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Member postings for Roger Dyke

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Thread: Apprentice Tail Question?
25/01/2020 18:23:35

PatMc: After your last post I dug my handbook out and you were right. The fin and tail must be made from a different foam to the rest of the model.

Thanks for copying the relevant section from the manual.

25/01/2020 16:39:42

PatMc: I can't remember spotting that. I'll have a look. thanks for that.

25/01/2020 13:43:30

Hi Brian,

Thanks for that. I am a long standing modeller (with a few breaks in between) and understand what you say. I am also now a bit older in years and am going back to the more docile sorts of planes, hence the apprentice. All my other planes are IC and have purchased the Apprentice for the winter months as it's less hassle in the cold and muddy weather. Thanks for your tips. I particularly like the one about retaining the tailplane for future use.

25/01/2020 08:56:32

PatMc: I might just do that. I just thought that someone out there might know whether some of the glues I have around me might do the trick.

Denis: I have about 4 different types of CA but don't think that any of them are foam safe (it doesn't say so).

Kevin: Unfortunately, I do not have the old fin to use as it's still in a servable condition in the plane. As you said, the tailplane is covered in a sort of plastic. I'm just a little bothered of the glue creeping into the foam and melting it.

My thanks to you all for your very valued responses. Very much appreciated. I think that I can now sort it out.

24/01/2020 20:26:03

Old Geezer,

I've not heard of that one. I'll have to have a look next time I'm in my local store. I was rather hoping though, to use something that I already had.

24/01/2020 18:32:45

Thanks Brian

UHU POR is about the only glue I don't have. I have PVA, Araldite, Contact Adhesive, Clear Bostik, and various CA's. Are any of them any good?

24/01/2020 16:58:26

Hi All,

I have just purchased a new tail and fin kit for my E-Flite Apprentice S 15e.

In the kit there is a plastic fitment that holds the tail down with a slot along it for the fin. When I first purchased the complete aircraft kit, the plastic fitment had already been affixed to the bottom of the fin. In the replacement kit, it is a separate part.

My question is: Do I just slot the fin into the plastic fitment as it is a tight-ish fit, or do I glue it in. If I am to glue it, what type of glue is recommended?

Many thanks


Thread: Model Retrieval (or not)?
25/10/2019 09:47:27

Crackin' story (as above in **LINK**).

24/10/2019 16:33:03

Great story Peter. A good telephone number to keep I think.

Thread: Filling a Hole?
16/10/2019 18:04:40

Yes, that's true.

I now have more than enough ideas from your good selves to have a look at.

My thanks to you all for you very valued replies.


16/10/2019 17:05:05

Hi Stuart,

I haven't seen that one. I'll have a look at it. Thanks.


16/10/2019 08:33:05

Old Geezer: That sounds very encouraging. Thanks for that.

16/10/2019 07:25:29

Old Geezer: I never really thought of filling it with soft balsa. That's a good idea, thanks for that.

- : Thanks for the links, I'll have a look at them.

15/10/2019 21:47:38

Thanks for the replies and the info.

15/10/2019 20:27:44

Thanks for that. Do they have that sort of Gorilla glue in the local DIY?

15/10/2019 18:59:21

Hi All,

Recently, I encountered two large dings in the leading edge of my aircraft's wing each side of the fuselage about half way between the fuselage and the wing tip. The wing is foam with 4" of balsa sheeting on the front edge (top & bottom) where it is glued to the leading edge. The dings pushed the leading edge back about a inch or so and crushed the foam and balsa sheet. The dings are about 3-4" wide. I am making up a new piece of leading edge for each, but before I repair the sheeting I need to fill the hole left by the expired foam.

What is the best way of doing this? I do have a large block of foam at my disposal so I was thinking to shred some of this into the hole probably mixed with a little PVA glue. What do you reckon?

Your thoughts would be very much appreciated.


Thread: Model Retrieval (or not)?
13/10/2019 19:09:41

Hi Roy,

Your experience is duly logged for the future. I'm glad you got your Chipmunk back.

Many thanks.


12/10/2019 19:35:13

Thanks Robin. Yes, I think that's a good way of putting it (almost uncontrollable).


12/10/2019 17:32:08

* * * * * * * * * Retrieved * * * * * * * * *

Went down the field again this afternoon with my accomplice, armed with all sorts of telescopic poles stiff wire, gaffer tape, and a 7 metre retrieval pole. By feeding these items up vertically and taping them all together a section at a time we finally managed to reach the plane's height. Very unwieldly to control though. With a great deal of effort and energy we finally got the fuselage to fall but the wing stayed put. Another 20 minutes or so and the wing finally fell too. Pretty serious damage but I am optimistic that with lots and lots of TLC it might just fly again.

Robin: Thanks for your good tips. I shall take them all on board.

My thanks to you all for your very valuable contributions. Very much appreciated.


12/10/2019 13:17:14

Charles: That's very encouraging. I currently do not know anyone who goes fishing but I like the idea. I may be going down to the field sometime this afternoon (if my accomplice is available) armed with all sorts of things. If I fail, your idea may be a part of my plan 'B'. Thanks for that.

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