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Member postings for Alan Thorpe

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Thread: What glue for Carbon Spars in foam (EPS?) wing
03/08/2016 14:20:59

Great stuff lads, thanks a million for the replies, that's great.

30 min epoxy, it is so!!

Sound stuff!

03/08/2016 10:07:05

Hey there,

I put two carbon spars into the wing of freewing Hellcat and just have them dry fitted. Trying to decide whether to use Epoxy, Gorilla Glue or Foam Glue?

I think the foam is EPS foam, is Gorilla glue ok to use with this, it says it's foam friendly, but not sure if that means all foam?

Thanks very much in advance and apologies for all the questions!


Thread: Sanding a leading edge
03/08/2016 09:57:37

Hey Liam,

If you PM me your address I'll send you the sander to do the job, I'm not using it at the moment and you're more than welcome to borrow it. Sure let us know what the craic is anyway.


02/08/2016 21:27:46
Hey Liam,

Where are you in Ireland? ? I'm in Drogheda you're more than welcome to borrow the sander, would be delighted to see the results! Nice model that chapter 1!
02/08/2016 21:25:20
02/08/2016 21:14:14
Hey Liam!

I had the same problem trying to sand a nice leading edge on a 2m glider.

Best tool i found was a curved sander from permagrit. ...fantastic to use and gives a uniform curve to leading edge.

I'll post a photo and try find a link to it in a sec.
It has different radii curves built in depending on where you hold and sand with it and never loses its cutting ability.

Thread: Wing Spar Foam Wing
28/07/2016 12:20:15
Great stuff lads thanks very much for the help!! Will let you know how it goes!
25/07/2016 13:51:41

Hi there,

Just wondering what's the best way to reinforce a foam wing with a spar?

I was thinking of using carbon rod and tube, but it seems a bit dodgy cutting it and shatter problems, plus the dust and shards.....putting me off that idea..

Thinking of just using a 5mm dowel connecting both wing roots together, going through fuselage. Model is Freewing Hellcat.

Sure let us know if there's a better approach!

Think the brass tube and bar would be too heavy, hoping the dowel would be better option.


Thread: Summer is here!!....Who's been flying??
22/07/2016 10:13:58

dsc_0646.jpgdsc_0640.jpgdsc_0639.jpgFlew the Tempest the other day, was great, took off the fixed landing gear to belly land on really long grass, all was good happily!!


21/07/2016 14:48:08

Fantastic stuff Steve!!

19/07/2016 23:31:34
Sorry quote function didn't work...
meant to quote Stephen Jones maiden!!
19/07/2016 23:29:15
Fantastic stuff!! How did it fly??? Looks great!!
Thread: which model warbird?
04/07/2016 21:42:56
Hey there,
Just hoping someone might help me with choosing between 2 electric warbirds I have been mulling over!

I like the look of both and reviews are good!

One is TopRC hurricane, and 800mm wingspan and the other is Hellcat F3F 980mm by FreeWing.

I've flown my 800mm Tempest as 1st warbird and a 600mm p51. Always wanted another warbird!!

Thanks in advance!!
Thread: 3ch slow fly trainer
14/06/2016 00:32:33
Micronradiocontrol has some great Park flyers 3 channel that are very quick and easy to build and fly very nicely! I build the diddle rod from Stevens aero kits .....It flew really great and slow very enjoyable!
Thread: Red Eagle 2016 Build
14/06/2016 00:17:44
Good luck with the build! This is a great flyer, I really enjoy flying it, it can handle some event wind also and is very stable for camera recordings!! Let us know how your build goes and enjoy!
Alan (ireland)
31/05/2016 20:24:23

Hi David,

Just wondering if the copier you used has normal powdery toner as in a laser jet printer or could it be the coloured wax instead of toner, as it may not separate off the page as easily?

Only a pure guess too, as I haven't tried this method yet, butmaybe try increasing the contrast so that more toner is used,making it thicker and easier to transfer?

Just 2 guesses, hope you get it to work for you!



Thread: PA--12 Super Cruiser
22/05/2016 16:21:54
Well done with a fantastic model, superb detail and looks great before covering and after! Looks great in the air!
Thread: Park Flier
22/05/2016 14:50:08

The only mod I made was to use some ply over the firewall to mount the motor, and recently the motor packed up, one of the poles failed, so I lengthened the motor wires to run them to a more accessible area as they were originally enclosed in the nose. Sure let us know what model you go for in the end.......there is a lot of choice!!

22/05/2016 14:38:51


22/05/2016 14:20:16
Micronradiocontrol stock them and give a great service for the kit and electrics.
I'll post a pic and link in a sec!
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