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Member postings for Robin Etherton

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Thread: 3D printer from Aldi
08/04/2019 09:24:11

Get an Anet a8 from Gearbest. £130 or thereabouts delivered and print a whole plane with the help of Labprint.

Thread: Prostate Cancer
08/04/2019 08:30:17

If you are going to get a rectal examination try to get a lady doctor. They have smaller hands and it’s not so painful.

Thread: Motor / prop calculator?
16/02/2019 08:31:18

Don’t we all.

Not free but I use ecalc. Very comprehensive.

Thread: How long have you been in the hobby?
22/01/2019 15:19:25


They all count, I started with airfix models then rubber powered then an Ed bee powered control line Champ flying with terylene line off of the local cricket pitch. What a pig the engine seemed at that time to start.

Weren’t very popular with the park keeper, but we could run faster than him.

Thread: Fried battery
22/01/2019 14:48:31

Did you get a picture of her?

Thread: How long have you been in the hobby?
22/01/2019 14:47:03

60 years, with a short break for marriage and children.

The mind is still willing but going out to fly in the freezing cold is a challenge.


Thread: Which Watt Meter
21/01/2019 09:32:41

Clamp meter oops

21/01/2019 09:32:22

Ditto for Trevor’s comments.

Go for a clamp enter every time.

If you are not completely au fait with what you are doing it’s much safer.

Ask me how I know

Thread: Ivan Pettigrew's Mosquito 480 build.
16/01/2019 15:06:05



16/01/2019 15:04:01

Thank Trevor.

Tailplane getting there. Must say the drawing is not very accurate so had to make a fair bit of adjustment to the pieces but just waiting for the balsa cement to harden off. May put in a few extra gussets in the corners to stiffen it up .

Photo to follow.

Thread: OS 25 FSR- Equivalent
14/01/2019 09:27:49

There are plenty on ebay.

I also had one of these with a tuned pipe in a rc model way back.

What a motor, shed loads of power on tap instantly. Never missed a beat.

Have now gone over to the dark side(electric)

Thread: Ivan Pettigrew's Mosquito 480 build.
13/01/2019 12:38:35

Cannot believe it has been over a year since I have done any work on the Mossie.

Have built 1 and a 1/2 3d models in between but that is no excuse.

As it has been so long I thought I would start on a new part the tailplane. Looks a bit flimsy but time will tell.

All parts photo copied and stuck to the appropriate balsa sheets for cutting out.

Enthusiasm is enthusiasm is still a bit lacking but am getting there.


Plan is taped to board and candle waxed up.

Thread: lipo battery charger
14/11/2018 11:58:10


Bog standard and reliable and cheap. Make sure you get a genuine one though. Others on this blog will no doubt lead you in the right direction for the best source.


Thread: First Balsa Build - Glue Choices
02/10/2018 19:16:50


Balsa glue belongs to the past?!

Wash your mouth out with soap and water.

The biggest tube of uhu hart in the blue tube you can get, loverly.

Another vote for Poundland ca too for a quick build.


Thread: Gangster Lite
27/09/2018 16:27:51

I have a Gangster lite and have fitted the steering front wheel. A Pita to fit and keep working cleanly.

If I were making another one I would not bother.


Thread: Are branded glues worth it?
27/09/2018 09:17:50

I use the Poundland own brand cyano. 7 x 10g tubes for a £1.

Great stuff.

On another tack their oven cleaner is just as good if not better than the supermarket version which is over 5 times the cost.

Thread: Plan protection
25/09/2018 19:32:21

I just rub a candle over the plan. Nothing sticks to a waxy surface.

Thread: Anet A8
07/08/2018 18:03:52


Get yourself a glass bed and use a craft water based pva on the bed before printing. Dribble some on and use a wet finger to spread it out.

There are many methods used including nothing, hair spray, pritt stick, etc etc but in my experience the above is the best.

If you have difficulty in removing the item after printing just dribble some water around the item and leave for a few minutes or longer and it will fall off.

Make sure the pva is of the water soluble type.


Thread: Hi Boy Precedent
27/06/2018 14:14:16

David yes.

Or in other words if you could fly this you could probably fly anything.

27/06/2018 09:07:35

Learnt to fly on one of these, way back in the 70’s .

Built like a tank and no matter how many times you crashed it and repaired it, it still flew, like a brick but still flew.

Fond memories.

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