Here is a list of all the postings Sam Longley has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Something that will bounce|
Looked at the reviews & vids & took Trebor's advice & have ordered the Wargo Yac 55
Thanks to everyone who chose to reply. I did not take everyone's advice, (that would be impossible me thinks!!) but I have heeded many of the comments, so they were not in vain I can assure you. --- But I have not bought a football; Tom Sharp 2
I now want a model to put my DLE 20cc engine in, to practice the IMAC, It is surprising how difficult it is to find a nice ARF that will fit the bill.
But somehow I am not sure that I dare ask for a while.I dare not risk another head chopping experience just yet. ( can one imagine the---"You cannot try 2 things at once etc etc"
Just practicing the manouvers can be quite fun. It is better in someways than just flapping around the sky as it imposes a discipline to ones flying & improves stick & flight control. They are easy enough in themselves, but getting them clinically accurate is the difference. At least it does not take weeks to actually pull something off ,(like a 3d trick) to start with. The time is in perfecting it.
No! because they are not particularly cheap & having had a Riot I doubt would not be that easy to repair. It is too heavy. It is getting away from "cheepo bouncy 3d"
I was sailing dinghies about 4-5 years after you were borne !!!!!.
Buy a copy Of Practical Boat Owner - Summer Issue,& read pages 40-43
Shall I go on?
BEB you have summed it up but your opening sentence may be right but you need to understand that I intend to beat the 3d barrier, That is my target. Just because someone else cannot do it is no reason to say i should not & that is what got me started in my post. I did not really mean to insult Percy, Although it comes across as that.
My main hobby is sailing . I was probably sailing, & winning schoolboys races, before Percy was flying model planes.
But if someone asks advice about foiling dinghies I do not say " Buy an old gaffer because that is what I have got because I cannot sail a foiling moth" I say " sorry no experience" & leave it to others to reply"
The rest of your post is spot on. Of course I intend to move slowly but some of our older club members have told me " if you are not prepared to take the crashes then it is not for you, Go back to your boat".
Even "simpler "moves need to be learned. But having a good model for it makes a good start. No different to sailing. Hence my asking for opinion.
With all due respect Percy
Does not know the answer so tells me that my question is wrong
Why? because he has been doing it for 25 years t
I should be doing a different type of flying
Why? because that is what he does
So when one does not accept the "non advice" one gets the "oh well I tried but I give up--" bit
I am sorry Percy but your second post prompted me to say that
All i wanted was some suggestions for a cheepo plane to try some 3d stuff on that is easy to repair & will not break the bank
One forumite told me to get a football - would be funny really but I hate football
2 forumites came up with the same suggestion of a hummer so that bodes good for me
If that does not work I will re read Percy's post & send him my apologies-- But not yet
Thanks that is exactly what i was looking for. I will be checking my parts box & ordering later today
TheS Bach was purchased because i was getting quite confident & wanted to get smoother so wanted something to do Imac manouvers as I felt that making myself fly a disciplined pattern I would get better rather than just fly about aimlessly. The loss was because i was demonstrating how to do rolling circles to some members instead of sticking to the sequences which I had bought that plane for. I was just unfortunate that to change the C of G temporarily I did not fix the battery in securely enough (in a hurry) & the 20 or so rolls on the trot threw the b..dy thing out the canopy.
I was not intending to do 3 d with it. I did have other planes for that but now they are all dead ( nearly killed the Jive this week & spent 45 mins looking for it in a wheat field) & i just want something a little less expensive for learning the awkward stuff with. It takes a long time to re build an Acrowot- i know from experience
Edited By Sam Longley on 07/07/2018 20:24:56
Watched the video but cannot find the plane on the site for sale
I hold an "A" cert. I do have Phoenix but do not actually find it much use. If one watches some of the demonstration flying on youtube I cannot seem to find the models or keep them anywhere near me long enough to perform the tricks. Most of the time the plane is a speck on the screen so I do not find it much use.
As for 3 D - No i cannot do much but if I cannot try then I will never learn. Flying figure 8s does get a bit boring. I would certainly get fed up just flying a biplane round in circles.
I bought the S Bach to start doing the Imac sequences which I really enjoyed practicing, but during a rolling circle, ( I am good at those!!) whilst showing off, the battery came loose,( I had just temporarily moved it to change the c of G) exited via the hatch & that was that. Practicing Imac is great for practicing stick control, but one needs a good plane for it.
So I just want something to fun fly without the risk of great expense now & then to get rid of those occasional " urges"
if I am not always worrying about major repairs I would be a lot more confident with the sticks. Trouble is that being nervous I tend to make more mistakes. I am experimenting with some 3d manouvers but keep loosing planes. What I need is something that I can keep fairly close, does not cost too much. Can do a wide range of manouvers & if it all goes wrong It is fairly easy to mend on the field.Will not break the bank. My Hanger 9 S Bach cost me £840-00 complete in the air & when it turned to matchwood I felt like committing hari kari I have a Phizaz but am frightened of loosing it & it flies brilliantly
So can someone give me a few suggestions of good performing really cheepo ones. I assume they will be bendy foamies. I am not into self build. I have too many planes to re build as it is.
Edited By Sam Longley on 07/07/2018 15:46:55
Edited By Sam Longley on 07/07/2018 15:47:36
|Thread: Proposed new drone legislation/registration|
Last year one of our members turned up with an electric foamie (not a multi rotor) that he had built himself. He claimed a duration of something like 30 minutes plus an additional payload carrying capacity of nearly half a kilo. There was clearly plenty of space inside the fuselage & he had lots of batteries. It was not that big,
He flew it for a few minutes then put it onto some large circles & explained that he had fitted an autopilot ( my description, not his) as his real interest was electronics etc.
To prove its effectiveness he left the plane circling a couple of hundred feet up, Laid his transmitter down, walked to the pits, collected a coffee, went back to the transmitter & landed the plane, which was still circling in the same place & at the same height
Have only seen him on site once so have no idea what he has been developing since. Neither have I seen any other models like it: but if the authorities preparing the legislation saw that aeroplane in operation the proposed rules might be somewhat more stringent me thinks.
Apologies. i have not been reading the full thread & I had not picked up the difference between a model & a flying RC controlled object such as a drone, helicopter or model plane being flown irresponsibly.
Perhaps i had a different view of "non- organised site" to others- ie
Street on an estate,children's playground, back garden, layby near an airfield, retail centre car park???
You can see all of them on You tube. Glad to hear that they do not cause any issues
Well I would contradict that statement. Surely one might suggest that virtually all ALLEGED drone/projectile problems have come from sites or launch areas that are NOT organised sites. If not can one tell us where drone incursions have come from organised sites. That would indicate the opposite of what is being suggested above
|Thread: Cheap servos worth the risk?|
Way off thread here--- but I have been having servo inconsistencies & someone suggested i get a tester. may i ask what sort you have. I have not researched the subject yet but a start suggestion would be handy
Edited By Sam Longley on 29/07/2017 10:24:33
|Thread: Proposed new drone legislation/registration|
So if a young lad of 12 years registers his small drone & flies it near Heathrow & it gets sucked into the intake of a jet causing a major disaster & comes out as tiny burnt chips. How do they actually trace the youngster after he hops on his bike & goes home & what was the point of registration
Edited By Sam Longley on 24/07/2017 16:25:27
The way to do it over a long period of time is for transmitters to have the same requirement as EU VHF sets. When ,say, a Dutch( Or french, Belgian etc) user transmits on his/her VHF it emits a short "hiss" as the transmit button is released. This identifies the radio & user. The UK does not comply with this but it is called ATIS ( Automatic transmission Identification System) & is part of the Rainwat agreement
So if the govt insisted that all transmitters had to issue a code every so many seconds that identified the user or its position & all transmitters were sold under license then we could fly to out hearts content without any worries. Anyone operating in a banned area or operating in an illegal manner could be traced regardless of what we were flying
It is not beyond the capability of manufacturers to add this to their sets if they wanted to or were forced to before they could sell them in a certain country ( Inc those sold via internet) It would also help if the USA insisted on it as well
The big problem would be how to get rid of all the existing transmitters in current circulation. But that is the same as getting all the existing drones in existence recorded as well
Edited By Sam Longley on 22/07/2017 21:33:46
|Thread: Blue foam - What is it called?|
Considering all the redundant sailboards stuck in the roofs of peoples garages I would have thought that one could find one for peanuts & have enough foam to last for ages.Would not take much to saw one in half & get to the foam once the skin was off. Especially the older non epoxy versions
|Thread: Caption this...!|
Nobody could believe that after 50 years of trying Superman finally passed his "A" test
Edited By Sam Longley on 19/07/2017 15:19:00
|Thread: Acrowot landing gear|
You are right about coming in fast. One has to keep speed up because if one has to give it a quick burst of power the plane seems to torque roll. Especially if aborting the landing. I have had 3 Acrowots & they are all the same. I certainly know the plane can bite on the stall if speed is not kept up on landing. One only had to catch a tuft of grass with a steep landing & the undercarriage is gone.
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