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Thread: Fuels Paradise
14/03/2020 08:07:45

That's only the Duraglow range, the Formula Irvine, recommended by Ripmax for Irvine and OS has 0% castor as does the Laser mix too.

I've been running my fourstrokes, Lasers, ASP, Thunder Tiger on a 10% synthetic oil with 5% Nitro, made by taking 10% Nitro regular synthetic oil fuel and mixing 50:50 with Methanol. Engines run well and planes are a little less oily.

Thread: Insanity seems to be setting in
13/03/2020 17:26:55

Just watch out the scammers are about too **LINK** wink

Thread: CompleteAPac kit - Stuka J87
12/03/2020 17:49:06
Posted by Jon - Laser Engines on 12/03/2020 15:14:23:

Watch out for tipstall. CAP models are notorious

The Bucker Jungmeister must be the exception, mine is lovely, plan shows a Merco 61 and mine flies on an ASP91 which has plenty of umph to fly it in a scale aerobatics. From what I recall there are no instructions, everything was on the plan.

Thread: Mad idea?
10/03/2020 21:57:31

Yep have used the all in one units from Bangood with some Fatshark v2s, used them on a flying wing, MPX Easy Star, Easy Glider (off the slope) and in the "passenger" seat in a 1/5th scale T21, flown them all FPV, the T21 aerotowed to height.

Also bought a video receiver which plugged into my phone and have given rides in the T-21. Had a panning camera in the T-21 great for looking down the wing.

I'm also very short sighted, I made up so diopter adjusters to go in my Fatsharks from an old pair of specs, this worked very well. Only problem I have on some days is that the googles keep misting up.

Thread: Insanity seems to be setting in
09/03/2020 21:29:02
Posted by Gary Manuel on 09/03/2020 20:25:14:

2. 90 odd % of people are getting over the virus and declaring themselves cured. Are they really cured? Can humans develop immunity to Covid-19 to prevent them getting it again? If they become immune, can they still be carriers, to infect a fresh set of people they are exposed to?

The very act of getting better means your body has learnt how to deal with Covid-19, so you are now immune to that strain. But not if it mutates into a different strain, same reason why the flu vaccine isn't always efficient as it may not be protecting against the actual flu strain that's going around.

As for pulling up the drawbridge, most of the cases coming in have been Brtis returning from areas where there has been outbreaks, they don't know they have got it because of the long incubation period where they are still infectious but haven't developed any symptoms. So we need to ban all foreign travel and visitors to the UK for at least two weeks before there are any known cases in overseas countries.............. Not great for a country that is planning to trade with the world.

Thread: Email for a mac
09/03/2020 21:20:12

The guys I know on Apple tend to have a .me e-mail address, which I think is linked to Apples iCloud

Thread: Is there a new breed of servo ?
08/03/2020 18:05:17

Just to add another one, does using a gyro stabiliser shorten servo life? (as the servo is working more).

Recently had an elevator servo fail on an electric model with stabilised receiver, been in use for well over 12 months, on 3rd flight of the day model took off and no response from the elevator, Servo wasn't a named brand one, can't remember what it was.

Thread: On board volt & amp meter
06/03/2020 19:43:34

Another option might be to see if you can get hold off an older Eagletree logger, I've got a V2 from before I had telemetry, with the optional display this shows Volts, amps, watts and mah, it also logs the results so you can view your flight data later.

Maybe try a wanted ad (note I'm not selling mine as I still use it from time to time as a watt meter)

Thread: Spoilers
06/03/2020 17:42:13

Another option would be magnets, years ago I had a Chris Foss Hi-Phase Rudder/Elevator/Spoiler glider, spoilers being used for landing. These were on a simple pull cord which went to one servo in the fuselage to pull them open and had some fridge strip magnets to keep them shut.

Thread: Second throttle control
04/03/2020 21:08:54

When I built a hovercraft more than a few years back, I used an aircraft ESC for the lift motor, controlled by the throttle stick on a ratchet, I then used a car/boat ESC with reversing on the propulsion motor using the elevator stick, pushing the stick up gave forward thrust and back reverse thrust, off was with the stick centralised.

Thread: At last! Finally got out for a maiden flight
04/03/2020 17:49:53

Very nice yes and your strip is so dry too (jealousy emoji here)

Thread: Old Multiplex radio kit, any value?
04/03/2020 17:40:59

When was 35 mHz introduced, I know when i bought my first RC set at the end of 1979 it was on 27 Mhz FM and I seem to remember that 35 mHz was legalised in early 1980, which would mean if the set was bought in 1978 it would be 27 mHz or has been upgraded to 35 mHz. But then again I might be wrong frown

Thread: Individual cell voltage of LiPo flight battery.
01/03/2020 22:26:36

Gordon, the SM Unilog is both a logger and telemetry sensor, reading the SM manual on Spektrum any alarms are set at the transmitter not at the sensor. I use their Unisens and GPS logger with my Multiplex system where you can set the alarms at the sensor.

BTW I agree with you and don't use cell voltage as an alarm as a way of monitoring capacity but use a current sensor with a mah alarm.

Edited By Frank Skilbeck on 01/03/2020 22:27:00

01/03/2020 10:20:20

Assuming the Lemon Rxs use the same telemetry interface as Spektrum Rxs the SM Modlbau Unilog can measure cell voltages on upto a 6s battery, but it's probably an expensive way to do what you want

BTW Jeti and Multiplex also offer individual cell voltage monitoring on their telemetry systems.

Thread: 2 or 3 questions please, need some wise advice
01/03/2020 10:03:31

Re the ESC, it's more important to get warm air away from the ESC. You don't need much of an opening to allow some air into the fuselage but the heat from the ESC has to go somewhere.

It all depends on the model, I have a 1/4 scale ASK11 motor glider and ESC is just in the open fuselage with no cooling, but it's a large fuselage with a large volume of air to heat up and being a motor glider spends a significant part of the flight with the motor off.

Thread: SC 70 fs
26/02/2020 19:40:59

A less stiff valve spring would mean that valve float would happen at a lower rpm, so as the revs exceed this point the engine would breath less well.

Thread: NGH 38cc Petrol Four Stroke - now at JE
26/02/2020 16:07:34

Resurrecting this old thread, just to check on users longer term experience please.

Thread: Difference between these two motors
26/02/2020 08:39:16

Reading the 4-max motor specs it's rated for 30 amps, which is why Ecalc doesn't recommend the 13 x 8, the recommended Topmodel motor is rated at 57amps. To get more power out of the 4max motor you'd need to up the volts (4s battery) and reduce the prop size to keep the amps below 30 amps.

Thread: HK 800mm Skyraider w/ ORX stabiliser - Turn stabilisation on/off Dx8i
25/02/2020 18:45:38

Is this a standalone stabliser, if so I've got one driven by a Multiplex receiver to switch the gyros on and off I had to allocate a channel to a switch and then have a jumper cable from the gyro (Aux) port on the stabliser to that channel on the receiver.

Thread: Probable scam?
24/02/2020 12:02:19

Just on the above re phone calls, last year the law changed and BT were no longer allowed to charge for caller ID, so if you buy a phone with call blocker any number which isn't on your safe list will have to announce who they are, the phone then plays this message so you can decide whether to take the call. None of the scammers are prepared to go through this so just hang up. If it's somebody you know it's a one button push to add them to your safe list.

Ours has been great, no cold/scam callers since we've had it, but lots of missed calls from unknown numbers......

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