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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.

Thread: Solarfilm
07/03/2019 12:57:30

It does indeed look like someone has resurrected the solarfilm once more which is great and should be advertised more if so.

Thread: Gone,but not forgotten kit mfg
07/03/2019 12:50:02

Wow some great memories from the posted pics of the ads. All great names and models.

Of the MicroMold kits my father had teh EMP (Edmonds Model Products) Easy Rider which he handed on to me and it was a lovely plane to ply until after many years and flights. A friend bought the Spit/Seafire kit and it was beautiful to look at and fly (if only these were still available).

As for the Skyleader Skymaster we had Ken Binks in our flying club and so saw this model regularly and those who had one said it was a delight flying it.

I still have a Dave Smith Models Merlin OS40FS powered which has been an absolute joy to fly over the years Dave produced some great designs.

Regarding Cuban8's post yes Galaxy was just up the A12 from where I am and Bowman both produced a great range of models. Galaxy's P51, Chipmunk and Aerojet models I enjoyed immensely. I also always like the Keil Kraft SE5a which I always wanted but I think it was that that made me enjoy Gordon Whitehead's Hawker Demon, Gypsy and Tiger Moth model deisgns along with Boddo's Nieuport 24 and Fokker DVII designs. I built Boddo's SE5a free plan back at the time and am thinking of building another later this year but this time electric powered.

Thread: PFM are coming back
06/03/2019 13:01:33

Great comments and feelings about the PFM and Unique/Skyways models and seeing the PFM ad makes me drool. Love the Skybolt and also the Firecracker and Cranfield A1, with the Vampire close behind.

The comments about the plan/pack system for the Unique/Skyways models I thought was excellent and would be good today. I think I spent more time in tissue covering and preparation/painting my Hawk 70 than I did in it's construction. Really think that is a great way to go if you want to build but have time or workshop limitations.

04/03/2019 12:57:31

Wow excellent if teh PFM range is re-introduced and great reading the comments about Unique Models (Skyway) too and seeing the ad.

THE PFM Zlin always looked great and flew well - a couple of these were in Hastings club back in the day and flew nicely. As for the Hawk 70 one of the guys in the Hastings club had one of these in the Hastings club in 76 when I started out learning to fly and I ended up getting a plan pack in the 80's. It built nicely and flew beautifully until ... it got shot down by someone switching on their tx while I was flying at Brean in 89. I would not mind building another one tbh.

The Mini Spit was quite a nice model too, and I remember a few Gazelle's up on the Long Man of Wilmington too which looked good in the air.

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