Here is a list of all the postings Richard Acland has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Diesel anybody?|
Edited By Richard Acland on 07/07/2020 12:54:55
I built a Vic Smeed Miss 38 for free flight powered by an ED BEE MK 1. I only ever got to fly it at the Nationals as there is really nowhere near me where I can do free flight. I decided to build another with very lightweight radio gear and batteries with rudder and elevator control. This I fitted with a ED BEE MK 2 and am able to fly it at my flying patch. Although I now mainly use four stroke glow power it is nice to go back to when I was a kid with a small glow engine an oily rag and and a valve spout and not needing to go chasing after a fly away model
Thanks for all the replies. I think that on the whole I will persevere and build in the suggested dihedral. Even if as some say it is only to stop it looking droopy
Currently building an 80 inch parasol wing model from plans. the plans shows a small amount of dihedral which I have worked out will give about one a half inches dihedral at the wingtip. The wings are built in two sections and I am finding it a bit of a bind trying to get the centre sections spot on. I have built a lot of models from plans and had a quick look at my different models. Some have quite a large amount of dihedral. and some not much. My question is without getting too technical would it make a lot of difference to the flying performance if with such a small amount of dihedral if I saved a lot of bother and just built a straight wing
|Thread: How are you buying your modeling stuff in 2020|
I am buying everything online from UK model shops. Too many to mention. I bought a lot of stuff from Hobbyking in the past. Recently tried to buy some servos and they had hardly any thing from their vast range available. I decided that it would be best to support UK only model companies. Fortunately most of them seem very busy. The only down side is carriage costs which to me seem to be a bit of a rip off.
|Thread: The great i.c. / electric finger chopping debate|
It is an interesting debate. I think the thing to remember is that both IC and electric props can be equally as nasty. You need to be totally switched on mentally when in close proximity of either of them.
Edited By Richard Acland on 19/06/2020 19:10:30
|Thread: Sc 30 four stroke|
Just engines appear to have these items in stock for an ASP 30 fs. As these engines are identical to SC engines you should be OK. Might be worth giving them a call to check.
|Thread: Ballerina Bi-plane|
Only problem with HK film is that there is a bleed through of the white adhesive on the edges when mixing two colours. This can be cleaned with solvent and is a small price to pay when you consider value for money.
|Thread: Aeronca Sedan|
Funny this topic should come up now. I am just about to start covering my Stolp Starlet. I notice that the tailplane is the same whereby the covering runs from the fuselage side to the fin assembly. It all looks a bit tricky to me.
Edited By Richard Acland on 04/06/2020 12:49:03
Edited By Richard Acland on 04/06/2020 12:49:43
|Thread: The Lockdown Restrictions Have Been Relaxed. Who's Been Flying?|
Last year we lost our field as the owner farmer decided to to retire. The new owner wanted to plough the field so that was it for us. Due to the efforts of a couple of club members we managed to secure a new larger field very close to our old field.The owner is a gem. really helpful cuts the grass and disposes of it. As you can imagine up to now it has been really frustrating. New field, great flying weather and unable to go. That has now all changed in the last few days and we are now able to get back to almost normal with a few new safety rules. lets hope the weather continues so we can make up for lost time.
|Thread: Who is building what?|
I decided that once lockdown started I would dig out one of the plans that had been lurking in my drawer for some time. It is a Stolp Starlet. a parasol wing home built aircraft. I ordered wood from Balsa cabin and was told that they were very busy and it might take a while. Since then I have ordered quite a bit of stuff from various model suppliers and they all give the same story. Online orders have really picked up and they all seem very busy. It is an ill wind that blows no one any good.
|Thread: The big question, WHEN|
I would have thought that if your landlord is happy, that sensible precautions would along with the BMFA advice be OK. Operate a rota system so that you have only a limited number of people on site. Mark out box areas for each person to to operate in. Only have one person flying at any one time. I am sure that If these steps were taken we would all stay safe.
|Thread: Solarlac Thinners|
Any one know of an alternative to Solarlac thinners which I am having trouble getting hold of,for cleaning brushes and thinning Solarlac paint.
|Thread: Are our wings over-engineered?|
Quite agree. Give me over engineered any day. I am currently building a Stolp Starlet from plans. The plans show no shear webs between ribs and no cap strips. Fear not, I shall be fitting them.
|Thread: Precedent Stampe 1/4 Scale|
Actually I have to own up, the picture was taken about ten years ago. Since then we have both developed a bit of hanger rash.
Edited By Richard Acland on 21/04/2020 21:08:42
I am surprised at the size of the engine fitted to some peoples Stampes. My now 15 year old Stampe is powered by an SC 90 FS. It flies at a lovely scale speed. OK it might struggle to do some of the more complicated aerobatics. but for me it is fine.
|Thread: What's flying over your house|
I live close to the old Severn bridge. Above me is one of the main air corridors for aircraft leaving and returning to this country. On a day like today ,clear blue skies I would normally see lines of con trails. Today was quite remarkable because I did actually see one.
|Thread: Anyone use these?|
|Thread: Mounting servos between ribs|
My prefered method is to side mount. I normally make a rib from 1/8th ply cut a space for the servo and mount it directly to the rib. This enables the servo arm to protrude and make a nice short direct link to the control surface
|Thread: Light Relief|
Just re watched "Over Here" on U Tube brilliantly funny and nostalgic two parter about the first American Bomber Squadron to come to the UK and their RAF counterparts. If you didnt see it first time it is a must watch
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