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Thread: Cleaning a weather beaten engine.
28/07/2012 10:36:50


Fairy power spray every time as has already been suggested.

I'm not sure about Autosol unless you want a very shiny engine. Vim with a tooth brush used to work very well but I suppose it's not sold now as I've not seen it for years. Maybe an abrasive kitchen cleaner would have the same effect Just be sure to wash it off well and don't get any inside the motor.

Of course you could always buy the wife an ultrasonic cleaner for her jewellery collection and road test that on the motor.



Thread: How (not to) learn to fly
28/07/2012 10:21:10

Deliberate or not it's definitely a good advert for not trying to go it alone when learning to fly.

A good advert for joining a club as I'm sure someone would have dropped a few hint's.

Should be used by club safety reps as an example of how it shouldn't be done.



Edited By Big Bandit on 28/07/2012 10:22:01

Thread: The Olympics
28/07/2012 02:20:02
Posted by Doug Ireland on 28/07/2012 01:03:37:

Did Sir Paul make a hash of his own song?

He did, Rich, CS, Andy, we seem to be in the minority who actually liked it and I'm looking forward to the track and field events.



Thread: Sign of the times - funnies
27/07/2012 16:45:57

I've posted this one before but it's still funny.

My next door neighbour, a long time ago (in a galaxy far away) where I used to live had a Reliant Robin, he shall remain nameless, Aka "Bob" (but for arguments sake we'll call him Keith wink 2). Anyway he decided that his petrol gauge was not reading how it should, so he decided to fix it (should have read the Haynes Manual first teeth 2). First off he dropped the petrol tank (picture, this was a terraced house, so it was in the street, at the kirb side), and removed the sender unit from the tank (he did well without getting a trip to A&E to get this far).

After inspecting the flange where the sender unit had been, he decided to remove the gasket and clean up the hole in the tank. So off he goes indoors and comes back with an old cylinder Hoover. (the kids were playing along the kirb on their bikes all of this time).

The next thing there was a big bang !. The muppet had only cleaned up the rusty flange with the Hoover sucking up the rusty residue along with the petrol vapour until the sparking from the armatures of the Hoover motor sparked it off teeth 2. I'll not elaborate on my language and considering the kids were playing outside, other than to say his language isn't repeatable on a family forum and neither was mine.

The Hoover ended up half way up the street, less the hose which "Bob" was still holding, and the mains plug was still in the socket (in the house) less it's lead which was still attached to the Hoover half way up the street.

Needless to say the kids were still ribbing him about it weeks later and so was I.

The upshot is, 20 years later, his elderly mum brought the bungalow at the back of where I live now, her bungalow actually backs onto my back garden, and he's an only child. The future doesn't look bright sad.





Edited By Big Bandit on 27/07/2012 16:53:09

27/07/2012 15:34:42
Posted by bouncebouncecrunch on 27/07/2012 10:36:37:

Fred was found at the bottom of the cliff, stone dead with a little bird, also dead, stuck to his shoulder.

When Mick got to the bottom, the rescue services were already there and asked Mick if he saw what happened.

Yeah, he ran, he jumped, but i told him that budgie jumpin was dangerous.

Edited By David Ashby - RCME on 27/07/2012 10:47:20

BBC, behave yourself.


Edited By Big Bandit on 27/07/2012 15:35:36

27/07/2012 09:33:47

This one ain't bad

27/07/2012 09:25:26
Good drills these.
27/07/2012 09:22:11

And another

27/07/2012 09:08:48

Hope this works, I just love this one.

27/07/2012 08:46:30

How to read Haynes manuals

Haynes: Rotate anticlockwise.
Translation: Clamp with molegrips then beat repeatedly with hammer anticlockwise.

Haynes: This is a snug fit.
Translation: Clamp with molegrips then beat repeatedly with hammer.

Haynes: This is a tight fit.
Translation: Clamp with molegrips then beat repeatedly with a hammer.

Haynes: As described in Chapter 7...
Translation: That'll teach you not to read the instructions before you start. Now you are looking at scary photos of the inside of a gearbox.

Haynes: Undo...
Translation: Go buy a tin of WD40 (giant size).

Haynes: Retain tiny spring...
Translation: PINGGGG - "Where the hell did that go?"

Haynes: Press and rotate to remove bulb...
Translation: OK - that's the glass bit off, now fetch some good pliers to dig out the bayonet part (and maybe a plaster or two).

Haynes: Lightly...
Translation: Start off lightly and build up till the veins on your forehead are throbbing then clamp with molegrips then beat repeatedly with hammer.

Haynes: Weekly checks...
Translation: If it isn't broken don't fix it.

Haynes: Routine maintenance...
Translation: If it isn't broken, it's about to be. We warned you.

Haynes: One spanner rating.
Translation: An 3 year old could do this... so how did you manage to screw it up?

Haynes: Two spanner rating.
Translation: Now you may think that you can do this because two is a low, teensy weensy number... but you also thought the wiring diagram was a map of the Tokyo underground (in fact that would have been more use to you).

Haynes: Three spanner rating.
Translation: Make sure you won't need your car for a couple of days.

Haynes: Four spanner rating.
Translation: You're not seriously considering this are you?

Haynes: Five spanner rating.
Translation: OK - but don't ever carry your loved ones in it again.

Haynes: If not, you can fabricate your own special tool like this...
Translation: Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

Haynes: Compress...
Translation: Squeeze with all your might, jump up and down on it, throw it at the garage wall, then find some molegrips and a hammer...

Haynes: Inspect...
Translation: Squint at really hard and pretend you know what you are looking at, then declare in a loud knowing voice to your wife "Yep, as I thought, it's going to need a new one"

Haynes: Carefully...
Translation: You are about to suffer deep abrasions.

Haynes: Retaining nut...
Translation: Yes, that's it, that big spherical blob of rust.

Haynes: Get an assistant...
Translation: Prepare to humiliate yourself in front of someone you know.

Haynes: Turning the engine will be easier with the spark plugs removed.
Translation: However, starting the engine afterwards will be much harder. Once that sinking pit of your stomach feeling has subsided, you can start to feel deeply ashamed as you gingerly refit the spark plugs.

Haynes: Refitting is the reverse sequence to removal.
Translation: Yeah, right. But you swear in different places.

Haynes: Prise away plastic locating pegs...
Translation: Snap off...

Haynes: Using a suitable drift...
Translation: Clamp with molegrips then beat repeatedly with hammer.

Haynes: Everyday toolkit
Translation: RAC Card & Mobile Phone

Haynes: Apply moderate heat...
Translation: Unless you have a blast furnace, don't bother. Alternatively, clamp with molegrips then beat repeatedly with hammer.

Haynes: Index
Translation: List of all the things in the book, exept what you need to do.



27/07/2012 08:31:05

Two cows chatting in a field. One says "Isn't this mad cow thing terrible. I hear some of them have got it over at the Clegs farm".

The other replies "Not too bothered, it doesn't affect us ducks."



Thread: 2012 Vintage Mass Build Chat Thread
26/07/2012 21:11:48

Hi Alan,

Well done mate, I wish I'd have known you were at the patch. I've been up to Derby Road this afternoon after a bit of a session at Huncote, Dave B was there with his grandson flying the Foamy E wot no one else though. Give us a bell if your there next Thursday or Friday.



Thread: Which country is everyone from ?
25/07/2012 07:06:54

Middle England for me, Leicestershire good Rugby and Cricket county.



Thread: How do you support your Tx when flying?
24/07/2012 21:59:57

Neck strap for me.



Thread: Biggles' Mess (the renamed cafe!)
24/07/2012 21:08:26

Hope this works.

Take a plane down your street



24/07/2012 20:50:28


Spent last weekend decorating or rather stripping paper off the hall stairs and landing, and all was going well untill the steam stripper gave up the ghost on Saturday afternoon. So onto the interweb and ordered another one from screwfix. As I'm surfing the net and looking on the model sites, I tried Hurricane models and found the PZ Spitfire 9. The missus looking over my shoulder said I do like that, I says so do I and she says have it then, I'll pay for it.

To shorten a long story I gets home today, and find a ticket from Fedex, I goes to pick it up and sorted !


I'll order the retracts later.


Might even get some decorating done at the weekend teeth 2.



21/07/2012 15:46:40

Hi Terence,

I gave the kid next door the WW Sapphire as I already had a shed load of rubber powered kits mainly original KK stuff with a few of the wing leader series from WW. I did buy an eRC Spit for an indoor tool, but anyone thinking of buying one, don't bother unless you have a hall at least 50 x 100 metres. I did consider robbing it of the 2.4 RC gear but it has it's own tranny on mode two and I fly mode one (not transferable either). I would have been better off getting a minimum of some sort for my Speccy gear, and possibly using the gear out of that for converting a rubber powered kit. I'll just play with it on the patch on calm evenings or give it to a mates grandson who's into Spits to hang up.

There's a Flair Spit Mk 5 and FW 190 that I've not built yet which might be OK for a conversion job, I just need to sort out some gear to go in them.



Thread: ED bee Mk11 and DC spare parts
20/07/2012 18:31:24


Finnaly managed to get in the cupboard (decorating at the mo),

This is one of the Mk 1's with the green tank.


The tank mounting bolt.


Shoulder length is 18.6 mm or .732 "


Hope this helps.



Thread: Biggles' Mess (the renamed cafe!)
19/07/2012 22:40:36

Hi Terence,

Which one are you building.



Thread: ED bee Mk11 and DC spare parts
19/07/2012 12:31:07


Just spoke to John Walton regarding your spares. The ED Bee as I found out myself does take a 6 BA bolt but the original has a shoulder to stop the bolt head crushing the tank, I'm not sure of the exact length of the shoulder, but the easiest way is to manufacture one from a length of alloy tube to fit over the bolt inside the tank so it pushes up to the threaded spigot at the rear of the crankcase back plate, and the rear of the tank. Just cut a length of tube over length and trim it progressively till it's right. I seem to remember using a fibre washer on one of mine as the plastic tank split's easily. If your struggling PM me and I'll strip the tank off of one of my Bees photo and measure it.

As for the Sabre NVA give him a bell he has them in stock 0116 2442223.

He's just told me that the heavy rain yesterday flooded part of the shop and they are up against it, cleaning up at the moment.



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