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Thread: RC Life
22/11/2015 12:40:13

I'd like to commend RC Life for the excellent service I've recently had from them. I had an issue on a product. Contacted them and the replacement was with me the following day!

Its a shame that some of the larger UK distributors don't have the same ethos .

Thread: New Laser engines. What do you want?
20/11/2015 12:04:12

Hello Ken,

A personal observation to your post re the comment that "people are moving away from IC to Electric" (and this is based on my experience at the three clubs I belong to) .I'd very much like to add my two pence worth here. As a rule I categories members into two groups Modelers and model flyers. Modelers appear to be made up experienced (old!!) who predominately build and fly IC with some smattering of electric usually for smaller models up to 4 s (the odd 6s creeps in here and there) and then the new members (new to three years in the club) with their electric powered ARTF's. Some of these models spanning several meters and up to 12S (ie electric equiv of 30-50cc IC).

Being a returnee after a long break in modeling I've graduated along with many of the "newer" members either back to flying both or fully to IC . You may ask why. In my case I've got fed up of spending a fortune on batteries to end up binning them after two or three years (or in some instances recently within a few months !). I understand I now fall under the category of S.N.O.G (sad old new git!).

Re the sound system . I have the Bendini one with twin speakers great for ground and possibly on a pass when I have reduced the RPM on the elec motor. (I have reverted to fitting a Laser V )

The above by the way is for fixed wing only as in the main the Rotary boys (and girl) have gone electric . I'm pretty much the only one breaking the trend here as I prefer scale (and retro) helis.

Thread: Mascot & Yamamoto trainer builds
18/11/2015 22:14:25


That was my very first proper trainer and I also taught myself to fly with it (I crashed a lot prior to that!!) . Thanks for bringing back some very happy memories (I still have my 3 ch blue MacGregor gear - and it works). The shame of it was that I chopped the wings and turned it into a twin rotor autogyro (1979). Lots of structural changes ie near T tail with rear section and added a fair amount of down thrust. It did work . Not as pretty as my mates DB ones ,but it stood the test of time ie a few months (until a nice man with a CB thought it would be a good laugh to see what he could do by transmitting close to our field - he had need of a new aerial after that!)

Thread: Confused by a Lowbo Plan - motor choice
18/11/2015 11:23:44

The 2200 mAh was the battery I used but switched over to a 2650mAh (3s) with no issues .

17/11/2015 15:51:41


I've built one of these some while ago (my had one of the E-Flite park 480 motors in it - vaguely remember approx 220W on 3S Lipo with 12X6 APCE and a 35A Esc -one I had left over from another project) . It flew very well

Your middle choice from HK seems about right .

Best of luck with it

Thread: How is your flying club run?
17/11/2015 11:31:54

Have I got my maths wrong 101% ? I'm sure some clever person can explain.

Thread: glue for carbon fibre
17/11/2015 10:42:39


I had the same issue on my larger Vapour.I tried repairing it and in the end opted for a new part (not expensive)

Thread: New Laser engines. What do you want?
17/11/2015 10:33:51

Should read " ideas on how to go about granting permission for any given activity which may create a disturbance / complaint"

17/11/2015 10:30:15

Hello Bob,

This issue of noise has been raised previously in various threads and is a rather tricky one . At my club (and I've was involved with obtaining planning permission). We have over the years tested our models at the pre-requisite distance with a ceiling of 81db (not too sure how this was reached but assume to show it would be below the recommended 82db). I was therefore amazed to find the Environmental Health Officer from the local council was not particularly interested in this. As far as he was concerned it was a case of noise (nuisance) perception at the point of the nearest dwelling. I understand that the 82db is used as a guideline and that different councils/EHO seem to have ideas on how they go about granting permission for an activity that is likely to cause noise nuisance or a complaint . As a consequence we not only test our models but also on a regular basis drive  close to the nearest houses to listen as to how the "noise" can be heard etc . We have had to request members to give some consideration as to how they fly and use of throttle etc (the alternative being that we lose our strip!).

Just to confirm with one exception, I've had all my models fitted with Lasers pass the club test .

Edited By Tomtom39 on 17/11/2015 10:31:20

Edited By Tomtom39 on 17/11/2015 10:37:11

16/11/2015 17:22:28


Shame about the smaller engines . But very understandable.

I'd love an opposing twin 160 or even larger ie 240. The FG84R3 was one to consider for my larger 1/4 - 1/3 scales and I'd certainly buy an equivalent Laser.

I have junked (on ebay) all my cheap Chinese motors ie DLE/DLA sub 50cc ie 20/30cc due to noise issues at the field.(I've gone back to the 120,150 and the 180). MattyB made a valid point ie by the time you have forked for a decent silencer , end baffling plug etc you may as well have paid a little bit more for a decent 4 stroke petrol or glow.

For most of us at the club its great to see a well made British engine , that is a real bit of engineering artwork (my new ones have often sat next to my bed for a few weeks to be opened with reverence and admiration - yes I know I'm sad) . Now about a 9 cylinder radial, when is that arriving!devil

16/11/2015 16:32:00

Hello Jon,

I'd love to see a smaller engine than your current range ie in the .40 - .50 range (I use the 70's for .60 equivalents) .Say around the £150 mark?

As to petrol , I'm waiting for your 180 but would very much like to see something in the 50/60cc in single cylinder and possibly a triple (I have been giving some serious thoughts to the Saito FGR3's but would opt for a laser . An opposing twin would also be on my wish list (120 size)

So price - I have spoken to a couple of club members who like myself are very big fans of Laser's and I think a price point that's competitive to the market (as your single and V twins already are!).

Thread: Messersmart!!
16/11/2015 15:01:48

Do you think the prop on the front would make it go any faster? I'd also want a substantial discount as someone seems to have had a grudge and shot at it!

Thread: Paris attacked again
14/11/2015 11:11:17

I was there earlier in the week and have so very many friends in Paris. Truly shocking and horrific.

Thread: School Meals & Chocolate Concrete
13/11/2015 12:16:13

Ha ha Andrew . Me too and yes I still enjoy the stodge . I used to love the meat pie (think it was meat!) followed by either sticky toffee pudding or Plum Duff with Custard (you'd have to time it right as it would be far too runny early and thick/lumpy late !)

Tuck shop was open twice a week and supplemented our sugar rations accordingly (curly wurly was a favorite!)

13/11/2015 11:12:09

Ah happy days indeed! If I got to the dining halls late from sports club practice , I'd need a very strong knife to "spoon" the custard. (No point in even thinking of eating the mains!

In reality it was pretty good most of the time provided you avoided anything green (Saddam Hussein could have sub contracted his WMD R/D in the school kitchens!)

Thread: Painting Solartex - Without an airbrsuh
04/11/2015 16:29:56

I have sent you email (maybe in your spam box)

04/11/2015 10:46:32

Hello Manish,

I may be able to help with getting you the odd bits to India (I fly out at least four times a year on business) I will PM you .

Thread: Peter Miller Retrospective - Build-off Challenge 2016
30/10/2015 17:25:02

I'm game

Thread: Which designer would you prefer to base your 2016 Mass Build on?
30/10/2015 17:04:52

Peter Miller. I can usually build his designs in a reasonable time scale.(six so far - two still flying!!)

Thread: RCM&E Springfield Bulldog
30/10/2015 17:01:46

Robert. That made me laugh (lots of crying also recently following the demise of two costly models !)

However all is not lost . I have decided to go ahead with building (or rather at least getting the component parts of the Bulldog cut out .) I have for a number of months been toying with the idea of buying my own Laser cutter and I'm now being lent one for a few weeks to try out and it comes with a man who knows what to do with it (or rather a fellow modeller who is conversant with programming this beast).

I have already started a long list of wood that I need. A trip down to Essex (Balsa Cabin) may be called for next week. I have at least a dozen other plans to cut out so will be undertaking a bit of learning!

The Springfield Bulldog is a beautiful model and all credit to you for it. I look forward to seeing a few up next year at the RCME fly -in .

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