Here is a list of all the postings Mike T has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
David, that looks absolutely superb! .
I read your posts on the DSSC website and very much agree with your comments re 'fuselages' - who wants to fly a broomstick with a plank? This design has bags of character and as for a plan, I'm all in favour, and from what I can see, your drawing skills seem well up to it! *
Looking forward to your report (and pics) of the maiden!
*Please, please save us from another Hawk - or a Mustang!
|Thread: Overseas purchase|
Somebody who knows that the value on the customs dec. is almost always understated?
|Thread: GLOW to PETROL|
I agree re small engines, which is why I wrote: "big Super Tigres and Mokis are the best..."
When I first got my Moki 210 (the engine I converted), the advice from JE was to run it on no less than 18% oil. It now runs on 5% petroil mix, post-conversion. Yes, the 'effluent' is black, but there's a lot less of it...
It's a pity, particularly in the current circumstances, that SM are so unbending in their refusal to do mail order. Their fuel is excellent and by far the best value.
Re petrol conversion, I'm not going to repeat what I've posted before (seek and ye shall find) but suffice to say if you have the right engines (big Super Tigres and Mokis are the best) the riht Walbro carb and access to a lathe to turn a simple carb adaptor spigot, then a very satisfactory result can be achieved. I've also used the G5 plug, which works but with a slightly lumpy (and higher rpm) idle. Forget it on anything less than 20cc...
BTW - the primary driver for me in converting was not cost, but reduced mess!
|Thread: EU drone rules|
LOL - not much!
This is insurrection - impeach him, Martin!!
|Thread: Overseas purchase|
Yes, the old £15 'small fry' concession has been eliminated. While bigger suppliers like Aliexpress and Banggood may play ball, I suspect that at some point, some poor sod is going to pay "VAT" to an ebay supplier, then get hit by a bill from RM/DHL/whoever because there is no record of any tax having been remitted!
|Thread: Bench Design|
Not at all. I used "3 be 2" PAR for the framework of my fitted benches. The legs were cut back to 2 x 2" at the foot and clearance holes drilled for the T nuts that were banged in. 12mm hex bolts were screwed into the T nuts to act as resilient, adjustable feet, to ensure the top rails could be trimmed out parallel. There are no locknuts on the bolts. Once trimmed out, they haven't been touched. I fitted carpet squares after the bench was installed, so the bolts can't even be seen.
One thing I couldn't do without is the mobile bench in the middle of the workshop. This is constructed on an old 600 x 600mm kitchen base unit, with an 18mm MDF top and extensions on either side mounted on some very heavy duty (but cheap!) fold-down hinges. It has castors at the back which only touch the ground when the front is lifted using a couple of fold-away handles, which makes it easier to heavey around in the limited space I have available (rear 3/4 of a partitioned-off single garage).
The middle bench is essential as the others are now all covered with crap...
|Thread: Panic! Damaged prop shaft threads - can't fully unscrew retaining nut. Help please!|
Try one of these: spinner adaptor/extender
You'll need a new washer to suit and you'll need to ream the prop out, but you will be using much more of the crank thread to secure everything.
|Thread: Balsa Fuel Tank|
Now post a picture of a readily available poly bottle, external dimensions 54 x 54 x 14mm
|Thread: Motor stand offs or boxes?|
Two birds, one stone. All square AND properly supported
Re squirrel cage mounts - are these like the carbon fibre lattices that Dave Chinnery used to weave back in the day?
Looks sufficient if T-nuts are used. No problem if you use studding, which I would probably sleeve with alloy tube. (Studding on it's own looks like a bit of a lash-up).
|Thread: LS Special|
Wasn't Timber Reclamation Inc. a subsidiary of Bin Bag Corp.? They had a lot of business from me over the years...
|Thread: Covering irons|
Not an ideal solution, but when trying to get some Solartex to stick to the curve of a wing fillet, I used an Xacto style gouge blade* held in some vice grips. I heated this with a hot air gun.
In other words, you could heat up any appropriately sized (and held) piece of metal to use as an iron.
* from a Lidl/Aldi woodcarving set, IIRC
|Thread: Swann Morton blades|
Classic 'survivor bias' LOL.
"Not for sale to under 18's" means your Pa or Ma have to buy it for you, in the hope that you then use it with some degree of adult supervision. This should help to minimise the number of 8 year olds who drop scalpels on their feet.
Natural instinct when you lose grip on something is to fumble for it. First rule of working with blades is DON'T FUMBLE! Second is get your feet out of the way, sharpish...
|Thread: Motor stand offs or boxes?|
Horses for courses, innit? Box for longer installations, standoffs for the shorter, or a combination of the two for adjustability.
I'd save hard ply for the 'face' of the box. I usually use 6mm liteply for this kind of thing. Light, stiff, easy to cut (with a razor or shark saw) and easy to square up the joints with a bench hook and a permagrit.
With standoffs, (ref. Gary's post above) you need a suitable load spreader where they meet the timber airframe - an alloy plate or "repair washers" from the DIY
Edited By Mike T on 08/01/2021 12:21:39
I looked into them some time ago - even used 'streetview' to check out Wenlock Rd! I suspect the address is a front for an offshore drop-shipping set-up.
|Thread: RCM&E December 20 / Jan 21 Issue|
My kids got me a subscription starting from February '21. As I've not seen this issue on a shelf anywhere, I thought I'd order it to make a complete year. However, it doesn't appear to be available to order anymore.
I hope that's not a sign of things to come. Should I cancel the sub.?
Edited By Mike T on 28/12/2020 13:53:06
|Thread: Screen Size|
I'm not sure of the precise wording but I think changes to consumer law in the last few years made some provisions re reasonable expectations of performance. Would you expect a £1500 piece of electronics to be scrap after 3 years? If the answer is no, you should have a case...
|Thread: Solent Sailplanes Ridge Racer|
I've had several goes at trying to respond to this, but I have to concede - words fail me...
steve1590 is the guy you are looking for. A friend got the RR fus. earlier this year and it was very nicely done. He's not listing fus'es at the moment, but in the listing linked, he does state that he can make to order and put you in touch with a wing man (which I think is Billkits)
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