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Capt Kremen

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  1. A fellow modeller who has not flown for some time due health issues, wishes to responsibly dispose of old, no longer viable, glow fuel. This is a relatively small quantity, approx 2 plastic containers worth. Local Domestic Refuse Centres vary in their acceptance terms and may levy disproportionate charges if the do accept fuel/oils etc. What do i/c flyers do in this situation?
  2. For info, the July issue of 'RCM&E' is now available to 'Readily' readers.
  3. Have look at the Whistling (Foam?) Toy Rocket/Footballs on ebay & Amazon. They feature the surface mount whistle. There are a few cheap ones among the eye watering expensive ones being offered! When permitted, I have dropped these from a model and they really do whistle quite audibly. Not sure they match a jet sound though????
  4. +1 for Radiomaster - So flexible
  5. There have been many in depth science based articles on this subject down the years. (Search the net and you should turn up a few). As Allan says, what ever paint used should be tested first though water based acrylic will probably be the right choice. As for colours: Ask yourself why are many military aircraft camouflaged? So those colours and schemes are best avoided and ruled out straight away! Large width alternating black & white stripes on the underside of wings, (see typical WW2 Invasion schemes), can work well. Chequered squares, whilst perhaps looking good close up, do not work at any distance. Fluorescent colours such as displayed on RAF training aircraft of the 70s, can help if applied in relatively small areas on wing & tail tips. The only issue is these colours can be prone to fade with time. Dark, solid colour leading edges are also suggested. The backdrop you fly and operate against should also be considered i.e. trees, hillsides especially when landing and the plane can 'disappear' as it goes below the blue/grey sky line! High contrast, large areas of colour can work. Use an artists colour wheel to find extreme contrasting colours or pick up a few paint charts from your local DIY store and play with the swatches to see ones that work and of course you like. If you're a full-size plane spotter, look up at the high altitude trails and see which tail fin colours work (well) against the blue sky. The solid red fins of many really show up. Just some ideas to consider.
  6. There was no hard copy in our well stocked local newsagent either .... might take up trains .... there's rows and rows of their mags ... full & model size!
  7. Agreeing that the free-full-size plans are a major asset; do you remember 'Hobbies' magazine? (I'm not sure if it is still published?) That used to have 'grease-proof' type paper patterns for all types of wood and similar projects. Has that faired well in these digital/online times? I note railways seem as popular as ever and there are whole areas in the likes of W.H.Smith, even Tesco/Sainsbury stores, full of such titles for model as well as full-size.
  8. Prefacing my comment with the note I read AND subscribe to RCM&E, I make the following observations: As a member of 4 clubs, with a range of members, flying all types of model, I have often asked members 'Seen the XYZ article/review in the latest RCM&E?' Almost without exception, the replies received are 'No, don't bother with that, get all the info I want off the net' or 'Used to get it but it's just full of advertorial by same old writers', and very similar sometimes less polite comment! OK, my straw poll is by no means scientific or a controlled sample, merely an indication of what some grass roots flyers, of all ages think of the magazine nowadays. Yes, I can hear the masses on this forum screaming I think it's a great magazine, I love my printed copy etc. etc. I would respectfully suggest we are a minority of a minority interest. I think Cuban8 has summed it up that unless magazines (in general not just our specific hobby), can offer something that online cannot e.g. the plans, detailed build articles and perhaps less reviews, they are a diminishing product. I appreciate advertisers have to be catered for, but reviews that appear months after the item release and dozens of folk, worldwide have by then already posted their reviews online, unboxings, flight demos anyway, why bother(?) And at £6 plus a copy, a purchase that really has to be worthwhile for the average reader.
  9. Unfortunately, closer examination shows the crazing in the colour itself, (think old masters paintings in art galleries - this is model mastery though!). Most of the paintwork is pretty good, given its likely age, history and old grime. I fear start work on the 'bad' bits and the whole model will then need a re-cover which would be a huge task and I still like to have time enjoy other models and flying! If I can make the model reasonable looking, given its age etc., I can at least fly it. Then, if it really excites me and I feel the major effort, time, not to mention considerable expense, in tackling 'acres' of new covering, paint etc. I'll go ahead with a major refurb.
  10. Just acquired a very nice complete Precedent Druine Turbulent, 1/3rd scale model. It was originally OS160 powered and very well finished in nylon including rib tapes, scale markings, the whole deal. The model has been a hanger/loft/workshop/ queen for many a year and the painted nylon covering is now crazed in places, with a good layer of congealed old fuel on top for good measure. The overall condition though is good, no tears or obvious damage. Question One: Folk that have tackled such a restoration, what do you recommend i.e. best cleaning solutions and methods? Until I fly the model, (which will be electric powered), I would prefer not to totally strip the nylon and recover. (Assuming that proves necessary or even viable). Question Two: Anyone have a copy of the original Precedent Turbulent kit instructions I can have a copy of? (Would cover any costs or else send me a pdf/scan). Question Three: Any current or former owners that can offer hints & tips on flying and handling e.g. control throws, c of g used etc. Thanks in advance.
  11. Having just received the latest BMFA Magazine, I read Duncan McClure's column. He mentions that a new style BMFA Examiner Log Book is available from BMFA HQ. Just rang Chacksfield House and to save anyone else the immediate effort, they are not yet available.
  12. Aldi regularly offer the Dymo Machine and tapes in clear, black, white, yellow and of course at Aldi typical reasonable prices!
  13. Yes, Super model and with modern electrics, LiPo etc. will be even better. Does it have a plan? (Can't recall, it was some years ago!). If so PM me to arrange a copy if I may. Designer/Manufacturer, Howard Metcalfe, is still active, though I understand it's free-flight these days.
  14. Whilst very noble supporting the hobby shop/hobby suppliers, you will find a wider and cheaper choice via a search on the net. I have used 'First Steps' and 'Rubberbands uk' with satisfaction in quality, range, and value.
  15. Sig 'Piper Cub J3', - Great model, (I've had two down the years), but the kit ... ???? Quite old and sadly American kitting often reflects that, even some of their updated CNC cut versions. It is a builders model in the old school tradition but if that suits you, fine.
  16. Traditional Balsa+Ply Kit selection - SLEC 'SKY40' - (Build Video on YouTube), D.B. Sport & Scale 'Mascot', Galaxy Models 'Fiesta 4', Ripmax/Chris Foss ARTF 'WOT Trainer', Seagull Models Kit or ARTF 'Boomerang II', The Vintage Model Co. 'Cub' - (Build Video On YouTube). Most if not ALL of these have been around a long time and there's a reason, they fit the bill, are well tried & proven designs. If you prefer a Plan build from scratch, again so many to choose from depending on skill level, aptitude e,g. a vintage design such as Keil-Kraft 'Junior 60', many Dave Boddington designs such as 'Ghost Rider', 'SkyRider', 'Tyro' etc. etc.
  17. I can further confirm Dick's findings re the 'Radians'. I bought two packs of 3000mAh 3S in 2200mAh size. Yes, I was rather surprised and doubtful from the off about that description of capability. However, they fit exactly in the battery bay of my Vintage Model Company 'Cub'. OK, they flew the model, no high current draw required but their IR was very high from the start and hasn't subsequently improved. Still think there are only a few actual manufacturers and in reality the quality can be pot luck per batch, even of same brand/type. Incidentally, I've just received some 4S & 3S packs from the Dutch warehouse of 'MotionRC'. Delivered by FedEx in 3days, under £135, no extras to pay AND cheaper than certain UK supplier. So far so good, decent IR and capacity. Seems to be as per pack label as well as holding up well for sports flying current draw.
  18. Thanks John, appreciate the spot.
  19. Long Shot perhaps - Anyone have or know of a ST Models ARTF 'Discovery' foam trainer model available? As with many things, new kit supplies were scheduled to arrive months ago and keep getting pushed back later and later.
  20. I'm not in the retail trade of any kind of goods, so this may be way off beam, but would model shops benefit from something like the 'Co-Op/Spar' type of group bulk buying. For example, six independent shops club together and say we'll collectively be able to order 50 'Wot 4' or whatever kit models, 100 packets of control horns etc. etc. Their bulk buying power affording them better deals with wholesalers/importers and or enabling the small(er) shops to take just one or two items.
  21. Just renovating an old Keil-Kraft 'Super 60'. About to fit a new front windscreen. This requires a compound curved shape to be cut of clear plastic once a good, well fitting template is made. Now I know one can trial fit paper/card against the airframe until a template for the clear window is found. Is there a better, easier way for creating such a template? (Incidentally, on the original drawings I have, no windscreen pattern is shown as is sometimes found).
  22. Just, (eventually), enjoyed a good traditional cooked Sunday breakfast. First had to break into the bacon pack. Yes, it had one of those little 'helpful' tabs on the plastic packet. If they don't snap off without opening the pack, then 'senior' hands and fingers, some no doubt arthritic etc. don't stand a chance. So cut open with scissors eventually. On to a pack of Bury Black Pudding, same issue as the bacon. I sense a pattern developing. OK, let's try a (helpful?) ring pull tin of plum tomatoes. The ring pull came off as I attempted to lift it .... Argh!!!! Good old tin-opener to the rescue. Eggs, in their natural packaging, at last something that opens easily! As for earlier ablutions in the bathroom, a new razor blade, have you easily and without nearly cutting yourself before shaving, opened a sealed bubble pack of razor blades(?)!!!! We are an advanced civilization, allegedly, and yet the packaging industry is trying it's hardest to keep us from our goods. Argh!!!!!!! Oh and model goods are not exempt, the hard plastic packaging containing metal back-plate Spinners for example. I'm sure there are many more AND they are all wrapped in plastic when we are all encouraged to avoid contributing further to.
  23. Aidan, 'Carbon Copy' is the name of an excellent company that produces a large range of undercarriage, cowlings and canopies. These often are for specific model kits e.g. 'WOT4'. No 'Boomerang' specific U/C (yet!) but you can easily work out which one to choose and order using their sizing guide. http://www.carboncopyuk.com/ As for re-enforcement inside the fuselage to take the mounting screws, yes, I did add suitable hard ply plate this helps spread any loads too. I'll try and find a pic of my 'tail-dragger' version which is eluding my search at the moment. I like both styles i.e. nose-wheel & tail dragger as they teach and afford practice in managing different techniques of ground handling.
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