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Member postings for Bruce Collinson

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Thread: clevis. Thead, Crimp, glue or solder
29/03/2020 13:16:27

What’s wrong with purpose made pushrod, with thread on one end, Z bend on the other? Fairly inexpensive from all the usual UK suppliers, M2, 2.5 and 3 freely available, as are locknuts for additional security. If one end of the rod is fixed, e.g. Z bend, it can’t rotate anyway.

Agree with Gangster re variable thread sizes. My preference is for relatively long clevises, Kavan e.g., aiming to have the entire clevises thread filled by the rod thread and if they get too short I make up another one. Then it’s threadlocked and has fuel tube over the clevises arms pushed close to the control horn to prevent springing off.

The only failure I’ve had was clevises from an ARTF Yak where the pins were weak, luckily failing prior to maddening, so I threw them all out.


Thread: Gardening help needed
28/03/2020 19:13:23

I’m one step behind Cymaz but if it really is a eucalyptus then be aware that they are not really suitable for British gardens, tending to outgrow their roots and blow over. Also I recall that they desiccate subsoil more than even oaks, willows and poplars.


Thread: IC Engine Bearings...
23/03/2020 13:35:43

Skip the peas, swap spicy wedgy triple-cooked wotevers for frites, consume red wine (still part of your five a day ....) then perfection! But keep onion rings!


Thread: Has Your Club Made Any Decisions Regarding The Coronavirus?
23/03/2020 13:23:28

And we're exactly where Pete C is, and six of us had a pleasant, convivial albeit chilly session yesterday.


Thread: Laser Engines - Technical questions
23/03/2020 13:17:00

Ring Jon.


Thread: Has Your Club Made Any Decisions Regarding The Coronavirus?
19/03/2020 19:22:27

Eight or nine of us today, first fixed wing flying for me for c. 5 weeks. Chairs 2 m apart. Very convivial, very good for all concerned including several 70 somethings with vulnerabilities. Mature sensible people weighing risk against reward.


Thread: Insanity seems to be setting in
14/03/2020 21:59:01

Wish I could paste it, priceless little cartoon in The Spectator, you’ll have to use your imaginations.

Two bears in a woodland setting. One, holding a 12 pack of lavatory paper, says to the other, “it was all they had left”.


Thread: 2 or 3 questions please, need some wise advice
13/03/2020 13:39:21

Iron sock, very useful in big flat areas and sweeping curves; less so for fiddly corners, but buy (hoard) a packet of baby socks, cheaper, washable, freely available at all good supermarkets near you.

If they've still got paracetamol, please pm me. Getting hell at home. How is lavatory paper and paracetamol going to help with a virus?


Thread: English language ?
13/03/2020 13:29:33

Not been funny or anything, but basically, when all's said and done. at the end of the day, taking one side with the other, there's evolution of the language and simple gross abuse, know what I mean? Friends and Neighbours speak, OMG, like so totally, rising interrogative et al; if the yoof is gonna get its culture off a da tv an da texting, what on earth did we think was going to happen?

Schools blame parents, who permit adolescents to learn communication skills from anti-social media sites populated by insecure narcissists (on reflection) and it's easier to stick an i-Thing in front of a child than to read it a bedtime story.

Res ipsa loquitur.


Thread: 2 or 3 questions please, need some wise advice
12/03/2020 17:40:00

Get a proper covering iron! Lots of contributors to this forum use small travel irons but the majority agree, a bespoke film iron is a godsend and I think I saw one on BMFA classifieds earlier.


Thread: Tufcote / Furniglass
12/03/2020 17:31:04

I tried really hard to get Andrew Hardman to spill the beans on Clearcoat, and Prymol too, when he still had Clearcoat but not Prymol. If anyone finds out, or has access to an analytical chemical lab, please spill the beans, I agree, they were very handy.


Thread: 2 or 3 questions please, need some wise advice
11/03/2020 22:33:04

.Found it, bottom of page for a specific ESC but the link isn’t “open”, although the Ubec link works. I tried only 1 esc and it might open on another one. Only using an iThing mind, might need a big box with wires so if ambushes at work permit tomorrow, I’ll have another look. Get the programming card! It’s possible to programme most escs via the tx, but you’ve to count a cacophony of beeps.


11/03/2020 22:25:49

911, I recall having to ask George the same question and the answer was that there is an instruction page for commissioning his ESCs but it’s buried under a link somewhere on the ESC page. I’ll try to find it.


PS miss my 911 .....

Thread: Sign of the times - funnies
10/03/2020 14:02:11

Also reminds me of the wife asking soppy questions of the husband. I'll skip the quotation marks, you can wiggle your two fingers by your ears instead.

if I died, would you re-marry?

Well yes, I think I would.

Wife, crestfallen. H says I'm no good at living alone and I'm so used to being well looked after etc.

Wife perks up a bit. Would you sell the house and move? H; no, I'd want to stay here. You've made our home so nice, shame to sell it.

Wife; does that mean you'd be sharing "our" bed with your new wife?

H: well, it's a very comfy bed and it's nearly new ...

W; what about my car?

H; if I sold it any time soon the depreciation would be eye watering. I'd want to keep running it for a while yet.

W; so would she use my golfclubs too?

H: no.

W: why not? she'd be using everything else!

H: she's left handed.

10/03/2020 13:49:30

Good oldie; can (and has been) adapted to the new member at the flying club, Mode 1/2 etc.

Thread: Sample Pots
25/02/2020 13:31:19


Have I missed something or are you at risk of over-complicating something?

If you're using a resin with 30% hardener, and your kitchen scales will weigh half a paper cup of water, why not put half a cupful of resin on the scales, add 30% more hardener as a top-up and then won't Robert be your parent's brother?

Having drug-dealer scales, I always weigh anything two-part, usually by putting a guesstimate of one volume on the scale pan then adding the second until the weight doubles.

Or have I missed something?

OR buy a set of plastic lab beakers from t'Internet and use these and water to calibrate your paper cups?


23/02/2020 14:42:46

Adhesive, cup cake cases, from your (wife’s) favourite supermarket. Skinning resin, follow Ken Anderson. Stirring sticks and disposable gloves, your filling station for a small bribe.


Thread: Fillers
22/02/2020 20:11:10

So do I. Infinitely better than the last tub of specialist balsa filler I bought, which I discovered today has solidified. No loss.

This Pollyfilla applies easily and smoothly, adheres well, dries fast and sands down a treat. Can’t fault it.


Thread: idea
22/02/2020 11:47:25

I Martin,

I make no correlation between 3D and the B certificate. Your low, slow and smooth simple aerobatics sounds like.a B test to me. One of our B candidates flew it with a 3D plane, in the manner designed, and was failed for flying inappropriate manoeuvres .


21/02/2020 20:15:03


Neither was I, a year ago.

Do you recall the mantra, never to take off without an aim or ambition for the duration of that flight? I’m a rubbish pilot, too old for reflexes or intuitive use of ailerons let alone rudder, too many incomplete projects, too little time, etc. This time last year my tutor, Darth the goader, mooted the concept that more of us ought to tackle the A Certificate. We don’t need it to fly solo, there’s a simplified test which I passed two years ago, but with a peer group of a dozen pilots and three-odd B candidates we sorted ourselves out, booked an excellent examiner and started prepping.

every single flight form Feb onwards was all about figure 8s and dead stick landings, invariably into our prevailing Westerly wind. The first test was called off for rain. The rearranged test day had a fresh and increasing due Easterly. It doesn’t suit our strip which has a lump and a slope, and a drystone wall (of death) on finals. Darth decreed that the flimsy foamies went first because of the wind forecast. By the time I did mine it was fresh. Despite the stiff wind I succeeded in overshooting on the first dead stick and flew through. I ran very deep on the second attempt but got it down and passed.

Now the B.

The point, have a target and go for it. It was cathartic. I’m still a rubbish pilot but even I have my I can compete in the UKCAA

meetings at other clubs, and if nobody else turns up to try a Pick 5 and I don’t lose it in a slow roll and crash, l might even win something.

just saying.


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