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Thread: fav model of all time
17/08/2018 11:11:01

Charles. I remember the Piviere well. My mate Bob in the RAF Brize Norton Club had one in the early 70s and we flew from the White Horse at Uffington. It was amazingly versatile and fast for a 3 channel thermal soarer. Met its end after the battery fell out while halfway through a roll. The glitch from this caused a massive bunt that bent the wing joiner so it was now an inverted free flight gull wing that flew absolutely stable, straight towards us, accelerating until it hit the hillside about 4 metres from us. It took us 20 minutes to dig the radio out of the ground! Happy days.

Thread: Power Safe for any receiver
17/08/2018 10:29:30

Love it Chris. I'm running a standard 4 channel hack model with a small petrol engine ignition from a single LiFe with a homemade voltage reducer (with smoothing) and I've always thought the standard connectors are outdated. I use 0.35 mm sq conductors and this is a pig to crimp into the standard plugs/sockets.

Edited By Philflyer on 17/08/2018 10:32:38

Thread: Masking
12/07/2018 13:48:03

maestro complete 2.jpgI used Don's method for my multi coloured Maestro, but spraying the edge with the colour to be oversprayed only works when you are covering one base coat. I had at least a couple if I remember correctly. In desperation I tried brushing the tape edges with the Poly-C I had used for the fibreglass covering. It worked. Being transparent when dry the bleed did not show when the tape was pulled off. It was not Scale Nats standard but ok for me. Incidentally I found the video in this link could be useful.

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Edited By Philflyer on 12/07/2018 13:58:32

Edited By Philflyer on 12/07/2018 14:03:18

Thread: Lest We Forget
06/07/2018 11:01:27

My dad was a 19 year old Marine in Africa, Sicily and Italy, 2nd World War. As with most soldiers he hardly ever spoke of it, but in the 60s we got a tv and watched the films on Sunday afternoon. He would often comment on the ridiculous Hollywood and Pinewood portrayals in war films. He hated Montgomery with a passion. The few things he did mention were Monte Casino "You could never imagine it", camel spiders in the desert that would get into the tent at night and eat the extremities of mens' ears and noses while they were asleep and strangely one of the experiences that seemed to affect him most was seeing a young British soldier kill himself by jumping from the top floor of a 5 storey building where they were billeted in Rome. He had only 3 photos from his 3 years service, one of himself and 3 mates in the desert, one of his radio truck called 'Kellys eye' with a bullet hole in the windscreen smack in front of the drivers seat and one of a beautiful Italian girl with "To Tom from Ernestina xx" on the back. My mum never liked that!

Edited By Philflyer on 06/07/2018 11:07:51

Thread: Strange device on PT19
06/07/2018 10:25:38

Thanks everyone. Cuban 8 - what did you google to get the truth? I tried all sorts of questions and got nothing.

Manish, I'm still giggling!

Edited By Philflyer on 06/07/2018 10:27:34

06/07/2018 09:41:03

Bob, the periscope is a sensible idea, but it looks very substantial for something like that. It could be a roll bar.

Edited By Philflyer on 06/07/2018 09:43:25

06/07/2018 09:28:30

pt19.jpgCan anyone tell me what that unusual looking construction is on top of the fuselage of the Fairchild PT19, directly in front of the instructors windshield? When I first saw it in pictures I thought it might be an anchor for wing bracing wires as early monoplanes sometimes have. After finding better pictures I could see there are no wire braces at all on this aircraft. Anyone know?

Edited By Philflyer on 06/07/2018 09:37:09

Thread: Great day at Crook Peak
05/07/2018 16:20:14

That stirred up memories! I was there '74 or '75 as a lad entering my first proper slope competition with the Brize Norton r/c boys. Flew my Monterrey alongside legends - Chris Foss, Stan Yeo, Sean Bannister and a few other heroes in a cross country event. Sean's brand new Algebra beat the socks off everyone. I came last. Still remember it every time I drive past on the M5 to see my grandkids in Devon. Nostalgia, it ain't what it used to be!

Edited By Philflyer on 05/07/2018 16:23:06

Edited By Philflyer on 05/07/2018 16:26:18

Thread: Pics from your free RCME plan build
05/07/2018 15:46:29

Yes Bob, it has an Emax 2220/10, 930 kv, a 9x5 Graupner E-prop and pulls 13.5 A with a 2s lipo. On a 1 minute run its a dot in the sky, I tried a 3s initially and that's stupid, near vertical climbs. The whole thing weighs 900 gms. That tiny rudder steers it perfectly. Great for bringing the heart rate down in the summer after you've scared yourself to death with a petrol powered hooligan session.

05/07/2018 10:43:15

Only just found this thread, but 6 years ago I bought a Traplet library copy of the RCM&E free plan Mamselle 52 (June 2003) after seeing an example flown by a club member. I only had aerobatic designs until then but was wowed by the curves in this beautiful Vic Smeed design and decided I had to have one. Our club has a tarmac runway only and, in the interests of safety, a model must be steerable and taxi to and from the pilot area, so the Mamselle has a steerable tailwheel built into the sub-fin. My original, in the pictures, had a small brushless inrunner heli motor and an old Olympus belt reduction gear. This proved so noisy and inefficient it was replaced with a small E-Max outrunner. The 2s 1800 mAh LiPo keeps it up for at least 40 minutes while looking for thermals. It looks even better in the air and can even handle gusty 10 to 14 mph winds, landing like an autogyro with 1/4 throttle.

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Thread: Electric Flight Experts! Your Assistance Is Sought Again!
03/07/2018 11:03:01

My Boomerang 2 has an NGH 9cc petrol engine, weighs 3.1 Kg and does everything a 'hack' flyer should providing you manage its energy when doing aeros! Very forgiving when landing in windy conditions. I very much doubt if your set up will weigh more than mine so should not be a problem.

Edited By Philflyer on 03/07/2018 11:04:36

Thread: Toe-in or toe-out?
02/02/2018 08:38:10

NormB. Many thanks for the link. 3 years ago I built a Mamselle 52 from the RCM&E free plan (June 2003) and, although a beautiful design (see my album), it is a beast on take-off and landing. Ground loops more often than not. I should mention that our club has a tarmac runway only and, in the interests of safety, a model must be steerable and taxi to and from the pilot area, so the Mamselle has a steerable tailwheel built into the sub-fin. Despite this benefit the ground loop is so rapid the steering is ineffective once the power comes on full. Toe out looks like the answer.

Edited By Philflyer on 02/02/2018 08:40:02

Thread: Magnets
16/01/2018 10:33:35

Stop it. My sides are aching!

AND i'm supposed to be working.

Edited By Philflyer on 16/01/2018 10:35:03

Thread: Forum members' new models: Let's see them.
15/01/2018 09:09:35

I really like the old Aerospatiale helicopters so when I saw this scale Lama in Air-Zermatt colours for under £60 including tranny I couldn't resist it. Old tech - brushed motor and fixed pitch but good 3 axis gyros. I deal for scale flying indoors and I have flown it outdoors in a 6 mph wind. A good next step from a co-axial.lama wltoys.jpg

Edited By Philflyer on 15/01/2018 09:10:38

Thread: Repairing Fibreglass Mouldings
08/12/2017 11:12:23

Bert. Yes a balloon is good for putting pressure on a structure to hold it while setting - but inflated with a little water instead of air. Gravity does the pressure bit so it must be positioned well for it to work. I used it to repair a twinstar foam fuz with lightweight filler. Got the idea from something similar I did in the Falklands after the war to repair a (real) Phantoms wing . Used big rubbish bags taped together, laid over the top of the fibreglass repairs and covered with 10 cms of oil absorbing compound (like sand but bigger grains). It lasted until the fleet was scrapped many years later.

Thread: Scam
29/11/2017 15:14:39

For the last few weeks I have had daily scams trying to get details of my accounts in eBay, PayPal and Google accounts. What a surprise to find that Uber has had a major loss of customers data without owning up!!

Thread: Did you start with ARTF and move to building from kits or vice versa?
12/10/2017 15:32:19

I dont fit any of the voting options. Started with kits then a couple of veneered foam wing kits (almost ARTF) then mostly plans with a couple of modern ARTFs along the way. I bet there are a lot of others like me too. Can we have an option that just says "Started with kits then on to everything else"?

Thread: Autumn here...who's been flying ?
10/10/2017 15:53:21

keiths jet 3.jpgkeiths jet 2.jpgSouth Wales Radio Control Society. Sunday morning. 8 October. Keiths new jet.keiths jet 1.jpg


Brown trousers first flight! Right leg stuck up! Incredible flying by the chief test pilot Jeremy (or was it luck!) as it touched the runway. Leg popped down, lifted the wing and it locked. Phew!!

Edited By Philflyer on 10/10/2017 16:00:40

Thread: Heads Up
29/09/2017 12:53:56

Thanks for that BEB. Well worth mentioning.

Thread: Building board
12/09/2017 09:40:43

I have a 2 metre B&Q value worktop covered with wood fibre underlay (search on underlay for laminate floors). Takes pins easily, very flat and will last longer than me. Any cheap mdf will do for the base and the 5mm fibre board is £9.99 for 7 sq metres from Screwfix.

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