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Member postings for Michael Barclay

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Thread: Covid 19 sports club grants.
12/08/2020 18:37:41

I thought it was worth bringing this to the attention of the forum. The morality of it is up to individual clubs. I do not understand why the BMFA did not bring this to the attention of clubs. Our club was contacted by the council and advised to apply. We got the 10k.

My original post asked for suggestions on how to spend the money to best benefit the club and the future of our hobby.


12/08/2020 14:15:16

It's called " The Coronavirus Retail, Hospitality, and Liesure Business Grant." If your club is registered for business rates you are elegible to apply. It's a fixed sum of £10,000.

12/08/2020 09:40:54

Has your club got the grant. If so what will the club be doing with it?

Thread: Orange Rx
12/08/2020 09:38:10
Posted by AndyD on 12/08/2020 07:57:43:

ive got six or seven and never had a problem but i dont think i would use them in a expensive model though.

I can't see why not. If they are good they are good. If not why use them in anything?

12/08/2020 06:39:30

No problems when used with DX6 and DX8. I have six with faultless service.

Thread: EPP Foam Availability
04/08/2020 18:01:41

Does anyone know if Graupner Vector Board is a form of EPP?

Thread: WD40
02/08/2020 12:21:36
Posted by Pete Collins on 02/08/2020 11:06:32:

Oddly enough, according to an old lady i know, it DOES cure arthritis! Or, at least, she sprays it on her knee and insists that it helps her mobility. Perhaps someone should conduct some proper scientific tests?

Someone I used to sail with claimed exactly the same thing.

Thread: Floatplanes!
30/07/2020 13:48:41

esc. 1/ remove outer cover and heat sink and heat sink tape.

2/ flatten fetts so that they all make perfect contact with heat sink.

3/ dip esc in thin epoxy.

4/ when tacky replace heat sink.

I have done this with 2 esc. now and they will work underwater with no problems.

Thread: Very fast delivery from Banggood China
30/07/2020 13:38:28

Guess this is another HK slagging off thread! If you don't like HK no one is forcing you to buy from them.

Thread: Watch out for online retailers in EU, China & the USA
28/07/2020 12:56:49

92 orders large and small from Hobby-King in the last two years. Nothing missing, all arrived ontime. Couple of small problems I have had have been replaced quickly with no quibble.

I often order from EU warehouse as postage sometimes works out cheaper. Items normally arrive in 5 or 6 working days. Don't order from Hong Kong anymore after being hit twice with import charges and post office fees.

Like many other businesses there are stock problems at the moment but they will get over it. In short I am a satisfied customer.

Thread: 2200 3s from Hobby King.
27/07/2020 22:43:01
Posted by Trevor on 27/07/2020 22:10:13:

That degree of imbalance shouldn’t be a problem - a normal balance charge should sort it out. The main thing to check with new batteries is that the cell internal resistance is in the expected range. Assuming of course that your charger has the facility to measure it.


OK Trevor. Thanks. Mike

27/07/2020 21:39:00

Six new batteries arrived today. Five have well matched cells. One is as follows.

Cell1. 3.741v

Cell2. 3.744v

Cell3. 3.707v

Return battery or bring up the low cell before charging?

Thread: AR620 Loses Connection on Lower Power Range Check
24/07/2020 22:11:16

What are you guys who ditched Spektrum using?

Thread: How to make scale exhausts?
21/07/2020 16:54:51

Diameter of pipe?

Thread: Very fast delivery from Banggood China
11/07/2020 17:33:06

I have loads of stuff from HK EU warehouse. Cheaper postage than from UK and always arrived within 7 working days.

Thread: Forum weekend prize draw - winners!
11/07/2020 09:42:21

I must be thick as a post for entering this. Never won anything in my life.sad

Thread: 0.4mm spring steel wire
07/07/2020 09:20:57
Posted by Jeffrey Cottrell 2 on 06/07/2020 18:40:23:

Hi Guys

Anyone know where I can get some 0.4mm dia spring steel wire in this country.

E-bay lists loads, but the all come from China, with all its attendant delays.

Really like to have it before the turn of the milleniumsmiley



It's listed on AMAZON UK.

Thread: Receivers
04/07/2020 10:03:20
Posted by David Davis on 04/07/2020 09:19:11:
Posted by Michael Barclay on 04/07/2020 08:28:42:
Posted by brokenenglish on 03/07/2020 19:27:45:

For the last 8 years, I've been using Spektrum Tx with Orange receivers from HK Europe. Many, many flying hours and I've never had any problem whatsoever.

I can second that. I have half a dozen Orange R620x receivers with good range and no problems. Have seen crashes at the club with members flying Spectrum receivers blaming loss of signal.

We can only speak from our own experiences.

I lost signal while using Orange receivers resulting in the loss of my SLEC Fun Fly and a Seagull Boomerang ARTF trainer. From memory the Orange receiver had only one antenna. Perhps the had something to do with it. In the case of the Fun Fly I had witnesses observe the engine cutting out and then my total lack of control as the model crashed to the ground. That said, both models had had several previous flights without incident.

In the third case I had taken a Spektrum receiver out of my ancient and much-repaired Junior 60 and replaced it with an Orange receiver. I had arranged to hand over the model to a novice pilot that same day. We had an apparent glitch on the first flight and on the second all signal was lost and we watched the model glide free flight into a wheat field. Despite it being covered overall in orange Solartex we could not find it. I expect I'll get it back once it's been through the front end of a combine harvester! Perhaps after over thirty years of ownership it objected to being given to a new owner!

I am happy with the performance of my AR410s and given the very reasonable price can see no reason to use anything else.

It would be interesting to know which Orange rx you were using. I think some people had trouble with the 610 but the 620x has a very good reputation. Nice thing about Hobby King is you can view hundreds of reviews and if something is unreliable you will soon find out.

04/07/2020 08:28:42
Posted by brokenenglish on 03/07/2020 19:27:45:

For the last 8 years, I've been using Spektrum Tx with Orange receivers from HK Europe. Many, many flying hours and I've never had any problem whatsoever.

I can second that. I have half a dozen Orange R620x receivers with good range and no problems. Have seen crashes at the club with members flying Spectrum receivers blaming loss of signal.

Thread: How long have you been waitng for an order from HK Global?
03/06/2020 16:57:59
Posted by Martin McIntosh on 03/06/2020 11:01:29:

I think that customs say a $30 limit which was about £19 but of course we are now having to pay a lot more for imports. I was very annoyed to find that postage is also classed as chargeable and got caught out by using express which pushed my order way over.

Thanks for that information Martin. I did not know the exact figure so just kept it below £15 to be on the safe side. Mike.

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