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 on: Today at 09:58:50 PM 
Started by Monz - Last post by Don McLellan
Beautiful work Monz!!  Completely agree with flydean, an artist of the highest order.

 on: Today at 07:32:33 PM 
Started by Monz - Last post by Crabby
Good evening Monique!
It’s great to hear of somebody else using Rubn’Buff! I thought it was reserved for only the Brie and Merlot set! The silver is especially nice.

 on: Today at 07:21:25 PM 
Started by Monz - Last post by skyraider
Very nice Monz! Well done!  Any thoughts of a possible color scheme?


 on: Today at 07:04:28 PM 
Started by crashcaley - Last post by Andrew Darby
Nice job Lurks, pretty sharp.

Pete I have to ask, is that really you?  Grin Cheesy


 on: Today at 06:34:41 PM 
Started by crashcaley - Last post by Pete Fardell
That's the nicest Lacey I've seen in a long while. Great job!

(What paint did you use on the grass uc legs?)

 on: Today at 06:28:22 PM 
Started by crashcaley - Last post by flydean1
You've built a 2-minute flyer if the ceiling is high enough.  If outdoors, you will wish you had a DT.  Really nice work.  Absolutely superb.

 on: Today at 06:24:11 PM 
Started by Monz - Last post by flydean1
No ammo???  Just kidding.  Monz, you are a true artist of the highest order.

 on: Today at 06:23:12 PM 
Started by vtdiy - Last post by vtdiy
Thanks Yak52. I'll probably do that. I didn't have much time for modeling today -- insulating under an addition to the house, but I did get a little done on the horizontal stabilizer. I used the same soak and pre bend method with a soldering iron. I just realized that there's no way to get it into the fuselage without cutting the rudderpost at the back. I guess that's okay, and it won't be hard to put a small plug there afterwards.

 on: Today at 06:06:00 PM 
Started by vtdiy - Last post by Yak 52
Thanks for the kind words - but kudos is really due to Scigs for a great little design.

I am very glad to read your thread, Jon, because it tells me a lot abut what to expect -- I wonder if I should gusset the wing saddle area on the fuselage, like you did?

It's a long time ago I'm afraid, but as far as I recall - I think if you pre-shrink the tissue you'd probably be alright without. I would definitely consider the diagonal piece and gusset in the nose area - there's a definite stress riser where the side frame meets the stiff balsa block. (See reply #18)


 on: Today at 05:58:41 PM 
Started by Monz - Last post by Monz
Spent most of the afternoon and evening making the ammo belt guides. Paper thin styrene sheet glued with Tamiya Extra Thin, finished with Humbrol aluminium and a bit of Rub 'n Buff. Really happy with how they came out, especially with one of the guns posed next to it. The guns will be another 2.5mm higher once on their mounting brackets. I used the rubbed off Rub 'n Buff to add a bit more of a metallic look to the guns too.

The photos of the one I'm modelling doesn't show any ammo in the guides, so, Pete, your PT-3 is safe  Grin

 on: Today at 05:06:29 PM 
Started by crashcaley - Last post by TheLurker
Peck-Polymers Lacey M-10  Peanut Scale, 13" span.

More unfinished business from the 1970s.  I started on one of these when Aeromodeller dished out a free plan for it but it never got finished.

Unballasted weight is 14.17g and the (unballasted) trim is neutral to marginally nose heavy.

Planning to use a 24" loop of 3/32" (approx 3x peg to prop) which will be about 3g so minimum AUW will be a shade over 17g.  Hoping to keep it close to or even under 18g, but will have to see what it requires by way of additional nose / other weight.

Took about 10 weeks.

There's the usual crop of flaws and the finish isn't as neat or crisp as I'd like (it never is) but I'm not ashamed to admit it's my work and T(obitd) has quite definitely been reached . Smiley

Variations from Plan
Nothing significant.  Much the usual run of minor changes.

  • Motor peg moved forward in accordance with contemporary opinion.  Surprisingly small, almost no, weight penalty.
  • Balsa wheels rather than kit wheels.
  • Additional gussets in fuselage at rear of cabin and on wing outer ribs
  • Glazing material courtesy of Sainsbury's Bramley Apple Turnovers.  The kit supplied glazing is good but there wasn't quite enough to do the sides and front of the cabin.
  • Rudder hinged.
  • Serials & other legends tissue rather than the supplied water-slide transfers.
  • Tissue for stab and fin pre-shrunk.  The instructions do say to shrink covering for the whole airframe.  Got some scoliosis in the ribs after shrinking which makes me think it might have been a good idea to pre-shrink the wing covering as well.  Thankfully the wing outline remained true.
  • Black tissue rather than cut 80gsm for motor vent.
  • Black tissue for air intake and door lines.
  • Al. tube motor peg. As if there was any choice in this.
  • Al tissue covering for exhausts and tailwheel hub.
  • UC legs painted grass stem covers.  Far neater finish than wrapping with tissue and not much weight penalty.
  • Tailwheel tyre black tissue wrap.

If anyone wants the transfers or the kit wheels let me know and I'll drop them in the post to you.

 on: Today at 04:29:19 PM 
Started by kittyfritters - Last post by kittyfritters
Time to catch up with the year.  When we last left our intrepid fliers they were getting ready for the No-Cal Scale contest at the end of November.  The usual location, Stonehurst Rec Center gym, was available.  After the one hour meeting the contest commenced.

Firstly, the designated CD was not present.  Kurt Young, who did not bring a model, "volunteered" to be the CD, record keeper and timer.  The contest, for some reason (Remember, we're a bunch of old guys, @#%^ happens!), was not as well attended as one expects for a No-Cal contest with only five members bringing models. Some brought more than one, but the CD decided only the best flying model counted for scoring.

The only new models were the Zero by Bill Watson and the Heinkel 119 by Dave Gee.  Bill also brought a Fike which is usually a "sure thing" at a No-Cal contest.  The Heinkel, by proportion and layout, and at just over 5 grams, looked like a sure thing but proved almost impossible to trim.  Jim Leuken brought a Bucker Jungmeister being proxy flown for Dave Saks.  Jim Leuken's gentle flying Bleriot pusher (A model of the first airplane Bleriot actually got to fly, although the No-Cal model can stay in the air longer than the real airplane.) has been at previous contests and Don Butman's PZL (Actually, he, being a bit OCD, brought two of them.) is an extremely reliable flier.  I was going to bring my new F2A to fly and trim for the upcoming Pearl Harbor contest, but since I had not built it yet I patched up my much trashed, old P-36/Hawk 75 with Scotch Tape and tissue and flew it.

The results were:

1.  Bill Watson          Zero      191.4
2.  Jim Leuken           Bleriot   154.8
3.  Don Butman         PZL       133.2
4.  Howard Littman    P-36       71.6
5.  Dave Saks           Bucker     69.7
6.  Dave Gee            Heinkel     14.1

The December contest is, as usual, the Ed Slobad Memorial R.O.G. Unlimited contest for any rubber powered model that will R.O.G.  This can be very interesting since the Penny Planes with landing gear don't always win.

 on: Today at 04:02:33 PM 
Started by DerekMc - Last post by TheLurker
The Osprey is a nice little kit, goes together very quickly and for a small 'un it flies well too.

 on: Today at 03:23:13 PM 
Started by LASTWOODSMAN - Last post by Pit
 Cheesy Cheesy Trapper seems totally unimpressed - no models to watch after!


 on: Today at 03:10:28 PM 
Started by Prosper - Last post by tom arnold
Stephen, I have a couple of questions on this fine build. The first is: what do you use for your masks for the insignia and what do you use to stick them down on the painted tissue? Do you have "bleed under" of the masks using a brush (which is much juicier than air brushing)? The other has to do with the cowl opening. I can imagine the fabrication of the crankcase but can you run over the sequence of events to install the air duct mouth below the engine?
Many thanks in advance. This is a beautiful job on one of my favorite airplanes and you have taken on SILVER in addition. Brave men, you Brits.

 on: Today at 02:56:26 PM 
Started by Graham Banham - Last post by Pit
I'm another who missed out on the earlier runs.  Seems every time I had the money (I was unemployed at the time) the company went off the radar.  Shipping to Germany for one kit at a time was prohibitive for me, but now things are better altho music is presently getting in the way Roll Eyes.

I would greatly see these kits available again.


 on: Today at 01:33:32 PM 
Started by billdennis747 - Last post by billdennis747
Thanks; in contact.

 on: Today at 01:23:09 PM 
Started by Prosper - Last post by Prosper
Well I was steaming along nicely this a.m. despite the cold, and I thought I'd get the cockpit area done as well as the nose firewall forward - that was until I looked for a brass thrust-bush to carry the propshaft. I have a little collection of such items 'pre-owned' as in from defunct models, but none to fit this model. A new one involves making 1mm I.D. brass tube into 1.2mm I.D. tube 6mm long. Why this horrid exercise should take over an hour and great anguish is too convoluted to tell here but involved a 1.2mm drill nearly new but completely blunt; a finished bush dropped and lost (maybe under the skirting board?); brass tube bent so that even a 6mm length would be suspect for straightness; red hot brass (no not the colliery band playing the local town hall) and the bush seen in the photo wasn't separated from the parent tube by a saw but was sheared off in rotation. I don't know when I'll see the funny side of this - 2025?

The gearbox housing, or whatever the correct name is, could do with another coat of grey and some gloss varnish. The waterslide transfers went on easily tho' perhaps I should wait to see that they don't curl at the edges before sounding too pleased. It now seems to me that they're much too thick - this after experiences a year or so back of homemade transfers disintegrating before they could be positioned. When the thick edges of these transfers catch the light they look pretty ropey. And there's the business of a white undercoat to be addressed. I'm not sure what this squadron emblem represents - is it an oozlum bird?

I want to do a bit more finishing work on the fuselage before fixing the wings, and when the wings are in place the nose section can be fixed too.

 on: Today at 12:58:01 PM 
Started by DerekMc - Last post by vtdiy
You know, LASTWOODSMAN, I was just looking at that Osprey glider last night as plans on the Bradley's parmodels website! I was thinking, that would be a nice one to build. Looking forward to your reports!

 on: Today at 12:44:29 PM 
Started by DerekMc - Last post by LASTWOODSMAN

 I got a pkg in the mail from the UK with my order from Sams.     Grin    There is a REALLY nice   Shocked Shocked  laser cut  "OSPREY"  glider kit in there from Vintage Model Company (VMC),  and three laser cut Birdkit ornithopter kits, plus a bunch of supplies.

VMC Site here     https://www.vintagemodelcompany.com/osprey-sports-glider.html

Birdkit Site here  http://www.birdkit.com/videos.html

Sams Models here    http://www.samsmodels.com/

Pic #1     1063
Pic #2     1062
Pic #3     1064
Pic #4     ORNI 1
Pic #5     ORNI 2


 on: Today at 12:44:00 PM 
Started by billdennis747 - Last post by Hughs Aircraft
Vance is on the FAC Council. If you go to the FAC web site, there is an e-mail link to the council. I think he can be contacted that way.

 on: Today at 12:21:11 PM 
Started by Graham Banham - Last post by PB_guy
For some reason, the URL did not show up as linkable. This should work.


 on: Today at 09:40:19 AM 
Started by billdennis747 - Last post by Indoorflyer
Vance's flying artwork  can be seen in many of the YouTube videos posted by Maxfliart.


(There are over 400 model plane videos posted on this channel!)

 on: Today at 09:30:36 AM 
Started by Graham Banham - Last post by DWCollins
I have slapped together a quick webpage showing the designs here.  https://fauxfishery.wixsite.com/mysite
Scroll down to see the models.

I will be adding more info to the page so check back.

 on: Today at 08:28:22 AM 
Started by Glenn (gravitywell) Reach - Last post by outofbalance
Hi All,
My son and I built a Thermic 18. He did some sanding. We tested the glider in the back garden, which was too small, so we went down the street, It was a hot summer day and no homes had been erected on these recent lots- plenty of space for a few glides. Curt, about seven, walked maybe fifty feet away and turned toward me, his back to a gentle breeze, very gentle; just as I released the model, I felt a whoosh of air on my face. The model dipped slightly and as it approached my son's raised hand to catch it, it just cleared his finger tips and continued up, It began a lazy climbing turn, finally specking-out a few minutes later over the school, climbing, climbing...heading southeast.


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