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Posted by Monza Red | Aug 11, 2013 @ 02:00 AM | 2,051 Views
On several occasions when I have flown my Senior Telemaster, as in my avatar recently, the engine, a Thunder Tiger F91S has cut out in flight leading to a few unscheduled landings in the crop. At the close of flying last Thursday 8th August, I started the engine in my "Best Mate" stand and revved it to see whether I could notice anything wrong. I noticed that the needle valve moved with the engine revs, alternately moving inwards and outwards as the throttle was advanced or backed off. It transpired that the ratchet clip had broken enabling the needle valve to move. As I had another Thunder Tiger F91S, I resolved to pinch the ratchet clip off the other engine and fit it into the one in the STM but on digging out the other engine I found that the ratchet clip on that engine had also broken.

I was unable to locate a source of Thunder Tiger spares so that evening I emailed two firms, Just Engines and the Sussex Model Centre and explained my problem. Both firms replied and said that a clip from an SC or ASP engine would suit, I happened to open the Just Engines email first and ordered three clips, one for each engine and a spare from them. These arrived by post on Saturday 10th August. With the new clip in place the model performed faultlesly.

I'm impressed by the standard of customer service from Just Engines, however, based on past experience I know that I would have had a similar standard of service from the Sussex Model Centre.

I have no connection with either firm etc etc
Posted by Monza Red | Mar 21, 2009 @ 07:00 AM | 2,298 Views
An interesting event occurred at our flying field, Forton Aerodrome, near Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. (For the benefit of foreign nationals, Shrewsbury is part of the West Midlands, the central area of England, but only 9 miles, (about 14kms) from the Welsh Border.

Most of us were flying sports models and trainers and about half of the models there were ARTFs made in China. Then two chaps came along with a scale Fairey Swordfish of about 6 feet (1.8 metres) in the wingspan. The one man was a member of the club, the other, his next door neighbour who had built the model but didn't fly. The club colleague had loaned him an OS91 fourstroke and a radio and it took them some time to rig the biplane which featured rigging and landing wires etc.

Then they flew it and all flying ceased while an enraptured crowd watched it putter up the runway and into the air. It didn't do anything other than fly slowly and majestically in wide figure of eight manouvres. There was applause when it landed.

My question is:

Why did this model create such interest when there we plenty of pattern ships, sports aircraft, foamies, 3-D's and shockies (whatever they are) present which were capable of much more aerobatic flight?

I think I know the answer but I'd be interested in your views.