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RC Flight Chatter / Re: how did you start messing ...
Last post by e-flite_rules - November 21, 2020, 13:32:22 pm
Well my father was the clever one of the family.  A medical doctor (and politician!) for the money and model engineer for the fun.  He was an annual entry into Class N (machine tool) at the Model Engineer Exhibition and a contributor to that magazine.

Both my brother and I followed into engineering.  Full scale engineering as a career and model as a hobby.

If only today's inexpensive electric RC planes had been available when we were teenagers....
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RC Flight Chatter / Re: Source for EPP sheet 4-10m...
Last post by e-flite_rules - November 21, 2020, 13:16:13 pm
Sadly with 50+ views and no replies it seems that there's nothing wrong with my google skills.  EPP sheet truly isn't available?

So what are we scratch builders to use?  No balsa, Depron or EPP to be had.....

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RC Flight Chatter / Re: Making Self Tappers into P...
Last post by e-flite_rules - November 21, 2020, 13:09:05 pm
Quote from: pooh on November 21, 2020, 12:34:50 pmI can't find the item I wanted to show, I've used them in the past for exactly the sort of job you want. The version I have used is a partially split brass cylinder with a rough outside (sharp points) and a female thread ending with a brass disc which is only partially down inside the inner - as you screw into the thread (with a screw!) it pushes the disc further down the inner, which forces the split cylinder to push hard against the plastic hole.

I bought these from one or more of my usual electronics suppliers (my day job is electronics) but I'm blowed if I can find them in RS Components or RapidOnline, largely because I can't work out how to describe them to the search engine!

these guys may be able to help


https://www.insertsdirect.com/acatalog/Small-Quantities-1.html

Thanks!  Just what I need to solve a different problem I have.  RCMF rules!
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RC Flight Chatter / Re: Making Self Tappers into P...
Last post by pooh - November 21, 2020, 12:34:50 pm
I can't find the item I wanted to show, I've used them in the past for exactly the sort of job you want. The version I have used is a partially split brass cylinder with a rough outside (sharp points) and a female thread ending with a brass disc which is only partially down inside the inner - as you screw into the thread (with a screw!) it pushes the disc further down the inner, which forces the split cylinder to push hard against the plastic hole.

I bought these from one or more of my usual electronics suppliers (my day job is electronics) but I'm blowed if I can find them in RS Components or RapidOnline, largely because I can't work out how to describe them to the search engine!

these guys may be able to help


https://www.insertsdirect.com/acatalog/Small-Quantities-1.html
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RC Flight Chatter / Re: Making Self Tappers into P...
Last post by e-flite_rules - November 21, 2020, 11:51:18 am
Maybe take a short countersunk M3 bolt and then drill and tap an M1.6 thread into it coaxial with the main thread?  Epoxy the bolt into an M3 countersunk and tapped hole in the plastic and then use a spring washer, plus plain washer, under an M1.6 bolt to provide a shake proof joint?

Or even use a countersunk #3 or 4 self tapper?  Do such things exist?

What do you think?

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RC Flight Chatter / Making Self Tappers into Plast...
Last post by e-flite_rules - November 21, 2020, 11:35:20 am
Using self tapping screws to fasten together plastic items typically works fine.  That is until one tries to make and unmake the joint multiple times.  Sooner or later the thread strips and the clamping load drops to zero.  Not good if the joint is holding a wing in place!

I typically avoid this issue by never undoing such joints.  However space limitations in my house mean that all planes now need to be de-rigged for storage. 

So.....

Any ideas as to how to make such joints serviceable?  Typically they are blind so adding a captive nut behind the joint is not an easy option. 

Something like these would seem ideal.  However I only know of a source down to M4.  Need something more like M2.



So any ideas?

THANKS!
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Introduce Yourself Here / Re: Hi all
Last post by PDR - November 20, 2020, 10:57:54 am
I assumed you'd emigrated to Australia or something (so perhaps we should change your name to "Wirraway"...

:)

Welcome home.

PDR
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Introduce Yourself Here / Re: Hi all
Last post by Brian Cooper - November 20, 2020, 09:28:48 am
Blimey, there's a name from the past.
They finally let you out, then....  :ev  ;)
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