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Thread: Switching Brand
20/06/2019 12:48:52

In terms of rc equipment I have been an ardent user of Futaba since 1976 - so both 27 and 35 and 40 MHz, and the equipment has been extremely reliable over all those years for planes, cars and boats. I still use 27 and 35 but have from start of 2017 used Spektrum for planes (have used Spektrum in cars and model heli's since 2013). To date my DX9 Black has performed fantastically, and from what I have seen of others using lesser variants of Spektrum they are all good. My club used to be Futaba dominant, now it is very much Spektrum with only one or two members using Futaba.

I endorse Cuban8's comments above. Spektrum is easier to use i.e. setup if you are not tech savvy, but Futaba with a little patience will give same result. My own reason for changing was in part driven by club majority ise of Spektrum, and the fact that Futaba has had a history of changing propagation formats over the years meaning you end up buying more receivers (this is in part what has led to a shift and the cost).

Other manufacturers such as Jeti and Taranis etc have their advocates but at the end of the day it depends on what you require of the equipment, how deep your pockets are and to some extent the amount of use it will have.

In ending I do not regret my switch over to Spektrum, but I do have a soft spot for Futaba for all the years of use and reliability (I have a FF8 still in use from 1998 and some even older equipment for cars and boats). Spektrum has now become established and is likely to continue so.

Thread: Ripmax ARTF stocks
13/06/2019 12:52:00

Some good comments for sure and yes aside from Brexit, the ridiculous restrictive registration legislation and of course exchange rates on world trade to the artf (and for that matter any other parts modelling related) it is disconcerting the current state of affairs.

I was at my club's monthly club night last night and we were talking about future meeting chats/fun/knowlede sharing. One of the subjects that came up was 'what about building models from plans?' It was freely acknowledged that a sizeable number of the membership had moved to the ARTF camp, although a number of us were v much still build from plan, kit, own design, and 3D print models. It was interesting as looking at the membership I am possibly one of the youngest members (now approaching mid 50's) and most of the ARTF camp were those of close to, or pensionable age, which is also a sad reflection how we struggle to get younger modellers these days.

Perhaps we should be less worried about getting ARTF's and more concerned about losing the art of building from kit or plan. I am not anti ARTF in fact it is fair to say there some excellent quality models to choose from, but it shows that people are losing some of their modelling skills.

Thread: Junior 60
13/06/2019 12:31:08

Build as per plan. Having built J60 and also Black Magic with both starting as i.c. and converting to electric just build as per plan as far as wing dihedral is concerned at least, and of course CofG.

They fly beautifully on electric power whether with a good old brushed Speed 600 and gearbox, or with brushless 3536 motor and 3s lip pack. The thing is they are great fun and great even using them to 'thermal soar'. Just remember to think how you will modify to access and hold the battery pack in so that connecting the pack is easy. One of the members in my club keeps taking the wings off every time to change, conect or disconnect his batteyr pack.

Thread: Ripmax ARTF stocks
12/06/2019 13:14:58

Many companies not just in modelling but other industries are in a similar vein. Part of this is the impact of Brexit or rather as a consequence of the delay in Brexit. Some organisations built up buffer stocks to cover a period of a few months while others delayed making decisions on placing orders to await what impact on costs Brexit had. I suspect things might settle down by September ahead of the next planned Brexit - oh and there goes summer for another year.

When all else fails DIY - build from a British kit or plan.

Thread: Good luck to the BMFA
10/06/2019 13:35:44

Firstly, as one of the 'small' number of flyers who have responded I think it is a shame that more have not. Weight of numbers really does count - especially where anything political is concerned. Just look at the US and the progress (or not) in banning firearms because of the National Rifle Association membership lobbying! I remember issues around frequency allocation and regulation and also some sites, and support from bodies such as the BMFA are vital for protecting our hobby (or sport). As it is the weight of numbers is not massive even with all of the membership responding, but if we are slilent - then we have ourselves to blame almost as much as the irresponsible and criminally minded people that the changes being outlined are supposed to prevent. Although I for one can see absolutely no impact at preventing said criminals from indulging themselves - unless they were foolish enough to register of course.

I do wish the BMFA luck in the negotiations as I regrettably can foresee an impact on model flying. Not only necessarily older modellers who are on a pension, but more worryingly the impact on encouraging younger modellers who are not only the future of the hobby, but also Britains aerospace industry, or even RAF, Fleet Air Arm or Army Air Corps, or Air Training Corps, as many first got their interest from model flying.

I have a son who does model flying arising from my interest, and also involvement in aerospace, who after completing his studies wants to join the RAF. I know of a few others who through Cubs and Scouts introduction to model flying have then gained more of an interest and have also joined the RAF or Army Air Corps, and have either been in the ATC or are currently. Food for thought for those who might not have become involved yet?

Thread: Cumulus resurrection
07/06/2019 13:02:01

Fantastic seeing the Cumulus it looks fantastic. A few years back a mate of mine had a Cirrus that he had originally from the late 70's early 80's that he dug out and overhauled it - complete with his old Futaba M series and with new batteries that model flew superbly off a bungee. Graupner produced some very fine models that were quality definitely in their time of the 70's and 80's - not just in aircraft, but in boats and cars. I loved flying the Cirrus and it smacked of quality.

Thread: Lidl XL Glider
31/05/2019 12:57:38

Love the conversion job Simon Chaddock the model looks really slick and hopefully will fly well.

Thread: Print a plane
31/05/2019 12:51:24

One of the guys in my club has been 3D printing a number of his models the past couple of years and include Spitfire Stearman, and currently a decent sized Corsair. I have been quite impressed with what he has achieved, and when he re-kitted his Spitfire ... he just set the printer to work again and installed everything inside it. I believe his only comment has been about the type of cyano used being important for strength. This certaainly is an interesting area that will slowly take off and become established practice possibly over the next few years.

I like the sound of the P38, mind you a Mosquito would be good.

Thread: Beth's off.....
29/05/2019 12:35:54

Congratulations Beth. Rest while you can and hope all goes well for all of you.

Thread: Cambria Slingsby Eagle Restoration
15/05/2019 13:10:27

That looks really nice great job done, and enjoy many hours flying it.

Thread: Electric power options. Sonata E kit.
25/04/2019 12:47:45

Hi Gordon

Both Piers and Percy have valid points with the fact that the brushless equivalent of a Speed 600 is considerably more powerful, and that the fuselage is a good width. At the end of the day if you go for a sizeable power increase to what it was designed for, consider whether you need to strenghten the wing panel joins/braces or not. In theory the existing design should be adequate as after all the glider can be bungee'd.

After my post yesterday it has got me very much planning on building another Sonata.

24/04/2019 21:43:24

Hi Gordon,

I saw your message about the Sonata E. I have built two of in my time. The first I built back in 1997 and that was Speed 600 powered with 7 cell nicad and later nimh pack. I made a couple of modifications at the time in making some lightening holes using a tank cutter in the tail plane and fin but also really shaped the rear fuselage to not only reduce weight but to streamline fuselage. I also made the wing two piece with a couple of tube and wire joiners to make it easy to transport. I had many many flights with it like this.

A few years back I built another same modifications as above but for an outrunner. It is actually quite easy. I had a 2826 1400kv Overlander motor and 3S 1500mAh Lipo pack and all I did was make a new bulkhead that I mounted the motor on behind the existing one which was opened out to ensure no interference with the motor and fitted an 8x6 folding prop. The end result was a far lighter glider which still required some ballast. To be honest if you have a 2200mAh or similar 3S pack it will be better than adding too much ballast and is what I ended up doing. If it needs weight in the nose it might as well be useful. I would suggest you remember to make things light as possible with fuselage and tail aft of the wing.

I really have a soft spot for the Sonata and might now have to pop in Balsa Cabin to get a third model. This time for my son.

Thread: Khama Sutra (Patern Ship.)
08/04/2019 13:34:14

It also shows how many of us are older modellers too and how good we are at hoarding. Yes the Kama Sutra was a lovely model to fly. Two of the members in the Hastings club back in the circa 77-79 had built them and they flew very nicely IIRC. One was Webra powered and piped and seemed to fly particularly nicely (might have been the pilot too). It would be good to see a pic of the model when finished on here. Good luck with it.

Thread: Gone,but not forgotten kit mfg
18/03/2019 13:34:11

It is intereting hearing all the other forum members comments on here and it also makes me wonder in the same light and following on from James May's Big Trouble in Model Britain how many of these models fall into forum members stash of kits that me the the requirements of SABLE? I have a few older kits either complete or part built such as DB Models Tiger Moth, Balsacraft FW190 Phoenix CAP232 (though this is finally being put together and converted to electric power for this year), Simprop Excel to name a few.

15/03/2019 12:45:20
Posted by Bob Cotsford on 15/03/2019 10:58:32:

Anyone remember the big St Leonards Models kits? There was a 120" thermal soarer, fibreglass fus and built up wing, was it the SuperNova? My first taste of what a good soarer was like.

Hi Bob,

Yes there were a few designs. I am not sure who the designer was IIRC it was Keith Panell who also was credited with the Alpha trainer model I mentioned in an earlier post, and the fuselage made by Brian Diss (also mentioned in an earlier post on here). Some local model shops produced some good model designs during the 70's and early 80's until ARTTF and Far East kit models got a good hold. I will have to look to see if I can find some of the old ads to add on here.

Tim Ruck who was in the Hastings club at the time produced a lovely trainer which was originally called the Cavalier. I had the third prototype model and learnt to fly with it. It survived a great many flights until it met with a fiery end because the wood was so oil soaked for the glue anymore.

Thread: Big Trouble in Model Britain
14/03/2019 13:34:57
Posted by Cuban8 on 14/03/2019 11:07:57:

A question for someone 'in the know'..............

Just how much cheaper will it be for a company like Hornby to have their products made in China? At what point would a UK company look at its domestic costs and decide to farm out production to China? It struck me that once the costly injection moulding tools are made, then the costs of running the machinery shouldn't be all that different no matter where in the world the factory is. Would a company have the tooling made here in the UK and shipped abroad, or does China offer a one stop shop for such work?

Where does the Far East offer the Savings? Is labour still so cheap and plentiful in China and other places, given their rapid economic growth, or are their factories able to run without the level of taxes etc that we level on our industry?

Edited By Cuban8 on 14/03/2019 11:10:32

In answer to that question it is variable. However, seeing as most of the production plant (injection moulding machines) might be similar then plant operating costs are cheaper, materials can be cheaper as invariably China is a large consumer of plastics, labour and taxes are cheaper, and you can also readily sell the product in China too reducing freight costs. China is a very large country so has a massive market potential which I am sure is also being considered or pushed by the likes of Hornby.

If you manufacture and sell in China, it can significantly offset or negate the cost of shipping the quantities that might be required for the UK and European markets. Some of China's cities alone have populations the equal or of a factor of double the UK population!

At the same time when you look at the increasing size of some container ships now the cost of shipping is potentially reduced (although I am sure there are others better placed to comment on this aspect).

Thread: Gone,but not forgotten kit mfg
14/03/2019 13:20:02

Ah good old Morley Helicopters. I wonder how many heli pilots cut their teeth on one of Jim's models. I think my first introduction as a teenager to helicopters - and the fine control required (in the mid 70's at least) was when two club members built Bell 47's and had a standing order for blade sets and battled to extract power and improved cooling for their engines. Of course this was before the onset of gyro's and the pilot dexterity became really highly developed.

13/03/2019 13:08:55
Posted by Ikura on 09/03/2019 13:30:33:
Posted by Percy Verance on 09/03/2019 08:31:39:

Instantly recognisable location (OW) there Martin.......

P.S. The Hawk 70/Chippahawk was an absolute cracker. It used what Unique Models referred to as a bi-convex wing section, with a flat bottomed airfoil at the root, changing gradually to a semi-symmetrical section at the tip. It worked wonders for the low speed handling. A truly great flyer. Both the Hawk 70 and Chippahawk used the same wing and most of the same fuselage too.

That's very interesting about the wing section Percy.

I spoke to a guy there about the Hawk 70 last week and he said all the plan packs are being converted to full kits and would retail for around £170.00. I think I might be very tempted with one when they eventually get them sorted. It is lovely looking and would probably be quite a simple electric conversion.

The thought of having a Hawk 70 electric powered would be very good. I would not mind doing that myself if I do get hold of a Hawk. Keep us informed Ikura if you do go down that route yourself. It would make a great model.

Thread: Big Trouble in Model Britain
12/03/2019 12:56:34

Yes the first episode was very entertaining and when the SABLE comment came up my wife looked at me and said "I told you you had too many models to build and don't need any more" - oh how I wish the Editor had cut that part out of the final programme edit. The laugh is she knows only about the kits and plans in my workshop.... not the ones I also have in the loft for a rainy day LOL!

Thread: Gone,but not forgotten kit mfg
08/03/2019 13:04:34

I still have a very soft spot for the Trueline Custom Executive. This was the model that got my father and myself into rc flying. My father got the kit and I watched him build it and start learning to fly - and then was lucky that he funded a second one for me. Sadly mine met an early end in its life because of an engine failure (Merco 35 power).

There were a few 'local' model shop successful model kits - probably most famous being Avicraft's Panic. In Sussex my then local model shop St Leonards Models produced the Alpha which was a trainer.

Oh yes and other notable Sussex home grown models included Phil Ramsey who had his range too, namely the Mini Pitt Special (which was a lovely model to fly), the Gladiator which I always wanted, and of course not forgetting Chris Foss and his range of kits and plans. I also had a Brian Diss Designs (later sold through Phil Ramsey IIRC) Vector, a 40 powered low wing aerobatic model with glassfibre fuselage and foam wings which I enjoyed flying for several years.

Finally not forgetting up here in Essex Balsa Cabin's range of models they produced especially thermal soarers such as the Sonata (and electric powered version which introduced many to electric gliders) and Ravello (which I still have) and is a wonderful glider.

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