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  2. My wimpy little yellow and black Turbex starter is unlikely to be strong enough to start a 180FS size motor. I need something with a bit more grunt. Does anyone have a large (preferably geared) powerful unit surplus to requirements that might be suitable? Worth me asking. Thanks guys. Mike Kennedy 01883 625406
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  4. On advice from Martin Wood, I`ve just ordered an onboard programmable glow plug activation unit which will be powered by a separate NiMh cell. This permanent fixture allows plug power for start up and also whilst slow flying with the engine running at slow speed....in other words it keeps the glow plug alight at low throttle openings which is when the engine is most likely to flame out. I see that as additional security when on the landing circuit. There is nothing worse having an engine stop at the wrong time! This Stearman will cost nothing less than £650 to get flying so its an expensive investment to risk. Having a powered glow plug unit aboard seems like sensible insurance against a potential motor stoppage. Here is the link to the RCD3007 unit I found on eBay for £23.RC Remote Glow Plug Starter Igniter RCD3007 With Alarm Nitro Engines Planes Cars I`d be interested in comments from anyone who has used this or a similar unit on their own model(s) Mike
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  6. Putting the cart before the horse, I bought a two flight only, used SC180FS complete with a nice pair of engine bearers from an eBay seller for £210 delivered. That`s about a £120 saving from buying new. I couldn`t let such a low time engine slip through my fingers. Images below. As you can see, the unit is almost unmarked. As regards the Seagull Stearman kit itself, that is on the slow boat from Vietnam and expected to be in stock with J Perkins at West Malling on 23rd December 2019. Delivery before Christmas seems unlikely. At least that gives me further time to accumulate the necessary and expected costs of more than £300. It will be a nice New Year present all be it an expensive one. Pleasingly, I`ve ordered through Rob at Avicraft. Mike.
  7. Here it is in beautiful condition. Its hardly used and came with an engine bearer set. Mike
  8. I like these Seagull kits. They are very complete and fly well. They are excellent value for money and you would be hard pushed to build from scratch at the price. For speed of construction and with the core parts built and covered, they make a good choice for a time limited constructor. Now under my belt are the two other Seagull kits I`ve already built, namely the Bowers Fly Baby monoplane and the now out of production, Miles Sparrow Hawk. The big 72" Stearman pulled at my heart strings so I now await delivery which is likely to be after Christmas. Presently the kit is on a slow boat from Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam. A two flight only, used SC180 FS which shares the same crank case dimensions as a 150 has been sourced for a couple of hundred pounds from eBay. This should power the model well and I decided on this power route as this model needs an appropriate sound track and the costs of buying one of the electric 4-Max 6366-270 motors, a 90a ESC not to mention stumping up for something like a 10S, 6000mAh Lipo pack nearly doubled the cost of the build bill. As it stands with the reasonably priced SC180 and the cost of the kit, that alone equates to around £520 with servos, battery and receiver adding to the cost. The 180 route appeared to be the most economic way to proceed. The two attached images depict this Seagull model. Sadly the original full sized Red Baron Pizza example together with one other example which formed part of a four aircraft display team in the US, is no more. Two of the team collided during an airshow with both pilots being fatalities. I`ll add to this thread as things progress. Mike
  9. Near new SC180FS unit bought last night via eBay. Shame I could`t afford a Saito R3! Mike
  10. Date. 28/11/2019. Guys, Does anyone have a good used 150/180 or similar size four stroke nitro engine they wish to sell? Contact me on 01 883 625406 if you have one. Thanks. Mike Kennedy
  11. The Sparrow Hawk is 99% finished now. Just the screen to glue into place. That has been left as the last job due to its vulnerability. The covering standard is not quite as good as the Fly Baby monoplane but some iron work has cured the majority of the faults. The revolting turquoise stripes on the underside of the wings have been removed. In there place yellow Oracover Cub Yellow replaces them as a perfect match. An additional stripe now runs from the underside of the wing leading edge to the wing trailing edge under the fuselage and completes an all over continuity of colour from one end of the fuselage to the other. Definitely a visual improvement on the original nasty turquoise nastiness. OK, the registration letters are applicable to a red and silver Chiltern Monoplane and the model kit yellow and silver colour scheme is a complete red herring. The six original aircraft which left the factory in 1935 were all painted a cream colour and registration letters are very different from this Seagull kit rendition. So be it. I can live with this. Its the overall impression that counts. The build is easy enough. Its definitely for an experienced builder. A novice would struggle with it. The landing gear trousers and the cowl are made from thin wall glass fibre and epoxy with a two pack paint finish then having been applied. The end result is more than passable. Costs. £189.88 inc delivery from Leeds Model Shop. A further £140 spent on motor, ESC, a couple of props, 4mm gold tubular connectors and shrink wrap. Add to that the costs of the Rx, Rx battery, five servos, four assorted servo/y-leads/switch etc. The model has an identical power train to my No 1 Ultra Stick being fitted with a 420Kv motor from 4-Max. A 70a ESC without UBEC controls motor power. A separate stand alone 2600mah NiMh battery is fitted for receiver and servo functions. With the 4500mAh Lipo fitted well forward and with the ESC mounted on the motor frame, the RX battery sits just forward of the CoG position and perfect balance has been achieved with no effort at all. So the model is ready to go. Flying field conditions are muddy and the winter temps are presently low. I suspect I`ll keep this model back for the 2020 flying season. More news on the flying once conditions improve and gives me a little more enthusiasm. Mike
  12. Ye ha! Got one!! The Seagull Sparrow Hawk 63" kit is certainly a rare bird presently in the UK. (12/11/2019) Rob told me that J.Perkins currently show non availability with no delivery date being advised. Much as I`d liked to have bought through Rob as a preferred, known and trusted supplier, not to mention pushing as much of my business as possible in his direction, this time I had to resort to an internet search to locate a supplier who physically had a kit on his shelf. This time Leeds Model Shop came up with the goodies. With post and packing, they relieved me of £189.89 to conclude the deal....never be frightened to ask for free postage! The price is competitive and I`d not be able to source one for any less. I now have to decide what to power train to install in this model. I/C or electric? I seem to have a pile of .61, .75 or .91 two strokes kicking around, not to forget an OS .91 Surpass four stroke which is earmarked for my Fly Baby bipe. I could also snatch either a 360Kv or 420Kv PO5065 electric motor from either the No 1 Ultra Stick or the newly acquired Seagull Fly Baby monoplane. I really don`t want to do that as I`d then loose the use of one of these two fully flying and very well sorted models. I`ve been attempting to standardize electric motors, LiPo and ESC units across my flying collection so that components can easily be swapped between models. The purchase of another 360 or 420 motor and 70a ESC would fit well into my electric motor stock holding but another quality 4-max motor and ESC would set me back another £135 including carriage. What to do? At this moment, I`m undecided but the cleanliness of electric power appeals from a purely practical standpoint. I/C power though is great fun but I struggle badly humping flight boxes and fuel around and getting down on my hands and knees causes me pain and misery. Having all those two strokes around for no additional cost would save me the £135 cost of buying more new electric gear into stock. The model kit is due here tomorrow so my Christmas has come early. Watch this space. Mike
  13. Hi Guys, After nearly a couple of years of flying now having returned to the hobby after an absence of some forty years later. Boy, did I find the whole game had changed. I needed to get into a serious learning curve! So what did I struggle with? New fangled 2.4 radio gear and electric power plants. I found myself totally out of my comfort zone. OK, the radio gear was fairly easily overcome but electric motors, UBECS and LiPo batteries were completely outside my knowledge library. To begin to bridge that gap, I resorted to taking advice from George Worley at 4-Max. I`m glad I did. George bent over backwards to sort out my initial needs. Telling him I intended to work my way back into the hobby with a Hanger 9 60" Ultra Stick, he immediately worked out that I needed a PO5056-420Kv motor, a 60a ESC, 5a UBEC and a minimum 6S LiPo of 3700mAh capacity running a 15x6 prop. That is the combination that many people saw me practice for and gain my A-test with in May 2019. George later further specified a similar 5065- 360Kv motor, 70a ESC and 6S 4500mAh Lipo for my Dancing Wings Fokker Tri-Plane. As it transpired, that 360Kv motor soon transferred to the Ultra Stick to provide faster acceleration and the ability to make use of the greater torque which offered the increased ability to swing a larger propeller. The 420Kv motor taken from the Ultra Stick then transferred to a Seagull Fly Baby monoplane where fast flying really wasn`t anything like so important. Gradually then, I began to learn something about correct power unit selection. So how does the often viewed specification seen on some out-runner cases apply to what you might see on a 4-Max motor case? As an example, if we examine the 4-Max PO5056 series motors discussed above, we can learn that the 50 refers to the metric diameter of the motor case, which in this instance equates to 50mm. The 65 refers to the motors` 65mm case length. The 360Kv or 420Kv refers to the motor performance. All this is far better explained in the link to the 4-Max site below. I certainly find the explanation found in the link to be most useful as indeed I hope it may also be to fellow club members who like me, might be struggling to understand the technicalities of electric power applications. Please take look.Microsoft Word - Working out the power train for electric aeroplanes - Version 1.2.doc - Working out the power train for electric aeroplanes - Version 1.0.pdf Mike
  14. The Tiger Moth re-cover and the Fly Baby bi-plane projects are presently stalled due to non availability of further supplies of Hobby King 115 Solid Silver covering film. This is obviously highly frustrating...I suppose I should now be making some new cabane and interplane struts for the little Se5a. I regret to say I put the model on the roof of the Peugeot van thing I use to transport the models. Annoyingly, I later opened the electric garage door with the inevitable result....crunch, squash, graunch! So what is next? Liking the Seagull Fly Baby 69" monoplane, Rob supplied me with a kit and it built quickly and easily. OK, the port wing was warped so that had to be replaced by Perkins but with a new wing fitted, the model is a peach to fly. On the basis of that, I`ve decided to build the 63" Seagull Sparrow Hawk. Here are a couple of links to the model.Seagull Sparrowhawk (61) (1.6m) Preview Preview 5:58 Seagull Sparrow Hawk Maiden 20 June 2014 More on this kit once I`ve got one in my hands. Mike
  15. Guys, I tripped over James Hollands web site this evening. James, as many will know is a terrific TV presenter of World War 2 related programs and has an amazing ability to explore and capture little known facts relating to the conflict. His interest in this period of history goes back many years and incredibly has managed to interview many of the participants....in fact I`m quite taken aback by the number of interviews he conducted. Almost my entire evening tonight has been spent browsing his site. What he has achieved is an outstanding record of anecdotal evidence gleaned, for instance, from the last surviving Battle of Britain pilots. This includes the enigmatic, charismatic Bob Doe and the quietly spoken Tom Neal to name but just a few. By James own admission, the site is a bit rough round the edges, but that matters not one jot. The contents are fascinating, typo and recording errors included. In no way do they diminish his efforts. So here is the link to the site. I hope many of us will view it because it opens a very fresh view on how we might view the Second World War. If you really want to explore the dynamics of how to shoot down an enemy aircraft, then viewing the Tom Neal interview will leave you astounded. His views on Leigh-Mallory, Keith Park, Hugh Dowding, Sholto Douglas and Douglas Bader are very firm and he doesn`t mince his words. I can`t recommend the site highly enough. James Holland web site Griffon Merlin Forum Mike K
  16. About three weeks ago, Rob Newman sold me a fairly ancient 48" Tiger Moth complete with servos and an SC 30 FS motor. It was thought to be a Pilot kit. Finished in war time yellow and dark green training colours, the model appealed to me so I bought it. Some of you may have seen it hanging from the ceiling in the shop. The Tiger was in reasonable condition if a little dog eared and faded in places. It was a sweet little thing and I just had to have it. As the coverings were so faded, embrittled and flat, I`ve elected to strip it down, make any required repairs and generally re-life the model. The core of the model was quite sound with just a couple of broken wing ribs needing attention. Removal of the former covering glue has been the biggest issue. Most of it has come off by sanding and then attacking with acetone on a rag. Recovering is a little delayed due to Hobby King not having a supply of their 115 Bright Silver material. A similar covering frustration currently exists with my big Fly Baby bipe build which also uses 115 as a core material cover. The 115 is on back order with indications being that it will be back in stock towards the end of October 2019. Extra edging has been applied to most flying surface peripheries in an attempt to alleviate the "starved horse" effect caused by covering sagging and creasing between high and low points. The shots of the rudder re-cover show what I`ve done in that respect. Using the material I have, the fuselage and tail sections have been re-covered. The colour scheme will be that of the silver, red, white and blue example owned by the Shuttleworth Collection. A few images here to show the progress to date. More in due course. I think you will agree, this model is set to be a very pretty little number. Mike
  17. A quick progress update on the Flybaby. Tail feathers and fuselage have been partially covered and the top wing built and trial fitted to the cabane wires. So far so good. Hard points and mountings for that wing still remain to be constructed. Note the somewhat unusual main spar arrangement designed into the model. It is rather similar to that employed on the full size aircraft. Note the similarity in proportions to the Tiger Moth. One can`t but help think that Pete Bowers might of been slightly influenced by the Tiger Moth! A little off topic but as the Tiger Moth figures here, the little second hand Tiger I bought from Rob has now been stripped of its old faded and embrittled covering to reveal a model that only needs minimal rework to make good. The remains of the old covering are easily removed by light sanding. Once the big Flybaby Bipe is complete, the Tiger can be re-covered. It will probably assume the colour scheme worn by the Shuttleworth example. Sorry about the embedded plane here. Can`t work out how to remove it! Mike
  18. Quite by chance, I tripped over an old Pilot magazine on eBay which detailed the very aircraft that I`m in the process of building. This was in the August 1997 edition of the magazine. I`m pleased with this purchase as it gives a very good detailed insight into some of the finer modelling points and is likely to be helpful particularly in the later stages of construction. Images of the relevant pages have been added below. One of the things I found useful when the magazine arrived was having confirmation of the core colour scheme. Originally I thought it was white with blue trim. Now I`ve found the aircraft to have been silver and blue. Annoyingly, I`d already covered the fin, rudder, tail plane and elevators in white. It has all had to be stripped off in favour of the silver. I have half a roll of the Hobby King silver film in stock. This is sufficient to cover the fuselage but not the wings. Frustratingly, the current Hobby King listing shows the material as out of stock. I`m just hoping it will make a re-appearance in the not too distant future. The fuselage has had its cabane struts added and also the top decking. This part of the build was far from easy but at least it is done. Only the rigging wire hard points remain to be added before I can completely cover the fuselage. The going is rather bitty at present but the model progresses slowly. Certainly, it is my most ambitious project yet and will probably take another two months to complete. Mike
  19. Last night at the September 2019 club meet, the big Flybaby bipe build took an interesting turn. James took another look at my fuselage and became certain that my 84" version from the Eraldo Pomare/Nexus/Sarik plan was the same size as his one built some thirty years earlier. He recognized the designers name. He had earlier measured the wing span of his example and found it to be around 64". That is something like a 20" span difference when set against the dimension quoted on the plan. Placing my fuselage in his Volvo estate, he became even more convinced that my model was indeed the same size as his. Back home, I measured the fuselage length at 55" and then referring to the wing plan (not looked at in any real detail to date), I measured the wing span which came out at 64".....the same as James`s example. Scratching my head, I then realised that whilst two fuselage plans are shown, ie differences for the monoplane and the bi-plane, only a wing rib section was shown for the mono-plane but not a plan form for the extended winged monoplane version. Two and two eventually made four and it became obvious where the quoted plan wing span of 84" came from.....the mono-plane wings are some 20" longer than the bi-plane! A quick text to James leads us to conclude we now have the answer to the conundrum and that we both do have the same model from the same plan. That is indeed good news because my model has also been fitted with an OS .91 FS motor which is the same size as the one fitted to James`s model. As we know, James flies his Flybaby beautifully on a .91FS and my hope is that my rendition will fly in a similar fashion. We are both looking forward to seeing both models flying together. Progress on my model has been rather slow over the past couple of weeks. My spinal operation developed complications and I`ve been rather off colour. This affected my building speed and also my perceptive abilities. Thankfully, I`ve now sharpened up a bit but tire rather easily. A wire bender arrived from Robotbirds for around £12 and is capable of bending 4mmOD piano wire for the cabane struts and landing gear. Getting the bending radius of any bends takes a bit of practice but my technique is now developing. I must admit to dropping a couple of clangers with the fuselage. The head rest behind the pilot got placed about 2" further aft than it should have been. I`m blaming an anesthetic clouded brain during that part of the build. That stuff does hang around in the body and takes a while to burn out. To cut a long story short, I`ve had to hack into some of my previous work, remove the bulkhead and re-locate it in the right place. Now I can locate the cabane struts in the right place as well! The cowl has also progressed and fits the model reasonably well with a good clearance around the engine being obtained together with getting the throttle and choke controls working correctly. The main mixture needle valve control exits the cowl nicely on the underside with a long piano wire extension fitted. People have asked me why I didn`t invert the motor. I`ve two answers for that. One is that James installed his motor as a side winder and I just followed his lead. The other thing that influenced me not to invert was the difficulty of inserting the glow plug NiMh unit through the cowl. Yes, I suppose I could have remoted the connection. The fact that I`m more than just a bit incapacitated due to major sciatica in my right leg and back, caused me to shy away from having to operate on my hands and knees for starting and having to struggle to get the glow plug fired up with an almost unseen connection point. So a side winder my model also has become. A straight exhaust of flexi hose is needed in place of the slightly bent pipe supplied with the motor. Use of that pipe would have caused me to hack an unsightly hole in the cowl to allow the bent pipe to rotate as it is tightened up. I can see why Emi suggested I went the flexi route and remoted the exhaust canister to a more convenient location. Only two images on this occasion but will add more once I have something more tangible to show. Mike
  20. A progress report here. Three weeks on, the build of this big 84" Flybaby bi-plane continues well. To add to the fun the first few flights of the new kit built Seagull ARTF Flybaby mono-plane took place. Now fitted with a replacement port wing due to the original item being badly warped, I`m pleased to report this model flies very nicely indeed. With the new wing fitted, I didn`t even need to adjust trims on the transmitter to obtain straight and level flight. The model is perhaps just a tad nose heavy but this can easily be corrected by shifting the LiPo back about 25mm. That can be done once the rain stops. The trouble with rain is once it starts, it never stops....the forecast shows its here to stay for at least the next three days. Time to spend more time in the hangar. So back to the big Flybaby Bipe. The OS 91FS Surpass arrived and is a cracking little motor in fine general condition. The fuel tank, servos, control snakes, wing bolt mounts and a Bowden cable for the throttle has all been installed. Fin, rudder, tail-plane and elevators also now feature. A block and sheet balsa Piper Cub type cowl has been constructed, profiled and light e-glass sheathed with industrial boat building epoxy. Bending of the 4mm OD wire cabane wires, landing gear and inter-plane struts have still to be started. The wing construction is still to begin. So far, so good. Images below tell the story to date. This model is quite an epic build. I expect completion to take around another two months. I wanted a winter build. It seems I have one! Mike
  21. A Flybaby update. Correction. The warp was due to a distorted wing which had 12mm excess "Wash in", ie the port wing tip was at a higher angle of incidence than the root of the wing. Not nice. The offending port wing panel went back to Rob. He immediately agreed the panel was a real shocker and phoned Perkins on the spot for a warranty replacement. Just over a couple of weeks later a replacement wing was supplied together with a new aileron, cyno hinges and a nuts and bolts pack which included a replacement glass fibre aileron control horn. Back in the hangar, the new parts were joined up and the complete new wing fitted to the model in little more than an hour. The only cost to me was a few dribbles of cyno used to fit the CA hinge tabs. Full marks to Rob for sorting the problem for me. Such a nice guy.... The weather has been lousy this weekend but I finally seized an opportunity this Sunday evening at 17.00 to fly between the showers. Conditions were a bit dank, slightly blustery but very flyable. I`ve been somewhat out of action recently having had back surgery followed by several complications and this has rather dampened my enthusiasm for excursions away from home. I finally found the energy to get all the kit together and put the Flybaby in the car. I`m glad I did. Although conditions up at the field were a little lumpy, the re-worked model flew a treat with its new components. It was a completely different beast to when I first flew with the warped wing. It is a peach to fly around gently with no apparent vices even when the weather is less than calm. On this second flight I noted the aileron response was a bit sharp and that the model was perhaps just a tad nose heavy. Adjusting the aileron expo at the field from -30% to -35% made aileron response softer and more flyer friendly for the third flight. Just a smidge of applied left aileron trim had the model flying straight and level. I`ll correct the slight nose heavy condition for the next flying session by simply moving the 4500 LiPo aft by about 25mm. Internally, there is masses of space for even a 6000 LiPo. The LiPo sits just forward of the CoG under a magnetic removable section of upper fuselage and the LiPo is held in place by velcro straps. Access to batteries, receiver, servos, cables and switches is easy and straight forward. As a practical no nonsense proposition, the Flybaby is great for field access, isn`t fiddly to operate and can quietly spoddle around the sky at about one third throttle. Flown into wind with its Clark Y, flat bottom section wing, it can climb like a demon. Flown into wind at slow speed, it can almost come to a stand still. That`s quite fun to do. The model looks at its best when flown slowly with steep turns thrown in. It appears very realistic and with the motor turning at less than half throttle, it can hardly be heard in flight. I love small full sized home-built aircraft and this model fits my easy to fly, semi scale requirement perfectly. I suppose one could say that it flies rather like a big lightly loaded trainer but has rather more maneuverability and potential for basic aerobatics. I`ve yet to fully explore the full flight envelope but the Flybaby experience to date looks like being a good one. Anyone considering this model will not be disappointed. (Just check the wings for accuracy when you first open the box) Having got your A-test and with your confidence building, the Seagull Flybaby would make a great second model to progress to. Its far less "full on" than an Ultra Stick which gets around the sky rather faster than the Flybaby. We all know that our Fickleshole site takes care and practice to operate out of due to the surrounding trees and their placement. That said, I had no difficulty navigating this sizable 69" span model around the circuit or successfully getting it down on the pitch with space to spare. It is as forgiving as the lovely little SFM Se5a that I`ve been flying recently. Some might expect that model to be a bit of a handful but it is not. Its another little sweety with similar characteristics to the Flybaby. As some of you may know, my 84" scratch built Flybaby Bi-plane is progressing well with now just the wings to begin. It will be interesting to see how the mono-plane and bi-plane versions compare. More news on both models in due course. Mike K
  22. Good call Amol, there aren't many of us that has not experienced the tree plane scenario. Number saved.
  23. That oak tree certainly grabs the models. I`m certain the thing is mounted on a moving trolley. As we know it grabbed Chris`s model on Sunday afternoon. Image attached. It has already had my Super Chipmunk and my No 1 Ultra Stick! Thanks for posting the details, Amol. Phone number now saved to my mobile.
  24. The big Flybaby build is progressing only interrupted by back surgery at Guys. I`m somewhat incapacitated at present and a second stage of surgery is needed the week after next. Undaunted, I`ve continued with kitting the model with materials supplied by our Rob at Avicraft. Rob is attempting to source a SIG Piper Cub J3 one quarter scale fibre glass cowl which fits this one third scale model. The replacement wing for the smaller Seagull Flybaby mono-plane is expected from Perkins in the near future. I made an appearance at the field on Sunday taking my cut out kit parts and plan with me. James was present and gave my collection of raw sticks and twigs an eye-ball. Looking at the plan, he recognized the designers name and also the construction details. Subject to confirmation, it would appear that I`m building from the same plan that James used to build his model some thirty years ago. Soon, we will be able to put the models side by side and see if we have two identical air-frames. It will be fantastic to fly both models together. The build hasn`t been at all complex to date. Its all very straight forward construction and has a considerable amount of similarities to something like a Super Sixty. Elevators, fin, tail=plane and rudder are complete and encompass some weight reduction modification. Fuselage sides are now done with a couple of bulkheads glued and fitted to one side. Great care is being taken to ensure precise alignment and accuracy needed to ensure a good, straight fuselage. The two sides are due to be joined today. James`s model flies with a .91 four stroke engine. He informs me that the model does not need a larger size power unit so I`ve managed to find a second hand, lightly used OS FS .91 Surpass unit on eBay. I paid the seller £120 for the motor and £6 for the postage. Assuming the motor is all good when it arrives around Wednesday next week, Rob considers my buy is as good as it gets for this type of unit acquired from the second hand market.. Certainly, four stroke motors command higher prices than two stroke units which are obviously cheaper due to lack of four stroke valve gear complication . Bought new from retail sources, the going rate appears to be about £280. The motor was described as having high compression and to turn smoothly. We will see what arrives shortly via Royal Mail. Anyway, here are some more progress shots of the construction work to date. More updates on this thread as the model takes shape. All comments appreciated. Mike
  25. As many of you know, I recently had a plane stuck in the Oak tree at the end of the runway. It was stuck up quite high in the tree and there was no way I was going to be able to get it down. l checked with a few tree surgeons and everybody quoted £100 to get the plane down. Finally I came across Michael Howden. He agreed to do it for £40. He has even offered a repeat discount (10%) to anybody in the club as long they quote my name. I don't know how long the discount will last. But the young man seemed to know what he was doing and he did an excellent job climbing up and getting my plane wihtout further damage. His details are: Michael Howden - 07842558734. I have attached his visiting card as well. Hopefully this will help others in the club.
  26. I`ve always loved James wonderful white 70" Flybaby Bipe which I understand is now over thirty years old and built from the RCM&E plan. James flies the model to perfection with a .95FS nailed to the front. I must admit to being transfixed by that model and I suppose it was inevitable that I would eventually have to have one myself. That time has arrived and I`m on the case! As an interim measure, I bought the Seagull Flybaby 70" monoplane kit version just to help me partially scratch the itch. Trevor and I flew that model last week but discovered after the first flight that the port wing had around 15mm of wing tip wash out built into it at the factory. Highly disappointing in view of the SIG/Seagull reputation for producing quality kits. That major fault made the model fly in a most peculiar fashion and the matter is now with the kit distributors, Perkins. The port wing is as warped as a nine bob note and unsuitable for the purpose. So back it has gone and I await a replacement part. All this has been detailed in a separate thread. Size wise, the model is of similar proportions to James`s bi-plane version. There are several Flybaby Bipe kits around. The best known is the hugely expensive American Balsa USA rendition at a cost of around $475 USD plus American carriage to the UK, plus 20% UK import VAT and Royal Mail delivery. That`s seriously outside my own and probably many others budgets. I finally decided on a 54" Sarik supplied plan for a scratch build project. The plan was penned by one Eraldo Pomare and appears to come from the Nexus Plans Service. One thing this plan is for is not a 54" model, but one of 84"! So be it. I can live with that. Wings span is 84", chord13.5", wing area 7.5 square feet, fuselage length 4`9", prototype weight, 9Lb 8oz, power is .60 two stroke. The construction is very light weight and rigging is fully load bearing. My vision is to run my model on a 1.20 four stroke which would give the right sound quality. The motor is yet to be sourced. The build is quite straight forward, is of large proportions but is essentially a structure that is full of air. Wheels are 5" Dubro inflatable at a cost of around £30 a pair. The cowl used is from a 1/4 scale SIG J3 Piper Cub at a cost of around £23. Rob tells me the cowl should be easy to source. I`ve only just begun construction and have started by making some of the bulkheads. F1 measures about 6" in width and about 8" in height. This will proportionally produce quite a chunk of model. Most of the bulkheads are either 3mm/1/8" ply or balsa. Others are from 6mm/1/4" material. Parts have been traced from the plan and the tracing paper stuck with Prit-stick onto the core sheet material. Parts have been cut out using a Dremel fret saw with the remains of the tracing paper being removed once cutting has been completed. I started with quite a sizable piece of 3mm birch ply sheet but that soon became consumed. These big models certainly gobble material. I have 51 wing ribs to produce...I`m looking forward to that....not! So the build has started. The progress will be documented here is matters progress. I foresee a build time of about two months. Watch this space. Mike
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