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  1. There was no hard copy in our well stocked local newsagent either .... might take up trains .... there's rows and rows of their mags ... full & model size!
  2. Agreeing that the free-full-size plans are a major asset; do you remember 'Hobbies' magazine? (I'm not sure if it is still published?) That used to have 'grease-proof' type paper patterns for all types of wood and similar projects. Has that faired well in these digital/online times? I note railways seem as popular as ever and there are whole areas in the likes of W.H.Smith, even Tesco/Sainsbury stores, full of such titles for model as well as full-size.
  3. Prefacing my comment with the note I read AND subscribe to RCM&E, I make the following observations: As a member of 4 clubs, with a range of members, flying all types of model, I have often asked members 'Seen the XYZ article/review in the latest RCM&E?' Almost without exception, the replies received are 'No, don't bother with that, get all the info I want off the net' or 'Used to get it but it's just full of advertorial by same old writers', and very similar sometimes less polite comment! OK, my straw poll is by no means scientific or a controlled sample, merely an indication of what some grass roots flyers, of all ages think of the magazine nowadays. Yes, I can hear the masses on this forum screaming I think it's a great magazine, I love my printed copy etc. etc. I would respectfully suggest we are a minority of a minority interest. I think Cuban8 has summed it up that unless magazines (in general not just our specific hobby), can offer something that online cannot e.g. the plans, detailed build articles and perhaps less reviews, they are a diminishing product. I appreciate advertisers have to be catered for, but reviews that appear months after the item release and dozens of folk, worldwide have by then already posted their reviews online, unboxings, flight demos anyway, why bother(?) And at £6 plus a copy, a purchase that really has to be worthwhile for the average reader.
  4. Unfortunately, closer examination shows the crazing in the colour itself, (think old masters paintings in art galleries - this is model mastery though!). Most of the paintwork is pretty good, given its likely age, history and old grime. I fear start work on the 'bad' bits and the whole model will then need a re-cover which would be a huge task and I still like to have time enjoy other models and flying! If I can make the model reasonable looking, given its age etc., I can at least fly it. Then, if it really excites me and I feel the major effort, time, not to mention considerable expense, in tackling 'acres' of new covering, paint etc. I'll go ahead with a major refurb.
  5. Just acquired a very nice complete Precedent Druine Turbulent, 1/3rd scale model. It was originally OS160 powered and very well finished in nylon including rib tapes, scale markings, the whole deal. The model has been a hanger/loft/workshop/ queen for many a year and the painted nylon covering is now crazed in places, with a good layer of congealed old fuel on top for good measure. The overall condition though is good, no tears or obvious damage. Question One: Folk that have tackled such a restoration, what do you recommend i.e. best cleaning solutions and methods? Until I fly the model, (which will be electric powered), I would prefer not to totally strip the nylon and recover. (Assuming that proves necessary or even viable). Question Two: Anyone have a copy of the original Precedent Turbulent kit instructions I can have a copy of? (Would cover any costs or else send me a pdf/scan). Question Three: Any current or former owners that can offer hints & tips on flying and handling e.g. control throws, c of g used etc. Thanks in advance.
  6. Having just received the latest BMFA Magazine, I read Duncan McClure's column. He mentions that a new style BMFA Examiner Log Book is available from BMFA HQ. Just rang Chacksfield House and to save anyone else the immediate effort, they are not yet available.
  7. Aldi regularly offer the Dymo Machine and tapes in clear, black, white, yellow and of course at Aldi typical reasonable prices!
  8. Yes, Super model and with modern electrics, LiPo etc. will be even better. Does it have a plan? (Can't recall, it was some years ago!). If so PM me to arrange a copy if I may. Designer/Manufacturer, Howard Metcalfe, is still active, though I understand it's free-flight these days.
  9. Whilst very noble supporting the hobby shop/hobby suppliers, you will find a wider and cheaper choice via a search on the net. I have used 'First Steps' and 'Rubberbands uk' with satisfaction in quality, range, and value.
  10. Sig 'Piper Cub J3', - Great model, (I've had two down the years), but the kit ... ???? Quite old and sadly American kitting often reflects that, even some of their updated CNC cut versions. It is a builders model in the old school tradition but if that suits you, fine.
  11. Traditional Balsa+Ply Kit selection - SLEC 'SKY40' - (Build Video on YouTube), D.B. Sport & Scale 'Mascot', Galaxy Models 'Fiesta 4', Ripmax/Chris Foss ARTF 'WOT Trainer', Seagull Models Kit or ARTF 'Boomerang II', The Vintage Model Co. 'Cub' - (Build Video On YouTube). Most if not ALL of these have been around a long time and there's a reason, they fit the bill, are well tried & proven designs. If you prefer a Plan build from scratch, again so many to choose from depending on skill level, aptitude e,g. a vintage design such as Keil-Kraft 'Junior 60', many Dave Boddington designs such as 'Ghost Rider', 'SkyRider', 'Tyro' etc. etc.
  12. I can further confirm Dick's findings re the 'Radians'. I bought two packs of 3000mAh 3S in 2200mAh size. Yes, I was rather surprised and doubtful from the off about that description of capability. However, they fit exactly in the battery bay of my Vintage Model Company 'Cub'. OK, they flew the model, no high current draw required but their IR was very high from the start and hasn't subsequently improved. Still think there are only a few actual manufacturers and in reality the quality can be pot luck per batch, even of same brand/type. Incidentally, I've just received some 4S & 3S packs from the Dutch warehouse of 'MotionRC'. Delivered by FedEx in 3days, under £135, no extras to pay AND cheaper than certain UK supplier. So far so good, decent IR and capacity. Seems to be as per pack label as well as holding up well for sports flying current draw.
  13. Thanks John, appreciate the spot.
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