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  4. and here was me hoping to see a build thread of a model based on the 1982 clint eastwood film   Edited By Phil 9 on 24/08/2019 22:22:45
  5. I have been toying with the idea of buying some quality switches such as switchcraft but then you need to solder then up yourself. but it might be a good way to go to get something of a high standard
  6. Posted by Jon Robb on 27/07/2019 13:58:38: I use a Hakko FX888D and have found it to be very good. If you envisage you will be doing quite a lot of soldering then its a worthwhile investment, there is a massive range of tips, digital temperature output and maintains heat well. Also if spares were ever required, they are very well supported. **LINK** are the tips included or sold separately
  7. Posted by Doc Marten on 26/07/2019 21:08:32: What will you be using it for, electronics or piano wire? electronics but some battery cables can start to get quite big so I need it to be a good allrounder
  8. I find myself doing more and more soldering. I have a poor soldering iron the tip is wobblily the handle gets hot and the power cable is far to short. I would like something better. I used to use at work a wella soldering station that was very good but at nearly £300 it is too expensive for home use. Do you own a good onr that you can recommend?
  9. I want to order some cable to make up some charge leads. What size cable would be suitable. something like this would be good but I need to know what AWG to order
  10. Posted by Denis Watkins on 24/03/2019 10:58:05: On Approved chargers Phil The red light will turn green or go out when charging is complete And will shut off the charge. Dont discharge batteries to flat, it does them harm I guess it is an approved charger as it is the same make as the batteries but I suspect it is also the cheapest the company could find. it would be a lot more convienant to find one with auto shut off
  11. I was given AA AAA and p3 rechargeable batteries for work but the charger that came with them is very rudimentary. it has a red light to tell you a battery is connected but there is no indication of a charged battery you are supposed to wait until the battery is completely discharged and time the charge and manually disconnect. Are there any better options available?
  12. Cuban8's tool box reminded me of the design in the video below that I always thought could be adapted to make a very nice field box   Edited By Phil 9 on 17/03/2019 20:14:15
  13. Posted by Jon Laughton on 03/03/2019 12:54:13: Phil how about: Silence Twister in stock at SMC Jon oh that looks promising
  14. hanger 9 and great planes used to be my favourites along with the chris foss series. I just checked out inwoods and they do seem to have seagull models in stock
  15. Im looking for a new 60 to 120 sport model artf. but anything I have found that I like seems to be Out of stock. have I missed something?
  16. Posted by Dickw on 24/02/2019 10:30:24: I have tried many Leisure batteries over the years and don’t think they are suitable for our application – none that I bought delivered on capacity or lasted more than 2 years at best. The car batteries I tried actually worked better. About 6 years ago I invested in a 12v pack made up of 8 x 15Ah Life cells (marketed for electric bikes) in a 4s2p configuration. Although only a nominal 30Ah, the Life cells have a flatter voltage curve under load and handle deeper discharge better so it gives me far more charges than any 75Ah Leisure battery ever did. Also it weighs a lot less, and is still going strong after 6 years. Why do I field charge? Yesterday I had 8 flights, and the batteries I use cost more than £50 each. I took 4 charged batteries with me and recharged each on site. To have eight batteries would mean spending another £200 just for one type of aircraft. Because of weight and space considerations I use a small 2s 300mAh Rx battery – I also recharge those between flights just to be on the safe side. Dick I built my own 12v pack from 18650 cells I bought used from ebay that I use for camping. As they were used they did not have full capacity but I discarded any with less than 1Ah capacity mine has 48 cells arranged as 3s so has a 16Ah capacity. Lot of youtube videos showing people build larger packs to power cars or even homes link . it was more of a fun project as it can be time consuming to test the cells and assemble but if you have the patents it may provide an alternative route Edited By Phil 9 on 24/02/2019 13:38:23
  17. well there is no one size fits all solution as peters example demonstrates
  18. one idea I had but never implemented was to wire a leisure battery into the car with a split charger
  19. My personal preference was just to buy some extra lipo batteries for the model and charge one or two from my car battery at the field if I really needed too but a 6s 5000mah battery does take a good while to charge at the field. One club I attended built a bank of leisure batteries into the club shed that were charged by a solar panel on the roof. it worked very well a generator seems pintless to me as it generates noise and you still need to carry fuel with you. It would be simpler to  use an IC model as you just wiped out any advantages of electric power. Edited By Phil 9 on 24/02/2019 08:49:53
  20. I may have this wrong but I was told you should only use about 50% of the leisure battery's capacity because if it discharges below that level it can be damaged
  21. I have ordered some EVA foam floor tiles as an experiment. I think they should do the job and at less than £4 for 4 large tiles it is significantly cheaper that anything else I have seen
  22. Well a bag of rohacell off cuts cost ?30. I don't know how much material you get for that or if it is worth the gamble
  23. I am looking for some foam to make some tool holders in a tool box. There is plenty high density closed cell foam available but it seem to be expensive for what it is here is an example http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Shadow-Foam-Sheet-Britool-Draper-Blue-Tool-Box-Organisation-Motor-Racing/222907830005?hash=item33e6578ef5:m:m4hvRYgWPnertqF6LWl9j6g:rk:1f:0 can anyone suggest a cheaper alternative or maybe I can order the same material under a different name?
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