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Everything posted by RICHARD WILLS

  1. Or take a 15 tog Duvet to the field and land on that . Handy for the afternoon nap too . 😜
  2. Paul is my middle name , so in reply I would say this . As a youngster I was given this advice . "Anything you say may be written down and used in evidence against you " . So, for the record I will reply : "Ive never seen that Mossie before Officer . I dont know why it's leaning against my car , you're fitting me up like a kipper ". No further comment . I'd like my phone call now please .
  3. finally some decent weather . Two of my fleet lounging , post operations . (non medical variety )
  4. Nice work Gordon . I think you're going to have some fun with that . I presume this one has retracts ?
  5. Eric has had a couple of "cling on " launches from the Dolly too . Not sure why thats happening other than the common factor being that you are both using essentially Fw190 cradle dimensions to launch a different , larger winged model . I really like the picture above . I think we've all had tremendous fun with these relatively simple models . It makes you think that what you dream of (ie and exotic full fat whatever) is not the thing that brings the most joy . One thing that is a bit puzzling is that there are around 40 of each model being built or flown and in order to justify stocking them in the future , I would expect a few other onlookers making enquires . Not had that so far , despite Ron's excellent coverage on You Tube . I will try to bring a handful of each to the "Best Of British Show " at BMFA HQ in September . Lets hope the weather is kind to us .
  6. Like I said, scavengers . The same people that ask you half way though your dinner , "you going to eat that ?" 😕 Good job Ive known them long enough to expect it .
  7. Great repair job Dave . As you point out (and demonstrate ) , the foam veneered wings are easy to repair because all of the wing is the same , ie no ribs or vital points . Consequently , as long as you plug the holes , the rest is just cosmetic . Professor Eric Robson is the comeback kid in terms of repairs , he literally scavenges at his local field like a hungry vulture . I'm ducking ............now 😬😬
  8. I have put a wooden coffee stirrer from MacDonalds under the rear retract mount plate to swing the gear forward by about 5mm . You just slacken the four mount screws and bung it underneath the rear lug . It was when the grass needed cutting , but Ive left them in and there was no sign of nose over on the 190 or Tempest today . Thanks for your kind words LM .
  9. Looks great Leccy . Judging by the subtle mottles on the fuselage , I'd say you got the airbrush working nicely . 13 proved to be a lucky number for many of the German Aces didnt it? Gunther Rall had 13 on his 109 as far as I can remember . Reverse psychology? Been flying the 190 and Tempest this morning . The more I fly them , the better I like them . 😃
  10. I think your decision to belly land was spot on . A blustery wind can finish off a really good approach with a nasty "epileptic" fit . That would probably have put you right off the whole idea . Wait for a calmer day till you get used to landing on the wheels and even then , if you have doubts , belly it . A seconds decision could save you two hours of repair work !
  11. Same here in Wiltshire , you don't need to charge the batteries . Just put some string on it and let go . 😬 I'm going to take up windsurfing again .
  12. That is sad . Brian will always be remembered as setting the standard we all aspire to . Very much the best of British . A great loss to our hobby and no doubt , his friends and family .
  13. BTW , comments please Spits at Bentwater.docx
  14. Its a long time since Ive been touched up ........... Long overdue I'd say .
  15. Get a cheap car touch up gun (£20 ) and ditch the air brush . Nowhere near as fussy .
  16. As I say , I find the nuances fascinating so please don't feel I am criticising anyone for making an observation . While continuing this muse , (and while walking the dog in the rain ) I started reflecting on the ultimate Prima Donna , the Spitfire . I have designed some and flown many others , right up to the DB 81" version . My own one at 56" has been through four variants and I have got a few thousand flights under my belt . But here is a good point . The Ripmax Spitfire is wonderful to fly . Very smooth , not the slowest stall but predictable . But ... It could not take retracts as the wing is too thin , it is not very scale at all , as expected . It matters not as it brings its own simple joy . Fatten the wing section , add some weight in the form of undercarriage , oh , and stick two Rothmans size fag packets under the wings and see how nice it flies now . Especially when the blustery and buffetting wind hits the front of those fag packets . Just to make it a little worse , insist on a close to scale tail and fin to make it unstable in both pitch and yaw . Looks nice though doesnt it ? If you marry a Supermodel , expect to do a bit of compromising 😉
  17. Exactly right Ron . It's all part of the fascination of the hobby and of course , a reflection of the original designers way back in the 40s and how they all came at different angles to hit the same criteria .
  18. Its an interesting subject , especially for me as Ive spent the last 30 years predominantly designing 55" fighters . For the newbies , we must keep all of the comments in perspective . For "sport scale models" , which look very convincing , they have no nasty tricks up their sleeves and are both docile and easy to fly and land . However if we consider what the perfect flying model configuration at this size would be , I would probably end up with something in the the proportion of a long nose FW190D. The reason why I say that , is that we would be getting very close to a pattern ship shape , especially as we can cheat a bit on the tail surfaces , as a sport scale model and make them bigger . The 190 has a very traditional wing , tapered but swept back on the leading edge , no weird dihedral angles , no scoops or radiators or cannon bulges on the upper wing surface . By stretching the body length to the "D" version , you get close to perfection . But guess what ? Apart from me , and a handful of others , not many like the "long nose " . Also , you cant just build long nose 190s for thirty years . So , the Spitfire . We all love it , but in comparison with the Tempest , the Tempest wins . The Spit will pick up blustery pockets of air just like the Tempest and do a little yaw jiggle . It is way harder to land , thanks to its narrow undercarriage and like for like in terms of weight and size , the Tempest will always stall slower thanks to its straight , non swept leading edge . The high thrust line on the Tempest will always cause a little trim change with power but as I said , that is accentuated by coarse pitch props . The 190 is a very good entry level warbird as it is viceless , but if people want to get into practical warbird flying (which is what I do ) , then we should embrace the tiny differences between features and designs and enjoy their characteristics in the same way that we enjoy their different shapes and colours . Otherwise , we will paint ourselves into a corner be condemned to flying a yellow blob for the rest of our lives . As WW2 fans , we have to always push the boundaries a little and not stay too safe . You know from my reputation , that I will never let anything past the prototype stage if it doesnt fly properly and reasonably enough for every day use . Not scale prima donna's. By pushing on and being a little more adventurous with each model , a whole world of single and multi engined subjects could be available .
  19. LM , take the four mount screws out and add some hardwood underneath , then screw back into that . While you were away I damaged my retract plate and also fixed it here : https://forums.modelflying.co.uk/index.php?/topic/54141-warbird-replicas-fw190-just-the-faffing-about-bits/page/3/&tab=comments#comment-1005972 Better to head it off at the pass . Easy mod and otherwise you have done really well . Richard
  20. I do like a triplane Martin ! Is there any scope to add lightness ? I have never built one , but had a beautiful version made by a friend . It did seem a little heavy though .
  21. Good to see you wringing your Tempest out Ron , it shows that you can roar around if you want to . I dont think Eric and I are using anything like that kind of power in a typical flight. The thing with the Tempest is that its trim does vary with speed unlike the 190 . If you only fly between , stalling speed (which is exceptionally slow ) to scale cruise speed, there is little change in trim and the model seems well damped and docile . However , if you fly at full throttle or even near full , the rates need to be reduced and the model will not feel settled in the same way . But by then you will be flying at a scale speed of around 800mph .😬 Dual rates is an option . I simply stick to a scale routine . Your landing were the most impressive part and when watching a flying video , I always fast forward to the landing first . That will tell you more about a model than all the fancy aerobatics . If everyone is sticking to the 800kv motor I would strongly recommend a 12x6 prop rather than a more torque inducing 12x8 . The power from the 12x6 is more than you need so the more pitched 12x8 can only twist the airframe in knots .
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