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mark your diaries - 20/12/11

Brian Hammond01/03/2010 09:10:25
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If SLEC can produce a Limbo Dancer kit with everything included for about £65 so can other kit makers.
Jamie18/08/2011 19:32:08
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Nearly there!!
Bob Cotsford18/08/2011 22:15:41
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Looking good Jamie.
I received an original Crescent Tornado bought of e-bay last week, I've just got the cowl to carve and wings to complete. What excellent cutting, all parts just drop together with next to no trimming. The veneered wing and tail panels are nicely matched and actually have the same section on left and right - a lot better than most kits of that era and a good many modern models. All done without laser cutters or cnc.
There were no tank, mount or fittings in my kit, but I don't see this as a bad thing, I've got bags of second-rate hardware that were supplied with ARTFs that are downright dangerous so I'm happy to source my own bits for this one too.
As for this doubling the cost of the kit, where do you buy your fitings? I reckon on spending about £25 tops on snakes, engine mount, horns, hinges and wheels. Most of this would also be needed for the average ARTF.
 
One thing to bear in mind is that PB Models, who make the Crescent repro, are a small scale operation who probably have to contract out much of the cutting etc., whereas SLEC can do everything in-house saving a lot of money in putting the kits together.
 
I've got another classic on order from Home & Hobby in the states - how about an 80" King Altair (mid 60s design) complete kit freighted across the Atlantic for under £150 - might look a bit less attractive after HMG take a cut though. Cut and packed in the US, no Chinese cheap labour involved. That should go nicely with a piped MVVS 90 up the sharp end.
Jamie19/08/2011 21:23:49
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Thanks Bob!
 
I don't recall saying the hardware doubles the cost of the kit?
 
 
Bob Cotsford20/08/2011 11:23:14
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Posted by Brian Hammond on 27/02/2010 08:57:56:
........................It,s going to cost almost as much again to get this in the air!
 
Sorry Jamie that wasn't aimed at you, it was in reply to Brian's post, though I suspect that was made tongue in cheek!
Jamie20/08/2011 19:25:02
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Posted by Bob Cotsford on 20/08/2011 11:23:14:
Posted by Brian Hammond on 27/02/2010 08:57:56:
........................It,s going to cost almost as much again to get this in the air!
 
Sorry Jamie that wasn't aimed at you, it was in reply to Brian's post, though I suspect that was made tongue in cheek!
No worries
I've covered it in light weight fibre glass and Poly-c.
Not sure on colour yet though!
Bob Cotsford20/08/2011 20:16:12
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I'm tempted to go that route for the fuselage and tail on the Tornado, I used it on the Joker with a Solarlac paint finish. That gave a good finish and was pretty resistant to hangar rash, though a film finish as per the originals would be slightly lighter. I'll see how it balances once fitted out before I decide, if it's nose heavy then it will be PolyC over glass.
I keep looking through the Trenton Flyers site for inspiration on colour schemes, bit of an information overload though.
Jamie21/08/2011 13:42:49
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Posted by Bob Cotsford on 20/08/2011 20:16:12:
I'm tempted to go that route for the fuselage and tail on the Tornado, I used it on the Joker with a Solarlac paint finish. That gave a good finish and was pretty resistant to hangar rash, though a film finish as per the originals would be slightly lighter. I'll see how it balances once fitted out before I decide, if it's nose heavy then it will be PolyC over glass.
I keep looking through the Trenton Flyers site for inspiration on colour schemes, bit of an information overload though.

Thanks for posting Bob.
I was struggling for colour ideas until you posted the Trent Flyers link!
There are soooo many!
 
Bob Cotsford21/08/2011 18:30:08
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Wing and tail halves white background quartered with orange and blue, orange white and blue sunburst underside is favourite at the moment. Big, blocky and disteinctive!
Richard Wood22/08/2011 15:08:54
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Looks good Jamie.
Great to see the Bullet being built again .
Go for a high visibility colour scheme if you can.My mainly white old bullet
can be tricky to see easily on overcast days - on one particularly gloomy
day I lost it for a few seconds after glancing down at the Tx timer - not
recommended!
I find plenty of red stands out very well - just my thoughts.
This applies to any rapid aerobat of course.
 
I'd be quite surprised if your Bullet turned out nose heavy Bob.
My .40 powered one needed the Rx pack well forward in the tank bay
to balance, & my latest electric one has a few ounces of lead on the firewall
with the Lipo fully forward etc.
Let us know how it goes.
 
Cheers.
 
 
Richard Wood22/08/2011 15:20:13
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Sorry Bob, just realised you're building a Tornado
Keep us informed anyway
 
Jamie22/08/2011 15:26:58
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Posted by Richard Wood on 22/08/2011 15:08:54:
Looks good Jamie.
Great to see the Bullet being built again .
Go for a high visibility colour scheme if you can.My mainly white old bullet
can be tricky to see easily on overcast days - on one particularly gloomy
day I lost it for a few seconds after glancing down at the Tx timer - not
recommended!
I find plenty of red stands out very well - just my thoughts.
This applies to any rapid aerobat of course.
 
I'd be quite surprised if your Bullet turned out nose heavy Bob.
My .40 powered one needed the Rx pack well forward in the tank bay
to balance, & my latest electric one has a few ounces of lead on the firewall
with the Lipo fully forward etc.
Let us know how it goes.
 
Cheers.
The irony of your post Richard!
I've just got back from flying my Funjet up our local sports field.
I stupidly lost it in the sun and took it back to the car in several bits!, Again!!
 
 

Bob Cotsford22/08/2011 16:16:34
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yep, it's a Tornado. There's a lot of timber in the rear fuselage constuction and some of it was quite firm. I've planed off enough to fill three carrier bags with shavings so it's a lot lighter than when I first glued the bits together! I'm also changing the intended engine from an Enya 60-IIIB to an OS61FS , which will be hooked up to a (quiet) pipe.
I find orange or yellow on top and blue underneath seem to give good visibility.
 
I planted my Funjet some time ago - vertical rolls downwards, I lost track of which were the top and the bottom, by the time I decided it was too low to pull out. Gorilla Glue is wonderful stuff.  After that I painted the bottom orange and the top blue.

Edited By Bob Cotsford on 22/08/2011 16:17:24

Jamie07/10/2011 15:35:46
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Finally! It's almost there!!
Bob Cotsford07/10/2011 18:38:50
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I hope you are fitting a U/C, that could take a fair old heave for a hand launch!
Is it single aileron servo with torque rods? I imagine that's how the originals were.
Looks like a maiden is due when the wind drops, good luck.
ken anderson.07/10/2011 18:47:12
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jamie- i would go along with bob's words of wisdom and also watch out for the stall if you slow the bullet down too much-it'll drop a wing no bother and go into the 'perfect spin'....... nice to see but hard to get out of if you dont have enough height..
 
 
 
ken anderson ne..1. ... spin dept.
Jamie07/10/2011 19:28:33
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It will have a servo for each aileron. They are cut out and the channels done. I glassed over the holes so just need to cut the glassing out over the holes. i've used 2 servos only as this is my preference.
And yes it will have an undercarriage. With a steerable nose wheel to boot! I was just in too much of a hurry to see what it looked like assembled
Thanks for the advice on the stall point. I need all the help i can with my flying!!
Richard Wood27/02/2012 19:01:43
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A quick resurrection of this thread in the wake of Lee Smalley's Bullet review

in RCM&E.

I bought another kit recently & just for the record a full set of hardware

(excluding tank , wheels & spinner) is now included - good quality items.

There's also a length of f/g wing bandage.yes

The moulded cowl however has gone & the kit has reverted to a built-up balsa

one as before!

Oh well, planing & sanding cowls to shape is good fun....

Alan Cantwell27/02/2012 19:08:03
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FUNNILY ENOUGH, i dug my original built, but not finished crescy bullet out of the garage last sunday, its time to get it finished, just needs radio install, and pushrods etc, power will be a brand new OS 40 F.S.R., which i bought at a swapmeet last year, hope i can still fly the thing!!!!!

Richard Wood27/02/2012 19:28:13
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I flew my old Bullet straight after passing Bronze (A cert)

with a high wing trainer a few years ago when returning to the hobby,

& the 1st flight was a real adrenaline rush!

As you'd expect It goes where you point it & flies very smoothly & fast.

The OS40 FSR was a lovely motor & should suit the bullet well.

Good luck & keep us posted.yes

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