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Messages - Kevin Wood

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 12 July 2018, 21:16:36 »
Bloody hell. Part of reason I bought the XJ was to not get drawn in to childish encounters.

But a 7 series clearly fancied his chances, and needed teaching a lesson about making progress around the lanes. Dynamic on, Sport on, Flappy paddles on. The old style TB enabled. Job done.

 :-[

Can't you just put you clog down any more? ::)

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General Discussion Area / Re: Get ready for verbal fireworks
« on: 12 July 2018, 18:04:13 »
Went gliding today. At briefing the CFI pointed out on the map some restricted airspace imposed for Trump's helicopter.
Mutter from the back: "It looks like a cock!".
"Appropriate".
Room degenerates into laughter. ;D

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General Discussion Area / Re: Blackfly- latest flying car
« on: 12 July 2018, 17:47:15 »
It's got propellers on and only does 62 MPH. Doesn't seem like my thing. :-\

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Omega General Help / Re: A nightmare journey
« on: 12 July 2018, 08:56:58 »
What happened there? :o

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General Discussion Area / Re: Anyone for a fly-past?
« on: 11 July 2018, 17:51:05 »
Speaking of Chinooks, did I mention that I'm going for a jolly in one in a couple of weeks? :D

I'd have thought, as a glider pilot, you'd already know better than to get into anything where the wings are moving faster than the fuselage? ;D

Anything that ugly is naturally repelled by the earth, meaning it doesn't even have to be working. :y

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General Car Chat / Re: Fuel Duty
« on: 11 July 2018, 17:49:18 »
Can't accuse the Americans of not being practical :D

Beer in the 'fridge, though?

Barbarians... ::)
Proper beer, and its close cousin, Applejuice, should be served cold, and full of bubbles.

Treacle is for those who like straining liquid through their teeth.


That said, Brakkers Beer Festival will be on in a week or 2, so I'll grow a beard, wear sandles and socks, style myself on Unix-man, and drink what they have.  And end up in hucking fammered no doubt.

See! you've seen the light really. :y

The closer it resembles used engine oil*, the better it is.




* -  Excludes that stuff they pump out of the Liffey and inject with nitrogen, naturally.

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Omega General Help / Re: A nightmare journey
« on: 11 July 2018, 17:44:04 »
Camber and toe are all over the place once you're in a turn anyway, so I don't think they'll affect anything other than the sharpness of the initial turn-in (generally toe-in dumbs this down and adds stability, toe-out improves turn-in response at the expense of stability).

Whether it over or under-steers in a turn is probably more about the levels of grip at each end, to an extent, the ride height and what happens to the geometry as a result of the changed loading. You can only easily change grip (tyre pressures front and rear?) and ride height.

As has previously been said, though, production cars are designed on the assumption that a normal driver's head will immediately implode if the front of the car is able to out-drive the rear, or even get close to it. ;)

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General Discussion Area / Re: Anyone for a fly-past?
« on: 11 July 2018, 17:36:26 »
Speaking of Chinooks, did I mention that I'm going for a jolly in one in a couple of weeks? :D

I'd have thought, as a glider pilot, you'd already know better than to get into anything where the wings are moving faster than the fuselage? ;D

 ;D ;D

I'd quite like one as a mum bus replacement  :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AK8nU0RdCQ

 8)

Fuel bills likely to be a bit eye watering, though, even with your "miss daisy" driving style. ;)

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General Discussion Area / Re: Anyone for a fly-past?
« on: 11 July 2018, 15:14:35 »
Speaking of Chinooks, did I mention that I'm going for a jolly in one in a couple of weeks? :D

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General Discussion Area / Re: Anyone for a fly-past?
« on: 11 July 2018, 11:32:20 »
Any room in your garden for a tethered balloon, Tunnie?  ;D

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General Car Chat / Re: Fuel Duty
« on: 11 July 2018, 11:29:13 »
Can't accuse the Americans of not being practical :D

Beer in the 'fridge, though?

Barbarians... ::)

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Omega General Help / Re: Understeer
« on: 11 July 2018, 09:38:42 »
I'm a race driver but I somehow think Omega is more complex than a tubural frame racing car, maybe the basics are the same but I believe we have exact Omega experts here :)...

The thing is, the Omega is no double wishbone setup. Once the suspension starts moving in a dynamic scenario, the angles probably bear little resemblance to what you've achieved with a static setup because the mcpherson strut arrangement is compromised. In addition, the monocoque is probably a bit more flexible than a sports car's spaceframe and you have big, flexible bushes supporting the suspension components. The principles that you apply to setting up a race car probably don't apply, at least not in the same way, so a bit of trial and error is needed, and you probably need to think more about how the suspension moves when loaded up than how it's set up in a static sense.

I've always found mine (standard MV6 LSC setup) to handle pretty neutral but then I don't really find it a fun car to be driving right on the limit (I have a Westfield for that).

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Omega General Help / Re: A nightmare journey
« on: 10 July 2018, 14:06:14 »
What a nightmare! Really sorry to hear that. >:(

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 10 July 2018, 13:58:20 »
Helped a mate out fixing his boot release button.

Two problems with that:

1) It's an electrical issue.
2) The car's a french shitbox.  >:(

A wire in the loom had given way in the flexible link between door and body. No problem - there were several unused wires in the bundle, so I swapped it to one of those (I know!).
That wire was also breaked, it turned out. >:(
Eventually used one of the knackered wires to pull a new one through. ::)


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General Discussion Area / Re: Anyone for a fly-past?
« on: 10 July 2018, 13:51:14 »
That was quite something. :y

Loved the "100" formation of 22 typhoons.

Thought PA474 was routing back over me for a minute, then she turned and overflew Basingrad instead. >:(

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