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Member postings for Bill Reed

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Thread: Point of purchase tax
04/10/2019 20:30:01

Don't use ebay much but just heard a new Point of purchase tax as come in.

So if you buy from US or Japan say you pay tax when you buy. That's ok BUT does Ebay notify HMRC that I have paid OR do we get ripped off again and pay twice?

I honestly can not see ebay and the government getting this running right.

Thread: Guess the fault
04/10/2019 09:58:37

Climate change? Sorry Cuban8 just watched the news and its getting blamed for everything!

Thread: LiFe A123
03/10/2019 15:29:05

So I have just been into a E-cig shop which sells A123 18650 cells and chargers. The cells look quality by the way.

The dedicated charger they sell charges to 4.2v ,my LiPo charger set to A123 will charge to 3.65v.

So whats correct? will the 4.2v drop pretty soon after the charge? if not its a big difference.

Thread: Wing trailing edge
30/09/2019 14:01:33

Sorry I might not have stated clearly, if I look along the TE its not ruler straight. it has some waviness.

Wanted to know if this is "unacceptable" OR " s**t happens, live with it"

30/09/2019 13:11:35

Should a TE on a "funfly" be knife edge sharp?

This will sound worse than it is BUT my build which is not flat bottomed sort of undulates along the wing. I think its a slight variation in ribs .I did not see it when I glued the top TE strip on. when I glued the very rear "wedge" that's sandwich between the strips I se it then.

Its straight ,no banana bends JUST wavy!!!!

Thread: Iron too?
26/09/2019 21:31:08

Tried a small chisel and the fine point. I must admit I can never get a really good clean tip when its lovely and even silver. seen many vids on how to.

26/09/2019 14:43:52

I am not the greatest soldered but can get by. I always seem to struggle more on smaller stuff,wires and board connections. I have several irons from 12w upwards. Even using the 12w Antex it seems at times that the solder moves fast like boiling,seems like its too hot. Can these non temp controlled irons get to hot? wondering if I should try a adjustable sort,seen them in lidl fairly cheap.

Thread: LiFe battery
20/09/2019 12:28:22

Sorry to jump in , So can any good lipo charger charge LiFe/A123 etc?

how do these chargers know the chemistry when the voltages may be really varied from use?

Elecs etc is never easy for me

Thread: A123 18650
17/09/2019 16:07:29

Taken the plunge and ordered a Jumper T16 TX. It takes 2 A123 cells which are fitted to a plastic battery box with single power connector,a JST I think.

I have a Cellpro 10s charger which says it will charge A123 (and others) with pack nodes.

Any ideas if I can charge this way? I have lipo packs with no balance leads it charges throught the power lead ok?

Thank you

Thread: Aileron Thickness
13/09/2019 16:54:34

Don, Seen those Panics. When covered with the transparent stuff they look awesome. Go like crazy with a 61 that I see. The guy who had hit built it near perfect. He was a Avicraft regular so in the right place.

13/09/2019 14:32:13

I am building a wot4 style model and about to put a TE on the wing. So I make the thickness pretty much what I want.

The ailerons are 5mm sheet, I read some where (cant find it with a search) that ailerons should be thicker OR thinner than TE.

Can anyone advise please? and does this apply to all styles of model?

Just trying to learn a bit

Thread: Gerry Anderson Thunderbird 2
09/09/2019 08:33:55

This months rcme have a piece about a kit company, Ubuild? ,,, they have a good looking TB2,not plans but might interest

Thread: Southern Model Show 2019
09/09/2019 08:31:42

I went once after the move from hop farm and never since. With the lack of replies I wonder if others feel the same?

Thread: DSX9
05/09/2019 12:50:49

Having probs with the following.

How do I get the Timer to work on the throttle time rather than "stop watch" sort of thing?

Also I have a "save recovery" function on a BNF and would like to tie it to the trainer switch,can not find how to do this with no TX manual

Thread: Plug and adapters
11/08/2019 16:25:13

I could make the adapter in minutes if I new using that KO socket was compatible? Plus I only need 1 lipo to charge

11/08/2019 15:18:26

Forgot to post pictures!



11/08/2019 15:13:08

I need to charge this eflight 2s pack,the eflight 2s charger does not work and was always very slow and problematic,

I have a Cellpro charger which is great for me ,plug in a pack and it charges auto.

But I can not get a balance board to suit the eflight pack.

I the picture you can see a balance board, on the KO side ,the 2s socket, I have a plug for that and a socket for the lipo SO I can make a adapter/lead as such.

but I am not sure if this will work ? If I make sure the lipo red wire ,will be on the right on board, black lipo wire on the left on board and white lipo wire in middle of board, will this work and be safe


Thread: model heli main shaft clamp
08/08/2019 11:20:44

Thanks Peter will post picture later.

08/08/2019 10:01:05

At the minute I am messing with a small rc heli. The rotor head is held on by a 2mm bolt going across the drilled main shaft,so the head will never pull off.

the head then as two 1.6mm bolts going through the head straddling a typical slot for clamping.

Both sides of this head ,either side of slot are threaded, so as soon as the bolt head touches the face,it can not pull the rear in to clamp.

This as got me thinking, will that ever work???? I would of thought the front should be a clearance hole?

if the 2 threaded hole system can/does work would love to know. in this case because the bolt is only 1.6mm it will snap for sure.

thinking of opening the front hole BUT not my heli,building for someone

Thread: Binding probs
24/07/2019 16:10:35

I have a DX7 and a fair few RX`s. Come back to hobby after several years. The radio gear is well looked after and stored well. I had probs binding a couple of RXs so checked I was doing it correct. I was. A lot of the time the satellite would not light, several of them. If I changed the satellite lead it would work,so I presumed it was that, Some leads look thicker gauge than others? All genuine spectrum . But then when I tried later the satellite would not light. I have some park fly RX`s and they bond and stay bound. I really don't have much confidence in these, all had very little use but could be 10yrs old. has there been any software updates or such? these would be the original DSM2? gear. What with Horizon not as big here now I wonder if I should try a new brand. Last time I was using the gear there was a lot of talk brownouts, due to voltage issue????? can not remember exactly, I do know that the 3 nearest model shops carry very little Spektrum radios,only car radios.Any thoughts please ?

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