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Member postings for Martyn K

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Thread: Ancestry. com.
16/08/2018 09:01:52

I have used Ancestry for about 10 years and its pretty good. There are several companies - findmypast, thegenealogist etc that offer similar services. We use FTM with Ancestry to help build the tree. For the past 4 years I have also subscribed to thegenealogist diamond service - apart from census records which all the companies provide, they have more unusual records - like tithe records which are great to finding out where people really lived.

One tip though, have a look at the parish records that are on line - each company has different records. Once you get back before about 1820, you will be delving into parish records - this usually means a trip to records offices if records are not available online

I have traced my wife's family back to 1710 but hit a brick wall - even though I am pretty sure that I know who the person was and where and when he was born and who his parents and gp were.

Found a couple of interesting stories that have made it worthwhile but I have also generated a real interest in social and military history,

It can get expensive. To be sure who your ancestor is, you need a birth, marriage and death certificate (c £10 each from the GRO - don't buy through the genealogy companies - they are expensive) - don't rely on Census records, they are only a snapshot in time and help fill in the gaps in the story you will build.


Thread: Martyn's Dalotel
09/08/2018 16:23:25

A bit more progress

The airframe has been sprayed with KlassKote clear (2 thin coats). Seems to have gone on OK..

So mainly been working on the cockpit and the cowl installation


Engine loosely fitted and this much protrudes. I can learn to live with that


However, I do have a problem with the silencer. I think I will need a right angle knuckle join then short extension and I'll make my own silencer which will be heat insulated but screwed to the firewall and the exhaust venting from the centre. That will have to wait for a couple of weeks though as holidays are getting in the way


From the front it looks like this. There are two dummy oil coolers. The original only had one on the LHS but I have added a second to fill an empty gap. The coolers are made from 1/32 balsa with 1/16 balsa spacers with the radiator bars angled very slightly. Quite fiddly. Painted Satin black then a little silver dry brushed in to give a bit of a highlight or two.

The cockpit instrument panels have also been progressing


The panels are cut from black art paper, the instrument faces are from the RCM&E download - reduced in size slightly and printed onto photo paper. Knobs and fuse holders are cut from the inner of push rods and mainly painted black. The key is a washer with a litho key glued into place.


The gap is intentional. No instrument was fitted at that point.

The instrument bezels were cut from thin single core instrument wire, wound as a spring and then circles cut off. Epoxied into place. Glass is 0.5mm PETG

The 24 channel crystal controlled transceiver dartboard was a fiddle. I used mu Silhouette to cut the shape, tacked it down and then carefully removed the unwanted bit. The triangles are about 2mm long.. Took 3 attempts.


It should look like this


Mine now looks like this. Not too unhappy with that. It is a learning exercise after all

I need a pilot


Sadly, Ken is just too big even with 90% of his torso removed


Seats and retaining straps fitted


and the front windscreen with a litho border. I hadn't spotted that it kinked slightly.

So - still to do. Find a pilot and dress and fit him/her. Stuff like seat belts and some cables that I missed need to be added and sort out the silencer.

And I am away on holiday now for 3 weeks. Back in September

More to come but there will be an intermission


Thread: Are there any kits for “Classic” F3a style flying
07/08/2018 07:26:38

Hi Stuart

What do you mean by 'kit'? Do you mean a traditional Built up model using wing ribs or foam cores or something ready assembled that just needs fitting out?

UKCAA classic era is pre 1996. There are many plans available for models from this period, but unless you can hunt down an MK kit then there isnt very much,

There is the PB Models (now Cloud I think) Bullet and Tornado and there are some cottage industry manufacturers in the USA who offer a number of classic kits as well:

SPA Link

I have often wondered whether there would be any benefit to the UKCAA CADing up a few popular designs - like the Loaded Dice and other UK designers models and providing short kits, in much the same way that I have done for the smaller Kwik Flis and the Mystic. These could then be ordered on demand with about a 4 week lead time.

Need to keep away from the Prettner range though as Hanno's model flying estate - including the rights to commercialisation - is currently up for sale.


Thread: Solarfilm
03/08/2018 10:09:14
Posted by bert baker on 29/07/2018 17:36:43:

I plan on giving the Diatex 1000 a go with the dope thats coloured.

Need to be careful. Coloured dope is usually non shrinking.

I discovered that when I built me first free flight glider (a KK Conquest) in 1970


Thread: Air Retracts and how to store in a raised position
02/08/2018 16:09:13

This is what I do. Simply unscrew slightly, rotate and tighten up.

Works a treat and quite unobtrusive



Thread: P.P.I. Yes it's Boring But.......
01/08/2018 11:42:29
Posted by Bob Cotsford on 01/08/2018 10:11:28:

Martyn, when I did it it was simply a blitz of all past bank accounts and credit cards. Surprisingly it turned out that I'd overpaid on a personal loan years ago, with interest Natwest repaid nigh on the sum of the loan!

Thanks Bob

I have only made one claim for mis-sold PPI which was very successful, I got back about 3.5k however, I was aware that I had genuinely been mis-sold as the bank - Halifax - simply added this AFTER I declined it. I have never knowingly bought PPI but I also have kept almost no records of old Credit Cards and personal loans. Once gone, I simply erase the history in a shredder

01/08/2018 07:44:24

Hi Percy

Did you actually know what you were claiming or were the claims just speculative?

i.e. I had a card from bank x in 1999 and there fore I will claim anyway.


Thread: Thinking of changing my car
31/07/2018 17:02:18

I have a 3 yo Ford Modeo Supershed Titanium estate. Can't fault it except for the electronic hand brake which is so easy not to engage when you stop - even when you think you have activated it.

Tons of load space.

What used to be the modellers car was the Swedish Supershed (aka Volvo V70 Estate) which apparently go for silly money second hand.

The downer on these big estates is they are a butter to park and navigate around the narrow lanes in multi storey car parks


Thread: rubber winder
30/07/2018 12:08:31

How big the motor?

SAMS models have a range of lightweight winders suitable for indoor. For outdoor, I use a hand drill with the chuck removed and the shaft drilled to take a piano wire hook


Thread: UKCAA @ Retford - Rescheduled - now 5 August
27/07/2018 13:56:31

Hi all

Please note this event has been postponed until the 5th August due to a poor weather forecast

Apologies for the short notice


26/07/2018 17:13:29

Barry M is bringing along a Rapture 50

Thread: New Drone Laws from 30/5/2018
26/07/2018 12:25:27

It aint over until the fat lady sings


25/07/2018 13:45:44

With all respect, but to those complaining that this exemption only applied to members of the 4 organisations listed, but what else would you expect? Making it open to everyone would simply remove the requirement for any legislation at all.

Personally, I think its a great result and I am thoroughly delighted.

Regarding Gordon's point I think the new 'within 1km of an airfield' rule now takes precedence over the old 'operating within ATC/ATZ' rules previously published. If so, it makes it far clearer and easier to comply with - except for aircraft > 7kg which are restricted to 400ft ATL regardless. I expect that a process to gain individual exemptions - i.e. ring ATC - may follow in due course.


Thread: UKCAA @ Retford - Rescheduled - now 5 August
24/07/2018 10:47:35

The next UKCAA Fly-i will take place on Sunday 29th July. This is a special day as it is the Steve Dunning Tribute Day. Steve was a UKCAA founder and a dedicated Retford MFC member.

RMFC invite all members to our event at Leverton. All flyers are requested to sign in and show their BMFA insurance on arrival. A pit area will be designated for this event so equipment can be unloaded before parking.

There will be free tea and coffee on tap all day with the club barbecue being lit about 1230 but please bring your own food to cook.

Event organiser Chris Anderson - 07966764803

During the day RMFC are privileged that Sue & Matt Dunning are sending Steve on his last flight by scattering his ashes on a field he loved. Sue and Matt will be arriving at lunchtime with the ceremony to be held shortly afterwards.

As a fitting tribute you are asked to bring any aircraft from Elation Models for a static & flying display.

All pre-event registered flyers will be welcomed with a bacon cob but you can, if you wish, simply turn up on the day and fly.


Edited By Martyn K on 24/07/2018 10:48:26

Thread: RAF's Finest Biplane? Hawker Fury MkI
24/07/2018 09:14:41

Hi Ernie

Paid using F&F. PM'd you my address

Best wishes


Edited By Martyn K on 24/07/2018 09:15:03

Thread: MF's Hawker Fury Mk1
24/07/2018 08:52:59


Thread: STOL Mk2
24/07/2018 07:49:24

Hi John

This is mine. Still got it although I don't fly it very often. Its a great build and different model to fly. Not so easy as it looks



Thread: RAF's Finest Biplane? Hawker Fury MkI
23/07/2018 13:27:45

Sorry - duplicate post

Edited By Martyn K on 23/07/2018 13:41:19

23/07/2018 13:27:42

Does it have an Ali back plate Martin? It looks like you need to cut the slots for the prop as well. That will be fun

Thread: Mark's TN Hawk Build
23/07/2018 13:26:06

Hi Mark

How is this progressing?


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