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Member postings for stu knowles

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Thread: Field mower question
14/02/2019 21:14:40

The current mower is beyond economic repair, due to a hydraulic pump which needs replacing, we were informed.

A new pump is around £500 and is fitted in an hour by anyone with a set of spanners. Most commercial mowers can be repaired ad infinitum

Thread: Spitfire light
13/02/2019 08:17:57

Looking really good

Thread: Flycatcher
10/02/2019 16:01:22

It will be fine. Your first model will have rough edges but the main thing to do is finish it and fly it. Seeing your own creation fly is unbeatable.

The next one will always be better. I'm still saying and proving it to be true that after nearly 50 years.

Thread: How can I reverse a plan to build two wing halves
08/02/2019 21:04:00

Having once built from a plan which had both wings drawn - but which were slightly different sizes, I would advise always building the second wing from the reverse of the drawing used for the first wing.

Thread: Daily Mail on-line article on model flying in the 50s
08/02/2019 07:33:37

I'm pretty sure that the SMAE is still alive and kicking and that it simply changed its trading name to BMFA. Slightly less of a mouthful

Thread: Hurricane - 303 Movie Due For Imminent Release
05/02/2019 21:05:53

The story is far better told in 'Dark Blue World' I thought that this film has little to commend it. The flying scenes are dire.

It has made me want to dig out the dvd of DBW and watch that again but that's about the best thing to be said.

Thread: PFM / Pat French Models
24/01/2019 08:36:49

No! PFM did a nice large Zlin and the monoplane DH71 (I think) Tiger Moth racer. Even if you are not able to re kit them at least put all the information onto paper and publish it as a plan. There are still people cutting foam wings so only the templates and a layout drawing needed there.

Wasn't the DH71 around 90 " span? I always thought it a nice looking model.  You can put me down for a kit.

Edited By stu knowles on 24/01/2019 08:38:33

Thread: New Drone/Aerodrome Regulations - Is your club at risk?
24/01/2019 08:29:37

Rather ironic that after all the who-ha on forums about quads being the end of aeromodelling as we know it one of the first convictions is for a fixed wing aeroplane that is unlikely to stray more than a hundred yards from its pilot.

Thread: Dancing Wings Hobby "Fiesler Storch Kit"
24/01/2019 08:25:54

It might be an illusion but the rear fus and tailplane/fin look a bit heavy to me.

Depends what they have been cut from but if the usual poplar ply I think a bit over engineered?

Sincerely hope that it turns out right. - at worst you can always sub with balsa

Thread: Super Scale Avro Anson
23/01/2019 18:23:08

I (and I'm sure many others) would be very interested to learn more about how you solved the retract problems. A Whitley is on my bucket list which has a similar folding retract method of operation.

Lovely model by the way, Congratulations on the build

Thread: Design & Build Sport Twin
18/01/2019 13:43:16

I have flown quite few twins and I too think that for your engines 60" is a bit small. This is based on a DB Expo 80 with 2 x OS 25FP. It has just enough but no power to spare especially with the floats fitted. With wheels it will fly quite happily on just one engine. I look forward to seeing how you develop your own design whatever parameters you choose.

Thread: DSM Smart Move or similar Pattern ship - circa 80s/90s
06/01/2019 08:51:57

I've got a DSM Shapir (sp) in my loft. Very little flown, it needs to paint washing off and refinishing. The paint I used started to soften after a couple of flights and I was so brassed off that all the hard work putting it on was wasted it was quickly retired and has never emerged again. Originally flown with an ST90 and Spring Airs. In the DN9 area.

Thread: Keeping Warm In Winter Weather
04/01/2019 18:32:54

I struggle to fly in gloves, strangely even fingerless gloves don't feel right. However I have found that latex gloves work really well at keeping my fingers warm and I can still fly while wearing them.

Thread: Spitfire light
04/01/2019 13:11:14

Following with interest

Thread: A bit of nostalgia
03/01/2019 13:16:49

Nice..... and stood the test of time

Thread: Fairey Swordfish
01/01/2019 09:01:27

Hello Jim, Please check your personal messages. Regards SK

Thread: Gatwick drone incident
20/12/2018 16:24:31

All this doesn't ring true to me. Closing a major airport ALL DAY. I'm struggling to believe that a drone operator can avoid detection all through the daylight hours. I could believe it during darkness but when they are already on alert and something appears several times and is not traced back to source????

Methinks we are not being told the full story

Thread: G/daughter Xmas Pressy Buggy: Sub 50?
13/12/2018 18:52:35

Sincere thanks to all who have responded. Having looked at each, I have gone with the Ripmax Rock Racer suggested by John in the second post. Hopefully the Ripmax name still counts for something these days, It looks to be fully Propo with a steering wheel handset and the price is right.

John, Thank you for pointing it out, I hadn't seen it until you posted in this thread.

I have just tracked one down at CPC Farnells in Preston and yes I have first looked at all the models shops, hoping to push the trade their way but didn't find the Monster Truck version anywhere else. Thanks to all who responded, (saved my life!)

stu k

13/12/2018 14:55:18

Apologies for this being completely off topic for this forum but I can't think of a better place to ask so I'm going to throw it up here. My Granddaughter is just 6 years old and I want to get her a first R/C toy.

In view of her age I think that an rc car is the best bet, indoor/outdoors, a buggy with wheels that can be used on grass and most of all Proportional Steering and Speed Control. I've been looking a what toy shops I can find in York today and not liked the look of anything I've seen, mainly because of the naff, push button control units and cheap looking plastics.

Has anyone been on this path before me and found anything decent? Suggestions much appreciated.

Many thanks,

stu k

Thread: William Layton
05/12/2018 08:34:59

With all due respect to the OP, this form of scam has been around for so long, I find it surprising that people are even momentarily taken in by it

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