Up and Away!
Richard Camp a member that joined this year after visiting Geoff Stubbs at Oundle to purchase a stock of balsa to produce items for his wife’s hobby of dolls house building. Seeing the models that Geoff always has hanging from the shop ceiling, it stimulated him into “having a go”. Oundle Club already have a full membership, so making enquires he came to us via the Peterborough Model Shop, purchased a Tutor 40 and was, in his own words bitten by the bug. He is being taught to fly by Trevor Holmes who stated that he would not fly the aircraft with the bands supplied, but Bob Huggett came to the rescue with something stronger, and the aircraft was tried and tested. He couldn’t wait to get hands on……….to be continued.
M D S INTERLUDE
Bringing home my new Irvine Tutor 40and a new M D S 40 which I was reliably informed was the best 40 sized engine that money could buy, I built my model and feeling very pleased with myself made my way the following week to the club A G M to meet the other club members, who made me feel very welcome. I was asked what models I had and had I ever flown before? No I’ve never flown r/c and I had a trainer with the best 40 sized engine that money could buy, an M D S, was that a look of disbelief or pity? Both I think, Bob Huggett said, in a lowered tone, he’s got an M D S, Brian Hennis said you mean a metal door stop. Other members walked round the hall wringing their hands, had I said something wrong to cause this reaction? After a few minutes everything was back to normal and somebody put a beer into my hand saying just kidding and it would be all right. On Sunday I decided to run in the M D S and did this by the book. The engine started instantly with the Enya #3 glow plug and 5%Technics expert mix fuel, but would not run at full throttle, I tried all week to get the thing to run properly but without success. 6 lts of fuel later Bob Huggett offered to help sort out the engine, so out of the model it came for Bob to have a look at and in went a Irvine 40 a great motor as it turned out. Again I run in the engine in the model on the garden lawn, a big mistake I was to find out later. Over the next few weeks Bob tried everything he knew to sort out the M D S but still it would not run properly, on the point of giving up I was told that if I shortened the silencer by taking out the chrome centre ring and fit a #5 glow plug the engine should run fine, as the extra long silencer stops the motor from scavenging what ever that means. Bob carried out the mods., and now the engine runs like a dream, but only on the bench as yet. Lessons learned so far. (1) Always take an expert with you to the model shop when buying your first engine and model. (Two) Never ever run your engine on the lawn as my grass now looks like a green and brown patch work quilt where the hot exhaust seems to burn the grass. There seems to be no known cure for this, and my wife was not impressed and forbade me to run model engines within 1 mile from the house. Next time… Up and away.
in the pit area with the Tutor 40 ready to go, or so I thought, I was
introduced to Trevor Holmes who would be my instructor, “Instructor?
why would I need an instructor, it’s only a model after all, anyone
can fly one of these things, or so the man in the shop had said, just
start it up and it will fly itself.”
1. Don’t ever
try to fly for the first time on your own, you won’t last five minutes