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Member postings for Chris Berry

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Thread: Peter Iliffe
21/12/2020 12:45:02

Hi all

I was sent a link by Petes family should anyone wish to donate.


Thread: Laser Engines development.
03/11/2020 18:07:22

Thanks Jon.

Alan P may have been referring to a DB Hurricane which I have, still in its box.

I think if built light and as you say, around the engine it might just do it. Would need the firewall moving back or significantly changing due to it being a short nose aircraft as plan at least.

03/11/2020 16:20:33

Ooh, thats nice. I've got a 200v and 300v, so an inline version for a warbird with suitable cooling would be lovely.

How long is the engine Jon?


Thread: CAA Operator Identity
23/10/2020 23:55:11

Looking at the government webiste. I can't see any reference to UAV or drones on the DfT webpages, or under the responsibilities of Baroness Vere.

Has another department taken on the responsibility or has another minister taken it on?

Thread: OS glow plug availability
21/10/2020 20:32:50

Thanks folks.

I eventually found some OS F plugs in Austria, so ordered some. No stock at all in UK.

20/10/2020 20:46:29

I've recently noticed I'm lacking any spare glow plugs and have happily been using OS F plugs in most of my 4 strokes including the six lasers and 2 ASPs i regularly fly.

Having searched all the usual suppliers it seems no one has any OS F plugs and very few OS plugs of any kind.

What do people recommend as an alternative, as I've used F plugs for 10 years now and never needed to use anything else.


Thread: Nearly that time of year again... AGMs
15/09/2020 09:25:33

Issue all docs and reports by email. Ask for nominations by email. Thats probably the easiest way to do it. Anyone without a computer could have it all posted or relayed to them, as these days its rare anyway.

Or postpone AGM and have EGM when meetings can resume on assumption that all committee and members are happy.


As for subs

Bacs, posted cheques, cash at the field or at the home of the relevant club official in person.

As membership secretary, thats how I intend to do it.

Edited By Chris Berry on 15/09/2020 09:26:06

Edited By Chris Berry on 15/09/2020 09:27:09

Thread: New limit on groups in England from Monday?
15/09/2020 08:11:58

Our club normally has a sign in/out book. Name, date, time in/out.

Our landlord required us to cease using that back in May due to covid but hopefully it will be resumed in a few months.

Since then we've operated a very simple excel spreadsheet. Members phone email, text. WhatsApp, pony express etc etc me and I add their names to the list. Initially there were slots/time limits now we've increased numbers but are still able to manage bookings. We looked at online systems but not all our members are online/computer savy and it allows us to control attendance rather than have a free for all on an online system.

12/09/2020 08:19:08

Having read up, or at least tried to, on this topic on the UK and Scottish government websites I suspect many hobby and activity clubs and societies will be in a similar position to us. I.e. no provision in the guidance and open to interpretation, as with most legal documents.

As I see there are two aspects to this. Clubs and non clubs.

It could be argued that those who fly from private club sites, for which you pay a subscription are operating under the auspices of an organisation and therefore it is an organised activity with covid secure protocols. This could enable booking, tracing, the control of numbers, sanitiser etc

Secondly, those who fly from public, non subscription sites such as slopes or parks, then it is no different to parents taking there children to a park. Multiple families and children at a park, playing on the swings, all independent, all going there as individuals to use the same equipment but not gathering.

Thread: What's flying over your house
11/09/2020 20:29:52

Chinook just flew over me. Not sure of direction but I'm in Leicestershire.

Thread: New limit on groups in England from Monday?
11/09/2020 20:28:13

Some interesting guidance from UK Angling and UK Golf, both of which are activities similar to ours.

Turn up as an individual, partake in the activity alone, maintain distance and leave once done.

No socialising or gathering.

Thread: Laser Engines development.
07/07/2020 14:00:45
Posted by Jon - Laser Engines on 07/07/2020 12:47:42:

Chris, i didnt know it was on sale in the shops. Are you sure they didnt ship normal laser 5 as this stuff is only available from MT direct as far as i know. If it is the real stuff (laser 5 diet?) they best not sell it to anyone for other engines as they might die.

Robin, the gearbox idea is in the 'thinking out loud stage'. I will worry about the technical aspects later.

Martin, one thing at a time! Right now i have 5 engines to develop and test plus a gearbox to investigate.

David, WWXL is a good test bed. A 180 petrol would do it as would my 'new' 30cc multi on glow. The petrol would need the least number of mods as the 30cc would need you to make a new cowl. That said, the more cylinders the more fun right? Take your pick

Laser 5 diet...i like it Jon.

Yep I checked with Leeds and they had 8 available, so I ordered 4. The label just shows 5% and hasn't got any details other than the standard Technics branding. Its a little cheaper as well. Invoice says low oil.

MT tell me its been under development/testing for a while and awaits a name. It does clearly state low oil on the website and invoice.

Whichever way, it will fly off the pun intended...maybe.

I have been mixing hi oil with methanol to give a low oil mix for about 3 gallons now and my laser twins and singles have run without any noticeable difference other than cleaner!

Thread: Excellent service
07/07/2020 11:01:40
Posted by Chris Berry on 07/07/2020 10:48:38:

I placed an order for 6 gallons of Technics fuel and a few odds and bits at 10am yesterday, got an email re. dispatch at 12.30pm yesterday and the items arrived at 8am today.

Well done Model Shop Leeds and DHL.

Edited By Chris Berry on 07/07/2020 10:54:09

As much as possible if I can Steve.

It' also worth it for postage.


Thread: Laser Engines development.
07/07/2020 10:59:31

Just got 4 gallons of Laser 5% Low oil from Leeds. I can hear my 6 lasers calling for it now.

Im told it doesnt have a name yet. Maybe it could be called Model Technics Laser 5 Oil Low (LOL 5)?


Thread: Excellent service
07/07/2020 10:48:38

I placed an order for 6 gallons of Technics fuel and a few odds and bits at 10am yesterday, got an email re. dispatch at 12.30pm yesterday and the items arrived at 8am today.

Well done Model Shop Leeds and DHL.

Edited By Chris Berry on 07/07/2020 10:54:09

Thread: Midwest AT6 Texan Info
12/06/2020 20:42:47

I've just aquired a very nice part finished Midwest AT6 texan.

I can probably figure it out from other similar models I have but i'm after the C of G and a rough idea of the aileron and elevator throws if anyone has a midwest Texan/Harvard?


Thread: Grass Cutting
24/04/2020 17:40:31
Posted by gangster on 24/04/2020 15:29:13:

Whilst on the face of it the importance of flying a toy aeroplane and hitting a ball down a hole are about the same and really do not even count for anything in the current crisis. The difference however in terms of economic importance could not be further apart

so many livelihoods, jobs Nd businesses are in peril at the moment. A golf club is a business, members on average probably pay 10 or 20 times as we do for a year’s subscription Golf clubs employ a lot of people Admin,waiters green staff etc etc and there is the pro also trying to make a living . That is a lot of families food and mortgage at stake. Those jobs need to be there after the crisis. They need to be there now as well, people are allowed to work if they can.

Sure some of our fields will take a year to get back if they are good but,unless you are a prima Donna modeller, most models will fly from a strip that has grown a foot long and had a couple of cuts with a rotary mower. A golf club green cut to 4mm cannot be got back without a lot of work and that could be a long time out of action

So what’s more important guys playing with toy aeroplanes or food on families tables and roofs over their heads


if this is all we have to whine about we are indeed very lucky.


Not sure what models you fly Gangster but I know that many of my scale models won't fly from rough strips. I've never seen balloon tyres on a 60cc Thunderbolt for example.

You talk about economic factors. Aeromodelling contributes millions to the economy including farming, camping, horticulture and contractors, petrol stations as well as the obvious modelling suppliers and many more I'm sure.

Like many, i keep our strip at about 6mm length, as many of our models are scale, with retracts or with small wheels.

Feel free to come and cut our 150m x 80m strip with a small rotary mower and I'll happily stand and watch you.

They may be toy planes to you. To many of us they are radio controlled model aeroplanes.

Edited By Chris Berry on 24/04/2020 17:45:21

Thread: Crescent Bullet Owners
16/04/2020 11:41:26

Thanks folks. I've used self tappers in the past with no problems to be fair but I've never been over keen. I'm used to 60cc stuff, which is belt and braces.

I'll go with self tappers.


16/04/2020 08:12:18
Posted by Bob Cotsford on 15/04/2020 22:30:53:

Chris, look three posts up from yours, nutplates screwed to the back of the bearer. Alternately I used to drill and tap the bearers. As long as you don't keep swapping engines this works on up to 90s.

Thanks Bob. Yep, saw that. So essentially captive nuts in on form or another in/on the nylon mount, job done?

I have seen this used before but I've never done it myself. I'll give it a go.


Thread: RC IC Engines, you've probably never heard of.
16/04/2020 08:08:36 you're talking!!! Lovely engines. Such a shame they have gone.

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