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  1. EB, rather premature to call it summer? I'll go with Spring and look forward to summer
  2. BC, Please share your design, firstly we might be able to assist and secondly steal your "better than we could have" design.
  3. I have used the Buckminster ones a couple of time and IMHO They are big, ok if everyone flies large models Heavy, as in these need quite an effort to shift especially over long grass Don't fold up Good news, they will never blow over! Looking at our one, its lighter overall (has 3 legs, not a good thing IMO)and does not have adjustable retaining posts. This is ok until someone turns up with a twin and then the pitch is all wrong! I would almost be tempted to try a bench (as in flat table) with something like Unistrut or even holes for large dowels to fit into along the front edge. That way people can move the dowels to suit there model + it might make it easier to pack the table up with folding type legs. Have tried the Unistrut with L brackets for the uprights, but people love to leave the bolts loose although they are adjustable with a spanner. There must be others out there? PS - Worth pointing out there is a flaw in the design and quit serious at that! If you have a low wing model (and in this case it was IC) and the tail is not restrained then it can try and nose over. As the model tried to do this (due to throttle being set near wide open on start up) he put his arm over the prop arc to catch the canopy and thus stop the prop hitting the bench.
  4. Photo evidence prior to take off in very challenging weather conditions, flying was ok just the landing part!
  5. On Jon's point of reducing or eliminating the single range (personally would be gutted) as I think think there is a place for 70's and 80's engines for acrowots and VQ models for people wanting to enter IC flying. However this has come up in Richard's WB Replicas threads and the point is that as electric components are cheap compared with IC in the 70/80 size 4 stroke arena then people and manufacturers will focus on electric only designs and will be exacerbated if IC engines prices go up due to material/energy costs. No idea, but is there is another step change in battery technology through increase in capacity/reduction in cost then the change will be more pronounced. Perhaps the market for IC will drift towards larger and larger IC engines because of the convenient of electric in that area of the hobby. I can certainly see more clubs excluding IC due to noise issues (while they ignore electric pusher & EDF) and so the IC flyer may look to the larger models to make it more worthwhile. From my perspective I am prepared to travel longer distances to fly IC with better facilities/runway that suit models over the 70 four stroke size range. To the point that perhaps I would even consider the >300 size engine range to fit a suitable size model, just pack one and enjoy the splendor of a multi cylinder four stroke thundering around the sky. Do the inline engines suffer any more than a single when it comes to tank position (assuming the tank is in the right place to start with), ok it may need an additional clunk line, but to me it look a good solution for the pointy nose warbirds range? Ok cooling needs a bit of work, but Jon can advise + others have completed installs as reference.
  6. Its chicken and egg for me, but made easier now I have a better venue to fly at so I'll consider engines larger than 200 looking forward. Still surprised about the FT needle comments and based on my poor knowledge of what's available I would vote for the inline in the larger capacity. The logic is it will fit a larger range of available models and hence you should be able to sell more. IMHO as for petrol, its of no interest to me as the complexity/reduced reliability (due to the number of components involved) does not outweigh simplicity/reliability of glow PS I probably consumed more fuel at OW than all of my models being flown over the three days from a cost perspective (nice cakes!) PPS Please absolutely no more talk about a Laser radial.....It was bad enough seeing a V4 on Jon's test stand...
  7. I have DX8 gen 1 and DX gen 2 and didn't realize until I got the gen 2 that you can't transfer models between TX's with the sim card + on the basis that the NX series are current in production kit I would go for a NX series TX. As suggested if you don't need 8 channels go for a NX6 if cost is an issue and keep the DX8 gen for your DSM2 RX's IMHO I would stick with Spektrum RX's as I have had models lost with some Lemon RX's, but others had no issues so perhaps its a DX8 gen 1 issue. PS Not forgetting that Logic RC are the official UK Spectrum service agent (others are available) Hope that helps and let us know how you get on
  8. IMHO I don't think traders will return to events. Is it worth a day packing stuff up, two days trying to sell parts/kits to people that will just buy off the internet and whine about the show price, plus another day unpacking it all again. Not forgetting the cost to get there and get in. Possibly big events might break even if the organizer does not charge the earth for the pitch and they get a load of punters buy stuff.
  9. Great model there John and you do yourself a disservice to say its mutton dressed as lamb. Really interesting to see the techniques used to overcome the various problems and I can only dream of ending up with a model looking as good and flies as well as that. Top man and I hope to be able to see it flying some day soon.
  10. Great weekend, weather was better today and the wind kinder although it still had a habit of swinging to cross wind and catching some out (me included!). Really liked the relaxed feel of the event and it was well organized. Definitely suits models with big wheel, well sprung UC and a reluctance to nose over! Three out of four flown and that was only due to a pesky on board glow not working....clearly not a Laser engine
  11. Tempted to take the Eurobat with the FT200, but the only room I have might be for a small Focke ! Plus I didn't think it was really that sort of event, although having never attended as a flyer I am not sure what to expect anyway!
  12. Jon, bring the model you are most comfortable with and if its the La7 so be it, as Outrunner said the model is a moment in time and times change. PS I saw on Flypast a Hurricane fully marked up in German colour scheme, read the article and it made perfect sense as to why it was painted that way, just needs to be seen in context and if people can't its not your problem.
  13. I'll see what I can fit in the car, but was hoping to get the cub and DR 1 (Laser 150) in plus perhaps something else in the WW2 era that is Laser powered Checking over and engine tests permitting the car will be at 100% capacity with models.
  14. Hi Ron, Really sorry to say, but the test needs to be as per the requirements or its not representative of a full and correct test. I have experienced club testers that did not follow the guidance and thus failed the model. Another approved tester took over and carried out the test correctly and the model passed. The last two models were a Laser FT200 and a Super Tigre G30 powered and were very challenging with initial dB levels in excess of 88dB. By far the worst noise levels is from facing the prop (86dB compared with 78 dB from the other three sides) and with any sort of breeze I get a "zingning" and the reading is all over the place. The G30 it just scrapped through with the prop canted just off vertical to stop additional wind noise or either stand there until the light breeze subsided. The reality is that both models fly at 1/2 throttle, but that's not the point. The rules are the rules unless they get changed (very unlikely) so either comply or fly where there are less noise restrictions. Just don't get me on the subject of over propping - no winners in that game IMO
  15. Wow, a better man than me who can tell a battery voltage is sagging by the sound of the prop from a model in flight. PS I'll give George a call and discuss ESC settings as my understanding of ESC's was that the speed of the motor was relative to the throttle position and the IGBT's would just switched longer to achieve the same motor speed setting irrespective of relatively small changes in lipo voltage.
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