Here is a list of all the postings Gordon Tarling has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: One handed operation|
Suggest you have a chat with Mike Ridley of the Model Radio Workshop - I know he's made various adaptations for different people, so I'm sure he'd be able to help.
|Thread: 1/3rd Classic Scale Tiger Moth -|
Scott - the 'build guide' which I have is just a few typed pages and, frankly, isn't going to be of much help. I do have the original Classic Scale plans and would gladly copy the relevant part of that if it would help.
|Thread: can you reccomend me a decent soldering iron|
Not recommending any particular make or iron, but do ensure that whatever you buy is temp controlled. I have two in normal use - first is the bog standard Weller 40W soldering station, to which I can fit several different sizes of bit. For the larger soldering jobs, I bought a Weller 100W temp controlled iron - haven't found anything it won't cope with yet! Weller aren't cheap, but the quality is there and it's easy to find parts for them.
|Thread: RPM Conundrum|
Sorry - dup post.
Edited By Gordon Tarling on 10/06/2019 08:51:07
Most likely just down to variations in rpm/V and batterry age/internal resistance, as already noted. If it's within the rules, warm the battery up to around 40C in a battery 'oven' just before flying - it'll make a difference. Don't go over 45C though.
|Thread: RC Castle|
I've used RC Castle a few times over the years and always received excellent service. My most recent order was delivered approximately 2 months ago, without problems. Suggest you email them first if you've any doubts.
|Thread: Where can I buy Profilm (Oracover) by the metre?|
Try West London Models, near Heathrow.
|Thread: Eflite 60amp esc|
Common reasons for this problem -
1 - plug at receiver end is wrong way round, but if servos work, it's probably not this.
2 - Throttle channel is reversed.
3 - Throttle channel pulsewidth is too high to initialise the ESC - try reducing it with either trim or subtrim.
4 - can you try the ESC with another motor?
|Thread: Charge currents|
Charge the two Eneloop batteries at 1 Amp or less. They CAN be charged at up to 2 Amps, but they tend to get warm at that level, so best not to. As for your lead acid battery - we need to know what type and capacity before making a recommendation.
In this day and age of easy and instant communications, there can be no excuse for not replying to anyone within a reasonable period of time. I tried to contact Propguy some time ago with a query about a L/H prop and never had a reply, so I went elsewhere in the end.
|Thread: Field mower question|
Many garden/agricultural machinery specialists will have a range of used machines for sale and will guarantee them. The same specialists are also usually capable of doing repairs, so worth asking at least a couple for a quote to repair your existing machine.
|Thread: Mini/micro lathe|
There's a lot of info on this website - LINK Unfortunately, it would seem that he now has started charging for access to some of it.
Nigel - there's some discussion on the subject here - link I have to admit that I've not done any testing, what I say is just based on personal experience.
JonathanM - A123 cells are my preferred choice when a model requires a receiver pack, the 2300/2500mAh cells can easily supply 60 Amps, though they might be a bit large for many models, but you only require two for a receiver pack. There are also 1100mAh (I think) cells which are obviously smaller. There are many 18650 sized cells on the market, which are suitable, too, but you need to ensure you use the big name types with lower capacity, i.e. Panasonic, Sanyo etc.
Edited By Gordon Tarling on 02/02/2019 18:28:08
Jonathan - Do yourself a big favour and replace any 4 cell Eneloop Rx pack with a 5 cell one. It's been well proven that Eneloop cells have a high internal resistance and are unable to deliver the required current without a large voltage sag. Using 5 cells helps to get around the problem, though I'd prefer to use other types of cell myself.
|Thread: Saws..A Cutting Question.|
Bandsaw, beyond any doubt. I have a scroll saw and its only real use is cutting out the centres of formers etc. The bandsaw can do so much more and I wouldn't want to be without one. Get the best one you can. I should mention that I've tried strippers that use a knife type of blade and always found the blade has a tendency to follow the grain, giving a wavy cut.
Edited By Gordon Tarling on 01/02/2019 12:00:29
|Thread: Can a drone fly at 10000ft?|
Plastic bags ARE of interest Don. Ingested into an engine, they melt and can block vital cooling holes in turbine blades etc.
|Thread: Voltage sensor|
Chris, the FBVS sensors are readily found on 'the bay'.
Bob - will bear in mind that a small pot will work just as well. I'm guessing a 10k pot would be OK?
Thanks chaps, got it all working properly this afternoon, using the FBVS sensor. Not sure what I was doing wrong previously though. I think I've calibrated it correctly, as it's showing the correct voltage on the Tx screen, so now I have to set up a low voltage alarm for it.
One thing puzzling me is that I keep getting 'telemetry lost' warnings during the setting up process - is this just because the Tx is very close to the Rx?
BobCotsford - thanks for that info, handy to know.
Carperfect - I don't really want to be re-flashing the Tx if it can be avoided.
Andy48 - I'm fairly sure that I had the FBVS connected as shown in that documentation. However, I'll re-check the connections tomorrow and do some voltage/continuity checks if I can't get it working. BTW - very useful link to that documentation, I've not seen that before - thanks.
Thanks for the advice chaps. I bought an FBVS-01 a couple of weeks ago and connected it up as shown in the documentation, but the Tx doesn't find it as a telemetry sensor. I did read that it will only work with the D8 receivers, which aren't compatible with my Tx, though that doesn't seem to be entirely true.
I'm wondering if the FCS-40A current sensor also gives battery voltage - does anyone know?
Bob - the resistor divider sounds feasible to me - will investigate that method.
Yes, SLA means Sealed Lead Acid battery - not much use in aircraft, but frequently used in boats.
I'll have another crack at the FBVS sensor tomorrow.
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