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Thread: Slec/Apache Chipmunk kit advice.
22/07/2019 21:44:05

Yes I guessed that was the case David but thought it quite good to get the general idea. I feel fine with the kit quality and am no longer concerned with the wing joining method, and it fits my car!!! So the only thing left to do is get the RAF trainer once I open my wallet, always the hard part!

22/07/2019 17:37:31

I phoned Slec this afternoon to ask a few questions about these kits, and they could not have been more pleasant and helpful.

Found a very informative build thread on RCU well worth a look if if you haven't seen it already


Still humming and harring smiley

Edited By john s on 22/07/2019 17:41:38

21/07/2019 19:36:59

That's even better! Its flight handling is praised in almost every build thread I've read and is a big plus for me.

21/07/2019 18:33:05

That's good to read David, I'm pretty well sold on one now just have to decide which version to go for.

I looked at the photos in your collection and particularly liked the elevator trim tab and u/c legs, nice work!


21/07/2019 14:49:48


I'm thinking about buying one of these kits, probably the RAF trainer version.

The main question I have is about the two piece wing, I've found some old build threads where people have abandoned the idea due to it being a flimsy and impractical arrangement and just glassed the the wing halves together, as I need it to be two piece can anyone tell me how they find it works for them.


Thread: Saito 62 in a Gangster lite?
19/07/2019 22:10:42

Just a follow up for anyone thinking of this combination.

I've flown the Gangster a couple of times now with the Saito 62 and I think it's a really nice combination, I'm running the engine in on the wing so it's set very rich but still has plenty of power for this light airframe.

The Gangster itself brings back happy memories of the original many years ago and is a delightful and easy model to fly.

Thread: aliphatic bond
17/07/2019 17:59:09

I'd try steam Jason, just use some protective clothing and gloves to make sure you don't burn yourself.

Thread: Late in the day
30/06/2019 22:13:46

Thanks for that Richard, I'll try it out tomorrow on my Gangster it's covered  all red and want to add some white trim.


Edited By john s on 30/06/2019 22:14:36

30/06/2019 19:02:55

What a nice looking model!

I also have been using HK film and find it great value for money, can I ask how you applied the red trim over the white base,


Thread: Panic bipe servo advice
07/06/2019 17:17:31

Just an update for anyone thinking of buying one!

The kit was an enjoyable build all the laser cut parts fitting together nicely, the wood selection is good with no warps or twists to deal with, the laser cutting is clean and accurate.

I used the servos Jeff recommended for the ailerons the JX PDI-2506MG they are fast and centre well.

I've only flown it a couple of times but already like the way it flies with the Saito 82 loads of power yet not feeling over powered or heavy and floats around at low throttle nicely.

All in all a great fun plane to build and fly.


Thread: Saito 62 in a Gangster lite?
24/02/2019 22:23:08

Thanks guys the Saito 62 is probably what I'll go with then.

I've had a Saito 115 for several years now and its a great solid performer, and I do like 4 strokes.

Nice covering job Jim, I'm ok with covering but clueless with trim!

23/02/2019 23:48:13


I'm about to start a Gangster lite that arrived a couple of days ago and was wondering if a Saito 62 would fit and provide good performance, I don't have an engine for it yet so would be grateful for any suggestions/advice.


Thread: Which walbro carb for DLE30
27/11/2018 10:53:05


I've had a couple of DLE 20's where the carb internal filter has become partially blocked giving me start and constantly out of tune problems, the filter is under the carb cover that is held in place with a big central screw, it's cup shaped and about 10mm in diameter and has to be pried out of the main carb body with a pin, on initial inspection they appeared to be fine but when held up to the light there was a sort of grey glaze on and between the mesh of the filter.

If you haven't already looked it 's worth a try, I replaced mine using Walbro carb kits from Ebay but guess they could be cleaned.

Still no idea why this happened I'm very careful with my fuel!


Thread: Duncan Hutson 70 inch Lysander
05/10/2018 23:43:30

Is it OK to post a link? hope so.

This is a link to a build on RCGroups, I think its the same plan, the guys going electric but you might find some useful info



Thread: Fuel proofer for petrol?
04/10/2018 21:21:01

I use Isopon Davids fastglas from Halfords it's a polyester resin but fine for fuel proofing and reasonably inexpensive, I also use it for glassing wing joints.


Thread: The Seagull has landed
05/09/2018 21:57:45

Hi Bruce,

yes I use around 30 expo initially then if the plane survives tune in expo and control throws to suit the way I fly. I have tried higher expo rates but found them to be too unresponsive around stick centres for me.

04/09/2018 20:45:11

Forgot to mention that I also reduced the low rate control throws from recommended by around 20-25% for its first flight, it still had plenty of elev authority but was not at all twitchy.

I agree with what the other guys are saying about adjusting the bolt holes on the offending wing and adjusting for the best compromise, worth a try and you may be pleasantly surprised.


04/09/2018 12:26:57

Gone a bit quiet!!

Flew mine this morning with some trepidation, I'm not a very good flyer!, and was pleasantly surprised by its handling, I only got one flight in as I broke the wooden prop on a quickish landing running into long grass at the runway side, but it flew and landed well requiring only a couple of clicks trim on elev and ailerons.

I set the C of G very carefully at 135mm from the wing root leading edge, this is quite a bit fwd of Seagulls recommendation, I'm not saying this is perfect but it gave me a comfortable handling machine for its initial flight.

Right off to buy some props!


Thread: Panic bipe servo advice
22/08/2018 18:11:53

Thanks Jeff,

I'll order a set from Banggood I've used them before and been happy with the service, plus the bigggy for me is their post system, if you pay a wee bit extra the delivery is v good from China typically 6-9 days.

Bit difficult to categorise the Panic smiley


22/08/2018 14:43:43

I was looking at the JX PDI-2506MG on the Banggood site and there is a cautionary note

"It is not suitable for the transmitter that can not set up pulse width.(like RC car or RC boat)"

Anyone know what this means?

The servo spec is impressive, I guess the ones on Ebay for a tenner are fakes!


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