Here is a list of all the postings gangster has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: C.A.A Reg number ,inside or outside ????|
Surely the answer to the op is simple. From the definitive information given to us by the BMFA Not from all the bar stool lawyers naysayers and as stated song and dance performers on Facebook and internet forums
|Thread: Appointment of club committee members|
Well if out of 35 members no one will put their hand up they deserve the club to fold. I am not sure why you have asked us on here what the roll of the club secretary is. Why not ask the committee and the outgoing secretary. In our club it is not a particularly onerous role.
Some clubs love to make a meal of the bureaucracy but I doubt that is the case. Maybe meeting minutes which can be brief as you like and the odd communication but now email etc has made that simple. If however the secretary also wears the hat of the membership secretary it’s a bigger role especially at this time of year. So many say they don’t have time. Rubbish I bet over half of the club is retired. If someone has time to build and fly
they have time to make an effort to keep the club alive. I am treasurer and membership secretary and I believe though that I could build and finish a standard sport model kit in the time I spend at the end of the year but that still leaves 10 months to build
|Thread: Thanks BMFA|
John I insisted that everyone put their dob on the membership renewal form together with all the CAA requirements As for entering the dob I found it quicker to type it in rather than play around with the calendar thing we. Fortunately it does allow you to do that
|Thread: Mick Reeves Gangster 63 Lite|
Gotta be worth a refurb. A very basic and simple model that will be easy to refurb. Believe me I have resurrected a few that have been well planted. As for £100 for a kit seems reasonable to me for a vintage popular kit and bear in mind that you would have paid more than that in real terms back in the day. However did we afford this hobby back then£
|Thread: Thanks BMFA|
Although I have already mentioned it on another thread I feel this is worthy of its own I believe heartfelt thanks are due to theBMFA for the phenomenal amount of work they have done for us on the CAA registration. They must have achieved the very best outcome they could get for us under the circumstances. On top of that the club portal is a dream to use for club admin people and I was able to update every bodies records quickly we are an ancient bunch in our club but not all of us were born on 1/1/1901 Well done all I guess you have a very busy week or so before you so wish you all a great Christmas and a well earned rest
Absolutely John. The mind boggles at the incredibly busy year they must have had due to the CAA business. They. Have done incredibly well sorting this on top of the day job. We can only imagine how many calls they must be getting at renewal time now. It is a complex item just completed in time for renewal although so many of their queries would have been answer by looking at the web site or reading the BMFA news. We would have used 20 pages on this forum whining if they had put a fiver on the subs to pay extra staff.All credit to them all. Thanks BMFA
Edited By gangster on 14/12/2019 08:34:18
|Thread: The Gov't, CAA, BMFA & UAV legislation thread|
I renewed BMFA and CAA registered the first tranche of club members yesterday. All credit to the BMFA the system worked so smoothly.
|Thread: what type of battery pack for i/c engine trainer|
Whilst We have moved on to checkers it is probably still pertinent to the op. It is essential for most cell chemistry’s to measure the voltage on load. The plug in checkers have or should have a built in load. We have become used to lipos where the voltage acts as a fairly accurate fuel gauge This is certainly not the case with NiMh or nicad or dry cells. I cringe when I see someone look at the on board checker and declare oh its 60% that will be fine for another flight. Perhaps the comment that we are better off without them has some validity’s
I wish you could get the old Flair on board battery checkers. They latch a high intensity flashing light if they see even a short volt I still have two would love to have more
I have never seen a failure due to using 4.8 volt battery which is usually what the makers call for. I have however seen problems including crashes due to the use of 6 volts. Some earlier Futaba servos and many JR don’t like it. I take the point re Spektrum but believe it was due to some earlier DSM2 receivers taking too long to recover from volt drops. Probably due to poor installation lossy switch harnesses black lead etc Running on an extra cell is only papering over the cracks (unless there is a high servo count or power hungry servos). I bench tested the “brown out” phenomina” on a number of DSMX receivers and found no issue. Instant recovery this included an Orange dsm2 which was also fine unfortunately the reputation has lived to this day
If I was the op I would be totally confused by now. How complex does powering the flight pack of a toy aeroplane need to be?
Keep it simple use what the maker recommends. As a few have suggested use a proper 4.8 volt receive pack A few have suggested eneloop batterys, which is as good as it gets. But please,please change the switch harness. Even the most reputable radio uses cheap inferior switches . Probably the biggest cause of radio problems. The gear itself rarely fails and interference is probably non existant but power problems due to duff switch harnesses or black lead corrosion is a killer
|Thread: voltage/brown out capacitors|
Nooo it’s papering over the cracks. Brownout is a technical word that some modellers have latched onto. I believe the technical definition really means poor installation or maintenance in terms of model flying. Get a decent switch harness and be prepared to change it frequently Also heed the words about batteries given above . For a normal sport model go with makers recommendation or if it’s big and fancy consider a back up system
|Thread: Lipo for trainer|
You need to be very careful playing around with cell count and prop size. You need a suitable meter to check the power and to ensure you do not exceed maximum motor current. You say it’s a 4 max motor. Suggest you give them a ring they are helpful
|Thread: Wattmeter Quandry?|
Not sure about Deans only being good up to 3s. I have always assumed that The suitability of a connector was dependent on the current. Looking at your set up it is possible you could be over their limit. I only use deans but with 4S 50 amp max.
Not sure I would want to run the motor at full chat for 20 seconds On the ground In the air the prop unloads. Also we have to be caref if anything that gives a digital display. Because we can get a display that reads out to a few places of decimals we have been accustomed to assume an accuracy that is not there and we don’t need anyway.
|Thread: Junior 60 build advice|
Edited By gangster on 01/11/2019 06:49:29
I have an electric Junior 60.
The tail is glued in place. I cannot remember the wing band size but am pretty sure they are 8 inch ice wide thick ones. The battery slides in from the front ie the battery box is built in under the motor and is open at the front . I use a strip of Velcro on the bottom of the battery box and separate the Velcro with. Strip of 1.5 mm ply. An electric prop does that job just as well. As for servos I have used ordinary Futaba 148 sized jobs there is nothing to be gained by saving the weight by going micro. Please don’t over power it it won’t go any faster but will make a lovely flyer into a pig. I cannot remember what power mine is but simply limited the throttle throw to 55%. AFTER calibrating the esc. You have chosen a lovely model to both build and fly. Enjoy
|Thread: LIPO Battery Duration Query|
Unless you have a meter that will show power and current draw I would not advocate playing with cell count or prop size. Such a meter is dirt cheap and a must have for levy flyers who wish to experiment. If however you have room no problem increasing to 2800 or3300. What I did discover when I started flying electric was what the throttle stick was for and use it for economy. The knock on effect is that I use the throttle much more when flying if as well now
|Thread: Clubs as Operators?|
The BMFA have worked hard on this. They probably have not been helped by those interfering, raising petitions etc. The last thing we need now is a bunch of bar room lawyers pulling stunts that prove to the authorities that we are not the responsible bunch of beings that we claim to be
|Thread: Spektrum DX7|
As far as the lead polarity is concerned I guess it dates back to the JR convention as that is how they do it. My immediate reaction was there will be a protection diode so reverse connection would not matter. Having thought that though have they removed it as peak detection chargers may not work. As regards this polarity being against convention there was one major amateur radio manufacturer who used both in contemporary radios. With regards DSM2 I see no reason why it’s any less good than any other. I believe people are still thinking with an analogue head on. Ie one model one channel. Now think digital. Your phone line that could not even support mono music can now carry Hf video as well as a number of other internet activities at the same time Check out the Spektrum vids on you tube re mass flying with DSM2
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