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3D printers
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Topic started 26 Mar 2018 19:31 by Klipkopwildlife
I've been looking at buying a 3D printer, after 3 days my head is spinning and I still don't know which way to go! I'm sure alloy frame is the best way to go, but then what's the best axis configuration? Then there's Controller software, Cura, Repetier-Host, Printrun, and I'm sure there are others,...
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Last Post by one tenor Today 01:34
Genuck=Genuine Sorry it's a Manx expression. Dad was a Manxman born in Douglas.I.O.M.
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Topic started 21 Mar 2018 10:41 by THE BLACKBIRD
Got one to come out, but the wrong side :blink: but the one on the left you can see the black mark where the component burnt out ill get the other side this afternoon in this lovely hot sunshine ;) [attachment]
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Last Post by THE BLACKBIRD 22 Mar 2018 21:47
This one Eric [attachment]
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Topic started 06 Mar 2018 11:17 by Klipkopwildlife
BB needs some tips on using a multi meter that he bought and has lost the instructions! The next post will be a picture of it, I hope!
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Last Post by one tenor 13 Mar 2018 16:15
Quote: Maybe so - but when I bought it, I'd never heard of those two, OT. [badass] Aaah! never mind. Not much difference in them anyway.
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Topic started 03 Mar 2018 11:05 by Klipkopwildlife
This subject has reared its head again, we used to have a British Army document on the site that gave us full charge voltage v temperature. On this chart it can be seen that the full charge voltage at 30oC is considerably higher than at 5oC. The problem is the charger detects certain minuscule...
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Last Post by one tenor 09 Mar 2018 03:09
A pity I'm so far away I'd have a go at the soldering for you .Agh but then I couldn't test it properly as I've no Lipos Just a thought isn't it still under warranty/guarntee ?
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Battery fix
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Topic started 19 Jan 2018 13:03 by Klipkopwildlife
While looking around for something to do that didn't mean too much moving around I remembered the troubles I was having with my battery powered drills. I found that after 6 months or so the battery life is not too good and they self discharge overnight! A 12volt drill battery is rated at about...
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Last Post by Klipkopwildlife 24 Jan 2018 11:00
A caveat if I may, batteries have a finite life, it's well worth keeping a record of when they were charged. Once you start getting close to 1000 it's time to say goodbye. I consider any attempt to revitalise a battery that is going to fly in a model to be foolhardy and dangerous, unless like I do...
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JB Atoms
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Topic started 30 Sep 2017 08:41 by Klipkopwildlife
I've delayed starting this thread since I was less than pleased with the outcome of the Indian thread, anyway, here goes. John, (One Tenor) has sent me 2 JB Atoms for repair. Since I failed miserably to strip the complete one my first task was to clean them to my satisfaction. I tried heated...
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Last Post by one tenor 14 Dec 2017 05:25
BTW Tony! Since the rains has the river come back now? Re Bitcoin personally having had a look at it I decide to steer clear of it. You can only buy and sell them on line and I don't feel comfortable with it. Supposedly you can withdraw it as cash but can't see how it's done. I'm giving it a wide...
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Topic started 13 Dec 2017 09:30 by Mike Rolls
It used to be that in the UK for the vast majority of us, our first engine was a diesel and we soon learned the necessary procedures. Nowadays, however, many folk come to diesels after long experience with glow and/or petrol engines. For folk not used to them, hand starting diesels can seem a...
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Topic started 23 Apr 2013 18:09 by Eric
Regular readers will have seen that I had one of these 'toy' r/c radios (tx and rx £40 new!) that decided to stop working after two flights. After scouring the internet looking for a solution, I was told by Slough Radio Models that this is how to re-bind it. If the below does not help, try calling...
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Last Post by Eric 02 Dec 2017 22:30
IF - you can get them to talk to each other! The rx I had worked better after I'd put it in a bench vice, and wound the handle up really tight! :evil: I think I used the tx for spare parts for something else. p.s. this thread IS nearly five years old! [badass]
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Topic started 11 Sep 2017 16:46 by The Beard
i bought one new May last year when I damaged my Futaba FG8,dropping it..Noone had a reasonably priced Futaba cheapest being £500 so had £125 with a receiver the Spectrum was a bargain.It also is very high spec with 250 model memory.In fact the repair of the Futaba was almost as much as the cost...
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Last Post by Mike Rolls 02 Dec 2017 16:55
Ouch! Mike
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Topic started 05 Sep 2017 07:53 by Klipkopwildlife
My sister is coming to visit at the end of the month and I thought she could bring me some Rocking Horse manure (aka Diesel fuel). Where can she buy some?
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Last Post by one tenor 08 Sep 2017 18:00
Klip Can you find a supply in any other towns around J'burg? Just a thought which may possibly help. When I was a lad I asked our local chemist for anaesthetic ether he said no .But he said he could let me have some solvent ether. I've since found out there is no difference.Either he didn't...
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P51 Oops
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Topic started 31 Aug 2017 18:05 by Klipkopwildlife
I like following your exploits too Eric. I, on the other hand have not been flying, I want to maiden this [attachment] 3 days ago it was windless but I decided to check the Wattage, I found the Lipo was sagging badly under load (30watts). Fitted a new battery and now I'm getting 120W for a 367gm all...
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Last Post by Flytilbroke 05 Sep 2017 19:41
Allways a bit entertaining Klippy. Seems more than half the guys I fly with in various areas of Scotland are older than you, including me. :whistle: Small control thows. Expo IS very useful. A gentle, level chuck it, and see what it does ?? without using radio tx. Fingers crossed for you :evil:
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2 little Indians
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Topic started 21 Feb 2017 12:18 by Klipkopwildlife
1 of our members sent me 2 Indian Mills (.75) for checking and repair. Sent during the December rush they took a week to arrive in the country and then our Customs sat on them for a month! They had been sent 'to be signed for' so I wasn't worried about them. The value on the box had been put at...
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Last Post by one tenor 04 Sep 2017 20:00
Well done Klippy. Will you be doing a thread on the Atom soon ? Or maybe no thread .
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Topic started 12 Feb 2017 11:08 by Klipkopwildlife
Not being able to afford a new Taranis setup I thought I might upgrade my Futaba 9 to something that will give me some telemetry. Height, speed, battery voltage, variometer. I went to Banggood to find a bewildering array of stuff, what the hell do you need? Can anyone help?
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Last Post by Klipkopwildlife 16 Feb 2017 17:29
:( That's where I was looking, I always thought I was 'Tech Savvy' it seems not!
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Topic started 16 Oct 2016 10:39 by Garry Pollard
Went flying Tuesday and Saturday this week and took the Pulse 125 both times Set up is Spekky DX 7 Tx, 6 channel spekky RX with satellite 8 s power from 2x 4s 5000 mah lipos, switch to power both radio and motor. DSM 2 Tuesday had 4 flights out of the Pulse, not a prob. Saturday installed the 2...
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Last Post by Eric 17 Nov 2016 11:10
Wrong thread, OT? :P
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Topic started 12 Nov 2016 11:10 by Klipkopwildlife
I always thought OS engines to be the class of the field, maybe I'm wrong! Some years ago I bought a 'NIB' (new in box) OS FS-80. I don't remember from whom, however I always take NIB with a pinch of salt. Being unable to resist a bargain I have bought many engines over the years, since infernal...
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Last Post by one tenor 13 Nov 2016 13:07
I just wrote a reply which vanished. So here goes again. Thanks Klippy . Lovely engine and good and clean after the thinners It does a great job. It even shifts baked on stuff, Wow though how close are those vlave seats If you would rather not run it don't do it on my be half. greyf37@sky/com...
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Futaba T8FG
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Topic started 13 Mar 2016 21:02 by The Beard
my right controller has come loose and bits have fallen off inside there is are 2 screws and a bracket to its left looking from the back and then a second piece held in by 1 screw .worse all 3 threads into the casing seem to have stripped and there is a small spring .not have a plan at present
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Last Post by The Beard 11 Jun 2016 12:41
according to Futaba I had touched Pad S1 for a second or so I wouls dispute this as I ve never touched it but its back working fine so thats all thats important and they didnt charge me anything which is good service
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Topic started 01 May 2016 09:53 by Garry Pollard
bgr.com/2016/04/27/hover-camera-price-release-date-drone/ Wonder how many of these will sell. Loads if the price is right ?? Picked this up from another forum Garry
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Last Post by Quorneng 01 May 2016 23:19
Absolutely amazing but it actually a bit eerie! It was not so long ago that the first 'quad core' processors appeared in PCs and you needed 600W power packs to run them. Now they are in a small quad! :woohoo:
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Topic started 21 Apr 2016 12:01 by Klipkopwildlife
Since the difficulties that BB had with failsafe on his 14SG I have been meaning to do some checks. (The road to hell is paved with good intentions) Since all of my ESC are the type that shut down to 0rpm on no signal I assumed that this was the reason for no throttle failsafe. (Assumption is always...
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Last Post by one tenor 22 Apr 2016 20:40
Does anyone know if this works with the Microlite DSM2 6 Ch ?
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Topic started 10 Mar 2016 10:53 by ronstv
Here is a little project i started last night, my toffee tin single channel transmitter Using 2.4ghz frsky hack module and one of Phil_G's single channel encoders. With it's hinged lid there is actually enough room inside to fit a few toffee's in so its just the job for a quick snack while flying!...
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Last Post by The Beard 15 Mar 2016 22:28
thanks ive been told about this sort of system called bang bang .Im told it was when a servo was a weeks money so you used as few as possible its facinating thanks
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Topic started 02 Apr 2015 10:16 by Garry Pollard
I have a prob which I am sure with the peeps we have on this forum can be answered, so here goes. I have developed a love for the larger aircraft, insomuch as I now have 3, two of them run on 8s lipo power, and the third one on 10 s . I appreciate this has no bearing on my prob, but is relative....
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Last Post by Eric 28 Jan 2016 15:24
This isn't quite the right place, but I couldn't find a thread on the care and feeding of lipo's, so I'm using this thread, rather than start a new one. A search kept taking me to B.B's exploding starter! Although not really pertaining to model flight batteries, this guy has blown up a couple of...
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Topic started 20 Jan 2016 12:45 by Garry Pollard
How about these prices www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/RC_PRO...ium=email&utm_source Garry
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Last Post by Garry Pollard 21 Jan 2016 08:47
Just noticed that these are not complete with satellite. They have satellite ports!!!! Still very cheap though Garry
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Topic started 21 Nov 2015 20:38 by Garry Pollard
Have been involved in electric flight for 10 yrs now, but have upped my game into the larger heaver model running on 8, 10, and 12 s lipos. In the past the ESC has a built in bec, but the ones that I now use are Opto, which of course need a separate bec. Here the question arises. In the past, I have...
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Last Post by Eric 24 Nov 2015 18:49
The 'yellow things' are probably XT60. I don't like them - prefer Deans, and have no difficulty unplugging them. When they are new, they can be a bit tight, but a few uses eases them off nicely. I've seen XT60's come apart in flight, which is a bit naughty! (No, it didn't unplug when the model hit...
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Topic started 08 Sep 2015 10:38 by Klipkopwildlife
As recorded elsewhere I bought a 2.4gig plug-in module from Hobby King for my Futaba 9CP and was surprised when it didn't work with my Futaba or Orange RX's! Since my philosophy is that a piece of equipment that doesn't work must be fixed or binned I decided to buy the correct Assan RX's. There are...
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Last Post by Klipkopwildlife 14 Sep 2015 17:39
I think the reason for the extra weight in the X8R will be the filters and extra amplifier stages in order to get the selectivity required at that long distance.
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Topic started 06 Jun 2015 19:51 by ColinJ
Just purchased Eflite Carbon Yak54 model,there is about three types of Rx,can anyone advise which would be a good choice,I have been offered the AS3X 635 at a great price,but some say this module is now discontinued,any help would be appreciated. Colin
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Last Post by ColinJ 13 Jun 2015 22:24
And got a great deal on the Eflite carbon yak 54 model Colin
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Topic started 27 Feb 2015 11:59 by Andy Sephton
This one's for Klippy! He asked a question about the title subject in my Blackburn build thread, so rather than clutter up the Blackburn with extraneous detail, I decided to start a new thread on the subject. Essentially, a profiler controls the engine and other functions in the model to allow a...
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Last Post by Andy Sephton 27 Feb 2015 13:47
Well anticipated Kev, my next post is on brushed controllers! :cheer: :cheer: The KP brushless controller will run a brushed motor via an esc, the brushed controller will run a brushed motor direct. The brushed controller will not run a brushless motor, however.The operating principle of...
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Topic started 07 Jan 2015 13:55 by Heaton
Has anybody got reliable information on this subject through long and varied experience? Are certain brands vastly superior to others? What makes the difference between good brands and duff ones? If you've bought NiCads/NiMh's new, how do you know how long the vendor has had them in stock and, if...
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Last Post by Quorneng 12 Jan 2015 12:50
Eric - I would agree about the possible risk of a LiPo fire but my old second hand Futaba cost very little (and certainly a great deal less than a Taranis! ;) } and the LiPo was half the price and had a bigger capacity that a NIMh pack. :P :P
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Topic started 14 Aug 2014 12:07 by Eric
Although this was found in a ham radio magazine, the gadget may be equally useful for those of us who use a 12v battery for 'in field' lipo charging, engine starting, etc - [image]
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Last Post by Polyphilla 16 Aug 2014 08:15
This may come in handy for me Eric. I've got a studio mixing desk here that's probably worth quite a few bob. I repaired all 12 pre Amp channels but the bar graph VU display is knackered & the custom driver chip has had its number erased. It's been sitting here for years now because I wouldn't sell...
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Topic started 08 Aug 2014 12:27 by AlanM
Hi again everyone! Thank you for your advice etc about this aeroplane... but I could do with a little bit more info, please. The Zenoah and petrol engines are new to me. The fuel tank set up is baffling me a little. I have a standard bottle type fuel tank. There is a connection coming through the...
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Last Post by alan cantwell 08 Aug 2014 16:25
Ignore everything above, except Geoff Dales, He is bang on, Sorry guys :S
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Topic started 07 Aug 2014 17:42 by AlanM
Here is a strange one, or maybe not and it's just my limited knowledge that's showing!! lol I have a Glens Cap 232 that I bought from a friend, who I am no longer in touch with as he moved overseas. I have finally got round to getting it flying! (after a painful school holiday period!) Anyway.....
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Last Post by Geoff dales 07 Aug 2014 21:43
It's also not unknown to fit a capacitor on spectrum gear to help prevent brown out
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Topic started 26 Jul 2014 00:27 by chookman
Recently I purchased a 12FGH, cheap, only I fly airplanes, Ok I can get over that but the guy before had the throttle stick gimbal reduced in throw ( he told me that before I bought it ), ok I hear ya say, take the back off, which I have tried, but it wont remove after taking out the 4 screws, it...
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Last Post by chookman 26 Jul 2014 09:15
Yea, I guessed that would be the case
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