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Member postings for Tim Hooper

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Thread: Tim Hoopers Cygnet
01/04/2020 21:16:19
Posted by Gothiquity on 31/03/2020 21:43:15:

Glad your cygnet is stilll going. Can i ask one question , what type of hinge did you use on the rudder, i am considering either robart style or flat pin hinges


Edited By Gothiquity on 31/03/2020 21:54:56

Just checked my photos (it's too cold to go out to the garage) and I used a pair of heavy-duty pin hinges.

I'm assuming you've found my original build thread?



30/03/2020 20:16:06

Hi Goth!

Nice to see a Cygnet on the boards!

Did you soak the balsa strips for a few minutes before you bent them into shape?

Incidentally, I still have the original model safe and sound. It doesn't get much airtime but it had a couple of flights last autumn.


Thread: DH Tiger Moth 1400mm
28/02/2020 21:09:14

This looks great, Bob!

Thanks for the mention. I really enjoyed building my Tiggie, and I appreciate the way you've refined it even further - especially in the use of 3D printing for the riblets and dash board.

I'll be following this thread with interest.


Thread: 4 Pop Bottles Later...
17/02/2020 21:25:54

Nice work Tim!

It should be noted that I didn't use a pop bottle as the basis for my canopy, but started with a flat sheet of acetate instead.

Tim (the other one)


Thread: Building an electric Super Scorpion
25/12/2019 21:06:59

I also have an electric Super Scorpion!

In its latest guise it has an EFlite15 outrunner, spinning an 11x7 prop, powered by a 4S 4000mAh battery as far forwards as it can go under the motor. There's also 3oz of ballast there too.

It's grossly over-powered, but flies and glides beautifully.


Thread: Andy Symons PR on Countryfile
18/12/2019 22:50:37
Posted by Scott Edwards 2 on 18/12/2019 21:52:07:

They were planning a much longer piece including shots of flying scale models and interviews with the flyers, but the weather was just dreadful, much wetter, colder and muddier than the film shows. We tried to persuade them to delay until next year but they insisted it had to be then (22nd November)

Good for you for making such a good effort! It was pretty obvious that it was cold and rainy, but you went ahead and turned up and flew/filmed anyway.


15/12/2019 23:14:36

Showed us a very good light. Cheers!


Thread: advice wanted for hinges on Siebel SI 201 build
02/11/2019 14:47:13


Can you post a photo? I've only ever seen bell motors where the shaft emerges from the closed end of the bell.


31/10/2019 22:34:41

Hi Richard,

Thanks for your reply, and your intention to follow a planned progression. The Wot4 is an excellent trainer (if you have an instructor to hand), and I'm sure you'll succeed.

Let me know if I can help further!


30/10/2019 20:55:15

Hi Richard,

Welcome back to this ridiculous hobby!

A couple of points about the Siebel, if I may;

1. It's an interesting build, but NOT a suitable model for a beginner to fly. I'd aim for something more conventional on which to take flight for the first time in 60 years.

2. The full, multi-page, build thread dates back to 2009, and can be found on the RC Groups forum here;


I no longer have the model but, from imperfect memory, I can vaguely recall hinging the tail surfaces with the 'hairy CA' type of hinge, whilst the ailerons were top-hinged with silver Solartrim.

I really wouldn't bother with installing the flaps at all - just added complication.

The high, pusher thrustline wanted to make the model nose over whenever the throttle was advanced for take off, so I'd move the undercarriage forwards a tad, and perhaps add bigger wheels.

Sorry to sound so negative about the model, Richard, but it's more of a builders model than a fliers model (if you see what I mean!)


Thread: silver solarfilm
21/10/2019 21:48:14

There was a bad batch of silver Solarfilm produced some years ago. Wouldn't stick down for love nor money.

Is this new stock?


Thread: The component shop
12/10/2019 21:33:51

Excellent service.

They're now on my employers list of 'approved suppliers'.


Thread: Lipo advice please
07/10/2019 21:25:17

I have a couple of 10 cell models, and use 2x5S packs in them.

Besides being able to use 'standard' chargers, I can also use the individual 5S packs in other, smaller models.


Thread: Ashbourne 2019
11/09/2019 22:49:06

Gimme my oatcake, dammit!


Thread: The Repair Shop
31/08/2019 20:56:33

It's compulsory viewing in our house. smiley

I really enjoy watching or being in the company of enthusiasts who can make/repair items that would otherwise collect dust in a forgotten corner - whether or not it's a skill that I'm particularly interested in.

There's another series (Salvage Hunters - The Restorers) which is also well worth seeking out.

As an aside, I accompanied my wife, Netty, to a major quilting exhibition at the NEC recently. I've no interest in making a quilt, it has to be said, but the creativity and skill of these people borders on the unreal.


PS. KIrsten is hot......

11/08/2019 22:32:44
Posted by Chris Bott - Moderator on 10/08/2019 12:35:08:

Have a look at Tim Hooper's Civilian Coupe thread here. It might provide some food for thought.

Thanks Chris,

I was about to link to the thread myself!

Wandering around various aircraft collections, I've always been amazed just how tiny the wing locking mechanisms are. Mind you, a biplane's rigging wires take all the flight loads, so I guess all the locking latches have to cope with is the drag caused by the airspeed.


Thread: Tim's Next Project
03/08/2019 21:27:54
Posted by Steve Adams on 03/08/2019 20:25:14:

Hi Tim,

Did you decide a next project in the end?

Hi Steve,

I have to confess that the last project that I drew up was the Civilian Coupe from a couple of years ago.

The models that I cover in my column tend to start as the work of somebody else, so that don't qualify as my own designs, if you see what I mean!

Tim wink

Thread: Citabria Pro (1/8 scale)
14/06/2019 22:50:39

Thanks Rory!

I don't blame you for making up your own scheme - as there was only one prototype ever made, the scale purists choices are a bit limited!

Any photos of your efforts?


Thread: Retired, Returned, Looking for a club near Telford
15/05/2019 21:35:32
Posted by Dunkelmann on 14/05/2019 19:18:52:

I think there is one at Shifnal but I have no idea where or how to contact them.

Dunkelmann, check your messages...….wink

Thread: CAA registration consulation
27/04/2019 13:08:01

I've responded to the consultation document as I feel appropriate.

We should all do the same.


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