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  1. Just a little note from my myself for the benefit of all of those not on the club Facebook page. Just a quick note from me to say that, sadly, I won't be renewing my CAMFC membership in the new year. There have been several factors involved in me making this decision, not least an apparent lack of free time! I also feel that the recent CAA legislation will not help our hobby in the years to come, and I am perhaps slightly unwilling to invest any more into such an unknown environment. This is especially true, since I would only have 18 months before heading off to university, without my mo
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    FOR SALE - Rod Hunt ex-CAMFC member Wots Wot ARTF - flown around three times, comes in perfect condition ready to fly, has good quality gear along with a Saito gold head four stroke, run only a few times. Offers? Funtana ARTF - Never flown, comes with servos and four stroke engine, along with spare canopy, wings, cowling and tail feathers. Offers? Thousands of items from an ex-modellers workshop - including hundreds of tools, thousands of parts, fixings and spares, transmitters, servos, receivers, materials, etc. Buyer to collect what they want from Old Coulsdon with prior arran
  3. Well. The ASP factory has indeed closed down, and will not be reopened. That said, I believe (?) that SC and Evolution engines will continue to be made in other factories, however their supply will obviously be affected. 4.14kg does seem quite a weight, however this isn't that small of a model, and looking at the extremely solid construction, I wouldn't say that 4kg seems too unreasonable. Going with metal geared servos will pay off, Mike. I run metal gears in nearly all of my models, partially due to the fact I prefer the slightly more robust servos in the air, but mainly because
  4. Looking great! It's also nice to see a good helping of fuel proofing/lacquer/epoxy at the front. Far too many ARTF manufacturers and even builders rely solely on the covering for fuel proofing, and it's always a shame to see the covering peel back to reveal a soggy and crumbly firewall! I also look forward to seeing the panic build; they really are amazing models, and I'm interested to see how they come together construction wise. Oh, and I really like the chosen colour scheme! It gives a different feel than the drab schemes adorning many builds, but yet still manages to capture tha
  5. That looks very smart Mike! Do you know yet what the rough AUW could be?
  6. Congratulations on passing your A test, Mike! The Stick looks good, despite it's little skirmish with the tree. I wonder, does the Hangar 9 30cc Ultra Stick appeal?
  7. Very interesting summary indeed Mike. I have actually been looking at an Ultra Stick as a hack-type model. You see, I used to run a second hand (£45 bargain) Wot Trainer, until her tailplane succumbed to both my exuberant flying and her age. The problem I now have is that the market doesn't seem to be awash with new contenders. All of the new Wot 4' and Wot Trainers are too flimsy for my purposes, and wouldn't cope too well for very long. The other alternative is to immerse myself in the second hand market once more, but there are a few problems with that, the main ones being that they are nea
  8. Listen to that! The only slight drawback is that, at 22kg, it is just over 3 times the weight limit for a model at our field I couldn't find a specific price, but my estimate would probably be well north of £10,000, considering that a 7 cylinder OS radial sells for just under £5,000.
  9. I wonder then, how some of the rtf ultra micro models fit into that? My first model actually went to full throttle on loss of signal, and I could barely fly, let alone worry about something I did not know about. There ought to be a set of regulations on the packaging of models like that, or perhaps radios, similar to the packaging of air rifles I would have thought...
  10. Sounds good. In my opinion, as much as having the engine cut is good, I always prefer to keep it idling so that there is a change of recovery. I also can't imagine there's much of a difference being hit by a 7kg lump of metal vs a 7kg lump with an idling engine - either way your day is going to get a lot worse...
  11. Shame about the model being over 7kg Mike, although it does look very sharp indeed! With regards to the kill switch; whilst some models at our field DO fly without the correct failsafe set up, it is highly unadvisable to do so. This failsafe protocol also become mandatory and enforced above 7kg too, so you will need that to kick in when the tx turns off. However, I'm not sure if it states that the engine must be killed, or simply idled, perhaps a check in the bmfa handbook could clarify? I actually tried setting up a failsafe, where when signal was lost, the engine would remain idlin
  12. Looking very smart! Do you have an approximation of the flying weight yet?
  13. No problem Mike. The only thing that I failed to mention was where I obtained the pricing and specifications from All were quoted from Just Engines -(https://www.justengines.co.uk) I can say also that I've only ever had a positive experience with them, so they may be worth a look. Keep us updated on your progress, and I promise not to moan about servos! B
  14. I can't comment on the specific details, but most of the engine working out I do (or sometimes eyeballing) is based on the displacement of the engine. With regards to the "ASP 1.08 vs ASP 1.80" argument - The ASP 1.08 has a displacement of 17.2cc, and weight of 862g (depending on the age of your engines), and the ASP 1.80 has a displacement of 29.9cc, and a weight of 1528g. This means that although the 1.08 is pretty much "half" the size (56%), it is also pretty much half the weight (56%). However, this doesn't mean that the relationship is linear, a good example being the OS 35 and the
  15. Quite a tidy kit, Mike. With regards to the engine; I think that I'm right in saying that Moki engines aren't all that easy to come by, and if you stick "Moki 1.80 2-stroke" into Google or the like you'll see what I mean. As an alternative, I believe that ASP make a 1.80 2-stroke that retails for around £200, or if that doesn't appeal an ASP 1.80 FS (that is of "similar" power) goes for around £280. Look forward to the build, B
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