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Over the years I have sometimes felt the urge to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and write up something that has interested me. As well as the publication of my design for a low wing intermediate model, Tempus, I have also conned various magazine editors into printing some of my other rantings.

 

I have posted these here, in case you have a strong urge to read them and can't track down a copy of the original magazine. After all they are collectors items now......................not!

 

Batteries for Dummies: At the time of writing this is due to be published in RCM&E in two parts, April and May 2006. It describes in simple terms what is required to look after lead-acid and NiCd/NiMh batteries. It debunks some urban myths in particular about 'Memory effect' in NiCd batteries.

 

Lift (originally entitled "Who keeps them Up").This is the original of an article that I sent to Radio Control Model World (RCMW); it appears in the September 2001 addition of the magazine. It describes how a wing creates lift using Newton's laws of motion, rather than the common but incorrect explanation based on Bernoulli's Theorem. It allows an understanding of lift, drag, angle of attack etc. with out getting into deep physics or aeronautical theories.

 

Sound Thinking: This article was published in RCME&E   March 1999. I was prompted to write it after seeing a short letter in the BMFA magazine a few months earlier, in which the correspondent was wittering on about the 400 his club had spend on a noise meter.

Knowing a little bit about the science of noise and noise measurement, and that a perfectly good cheaper alternative was available, I felt compelled to balance the argument. Of course if you are lucky enough to live in parts of the world that don't have noise constraints you won't know what the hell all the fuss is about!

 

Troubles with WIG: This article first appeared in RCM&E in November 1998. It arose out of the problems I had getting my swept forward delta to take off. Following an interesting documentary on UK Channel 4 television, I suspected that it might be due to Wing-in-Ground Effect . I investigated WIG further and found that it may have been contributing to the problems, and wrote up the results. It describes what happens to a wing close to the ground, again in fairly simple terms.