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Member postings for Ian Jones

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Thread: Show Us Your 3D Prints
24/04/2020 02:09:20

Yep, me too, same Prusa design.

12/02/2020 16:01:37

Thanks for the info Kev.

02/02/2020 10:49:00

I think you did Kevin but it's nice to be reminded how versitile 3D printing is. Those nose cones - could be quite heavy, what did you use and how did you print the sides?

01/02/2020 14:53:33

This should do:


The previous one would do a text copy and paste but for some reason the link itself had the ":" removed, anyway, unless it get's removed again then this one should work.


This one does work smiley

Edited By Ian Jones on 01/02/2020 14:55:14

01/02/2020 13:33:55

A while back it was said that we should somewhere to share our prints. So indeed a group was created at the suggestion forumites as place where designs related to radio controlled flying models can be stored and shared. There's currently 241 members!

Have a look at

Thread: Lost mojo
27/01/2020 16:02:06

You have got to finish it and show it flying... just for me as I sob quietlysad.

Due to a mains waterburst, on the path outside my home, water flooded into my garage. The only fatality was my Sportster due to water getting into the wing roots. No wings, no fly!

Waiting for United Utilities to pay out but no amount of money is going to make good on my loss.

Thread: Servo query
02/01/2020 17:10:54

Somehow I have been unaware of this thread!

Mine was originally fitted with Ripmax SD200s. Horrible things which have been popular over the years but in my experience have not lasted long - end up jittering when re-centering.

I replaced them 7 years ago with Hitec HS81s and these have been perfect, even in 30mph wind, which for this model is quite a challenge. If I was doing it today I would consider MGs but I don't think they are really necessary.

My sportster has been in regular use all these years, unfortunately a recent water main burst which flooded my garage has soaked the wing roots and alas it's not safe to fly.

FB3 have you completed and flow yours?

Thread: Club badges
23/12/2019 09:35:11
Posted by Martyn K on 25/05/2012 15:26:17:

Here is ours - I suspect the design is attributable to Ian Jones of T shirt fame

A Cheshire Cat of course (South Cheshire RC Society)



Thanks for the credit Martyn, actually I don't recall the exact origin of the design, it was passed on to me (by a then committee member) to be used as a logo on T shirts etc. Unfortunately it was a very blurred and noisy jpeg which is where I did in fact put in a great deal of work cleaning up the main logo area and adding in new lettering for the club name, it took ages but it worth it.

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!

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