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Thread: Buried control linkages
29/08/2017 10:35:00

You have to be very confident in your SS skills. I wasn't, so when building a Phase 6 recently, I used a joiner saved from a 1/4 scale DB Pup (pre- Stocker) kit. Strong enough - you'd think...

It failed and the subsequent replacement was pretty much as Trevor described, albeit soft soldered:

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Edited By Mike T on 29/08/2017 10:35:58

Thread: 4 Aileron Ultimate Biplane
23/08/2017 15:54:23
Posted by Gary Manuel on 23/08/2017 15:22:03:

Tried this, but no joy.

Oh crepe! sad

23/08/2017 12:39:47

JR radios are as 'propo' as you can get! cheeky

Things may have moved on, but on my old 388, you have to use the higher number mixes to ensure the slave channel is governed by the master channel's trim. If you've used free mixes 1 and 2, then their trims will probably be on one of the pots. - try using mixes 7 and 8.

Edited By Mike T on 23/08/2017 12:40:18

Edited By Mike T on 23/08/2017 12:40:49

Thread: Hard to see?
18/08/2017 19:38:14

So to sum up, best for contrast and visibility is black all over, with areas of dark black and pale black for contrast and highlights?

Thread: Beyond the Spitfire
18/08/2017 12:26:13

Just picked up this rather splendid book from "The Works" (TheWorks.co.uk)

Down from £25 to a bargain £8.

I'd add a pic, but the process is a bit tiresome...

Thread: Sheep Eating Cars
18/08/2017 10:47:22

@Steve. Was on the Meio yesterday with Mark and Chris - now I know why they've taken to parking on the far side of the grid! I've not had any car nibblers so far, but they do take a deep and abiding interest in my boot when I'm trying to load/unload. They are completely unfazed and often have to be physically shoved off!

Re Kiwikid's pic of his field - I feel your pain. Until recently, our Club life has been one of mowing and rolling (with our cars!) to get a decent patch, only to see it trampled by cows. The bloody farmer always seems to put them in our field when it's wet! We are now moving to a field with 500 ewes on it...

Edited By Mike T on 18/08/2017 10:48:10

Thread: Convert to taildragger
18/08/2017 10:38:07

Just looked it up. What a smart little plane!

IMO, just ahead of or in line with the LE should be fine. I'd be inclined to fix the u/c to the fus. immediately forward of the wing seat - you may have to mod the fus. to get a 1/4" ply plate in there (with some triangular fillets inside). The swept back style of u/c would look good - and would put the wheel centre in the optimum position. Spats would make it look really good, if you have a bowling green to fly off (I'm guessing not!)

Thread: glo to gas
31/07/2017 22:49:05

Well that takes the biscuit! surprise

Den, if you look at the post just above your little rant, you'll see (in my view) a quite sensible and helpful reply, based on my own, practical experience of such a conversion. It's posted for everyone to see (and therefore useful as a forum contribution) not hidden away in a PM (and therefore useless as a forum contribution).

Replies like yours make people less inclined to invest any effort in contributing information based on their hard-earned knowledge and experience. Suffice to say, I'll be saving mine for my Clubmates from now on, but extended the proper courtesy (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jr-8TkgLUS4) I might be prepared to reconsider...

 

Edited By Mike T on 31/07/2017 23:02:26

Thread: DJI Phantom
04/07/2017 20:23:15

Not if you pick one up second hand... wink

Thread: Max Thrust Riot Motor
04/07/2017 20:18:11

A 3536/910kv motor is otherwise known as a 'Wot 4 foam-e' motor. Lots of them about. The DYS brand (usually gold anodised) is one of the better ones, as it comes with a 5mm shaft.

Edited By Mike T on 04/07/2017 20:19:10

Thread: glo to gas
04/07/2017 20:12:38

@Den Moran. Bet you wished you never asked, eh?

Everybody has an opinion but the best advice I can give is to ask somebody who has actually done it.

I have actually done it (and posted about it on here some time ago - you find my comments and pics)

You need to start with the right engine (I converted a Moki 210) and the large STs are as good as anything.

You may need to shim the head with gaskets to reduce the compression ratio slightly (I used 2 - supplied by JE)

It also helps if you are lucky enough to have a Walbro carb handy and a lathe to turn an adaptor spigot to mount it on the engine (mine also needed a bit of cross-drilling to allow a pressure tap off the crankcase to feed the pump).

You'll also need to fit a magnet in the prop driver and tap the front housing to take screws which hold the Hall sensor in place. The rest of the kit it the electronci ignition modeule - also from JE (though HK and others do them as well).

I run mine on a conservative 4-5% oil mix (no needle bearings in the conrod...)

ALTERNATIVELY - spend less than a tenner on an OS G5 glow plug (optimised for petrol) and just try the engine (ST carb and all) as is. It may work, it may be a bit rough, in which case you can look at adapting it to take a petrol carb or shim the head. It's a small outlay to experiment with - and you don't have the cost of the ignition unit.

HTH

Thread: What paint for Multiplex Twin Star
28/06/2017 16:32:03

I used Plastikote rattle cans from B&Q on mine. If you spray too heavily, it will attack the foam - so light coats. You can actually make a virtue of this, by spraying sufficiently heavily to 'etch' the surface. Subsequent coats will then build up to a surprisingly durable finish.

Thread: Lidl XL Glider
19/06/2017 11:18:40
Posted by Speedster on 17/06/2017 07:45:49:
Posted by Mike T on 16/06/2017 23:09:31:

@Soren

Brilliant solution! Wing twist is the way to go!

Please advise - how far back from the LE is your wing pivot?

Hi

The wing spar is 85 mm from the leading edge

Soren

Thanks, Soren! yes

Thread: Rawlplugs/well nuts - what size?
17/06/2017 00:06:10

yes

Thread: Binding UC legs
16/06/2017 23:25:25

80W Weller 'stained glass' iron, 26swg tinned Cu wire from Maplin, Fry's flux paste. Sorted...

When I was in my early teens, an uncle gave me a small bottle of 'Killed Spirits', liberated from RN stores.  Brushing a little of this on a joint worked wonders!

 

Edited By Mike T on 16/06/2017 23:27:48

Thread: Lidl XL Glider
16/06/2017 23:09:31

@Soren

Brilliant solution! Wing twist is the way to go!

Please advise - how far back from the LE is your wing pivot?

Thread: What a Joke!!
05/06/2017 11:08:04

Toyed with going to this show yesterday. Looks like I had a lucky escape!

Thread: elevator unresponsive
27/05/2017 19:36:22

That's well worth doing! yes

The motor pod also twists quite a lot laterally (i.e. in yaw), but I can't see a way of stiffening that up without resorting to draggy struttery.

Thread: Travelling boxes and wing bags
27/05/2017 18:42:01

How flexible is it? If it's too unyielding I'd be concerned about it scuffing surfaces. It looks like it would make a good outer cover, with a softer sleeve inside.

Thread: elevator unresponsive
19/05/2017 18:19:30

Using 'standard' 1300 3S LiPos, mine flies perfectly (elevator 'zeroed'.

Apart from the pushrod mod (and replacing the ridiculous foam spinner with a smart alloy one that actually fits), it's otherwise OOB.

If anybody's tried upgrading the motor, it would be good to know how it worked out, but I have to say, the whole package just works so well as it is!

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