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Member postings for Martin Dance 1

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Thread: P&P charges from the USA
29/09/2019 11:50:32

Postage from the USA to the UK using US mail is expensive. I wanted an IC for my Ace TX earlier this year.The IC cost about $10. Post to the UK $30. Post within the lower 49 states $7. I have a friend who has a property in Florida. Guess which shipping option I took?

Thread: One handed operation
21/09/2019 20:12:27

Single stick Tx's were/are very popular in the USA, all of the US manufacturers and the major Japanese manufacturers offered a single stick,(cuddle box) TX. These occasionally come up on ebay. Most will be 54 or 72mhz systems. However conversion to 2.4Ghz is not the end of the world. Again Mike Ridley is your friend. Occasionally on ebay more modern modular radios with single sticks from either Futaba or JR are offered. However be aware these tend to command premium prices. These of course offer an easy conversion route using an appropriate 2.4Ghz module replacing the original module.

Thread: Club Mower.
18/09/2019 12:41:08

I'm not surprised members are moaning if you need an Allen Scythe to cut the strip. Its a piece of agricultural/ horticultural history designed to cut tall grass for haymaking etc. If I remember correctly it still leaves a stubble about a couple of inches long. Hardly the bowling green that most people wan to fly from, although dancing might be a possibility.

Thread: Steel ruler
04/08/2019 09:03:08

Simplest way to check the straightness of a rule or straightedge is to place it on a flat surface, a piece of white contiboard is ideal and using a sharp pencil draw a line along the edge(s).Then flip the rule/straightedge over and align the same edge with the pencil line at the ends of the rule/straightedge. Now draw a second line. It should coincide exactly with the first line, if not it's not straight.

Thread: Car indicators
05/07/2019 07:48:43

I suspect that there is several levels of indicator non use. The prevalent one around where I do most of my driving is not to indicate left, particularly annoying at roundabouts where you are waiting to emerge this trick often causes a hold up. The second tier is to indicate after the front wheels have already indicated a change of direction and the manoeuvre is under way. The third tier is to ignore the signals of others driver indicating left to change lanes driver in nearside lane in blind spot decides to ignore it and scrape along the other cars side. The final and this is almost unique to BMW drivers is to approach a motorway junction. and to squeeze into the often quite small gap between two vehicles and onto the slip road totally ignoring the half mile empty space after the second car which would have made the manoeuvre much less risky.

Thread: Wings and Wheels 2019
01/07/2019 18:52:53

I went to W&W on Saturday, it was quite warm! The wind being a from the crowd cross wind clearly made display flying tricky, especially for the smaller lighter models which once airborne would tend to drift away from the crowd line. I suspect that there isn't enough space to have two flight lines but with the present single flight line models are climbing turning away long before they reach the end of the crowd line. The relatively short crowd line was a positive plus for Sandown Park shows. The Weston Park crowd line is a bit shorter than W&W and that helps with the appearance of the flying displays. Also at Weston the displays are being flown through a 'canyon' of trees which places a back ground close to the spectators, not a feature of North Weald airfield. The trade stands at both shows are strung out on a long single line. I wonder whether arranging the trade stands in two probably shorter rows facing each other making it feel busier more 'market like feel would help and perhaps placing the Bring and Buy in a more central location might help.

Thread: Interesting reply from email to Richard Moriarty, CAA
28/05/2019 19:34:12

Just switched on my cynical mode after I read this.

'The drone registration scheme is a top priority for the Government.' That would account for our failure to leave the EU on the 29th March, too busy dreaming up a drone registration systemsmiley AND

' Any alternative approach for model flyers must be achieved without imposing undue burden on the state and the taxpayer, whilst also being efficient and enforceable, without compromising the integrity of the policy.'

So HS2 and other vanity projects aren't going to impose an undue burden on the state and taxpayer then?

Thread: Suggestions for vintage model
17/05/2019 14:04:55

How about a Vic Smeed Mamselle? Belair do a 52 inch version. I have a Mamselle at that size lovely.

Thread: Nostalgia trip - Reading Models "Red Admiral"
16/05/2019 18:05:52

Reading Model Supplies ceased trading in the 1980's following the untimely death of Stan Birch the the owner. The business carried on for a few months until Stan's widow closed the business down. Gerry Jackman went on to found Thatcham small Turbines until his untimely death a few weeks short of his 65th birthday. I was a regular customer from the late 60's until the business closed down. The Chatham Street shop under the carpark has long been demolished replaced by a block of flats. I don't think RMS ever produced kits.

Thread: Successfully changing the AA batteries for the Lithium Ion pack in the spectrum DX6G2!!
15/05/2019 18:43:47

I bought a genuine lipo pack for my DX6 gen 1.Johnny B I feel your pain!

Now the bad news. I charged my DX6 with my DX8 charger, it's multi chemistry so quite safe. For various reasons the Tx didn't get used for a few weeks. Went to use it Tx battery was flat. Recharged, Tx left for a week or two Battery flat. It seems the little regulator inside the battery box causes the battery to self discharge! See if yours does the same.

Thread: CAA registration consulation
15/05/2019 16:38:03

What is this "cheap off-the-shelf" U-Space/UTM registration system you refer to?

Do you really think that the BMFA should be running a database which will be connected to air traffic control, will be linked to the equivalent systems in other countries and will be accessed by the police?

With reference to the quote from Steve J's post. It is clear that recreational drone and model flyers are being expected to fund an all singing all dancing registration system which will be linked to everyone else's all singing all dancing Uspace UTM system. We will not benefit one jot and therefore we should not be paying. Clearly it would at the moment be very difficult to persuade potential commercial drone operators to foot the bill so the cost should be borne by the government.

15/05/2019 10:47:49

Well I've written to Moriaty at the CAA, Baroness Vere, My local MP Alok Sharma, and just completed an email to Chris Grayling. Results so far CAA a stony silence, Baroness Vere an acknowledgement email, Alok Sharma an acknowledgement email and just arrived a letter, which looks like a standard reply, from Chris Grayling nothing yet.

However if we all do the same at least their in boxes will be super full.

10/05/2019 14:54:08

I think that the sub text of Simon Newton's interview with John Nicholson is that the registration scheme is simply to pave the way for commercial drone operations to expand. Recreational model aircraft and multirotor operators are simply collateral damage.

Much has been said before. I do wonder who the statistician was who projected the 170,000 registrations, because if the CAA believe in this figure and when they have real numbers of perhaps less than 50000 registrations. As Nicholson indicates the CAA is a cost recovery organisation the fee is likely to quadruple in a very short time. Now £66 will become a real burden and act as a bar to many people even considering the hobby. However on glimmer of hope. When asked about the apparent anomaly over owner/ manager and pilot. The example given was a director of a large company could be managing a fleet of drones which he may not even see let alone operate. This would seem to open the possibility of the BMFA 'managing' the model aircraft fleet of its members and paying just £16.50, we just take the on line test.

What do you think?

Thread: Dremel 3000 repair
03/05/2019 10:53:48

From experience Dremel tool parts are very expensive and hard to obtain. I go along with ED's advice that's what I use and all of the Dremel accessories fit, at least on mine.

Thread: CAA registration consulation
29/04/2019 11:19:34

Whilst I think the CAA having a register of model aircraft, drone, and whatever remotely controlled recreational UAV's is really unnecessary and is largely a duplication of effort because the various national bodies already have databases of their members which I know they will share with the CAA.

I think it is important to look at the issue from the other side. We have a very weak government at the moment which can't stand up to the braying of commercial interests or the red top press. So to be seen to do 'something' the CAA have been instructed to register all UAV's ASAP.

Move on to the year's end with registration in place. The next red top headline is 'UNREGISTERED Drone seen near Gatwick airport' So that compounds the crime in the eyes of the press and public. Of course there will be no actual evidence of the presence of a drone or whether it is registered or not. But hey why spoil a good story with facts?

I have responded to the consultation and will further support the efforts of the BMFA to stop this nonsense.

28/04/2019 11:48:40

Here's a conundrum. You are a member of a model flying club, you have taken and passed your 'A' achievement test within the last two years, since the first revision of the compulsory questions.

You apply for CAA registration which before it can be successfully completed involves an online test. You fail this test, now what happens?

27/04/2019 11:25:49

I have completed the document and posted on our clubs Google group a request for members to complete the document making their opposition clear.

I suppose we could super glue ourselves to the CAA HQ which is near Gatwick airport and film us from a drone hovering over the airport. :D ;D ;D <img src=" src="" title="Shocked" />

26/04/2019 21:12:45

Once again we are going to be the recipient of incompetent government. This is simply another piece of proposed beaurocracy. Have submitted my response. Just want a local council candidate to knock at my door now!!!!

Thread: How do you buy your Balsa?
16/04/2019 19:33:42

After many years cutting strip with either a knife and a straightedge or a SLEC balsa stripper always ending up with strips that weren't quite square. I finally bought the smaller of the Proxxon circular saws. I couldn't justify the cost of the larger one. What a neat bit of kit, accurate square strips at lastsmiley

Thread: Crash resistant electric motor mounting suggestions please
21/03/2019 15:48:37

I built a Mam'selle during 2002, it's 1.5 times the original so about 54" span. Originally fitted with a geared 600 brushed motor and powered by a 7 cell nicad pack. control was from the RCM&E speed controller. Other than leaving out the engine bearers and substituting a cradle like arrangement for the motor no other changes were made to the original design. Of course balsa sections were appropriately resized, e.g 1/8th stringers became 3/16th stringers. The model flew well but with the original power set up the wing loading was rather too high which meant that the stalling speed and of course the landing speed were higher. Eventually I replaced the power set up with a brushless and lipo and commercial ESC. The result is a viceless and delightful to fly model. The only damage that has ever occurred is when she was caught by a dust devil close to the ground. I also have another of Vic's designs whose name escapes me but built to the original size with the same engine mounting set up it too flies well and has shown no signs of the motor falling out. So don't be over concerned, it is a vintage free flight model treat it as such and all will be well so no prop hanging, rolling circles or Harrierssmiley

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