Here is a list of all the postings vic evans 1 has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: How many metres do you have to walk with your models and gear to the flying area?|
No distance at all as I fly in my own 3Ha gardens / field in open countryside.
|Thread: Learning to play guitar|
At last. Something I actually know a bit about.
I'm an old bloke who collects 60's Hofner guitares & has tinkered with guitars for years. I can fix 'em better than I play 'em but one piece of advice I give all wanna be guitarists is simple. " A good guitarists will get a good tune out of a rubbish guitar & great tune out of a good 'un whereas a newbie will find a well set up guitar easier to fret & a bad one with the strings high off the fretboard impossible to play"
You don't say what type of guitar you want to play. An accoustic will usually have thicker strings than a 'leccy job & will be harder to fret. Against this a solid leccy guitar listened to through an amplifier with headphones is better for marital harmony.
I have many types of guitar but my go to one is a cheapo accoustic Ovation copy fitted with light weight flatwound strings which hangs in the kitchen ready for me to pick up most days.
The main thrust of my post is to get yourself a guitar with a good action ie light & low strings which are close to the fretboard without buzzing. Get it set up right & be prepared for sore fingers for a few weeks. The finger tips do get harder & the fingers more flexible if you stick at it but a little & often on a well set up guitar is the key.
lessons are easy to come by on youtube & you'll soon find a system that suits your would be style. Four chords gets you hundreds of songs & after that the worlds yer Lobster.
Good luck. It's a great way to pass away a few hours & you may just be surprised to find that a bit of effort on a well set up guitar will soon have you banging out a tune. Please don't try with a badly set up guitar as you will never keep it up. In the right hands a half decent cheapo guitar can usually be set up to play well enough to get a newbie playing.
Being a non affiliated, go it alone, relatively new to the hobby 70 year old bloke who flies on his own land in France I've followed this thread & watched their reponse 'rant' with interest.
Not being sufficiently well versed in the British system wouldn't presume to comment as to the rights or wrongs of the Hayling Island blokes but would comment that some of the responses here are a tad pompous to say the least.
If these guys do indeed need a guiding hand & if some folk here are concerned about public safety why not arrange for some members to visit them where I'm sure the personal touch would go down well & be appreciated? You are achieving nothing by taking the moral high ground , reporting them to the local authority & having a pop at them off on a forum. A shake of the hand is always better than a slap on the face so come on guys, get out from behind you keyboards, get off you backsides & go talk to them man to man. You are after all the Friendly Forum.
|Thread: what easy fly trainer|
I mostly fly alone in my own fields so no instructor other than Mr Phoenix & although long retired reckon I've got the mental age & ability of a six year old.
My first plane was a Bixler. I didn't know any of the 'problems' mentioned here existed so I just flew it & learnt a lot. It gave me confidence to progress to other designs but a few years on I've still got it, never seriously damaged it & it's still one of my favourites.
|Thread: Stop my birds flying the coup|
Thanks John F. Our chooks have a large outside enclosure but only about 1m high. They have a smaller interconnecting foxproof enclosure which we usually shut at dusk leaving the chook door open. Not had a problem in about 10 years although we live in open country in rural Brittany. Our nearest neighbour is about 500m away so a pain to ask them to shut up/open the chooks house especially in mid summer with the long days. We have about 3 Ha of fields surrounded by open farmland so great for plane flying but not so good keeping foxy away from Mme Chook. I'm going to buy one of the door openers & hope the batteries will last a couple of weeks if we go away. I take your point about the sliding door.
Thanks to all who offered advice.
Thanks Gary. That'll do the job.I never thought to see if one existed as I thought it too bizzare a concept. Obviously wrong!
Cheers Dave. Yes they're well trained & always return when the sun starts going down. Nice gadget but if I can find some way of shutting/opening the hatch automatically at sunset/sunrise it'll save the neighbours a trip twice a day & keep the chooks safe.
Not really a 'plane subject but I'll ask anyway.
I've a chicken shed with a vertically sliding, chicken size, ply hatch in the main wooden door & I'm looking for ways to open & close this hatch when I'm away to stop Mr Fox eating my chooks.
I've thought of a model yacht sail winch operated via a day/night sensor but that is as far as my electronic kowledge will get me. I've got 2 & 3 cell Lipos to operate things & can almost certainly build a set up if I'm pointed in the right direction.
Anyone care to help?
|Thread: What's flying over your house|
The French airforce regularly fly their Mirage jetsover our fields at what seems suicidal low altitudes.
|Thread: MAKE DO AND MEND|
When a spring broke on the office Fax machine I fixed it with a piece cut of an eraser. It held for years untill the machine was pensioned off when emails were possible.
|Thread: is HK the cheapest|
I bought an Imax B6 balance charger (the genuine one) from HK which wouldn't balance charge. I emailed them & they asked me to video the problem for them which I did..
Two weeks later I received a new one with no request to return the faulty one.
It's not all bad!
|Thread: My humble coming|
I bought a Medion Sport HD camera,similar to a GoPro, at Lidl, or was it Aldi? where it cost 100 euros here in France.
It has full WiFi capabilities which I've tested to the limits of my field at over 500m. I fixed it to one of my planes & it works well giving 'poor mans' FPV. plus on board on/off recording or photos controlled & viewed from my tablet..
|Thread: Balancing a brushless motor|
Pics show after & before balancing
Edited By vic evans 1 on 10/10/2015 19:35:57
Edited By vic evans 1 on 10/10/2015 19:38:49
|Thread: Sim compatable with Apple|
This relative newbie learnt to fly using Phoenix sim & a Dx6i Tx. I've since tried the PicaSim on my tablet & it's like chalk & cheese.
Seriously , I don't think any novice, even the game savvy young, will succesfully make the transition from a PicaSim type sim to actual model flying with a 'real' Tx without tears.
Phoenix type sims might be 'a little sophisticated' but are as close to real model flying you will get whist sitting in your armchair.
|Thread: Onboard GoPro footage from my Radian Glider...|
Nice vid. but the 'plane gets in the way
I've tried all ways to keep the 'plane out of shot & find a forward facing camera mounted under the body by the UC or cockpit mounted camera on a pusher the best.
How do you folk manage it?
|Thread: First ever flight|
Great post Mattyb, particularly the last para.
I've been 'around the block' a few times & am not usually backward in expressing my opinions but even I was gobsmacked by the harsh comments in some of the posts.
Real or not the OP has raised a very valid question as to how newbies should be treated.
Nobody should be in doubt that model flying could be dangereous, the operative word being 'could', & I think everyone is aware of the need to conserve rapidly diminishing flying sites but seriously, if all newcomers are treated like some here treated the OP there will be no future members & no need for clubs & flying sites so the point of this post will be academic.
As a nearly 70 year old novice & relatively new member here I feel for Dave. It's pretty obvious he did what he thought was the right thing & if his fellow new club members are anything like some of the seemingly pompous who replied here I can well understand his reluctance to debut in front of anyone.
I ventured along to my local club a few years ago & the 'welcome' I got means I now go it alone.
If you want to encourage new folk into this hobby cut 'em some slack. Not everyone is a moron, would be, drone flyer & most people respond to & are gratefull for gentle suggestions.
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