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Member postings for Dai Fledermaus

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Thread: Why do I support my LMS
08/01/2014 11:36:16

In the 1960s a visit to Cardiff, for me, wasn't complete without a visit to the Bud Morgan model shop. What a magical place that was. After Buds' death it all went a bit down hill and in recent years it was taken over by Antics, Not so good now unless you're interested in plastic kits and model railways.

06/01/2014 16:30:44

It's not in Huntingdon Simon, but it's interesting to know that a receipt is a legal requirement.

06/01/2014 15:09:05

I have to confess that I normally buy my building materials from SLEC, but from time to time I tend to fall back on my LMS which is about 20 mins drive away. It's well stocked and the staff are very friendly but today I was reminded again why I don't use them very often.

I needed a piece of 1/8 ply. The closest they had was a piece of 4 mm x 600mm x 300 mm. As usual whenever I've been there for bits and pieces, the thing I wanted wasn't priced up and when I asked how much, the guy having checked his PC/ price list said £5.20. Now I appreciate that a LMS like this has overheads and can't compete on equal terms with the likes of SLEC, but that piece of ply from them would have cost £2.34, less than half the cost. I was stuck, so I had to have it

The other thing that bothers me is that they never give you a receipt, so if you buy a number of small items you are never sure afterwards how much each item costs.

Any of you have a similar experience or is it me being a tight so and so?

Thread: James May's Toy Stories
03/01/2014 12:29:37

A bit harsh on James May Rich!.

I'm with you on Top Gear which is now just an entertainment show featuring very expensive cars. Clarkson couldn't tell a camshaft from a crankshaft to save his life, but James May has made some decent programmes in this series.

I think his Christmas special last year when he attempted to fly a R/C model glider across the Channel was well received by this forum.

03/01/2014 10:37:16

On BBC2 at 9.00 tonight James May builds a road legal motorcycle and sidecar out of Meccano capable of taking a passenger for one 37 mile lap of the Isle of man TT circuit. According to our newspaper TV reviewer it's " informative, irreverent and at times very funny indeed"

Should be worth watching!

Edited By Colin Ashman on 03/01/2014 10:37:34

Thread: Ebay sellers...
31/12/2013 11:29:09

This guy deserves a pat on the back just for the description


Thread: It's the grand pre-Xmas (better stuff than normal) giveaway!
20/12/2013 15:30:00

Yes please count me in Mr Ashby.

Thread: buzzing servos
19/12/2013 12:21:24

When I fitted the rudder and elevator servos in my Tyro Major, they made the same buzzing noise which caused me much head scratching. Eventually I found that the SLEC push rod exits which I had fitted, although looking neat, did give enough room for the free movement of push rods which had a little up and down movement as they moved forward and back. In other words the slot in the exits were too narrow putting a small load on the servos via the pushrods.

Thread: Seasons Greetings
17/12/2013 12:06:04


Thread: Why Do We Still Build From Plans Which Use Imperial Sizes
14/12/2013 11:14:47

It's nice to know that I'm not alone in moving between metric and imperial sizes and measurement depending on what I'm doing, I thought it was just me.

When I started this thread I wasn't suggesting it would be better to move to plans in metric, I was just interested in why the old imperial sizes were still used and how that might mystify or make it more difficult for youngsters.

Even more confusing for them is the way some plans now have a pick and mix approach. Has anyone noticed that on the plan for Ellipse in the latest issue of RCM&E the main spar for the wing is made up of a 1/4" balsa core sandwiched between 1/4" sq hardwood, but the end elevation of it shows a thickness of 6.35mm. Also the tail skid is attached to a 6mm ply mount.

13/12/2013 16:57:11

This hobby/obsession of ours is not backward in moving forwards, electric flight, computer radios etc, so why are we still building from plans using inches and fractions of an inch?

Is it something to do with the fact that RCM&E along with other modelling magazines is sold in the U.S? My son is 34 and he would not be able to relate to 1/16" let alone 3/32". He would probably need to convert it to mm first.

Doesn't it just cause confusion to our European friends as well as youngsters joining the hobby?

Thread: Bandsaw purchase
11/12/2013 19:55:03

Scheppach, a German company, has a well earned reputation for making quality woodworking machines. I nearly bought one of their planer thicknessers at one time before changing my mind at the last minute and bought a British made Sedgewick machine.

If it's within your budget I would go for the Scheppach. I don't think you'll go far wrong.

Thread: Left or Right Hand
10/12/2013 14:35:49

I'm left handed! That's not a big deal in itself I agree, but I've noticed lot of people on T.V. are also left handers and I heard it said, not by me I hasten to add, that left handed people tend to be more creative or good with their hands, good at making things.

It would be entirely unscientific, but I would suggest that this forum would be a good place to confirm or confront that claim. So how many of you are left handed?.

I'm already anticipating the old gag " I'd give my left hand to be ambidextrous"

Thread: Aborted Landing at Birmingham Airport
06/12/2013 14:36:47

I recon this pilot earned his salary yesterday


Thread: Rest In Peace, Nelson Mandela 95 yrs old
06/12/2013 09:04:19

A friend of mine once met him in the departure lounge of an airport somewhere. Brian, made a point of walking over to Mandela to shake his hand. "Where have you come from" asked Mandela. From Wales was the reply. "Then you have come a long way". " Yes sir said Brian, but you have come much further"

Thread: The Advert With A Health Warning
05/12/2013 09:49:21

There you are sitting in you favourite arm chair with your feet up, you feeling rather pleased with yourself because you've had a good day's flying. It's cold and dark outside, but that cup of coffee you are holding is warming and your thoughts drift off to the next project on the building board. Then this advert comes on the Tele.


Thread: Amazon Drones
04/12/2013 10:26:44

Sorry Pete, must have nodded off!

04/12/2013 09:05:45



Thread: Bevel for hinge
03/12/2013 09:16:52

If the two edges are rounded instead of having a chamfer, as the two edges try to roll around one another when the elevator moves up or down, it will try to pull the hinge out as the hinge line opens out and the whole thing starts to bind. Try it without fitting the hinges and you'll see what I mean. A chamfer of around 45 deg is about right. You could get away with less, it depends by how much you need the elevator to move.

Edited By Colin Ashman on 03/12/2013 09:49:01

Thread: My plan is in danger of falling apart.
29/11/2013 13:56:55
Posted by Piers Bowlan on 29/11/2013 11:41:24:

While you are having it copied you could consider enlarging it a too, 110%, 115%, or more. Bigger models often fly better and look more impressive too. Just be aware that you will have to consider the wood sizes carefully and it will be more work (and cost). I have just upped Cyril Carr's Avro 707 design, the free plan in last months RCM&E, by 150%!

OK, so tell us, what AMI design are you planning to build?

This one :-


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