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Member postings for Malcolm Fisher

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Thread: Best way to hinge control surfaces
23/11/2019 18:43:16

What's wrong with sewn hinges as we all used on C/L models? They were referred to again in the latest issue of RCM&E.


Thread: JB Weld
17/11/2019 20:22:08


Solder would be my preferred option, but failing that I would use Milliput epoxy putty. It sets under water which can be an advantage sometimes.


Edited By Malcolm Fisher on 17/11/2019 20:23:22

Thread: Old 35mHz Futaba
18/10/2019 19:55:57

I can't see why a school or college wouldn't want to use 35MHz equipment. After all it is the ONLY frequency dedicated to model aircraft. I still use some as well as some even older 27 MHz gear with no problems even though I do have some 2.4 Gig radios - also, to date, with no problems.


Thread: 2019 Special Issue
26/09/2019 20:05:05

I think I've read almost every word. Loved Peter Miller's three items on building from plans, Shaun Garrity's on covering and his report of Eric Clutton's "Tadpole" and "Fred". Remember both of these from way back. I can't knock any of the rest of the magazine. As others have said - More please.


Thread: Anyone know what happened to Kamco?
03/09/2019 19:29:39

Brian, Don't hold your breath, but if I can locate the one I have you would be welcome to it. I doubt that I will ever get the necessary "roundtooit".


Thread: Small engine tick-over
03/09/2019 19:24:16

I use a 9 x 4 prop on an old 15 with no problems. The engine, a Chinese copy of an Enya by the look of the exhaust and silencer, was thought to be not much good by most modellers but it does what I need powering my Veron RF5 motor glider.


Thread: Latest CAA Update
28/08/2019 20:13:47

The achievement scheme was originally just that - something for people to achieve for their own satisfaction and possibly a measure of ability.

In my opinion it seems that it has, sadly, become a licence to fly with some clubs insisting on an "A" certificate being required for a member to fly solo. I can appreciate the need for a model flier to show competence but don't feel it necessary to have to use the achievement scheme for that purpose.



22/08/2019 19:54:16

Thank you Denis,

I had thought that it would probably be the case but it's good to have it confirmed. I will give it a try with a lightweight model and try to seek help with the download so that I can do any programming. I have a tech savvy grandson who usually sorts out my PC problems.


21/08/2019 19:53:36

On impulse I treated myself to one of these sets and have similar problems. I don't have a phone which will do the necessary and my PC doesn't seem to want to do the download.

Can anyone tell me if the set can be used without being programmed like a none computer radio? As there is no labelled socket for the receiver battery can any of the available unused channels become the battery socket or are the receivers intended for use with electric power via the ESC throttle connection?

Help with this would be much appreciated.


Thread: Single servo ailerons
14/08/2019 18:51:32

I am still using ancient transmitters which have no expo and one which doesn't even have servo reversing capability. Doesn't seem to bother the planes I fly.


Thread: Best Dremel Clone
08/08/2019 20:30:57

One I have and like is a Minicraft. Power is via a transformer with a knob which controls the speed. Best thing about it is that it has a keyed chuck which will hold anything up to a quarter of an inch diameter. Had it for many years as well as some from Aldi, Lidl and Netto. My Dremel managed to lose some segments from the commutator - twice. First time I managed to get a replacement armature but didn't bother the second time as I can manage with the others I have.


Thread: Don Valley MFC Open Weekend August 3-4th.
05/08/2019 20:49:45

I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend despite putting two models into the "jungles". Fortunately both were recovered - in one case entirely due to the help of Erica with her "eye in the sky" showing me where my plane was.

A bonus for me is that my wife also enjoyed the weekend and is prepared to come again if we can next year. Her enjoyment is mostly in being able to use our ancient caravan but she did enjoy talking to many of the people there.

We both want to give a big THANK YOU to all at the club - including visitors - for the friendship and help given to two OAPs.


Thread: Old Fuel
29/07/2019 20:40:24

Just ran up an OS Wankel which has been idle for at least ten years. I used the fuel from that time and had no problems. The half gallon bottle had been tightly capped after the air in the bottle had been squeezed out. I've also been running a couple of diesels which have had a similar lay off time and using fuel of similar age, one can of which had been only half full. In all cases I had no difficulty starting them and they ran as well as I remember them ever doing. I have never had an issue with old fuel - perhaps I've just been lucky.

I always preferred diesels when I started modelling - they needed less starting gear than glow engines and in my early days had often flown a C/L tank dry while my friends were still trying to start their small glow engines. Another plus for me was that in my late teens I worked in a laboratory where I could buy ether at cost and mix my own juice as and when I needed and much cheaper than shop bought.


Thread: Prostate Cancer
29/07/2019 20:22:22

I am in the same camp as Eagle's friend - same age and same problem. This can, and in my case is, fairly easily overcome. A pill superior to Viagra - Cialis was prescribed as well as an injection of another drug directly into the reluctant member.

Both work very well and help to keep my spouse happy.wink


Thread: Don Valley MFC Open Weekend August 3-4th.
27/07/2019 18:42:23

Fingers crossed for better weather next weekend. Judging by the weather here in Leeds today, I am not really sorry that I had to stay at home today - not really keen on camping or flying when it's chucking it down.


Thread: Scale up Plans
26/07/2019 19:35:44

I've scaled up a few gliders and for strength used spruce instead of balsa for wing spars keeping to the original size. All other parts were as per the original plan. it worked for me.


Thread: July Open Weekend Fly In 27th-28th. Don Valley mfc.
25/07/2019 18:33:12

Great pity - I was "fired up" for the trip and looking forwards to flying power models for a change from slope and electric powered models. Still there is another chance in a week or two.

Spouse has already said that if we don't go to Doncaster I will be spending the weekend doing much needed gardening instead. sad

Thread: Moon landing
20/07/2019 19:59:24

This week the moon landing has been serialised on Radio Four based on recordings of the transmissions between Houston and Apollo. For my wife and me it was more moving than what we remember of the actual event. Then we only heard what was broadcast on radio as we didn't have a TV. We still live in that state and don't miss having a TV set of any sort - no time to watch - it's easier to get on with things while listening rather than watching.


Thread: Stockpiling
20/07/2019 19:42:13

A bit late but I have only just seen Peter Miller's reference to Sainsbury's. Could I remind him of a comment from Alan Coren who said that Sainsbury's only function is to "keep the riff-raff out of Waitrose" ?

As for ASP engines, I have a 52 four stroke which has only been bench run and I will probably never build anything which would suit it. I'm open for reasonable offers if anyone is interested.


Thread: What does your wife or significant other half think of your hobby?
09/07/2019 19:52:41

My spouse tolerates my modelling activities and has at times even indulged me by buying model related items as Christmas presents and that included my first ever R/C equipment - a single channel Mc Gregor set with rubber powered escapement.

When we first got together sixty years ago I was building a Hawker Fury from an Aeromodeller free plan. She liked what I was doing but later said that she thought I would soon grow out of building and flying. After nearly sixty years of marriage she is still waiting for that...


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