Here is a list of all the postings stu knowles has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Advent Prize Draw 2018|
|Thread: New field needed urgently!!!|
Land rents vary but I would say £80 to £150 per acre depending on the quality of the land. If you are looking to rent a field from a farmer you should be prepared to pay a commercial rate.
|Thread: Club Website?|
A lot depends what you want from the site but for simple, easy and free, a Facebook Group page takes some beating.
|Thread: English Electric Lightning|
I too flew the original pusher powered version, I flew and looked good but was too small and fast for me. I always thought that a 'Times Two' version from the same plan would be very nice
|Thread: Out of trim|
It is a fantastic competition that deserves to be supported much more widely - within education at all levels and by modellers. If you ever get the chance to get involved, jump at it! I enjoyed every minute
When the BMFA University Challenge event was held at Elvington, for a few years I was fortunate enough to be the STIG (stand in guy) pilot for a number of teams who turned up without a pilot. Most of the pilots, even the Team Pilots were presented with a variety of outlandish designed models, frequently very badly built and put together, structurally and aerodynamically unsound and of course for the most part...…. previously unflown.
In a Club environment the owner would be guided back to the car and advised to think again before any attempt was made to commit aviation but for these people it is fly now or their whole effort is wasted so everything gets its chance on the day. No test flights are allowed on the weekend of the event so the TX is handed over and the first flight is also the competition flight. Either max laps in the time, relaying tennis balls around the course or best of all, loaded up with up to 2kg of dead weight!
If you managed to get the thing in the air, the flight was completed with the sticks at all angles, There was no knowledgeable helper to put trims in for you. Frequently wings folded or moderately essential bits fell off or ceased to work but overall it was amazing to see just what could be persuaded to fly. By the time the second and third flights came around and having flown several other abominations in the meantime, you had forgotten the characteristics of that particular turkey so it was Groundhog Day yet again.
Win, loose or plummet it was a privilege to fly for these people and really 'character building ' for the pilot - and great fun.
My own test flights have never been a worry since
|Thread: Flair DR1 tail plane wood size|
If it's not too late, double up on the hinge spar especially the centre half of the length. The elevators can be prone to flutter but even with general handling and wear the hinge spar will fracture just outboard of the fus sides.
I would also incorporate a rigid brace on the underside and possibly a wire trace brace over the top
|Thread: Engine advice|
My choice would be Zenoah 38/45/62
|Thread: Today at Ashbourne|
I seem to think that its at Old Warden - I'm not aware that it flies though
|Thread: Depth Perception.|
it probably differs person to person, but for me, when on final approach breaking the 'fixation' on the model by two or three glances at the intended touchdown point and then back to the model gives me a much better indication of the line of approach and the depth / distances involved.
rarely need to do this at my regular site but when guesting at an unfamiliar site it usually avoids embarrassment.
|Thread: Seagull Funky Cub assemble.|
Hi John. Seagull Models have both a web site and facebook page. It might be worth posing a question there about the flap hinges??
|Thread: Anyone remember Multiliffe Kits from the 70's|
In the interests of historical completeness, here, from the March 76 copy of our favourite mag is the Cutlass ad (and the infamous strap line)
Does no-one know who produced and sold these kits then?
I have one of the Cutlass models in the garage loft, picked up for buttons at a club auction. It is complete and detailed, equipped with servo driven retracts. There is no indication that an engine has ever been installed. The finish has suffered somewhat with age but if time ever makes itself available, I have often thought that it would convert to lekky power nicely.
At the time it arrived I had no idea what the parentage was and much later stumbled across an old mag with an ad for the model complete with bikini clad adornment as described above. The mag is now stored with the model but neither have seen the light of day for several years. I wouldn't have recognised the Multilife name although I was modelling at the time. I doubt that many models escaped the 'factory' at the time.
|Thread: Government Consultation on Drone Flying in the UK.|
The section on Police Powers has the ability to cause mod flyers much grief even if that was not the intention of the legislation at the outset.
Question 50: Do you agree that the police require powers to instruct a remote pilot to land a drone if a constable believes that: It will protect persons from harm, harassment, alarm or distress; It will protect persons occupying any premises from nuisance; It is causing an annoyance relating to the occupation of a premise; It will protect public order; It will protect property from damage; It would assist in exercising the functions of a police constable. Why?
The BMFA suggested response says 'Yes' to this proposal. How many model fliers and club have received noise complaints in the past? Presently this would be directed to Environmental Health who would make assessments of the noise by careful measurements and so on.
New Police powers, more than likely awarded not just to Police but the raft of quasi police council people who enforce everything nowadays from parking to litter dropping. This shifts the response to noise nuisance from what we have now to a new regime where presumably with 'reasonable suspicion' flyers can be ordered to stop flying to prevent nuisance. Nuisance is not defined. If one person says that they are annoyed is that a nuisance? No full investigation is needed. Stop now, Here's fixed penalty, If you disagree, go to Court. The model flyer is on the back foot instantly.
There are a number of words in the whole consultation document which need to be defined in order to prevent unintended consequences. It struck me as a consultation exercise that allows the DfT to say that they have consulted widely but can then do anything that they want.
Am I being too negative?
|Thread: Thinking of changing my car|
Edited By stu knowles on 31/07/2018 21:45:47
|Thread: Sound Test Certificate.|
Well, that should kill a few trees
|Thread: New Drone Laws from 30/5/2018|
The organsations that represent our interests, BMFA, LMA, FPVUK have been told that there will be an exemption for all their members from any imposed height limit beyond what exists under current law.
How is that not clear? Some of the contributions to this thread are absolute drivel.
|Thread: losing revs slowly at idle|
You need to squeeze the fuel line just before it enters the carb and hold it until the engine stops. My guess is that eventually you will see a significant increase in rpm before it dies, indicative of a rich setting on the idle jet. A modest increase in rpm and then dies soon after is the goal, just on the rich side of spot on.
Unless you are using some form of fuel tube that I have never heard of, it is not strong enough to stop a squeeze with the fingers cutting off the fuel flow. You just haven't held it and waited long enough.
|Thread: New Drone Laws from 30/5/2018|
I want to say something...……………. but I won't
Edited By stu knowles on 09/07/2018 20:36:41
|Thread: Flying only scale competition|
Maybe it's an age thing Geoff, I'm haven't quite reached your numbers yet but for most of my modelling life the thought of a flying comp held not the slightest interest. In recent years I have come to fly little else but scale types and have found the thought of pitting my skills against others in a comp quite attractive.
I haven't done anything about it yet but I do find myself flying the B schedule manoeuvres in most flights and trying to be quite critical about how they are performed. As you say, I have no idea if they are any good but I enjoy trying.
Good luck with your first event and do let us know how you get on. I'm going to find the Scale Schedule docs now.
Edited By stu knowles on 26/06/2018 12:05:40
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