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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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CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mike
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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 Squirrelnet Yesterday 18:11
Looks really good Nigel and at 25g a very good weight. Hope you get some enjoyable flights out of it
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Veron Chiltern 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 Nigel 21 Apr 2017 22:30
I made the offer in one of Monz' posts but I'll repeat it here. There is an indoor flying session at Alfreton Leisure Centre tomorrow 22nd between 3-6.00pm. Alfreton is about 50 miles from Walsall so if anyone was travelling the day before, they may be able to come early and divert via Alfreton....
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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 Andy Sephton 12 Apr 2017 11:46
I gave this one a good dose of testing on Sunday morning at the BMFA Scale Trimming event held at the Bushfield Leisure Centre, Peterborough. The 1/16" (0.064") motor first used ended up a little too strong, so I cut some 0.050" from the 1/8" rubber I'd used the previous night in the 30"...
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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 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 one tenor 11 Mar 2017 17:56
True John but I would still prefer SOLID wood if you get my drift .In the past I have stripped and shaped my own with spokeshave and router .Using the router on the parent piece before parting off then finished with block planes spokeshaves and sanding.Hardwork but worth it for the right effect....
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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 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 Squirrelnet 07 Feb 2017 07:51
Quote: you look so serious Playing with toy aeroplanes is a very serious matter ! Glad you enjoyed 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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Topic started 23 Dec 2016 14:38 by Andy Sephton
Traditionally, I start a model that I'm emotionally attached to on Christmas Day each year. Why? Well..... because I can! This year it's the Performance Kits Inch Worm, a 62" span A2 free flight glider. It's a model I lusted after as a kid, but could never afford. I've had a plan for some time,...
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Last Post by martynk 03 Jan 2017 14:43
Quote: Neither the Caprice, nor my reduced scale model, featured a twist in the training edge at the tip. Whilst it's, perhaps, not sound aerodynamically, it did produce models that performed well. I'll be using similar on the Inch Worm as I don't believe any of the original models featured a twisted TE...
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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 19 Dec 2016 10:14
>>far better than a Keil Kraft printed balsa sheet printing.<< Yes, I remember those as well! Mike :)
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Topic started 20 Jul 2016 09:51 by Andrew Darby
After the SE5 and the Tiggy I was sort of bitten by the Biplane bug.  So the next obvious subject for me was the Camel. The short nose is a bit if a nightmare, and I don't know if I have enough lead, but I wanted to give it a go.  The pictures show the rough hand cut prototype that I build to...
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Last Post by Andy Sephton 30 Nov 2016 10:15
If you want to see more of this type of model in the flesh, as it were, Boz, then can I recommend you go to the BMFA Scale Indoor Free Flight Nationals to be held at Wolverhampton University Sports Centre, Walsall on Sunday 23rd April 2017. You'll find Andrew there competing with similar models,...
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Topic started 13 Jul 2013 16:35 by Andy Sephton
I haven't been in the habit of doing threads on my building as the little time I have spare, I'd rather spend building. However, it's too hot in the workshop today, so I decided to publicise the two builds (of a large number) that I'm hoping to complete for the RC Nats. Both are free flight, the...
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Last Post by Andy Sephton 20 Nov 2016 17:48
Quote: Progress has been very slow on this one since the test flights, but the basic airframe has now been sprayed blue and white and the dummy propeller black. I've also sprayed some decal sheets black and white for the markings........ ....well, the lack of any further posts should give the hint that the...
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Topic started 13 Aug 2016 18:36 by Monz
It would not be sporting of me to compete in Kit Scale again after winning this year, so this will be for next year's Indoor Scale Nats' Open Rubber class. I bought the Flying Scale Models plan that was in the Jan 2004 issue, which at 24th scale is 18" span. That's a bit small, so I doubled it!...
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Last Post by Monz 09 Nov 2016 18:49
Ah, I didn't say when I'd emptied the bottle ;) My hands aren't that steady, I'm quite clumsy, I didn't show the lams that were broken in the process.
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Jodel D18
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Topic started 04 Sep 2016 15:52 by Firewood
Vintage Model Co Jodel D18 build [attachment]
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Last Post by one tenor 18 Oct 2016 20:07
I believe Model Master paints are sprayable from the jar John
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Topic started 06 May 2016 13:31 by Tony B
Right, lets list all the depron models i will be taking to old warden next weekend. [image] My rubber powered thing , it has now been finished and test launched in the garden, glides well, so i can trim it out at the event. :) more...
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Last Post by one tenor 18 Sep 2016 19:37
Very nice Tony Puts me in mind of KK Senator.I hope it flies as well
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Topic started 21 Jan 2015 12:58 by Andy Sephton
I've reviewed this year's comp scene and rationalised my building in an attempt to have some new models to enter that should be finished in time..........it sez 'ere! :) :) The first start is a 36" version of the KK Caprice - I first built my first full-size Caprice in 1964/5 and had a very...
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Last Post by Andy Sephton 09 Sep 2016 20:39
The repaired covering has now been water shrunk: [attachment] and doped: [attachment] [attachment] There's a couple of wrinkles appeared and the fading on the old covering shows! However, the model's well past the 'cosmetic' stage and is now into the 'well flown' era of its life, so it's...
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Peanut - FRED
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Topic started 25 Aug 2016 10:36 by martynk
This is my 2016 Holiday build - or at least its meant to be. It may get finished in 2018.. I have not been at all happy with any of my peanuts so far - with the possible exception of the Piper Cub and despite my best intentions, my BA-4B is turning into a 13" disaster zone.. I think I can build...
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Last Post by martynk 08 Sep 2016 15:00
Thanks - I'll try that on the elevator and rudder and use thin ali from a beer can for the ailerons Martyn
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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 06 Sep 2016 14:37
I had a couple of good flights out of this one at the Peterborough Club's flying aces meeting last Sunday. She didn't place, but came in a creditable 4th! The reason I'm posting is that a gust of wind blew the thing out of it's box and dashed it against my car leaving the tailplane in disarray!... [attachment] ...
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Topic started 19 Jun 2016 10:29 by Andy Sephton
Given the success of the Pippit, Kev wanted a development airframe with a tip dihedral wing, V-tail and tricycle undercarriage, so here she is! I drew up some sketch plans for the new wing and tail a few weeks ago and picked up a set of Pippit laser cut wood from Kev last Thursday. Using that, the...
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Last Post by Andy Sephton 05 Sep 2016 07:56
There's minor changes in the wing and tailplane from the prototype model, so Kev made up a set of flying surfaces from the pre-production laser cut parts and yesterday, we went a-testing! Conditions were ideal for a limit test - 15 knots of wind and gusting! The model coped well, so we now have the...
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Topic started 03 Sep 2016 16:43 by box
Any idea where I can source replica parts for a Mills .75 please? Notably the tank, compression screw and prop driver and prop spinner nut.. Thanks.
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Last Post by Andy Sephton 05 Sep 2016 07:49
Do you want originals or do you want to make them Box? You could also try a 'wanted advert' in SAM Speaks, the house magazine for SAM 35. The readership is mainly modellers of the era you're looking for. sam35.org.uk There's also a sales and wants section on the BMFA website:...
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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 Andy Sephton 05 Sep 2016 07:14
Thanks Martyn, the short answers are: - It didn't - No - Creative Airbrushing by Graham Puckett - www.amazon.co.uk/Creative-Airbrushing-Te...keywords=Airbrushing I bought the book after buying my first airbrush...
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Topic started 13 Aug 2016 17:59 by Monz
I'll be building this from the old Sterling kit's plan for BMFA Open Electric for the 2017 FF Nats. It will be to 37" span. The plan itself is true to scale and I'll be building it as G-BRPK which is based at Duxford. Pics for documentation will be easy to get as I own a share in her B) Starting...
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Last Post by Tony B 27 Aug 2016 20:38
such a shame Monz, it was all going so well too. oh well. still looks great though. Tony.
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Topic started 28 Jun 2016 16:33 by box
After reading the information in the July 2016 Aeromodeller, I thought my flyng days at Old Warden were over! Restricting wingspan to 36" and engine size to .75cc. I now see this has been superceded by an Important Notice on the SAM35 website. It is now a maximum weight of 500g and .8cc engine...
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Last Post by Andy Sephton 01 Jul 2016 16:59
In that case, phone 'em and re-send the email. In the end it'll be their decision, whatever answer you get on the Forum.
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