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Topic started Today 15:14 by Andrew Darby
The latest from the VMC stable... Andrew [attachment] [attachment] [attachment]
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Topic started 29 May 2017 19:26 by Andrew Darby
Hi all, I am after a kit either to buy or borrow for the above to trace the parts. It is a sweet little rubber powered free flight model with sheet fuselage and a built up wing, ideal to build with my lad... Ta Andrew
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Last Post by Andrew Darby Today 15:11
Finally traced the parts and built this rough prototype. There was lots of errors on the die cut sheets including the two main formers with the grain in the wrong direction! I'm going to see how this flies soon... Andrew [attachment]
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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 Mike Rolls Yesterday 03:40
Maddening! A guy I used to know (a GB C/L scale team member, but do you think that I can remember his name?) once had a really bad day. He specialised in WW1 biplanes and intending to go flying, picked up one model, exited his shed door - and damaged the tail in the process. Cursed mightily, went...
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Topic started 13 Jul 2016 11:57 by Andy Sephton
I've had my eye on this one for some time and as I need something to write about in my SAM Speaks (SAM 35 house mag) scale column, I've decided to give it a go. It'll be eligible for both the Masefield and the new BMFA Outdoor Kit Scale Competitions and also serve as a test model for a future...
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Last Post by Mike Rolls 20 Jul 2017 12:28
Like you, Andy, I store wire in tubes - amazing how heavy a 4" diameter tube almost full of wire is! Mike
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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 Squirrelnet 13 Jul 2017 07:26
Looking good Andy. I like your neat solution to the elevator line
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KK Bandit
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Topic started 02 Sep 2015 08:04 by Andy Sephton
I bought the kit for this one from Colin Buckle of Ben Buckle Kits at the Nats. It's destined for the Bowden Trophy Comp at next year's FF Nats at the end of May, so I have the winter to complete and trim it. I'd initially made the decision to build it from the plan, but looking at the number of...
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Last Post by Andy Sephton 13 Jul 2017 07:17
Elevators have been constructed inside the tailplane outline: [attachment] Then the latter removed from the plan and together with the new fin rudder, shaped ready for final sanding: [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 Squirrelnet 19 Jun 2017 22:13
And finally After adding some breathing holes for the tank and engine the Piper has successfully flown . Perhaps a bit more side thrust is needed to make the turn with rudder not the torque of the motor but happy with that. [video]
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Topic started 06 Jun 2017 00:47 by Nigel
Bored this evening, thought I'd knock this together [attachment] A few minutes deft fiddling... [attachment]
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Last Post by one tenor 15 Jun 2017 22:52
You can use artists water colour paints to great effect .You know the ones found in the sets made up of little blocks and you add water with the brush. Also some found in pots and tubes.The weight gain is almost nil and will shrink tissue just like plain water. Brush or spray on.Colour intensity can...
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Topic started 08 Jun 2017 09:48 by Andy Sephton
The Peterborough Flying Aces meeting in December and Charlie Newman's Oxford Scale Meeting in October both include events for DF powered FF models both 3D and profile (no-cal). I've wanted to build a flying model of this one ever since I flew the beast while working as a TP at Farnborough in the...
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Last Post by Andy Sephton 14 Jun 2017 15:49
I assembled this one yesterday and had some test glides in the garden this morning. She's stable with the C of G as shown, i.e. she climbs when speed is increased, dives when speed is reduced and returns to wings level when banked. Flying weight was 25gm including 6.5 gm nose weight. The latter...
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Topic started 04 Mar 2015 17:32 by Andy Sephton
This is another new one for this year's comp season. It's a profile Rapier model of the Victor B1 for the Peterborough Club's Flying Aces and Charlie Newman's Oxford Club Scale meetings in September. 20 mins on the printer produced a three view with a span of about 14 inches and a half hour of wood...
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Last Post by Andy Sephton 11 Jun 2017 19:07
Wing parts (except upper carrot fairing) and tailplane halves have been joined, fin and associated fairings have been fixed to the fuselage and all parts have been sanded: [attachment] Filling next, then colouring
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Topic started 08 Jun 2017 12:00 by Andy Sephton
In concert with the Mk2 Victor and Sea Vixen that I'm building in other threads, I've made a start on the prototype Victor this morning - I couldn't decide which one to build, so I'm doing both! They all look a bit 'samey' at the mo, but that should change as the build develop: [attachment] ... [attachment]
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Last Post by Andy Sephton 11 Jun 2017 19:03
Wings and tailplane halves have been joined, fin and fairing has been joined to the fuselage and parts sanded. [attachment] [attachment] Filling and colouring next, which will be completed before assembly.
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Topic started 01 Jun 2017 23:06 by Nigel
Can anyone help me out with a plan for Aerographic's 30" Desoutter please? I bought a kit off eBay which said it was without instructions - that's no problem but it turned out the seller was a clearance guy who didn't know the difference between instructions and plans - and it doesn't have those...
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Last Post by Nigel 09 Jun 2017 23:05
Give us a chance... :P Anyway, it's your turn next.
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Topic started 15 Mar 2017 23:38 by Nigel
You guys have inspired me so I thought I'd build this for kit scale - well, its a scale kit model, at least I think that's what the rules say... :P Anyway, main question is G-24 or G-63 CO2 motor? The 63 is nib so I'm reluctant to try it if its not necessary because of thee loss of value, whereas...
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Last Post by one tenor 06 Jun 2017 13:25
Spelt as you've go it Tony
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Topic started 18 May 2017 18:44 by Squirrelnet
I've never had much luck with rubber powered models as a kid. I think mainly because I used the rubber that came with the kit. Then I discovered more smelly and oily ways to power a model and rubber power fell out of sight. When I built models as a kid in the 1970's rubber power seemed a dying and...
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Last Post by one tenor 22 May 2017 11:09
Maybe some Dremel tools with long shafts would work
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Topic started 19 Mar 2016 20:11 by Andy Sephton
This one has beaten my embargo on new models...but it is for a good reason. I've acquired the kit from my good friend Bernie Nichols' estate following his sad demise earlier this year. Bernie was Chairman of the Peterborough Club, so what better way to celebrate his modelling life than to build the...
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Last Post by one tenor 19 May 2017 23:22
Very nice Sir Well done
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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 boz 17 May 2017 13:58
Absolutely brilliant, :) what a load of fun, :) the anticipation of the crowd, the pilots tension, then the flight :woohoo: . I had a great time watching the sometimes perilous flights that all too often end in disaster, looks like a great time was had by all. Well done you lot, boz.
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Topic started 28 Jan 2017 18:28 by Squirrelnet
This is a model I built a while ago in 2009 and has been hanging in my workshop for the past few years. I think its probably time I gave it a bit of refit and got it flying again. [attachment] Its sort of scratch built though I think I had scaled plan to base it around. It has lots of carbon...
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Last Post by Squirrelnet 15 May 2017 19:57
Quote: neutrally stable in roll wow that good !!! my expectation was pretty unstable in all directions !! The builder has been talking to Ross Milliership? about the full-size so I think he's aware of the insatbility issue , hopefully RC will help make it flyable
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Topic started 06 May 2017 18:20 by Mark Grant
I always seem to forget to take any pics whilst building but here are a couple of recently finished models. [image] Keil Kraft Soarer Baby built with laser cut parts from Ebay....[image] And again with a Thunder Tiger KK Conquest....
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Last Post by one tenor 09 May 2017 10:46
Yup He He that sounds likely . :oops: [badass]
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Topic started 26 Apr 2017 20:30 by Andy Sephton
It's time for another new one! I've been doing what I call high-pressure modelling for the past few months in the form of designing for magazine deadlines and building for National competitions and it was time for some light relief. What better model to relieve the pressure than the classic Keil...
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Last Post by Squirrelnet 06 May 2017 18:54
As Andrew says it looks great, the printed tissue works very well.
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Veron Chilton DW1
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Topic started 04 Mar 2017 18:52 by Squirrelnet
Ok new project. I have downloaded the OuterZone plan with print wood scan and sized it for the original 18" span. Power will be a Telco CO2 which I had lying around in need of an airframe and it will be finished as G-AESZ which is currently housed at the Shuttleworth Collection. I thought it...
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Last Post by Squirrelnet 04 May 2017 07:11
The Telco is not at full power , maybe 3/4 power something like that. As you say the amount of power seems good
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Pistachio Lacey M-10
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Topic started 08 Oct 2016 07:54 by Andy Sephton
Yes, it's yet another new one...but this time, with a difference! I'm trying to publicise the Pistachio Class ahead of next year's BMFA Scale Indoor Nationals and AeroModeller have kindly agreed to publish an update to the series of articles I wrote on the subject back in 1993. They'll be...
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Last Post by Firewood 03 May 2017 09:50
This is just too complicated for some of us .......well me!I'm just a mere mortal Andy. :)
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Topic started 12 Mar 2017 23:07 by Monz
Started the design for this in Photoshop a few weeks ago, modifying it from the 1/8 slopie I built a few years ago and now at the trace and cut stage. I'm off to the South Coast for a few days for work so taking a little 'down time' travel box along to occupy me in the hotels. I'll stop at the...
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Last Post by boz 01 Apr 2017 12:12
Check out sky discovery turbo 524, today, the buccaneer if on right now, it's also repeated later, note the tail for carrier happy viewing , boz
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Topic started 11 Mar 2017 15:58 by Mark Grant
I have a Keil Kraft Conquest which had its first flights today using a bungee I cobbled together from a couple of meters of 1/4 rubber and some fishing line but was wondering what size and length of rubber and length of line would give me the best launch. Any thoughts / experience welcome. Thanks....
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Last Post by one tenor 14 Mar 2017 14:36
Quote: Quote: But nobody has answered the initial question. What length and size of rubber /silicone and line should be used? You need to read back John, you'll find the answer in post number 3. Sorry missed it OOPS My bad
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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 11 Mar 2017 15:33
Ahhh!! It never happened to me luckily
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Herr Pitts Special
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Topic started 11 Jan 2017 00:38 by Monz
Started this yesterday evening, it's the Herr kit which I'm modifying into Betty Skelton's Lil Stinker N22E. The laser cut sheet is all very nice stuff, but the strip wood is all quite heavy so I'll be replacing that as I go. I've redrawn the wings for scale rib spacing which meant cutting a few...
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Last Post by Mike Rolls 11 Mar 2017 06:38
Absolutely gorgeous! Mike
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Topic started 10 Dec 2016 15:22 by box
Not sure if I’m in the right place, but I couldn’t find a category for engines or motors, but these are used for free flight. I was wondering if anyone on the forum undertook model diesel engine repairs, or know someone who does. It’s just that I have two Indian Mills .75 engines which both...
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Last Post by Klipkopwildlife 24 Feb 2017 08:21
Sorry people, I just thought, as a lifelong engineer, that the repair thread would be better under Technical. To be honest it's not really Free Fight is it?
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Topic started 11 Feb 2017 17:57 by Squirrelnet
I've had this plan on the workshop wall for while but I've no idea what the model actually is. It came to me via an engine collector friend who bought it with a lot of other engine bits I think. Its for a rubber powered monoplane of 45" span. Only the wing ribs are made from balsa the rest is...
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Last Post by Nigel 13 Feb 2017 22:52
I think the SAM 35 annuals have a host of plans in the back of them, might be worth a look through to see if you can spot it?
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Topic started 05 Dec 2013 09:30 by Andy Sephton
What we need for small balsa models is a lightweight but strong adhesive that's easy to use. By far the best is balsa cement, but PVA, epoxy and cyano all have their place. Balsa Cement - It's normally based on a cellulose carrier that evaporates to leave the adhesive on the job. It works well for...
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Last Post by one tenor 01 Feb 2017 22:13
Talking of smells reminds me of some dopes you don't see ( smell )anymore .Those smelling like pear drops. This come from the Amyl Acetate solvent .A few drops of which gives the flavouring to pear drops sweets or at least used to.If I ran out of cement and was skint or the shop shut I would make...
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Topic started 03 Jan 2017 00:15 by Monz
Made a start on another one of these to replace my now retired (trashed) previous version. I messed up something somewhere and the formers were skew which I only saw after glueing so had to add some 1/16th stringers top and bottom of opposite sides of the rear fus to balance things out again. Not...
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Last Post by Mike Rolls 07 Jan 2017 22:38
What a pretty little aeroplane! Mike
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Topic started 01 Nov 2016 19:58 by Kintosh
Having a ridout today came across this, started a long time ago and I am considering resurrecting it. Built from the plans of a Guillows kit a photocopy in bits on A4 sheets. The wings have met with some damage over the years and the top one has a large kink in the LE. But the fus is in excellent...
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Last Post by Kintosh 03 Jan 2017 16:34
Managed to finish the wheels ready for paint today. Method used was cut a disc of .020" plasticard and glue a tyre on each side. Then using Simons (Q,s) method to make the tapered sides using the plasticard again. They look OK and weigh in at just under 2 grams so with paint not bad for a 2" dia....
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