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Member postings for Bill Michie

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Thread: Kwik Fli III for Sale
29/01/2018 14:17:52

I recognise that model and the flying site................

Nice flying model, I just wanted more speed & performance, so retracts & pipes it was!

Whoever buys it will enjoy it for what it is, and on a Classic engine too!

Thread: For Sale: i/c stuff
26/09/2017 16:57:32

Thanks Denis, thought I'd advertise to the UKCAA Members first....................

Will also put it into the normal Classifieds soon!


26/09/2017 16:19:11

Hi all, due to ill health, I'm gradually moving over to all leccy powered models for ease of handling etc; so I have for sale, some engines & pipes that some of you may be interested in, as follows:

Webra .61 ABC Longstroke (side exh) with Dynamix carb & manifold: £65

Webra .61 Speed, well-used, no box or plug, £35

Super Tigre X .45 (rear exh) with short manifold & matching pipe but no carb (I'll try find one that fits!), £40

Thunder Tiger .46 Pro, w/muffler, boxed in VGC, £45

Bolly EQ 60 tuned pipe (carbon/kevlar, very light), £30

Aly tuned pipe, 60 size, £5.

There will probably be more items coming up over the next few months, if there's anything you need pls let me know!

I'm open to offers on all items, especially for multiple purchases!

I may also have in future, a Picco .60 (side exh with manifold) and one or two OS Hanno Specials, boxed with manifolds, availability & prices TBA.

At this time I'm still keeping my two Classic airframes (Dirty Birdy 60 & Curare, both i/c & RTF) though they may be advertised at a future date if I can replace them with equivalents.


Regards to all!



Edited By Bill Michie on 26/09/2017 16:27:30

Thread: Steve Dunning R.I.P.
10/09/2017 14:01:04

Very sad news. The Aeromodelling fraternity will be all the poorer for his loss. Steve was a kind, generous, helpful modeller with a great (wicked!) sense of humour and will be sorely missed.

Condolences to Sue, Matt, Family & Friends.

Bill & Di

Thread: Time to call it a day
31/07/2017 17:41:44

Well done on a difficult decision Steve! I'm sure everyone you've helped along the way really appreciates your hard work & effort (I certainly do!)

The time comes for all of us to have some quality time doing what you want, when you want, seeing people/going places, etc etc., especially when health throws a curved ball.

I can understand your position as am there myself now!

Very best wishes!


Thread: UKCAA Events Calendar 2017
03/04/2017 10:55:49

What a great season's opener yesterday! Many thanks to Martyn, Bill & all involved in organising & running the day. Also, well done to all fliers who attempted the informal one-round "contest" flight; hopefully they all got a "buzz" out of the experience, & learnt something along the way! I'm sure there'll be a report in due course so I won't make further comment at this stage.

Regards & thanks,


Thread: SCEN Puma 3
27/02/2017 17:49:35

Best place was said to be on the first high-point of the pipe (for max pressure), though I've found (& have used) several manifolds where the nipple is on the straight part of the manifold after the bend (on the inside of the bend or angled outwards slightly). Fitting the nipple to the pipe results in a long pressure line to the tank also.

Hope this helps! Main thing I think, is consistency & simplicity/reliability.



Thread: Picco 60 S/E carb & exhaust parts wanted
13/12/2016 19:08:53

Struggling to upload pics (Doh!)

Weston's also looking into it.

Thanks for the suggestions!


12/12/2016 22:11:06

OK, will take some pics tomorrow & post. Also a quick Tinternet search for the engine brings up loads of additional photos if you feel like taking a look. (probably better illustrated than I can do!)

Thanks & Regards,


12/12/2016 20:31:45

Didn't know that, thanks will try Alan.

12/12/2016 17:26:21

Thanks guys; I've looked at various carbs I have with engines, but not many fit due to the spigot size being 16mm! Webra .61 carbs are much smaller spigot size. Hoping (against hope!) to try keep it original if I can. Stangely enough, an Irvine 53 carb slots straight in & has similar bore but MUCH less venturi profile. ST.61 & OS .61 carbs don't fit either, at least without a sleeve, so there are other possibilities if I can't get OEM parts. Exhaust likewise as it's an odd shape/size. IIRC, the Perry carbs were fitted to some Italian engines for better throttling & midrange, or matched to Perry pumps.

Thanks anyway, I'll keep looking in the meantime.



12/12/2016 14:15:59

Hi all, I have recently acquired a 70's vintage Picco 60 but it's missing a couple of bits & I wondered if anyone could help:

The carb is missing the HS needle, it's a threaded needle pressed into an aly sleeve (similar to the Irvine design), probably with an internal o-ring seal.

There is no exhaust stub fitted; it's a circular stub with 2 stud holes & o-ring seal; also a matching manifold (similar to the Rossi tubular one, attached with a spring clamp around the cylinder).

Would love to run this engine (& fit to a model in due course) & it seems otherwise very good, with monster compression (still a noticeable pinch too).

Any ideas or bits? I'm not sure if Rossi or OPS parts would fit or not. Carb has a 16mm spigot with approx 8.5mm bore.

Regards & have a great Christmas!


Thread: Flair Lightning
30/09/2016 10:54:34

Sweet! Tell us more................ Engine & pipe/prop, how it flies, etc.................



Thread: PB Models Tornado for sale RTF
27/08/2016 11:48:24

Pics of Tornado avail by email if required....................

20/08/2016 17:56:39

Hi there; Bishops Stortford, Herts (CM23 4EN). Just of the M11, opposite Stansted Airport. Tel no (07715) 620835. Any more info you need, give me a call (or come over & have a look).



19/08/2016 19:03:53

Just testing the waters to make room for next project! Assembled/finished by a top F3A flier, owned by me for approx 2 years. Flown & demo'd at numerous events including Examiners' Workshops, NPOD days and as seen at Skegness earlier this year. (I did have a problem with an aileron servo, cured by changing out a faulty extension lead). See Skeggy pics for photos!

During my ownership I've done a lot of trimming to improve its flying & it's very nice to fly, as well as quiet & easy to handle. Specs are as follows:

Nicely finished airframe in highly visible colour scheme; low-time OS .55AX on a Hyde-type soft engine mount, standard quiet muffler & APC 12x7 prop; Fixed gear, on which I've moved the main gear forwards to make it much lighter on the nosewheel; non-steerable nosewheel but can still be taxied & turned if the wind isn't too strong; Spektrum 6ch 2.4 Rx, all Futaba analogue servos, Digiswitch & 2S LiPo Rx battery.

This is a nice all-round model with good performance & fully aerobatic, while easy to fly.

Asking £220 for a great package. Any queries, send me a pm or phone (07715) 620835



Thread: OS 61rf rear bearing
04/08/2016 12:01:02

Yep, correct; the earlier RF/SF (long-stroke) OS .61's had a smaller rear bearing, whereas the later ones had a bigger dia (I think, for a bigger dia crank as well as OD). Look closely at the engine crankcase, and the earlier ones have a more noticeable reduction in case dia at the brg position, the later ones show only a very slight reduction in diameter.


Thread: UKCAA Skegness - 17th April
20/04/2016 09:02:02

Nice photos Sam. See you again soon!


18/04/2016 13:54:00

I'd also like to offer a huge Thank You to everyone involved in organising/preparing & running the event. thumbs up

I haven't been able to attend one in a long time so was great to see so many enthusiasts there. Yes the field was very wet & soggy but in spite of that, everyone seemed to have a great time.

A special word of thanks too, to both Martyn and Brian B, for the loan of tuned-pipes as some plonker forgot to pack them with the rest of the stuff in the car!blushembarrassed It enabled me to have several flights & enjoy the day. The weather was as good as it'll ever be in April too.

A great day enjoyed by all!


Thread: Crescent Bullet
11/03/2016 18:08:44

Regarding the 'Bay Bullet:

Note that some of the veneer is cracking & lifting off the wing cores.................

Just sayin'

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