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Shaun Walsh22/05/2020 10:13:36
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Another optimist! **LINK**

Richard Clark 222/05/2020 10:46:06
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Posted by Shaun Walsh on 22/05/2020 10:13:36:

Another optimist! **LINK**

That price is totally nuts!

But you don't see many of them about, mainly because of the fragile ABS fuselage. I've got the near-identical Carrera (well-known for its bicycles and 'sports equipment' in general) Draco, which I bought when new in the 1970s and which I still fly. It has a woven glass/epoxy fuselage which is much more rugged. I think it cost about 60 quid at the time.

Paul Marsh22/05/2020 11:57:10
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Might offer £5 at a Swap meet, but you would have to bend my arm, though..

He's a house clearance person, makes sense, they live in another world, not in this one, even this galaxy. They seem to think old is expensive but opposite is true, unless it is a Louis XVI or Picasso...

Edited By Paul Marsh on 22/05/2020 11:59:18

Rod Parsons 122/05/2020 11:57:53
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Hello

Im finding this thread brilliant entertainment.

I wonder how long some of this stuff stays on sale for? I wonder if they actually con anyone into buying it.

It makes me kind of sad, as many years ago when my Dad first started with RC, he was ruthlessly ripped off with second hand radios and engines ( all of which were faulty). We did persevere and get better kit. Even when an established modeller, I could not get some of our early engine purchases to run.

Keep um coming

Rod

Robin Colbourne22/05/2020 12:34:36
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Posted by Rod Parsons 1 on 22/05/2020 11:57:53:

Hello

Im finding this thread brilliant entertainment.

I wonder how long some of this stuff stays on sale for? I wonder if they actually con anyone into buying it.

It makes me kind of sad, as many years ago when my Dad first started with RC, he was ruthlessly ripped off with second hand radios and engines ( all of which were faulty). We did persevere and get better kit. Even when an established modeller, I could not get some of our early engine purchases to run.

 

Keep um coming

Rod

 

 

Hello Rod,
That's why we are in a much better position these days for finding secondhand equipment. I remember scouring our local newspaper classifieds every week looking for model aircraft engines. I did find a Frog 3.49 diesel once and cycling a 10 mile or so round trip to get it though.

These days with Ebay, Gumtree, Facebook Marketplace, Schpock, BMFA classifieds and this site's own classifieds, we are really spoilt for choice. Even rarities come up relatively frequently, provided you are willing to scour all the vague 'model plane' and rc aircraft' ads to see what they actually have.

Modern radio gear is generally reliable, whereas the early 1970s equipment did need maintenance fairly often. Vibration and crashes took their toll on pre surface-mount components, not to mention the dodgy, castor drenched switches and servos with dirty potentiometers. My first 27MHz Fleet set would blow something inside if you operated it for too long with the aerial down and my model would also usually fall out of the sky if it flew past another 27MHz transmitter.

Secondhand equipment is fine for experienced buyers who know what they are looking at, what the likely cost of spares is and how to fix things; beginners are generally much better off buying new.
Robin

Edited By Robin Colbourne on 22/05/2020 12:36:06

FlyinBrian22/05/2020 18:38:18
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"My first 27MHz Fleet set would blow something inside if you operated it for too long with the aerial down and my model would also usually fall out of the sky if it flew past another 27MHz transmitter."

Ah yes "Flitter Flutter Fleet" Having said that they did become reliable and we had many in my club at the time.

Robin Colbourne22/05/2020 19:16:37
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Posted by FlyinBrian on 22/05/2020 18:38:18:

"My first 27MHz Fleet set would blow something inside if you operated it for too long with the aerial down and my model would also usually fall out of the sky if it flew past another 27MHz transmitter."

Ah yes "Flitter Flutter Fleet" Having said that they did become reliable and we had many in my club at the time.

Yes, FlyinBrian, this was a 2+1 Fleet set made in about about 1972 with four wire servos and a centre-tapped three wire DEAC (Nicad), It had a two axis stick, and a thing like a trim lever for the third channel. I bought it from the Fleet Control Systems shop, secondhand, in about 1977. My Futaba FP-T5LK that I bought new, four years later, was like a breath of fresh air, but three times dearer!

The later Fleet Custom 1 and Custom 2 sets, were, to the best of my knowledge, perfectly ok.

Peter Miller22/05/2020 21:06:44
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I uased Fleet in their 35Mhzdays and never had a problem

Doc Marten26/05/2020 00:18:04
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£30 for a Rusty Irvine , "everything seems Good"......apart from the snapped muffler screw and half the carb missing.

No returns, Chancer.

Richard Clark 226/05/2020 06:11:29
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Posted by Peter Miller on 22/05/2020 21:06:44:

I uased Fleet in their 35Mhzdays and never had a problem

Yes. Derek Olley, who was the designer/founder/owner of Fleet (named after the Hampshire town he lived in and where had a retail model shop) was a regular contributor of radio articles and circuits in Aeromodeller and the early years of RCM&E (which was a 'spin off' from Aeromodeller) right back to the single channel days.

The recently deceased Idris Francis was similar but later. He wrote a series of build articles with circuits for his 'Super Dual Proportional' and founded 'Flight Link Controls' who's first product was a two-channel proportional plus 'positional' throttle (press the up or down button until you got the engine speed you wanted) system based on his articles.

Both Fleet and FLC stuff worked ok, at least among the flyers I flew with. Idris was s regular. He was a useless flyer, even with modern equipment

Paul Marsh26/05/2020 08:42:33
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Posted by Doc Marten on 26/05/2020 00:18:04:

£30 for a Rusty Irvine , "everything seems Good"......apart from the snapped muffler screw and half the carb missing.

No returns, Chancer.

Not even worth the £3.70 postage fee, as that is more than the engine is worth...

Rod Parsons 126/05/2020 09:52:50
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Hello

How do you save a eBay link, once you’ve found these gems?

I saw a pilot and canopy from a plane for £40 an eBay and thought you’d like to see it, but wasn’t sure how to save the link.

Fit only for the bin.

Rod

Peter Miller26/05/2020 10:39:56
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Copy the URL at the top of the Ebay page.

When you go on this thread click on the symbol that looks like a motorcycle helmet and goggles in second row down on that row in  you new postinng box

Put your cursor in the space that appears on your posting and click Control+v

That will put the link in your posting.

Edited By Peter Miller on 26/05/2020 10:41:07

Edited By Peter Miller on 26/05/2020 10:42:50

Gary Manuel26/05/2020 11:10:11
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Posted by Shaun Walsh on 22/05/2020 10:13:36:

Another optimist! **LINK**

Money laundering?

Edited By Gary Manuel on 26/05/2020 11:11:57

Brian Neasham26/05/2020 12:00:01
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Worth the money?**LINK**

Doc Marten26/05/2020 13:56:27
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Posted by Brian Neasham on 26/05/2020 12:00:01:

Worth the money?**LINK**

New, bloody nice, but no.

Used ones are rare but go far cheaper when they crop up.

John Robertson 327/05/2020 00:31:01
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Blast - my £5 offer for the Graupner Cirrus has been rejected! **LINK**

Paul Marsh27/05/2020 09:40:14
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Posted by John Robertson 3 on 27/05/2020 00:31:01:

Blast - my £5 offer for the Graupner Cirrus has been rejected! **LINK**

Why? That's what it's worth, even then I think you were being overly generous...

Peter Miller27/05/2020 09:47:16
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It would seem thatsome of the R/C car fraternity are just as unbalanced when it comes to values

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Paul Marsh27/05/2020 11:08:40
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Used Dynam Spitfire for £500? Nah...!

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