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Thread: Seagull Funky Cub assemble.
08/09/2018 23:01:54

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
01/09/2018 13:37:16

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?

31/08/2018 22:25:45

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.
29/08/2018 09:30:01

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
31/07/2018 21:44:49

img_2562.jpgI love my Ford Smax, no doubt the Galaxy is the same. A posh van really, with all the attributes of a nice car and a shedload of space. Here packed with a 120" twin Me110 and a 1/4 scale DR1

Edited By stu knowles on 31/07/2018 21:45:47

Thread: Sound Test Certificate.
22/07/2018 22:05:40

Well, that should kill a few trees

Thread: New Drone Laws from 30/5/2018
20/07/2018 09:05:34

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
17/07/2018 21:54:44

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
09/07/2018 20:36:21

I want to say something...……………. but I won't

Carry on.

Edited By stu knowles on 09/07/2018 20:36:41

Thread: Flying only scale competition
26/06/2018 12:03:34

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

Thread: Can't get S8R to stabilise or auto-level
23/06/2018 09:09:42

I do understand where you are coming from Alan, I was quite intimidated at the thought of updating the firmware on my new TX but OTX is continually being developed and improved and regular updating of the TX sort of goes with OTX territory. I've done mine twice now and it hasn't caused any issues or problems. Once you have used the LUA method of managing the S series receivers you will find that it beats the other methods hands down.

22/06/2018 17:37:50

I spent quite a time trying to get the S8R to work satisfactorily. The later firmware with the default 'quickmode' is much better than the earlier version with the knife edge / hover mode.

The stabilised function seems to work well although the weather has to be quite bumpy before I notice much difference. The autolevel mode I find a very mixed bag. It might level... or it might nose right up or it might nose down. It seems to work at low power setting and with the gain turned right down - 10% on aileron and elevator. With the motor at higher power settings it could do anything and is a long way from a 'get out of trouble' mode

I too found the LUA script via the TX the only way to master this RX. The Bluetooth / phone app just doesn't work and the STK gadget no so intuitive as using the TX/LUA.

As I understand it, Recalibrating is essential after every change of setting

Thread: Bracing wires needed please
16/06/2018 10:17:26

I have seen one model where the builder had sown a small button in between the wires to separate them, presumably to prevent or minimise RF interference. Where the wires are not in direct contact, maybe a short length or dowel, attached with sowing thread and then dabbed with cyno?

Thread: New Drone Laws from 30/5/2018
16/06/2018 10:04:46

Speaking for I, I never for one moment doubted that a practical and workable solution to these issues would be found by the BMFA / LMA and others from the modelling associations who work on our behalf. Its not over yet but I remain completely confident that all matters will be resolved.

I've looked in on this thread several times and noted the comments of the Doubting Thomas' Largely the same people grinding the same worn out axes

Thread: Where do you stand when taking off?
08/06/2018 15:05:21

In scale comps, Aren't they standing on the short length of light fishing line tied to the tailwheel? something about the model must begin the take off run from stationary. I'm sure that a well known and very experienced scale modeller told me this.

Not that anyone would cheat in this way for real.

Thread: Honda Field.
14/05/2018 10:18:00

Tricky one, there should be more that a land owner / occupier can do. Clamping on Private Land no longer allowed although it is lawful to lock the gate or barrier and agree a fee to reopen same.

How did it get in? Intentional damage to the lock is Criminal Damage and a Police matter. (I bet the car owner will say that the gate was open so he/she popped in for a look around) I think that I might have pulled it out of the way into a corner of the field and then taken the wheels off. Leave the driver a note to contact you to arrange their return for an agreed sum equal to the damage to lock / grass surface and your reasonable efforts to remove the obstruction so that field activities could resume.

There would be a strong possibility that you would be left with the car so don't go over the top and there's always scrap value it the driver doesn't take it away.

I know that 30-40 years ago, Barnsley Council (probably others) would have the Police prosecute drivers caught on their parks and playing fields for causing criminal damage to the grass surface. I'm not sure that you would get the same response from the Police today.

Thread: Mowing
14/05/2018 09:58:09

I have one, 42". the sweeper wheels drive the rotating brush. It can only be used at slow speed, much the same as cutting speed. For your purpose it wouldn't do any harm but I'm not sure that it would be a cure for what you are trying to do either. Its the bugbear of all rotary mowers

Thread: Fuel tank setup
12/05/2018 21:46:46

The one way valve is the only thing that you don't need.

Better with a clip to apply after the flight to stop fuel running back into the exhaust during transport.(IMHO)

Thread: Dead Lipo remedy?
12/05/2018 12:04:38

Referring back to an earlier thread, if the battery has a CE marker, it will be fine.

Thread: Old paint not drying.
29/04/2018 17:13:46

Spectrum is an enamel, thinned with turps and glacially slow drying. Solarlac thins with cellulose thinner and drys very quickly although takes a week or twonto gain fuel resistance.

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