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  2. Some of the FrSky receivers have an input (normally A2) which you wire to a +ve supply from the lipo up to 3S. Best way is via a lipo sensor which plugs into the balance cable of the lipo and the S.port of the receiver. This will give display and /or call of pack voltage but can be set to display individual cell voltages on the Tx screen. FYI sensors can be daisy chained, for instance you can have a lipo sensor connected to the receiver, and a current sensor connected to the lipo sensor. They can be used to give a virtual sensor (calculated from the V & A sensors) of watt consumption which can be called or displayed. You could also have a GPS sensor connected to the current sensor. I will give an example I have in use. I have a 8 channel receiver with a vario / height sensor as integral part of the receiver (barometric not GPS) with a lipo sensor and a current sensor in a Pitts biplane. Height is useful to stop me going over our 400 foot height limit, the lipo sensor to allow me to see how much power I have left. Both results are on a repeating 10 second call, selected on one switch (off, height, battery voltage). The current sensor I have fitted as the motor / prop combination is capable of pulling 120A but I have only fitted a 60A ESC with a 80A burst capability (it does not need to use 60A). I have set an alarm which sounds at 60 A and a different alarm for 80 A. All the above info together with RSSI, stick positions are recorded by the Tx at 1 second intervals (set by me) during the flight, all telemetry zeroed prior to take off using one of the 6 buttons at the top, throttle cut is on switch C whenever the switch is NOT in the down position, and in the up position the throttle is cut and the telemetry is stopped.
  3. When I needed to repair my PZ Mossie I took the rudder to B and Q and had a couple of acrylic match pots mixed - a perfect match.
  4. Thanks Andy, that's really helpful. I really like the idea of the check sheet. Having notes is really helpful. It helps to know how I prefer to set my rates for take off etc... How do I know which receivers can operate simple telemetry? I just read that some futaba receivers have external battery voltage telemetry built in, but I am suspecting taht most will need some sensor, or at least harness connected to the receiver. Sorry to ask simple questions, but you only know once you know!
  5. Hi, These are both old news but I've just picked up a brace of Vixens, one just needs a dab of paint here and there, the other needs the full monty. Alternative schemes if known may be interesting. Parkzone Mossie had an unscheduled landing and needs paint in some areas or a complete repaint, apart from the filling and sanding and bent motor shaft. It would be nice just to tidy it up for now. If anyone can point me to the correct shades without having to trawl through the complete Tamiya and Humbrol ranges. Thanks
  6. Nice machine. Puffin refers to Puffin Models - sadly now closed down. I can't find the manual at the moment but I will keep looking. I would suggest ditching the receiver battery and run the receiver off the Lipo via the BEC in the ESC. You will get a crick in the neck way before you run out of battery power.
  7. Mine is actually ridiculously quiet already on the 12x6 (modern OS muffler fitted) so might give the 11x6 a go... but to be honest my primary focus is now mainly on smoothening my flying and refining the elements of the B Test. She wants to spin right every time, and struggles if I try to force a left spin. Rolls are lovely individually, just need to ensure I can reliably and repeatedly do two consecutive ones in both directions without screwing out. Stall turns good, figure of eights fine, learning to blend in rudder at tops of loops and for cross-wind stuff etc. Lovely model for the job.
  8. OK, the RM will cover your requirements plus some. Servo slow and delay easily possible by the Tx, I use this for flap lowering on a Twin Otter and also use both for range check via a logical switch (2 switches in a particular combination to operate a surface at a fixed speed while I walk away from the secured plane with the Tx). Flight modes - 8 available. I use flight modes for my Tx to have rates for the Trainer Tx so I control the rates. It means that as soon as I release the student switch I get the control back with full rates. With training setup - master carries all the rates, trims, expo so the student is a dumb terminal - it just sends stick positions. This means I am able to switch training machines without having to program each model into the student Tx - I just have one model set as a trainer. I use a FF9CP as a student Tx with a FrSky module fitted. I fly gliders too so I have receivers with altitude sensing which I can call out as well as battery voltages (sometimes I use 2 batteries in a plane and I can call and/or display both packs) With GPS sensor added you can get heights, speed and a route plot via something like Google Earth, helpful to prove flying within boundaries. With training I can use the logging to allow the student to visually see their flight at a later date on their own PC at their leisure. Receives are available with gyro similar to Spektrums AS3X, again programmable. Another feature not mentioned much is a check sheet. When you power up the Tx it checks the switches are set in preset positions (model defined), then moves onto a check sheet screen where you can add a note for what switches do what or any notes relevant to the model. At this point there is no radio transmission, once cleared of the check sheet the radio goes live. Model numbers are unlimited, they can be catagorised to your whim (mine are IC, electric,gliders, test) and you can add photos of your planes to be displayed as part of the model memory. Receivers can be numbered which prevents flying a model on the wrong model memory (yep done that in the past). I would suggest you download Open Tx companion which will help you get to grips with programming the radio - no purchase necessary. The only downside I can think of is that the sticks are further up the case, which makes it a little uncomfortable to use inside a Tx mit. Sorry to be so wordy.
  9. About ten years ago I got a powered glider from a very good friend in my local model flying club in the South West. I flew it often and looked after it well, even more so when my friend sadly died. It’s not been in the air now for perhaps six or eight years, house moves, separations land other life events getting in the way. I’m now wanting to see it fly again, and feel it’ll be ideal for those hopefully decent summer days we’ve got coming soon. It’s marked with ‘Pelikan’, and ‘Puffin’ stickers, and was an ARTF as I recall. Would anybody have one where they could give me an indication of control throws please? I’m happy the c of g will be fine, as I’ll be using the same type of batteries (4 cell AA r/x pack and a 3S ~2200mAh flight pack for the esc) in the same locations, but would a starting point for control surface movement please. I do remember it had a decent amount of aileron differential, I had different flight modes set but that’s about it! Thanks!
  10. I too have only had one failure - Multiplex. Had no issues with Futaba, Spektrum, Sanwa, McGregor, JR, Skyleader, FrSky, Radiomaster........... Re usage, now I am retired, I fly most mornings when it's not raining/too windy. I'll fly a dozen times per day - mainly because I start early and have nobody to talk to most of the time!
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  12. I'm happy with the power of my MK2 but it will try my MK3 and will be interested if there is any difference.
  13. The reason I asked is that I have several of both and IIRC some internal parts are not interchangeable, not just a different carb which may explain the power difference noticed by Peter.
  14. Latest progress, centre line tank shape complete. Filler applied and will be re-sanded tomorrow for glass. 50 cal gun shrouds primed and will be finished with matte black tomorrow then guns glued inside.
  15. Thanks Andy, Outrunner. A few testimonials goes a long way. I too fly a lot. Through the summer, i usually get 10-15 flights a week. I know the beating a transmitter gets! My recent issue may or may not be due to a dubious FrSky receiver (I'm not going to point any fingers), but my FF9 has been rock solid. Sadly, my receivers ARE FASST as it's the only genuine futaba module for the FF9. No matter though; time for a change anyway. Regarding my usage, I generally use 5-7 channels maybe 8. Like Jon, i'd love servo slowing, but otherwise I'd like to make use of flight modes, 3 rates, some voice reminders so I can remember which rates i prefer on which model... Regarding telemetry, I really only NEED battery voltage, but RSSI makes sense.
  16. Nah its global warming or Acid rain, or the other possibility that no one or very few knows what the hell they are actually talking about, and their talking as much tosh as a one year old kid on meth, and no I dont use Weston Fuel but know of many who use it with no problems. On rereading these posts it occurred to me next time i need engine help Ill go and have my palms read, tea leaf's, Next door neighbour,
  17. Lifelong JR user, like others, never had radio issues, however for a number of years I have had a FRSKY module and FRSKY RXs, as before never a radio issue. Not seen many reported issues either and from the many newcomers adopting newer brands, seeing nothing that would put me off. Would be looking to hold one of the sets before I bought, feel is a big thing for me. Numerous flyers I know have gone for the new brands, plenty of em long time flyers, they know what they're about and ain't short of money, they bought not because of "Cheap" but because the product is Good.
  18. EB. These instructions get you to the archive site. If you want the current edition you need to go to Pocket Mags.
  19. Graham. I'm another TX16 convert, I bought it a a backup incase my beloved Hitec Aurora 9 ever keels over as they don't make them or a replacement any more. The Radiomaster has so far been excellent and will work most receivers on the market and with telemetry if the Rx supports it. I'm still getting to grips with open tx but I'm getting there having now installed Edge Tx that gives me touch screen. Although the Tx does not look expensive it actually looks well made inside and the hall effect gimbals are very smooth, lots of switch and knob choices and I prefer touch screen programming. Recommended.
  20. Maybe the residual engine heat is causing it to absorb atmospheric moisture ?
  21. Robert. I recently changed my subscription to print and digital and like you I had no idea how to get the digital edition. I eventually worked it out myself the nice lady at the publishers office was not much help when I phoned them. What I did eventually was to install the pocket mags app on my tablet, logon with my RCM&E forum account and it magically gave me access to the digital magazine. What I was more interested to in was the archive magazines, these you access through the RCM&E homepage.
  22. Ah. The brief says a sheet of foam board, which made me think foamboard not a big board of thick foam.
  23. Another plus here for the Radiomaster Tx16. I use a Jumper T16 which is similar. I agree it does not match the quality feel of the Futaba / Spektrum but to get similar systems and features you are looking at the £600 region. True the programming is different but it is definitely worth the time. If you have Futaba 2.4GHz receivers that are NOT Faast then chances are they will work with the Radiomaster which means you can change receivers as and when you can afford or have time to change over. I have now had my transmitter a couple of years in constant heavy use (I fly almost every weekend and both days and evenings when I get the chance in spring - autumn and in most weathers), I have had one radio failure in that time due to a loose receiver antennae. The RM can use all sorts of receivers so your options are wide open. What do you want out of telemetry, gyros, channels and what use - electric, IC, gliders?? These will dictate the receiver / components to use.
  24. Thanks all, much appreciated: GG: do you use any telemetry and i so which of these receivers support it? Jon; I do agree. I've used Futaba since the 90s and trust it. The problem I have is that my models don't cost a great deal and futaba receivers do! Before everyone wades in, I know false economies when I see them, and that's what I'm trying to avoid. But I can't ignore the bang for buck of the new kids on the block. Flight1; it's all on the table. It's a question of what the different options give me. What protocols does the X20 use please? Ken: Tempted. It appears to offer a lot for the cash, but I have Jon's comments in mind! That shouldn't but does influence. At some point, a new manufacturer is at the start of those 30 fault free years, but... Graham
  25. IDD15 and Dad_flyer I think you are both thinking about correx board, whereas the brief really is to use blue or pink foam in block form, sanded and shaped to make a more scale airframe...
  26. Thanks Martin. I normally go with an apc 12x6 on my Saito 62 engines, but on this one I've went with a master airscrew 12x6 k series.
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