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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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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 May 2017 17:49
Thanks Bryan. It really does doesn't it particularly around the cabin and the number of windows. If I'd had spotted that sooner I'd have finished it as a Piper Pacer. And welcome to the forum Chris
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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 17 May 2017 21:33
Would it be possible to make some "O" rings from suitable tubing? /Silicone or surgical rubber maybe .Cut with a sharp blade while sitting on a rod or tube. The Rubber /silicone not you LOL
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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 17 May 2017 18:12
With better weather approaching I thought it time to get things moving with the Moth. First step, while it's chucking it down outside, is to check the engine runs ok in the model and I'm happy starting it and the cowlings are ok with the engine running etc. [video] Pretty happy with that. The...
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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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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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