Here is a list of all the postings David P Williams has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Precedent Stampe 1/4 Scale|
Any of you Stampe afficionados fancy a project?
|Thread: How far do you travel to fly at your club?|
I live in the middle of a black hole for clubs - at least an hour's drive in any direction. My main club is 38 miles and just on an hour, depending on tractors and country buses, and my second club is an hour and 15, 44 miles.
It's a pain, but just about worth it to live in a very quiet, very low crime, very community minded, beautiful part of an AONB.
|Thread: Latest CAA Update|
Aaaaaaarrrrrrrgggggghhhhh brain hurts now trying to follow all this. Just want to fly my toy planes!
|Thread: BMFA site|
I've been getting that too since yesterday
|Thread: Flair Models - a question|
The chap in Staffordshire is a dealer, although he masquerades as a keen modeller. He places wanted ads for specific kits or types of kit, when you contact him with one to sell he tells you he's always wanted one of these and been searching for a while, you (I) gullibly think you're selling to a fellow modeller and agree a reasonable price, then see the kit re-advertised a couple of weeks later for double the price.
|Thread: Collapse of Thomas Cook|
I worked for TC for around 20 years, taking a redundancy/early retirement package in 2001. My wife and I live on TC pensions (although I have the State pension too now), so I'm a little concerned at the moment. The pension fund is well funded, and the independant trustees should protect pensions in payment, but it's all still a bit worrying.
I used to work for the Financial Services part of the company, primarily Travellers Cheques (remember them?) which was sold to Travelex around the turn of the century. The travel part of the company hardly ever made money, it was always bailed out by the income from the Travellers Cheque float - the money held from the sale of the cheques until it had to be paid out when they were cashed. As lots of cheques never got cashed, or got kept for the next holiday, and Cooks had been selling them for a very long time, this float was many millions and generated a large amount of steady income in interest. Lots of money was also made from buying and selling foreign exchange. All this was lost when this part of the company was sold.
I was transferred to the travel division and worked on the online booking website. The travel dinosaurs thought I couldn't be any use as I didn't have 20 years experience in travel. They were still focused on having the biggest high street shop chain; grudgingly accepted that they needed a call centre for phone bookings, but only tolerated Thomascook.com because the dotcom boom was still underway and they thought they could float it with an IPO and make squillions - the idiots were probably already ordering their Ferraris.
I was a pretty senior manager (in the top 40 worldwide), but an IT techie, so how could I possibly know how to run a travel company. We eventually ran out of patience with each other and I was happy to walk away with a decent deal.
It's been really sad to see them continuing with this 1980's attitude to how a travel company should operate and it's all finally caught up with them. The real culprits are not the current management, but the late 90's/early 2000's lot (I know who you are you idiots!)
|Thread: Broken servo arm screw|
I have Tamiya branded JIS drivers sourced from one of the plastic kit suppliers - very useful.
|Thread: What's flying over your house|
So I was just relaxing in my armchair, perusing the latest RCME mag just delivered, and reading about the EFlite V22 Osprey when an unusaul aircraft sound outside made me look up to see a full size Osprey reefing round the corner of the valley and flying straight over the house at a couple of hundred feet.
Yesterday it was an A400M at the same height or possibly lower heading the other way. It's usually Hawks from Valley or Hercules or Chinooks (at treetop height). Our valley is one of the routes out to the tactical manoevering area in mid-Wales and the Mach Loop. They use different valleys in rotation it seems, and it's obviously our turn this week. Even if I have a camera or phone to hand I'm never quick enough as by the time your hear them they're overhead. Great fun though.
|Thread: Extra Hot Chilli|
My Dual Ace 70" span is pretty quick on an old pair of 52 four strokes - I think your two 90s will be ballistic
|Thread: Latest Lemon DSMP/X 7 check Plus Stabiliser|
It climbs, quite a lot, with flap. I'm not sure whether the nose rises much or whether it just goes up like a lift. I only intend to use the stabilising mode, not the full self levelling, it's just to help out when it's gusty like Shaun's Slowpoke.
I had read the quick guide, and appreciate that it states that flaperons, aileron differential and aileron to rudder act normally. I was just after confirmation that flap to elevator mix would be OK too. J6 doesn't need to be on as the ailerons are on a Y lead on channel 2 and channel 6 (Aux1) is flaps. Channel 5 is currently ESC reverse (it has a reverse for use when on floats, but I don't need that at the moment) so that need to be reconfigured to be norm/stabilise/self level selection. The reverse could go on channel 7 (Aux2) if I need it.
Appreciate that Simon, it's just that I've never used one of these stabiliser things before and I'm not sure if or how any mixes affect them. I think they won't - I guess I'll just try it and see.
I have one of these that I am going to fit in a HK/Durafly Tundra to help when it's breezy. I have a flap/ down elevator mix on the Tundra at the moment as it balloons like mad on lowering flap. Do I leave this mix on with the stabiliser or will the stabiliser sort it out? The attitude of the Tundra doesn't really change on flap deployment, it just rises rapidly, so as the stabiliser doesn't have any kind of height hold I guess it won't do anything. Have I just answered my own question?
|Thread: Horizon Hobby|
Cymaz - did you talk to Morris at Morris Mini Motors? He now sells the revised UMS versions but I'm pretty sure he has quite a few Evolution bits and pieces knocking around. May be worth a try next time.
|Thread: Slec/Apache Chipmunk kit advice.|
John - a lot of that thread is quite old, and refers to the old Apache Aviation kit. SLEC did quite a bit of re-design so some of the problems reported have been sorted out on the new kits
Hi ASH - I think it has Hitec HS325HB in the wings and 5485HB on elevator and rudder. It's a Laser 150 up front - lovely. Only problem was getting the tank height right.
|Thread: CB Mass Build|
Crikey Chris - I thought I over-engineered things but that looks seriously robust!
|Thread: Slec/Apache Chipmunk kit advice.|
Thanks John. I had one of the first kits from SLEC so had a few teething problems, but I'm sure you'll be OK. My plan was stretched by nearly 20mm compared to the cut parts - just go with the cut parts and you'll be fine. It flies really nicely, even though mine is heavy because of all the detail I added it still has a very soft stall and lands at walking speed with full flaps. No dramas.
Been fine for me, although I was also a bit sceptical initially. It's not a model to be thrown around in high G manoevres anyway - lazy graceful aeros like the real thing.
|Thread: Moon landing|
I was up at 3am watching it live (I was 18) and I seem to remember that the picture of the ladder waiting for Neil Armstrong to descend was initially upside down, and I couldn't work out what I was looking at. Is that my memory, or was it our flaky telly, or was that how it happened?
Clever of the conspirators to build that element in just to make it seem more realistic !
|Thread: AND finally.....the 'Mini Jet' TSR2|
I was also all set for the JP with tip tanks, but now the Warthog! Aaarrgghh too many choices, too little time....
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