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Thread: Crescent Bullet Owners
09/07/2015 14:00:25

Whats happening and where. My Bullet had its first flight after a 25 year plus lay up! (need to put a new engine in it as the one existing one is pretty loud!)

Thread: Fuel proofer over acrylic paint
08/07/2015 17:36:40

I had similar problems until a club member advised that after brushing on the poly c to wipe off any excess between coats. Leave for a minimum 30 mins at room temp. (In my case between 17 and 18C)

08/07/2015 12:30:01

Sorry should have mentioned a minimum of two coats for the Spectra/Flair proofer with at least 48hrs between coats (I left it my shed which is a bit of a hot house!!). It does go tacky if it hasn't hardened properly or reacted with the paint underneath.

07/07/2015 22:39:05

I ve used Poly C (which I understand is a water based varnish). I ended putting on four coats on acrylic paint purchased from Halfords and so far its working fine.

With regards to the Spectra (Flair) Fuel proofer (gloss) I had issues using just one coat but seem to have no problems now with two coats (I allowed a few days between each coat .)

Best of luck!

Thread: BMFA National Flying Centre
07/07/2015 10:59:05

Thank you for clarifying that Keith. Hope a suitable site becomes available quickly.

Thread: BMFA Country Members
05/07/2015 23:11:46

Be great to see some more representation at area level. Last one I went to only had three other people apart from area committee members and the leading topic was the NMFC!

Thread: BMFA National Flying Centre
04/07/2015 20:06:40

I agree on that.

04/07/2015 19:50:33

In response to John's earlier post. I only voted yes at my "lead" club ie where I'm registered for my BMFA membership. I did push the secretaries and committee to get a vote (regardless of which way) with a view to getting members to show some interest. Approx 70% of members of two clubs voted with a similar split to today's vote (the third had an 90% vote in favour of the motion).

Personally I would like to see a national site and I had hoped that the debate surrounding the reason for EGM would get more members to be involved in what could be a very major decision within our association. (The 10/11 % vote is pretty low - having said that the existing structure within the terms of the Articles of Association offered members an opportunity to do so regardless of the time span that has been debated here )

I share some views here and on other forums that country members should be given the opportunity to vote. ( I understand that this is going to be case) . I hope to be at the AGM this year and will table a motion if its not already been done. A one member/one vote system would also be a move in the right direction.

The Euro lottery didn't work out for me again so will have to shelve the idea of buying my own airfield! Any offers out there! On the plus side I have managed to find some old Greek Drachma's and a holiday out there could be in the offing depending on tomorrows referendum (feel very sorry for the ordinary folk out there)

Thread: Soda Blasting
03/07/2015 17:03:11

Many thanks for the idea

03/07/2015 17:02:57

Hello Steve, I gave it a try this afternoon with excellent results on an old trashed motor (as a test piece). I shall try again in the next couple of days.

Thread: BMFA National Flying Centre
03/07/2015 16:59:03

The three clubs that I belong to will be voting YES to the proposal (we are approx 140 miles away from the area where the site could be situated)

John , I could be wrong but I have a feeling that a new member's vote can only be counted at the EGM providing he has been a member for than one month.

Thread: 1/3rd Classic Scale Tiger Moth -
01/07/2015 17:51:43

Gary many thanks for that. The side view is the one I really wanted.

01/07/2015 10:27:09


Do either of you have any decent photos of the crash pads for both front and rear cockpits. (I'm about to make mine up from blue foam and then trim it with bits of very thin soft leather form the wife's handbag!

Edited By Tomtom39 on 01/07/2015 10:29:17

Thread: Model Technics Trim Line (how do you get it to stay on?)
25/06/2015 11:39:36

Good point. I was debating spraying a coat of gloss fuel proofer before I re attached the trimline.

What do you polish the laquer with ? (I usually just buff it)

25/06/2015 11:18:47

Hello Gents,

Many thanks for all your suggestions. I hadn't left it long ie I sprayed the "clearcoat" within a few hours of laying down the "trim line" so it could well be the thinners acting on the glue. I will take these up and re attach new ones . I will also brush some clearcoat on after a couple of days and see how it goes.

24/06/2015 13:35:56

Thanks Stevo.

I've never ironed on anything on a surface as this. Pity as it looks pretty good. May have to revert to tried and tested method of painting it on!

24/06/2015 10:28:20

I'm having some difficulty in stopping the "Trim Line" stripe from staying on my model.

The trad built Acrowot has been painted using Flair paint on lightweight glass cloth.. The trim line seemed to stick on fine and I gave the model a spray of "Fuel proofer". The trim line has started to come off after a couple of flights. Any tips as to how to keep this on .(This is pretty much a straight line with no curves) I normally paint/spray my stripes on and was feeling a touch lazy!

Thread: Does foam float your boat?
22/06/2015 14:31:33

Colin, we have quite a few new members that have gone down the foamy trainer route ie either the Wot 4 or the Riot (a couple of exceptions that have bought the Thunder Tiger/Irvine tutor ARTF ). In the case of the Wot 4 (earlier version as I am led to believe that the new one has a better U/C fitting) I can sympathise . Most if the members who have bought them and subsequently ripped off the U/C on a heavy landing have subsequently fitted dowels and attach the U/C via rubber bands. Its not a perfect solution but it seems to work pretty well.

In response to the poll, I have a love/hate relationship with foam models . I have an old fashioned dislike for them and yet I love my old Parkzone Habu and ME109 . I love building with wood and I guess at some stage I may consider making the leap to using foam in my builds (some fantastic ones on some of the threads here)

Thread: this hobby needs more young blood
22/06/2015 14:20:42

Something I did forget to mention was that around where we live (within four mile radius) approx 85% of council owned land (park , open spaces etc have by-laws banning the use model flying - I noticed in one the other day that no ball games were allowed either - assume they mean football / tennis etc!) So the club route has been a natural choice for me. (we also used to fly in the playing fields at my local comp but these have been flogged off for development!)

22/06/2015 14:08:40

We are very fortunate at our club (just under 50) to have a membership age range from 10-82 (we have approximately six under the age of 17 - with only one being the son of an adult member). We have had a good response from one our local ATC units and have started to put in place a joint development program with the Squadron to help teach some of those cadets interested in taking up aeromodelling. Hopefully some will enjoy the hobby and keep at it or like myself came back to it at a later date (pressures of education, work, females , bikes, cars , full size etc has meant a twenty plus year break).

Its very much down to the attitudes of the individual member in welcoming and mentoring youngsters. Our club policy requires a parent/ guardian to be in attendance (although some of the Instructors have gone down the CRB replaced route - can't remember the name at the top of my head).

The advent of cheaper R/C gear has made it more accessible ( not to mention quads and FPV both of which we are quite happy to allow to be used and watching some of these kids showing what they have put together has been an education in its own right.)

Rules/regulations/procedures and general etiquette are explained in full including the reasons for having them. . We have to date not had any issues as members are encouraged to self regulate and to have individual and collective responsibility to safety (It was recently pointed out to me by a young member that I had forgotten to carry out a range check !)

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