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  1. of course it all depend on what you get with the Speedair. Some ARTFs intended for glow power are just a bare airframe and you need all the radio gear (inc servos etc) as well as an engine and possibly a fuel tank and tubing. Whereas electric foamies like (say) a Riot include everything except the radio receiver - mine was about £120 IIRC. The last ARTF I bought is a wooden Wot4 which came with nothing but the airframe and cost £110 plus p&p. I had to fit a motor (which I already had) and servos. I guess the cost 'in the air' was getting on for £250 if I'd had to buy the motor and esc. The Das Liddle Stik I built from a free plan back in 2020 probably didn't cost all that much but again I used a lot of stuff from stock so it's difficult to judge. It's only about 1 metre ws and I used covering I had in stock (that would be expensive now that HK film seems not to be easily available).
  2. I used to build/assemble my own pedal cycles - singles, tandems and trikes. I usually built my own wheels too. What I never did was count the cost because it was something I wanted to do. Now, similarly to model aircraft, the range of 'ready to ride' pedal cycles is vast - there's something to suit everyone but back in the 1970s if you wanted a decent bike you had a frame built and either paid the supplier to assemble it or did it yourself. My 'racing bike' was an old Mercian frame, stripped down with a pair of sprint wheels I built. I wasn't very fast but I sometimes wonder how much quicker I'd have been with a modern time trial bike costing many, many times what my old s/h Mercian did. I take the same attitude when building models. If I can afford it I buy the necessary wood/electronics/ power source etc as and when I need them but I never work out the totals and never will. However, I'm glad someone else is taking the trouble and I'll watch with interest.
  3. It is indeed a very attractive rendering of a model I passed my A on a good few years back. I built 2, both with foam wings, and they both met their end eventually. I do like the improved canopy shape. Is the undercarriage standard? I seem to remember mine had single wire legs that fitted in vertical grooves - yours looks better.
  4. Donnington park is literally right across the road from the East Midlands airfield boundary fence. They really couldn't be closer so any RC flying of any kind would be a threat to full size activity and totally irresponsible.
  5. I agree and I'd add our own Peter Miller to the list for his simple but effective approach to model design.
  6. Regardless of the import tax situation I wouldn't recommend buying anything from Banggood unless you're prepared to write off the cost. If there's anything wrong you're unlikely to get any worthwhile help. Banggood do sell a lot of excellent products at a reasonable price (though that's getting marginal) but if anything's wrong, you're on your own. I've bought quite a lot of things from them over the years and be quite happy. A successful purchase of one of the 400mm ws T28s with 6 way gyro prompted me to buy the similarly sized Spitfire. Unfortunately, the giros don't work and flying these tiny models in 'expert' mode (ie no gyro help at all) is very tricky. Banggood were very uncooperative always demanding more and more videos despite the fact I'd already sent one demonstrating the fault. In the end, I gave up and I won't be using them again. Geoff
  7. I have zero knowledge of Metallica (though I've heard the name) but if I'd been challenged to name the composer of the piano solo I'd have hazarded a guess at another outstanding Russian Rachmaninoff - at least at the beginning. There are certainly a great many talented Russian composers and Dmitri Shostakovitch's Symphony No 7 was premiered in Leningrad during the siege in WW2 when they were beset by the Nazis much as they in their turn are doing in Ukraine right now. I don't expect anyone to listen right through but the first 10 minutes get pretty exciting. Loved the second one, too. Was it a random piano left for customers to play if they so fancied, or a set performance with added public involvement? Amazing that so many walked by without even a glance. As one with no talent at all, I envy those that have.
  8. Something's got to stop the roller running both ways and I expect it will be a pawl somewhere and probably engaging in a ratchet. Whatever the mechanism is, it would be interesting to know. Perhaps an eccentric device that relies on friction? Seems a clever piece of kit.
  9. My Gringo (and me) feature on the DB web site. It was an old kit that happened to be in my regular very old fashioned model shop with foam wings over 20 years ago. As I recall, it wasn't a brilliant flier (or more likely I was an even worse pilot than I am now!) and I eventually lost it in the rape crop planted at the side of our runway. It took me a couple of days to find it. IIRC it was powered with an Irvine Q40. I suspect Richard's (at DB) design works a lot better than my original, which Boddo himself denied having anything to do with when I mentioned it to him at one of the RR club's scale events.
  10. The Sinclair C5 was a disaster (like a lot of Clive Sinclair's products). At the time, I was regularly riding (and occasionally racing) a racing trike and was always hoping to see one so I could overtake it pedalling Someone did, very briefly, ride one to work and I just once saw one on the road when we were in the car. The C5 probably did more to put people off electric vehicles than the reverse.
  11. Of course, in the early days of motoring petrol wasn't easy to come by, much like charging points now. That's not so long ago. I knew a chap who lived in West Bridgeford, just outside Nottingham and when he was a boy he remembered a local who attempted to drive to Newark and back every Sunday and every Sunday he returned being towed by a horse! The first time he made it back under his own steam, everyone cheered It's early days for electrically powered cars but I think the infrastructure will rapidly expand to meet demand just as it did pre WW1
  12. Whilst that is fine if you're flying the model regularly (and fairly frequently), there will be a small battery drain as long as it's connected. If you're not intending to fly for (say) a few weeks, it would still be a good idea to disconnect the battery. Nevertheless, this is a stunning model.
  13. I see, it's effectively a freewheel mechanism with a rachet and pawls. I've taken a few of those apart in my time - occasionally unintentionally whilst actually riding the bike The only thing about the pedal cycle version is that it makes a noise when freewheeling as the pawl(s) are spring-loaded and rest on the rachet until you start pedalling (ie starting the engine in this case) and the pawl(s) engage on the rachet. It's certainly a lot less faff than either hand or external electric starters.
  14. Is the starter motor permanently engaged to the engine or does it disconnect like the old Bendix mechanisms on cars? I've always liked Lysanders since the days as a child we used to carve them from pieces of firewood - probably the only similarity to the full-size was the wing shape This one is a bit outside my price range - or at least the price range I'd happily commit to the air and enjoy flying but it certainly looks impressive.
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