Here is a list of all the postings Andy48 has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Do you like to fly?|
I once (many years ago now) had a flight on a jumbo with only 20 passengers on. I was invited to stay in the cockpit for the full flight, sitting in the second engineer's seat. That was really something.
Commercial flights today - all depends on the airline. Delta - never again. Our local airport is great. Just 20 minutes from arriving at the airport to sitting in the departure lounge. Sadly I can see it closing anytime soon.
Edited By Martin Phillips on 16/12/2012 21:28:33
|Thread: January 2013 Issue feedback|
With reference to the comments on a better balance between electric and IC. I do take your point to some extent, and you have to allow for editorial changes. Having said that, apart from being able to take a gallon of fuel down and fly all day (or at least until the receiver battery needs charging) I do feel the balance has shifted these days towards electric.
I know at my own club, and this was highlighted by another poster, most instructors prefer IC, almost certainly because that is what they learned on. It is also true when you look at the trainers available, most are still for IC. There is nothing to stop anyone learning on an electric and later switching to IC, just as there is nothing to stop someone on IC switching to electric.
What should I have said in favour of IC that wasn't said?
Edited By Martin Phillips on 16/12/2012 21:22:15
Electric flight is quiet, but it is not silent by any means, you can quite easily hear the motor and gauge the speed.
In writing an article of this nature, choices have to be made, you either keep it very general and include everything so that it becomes vague and non-specific, or you target it around one plane and one system in which case you can give specific advice. It is the latter I found quite difficult to research when I first started flying with much conflicting evidence, hence the motive to write these articles.
|Thread: What RTF trainer plane would you recommend for a newbie.|
I have just started a series of articles, starting January's RCME (out now) on learning to fly. Might be worth a read before finalising your Christmas present wish list. I think you need to decide whether electric or IC before buying a model.
|Thread: Workshop insulation and set-up|
I'm so pleased you added the last sentence. I was just about to rush out with the vac and the duster!
|Thread: My Jitterbug flies superbly|
|Having had another play today, I have realised that with moving F1 forward, the battery fits easily between F1 and F2. You do not need to make F2 thinner.|
I'm in the process of building mine, just being doing the fuz this week, and I made a ply F2 former and had to widen it a bit to fit the same Overlander battery. It was already thinner than the one on the plans, so each side was reduced to 8mm. I have moved the motor mount forward so I do not need the spacer mount. I was thinking of putting the esc under the battery tray, and perhaps leaving a portion of the rear fuz base open near the tail to get an airflow right through the frame.
I have managed to make the tail section detachable, using the same system Seagull use on their trainers - 2 bolts accessed from underneath. This should make covering easier, and rebuilding (almost a certainty!!!) somewhat easier.
Next job is the front hatch, I am trying to simplify this a bit, and reduce weight.
Edited By Freeatlast on 26/11/2011 18:20:18
|Thread: Transferring Plans Onto Balsa|
|Thread: My Jitterbug flies superbly|
Thanks for that. I am going to use the profile, but overlap the 3/32 sheeting onto the leading edge profile, and sand down the edge to the LE profile.
I've checked the dihedral braces. I think you are right here. I measured the angle on the plan and it is 3.1 degrees. This will give a dihedral of 1.7inches if my maths is right. The angle needs to be 3.6 degrees to give a 2 degree dihedral. (Those digital angle measuring tools are brilliant!)
I also notice the spacing of the wing ribs is anything but even. It varies from 72 to 75mm. You would think this would be easy to draw up. I cut a whole load of balsa webs all to the same size, and then had to trim them individually. Hey ho.
During the last few years of work, it felt like jail!
Will do the profile as you suggest. More or less a beginner, have just passed my BMFA "A", though reasonably comfortable with the building.
At the moment just making the wing template and have discovered the leading edge profile I bought is 3mm undersize. Aaaaaargh!
Edited By Freeatlast on 29/07/2011 15:23:23
I am just starting to build mine, I may be some time!
I too have chosen to build the electric version and also am going to use the Emax 2826. I am looking at a couple of changes, a fixed undercarriage instead of the wing bands, possibly using wing bolts instead of bands, and lowering the top of the rear fus as it looks a bit out of proportion.
I know about the wing dimension problem, are there any other problems you found when building it?
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