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  1. Four flights today in the premature summer sunshine, a record for me over the last three years. Eight hours at the field with a group of good mates, for the last four hours anyway. We all agreed that we would make hay while the sun shines. More of the same tomorrow, following overnight rain, the best time for it to rain. The Swallows are looking for nesting sites, adding to the entertainment with their flying skills. I am going to enjoy summer while it is here. Steve
  2. Here in North Lincolnshire the temperatures have been above 20c and, as the Swifts and Swallows returned a couple of weeks ago it feels like summer to me. Flying yesterday, MPX Easystar and The Ohmen. Getting ready to go to the field again for a good day with my club mates. Steve
  3. Talking to Chris at SLEC, one day when he called me back after missing my call, he apologised and said he was out of the office in the wood mill. Also on their about page they say 'The company still produces a good range of accessories but also a large range of quality balsa wood sheet & strips, hardwoods all machined in our mill at Watton' My thinking is that they buy balsa logs and machine to size. Looking at the almost polished finish achieved then they must sand their balsa, probably to a final thickness. I suppose I could phone SLEC to confirm all this. Steve
  4. Yes a target to aim for. Which day are you aiming for. I am in Scunthorpe so not far for me (30 miles) either day will be easy for me. Where are you traveling from and which day for you? I could do both I guess. Steve
  5. Well that didn't take long, for my arm to ache, but not being happy with the results I tried again and again then again eventually boredom set in Started covering, bottom first with red and cub yellow. The tape gives me a line to work to, the yellow overlaps the red. I leave a small gap between the covering and the tape. Some nice compound curves to practice on. Looks better trimmed. Ready for the sides next. Steve
  6. Take a look at this just to give you a start. Let us know how you get on. Steve
  7. Unfortunately it's f. That's if I have joined the dots correctly. rl radio link? and we all know the s. I hope this is not the start of a brand bashing series of posts, I thought we had grown out of that a long time ago. Steve
  8. Off topic but not to my knowledge, there could be a reason of course, do some research start a new topic and let us know what you find. Steve
  9. Yes I do have trouble joining the dots you provide and trying to work out what you mean. Dr Dai for example I had no idea he was a friend of yours and wasted my time on the E&T site looking for references to him. Joining the dots I take it that 'very religious countries' is code for Iran. No that does not make sense as they already use nuclear power. I don't have a clue what this means, but there again I never was very good at riddles. Please make allowances for people who struggle to join the dots by explaining what you mean. Steve
  10. I could not see for looking. Solar power imports from Morocco could ‘cut energy bills’, says developer | E&T Magazine (theiet.org) The idea is to power heat pumps not to charge cars.
  11. Looked at E&T who is Doctor Dai? Have you a link to the Octopus Energy story as I could not find it.
  12. What's religion got to do with it and what has this to do with electric cars.
  13. That's good news for us all Ernie. Thanks for the update. Steve
  14. Same here Ron so the only justification for me to go electric is that I want to help save the planet, assuming going electric will do that but lets not get into that minefield. I am 70 my car is two years old with very low mileage so it could last until I am 90. There is no rush for me to change now but in the future who knows. Steve
  15. Looking for 1/16" sheet in the UK but SLEC and Balsacabin only have hard grade. I take this to be a bad sign for us balsa bashers. Steve
  16. Not heard about this issue. Where did you hear this from?
  17. Prices have fallen in the last four years, or so I am led to believe.
  18. Looked at SLEC for 1/16" sheet balsa but only hard grade available Not good. Steve
  19. Thanks for the idea Frank here is a link Mini Servo Power Distribution Box - RED for Petrol Engines £49.99 from 4-Max Steve
  20. Yes that's what I said so a separate UBEC is used to drive the servos. Steve
  21. Reading the manual the SPC port will power the Rx but not the servos. On a large model like this I would power the servos from a second battery through a BEC like this 20A 3S-12S LiPo Switching UBEC for £19.99 from 4-Max for example. The flaps can then use a Y lead, orientation of servos permitting. I would also have thought that the elevator servos could use a Y lead. Not that I have done any of this just what I have seen others do. Being here to learn hopefully a more experienced member will respond. Steve
  22. SPC port is interesting power direct from the battery up to 35V.
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