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Member postings for kevin b

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Thread: Forum weekend prize draw - just like the good ol' days
11/07/2020 11:02:23

Here's my post. Been using a lot of it recently.


I don't need anything really, so if I win please donate my prize to somebody more worthy. I just didn't want to feel left out of the fun !

Thread: Cleaning out a fuel soaked engine bay?
09/07/2020 18:13:49

This question is an old one and along the same lines as "How do you get rid of a mole?". Unfortunately there is no way to "clean off" glow fuel from wood, particularly if it has been soaking in for years, as you say.

You can attempt to remove some of the excess using talcum powder, or similar, but my advice is to see how far down the fuselage it has soaked and if possible replace all the wood forward.

I recently rebuilt an airframe donated to the club for training purposes (it was in pieces !). It was also badly oil soaked. The front section was replaced up to the rear wing mount and the wing repaired. the tail was also affected by oil, but not completely soaked. having used tissue and a warm iron to persuade as much oil to come out as I could, I then gave it a good wipe over with thinners to tempt more to come out (in a well ventilated room). Having got it as dry as I could I then gave the wood a good coat of 2 pack lacquer in the hope that it would also soak in and grip to the fibres. This was reasonably successful and I was able to recover the tail. The aircraft is going to take some abuse, so a pristine job was not required.

Thread: Need some help please
07/07/2020 16:38:36

Hi Chris.

Does your Mum remember any of his flying friends, or which club he was a member of ?

That might be a good place to start to get values.

If you are very familiar with ebay, then anything new in a box is best (and cheapest) disposed of that way. Particularly if you list it when there is a £1.00 maximum fees offer. However I would offer to sell Internationally as well, but with insurance (paid by buyer and PayPal only). Many American and European collectors are very interested in unusual engines.

Anything "used", or built will require time on your part to return its best value and its up to you to decide if the return is likely to justify the effort, or whether to put the whole lot through a specialist auction house.

Another possibility would be to contact a local club and ask if they would like to sell it at their next swapmeet on a commission basis.

Thread: Testing
04/07/2020 20:15:28
Posted by Dad_flyer on 04/07/2020 19:19:15:

Storage charge is on the flat part of the discharge curve. There is plenly of capacity there, just not enough for a long flight. You can use the battery for testing, then charge it back to storage.


Thread: Easy Jet redundancies
01/07/2020 19:08:12

Saw on the BBC News tonight that Easy Jet are making redundant 1300 staff and 727 pilots.

I didn't know they were flying 727's !


Thread: Ebay sellers...
28/06/2020 20:35:41


28/06/2020 12:02:21


A has-been drip under pressure.


27/06/2020 21:04:03
Posted by Doc Marten on 27/06/2020 20:35:04:

Brand new, never run, diplayed only...........but taken apart and reassembled badly.


With no prop driver, or nut and the front bearing in a plastic bag ?

Thread: Couple try parachuting. What could possibly go wrong?
25/06/2020 20:06:29

Seeing how the other half lives ?

Thread: RCM&E July 2020 issue chat
25/06/2020 18:50:00

It arrived this morning !

Been a busy day today, so early night. wink 2

Thread: Laser Engines - Technical questions
25/06/2020 15:01:51


The less time John spends on the forum, the more he has to make engines.


Thread: Is the hobby dying/dead
24/06/2020 12:10:47

Craft based hobbies go back to a time when people were looking for something to do with the (little) spare time they had. Even in the 1960's TV was still a bit of a novelty, with very little choice. These days people don't even have to get their bums out of the chair (or bed) in order to be entertained. As far as I can tell, anything constructive doesn't seem to fall into the category of "hobby" nowadays. There will always be people who like to make things, but as a percentage of the population I think it will continue to contract for some time. It will be interesting to see the effect of electric cars on the number of people who "tinker" with vehicles.

Recently an eminent scientist expressed concerns that engineering sciences were suffering because young people aren't learning practical skills by taking things to bits and putting them back together as they did years ago. You take the back off a tablet, or phone, look inside, then throw it away.

Thread: Reversing plans
17/06/2020 21:12:25

There will be a few replies shortly I am sure, but in my opinion the best (and least messy) way is to take the plan to your nearest print shop and ask them to do you a mirror copy.

Thread: The Gov't, CAA, BMFA & UAV legislation thread
13/06/2020 17:42:28

And there I was, thinking they were doing it to make things easier for their members !


Thread: Ebay sellers...
10/06/2020 14:13:31


You don't see many of these.


Thread: Hobbyking
28/05/2020 15:51:07

Many thanks for the quick replies.

I can now put my order in. That's if they have anything in stock !

28/05/2020 13:32:29

Does anybody know if the U.K. warehouse is open for business ?


Thread: Ebay sellers...
27/05/2020 13:30:41

Unfortunately sarcasm is not a very effective tool when dealing with idiots, though it can make you feel better and is good entertainment for others.


Thread: Sign of the times - funnies
23/05/2020 12:14:36

I wish I was a glow worm. A glow worm's never glum.

Cos, how can you be miserable, when the sun shines out your bum ?

Found on another forum.

Thread: The Lockdown Restrictions Have Been Relaxed. Who's Been Flying?
22/05/2020 22:14:06

Me !

Maidened my latest build from an RCME free plan.

It took off nice and smooth. Did about 4 circuits to trim it and landed straight down the centre of the strip (Short flight. The light was fading and grey skies).

Needs a bit of down thrust, but I'm very happy with it.


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