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Member postings for John A Cole

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Thread: Old diesel spares
11/07/2012 08:51:36

Thanks Ian, really appreciate the help. PM sent.

10/07/2012 13:56:26
Posted by Barry Smythe on 10/07/2012 08:36:40:
Posted by Rentman on 21/06/2012 10:49:03:

John, I've contacted Hayley and she tells me the website (model engine is defunct/no longer running, hence it's vanished.

But she still has all the spares. Recommendation is you drop her an email about what you require and she'll reply with availability and price.

Based on cost, quality, service and delivery I would have no issues doing business with her again.


Hi Ian

Do you have other contact details for Hayley, I've been sending emails but no response, maybe I'm off the Christmas card list because I'm in Australia, or maybe a phone number.

Thanks Barry

Have to agree with Barry, I am still getting no response to my emails either.

23/06/2012 14:41:56

Thanks, I've had spares off Hayley and Lionel before but my email requests have had no response. I will try again in that case smiley

Thread: model engine spares co uk
22/06/2012 13:32:43

Thanks Simon , I personally wouldn't bother them, it's just a shame that a reliable source of old engine spares has disappeared. If you have the lathe skills there is still a big market out there even if it is specialist. Lionel's work was first rate.

21/06/2012 08:28:12

Same as me Barry. I had a list of parts needed and was waiting for the quote, now it's like they've disappeared!

Thread: Old diesel spares
21/06/2012 08:25:52

See my other post about Lionel and model engine vanishing! Thanks anyway

Thread: model engine spares co uk
14/06/2012 00:28:40

Anybody know whats happend to model engine spares web page and Lionel Kirby?

Thread: Old diesel spares
13/03/2012 10:18:00

Anybody know of where to get hold of old engine spares, needle valve assemblies, prop drivers, comp screws etc.

Ive used Model Engine spares co uk in the past but cant seem to get a reply from them now.

Might have to invest in a lathe and start practising!

Thread: 50th Anniversary Issue
28/07/2010 12:24:05
Already have David, Thanks. It was posted 2nd June but not recived. So they are sending another out (Thanks James at Myhobby store). Just my luck; been so patient but feel like a kid at Christmas!
27/07/2010 22:28:19
As soon as I saw this I ordered it ages ago. And now someone on Oz has a copy and I'm still waiting. Should have saved the postage and gone to Smiths. What is the point in pre-ordering if everyone buys it and I'm still waiting? Not impressed....
Thread: R U near Fareham, Hampshire?
14/11/2009 20:52:01
Thanks Chris. I thought Gosport Model Flyers used Hook recreation ground? Anyway, Titchfield Lane Funtley is only a short drive for me so would be interested in when and where etc.
02/11/2009 22:13:54
Thanks Ben. I belonged tp PADMAC for years when they flew at Thicket. See elsewhere in the beginner threads on my experiences. Ive been flying model aircraft for 30 years so just want somewhere near by to fly. Thanks for the reply though.
31/10/2009 09:59:10
Anybody flying near Fareham? Looking for somewhere within a reasonable distance of Fareham (In actual fact Im in Stubbington, Hill Head area) to fly mainly electric. Want to get back into hobby after a lay off.
Currently flying small electric helis in the garden but would like to do fixed wing again. No BMFA certs........can you do that with a foamie? Great to hear from someone. There must be a field somewhere thats empty...............
Thread: Name the new Britflight plane
31/10/2009 09:40:51
Quick reply, what about: BLAST or WHIRLWIND
Thread: Law - am I breaking bylaws?
19/10/2009 17:49:14
so adding to the debate (some friends had a number of views on this!),..... what if you were flying from a public footpath/right of way? across a piece of land?
Thread: Learning to fly alone
24/08/2009 13:38:59
Thanks Myron. The clubs were ok I suppose but not as welcoming as the ones I read about. I'm on the South Coast, near Fareham, Hampshire. I quite often fly a quick early morning sortie around the garden with a heli when its dead calm or only a light breeze. A great feeling. Would love to add a late evening flight with a fixed wing. Still have happy memories from early 90's when a late friend of mine flew his Flair Puppeteer around on 4 stroke tick over at sunset and my electric jobby was humming around almost as a silhouette. Ah, if only.............
21/08/2009 10:58:13
Hi Timbo, included my middle initial, hope that is ok? if not let me know. JC's are taking over the world...................
The other JC must be well thought of then as Ive received no abuse!
I'm not anti certs, just the way clubs manage it. If you cant fly solo until you have an A then at least have instructors available to enable that. I lost count of the number of evenings and weekends I turned up but no instructors were on the field. So didnt fly. Then gave up. Theres only so much standing in a field one can take before the pleasure wears off.
As you say......we all come back eventually. Its in the blood.
21/08/2009 08:43:06
Well this is interesting reading! I joined a club and still learnt RC flying on my own! After a KK Nomad (Age 11), Achilles ruber, then a Phnatom Mite and Champ I gave it all up. Then came back when I had money and a job in a my twenties. Tried with a Wot 4 but that got re-kitted so joined a club. Not that friendly and the club seemed to consist of internal groups of fliers, and if you didnt fit in, that was it. But they had a good flying site so I stayed wih it. On guidance from a membe I got a Precedent Hi Boy. Ended up flying around ok but due to its weight, all landings were 'hot'. And once you were off the mown strip the rough grass ripped the trike u/c out.
I then went my own way with an electric 3 channel (Speed 600 - Apex Models, cant remember the name). Success! Flew lovely. Went back to the club and had the same isolation and worse, crticism of the 'toy' 3 channel job. At the same time rules were tightend that only BMFA A could fly, but instructors were only available certain days, there was a waiting list and only limited examiners. Result: Gave up (As did many others at that club, even though they had been flying years.)
This has spanned 20 years and now 30 years later I'm back! Flying electric helicopters, first on a sim. WHy? My son got a PiccoZ, great fun, but needed more control so got a BladeMcx. Now I'm hooked again! All summer so far Ive had my Hirobo Quark SRB in the garden learning nose in. Easy on sim not in real life with wind pushing it about!
Moving on........Ive moved to a house near fields. So keep looking at them thinking.......nice day, big field, need a plane. So it will almost certainly be electric but cant decide what. I'll be rusty so it will need to be stable..ish, and not too large to keep battery costs down.
In summary (Phew!) .....Club? If its friendly, yes, otherwise, no. All my local clubs seem miles away. I dont really want to drive for over an hour to get there.
Self taught? Yes with the right model. Electric probably is easier as it works or doesnt. ic if not set up correctly, can be a problem before you ever get in the air. Worse, get in the air and then deadstick or engine cut on take off.
WOuld I join a club if I could find one local, probably, if it was friendly and didnt insist on an A cert. Safety rules are sensible, making people conform is not. A and B is something to work towards as you progress, not block or discourage you from taking part.  
Want to fly? yes! Cant decide which electric. Must cope with our UK gusty wind. Calm days are few and far between.
Just my thoughts! If youve read this far, well done and thanks.
Thread: Engine casting crack repair
21/08/2009 06:58:35
Thats what I was thinking, one of the metal based epoxy fillers. Its just a crack so intended to open it up with a needle file, over fill and file back to profile.
Thread: Remember the '384'? (Or what was it called?)
21/08/2009 06:55:27
Sharkface - thanks Bert. If I get around to it I'll let you know! Sounds kind of scary with the bigger engines. We always want more power or more 'just in case' but dont really understand what effect it may have. A ggod lesson there!
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