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Another fun day at Santa Pod

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Something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time with a friend of mine is build an RC site that caters for the casual basher rather than the wannabe racer.

So we spent some money on some kit and in the next few weeks will be busy making as much content as we can manage…

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It’s taken a while, but the new engine is ready to go in!

Only the head, clutch and gearbox were salvaged from the old engine, all the rest is new including a nice kent500 cam.

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Well, the rough running has finally ended…

Pulled away from a junction and the engine suddenly turn into a bag of spanners, luckily I was only a couple of hundred yards from home so managed to coast pretty much all the way.

I’ve taken the head off and theres bits of aluminium stuck to the tops of the pistons and some holes around the edges, not good.

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Spent the day at Old Warden near Biggleswade Beds, good fun watching the planes, especially the old bipes struggling with the strong and very gusty winds!!

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My first mini show of the season, and I think I spent more time looking at the planes then the minis…

Did buy a nice new set of lamps, halogen of course! Might be able to see where I’m going.

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Went to the London Festival Of Railway Modeling today, mainly to look at various DCC products, and possibly buy a booster to speed up development of my controller.

On the DCC front, lets just say I wasn’t impressed. The items on sale were under featured, many had user interfaces much like an early 80s pocket calculator, not good at all. There was a couple that had nice interfaces but they were up around the £400 mark, ouch.

On to the booster, the cheapest was around £150 for a 4A unit, way too much, there was an 8A for £250 too. Considering the modern N gauge locos draw somewhere around 50mA-100mA theres no way i was pay that much, just to help development.

In the end I spotted a Hornby Select for £60 which has a built in booster capable or just under 1A, with a bit of modding (15v -> 12v and bring out the logic level DCC rails) it’s woking a treat! yay.

I’ll also be adding a video of some of the layouts to this post at some point.

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The cold weather has claimed another victim… The battery in Bertie.

Went to Halfords armed with measurements and suggestion from various forums and came out with a HB075, which was about 2mm wider than the hole in the boot floor. However, the 075 seemed to be the battery of choice so I gave it a go.
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At under £120 with brushless motor, ESC and servos it had to be done.

The Wot series of planes from Chris Foss are well known among RC pilots, especially the British ones. The Wot4 being one of the best flying models ever created, the first version over 25 years ago.
The foamie version sharing the same looks as the larger original, but still maintaining the great flying characteristics.

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The normal method of making suspension links is to use a pillar drill, or drill press, requiring careful positioning of aluminium rod so you can drill the end, then you have to tap the hole using a bottom tap which isn’t the easiest thing to do.

Instead I use commonly available, fairly cheap aluminium and brass tube from B&Q, and M3 studding which is available from most model engineering suppliers.

I’ll assume you can work out the length yourself and go straight into making the links.

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