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Thread: The thread for your subscriber questions and queries **please do not start a new thread**
30/04/2020 11:06:35

Due to the 'current situation' took out a digital subscription.

Can you print out specific pages/articles? Have attempted but my eyes struggle with microscopic font size that results! Copy and paste doesn't work. (Using Windows 10).

Also, tried accessing the 'Vulcan Special' from a few years back and it (and other earlier issues I tried too), do not appear.

Thread: First "Drone" deliveries next week
25/04/2020 14:46:54

Southampton airport is only handling a few (2 channel isle last I heard), a day, Bournemouth similar. Lee on Solent (formerly HMS Daedulus), only the coastguard heli operating as far as I know. Lee is straight off the runway and over the Solent in one direction.

25/04/2020 12:23:01

A year or so back, I visited Paul Heckles and his R/C flight school near Swindon. Whilst there, a team from Southampton University arrived with a selection of UAV drones they were testing and evaluating. The venture supplying the IOW using a drone suggests their efforts are now bearing fruit.

25/04/2020 10:19:13

For insomniacs among us, take a look at Flightradar24 tracking app during the early hours after midnight and you will often see a drone regularly operating out of Lydd. This craft then flies over the English Channel for several hours. It's a twin engine AR5 machine reg G-TEKV operated by Tekever. Other details on the net describe its operation with videos too.

Thread: plastic sheet to cover plan?
24/04/2020 22:29:16

SLEC sell (or did?) Plan Protector - Pack of large sheets last an age.

Before the current situation, Waitrose 'vegetable/fruit' bags were a great free source after their content had been removed! (The plastic has a 'greasy' feel to it and repels most if not all adhesives). Film backing was never fully successful for me, ended up picking bits of plastic off anywhere glue found a way out.

Thread: Rojair ME163 build
23/04/2020 22:39:19

Memories ... I built one of these beauties.

At the time, just finding an adhesive which would stick the fuselage halves together sufficiently strongly posed a problem. No doubt modern adhesives are now fully capable of achieving a robust bond.

Mine needed a hefty, but good quality launch to get it aloft, (OS 25FSR powered) but once the prop got on its 'step', the craft fare motored around the sky just like the original full-size probably did.

Good luck, enjoy!

Thread: Multiplex Cockpit Sx 9
23/04/2020 22:32:49

Mmm ... Royal Pro 9 v Cockpit 9 ... (I have both).

I expect our resident MPX expert Frank will give a more detailed and knowledgeable reply, but as a quick response from a general user, I don't find the 'Cockpit' quite as extensive. Being honest, how many (if not most?) general sports flyers use the fullest capabilities of any computer radio(?) they own. The gimbals are angled on the 'Cockpit' but do not swivel adjust like the 'Royal' does. The 'Cockpit' is still a highly capable set once you get the logic behind it!

Thread: Pins and things
20/04/2020 13:37:54

To illustrate my original first post, here are the plastic (polypropylene?) pin clamps. The little black plastic discs slide onto most size of pin and due the nature of the plastic, they clamp in the position you set them.

The Peck wooden ones, I'd be cautious they didn't stick to the balsa if any stray glue came into contact with them. (Glue does not stick to the plastic one at all!).

Also attached, a selection of pins I've accumulated down the years. The 'Aeronaut' ones are currently available.

pin clamp (1).jpg

pin selection.jpg

Thread: RAF Lettering Font
19/04/2020 21:04:40

Building a Phoenix Model Products sport scale 'Chipmunk'. Would like to add service serial numbers using inkjet vinyl decals. Can anyone advise what font style is used for these circa 1970s? Also is there a web page with these on I could use to scale to size to fit the model? Many thanks.

Thread: What Traders are still offering Mail Order? Services?
16/04/2020 11:31:32

Big Thanks to Stan Yeo at Phoenix Model Products (PMP). Superb service as always even in these difficult times.

Well done Stan!

Thread: Light Relief
05/04/2020 12:09:46

For anyone wishing a little light relief radio listening and a break from the current sadness reported in the news, may I recommend internet radio.

As most of our community here are of a mature age, you will likely have grown up with the likes of: 'Dads Army', 'I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue', 'Navy Lark', 'Likely Lads', 'Les Dawson', 'Our Brave Boys' , 'Just A Minute' etc. etc. ALL these and many, many more are available to stream 24/7, on several UK Internet Stations:

'Abacus Comedy Radio' , 'British Comedy Radio', 'Pumpkin FM Comedy Radio'


Keep Safe, Keep Well, Keep Smiling Folks

Thread: Servo Arm Numbers
12/03/2020 13:47:47

Just taken delivery of some new servos from that wonderful shop with superb service in Frodsham.

I have successfully used these little marvels of electronic and mechanical engineering since the 70s, making best efforts to employ the correct linkage geometry for the task i.e. servo arm and control horn positions.

One thing which I cannot find definitive reference to, (even on the manufacturers web sites), are the numbers on the servo arms and their meaning. 1 to 4 on the 'cross' arm types and numbers such as '18', '15' and '12' on the HiTec example I'm studying now. Is there a source of information? (Strangely they don't include it in the servo packaging). Are the numbers off-set degrees from 90 and torque for the respective servo arm hole?

Obviously from my use down the years, not knowing this info hasn't prevented use but it would be 'nice-to-know'.

Thread: Great Giveaways
02/02/2020 19:13:48

And remember this one too?

rcm&e rib tickler gauge.jpg

RCM&E 'Rib Tickler Gauge

02/02/2020 16:38:07

Remember this 'RM' cover give-away 'Building Buddy' from a few years (and some!) ago?

rm measuring triangle.jpg

I've found it useful to check the odd item at a show or just own stock whilst doing a build.

Wonder if it's economic for magazines to do such these days(?)

Thread: Plan printing without taping lots of sheets
02/02/2020 15:50:04

Why not simply Download the 'Outerzone/Aerofred' etc. plan onto a PC stick.

Take it to your local 'Prontoprint' shop, (other print shops are available!), and for usually a very modest fee, they will print the plan in original or any size you wish. As many copies as you like and no joins as it's all on one clean sheet.

Thread: TN Hunter EDF
25/01/2020 14:33:27

Martin unless my experience in the Royal Air Force was an illusion, Hunters fairly regularly went supersonic, at least the ones stationed at RAF Brawdy did circa 1974. True they had to climb then go into a fairly steep dive to achieve it. Perhaps any former 'Hunter' jockeys amongst us will comment and confirm(?) Post Script: Online descriptions detail that the Rolls Royce Sapphire with afterburner enabled the Hunter to achieve Mach 1.67 in level flight.

Edited By Capt Kremen on 25/01/2020 14:45:35

Thread: Need AA cells - best source for non-fake Eneloops?
25/01/2020 14:23:37

Although often at a 'Premium Price', would one of the major supermarkets be a source of Eneloop/Panasonic/GP type cells? Their reputation(s) would be on the line if they were caught knowingly selling dud/fake products.

Thread: London Model Engineering Exhibition Alexandra Palace
17/01/2020 17:28:53

Just back from Ali Pally.

Mmm ... 'A' for effort to all the modellers and their various works of art/modelling but the show pales in comparison with German model shows. Size, organisation, variety, stands.

Still Andy Symonds was doing sterling work on the BMFA stand accompanied by Martin Dilly. Also the R/C simulator was doing good trade albeit with grey and shiny headed folk, no youngsters alas.

As stated, very little for aeromodellers there. LMA displayed a few of their members large models and the BMFA stand was adorned with various models from all disciplines i.e. Free flight and R/C.

Average age of attendees, conservatively 60+.

A couple of pics:

bmfa me 2020.jpgbmfa+tiger moth.jpg

Thread: Max Thrust Riot - Upgrades
04/01/2020 21:02:48

Adding to Ian Rs comment about stiff control run wire pushrod.

I 'polished' mine with Duraglit metal polish.

During radio servo installations on all my models, I use an amp meter inline with the servo and measure the operational, (albeit static) current drawn. Amazing the results before and after treating or even replacing supplied ARTF control runs! Also replace those rather 'delicate' cheap plastic kit clevis with quality ball clevis. No back lash or lost movement in the linkages then. Why have a good radio Tx and servos, (not the kit ones obviously!), and loose precision control input movements(?)

04/01/2020 18:45:04


Fair enough, and I don't blame you given the 'qualities' (sic) you have experienced of the 'Riot'!

I have a family of Chris Foss designs (all-electric powered) - 'WOT4', 'WOT4 PRO', 'Acrowot', 'UNO-Wot', and 'WOT Trainer'. Surprised as I am to admit, but I get as much 'fun' out of my 'Riot' as the 'Wotties' ('WOT Trainer' excepted which is fabulous all-rounder IMHO). The 'WOT' range of ARTFs (foam or wood/ply), I found had as many deficiencies and shortcomings, poor materials, fittings etc. and thought typical par for the course for ANY ARTFs, i/c or electric.

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