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Member postings for Scott Edwards 2

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Thread: Covid 19
22/03/2020 14:25:28
Posted by Martian on 22/03/2020 12:33:01:

I ask myself is the world resetting itself, there have been locusts earthquakes plaque flooding fires volcanic eruptions etc

Indeed ! These are the seven signs of the Apocalypse. Fire, flood, pestilence, plague, earthquakes .... the final and seventh sign is a child born without a soul ... Boris junior ?

Thread: IC Engine Bearings...
20/03/2020 18:27:30


The more I read on this the more I realise how little I understand, and how grateful I am that other people do !

Jon - I'm only around the corner from you mate if you need milk for a cuppa 😁👍

Edited By Steve Hargreaves - Moderator on 20/03/2020 19:45:03

Thread: TN large scale Wellington Bomber
20/03/2020 16:11:03

Hi Manish,

I used 1/8 Robart pin hinges throughout the tail, and 3/16 on ailerons. More than enough for me.

For the elevator tips I just used soft balsa - I couldn't understand that bit of the plan either, but it's only an elevator tip, nothing crucial 😁

One thing about the tail I didn't like was the plywood strip joining method. I changed this to use threaded rods glued into the roots, secured by wingnuts from within the fuselage.

Thread: CAA ID number discussion
20/02/2020 15:45:21

I would be interested in how the 'bulk upload' from the BMFA was implemented ? I suspect this was by a single interface file, with the format specified by the CAA, requesting the BMFA to output a simple flat file in CSV format, or something more smelly like XML.

There's only about a dozen fields with a single record per row, so nothing evil. BUT ! I doubt if the import process has been stress tested by the CAA. Therefore any anomaly within the data file makes it go splat

All the usual stuff like commas, quotes, spaces, blank lines and non ASCII characters get spat out and have to be manually validated.

My suspicion therefore is that the CAA import process is not robust, and they have had to process the BMFA input file in small batches, hence the drip feed and delay.

Here's the truth - under their glossy veneer, all IT systems are held together with sticky tape and bits of string, and bodged up by fat idiots like me.

Thread: R/c flying on Country file
29/01/2020 13:09:23

The Countryfile segment was originally planned to be twice as long. They wanted to do more interviews, and we had many more people and models lined up to fly. Unfortunately the weather was dreadful. Wind direction up the Beacon was a light SSE, so the PSS models were grounded. Power flying at the Buzzard Club was in the pouring rain. They tried to do some interviews under umbrellas, but the sound guy called it off. We suggested from the start they came back after winter, but they couldn't. Had the weather played ball it would have been a real showcase opportunity for us but it was sadly not to be ☹️

Thread: dope lifespan
20/01/2020 22:31:25

I've just finished off half a tin of Humbrol Dope, purchased by myself in 1984. It's been sitting in the shed for 36 years. It was a bit thick and slightly brown, but a good slosh of cellulose thinners and a good stir and it was fine 👍😁

Thread: What size model?
16/01/2020 09:14:44

I use the "Ford Mondeo algorithm" Starting point is to work out the largest model that will fit in a Mondeo estate and work backwards. I find larger models are more stable, predictable, look better, have far more presence in the sky and are more rewarding to operate. The downside is cost, construction time, storage, transport and assembly. Small stuff is great too, but if you fancy a go, don't be frightened of going bigger. In many ways they are much easier than you think particularly when you head north of 7Kg.

Thread: CAA registration take-up?
03/01/2020 18:21:47


The purpose seems to be twofold.

1) If the Rozzers catch someone being a tw@t with a Drone they've now got some legislation to use to prosecute them, previously it was possible but difficult to prove.

2) We've had the airspace up to 400ft pretty much to ourselves because there was no commercial value to it. With the march of delivery drone technology there is now a potential value and all governments are seeing it as an earner. This legislation is the Government and CAA stamping their authority on this airspace in order to control future use.

The next step is likely to be mandatory on board GPS beacons, but hopefully through the BMFA we will be able to register our flying fields as areas of operation which will be geomapped. This is what's happening in the USA with the FAA. It will of course cost a big lump of cash to register a flying field each year. The £9 is just a tiny warm up act for the giant baseball bat of pain that's coming our way in the next couple of years.




Edited By Scott Edwards 2 on 03/01/2020 18:22:44

Thread: CAA membership
03/01/2020 18:03:48

Another thing I've had confirmed ... You won't necessarily get the same Operator ID when you re-register next year, so I wouldn't be too quick to paint it on all of your models. The popular suggestion seems to be to write it somewhere inside on a strip of masking tape.

Thread: Andy Symons PR on Countryfile
18/12/2019 21:52:07

I'm the chap in red at the powered club. They were planning a much longer piece including shots of flying scale models and interviews with the flyers, but the weather was just dreadful, much wetter, colder and muddier than the film shows. We tried to persuade them to delay until next year but they insisted it had to be then (22nd November)

We were going to fly a big PSS Vulcan glider from the Beacon too but it was a gentle South Easterly which just wasn't enough. The film came out OK, but it's a great shame the weather let us down, as it could have been much more in depth.

If you look closely you can just make out Mr Laser himself Neil Tidey on the left. He was flying his very ancient Regal Eagle, which went home decidedly soggy !

Thread: CAA registration take-up?
15/12/2019 10:30:33

Like most clubs, we have some 'senior' members. You can do the BMFA test and upload the certificate on their behalf. I've done several now. I'm sure I will get criticised, but it solves the problem and I have no guilt about treating this ridiculous legislation with the contempt it deserves.

Thread: BMFA Membership Card
08/12/2019 07:59:59

Search for 'Vectis Card' on Google Play and read the reviews. Yikes !

Thread: The Gov't, CAA, BMFA & UAV legislation thread
30/11/2019 09:43:21

As Nigel says, there are many of our brethren for whom the phrases 'Portal', 'Login', 'link', 'upload' and even 'smartphone' mean absolutely nothing.

But ...

As a club admin, you can do it all for them. Take the test in their name (there is no validation at all) and upload the certificate to their BMFA Achievements. Then just tell them to pay an extra £9.

The BMFA say members must tick a permission box on a form for GDPR purposes. Do club Secretaries therefore have to keep the forms forever as proof in case the Police knock on the door in 20 years ? Bonkers.

The whole thing is ridiculous, and I for one will treat it with the contempt it deserves, and use every loophole available to enable our members to comply with the law.

Thread: Powered by Laser, a gallery thread
28/11/2019 15:37:46

Only a pair of singles in this one, but still sounds glorious. Nijhuis Welly with 180 Singles.

27/11/2019 15:06:57

That sir, is very very nice. Why anyone puts parpy tinny sounding 2 strokes in these things is beyond me 👍😁

Edited By Scott Edwards 2 on 27/11/2019 15:15:33

Thread: WW1 linen style covering
25/11/2019 17:53:56
Posted by cymaz on 25/11/2019 17:30:28:

Covering the Giant Mannock with THIS

You can get JP Nylon at a fraction of the price on eBay. Search for "40gsm Nylon Ripstop".

Thread: New 78" Vulcan for twin 90mm DF
17/10/2019 19:21:41


The longer ribs that came with mine were like a DNA helix ☹️ I soaked them and force dried them flat which helped. If I were to do another one I would ask for a quote to cut them out of 5mm balsa perhaps.


Edited By Scott Edwards 2 on 17/10/2019 19:22:08

Thread: Trouble contacting Laser engines
11/10/2019 20:38:52

Laser Engines are a specialised business making a very niche high end product. In a market where everything else is disappearing, we're b**** lucky to have them, and they deserve every scrap of support that our small community can give them. Be patient people. You're buying a rare example of British engineering excellence. That takes time and is worth the wait.

Thread: Twin glow motors for warbirds?
11/10/2019 12:20:59

ManishChandrayan - Falcon Beechwood 20x6 from these guys ...

11/10/2019 11:25:58

Pair of Laser 180 singles in this. The fuselage acts as a soundbox and even if I do say so myself, sounds jolly lovely 😁👍


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