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  1. Outer wing panels ready for glue. finish the inner wing is next. Steve
  2. Ron, I read this as the total of the files has to be less than 48.83Mb and is no indication of the individual file size of each image once imported. All indications are that they will be imported at 1200x800 (0.96Mb) and displayed at 1000x750 and so they will not compare with a 15Mb original. Steve
  3. Yes, I do the same. Some testing of image size was done when the new site started. The images added direct to posts are displayed at 1000x750 no matter how large the image file started at. Steve
  4. Once uploaded the file size is reduced to ~1Mb or something like 1200x800 presumably to match the screen size of a PC. I noticed this a long time ago and stopped using the gallery simply because of the low resolution of the stored images. Now I am wondering if something has changed recently as the quality does appear to have reduced or is it simply because we are focusing on a possible issue. ? Steve
  5. Graeme the view count is in the forum like here in Forum & Website Technical Queries. Steve
  6. I understood what you meant and as @Graeme Whitesaid the follow option is there to do what you are suggesting but getting members to use them (like and follow) seems to be the issue. Personally, I do find the like, follow, view counts and other's posts encourage me to keep posting to my build logs. It's all too easy for me to think I am talking to myself and go quiet. Steve
  7. Same here and from past experience I learned that the crimp tool required can be very specific to the pin. As George is selling this tool specifically for these pins it is fair to assume they work so having dithered for a while I have also ordered one from 4-Max. Thanks Frank. Steve
  8. We have a count of page views. My last build. Steve
  9. Crimping Pliers for Servo and JST/BEC Connectors from 4-Max
  10. The text editor reduces the resolution of photos, when they are imported, to something like 1000x800. Steve I copied a photo from above and it's only 167 kb, which is low resolution, less than half what it used to be.
  11. They look like P and N the description makes me think that they are 1/8 x 1/2 frame on 1/8 sheet to make 1/4 thick formers. Belair could have interpreted this as doubled up identical formers. Only a guess BTW. Steve
  12. Looking at other photos the ribs don't look totally flat between the spar and TE but obviously the 1/16 LE and TE sheeting is enough to obviate the need for a jig. Interesting. Steve
  13. The wings are built flat on the board as here. the ribs are semi-symmetrical, a flat between the spar and TE, which makes for an easy build. Steve
  14. Packed the TE up by 2 mm and removed the down trim which improved the tendency to climb under throttle. I checked the glide angle with no power followed by a landing which resulted in a little bounce. Power landings although good are not easy due to the large effect of one click on the throttle stick has. Now I have a choice either to keep flying as it is and probably get used to it or change the prop for a 10x4. ? then I could pack the TE a bit more, say by 1 mm. I do like experimenting (playing) it's part of the fun to me. Steve
  15. Flying yesterday, early as usual, the conditions were less than perfect so the Mini Super and MPX Heron stayed in the car. The chosen victim was the MPX Easy Star which gave me one hour flight time over four flights. Not easy or relaxing but good practice and fun. Today in near perfect conditions the Easy Star stayed at home. First up was the Mini Super, with the wing packed up by 2 mm, what a joy to fly ? just need to change the prop for a 10x4. Definitely getting there and it's beginning to grow on me. Next the MPX Heron which is a replacement for the Phoenix 2000, which is no more as I tried to fly it in less than perfect conditions (a lesson learned), I have made a launch dolly specially for the Heron, so the main task was to test it. It worked first time and the Heron quickly left it behind and climbed away in the early morning sunshine. This is so much better than its predecessor and well worth the extra cost, but the Phoenix was only £95 a couple of years ago and it has served its purpose of teaching me how to fly full house gliders and not to push my luck. Steve
  16. Thanks Ron that's exactly what I want but in a more controlled way. Thanks Pat I think I am beginning to understand. Steve
  17. I have measured the wing incidence on the plan which shows three degrees which translates to 3mm packing on the trailing edge to give zero incidence. Packing the trailing edge will decrease the wing incidence and, my logic says, reduce the amount of climb as power is increased. Exactly the same as increasing the down thrust. From the drawing the motor has two degrees of downthrust. which is the angle between the engine bearers and the sill line, which the tailplane is parallel to. This is the way I have always seen downthrust expressed and never in relation to the wing. I am going to pack the trailing edge by 1.5 mm and would expect the elevator down trim to be reduced. What do others expect to happen? Steve
  18. The initial flight showed it to be tail heavy even though it was balanced according to the plan. I removed 10g of tail weight which made it balance as on @Nigel Sharpplan above. Much better with no tendency to wallow coming out of turns. Next the model is overpowered on a 10x5 prop so I will try a 10x4. The issue is that at half throttle a lot of down trim is needed on the elevator and it will fly happily on one third power. The plan does say increase the down thrust for a larger motor which is not easy to do with a fixed cowl?. There are other options to try, throttle elevator mix or decrease the wing incidence, one at a time. Just need to make my mind up and get on with it. Steve
  19. With the Mini Super maybe I should do the same rather than trying to turn it into a sport model. That would work well when flying gliders on calm days, just for a change. I was thinking of flying when the wind increased but I have The OHmen for that. ? nothing wrong with the model it's just a question of perspective, how I view the model, and consequently its appeal to me. Thanks Matt Steve
  20. I agree and being all electric I don't have the added interest (anxiety) of trying to start an IC engine or (worry) of dead sticks. Just stick a battery in and have a flight while the IC guys are carting all their support equipment to the pits. Steve
  21. I started with a Riot which was totally soulless, but I saw it as a means to an end. This was followed by a couple of disappointing kit builds J3 Cub and Spacewalker, they both had design flaws that affected the end result, although they flew, I didn't feel any sense of pride. A big lift was given by a Jensen Das Ugly Stik I built from a plan pack and modified to get rid of the wing bands and dihedral. It flew on rails from the start and still does. No disappointments from then on until my most recent Mini Super I just have this feeling that it isn't for me. Maybe with a few more flights it will grow on me. Steve
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