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Thread: Vic smeed Paageboy
03/04/2020 15:45:33

Yes please!

Thread: Insanity seems to be setting in
18/03/2020 10:05:15

No Don, it is not just you, the Gods have got it in for all of us.

Last year was windy so we could not fly.

Then they sent the CAA to upset us.

Then it rained for ever and a day.

Now they have sent us the plague.

Whatever next?

Edited By Broken Prop on 18/03/2020 10:05:39

09/03/2020 14:00:16

Ooh err. Still, if it is page 3 of the Sun......

Edited By Broken Prop on 09/03/2020 14:01:31

09/03/2020 13:41:49

Thanks Martin, I had forgotten the joys of newspaper loo sheets. Sitting there reading all the news and then putting the paper to good use afterwards. Brilliant!

I'm off to cut up an few sheets and thread them on a piece of string. Mind you the nostalgia won't be complete unless I can simulate the outside toilet that we had in days of yore.

Where's that club hammer?

smile p

Thread: Probable scam?
24/02/2020 13:43:29

When I get a nuisance call these days I just tell them that the voices had told me they going to call. The conversation rarely gets any further. disgust

Thread: Veron Avro 504N
01/02/2020 19:54:06

Lovely! A beautiful build that deserves to fly well.

Good luck Robert!

Thread: Unisens E Telemetry Sensor
15/01/2020 16:54:32

Thanks to you all for the brilliant responses. With your help I have successfully reprogrammed the unit with current updates and revised settings. I don't think I would have got there on my own as my German is not good and the online translators produce 'Engrisch' rather than English!

I used the Multiplex 85149 cable which unfortunately was not in the bag labelled '85149'. Another cable was in there and I had been attempting to use that! A lesson learned there: Always put the correct cable back in its storage place.

I needed to set a height of 300 feet on the telemetry as our club flies in restricted airspace and our local ATC has recently reduced our height threshold to that level. I do not wish to transgress!

Once again thanks to all for your help. All I need now is some good weather to try it out. I think I may have a long wait.


15/01/2020 14:32:53

I have one of these that has been sitting in a drawer for the last 5 years. I now have a use for it, but cannot find the data transfer cable for connection to my PC.

I obviously put it somewhere safe!

Does anyone know what type of plug the socket marked 'COMM' takes? The instructions say that a Multiplex lead 85149 fits, but mine doesn't. I have tried various phone type connectors but none of those fit either.

Any info would be gratefully received as I might then be able to make up a new lead.

many thanks


Thread: Dust extractor
26/12/2019 21:36:07

Or something like these?

Trend Airshield

Thread: Avicraft Panic
22/12/2019 13:43:05

This is a response to Andy Stephenson's query of the 14th Dec. Sorry Andy, I missed that at the time.

Before I posted about the 'Perkins Panic' I asked Rob Newman about the compatability of parts. He confirmed that the planes were kitted using the Avicraft drawings, so repair sections can be cut at the shop.

The drawings used are the current set. Over the years the design has been developed (for instance the change to foam wings and latterly back to a built-up section). My use of the word 'original' was a bit misleading. Sorry about any confusion.

Just to clarify, all of the various modifications have been kept on file, so regardless of which model you have, repair sections can be cut and foam wings can be supplied as there are blanks still available. Just phone Robert to discuss your requirements.


Edited By Broken Prop on 22/12/2019 13:55:37

Thread: how to get the plan onto the wood!
19/12/2019 19:13:32

I favour the 'pricking through the paper' method but to speed things up I use a dressmakers wheel.

Thread: Bespoke water slide decals
12/12/2019 21:05:28

The article that Chris refers to above is very good, having been penned by the much missed Big Bandit. I have always followed his tips using laserjet paper from Crafty Computer Paper which, as Monz suggests, requires no overcoating.

The only thing that I would add is that the decals are always shiny, which might not look good on a warbird. I don't build those so I cannot comment, but in order to limit the amount of clear border visible beyond the decal I always cut the clear part back as close to the decal as possible.

One application that works very well is to print lines of rivets on a clear background sheet using a slightly darker colour than the underlying paint and then cut them up to suit.

They pass the '3 foot' rule quite well.


Thread: The Gov't, CAA, BMFA & UAV legislation thread
29/11/2019 12:50:12

Well, thats a good start! Just tried to take the CAA test; first question is 'What is your email address?' I filled that in and got a message stating that there is a problem with the service.

Nothing new there then.

Edited By Broken Prop on 29/11/2019 12:50:52

Thread: Junior 60 Rebuild
26/11/2019 16:57:42

Hi Phil

I did a similar mod to my J60 a couple of years back. Well worth doing as the flights are more controllable now; before it would float on and on when trying to land with the engine on tickover.

Also I can now turn off the motor and glide for long periods. Fifteen to twenty minute flights are possible using five minutes of motor burn in increments.

As your proposed setup will be lighter in weight than the IC version, you may have to move the battery well forward. Mine (2200Ah 3 cell) is mounted immediately under the motor with access from the front via a removable lower nose panel. In that position very secure fixings are recommended but hardly any extra weight is needed.

If you do not already have the leccy bits, 4Max do a recommended setup for the J60 which works well.

Good luck and welcome to the dark side!


Thread: Avicraft Panic
22/11/2019 08:41:06

Further to my post above, Robert Newman has confirmed that all parts can be cut to order at the shop, no matter what vintage. The 'Perikns Panic' uses the same parts as the originals.

Just ring 0208 460 0818 and talk to Rob.


15/11/2019 13:27:15

Avicraft are currently using Perkins to distribute Panic kits so in theory they should be available at a model shop near you. There are some in stock at Avicraft though.

Frantic and Moronic kits are still available through the shop as is the ever popular Mini Panic. They are all cut to order so a simple phone call will secure one.

Andy mentioned parts availability. As the kits are laser cut at the shop, any parts can be cut to order although as the design has evolved over the years there may be detail changes. Best to talk to Robert Newman if you have an ancient but treasured model that needs TLC.

I am not sure if the 'Perkins Panic' uses the same parts as the shop version. I will ask.


Edited By Broken Prop on 15/11/2019 13:36:09

Thread: Bad news from Germany
09/11/2019 12:26:05

Thanks Frank. Hopefully the radio manufacturing is not affected as I believe that is carried out in-house.

09/11/2019 09:24:41

That is terrible news. I have used their products for many years and agree with the comments above. Quality products.

I hope that they can get back on their feet soon.

Thread: Your best vacuum cleaner?
01/11/2019 19:05:04

John I suppose they do if you only vacuum once a year! devil

01/11/2019 13:52:39

I notice that I contributed to this thread in 2014, extolling the virtues of a Vorverk. It is still going strong and I expect it to last for many more years. (The last one went on for 24 years before finally giving up).

OK they are very expensive, but you get an enormous range of accessories and they are very efficient. How many Henrys or Dysons would you buy in 24 years?


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