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  1. I'm sure I saw a bottle of Spitfire Beer (what else) in Duxford's licenced cafe for nine quid.......and they were selling - not to me though. Re Weston Park.......I see that the £25 entry is an on the gate price but £21 when booked in advance via See Tickets with under 16s free. Remarkably you can book through See Tickets at the cheaper rate right up to 9.00 am on the day, so taking any weather washout risks out of the equasion. Not something that any other airshows, model or full size offer that I know of, or even a 'rain check' as our US cousins are usually offered I understand. So very fair indeed. I wish the show every success.
  2. I really think much of this is a generational thing. Some of us in our 60s and older tend to recall the days when you could go for a day out with the family and have change from a fiver or tenner. I've had to train myself to get my head around just how costly some activities and visitor attractions are these days - for instance a family of two adults and two children will pay approx £80 for a day ticket to IWM Duxford Museum. Should you choose to pay the optional donation the cost is around the hundred quid mark. That's before anything else in the way of lunches, ice creams and rides on the simulator etc. Easily over a couple of hundred quid without too much effort. I mentioned this to my daughter a while back and she didn't think that sort of price was too bad. Judging by how busy DX gets on non-flying summer days during the week with family visitors, I guess she's right. Me and Mrs C8 are IWM members and get unlimited access for £100 a year and discounts on airshows etc - I regard that as very good value indeed. Makes modelling shows a real steal. Unfortunately even if they were free or just a couple of quid, I suspect they'd still struggle these days and not just because of the entry prices, which are a red herring. A great shame.
  3. Cuban8

    Electric Cars.

    Apparently not ..........https://www.silenceuk.com/ Love the video of the battery being taken up into the office for recharging - that'll go down a storm with colleagues and the boss. The bikes I do see a limited use for in towns.
  4. Cuban8

    Electric Cars.

    This is intended to be a joke, I presume.
  5. I wouldn't have thought the loud alarm idea would land anyone trying to protect their property in bother, providing the sole intention of installing such a system wasn't to cause injury, or it could be argued that the sound being generated was far in excess of its intended purpose i.e to discourage a person from remaining in the area and have them quickly move away. I recall ultrasonic devices being trialled in town centre anti social hotspots to discourage rowdy youths from congregating some years back. It's not as though a hand grenade with the pin wired to a door was being used or a Vietcong bamboo pit was installed. If a thief continues with a robbery and despite the noise, winds up with hearing damage caused by the cumulative effects of several minutes of loud noise rather than doing what any other reasonable (that word again) person, thief, or otherwise would do and simply and easily remove themselves from the area - then more fool them - their choice. I guess lawyers might see it otherwise and twist it around to suit their case.
  6. I think the alarm approach to field thefts is not so much as a warning to others that a theft is taking place , but making the environment around the valuable item virtually impossible to remain in whilst trying to bust locks and chains etc and encourage them to go elsewhere.
  7. The mental thing is that should an apprehended thief claim that they'd been injured in the course of a burglary it's possible that they could bring an action for damages against the person suffering the loss. Thieves have been beaten up, stabbed and shot during their dodgy doings and the sky has fallen in on the person trying to protect themselves or property. Very much a matter of proportionality no matter what we think should be done to those caught doing wrong.
  8. As I've become older I've found that the attraction of going to model shows has diminished for me. it's really not the money aspect, but I guess watching others fly (no matter how good they or their models are) doesn't really excite me any more. I have access to some very, very good flyers and spectacular models in my club so a show would have to be very special indeed to get me to go. Not sure any are. I've seen the Nats at it's very best and used to camp for the weekend , same with Old Warden where I've flown several times. With the exception of an LMA event, I doubt if I'd bother with any of the shows again - unfortunately the LMA shows do seem a tad thin on the ground within an hour or so's drive from N. Essex. I used to enjoy Cosford, and as I've mentioned before, I would include the show in with a weekend or longer stay with family nearby. I wouldn't go otherwise. I understand that the future of that show is very much in doubt.
  9. I guess the stencil idea is the best compromise coupled with any idea that slows down the thieve's progress - several motorbike style ground anchors and maybe a VERY loud horn or Klaxon suitably secured within the building housing the valuables and installed in a way that it resists attack to silence it. I clearly remember working in a small electrical distribution room when an alarm sounded for some unknown reason and it was very, very painful on the ears - impossible to remain. Needs a of bit ingenuity to achieve but worth considering. Just hope the bad guys don't then torch things out of frustration/revenge.
  10. I've never been to Weston Park, but from what I've seen of it on YT, it looks to be a really good show - for goodness sake £25 for a day out is hardly bank breaking these days even with the other additional costs added unless one is really down and out. £25 just about gets you two large fish suppers and a couple of gherkins from my local chippy!!!Life's too short folks - not saying blow the lot and don't give a fig, just give yourself a treat now and again before it's too late. Paid £160 for two tickets in the stands at Donington for the upcoming World Superbike round. Always a value judgement. BTW, I've got some photos of an OW Scale Weekend taken around 1980 or so - the attendance was huge - three deep spectators at the fence hundreds of models and dear old Dave Bishop conducting the proceedings - will post 'em up if I can find them.
  11. Not good news for others thinking about starting a new commercial show or having a go at reviving W&W themselves. Can't really see any new large shows as we had in the past coming about with the costs, risks and expenses that seem to be so huge these days. Not limited to our sector of course - so many things falling by the wayside. C'est la vie.
  12. A tragedy for his family. This country's warbird industry is about as safe as can be made without grounding everything and putting all the aeroplanes in museums - so many changes over the last few decades to both spectator and pilot safety. Warbirds used to be flown much harder back in the day as I recall from airshow spectating since a child - think of how close the crowd line at Duxford has been moved back from the grass and on to the hard standing after the terrible Ramstein accident. I noticed that a glider pilot was killed over the weekend and a rider at a horse trial was also killed after a fall. Very sadly, these things happen despite modern day safety standards and precautions. | Fingers crossed that the IoM TT remains fatality free this year.
  13. 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?
  14. Yes, there is a vid on YT that shows how to remove the small internal speaker.
  15. 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.
  16. 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..............
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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. 😁
  22. 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. 😜
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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