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Dave W
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Your welcome Grumpy. The porn star tashes, hair, hot pants, boat shoes and chopper pilot sunny's was a real 70's flashback. And that was the male pilots. If you haven't found this guy already you might want to check out shugemery posts on U tube. He loves Brodack ARF's. Easy going commentary and mix of fun fly and competition.
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December 25, 2016 at 6:06 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Dave W
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Great to see those who turned out even knowing the wind wouldn't be kind. A few hardy souls managed to fly successfully. Peter T's Cub became acquainted with the windsock pole. A good social time under the roof of our maintenance shed. Kelvin and Martin were showing some of members the joy of flying those arachnid looking flying chicaneries. Several members seem to be teetering on the dark side. Wednesday 4pm to 6pm is looking good. Hope to see a few there.
January 8, 2017 at 1:03 AM Flag Quote & Reply

kennyglide
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Just putting some servos in ....is it worthwhile to use the Drexel to ensure that no wood in the mount is not actually touching the servo ... the servo only being supported by the rubber grommets to help reduce vibration ...I suspect not many people to concerned with this but just thought I would double check...to be Sure ...to be sure..... :)
January 13, 2017 at 7:24 AM Flag Quote & Reply

kennyglide
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Thanks for the overwhelming response guys.......lol  ...  it's all been sorted......     :)

February 12, 2017 at 7:56 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Cel
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So... some testing took place today with my entry for the bladder cup. It looks like I'll be going for a 2-stop strategy using super-soft tyres for the first stop, then switching to intermediates. There is also the possibility of reducing it to a 1-stop, but that will throw out my plans for tyre changes... we'll see. Might have to fly conservatively on intermediates to prevent unecessary tyre wear... Although if it rains, I will be switching to full wets at the first yellow flag once the pit gate opens... 


I will only be answering to the name "Nico Rosberg" on Sunday by the way.


I'm searching for a replacement co-pilot, as mine will not be coming back from her mothers until later in the day. He (or she) will need to be Mode 1, or if they're Mode 2, they will have to hold the transmitter backwards with the antenna facing towards themselves. That way the elevator and throttle will be around the right way for them.

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I love Eklectric powered things... my phone, my cordless drill, my toaster, my shaver...

But that's where it ends!! THINGS THAT FLY NEED REAL ENGINES!!!   :D

February 15, 2017 at 9:19 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Dave W
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Watched a member flying today. Engine quit so he approached the field with a pretty good crosswind. Good approach then cross wind took over. Missed flight box then went straight for upright section of windsock mast. Starboard tail feathers cleared over the top by a cigarette paper. Plane came to a safe landing before the drop off. I then had to endure 10 minutes of fairy tale about how well he controlled a difficult flight. Probable, even possibly believable. But the truth will out. 2nd flight. Controlled landing, good approach, right up to the point he accidentally turned off his transmitter. He was about 2 metres off the deck. Luckily plane landed itself which would suggest it did the same last time. To rebut this story he will have to identify himself. You know the guy who turns off his transmitter in flight....
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March 2, 2017 at 4:32 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Cel
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... I think there is a stirrer amongst our midst...


Despite that, it's a great story. But like all great story's, I doubt there's any truth to it. Nah... can't happen.

(Only one way to dispel the myth...)

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I love Eklectric powered things... my phone, my cordless drill, my toaster, my shaver...

But that's where it ends!! THINGS THAT FLY NEED REAL ENGINES!!!   :D

March 2, 2017 at 6:12 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Mick
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March 2, 2017 at 3:12 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Toddy
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Thats an interesting story Dave. Its funny, as I was out there the other day and that very same thing happened to me. I thought about hitting the wind sock pole just to slow my model down, but did not want to be responsible for damaging (bending or breaking) the steel structure, so with lightening fast reflexes I steered my craft clear for a perfect landing. My second display of sheer brilliance was a landing on perfect approach moments from touch down when I had what I can only call a "Dave" moment when I inadvertantly switched my transmitter off when I was trying to pull the throttle trim lever down. The plane did another perfect landing, I put this down to good trimming, while my fellow flying buddy coughed and said I think, "Bull---t you arsie bastard. Stay tuned for more afternoon adventures.

March 3, 2017 at 2:03 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Dave W
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Just a follow up reminder/request. As the management committee now list Wednesday as a designated afternoon fly. Could all comments in relation to attendance, likely weather etc be made there instead of a general forum. Thanks and hope to see you Wednesday
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March 5, 2017 at 5:09 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Cel
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I was just gluing a tow release into the nose of a glider and tried using an epoxy from the $2 shop near Target & the safety wear shop. I needed to get some new epoxy as my stocks are too old. When I mix a 12 minute, it takes 24 hours to stiffen and even longer to resist finger prints...

Anyway, this $2 epoxy from the $2 shop smells like the stuff dentists use on your teeth... it's so yummy that I rate it up there with the smell of burning castor!! Goes off quick enough and is quite stiff when hardened and sticks to plastic like nothing else! We'll see how it goes gluing aluminium to fibreglass...


So, I have some left so if you have a loose tooth or need a filling, drop around and I'll fix it in a jiffy. Dugong (Cooper) has a loose front tooth, so I'll try it on him when he falls asleep tonight and I'll keep you posted...

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I love Eklectric powered things... my phone, my cordless drill, my toaster, my shaver...

But that's where it ends!! THINGS THAT FLY NEED REAL ENGINES!!!   :D

March 8, 2017 at 12:02 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Mick
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March 8, 2017 at 2:51 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Dave W
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A good turn out this afternoon. Good to see Ken flying again. We even had a prospective new member turn up with his dad. Town water has been connected to a meter. I think all that's needed is the fitting of a tap. Next time you see Peter T. Ask him what happens when you land at warp speed. I think everyone had fun. A good afternoon all round.
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March 8, 2017 at 4:18 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Grumpy
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Yes it was nice to see so many at the field today. I must apologise for my absence of late but I've been trying to erect my new model workshop plus my mum is in toowoomba hospital in a bad way so I've been up there every second day. I should be there on Saturday with another helper for a couple of hours before we put the finishing touches to my new shed. Can't wait for it to be finished, I've been trying to build in a 3x3 shed shared with all my other rubbish but now I'll have a dedicated 6x3 workshop all to myself. As for that epoxy your talking about Marcel, i have tried it and found it to be quite good although for engine bearers i still use proper Areldite as the cheap stuff doesn't seem to set fully hard. And yes the smell is pretty good although i wouldn't recommend sniffing it too much.
March 8, 2017 at 8:07 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Cel
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Lesson for the Day...


Yesterday, when I should have been flying, I was making some modifications to a second-hand glider I purchased at our recent Warbirds Day. I have been installing a tow-hook into the nose so that it can be either towed aloft or launched via bungee (using the standard under-fuselage hook), with the intention of it becoming my next Bladder Cup entrant (need my co-pilot to get her take-off and landings perfected first so that she can pilot the tow-plane!). Anyway, prior to the tow-hook release arriving from HobbyKing, I had a few quick test practice/trimming flights by gently throwing it down the slight slope in the orchard. The last one was a bit hard, so it was flying along the ground, heading for a barbed wire fence. Not wanting to strain it through the fence just yet, I nosed it in but it bounced and flew again. This time it landed smack-bang, nose-first into a wooden post. The subsequent swift de-celleration (it wasn't a crash!) crumpled the fibreglass nose, broke the locating dowel in the front of the leading edge of one wing, tore the retaining screw out of the trailing edge out (only screwed in by half a turn by finger - a "quick test" remember) and left the elevator and rudder out of alignment, stripped servo gears presumably. Quite a list considering the slightly firmer than gentle throw and the fact that it wasn't a crash...


The tow-hook release was glued in with yummy-smelling $2 epoxy which also repaired and strengthened the damaged nose and with the wing repaired, it was on to the stripped servos. The servos installed by the previous owner were Hitec HS81's, which are very good 9g analog servos, which I've used on numerous light aircraft. I've stripped one before when used for the throttle on a real-engined combat model, which lost. I bought replacement gears (why buy one when for twice the price, you can buy two! Good advice for everything except cars and wives...) so I knew I was able to repair one of them. I pulled both servos out (with radio on, the arm was easily rotated by hand while crunchy noises emanated from within), cut open the packet of spare gears and disassembled the servo. Upon very close examination (while wearing old-man's glasses - similar to the bottoms of coke bottles) I couldn't find any sign of damaged gears. I inspected the top cases, expecting to find a crack or damaged locationg hole which would allow the gears to come out of mesh, still nothing. Assembled it all again and tested. Still scrunching noises while holding the arm. I was about to chuck them and put in metal geared ones (not Hitec, but ones from Wolf) which I have put aside for my Scratch-build model, but decided to have one last look (I love Hitec gear and would hate to have to say that their products are of similar quality to Sprectum gear). When the arm is screwed down real tight, they didn't slip. When sat on the spline or screwed lightly, they slipped on the spline. As it turns out, the gentleman who last owned it did not install the arms that came with the servos, possibly because he had replaced the servos at some stage but not the arms or vice-versa.


So... Lesson for the Day... Prior to test-flying a new or repaired/modified model (even for a "quick flight"), do a thorough pre-flight check which includes attempting to break the servos out of their mountings, horns out of their mountings and hinges, out of their mountings... I do this to every model I test-fly, even if it's not mine. I failed to do this prior to my "quick test-fly" as I wasn't actually intending it to fly any further than a paper plane.

Lesson learn't.

(I did do a range-check though!)

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I love Eklectric powered things... my phone, my cordless drill, my toaster, my shaver...

But that's where it ends!! THINGS THAT FLY NEED REAL ENGINES!!!   :D

March 13, 2017 at 1:33 AM Flag Quote & Reply

GBAR
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I have to agree Celwin, the spektrum(spelled correctly) servos are not really up to scratch compared to other manufactures, some members are having great problems with the infamous Hitec servos which are failing miserably due to bad assembly. I like the Wolf model servo range as I have not had a failure yet. BUT as you have stated, do a though test of equipment before attempting your first flight, we are all guilty of lauching a model and then realizing "oh crap" should have tested it!!!!!

March 13, 2017 at 6:09 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Dave W
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If One aircraft is towing another. In lets say.... a friendly not for sheep stations club competition. Isn't the aircraft being towed accruing flight time only when it is released from the towing vehicle and not before it is released. Secondly. Doesn't that mean you would have no co pilot till the towing plane released you. As while being towed you have two pilots. Each with their own aircraft. Over to you Marcel.
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March 13, 2017 at 6:34 AM Flag Quote & Reply

GBAR
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Dave, once the said aircraft leaves ground zero the time starts either under its own power or the towed vehicle. Somewhere in there, is a sheep station!!!!

March 13, 2017 at 7:05 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Cel
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Sheep stations for me, sheep stations for you...


The rules state something like time starts the moment it leaves the hand or rises from the ground from memory...


I may have to employ a co-co-pilot, as well as a lawyer prior to the next event.


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I love Eklectric powered things... my phone, my cordless drill, my toaster, my shaver...

But that's where it ends!! THINGS THAT FLY NEED REAL ENGINES!!!   :D

March 13, 2017 at 10:26 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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