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Russ P10/01/2010 11:13:40
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How about an article on soldering, there is a vast range of irons and solder to choose from, so which is best for aero modelling and how are the best results achieved.
 
Also how about hand launching, which models are best suited for small IC engines, relevant in these weather conditions.  
IanN23/02/2010 15:19:44
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Probably not for everyone but how about something on creating plans in cad?
 
I've dabbled with a couple of free packages and there's a lot to learn before you can even begin to comprehend how to use them. I'm not complaining at that - you have to be prepared to put time in, in order to get something out.
 
A starter guide that covers the basics from a modeller's point of view would be useful. My worklist would go something like
 
- importing a scale outline
- getting rid of all the unwanted details
- how then to input lines and shapes of constructional details
- how to scale up for printing
Erfolg23/02/2010 18:25:07
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There are two projects that are running at present. Blackburn Bucaneer and a Ju 87 build.
 
Both have very convincing cockpits.
 
I have seen many articles on how to produce the instrument panel.
 
What I have not seen, is the total concept of side paneling, seats and floor boards. Also it does appear that there are at least two approaches. The Bucaneer seems to be removable, where as the Ju is insitu.
 
It may seem simple, but not to me.
 
It does appear that:
 
a) some planning must be taking place, which could be the beging,
b)  the materialssuitable for use
c) the how to do
d) how to finish
e) comments on weigt expectations, sourcing information, materials sources
 
I think the limitations of previous articles has been that the process is just the back end of  a project, thus a very truncated sequence. As a suggestio, an article could easily and usefully be over some months/issues.
 
Erfolg
kiwi g18/03/2010 08:48:32
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Its probably been done, but how about a article on setting up linkages ,pushrods , control horns.  .the different types of links, connections clips involved.
I say this because I quite often see control horns placed wrong on the surfaces and of course it creates movement problems and binding 
I have a common problem with setting up single to split pushrods for elevators,often ending up with different movement on both sides of the elevator.
hinging of surfaces is quite often incorrect and out of line.and the fitting there of. so hinges may be included in the article.
Not highly technical but a common series of problems.
cheers kiwi g
ken anderson.18/03/2010 09:03:46
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we had a lad turn up at our club site and rejoin after a 15 year break...i was trying to explain some of the changes that had taken place in that time...he was amazed how cheap radio equip had become - but was puzzled when i tried to explain how 2.4 worked-no peg's etc......as there will be loads of brand new squadron member's around the UK getting rolled out for the first time by new squadron leader's... a possible mag article would be a look at the' present day operation of a radio model aircraft'....
 
   wing commander anderson  ne 1... standing down at present...
Barrie Dav 219/03/2010 08:07:15
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Explaining engine/motor thrust-lines and how to calculate them etc?
Wingman19/03/2010 10:51:26
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How about an article entitled "Stalls and how to avoid them" as a stall seems to be the most common way to destroy an aircraft. Explanations with diagrams on why your plane can fall out of the sky when you turn from base leg into finals, or suddenly bank into the ground et. etc.  might go a long way to helping fledglings improve their flying skills. 
David Ashby - Moderator19/03/2010 11:10:10
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We had the Stall School article in Aug 09 Wing'. 
Thanks guys, keep 'em coming....  
Pete Stevens19/03/2010 11:19:17
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Master class on soldering, I'm rubbish at it!!!!!!!
A.A. Barry19/03/2010 11:30:21
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 David, I think you know my answer on what should be included into this years special......w.w.
but apart from that, there is a lot of very dedicated scale modelers, in UK, who build amazing  models, an insight into how they achieve such achievements, in a step by step set of pics, would encourage the younger brigard to give it a go, and us oldies as well...............worth a go as it is a special
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A.A. Barry19/03/2010 11:38:13
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David with all the great ideas coming in, perhaps 2010 special " Vol 1 and Vol 2" may have to be considered....... and incorporate a 2 part plan??????????   (w.w.)
A.A.Barry
P.s can i pre order 2 copies of each please????

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Wingman19/03/2010 11:39:14
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Phil Brooks19/03/2010 11:58:16
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How about a piece on flight simulators, what's good and not so good about the more popular ones.  Some insight into how to  input your own design parameters would be nice.
David Ashby - Moderator10/09/2010 13:52:45
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I thought I'd bump this thread up as while we've covered some of the suggestions recently, we always welcome new ideas........
Erfolg10/09/2010 13:59:22
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David
 
Is anything jumping out at you?
A.A. Barry10/09/2010 14:09:22
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PAINTING MODELS????????????????
A.A. Barry
Erfolg10/09/2010 14:22:32
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As a thought, how about addressing on a separate thread "what readers dislike".
 
Typically (not meant as actual examples).
 
1) ARTF reviews, or more precisely, a stylised approach.
2) Competition reports, although I recognise these have been reduced dramatically, to the NATs etc.
 
I suspect that there is not much now, on reflection
 
 
Nev10/09/2010 14:55:47
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Any plans to publish Lindsay Todd’s Grumman Goose plan. I have knife poised ready to cut balsa when it is. I did think it would have been a good subject for the special, just for a change.

Phil 910/09/2010 15:30:08
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this is not a tutorial idea but what about a spot light on clubs.
 
each week an arical on local a club. the members the flying site ect.  models in the club
 
a chance for the average joe to get his face in rcme
 

Edited By Phil B on 10/09/2010 15:32:37

David perry 110/09/2010 15:47:47
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Posted by Phil B on 10/09/2010 15:30:08:
this is not a tutorial idea but what about a spot light on clubs.
 
each week an arical on local a club. the members the flying site ect.  models in the club
 
a chance for the average joe to get his face in rcme
 

Edited By Phil B on 10/09/2010 15:32:37

 But is it of wider interest?  The models might be, but "Joe"?

 
I'd quite like to see what else people make (as we are R C MODELS &E, and not planes).  My sone this summer built an airboat trimaran from coke bottles. Goes like stink, even on concrete!!
 

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