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Thread: Guns in Society
26/11/2017 17:52:51
Posted by Tony Harrison 2 on 25/11/2017 13:44:37:

Firearms enabled us to protect our "civilised society" against armed aggression many times. Firearms enable hundreds of thousands of citizens in the US alone to protect themselves, their families and their property against the depredations of criminals - in the great majority of cases without a shot being fired.Until 1920 we could acquire and use any guns we wanted (yes, including automatic weapons) without let or hindrance from police or the State - and gun crime was at much lower levels than today. The freedom to own guns is fundamental to political liberty and a free society: governments which suppress this right are illiberal. No government which does not trust its citizens to own weapons ought to be trusted by those citizens. I own rifles and shotguns - and used to own a succession of semi-automatic pistols. I regard myself as civilised.

rgds Tony

What utter nonsense!

Thread: Good News from the BMFA AGM
24/11/2017 08:27:32

Unfortunately, this thread has resulted in people lining up in the usual partisan lines - and I include myself in this!

If you're a believer, you don't need any proof. If you don't believe, no amount of proof will be enough.

Every opinion/fact from one side will be countered by opinion/fact from the other.

Can we declare the NFC a success? Probably too early to tell, in my opinion.

Should we be supportive - or at least stop throwing rocks at it? Yes, in my opinion.

Should people really worry that the £25K sponsorship would reduce subs by 75p per year? They need to get a life, in my opinion.

I'm trying to find a quote from Granny Dryden...

 

Edited By FilmBuff on 24/11/2017 08:33:55

23/11/2017 17:06:17
Posted by kc on 23/11/2017 14:41:41:

Why did the BMFA ever get Buckminster if it's not big enough for the Nationals?

Surely the last thing aeromodellers want is for the NFC to be used for Corprate Events! If we have to pay for it we want to use it whenever we want and the weather is suitable not find some overpaid executives and their hangers on having a 'jolly' at the taxmans expense instead of being used for it's proper purpose. Corporate stuff has ruined motor racing and numerous other sporting events - people spending their firms money have replaced real enthusiasts..

Edited By kc on 23/11/2017 14:43:44

Mmmm "NFC should not be used for corporate events"? Why would you want to cut off this sort of income and marketing opportunities? Makes absolutely no sense at all.

I'm working at Anglian Water in Huntingdon - and we hold project meetings down the road at the racecourse. When I did a project at RAF Chicksands in Bedfordshire we used to hold breakfast meetings at Old Warden cafe. At home, I enjoy a very pleasant coffee and cake at a Buddhist Monastery. Best thing NFC could do is get a decent coffee machine, some snacks and good cakes and get the cafe open to the local community. Properly done, it could generate really healthy income and play a key part in raising awareness and building stakeholder engagement.

Sport (especially motor sport) without sponsorship and corporate support would be taking it back to the 1970s where well meaning amateurs ran the show and used hay bales as crash protection. Football was played in miserable stadia, pitches that were mud baths by the end of October and terrible crowd safety implications.

Whilst not quite the same with the NFC, sponsorship and diverse revenue streams are to be welcomed and essential to its success - not seen as a weakness in the business model.

 

Edited By FilmBuff on 23/11/2017 17:07:46

Edited By FilmBuff on 23/11/2017 17:10:15

Thread: Need recommendation / tips on Spektrum Gear
01/11/2017 17:25:16
Posted by Frank Skilbeck on 01/11/2017 16:35:04:

Don't get the older Dx6i the mixing is very limited, also if you fly electric 4 servo wing gliders (or aerotow your gliders) you'll need at least 7 channels.

Is that because the throttle stick is used to control variable camber?, So I need another proportional channel for motor control?

Edited By FilmBuff on 01/11/2017 17:25:47

01/11/2017 17:24:26

Thanks for your responses guys!

01/11/2017 14:20:49

Looking to buy a 6 Channel Spektrum set - mainly to take advantage of the numerous BNF and ASX 3 models in the market. I fly electric and gliders exclusively.

Will also be good to have flight modes and four servo glider wing mixing.

I have always found Futaba to be 100% bullet proof and reliable, so welcome thoughts on:

  • Which set to go for
  • Reliability and ease of operation
  • Differences in programming logic from Futaba
  • Can it do my wish list?
  • Any hints and tips

All help greatly appreciated!

Thread: Goldcar Car Hire 'Scam'
25/10/2017 12:47:10

Ah - that old chestnut.

I use the RentalCars site and try and stick to brands like Avis, Budget Europcar etc.

This year I used Sixt and no issues too.

I always pay for Excess Insurance before the trip and always take photos of the car and the mileage reading with my phone before driving off, and again when returning. If I find anything before departing, always insist on it being recorded on the form.

This year I had the transponder in the car to automatically pay road tolls. Sixt took a credit card swipe of 75E to account for this. When I checked my statement they had taken 19E during the trip and refunded the rest. I had an email from them last week saying that I had additional charges of 6E (with itemised journey details) as they had not received them from the toll company in time. Just checked my account and that too has been taken out correctly.

I have been stung in the past - so it's always buyer beware!

Thread: New request for a 'like' button
23/10/2017 07:51:32
Posted by Stevo on 23/10/2017 07:39:07:
Not to suprising that the Admins aint keen..

All I really ask for is just a confirmation that someone has read the post and found it helpful, and is following. It's not that hard.

Likening it to FB and poularity contests is not at all helpful.

I agree Stevo. This should just be basic functionality on any type of forum. But nothing will change, I guess. And don't get me started on the antiquated process you have to go through to post a picture!

Thread: Had my first full size flying lesson!
14/09/2017 16:22:55

@StuartZ I agree - Husband's Bosworth is just up the road from me too! Much cheaper and I guess gliding is my RC modelling spiritual home. 5 day course for £695 with 20 winch launches and 5 aero tows looks like a very good deal. And a guarantee to solo price of £1,250.

14/09/2017 10:56:25

Thanks @Denis. It won't be lack of funds that will hold me back.

It's freeing up the time at the moment. I plan to throw in the full-time towel in 2-3 years time when I'm 58!

14/09/2017 09:33:58
Posted by Ian Jones on 13/09/2017 20:19:45:

You've got choice of a couple of Spitfire T9s you can have a go at there too!

Saw that - but eye-watering expense!

Thread: Multiple servo quick connector
14/09/2017 09:31:46
Posted by Frank Skilbeck on 14/09/2017 08:32:36:

Re the MPX plugs, if you want to mount them you can add these , but I don't know if they are available in the UK

Edit - found these and these too.

Thanks Frank - that's good content curation!

Thread: Had my first full size flying lesson!
13/09/2017 14:03:58

Just back from an amazing experience with 2Excel Training at Sywell, flying an AT-3, which seemed smaller than some of the models on the show circuit...

At the briefing, the instructor declared that as I can fly models he'll give me control "just after take off". He was true to his word. Bob retracted the flaps and told me the plane needs a bit of right rudder in the climb out and that I had control! A few words about speed, climb rate and using the trim wheel until the stick went light and that was it - a practically hands free climb to 3,000 feet. Once achieved I trimmed for level flight and trouble free progress to Rutland Water. This became interesting quite quickly as we entered in RAF Wittering air space!

Bob dealt with the chatter from ATC and I was soon flying 360 circuits both ways around the reservoir. We turned for home and tracked 210 to Pitsford and ultimately back to Sywell. Bob took the stick for the final circuit and landing - which he did using a cut and glide technique - with the engine just idling. A great experience, and I was glad I had left my credit card at home!

Some observations from me:

  • Flying around really is very easy - it's just the take off and landing that's the problem!
  • The FPV view is very different - I became lost very quickly!
  • Having a knowledge of model flying really helps. Back stick in the turns, understanding role of elevator and throttle etc
  • Without the headset on - it's very noisy!

A great experience and I will seriously consider going all in and learning to fly once I can get out of my crazy hours rat race job and go into semi retirement!

Thread: October 2017 issue
06/09/2017 17:53:49
Posted by Eagle 899 on 06/09/2017 10:52:11:

Mine just landed smiley

thumbs up

05/09/2017 13:52:56

Thanks guys!

05/09/2017 13:42:00

Hi folks - is the October edition late? I normally get my mags dropped through the door last week of the month.

If it isn't - I need to chase up the subscription team. I'm only halfway through a two year subscription.

Thread: Beyond The Foamie
04/09/2017 14:23:15

Thanks John. I'm pleased the EFs can fly in both modes. Is it a matter of dialing down the rates and loads of expo?

I also think they have the edge in terms of looks over the Sebart models - but that is very subjective.

 

Edited By FilmBuff on 04/09/2017 14:24:24

04/09/2017 11:17:38

Thanks guys. Lots of support for Seb Art - and Extreme Flight advocates?

Thread: Flying Training
01/09/2017 18:25:24

Never been a fan of looking over your shoulder. Very awkward.

I was always taught the sage's advice of "prop up the low wing" and this still works today. I sometimes find myself using Glyn44's technique - it really works too.

Someone mentioned using an RC car and get this to drive in a straight line towards you. Again - another great idea and I used years ago when racing RC Buggies.

When glider flying at great height and distance - sometimes the only thing you can do is initiate a turn just to see how the glider responds - and then adjust accordingly if it's not the direction you wanted!

Thread: Beyond The Foamie
01/09/2017 18:19:07

Hi folks, much as love my Dogfighter and Wot 4 Foamie - it's time to get a built up airframe back in the hanger.

I can't make my mind up between the Seb Art 30e series of planes or the Extreme Flight 48 or 52 inch jobs.

Welcome any experiences you may have of each type.

I have read that they are made in the same factory...

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