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  1. This is just the sort of idea that I was fishing for. Something that gets away from the usual chains and padlocks etc. Such a method as described needs a suitable building or container to be effective but given a bit of ingenuity could be altered to work in most situations. I guess the only hope is to slow down access to the 'goodies' and hope thieves move on to somewhere easier and at less risk of them being disturbed. Tracking devices are fine but a bit too late after the event - what about remote alarm systems - how do farmers secure their property that's spread over a wide area of their property?
  2. Yes, there is a vid on YT that shows how to remove the small internal speaker.
  3. Wan't aware of those devices for iphones and android - certainly worth looking into.............thinking about some novel solutions to prevent the stuff from being nicked in the first place. I was imagining how to make the gear unattractive and difficult to flip on Ebay etc.
  4. Speaking to a friend on the phone recently, he said that their field had been visited by thieves and they'd lost their ride on mower and other kit. Usual precautions were in place e.g locks and stengthened doors etc on the place where the kit was stored but these was easily defeated and the gear whisked away, probably on a low loader trailer if the tracks left behind were anything to go by. The main field gate was untouched and access looked to be have been gained from through the field boundary. I know we've discussed this before but I thought it'd be useful to get some ideas about security - maybe some new ways have come about to stop the thieves or at least make things as difficult or inconvenient as possible. Worth a discussion I think. I did mention (half in jest) that painting their replacement mower bright pink might act as a deterrent to the light fingered looking for a quick flip..............
  5. A good one to work up to and practice is the triple loop.....a normal round loop followed by a square loop and lastly a triangle loop, all superimposed one upon the other in front of you. Not particularly difficult but does require a model with a decent power to weight ratio. Very easy to run out of steam if power isn't managed correctly and things then get messy.
  6. Yes, they're really pushing all this stuff and that's all very well - However, I and many others simply do not wish to have an inferior technology forced upon us because of the whims of certain individuals who like to attract attention to themselves or appear to have the ear of some politicians who buy into much of this nonsense and relish all the virtue signalling. I caught an interview on a news programme yesterday with 'an activist' from one of the high profile protest groups who more or less ended up in tears by the close of the spot because she wouldn't engage with the questions that were put to her. She was right and everyone else was wrong - full stop, no discussion......the earth is doomed, don't bother to have children because they'll be dead by their teens. I don't think she was very well TBH. Most reasonable people accept that electric powered cars and other vehicles are 'an answer' and who's to say where we might be with battery tech in decades down the line, but for now and in the forseeable future, they're an experiment with an outcome and repercussions that are far from certain or indeed fully understood.
  7. I've never subscribed to the "if you're not crashing, you're not learning etc" philosophy. Would you expect to pull yourself out of the wreckage of a ful size aeroplane every few flights soon after qualifying for your PPL? A crash teaches you absolutely nothing, except that you've exceeded your current level of skill, probably by impatience. Learning to fly a model is not like learning to juggle, where one can just pick up the dropped balls and carry on - unless a programme of continuous repairs and expenditure is something that you enjoy. I don't. Don't expect to crash - plan flights and manouvres and stick to them, most incidents are caused by loss of concentration/disorientation/distraction/over confidence/bad conditions - avoid the circumstances where you can fall into those traps. Yes, models will get broken, it's part of the hobby, but for normal sport flying, busted models should very much be the exception rather than the rule.
  8. I'm currently re-reading Christopher Kraft's autobiography about his career in aviation design and subsequent work with NASA's mission control. During the 1950's he'd been a major figure in the development of a 'Gust Alleviation Device ' for the US NACA - essentially a development of the autopilots that were available at the time based on mechanical gyros and analogue electronics. The project was very successful and auto stabilised transport aircraft that suffered from the often severe air turbulence that is found at the altitudes that most large aircraft were limited to back in the day. The clever bit was still allowing complete pilot authority over the system via the usual controls - not easy with 1940s and '50s electronics. A fascinating read.
  9. Not a bad YT video review of the model if one was looking to buy the product. Not a lot to say really......it either fits together or it doesn't........it flys or it augers in. Pretty much the same for most simple foamies. Four hundred quid or so......not my cup of tea, but might suit others. Not a waterplane flyer myself but the float version looked very attractive for those who don't mind wet feet from time to time. 😁
  10. Not forgetting the late, great, Roy Lever's Parachute recovery system on his Merlin radios, if memory serves. Those of a certain vintage will recall it was a sure fire safety device. 😜
  11. That's excellent advice - if for whatever reason a new flyer turns out to have ten thumbs and has no idea of his left or right and up or down, then if the model can be programmed to more or less fly itself with just the occasional nudge from the pilot, then why not? Trouble might be convincing the 'patient' to accept the techy help.
  12. I really wouldn't worry. Lipos are going to deteriorate with use anyway and do have a finite life, but that doesn't mean that I advocate being careless with charging. Set to the standard figures i.e 4.2V/cell - charge at no more than 1.5C - be conservative with the current drawn from them and don't push your luck by running them too low. Loads of variation as to how people cope with lipos and in my opinion a lot of folks go way over the top...........charts, ledgers, spread sheets of use etc etc - life's too short TBH Follow the basic advice and don't get too hung up on the fine detail.
  13. Speaking generally, most businesses these days have raised their game and offer either good or excellent service. A rotten apple in the barrel is soon exposed and with today's social media and websites such as RCM&E, bad or indifferent service is soon called out. Traders simply can't afford to upset customers as they might have in the past (we all have our horror stories, I'm sure) and those that still don't engage will rapidly vanish, as many have. Goes across all retail sectors - we've just replaced quite a few of our large domestic appliances that had seen better days, and the on-line ordering and delivery from several retailers (shopping around) has been first class.
  14. If people have never had bad neighbours then they should consider themselves very, very fortunate. Years ago the house nextdoor that had lovely people in it was sold by them and then rented out. Three years of pure hell ensued caused by various short term tenants who didn't give a stuff about the property or anyone else. Had to move away in the end. BTW, before anyone takes me to task, I'm not saying all tenants are feral scum - I guess we were just very unlucky.
  15. Understood. The mode that we fly is usually dictated by the mode that the person teaching us uses. I fly mode 1 because the first radio that I bought in the 1970s was a Futaba 2 channel outfit that had its twin sticks fixed in mode 1 configuration. If I'd had more money available at the time and could have afforded a four channel system, chances are it would have came as a mode 2 and I'd have been none the wiser.
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