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Thread: Swift 82
20/01/2018 14:50:11

That's not messy, it is just been used properly......


Thread: FMS Typhoon
18/01/2018 21:51:24

That's a nice model Cliff. Captures the pugnacious look of the Tiffy very well.

Please let us know how it flies.

Thread: Electrifying A Junior 60
07/01/2018 13:26:40

That looks like a nice little Winter project Mike. Is it rudder only?

Could make a nice tutorial on major rebuilding work. Keep posting please!


Thread: Is traditional building a disappearing art?
28/12/2017 15:44:57

Thanks for the tip Peter. I can see why thread lock might be a good idea on this model. The way I land, it will be a must have!

It may be a little while before it is finished, but I'll post some pictures come the day.

Oh....and I've bled on it as well.  frown

Edited By Broken Prop on 28/12/2017 15:46:24

28/12/2017 09:27:12

I am building a Peter Miller Sky Rover from a plan published in another magazine a few years back. Billed as a plane for rough field use, the construction may be simple but it sure is rugged. It should survive even my 'arrivals'.

The external telescopic struts for the undercarriage add a bit of fun to the build as well. Nice plane Peter and thanks for publishing that one.


Thread: Red outline boxes
22/12/2017 09:27:18

Thanks for that. I had wondered about those lines on the wings.

Does anyone know what the white lines are for on the fuselage of F4U Corsairs? They were painted on just in front of the cockpit.

Thread: Sign of the times - funnies
14/12/2017 15:47:28

A bloke is driving along a country road when he gets overtaken by a chicken which he notices has three legs. Intrigued by the sight, he chases the chicken to a farm nearby.

The farmer comes over to the car and the bloke says, 'Excuse me, but I saw a three legged chicken come in here just now.'

Ah, yes,' answers the farmer, 'I breed 'em like that. You see, both me and the misssus like a chicken leg and our son does too, so I thought I would breed them with three legs to solve the meal problem.'

'Wow, that's amazing,' says the bloke. 'What do they taste like?'

'Dunno,' says the farmer. 'I ain't caught one yet......'

Thread: Drawing a Windscreen Template
30/11/2017 08:31:47

That's clever OT and thanks for sharing it with us. Windscreen cutting is my least favourite job and anything to make it more accurate gets my vote.


Thread: starting to build from plans
30/11/2017 08:26:23

Hi Daniel

Welcome to the wonderful world of model building! As the others say, there is no satisfaction quite like watching your own model flying around. Not only that, but when the inevitable unintended contact with the ground takes place, you will find that the damage is easy to repair because you understand how the airframe was put together.

For this reason it is a good idea to get the plan printed before you start building and keep the original in store. You will then always have a plan to refer to later on. I always cut up the print into manageable pieces, use that for building and throw it away afterwards.

Buster has penned some wise words. Never assume that the plans are accurate and spend time checking measurements before you start. The process will also help you to sort out the order of build so that you do not miss parts out and then can't fit them in later. (Don't ask how I found that out).

One classic error that seems to repeat itself is that the wing chord is a different measurement on the wing plan to that shown on the fuselage side view. This will lead to wing seating errors in the final assembly and is irritating to discover at that point!

Good luck with the building and remember that if you get stuck, someone on here will have a solution!


Thread: Good News from the BMFA AGM
23/11/2017 16:49:07

I think you summed it up very well Alan.

Best post on this thread so far!

19/11/2017 14:13:28

Yes Andy, it certainly is good news!

I have been to the Nationals for many years and it is the highlight of the modelling year for me. When the venue was lost in 2016 I thought that it might be the thin edge of the wedge and that the powers that be had in effect banned us from Barkston Heath for ever.

After all, it is very easy after rescinding permission for one year just to let the status quo prevail. I for one am extremely pleased that the BMFA have been successful in getting us back there again.

I am looking forward to returning to the heath in 2018! Many thanks to the negotiating team from an old fashioned modeller.


Edited By Broken Prop on 19/11/2017 14:14:19

Thread: DOH!
02/11/2017 18:31:40

Building a Mini Panic, black on top and lurid pink on the underside (why is another story.....) Four ailerons to cover with Solarfilm. Three went OK but the last one came out pink on top and black underneath. Sighed and stripped it back.

Re-covered it and made a good job of it, only to find that it was still pink on top. Stripped it again and carried out some repairs to the framing, pulled apart by the covering. Sighed deeply and labelled the top surface 'top' in nice clear lettering.

Re-covered it again and was puzzled to note that......yup, it was pink on top again!

On stripping it this time the framework gave up and I had to make a new aileron.

Aeromodelling is character building!

Thread: 80" Playboy Senior
01/11/2017 20:02:16

That is a beautiful looking tailplane Monty. A real builder's model!

I am seriously considering building one as my winter project having seen your build blog. Thanks for sharing it with us.


Thread: Favourite Tools...
27/10/2017 09:16:36

Caterham 7. Best fun you can have outside of a bed...... wink

Thread: 80" Playboy Senior
25/10/2017 09:44:16

That should make a lovely model Monty. Good luck with the build!


Thread: Tony Nijhuis 72 Mosquito Build Log
22/10/2017 20:36:15


Thread: Design & Build Dornier Do 24
21/10/2017 19:14:38

Superb work Robert. I can't wait to see this one in the flesh!

Thread: Types of coverings
20/10/2017 10:18:59

yes for Solartex.

Thread: converting paper plans to CAD files
14/10/2017 08:53:03

A slightly simpler version of Shane's advice for computer dummies like me:

Get the plan reproduced and cut out a wing rib from the new drawing. Open up Coreldraw, stick the rib to the monitor screen with Sellotape and use the pen tool to trace around it.

Coreldraw has a 'save' facility that will save the drawing as a DXF file. Most laser cutters will accept DXF files but check which version of AutoCAD the machine will accept. Alternatively save the file as an ESP cutting file.

The difficulty with scanning drawings is that the files produced (JPegs, Bitmaps etc) are raster files. CAD drawings use vector files (such as DXF or DWG) and the conversion of raster to vector is quite difficult. The web is full of spurious advice on how to do it, but as Shane says, you will need a good photo editing program to achieve success.

An alternative program is 2D Design which although it is a CAD program has a facility to accept raster files. It is normally used in schools or colleges as a teaching aid.

Good luck!


Thread: Fire Extinguisher Disposal
05/10/2017 15:35:00

Over the years I have accumulated a number of BCF fire extinguishers in the workshop, (mainly because I have never had to use one, thank goodness).

Needless to say that through neglect on my part the powder contents have solidified and I understand that the extinguishers will no longer work even though they may still be fully gassed.

The question is, how can I dispose of them safely? Any advice would be gratefully received.


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