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Jim Hearnden 1

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  1. There's a whole generation coming along like this. I gave my niece, now a Doctor something one day, which had no plug. I gave her a plug & screwdriver, she openly admitted that she didn't know how to fit a plug. One of my neighbour's sons abut 30 had an issue with his car, I jump started it & got it running & suggested me or a garage doing further investigation. He replied "don't worry I am getting another car in a week, because of the problem!"
  2. Compulsory reading for me was Pete Russell & Straight & Level. He went down some rabbit holes over the years V1 turning without dihedral & P effect being two. But he was a font of knowledge.
  3. How old is it? Might be worth "borrowing" a tank full of something else from a fellow modeller
  4. Blimey Idle bars take me back. I've never needed one or used one. But I used to use Fireball Hot in most engines (NOT RACE) and they were fine. I used Taylor as well. I suspect that these aren't available these days. But yes sometimes playing with plug make can help.
  5. What fuel do you fly, an old trick used mainly in the winter is around 5% petrol added to the fuel.
  6. Everyone has an "issue" with certain makes of kit. One swallow doesn't make a summer. Years ago everyone flew Sprengbrook. Why Harry Brook was based on the South coast & his repair guy flew with our club. Most stuff got turned around super quick after crashes etc. Then they went DigiFleet as they were just down the road. All without any major grief. The only recurring issue I remember was a Sprengbrook user who had crash after crash, obviously radio failure, when it was eventually found it was a duff switch harness which worked 99% of the time. The repair guy found it after running it on a vibration rig at Plessey where he worked. In those days switches were A. reliable & B. fairly expensive so you didn't throw them away on a whim. I had MacGregor both DigiMac & later JR. I went to Sanwa basically because I raced cars & they had a decent micro servo at sensible money. That morphed into Sanwa Stac 4 which I learnt to fly with. Then my ex (who ironically had been MacGregors finance person!) bought me my X347 in 91/92 as a Xmas pressie. Its been JR ever since.
  7. The club I flew with in Norfolk were not BMFA affiliated & another field a mate and I flew at was ad-hoc with the owner. As soon as you publicise fields you open it to abuse. Either by NMBY's or people flying there and annoying others.
  8. Question is what's the issue with the JR? Aside from a weird problem 30 years ago when I bought my X347 (temperature sensitive Xtals) which MacGregor resolved instantly. My JR stuff has been bombproof. I'm in the electronics industry & modern gear with SMD & generally better build quality is head & shoulders above what we used to have.
  9. No one has mentioned the plug. Years ago when I used to sort out quite a few engines, I'd ask how old is the plug & get a blank look! A shiny new Fireball or whatever I had spare would solve the problem instantly. When I raced boats I carried a magnifying glass. If you look at a dodgy element it would be crystalline white, not shiny.
  10. And Prius and Insights
  11. I've always used the trim & ATV. Trim full forward idle (that's safe, e.g. doesn't stop) and idle back to cut.
  12. In nylon mounts always self tappers, in wood bearers etc. then bolts & nylocs
  13. They're at 'untingdon so Norff of Cambridge on the M11/A14
  14. Try just double clicking on the tracking number rather than copying in to their tracking system, works for me.
  15. Its arrived. Postie just been with big box. Luckily Mrs. TR7V8 is at work so can be secreted to the garage quickly! Away for the weekend so further investigation will have to wait. Thanks Richard!
  16. Just been recommissioning a couple of old models & a few new ones bought recently. One of my own design is looking tatty. But thinking back it dates to around 1990. So 34-35 years old. It came as a shock because I still tend to think of the 70's being 30 years ago rather than the 50+ they actually are.
  17. Form & gregory in the post today Richard. Lowers & polishes halo!
  18. Richard just got back from a holiday so a mountain of post to open. Your order form was one. So will get the cheque sorted in the next day or so.
  19. A 10 or 11" prop would be ideal. It needs to be quite weighty as it'll need some flywheel effect. The one I had was fitted with a home made wooden prop. It ran pretty well, dead easy to start.
  20. First of the Few was silver all over with a two bladed prop. Read his build book its very good. https://www.spitfireaircraftworkshop.com/about-us/clive-du-cros-s-spitfire
  21. Can be a sign that the plug is past its best, they go white & crystalline long before they fail. You'll need a jewellers loupe to check though. Also sometimes worth playing with heat ranges as well.
  22. Quite happy to be second tranche. Too much going on at the mo!
  23. Did Primrose valley one year, had assistance & some training from the Ghost Squadron guys, John & one of the others. Did Brean Sands one year and flew off the beach. With Primrose we had our touring caravan there, but at Brean Sands we used a chalet which was really grim, dirty, poorly maintained you name it. Side story is on the way back from Brean we saved a guys life. We had a big box trailer on my Granada Estate to give more room. We're ambling along in lane 1 of the M4. Suddenly I spot a guy collapsed by an emergency phone. The phone was out of order, so we phoned 999 on my shiny new mobile. Put a coat over the guy as he was very poorly. Paramedics & plod were there pretty quick. It turned out he was diabetic & felt a hypo starting, so stopped near an emergency phone & then collapsed . The phone was out of order. His body temp was very low, it was getting dark, I reckon he'd have been toast if we hadn't seen him. It was only because we were doing 45-50MPH that I spotted him. Any faster I wouldn't have seen him.
  24. Years ago I used to cut my own cores. For smaller stuff used brown paper & paper based (not mylar) gift wrapping paper. The latter is what Mick Reeves used on his Disco. Water based PVA worked well & overlaps can be sanded to feather. On small (36") span bare foam cores it works well. I used tissue soaked in PVA as wing joiners for these as well.
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