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  1. Its 2 hours drive for me and i certainly will not be going if the weather looks pants. A bit of a breeze is ok, but if any wet stuff is predicted count me out. My master plan would be to bring my sea fury and, if its behaving, my Hurricane as well. I need to test fly the Hurricane ahead of time to make sure i have fixed the cowling issues. If its no good then i will try and bring the La7, assuming its undercarriage are repaired i time. I requested the friday off work and have been told to take the whole week as the boss is away anyway so nothing much will get done. If that is the case i will go friday morning, fly, camp over with some beverages and bbq, then carry on the next day. I dont know how the flight slots are organised but perhaps we can arrange a laser slot? Multi cylinder madness for 10 minutes should sound great. Beyond that what is the procedure? Can i just rock up on the day or do i need to book ahead of time? is 35mhz ok as i have some on 35 that i could also bring to cover any models that go u/s on me. If i stack them nicely i can probably squeeze 2 big birds and my smaller Hurricane in. I will see how that all works out closer to the time.
  2. Is anyone going to this? It has caught my attention and i might see if i can make the trip up there. I might even camp Friday night and then shoot off late on Saturday. All weather dependant clearly but a friend and i are considering it and i was curious to know if anyone else was.
  3. MSL have got ahead of the game with the low oil fuel as a customer local to them wanted to try it following a chat with me on the phone and asked them to get some in for him. They got in not only enough for his order but a few extras to sell and it sold, so they ordered more...and that sold as well. I caught wind of it and now i point everyone that askes me about fuel to order from MSL. I dont know how much they shift, but if half of the people i sent their way buy fuel, and while they are at it add a glow plug or other items to their order, its got to be a winner for them. as for pyro's at shows, they can be very effective and good fun. The last WW show i was at was really good fun with everything exploding and it is usually very popular with the crowd. Once the airfield was put out we carried on and all was well. On the music, was it playing all the time? If so that is new to me at least. Sticking the battle of britain theme over a warbird slot is probably acceptable if maybe a little cheesy, but i dont think we need it all day long. Especially if its some naff old dance music. No thanks. I suspect this is something brought over from 3d competitions
  4. This exact situation presented the last year i flew there. The pyro chap was in the middle of the field all morning with us all having to try and not buzz him. The grass caught fire and there was no apparent plan to deal with it. I did ask about the danger the pyro guy was in and the response was that the airfield is live to full size in the morning so you cant setup before the show, and you cant setup the evening before and leave unattended explosives all over the field. This seems fair enough, but if you cannot set them up ahead of time, and cannot set them up safely during the show then you have to ask yourself if pyro's are a good idea at all. On the fuel side, if nobody was selling what you want make sure you ask for it, or at least let them know you will be shopping elsewhere if they do not have what you want. Readers of my fuel related posts are probably better informed than most of the shops so you might need to let them know the score. Its not their fault, its just that the information may not have got to them yet following the closure of MT
  5. If the servo fried itself i expect it would be dead obvious, likely with smoke, melted case and that wonderful smell of toasted electronics. It clearly tried to move a bit if the down locks came out of the gear, did something jam it up and cause the issue? I have a number of 6v rated hitec servos running 6v nimh packs and none of them have given any trouble so i am not convinced the voltage was the problem, especially when you say it had been on for a while doing all the function tests. That peak voltage after charging would fall of quickly once the model was on and drawing some current.
  6. I too use only the inbuilt windows security software and it has been no bother. If you visit www.dodgydavesvirusinfestedwebsite.com twice a day to conduct a 'special downloading operation' you are likely to have trouble, but if you keep to known sites and do not click random links or downloads then you are very unlikely to have any problem. After a while cookies and things can build up so every little while a malwarebytes sweep is a good idea. I download the free trial, use it, uninstall, and then repeat as and when i remember.
  7. I always vote for machine screws and nyloc nuts. I think M3.5 for an OS 46
  8. Not flying this year and debating going as a spectator. Im not sure there is much point, and i am also worried i will buy something expensive!
  9. i edited my post too much and so my ' I have also seen the various issues some have had with it and the rnd seems incomplete. ' comment is out of context. It relates to things like Ron's 3 lost models due to the rx not playing well with a cdi unit. They knew it was a problem as the same rx now carries a warning, but it didnt when originally sold and it should never have been a problem in the first place as they should have tested it properly. Also more effort should have been made to recall or replace the defective units, or at least alert owners of the problem. the BMFA could have issued a warning very easily to cover its members had they been told about the problem. Futaba at least held up their hands and admitted they got it wrong with the zero code tx issue. Yes they should have had better factory procedures to prevent such a problem, but they fixed it as quickly as possible and without long delays for customers. We just took back the old tx and gave them a new one. As a side note, is there a mechanism to issue important notes regarding equipment problems? In full size world the CAA or FAA or similar can issue an airworthiness directive or service bulletin to inform operators of a problem with a given aircraft, a given engine or engine family, a change in a maintenance schedule etc. They then have a set time to comply depending on the severity of the problem. If the BMFA do not have a procedure like this where manufacturers can inform them of an issue so it is broadcast to everyone then that would be very helpful and i am sure would prevent crashes.
  10. OS pressure nipples are M3 if memory serves. Drill the hole out to 3.2mm and stick an M4 tap through it before fitting an M4 nipple.
  11. Graham, you make an excellent point but these days everything is everyone else's fault. The whole concept of taking responsibility seems lost these days and in fact you are rewarded for not accepting responsibility. Where there's a blame there's a claim etc.
  12. Im afraid i find electric models soulless and boring. Its just not for me. Beyond that pattern models are just too perfect, 3d type models like the limbo dancer, u can do 3d, bossanova, hype etc just dont do it for me either. They are all very functional but they do not have a great deal of character in my experience and nothing to really endear me to them. By many measures my Flair Nieuport is a barely tamed wild beast that never does what its told and is generally a handful...which is why i love it. Its a bit of a challenge and very rewarding when i get it right. It also looks great and sounds lovely so what's not to like?
  13. There is one point i should clarify. My concern regarding reliability stems in no small part from the models i generally fly. They are either kit built scale or heavily modified YT models that are both very costly to replace and/or represent a year or more of effort to build if lost to a failure. There is also the fact that i do not want a 10kg 80+inch warbird falling on someone due to a mechanical problem. I think it would be a bad day for all should that happen so i choose to go a route that i believe will guarantee me the reliability i need and not take chances on unknown products. Graham your points about cheap ESC's and other accessories also feed my distrust. If its cheap, i have to ask why. What is missing? what didnt you do? This also stems from my other interests like pc gaming. Yes all the gear comes from china, but cheap computer power supplies?...no. £30 vs £80 for a unit with the 'same' specs is tempting, but if the ripple voltage is whack or the cooling no good you risk frying your entire machine. Especially as they often lie about the specs on the label. As for the price of futaba, they did shoot themselves in the foot a little with faast as it was more expensive. It was a more capable technology, but more costly to make. fhss redressed that somewhat and i do not think that £45 for an 8ch rx is a bad deal. I think 8ch 35mhz PCM rx's were about £70? and that was 15-20 years ago. I know rx's are more now, but everything is. I am more annoyed they dropped the 148 as its pushed the futaba cheap servo price up by 50%. Yes its better than the 148 in terms of spec, but a tutor 40 or a cub hardly needs a digital servo and more torque than the 148 so its not actually better, just more expensive. They also stopped making their HD switch and that really has me miffed as i am yet to find a suitable replacement.
  14. Small update New exhausts for the FT series with an offset to make it easier to get to the slow run needles. Also a straight through type. Both of these can fit any of the engines with our small head (70 80 100 etc). FT-310 crankcase production should start within 2 weeks and... (you might want to sit down) The final parts i need to finish a batch of petrol engines are also very close. I am working on trying to convince the boss the FT-360 would be nice and also a 360i. I will also keep dreaming of a radial but alas, it is only a dream...unless one of you guys with a lathe/mill fancy a project. Oh and prices are going to have to go up. Sorry. But material costs are insane
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