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Everything posted by leccyflyer

  1. Could it be a yellow gas detection patch, such as is sometimes seen on the wing of Mk1 Spitfires in 1940?
  2. I've been pleased with my HRB packs, which have become my go-to supplier, via Amazon, since the supply of my favourite G-Power packs dried up during lockdown So far I've had 4 x 3s1p 2200mah 30C packs, 2x 4s1p 2600mah and 2x 4s1p 3300mah 35C packs and they have all been very good in practice. Can't fault the fuss-free next day delivery from Amazon and the bundling to supply the packs in pairs. I'm thinking of getting at least a couple of their 6s1p 4000mah packs too.
  3. Measuring many of my most used packs, which have scores of charge cycles used, On my G-Power packs I see frequent IRs of 17-25milliohn/cell and the packs still perform well - they are far from toast. My HRBs -which are newer - are typically measuring 2-6milliohms/cell, my Turnigys are measuring 4-16milliohms/cell. I guess the proof of the pudding is seeing how they perform in flight -unless you're thinking of sending the packs back with the assumption that they are toast? Note I'm talking about flying aeroplanes with propellors, not specifically ducted fans.
  4. Very nice Graham - glad that your radio issues didn't prove fatal to a beautiful model and look forward to seeing more piccies in the future.
  5. I hadn't heard of the MG before reading this thread and so looked at a few review articles and videos -it's a bit smaller than the Mondeo from what I've seen and the rear seats don't fold as flat. I'll take a look at that Kia eNiro now that you mention it. Thanks.
  6. Those are great posts BTW guys - I knew that in this forum there would be a recognition of the most important things for a modeller's vehicle and it's increasingly looking like waiting a few years before taking the plunge to EV is going to be prudent.
  7. Thanks Ian - by precondition I guess that you mean you have the heater come on 15 minutes before you want to use the car?
  8. For me - and this is the first time considering this - then range is important, since my two most frequent journeys are a 100 mile round trip to work, mostly motorway with the last ten miles being urban and my trip to my old club field, maybe 3 times a month, which is 160 miles round trip, mostly A and hilly A roads, with a bit of dual carriageway. My Mondeo diesel eats those up for fun and, at the moment, carries the models I want to carry. Increasingly though I see urban restrictions on diesels coming, have been highly impressed by the effectiveness of air source heating for my workshop and am investigating solar panels to feed that, with the thought that could also be an efficient means of providing greener energy for transport into the bargain. I can see the attraction of a more integrated energy solution in the coming years and have put the capital project team onto researching the feasibility ;). This thread has been very informative to me, in that even above range, for my requirements, is load carrying capacity - my car is there to primarily transport models and get me to work and back. Another unrelated factor is a heated front screen - the biggest determinant in vehicle choice for me - I'd be very reluctant to ever purchase a vehicle without a heated front screen, which definitely limits the choices.
  9. Any chance we could get back to the very useful and informative discussion about electric cars?
  10. Oh my word, what a beautiful aeroplane. Belissimo! Bravo!
  11. As with all new things mind you - an experimental test first will save tears later.
  12. Instead of cling film try a piece of thick polyethylene, such as used by builders, the CA shouldn't stick to that and won't stick the sheet to the balsa.
  13. I can't see the infrastructure is in place, or has any sign of being in place any time soon, to make EVs viable for the masses, at a reasonable cost - in order to get sufficient return on their investment the manufacturers are obliged to target the high end of the market, with price tags to match.
  14. There's a lot of good sense being talked in this thread - it's great to read. The lockdown has had a big impact in terms of miles covered and until a couple of months ago my mileage was well down on my usual, but it is starting to creep up, though it will never reach what it was 10 years ago when I was commuting from Cheshire to Aberdeen on a weekly basis. That wait a few years is good advice - my habit has been to run my vehicles until the end of their useful life and the Mondeo is working very well as a model transport at the moment. I'm not seeing that any of the current offerings can fil that role at a reasonable price.
  15. Just watched this, having seen it flagged on one of my usual FB groups. It's well worth a watch - lots of Spitfire footage from 1942 mostly. In the background a post war interview with Squadron Leader Ginger Lacey. It looks a very good and interesting You Tube Channel -okay there are some adverts, but that's not uncommon these days.
  16. Thanks gents - that's quality information. I hadn't heard of the MG5 and haven't had an MG since my venerable Metro in the 1980's. From a first look the seats down capacity is quite a bit less than my current Mondeo, which was a wee bit less than my previous Mondeo. Food for thought though.
  17. Are there any electric (or even hybrid) estate cars which can fit 3x 1.2m and 2x1.1m span models in, for a trip to the field -160mile round trip? Or is that still something which is not within the ideal operating parameters of EVs?
  18. Sure. The A4 vacformer was cobbled together by making a simple box from 2x1" PAR timber, which was then faced with 1/8th ply, in which a regular grid of holes had been drilled. There is a hole in one of the end pieces of the box to take a vacuum cleaner hose. The PETG or ABS sheet is held on a hinged frame, which was a charity shop cookery book stand, with the cross member removed. My first attempts secured the plastic sheet with aluminium tape, but I've since resorted to using a staple gun for the job. In practice the male plug is placed on the bed, the plastic sheet secured on the frame, the vacuum switched on and a hot air stripper gun is played on the plastic until it goes all saggy, at which point the hinged frame is flipped over, the vacuum grabs and pulls the plastic down tight against the bed. I've used 0.5mm and 0.4mm clear PETG sheet this time, but have previously used ABS white. As the A4 example was just a wee bit too small for the Dornier canopies, I made up a larger box from 8mm ply - slightly larger than A3 size to take the larger sheets. I made a simple frame out of 1/2" square timber, cut from some skirting board, to hold the PETG sheet but I haven't yet hinged that. It's a bit more fiddly to use without the hinging, so I'll change that for next time. The larger volume of the A3 box also means the vacuum isn't as fierce as the wee one-which makes a brilliant squealing noise in use. I need to think up a better means of retaining the sheet than staples, as they damage the frame getting them out, ~I'd thought a series of bolts through the frame. with a thumbscrew on the upper surface, then using a hole punch on the plastic sheet might work better. The thing with daft little home made tools like this is that you can always improve them and that's part of the fun.
  19. Last night I made the final vacform pulls of the canopies for the Dornier DO17 which my pal Jim is building. The 3D printed plugs were just a shade too big to print in one go, so needed to be done in two halves. Then they are just a touch too wide for my home made A4 vac-former -they fit, but there isn't room enough to get the soft floppy PETG down to the baseplate and get the vacuum pulling it all tight. That necessitated making an A3 vac-former, but the pull is nowhere near as strong on such a large box. That worked much better. The front canopy isn't quite perfect, as it has a bit of a crease on one pane, but it's close enough for jazz and Jim should be able to blend it in. The nose glazing pulled a perfect canopy first go, which was nice. On offering up the mouldings to the fuselage at the field this morning I was delighted -and a little surprised - to see that they fitted. Most importantly the PLA plugs have stood up to several pulls, without melting, which is excellent news. For slightly narrower canopies I'd expect perfect results from A4 PETG sheets. That was my main worry, as I had visions of the plugs melting into a congealed mass the instant the hot and floppy PETG hit them and the vacuum started to suck. My back-up was to make a papier mache carapace on the plug, fill that with Plaster of Paris and use that instead, as I know that works well. It was a pleasant surprise to find the PLA is tough enough to survive the contact with hot PETG and further heating to aid the shrink. Also printed the three visible crew members- the fourth member is buried deep in the fuselage - and five machine guns -all to 1/12th scale to fit the cockpit. The first pull, pictured above went really manky on the side, but the final one was only slightly manky. I reckon that for slightly narrower canopies, I wouldn't have that issue, which I believe is caused by there just being just not quite enough space between the plu and the hinged frame on the smaller vac-former. Thanks to Ron Gray for his advice when I was struggling to get the first plug to print at all, I'd have been stuck without his words of wisdom.
  20. What a coincidence that this old thread came to the top of the Latest Post tab. It's great to see the kits featured in the catalogue scan - especially the Cambrian Gnat. My pal Jim asked if I could find space for an ancient Gnat that he'd had in his shed since the 70's as he needed the space and the swapmeet beckoned. It's the Cambrian beastie and quite a big chunk of aeroplane 48" doesn't sound like much, but on the Gnat, with quite small wings that translates to a very long fuselage. I don't think she'll take an EDF. so first port of call will be a big outrunner to replace the .61 2 stroke which was originally in the model.
  21. They really are - if you zoom in on them they pop right out - brilliant job by Steve.
  22. Love it - that's a novel approach - nice one sir.
  23. Purely from the image it looks like an approximation of Sky, as used in RAF day fighter schemes from Aug 1940 onwards, but pictures can be deceptive on screen. Tamiya XF-21 for comparison
  24. Mk 26 Spitfire did a bit of a display over the village and adjacent fields the other evening, whilst we were eating our tea. I watched it through the window, saw lots of steep climbs and swoops, wingovers and zooming passes - by the time I finally succumbed, left my food, grabbed the camera and ran outside the Spitfire was retreating into the distance.
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