15:32:23

Actually Don, what you have identified there was definitely one of Hobbico's (and the industries) problems. There is a glut of RC equipment and parts available on ebay, craigslist, BMFA and swap meets. Lots of people getting out of the hobby plus hobby shops going out of business makes a lot of items available in brand new or near new condition for cheap. Tough times.

11/01/2018 15:05:49

Well, not in the short term as Ch11 sort of puts things on ice and those brands are part of Hobbico's assets, so it will depend on how the restructuring, refinancing and finding of investors/purchasers goes. TopFlite and Great Planes had some nice products but I feel part of Hobbico's problems stemmed from the fact that their entire line was old school products that many of the newer modelers are not interested in.

11/01/2018 13:46:03

I have been following developments with Hobbico for 18 months or so and it really has been a slow motion train wreck.

What first raised my concern was a noticeable and increasing trend for Tower Hobbies items to be out of stock. I have been using Tower for years and they had some very good deals, often with free domestic shipping which I utilized to have the goods shipped to a US NZ Post depot. Anyways, I was not alone in my concerns and Hobbico's woes have been well documented and have impacted their staff both in terms of layoffs and their employee stock ownership plan.

The group has over 50,000 individual products, but has struggled to compete with overseas competition pricewise and I was somewhat staggered to see one of their proposals to increase profitability was to increase prices! I think Hobbico hesitated too long to get into the electric RTF market and they may not be able to ever recover. Their Flyzone line was a year after Horizons eflight, and had both reliability issues and cost more. They still have not embraced providing cheap batteries and electronics, so HobbyKing is eating their lunch in that field.

I raised my eyebrows at the comment that "a series of one-time events with key suppliers" had impacted on profitability. I will leave you to draw your own conclusions from that statement.

I must say that the service from their staff is excellent and they have some very knowledgeable and long serving employees.

We live in interesting times.

Edited By KiwiKid on 11/01/2018 13:48:52

Thread: Kiwi Assistance Please
10/01/2018 13:21:38

It is necessary to check the "send email when PM received" box in the My Account section to activate that option as the default setting is not to send one.

Thread: IDENTIFICATION please
10/01/2018 03:38:49

Very interesting - I had not come across that one before Piers.

This is an intriguing one off design showing that there is more than one way to skin a cat.smiley

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Thread: Rc delta undercarriage
10/01/2018 01:22:16

As Dennis has mentioned, the ideal location is just behind the CG. Depending on the size of your model this may work out to be10-20mm. In this pic of the Horizon DeltaRay (CG on the finger holes) you can see they have located them about 20mm behind the CG.

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This location stops the model sitting on it's tail and aids with takeoff rotation. It is also useful to set the undercarriage up so that the model sits with a slight nose up attitude, again to help with takeoff rotation.

Thread: Kiwi Assistance Please
09/01/2018 23:26:37

He was active before my time on here and I am not familiar with him. You could try a PM, but I don't think this site generates e-mail advices when you receive a PM. He has not been back for 18 months, but might spot the PM notice if he signs in again.

His profile: **LINK**

Thread: The Sorcerer
07/01/2018 22:11:44

Hi Gordon, the Motor Spatz is an ARF produced by VQ Models. It was marketed in Europe by Pichler and I picked mine up from Staufenbiels. Great flier and very versatile being great fun for park and club flying, thermaling and sloping.

Here's a recent post: **LINK**

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Edited By KiwiKid on 07/01/2018 22:19:05

07/01/2018 13:54:05

Thanks guys.

Tom the "Bird of Time" is actually a brute of a thing called a Gliderman. It is a Chinese knock off of the BoT and comes standard with a motor mount and ailerons and (now) flaps - available from TheBuildRC. I just put a BoT sticker on it as a wind up. It weighs almost twice what a BoT glider does, but actually flies well, powers through wind and is a passable thermaler. It really excels at sloping and park flying.

Here's a recent park flying vid: **LINK**

Edited By KiwiKid on 07/01/2018 14:02:41

06/01/2018 22:32:06
Posted by KiwiKid on 09/04/2017 22:34:09:

Also should make a good light wind sloper - I hope.

I does! I have been sloping the Sorcerer for six months or so and finally snagged a nice fine day for some vid recently. Being built very light the Sorcerer does not penetrate well in strong winds, but is fine in light winds so is a useful model to have in the quiver.

Here's the vid: **LINK**

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