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Member postings for Martin McIntosh

Here is a list of all the postings Martin McIntosh has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.

Thread: JR DSX9
18/03/2019 11:24:41

Beat me to it Peter!

17/03/2019 21:12:15

I have used Eneloops in my JRs for years but now changed to Hobbyking 1500 3s LiFe packs. Very cheap, reliable and come with a Molex and servo plug so just remove the cover and charge via the servo plug at 1.5A. At the price you can afford to replace every year should you wish but I have never found the need so far.

Thread: Growing chillies from seed
17/03/2019 20:42:10

I have grown chillies of many types for a number of years. The success rate can be very variable. I have never heard of the cold tea or refrigeration method, but on buying some specialist seeds from a local chilli festival last year (Carolina Reaper, Bhut Jolokia, Gusto Purple and quite a few other evil ones) I was advised to plant the really hot ones as early as November. Easier ones like Basket of Fire, Numex etc are OK up to the end of March or so. I already had a 48x15" frame with a thermostatic 90W tubular heater in the greenhouse and was advised to add lighting on a timer so I got a long 4W LED to provide 12hrs of light. Instructions vary depending on the variety; some say to soak in water for a day, some not.

I always start seeds in small pots of Miracle Grow, cling film them then leave in the airing cupboard until the first (yellow) leaves appear, then transfer to the frame minus the film The hottest ones take up to three weeks. Reapers usually germinate OK then wither away as do some Jolokias and Scorpion Yellows so I plant far more than I shall need later. Things like Scotch Bonnet and ordinary green chillies are alright outside but slugs are the main problem so I put grow bags on top of old camping kitchen units to deter them. The rest stay in pots in the greenhouse.

Aphids and Blackfly appeared as early as last December so I have had to spray them every few days. Slugs are kept at bay here by painting Copperslip round the inside and outside of the greenhouse base; also on the metal staging. It really works but I add slug pellets for good measure.

 

I also find the time to build models over the winter.

Edited By Martin McIntosh on 17/03/2019 20:44:37

Thread: Precedent Stampe 1/4 Scale
16/03/2019 22:00:20

I got mine from Mick Reeves. Had to add short springs to stop them from breaking. They are not really functional anyway.

Thread: Radio Link
11/03/2019 14:18:36

The model shop proprietor knew that I was just being curious with no intention to buy since I already have several rather better sets, some bought from him. I think that he was only giving out friendly advice should I have got tempted.

Not much point in reviewing stuff if they do not put into practice what it is designed for. I am sure that these should be OK because FlySky have been making radios for quite some time, but then there is the known issue on my i10.

Regarding the BW reviews, according to him the NGH 38 is beautifully engineered using high quality materials.

I bought one on the strength of that and the valve gear was scrap after just two tanks of fuel.

10/03/2019 17:26:23

Has anyone on here actually flown one of these sets? Popping into a model shop I looked at one which is obviously made by FlySky due to the similarities to the Turnigy range. The proprietor stated that they were only good for land based models because they kept losing the signal but I suspect that it was due to the amount of metal shielding on trucks.

I have a TGY i6 and i10 which work fine (the i10 was only £70 at the time), except that the 10ch has s/w problems which neither HK nor myself have been able to resolve. The s/w is for two position rates but the set comes with three position ones; also it will not bind to their park fly Rx`s even though the instructions state that it will. Now withdrawn from the market.

Even so, I am rather tempted by the Radio Link 10ch.

Thread: Can a LiPo battery recover some performance?
10/03/2019 17:05:05

I would not touch another NanoTech with a barge pole although the 270/450`s seem OK. The 2200`s I bought all puffed up after one light discharge. A fellow club member bought nine similar which did the same thing, and he knows far more than I do about Lipo usage. Never had this problem with Zippy Compact or Multistar.

Thread: Forum members' new models: Let's see them.
02/03/2019 19:17:27

Sorry Ron, I was going on what I have seen at the Nats.

Thread: Don't just stand there, get one up!
02/03/2019 19:12:58

Hi Jon, I would love to go again if only just for the holiday. Circumstances did not allow me to go last year (eldest son returned to the nest and is costing me a fortune); also I found that the only really flyable things were foamies.

If I go again I shall have to do a deal with Spiros regarding how many days, if any, I wish to fly. Early June is the best bet.

Thanks for the comment on the Spit. Fingers crossed.

Thread: Engine mounts
01/03/2019 20:36:51

In bygone days we used alloy mounts which were easily drilled and tapped. Try finding any now. I generally have to use self tappers on the plastic things up to 180 size but have had a few screw heads break off due to them not being at 90 deg. to the screw threads. Some of the better quality mounts are not tapered.

Thread: Malcolm Corbin Easy Street
01/03/2019 20:18:56

I copied an Easy Street many years ago from photos. Mini retracts fitted, originally on a 600 motor with 8S sub C NiMi`s would you believe. Very heavy. Put an OS 15 in it and it was transformed into a great model. Now on brushless and a lipo.

Thread: Laser Engines - Technical questions
01/03/2019 20:07:28

My 80 has an APC 14x7 on my Mustang. Perfect for the model.

Thread: Don't just stand there, get one up!
28/02/2019 22:17:52

Thanks. Don`t know about any next project though. I would need a much bigger house/garage/shed. Far too many as it is. Still got three unflown models.

Basic finish done and am now starting on the roundels using masking film.

I do tend to worry if everything will be OK radio wise at this stage, much more than in the past since even brand new servos etc. can fail. Must be age related.

Thread: Forum members' new models: Let's see them.
27/02/2019 21:25:22

I wish that they would kick those ugly new fangled things into touch and get back to basic aeros. I have no idea what a fellow club member is trying to perform with one of these. There is far more interest in the retro models and style of flying. No wonder that there are often only one or two entries per class.

Nice looking model Steve.

Thread: Don't just stand there, get one up!
27/02/2019 21:06:29

Quite a bit more advanced now with the painting well under way. Lots of intricate masking here, and I still have the roundels, canopy and lettering to do. Managed to download some generic stencils which I have converted to water slides.

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Thread: Precedent Stampe 1/4 Scale
27/02/2019 15:15:05

Mine is only 6.2 kg (14 lbs). CG turned out at 1" in front of upper wing TE which seems about right.

Thread: HS 2
19/02/2019 20:17:52

Bercow said a long time ago that this just will not happen. I tend to believe him as he should know. Pity that so many businesses have already gone to the wall because of it, along with houses being unsalable along the proposed route. The obvious place for it should have been the M40 corridor but naturally this was out of the question because it was Cameron`s back yard. No wonder that my local MP David Livington is so anti because it would now go through his.

Thread: Laser Engines - Technical questions
19/02/2019 20:07:52

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Not a lot of air going in here.

19/02/2019 18:07:03

In the latter stages of when I flew F3A we started to enclose tuned pipes in an attempt to minimise the noise. First try resulted in a melted silicone joiner but just a 1/4" x 1" slot at the front cured this.

My Lasers have very little cooling due to the model designs which do not allow for it, i.e. Mustang, Spitfire and to a lesser extent the Stampe.

Thread: Forum members' new models: Let's see them.
17/02/2019 17:28:24

Interesting Max. Glad to see that some of us are still experimenting instead of just going the HK route.

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