Here is a list of all the postings ChrisB has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: RC Transmitters - Retail Pricing|
All modelling equipment is price fixed.
I've spoken to several well known retailers over the last few years who've told me that if they sell a radio or engine, one brand in particular below or above X% of the RRP more than 3 times, the supplier will terminate their account for breaching the T&C.
If a retailer wants to buy an item for £500 and sell it for £100, that's up to them and should not be determined by the supplier, as they already have their money.
It's contrary to fair practice and is anti-competitive and i'm sure if there was the will by us lot and the retailers investigations could be made.
|Thread: aileron servos,y lead or dual channel?|
Y leads can attract RF interference on occasions but it's always pot luck.
|Thread: No space left for new models?|
A bigger workshop.
|Thread: IC Models-Should we be worried?|
I read a post saying that IC engines are unreliable and aggrovation. When I started flying back in the early 1990's you were guaranteed a deadstick every session from anything other than on OS or Webra. Now, glow engines are far more reliable.
I hardly ever have to touch the settings of any of my glow engines. Once they are set, thats it. I know people who are constantly fiddling with the needle and always try to get the last little bit of power out of an engine and usually end up going for a walk.
I agree. When a scale model, in particular, fires up with a set of lipos its just not the same as the sound of a four stroke purring away.
Model propulsion is changing but im not sure IC is going to end.
Of the 21 aircraft I have, 8 are electric, 5 are petrol and 8 are glow. Of the glow 4 are lasers, 1 saito, 2 ASPfs and 1 Irvine 2s.
The way i see it, electric models have their place but they arent any cheaper than IC when you get above the usual club models.
For small/medium sized models Acro Wots etc then there isn't much in it. However for larger models 1\4 scale etc then i'm not convinced that they are cheaper. Yes they are cleaner for scale models they don't sound right but they arent cheaper.
The cost of a Laser 300v is about £600. That engine will power a Flair Stearman with ease, or a 1/5 warbird or a decent sized aerobatic model. With a decent sized fuel tank and a gallon of fuel you can have loads of flights and in a single session you can easily have 4 or 5 flights and still have lots of fuel left.
To do the same with electric, you will spend similar money with a motor, controller and lipos. But to have 4x15 minute flights in a single session will need a lot of lipos.
When the Horizon display team were displaying there Hangar 9 50cc P51s a few years ago they would get 4 minute flights and used several lipos per flight. With an IC engine, you could fly all day on a single tank, have a nice sound and not spend much more.
There are dozens of petrol engines on the market which is growing all the time. Electric is good for certain applications but IC will remain in one form or another for years to come.
|Thread: How old are yours?|
My dad has a Magnatilla which was built by a clubmate in 1988 and my dad acquired it about 2003. Since then its had 1100 flights, so the total number of flights so far will be over 2000 in 30 years and apart from the covering and various different engines its all original.
|Thread: ASP anybody?|
3 flights on my Flair Stearman with a Laser 300v using a 24oz tank will clear over 1/3 of a gallon. Do I care about the cost of glow fuel? Nope, not in the slightest, it’s a hobby and I’m more than happy to pay for fuel to get a good quality, nice sounding and reliable engine.
|Thread: Increased membership?|
We’ve had 2 enquiries. One who dabbled years ago and one raw novice. I’m not sure if they saw the program and have enquiries as a result, I’ll have to ask them.
We tend to get quite a few enquiries in the autumn which I always smile at, as the days are shorter, the temperature is cooler and the wind is....often like today.
That said, it gives people the winter to prepare, get a few training flights and then crack on in the spring.
|Thread: A Cardboard RC plane.|
A good mate of mine, now sadly departed, Dave Orton used to fly a cardboard plane from Lawford Heath and then Rolls Royce Ansty.
I think that was a Craftsman. It must have been back in the 90's when he flew it. From memory it had a Laser 70 up front.
|Thread: DB Sport and Scale Hurricane Engine|
The Spitfire was built from the bandsaw kit as plan but with a recessed lower firewall to accommodate the wrap around exhaust.
All up was 16lbs which I was happy with and then the lead started to be added. 6lbs later and eventually it balanced. To say I was disappointed is an understatement, especially as the tank bay was reduced due to the recess so flight time was about 6 minutes.
I've since sold it but don't want to make the same mistake with the Hurricane.
I’d like a 4s petrol and from experience of building a DB Spitfire (all wood), a MOKI 210, was just enough to stagger around.
I had hoped for something like. Valach or Kolm. Equally I may opt for an OS 40gf or a roto. Really not sure.
What I will be doing is making the tropical version 2B as A. It has a volks filter which will give me a bit more space underneath and that marque also had a slightly longer cowl, which will help with engine length.
Edited By ChrisB on 03/10/2018 14:02:56
|Thread: First Balsa Build - Glue Choices|
Gorilla Glue: white glue. It’s a type of PVA and is very good! I’d never use anything else. Dries in a good time as well.
|Thread: DB Sport and Scale Hurricane Engine|
I've got a DB Hurricane Kit and before I start I just wanted to get some ideas of what engines people are using in theirs?
I want to try and keep it fully in cowl.
|Thread: New Drone Laws from 30/5/2018|
Surely legitimate flyers should not have give up their sites? Is that reasonable?
I am responding to the consultation and will be emphasising the point, as should we all!
I can think of at least 6 clubs that I know of around the country that currently, lawfully fly near airports and prisons and have done for over 30 years. So what you’re suggesting Ikura, is for those clubs to cease flying???
Collateral damage????? That’s ridiculous, there should be no impact from any electronic interference on innocent and law abiding parties! So far I’ve been quite relaxed about the regs, but this is an issue that must be fully addressed!
I've read the latest consultation today and the one thing that does concern me above all else is the future option for electronic countermeasures to jam radio signals of drone being flown in sensitive locations.
Clearly this measure is in-descriminate and any drone that is subject to this action may not be the only casualty. This should be the focus of any response.
Why the big debate now? The time for debate has gone!!
Its all done now, get on with it and if you don't like it, then take up fishing or knitting!
As expected, all is well. Well done to all involved
Hopefully that's an end to it!
You can’t issue an amendment to a statue that itself hasn’t been invoked. So wait until the 30th
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