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  1. Evening All, I'm currently doing some rework/repairs on a kit built Acrowot - removing a fluffed learning application of glass fibre, doing a much better job of reglassing the fuzz, then covering the tailplane in fabric and Ez Dope. Due to the brutal nature of removing the old glass, the hinge lines on both rudder and elevators aren't perfect. Usable, but not perfect. Is it worth doping some fabric over the gap, I was thinking top and bottom, to make sure I don't induce any flutter? Obviously applied with deflection built in to ensure there's enough flex for full movement. Or are there any other options?
  2. You're either over or under medicated, I'm not sure which.
  3. First time out in a month, and looking at the calendar it'll be the last time out for another month. Big Acrowot has decided it needs a new ignition battery - que a short swim across a cold river to retrieve it. The big Hurricane needs a replacement retract unit - I think I might give up on that for this year. Little Hurricane clipped the safety fence landing in the long grass by the pits and broke it's tail. I've now only got a Junior 60 and my lads foamy Bixler in a flyable condition. Thoroughly frustrated.
  4. Old Nissan Leafs are now in the "used car for under £3k" bracket you specified, with plenty of usable battery life left. Six years ago, I was seriously considering a transition to one of these for the same £7k I paid for my fiesta, but the ones available then we're the really old ones that look like a built up shoe.
  5. In the UK at least we've been paying 50%+ tax on fuel long before EVs were a thing.
  6. Look at the MG range - estates, hot hatches, SUVs, all on par with roughly similar Ford ICE example (Puma/Kuga/Focus Estate). Normal cars, at normal prices, powered by volts, exist now. Ultimately, if you fit in to the following criteria, EVs are cheaper: Have a drive or somewhere to charge (eg, chargers at work) Are part of the vast majority where 90% of all driving is less than 100 miles/day Looking for a new vehicle under £30k, or a used vehicle around £15k (there are cheaper). You KNOW that I enjoy engines. Engines are fun. I'd gladly have an electric motorcycle, and still keep an ICE bike in the garage (BMW R1200rs if anyone's feeling generous), but cars are a necessary evil for moving stuff/people around, they don't necessarily have to be fun (but electrics are a lot more fun in that price range I've mentioned above than ICE equivalents).
  7. I had a go in my Mum's MG ZS (the SUV looking one), and whilst I was really good at remembering to bury my left foot and leave it there, I kept reaching for a gear leaver that didn't exist. One thing I did notice - using full regen ("Kers3"), it's very much like riding a motorcycle - all speed control on the throttle beyond actively stopping - very much a driving style I enjoy after 11 years/150,000 miles in the saddle.
  8. Do you really want to pay 50% tax on your normal electric tariff at home just to punish EV users? Like the vast majority of people, 90% of my mileage is commuting. An MG5 (I keep using that as the example because it's literally the same cost as an equivalent family estate ICE), will do a full weeks commute (200-250 miles) on a full charge, and costs £7* to fill up on off peak electric. Even adding 50% tax that's only £11.50. My motorcycle does the same commute at 57mpg(ish - depends how enthusiastic I am with the throttle), for the same miles to the same tank size, for £35. *Ignoring the free to use chargers at work.
  9. When you say "hype", do you mean "established facts? :- - cheaper to run - cheaper to maintain - initial purchase cost approaching parity with ICE vehicles - zero range issues for 90%+ of all car users
  10. You mean this?: "The cost to park in the centre of Paris for non-residents with petrol, diesel and hybrid cars weighing over 1.6 tonnes, and electric vehicles over 2.o tonnes, is going to triple from 1 September 2024 to €18/hour (equivalent to about £15/hour)." Because you may want to look here: https://www.evspecs.org/electric-cars-weight-comparison-chart And see that the weight limit has less to do with power train, and more to do with over all "style". SUVs will always be heavier. The majority of EVs won't be affected.
  11. All insurance is massively up this year. My 99bhp fiesta (POWER!) was £180 in 2023, up to £280 on initial quote for 2024 (haggled down to £230). My motorcycle is a similar story, same with buildings and contents. When I ran a quick comparison site search for an MG5 Vs a diesel Passat Vs a Ford Ranger as part of looking in to what to get next, as long as the base value of the vehicle was reasonable similar, so was the insurance cost (all came out around £300). I didn't understand why so many commenters are obsessed with the extra weight of EVs. A proper classic mini weighed 580kg. A new one weighs 1680kg. The UK's most popular car - Fiesta - went from 736kg to 1262kg. The largest "tonnage per axle" increase in recent years has been caused by ownership of vans - caused by the privatisation of Royal Mail and the proliferation of self employed delivery drivers. An MG5 weighs 1565kg, my wife's Kuga weighs 1859kg.
  12. It's part of the Affinity Scheme, so should be any Local Authority/NHS/Blue Light/Armed Forces and extends to family members too.
  13. Is anyone using an MG5 for toy aeroplane transport? I'm in the market for a new car as of December 2024, and it's on the short list. Free charging at work makes the commute £0, "vehicle to load" power for Buckminster camping trips, depreciation isn't a problem when you run all your vehicles on to the ground over a decade+, and we get a local authority discount (currently £8k off an MG5). I'd just love to know how people are getting on, fitting 1/4 scale WW1 stuff in them. 😂
  14. Electric models are more likely to bite. I/C models have an audible alarm that tells you when they're dangerous.
  15. Unfortunately that type of flying isn't worth getting out of bed for. The building is lovely, but I can't do more than one flight like that anymore.
  16. Afternoon All, I'm keeping half an eye on a potential quick project for next winter (between my long refurb list) and I'd really like to build another Old Timer. My first build back in to RC at the start of Covid was a Junior 60 from Ben Buckle. I LOVE the build style of Old Timers - all stick fuselages, beautiful wing shapes, and I'll always opt for fabric covering because I enjoy it. The only problem is, as much as I can appreciate the joy of nudging it around the sky, backing of the throttle until it sits in the wind nicely and watching it potter about gracefully, after a while it is incredibly boring. Are there any Old Timers that lend themselves to a more "sport flying" set up - 4ch conversion, fairly adventurous wind ranges, and mild to moderate aerobating (pretty much B Cert schedule stuff)? Depending on which engine will be spare at the end of the season, I'm thinking of either an Elf biplane or a Falcon but i'm wondering if there's anything else - maybe Bristol M1c from Balsa USA might scratch the traditional build itch, but be more fun in the sky.
  17. Couldn't tell you. It was set up two or three years ago, and hasn't flown in over a year - drone flying is massively boring on a flat field.
  18. I drive a fiesta. Are you saying that I'm effectively priced out of toy aeroplanes until I can afford an armoured wagon?
  19. That's entirely false. I've dabled with the below example, it fly's perfectly fine with the gyro switched off and there's very little input required for a stable hover. In "auto level mode" it sits perfectly still on its own.
  20. Evening All, I am a reasonably competent flyer (B Cert in the bag for the last couple of years, and aiming for my examiner cert this year), and I've been trying to teach my eldest. He's 10, 11 in a couple of months, and I'm struggling. We started off using my Junior 60 as it was all we had that was suitable, and he got as far as a few aggressive take offs, and some general flying around. Last year we bought him a second hand, thoroughly expendable, Bixler with the aim of me taking my hands off the buddy-box more and really letting him do his thing. We also have an Acrowot Fomie, in a similar condition - second hand, thoroughly expendable, for use as soon as the Bixler is killed to death. Some days, I am stood there like a spare tyre, holding the buddy-box whilst he fly's round, with the occasional piece of advice, and potentially flicking switch and taking over if he says he's lost orientation. Other days, he starts the session by saying, "I can't do it, I can't see it properly, I don't know what to do." There's usually lots of mumbling, some tears, and he gives up. On these days, I feel like I need to get my hands on his controller, put my thumbs over his and show him what to do - but I can't do that whilst I'm on the lead controller and actively flying. Does anyone have any advice for coaching youngsters? I'm desperately trying to stay away from being the overbearing parent that makes him do something he's not interested in, but I'm running out of ideas beyond, "I know you can do this!" We have trainee aircraft in the club, but I don't think we have any actual instructors.
  21. I started off with FlySky, and still have two for buddy boxing with my kids. The only problem I've ever had with them, is the AA batteries - do not take off if it's showing half on the "battery-o-meter" on the main screen. I was lucky the one time I got caught out, and I was flying a free flight/RC conversion that happily landed itself not too far away. Range is fantastic, reception is fantastic, the voltage sensors for your electric planes are brilliant. If it does everything you need it to, you've definitely got nothing to worry about. 👍
  22. That's mental that they just stopped you flying - the FlySky stuff is CE marked (I had to look it up to be allowed to fly at Shuttleworth on a model weekend).
  23. I've just been fiddling around with a kit built Acrowot I used to practice some of the techniques that went in to this Hurricane - it weighs in at a thoroughly hefty 4.1kgs/9lbs dry, hauled around by an Evolution 15cc - which on the back of a similar fag packet, comes out at 35 Oz/sqft. I know that definitely flys! And I know it's best landings were long, fast greasers using all the runway. I also know what happens when I tried to slow it down for a cross wind landing from my least favourite direction (which is why it's been waiting for the build table to clear up since November). Comparing those numbers, I'm happy with the Hurricane, I just need the right weather and a properly dry runway.
  24. Very quiet up the field today. One member on site when my lad and I arrived, another one came whilst we were there. It was cold and blustery, but pretty much straight down the main the runway. I've started prophanging the winter hack Acrowot XL, the little VMC Balsa Basics Hurricane had its first couple of flights after the radio upgrade, and the big Hurricane had more engine run time, and some more taxiing. Unfortunately the boy was having an off day, so burnt off three batteries in his Bixler to save faffing with discharging. It'll really shift with the gyro on and throttle through the stops. 😂
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