Here is a list of all the postings Malcolm Fisher has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: What's flying over your house|
Around 2130 yesterday evening while watching swifts flying around our house I was surprised to see three paragliders approaching. They were at different heights and some distance apart but all three passed over us. No idea of their altitude but judging by their apparent relative sizes the first one seemed quite low. . As far as I could tell, there was no sign of any of them have any motive power. I couldn't help wondering if they might be infringing any ANOs. I live barely two miles from the centre of Leeds.
Edited By Malcolm Fisher on 29/05/2020 20:21:37
|Thread: Chatterbox Covering??|
Just found this - rather late to add a post but I built one a few years ago. Wasn't aware that it had been the subject of a mass build or would have joined in.
Used natural Solartex for covering and painted with emulsion paints. Used a small brushless motor with a 2S Lipo and a 7 x 5 prop "borrowed" from a DC Merlin. Flies well and I have had no issues thinking it might be over weight. I didn't make the U/C as there is no suitable take off area where I now fly.
|Thread: Toying with selling up|
I'm fast approaching my 81st birthday anniversary and have ridden motor bikes for over 60 years. these days I have a 125 cc "twist and go" scooter which is used for short journeys especially into town when my wife and I need to go as it is much easier to find parking than for the car and more convenient than Public Transport.
Have also taken models to the flying field by motor bike with no real problems but they were relatively small compared with some that I have these days.
I don't know what sort of riding those of you do who need new tyres so frequently - mine used to last for years and my previous bike had only one new tyre in ten years of use - admittedly only local travel but in use almost every day.
Perhaps my wearing of high viz clothing helps to make me visible but even so have had a few near misses. I will carry on riding PTWs as long as I am able.
Having met Paul at a fly in, I know that he has many more models than shown in that picture,
|Thread: Binding undercarriage using solder and wire|
Ray - yours is the first 250W soldering I have seen other than mine. Also have a 75W, 40W and 25W irons as well as the old style copper bits which were heated with a gas flame.
As for flux I have a selection including that used by plumbers, Fluxite and Bakers fluid. I also have some lead/tin cored solder with an acid flux rather than the usual resin core, but have some of that as well as solder paste - useful stuff sometimes. I also have, but rarely use lead free solder which is supposed to be suitable for electrical work but I prefer the lead/tin variety.
Edited By Malcolm Fisher on 09/05/2020 19:47:40
|Thread: Converting Fleet Analogue Servos to Futaba|
I "converted" servos from Acoms and Sanwa to Futaba by simply buying Futaba servo leads and soldering them to the existing wires close to the servo and leaving the original wires in place. That way they could be used with the original receivers as well. Some old Sanwa servos which had reversed polarity simply had the power leads carefully removed from the plugs and swapped over to make them suitable for Futaba - at that time I had acquired the Sanwa servos but had no matching Rx or Tx. It worked for me and those servos are still in use.
|Thread: Aerial positioning|
I have some 2.4 GHz receivers which have only one aerial. Are these more likely to suffer from a loss of contact than those with the two aerials? As the best reception is at right angles to the incoming signal what is the best orientation for the aerial on such a Rx? So far I have located mine along the length of the fuselage and had no problems even when the model has been flying directly away from or towards me. Any suggestions would be welcome.
|Thread: Sealing Acrylic Paint on Foam|
It's possible that the release agent used when moulding foam is an issue when painting. I found that some self adhesive materials wouldn't stay put on a foamie until I had cleaned the surface and given it a gentle sanding with fine abrasive paper - similarly with some acrylic paint.
|Thread: Lockdown Project - Guitalele|
I have spoke shaves made in wood as well as medal. For Tim's use a round sole spoke shave would have done what he needed, but the draw knife obviously did what was needed.
|Thread: ED Super Fury Carburettor|
I don't know what type of plastic is used for this but I would most likely use either a car body filler or Milliput. However, I have a plastic backplate for a Super Fury with a PAW carburettor in it and somewhere I must have the venture for the carb. I bought it many years ago but at the time it came without the throttle barrel or needle. If it would solve your problem you are welcome to it if you let me have your address I'll post it to you.
|Thread: Lockdown Project - Guitalele|
The sharp implement you "found" is known as a draw knife. Bodgers i.e. pole lathe operators used to use them to shave bits from pieces of wood before mounting them on the lathe prior to turning. I have one which has been used for all sorts of shaping of pieces of wood.
|Thread: Converting C/L model to RC|
I converted a Crusader to R/C sometime in the 1980s. Modified the flaps from being coupled with elevator to make them act as ailerons. Initially they weren't very good being very narrow near the tips. Added extensions at the tips to make them wider ad this improved things enormously. Also had to remove part of the inboard C/L wing to even things as far as the wings were concerned. Flew well and could turn very tight loops as I found on one flight when it was coming towards me and getting a bit low. Somehow I had managed to get it inverted without realising and was very surprised when on pulling a lot of up elevator it did a half loop downwards before flying away from me - a bicycle clips moment.
Sadly it was among other models, engines and radio gear which were stolen from my shed.
|Thread: Has Your Club Made Any Decisions Regarding The Coronavirus?|
My wife and I are both in our eighties and are of the opinion that we will carry on as normal. We have had a good life and, if we become infected, we will either survive or die. Neither of us want to kick the bucket yet but we have made our wills, chosen our green burial site and even prepared our shrouds.
In response to Peter's "you will be shot on sight" - at least that would be quick. He also has a point that delivery people could well be vectors of infection - after all it appears that an infected body doesn't show symptoms for several days and even the common cold virus is more infectious before symptoms appear.
|Thread: Flair Puppeteer|
I bought a second hand Puppeteer some years ago. It came with Futaba radio and is powered by an OS 40 two stroke. I assumed that it had been set up properly and just flew it as it came - never had any problems apart from, as has been said, the time needed to rig it for flight. Last time out I assembled it at home and it went into my estate care with no difficulty. Sadly I no longer have access to a site where I can fly power models so if anyone is interested and cares to make a reasonable offer I am prepared to sell it - buyer would have to collect.
There are NEVER enough clamps. I have many but can't resist buying more especially when I see a bargain such as Erflog has found.
|Thread: Poorly OS40 repair|
Jon, I have an OS 40 Surpass in bits. Crankcase has a crack and bearings are badly corroded. As far as I know the other bits are in reasonable condition. You are welcome to the lot if it could be of use to you.
|Thread: Modes 1 or 2|
I fly mode 2, but started with a single channel push button system followed by a two channel where rudder was on the right stick and elevator on the left. When I graduated to multifunction my first transmitter was mode one, and I struggled with it and changed the Tx to mode 2.
I fly both gliders and power models - some of which need to be hand launched. If they are properly set up I don't have any difficulty in launching with my right hand while holding the Tx in my left. I have never had any difficulty with getting my right hand onto the control stick whether the model is a pure glider, an electric foam model or a power model with two, three or four channels.
|Thread: Delta Wing Side Thrust|
Not sure if this will help. I built a sort of Vulcan slope soarer some years ago. To make a power version as well I made the fuselage top as a separate part rather than have a hatch. I built a second fuselage top and installed an OS 10 engine with an extra servo for the throttle. The two are easily interchangeable. My power version had neither side not downthrust.
|Thread: CAA Registration Impact on STEM Activities|
kc - I agree wholeheartedly with your two latest posts. We had a course for less academically motivated pupils teaching them such things as plastering, painting, simple plumbing, concrete mixing and car maintenance - all useful DIY skills. For some years I also ran an after school aeromodelling "club" which was well supported by the pupils involved.
I used to be a teacher of Craft Design and Technology (CDT). My first knowledge of STEM was a programme of teaching notes (which I think I still have copies somewhere). Then the STEM stood for Scottish Technical Education Manuals.
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