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Thread: Which was the best decade for the hobby?
13/02/2019 17:27:39

I came in to this hobby relatively recently but by co-incidence with this op I have been thinking how straightforward it was around 2005. A multitude of models to choose from (and see at my LMS), engine prices were the lowest they have ever been and restrictive legistlation was nothing more than a few paragraphs of the ANO.

At that time I could also see a clear path forward to progress to whatever type or size of model I wished to go for, with just a few extra bits of legislation relating to large models the restrictions were few.

So it was a great time for the hobby but I will also remember that it was a great time for me too because in addition the aforementioned I was doing a great deal of model flying and loving it.

The demise of so LMSs, ever burdoning legislation, less choice of traditional models, less choice of engines that are becoming more expensive, has meant that for me a lot of the pleasure was diminishing by 2015. (Now I even question whether or not it's worth carrying on).

So despite my decade not starting and ending with a zero I would go for 2005 - 2015.

Edited By Ian Jones on 13/02/2019 17:29:39

Thread: DG 1000 trouble
30/01/2019 11:48:50

Thanks for those kind words Paul. If, when I get it flying I'll post an update here.

Thread: FlyFly DG-1000 set up
30/01/2019 11:45:11

The first video posted by Piers is quite telling. First launch, insufficient speed and tip stall. The second launch (after just 30 mins fixing wing roots!) was a much more hefty affair.

Likewise in the second video, depsite the motor, the initial stage of the launch is quite a powerful with the launcher seemingly running with the model. This is entirely consistent with my experience mentioned elsewhere. This second video I found very interesting indeed and displays the sort of performance I would have expected.

According to my database I used 20mm movements on ailerons & elevator. Older and wiser, I'll have some aileron differential next time.

Edited By Ian Jones on 30/01/2019 11:53:00

Edited By Ian Jones on 30/01/2019 11:54:02

Thread: DG 1000 trouble
26/01/2019 19:43:08

'eck, has it been 8 years embarrassed.

After the help and investigations, which I appreciate and still expect to make good use of, I am now starting another new year thinking, "I'll get DG1000 flying this year".

You have my sympathy Peter, I've pretty much decided to forget the motor and launch off a slope. Before that I will be making very precise checks on the CG.

Thread: Dave Burton (BEB)
20/01/2019 13:00:20
Posted by Steve Hargreaves - Moderator on 19/01/2019 16:48:43:


As David noted above we have put together a "Book of Condolence" for Dave's family containing all the kind & thoughtful comments expressed by the forum members. It also contains a few pictures of DB as I am sure he would like to be remembered, with fellow forum members at various fly-ins over recent years.

I thought I would share a few pictures of the book.

dave 1.jpg


My thanks to David Ashby for the pictures & to Chris Bott who did all the hard work downloading all the posts from this thread.

The document will be presented to Dave's family during his Funeral on Monday.

With special thanks to all members who posted their condolences.

Well done everyone, this is entirely appropriate considering Dave's huge involvement in aeromodelling in so many ways.

Edited By Ian Jones on 20/01/2019 13:01:15

Thread: Flying Aces Sportster
12/01/2019 22:08:00

Okay I have recovered my original magazine 'Vol 14 Issue 13 £2.65 11Dec - 7 Jan 1999' and plan.

The opening paragraph regarding building the wings makes interesting reading regarding the ailerons, "Wings are very straightforward, I recommend using a 1/16" balsa spacer between aileron and wing spars whilst building".


Edited By Ian Jones on 12/01/2019 22:08:49

10/01/2019 00:26:30

FB3, do you have the RCM&E article for the build?

I don't have access to the online magazines at the moment and my stack of magazines don't go back far enough but if you can get hold of RCME Vol 41 Issue 13 (that's 1999) then that might help.

Edited By Ian Jones on 10/01/2019 00:32:34

Thread: club drone ban
09/01/2019 16:29:24

The fact that banning drones at club level (in clubs that would otherwise allow them), is being considered just goes to show how legislation is penalising the wrong people. Completely sympathise with those considering it and understand the reasons but it so wrong that such a situation should arise.

Thread: Dave Burton (BEB)
04/01/2019 10:50:27
Oh dear, very saddened by this news, my condolences to all.

I first became aware of Dave through this forum, though I had probably read articles in RCM&E before that without realising it. He stood out for me not just because of his moderator role but also because of the considered methods he used to keep good order. His knowledge and means of passing it on has always been just at the right level for all and no doubt will provide a reference for many in years to come.

I first actually met Dave, together with David Gilder at Steve Webb's to discuss the provision of T shirts for the first Mass Build to take place in 2011, when many of us built our Webbits. The impression he made on me then reinforced that which I had already formed; a perfect gent. That year and on several subsequent years we met again at Greenacres and I always hoped we would meet there again.

I, model flying in general, this forum and of course RCM&E will miss him I'm sure.


Edited By Ian Jones on 04/01/2019 11:01:07

Thread: Boomerang didn't come back
28/12/2018 12:30:38

Brian, if you accept that everyone needs a trainer and you have one of the best then you options are threefold:

  1. repair
  2. replace
  3. use for spares

Option 3 doesn't provide you with a trainer unless you combine it with option 2.

Option 2 is going to cost you and you will still use parts you would have used in option 1.

Option 1, if it fails to fulfil it's purpose still leaves options 2 & 3 available.

It's a repair job alright!

Thread: Gatwick drone incident
22/12/2018 00:38:54

In the interests of safety the runway must remain closed until the risk has been eliminated. This is affecting thousands of people for a considerable length of time.

We have recent EASA legislation which is supposed to deal with the "drone" issues but without effective enforcement serves no purpose other than to disproportionately penalise thousands of responsible model flyers across Europe, every day. Costly new legislation on top of pre-existing legislation has failed to curb the activities such as we are seeing today at Gatwick.

The questions arise: “If the money spent on legislation had instead been spent on detection and enforcement would the problem have been better dealt with” and “Will the money now have to be spent on detection and enforcement on top of legislation which has failed to be effective”.

In summary, thousands of people are being affected by disruption and legislation on top of legislation but detecting and penalising the few unlawful operators does not appear to have the priority it deserves. It's time to focus on what really matters and deal directly with the criminals involved.

20/12/2018 12:28:44

The shadow transport secretary -

"Events at Gatwick airport highlight the urgent need for clear rules on the use of drones near airports. There has been growing concern over the increasing number of near misses between drones and manned aircraft and the government has been too slow to act.

“The government should fast-track the introduction of a regulatory framework to protect against the misuse of drones and ensure the safety of UK airspace. This should include a drone exclusion zone around airports."

The title of this thread ! Seems it applies to more than the drone operators!

Thread: Wings - the TV series.
19/12/2018 17:22:07

I watched the whole series (again) on YouTube last year and totally agree with OP. IIRC there are several contributors and selecting an alternative somtimes had better sound and vision.

Thread: Can a drone fly at 10000ft?
19/12/2018 10:28:26

This thread has changed from "Can a drone fly at 10000ft?" to "Can a pilot identify a drone whilst flying an aircraft". The former technical question has been near enough answered but the latter observational question has not, even though there is a lot of supporting comments suggesting he can't"

Even though many would be quick to dismiss it, I would very much like to see an official CAA response regarding the latter question, or perhaps an official BMFA response.

Edited By Ian Jones on 19/12/2018 10:29:55

Thread: Cambria Funfighters charity Xmas draw 2018.
18/12/2018 11:34:39

Tried to donate via website, it returned:

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Edited By Ian Jones on 18/12/2018 11:37:56

Thread: EDF off grass runways ???
17/12/2018 10:35:52
Posted by Chris Walby on 16/12/2018 21:26:43:

Depends on how long the grass is and the size of wheels. Our grass is kept quite short and if the ground is hard then most edf's are ok. Give it a couple of weeks growth and its very different.

Another issue is how flat, bearing in mind you have no prop wash its only air speed that gives you any control surface response. Great if you your edf accelerates like a scolded act, but if it marginal then you can eat a lot of runway up.

We have a couple of very unhelpful bumps that make the ground run tricky keeping it straight plus holding it down until there is sufficient air speed to make a safe climb out.

Not flown one although the HK vampires are very popular and as a back stop you can hand launch and belly land if the grass is too long.

All the best and let us know how you get on

thumbs up

... although sometimes a bump in the grass can lift the nose just enough to get some air under the wings, the take off that follows can be a bit hairy though.

Edited By Ian Jones on 17/12/2018 10:36:26

Thread: Build query
12/12/2018 20:50:15

Also to help with quick assembly are the wing spars:




When fully assembled the wire braces prevent the wings from sliding off!

12/12/2018 17:33:00

Those bracing wires are the usual fishing line traces with clevises at the ends, makes for quick assembly at the field.

Flying Aces Sportster

12/12/2018 12:19:53

Just taken a quick snap of my wing, not a good photo by a long way but you can see the sheeting on the top centre section.


No sheeting on the underside:


As for the black patches... make sure you fit decent servos in the first place!

Thread: Aldi 3d printer
22/11/2018 20:34:52

There's a section on 3D printers on this very forum which you may find helpful in your considerations:

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