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Thread: Foam Wing Cutter
14/11/2019 11:57:31

I'm hopeing somebody can give me a steer on a suitable foam wing cutter set up.

I have a variable 9 - 24vdc/3a/72w PSU and was wondering if this would be adequate and what cutting wire would be recommended

Cut length will be in the 0.75m to 1m range.



Thread: Cheap Chinese Laser Cutter
14/11/2019 09:05:05

Hi Robert,

I hope you can help. I'm considering the purchase of the eleksmaker a3 2.5mw laser (USB version) and am interested in how you expanded the cut area.

Was it a kit of parts, or did you just purchase longer rails?

would I be correct in assuming a longer servo belt would be required?

are there any Settings/parameters which need changed to reflect the longer cutting area?

Thanks in Advance


Thread: Maricardo build
13/11/2019 10:37:50

Hi Tim,

I'd agree with above re 1/32 ply doubler. The thing is, if you are unlucky enough to have the ground come up kind of quickly it will break either side of the wing just like the pictures above regardless of how thick the doubler is

Here's my 2, the one on the left is the modified one & the other is the original built from the pre decimal plan (5/- I think). The modified one is about 20 Years old & the other (inherited) must be about 40 years old. Both were modified to replace banded on wings with dowel & bolt


Thread: How to remove glue from ARTF before recovering....
12/11/2019 19:39:09

It might be worth trying some Acetone, it's pretty good for removing most adhesives



Thread: Trimming Question after Crash :-(
11/11/2019 22:41:26

I had the same issue with mine, I bought the kit after reading the RCM&E review, right down to the ST 90.

First couple of times it flicked it really scared me, but as above reduced the elevator throws and it behaved not too badly.


Edited By Steve Hargreaves - Moderator on 12/11/2019 20:41:37

Thread: Maricardo build
11/11/2019 00:33:44

I've built both versions off the original plan and I'm pleased to say they are both still in existence. While both are great flying planes the modified version with no dihedral and larger control surfaces in my humble opinion is the better of the two.

That said both are completely viceless and fun to fly, I'm sure you'll enjoy whichever version you choose.


Thread: How many on-going projects and unstarted kits do you have?
09/11/2019 20:13:31

I guess the answer is far too many, thing is if you put a slight spin on the question to read 'how many unfinished projects is SWMBO aware of ? I bet the number would be significantly less ;o)

My to do list

1. Precedent fun fly to renovate/refurb

2. Phoenix 1/5 scale Pilatus PC21 to finish off gear instal

3. Pilot 1/3.5 Bucker Jungman half covered

4. Chilli Wind scaled up to 80" to get on the building board.

5. Flair Christen Eagle light U/c damage to repair and sell

6. Falcon Aviation Eurobat to re maiden after fuselage rebuild.

7. Numerous ideas I'm fighting to keep locked away until the previous items are dealt with


Thread: Irvine 53 issues
09/11/2019 19:50:06

In support of Conrads post I've experienced the same, twice over.

The Irivine 53 has been my favoured weapon of choice for several years. I've currently got 3 of them, 2 with the black carb and one with the silver OS carb. Of the 2 black carbs one has had a lot of use ( several years) and the other has only been in use for a couple of seasons and the OS carb one has only recently been taken out of the box.

The high mileage one exhibited the loose idle needle fault after a couple of years, to resolve I lightly nicked the bottom couple of threads on the needle which gave enough resistance to cure the fault. When I took the 2nd engine out of the box, the idle needle felt very loose, so it was subjected to the thread nick solution and I'm pleased to say both engines remain trouble free to this day.


Thread: CAA model registration number details
05/11/2019 16:13:37

The answer to this may already be out there in the various posts and if so please accept my apologies in advance.

Once we are given our CAA number, is there any regulations on font size and where on the model it can be located. By location I'm just looking for a simple inside the model ( perhaps under a hatch) or does it need to be prominently displayed on the outside.

Thanks in Advance


Thread: Repairing a 3D Angel "Jigsaw"
02/11/2019 16:35:15

Watching with interest.

Ive had the misfortune of 'rekitting' a couple of artf's, the method I've used is to build a jig to hold/support the structure and cyano all the original parts in place ( no matter how small) once this is done it should be strong enough to handle unsupported.

Next step it to apply lightweight glass cloth on the outside of the fus over the glued parts. Warm the epoxy in the microwave before mixing to reduce the viscosity apply cloth and epoxy then cover with acetate sheet and squeegee any excess epoxy off and leave for 24 hrs to dry. once dry remove the acetate sheet. Done properly it'll leave you a very strong lightweight repair with a smooth glass like finish.

Good luck with your repair

Thread: Ribs - 'C' Grain, But What Density? (for Chilli Wind)
01/11/2019 20:05:37

Forgot to add, I also opted for a built up sectioned tail



01/11/2019 20:02:41


Unfortunately no pics, I made it up as I went along.

I used a full depth main spar from hard 1/4" slotted to half its depth and the ribs were also slotted to half depth and the spar was then capped top and bottom with 1/8" x 3/8" strip to form a girder type section. The ribs supporting the u/c plates were made out of 2mm lite ply. I never used any t/e stock but cut the ailerons from the wing and faced the openings with soft 1/4" .

The wing was joined with an epoxied in feathered 1/4" birch ply brace and a 2" bandage was pva'd over the join.

Hope this helps


01/11/2019 14:37:52

I've recently completed a Chilli Wind. I did the same and used a built up wing, Either Soft or Medium 3/32 will be fine

(I used medium). I also fitted a set of electric retracts and shoved an Irvine 53 up front. Its a brilliant plane, hats off to Mike D for creating it

chilli wind 2a.jpg

chilli wind 2.jpg

Thread: Where to get wood from
28/10/2019 15:04:32

Hi Mark,

Theres also

Ive used this and SLECuk both have been good for me

Happy balsa bashing

Thread: New tail wheel required
18/09/2019 17:50:16

If you decide to make your own 14 or 16 swg piano wire will be ideal. You could leave out the coiled part if it helps as it won't make any appreciable difference to performance.

Good Luck with whatever you decide

Thread: Re: Looking Back 43 Years
07/09/2019 20:40:48

Kevin B,

your posts made me laugh, very similar to mine

72 -76 control line combat

76 - 85 life got in the way

85 - 88 ventured into rc

88 - 2006 family

2006 - 2009 dusted off the old models and ventured back into RC

2009 - 2016life and work

2017 - present - ventiured back ....... still flying ic artf and plan built sports ............what the heck has happened to the hobby ..........shops & kits disappearing ........ lots of leccy wiggly amp things ........... foamies. IC engine manufacturers disappearing like snow of a dyke .......... not to mention those drone things

happy flying

Thread: Shortage of 35% (100cc) aerobatic kits in the U.K.
07/09/2019 19:46:15

Try IAD model designs, He manufactures and imports

Thread: Scaling up
04/09/2019 17:43:18

Thanks kc. I think I'll work off the std Chilli Wind sizes as a base



04/09/2019 15:54:33

Hi kc,

Thanks for the info. I have a vague recollection about a modified Chilli Wind. I have a notion the wing remained unchanged. That said I've put an Irvine 53 up front and am really pleased with the performance. in all likely hood I'll be looking to scale this up by about 1.4

If you have a copy of the magazine article I wouldn't mind a read



04/09/2019 13:33:48

Hi Chris

Welcome back from the dark side, I'm afraid those wiggly amp motors just don't do it for me.

I've got retracts and in the std size and they're very much part of the scale up plan. ( like to see a sports model with wheels up) That said I was wondering whether to add flaps to the upscale version. also under consideration is foam wing vs built up

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