Here is a list of all the postings Andrew Ray has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: BMFA News Dec 2019|
C'mon children, play nicely
I think the BMFA have done well for us.
Edited By Pete B - Moderator on 08/12/2019 21:52:23
|Thread: 'Starloc' adhesives.|
Have a look here, there is a response from 5 Star Adhesives, it goes back to 2015 though.
Edited By Andrew Ray on 27/11/2019 13:59:51
|Thread: Returning to the hobby|
Definitely disagree with this statement as I am no good with computer stuff but have had 6 years with firstly a Taranis and then an X12S Horus. Once you get your head into the logical steps of setting up a model the basics become clear and straightforward and then you realise the immense adaptability of the system to do what you want.
|Thread: Svenson Mini Boy|
This was the first power model I built and trying to remember when I built it; certainly the early '80s, maybe 1982. I fitted an OS Max .20 and Micron r/c gear. It flew well as I remember with no nasty vices and with the .20 it needed a dive to gain airspeed for a loop. Happy days
|Thread: YT 72" Hurricane|
Hi Brian, PM me your email as I still have my instructions and can scan them in the morning.
|Thread: How many on-going projects and unstarted kits do you have?|
Far too many and I have been looking to reduce; in part due to space.
Duncan Hutson SE5a
Mick Reeves Sopwith Camel
Acro Wot ARTB Kit
Wots Wot ARTB Kit
Sig J-3 Cub
West Wings Hunter
Flair ASK 18
Krick Grunau Baby
Craft Air Viking
Multiplex Carbon Line Alpina Elektro
Solent Sailplanes Ridge Rover
Crack Fokker Dr1
Micro Aces Bristol Fighter
Brian Taylor Spitfire XIV
Brian Taylor Gladiator
Tony Nijhuis Mosquito
Tony Nijhuis Typhoon
Bubble Dancer HLG
Kirby Kite Sailplane
Minimoa Mo2a Sailplane
King Craft Pitts
And then, of course, there are the unfinished and restorations:
Skylark 4 Sailplane
St Leonard's Super Nova
Mike Trew Jantar 1 Sailplane
Ron Chigley's Tiger Tail
Fokker D8, modified from the Ben Buckle Plan
Brian Taylor Spitfire 1a
Small electric Spitfire
Phil Kent's Miles Hawk Speed Six
Falcon Indoor SE5a
Flair Fokker DVII restoration
Hangar 9 Super Cub restoration
Tony Nijhuis Lancaster repair
F3J Cassiopea restoration
And that doesn't include the free flight kits, nor my much reduced collection of plastic kits.
Frankly I have too many; far too many. This is why I am trying to declutter and reduce my collection to what I see as a manageable number...but how many is that?
|Thread: The Gov't, CAA, BMFA & UAV legislation thread|
You lot don't half get your knickers in a twist.
Sit back, relax and have another G&T, pint or whatever infront of the fire and dream of the amazing flying you will have next year, or the superb project you will build over the winter...
It is no big deal:
If you have a BMFA certificate do nothing until you renew and pay your £9.00.
If you don't have a certificate do the BMFA online test.
And then put a number in your model.
And for those of you who are going to give up the hobby over this; you can't have been that into it in the first place; get a grip.
|Thread: Acrowot XL safety issue|
Good god!!! I emailed them two years ago regarding sub standard fittings including this same issue. And I’m probably not the only one judging by the comments above!
|Thread: Servo fitting and horns|
You only have to try it to see the difference Martin. If you have, let’s say one degree of free movement due to slop then the amount of slop that is transmitted to the surface increases the further away from the centre. Your percentages don’t tell the story. It is more important with smaller servos as the size of the gears and corresponding number of teeth on each gear will effect the amount of free play in the gear set.
No doubt the 3D machine you are talking about doesn’t use standard servos?
Inner hole on servo output for better resolution and less slop/play. You don’t want to reduce the servo movement at the transmitter unless absolutely necessary as less servo movement results in poorer accuracy and ultimately jerky movement of the control surface. Just look at the way moulded gliders are set up. The inner hole on the output arm is too far out and to use maximum servo movement very often a hole is drilled 5 or 6 mm from the centre of the arm and the clevis is ground away to clear the output shaft flange or a purpose designed clevis/connector is used.
In fairness this is taking it to the extreme but as has been said in an earlier post, inner hole on the servo output and outer on the horn and adjust until you get the movement you need but only reduce the servo travel at the Tx as a last resort.
Edited By Andrew Ray on 19/10/2019 00:03:31
|Thread: Shedly Protection|
I use Creocote
Edited By Andrew Ray on 10/10/2019 21:29:08
|Thread: Guess the fault|
Wires touching somewhere intermittently with the vibration? Mice have chewed the wires, maybe?
|Thread: Launch Bungee Spec|
BARCS is probably your best point of reference for this. I don't ever remember seeing a bungee used in comps. It was all hand tow back then and 150m comes to mind.
Edited By Andrew Ray on 01/10/2019 09:55:09
|Thread: What's your club membership size & fees?|
Your choice but we can get some great flying weather in the autumn.
I am a member of the Long Mynd Soaring Association for £5 and a private members club where coffee is provided at £75, it is not the cost of membership that is important but the value you get from it. If you have no intention of flying between now an the end of the year, great but I have found that membership is generally not on a pro-rata basis.
|Thread: P&P charges from the USA|
Yup, I don't care, it is what it is and I take postage charges into account when I buy.
The reality is that there are many reasons why postage charges are different, some as you have eluded to but also deals that some sellers can get. It really doesn't matter to me, it is the final price that matters.
|Thread: Flair Models - a question|
In the spring I bought some ply through eBay and went to Warwick to collect. It was essentially old Flair stock from their premises. I was told they were moving out and shifting the stock but there were no tangible plans to reintroduce the kits.
There is an alternative though, DB Sport and Scale. I don’t think I would buy a Puppeteer at an inflated price when there is the new Sopwith Pup from DB. I would much rather support a venture such as DB in the hope that a home grown enterprising business might flourish.
|Thread: Laser Engines - Technical questions|
You are too modest Jon
That's great news tigerman. Lasers do not dead stick unless there is something fundamentally wrong. The only reasons I have had a Laser stop in the air are running out of fuel and a 75 carb coming adrift. Otherwise I find them very tolerant when setting up so much so that I fitted a new carb to one of my 80s (the engine fell on the floor and damaged the carb!). The engine ran and ran well with the new carb without any adjustment at all, transition was faultless but it was using a tank of fuel in half the time and a load of oil on the model, I was about half a turn too rich on the idle needle. You may well have been too lean on the idle needle, time to run a tank through the engine but don't fiddle with the settings too much.
Jon runs the new engines and they are pretty much set up perfectly, all I do is tweak the needle at full throttle to judge how lean the engine is running at with my prop and that's it.
Once set leave them alone, they don't need fiddling with from year to year let alone between flights. Mine start on the first or second attempt, they run perfectly and I don't touch them other than to admire them.
Laser have the base setting for the carb here.
|Thread: Build your own telemetry sensors.|
Haven't given up Chris, just not started yet (other than accumulating the parts needed) too many other things to do and a long holiday on the continent. Maybe when the weather deteriorates, fingers crossed.
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