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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 Squirrelnet Yesterday 18:26
With the outlines done I thought I'd better draw out the structure of the tail. Its flat plate and 3/16" thick. I thought the easiest way to build it would be to make it as a 3/16" thick structure and then sand it to shape once its all built. The only difficult bit being that the basswood outline...
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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 17 Nov 2017 20:41
Quote: Oh, and when I think of the fun that I had applying a checkerboard scheme using squares of Solartrim.................. Mike Hmmmmm....you're gonna get seriously grumpy then when I cut the wing squares form Solartrim and apply them with application tape... [badass] [badass] Watch this space in about 2 months...
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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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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 Andy Sephton 10 Nov 2017 07:44
Quote: Thank all - and Andy - bear with me I am slow but so was the tortoise! No probs Neddy - if you read way back in the threads, you'll see that most of us have failed to insert our pictures on our first few posts. ;) ;)
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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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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 Mike Rolls 24 Oct 2017 13:13
Success! 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 one tenor 10 Oct 2017 23:10
Have you tried Model Fixing or Wheelspin Models or any steam model suppliers.Specifying the size needed. Re turning one down I would use an abrasive such as wet or dry and a soapy solution as a lubricant .Straight or tapered side I'm not sure but however if I was tapering I would taper in slightly...
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Topic started 15 Sep 2017 08:43 by Doug
The last major flying event for me this year will be the Festival of Flight at Old Warden. A trip on the motorbike is planned, and the Tom Thumb just about finished, a record for me as I am normally still doping the night before. Unfortunately my normally reliable little diesels decided to sulk...
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Last Post by one tenor 05 Oct 2017 21:26
It was just a thought .I found these slow long strokes like a relatively heavy prop. Seems to help the flywheel effect.........
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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 Squirrelnet 26 Sep 2017 20:56
Thanks that makes a lot of sense to many other models of mine too. ;)
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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 Andy Sephton 21 Sep 2017 14:44
I didn't weigh the model before painting Crashrr, but as pictured above and ballasted ready for flight but without rubber, the model weighs 75gm. As far as airbrushes go, a good quality single action external mix model such as the Badger 250-2 is perfectly adequate for model spray purposes....
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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 20 Sep 2017 20:27
This one is now repaired in preparation for Old Warden this weekend. I've also made up a serviceable igniter from two unserviceable items....so there's no further excuses! [attachment] [attachment]
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Topic started 04 Jul 2015 17:22 by Andy Sephton
Yes it's yet another new build from the Sephton stable, but this one must be finished and tested by 6th Sep... I needed a new electric FF model for the electric precision event at Peterborough Club's Flying Aces Competition which will take place at Ferry Meadow's Peterborough on the said date. It's...
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Last Post by Andy Sephton 16 Sep 2017 11:44
The plan calls for black tissue to be cut to the shape of the glazing and stuck to the side of the cabin. With a bit of time on my hands this morning, I decided to see how my new Silhouette Cameo 3 cutter plotter would cope with the simple job of cutting some windscreen pieces from Solartrim. First...
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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 Mike Rolls 15 Sep 2017 17:24
Andy - wrong direction grain is always a pain (I'm a poet and didn't know it!) - why not let in a piece of 1'8" square or what is appropriate set vertically? Wrong grain will break, as I am sure you know. Mike
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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 boz 13 Sep 2017 22:52
Another job very well done andy, you make it look too easy. I like the simplicity of your FF models, reminds me of my school boy days watching the fliers on Beverley racecourse. Boz :)
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Topic started 20 Sep 2015 20:35 by Andy Sephton
I've decided to modify my FF rubber Wildcat to electric power for next year's open scale competitions. The model was originally built in 2012 for the USA's Flying Aces Club Nationals at Geneseo. It flew, getting into the second round of a three round competition, but wasn't particularly successful....
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Last Post by Andy Sephton 06 Sep 2017 16:55
Thanks for the kind words chaps, but if you look at the date, the above posts were made some 2 years ago. The model flew successfully at Barkston in the 2016 BMFA Scale FF Nats fun event when it looked like this: [attachment] Unfortunately, it met it's demise at this years BMFA Scale FF Nats,...
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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 boz 05 Sep 2017 18:09
Well done, and nicely built. :)
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Topic started 14 Oct 2014 14:18 by Andy Sephton
Well Garry, you wanted a build thread, so here it! AeroModeller editor, Andrew Boddington, has kindly allowed me to post a build thread on the model, but you'll have to buy the mag for the full story as this will be a brief taster. Andrew approached me about two months ago and asked if I would...
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Last Post by Andy Sephton 04 Sep 2017 14:20
I'm delighted to report that this, now rather old, model flew into second place in the Peterborough Club's Flying Aces event held at Ferry Meadow's yesterday. The model coped well with the 10 -15 knot blustery wind, although it was let down by a poor climb and equally poor glide. I'm delighted also...
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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 02 Sep 2017 12:40
Apols Ricky, I got my dates completely wrong there. The pictures I took of the 2 Tiger Moths was during a ULAS Open Day in 1984. I was looking at the pictures with a view to posting some, when I spotted the Boscombe Harvard in the background of one of them. I'd flown it in for the Open Day as the...
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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 Nigel 27 Aug 2017 23:07
My genuine (as in came with the motor) modela props have SW moulded into them, so yours are correct Chris. It may be MS though... N
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Topic started 15 Dec 2013 19:14 by Andy Sephton
In another thread (www.modelflying.org.uk/forum/model-build...-frog?start=30#48810) I posed the idea that a slow flying model such as the BMFA's Frog, flew better with a thin single covered wing rather than a fatter double covered one. Alan Cantwell posted the following:...
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Last Post by Andrew Darby 24 Aug 2017 09:54
Quote: By missing out a single word, it seems I may have given you the wrong impression Andrew. Aerodynamically, the only difference between a full-size aircraft and a model is the size. The laws of aerodynamics apply equally to both, whether they be designed to be controlled or not, or to be unstable or...
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Topic started 20 Aug 2017 22:16 by Fordman
I am no expert by any stretch but I will share how I build with blue foam with my new Oeffag 50.14 in 1/20 scale. Most of what I do has been pilfered from others but I do have moments when I come up with something good. I start by drawing out the top and side views on a block of blue foam. I like to...
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Last Post by Fordman 22 Aug 2017 13:56
Thanks guys. Today is wing day the pictures show the hot wire cut wing blanks. [attachment] [attachment]
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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 21 Aug 2017 18:39
Fourth project on the spray painting day was the Victor B2. She's now been given a full coat of anti-flash white. Markings next! [attachment]
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Topic started 20 Aug 2017 18:48 by Fordman
It's been some time since I have built a free flight model and after seeing the foam models from BMFA comps I wanted to have a go so here they are my first 2 models. Both are 1/20 scale. [attachment] [attachment] [attachment] [attachment]
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Last Post by one tenor 21 Aug 2017 00:14
Tasty ! Well done and welcome from me too :) [badass]
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Topic started 05 Aug 2017 21:27 by Squirrelnet
I have been having a bit of clear out in my garage/workshop and to cut a long and not very interesting story, involving various cardboard boxes short, I have unearthed a couple of peanut models I thought had long since been destroyed. The models seem to be in good flyable condition, their tissue...
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Last Post by Mike Rolls 19 Aug 2017 02:52
Very much so! Mike
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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 09 Aug 2017 09:49
Hi, thanks for the suggestion but I have now scanned in the plan from one of the kits I have. Now I know it flies OK when I get back from my hollibobs I will finish drawing up the parts sheets on CAD and put them up on the Hip pocket plan gallery and outerzone... Andrew
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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 Andy Sephton 07 Aug 2017 13:46
It's about time I got this one finished ... although it'll now be for next year's competitions rather than this! The single rib at the dihedral joint is at an angle to the respective wing panels. So, as a CAD exercise, I scanned in a rib, traced it, worked out the angle of the dihedral joint,...
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Topic started 22 Jul 2017 15:14 by Andrew Darby
The latest from the VMC stable... Andrew [attachment] [attachment] [attachment]
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Last Post by Andrew Darby 23 Jul 2017 10:03
Hi Chaps, I understand what you are saying Andy. However the Veron design is flawed in a number of ways, not least the lack of a top spar that leads to banana wings. VMC want my version of the Tripe because of the simpler constructional methods employed and to make it part of the new series......
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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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