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Member postings for Stephen Smith 14

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Thread: I hope to assemble a laser cutter/engraver
07/01/2020 22:02:30

Not really powerful enough for cutting only intended for engraving will take multiple passes to cut would be better off buying a CO2 laser

Thread: Which Laser cutter
15/12/2019 22:54:03

As said you need a CO2 laser really for cutting half a mm per pass on balsa and 30 passes for 3mm ply would be quicker on a band saw

15/12/2019 19:37:26

Would give the led Eleksmaker type a miss I know some have menaged with them but being on few laser forums and Facebook groups they aren't really suitable for cutting only light engraving. You would be much better with a C02 laser.

I have a K40 which is 40 Watts C02 these are readily avaliable on ebay and amazon just search K40 laser on these sites, just be careful where you buy from make sure it's the UK not China, there are some in Europe as well which should OK. Look to pay around £300

Cutting area is small at 200mm by 300mm but will cut most bits apart from fusalarge sides top and bottom but they are straight forward to cut by hand. The problem with C02 lasers the price goes up disproportionately to the Increase in size the next price point being around £1200 but you only get 300 by 400 something big enough to cut metre long material is into about £5000.

The K40 can be striped of it's component parts and made into something bigger if you are inclined and have the ability there are loads of examples on the Internet.

The biggist problem with the K40 is setting up the mirrors and focus expext to spend a couple of days getting it perfect, it also benefits  from an air feed to make cleaner cuts but thingyverse is full of them if you have a 3d printer then you only need a aquarium air pump around 100 litres a minute for about £15.

The K40 is a proper cutter but only buy one if you a patient and don't mind plenty of messing to get it up and running properly

Edited By Stephen Smith 14 on 15/12/2019 19:41:11

Edited By Stephen Smith 14 on 15/12/2019 19:41:49

Edited By Stephen Smith 14 on 15/12/2019 19:42:12

Thread: Returning to the hobby
20/11/2019 08:15:10

Own 2 Aurora's a 9 and a 9x my son uses the 9 and the 9x is now raerly used as I have swooped to another brand. I also bought a taranis when they first came out.

The taranis I gave up on after a couple of weeks and sold it, on the other hand very rarely used the instructions for the Aurora and my son has never had the instructions. Previously I have used a jr388 a jr3810 and an origanal DX7 all of which where simple to use, unlike tha taranis.

A new member joined about 3 years ago never flown before and in his 60s he bought a Aurora and had no problems using it once he understood what things like rates end point subtrim etc where.

The only thing on the 9 which needed improving with the flashing light which needed to be red or blue depending on receiver type when binding this was improved to be much easier on the 9x

My currently used radio is very capable and relatively simple to program but have never seen any radio as easy as the Aurora

Thread: Let down by FMS again
17/11/2019 14:56:18

Doing it once is unfortunate but the second you deserve all you get, previous experience but went back for seconds

Thread: voltage/brown out capacitors
17/11/2019 14:30:19
Posted by Chris Walby on 16/11/2019 21:46:59:

On the subject of RX supplies I took some advice from a UK manufacturer of batteries, ESC's UBEC's and motors

Really? Who's that, or are they a UK labellers?

Thread: IX20
31/10/2019 19:24:31

More plastic fantastic cheaply made chinese rubbish, and €1500 so will be £1500 in the UK, why would you. Jeti Ds16 money.

Thread: Buying cheap new or (slightly) cheaper s/h?
27/09/2019 21:20:43
Posted by Paul Marsh on 27/09/2019 10:50:47:

Why don't you buy this? Remortgage the house, only sub £3k...

You said overpriced Futaba...? Nice radio, but only would sell a few.


And still not a patch on Jeti

Thread: Glue for PLA and PET-G
21/08/2019 19:03:38

HobbyKing super glue and HobbyKing activator, stronger than the print.

Don't waste your time with free slicers get simplyfy3d and you will get perfect prints from day one in any material

Thread: Model Recommendation
30/07/2019 11:01:48

Easy to build nice steady Sunday should have it built

30/07/2019 10:53:40

Cheap as well

30/07/2019 10:52:59


Bit ugly but flies well, can be steady or fast and aerobatic, looks better without the stupid canopy.

Thread: Finding Models
28/07/2019 18:01:07
Posted by stu knowles on 27/07/2019 20:05:38:

The thought of a Lipo being ingested by a Combine Harvester full of dry straw and dust does not bear thinking about. Any subsequent bill could run into several hundred thousand pounds. Modern Combines can come in at a quarter mill alone.

Another reason to fly big petrol

Thread: Local Model Shops
03/07/2019 18:56:03

I buy from amazon regularly from 3 different desk tops a laptop an ipad an android tablet and 2 android phones never ever come across a problem, perhaps it was an attempt at a scam

Thread: Local club attendance
03/07/2019 07:20:43
Posted by kevin b on 02/07/2019 18:49:57:
Posted by Percy Verance on 02/07/2019 18:25:04:

We're fortunate in that we normally get at least 50% attendance at most flying sessions. Mind you, there are just four of us in our group. We aren't registered as a club anywhere, and just one of us is a BMFA member. The remainder are with alternative Associations. We all stump up 25% of the field rent cost and share the mowing. No flying suits, no hi viz vests, no hassle. It works well.

Edited By Percy Verance on 02/07/2019 18:26:15

Hi Percy.

If you are not registered as a club, how did you get permission to fly from the local council ? I have a legitimate reason for asking as I have access to several fields.

Kevin b

You don't need permission from the council unless it's there field, only need planning permission if you use it for more than 12 days a year which obviously you don't, but may have suitable planning permission already.

Thread: Local Model Shops
02/07/2019 18:55:47

I raerly use the nearest lms to me because they won't take a chip and continually moan about what others do, they could always follow suit.

I do like to use shops whenever possible and have no problem traveling 50 to 60 miles each way just for a look, admittedly I raerly come home with nothing,

I also buy at shows and most are somebodys lms, but do like to haggle with them, got a few bargains at weston.

Thread: Local club attendance
01/07/2019 18:48:32

Cap of 25 at our club get about half the members Sat and Sun and others (older) fly in the week, don't think we have any members that don't attend regularly, but 2 or 3 that turn up but don't allways fly.

Thread: Switching Brand
27/06/2019 19:38:27
Posted by Foxfan on 22/06/2019 17:20:17:

Not sure why Stephen paid that much. As I said you can get a 14 for under a grand and that includes the Rx. Considering how good that is,it compares quite well with some lesser makes at that channel count. And a lot of people spend that and a LOT more just getting a turbine. I know what I'd rather have! Much as I love jets.


Paid that because that's how much a ds24 carbon line is comes with a rex 10 receiver. I wanted the best of the best that's why I bought it, I also have the turbine as well.

22/06/2019 17:00:55

Yep Jeti paid £1935 for mine and now have over a £1000 in receivers, lot of money but worth every penny, simply awesome.

Thread: Seagull Turbo Raven
18/06/2019 19:30:34

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