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  1. Are you referring to LiPos tizdaz? I've had one explode when it was outside the model and it set fire to two other models which were hanging on the wall, one of which took me fourteen months to build. I've never had a problems with Nicads or NiMhs exploding. I'd fit a receiver switch with a charging jack without a care Aidan provided you are not powering your receiver with a LiPo.
  2. Years ago I bought a 1/6 scale BE2e from a bereavement sale. It is fitted with Futaba FP-S128 servos. So far they have always worked well on the few occasions each year when the weather is suitable for flying the BE2, but I'm not familiar with these servos. Does anybody have any experience of using them? How do they compare to the better-known S3003 or FP-S148 servos?
  3. I keep my balsa, basswood and spruce in three old kit boxes. A Baron kit box holds all of my strip wood of one metre or less, so the strip off-cuts go in there. An old ARTF Citabria box holds all of the one metre sheet and any sheet off-cuts. A WOT 4 Foam-E box holds all of the four foot lengths of sheet and strip. I am currently building two models at the same time, (not recommended,) a DB Sport and Scale Skyrider and a vintage Guidato. Yesterday I found out that the off-cuts from the leading edge of the Skyrider's wing are the ideal size for the tail-plane tips of the Guidato! How's that for economising!
  4. Just a brief note to say that I talked to Colin Buckle over the phone yesterday, he seemed to be on good form after having recovered from his operation. He confirmed that kits were now back in production though the price is rather higher than advertised on the website to reflect the higher cost of balsa wood. A clubmate is interested in a Radio Queen, it's just a case of whether we order it from France or whether we wait until I come over to England for Cocklebarrow in September.
  5. In another thread a man returning to the hobby after a break of several decades was dismayed at the negative reaction he received when he applied to join a local club. I have always been perturbed by the existence of "joining fees" which some clubs add to the cost of membership for new members, lapsed members and those returning to the hobby after a break of decades in many cases. For those unfamiliar with joining fees they are an extra charge sometimes amounting to 25%-30% of the annual subscription which is imposed on top of the club's membership fee. If our aim is to encourage new people into the hobby, why do we impose this additional cost on newcomers and returnees?
  6. My own view having taught several retired beginners how to fly is that they are better off with a model with at least a five foot (1.5 meter) wingspan. They are easier to see and a bit of extra weight makes little or no difference. Of electric powered foamy ARTFs, I like the E Flite Apprentice though i'll concede that it's very expensive these days. I'm also in two minds about SAFE systems. The Kyosho Calmato and the Seagull Boomerang may be powered by either electric or i/c engines but the o/p would be better off with any of these models if he could find a club with an instructor which is where we came in. Some returnees may like to build their own models in which case a vintage model may be appropriate as a first step but a 20" wingspan model is far too small for a beginner.
  7. Some clubs have a limit to the number of members they can accept and once the limit has been reached, they cannot accept any more applications. Maybe that was the reason for the brush-off.
  8. I believe that the gentleman who shot this video is an American engineer who is currently working in England, probably for Rolls-Royce. If so this would explain why he was invited to this event twice. All of the aircraft in this video were originally fitted with Rolls Royce engines. There are some fine colour schemes which might inspire the next project! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jBPP7GbXxM
  9. Ecotop make a four-channel ARTF Baron. The original Baron was a three-channel model without ailerons. While it is possible to compete in La Coupe Des Barons with an ARTF four-channel Baron, the ailerons have to be disconnected and taped up for the competition. Most of the entry are built from kits or plans. PB Modelisme offers Baron kits in both three and four channel options: https://www.pb-modelisme.com/Avion/liste_avion.php?marque=62
  10. So if most of your customers were not BMFA members did they fly uninsured or were they involved in a different type of modeling, trains, cars, boats or doll's houses for example?
  11. We held our "Journée Découverte de lAeromodelisme" or Aeromodelling Discovery Day yesterday. We had targeted the local colleges. Nobody turned up except a local baker who used to fly in the Eighties and had somehow found out about us. Mind you it rained for much of the day. I have long since concluded that traditional aeromodelling has no appeal for the younger generation which is why so many of my club members are in their sixties or older. Over the last few years, my club has increased its membership but most new members are retired beginners or people like the baker returning to the hobby. We apparently have a good reputation for encouraging these new members because several have chosen to join us rather than to join clubs which are nearer to their homes. I believe that we have about thirty-five members in the club; one is in his thirties, and two are in their forties, the rest are older. We used to have a couple of lads who were still at school and who learned to fly in five minutes but they don't come anymore. One of them is my neighbour. He prefers to help his sister with her mobile catering business or to go carp fishing with his grandfather. When I was a teenager I don't think that spending my leisure time with a lot of old men would have appealed very much either. As for the availability of modelling product, there are a lot electric powered foamies available. I've owned a few but I've worn them out, read crashed them after lots of flights, and I've never bothered to replace them. Similarly I have custody of a Boomerang ARTF trainer which belongs to the club and I own an ARTF Acro Wot. I assembled both of these but they don't give me the same satisfaction as building a model from scratch. I am currently building a DB Sport & Scale Skyrider as a surprise present for my partner who has challenged me to finish a model in purple and pink! I get a great deal of pleasure in seeing it take shape. I also gain a great deal of satisfaction out of getting a glow engine running perfectly. I prefer the challenge of the glow engine to the reliability and cleanliness of the electric motor, but I've always been in one minority or another all my life. The young have other interests and probably have to work hard to attain an acceptable standard in their SAT Tests at school if that's what they're still called. The world of work appears to be more demanding and less rewarding for most people these days so people may not have the leisure time to devote to aeromodelling. Then there's the cost of starting the hobby for newcomers... The way I see it is that at seventy-four and in good health, I have five to ten years of active life left, if I'm lucky. As long as I have stocks of balsa I will carry on being the curmudgeonly traditional modeller, let the world of aeromodelling change as it may!
  12. My club is organising an open day for beginners tomorrow. All of the local colleges have been canvassed. It'll be interesting to see if anybody turns up!
  13. Now here I disagree entirely. I have built two Junior 60s and helped a novice build a third. They do what they were designed for, i.e, to fly slowly as a free flight model. As a result they are excellent for nervous elderly beginners to learn on in calm weather. There are better vintage trainers, the Super 60 and the Radio Queen for example and I have several more aerobatic models, a WOT 4 and an Acrowot for example as well as a pattern-ship on the stocks, but I love flying Junior 60s in calm weather. The least favoured model in my collection is an OS 61 FS-powered Flair Harvard.
  14. Danny, nearly every model I fly is equipped with a four-stroke engine. If the engine has compression and is fitted with a good glow plug, I use the OS F in everything, and if it's using the recommended fuel, 10%-15% nitro in the case of Saitos, and if it's tuned correctly, there's no reason why the engine should cut out in fight. That said, I have never owned a Saito so don't know anything about the recommended running-in process, but if I have a brand new engine in an airframe, I don't try to gain the absolute maximum revs out of it for the first four or five flights. Neither do I adjust it for the slowest possible tick over until it's had a few flights.
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