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Member postings for Stuart Z

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Thread: Dave Smith Models 'Saphir' plan wanted
17/07/2019 15:45:25


There were no plans as such, only an instruction leaflet. There’s not a lot of building involved, hence no plan.


Thread: Newbie with some starter trainer plane balsa IC questions please.
11/07/2019 21:59:09

Hi Nu Me 1

Mode 1 or 2 can vary with what part of the country you live in. Mode 2 is now dominant in the South. Oddly I learnt on Mode 1 in the South but am now very much in the minority. (T’was 30 or 40 years ago!)

Most Transmitters can do either, so not a a buying issue.

Good luck with your learning curve, and I hope it goes well for you.


Thread: The demise of. ASP/SC
05/07/2019 12:13:16

Well said, more power to the manufacturers of kits. Look how long some of the well known ARTF’s have been out of stock. Looks like some Chinese factories have taken a very long holiday.

Thread: Car indicators
05/07/2019 12:00:56

Not only have indicators dropped from use, I see a lot of people that see a red traffic light as an optional sign. The number of ‘jumpers’ seem to be increasing steadily.

A sign of the way things are going?

Thread: Ares Alpine 1200
30/04/2019 16:47:44


Today I flew the Alpine 1200 with 50g up front and it was much more enjoyable. The day was breezy so still a bit of concentration needed especially to get back down on the flat field, it floats on a ways. I have not tried it on a slope yet.

C of G is per instructions


Edited By Stuart Z on 30/04/2019 16:49:20

07/04/2019 11:30:52


It definitely needs ballast up front. Mine was still a bit of a wild flight even with 40g in the nose. Now upped to 50g but as yet untested. It is a very light model in the breezy conditions I had on it’s maiden - but at least no damage suffered. Differential on the ailerons was fine.


Thread: Pre-Ignition?
04/04/2019 15:04:02
Posted by Roger Dyke on 03/04/2019 13:28:47:

flight1: The settings mentioned are the current ones and with these settings it runs absolutely fine. And no, it doesn't throw the prop when it's running. Only when flick starting it. The cylinder finned part of the engine is not cowled and is open to the airflow.

Engine Doctor: I purchased this engine myself brand new so I can confirm that it has never been dismantled. Because of this I would rather not dismantle it just for a look, as it was a real work of art trying to mount it in the space available. I do rather favour the plastic spinner as being the problem. I tighten the prop nut as much as I dare before I predict that the plastic might split.

Stuart: I have never used OS No 8 plugs but I believe that they are a good medium heat plug. I usually use Model Technics Firepower 5 plugs which are also medium heat and find them very good. I can fully understand why you have your props set to ten past eight. I think that we all have our own preferences. I no longer use an electric starter and find my prop setting ideal for my chicken stick flicking. I am going to look into a new style spinner.


Of course use what you already have. However when you’re next looking for a plug try the OS no 8. It’s what OS specify and I have had no issues with them in OS engines. Plugs can be a real nightmare. I have an Evo 46 that will not keep running if you don”t use Evolution’s own plug. I think I tried everything out there until I put the Evolution plug in. Now the motor gets compliments for easy starting and good throttling throughout it’s flights, and no more deadsticks or reverse starts ( a symptom of plug issues I believe).


03/04/2019 11:53:36


I have an OS 40FP and it starts a treat using OS No. 8 plugs and I used 10% Nitro only because I keep one can for all my engines. I use a starter motor on it and the prop is set to 10 past eight, looking from the front, mainly so if the plane lands deadstick, the prop generally stops such that I don’t catch a blade on landing. I use the Irvine style of spinner with the aluminium back plate as it is better and can be set up more accurately.

Good luck with it


Thread: Hi
01/04/2019 08:56:16

Hi Alan

It’s also possible that you might be moving the stick on one axis and inadvertently moving across the other axis slightly in so doing. I find it’s quite easy to move ailerons and activate throttle slightly at the same time.

Might be worth a check


I use Mode 1

Thread: BMFA News Feb 2019
13/03/2019 16:38:50

I have the latest copy with some free stickers and annual membership ststickers, excellent, a pity that some of the photos are blurry, a printing problem I guess?


Thread: PFM are coming back
07/03/2019 11:35:18


I’m also keen to see these return as a Cranfield A1 flyer, way back, I look forward to another and possibly a Zlin. Should both be good aerobats - the Cranfield certainly was.

Good luck to PB Models!


Thread: Forum members' new models: Let's see them.
16/02/2019 20:04:55

Should be enough for most grass then!


16/02/2019 19:18:23

Looks good, I’d probably opt for larger wheels on the dolly, ingenious release mechanism!! Depends on you strip!

Thread: How long have you been in the hobby?
15/02/2019 07:19:45
Posted by Denis Watkins on 15/02/2019 06:22:38:

If cleaned at the field, at the end of the flying, the lads use a squirty bottle filled with water and a few drops of washing up liquid, as the mess is fresh

More stubborn mess can be moved wit £1 Shop Bath Foam, just a few squirts

I add a dash of vinegar to soapy water sprayer. Smells a bit like a chip shop but seems to be a bit better on caster based fuel residue.

Try an exhaust deflector tube thingy, generally I don’t get much residue on the model at all.

Thread: Liquid Masking
01/02/2019 17:03:14

Thanks for the feedback, I’ll have a look at the techniques and see what’s best.


01/02/2019 12:06:46


I’m trying to mask a small Hurricane canopy and finding it tricky. Has anyone experience of liquid masking? I remember using it years ago but can’t remember much more about it. Is it suitable for canopies?

Many thanks


Edited By Stuart Z on 01/02/2019 12:07:13

Thread: PFM / Pat French Models
24/01/2019 20:29:27


There were 2 Cranfields, mine was about 55” if I remember. 40 size engine.


24/01/2019 10:34:41


Really enjoyed flying the A1 Cranfield I had way back when. Might be interested if one or similar became available.


Thread: How long have you been in the hobby?
22/01/2019 21:33:04

40 years with around 10 taken out for full size gliding.

Mainly kit built IC power models now. Some funfighters as they are nice carpentry jobs. Now looking at a couple of plan builds, one being a “truish” scale type.

Remember, no hobby is free! This one just costs a bit more than some but not as much as others!

Thread: circlips on servo linkages
21/12/2018 21:14:39

Stopped using swing keepers when I bought a “Z” bender! Only leaves adjustment at the control surface end, but reduces the amount of control loss.


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