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Member postings for Ben B

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Thread: Fire Extinguishers?
15/02/2019 09:14:47
Ideally any extinguisher will be in a stand which keeps it off the floor. I saw photos once of what happened to someone's garage roof when a water extinguisher sat on a damp concrete floor rusted through. Shot in the air like a rocket!!! Luckily no-one standing next to it at the time...
Thread: PVA and Balsa sawdust.
24/01/2019 22:32:07
Cyano and sodium bicarb makes a rock hard filler. Strong but a pain to sand. Very exothermic reaction also.
Thread: Famous model flyers
10/01/2019 22:48:30
Okay not quite so famous- Vernon Kaye used to fly at wormwood scrubs. Paul Daniels flew r/c. Harry Enfield bought a glow heli from the model shop in Camden Town but took it back later!
Thread: Keeping Warm In Winter Weather
05/01/2019 12:29:43
I just layer up. For the hands I got an insulated tx mitt from banggood for about a tenner. I made a 20 watt pwm lipo powered heater to go in it but haven't used it yet.
Thread: What is a reasonable time to wait for contact after a purchase?
01/01/2019 13:45:26

It's a bit strange! The final bid was 2/3rds of buying on direct from a shop so I can't imagine the seller was that upset at the final price (IE that the reason they didn't reply is because they changed their mind). Wierd though- I certainly would have expected a response.

Thread: SC52 2stroke issue.
01/01/2019 11:34:59

Great news (other than the hard landing!!!). I personally quite like the quirky silencer position- looks like a WW1 machine gun :D

Thread: Flashing LEDs
30/12/2018 21:48:02

sorry- should have said- I was imagining the LED flasher relay being used- probably in a decased direct soldered situation....

30/12/2018 21:47:03

What frequency do automotive indicators flash at? You can get LED versions of those that will flash at any wattage any ones that will do 6v which I suspect is close enough to 5.5 to work....

Thread: Alternatives to this Turnigy motor please
30/12/2018 11:27:38
This appears to be the same motor

If you search 2213 1050kv you should find a few similar also.
Thread: Long range photography
27/12/2018 12:27:28
I would up the hysteria and say it's attacking the sun!!!!
Thread: Gatwick drone incident
27/12/2018 11:24:17
In completely unrelated news a majority share in Gatwick was today sold to a French company. Do you think anyone ringing in a drone sighting had a foreign dialling tone Not anti-French btw. But the timing is interesting. Everyone is saying it was environmentalists but they would surely "claim" it. Groups like Greenpeace try to do as big a soectacular as possible. Blackmail or financial shenanigans makes more sense to me........
Thread: Small DLG flying on Hampstead Heath?
23/12/2018 20:01:41

I fly relatively regularly on the Heath (light electric stuff only, nothing bigger than 1M wingspan) and there's another gent that lives next to the Heath who I've seen flying a DLG on a calm summers evening. I looked into the legality of flying / the byelaws etc before I started and couldn't find conclusive evidence. All I know is that the park constabulary have driven past and didn't bat an eyelid (whereas they're quite quick at stopping BBQs etc and people cycling).

So the legal situation I think is unresolved but in practice a DLG is fine.

I tend to fly at the end near the suburb in the field labelled "North Point" on the following map

the field is actually named after a farmer but can't remember it's proper name!!!

Thread: What is a reasonable time to wait for contact after a purchase?
23/12/2018 12:09:07
Agree with Peter. An Ebay dispute does no harm to the vendor if it is resolved and I think its not unreasonable to be concerned. Even if the vendor was away you would imagine they would be online....
Thread: Gatwick drone incident
23/12/2018 08:51:10
24 hour delays will seem like "the good old days" early April this year!!!
21/12/2018 23:20:32
I'm just worried my tiny racing quadcopter will get snagged in the aftermath. There is a big difference between an autonomous drone that will fly for 20+ minutes and a lightweight racing quad that does 2... Doubt I'll keep below 250g with a geofencing add-on!
20/12/2018 12:42:31

Can I volunteer to be the first resident Gatwick drone hunter? I reckon an air-cannon powered fishing net with weights on attached to an FPV quad should do the trick. Presumably they can't just re-tune their airport radar to 2.4Ghz and look for the thing wizzing round on the runway?

Thread: Can a drone fly at 10000ft?
19/12/2018 22:56:30

All flights out of Gatwick tonight cancelled due to a "drone" on the runway. What do you reckon it's a pigeon?

15/12/2018 15:26:17

I buy quite a lot of stuff from banggood. Stuff can arrive quickly if you choose the suitable shipping option, and if you select the tariff insurance they'll pay for any custom duties (though I suspect it doesn't include the courier's handling fees).

My first order (some FPV goggles) never arrived but they sent out a new set without argument which arrived quickly.

Their search engine isn't brilliant though- sometimes I have to exit and then "google banggood" what I'm looking for.

For some of the more esoteric quadcopter stuff you either have to go to Banggood or Gearbest there aren't any UK importers...

Some items it's a false economy as you can buy the same item for the same price from a UK vendor on Ebay. It's tempting to fall into the habit of assuming the Banggood price is the cheapest when it isn't always...

Thread: Another model shop closing
10/12/2018 10:25:50

It's always a shame when a shop closes- I studied up in Nottingham in the early 90s and liked it so much I stayed there a decade after. That being said I always found GeeDee models light on the r/c stuff as previously mentioned. I used to go there for fuel but even then got most of my stuff delivered. Until I got a car I used to cycle the 20 odd miles from Nottingham to the Long Eaton flying site to watch the flying, have a chat etc. Good times.

I don't necessarily see a shop closing a harbinger of doom. One of my other hobbies is brewing craft beers- when I was at uni there were three local homebrew shops- all of them selling old malt, dubious hops and dry yeast. Now I can go online get amazing fresh products, a massive range of yeast- it's a quantum leap from those days gone past.

The move online is just the way things are. Unfortunately in my experience the expert knowledge of shop staff in days gone by dwindled to such an extent it was hardly worth asking for "advice". The ultimate example of this is when I asked someone about stock availability for a product and was told "if you can't see it, it's not there". While that gave a possible solution to the question about Mr Schrodinger's cat, it didn't help me find out if they could get in the thing I required :D

Thread: Hobby King
01/12/2018 15:51:57

ps You can the weather is horrible- everyone's getting grumpy

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