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Member postings for Andrew Ray

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Thread: BMFA News Dec 2019
08/12/2019 19:04:10

C'mon children, play nicely wink 2

I think the BMFA have done well for us.


Edited By Pete B - Moderator on 08/12/2019 21:52:23

Thread: 'Starloc' adhesives.
27/11/2019 13:58:47

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
19/11/2019 11:23:43
Posted by Tom Satinet on 19/11/2019 09:24:07:

3) WIth Frsky you need to ask yourself how good you are on computer stuff. If the answer is not very then I would avoid.

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
19/11/2019 11:14:16

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 smiley

Thread: YT 72" Hurricane
12/11/2019 18:30:35

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?
10/11/2019 22:05:55

Far too many and I have been looking to reduce; in part due to space.


Warbirds Hurricane

CAP P-47

Duncan Hutson SE5a

Mick Reeves Sopwith Camel

Acro Wot ARTB Kit

Wots Wot ARTB Kit

Sig J-3 Cub

West Wings Hunter

Cambrian Hunter

Flair ASK 18

Krick Grunau Baby

Wanitschek Astir

Craft Air Viking

Multiplex Carbon Line Alpina Elektro

Solent Sailplanes Ridge Rover

Crack Fokker Dr1

Micro Aces Bristol Fighter

Part Kits:

Brian Taylor Spitfire XIV

Brian Taylor Gladiator

Tony Nijhuis Mosquito

Tony Nijhuis Typhoon

Bubble Dancer HLG


Kirby Kite Sailplane

Minimoa Mo2a Sailplane


Hyperion CAP232

King Craft Pitts

And then, of course, there are the unfinished and restorations:

Phase 6

Skylark 4 Sailplane

Kyosho Libelle

St Leonard's Super Nova

Mike Trew Jantar 1 Sailplane

Svenson Stampe

Airsail Chipmunk

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
10/11/2019 21:25:25

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
28/10/2019 19:27:23

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
19/10/2019 09:27:47

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?

18/10/2019 23:58:35

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
10/10/2019 21:28:40

I use Creocote

Edited By Andrew Ray on 10/10/2019 21:29:08

Thread: Guess the fault
04/10/2019 08:07:25

Wires touching somewhere intermittently with the vibration? Mice have chewed the wires, maybe?

Thread: Launch Bungee Spec
01/10/2019 09:54:04

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?
29/09/2019 21:07:21
Posted by Christopher Morris 2 on 29/09/2019 14:39:31:

I am about to join the Kings Lynn club "but not till January when their year starts" & with the slight increase they expect to be £55-£60 next year with a membership of around 60 "but not confirmed" Plus you have to join the BMFA for the insurance.
Its interesting to see the price variations & size of the clubs that are around. Would be nice if clubs would let you join at any time & not on the 1st of January just after the Xmas expense. There are very inexpensive ways to track memberships these days either online or with a computer.

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
29/09/2019 21:00:12
Posted by Christopher Morris 2 on 29/09/2019 09:25:04:

Do Americans get charge the same fee's as us Brits on an ebay sale?. Now, many Brits were trying it on & trying to sell “!let's say a £5 item” for 1p & £7.50 P&P. So the seller only paid a commission on 1p. Now ebay stopped this & now charges a commission on the sale price & p&p added together.
Do the Americans still have the old system, or does the USA just charge a lot for P&P, as i see many items for sale at “lets say” a $50 & a further $50 P&P. Must be some of the highest P&P prices in the world as I can send to Australia for half that price. Any thoughts?

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
24/09/2019 13:12:16

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
17/09/2019 16:32:40
Posted by Jon - Laser Engines on 17/09/2019 16:08:32:

I always recommend messing with the setting as there is no way i can set it right from the factory to suit every model.

You are too modest Jon wink

17/09/2019 08:56:13

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.

16/09/2019 21:03:04

Laser have the base setting for the carb here.

Thread: Build your own telemetry sensors.
10/09/2019 09:56:39

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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