Here is a list of all the postings Martin Dilly 1 has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: The Gov't, CAA, BMFA & UAV legislation thread|
Transmitter? What transmitter?? Receiver? What receiver?? Not everybody likely to be affected by the Baroness's ramblings flies radio. Let's remember that a lot of free-flight aircraft weigh over 250 grams, two of the World Championship classes for a start, and adding even a couple of ounces to some of them would mean a big drop in performance. Don't forget that our sport consists of a lot more than just radio-control.
Edited By David Ashby - Moderator on 14/02/2020 15:41:57
|Thread: On a lighter note|
+1 for Peter's comments. I've had three 1.4 petrol Astra Estates ( two of them Opels bought from Ireland at a considerable saving) and before that an Astra van. No problems with any, apart from discovering that if you tried the screen washers when the liquid was frozen it blew the fuse, which also controlled the tailgate lock. Where was the replacement fuse kept? Just inside the tailgate...
They were ideal for carrying model boxes to contests as well as the chase bike, and the top-hinged tailgate meant you could work on things in the rain without getting soaked. My last Astra managed 104 on the way to Budapest; I passed it on to a friend's daughter and when last seen had done 178,000 on the original clutch.
|Thread: Your experience of Banggood delivery time?|
No problems for me so far. I ordered a 4cm diameter thrust race for the leadscrew on the lathe; UK prices were around £6. It arrived from Banggood in a week, in fact had radial roller bearings instead of just balls and cost 99p including postage. Royal Mail or whatever they're called this week would have charged more than that just for the stamp. No complaints, but it may depend what you order.
|Thread: Selling vintage kits question|
Was your grandpa a member of a model flying club? You probably need a competent person to detail what kits you have and do a short write-up on each to flesh out the ads. The BMFA (01162-440028) can put you in touch with a local club (there are over 800 around the country) and I'm sure someone will be able to help.
The BMFA also have a classified listing section open to members only on their website ( https://bmfa.org ), and a local club member will, I'm sure, be glad to do the listing for you. Using that will avoid some of the potential hiccups that sometimes come from selling on E-Bay.
|Thread: Christmas Present for a Two Year-Old.|
A BMFA Aerojet is virtually indestructable and made of foam: https://education.bmfa.org/products/aerojet
Yours for £2.00.
|Thread: Where to get wood from|
Flitehook. Nice people to deal with, and you can specify what grain and density you need. Usual disclaimer.
|Thread: What are your three favourite war movies?|
12 O'Clock High. (Did you know there was a TV series based on the film that ran for three years in the 1960s in the United States? Available on YouTube; lots of B&W B-17 footage, some of which looks as if it was shot in Britain. Scripts sometimes a bit naff.)
The Burmese Harp. Kon Ichikawa's film of a sole Japanese soldier at the end of the war who stays on, dressed as a monk, to bury forgotten soldiers.
The Victors by Carl Foreman. It follows a US platoon across Europe and avoids the usual US blood-and-glory line. Culmination is the execution for desertion of a US soldier (based on the real-life one of Eddie Slovik), set in a vast snow-covered field in France, with Frank Sinatra 's Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas playing over. The film probably didn't go down too well with the US right.
The original Memphis Belle by William Wyler, a documentary mostly shot at Bassingbourn in 1943. The much later fictionalised film was based on this.
|Thread: Model flying photos you're proud of|
No Photoshop involved, just a strong thermal, a calm day amd a lucky finger during a Coupe Europa contest at Middle Wallop a couple of years ago. Both models still in the climb; the propellers will fold in a few seconds.
|Thread: New build rubber powered balsa|
Strongly recommend a Senator, originally by KeilKraft, but now kitted by others or available as a plan on Outerzone here: https://outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=472. Has the big advantage of being eligible for BMFA Mini Vintage contests and often wins them, so your daughter can get the enjoyment of competing with something she built herself.
|Thread: Latest CAA Update|
In the Commons Science and Technology Committee Enquiry on Drones thread there were very explicit details by Jeremy Wilkins on 04/08/19 of how to submit written evidence to the Select Committee. This is how I submitted mine, which ended up as item 121 in the list of 175 submissions. Having speed-read the lot, there appear to be four others from model flyers and the Louth club, apart from the three from the national organisations.
What I do find surprising and rather indicative of the apathy of model flyers when it comes to actually doing something useful, rather than posting on forums like this, is the almost total lack of written evidence from model flyers among the 175 submissions at the end of the S&TC report here: **LINK**
There are well over 150 submissions from drone users but scarcely any from us; were we not interested enough to put words together that might preserve our own sport in the face of massive inputs from the very activity that may be threatening it? Leaving it all the the BMFA and the other associations is all very well but some written support would surely have been worthwhile.
Jason, do you have any idea of the cost to the BMFA of "..mounting several separate legal cases"? Have you ever considered how much work the BMFA, and recently its CEO, Dave Phipps, in particular has put in on behalf not only of its members but of the whole model flying community, some of whom can't even be bothered to join?
Let me try to help you get a grip on reality Years ago, around 1977, a prominent TV personality objected to model flying in his local park, the local council proposed byelaws banning it and the BMFA (or SMAE as it was then known) decided to fight this at a public enquiry. I was heavily involved in this myself, we briefed a barrister and the enquiry ran for three days. The barrister's fee alone then was well over £3,000, which today would be around £19,000.
BMFA fees are only £38, allowing the Association to just about break even annually, yet some people grudge this while happily paying more for a doll to stick in the cockpit of their expensive scale RC model. How much more would you be happy to pay as a BMFA member so we can mount all those legal cases, or even one?
INSIST???? Wingman, do you have any idea of how a negotiation is conducted? Do you have any conception of the amount of time and work that Dave Phipps has put in on behalf of British model flyers (including those who don't bother to support their national body with either a subscription or with help) or the number of meetings here and abroad he has been to in order to protect our sport? Did you, as I did, watch the oral evidence sessions of the House of Commons Science & Technology Committee or read the 200+ pieces of written evidence? I'm sure we'd all be interested to hear from you what points you raised in your own evidence or what the response was when you wrote to your MP.
There is no "European standard payment", though the European Aviation Safety Agency does recommend that membership of a country's sports governing body for model flying may well suffice in place of separate registration, one of several points totally ignored by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport in her evidence.
"We insist that UK modellers be charged the minimum European payment" Or what??? What do you suggest the BMFA should threaten if that does not happen? You may have the very answer we've all been waiting for.
|Thread: Drone At Gatwick|
So how would any proposed legislation on UASs have prevented this? It seems to me that all the legislation will do is prevent sensible model flyers from flying model aircraft and drones sensibly, while charging some of them £16.50 for doing so.
|Thread: Finding Models|
Again from umpteen years competition free flight experience, about the only use for any buzzer putting out less than about 95db is as ballast weight. We found that ambient noise, rustling leaves, obstruction by grass or sunflowers or maize makes them pretty useless. Add in the fact that the inverse square law applies, in other words if you double the distance away you are then you hear only 25% of the sound, and you'd be better off with a radio beacon. We use a Yagi array to get a much more directional reception.
Free-flight contest flyers, who know a thing or two about locating models a fair way downwind, mostly use a radio beacon. This is one of them: http://www.leobodnar.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=95_113&products_id=217 3 grams including battery.
No connection with the firm, apart from as a satisfied user of their radio D/T system.
|Thread: James May's program tonight|
I think you'll find that the James May programme is on BBC4 rather than Channel 4. I suspect it's a repeat of the rather naff one already mentioned.
|Thread: Planespotting Live|
It was, however, followed by a reasonably good programmee on the development of flight, presented by Jim Al-Kalili, who also does the Radio 4 series The Life Scientific just after the 9 a.m. news. The TV progamme had a refreshing lack of barmy-looking 'experts', and touched on Leonardo, Cayley, the Wrights, Sperry (for gyros), Wiley Post (high altititude flight) and Whittle, including a couple of shots of him with models he built it the RAF at Halton.Worth checking out on I-Player.
|Thread: Moon landing|
It was Peter Fairley (poss. Farley) who spearheaded the anti model flying campaign in the 1970s that led to the Bromley Council's proposed byelaws to ban model flying in its parks. The SMAE (as it was then) fought this to the extent of briefing a barrister (far from cheap in those days, and doubtless far more today) to put our case at the public enquiry that the SMAE's objections led to; I know because I had documents and press cuttings going back to the late 1940s covering the sport in Bromley and gave evidence. The outcome was that at least silent flight, including electrics, was preserved, as well as control-line on certain days and sites, but i.c.flying was banned. TV science correspondent or not, Fairley, who had a house backing onto Norman Park where RC flying took place, was no friend of model flying.
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