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Member postings for Tim Hooper

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Thread: Cambrian Model Company's Answer build.
20/11/2020 22:51:19

Hi Dwain,

I hit upon the scheme of loading the 2S 1300 pack from below. The pack lies against the U/C former in a foam cradle.



19/11/2020 19:33:35

Looks good Dwain,

I'd make sure that you can get the battery as far forwards as possible. Mine lives directly below the motor, and the model balances without any redundant ballast being added.

180watts will make it climb vertically! Mine ROGs on about a third of that.


18/11/2020 21:23:05

Looks good Dwain!

Stay with it - the Answer is a beautiful model that flies as well as it looks! The 'Ritz' is quite a talking point.

By chance I've stumbled across a 50" variant on the Outerzone plans site, which looks ideal for the (Indian) Mills 1.3 diesel that I've recently bought.

I also still posses the Super Scorpion that I built from plans over 15 years ago. This one's electric.


Thread: Airspeed Courier - Tim Hooper's 1930's Classic Mini Airliner
08/11/2020 22:28:11

Hi Mark!

I was a real surprise to see this thread resurrected after 8 years!

I've done a quick Google on G-ACLF, and can see what you mean about that lovely, big cockpit canopy. Are you planning to mould it?

Is that actual mount in the final pic, or a balsa mock-up. I'd get as much balsa block in between the mount and F1 as you can to absorb the considerable torque of the motor.

As an aside, my own Courier is still airworthy - it last flew a couple of months ago (between lock downs), and still turns heads with its turn of speed.


Thread: Spitfire factory
13/10/2020 14:20:30

Watched it for the first time last night. Thoroughly enjoyable!


Thread: What applications would I need on a lap top?
12/10/2020 20:08:49

Another vote for Libre Office.

I'll handle anything I throw at it - it'll even let me insert guitar and uke chord windows into a a document!


Thread: Old Warden.....URGENT!
20/09/2020 12:40:59
Posted by leccyflyer on 20/09/2020 06:45:15:

Looking forward to the piccies Tim - Old Warden is a very special place.

Sorry Bri - no pics.....crying

20/09/2020 00:05:27

The wind was pretty strong, and the numbers of people seemed to be lower than was the usual, BUT it was great to be back at OW!

The radio line was occupied all day, the CL boys kept the noise going, and the free flighters were very brave!

It was good to browse among the traders and buy some odds and sods, and meet people for a chat.

It was worth the 200 mile round trip!


15/09/2020 21:49:58


Thread: Tim Hooper's Cygnet
12/09/2020 22:49:51

Wonderful stuff! You've taken the concept far beyond my own limitations!


Thread: steam powered model plane ?
05/09/2020 18:34:32


Thread: Why RC? Why not FF?
04/09/2020 21:39:23


The gent's name is Larry, and he's been posting videos for ages. He's been very helpful to me and my Gipsy build over the last few weeks.

He's also fitted a camera to a rubber-powered model, and there's footage of it flying over Manhattan in this video. Scroll to 5 mins in;


Mal, yes that's a free wheeling balsa prop. The bands you see are actually thread bindings to hold the clutch/freewheel in place.

I have to confess that, after years of flying electric aeroplanes, I'm really enjoying this new facet of the hobby!


03/09/2020 22:22:26

Our club field doesn't lend itself to 'pure' free flight. Neither do my knees.

However, during the lockdown, I've made a substantial foray into trad, rubber-powered modelling in the shape of the Ripmax/Keil Kraft Gipsy.

It's been great fun to tackle this lightweight airframe. Adding a micro rx and servo, together with a tiny 1S lipo added less than 12grammes to the weight, and means I can keep the model within the limits of our strip.

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I replaced the supplied 12" prop...


....with a 17" carved balsa item. The supplied rubber was changed for 35 feet of 1/4" rubber, to give 16 strands.




So far we're up to 400 turns on the motor (using a modified hand drill), and the Gipsy has sparked my interest to go further down the rubber, FF route.


Thread: Tim Hooper's Cygnet
01/09/2020 22:58:12


You're making excellent progress! Keep the photos coming, OK?


Thread: Cambrian Model Company's Answer build.
29/08/2020 23:47:57


My Cambrian Answer has seen a lot of airtime over the last few years, and still remains one of my 'go to' models on a calm day. It flies beautifully on a hint of power, but doesn't glide all that well compared to other models.

The only real mod I made was to ditch the supplied (heavy) snakes, and use closed loop on the rudder, and a lightweight snake on the elevator.

It's covered in tissue over mylar, and has a little outrunner up front, with a 2S 1300 lipo under the motor.

The tiny rudder makes ground handling a bit of a challenge, so I normally handlaunch.

The dummy diesel has fooled more than one!












Edited By Tim Hooper on 29/08/2020 23:50:53

Thread: The Restorers
06/08/2020 22:00:01

It was just telly, and nit-picking isn't going to change that.

It was, however, good PR for the hobby - and that's all the public need to see.


Thread: Tim Hooper's Cygnet
23/07/2020 21:52:34


I've checked the plan, and it's 85mm behind the LE of the upper wing.


Thread: Tissue over Doculam covering for undercambered wings
20/07/2020 21:21:56

img_1095small.jpgMy Cambrian 'Answer' has very pronounced undercamber., and is doculam/tissue covered. It's several years old now, and still in pretty good condition.

I used Balsaloc to secure the doculam, and on the wing underside, I started in the middle and worked outwards.


Edited By Tim Hooper on 20/07/2020 21:28:11

Thread: Diesel anybody?
06/07/2020 06:57:09

Hi Chris,

I'm a a recent returnee to diesel power.

Like Robin says, the fuel is readily available - especially at the shows.

Diesel engines sell for premium prices on Ebay, I'm afraid, although if you're in a club and ask around, you can still get lucky and find them cheaply.

The big issue with most of the attic-finds is that they probably won't have an RC throttle fitted, whereas the new models by PAW, Weston UK and RedFin have an RC option.



Edited By Tim Hooper on 06/07/2020 06:57:56

Thread: OS 4A carb
05/07/2020 21:31:58

Carb for auction

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