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 on: April 22, 2014, 10:04:07 PM 
Started by Paul Taylor - Last post by Steve Helmick
Wow, I'd never admit that I couldn't make a .46LA run pretty darned good. There really isn't any precedence for that, other than loose/leaky backplate or maybe a stuck wristpin, bad fuel, leaky hoses, or bad glowplug.  Coffee Steve

 on: April 22, 2014, 09:46:33 PM 
Started by peabody - Last post by Steve Scott
"To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan..." - Abraham Lincoln in his 1865 Inaugural address remarks.  Veterans homes were established after the Civil War but run by the states.  Pensions in exchange for service was offered by the Continental Congress in 1776.  In fact, entitlements for military service date all the way back to the ancient Egyptians.

The VA was established in 1930 when 54 initial hospitals has grown to 154 today, not counting the numerous community-based outpatient clinics, 126 nursing homes and 35 domicilliaries.  The VA enjoys strong support from our current administration - especially for mental health and rehabilitation efforts.

 on: April 22, 2014, 09:34:31 PM 
Started by Robin_Holden - Last post by wwwarbird
 I've seen it done but I can't say I'd recommend starting a four-stroke by hand, especially the larger ones. Replacing your starter and/or battery is easier, less expensive, and much less painful than attempting to replace your digits. n1

 on: April 22, 2014, 09:09:41 PM 
Started by Paul Taylor - Last post by Paul Taylor
Last season my Force was running great with the LA 46.
First 4 flights this spring the engine would go lean after take off. Put on a new clunk tank- same thing. Swapped engines same thing. Pressure- no pressure.  Last two tries the plane never left the ground. I tried to get a needle setting of 9400 rpm and would run away. Tried a different prop too.
Sorry to say I gave up.
The conversion to electric has started. 

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 on: April 22, 2014, 09:09:26 PM 
Started by Dennis Toth - Last post by wwwarbird

 The Hobby Fasteners tongue mufflers from RSM are the nicest, and lightest, you'll find. y1

 on: April 22, 2014, 09:06:12 PM 
Started by Jared Hays - Last post by Jared Hays
Sent a bent ST60 crank to Frank and he fixed it right up and had it back to me within a week.  Got the motor back together and it ran perfectly.  Thank you Thank you Thank you!!! Hoff

 on: April 22, 2014, 08:59:31 PM 
Started by PatRobinson - Last post by 55chevr
Heal quickly and get back to flying.

 on: April 22, 2014, 08:58:49 PM 
Started by Tom Niebuhr - Last post by 55chevr
This is often discussed but little understood.  The LHS is no longer a viable business as a result of a number of factors.  Most directly the internet.  The big internet distributors control pricing through quantity purchase and inventory turnover.  The can sell on a low margin.  The LHS doesn't enjoy the customer base and needs a higher profit margin.  Therefore cannot be competitively priced.  We buy from the "Towers" because they have inventory, pricing and right now shipping.  In NY there is 8.375% sales tax which is often more then the cost of shipping.  This was a long time coming.  I recall back in the '80-s hobbyists buying $3.00 worth of hardware in the LHS and radios / kits / engines from Tower.  No business could sustain themselves on just small items and the demise started.  This downward spiral also had its effect on the manufacturers. Using Sig for an example.  They  sell store stock to distributors and retailers that would go on a shelf and sell or sit in inventory.  Thousands of kits moved this way and never sold retail. That is what often turns up today on Ebay as NIB.  Once Sig sold it they had profit. Same deal with Fox. The LHS network collapsed. The LHS carried the burden of dead inventory.  This isn't a problem for the "Towers".  They can mark down the dead stuff and dump it for a loss to replace with new inventory. They also use advanced sale scheme "back order".  The LHS couldn't afford to do this. The latest rage of ARF-s made in China is an extension of the issue.  A Brodak Smoothie kit sells for $121 and a Brodak Smoothie ARF is priced at $127.   $6.00 difference.  They probably net more on the ARF.   Not sure if anyone comprehends the economics of this but the situation isn't going to reverse.

 on: April 22, 2014, 08:19:42 PM 
Started by peabody - Last post by Paul Smith
I'm glad to hear that the VA is treating veterans in well.  They have certainly earned the best possible health care.  It's refreshing that those who answered the call to arms are actually getting something to show for it.

Teddy Roosevelt was a unique hero of a president.  He had the power and courage to get a great veterans' hospital built when there wasn't even a war going on.  Today the hippie politicans in Washington won't even pony up the funds to tidy it up, even with the major spending paid off a century ago.

 on: April 22, 2014, 08:07:19 PM 
Started by Tom Niebuhr - Last post by Louis Rankin
Our local hobby shop is a joke and is run by a jacka$$.  It has been more than 7 years since they have earned any income from my wallet.  Last time I was there I asked to borrow a pen form the owner's wife to write down some info from the bulletin board.  The UPS man came in with a delivery that she needed to sign for.  Thinking I had left the shop with her pen she exclaimed, "Shi* Head left with my pen".  I retorted, "Shi* Head is still here and you will get your pen back in just a second".  No oops, no I'm sorry, and no excuse me from the smoking hag.  Just a scowl from her tobacco stained wrinkled lips.

Tower Hobbies gets some of my money for building supplies.  Our polite and accommodating C/L cottage industry vendors get some of my money for C/L supplies .  I buy mixing supplies and mix mine and my buddies fuel.  Hobby King gets my money for batteries and chargers.  So, I say who the he** needs local shops when there are better and more accommodating sources for our supplies just a phone call or mouse click away?

I love going through the old hobby shop at the AMA museum.  It brings back special memories that make me feel like a 12 year old boy again.  That type of shop is gone forever.

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