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Thread: Ebay sellers...
16/12/2017 14:48:16
Posted by Martin Dance 1 on 13/12/2017 08:28:27:

I agree Peter the present bid is insane. I wonder, though if when the auction ends the winning bidder will realise exactly what he/she has done and not pay up? It's obviously silly season on Ebay. A couple of days ago an ED single channel TX, not a Black Prince but one with a red case sold for £412, You got a red covered case containing a valve or two, no doubt a coil and a capacitor and some battery leads. No antenna, no keying button etc. Madness.

Bid now standing at £620! Must be either a joke or a scam.

Thread: Horizon Hobbies
18/06/2017 07:39:26

*shrug*. I send a RX to Germany a short time ago - I'd knocked off the antenna - they replaced it free of charge within about ten days. Outstanding service. My Spektrum gear has always performed flawlessly. Sure prices have risen. The prices of all imports are going to rise by at least 25% because the £ is now worth around 25% less against the € than last year (hmm. Why would that be?).

I think you're suffering from confirmation bias.

18/06/2017 07:08:24

"Maybe thats what HH want, an excuse to pull out of Europe and the UK by creating a market and company that causes consumers to leave the brand and then they (HH) can say, no profit, no sales."

The EU is the biggest, richest trading block in all of history. Do you think HH are so stupid as to deliberately choose to pull out of such a lucrative market?

Thread: What kv?
24/05/2017 18:23:28

Performance isn't an issue. It's an old, undercambered, 3 ch Jamara 'Ara', so won't be setting speed records. I want a motor that will take it to a nice height for some relaxed cruising.

Small fast prop, or bigger, slower alternative? Battery is likely to be around 1300 2s, so run time about eight minutes is on the cards.

24/05/2017 14:19:52

Is there a straightforward way to match kv rating to model? And how to determine the best (safest!) RPM?

F'rinstance, I'm currently modifying a motorised glider to take a new outrunner rather than its original, over-weight, inrunner. It only needs around 10 amps, so I intend to use a 2s battery. Something around a 7x5 prop will probably do the trick, but what kv motor would be best? I have a tiny AX1818N that seems about right on a static rig. This is 2500kv, so 18,500 RPM, nominally.


What would happen in I used, say, 4800kv? That would produce around 35,500 RPM. Are props safe at that speed?

Edited By jonryan on 24/05/2017 14:21:18

Edited By jonryan on 24/05/2017 14:29:38

Thread: Horizon Hobbies
15/05/2017 08:57:55

Email:, or Thomas Bundt, Technischer Service:

...and they'll advise you. In my experience, although stuff now has to go to Germany, the same outstanding Spektrum service continues.

Right, I'd better stand to one side now - I'm sure the usual Spektrum Bashers will be charging in to have their usual froth devil

Edited By jonryan on 15/05/2017 09:08:47

Thread: Looking for aero modeller
14/05/2017 18:43:00

Perhaps if you were to expand on just what you have in mind?

Thread: Spektrum repairs
07/05/2017 09:56:27

HH still offering the same outstanding service on repairs as ever. An RX I damaged was repaired, free, no questions, a couple of weeks a go. Do other providers do this?


Edited By jonryan on 07/05/2017 09:56:59

Thread: Horizon Hobbies
04/05/2017 13:47:21

I needed a new antenna for an RX. I contacted the British number for HH,and it was explained that now this would have to be sent to the German address, which was provided. A couple of days after sending it, I got an email saying they would fix it, and send it back, which they quickly did.

There was no charge, even though the damage to the antenna was my fault.

This sort of outstanding service is something that needs to be both encouraged and supported. I will have no hesitation in using HH again.

02/04/2017 13:28:55

The pound has dropped around 20% against other currencies since June 23rd. So prices on imported goods have risen by that amount.

If you voted brexit, it's your own fault.

Thread: Kit valuation
31/03/2017 18:21:05

This one has pre-cut components, each individually numbered, and comes with what looks like typewritten instructions that have been photocopied (along with a two piece plan). The box is quite plane, not fancily illustrated. The instructions have an address: D B Model, 3 East St, Irchester. Not been right through it, but the wood seems to be in excellent nick. The pre-cut glazing sections are wrapped in a sheet of brown paper!

31/03/2017 16:59:12

I've had a trawl through ebay looking at current and completed listings, as well as a couple of US sites. No-one seem to have sold either as unstarted kit. Oddly, it seems the unstarted versions are often worth more than completed.

No rhyme or reason, really. Looks as if it's Ebay, or stick 'em in the workshop for next winter.

31/03/2017 13:59:45

Anyone know of a database? I have a couple of oldies - Mini-Phase, and DB Piper Cub, both new, unstarted, in (very old looking!) boxes. I could just put them on Ebay, but it'd be good to know what sort of ballpark figure to expect.

Thread: Futaba M4
31/03/2017 13:51:04

Interesting! Thanks for the info. Seems that the FD18M may have been used for retracts as well.

31/03/2017 12:57:18

2 x FD17M, 1 FD18M. They are bigger than the 4 FD16Ms, so I assume more powerful.

31/03/2017 11:37:02

futabe vintage 3-17-img_0407[1].jpgThis came with a bunch of other stuff. Can anyone throw a little light on what I've got? I thought these were 27mhZ, but it comes with a Micron rx ( 6 ch) & Micron aerial marked 35mhZ. A Type Approval notice on the back of the TX is marked 'Micron UK 1981'.

Of value to a collector, or should I just put in on a shelf and look at it?

Thread: Male Deans connectors?
29/03/2017 11:39:24

Yeah, switching is possible, but all that soldering! And then I'd have a whole lot of Deans sitting around being useless. I've just written to them in the States. If they can supply some males, would people be interested in some sort of a bulk buy?

29/03/2017 11:22:17

Fakes are not a good idea! I've had a hunt around the usual places. Servo City over the pond have them, but $0.59 each + post is way over the top. Surely there must be other people here who are in the same situation?

29/03/2017 11:12:30

Anyone got a good source for these? Most places seem to think everyone uses them in pairs. Because I switch batteries between models, I use far more male than female.

Thread: steam powered model plane ?
29/03/2017 11:02:27

Old news...

A steam powered aircraft was patented in 1842!


Edited By jonryan on 29/03/2017 11:04:02

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