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  1. Timing couldn't be worse chaps. Since seeing the marvellous scale warships at Dundee Model Boat club a few months ago, I find myself occasionally, indeed more frequently, looking at model boat plans and especially at model boat 3D print files. I don't have time for another modelling hobby - temptation is all too difficult to resist with all the aeroplanes that remain to be built. If there were files available for the German Destroyer Z-33 that would be it, I'd be sunk without trace......
  2. A duck walks into a pub and orders a pint of beer and a ham sandwich. The barman looks at him and says, "Hang on! You're a duck." "I see your eyes are working," replies the duck. "And you can talk" !! Exclaims the barman. "I see your ears are working, too," Says the duck. "Now if you don't mind, can I have my beer and my sandwich please?" "Certainly, sorry about that," Says the barman as he pulls the duck's pint. "It's just we don't get many ducks in this pub. What are you doing around this way?" "I'm working on the building site across the road," Explains the duck. "I'm a plasterer." The flabbergasted barman cannot believe the duck and wants to learn more, but takes the hint when the duck pulls out a newspaper from his bag and proceeds to read it. So, the duck reads his paper, drinks his beer, eats his sandwich, bids the barman good day and leaves. The same thing happens for two weeks. Then one day the circus comes to town. The ringmaster comes into the pub for a pint and the barman says to him "You're with the circus, aren't you? Well, I know this duck that could be just brilliant in your circus. He talks, drinks beer, eats sandwiches, reads the newspaper and everything!" "Sounds marvellous," says the ringmaster, handing over his business card. "Get him to give me a call." So the next day when the duck comes into the pub the barman says, "Hey Mr Duck, I reckon I can line you up with a top job, paying really good money." "I'm always looking for the next job," Says the duck. "Where is it?" "At the circus," Says the barman. "The circus?" Repeats the duck. "That's right," Replies the barman. "The circus?" The duck asks again. with the big tent?" "Yeah," the barman replies. "With all the animals who live in cages, and performers who live in caravans?" says the duck. "Of course," the barman replies. "And the tent has canvas sides and a big canvas roof with a hole in the middle?" persists the duck. "That's right!" says the barman. The duck shakes his head in amazement, and says "What the hell would they want with a plasterer" ???
  3. That announcement was what required me to seek out a used old style DX9 at the time.
  4. Oh I don't know - it can help a bit when you hear Throttle Cut, when you expect to hear Gear Up, on climbing out. Or make you feel even dopier as you pick up the wreckage...
  5. That's my understanding, that the frequency is constantly changing and so there shouldn't be any issues with cross channel interference. I believe that was behind the demonstrations that HH made when Spektrum first came out, with something like 50 models operating simultaneously on the flight line. I'd suggest a bigger problem, accounting for loss of signal, is likely due to receiver installation and possible masking within the particular model.
  6. Realistically, in normal daily use it won't make any difference, it's not like the old 35mhz sets where your receiver might get swamped by a stronger transmission by a more powerful transmitter or an adjacent, or more often on a specifically offset frequency that interfered with the Intermediate Frequency of your own model. In the stark reality though, in the event of something serious happening you might find yourself in a not very good position if using such equipment that has been specifically excluded from use in the UK environment.
  7. Just be aware if thinking of this that the Spec in the USA and in Europe have been different on Spektrum transmitters, in particular the output power on some Spektrum gear has been higher than permitted in the EU and UK. There could also be issues with provision of servicing with a US-spec transmitter in the UK. The big downside, as you've noted, is that to get the most out of these transmitters you are really having to commit to the entire Spektrum universe, with their unnecessarily complex batteries and increasingly expensive receivers. What's more their own systems are not backwards compatible, so the newest transmitters won't work with the old DSM2 receivers and certainly not with the original DSM receivers. That pretty much guarantees that I won't be buying a new Spektrum transmitter and in the event that my old DX9 and DX7 give up the ghost, it'll fall to a multi-protocol module to keep the dozens of Spektrum receivers going. I think that lack of backwards compatibility is pretty poor on the part of Horizon Hobby TBH.
  8. Agree completely and there's no need for Toto to be making calculations to derive control throws in degrees, versus the mm given in the manual, The only circumstance where such a calculation might be required would be if he was learning to fly with one of those Parkzone powered gliders, in which case he'd really want the result in radians, rather than degrees anyway.......
  9. Hi Stephen I can drop a scan of the old Uno Wot manual in your PM inbox. Hope that helps. cheers Brian
  10. Good turn out this morning, warm and sunny with a light cross wind, but not enough to put anyone off, so it was good to catch up with everyone. Gave the Dooleybird a few flights, but didn't get to check the thrust line adjustment that I'd made on the Webbit as it insisted on repeatedly ground looping and heading for the electric fence. Think I'll lead to bite the bullet and replace the fixed skid with a tailwheel to give better control on the ground. My EFlite Mini Edge 540 took the Webbit's place, so I was able to fly that instead.
  11. Very nice Hurricane Simon. That Hurricane plan by Adrian Britten also featured in QEFI January 2003 and you've done it proud.👍
  12. Your blue and red stunter looks like a Keil Kraft Spectre to me. You're very fortunate to have such wonderful memories and pictures. Thank you for posting them. In answer to your question, I don't have a single picture of any my models when I was young and would really like to have had some. Plenty of memories, but no pictures. The closest tangible item that I have is my Metabo Handbohrenmachinen that I have still got from a teenage birthday which formed the pride of my rudimentary set of modelling tools.
  13. There was me thinking that Devcon 5 was just five-minute epoxy.....
  14. I've pretty much always flown Mode 2 thumbs, since the early 1990's on returning to the hobby. Soon realised the necessity for a strap and so have been flying with a neck strap for most of that time, once I was off the buddy lead and having passed my test for solo flying. I did try a tray for a very brief period, as it was bought for me as a birthday present, a rather nice carbon fibre job, with a dome to keep the rain off. That was okay, but I still flew with thumbs, having tried the pinch between thumb and forefinger technique and not got along with it at all. I daresay that if you really put the effort in and was determined to change technique you could probably manage it, but I see no need to change personally. When I went to 2.4ghz, the tray was retired, as carbon trays were not recommended with the 2.4ghz module on the back of the transmitter and so has not been used in years. I still use a neckstrap and if I ever forget it, I'm not at all happy, to the extent that I've mocked up a forgotten neckstrap on the slope with a length of nylon cord. My refurbished 2.4Ghz capable Digimac III even has a neckstrap which is an ID card lanyard from a conference.
  15. leccyflyer

    Hello all

    Throttle on Spektrum receivers is channel 1. The order is Throttle, Aileron, Elevator, Rudder, Gear, Aux1 (Flaps). Be aware that some receivers have Bind/Battery as the first line of pins.
  16. Very nice Chris. 😎 What are your intentions for the observer's cupola? Are you going to make a cut out in the top sheeting and inset a dummy floor, with an observer, or just fit a cupola with no cut away?
  17. Getting proofs emailed is a great idea, you can then print out a paper copy and check absolute size. Nice one. BTW that's an excellent rendition of the faded low visibility roundels on the Vulcan - looks perfect..
  18. Callie Graphics produce quality product, that conform very nicely to the airframe that you put them on. They are very accommodating and listen well in working to achieve what it is that you are looking for. They can only produce what you instruct for though and, especially as regards the size of the markings, you need to be perfectly specific on the scale, as even slightly out of scale markings can be a bit problematical. I found that with the markings on my Kyosho Spitfire refurb, where the roundels were maybe a couple of percent out, due to the scaling that I requested, which was itself slightly out. So they are a wee bit too big. I recently had graphics for my P-51D refurbishment, in which I changed the model from the USAAF P-51D "Dallas Doll", to an RAF Mustang IV "Dooleybird" and was very pleased with the graphics. One slight glitch though was that they supplied plain red/blue upper wing roundels, rather than the red/white/blue roundels that were in use in 1945 on that particular aeroplane. I was able to get around that easily, adding a CNC cut white ring to the roundels and informed Callie of the error. Future runs of those graphics will incorporate that amendment, which shows that they are listening and paying attention. You shouldn't get hit for import duty on a $25 order which will likely arrive by standard air mail in a few weeks. I wouldn't hesitate using Callie Graphics for off the shelf or custom graphics in self adhesive form.
  19. Funny you should say that. I found it almost impossible to keep a good indication of way up with my silver and dark blue Mini Astro Hog, against a bright blue sky yesterday. The wing, in particular kept disappearing into the background, requiring a turn to bring it back to visibility. I can imagine that letting it fly on straight and level under those circumstances, it would have been very easy to completely lose sight of the model. A very strange experience.
  20. Just starting to make some minor inroads into the kit mountain that I've accumulated over the part 30 years Tosh, since retiring and at last having some workshop space. Rapidly running out of room on the ready use racks though.
  21. It's an APC prop, you spinner would possibly end up as a thimble. APC have set themselves on a course to destroy more spinners than Brian Lara.
  22. Vac forming can be a bit hit and miss, with success on one pull and abject failure on the next one - the state of sag of the plastic and the timing of the pull is critical, as well as leaving sufficient room around the plug not to get too severe webbing - raising the plug from the base a little helps too. . I don't have the option to put the plastic in the oven, so out of necessity use the heat gun. For clear items I typically use 0.5mm -0.75mm PETG, depending on the size of the item being vacformed, whilst for things like exhausts and scoops I'd use white styrene in those same thicknesses. I found with some pulls that my covering heat gun didn't have the umpf to heat the plastic to a saggy state quickly enough, so employed the Black and Decker heat gun, which is a bit more ferocious. For my small Deacon Beaufighter canopy, I made a plaster of Paris mould of my HVP Beaufighter's canopy and used that as a plug, which worked beautifully - that's a bit smaller than your example though. Having used varnish and sanding sealer on some carved plugs I would say that it is best to avoid it if at all possible, especially on clear items as the heat can cause it to degrade a bit and mark the plastic. Perhaps an epoxy finishing resin or some form of fibreglass might give better results, but I have not tried that personally.
  23. Okay - that was my question really - sounds like it's the glue joint that is acting as a sacrificial weak point, not the bulkhead which is delaminating or fracturing. I recall in the initial testing of the FW190 that the motor plate was breaking and there was advice to double up on thickness, which I did, I'll check with the Tempest when I get round to building mine if that is also advisable. I agree completely that having an easy to repair front end is important with a belly lander - foamies can rapidly get very scruffy looking with a few hard knocks on the nose. It was a recurring problem with the Balsacraft fun fighters, which needed reinforcement of the motor mounting assembly, not only from prop strikes but also from the increased power that brushless motors and lipos imparted to the mounting plates designed for brushed sp600s. A few carbon tows and a smear of epoxy headed that particular problem off at the pass.
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