Here is a list of all the postings Ronaldo has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Are you an active slope soarer?|
Hmmm .... I'm on the 'once in a blue moon' side. I've been a member of MMSA for 3 years and only flown there 3 times ! Mainly because it's an 80 mile round trip, and often the wind strength/direction forecast have not always been favourable when I was free to go, it's a long way to go just to turn up and find there's hardly a breath of wind to even blow the seed heads off a dandelion !
Fortunately I've just read on the MMSA website that they now allow 'power assisted gliders. Having a power assisted glider will now make all the difference between a wasted journey and being able to fly, with power assisted I should even manage to get enough height to catch a thermal or two ! So thank you MMSA, and hopefully I will have more trips to the slope.
|Thread: Stop my birds flying the coup|
Love the amusing comments on here Ha Ha ... very good
My son keeps chooks next to farmland, and is now hatching ducky eggs. We also built an enclosed run, been ok up to now.
|Thread: Dx9 trim tabs|
My past experiences with Horizon has been very good, repairs were done for free, only had to pay postage. I and a friend returned our gear through our local 'Leeds Model Shop' where we purchased our gear, who have always been very helpful. I suppose charges may depend on how extensive any damage is, but a trim rocker switch sounds like it may be a quick easy fix for them.
|Thread: Plane (apparently not) hit by drone at Heathrow.|
Even if it's proven that a drone wasn't involved, the BBC report already has suggested it was, and planted the seed in the minds of the public ....... not good publicity for responsible model and drone flyers ....
|Thread: Pushrod connectors - hazard or not?|
I've had these come loose so now I only ever use them on the servo end of throttle linkages as they are easier to adjust in tight spaces, and once the throttle is set I put a drop of thread lock on the screw/grub screw and re-tighten to make sure they don't vibrate loose. On the bottom threaded part which goes through the servo arm I put the tiniest drop of cyano on the nut to lock it.
Ok they don't always come loose on control surfaces, but they are more likely to loosen than a clevis or ball link as there is more force applied when operating a surface then there is when opening and closing a throttle ... so why take a chance ?
|Thread: Drones and the law - item on R4, 8th March 2016|
True this 'Drone' business is going to have some serious impact on responsible modellers ... as much as I like watching some BBC documentaries and programs, I find they can be very biased and selective in a lot of areas when reporting national, world, and political news. Also some important relevant news appear to selectively be ignored ................ not at all helpful to the public considering their exorbitant license fee !
I now go online to other News media websites for information that the BBC doesn't even give a hint at !
Edited By Ronaldo on 09/03/2016 17:53:22
|Thread: The final straw.Spectrum doubts|
I'm using a Spektrum DX9 Black edition and a QQ DX18 .... but since losing 2 precious models through loss of signal on DSM2 over a year ago, I've gone totally over to DSMX RX's ... so far no problems..... fingers crossed ! Also I would never power my Rx with any less than 6v as I too have had brown outs on 4.8v in the past on Spektrum. I use 5cell ni-mhs or life batteries.
|Thread: The get away bit|
Nice one, great to see some still build from plans, and 'balsa bashing' is not yet a lost art .
... just saying
|Thread: Do you think some sort of registration system would protect the hobby from rogue flyers?|
I don't really know what the answer to the problem is. My first thought would be "No" because the rogue flyers would not be daft enough to register and put ID on their models or even be insured anyway for fear of being caught flying illegally.
But then again if everyone had to register as we have seen happening in the states, [ don't kid yourselves, this could easily happen here in the UK, which I hope it doesn't by the way ! ], anyone seen flying in an area or in manner that raises suspicion, then the authorities would have the right to check them out and ask for proof of registration. Then if unable to produce any proof, ID, or insurance, they can deal with them as necessary, and/or confiscate their gear, but that's assuming they have enough manpower to do this which obviously they don't. Similar to police doing a spot check on a motor vehicle, if a driver can't produce documents and is not in the 'system' then they impound the vehicle and fine the driver.
Then of course we would be heading evermore further into being a 'Nanny State' which could put off any genuine newcomers, or even those who have already been flying for years, and so will not help the future of our great hobby.
Difficult times ahead me thinks .....
Edited By Ronaldo on 11/02/2016 12:55:45
Edited By Ronaldo on 11/02/2016 12:58:37
|Thread: Is there something in the water?|
Definitely 'cabin fever' for me ... I'm a sort of a semi retired 'grumpy old git' as of late, so my swmbo informs me, and so I have time on my hands. My day usually starts with making a cuppa and then migrating out to my sacred workshop ( god knows what I would do without my 'cave' ) , but lately I'm sat spending more time just blankly staring at the lately boring 'idiot box' ( TV ) hung up in the corner, or wishfully staring longingly at my models which have become 'winter hangar queens' because of the wet weather and muddy flying field. I dare not start another build yet to amuse myself ( got 3 unstarted kits pleading with me for attention ) cos' I don't even have room as yet to store my Pica Waco that I'm just putting finishing touches to. Not to worry, got a mate popping round soon to do a small repair job on his model, so should pass on an hour or two ........ and so another cold wet day goes by ...
Roll on Spring and dry weather !
Edited By Ronaldo on 18/01/2016 12:28:39
|Thread: Dremel driving me nuts!|
[ I normally warm the stickers with a hair dryer first then to soften the adhesive then use a scalpel blade to carefully lift one corner before removing the sticker. The adhesive on the stickers is good for two or three reapplications. ]
Thanks for the tip Barryorbik , heat gun on the label works great !
Googling ''Dremel faults'' show the speed controller failure is indeed a very common fault ! The annoying thing is that club mates of mine still own Dremels that are 10+ years old, and the variable speed controller are still running as good as when they first bought them ! Mine failed within weeks, I lost the receipt, luckily found it again, but not before I had taken one of the labels off using the heat gun to investigate . The label went back on no probs, didn't have to take it apart, just took it back with the receipt and exchanged for a replacement.
Moral of the story to myself here .... Always save the receipt in a safe place ! ( well ... till I forget again )
Like a lot of stuff these days ...... things ain't made as well as they used to be ...... no over-engineering and built to a minimum budget ! ... but I guess I still wouldn't want to be without my Dremel ......
|Thread: It's 2016 !!!|
I've had two Pica kits over the years, and both seemed unnecessarily complicated, with (I thought) too much wood in certain places.
I agree Percy V, heck of a lot of unnecessary beefy balsa, ... ply, ... hardwood, and complications in the build, but it's looking good, just got the paint job and scale details to finish to complete it. It's feeling a little heavy now tho', I wish I had realised before the build how heavy it would come out, as I'm sure I could have made it lighter without compromising strength. Got a brand new Mackay 30cc petrol up front and I only intend to fly in a scalish ( I hope lol )manner, so not too worried.
..... to actually finish off my Pica 5th scale Waco I started 12 years ago before I start another model for me or anyone else !
Happy new year to all
|Thread: Baking soda filler|
I've done similar with 'micro fibres' (finely chopped glass fibre) with thin cyano to make repairs and fill hard plastic. I had a case when a hinge lug broke off a hard plastic cover for my car's cig lighter/phone charger socket. I managed to build up the micro fibre around where the hinge lug broke off to match up roughly to the remaining one on the other side of the cover , then put a drop of cyano on. I was then able to file to shape to match the original hinge lug, drill a hole in it where the hinge pin fits and it works great. That was 4 years ago, still holding up even now.
|Thread: Cutting Up A Plan. Is It Sacrilege?|
Plans I've had are usually larger than a single building board. So I carefully cut up plans so I can build individual model parts on 2 or 3 building boards and then I'm not stuck waiting for example the fuz to be finished before I can start on the wings or tailplane. Depends also of course on how the drawings on the plan is laid out. If done carefully the plan can then be re-used.
Great idea guys about having the plan copied if not too expensive ! Have to look into that .....
|Thread: Gluing Canopies|
Whatever brand of canopy glue I've used, the secret seems to be in giving it a long enough time to set. I carefully rough up the area where I intend to apply the glue onto, both the canopy and around the fuz cockpit area. This even works on 'iron on' film, and can be carefully sanded just make sure the film has been ironed down and sealed properly around the cockpit area with a covering iron. ! generally put masking tape on up to the edge of the cockpit line where the canopy will fit so that I don't over sand into the area beyond the canopy line where it will be seen. Then I glue and secure the canopy with tape and leave it for a minimum of 48 hours. This works for me and never lost a canopy yet. Any residues after its dried can be removed with meths.
48 hours I know sounds a long time but the glue takes longer to go off under plastic ... but worth the wait to have a secure canopy.
|Thread: Looking for 45mm vented spinner for folding prop|
I usually get mine from Puffin Models, but I doubt if you will get one that size anywhere for under a tenner.
You may just get lucky on ebay, but most come from china so could be waiting a couple of weeks for delivery.
|Thread: Maplin giving multi rotors a bad name|
Here's a sad tragic report from the Telegraph regarding a drone accident involving a child. **LINK**
I am a fixed wing flyer but I haven't posted this to get at responsible flyers, we have some drones/multirotors flying in our club but in a designated flying field away from the public and beyond a flagged flight line, the same as we do with fixed wing and helicopters, and yes I admit they are fun to watch.
The report says the pilot was an experienced pilot, but it begs the question as to why on earth was he flying the drone near people especially a child ??!! No doubt he feels really bad about the poor child, but this does not sound like a responsible pilot .... experienced or not !
The problem here is that they are now becoming more and more far too readily and easily available for anyone to buy regardless to whether they have flying experience or not. They also buy them because they can conveniently be flown in tight restricted spaces where one couldn't fly a fixed wing .... but usually these tight spaces are public areas and so have more people around especially young ones spectating and totally unaware of the dangers (just like outside Maplins?) ...... just waiting for a tragic accident as above to happen .......
Not good publicity for responsible flyers ...
|Thread: cordless drill|
18 volt Makita for me. Had others but always went back to Makita. I suppose it depends what you want to do with it, but then I do a lot of serious DIY, woodworking, making furniture etc .... as well as models. So I also have other Makita tools and they are great. For light occasional work I guess many of the cheaper drills will do the job, just be careful not to work them too hard.
|Thread: Balsa Bashing Tools|
For me I always insist on sharp blades for my modelling knives. Sometimes I call round to a modelling mate when he needs help with a model .... to put it politely I get rather ''peeved off'' when I ask him for a knife and all he's got are blunt well used ones !
I get my blades in packs of 50 from www.scalpelsandblades.co.uk
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