Here is a list of all the postings IanN has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Clearance Multi Tool with flexible shaft|
I had a very similar LIDL/Aldi item - also recommended on this forum, as it happens, a few years ago - but that one has almost breathed it's last
The flex shaft is an absolute godsend in tight situations - a steal at this price.
It's a collett rather than a chuck fitting, which would be preferable, but at this price I guess that's to be expected
Edited By IanN on 19/09/2016 11:38:17
Lots of this range of Power Tools in clearance at the moment, but this dremel type multi tool - complete with flexible shaft nb - looks good for our needs at £16.93
|Thread: How to reattach rear fuselage|
+1 for that. Don't build in unnecessary strong points. All that will happen is that the next breakage will be right next to that point
I had a tail come adrift from the rear end of a sports model ( a Super Air, I think). Rather than be content with just gluing it back into it's seat, I added a couple of small external balsa triangular fillets and - for good measure - put a dowel each side of the fin down through the tailplane into the fus.
Result? Next time I had an "arrival" there was no way that tailplane was going to simply "pop off" again, so what happened? The whole fus snapped just in front of the tail assembly. Doh!
There used to be a saying. Every time you have a crash, look at everything that DIDN'T break and next time make it lighter
Edited By IanN on 17/09/2016 12:34:30
|Thread: going back to glow|
Horses for courses
The explosion in nos of petrol engines in recent years has probably been due to the cheapness of the entry level stuff - DLE30 etc - which got a lot of peeps into models "the next size up" for very reasonable money
Yes, some have had problems with petrol power - but then, so do others with electric or glow
Plenty are happy with petrol and will stick with it but I think some regression back to larger glows is perfectly natural. Flyers decide they like the larger models they have become used to, but have come to realise they also need to buy or fabricate additional silencing, sometimes iso mounts, plus make provision for the vibration etc. All of a sudden that petrol engine isn't as cheap as it first appeared, and involves a bit of extra work. Then, when you come to the next engine purchase you start thinking "actually, with hindsight, a bigger glow is a perfectly reasonable alternative after all"
|Thread: Durafly Excalibur|
Makes you wonder what additional feats Arthur might have achieved if Excalibur did indeed have
"a whopping 3542 800Aerostar motor"
installed up front. No H&S police around in those days to say "Now, Arthur, be sure you take the prop of before you start waving that sword at people, otherwise it could be VERY dangerous"
|Thread: ammo box|
Well, unless you store all your LiPos with a very good margin of separation - probably requires more space than most of us have - then if one does indeed go "whoof", then (unless you get to it very quickly) the resultant fire will likely spread so quickly that the rest will all go up anyway
Most incidents occur due to user error - boxes, bags etc buy you a little time if that were to occur. Nothing more
|Thread: LMA Much Marcle|
Ah, would have said hello if I'd realised. I wouldn't worry re the landing. Conditions were a bit breezy and bumpy, we saw plenty worse, and for some of us "a bit messy" counts as quite a good landing providing the model is still in one peice
Was that your Rothmans Stampe flying with N.T.'s Tiger Moth towards the end of the afternoon, then?
A very enjoyable Sunday at Much Marcle today, plenty of variety
Does anyone know what size / scale / origin the multiple Fokker DR-1s were - the Flair kit design perhaps?
Yep the LMA forum lists the traders - copied and pasted below .....
I'll be going Sunday, meeting with Dad and hopefully an uncle and a cousin or two. Much Marcle is one of my favourites. Usually has a great programme and a really relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Not one of the biggest shows, but all the better for that imo
|Thread: Model shop - Al's Hobbies|
As have a huge no of other retailers, large and small, in recent years to survive, adapt, and progress as economic circumstances change
Als in MK (actually, Wolverton) is indeed very helpful. I can (just about, if I get a move on) get there and back in my lunch break from work, and that's baled me out a few times when I've been in urgent need of something or other.
Anyone planning on going out of their way to make a special visit may want to be aware that the shop isn't huge and that the range - in some areas - is a little idiosyncratic. For example engine mounts are, bar just one or two items, almost exclusively AlsZone own brand, so if its a direct replacement for e.g. a SLEC or RadioActive etc item that you need then you're likely to be out of luck. They also didn't used to stock snakes - none at all - although I now see there are now a small no on the website.
That isn't a criticism, just an observation - peeps can always phone ahead and check any particular requirements. For my part, I always find it impossible to go in without lingering over the vintage kits that are always on display in the left hand window at the entrance. Pure nostalgia!
Edited By IanN on 31/08/2016 17:08:28
|Thread: Airlander 10 makes an unexpected method of landing|
A lot gentler than some of our crashes
|Thread: diesel fuel tank|
I flew an aileron/elevator model powered by a PAW 1.5 fed from an old Keil Kraft type team race tank - basically, a rectangular tin box with the fuel feed pipe going to the rear at the bottom - and it was fine. Looped and rolled without so much as a burp
|Thread: Wire tricycle undercart.|
We never did anything else, back in the day
If this were me I'd bend up the main legs myself, and buy a coil sprung noseleg - there's bound to be one that's close enough to do the job from the plethora available in LMS's and on the net
|Thread: LIPO charging bags - are they any use ?|
Because there are more variables and therefore more potential for getting it wrong with our r/c use LiPos then there are with your lap top or phone. Those generally use a wall wart type charger with no ability to select the wrong battery type, or charge rate, or change the settings, or plug it in the wrong way round, or introduce other bits of kit into the equation (parallel charging e.g) etc etc
I don't use one, but I charge all mine outside as a result of an incident when one "spat" at me. Turned out the balance lead socket was shorted on a parallel charge board. Melted the balance lead to one of the three packs that were connected. The pack didn't catch fire but once experienced, never forgotten.
Statistically, incidents are very rare indeed v the nos of LiPos in use, but statistics are of zero comfort if you are the one that the very rare incident happens to. A medical procedure may be 99.9% safe but if you happen to be the unfortunate one in a thousand who dies on the operating table then you are 100% dead .....
I totally agree that LiPos are inherently safe. Bags provide a bit of leeway if you make a mistake
|Thread: Caption Competition!|
Wots Wot demonstrates it's tremendous low speed handling on a back yard low puss
|Thread: Are all aeromodellers aviation enthusiasts?|
Exactly, but add pigeons to that
|Thread: Easy Built PBY Catalina a 20 year wait is over|
I saw a full size Catalina at close quarters once. I was doing my PPL at Redbird Airport (now known as Dallas Executive), Texas, when one landed and taxied across the apron right in front of us. Even the most grizzled and cynical of our instructors rushed out to watch it.
One of our group of students had a scary moment when he unwisely taxied behind it, just as it ran its engines up, and the Tomahawk was in serious danger of getting blown over until someone got word to the tower to alert the Cat's crew and the danger passed. Happy days!
Looking forwards to seeing this one finished
|Thread: Fuel proofing for diesels|
This is c 35 years old, original covering, still good. Wing covered in bog standard solarfilm, no additional fuel proofing to the film - just over the transfers.
The key is not to let any fuel - neat or exhaust - lie on the film for any length of time. That said, I would think twice before using it in the engine bay area. For that I would probably, as suggested above, use one of the Polyester based products
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