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Thread: Green Air Designs
15/03/2014 23:13:39
No names just yet, I'll give them another couple of days to pick up on this. That way I can't be accused of not playing fair!
15/03/2014 23:09:03
I've got all of the papertrail, but I really don't need the hassle at the moment. As I said, it rattles me to take that view.
15/03/2014 22:37:46
I agree Tony, totally out of order, but it's really not worth the aggro. Much as it pains me to take that view.
15/03/2014 22:24:32
It didn't cross my mind for a moment...handshakes, fellow modellers etc.
Silly me eh???
15/03/2014 22:01:52

For once I’m struggling to think of a suitable word or phrase to sum up my dealings with a UK based model manufacturing company (the very title “company” might grace the outfit concerned with more credence that it deserves!)

Some time ago I agreed with this lot to exchange a sizeable quantity of raw material for the promise of a kit that they produced using said material. This cleared my shed nicely, obtained the object of my desire and got the aforesaid lot out of a bit of a crisis without anyone spending any money so far. Pints all round! wink

I was even prepared to deliver the stuff FOC which entailed a total of around 220 miles all in.

Can anyone see where this is heading yet?

Raw material delivered (about £400 worth no less) Raw material used up. Any sign of my bit of the bargain?.... No chance! Phone call, emails etc all produced plausible excuses and the right sort of noises and promises, yet some 9 months later still no sign of a kit in my direction. crying

Sooo....email the mobsters again....no reply in over a week. Popped a waspish message onto their web forum only to have it removed within the hour! No problem methinks, obviously rattled someone’s bars with that – expect a response fairly soon. That was 2 weeks ago and still not a squeak! The company is still there, still trading, still taking orders and producing new models no less. angry

I’m sure there’s a word for this kind of behaviour and I’m extremely keen that fellow modellers don’t get duped the way that I’ve been. No names or pack drill here, but a PM may reveal all.

Any ideas folks?

Thread: HK Goods not arrived!
04/03/2014 20:30:05
Posted by Paul Marsh on 04/03/2014 19:48:34:

I have only ever used them once, and that was messed up and never properly resolved. It was not very pleasent, them calling me stupid, due to not me understanding their stupid ordering system.

So, I used them once, and that's a 100% failure rate.

I'm quite astonished that any retailer would stoop to personal insults!

Was this the UK warehouse? Did you complain??

28/02/2014 20:16:54
For what It's worth, I've had a couple of items ordered from Hong Kong (HK and another supplier) held up by HMRC then been charged for the privilege of having to go to the post office to pick them up!
Getting a bit keen are HM govt!
Thread: Depron 74" w/s Twin EDF "E.E. Canberra B2"
13/02/2014 16:14:01

Superb project..I'm following! yes

One of my favourite aircraft and on my to-do list in Depron having waited over 18 months for a no-show semi kitted one, even though I placed a firm order 8 months ago!

Just got to finish the Vulcan and Spitfire blush

Edited By pete taylor on 13/02/2014 16:30:02

Thread: Red Arrows Hawk
03/02/2014 18:23:45

Looks like a winner to me.

One thing worth thinking about would be to allow for the use of different fans if needed. I've got both 90mm CS12 and Mercury alloy units, both sound and work great, but they have quite different dimensions when it comes to mounting them and it would be a pity not to allow for that in your proposed kit.

Out of interest, what fan have you got in the prototype...it sounds fabulous in the video!

Pete yes

Thread: Selecting an ESC
01/02/2014 13:26:19

+1 for the Hobbywing Pentium/Fentium/Flyfun ( they had to change the first letter of the name because a certain micro processor manufacturer objected) Also known by the name Turnigy Plush range of ESC's - All the same gizmo's and the programming cards for these are interchangable.

I've used 20 - 100 Amp versions of these extensively without a hitch and avoid the very cheap ESC's; after all, we're probably talking about a reasonable investment in time and money involved in the airframe for the sake of saving a tenner or so!

Just my 2d wink

Thread: Folding Prop Hang Downs
23/01/2014 21:55:38
Go with the rubber band, works every time.
It goes over the spinner to slip between the nose bulkhead and the spinner backplate, pulling the blades flat againt the fuselage.

Pete
Thread: Quiet EDF ?
14/01/2014 20:51:17
The key to quiet edf operation is to balance the fan! The difference this males is staggering, both in noise and efficiency.
I haven't got a link to hand, but if you Google edf dynamic balance, there's a host of information out there.
Trust me on this one...it works and goes a long way to attaining the "magic whoosh" so becoming of a jet!
Thread: WOT4 balsa electric conversion
24/12/2013 12:06:46

Hi Pete

I've done this conversion and can thoroughly recommend this motor with 4 cell packs of around 4000-4500 mAh and a 13-14 x 6 prop. This gives around 900 Watts which is more than enough power for a full sized Wot 4, with most flying being done on around half throttle and plenty of duration.

I opened up the bottom of the cowling on mine and cut two crescent moon openings in the front of the cowl cheeks, made a decent sized opening in the firewall to allow cooling air inside then exit via another hole aft of the undercarriage mounting.

Good luck!

Pete

Thread: Algebra 100 CoG?
17/12/2013 11:08:41
Posted by Sodbuster on 17/12/2013 10:28:00:

I can give chapter and verse on the Algebra saga.

Algebra 8 has a glassfibre fuselage; I made the mould and all Sean Bannister's fuselages. I have his original drawing beside me now. The wing section was Eppler 193.

The fuselage manufacture was later handed over to John Hall in Somerset, and he produced the glass fuselages for the various versions of the Algebra 100 series. The fuselages were supplied to Dick Edmonds who manufactured conventional kits which included the fuselage moulding.

As far as I'm aware the EMP Algebras all used a quite different glass fuselage from the original T tail variant. I've got both of them and I'm not aware of any others apart from the ply versions used in both the early Bannister and EMP Algebras respectively. I'd be fascinated to know more though!

Thread: Depron Vulcan for EDF
15/12/2013 16:12:27

Hi all, just a quick post to get the thread going and update a couple of folks on progress to date.

Posted by Electriflier on 10/12/2013 21:33:29:

In fact, I'm noticing that there are other depron builds that have gone very quiet too........you know who you are

Thanks to Electriflier I've got a superb set of drawings to work from and with his advice and that from Depron Daz, I've got a large pile of cut parts ready to commence building as soon as I get some 1mm ply to use for the edf thrust tubes that will be structural in my version.

HOWEVER! as often is the case I've been temporarily distracted from the Vulcan as I'm putting together the prototype of an edf TSR 2 for 70mm fans for Greenair Designs and I must say that I'm quite excited by this minor deviation!wink Shouldn't take too long.

Pictures of both to follow very soon.

Pete

Thread: Police Helicopter Crash
04/12/2013 11:11:07
Posted by John F on 04/12/2013 10:45:08:

Not every aircraft crash results in fuel leaks and not every one results in a fireball. lets be thankful that those circumstances never arose otherwise the very sad news would have been an awful tragedy with a lot more killed.

The firefighters know their stuff and would have been briefed or even be aircraft experienced firefighters so that the safe recovery would be possible. There would not be a single second of aircraft recovery or examination undertaken without adequate precautions being undertaken.

Edited By John F on 04/12/2013 10:45:31

As a full-time firefighter of 25 years, I can confidently second that.

There's no way that anyone would be going anywhere near the incident while there was the slightest suggestion of un-contained fuel or any other hazardous substance without adequate control measures being in place.

An incident involving an aircraft of any description would automatically include the attendance of specialist appliances (although most first-line pumping appliances have a foam capability anyway) and teams equipped to deal with the situation, in this case it looked as though the Strathclyde Urban Search & Rescue team were there working alongside everyone else. Having said that, the majority of aviation and railway incidents are part of the rolling training programme for all fire services and well within the capabilities of all personnel who might reasonably be expected to encounter such events. Any incident involving entrapment of any sort can, by it's very nature become protracted (you could liken it to playing "Kerplunk" or pick-up-sticks, but with higher stakes!) and all of those involved in this incident deserve the very highest praise for their professionalism, not forgetting those who have suffered such a tragic loss.

Thread: Ebay sellers...
04/12/2013 10:07:26
Posted by Peter Miller on 03/12/2013 08:51:32:

Tired of life?

Quicker than castor oil and probably quicker than cyanide.

Absolutely agree!...However, if the gentle readers out there will allow me to digress from the subject slightly, here's a surer way to oblivion... Possibly a project for HK Dynajet collectors. surprise

Thread: Bird of Time Kit build
03/12/2013 09:25:34

Hi Bill,

there's plenty of room in the fuselage for servos etc. Mine is 'Leccy powered with room for the motor, gearbox, esc and a 2200 3 cell LiPo with room to spare, although the servos are in the fin on mine for super-short control runs.

My fuselage pod is really just a sawn-off standard BoT fuselage, but if I was to build another (watch this space) I'd use one of these from Kristoffair. There's a bit more inspiration here

Ray Hayes of Skybench offers some sage advice for adding carbon spars and the pros and cons of doing so, along with a whole host of useful stuff.

As for laser cutting in the UK, there are lots of folks about doing this now; SLEC, Belair designs, GAD and Float-fly to name just four. Any of them would be only too happy to quote for a set of ribs and the dxf files are available for the BoT from Yahoo groups here. Having said that, if you got your rib set from Mountain Models then I think these are the same.

One point to ponder over, if you look at the newer Drela sections used on many modern gliders and compare them with the TLAR section used by Dave Thornburg on the BoT, you'll notice a remarkable similarity! Might go some way to explaining why the BoT still works so well for a 35 yr old design wink

Do keep us all posted

Thread: Durafly Retro Series Junior - a quick fix
30/11/2013 12:06:08

Hi Bernie, I've checked the HK site and it says £86 for the PNP one.

Cheers, Pete

Thread: Bird of Time Kit build
30/11/2013 12:03:26

Hi Bill,

for what it's worth I'd go along with Barrie's suggestion as the wood in the kit isn't always the best.

Unless you're keen to build her strictly as originally designed, the BoT does benefit from having the fuselage stretched a little which is easily incorporated into a plan built version, or you can go the whole hog (as I did) and replace the fuselage with a Bubble Dancer style pod and boom - very light and leaves the option of a longer nose and a bolt-on wing if required.

Happy pondering, Pete

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