Here is a list of all the postings Allan Bowker has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Navigation LED Lights with Beacon & Strobe Effect (Arduino)|
I love a good nav light set but the budget sets are hard to make out in the day and the really good bright ones seem very expensive for what I would like to pay.
I've been on the lookout for a while now and stumbled upon others making their own with an Arduino programmable computer.
Another view of the bottom of the board with a pencil to show some scale.
The Arduino software is easy to use and is provided with many sample programs to try and experiment with.
|Thread: Has anyone used AliExpress ?|
Thanks for the feedback Chris, good to know you have had a positive experience.
I think delivery to the UK will be around the same time of 20-30 days.
I signed up for an account a few weeks back and was logged in when I made my order. I couldn't see any PayPal option at checkout though and despite clicking on 'more payment methods', PayPal was not listed for me.
A search on their help page also states that they do not accept PayPal as a payment option (perhaps it's a UK thing?).
Edited By Allan Bowker on 20/01/2016 19:13:46
AliExpress is the consumer focussed arm of the global B2B giant Alibaba.com
PayPal doesn't seem to be accepted, so credit card (not debit) would be my personal recommendation (for enhanced insurance).
Has anyone used AliExpress ?
They seem very similar to BangGood and when comparing the same FPV video transmitter/reveiver bundle, they are £40 cheaper than HobbyKing.
I'm not expecting sterling customer service, however are they worth a go?
|Thread: Banggood - Any Good|
I've been using BangGood.com for a few months now and have been very pleased.
I've come around to accepting that when buying from China, it's a gamble if you get good customer service or not when things go wrong. At least if you pay by PayPal or Credit Card, you do have some additional insurance cover.
|Thread: E-flite UMX: Which is your favourite?|
For me the original E-Flite UMX Extra 300 3D is still my indoor favourite, despite it being easily prone to damage
(not so keen on the newer version with AS3X)
|Thread: Which kind of models can be flown at your site?|
Sorry, haven't been able to vote as there isn't an option that seems applicable to me.
|Thread: HobbyKing Gift Certificate Vouchers|
I read the same tip in the discussion thread for the vouchers Simon and I thought it would work for me too.
Unfortunately when you click through to buy points (login > orders > click on points > buy points), you cannot add a HobbyKing discount code at the checkout, only a PayPal code.
Unless there is a different method to buy points?
One post said to order items on 'back order', then cancel the order so that the payment will be credited to your points. Not sure if this would work or not.
Edited By Allan Bowker on 05/01/2016 12:31:54
Whilst I think that gift ceritficate vouchers are a great item on the HobbyKing website, you have to be aware of some limitations if buying/receiving more than one.
Currently they are only available in $50 units (circa £33 at todays rate).
As stated on their site, if you buy more than one gift voucher per transaction, they will be grouped into a single code. So for example 4x vouchers = $200 and 1 code emailed to you within 24 hours.
Once received, you can then contact HobbyKing via their online chat to request that they split the 4 vouchers into separate codes (but only if you are the original purchaser).
If family or friends might gift you a number of codes to you in the future, please be aware of the following limitations.
I recently fell fowl to these limitations during Christmas when I received 3 codes, which means that I will need to make 3 orders, all with their own postage costs (vouchers do not cover postage).
Despite a negative customer experience, it was still nice to receive the vouchers
Have a great time Ken, don't forget to post up some photo's.
|Thread: Christmas wishes|
Happy Christmas to everyone on the Forum.
|Thread: General hobby|
Glad to read that you are happy with your purchase Masher
Having read the many reviews for General Hobby on RC Groups Forum, I have come to the following conclusions:
PayPal have just given me my money back (excluding return postage and import duties), so I'm about £30 down.
So after nearly 3 months, I'm back to square one
Not a positive experience for me with this supplier.
|Thread: RCMC Online|
Thanks for the update Frank
|Thread: 200 SR X Tail rotor orientation|
No problem Robert
I couldn't agree more on the poor design and documentation though, my son fell fowl to this design oversight very early on. Thankfully he noticed the poor flight performance and hot tail motor quickly, so no damage done.
'Must try harder' will appear on their report card for this
|Thread: TJD Models anyone else have issues with these people|
I have only ever received good service from TJD Models, I would use them again.
Some model shops are not as net savvy as others and technical hiccups do occur to the best of them.
|Thread: 200 SR X Tail rotor orientation|
Robert, if you look at the tail rotor closely, the sufaces have a slightly different finish on each side.
The way I remember which way round it goes is that there is a smooth side to the 3 blade prop and that side faces outwards away from the motor.
Getting it the wrong way round can make the brushless motor on the tail rotor run very hot too!
|Thread: General hobby|
Can't say I can personally recommend them, you have been lucky Masher. My customer experience has not been a good one and has been ongoing for 11 weeks!
Summary of $115 cowl and canopy order:
27/08/2015 - Order placed online and payment made via PayPal
02/09/2015 - Notified via email that a shipping label had been created (but not shipped).
24/09/2015 - Chased my order via website form and telephone answer machine (number of website), no reply received so called a different number found on my PayPal receipt. Man on phone said it was despatched on 21st (dubious claim as no tracking info update).
01/10/2015 - Filed a PayPal dispute for refund as tracking info still not updated and no delivery.
06/10/2015 - Email received from General Hobby informing me that my items had now been despatched. New tracking info received via email also.
12/10/2015 - Import VAT paid to HMRC via Parcel Force (£19.25)
14/10/2015 - Request sent to General Hobby to replace or refund via PayPal
I was expecting trouble with this order as reviews of General Hobby on other forums are mostly poor but I gave them a chance. I'm glad at least that Masher got what he wanted with no hassle.
So now I wait for the suppliers response before escalation to PayPal for a possible refund.
|Thread: Ken's passed 7000!|
7000 posts! Wow! Congratulations Ken.
I heard somebody say that you "were past it now"?
Always good to read your posts, makes the place feel like home.
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