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    Messerschmitt ME262 'Schwalbe'

    FYI Quoting "Wings on my Sleeve" p 134, talking about Me 262 strengths and weaknesses; "Finally, the 30mm cannon were only accurate below 650 yards range, so a 262 attacking a bomber opened fire at about 600 yards but had to break off the attack at 200 yards to avoid colliding with the target...
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    Solar panels: do they save money?

    My subsequent post mentions LiFePO4 life cycles from a long standing reputable brand. 80% full is a common limit suggested for lead acid meaning five times required capacity not twenty. Weight in a house is not really an issue surely? "(I got 20kwh of storage at 20 years with 70% DOD)" do you...
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    Solar panels: do they save money?

    I wasn't miles off, since I remember the Tesla 1000 cycles and £10000 replacement cost figures I mentioned from a Tesla owner. And even then young Elon says should not will.
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    Solar panels: do they save money?

    Lead acid is perfectly fine and well established over many years. If you discharge to a great extent they will not last as I'm sure for a commuting scooter as you suggest. For long life you aren't supposed to discharge below 80% of full so need a bigger bank than some might think. Many campers...
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    Solar panels: do they save money?

    We could profitably have a wind turbine. A 3.5KW plumbed into the mains would be about £25K installed. Excess production locally limits me to 3.5 down from 5 originally. Plus an annual service plus insurance with it being within quite a long way of a road/house for when the blades fly off. The...
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    Car cleaning/valeting

    The best thing, having thrown plenty of money in the likes of Autoglym etcs direction in the past, for windows is newspaper. Maybe half a free newspaper will do a car. One or two sheets wet first having sluiced any grit off, then one of two more to polish dry. I did a ceramic coating myself in...
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    Boarding loft and loft ladder advice

    I disagree. A friend just got someone to spend about a week emptying years worth of highly valuable vintage items down, cleaned, mould wiped off and put up on the auction site. Returned well over £50! ( ;) )
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    Car cleaning/valeting

    What will having a dirty car result in if i may ask?
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    Solar panels: do they save money?

    As people here have said some got in early with a worthwhile payment tarriff. That wouldn't apply to the new owners, contracts would not be transferable as far as I've read? So the value to a potential buyer may be considerably less than what it is to you? Can you still get a roof ladder to...
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    Messerschmitt ME262 'Schwalbe'

    Thank you for the replies. I was more thinking of shades of stain rather than paint. I recently discovered that there is a well received Lego set that all the bricks are white to explore the art of architecture in that form, so colour won't affect your perception of shape. So since you have a...
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    Solar panels: do they save money?

    I would like to make my own solar water heating system. A friend who lived for quite a while in Sweden was told if you pay to heat your water you will save with a solar water heating system. In Sweden, as Justforfuns experience would seem to agree with. PV on a UK roof I seem to remember could...
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    Messerschmitt ME262 'Schwalbe'

    They are lovely :) Have you experimented much with colours to see how that affects your perception of such convoluted shapes? I had read that fighter pilots of the time generally had about a second to fire, maybe what a second actually is in those circumstances varies a bit? :)
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    Advice regarding an eBay purchase (this is a current problem, so advice today is required- if possible)

    You say he has good feedback but only as a buyer. No feedback as a seller means he hasn't used ebay to sell (unless he has several accounts) so may be slightly unsure of how and what he should now do. That's very different to a seller with a history of negative feedback as some do. Cash in the...
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    Chainsaw Guidance

    Depends how much you are going to quote for the job ;)
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    Chainsaw Guidance

    I was more meaning a pole saw for delimbing, then personally I would use an axe. As long as you cut so the gap won't close up then as long as the chosen saw is long enough I don't see why not? Silkys are amazing in comparison to anything, although I have only used green wood blades in fresh...
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