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Member postings for Dai Fledermaus

Here is a list of all the postings Dai Fledermaus has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.

Thread: The big question, WHEN
12/05/2020 09:18:22

There been a similar conversation on the BMFA Facebook page with members pontificating endlessly to the point where admin ended it.

As I see it, if you're happy to used your club field under the Government guidelines, go fly. If not stay home. Simple.

Thread: What Traders are still offering Mail Order? Services?
07/05/2020 10:38:38

The Balsa Cabin posted this on their Facebook page on the 22 April.

"We would like to thank all our customers old and new for there patients in processing there orders. Due to the current covid-19 lockdown we have a very high demand of orders and are unable to turn orders around in our usual 2-3 working days. We have put this notice on a pop up on our website and when speaking to customers advise of them of the situation. There is only 2 of us working and we are doing 13hrs a day 6 days a week to process these orders and unfortunately we do have a back log of orders. Just like most of the mail order businesses at this moment in time.
We just wanted to say that we have had a few rude customers abusing us saying how disgraceful it is that we cannot get these orders out in a reasonable time. We do not lie to you, we are honest about the back log of orders situation yet you abuse us. This is very upsetting when we are working long hours to get your orders processed. Please understand we do not just put wood into an envelope, the wood is selected to your requirements and we have all different shaped parcels of which will contain not only wood but also other items, so this is not just uniform packing.
Please stay safe and take care".
Vanda and David

Thread: Target For Tonight Film
01/05/2020 11:08:48

I've just started watching Target For Tonight a film I recorded a few weeks ago on the Talking Movies channel. I tend to watch films like this in bits and pieces when the Memsiab doing something else.

It's interesting in as much that it was made in 1941 by the Crown Film Unit and all the characters are played by RAF personnel in the roles in which they served. The story centers around a Wellington bomber raid on a target somewhere in Germany. The accents are interesting, RAF personnel sounded quite posh in those days.

However, in one scene, I spotted something I thought was interesting. As the Wellington prepares to take off and the engines are started up, a member of ground staff is seen holding a large pad, I can't think what else to call it, to the exhaust outlet of each engine in turn, presumably to aid starting.

Anyone know the reason for it, something to do with increasing back pressure perhaps? By modern health and safety standards, getting a face full of exhaust fumes seems like a fairly unhealthy thing to be doing.

Thread: Has Your Club Made Any Decisions Regarding The Coronavirus?
27/03/2020 17:13:46

Since our club field closed, ( keep safe Ron ) my wife has started to menace me with a very large and unpleasant looking tin of emulsion paint. Could this be construed as domestic abuse? 😉

Thread: Can I or can I not fly?
24/03/2020 09:25:27

The BMFA is advising all members to stay at home. Check their home page online.

Thread: Has Your Club Made Any Decisions Regarding The Coronavirus?
23/03/2020 20:23:06

This from the BMFD today.

Model Flying in the club environment

It remains the case that in general terms model flying represents a low risk due to the predominantly outdoor nature of the activity and the opportunity to maintain inter-personal separation (a minimum separation of 2 metres is advised).

However, the latest Government advice is that any form of group gathering should be avoided and that those over 70 or with underlying health issues should significantly limit their face-to-face interaction with others. We are also all being urged to avoid non-essential travel. Therefore, our advice is for members to stay at home and finish off that winter project or make an early start on next winter’s masterpiece.

20/03/2020 13:04:18

As the OP when I announced, just a few days ago, the decision that our club had decided to close it's field, the post was met with a barrage of negative comments like " stupid " and " utterly ludicrous " .

Well, is it me, or have the posts become a little more sanguine in the past day or so? Now your fretting over wiping gates and locks, wiping everything down with anti bacterial wipes, and wearing gloves, standing up wind from others.

All I can say is good luck fellers, I hope we are all here after its all over to reminisce about it.

Thread: Sid king novice e aileron wing
16/03/2020 16:59:24

Mark, I have the magazine and the plan. Sid King says the the dihedral angle need to be reduced to 2.5 degrees, with the servo trays sitting on top of the bottom cap strips. If you search EBAy for RC Model World April 2015 you might find someone who has a copy for sale.

Thread: Has Your Club Made Any Decisions Regarding The Coronavirus?
15/03/2020 14:31:57
Posted by Steve Colman on 15/03/2020 13:31:47:

I received an email from my club this morning stating that the regional governing body for aeromodelling activies have imposed a total ban on club activities here in the Aragon region of Spain. I also understand that similar bans have been imposed in the rest of the country too.

At the moment, technically I'm not permitted to leave my home for a simple walk unless it's for an approved activity like food shopping or medicines.

Edited By Steve Colman on 15/03/2020 13:32:10

The BBC afternoon news has just shown police drones flying around Madrid, I think it was, telling people who were out and about, to go home.

15/03/2020 08:09:47

As the OP, "Don't panic" you cry. Well, I think Captain Mainwaring will be doing a lot more huffing and puffing very soon. If Boris Churchill gets his way and you're over 70 you'll be confined to Barracks, so problem solved.

Private Godfrey will be told to stay at home with Sister Dolly. 😉

13/03/2020 16:19:28

Well now, it seems our Club committee's decision to close the field is derided by most here. It's a shame that some of you feel the need to be so vociferous about it. I was only interested to know if your club has discussed it, or had any contingency plans.

Have they made the right decision? Well only time and events will tell.

12/03/2020 18:20:10

Our Club has just decided to close the field until Easter in view of the Corona virus outbreak.. Given the majority of club our members are of a certain age and a number have health issues of some kind or other, I can't disagree with that decision too much. Better safe than sorry and the weather is not exactly conducive to model flying anyway.

Thread: Insanity seems to be setting in
09/03/2020 18:50:35

Forget toilet rolls and pasta. Much more importantly, there's a Worldwide shortage of Balsa.

The wind turbine industry has been complaining because it's widely used there apparently.

Thread: Isolating A Lipo.
07/03/2020 15:47:18

I seem to remember reading about a removable blade type fuse, as used in cars, to isolate the battery, but the details escape me. It might have been in a old copy of RCM&E.

07/03/2020 14:22:06

Thanks Dick for your response. That's a very neat idea.

Hello Ron, you've finally won me over, I've crossed over to the Dark Side 😉 Is there any way back?. I'll be picking your brains the next time we meet up the field - if it ever stops raining. 😊

07/03/2020 12:39:29

Which method of switching off/on or isolating your Lipo do you use when it's in the aeroplane, apart, that is, from actually unplugging it.

Max 4 sell an XT-60 style plug on a "wall plate" , it's functional, but not the neatest of solutions I'd have thought.

Edited By Dai Fledermaus on 07/03/2020 12:52:47

Thread: Bargain
18/02/2020 10:05:36

I picked up a 500 ml tub of Bartoline lightweight filler a few months ago in Trago Mills for about £3 - I can't remember the exact price. It has the look and feel of Model Lite. A bargain.

Thread: Sign of the times - funnies
16/02/2020 11:16:54

Ouch and ouch

Edited By Dai Fledermaus on 16/02/2020 11:18:08

Thread: Chinese suppliers
30/01/2020 11:11:22

Don't get too neurotic chaps, just consider the countless other products imported into this country every day from China which we come into contact with. You can't stick your new mobile or laptop in the microwave.

In any case, the products you've just diligently sanitised, were manufactured many months ago.


Edited By Dai Fledermaus on 30/01/2020 11:28:31

Thread: Dash cams
18/01/2020 12:50:45

I've had a MiVue 5 for about 4 years and it's been excellent. Mine has GPS which is a very useful feature. Using MiVue Manage on a computer, it gives you the exact location of the car on the screen map map in the bottom left hand of the video, as well as your speed. If you are unfortunately involved in an accident, it's all too easy for someone to claim you were speeding even if you weren't.

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