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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.

Thread: Moon landing
21/07/2019 11:20:48

....and the earth really is flatcrying

Thread: Local Model Shops
02/07/2019 12:27:08
Posted by Lima Hotel Foxtrot on 02/07/2019 11:53:11:

Sorry, but that is a specious argument in all respects. A large single purchase like a car can not be compared with small ongoing purchases like propellers. The capital expenditure is totally different, as are costs for insurance, road licence fund, fuel etc.

Model shops are already discounting heavily. My LMS generally has to take off 10-12% to compete with all the other outlets across all forms of modelling to stay competitive. Why should they then take more money off on the offchance that a customer (who has said he lives an hours drive away) may come back? And how would they police it? Do they take your details for a loyalty card? A photo? GDPR costs money as well. How often do you get the discount? On what items? On model plane parts? An entire plane? A railway set?

There is no reward to be reaped because modellers are generally a tight bunch and will always look around for pennies off. I do it, don't tell me nobody here does the same.

It is only a specious argument because you chose to see it that way and draw irrelevancies into the equation. It seems you would expect me to earn less because the purchase you make once every so many years costs a lot and you no doubt expect a discount don't you? It is very much a case of seeing what you want to see. And it has absolutely nothing to do with ongoing costs, we are talking about the simple purchase of a product.

And no one said they were expecting a model shop to discount a discounted price.

As an example I drove 2 hours to buy a pair of walking boots from a specialist shop because I couldn't get what I wanted locally. Whalley Warm and Dry in Lancashire offered a fitting service, they don't discount like the chains but they offered a superb service, threw in cleaning materials f.o.c. and a pair of good quality socks at half price. We came away with not one but 2 pairs of boots and I will recommend them highly and will no doubt buy from them again. They engaged with both myself and other half and offered a discount in another form. The same philosophy applies to model shops and to the shop in the OP, Dave implied he was looking to spend somewhere in the order of £1,500 in the near future and this shop would have has as good a chance as any to take his money. They lost out because they didn't fulfil his needs nor his expectations.

02/07/2019 11:25:53
Posted by Lima Hotel Foxtrot on 02/07/2019 10:37:43:

If any modeller wants to support their LMS... Pay what the LMS asks you to pay. The people who run these shops are already being undercut by web-based business that don't have the overheads of a physical shop, they have to deal with distributers who can't/won't get the kit into the country, what they don't need is people demanding a discount just for the privilege of having you in the shop.

I used to sell cars, it was a family business, are you seriously telling me you would abide by what you have stated here and come and buy a car from me at full price? Of course not, and likewise I won't pay full price and will always try to negotiate a discount. I know you're going to say it's different, but it's not. I have spent as much on models as cars in the past.

And if they had knocked a fiver off the OP may well have gone back and spent an awful lot of money with that shop since he posted the original comment in September 2018, thus reaping the reward of engaging with the customer and offering an incentive to do business with them.

Thread: CAA CAP 1789
25/06/2019 12:32:09

Thanks Martin, I see now the document I have linked to is the permission.

25/06/2019 11:07:49

This seems to suggest that flying models weighing up to 7kg over 400' is approved providing certain conditions are met in paragraph 3 and is dated 4th April 2019.

As CAP 1789 is an outline as I read it, it does not contain the detail.

To my mind for the club flyer, wether power or silent flight not much will change for practical purposes and any registration, test or modest fee is nothing more than an irritation

Thread: Cambrian / Cambria Funfighter-----which to choose!
24/06/2019 14:15:13
Posted by Jim Carss on 24/06/2019 13:40:48:




24/06/2019 10:34:45

Jim, what motor are you using?

Martin, are you going IC or electric?

Thread: Fusalage jig
21/06/2019 08:23:21

It's a Bridson Jig. I thought there was more information on it on SSUK but can't seem to find it.

Thread: Art Hobby Gliders
21/06/2019 08:10:28

I built mine about 7 years ago so don't remember the detail too well but I do have a pillar drill and can only assume that the blocks were not pre drilled.

The finish, so far it has weathered well but being water based it seems to fog up a little when water is left on it for a few minutes i.e. when out in the rain. I decided not to cover it because the instructions didn't recommend it, I liked the wood finish anyway and glass cloth would add weight and work unnecessarily.

20/06/2019 17:28:55

I have the 2.5m Orion EV. Lovely kit and flies very well, I fitted a Hacker geared motor driving a 16" prop powered by a 3s 2200, it will climb vertically with ease and is capable of covering the sky quickly.

If you go for an electric one you may still have to cut the nose off to fit the motor, attach the carbon boom to the fuselage pod and attach the tail surfaces. The wings need blocks fitting for the fuselage mounting. I seem to remember that the blocks for the carbon joiners are fitted. Yes, I think the control surfaces have the hinge material in place but there is an amount of cutting necessary to relieve the surface. It may sound daunting but taken carefully it is not a difficult build.

Oh, nothing is covered, they recommend lacquer for the wings, I used a Deluxe Materials water based product directly onto the veneer. I used the same on the tail but used it to apply lightweight silk.

Edited By Andrew Ray on 20/06/2019 17:31:42

Thread: Who said it would never happen in our lifetime
20/06/2019 10:14:18
Posted by Jon - Laser Engines on 20/06/2019 08:32:28:

Looks great, but i think the cart is being put before the horse as it looks like its not even flown yet.

But this Airbus electric plane has. Admittedly it is even smaller but look where electric model flight started and where it is now.

Thread: Confirmation - The World Really Has Gone Mad......
18/06/2019 22:09:52

I’ll go flying anytime Percy. I prefer the patch in the morning and the hills in the evening.

18/06/2019 20:57:53

Wouldn’t some of you be better off building something or going flying rather than sparking off at each other? It would at least be more productive and less stressful.

Thread: Extending Receiver NiMH 6V pack leads
17/06/2019 06:56:26

Andy, extending the lead by that much shouldn’t be a problem. Worth getting a multimeter if you don’t have one then you can measure the voltage before and after for peace of mind.

Thread: Tony Nijhuis Harvard - Build Log
08/06/2019 12:46:53
Posted by Cuban8 on 25/05/2019 08:35:41:

Tried silver steel rod, not much better in it's supplied state. Was advised to try a quality 5mm drill shank.

Or try using a hardened steel ejector pin used in the diecasting industry. I cannot remember where I bought mine from but so far so good the 6mm pins used have not bent, not yet any way but still early days.

Thread: Cumulus resurrection
05/06/2019 13:58:18

Similar to the Graupner Cirrus fuselage (or were they the same) with a different canopy. A friend was given a kit as a thank you from a good friend of his, very expensive at the time, a typical 100" kit was around £20 this was £100 back in the day.

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