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Thread: Use of SBUS/PPM converters in a wing.
07/05/2020 14:07:17

Thanks for the info Chris, I will go study that thread.

This potential problem is some thing that has completely passed me by.

07/05/2020 11:14:56

Chris, Ref the bit about the FrSky sbus unit, that's the first that I have heard that digi servos are needed. Is there a link to somewhere that I can read up about this?

I have just finished a model which uses a single unit in the wing to drive 2 x flap servos and a L/light switch. They are not digital servos so I'd like to know what the score is now rather than after picking up the pieces.



Thread: Solarlac Thinners
05/05/2020 13:00:49

I have always used cellulose thinner. I found that it needed to be quite thin or you get a weird 'candy floss' effect when spraying

Best bought by the 5 litre tin at around £12

Thread: Approaching a farmer to ask for a flying field
04/05/2020 11:27:09

For a club base:-

Depending on the land, an annual rent of £120 to £150 an acre would be a going rate for agricultural purposes. Three of four acres would make a good patch.

Overflying the surrounding fields is usually catered for by bottle of a good malt each year

Next big problem, how are you going to cut it??

As an individual, its unlikely that anything that you could reasonably pay will be worth his while so you need to find a friend who will put up with you.

Thread: 1/9th Halifax U/C
29/04/2020 09:47:40

Proper works of art!

I wouldn't worry about the weight. It's a large model so wil be able to carry some and nothing will hasten its damage more than an unreliable undercarriage.

I'm looking forward to watching it develop.

Thread: Warning X8R RX - do not use with CDI on IC powered 'planes
21/04/2020 22:21:58

5G causes corona virus, the earth is flat and X8R rx's are unsafe. I believe everything I read on t'internet

Thread: Tim Hooper's Cygnet
15/04/2020 22:32:18

Really nice building skill on show here. Thanks for posting, I loom forward to seeing it develop

stu k

Thread: Flair Puppeteer
25/02/2020 19:46:39

I have owned three Puppeteers over time. All have been powered by 2 stroke motors, the last a way overpropped OS 50max which was about 30 years old.

The engine was mounted by the backplate bolts which kept it snug to the firewall. It started with a small amount of lead in the cowl but this fell out at some point and it flew just as well with the c.g well behind the plan point.

I would say build as per plan except make it quick to rig as you build. Do it as plan and it takes ages to assemble and strip. If you have the right car it might go in in one piece.

I had a Pug 405 estate which took the fully assembled Pup' When it was changed to a 407SW the Pup never saw the field until the car was sold again. I made sure the next car would take it in one piece.

It was my favourite model for a long time and spent a fair amount of time with the Flair vintage floats flying off water and snow

Thread: Web Cam?
09/02/2020 15:11:17

Many people have cctv attached to their houses and care not one jot about GDPR. Its private property.

Thread: Hobbyking site development.
25/01/2020 09:00:55

Hi PatMc. In the light of your post I just done the same and got the same result. However I am sure that the only option offered on the first occasion was the more expensive alternative at £22 . Had the £5 option been there I would have taken it. Baffling

24/01/2020 22:24:25

I did recently want to order 2 x LiFe RX batteries. Batts £22, Postage £22! Tried for the same from the Euro HK, postage less than three quid.

Not good for the health of the UK Deport, in fact, just plain stupid

Thread: 1/3 Fly Baby
20/01/2020 13:09:26

Lovely model and LOVELY colour scheme.

On your prop choice

I have always taken a 19x10 prop as the starting point for a z38. If you have an excess of power I would go up in diameter to 20x10. On a boddo 1/3 Neiuport I used a 22x10 very successfully and it kept the noise and rpm down.

I wish many happy landings yes

Thread: CAA registration take-up?
16/01/2020 14:03:02

I'm a bit of a loss why we (in the community of model flyers) give one jot about how the CAA have marketed or promoted their scheme.??

I will go along with it but I have no interest in making sure that anyone else does. It is useless legislation and the sooner it is seen to have failed and be withdrawn the better

Thread: South Yorkshire Model Supplies
11/01/2020 17:38:57

They were produced by Dave Milner who ran a model shop in Bentley near Doncaster. After he moved on from the shop, kit production continued for a while but I believe that he moved into making internal moulded panel doors. That was all many years ago.

Thread: 2k aerosol laquers
09/01/2020 13:44:11

I can't claim to have used 2K laquer but the late Steve Dunning did and maintained that it was proof against most glow fuels. I have just filed the info away for future used but at the moment I use very little glow fuel.

Thread: CAA Registration Impact on STEM Activities
08/01/2020 18:56:40

Some time ago when the BMFA University , Schools Challenge was held at Elvington I was privileged enough to be a stand in pilot for some of the teams.

Some of the 'machines' constructed and entered by UK Universities were enough to make you wonder if the designer / builders had ever seen an aeroplane! Fair play to them all for trying but year on year, the silverware often made its way to Germany.

Then the Chinese arrived. Beautifully designed and constructed, Innovative, had clearly studied every aspect of the competition and had worked out the best way of gaining points in every element from initial design and best use of tech, to wringing every advantage out of the Pit Crews to save seconds and improve their score. To say that they wiped the floor with everyone would not be unkind.

The point of mentioning this is that if these results are extrapolated into the future, UK students and Future Engineers might rely on the odd Genius, The Germans take engineering education seriously but the Chinese are lining up to take over the world.

Over simplifying the situation - possibly, - but I don't think so

Thread: QFI May 2009
30/12/2019 10:23:13

Chris G usually does a comprehensive build booklet to go along with his plans. His e-mail is not hard to find

Thread: Hobbyking
23/12/2019 23:00:11

I find that the HK site will load into MS Edge but if I search, I get the endless 'going around while I think about it thing'

If I switch to Google Chrome as a browser, the site works fine...…. except they don't have much stock

Thread: Bespoke water slide decals
12/12/2019 19:30:46

My experience has been that decal paper is good for small stuff and, as stated above, they will fall off unless sealed with some form of clear 'varnish'. If the model is much over 1/72nd scale, I think that you will struggle to replicate the Dragon using a decal.

However, if you draw out he basic shape on paper, cut out the silhouette and paint it all white. the detail is all black and can be done with Humbrol or even a felt tip marker. It will come a lot better than you might think.

Thread: Forum members' new models: Let's see them.
29/11/2019 22:39:17

Always had a soft spot for a Speedy Bee, it just floats my boat more than the usual fun fly. Yours look very nice indeed

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