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Thread: Forum members' new models: Let's see them.
03/08/2018 09:54:08
Posted by Ikura on 03/08/2018 09:47:35:

Hi Pete,
I recognise that Alpina, although the last time I saw it, it was in a box smiley

It does look lovely and congratulations on the maiden.

Haha! It's been a while getting finished due to no fault of the kit, it's fabulous!

I'll call you to catch up later wink

03/08/2018 09:18:59

Took my Alpina out for its maiden yesterday evening.

Alpina 4001Once the shaky launch was out of the way (trolley not tall enough, so a hand launch in zero wind was in order) and a touch of trimming done, she did what Alpinas do best - cover vast amounts of sky seeking out pockets of lift.

I'm amazed at how little lift can be used to full advantage with minimal effort!


Alpina 4001 Carbon Thermik

Span: 4m (156"

AUW: 5.0kg

Kontronik Kira 500-30 geared 6.7;1 w/18 x 11 Carbon Cam prop. KST/Savox servos, Frsky gear w/GPS, vario, voltage on telemetry. Turnigy Graphene 4000mAh 4s pack

All-in-all, I'm mightily please so far! cool

Thread: Thinking of changing my car
31/07/2018 14:12:54

Volvo V50 2.0D Ideal family chariot/model transporter and eats up the miles nicely on long trips

Thread: Looping Hercules
20/07/2018 16:26:39

Well I never! smile d


Edited By Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator on 20/07/2018 19:40:07

Thread: PSS Models FOR SALE or WANTED
12/07/2018 12:15:19

Whoops...I forgot the price crook ... £100 and you arrange the courier or whatever

12/07/2018 11:59:58

Here's one that I acquired that I doubt will get finished (not really my cuppa) It's a Savex all-composite moulded Bf110 for electric power, but will make a fabulous PSS model.

Example photo below:


Specs from Savex are:

Scale: 1:11.3
Weight: 800g
Wingspan: 1440mm
Lenght: 1050mm

Link to www

The fitted canopy is cracked, but a painted spare is included, as are the red spinners and various accessories.
A really quick way to get PSSing this summer!

Open to sensible offers

Edited By pete taylor on 12/07/2018 12:00:48

Thread: What percentage of pilots fly Mode 1 in the UK?
05/07/2018 08:53:05
Posted by J D 8 on 05/07/2018 08:45:51:

Hi David, Your friend has already started on mode 2 with you so I think changing mode now would not be a good idea.

With modern radios the instructor can be on one mode with the master TX and the pupil on another mode on the buddy lead slave set. This works well in our club. Cheers John.

I can attest to that.

Many years ago, in the interests of compatibility with other club members (not my current club, I hasten to add; they're a very broad church) I swapped to mode 2.

All was fine until anything requiring a very rapid response happened, at which point my brain either went into mode 1 mode, or paralysed in a state of cognitive dissonance with inevitable results!

Mode 2 was at this point abandoned and I've been flying the right mode ever since wink

05/07/2018 08:43:25
Posted by Peter Miller on 05/07/2018 08:16:12:

We have 16 members. Only one flies mode 1

I taught myself to fly back in about 1974 along with one or two others,

I will change when forward and aft movement of the stick controls the throttle on full size aircraft

Edited By Peter Miller on 05/07/2018 08:19:01

I am that man!

You outed me first Dusty!! smile d

Thread: Forum members' new models: Let's see them.
24/06/2018 18:02:43

Had a sneaky maiden and 2 more flights with my new Flightline Grumman F7F Tigercat yesterday evening.

Fabulous model and oh, so easy to live with! cool



Thread: Motion RC coming to Europe ?
27/05/2018 18:27:00

Now up and running cool

Thread: Spring 2018 is here...been flying?
23/04/2018 10:12:42

I finally got around to blowing off the cobwebs yesterday and nobody else was at the field surprise

In fairness, everyone else had been flying on Saturday and it was a tad breezy, but nevertheless, the Venom handled it with aplomb and I went home smiling.


Thread: glider composites
28/03/2018 13:52:00

I've used both Easy Composites (link in Roo's post) and East Coast Fibreglass, both are excellent companies to deal with and are highly recommended.

Thread: wiring for twin mustang with two batteries
13/03/2018 17:49:09
Posted by john davidson 1 on 13/03/2018 14:15:17:

cracked it! plugged the second esc into channel 5 and slaved it to throttle at -100% works perfect, .this was before i saw Petes reply above, it does make a blind difference but how is another matter

Nice one John, there's always another way of doing things. I'll have to get the grey matter working as to why this should be though. Did you check there wasn't a short anywhere in the y lead?

You've now also got the facility to have differential throttle mixed with the rudders!

13/03/2018 12:57:51

That's all very odd John. dont know

First thing I'd do is to check the y lead for continuity across the servo/esc ends - there shouldn't be any, but that would explain what's going on.

Secondly, my normal practice for multi-engined electric models is much the same as yours appears to be, ie independent systems with a common link at the receiver (albeit using a separate NiMh rx pack) which I've found to be problem free apart from the 2 dodgy y leads. I have done a couple using shared flight packs and these were without issues too.

The one other suggestion I can offer is to try putting each esc into its own rx channel - shouldn't make a blind bit of difference though!

13/03/2018 11:49:27

Hi John,

have you tried disconnecting the red wire from both esc's (no need to cut, just remove the little gold connector from the plug housing) and powering them up with a separate receiver battery?

That will rule out any peculiar bec issues and is my preferred method with any model capable of carrying a rx pack.

If both esc's are working when plugged in individually and with a separate battery, then try another y lead. I used to assume that there was nothing to go wrong with extension leads, but in the past year have had 2 issues that were resolved by replacing leads, so that's another thing not to assume!

Let us know how you get on.

Thread: Canberra by Andy Blackburn PSS
13/03/2018 10:32:46
Posted by Peter Garsden on 11/03/2018 21:19:11:

The carbon connector rod was loose in the wing tube so Andy suggested I apply to coats of epoxy to create a larger circumference.and make it tighter in the tube.

I mixed some microballoons with some epoxy and applied two coats. It is still not very tight but better.


I've always used a layer of masking tape to solve this one.

If a single wrap of tape is too much, then try using it on half of the joiner rod.

Works for me!

Thread: New Graphene Lipo Battery ?
06/03/2018 12:03:20

I've been using Turnigy Graphene packs since they arrived on the market with lots of claims and can only sing their praises.

The ones I have are mostly 4000mAh + and 4 or 6 cell packs, but they get used mainly for EDF models with the associated beasting they receive in that application and I've had absolutely nothing to complain about. No puffing, sagging voltage or any other malaise.

One feature they do have in common with other high performance Lipos with a very flat discharge curve is very little warning when they're about to expire. Not a problem, you just need to remember to set your flight timer, or have a reasonable glide!

Thread: Video footage of Hawker Hurricanes around the world
26/02/2018 09:47:51

Taking to the air after 77 years..

After being shot down by 2 Bf 109's at Dunkirk P2902 was painstakingly restored by Hawker Restorations at their Suffolk facility. This video is taken using a mobile phone (hence the poor quality) and is of the post-restoration maiden flight on 19th of June 2017 from Elmsett Airfield, Suffolk.

Edited By pete taylor on 26/02/2018 09:49:24

Thread: Charging Setup for 4S 5000 size
20/02/2018 15:48:30

Hi Nigel,

While you certainly could get by with doubling up on your existing charger, having charged quite a lot of 4000 - 5000 packs from 4 to 6 cells, I'd be inclined to ramp up the charger capacity to make things easier.

I've been using one of these for the last 6 months with great results - ISDT D2 200W 24A AC Dual Channel Charger . It's a very straightforward and capable charger with plenty of facilities.

Cheers, Pete

Thread: Durafly Vampire V2?
18/02/2018 15:08:06

"The biggest battery you can get in is a 2000 4s, dispite what HK says, indeed it says on the box it goes on a 2000 battery."

I fly mine with a 4000mAh 4S all the time (I have squeezed a 3300 6S pack in with a different motor/fan) The model flies much better for the extra weight and still glides forever!

"And the take off run is a bit vague until rudder authority kicks in"

The standard model doesn't have a rudder, just nosewheel steering, but it does benefit from a smoother surface.

The best way to fly the Vampire is as a hand-launch model... KISS principle wink

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