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Thread: Attention newbies !!!
22/09/2018 16:54:05

Ok. So you have managed to perfect the art of hitting the ground without damaging anything (generally). So what is next ?

Most of us enjoy all aspects of the hobby. Building, flying, socialising etc. Some prefer specific parts of the hobby. Where do you go from here ? What do you want to achieve from your hobby ?

Let's go back to the beginning. You are reasonably competent flying your trainer, but you have ambition. Is it flying more complicated models ? That is fine as there are a whole stack of readily available off the shelf models you can buy as your ability improves. This is ok if flying is what it's all about.

Many of you have the dream. "I want to build and fly a Sp****** (not me!)". If you are one those then you will need to start somewhere.

So my question is. Where do you want to start ? You realise there is a learning curve, but what are your thoughts and questions as a new builder ?

There are many of us on the forum who have and would like to share there experience when it comes to model building, but we need you to ask questions. As they say the only stupid question is the one you don't ask.

For the last few years the forum has run a "mass build" thread, particularly aimed at new builders. However there is currently a discussion going on as to its future.

So I am asking you as newbies, what would you like to build ? I don't mean a specific model. just what type of model. High wing, low wing, vintage, sport, scale...…… ? The list goes on.

Let's get the ball rolling !


Edited By kevin b on 22/09/2018 16:54:19

Thread: The Future of the Mass Build
22/09/2018 16:25:44

Hi Dave.

I must admire your stamina, when it comes to promoting our hobby !

Or do you just like pushing "it" up hill ?

This time I agree with you whole heartedly !!!

I notice that so far only one "newbie" has responded to your posting (his comments very much appreciated).

This is part of the problem. The mass build stooped being new builder focused.

The Mass Build thread should predominantly be aimed at the construction of the model and the techniques involved, in order to assist the new builder in progressing.

My other comment is that it should be a mass build, not a "mass fly". How many builders of the model go to Greenacres ? My suggestion would be to have a photo competition (as well) at the end of the build. 3 categories. 1. photo of the model. 2. photo of it flying. 3 photo of builder flying the model.

I have ducked out on the last few builds, mainly for the above reasons. I would get involved again, but it does need to go back to basics as far as I'm concerned.

Another thing for the mods to think about (though I am sure you already do), is that a lot of "newbies" come on the forum and we advise them to find a local club (very good advice). It might be worth remembering that to a fair number, this forum is their club, for whatever reason.

All the best. Kevinb

Edited By kevin b on 22/09/2018 16:26:17

Thread: Printing of plans
19/09/2018 20:58:19

Now that is interesting.

A man from WIGAN talking to a man named PIERS.

(a little geographical pun there ?)

I think Erfolg that there are a considerable number of printers out there who would take issue with your last comment.

As a keen member of this hobby I always happy to help others as long as there is no financial loss to myself (most of the time). I have a large format printer and computer software to run it. Even so it still costs about £5.00 a copy to print and send out a plan. That is not including the cost of my time (at least 12 minutes for an individual plan), or the expense of travelling to the nearest post office. You have paper costs, ink costs, machine servicing costs, electricity costs and depreciation (wear and tear) of the machine itself. That doesn't include the postage and packing costs.

In commerce the words "supply and demand" are used a lot. However as in ALL walks of life there are always those who are more than willing to take advantage of others. As we say in Yorkshire "watch thi sen" (we use English). wink 2

19/09/2018 09:59:26

I know Piers, but I couldn't resist it.

At least our plans are worth the paper they are printed on. devildevil

If anybody is having difficulty getting plans printed PM me and I will try and help. I can also alter plans as well.

18/09/2018 20:35:20
Posted by Erfolg on 18/09/2018 19:59:25:

Recently my wife said how can a green grocer with one shop afford a +£2m house, obvious I replied they charge well over 4 times as ALDI, and still get customers, who swear at the superior quality. Plus they drive a Range Rover and a monster Mercedes.

I can't see the problem.

One used to run the country ! devil

18/09/2018 18:31:19

PM sent.

Thread: Ebay sellers...
18/09/2018 10:22:45

Posted by kevin b on 20/08/2018 19:11:50:

Is this some sort of reverse logic ?


2 weeks ago advertised at £18.0, postage £3.95.

Last week advertised at £20.00, postage £4.95.

Now advertised with a start price of £21.00 and postage £5>95.

I wonder how long it will be until the penny finally drops ?

I thought it had gone quiet with this one. However it looks like he is just building up the excitement !!!


Thread: New Laser engines. What do you want?
13/09/2018 18:48:39

Hi Jon.

According to the latest magazine, Neil Tidy is using a petrol powered Laser. Any comment ?

Thread: Hello from Charles Towne USA
13/09/2018 18:39:44
Posted by Lee Taylor 1 on 13/09/2018 18:25:03:
Posted by Don Fry on 13/09/2018 17:22:06:

glue and crash is a lighter note?

Crashing is a reality for me personality. To your point I do suppose it is not a lighter note. I have been flying on my new simulator and I crash frequently when trying new aerobatics. Sadly in my little world crashing is part of it whether on the sim or at the field. But I do agree, crashing is not a lighter note. But then again it depends on what one compares it to.

Yes I agree. Early American colonisation was apparently no "bed of roses".

Greetings from North Yorkshire (we used to be a kingdom), England. You will meet lots of interesting people on here.

Keep your head down tonight. It might be a bit windy. !!!

Kevinb Colonial welcoming dept.

Thread: Best Building Guide or Book for first time builder
13/09/2018 14:42:57

How about

Learn to make models that Fly, by Kelvin Shaxcklock.

It's about building, not flying models.

He starts with the basic chuck glider and shows how to progress through to full scale warbirds.

You get plans and full build instructions on each type of aircraft, all very logically put.

On Ebay from £11.00 and Amazon from about £8.00.

Thread: Forum members' new models: Let's see them.
13/09/2018 00:57:05

I needed some light relief this week, so I played with my laser cutter.

robots 1

robots 2

Just need to get some folding props.

Thread: Ebay sellers...
20/08/2018 19:11:50

Is this some sort of reverse logic ?


2 weeks ago advertised at £18.0, postage £3.95.

Last week advertised at £20.00, postage £4.95.

Now advertised with a start price of £21.00 and postage £5>95.

I wonder how long it will be until the penny finally drops ?

18/08/2018 19:25:53


Well it made me laugh !

Kevin b Wet undies department

Thread: Any suggestions?..
07/08/2018 18:06:31

Hi David.

If you pm me your email address I might be able to sort you out a copy of the Chris Gold plan. Worth having a look at before diving into an expensive kit.

Thread: Free Plans
06/08/2018 20:17:19

I am just collating a large quantity (about 500) of free magazines plans (British) I have been given. I would say about 30% are gliders/soarers, 15% are electric and the rest (55%) are ic powered. I am going to add these to my own collection, which should give me about1000 plans. All given away free in magazines since about 1990. As they were given away free, I have no objection to sharing them with anybody at no cost.

Many of the free plans appear for sale on ebay regularly (usually originals, with their articles) for less than the cover price of the magazine. If you are looking for a particular plan why not do what I do. Check when the plan was issued (not difficult to do) and browse the various old magazine sellers. Alternatively ask here on the forum !

Regarding current free plans, it would appear that ic fliers don't appear to be designing models any more. I'm sure if they did, then they would be supported by the magazine. Most designers are not doing this for a living and therefore are designing for their own amusement, which they then share with us.

Something else that I have noticed. More older ic fliers appear to be turning to electric than young electric fliers converting to ic.

05/08/2018 12:33:05

Shaun Garrity Has a regular column about vintage and single channel models. With regards to control line and free flight, that's another magazine. The clue is in the title. Radio Controlled Models and Electronics. Occasionally there are articles in the magazine about other aspects of model flying, which are aimed at enlightening those who are possibly new to our hobby.

Of course there is a place in the hobby for us all. It's just that certain sections are minorities in a minority hobby. It is no different than galleons and steam powered vessels in model boating, or tether cars in model car racing. Even radio controlled modelling is struggling in certain disciplines.

Thread: Any suggestions?..
04/08/2018 19:37:02




Thread: Ebay sellers...
01/08/2018 18:12:10
Posted by paul devereux on 01/08/2018 16:34:34:
Posted by cymaz on 15/06/2018 17:00:27:
Posted by Simon Feather on 15/06/2018 16:18:49:

oh dear oh dear oh dear


... and several more like this

Sell them...hahaha. Donate the lot to the National Wood Termite Trust. ( well they should if one exists)

What is the joke about termites about, and what is wrong with the model?


That listing has ended and ebay have replaced it with another, different model.

Thread: Lasercraft Services - Dylan Reynolds
27/07/2018 20:53:02

Hi Terry.

As a lot of people know, I have been working with Dylan on the Airsail Kits over the last couple of years..

I own the rights to the kits and Dylan was helping to update them. He was also going to be manufacturing and marketing them.

Unfortunately last year the family had suffered a few sets very dire circumstances. I was aware of what was happening, but was unable to help, other than offer moral support.

Their fortunes have now turned a little, but Dylan won't be doing any more laser cutting in the foreseeable future, if at all. I am not in regular contact with him, but he is occasionally in touch.

The Airsail kits have now been sold to an established kit manufacturer, who intends to have them available hopefully for the next building season. I never wanted to go into manufacturing them myself and brought them over hear as a favour for the late Brian Borland. He would be happy to know that they will be continuing and in fact the new owners will be increasing the number of models on a regular basis.

Thread: How many do you have in stock?
13/07/2018 12:11:09
Posted by David Davis on 13/07/2018 10:01:19:
Posted by SR 71 on 13/07/2018 08:17:24:

The OP seems to have money to burn...

Yes I do! wink

Me too.

The only time to burn it is when they crash beyond repair.

What's a SWMBO ? I never (quite) joined, being a bachelor (that's a man who never made the same mistake once). Though you have to keep trying them out to be reminded. wink 2

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