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Member postings for Tim Flyer

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Thread: Acrowot xl
24/09/2020 14:11:32

Hi Glenn no I did not need any weight at the back as I installed two tail servos.

Thread: Future balsa supplies in UK
21/09/2020 12:58:52

Interesting to hear ... I’m sure it will all be resolved...I just checked the web and saw the biggest producers are in Ecuador and it sounds like there is also increasing demand there... just as well the trees are fast growing!  **LINK**

Edited By Tim Flyer on 21/09/2020 13:01:17

Thread: Acrowot xl
19/09/2020 19:10:52

Inverted would not work as tank too low. You would also expose a lot of engine outside the cowl and make a vulnerable “ground rake” with any nose over. I have an inverted Laser 200v in a WWXL but the cylinders are shorter being a twin (2x100). To fit the 200 I. I had to split the cowl in half

19/09/2020 19:03:58

Here is the engine cowl cut out. I laminated a square block of plywood to act as a stand-off for the engine mount . That’s much stronger than using aluminium posts. 7a6ccdd4-1752-4ba0-9636-183cc1e95ffb.jpeg

Edited By Tim Flyer on 19/09/2020 19:06:32

Edited By Tim Flyer on 19/09/2020 19:12:09

Edited By Tim Flyer on 19/09/2020 19:13:15

19/09/2020 18:54:03

Tried to put a link of my public album but I’m afraid this site isn’t easy for linking albums 🙄. Anyway a few of us have use Laser 180s in Acrowot XLs and it is a great combo ! 

Edited By Tim Flyer on 19/09/2020 19:01:52

Thread: How do you clean your glow engined models after flying?
18/09/2020 11:03:58

For transmitter cleaning mr sheen multi surface polish is great ... removes oil and leaves them like new.

Thread: Topflite GS P47 Build
18/09/2020 07:48:25

Depending how crushed it is there shouldn’t be much trouble bracing it out . If the inside is “raw” and not finished glass as I would expect . You could give it a good coat of epoxy and possibly add a bit of very light glass matting then cover with cling film and brace it . It will then harden in the correct shape.

Edited By Tim Flyer on 18/09/2020 07:48:55

Thread: How do you clean your glow engined models after flying?
18/09/2020 07:13:44

I keep an industrial blue paper towel roll in the car and use a quick spray of mr muscle kitchen and bathroom cleaner which immediately removes any traces of oil. Very quick! My planes are stored hanging horizontally from the garage ceiling and I put a “nappy” of the paper towel round the cowl to prevent oil dripping out onto the floor later on. 

Edited By Tim Flyer on 18/09/2020 07:17:14

Edited By Tim Flyer on 18/09/2020 07:18:51

Thread: Petrol or Glow?
17/09/2020 18:01:40


Edited By Tim Flyer on 17/09/2020 18:02:24

17/09/2020 18:01:38

The main plus for me with glow is simplicity inside the model so I don’t need to worry about ignition systems, leads and batteries (although I obviously stIll need a glow igniter and lead, but that’s all outside the model) . Methanol is also a great fuel for models with cowling due to its latent heat properties, so much less prone to overheating. My personal preference is for four stroke glows as I love their easy handling good throttle response and relatively soft sound. Some petrol two stroke engines I have seen don’t seem to throttle the well...(possibly due to carburettor design/set up). The main drawback for me in using glow fuel is fuel proofing and the need for specialist paint finishes.

Thread: Nearly that time of year again... AGMs
14/09/2020 14:59:21

We make each individual sort out their own BMFA membership. It makes life so much easier for us . A number of our members are affiliated to more than one club too, so it’s easier for them as well. We can still check all their details on the BMFA website as administrators . That is very useful. I don’t think a zoom meeting would work for our club as we have around 60 members plus many are not regular zoom users.

Thread: New limit on groups in England from Monday?
14/09/2020 14:40:22

We are using book paper and pen in our clubhouse to record attendance . However we do have sanitizer and gloves available. Not every member we have is on Wots app or online plus we do often have guests so a sign in with contact details is going to be used .

Thread: Laser 80 - what would YOU build for it....?
12/09/2020 19:24:53

Hi Bob just coming back on the P47 . Mine is the 63 inch version so it’s quite a “big “ plane and the fuselage seems much bulkier than the LA7 . The laser 100 in it running a15x8 is really perfect and definitely not over powered. In fact it’s one of my favourite planes . I wouldn’t want less power in it though . It weighs around 10lb . The 55 inch smaller version should be great with the 80 though.
Regarding the little Acrowot I have a Laser 70 in that which is also perfect and the plane is very nimble with it plus has great vertical. 😊.

11/09/2020 17:57:33

I would not put your 80 in a Seagull p47 Thunderbolt (unless it’s the 55inch wingspan 60 size model!) The 63inch wingspan kit says 15cc but if it’s a 4stroke glow it needs a 100 or 120. I regularly fly my Seagull Thunderbolt which is perfect with a Laser 100. An 80 would certainly under power it . The 55 inch wingspan version should be fine with an 80 but  I think I would also go for a sports scale aerobatic plane. One of the classic aerobatic kits might be great fun with the 80 ? 

Edited By Tim Flyer on 11/09/2020 18:01:48

Edited By Tim Flyer on 11/09/2020 18:07:33

Thread: Seagull Hurricane Laser
11/09/2020 10:51:27

Here is a link to a video we took of Jon landing the Hurricane again shortly after the above shots. The wind was a good WSW at about 14 mph with a slight cross wind down the runway which runs E to W.
The video was taken to show the quite large stick inputs needed rather than just viewing the plane.

Edited By Tim Flyer on 11/09/2020 10:52:00

Thread: To stabilise or not to stabilise - the gyro question
10/09/2020 22:11:49

Hi Chris re the Hurricane Will let you know if it works..I have never used a gyro before apart from a number of years ago on my son’s e-flight apprentice trainer. I certainly didn’t like that gyro receiver and we soon got rid of the new “6 axis Futaba gyro” I have ordered will be an education!
The object is not to prevent tip stall from pilot error in terms of angle of attack/speed ...but more to tame the sudden unpredictable handling traits this particular plane has due to a problematic wing chord/thickness ratio.
The giro will have a TX switch controlling it, so if it’s a pain it can instantly be turned off.

I spoke to Jon about it and he does not think it will help but even so I think it might be worth a try even if just to educate me on giro technology! Anyway I have ordered it so it’s going to be tested😊

09/09/2020 21:51:57

Cheers Ron I agree that it’s well worth using if it improves a model or the fun to be had from it. I think I might try it for the Hurricane as it is a nightmare at low speed as it suddenly over reacts to elevator control inputs after an initial lag. . The video we took of Jon landing looked like he was having to do 3D flying movements on the sticks! If a gyro allows me to enjoy flying the hurricane that will be money well spent.

Edited By Tim Flyer on 09/09/2020 21:53:25

09/09/2020 17:00:29

If a gyro would make my “bad boy” Seagull Hurricane behave I would be interested in one for that if it didn’t cost the earth and was simple to fit. Otherwise I haven’t needed a gyro on my fixed wing models so far, but as with many tech things it better “never to say never” !

Thread: Wire bending jig
09/09/2020 13:47:52

Thanks chaps I just ordered one too. Looks a great bit of kit and will save me a lot of time.

Thread: Seagull Hurricane Laser
07/09/2020 22:14:51

Thanks for posting this Jon. I was hoping you would give the pilots view .
As an observer the plane looked really great in the air, but when we looked at what you were having to do on the sticks to keep it stable, it was crazy. The stick movements needed for a landing are unbelievable!
I think Seagull need to redesign this model.
Seagull do make some really good flying planes such as their P47 which I own, I’m afraid I think this one is very badly flawed,

It seems quite revealing that there are no other reports of regular flying of this particular Hurricane .
This is quite surprising given how popular Hurricanes are. My guess is that most do not make it past their maiden flight.


Edited By Tim Flyer on 07/09/2020 22:15:54

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