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Thread: BMFA kick backs/discounts for clubs
28/09/2020 12:02:41

My club offers payment of subs by direct debit and has done for the last 3 or 4 years. All very convenient for the members and I'm assuming easier for the Treasurer too.

Thread: Inadvertantly Overdischarged Lipo
27/09/2020 12:25:03
Posted by leccyflyer on 27/09/2020 12:13:57:

Hi "Tosh"

You don;t say if that is under load or not but 11.5v for a 3s1p pack is 3.8v per cell, which some folks use as storage voltage, so it should be fine to balance charge normally, keeping an eye on it. Does your charger have the capability to show the voltage of individual cells?

The OP didn't say 11.5V....He said 1 1/2 which is either 1.5V or 5.5V depending on what he meant! Either way it's flat and will have lost significant capacity. Best to chalk it up to experience and buy a new one.

Thread: Future balsa supplies in UK
25/09/2020 15:38:47

It is a fact that the two biggest importers of balsa into the UK have said that they have no ongoing supply of Balsa. Not sure what more info you need to convince yourself?

Belair kits have issued a statement too:

"Hello all, Just an update on the current situation regarding production and wood. Many of you have seen the statement from SLEC - **LINK** and indeed other model balsa wood suppliers across the globe. The Chinese state funded wind turbine industry is buying almost all the available balsa from Equador to Australia. This leaves very little (almost nothing) for the modelling industry, so I am afraid shortages and extended delivery times may be the norm. We have ready, since June, had to contend with 4 periods of not having balsa. In addition, the price of wood will increase by 150%, taking your sheet of 1/16th balsa from about £1.40 to nearly £3.50. Obviously, we will see a massive increase in the cost of everything.

Currently, we have a reasonable supply and all orders are being completed with lead-times of around 2-4 weeks. So hopefully we are keeping everyone happy. Plywood supplies are excellent, both Birch and liteply.

As we mentioned back in March we are operating solely online without an office. This has helped us concentrate on maintaining a safe work environment and to continue production even during lockdown. With the possibility of new extended measures, we will continue to operate online only. Please email us at, via our website - or via this page. I am trying to answer enquiries between 5.30 am and 11pm, 7 days a week.

Let me know via email or comments here if I can help.

Finally, I wish that you, your families and friends all stay safe during these times. Regards, Leon - Belair"

As have NJR Modelling, who kit some of the old SAS gliders plus the KDS Mirus:

"As a small U.K. producer of model kits, I really enjoy the fact that I can add a personal touch to the products that go out the door. It also means that I can have a closer relationship with the customers, give direct help and support where needed, and generally make them happy.

I also like to keep all of the new and existing customers informed as much as I can with what is happening with orders and new kit releases. It is with heavy heart that this piece of news isn’t great.

I’m sure we are all aware of the current situation that is happening all around the world. This pandemic is having a massive knock on effect to millions of people, and many economies. Our little worldwide modelling community is also suffering, and as what could be a result of the pandemic, material costs are increasing drastically. I also believe that the direct cost of balsa is being driven up due to demand for land in the Far East for wind turbine locations.

The effect of these material increases is that the end products that arrive to you will go up in price to put it very simply and honestly. When this will happen and by how much the increase will be I don’t know, but when it does happen I will let you all know. I just wanted to give you all the heads up"

Thread: Return of the SMA
24/09/2020 17:23:04

The thought has just struck me that if Doug settles on a date for this event we could run a (small) mass build thread now there is a dedicated section for small models on the forum?

Any qualifying small model would be in and the aim would be to fly as many of the finished models as possible at the fly-in?

24/09/2020 13:21:58

What about the 32" span SE5 plan by someone called "D.Boddington" (never heard of the chap....).

David used a Mills 1.3 unthrottled but an old PAW 149 would be good too?

Plan downloadable here:


Edited By Alan Gorham_ on 24/09/2020 13:22:33

24/09/2020 12:54:58

I think I'll build a Lazy Bee for my PAW 149 r/c. I can also put it on floats to fly at waterplane events.

Hoping it turns out as nice as this example I found on the tinterweb...

lazy bee on floats.jpg

Edited By Alan Gorham_ on 24/09/2020 12:56:09

22/09/2020 17:22:04

Roland Graunchet was written by Dave Day.

Thread: Forum members' new models: Let's see them.
22/09/2020 16:03:43

Absolutely love your Gnatsum Trevor!

Thread: Return of the SMA
22/09/2020 16:02:23

I think there was some pressure from Argus Specialist Publications who ran an SMA fly-in at Old Warden to increase engine sizes up to 25 two stroke so that more people could fly at the events with a wider range of models.

I had no problem with the original smaller engine sizes, but you can still buy Enya .15 glows and they are very nice engines....

If this event runs, I will turn up with a car full of small models. Only flown at Buckminster twice, so would like to add to that tally!

22/09/2020 15:31:19

I'd be in. I remember the SMA days and I built a handful of free plan models that were SMA compliant.

I remember Peter Miller used to write a bit about the SMA in his magazine column as did Derrick Woodward.

I think Gray's surname was Pugh though....

Thread: Help please, F2D fuel tank bladder
21/09/2020 16:02:10

If you are on Facebook then search for the UK Combat Flyers Association group. If you join it there will be dozens of active flyers who know the ways of bladder tanks and still use them. I think that currently harpoon cable is the raw material and it is bunged and tied off at one end.

Thread: Future balsa supplies in UK
21/09/2020 10:17:45
Posted by McG 6969 on 20/09/2020 21:00:50:


It's really not about being 'relaxed about this news' or not.

The point simply is 'YOU CAN'T HAVE AN INFLUENCE' on this matter.

So, no point of having 'sad' or 'worried' feelings/concerns about it right now.

SLEC, the boss, their staff and Tina know a lot better what are their possible actions than you even after 40 years of buying wood and building toy models... please... wait for their actions/decisions to be communicated...



Sorry Chris: you must not have read the release from SLEC and Balsa Cabin. They currently have NO future supplier of balsa. I currently want to buy balsa from them.

Please don't tell me how I should feel....

20/09/2020 20:41:25

If the loss of the supply of raw material to the UK model building community is not a potential reason to panic then I'm not sure what is. At risk of repeating myself: both SLEC and Balsa Cabin are low on stock and have no alternative supply.

If they cease to be viable as balsa suppliers that could well mean the loss of all the ancillary components they supply such as engine mounts, control horns and linkages, hinges etc. The list is huge.

The UK used to have Solarbo (readers of a certain age will remember that name) and one of their great claims was that they owned their own balsa plantation. Thus while building from plans was so popular, then the UK had security of supply.

Eventually that disappeared as building declined in popularity and modellers are now at the end of a queue for balsa. It cant be a coincidence that SLEC say they were trying to buy their wood supplier for the last few years. They must have had concerns about future supplies.

I've been building models and buying sheets of balsa for nearly 40 years and I really, truly do not want to give that up so perhaps you can see why some if us are not relaxed about this news.

20/09/2020 19:54:02

Not sure you fully appreciate the significance here Mcg....

SLEC and Balsa Cabin are the two biggest suppliers of Balsa in the UK. SLEC do their own processing of the wood into sheet, strip and shaped lengths and I think that Balsa Cabin may do this too (they certainly used to).

The market appears to be stabilising in favour of balsa plantations sending their best wood in large quantities for wind turbine blades.

Without those two suppliers I think I'm right in saying that UK modellers are left dependent on imports of finished balsa which may well mean less choice of strips and shapes, thicknesses of sheets and variations in grade.

It may well be that business ends up not being viable for SLEC and Balsa Cabin. You may have a relaxed attitude to that fact in Belgium but I for one am not full of confidence tonight.

20/09/2020 14:23:38

Just seen announcements on both the SLEC and Balsa Cabin websites regarding their balsa mill being taken over and the output being diverted to wind turbine blade manufacture in China.

Both companies are advising that they are yet to secure alternative supplies while SLEC are mentioning that there is a possibility of 150% price rises.

Both are also advising of depleted stocks and are requesting patience as they try to fulfill orders.

Balsa Cabin statement here:


SLEC here:


That is not encouraging news for builders going into autumn....Let's hope for an encouraging update from both suppliers soon.

Thread: The wee bit that joins the elevator halves
14/09/2020 16:09:06
Posted by Keith Berriman on 14/09/2020 15:54:03:

Flair Models are showing said item in their web pages

FL2093 part number

Edited By Keith Berriman on 14/09/2020 15:59:31

Flair models also show all their kits that have been out of manufacture for nigh a decade.

I'm afraid that if you find the Flair part at a model shop or online it will be old stock.

I think you should get your gas torch and silver solder out Ernie....

Thread: Researching the ancient Ripmax Futaba M6
10/09/2020 13:54:50
Posted by Frank Skilbeck on 10/09/2020 13:09:39:

Or maybe a Digifleet set, but 1982 might be too soon for the brushed ali cased XP/FM and PCM sets. But Fleet were know for providing sets to special effects departments.

It's definitely not a Digifleet set as their transmitters were covered in black vinyl back then with silver coloured stick gimbals.

10/09/2020 12:51:24

That picture came up as a very pixellated image but to me it looks like a McGregor Digimac set.

Thread: Litter
10/09/2020 08:50:36

More power to your elbow Geoff! Hope you find a tenner every time you go out litter picking. Some hope...

It's actually shocking to me how deliberate and blatant some people are when you catch them dropping litter. As if it's the normal thing to do.

Thread: Kraft Series 70 Radio Equipment
04/09/2020 11:33:18

The fourth wire is a centre-tap from the 4.8V receiver battery to give a 2.4V reference voltage for the servos control system.

Other manufacturers did similar - see early 1970's Futaba Digimac systems for example.

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