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Thread: Upgrading Windows7 to Win10 for free
24/01/2020 10:28:04

Alex - but how long did ( does ) it take for a Windows user ( non IT person ) to use the Linux Mint system? - I am not being funny or clever i genuinely want to know! Many people have grown up with Win 3.1 onwards and are easily able to use any Windows system but don't want to change if there is a huge amount of re- learning involved.

23/01/2020 12:42:30

Sussex models have the Sig one in stock for 129 pounds

Thread: SWEET & SMART Acronyms meaning??
23/01/2020 10:17:48

Andy said " Model selected is correct - Automatic these days with binding" ---that's not correct with all TX ! With Spektrum perhaps but not Futaba etc. There is no Model Match with my Futaba 2.4 so it's possible to use the wrong memory.

Edited By kc on 23/01/2020 10:18:13

Thread: First generation acrowot tail fin
22/01/2020 17:34:47

First fix the ( new, lower ) hinge into the rudder and arrange matching slot in fuselage. Hinge must be inline with the other 2 hinges to avoid binding. Slot in fuselage must be central otherwise the fin wont be inline.  Let the hinge glue set on just rudder, pin the hinge then glue the fuselage side when you install fin. Pin fuselage side later.

The fin needs to be down the centerline and square to the tailplane so that is probably first, but glue the curved fillet part on while the glue is still wet, otherwise a lump of dried glue may displace the fillet. The fillet piece needs to reinforce the fin. A slow drying glue like PVA or Aliphatic will give time to get precise alignment but will need pins or something to stop the fin sagging whilst it dries.

I pin hinges with cocktail sticks sharp end thro drilled holes, thro both balsa and hinge. When glue dries I nip the excess length off. Nail clippers work ok to nip the ends off but eyeprotection is needed as the bits fly off.

Edited By kc on 22/01/2020 17:38:27

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Edited By kc on 22/01/2020 17:49:27

22/01/2020 13:33:01

These sort of repairs are so much easier if you collect all the bits of balsa .......with the missing bit it will just glue in and look almost like new. Without it's quite a lot more work. Easier to look around for the missing curved bit!

Without the hinge by the rudder horn any blow to the rudder or even using the rudder in the air will tend to pull the fin to one side. With a hinge in the fuselage itself it will help a lot.

Cof G in the origiinal 57 inch is shown as three and a quarter inch back -plus or minus one quarter inch- measured from bulkhead ( dowel hole bit)   Thats 82.55mm plus/minus 6.35mm I think.  


Edited By kc on 22/01/2020 13:43:48

Thread: Flat plane wing question
22/01/2020 12:14:36

It might be possible to create a lighter but simple wing as a Jedelsky wing. David Boddington did a few in 30 inch size such as this Projed Bf109 which explains this construction.

Thread: First generation acrowot tail fin
22/01/2020 11:10:03

I see that in the original Acrowot instructions there should be a hinge on the rudder very near to and slightly above the rudder horn. There seems to be no sign of it in your photo. Make sure you replace this hinge - perhaps choosing a nearby alternative position to avoid digging out the old hinge if it ever existed.  No sign of it being pinned unlike the other hinges which are clearly pinned.

Edited By kc on 22/01/2020 11:12:02

Thread: SWEET & SMART Acronyms meaning??
22/01/2020 10:30:38

I would suspect that club means they expect members to try to achieve their B cert eventually, or they could mean they might choose to accept membership only from a B cert holder if membership is nearing their maximum numbers. Reasonable enough to want to have more experienced members to act as instructors and keep flying standards high.

Frankly there is no substitute for going to the club and chatting with members to find out what the real situation is. Rules like that are often there to be used only when the situation changes. Also if anyone has been to a club AGM they will know that the wording of rules gets changed and compromises made to satisfy members and get a consensus which often results in poor wording.

21/01/2020 19:41:56

Sig normally sell the drawings as well.  Check their website the drawing is listed

Make sure it's the right drawing that I selected - maybe it's this one that's much cheaper

Edited By kc on 21/01/2020 19:45:45

Edited By kc on 21/01/2020 19:54:22

Thread: Spektrum DX6i Throttle issues
21/01/2020 19:39:47

One other possible problem with a 2nd hand set might be that it's set to Mode 1 rather than Mode 2 even thought he rachet seems correct for Mode 2. Swapping mode 1 to 2 also has to be done in the programming menu. So just wiggling the right stick and trim might give a clue ....

Thread: First generation acrowot tail fin
21/01/2020 19:30:29

Presumably this is the kit built 57 inch balsa version? Those of us canny enough always draw around every component in the kit onto a bit of lining or wallpaper before starting construction. Then every component can be made again or even a complete model. So someone will have every component drawing for this popular model. But just gluing the remains back together with some slight reinforcemment may work well enough.

At the top of this page you will find 'Features' then' Building technique ' then Don't Bin it Fix it' which is Peter Millers guide to fixing broken models. This covers reinforcing the broken parts.

Thread: 7 Day challenge Nigel Hawes 30" Tucano...............
20/01/2020 19:18:59

Well I was one of the people who thought it wouldn't be possible........but clearly I was wrong! Congratulations. One for the Guiness Book of Records perhaps?

Thread: London Model Engineering Exhibition Alexandra Palace
19/01/2020 19:48:31

It's a great pity the organisers don't give a free stand to someone like SLEC or Balsa Cabin to sell balsa which would attract aeromodellers to come and get their supplies in the winter. Might improve the numbers of people attending!

Thread: CAA registration take-up?
19/01/2020 16:54:16

It would seem the BMFA have already submitted some names to the CAA as some of my fellow club members have their numbers already wihile others have not. I assumed it might be due to alphabetical order but on checking the names it seems not. The club have paid BMFA all at the same time so thats not the reason. Perhaps some other order like BMFA number order?

Thread: Upgrading Windows7 to Win10 for free
19/01/2020 15:56:56

Well that makes about 3 others who have upgraded very easily without cost so far.

One thing I have noticed about Windows 10 is that the clock is now accurate.......before the computers clock gradually lost time and was way out by the time GMT changed to Summertime- since Win 10 it is always right. Presumably everything on Win 10 is updated frequently including correction to the clock.

Thread: 7 Day challenge Nigel Hawes 30" Tucano...............
18/01/2020 19:51:00

\if you are just going to make a fake canopy you could use a chunk of white packaging foam ( if not too heavy) by sanding to shape with coarse new glasspaper and covering with brown paper ( etc) and dilute PVA. Overnight it becomes a smooth lightweight shape ready for paint. looks like balsa colour too.

Thread: Dash cams
17/01/2020 20:15:09

Which? / Consumer Association tested these and even if not a member you could access their report for about a pound. They commented on the lack of low light ability on some models which makes them worthless at night.......

Thread: Trendsetters and Iconic Models over the Years?
17/01/2020 19:50:54

The thing is that the most popular model depends on what club you join - the chief instructor at a club likes one trainer design and persuades his trainees that that is the one to have. Same with more advanced models - the hotshot pilot flies model X and all the wannabe hotshots get one too. Another club has a different hotshot with different models.......

Just a few designs seem timeless and always fly well Wot4, Ugly Stik etc etc

17/01/2020 19:44:24

Don - Smog Hog plan on Outerzone

Thread: Hi from me and my KK Fairey Gannet build
17/01/2020 19:31:04

Jim, a Fairey Gannet plan and article to 1/8th scale - 81 inches- was published in Flying Scale Models some years ago. If the article would help you I will send you a scanned copy of the article. This described the folding wings etc. Maybe it's much more complex than your plan but it might help.

As always on this forum we don't put e-mail addresses on the forum but exchange them by Private Message ( " message member" at the bottom of this posting ) so if you want to get the scanned copy you need to contact me that way. I have already scanned the article for someone else a while back so the files are still on my computer and it's no problem to send them.

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