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  1. 10 hours ago, Jeffrey Cottrell 2 said:

    You described your system with a split pushrod with  fuel tubing connection. Neat idea, but what happens if the nosewheel hits a bump and gets off line during take off.  Means landing with the wheel out of line., or have I got this wrong?


    Jeff I use a thin wire pushrod or a Z bend to give some flexibility sure either will distort which makes taxiing a challenge and in the worst case mean a walk for retrieval.


    53 minutes ago, Paul De Tourtoulon said:

    What happens, you either go into the crowd or safety fence,,,




  2. 44 minutes ago, Paul De Tourtoulon said:

    There always has to be one out there who doesn't taxi,,,?


    I can go better Keith, I throw my planes in the air so no tail wheel is needed,,,?

    The Swizzle Stick will taxi, and I am sure Keith does as I do. However, wind will cause the model to weather cock completely defeating my attempts to taxi but that is not the end of my world as I can walk the short distance to place the model for take-off and hopefully the short distance for retrieval, then there are many helpful club mates that will retrieve for me if my landings are not close.


    The Falcon will probably be the same in that it will weather cock, but I guess that it's not a model for strong winds.



  3. 8 hours ago, Keith Billinge said:

    ###########STOP PRESS#########


    The maiden flight of the swizzle stick took place today in somewhat, blustery conditions.

    Took off in mid-rates but very soon switched to low-rates (50% throws).

    The model climbed out easily on 2/3 power with plenty of oomph from the 3536 1250kv motor and 10x5 prop.

    The model had a tendancy to climb and needed a fair bit of down elevator trim to fly straight and level.

    The CG seemed perfect and the big wing really is a joy.

    A few loops and rolls as I felt confident enough to give them a go even on the maiden.


    Then a couple of practice landing approaches and the plane was safe down in one piece.

    An excellent model no other trim was needed.


    I didn't test the stall or try the flaperons yet. The CG seems spot on as per the plan.


    I didn't get any pictures unfortunately; but I will post som up soon.

    Great build and great fun fly.


    Keith B

    I am pleased that all went well on the maiden Keith and yes, an easy build and a joy to fly.


    I also found that the size and being electric make it ideal for keeping made up then throwing on the back seat when going to fly at short notice.



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  4. 51 minutes ago, Tim Eastgate said:

    Thanks for your reply, Chris. As you know, I've followed the instructions (so far as I can tell to the letter) and I've also watched and rewatched the tutorials many, many times - but, alas, no matter how carefully I follow the instructions I keep ending up at the same place. Hey ho, such is life. ?

    Tim, you say the gyro settings are lost when you hit the panic button do you mean the gyro has to be set up again?



  5. 53 minutes ago, Ron Gray said:

    I add images direct to posts (max file size 48.83Mb)


    I read this as the total of the files has to be less than 48.83Mb



    and is no indication of the individual file size of each image once imported.


    All indications are that they will be imported at 1200x800 (0.96Mb) and displayed at 1000x750 and so they will not compare with a 15Mb original.



  6. Once uploaded the file size is reduced to ~1Mb or something like 1200x800 presumably to match the screen size of a PC. I noticed this a long time ago and stopped using the gallery simply because of the low resolution of the stored images. Now I am wondering if something has changed recently as the quality does appear to have reduced or is it simply because we are focusing on a possible issue. ?



  7. 10 hours ago, Matt Carlton said:

    Perhaps I didn't explain very well.

    I understood what you meant and as @Graeme Whitesaid the follow option is there to do what you are suggesting but getting members to use them (like and follow) seems to be the issue. 


    Personally, I do find the like, follow, view counts and other's posts encourage me to keep posting to my build logs. It's all too easy for me to think I am talking to myself and go quiet.



  8. 6 hours ago, Frank Day said:

    I found a number had sizes similar to a couple of automotive set I already own, so tested them,  they hold the pin but wont crimp it. I've ordered one from 4Max as in the link from Earlybird

    Same here and from past experience I learned that the crimp tool required can be very specific to the pin. As George is selling this tool specifically for these pins it is fair to assume they work so having dithered for a while I have also ordered one from 4-Max. Thanks Frank.



  9. 5 minutes ago, Steve Ralph said:


    Not sure who to contact now since owner change.

    I have not received  the April 2022 issue but have the May and June issues.

    It seems that local distribution in Australia has failed again.

    Can whoever now handles these problems please help.

    My Subscription number is 4000824435.

    thank You



    Email help@classicmagazines.co.uk.



  10. 48 minutes ago, Martyn Johnston said:

    You can see a couple of 'spare' fuselage pieces in the plastic container on the bench; I have no ide where they're supposed to go

    They look like P and N




    the description makes me think that they are 1/8 x 1/2 frame on 1/8 sheet to make 1/4 thick formers. 


    Belair could have interpreted this as doubled up identical formers. Only a guess BTW. 



  11. Packed the TE up by 2 mm and removed the down trim which improved the tendency to climb under throttle. I checked the glide angle with no power followed by a landing which resulted in a little bounce. Power landings although good are not easy due to the large effect of one click on the throttle stick has. Now I have a choice either to keep flying as it is and probably get used to it or change the prop for a 10x4. ? then I could pack the TE a bit more, say by 1 mm. I do like experimenting (playing) it's part of the fun to me. 



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