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Posted by solentlife | Oct 27, 2021 @ 07:16 AM | 14,825 Views
Not so long ago - the likes of Hobby King and similar had budget as well as more expensive gear. We all break props .. need wheels ... etc. etc.

But now you go online and its hard to find those items we took for granted ... or the shipping is just crazy.

I need 4.1 x 4.1 R props as pusher ... HK had loads of these and similar but now ??? Nothing.

I found APC style on another site - but for ONE prop - they wanted $17 shipping .............

In the end AliExpress came up with what I wanted but still not exactly budget priced.
Posted by solentlife | Oct 03, 2021 @ 07:07 AM | 15,080 Views
The Ender 3 Pro is a good machine as a starter unit and can produce some amazing results. But it has one limiting factor that I am surprised they accepted. Single Z drive rod supporting a heavy Extruder arm.

Initially - the arm rose and lowered with only a tiny change in its horizontal level ... but as time went - despite adjustment / calibration - that change increased. It resulted in strange thin / thick first layers as the arm changed ... BL Touch could not compensate as it was on the arm itself.

I finally looked for solution and watched video of a Dual Z rod belt system ... sorry but I'm not so sure about making the one stepper motor drive not only its own rod - but via belt / pulleys - drive a second Z rod ?
Then I found Creality's own solution ... a Dual Stepper motor kit ...

Ender is Creality ........ so surely if they produce the kit as well as the machine its intended for - it must be a good match ?

Second - it was actually a lot cheaper than the 3rd party belt system and cheaper than other stepper motor offerings.

Click on Buy ... it was ordered. Few days later in my hands.

Took about 1 hour to fit ... includes having a beer !

Because my BL Touch had thrown its handf in ... I had to flash non BL Touch FW ... easy peasy as the BL Touch had sorted bootloader before ... so connect to PC ... and zap ! Refitted Z stop switch .. unplugged BVL Touch ... manually levelled bed ...

Did a couple of calibration ruins ... and WOW ... now I have a rock steady arm and nice evfen first layers ......

Recc'd ? You bet !!
Posted by solentlife | Oct 02, 2021 @ 04:33 AM | 10,392 Views
OK .. we have had a number of posts and threads over the years about bungees and various setups. One of the most useful threads was destroyed and became a soap-box platform.

Lets get back on track and also try to log the various ways its accomplished .. with / without ramp / rails ... tension amounts .... min / max size of model ...

First I would ask people to look at the Poll and check those that apply. A short post could be made as well if felt necessary to explain why something is added or not.

I would like to think that the end result is that more people get to enjoy this way of launching models.

Descriptions - modifications - diagrams - tables - all welcome.

So onto Poll .............. you may click as many as are relevant to your usage.
Posted by solentlife | Sep 22, 2021 @ 12:03 PM | 26,670 Views
There are some really ignorant individuals who frequent forums. The fact that they get banned from other forums - doesn't seem to change their attitude or ways.

You try to accommodate - you go the long road to accept their way of doing things - pointing out that their way is theirs and others have their ways .....

Its a wasted effort .... they keep plugging on ruining good threads - oblivious that literally no positive replies to their self-indulgent posts and videos ....

I understand that the larger a forum membership gets - the likelihood of such idiots increases ... but it still destroys good threads and makes for moderators headaches.

Anyone reading this - I am sure know exactly which idiot I am talking about ....
Posted by solentlife | Aug 28, 2021 @ 02:13 AM | 20,234 Views
I have had a 3D printer for quite a few years now ... Hobby King sold the DIY Printer ... from Colida. A budget machine that has some good and not so good features.
Best feature is the dual Z drive rods - making sure the head as it rises and falls does not suffer from the weight of hot head moving across the work area ... it keeps uniform height ...
Another is that the filament is fed direct to extruder without a long Teflon tube .... so any changes of filament have only a short piece to clear.

But main disadvantage is the lack of bed adjustment to level. Its a fixed bed and to adjust there are two ways : a) to effectively twist the frame by shimming under the main feet but this is unreliable, b) to remove bed and shim the mounting bolts with card etc.

The Colida has no Heated Bed - but the control board does have facility to connect. A number of people online have advised not to use this and to separately power / control any bed added to the unit. They report the board burning out as its 12v and pushed to limits ...

The Colida is best when connected by USB to a computer and then use Repetier Host or Simplyfi3D ..... SD card (standard size) is possible but you have no screen to monitor ... so still use the computer.

My other printer is the Ender 3 Pro .......... a very good machine BUT it has its quirks.

The main area that I find is not so good ... the main horozontal beam that carries the head unit has only one Z drive rod at one end. When watching the...Continue Reading
Posted by solentlife | May 21, 2021 @ 10:59 AM | 29,953 Views
Prompted by long running thread on Bungee use - I decided to create a video showing the advantages of using a ramp to get model of the ground and avoid damage.
The system has been created years ago after many years of Hi-Starts and different versions. The system here has served perfectly and performs just as well today.

General Bungee video 21 May 2021 (24 min 21 sec)


Based on over 50years of model flying ... 35 odd years of Ducted Fan ..... and the actual gear in the video being ~over 10 years old and still today performing faultlessly.
Its main benefit is the model can be launched regardless of ground condition. Rough fields particularly can damage models and this removes that at launch, leaving only the landing to sort.
I've tried so many different forms from free style Hi-Starts for Thermal gliders ... to board based short run launchers ... but finally settled on this system. Easy to set-up ... safely removing operator from props and blades .. Highest cost item is the bungee cord itself - rest is easily obtained in any local DIY shop.

Simple ...... Safe ....... Easy to make ..... Easy to set-up ......

Using Eagle Tree Pitot Speed checker - a 50mm EDF Skyangel T45 was launched on this system with no motor power. Model allowed to glide to a landing .. the Speed Checker showed 113kph ...

I hope the video can help people with set-ups ...
Posted by solentlife | May 19, 2021 @ 02:16 AM | 39,340 Views
I have 3 hobbies ..... RC of course, then full size Yachting, and finally fishing.

2020 of course was a disaster for all 3 as CV19 swept across the Globe causing lockdowns and restrictions for all. As time went on - easing Lockdowns and CV19 hit back ... so even tighter lockdowns ...

Here we are in 2021 with Vaccinations in progress - but still CV19 has a grip on us.

Is there a light at end of tunnel ? Yes a small flicker is appearing - but it all hinges on us all getting our vaccinations and doing best to reduce spread of the CV19.
It will be a long while before open full flight line meetings and TBH - I think CV19 is never going to fully go away. It will sit there waiting its chance to strike out ..

Here in Latvia - the pandemic is serious - hospitals full and staff struggling to cope. But movement is still relatively free. We have restrictions on numbers in gatherings ... masks ... controlled access into shops etc.

Maybe I am not alone - but the urge to go out and fly is there - but the actual will to get up and go is ?? after all this time locked down. I'm sure that once I get a model back in the air - the drive will be back again ... its just that initial get up and do it !

Lockdown has created a hangar full of new models to maiden .. but flight fields have been lost. The CAA has issued more Red Zones making the distance to travel to fly greater. Owners / those responsible for land suitable are increasingly reluctant to agree use.

I wonder what the future is ?
Posted by solentlife | Feb 07, 2021 @ 12:29 PM | 14,175 Views
Ice fishing and winter Ventspils 07 02 2021 (8 min 8 sec)


Pretty cold out there .... and I of course suffered near frozen hands doing it !!
Posted by solentlife | Nov 11, 2020 @ 06:46 AM | 114,572 Views
IMPORTANT TO NOTE :

This 'blog' is in no way intended to detract or deny the excellent work and effort put into the 3D Vulcan by MK9 and his son. It is intended to COMPLIMENT and provide ideas / suggestions / examples of failures / success that could aid in getting the design to a generic print.
To not clog up the original thread with experiments and modifications. This is by suggestion of MK9.... which I fully respect.

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...n-FMS-50mm-EDF

MK9 and his son have produced what must be one of the most iconic Cold War aircraft ever. The Avro Vulcan.

I have built 3 of my own design and still have the 3rd in full flying order and I thoroughly enjoy flying it. Its profile - but that wing shape in air is so distinctive - the profile form is ignored.

The 3D Vulcan linked to - many are printing and providing input to MK9 and son ... hopefully another example will soon grace the air.

My efforts so far are to translate the STL's from CR-10 to a more compact sized bed machine as many have ... from the 300x300 to 200x200.
During prints - I have found the wing skins to actually sag due to lack of internal support - in the quest of MK9 / Son to keep weight down. To fly it on a 50mm EDF is some achievement IMHO.

So far I have printed about 80% of one wing panel and find that its form sags and joints are subject to the bottom layer ... so further tests will be made removing the 2 bottom perimeter layers and substituting 2% infill .......Continue Reading
Posted by solentlife | Oct 29, 2019 @ 05:50 AM | 17,441 Views
I'm coming on soon to be 64yrs old and I have being flying models since about 6 - 7 yrs old ... I was youngest of three boys and my older brothers were into tow launched gliders and Control Line. I used to be the daft one who had to run the field towing up those gliders or get the 'wrath of brotherly love' descend on me !
But as soon as I could - it was into RC ... especially when I had no brothers at home to hold the C/L model while I picked up the lines ... Oh what a dance that was early days of RC ... never knowing if it would work or not. Hours spent fiddling about to end in failure at field.

But memory plays tricks and I look back at balmy days ... sunshine, gentle breeze ... beautiful days to go flying.

Today I have gear and models that you know as long as you setup correct - will fly and fly again. No longer a wing and a prayer ... but what happened to the weather ?
Now we seem to lurch from one extreme to another ... the number of suitable flying days are so few that it makes me wonder if I will fly again.

Are we now suffering Global Warming affecting our hobby ? I certainly do not remember so many lost weekends to weather as now. I admit that the weather limits are lower now for me than in past. Because I was in UK - the wind and weather was always 'breezy' and we lived with it ... but models then were more robust, heavier. Today models are lighter, more skeletal and do not suffer the wind so well.

Maybe its time to start resurrecting some of the older construction methods and more robust models ?
Posted by solentlife | Jul 12, 2019 @ 03:56 AM | 18,906 Views
Despite representation and links to the offending - I am still penalised even though I am the victim.

I also seem to have had my Blog altered !!

Seems "Cause and Effect" has no value here.
Posted by solentlife | Jul 10, 2019 @ 05:29 AM | 16,912 Views
RCG is not unique in the problem - it happens in all forums ....

People post and tend to forget who reads. We all do it. We read a post and reply ... our attention is on that post we reply to. Trouble is - that and our reply are read by others who's minds are not similarly 'focused'.

The result can be less than desirable - especially for a newcomer to the hobby.

Bias is all part of our individual make-up, we like to think we can step outside our bias and preferences, but in fact its not that easy. Especially if a discussion takes a path that gets somewhat heated. The 'gloves come off' and bias rears up to serious levels ...

It becomes sad when a poster then resorts to insults or name calling. It usually means the person who resorts to insult has lost the argument and has nowhere left to go. It would have been much better if they had left the discussion alone with their previous.

Sometimes the poster with nowhere to go - resorts to 'baiting' - trying to provoke a response. The best reply to that is NO Reply ! That infuriates the antagonist much more than any reply.

Above is a part of every forum - some have moderators that deaol with it quietly and effectively, others don't. But its there and well to remember that we cannot control who reads our posts and the consequences.
Posted by solentlife | May 07, 2019 @ 04:26 AM | 16,570 Views
Its funny .. in every Forum there is often one that seems oblivious to world around them. With Jo - not only blind but paranoid !

Yet again - he attacks me for what he thinks is a post targeting him .... why would I target him ? It has no purpose - I long ago got tired of winding him up. I can go real fishing instead of baiting hooks for Jo !!

RCG is the last refuge he has after being booted of various other forums ... he denies it - but its common knowledge.

Hang in their Jo .... they haven't thrown you out of RCG yet !!
Posted by solentlife | May 04, 2019 @ 04:15 AM | 16,279 Views
I turned 63 in January .... but in fact only when climbing stairs do I feel old !

But my flying standards are getting worse. I swear I am going backwards ... especially when it comes to landings and such. Major problem is 'depth perception' - I swear I am lined up with runway ... but find myself landing into the rough !

Maybe its my glasses ?? I wear varifocal glasses having got fed up carrying two pairs, one for normal and others for reading.

I must say though ..... my flying today is improving my repair skills !!
Posted by solentlife | Dec 05, 2018 @ 02:36 AM | 81,192 Views
I have created / I am moderator on various forums and Owners Groups.

The range of styles and moderators is wide and can at times be bewildering.

I have been in the modelling hobby for over 55yrs and seen development and changes that we could never have imagined. Leaving aside the electronics and models themselves - one of the most useful but also can be destructive - is the advent of Internet and Forums.

Forums and sites such as Youtube give instant access to all. Whether experienced or newcomer. Because of its instant factor - it can also be carrier for the less informed or those with 'character'.

Recently a Vendor posted on Phantompilots.com a text that caused a number of members to reply in terms of disbelief. The vendors claims were in all honesty ridiculous.

As I say - various members posted such and I decided to add some experiences and questions to the thread. The vendor continued his stance and debate continued. While I was typing my next reply - the moderator of that section "Dirkclod" posted a message informing that he would ban anyone who continued to 'bash' the vendor. I was totally unaware of his threat and clicked POST. Once my text uploaded - I then saw his threat ... but before I could edit / delete my post - which actually was NOT bashing the vendor but questioning his claims - I was banned.

I was not able to edit / delete or even contact the moderator to discuss or solve the situation.

Two weeks later - I was allowed back to...Continue Reading
Posted by solentlife | Nov 23, 2018 @ 05:26 AM | 79,431 Views
With the building of workshop / garage / club room ... I will be moving gear soon. That frees up the house as Wife is tired of my modelling !!

With so many models of so many different types - I need to learn to stop buying / building and just fly what I have. When it comes down to it - I enjoy the building .. not so much the final installation / setup ... and then the nervous maiden flight !! The joy of that successful maiden is something else. Never again do you get that 'rush' of satisfaction that you have 'done it again' ...

My dragging out of storage many of my models is giving me a bit of a rush ... so I hope that working through these will help me get over the Click to Buy !!

One of the biggest hurdles I have to sort : Every day literally I find something I need to order. Is there any way to organise orders so I can order less frequently ?

I ordered various ESC's ...

then I ordered Linkage stoppers

then I ordered landing gear clamps, saddle clamps

then I ordered 9 / 12 / 13gr servos ...

Now why did I not know to order in one time and save shipping ?

I bet I am not only one !!

Nigel
Posted by solentlife | Sep 01, 2018 @ 05:10 AM | 80,369 Views
I don't know about 'you' but I have a large number of models covering cars, boats, heli's, multi-rotors and fixed wing.

I sit there sometimes and just consider why i have so many. Is it the love of using so many different ? Is it the looking at them and knowing all mine ? Is it the joy of putting them together and seeing them create in my hands ?

I really do not know. But what I do know is that over 50% do not get to be used as I develop a collection that travels usually to / from flight / model area. I cannot really say I prefer those models - but somehow i feel more confident with them.

Lately - I have been looking through my vast hangar and checking out which is still really in condition to see use again. Its terrible to admit this - but near all are fit to go. Its a sad indictment of my waste of good models.

Additionally its terrible that I still scan through Hobby King ... and various online sites looking for the next model !
When at the PC ... one of the websites usually open ... Windguru ... checking out the weather over next days !!

Am I alone in this or is it really a common problem ?

I don't want a cure .. no way ... but would be nice to know I'm not alone !

Nigel
Posted by solentlife | Aug 30, 2018 @ 04:41 AM | 80,059 Views
Yes .. you read it correct : Good Deed of Airport Security.

We all hate going through security, the removal of belt, shoes ... empty pockets and show computer etc.

Recently travelling back from one of my many trips to Arabian Gulf - I was going through Dubai Security, terminal 3.

The metal detector was having a fit and near all of us had trouble with it. I went through it at least 3x before realising my car key was in my pocket. I thrw it into a tray ... tried detector again ... BEEP BEEP ... so security asked me aside and did a full pat down and tissue testing for explosives / drugs. Cleared I collected my gear .. 'redressed' ... and went on my way.

7 hours later in Hamburg - had to go through security again due to next flight being EU entry. Empty pockets and computer .. OH NO !!!! Where's my car key ???

You guessed - its still in Dubai. And its only key I have for the car !!

Car is standing in the Long Term Car Park of Riga Airport waiting my arrival and to drive home. It also has still in it ... my best models !! (Its actually my Renault Master cargo Van).
I telephoned the Car Park office who advised they can get car opened - but nothing else. Of course its one of those 'chip' keys that need to come from factory !!
I call a pal who agrees to meet me and get me home. I then talk to Renault dealer in my town next day who say 3 weeks to order .. I need truck the car to them ... and then they program for new key. Price 220 Euros for the key + trucking...Continue Reading
Posted by solentlife | Aug 05, 2018 @ 11:10 AM | 79,076 Views
For each year the weather seems to change more ... here in Baltic we lost our good cold winters and ended up with mushy winters and summers. This year we are suffering a heat wave ... like much of Europe.
The humidity is the real factor though, but with temps in the 35+ C region .. its just not comfortable. If its not that - the wind is making it bad for flights.
My number for flying days this year is appallingly low. I have new models and gear I want to get out there with ... but no the weather gods are saying otherwise.
Posted by solentlife | May 16, 2018 @ 01:27 AM | 80,113 Views
Yet again RCG shows it 'colours' ......

Unfortunately due to RCG being one of the largest membership forums online - it of course has all range of people. Over last week or so - that has become so evident in the reaction of a couple in particular.
Basically over 2 years - they have been allowed to develop into self appointed experts, posting what in reality is rubbish. When someone comes along and challenges in full and fair manner - they get all upset and resort to attacking and finally when they realise they are on very poor ground - close the thread !!

Unbelievable - completely against the whole idea of forums - place where discussion and ideas are to be put ... where differences of findings / ideas / solutions can all be looked at and debated.

Seems these people are not interested in any form of debate - only Medals and Patting each other on the back - regardless of whether right or wrong.

RCG has a reputation out there of being a tough arena and not so kind to all ... many I know have left RCG for this reason - chosen smaller more friendly forums where discussion is so well conducted - it makes RCG look like a Gladiatorial arena.

I will not name the people or thread involved - but they know full well who they are and I hope they feel satisfied in showing just how petty and childish they can be.

Nigel