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Thread: BMFA number
29/08/2019 06:05:08

I will ask the BMFA themselves but are we supposed to receive a new BMFA membership card every year? I recently renewed my membership and got a welcome pack in the post with stickers and magazines but no new membership card and my original membership card shows that, on the face of it, my membership has expired. I’ve just been flashing the email I received after payment as proof of membership for the last couple of months.

Thread: August Nationals 2019
26/08/2019 14:29:18

Stu Knowles, this is the only rubber powered helicopter I saw. I apologise that it’s backlit but all the models looked great against the sunset each night, even the ones that were probably never to be seen again! (Saw at least 2 fly always last night).836ca2ae-cbbc-4f9c-8492-bad55b47a473.jpeg

24/08/2019 11:39:14

Thanks! That answers my Q’s so I’ll get going then.

24/08/2019 10:57:51

Thinking of an impromptu trip to the nats this evening to overnight with a small tent. Never having been before I have to ask are there toilets and showers / water at the campsite? Also what is the policy on cooking - I have a trangia or a portable charcoal BBQ but am aware some places don’t allow certain kinds of cooking systems. I can’t find mention of facilities or policies on the BMFA Nats site and obviously too late to prebook and talk to BMFA office at this point in time.

Thank you

Edited By Simon P on 24/08/2019 11:01:07

Edited By Simon P on 24/08/2019 11:01:39

Thread: Interesting reply from email to Richard Moriarty, CAA
02/08/2019 01:25:20

Recreational aviation, including model aviation, in this country is under heavy attack. An airspace and land grab, the likes of which have not been seen before, is under way.

Many of you will know of the long established Lasham gliding club. They’re about to be squeezed out of their airspace after losing the fight against Farnborough’s vanity request for controlled airspace. The CAA decision makers blithely state that they are required to accept any proposal that increases safety. Of course, looked at in isolation, controlled airspace seems safer but this ignores the wider picture wherein much other air traffic not under Farnborough control will be displaced, encouraging long detours and, in particular, pinch points with associated collision risks.

We also have almost all our airfields in private hands despite almost all being established with public funds. Many smaller airfields are being encroached upon or built over by new build housing. This is the sad fate of Old Sarum aerodrome which recently gave notice to all its tenants that the airfield will be closing permanently at the end of October.

While we may see things from slightly different angles us model flyers and the wider recreational aviation market are under attack from the same forces. In fact the plight of us modellers has featured quite frequently in letters to editors of light aircraft oriented magazines.

In our case the reasoning behind the whole exercise can be shown to be completely flawed, affecting only the law abiding and making a reasonable approximation of a mugging whilst they’re at it! Structure already exists for modellers to demonstrate competence and knowledge of the law.

The law is a blunt tool or is that a reference to those who make the law?

Edited By Simon P on 02/08/2019 01:27:18

Thread: ASP etc gone
27/06/2019 22:22:00

Jrman hit the nail on the head when it comes to OS engine availability. It’s an import/export issue as evidenced by the Japanese getting engines such as the os max 11ax and others but very little evidence of them being sold else where. I sometimes feel as though with regard to model engines that Western importers have pulled products from their markets for their own reasons while claiming that the engine was discontinued by the manufacturer - which I have found to be untrue in a number of recent occasions. Enya and SWM for instance (I do wish SWM would butt out of the engine market, recently with the more exotic small diesels and Enyas etc. they seem to buy stock at the same retail rates anyone else does and then add their markup which just pushes prices up and availability down for the intended market), OS as just described, the small Saito 30 too was available for a couple of years after Americans were told they were discontinued.

As a relatively young modeller who enjoys traditional modelling and engines I have to say it has been rather depressing reading recently. Whenever topics such as the one in this thread are raised I see many, presumably, old hands saying how it doesn’t matter because they have enough engines or whatever to see them through but what about those of us who will still want to fly their engines and traditionally built models long after those modellers have hung up their transmitters? We appear to be lucky to have been granted various exemptions by the CAA recently or many branches of the hobby may have been legislated out of existence - flat field thermal gliding for instance where 400ft is routinely exceeded. Pity the BMFA leadership chose to spend their war chest on a piece of land that benefits very few of us on a daily basis instead of using it for lobbying and recruitment.

Thread: fav model of all time
29/06/2018 07:01:19

Vladimir Models Elf DLG. Tons of performance packed into a small model utilising only 2ch. I have had flights lasting hours. I have thermalled it to a speck from my first throw of the day. No fuel or large batteries required. The only drawback is it isn’t any good in breezier weather.

Thread: Lidl Bandsaw
15/03/2018 13:15:09

From the pictures on Lidl's website the table on this bandsaw appears cast but the surface has not been ground smooth and there is no slot for additional attachments such as a mitre fence. On the other hand it is about half the price of similar sized models that have those features.

Thread: 35 mhz - any value
07/03/2018 07:24:51

I would be careful rubbishing the exclusive 35MHz band based on the technology available when it was widely used. We might need it one day, 2.4GHz is a free for all. I wonder if any of the techniques and technologies we have these days on 2.4GHz could be back ported to 35MHz. I know a microchip intended for wireless computer mice is a large part of what gave manufacturers easy access to 2.4GHz and there probably isn’t something like that for 35MHz FM but if a microchip were to exist and have the same ins and outs perhaps it would be possible to transfer new technology to the old 35MHz band.

Thread: RM Trainer
21/02/2018 14:17:05

Nice to see this one done! It's the first I can recall seeing with nose gear - others were all tail draggers. I would love to see a video sometime if that is reasonably possible smiley

Thread: Superglue Removal From Canopy
26/12/2017 21:28:40

Totally agree with Allan. It's the route I would use and have used before. I recommend the Flex-I-File Flex pad intro set consisting of 5 different flex pads. They last forever and will polish your canopy back to like new condition quickly if you use them in order of coarsest to finest grit.

Flex-I-File Flex Pad Intro Set Photo

Thread: Film Over Film
20/12/2017 14:31:24

Perforating the underlying film is the technique advocated in the book 'Tom's Techniques' published alongside other Harry Higley books. I'd say it is a good idea and will go a long way to reducing the chance of trapped bubbles. Careful work ought to take you the rest of the way. Solarfilm and Monokote both tend to be bubble prone in my experience while Oracover is significantly easier in that regard and can be applied over the other two brands if wanted.

Thread: Ebay sellers...
16/12/2017 18:26:17

Ended at £670. Seller's Christmas costs and Summer holidays covered then! Hehe

13/12/2017 05:11:26

No criticism of this sale but it has become a bit of a spectacle. It seems to up by another £100 each time I check on it. It's an Ok Model Pilot brand 3 channel trainer kit currently at I've £500. I would never have thought that it'd fetch that kind of money and if you view the bidding history you'll notice it is not just the usual coming together of two buyers who put large amounts down it is at least 3 or 4 driving it up. I would be quite pleased if I were the seller! Here's the link **LINK**

07/12/2017 20:18:31

Maybe I am missing some sarcasm but that is a Top Flite Taurus kit in what he claims is mint condition. It isn't worth £400 but they sell for over £200 in the USA. Add postage and taxes if you were to buy one from there and you are easily pushing £300. Also why is the fella above shouting about £16 postage for what is going to be quite a large and valuable parcel. If you haven't noticed almost all kits on eBay ask for £15 postage or thereabouts because that is what it costs.

This thread has its place and I too have shared a few silly examples I found but very occasionally I wonder what the deal is with you folks. I don't see why the Taurus seller is getting slammed so hard. His buy it now is mispriced slightly but he also allows bidding starting at just £75.

No, I am not the seller and no I am not going to bid on it.


Edited By Simon P on 07/12/2017 20:19:14

Thread: Forum members' new models: Let's see them.
07/12/2017 18:02:37

Thanks for the compliments regarding my Q-Tee.

Wow Paul, that Waco is really beautiful. I love the in flight shots. That's what I wanted for my Q-Tee but my 4 year old son's photography skills weren't quite up to the task. Hehe.

Thread: RM Trainer
07/12/2017 11:19:38

I am very glad to see one of these being built. You might recognise my name on the outerzone credits. I bought the magazines some time ago and still intend to build one for myself. I was originally inspired by this video of an electric one on Andrew Shering's youtube channel. A few months after I found this video the very same model showed up on eBay for just £60 all electronics included. It was understandably collection only and I decided I'd rather build one myself instead of driving. I have been kicking myself for that decision ever since because I still haven't gotten around to it.

Thread: Forum members' new models: Let's see them.
02/12/2017 11:46:36

Very nice Ken! Love those vintage curves.

Here is my latest effort. It is a scratch built Airtronics Q-Tee. Started with a downloaded plan then redraw everything in 3D on the computer including motor, servo and all linkages to perfect the fits and dimensions. Then I used my CNC router to cut myself a kit. For various reasons this has been nearly 3 years in the making but it is finally flying.

CAD DesignedObligatory Balsa BonesReady to Fly Q-teeCovered Q-Tee

Thread: Paramotor / Paraglider Design YOU can build with plans!
09/04/2017 07:32:02

This is a great idea for a project and thank you for sharing it with us. You've got me checking out our sewing machine.

Thread: 3D design
18/01/2017 19:06:12

Fellow hobby level CAD user here (CNC router). I also began and have done most of my work in Rhino but have also begun to experiment with fusion 360. It's a steep learning curve all over again but appears slightly more 'engineer' friendly than Rhino. Fusion 360 has elements of parametric modelling so, for example, you can scale things and make design alterations and other parts that are affected by the change will automatically adjust to compensate provided you've provided them with a basic set of rules to follow.

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