Here is a list of all the postings leccyflyer has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Model shops / web sites having sales over Christmas|
At least parially by a combination of the LHS not providing the service, prices and choices offered by some of the larger, more organised, switched on online retailers -including the larger model shops more attuned to modern retail - coupled with the legendary tightness of aeromodellers in particular, but hobbyists in general. I know personally of certain LHS outlets which have gone out of business having provided the most appalling service with the mantra "Oh, there's no demand for that" being all too familiar. Add in the increased cost of doing business on the high street to the reduction in the traditional model retail landscape and you have a situation where the world that we grew up in, where every significant town had one or more shops catering to the aeromodeller no longer exists.
Which local shops that are still around? There aren't any up here. Nearest shops are Scoonies Hobbies - just over 100 miles away and I believe there is one in Inverness, about 100 miles away, but I've never seen it and don;t know what they stock- their website is dead, as far as I can see.
Isn't that what the OP is aimed at though- providing a bit of publicity for the non-local shops with websites and Christmas sales? Wherever possible I use UK-based retailers via online ordering, FWIW, but not having a model shop within reach is a reality for a lot of people. Already.
Local model shop? What's one of those? Some of us don't have a local model shop within a hundred miles -unless you count shops with trains, RC cars, plastic kits, a couple of drones and RTFs and a few sheets of balsa. That particular ship has already sailed.
|Thread: Gatwick drone incident|
In this case released without charge means innocent- there is nothing pointing towards the couple having had anything to do with the alleged incidents at Gatwick.
"Bruce's video" seems to be full of half-baked conclusions and assertions. He says he's glad that he isn't a model flyer in the UK, so that's one thing that we do agree on - I'm glad that he isn't a model flyer in the UK as well, with those sort of attitudes and hyperbolic exclamations being aired so publically.
The story surrounding the couple arrested doesn't add up. It looks as though someone has just notified the authorities of someone in the vicinity who has flown drones and model aircraft -specifically helicopters.
The search for the guy's online activity, with the media showing pictures of his models and reviews of drone suppliers is the sort of thing which could be dredged up on almost anyone on this forum. It could simply be a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time and, more worrying, being in the wrong hobby for some people.
Something to bear in mind in the rush to judgement.
That's the point that I made earlier - the public isn;t likely to make that distinction, so it's difficult to see how the BMFA could take the initiative and frame the conversation to make that distinction, unless the expression of lumping us all together had been explicitly made. How could they become in the public discussion of the incident?
I haven't seen any explicit mention of model flying in the media in connection with this incident, so it;s difficult to see in what manner the BMFA could have been involved with something which really shouldn't be anything to do with model flying. How would such a conversation/report have been framed?
What we, as aeromodellers, need to remember is that whilst we see clear blue water between our activities and those of the drone flyers, the general public doesn't really see that - they lump us all in the same basket and drones have suddenly become even more unpopular than they already were. Interfere with the liberty of the British public, take away their rights, increase their taxes, destroy their democracy and you;ll be met with a shrug, but interfere with their holidays and that;s a different matter entirely.
Perhaps the authorities were waiting for a re-appearance of the drones with the systems actually deployed to let them do their work in detecting the perpetrators. It obviously took quite some time to get that equipment in place, then there was a gap with no activity and the airport operations recommenced -pretty much as soon as the drone popped up again last night they announced that they had made the arrests.
There is nothing in my post which is an over-reaction. I merely reported what the Transport Secretary said - his comment that legislation does not stop criminal acts was a sensible comment, but he did say that further legislation would be brought in.
The Transport Minister in the news this morning pointed out that these are criminal acts and that laws already exist which these activities are breaching. However he then went on to say that the laws were recent and would be added to in order to further discourage this type of activity and to employ measures to make closing down an airport like this to be impossible. Expect further legislation in the not too distant future.
|Thread: Rimfire or AXI|
Had my first AXI 2820/10 in 2003 and have had several of those marvellous motors in different sizes. Only lost a magnet on one, after an arrival and that was glued back. Have bent a couple of shafts with heavy arrivals, including punching a dent in the front bearing of one. Other than that, I've burnt out one of the coils on one motor. I'll be replacing the bearings on two that have gone a wee bit noisy after hundreds of flights and >10 years service.
I've had decent results with some Chinese outrunners as well, but I recently fitted a 2nd generation AXI 2820/10 in my Ripmax Mustang. Together with my Mega inrunners the AXIs have been great examples of fine Czech engineering.
|Thread: More flying sites needed!|
Well, Fresh Fields and French Fields have both been in the box this past week. Mot the best examples of British TV Comedy mind you.
|Thread: Christmas films worth recording|
Battle of Britain is on now. No other film comes anywhere close to that masterpiece. Must have seen it hundreds of times now.
|Thread: Rimfire or AXI|
The Rimfire motors are made in China, with all that entails, the AXI motors are higher quality, made in the Czech Republic and pretty much launched the brushless outrunner revolution in this country coming up to 20 years ago. You pays your money and you takes your choice.
|Thread: More flying sites needed!|
Citizen Kane? Think you mean Citizen Smith,
|Thread: Retractable SLS Systems|
What's an SLS system?
|Thread: What's the best way to uncover a Wots-Wot|
Don;t use solvent, you'll just drive the colour deeper into the wood.
Try the parcel tape method - that works very well on film that has delaminated as you describe. That's described in an earlier thread - see link below.
|Thread: Reach for the sky|
Have always followed that advice.
It's been some years since I've seen the film. The air to air footage is pretty low grade, but forgiveable for 1950's - even with the dominance of late Mark Spitfires with bubble canopies and a number of FW-190s shot down in the gun camera footage of the Battle of Britain sequences.
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