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Thread: Kings Lynn Model Shop
15/10/2019 16:23:26

KLMS are not the easiest to get through ,however I have found them to be very helpful. When I have needed advice the two lads there have been brilliant.

Thread: Brian Winch
26/08/2019 09:51:22

I will miss Brians wise words of advice. I had the pleasure to share some banter with him only a few weeks ago. Deepest condolences to his family.

Thread: solartex alternative
19/08/2019 19:22:27


I tend to use Oratex now for my scale projects. I find it easier to use than Solartex. Painting on it is pretty easy. The German company that produces Orates also manufacture a wide range of paint colours to spray on the "tex" or film (Oracover) . A call to J Perkins who are the UK Distributors might prove useful . A couple of club members have used Spektrum paints . (There is alo a range of something similar to this on the market , which I understand is fuel proof, however I don't have first hand experience of it)

Are you after a particular colour?

Thread: Covering for a vintage (Dave Platt) SE5A
12/08/2019 17:25:19

Hello John,

Mike is quite correct . I have used silk and nylon in the past as well for covering ,however I switched over to Solartex as the wife complained rather a lot about the smell of dope .

In light of the running down of Solarfilm/Solartex . I have started to use Oratex and have found this a lot easier to use . The colour range for Oratex is not as large as those produced by Solarfilm ltd , however in your case Olive drab is available as well as Antique (not quite the same shade as Solartex Linen ) . I did experiment using various types of spray paints with excellent results last year. (Don't forget to fuel proof - if the paint is not fuel resistant) .

Best of luck

Thread: James May's program tonight
25/07/2019 10:55:05

Watched it the first time round and enjoyed it again just as much last night.

As an aside, we had two club membership enquiries after the first programme. One was a returning modeller after a thirty plus year break. The other a new one. Both are doing well in the club with their flying. The returning modeller has discovered ARTF's and the beginner has subsequently built a couple . One from a kit and the other from a plan.

Thread: TN large scale Wellington Bomber
30/04/2019 14:51:09

Hello Manish.

Just spoken to John Hope at Unitracts . He has a set for the Wellington on his shelf at £350 plus post. I have sent you an email.

Thread: Unitracts
11/04/2019 13:23:16

I have been trying to contact John Hope who, I assume is the new owner. I have sent messages via their website and left voicemails on both the mobiles shown on the site. Nothing to date. Has anyone else spoken to them in the last few weeks?

Thread: Derek Piggott Modeller, Pilot R.I.P
01/02/2019 16:23:52

Assume in the Feb copy? (mine not delivered yet)

Edited By Tomtom39 on 01/02/2019 16:24:03

01/02/2019 14:50:33

I was very saddened to read in today's obituary column of the Times that my old Gliding Instructor had passed away at the age of 96. In addition to being a renowned pilot He was an avid modeller and an excellent author of books on Flying and Gliding . Rest in peace Derek.

The following is from the BGA's website.

If merely judged on the 154 types of powered aircraft and 170 types of glider that he had flown, Derek Piggott, who passed away a few days ago aged 96, can be rated as a remarkable pilot. If it had wings, he flew it: from the Bristol Boxkite to four-engined bombers and jets. However Derek Piggott is best known throughout the world as a glider pilot and instructor. While working as a stunt pilot for films, he probably exceeded the nine lives traditionally attributed to cats, surviving through his flying skills and an ability to think quickly under pressure.

Derek was regarded as a warm person, keenly interested in anyone who wanted to fly. He took immense trouble with his pupils and had huge patience in diagnosing faults and explaining techniques. In 1987 Derek Piggott was awarded the MBE for services to gliding. In 2007 the Royal Aero Club awarded him their Gold Medal – the highest award for aviation in the UK. Also in 2007 the Royal Aeronautical Society appointed Derek Piggott an Honorary Companion of the Society. In 2008 he was awarded the Lilienthal Gliding Medal by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale for outstanding service over many years to the sport of gliding. He continued flying up to his 90th birthday, and regularly thereafter but no longer as pilot in command. He was fiercely independent, still drove and visited (and flew) recently at Lasham

Thread: Phoenix 5.5
23/01/2019 00:34:25


Not sure how to delete a duplicated post. Return button got stuck earlier!

Edited By Tomtom39 on 23/01/2019 00:34:53

Edited By Tomtom39 on 23/01/2019 00:36:11

Edited By Tomtom39 on 23/01/2019 00:37:07

23/01/2019 00:34:24

Looks like its come to an end!

This is the message on their site (although there is an email link)

12/01/2019 10:49:24

I was also sent a set of samples by Oratex. The Silk finish has a "satin" finish to it . ie not as "glossy" as Glosstex (I have both a sample of Glosstex and the Oratex in front of me. )

I'd agree Percy with your comments regarding weight of Glosstex. I'm pleasantly surprised that the Oratex "silk finish" is similar to standard Oratex. I have ordered a few rolls for my next project.

Thread: Ebay sellers...
31/12/2018 14:33:46

Song came to mind "any old iron" Proof that the spirit of The Steptoe's is still going strong somewhere in the UK!

Thread: Laser engine in a Hangar 9 Carbon cub
31/12/2018 13:35:46

Started off with an Eflite Power 60 470KV on 6S then changed over to an old Laser 100 in my H9 Carbon Cub. It flew beautifully . Another club member has one of the latest Laser 80's from Jon Harper fitted in his , which seems to produce similar grunt as my 100 .

I used standard digital servos (Savox 0252)

21/12/2018 13:46:41


I seem to recollect that Perkins are the official UK distributors for Oracover. This looks very interesting. (I'm assuming its a spin off from their full size aircraft range). Be very interested to see how you get on .

Thread: Well done HobbyKing
05/12/2018 16:21:08

I've not been a big fan of Hobbyking in the past. However they have really improved on their service (credit to them) . I bought an item from them that went faulty some nine months later. Pretty straightforward to set up "complaint" had email back and item replaced within a few days.

I have just ordered a Panther Graphene battery . It will be interesting to see how they behave over the year.

Thread: Enya 40 open rocker engine
31/10/2018 15:19:12

Pretty much. If you send me a PM with your email address . I will send you a photo of the one on mine

Thread: Mercury original 33" Tiger Moth Kit
10/10/2018 10:36:23

What a wonderful bargain Fast flyer. I have a little Mills in my old Mercury/Keil Kraft Tiger Moth. However a club member has built one with electric and 3ch Radio. It flies beautifully on nice calm day. I think his tail feathers are fixed with bands for the wings per plan. I will try and get some pictures of it.

Thread: Ebay sellers...
09/10/2018 10:33:08

Thanks Alan.

09/10/2018 09:55:51

Pretty serious money for this little gem!
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