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Member postings for Mike Healy

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Thread: Powerbox Evolution Spectrum
07/04/2018 11:06:01

Now almost 2 years down the line due to illness getting in the way of building, I am now on the final stages of the construction of the Stearman - thank you for all your comments incidentally.

I decided to go for the Powerbox Mercury SRS with my Spektrum DX9 transmitter - now all set up with dual batteries and 4 Spektrum DSMX satellites - very nice bit of kit but I believe in 'you get what you pay for'.

Only problem is - the tranny (despite being 'bound' and confirmed on both Tx and the four satellites) will not speak to each other. I have obviously missed something so terribly obvious that I am almost too embarrassed to ask the question - 'what do I have to do with the Tx to prepare it, apart from binding it, i.e. do I have to assign anything or allocate switches etc, in order for the servos to operate?'

And Yes, I have read the very good manual (photo enlarged by a factor of three!) over and over, and plugged servos into all 15 of the servo sockets, but the servos stay stubbornly at rest. Any ideas before my mentor comes to do the test flight and thinks I am a total plonker ?

Thread: Spektrum satellite SPM9645 receivers
09/11/2017 09:54:40

This is a pretty simple query - the satellite r/x's with the product reference 9645 seems to be the only one for the product (I have some that are a few years old when I first had DSM, and newer ones since I have also had DSMX) - question is, should they all work with the full range of Spektrum primary receivers?

Thread: My Spektrum DX9 transmitter has stopped working.
08/09/2017 16:25:00

You can probably all stop panicking, so I understand - things are in hand that a highly respected BRITISH retailer will soon be appointed sole Horizon service and repair agent. From the horses mouth by the way. And his missus.

Thread: Multiplex Twin Star. Owners Thoughts and experiences.
22/02/2017 13:45:45

Hi Steve - the Twin Star was the original model that started the twin-engine mass popularity back when I used to go to model trade fairs in this country (Sandown etc) and bought one because I was struggling with a semi-scale Mosquito - the Twinstar was a revelation - it actually flew hands off from the first launch. It was really good fun and totally forgiveable. About a dozen club mates bought them as well, and we even had a 'Twinstar Mass Slot'at one of our very early Woodspring Airshows. OK, so you're not going to do multi-aerobatics with aTwinny, but at the price we had a great deal of fun with them, all daft and outrageously silly, but we had FUN. I still have my original one with the Speed 400 can motors (well, not actually the originals - they are a bit like Trigger's broom - I burned out a couple over the last twenty years) - wet grass gives perfect touch and goes, take-offs as well and so easy to hand launch.

Never tried the newer ones with brushless motors and Li-Po's, but have seen them and they are exactly the same as the originals - only much better! Get one, but please don't put an undercarriage on it and pretend it's an Islander!!

Thread: Powerbox Evolution Spectrum
25/04/2016 12:35:53

Several interesting points raised - some clarification obviously needed -

(1) I registered with LMA as soon as I contemplated building the Stearman

(2) I registered the build when I considered it likely that with a 7 cylinder radial engine it would be very near or over the 20kg limit

(3) I have been building and designing model aircraft since a Fox 35 was considered a HUGE engine

(4) My current squadron includes 7 quarter scale aircraft (warbirds, biplanes, golden era, light aircraft etc) both muti I/c and electric - so with respect, I am not exactly a twit when it comes to structural and stress issues. Balsa USA also know a thing or two about large model design.

Despite my background, I am completely new to dual-redundancy systems, and as such, need information and some guidance to avoid wasting money on unnecessary or unsuitable equipment. Strangely enough, information is amazingly hard to get from all of the obvious sources - like books, forums, web etc. - so I need to ask people who Already use the stuff, hence my original posting.

I have obviously researched Powerbox Systems - their website and forum are really good, I presume - if you speak German, which I don't - neither did the guy on the Horizon stand at Modellbau Dortmund speak English, so I got really mixed information - not good when I am considering a spend of several hundred more pounds.

Nexus, however, were very helpful, and I now have a plan put forward by them which will do all I want - hopefully - utilising their new Mercury unit, which appears to do everything I want all in one box, plus a few satellite r/x's - result!!

I will post again when I get further on - thanks for all the comments, and apologies for my inadequate information.

Edited By Pete B - Moderator on 25/04/2016 18:37:39

24/04/2016 10:40:10

Having now gone 'Large', I am finding it difficult to get accurate guidance on the 'dual-redundancy' stipulation as required by the CAA for models over 20kg.

I am building a 1/3 Balsa USA Stearman - nice simple 4 channel plus smoke, single hi-power Savox servos on all control surfaces, Spectrum DX9 Black, and a AR9110 9 channel r/x. I thought (wrongly - it appears) that I needed two battery supplies only, but overlooked the fact that 'dual-redundancy' means just that, and I need two receivers as well - whoops!

Having just returned from Modellbau in Dortmund, I was able to see the Powerbox Evolution Spectrum, which seemed to be ideal for my purpose - it already has a built-in Spectrum 9 channel r/x - also twin battery ports. Unfortunately, I have very poor German, and there was a slight problem with my ability to totally be sure of what their rep was telling me (!) - it appears that this reasonably priced Powerbox will do everything I need when connected in line with my AR9110 r/x.

Is there anyone who can support this assumption for me - if so, how goes the set-up and wiring - I also want to include the Powerbox 3e Gyro - any advice or guidance on this little gizmo? All help most welcome.

Thread: Precedent Stampe 1/4 Scale
19/11/2015 10:45:17

Hi Cymaz - Mike Healy here! I have built two of these in the (distant) past - both excellent flyers, and can be built to whatever scale degree you fancy. First one was at least twenty years ago, ASP 108 two-stroke powered, best model I ever had and flew it for years and years, then gave it to my lad with another new ASP as the other one was knackered. Then missed it terribly, and bought another one - finished in the Rothmans colour scheme, this one was more detailed, with decent rigging and an ASP 120 four stroke this time - it was OK, but I never really 'bonded' with this one, and sold it to a club-mate who flew it in the Wessex Scale league quite successfully - I think he still does on occasions. I have another one - still in the box, unstarted for when I get all nostalgic again, and my mate in Provence (Al LeRhone, AKA Taffy Davies) is currently building on as well - as he has been for the last 5 years - he is very fussy, but easily distracted; We have a pair of NIB OS 120e's for these, and I know Taffy has had to virtually re-design the front end to accommodate the tank and engine on his. If and when I can figure out how to post pictures on this blog, I will try to send a couple of to the forum. Have Fun!

PS - I have posted a message on the Gipsy Moth thread for you.

Thread: Ripmax Flying Legends Gipsy Moth
18/11/2015 10:31:57

Hi Cymaz - Is it only us two who have persevered with this 'challenging' (aka 'orrible) product? I can understand it if we are as it is without doubt the worst model I have ever built/assembled - poor old Boddo would be turning in his cloud if he knew what Ripmax and their far eastern associates had made of his design!

Anyway, enough griping - is yours performing well? I hope so and am interested in your blog.

Mine is continuing to be a real pain, and is now a labour of hate/love and determination to get it in the air.

I have , hopefully, solved the problem of the fuel system with help from the W.O.O. and a Cline hopper tank and Quickfire regulator - it works on the test stand with the tank 6" below the engine, so it should be OK in the Gipsy; I have installed AGS2 x 2 glow ignition system, although the Diastar seems to run pretty well by itself.

All rigging and ancillaries now deposited safely in the trash can and replaced at no small expense with proper M3 clevises and cable ends, with Sakuma 7 strand nylon coated fishing trace - really good quality and a £3.99 pack has done all the rigging, plus half another reel for the control cables which are a larger gauge.

Now, tell me Cymaz, what dihedral did you use, and how did you do it? With the model assembled on a flat surface, the wings had virtually no dihedral without the flying and landing wires - so, as the wing fixings are very firm, quite a lot of tension has to be made on the landing wires to lift the wings to what I have deduced to be a sort of reasonable amount of dihedral - I have used 4 degrees, which is approx. 4 and a tad mm at the tips. Ripmax, bless 'em, only tell you to ensure dihedral is the same on both wings, but completely omit to tell you how much!

And another thing (which I note you also appear to have missed from your photos) - the steel brackets for the forward wing mountings are in the wrong place - I thought that it was a poor design to have them held by the wing mounting bolts anyway, as it all falls apart when you de-rig - but hey, there are threaded inserts just outboard of the forward root lugs on the wing which are specifically for the mounting brackets to be fixed - you just have to find the (covered) holes, which are on the top surface of the lower wings and (obviously) on the bottom surface of the top wings - I now have to shorten the flying wires of course!

I'd had enough last night, so I am about to go and look at the rear wing fixings to make sure there are no more hidden holes for wayward brackets.

I have also made up a couple of jury-struts from 12 x 3 mm dural to keep the rigging and wings safe when folded back, the two 3mm holes set apart the same distance as the threaded inserts on the fwd cabane and fuselage.

I am still worried about the weight, and might have to stick the 5 cell Rx battery down aft.

Apologies for this rather wordy missive, but it seems we are alone in this quest!

Edited By Pete B - Moderator on 18/11/2015 13:00:02

Thread: chipmunk plan RM 276
08/09/2015 13:21:35

You may be interested in my own Chippie built from this plan when it first came out (was it that long ago, really?) It was not what I would call an easy build, challenging more like, but very satisfying. This was in the days when servos were not throw away items like today, so economies dictated a single aileron servo centrally mounted with Sullivan gold rods to bellcranks to the control surfaces - all Futaba S128's if I recall - the standard 4 cell ni-cad, and (luxury, here!) a brand new Laser 75 up front. I flew it for many years, regularly, broke the cowl frequently because of the bendy undercarriage, and other minor bits of hangar rash. It was epoxy-glass sheathed, with solartex flying surfaces, and in RAF trainer colours. I loved it. Many years on, I sold it to a fellow club member - a very experienced display pilot, who was looking for a scale 'hack' for everyday flying. He replace the virtually knackered laser with a 150, replaced the single aileron servo with outboard mounted S148's and bought a new cowl. That was about six or seven years ago, and he is still flying it as his favourite model, day in, day out - it has had probably had approaching a thousand flights in its near 30 year history, and is still much admired. John flies it beautifully - and it still has the wobbly undercarriage!

Thread: Ripmax Flying Legends Gipsy Moth
30/08/2015 18:38:04

Thanks for all that Cymaz - it seems that we have both arrived at very much the same conclusions with the exception of the engine - I really do want to fly it with the Diastar - it seems sacrilege not to - but when I have had enough of the heavyweight, I shall probably drop in the GF40 as I have already made a firewall box for it - less fuss, more economical, same power and probably about 2 kilos lighter - should fly better as well - won't sound as good, though!

I took an easier way out with the lower hinge points however - I installed the Elevator servo and large horn sideways in the compartment behind the existing rear hatch, as I knew that I should require tail ballast, so I simply cut away the black solartex and made a suitable hatch cover - I can also put the battery and switchgear in there if needed, giving me lots of options; It also makes the installation of the pivot bolts much easier, either upright or down facing - I have also had cause to grind down a decent allen key from a former project - seems a shame to waste it!

I shall be up to the tackle shop in town on Tuesday to get some slightly lighter grade of trace - I think that 90lb is a bit overkill!

I have to finish this model soon as I am beginning to tire of it - also, I need the workspace and I need it to keep in practice for next years project whilst I build it - mum's the word, but it's big, got two wings and a radial - keep you posted, Cheers, Mike

30/08/2015 14:28:40

I've been 'off-air' for a month or two, but this wretched Gipsy Moth build is really doing my head in - one problem after the other. I believe the reason for this 'ARTF' version being withdrawn was the fact that once you get beyond opening the box and being seduced by all the blingy bits, the actual assembling, design (not Boddo's, I am sure) and quality control/inspection, it is a load of rubbish, and typical of the very early ARTF's - I believe we have all mostly lost sight of just how horrible they could be.

Not to be (nearly) put off by this, and believing (hoping?) that the basic Boddo design still lurks somewhere therein, I have, and am still, persevering with the build (which it now is as so much modification has been made) and wonder whether you have any insight into the following queries?

Having scrapped the awful closed loop tagging and made more acceptable items from nylon covered trace, I am about to trial fit them to the (hard) points - the minor ones firstly, for the four short cabane wires - can you tell me whether you found any inbuilt support in front of the windshields to attach the brackets? If, as I suspect, not, how did you overcome the problem?

Regarding the rear lower wing pivot bolts - did you mount the 3mm screws from inside the fuselage, or through the wing lugs, then the bent bracket and thence into the fruselage secured with the nyloc nut? The little arch shaped cutouts at the lower side edge of the fuselage are quite handy, and as has been already mentioned, can be easily made to look like foot-holds to the non-purists - or covered over if you are!

The accuracy of the wing fixing spar and pivot holes leave a lot to be desired - anything between 1 and 3mm out, which as far as I can see means opening out (ovaling) the pre-drilled holes in both components - not ideal, but unless a complete rebuild and re-covering of wings and fuselage is considered, is the only option I think.

On a more happy note - the IL300 has been fired up on the test stand and sounds absolutely gorgeous - it already ticks over at 1200 rpm, and opens up to a very sporty growl - I am still working on the fuel delivery system with a Cline regulator pump, and a Quickfire hopper tank to overcome the height variance between the tank and the carburettor - but that's another issue which when (if) solved, I shall make a further post.

Finally, is yours flying as well as anticipated, and have you had any more problems?

Thread: Fuel tank position
13/07/2015 16:21:53

I have a situation with my fuel tank positioning in my current build - the centre of the tank is some 80 mm lower than the centre line of the carburettor, and I need to know how I can resolve the fuel flow problem. The model is the DH Gipsy Moth and I am trying to use the OS IL300 Diastar - the build blogs do not mention anything about this problem, but I am sure Dave Boddington had a simple solution when he designed this model especially for this engine, bless him! The engine is mounted upright and the tank position is below the air-cooling duct, so cannot be raised - with the design of the Gipsy as opposed to the Tiger Moth the engine is not mounted inverted, hence the height difference, I obviously need a form of pressurised or pumped fuel system, so who has a nice obvious way of doing this? There must be a simple way - can I use crankcase or exhaust pressure, or do I need a pump? If so, how to proceed?

Thread: Ripmax Flying Legends Gipsy Moth
07/07/2015 21:48:58

Sorry guys - I spoke rubbish - the alternative motor is the OS GF40, not GT 40 - apologies all round😁

07/07/2015 19:21:44

Hi Cymaz - like you were, I am frustrated with the engine for my Gipsy Moth - after much deliberation as to whether to put the IL300 in it (as intended) or the OS40GT, I decided on the Diastar, only to hit upon one darned problem after the other. I had already accepted that she was going to be one heavy SOB, but felt that the C of G could be kept in check - the battery backer with twin packs, then the couple of South Herts IG2 glow drivers, not to mention their two batteries - Oh Gawd, this was going to be a really heavy SOB! OK, engine mounted - looks really great and happy that I chose this one.

Then plumbed the tank - a bit tight at the sharp end but neat and tidy - time to check on the handbook to confirm carb to tank specs - bad news - the height differential was 3" and I am sure the IL300 would not suck up the fuel that far (Please someone tell me it would!) No, OS are quite specific - it won't work. I shall have to re-position the tank - I can put the tank in the front cockpit under the seat (that meant cutting a hole in the cockpit floor) - then most of the lower transverse tray above the servo tray - Oh No! this is way too much trouble, and integrity of the airframe is becoming an issue now. I can see no solution to the problems as the only other alternative is to cut away the top of the fuselage between the front cockpit windscreen and the cowl and put the tank in there - no joy - too much butchery and a dirty great air cooling duct in the way!

So, regrettably, but far more sensibly, I think I shall go for the four-stroke petrol option with the 40GT - far more sensible really - I think.........unless anyone knows better?

Thread: BEC or separate Rx pack?
07/07/2015 08:58:19

Thank you all for your response - I apologise for not acknowledging any of you sooner, but I have a PC problem and have only just got a signal to my i.pad - also Woodspring Weekend interrupted the chain !

As I suspected, ask ten people the same question and you will probably get ten different answers, which of course is what I need - experience from people who have already 'been there' - again, thank you all.

I have spoken to a chap from the LMA who was the reason I bought the Mustang to start with - I saw his, and had to have one myself - he has been flying his for some time 'as per' and has had no problems at all with the BEC set up - so I will go along this route and monitor the flight times and current draw pretty carefully, whichever way I go, if anything goes wrong I will have made the wrong choice!!

02/07/2015 18:34:56

I have just completed an FMS 1700 Mustang (very impressed so far) - I am a little concerned that with 10 servos, mostif, not all of them digital, plus electric retracts and lights, that it may be a bit too much for the BEC, all be it a hefty 85 amp job with apparently a 5.5 volt output to the Rx. I have usually put a separate 4 or 5 cell Ni-Mh 2100 pack in my larger models, up to quarter-scale, using probably up to 6 or 7 standard digital servos, last one being a Hangar 9 Pawnee.

I therefore put a 2000 m/a 5 cell Eneloop NiMh in the Mustang - and got what to me was a previously unheard of sound of chattering servos when any control surface was operated - turns out is was from the two little 9g servos that operate the undercarriage inner doors. Research on t'internet revealed that this problem is not uncommon, suggesting ferrite rings etc. It seems however, from my own findings, that these tiny servos are unhappy with the 5 cell pack - swapping to a 4 cell pack completely cured the problem.

Now my question is this - do I revert to 'as per the kit' set-up, using the supplied BEC and a 4000 m/a 6s Lipo, or put in the 4 cell NiMh pack? I don't want to put any other gizmo's inside, like regulators etc as room is a bit tight - I would like some feedback from all you long standing 'E' flyers please!

Thread: Ripmax Flying Legends Gipsy Moth
03/05/2015 17:15:28

Thanks for that Cymaz - what is the weight of the model? It sounds like a very good combination for good scale-like flying - just what I like!smiley

03/05/2015 16:16:29

Hi - have you found the problem with mounting the lower wing mounting/pivot bolt or screw, whatever?

It seems that there is no definitive answer to what the blazes you do with the 'missing' attachment instructions - there seems to be forums suggesting various forms of cosmetic butchery to the area around the hole on the underside of the fuselage at the exact location where one would expect the pivot to be - but has anyone actually found the proper way as Boddo would have done? I am already head scratching with this on my kit - just started two days ago.

On another related issue - and I realise there will probably be lots of comments like 'wish I had that sort of problem myself' - but the point is this - I have an OS IL300 just waiting to find a home - it is a lovely piece of kit, but with the allied on-board ignition back-up, the engine mount and the scale exhaust it is a ruddy heavy option and will certainly be at, or above the maximum spec weight of 22 lbs - that is very high indeed (my Flair Tiger Moth weighs just over half that with a Laser 150, and flies slowly and beautifully) - I think the Gipsy with the IL300 will be a brick and fly like a Pitts - maybe I am wrong, but I am considering putting an OS GF40 petrol four stroke in instead, and save about 3 or 4 lbs (and a lot of fuel money!) - any sensible thoughts?

Oh, I already have scrapped the most un-scale closed loop system in favour of the Flair method, even though it makes more holes in the fuselage, and works really well on the Tiger.

Thread: Hobbyking virgin ...
10/07/2014 22:27:32

I ordered a Sea Vixen kit as well as eight various litho packs, some 26 amps worth, on Monday and it all arrived in one single box early Wednesday morning - this was from the UK site.

Thread: ID THEFT
12/01/2010 11:36:09
Happens to the best of us - no matter how careful you are - although some people are so stupid that they deserve to be screwed - not us modellers, of course! I was done for nearly twenty grand last year, and its still not sorted, and currently case is with the Financial Ombudsman. Bank eventually paid what the thieving fraudster had spent, but that is only the start of the problems. Try checking your credit rating since identity theft ! That will give you a nasty shock, and dont believe anything the bank tells you, they are next to useless and the bigger the bank, the worse they are - the one with the black horse is certainly a bad, bad choice in this respect and pass you from pillar to post.
The only tips I can pass on are to go for on-line banking with a (reputable ?) bank credit card - one that you use exclusively for 'on-line' and telephone purchases - and check very frequently, preferably daily, on-line to see your latest statement, which is usually within hours of any transaction, so at least you can contact the bank immediately and get the card stopped. Also make sure you are with a credit security company, like Experian or a reputable alternative, who preferably are not a part of the bank group. Oh, and dont use Pay-Pal !
Finally, if you're over 50 or so, you are a prime target for identity theft, because the low-life scum who do your cloning assume that you are financially better off, and that you never get near your credit limit, so there is plenty of credit for them to steal - youngsters apparently are less worth doing, as the rotten little devils usually are over their limit!
Hope you get it sorted, and if it's the banks fault through gross negligence on their part with your security details, then sue them

Edited By Timbo - Administrator on 12/01/2010 11:42:44

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