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  1. The the USA version of the IX14 (and other Spektrum Tx's) is capable of backward compatibility to DSM2: but as you can it is not supported in the EU version (as also sold in the UK). This is because the sale of new DSM2 transmitters was effectively banned as from 2015 by a EU directive. Older transmitters were 'grandfathered' and can still be used. I believe the Directive was carried into UK legislation post Brexit & is still in force. However this does mean that if you buy the US version in the States it may be deemed illegal in the UK with its obvious implications.
  2. When I lived on the Island in the 80's 'Cav' (Sir Mark Cavendish)'s father, David, was a member of Manx Model Flyers & was (is?) an excellent pilot.
  3. Do search on the address in the 'Contact us' page: and it comes up as being associated with numerous scams. Use it at your own risk!
  4. As fitted to my Hawk & Avanti. Great little gyro, set it to 'stability mode' for the launch & it guarantees that it will get away with a 100% success, then turn off or use 'Dynamic' as is your preference.
  5. It's the 'Vector' gyro, as fitted to many of the Arrows models 50mm EDF series. In the Arrows models they come pre-programmed & are not adjustable, I've not come across programmable versions but they may be available. I've not seen it with an external switch, the switching on mine is via a 3 position switch to spare channel on the Rx that goes into the input 'BS' Here's a scan of the instructions as supplied by Arrows: 20240616_Vector.pdf
  6. Resurrecting the thread. Well after resisting the temptation to buy a new covering iron at Weston Park yesterday my old iron packed up today! Irreparable damage to the heating element after 20+ years. Of the recommendations in this thread the HK one is no longer available. The Prolux digital looks good but I'm tempted by their new TFT-LCD display version. Anyone have any experience of this version &/or updates as to how the Prolux's have held out over the last few years before I make the trip to Webbies on Monday?
  7. I'm just home from Weston Park also & would echo everything DaveB1 said. Good day out and apart from a few very heavy showers, easily sheltered from in a trade tent, the weather co-operated. I've been going ever since it started & prefer the Friday ever since it became an option, it being much quieter than the weekend. ....and I ticked off everything on my shopping list (+maybe just a little bit more).
  8. Have a read of the attached BMFA's Booklet and Overlander leaflet as a starter Jonathan: Battery Safety Booklet.pdf Overlander leaflet.pdf
  9. An alternative to stand offs in this situation is the Axi motor mount. I fitted one on my Wot4 Pro in 2019 & it has worked fine ever since. https://www.electricwingman.com/axi-motor-mount
  10. Been there, done that! One dealer even took photos of my model in the back of the car for use in their publicity/advertising.
  11. Whilst I no longer fly IC for the 5 decades that I did I almost always used self tappers in nylon mounts without any problems whatsoever. I've still got left in my parts draw a few of my favourite fitting - Quality steel No 6 Socket Cap Woodscrews. https://www.modelfixings.co.uk/cap_head_woodscrews.htm The screws have no taper after the initial point and never budge if you use the correct pilot drill as suggested in the Modelfixings table. ps the above applies up to & including .50 size engines. Above that I preferred a more 'engineering' solution, generally involving drilling & tapping metal.
  12. This month's Aeromodeller magazine has an article about the cancellation of the show. I can't reproduce due to copyright but in it Martin Thompson says that while he had the support of the aeromodelling community he outlines some of the difficulties he encountered from the 'non-aeromodelling' sector with regards to risk assessments, safety, first aid, etc etc and the 'sheer time & expense' involved. In the end it proved too much and he cancelled the show personally loosing the £20,000 he had invested to the point of pulling the plug.
  13. Remember that your contract is with the seller and not the courier. It is up to the seller, not you, to sort things out if the delivery goes wrong. See Citizens Advice on the subject.
  14. Further thread drift of a happy memory. I used to be well practiced in hand swinging many full size aircraft engines so one day when I heard a shout of 'Anyone give me a swing' I was more than happy to wander over to give assistance. The crier turned out to be 'Ginger' Lacey, one of the top scoring pilots of WW2 in a little home built aircraft. It was a privilege to give service.
  15. Surrounded on all sides by rain but managed to get an hour's thermaling in with my Lentus before the big red blob on the left closed in. As expected mega lift all round in the unstable air and also had a flock of Swallows for company.
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