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Topic started Yesterday 16:10 by Paul H
5 or 6 years ago a good friend, N, had a serious cycling accident on a charity ride. Fortunately the driver of the car immediately behind the crash was a military perimedic who knew how to stabilise the spine. After a protracted period in spinal rehab N is mobile on 2 feet, drives but has lost...
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Quote: [attachment] CUTE!!!! Mike
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KK Ajax
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Topic started 02 Feb 2018 17:48 by Andy Sephton
I had intended to start this one on Christmas Day and declare it as my 2017 Christmas build......however, waking up with a dose of 'flu on the day put paid to that idea!!! SAM 35 are holding a competition for the KK Ajax and Achilles during their 'Vintage and Retro Sports Nationals' at Buckminster...
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Last Post by one tenor Yesterday 21:27
Thanks Andy I needed that in a modelling application as you realised. Presumably the damper is set vertically with the line round it ? Then T&E for timing and a smooth transition? I get it now Other dampers I'm well used to. :cheer: Thanks again John O/T
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Topic started 10 Aug 2017 22:05 by Squirrelnet
This new model has been buzzing around in my head for a while so I thought it time to start a new thread. [badass] I've been looking for a new FF scale project to follow on from the DH60 Cirrus Moth. Building the Moth and flying it has been the most rewarding modelling experience I've ever had. Watching,...
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Last Post by Mike Rolls 22 Apr 2018 21:21
To be honest, if I had to skills to produce a piece of work even half as good as your Tomtit, I'd probably be too scared to fly it! Mike
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Topic started 04 Apr 2018 15:45 by Mike Rolls
>>>Note also the lifting tail!<<< Why? Mike
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Last Post by Andy Sephton 12 Apr 2018 15:04
There's been a couple of posts on other threads about the characteristics of airfoil sections in model aircraft. For what it's worth here's my thoughts on the subject, but first a couple of definitions to set the scene: - Reynolds Number (Re): This is effectively the number of air molecules...
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Topic started 02 Apr 2018 02:28 by A Free Flighter From Oz
Inspired by watching some of the building going on in these forums I have decided that it's about time that I finished a free flight B.E.2e that I started over a dozen years ago. It's based on the Feb 1959 Aeromodeller plan by Ken McDonough although I redrew the fuselage to correct a few...
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Last Post by one tenor 10 Apr 2018 04:06
Quote: That looks like a very nicely built model Danny, well done mate! Now, you asked for comments, so here goes: The fin looks very weak and the lifting tail is not aerodynamically sound. I know that the latter was de-rigeur in the 1950s, but for stability, we want our tailplanes to lift downwards, not...
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Topic started 08 Apr 2018 14:32 by DMK123
Thinking about a new project. Does anyone know of a decent 3 view of the Twin Pioneer that I could download?
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Last Post by Bryanair 09 Apr 2018 17:23
You might want to have a word with Mike Smith before you go too far. He did one for twin electric but I don't think it was too successful. You can contact him via his website:- www.freeflightscale.co.uk/twinpin Bryan
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Topic started 04 Apr 2018 07:50 by A Free Flighter From Oz
Keil Kraft kits seem to be the flavour of the year. This one is a favourite of mine after chasing the original for miles until it went bush.The kids were hanging out of the windows of the Holden giving me directions but the great god of thermals 'Hung' won that round as it disappeared vertically...
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Last Post by A Free Flighter From Oz 09 Apr 2018 12:33
Quote: >>>>> snip <<<<< I ran mine on 6 strands of 1/4, approx. 30 grams of it. Hi Howard old mate. You must like the rocket climb. That's a decent bit of rubber for an Ace :lol: 12 strands of 3/32" Tan II is what I use in the old girl for a long lazy climb in our big paddocks with not much wind. It...
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Topic started 05 Apr 2018 08:42 by Mike Rolls
Just learned that Ray has died aged 90 after a short illness. Thankfully he stayed bright to the end. Ray was the only UK flyer to represent GB at World Championships in F1A, F1B, F1C, and F1D, and I doubt anybody anywhere else in the world can point to such an achievement. Mike
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Last Post by gossie 08 Apr 2018 07:06
RIP Ray Monks. What a wonderful Free Flight man he was for so long.
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Topic started 12 Feb 2018 21:10 by Jimbob
I rather thought I had posted this topic/thread earlier today, but there is no record of my posting, so I’ve done it wrong obviously! Never mind - perseverance and all that! I thought I’d better post something on here of my latest modelling whim! I have been building a KK Robin - as a...
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Last Post by Jimbob 24 Mar 2018 21:02
Thanks Andy! I’m having real problems uploading images, & now seem to have posted the same txt 10 times! Dammit.
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Topic started 21 Mar 2018 07:28 by ColibriGuitars
Hi Guys! just time to post something, as i been very busy on the guitar workshop, and the free hours went spend to build. last month arrived my little redfin 020 compish. a very nice engine. so decided to go simple and effective.... a well known tomboy. here some progress done. (now is...
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Last Post by one tenor 23 Mar 2018 19:04
Nearly Col 22" I think.but we won't argue. Nice work. Just noticed the engine could be converted easily to Front Rotary Induction. The casting Is ready for it.
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Topic started 01 Jan 2018 20:08 by Squirrelnet
I thought for 2018 I'd have another go at indoor flying, After my first attempt at the indoor Nat's with an untested model that seemed determined to batter itself to death on the floor I thought I'd start early this year I will the even try the unconventional method of trimming it first B) This...
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Last Post by one tenor 22 Mar 2018 00:07
This might help ----- hobbyking.com/en_us/9-2-blade-propeller-....html?___store=en_us other sizes as here and scan down .hobbyking.com/en_us/6-2-blade-propeller-...-power-5pcs-bag.html Very cheap. Price for 5 is as for one in LHS /LMS
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Topic started 20 Mar 2018 16:14 by DMK123
I am mainly used to building indoor peanut/KK flying scale models. Just finished Guillows S5A, also for indoor use, a bit heavy at 93 gms but wood was not the lightest. Need help on establishing how much rubber to use, I was working on 20% of model weight, i.e. 19-20 gms which would equate to 8...
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Last Post by Andy Sephton 20 Mar 2018 17:42
You're welcome DMK. I would also suggest that you do the first few flights outside over long grass. I see you come from Oxfordshire; the Oxford Club has a number of successful Free Flight Scale modellers who could give help if you really need it. As far as this forum goes, welcome aboard! If you...
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Topic started 17 Mar 2018 03:30 by A Free Flighter From Oz
Here is a little cutie that I designed a few years ago. [attachment] She managed almost a minute in the local basketball stadium. The best discovery that I made was how to make laminated microwaved wing ribs. B) [attachment] They do work very well B) * Danny *
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Last Post by Mike Rolls 17 Mar 2018 07:05
Cute! Mike
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Topic started 25 Dec 2013 09:09 by Andy Sephton
After an enforced two month break from building models, I decided to celebrate Christmas by starting a new build. Why Christmas? Because, with a very supportive wife, I can! The KK Eaglet is a model I've wanted to build for a long time. I already have it's larger brother and sister, the Competitor...
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Last Post by one tenor 02 Mar 2018 16:02
Quote: Quote: To be exact (who me!) it looks like when used as verb has a slightly different meaning to the action you took. :P :P Shaft - Verb - to push or propel with a pole i.e. "to shaft a boat through a tunnel" or to treat cruelly and unfairly with overtones of sodomy. :woohoo: Ha ha! Personally, I...
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Ebenezer..
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Topic started 11 May 2016 16:10 by Andy Sephton
As a bit of light relief, I'm building three Ebenezer class models for the Ebenezer event at Old Warden on Sunday. Hopefully, at least one will be finished on time..... Ebenezer models are based on flat plate construction, there are no built up surfaces. It started in the 50s with a plan in...
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Last Post by one tenor 22 Feb 2018 16:13
Quote: Humbrol factory burnt down, rebuilt, it's now a shipping company. Thanks David I didn't know that. Have they not re sited and resumed trading as I still see ads for their products?
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Topic started 04 Jan 2018 23:43 by A Free Flighter From Oz
G'day all. Just a heads up that I posted the plan of the Veron Vespa to Outerzone. It's a brilliant little flyer and it also qualifies as an Ebenezer. Build it it a day, it is one of my favourite little models and with the little APC prop and lots of nitro in the fuel it goes up very quickly [badass]... [attachment] ...
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Last Post by coleighf 14 Feb 2018 14:26
I’m very taken by the Vespa. It gave me the idea for a 22” practical indoor flyer, I’ve called it “BipeOne”. Parkzone P51/Su26 geared motor, weight 65 gms. First tests in the cul de sac look promising, proper try out at Shawbury this weekend.
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Topic started 13 Feb 2017 19:56 by Mark Grant
Ripmax are going to reproduce some old KK kits. The rep was in the shop last week, he left a new catalogue which shows a new Caprice kit. Apparently they are going to do 9 models but apart from the Caprice I don't know which ones yet.
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Last Post by one tenor 07 Feb 2018 15:07
Nice work sir
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Topic started 05 Feb 2018 13:34 by Del Piero
I'm building an enlarged version of an original model for free flight and was wondering whether wing dihedral should be increased, or whether it stays the same. I'm going from 20" span to 28", so that I can use an engine I already have. The original had 1.5" dihedral under each wing tip. Would this...
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Last Post by Andy Sephton 06 Feb 2018 08:26
I'll re-inforce the above, use the same angle so the model looks the same, even if it is bigger.
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Topic started 31 Jul 2017 21:02 by Andy Sephton
Last months AeroModeller had a very good article on maintaining and reconditioning CO2 Motors. I have rather large collection, but following the use of some special lubricant, advertised as a 'low temperature oil ideal for model CO2 motors' most of them are non-runners due to seal failure caused by...
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Last Post by one tenor 05 Feb 2018 22:56
Got a metre but can't recall where from but it was someone on the net .Might even have been Bang Good or similar.
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Topic started 13 Jan 2018 21:47 by Andrew Darby
I like the Bird Dog. I have built the FROG one, and kept looking at the Guillows one I have with a note of disappointment at the bad/ heavy wood, weak wing attachment and poor die cutting. So I decided to do my own. It's a 21" span, and weighs 25g with rubber but no nose weight. I will be...
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Last Post by Andrew Darby 24 Jan 2018 21:23
Cheers guys. The lettering is simply cut from paper (as will be provided in the kit along with the stars and bars). I will attempt an ROG next time, there are another 200 winds easily in the current motor, then yes I might go for a longer motor to increase duration. At this stage - before I tie...
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Pendulum??
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Topic started 09 Nov 2017 02:11 by ColibriGuitars
Hi Guys!! looking some planes on outerzone, found an tiger moth, 32" wingspan, and noticed a pendulum... i can imagine how it works.... always trying to keep the plane horizontal, and that sounds good.... BUT how effective is?? Cheers!
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Last Post by one tenor 19 Jan 2018 00:58
Yes magnet steering does work but I would not call it useful if the model flies further and further away..Very likely O.O.S. [badass]
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Topic started 23 Dec 2017 05:02 by ColibriGuitars
Hi Guys! 2 years ago decided to build my first and only kit plane, an arrow from Guillows, decided to go with Stock wood, and just replace the rubber and prop.... just to see if can fly... as to many people said that guillows use very heavy wood making planes impossible to fly. mine came...
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Last Post by Squirrelnet 23 Dec 2017 20:28
Beautiful looking build Rodrigo way too good to loose to another brick lifting thermal . Are you going to fit a De-thermaliser looks like it might need one B)
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Topic started 16 Dec 2017 13:15 by Andy Sephton
I had a lucky win at my Club's Christmas Competition and Quiz Night yesterday eve and came home with this one. It's a 16" Ebenezer model which should go together very quickly...which is just as well as the Model Air Ebenezer Competition is held at Old Warden in May. It'll also make a good airframe...
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Last Post by one tenor 17 Dec 2017 13:05
The scheme on the box lid looks good to me Andy
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Topic started 03 Dec 2017 17:59 by ColibriGuitars
Hi Guys! well, i been learning and building planes for 6 years, my first RC plane was a Tomboy RC reduced to 30" and electric... was very good to learn by myself to handle the sticks and get oriented. i been thinking to try to build all models made by Vic, but that is a hard work! what are your...
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Last Post by one tenor 06 Dec 2017 16:25
I totally agree Q That's something I hope to do soon.
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Topic started 02 Jul 2017 08:09 by Andy Sephton
Started another new one yesterday, a 25.5" span rubber powered Hawker Fury. I was going to build a small one, but then decided to go bigger....and when I saw the kit for sale, it was too good to miss. VMC laser cutting is normally good and the balsa selection excellent. So, here's the kit:... [attachment] And...
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Last Post by Andy Sephton 28 Nov 2017 19:04
I've been working on the fuselage, adding gussets and other bits and pieces. This is the underside of the front end, built as per plan: [attachment] It'd look pretty awful when tissue covered, so I've shaved the bottom longeron into a curve and added a stringer or two to support the tissue:... [attachment] ...
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Topic started 01 May 2017 18:15 by Squirrelnet
With summer approaching and the thought of warm calm days B) I thought I would build a nice easy flyer. I have a couple of Gasparin GM300's that need airframes so I thought why not use one of them and have a go at a larger outdoor scale model. If I can trim it for a reliable tight circuit them...
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Last Post by Jimbob 24 Nov 2017 08:47
Quick update RE: GM120 - It runs & holds gas well! (better than my Telcos anyway!) So it does appear that the shape of the valve is not critical...good news :) @ Squirrelnet - I was pretty taken by an article I read about the CO2 scaled 'Bantam' that Dave Deadman had reduced from a Ron Warring...
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Topic started 29 Sep 2017 07:48 by ColibriGuitars
Hi guys! this is my first thread here! After seeing some videos from Chris on youtube, I decide to do my first scale. and for sure will be ANOTHER Cirrus Moth. want to say THANKs to Chris for support, as the plan is not very clear, and bipes are always a challenge! after being out of...
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Last Post by A Free Flighter From Oz 15 Nov 2017 09:58
Nice model Rodrigo. A brass compression screw would soon wear into a mushroom shape where it contacts the contra-piston which would make it very difficult to remove. Could you not knock the pin out from the original compression screw and file a slot for a screwdriver or if you do not wish to...
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DH 60 build thread
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Topic started 22 Jan 2017 19:14 by Squirrelnet
Hi guys New to the forum but as way of introducing myself here's my latest project. It's actually nearing completion but has been bubbling along for a few years . Its based on the John Watters AM Plan and is powered by a Redfin 030 .5cc. It began back in 2014 [attachment] [attachment] ... [attachment]
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Last Post by Squirrelnet 09 Nov 2017 07:07
It is indeed B) It was a lovely evenings flying, worth waiting all day for The forum's own Andy Sephton is at 10' with his Lacey and it was filmed by Dom another forum member
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Topic started 05 Nov 2017 23:42 by Crashrr
I got a bit bored today, so decided to make a compilation of the first flights of my BF109. I wasn't happy with the first couple of attempts to make a video and you can't just dump on some copyrighted music anymore, so decided to try something a little different... Enjoy! :silly:...
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Last Post by Eric 07 Nov 2017 11:11
Good vid - and it ended as all ME's should, on it's nose in a field! :evil:
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Topic started 29 Sep 2017 20:19 by Andrew Darby
The latest from the VMC skunkworks... The span is 18" and this prototype weighs 38g and test glides have indicated around 8g of noseweight. So we at are talking 46g sans rubber, but with plenty of wing area to hold it all up. The tail plane is the later type, thus the same as the one at Old...
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Last Post by boz 31 Oct 2017 05:33
Congratulations on a great maiden, looks good in the air, well done.
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