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Thread: Your favourite 3 songs
14/07/2018 08:33:21

Comfortably Numb.......Pink Floyd

Heard it through the grapevine........Marvin Gaye

Get it right next time........Gerry Rafferty

In reserve as it always reduces me to tears;

Nessun Dorma when sung by Luciano Pavarotti

Thread: Avicraft Panic - Plans & CofG?
13/07/2018 12:44:28

The CG for the kit version is the same. 100mm behind the leading edge of the top wing.


12/07/2018 18:56:12

Hi Andy

That looks like a nice plane you have there. It should fly well with the 46 up front although others have severely over engined these planes in the past. A 90 would you believe?

You are right about the foam wing. That was produced some years back although I believe that spares are still available.

I am away from my desk at the moment but I should be able to find out the CG for you tomorrow.

I don't think there are any offical plans out there as the Panic was only produced with written instructions using small diagrams to illustrate points in the build. In truth they were so easy to put together that plans were not really necessary!

Percy. They still make the venerable old beast, but in a more user friendly format these days. The wings for instance are now balsa framed and use notched spars and a pierced traiing edge so that the whole wing can clipped together and then glued with SuperPhatic or the instant penetrating glue of your choice. It is possible to build a wing panel in about 15 minutes using cyano.


Edited By Broken Prop on 12/07/2018 18:57:28

Thread: Lest We Forget
06/07/2018 08:26:31

I read somewhere that a third of all pilots killed were under training at the time.

Thread: vinyl cutters
19/06/2018 15:04:46

yesyes for the birthday present!

Another snippet that I heard was that some enterprising soul had managed to cut 1/16th thick balsa wing ribs using a Cameo.

Now, if that is true, it opens up a whole new world of home design and build. If anyone out there knows of such a thing, please post on here. (I am not sure I want to try it on my machine for fear of breaking something). laugh


19/06/2018 08:37:15

Sorry Chris, the company is MDP Supplies. As for the other thread on here, search under 'Vinyl Cutting'


19/06/2018 08:25:59

There is a previous thread on here Chris which deals with vinyl cutters. Most of us (including me) seem to use the Silhouette Cameo, which comes with good software and will take files in other formats as well.

The cutter works in true 2D, so you can cut complicated shapes easily. Basically if you can draw it, you can cut it!

TruType texts can be imported so that lettering of your choice can be reproduced as well. The smallest that I have managed is about 3mm in height.

As the process involves no heat, covering film can also be cut. Vinyl sheet comes in a single colour but by cutting film you can do chequered sheets etc.

Paint masks are a doddle and I have even heard of people cutting printed tissue for free flight models, although I have not tried that!

The machine was produced for the craft industry and there are lots of videos on You Tube showing enthusiastic ladies cutting lacy trees and the like, (not that I suggest that you do that of course).

Supplies of vinyl in 300mm widths specifically for the Cameo can be obtained from MDA Supplies, although I buy wide sheet and cut it down the middle. It's cheaper that way.

A very useful machine and it is the old story.....the more you use it the more you find that it can do.


edited for bad spelin

Edited By Broken Prop on 19/06/2018 08:28:21

Thread: Servo extension leads
04/06/2018 20:19:03

I too make my own leads up and I agree with what Tim and BEB say. The problem in this country is that the suppliers of connector components only want to sell them to you in packets of 6 or so.

I buy mine in bulk from Hansen in the USA at very competitive prices. Very helpful people and the goods arrive in a few days. Never had to pay duty yet (fingers crossed). Go to:


Thread: bullet connectors
30/05/2018 20:18:23

Bill, it is to take away the chance of touching a live male connector on the battery lead to something and causing a short.

It is normal of course to add shrink wrap to the connectors to protect them but on the 4Max website there is a useful variation:

The heat shrink on the male connector is extended about 6mm beyond the end of the connector. Only the part in contact with the connector is shrunk leaving the protruding part free to slip over the female connector (which also has heat shrink on it).

Difficult to explain but there are photos on the website showing how it is done. It is in 'Useful Information', last item.


Edited By Broken Prop on 30/05/2018 20:19:03

Thread: This forum...
25/05/2018 10:18:59

Well said Percy. A big yes for our mods.


Thread: Tony Nijhuis 72 Mosquito Build Log
08/05/2018 20:24:39

It looks good Geoff. I have not seen the rolled up sticky tape technique before, but it appears to be very effective.

Keep posting!


Thread: Anyone for a Tiffie?
08/05/2018 16:41:14

I suppose that as I made the enquiry that forced BEB to 'come clean' I must confess to my current build situation:

My Tiffie is not even as advanced as Don's, a long way back from the starting gate.

I am working on a Playboy Senior with only the wings to cover but I have got distracted by repairs to a Tomboy. And that ignores the re-covering of an AcroWot, the finishing of a Peter Miller Sky Rover, repairs to a Spook and other sundry distractions.

So, in the full knowledge of my failings, what did I do today? I bought a part finished Sopwith Camel kit!!!

I am the last person to throw stones at anyone. blush

Pete (who needs to spend more time in the shed).

07/05/2018 10:21:53

Three years? At the speed at which I build, that is just a short pause for tea! laugh

07/05/2018 08:38:27


Did the Tiffie ever take to the air or did it end up like so many of my builds, part finished in the corner of the shed, just waiting to be completed. sad


Thread: BLACK HORSE Renagade
30/04/2018 17:40:14

I had one a while back fitted with an OS 55AX. Lovely flyer and as the others have said, aerobatic but in a fairly gentle way.

Make sure to beef up the undercarriage mountings. Mine parted company after the plane returned to earth a little quicker than I expected. blush


Edited By Broken Prop on 30/04/2018 17:40:34

Thread: DH 91 Albatross
24/04/2018 19:30:10

Such an elegant aircraft that just deserves to be modelled. I am looking forward to following your blog Simon.


Thread: Vauxhall In The Doldrums.....
18/04/2018 11:32:47

I had a Peugeot 205GTi back in the day. Lovely little car with an engine that just begged to be thrashed to within an inch of it's life.

So I did!

Many times!

Pete laugh

Thread: Avicraft Panic
16/04/2018 14:19:25

The Panic is currently in production (to order) from Avicraft, along with the Moronic and Frantic. The wings are now supplied with ribs and spars in the traditional way, but with the members notched to aid construction. No need for a wing jig!

The Mini series are also being produced to order.

Give Rob Newman a ring on 020 8290 1238. yes


Thread: Flyaway model, what would you do?
05/04/2018 19:55:58

Ah yes, buddy leads.

When I was learning I was hooked up on a buddy lead with the instructor. He said that he would take off and get the plane flying nice and level before handing it over to me.

In due course he said, 'OK, you have it'.

Waggling the sticks somewhat tentatively I replied, 'No, I haven't'.

There was a short pause before he said, 'Neither have I' and we stood and watched the perfectly trimmed plane fly steadily out of sight.....

It was last seen heading towards Albania (we were in Corfu). Bet it gave their air defences a fright!

Edited By Broken Prop on 05/04/2018 19:56:16

Thread: Useless tools
04/04/2018 16:27:57

U Boat spanner.............

An adjustable spanner that used hinged blades (a bit like feeler gauges) to set the gap. Sold as used by the Kriegsmarine in WW2, by a bloke out of a suitcase at the Great Dorchester Steam Fair years ago.

Unbelievably fiddly to set up and the resulting gap was never accurate. I have grown quite attached to this useless piece of kit over time and often get it out to look at it.

Use it? Not on your Nelly!


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