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Mike Etheridge 1

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  1. My 1962 KK New Junior 60 still flies on 2.4ghz as does my 1970's Easy Rider. Also from the 70's is my Flair Heron plus others that rarely see the light of day. My Uproar built by Chris Olsen in the late 90's/early 2000's has been borrowed by the BMFA for their 100 year celebration
  2. A superb plane Bas and a joy to fly. Due to it's size it got a lot of attention at the flying field. It's a shame the Merco 49 (As new condition and once owned by Chris Olsen) kept cutting out, but I was fortunate that none of the dead stick landings resulted in any damage.
  3. Basil, my Falcon is still collecting dust in my loft and I still have the option of fitting a 4 stroke motor in place of the Merco 49 . I think it's over 10 years since it flew after I had carried out minimal repairs to the wing plus rodent damage repairs to the fuselage. The plane is covered with orange nylon which could do with replacement on the fuselage
  4. I do have Chris Olsen's plans including the original Uproar and revised modernised version. I can have them printed at my local shop. The other flyer other than Harry Brooks was Frank Van Den Burg (spelling?) with his Sky Dancer which performed well but piled in right next to me. It was repaired over night by Frank I think?
  5. As it is now 60 years since the England team won the World RC stunt championship at Kenley aerodrome. How about making Chris Olsen's 'Uproar' one of the winning planes ?. This would be easy for me as I have the last Uproar he built. It has been in my loft with other unfinished planes Chris did not complete but would need some work and perhaps some 2.4 radio ?. I have kept the Uproar in my loft till such times I thought as my flying improves so that I would not damage the plane. However due to lack of practice my flying is now worse, but that said I have not written off an RC plane to date!
  6. The Enya 35 with replacement silencer installed in a Cougar is shown on the right. The other Cougar I had repaired for a club mate has a clapped out helicopter engine fitted. The original Enya silencers are insufficient to reduce the engine sound outputs to acceptable DB levels.
  7. I have an Enya 35 fitted to a Cougar 2000. I am sure I obtained a silencer to replace the original from 'Just Engines'. I had similar noise output problems with Enya 45's and added secondary mufflers also from 'Just Engines'.
  8. I have flown this plane a couple of times with the assistance of another club member but to date we have not been able to get the engine an Enya SS 40 to run satisfactorily and the plane has 'dead sticked' several times. It may be that the engine has not been run-in sufficiently or the fuel is old or the carburettor air bleed needs further adjustment. However when the engine did function the plane flew well and would turn OK with the use of ailerons alone.
  9. When I first covered my KK New Junior 60 in 1963, I used nylon which I glued to the balsa frames with balsa cement, and then stretched the nylon and hardened the balsa cement with an electric fire. I then clear doped the nylon which I also dried with an electric fire to avoid condensation blotches. I replaced the nylon in 1976 using the same procedure. I have recently recovered the fuselage and tail plane and fin with Oratex which was an easy task, but I am not sure how it's weight compares with nylon or anything else so I will be interested to know how the kite material works out.
  10. Dave S, I assume this is where I reply? The junior 60 is in my loft with about 30 other planes waiting for the lockdown to finish. I have just had an E-mail from EDMAC to say that no decision can be made on flying on Epsom Downs until the end of March so like most of us I am stuck. In the past I have flown the Junior 60 at Epsom Downs first, Croydon Airport, High Wickham, South Norwood Sewage works Site with an Enya 19 fitted, Grantham with the radio switched off in the 'chuck and Duck' event, Bartons Point Sheerness, and the Medway Club Sheerness. I wish now I had left it in it's two channel configuration with just throttle and rudder. Having added the elevator the CG has moved back and more lead needs adding to the nose which already has half a pound of lead fitted. I will miss using the ED Racer and it would have been nice to use it in a veteran plane event. My nephew Nigel who has flown the plane in the past can't believe it still exists. He did borrow it once to fly at a show but flew it without adding balsa strip under the tail plane it needed without an elevator. He was most embarrassed as the plane did not gain height and the show's announcer asked him if he 'knew what he was doing' !
  11. I had £10 to spend by Christmas 1962. Having had my own design 5ft span free flight model crash at Epsom Downs and then lose my Southern Dragon on it's first flight in September 1962, it was time to try radio control. So from Heset Model supplies in South Croydon I bought a New Junior 60 kit for 58 shillings and also obtained a Terrytone receiver kit for 5pounds 19shillings and six pence. I removed the ED Racer from the crashed plane as it appeared to be ideally suited to the Junior 60 and obtained a second hand transmitter from a Radio Ham Alan Litchfield. By the summer of 1963 the Junior 60 was ready for it's first flight and it free flighted beautifully on the Downs but with a left hand turn. The plan showed a trim tab on the sub-fin on the plane so I put a right turn adjustment on it. On its next flight the plane flew in fast ever decreasing right hand circles with the right wing eventually hitting the ground and the plane's nose breaking away. At no time had I switched the radio on. After a repair the plane flew very well with the radio on but I needed assistance with the flying as I got totally muddled with the transmitter. On a subsequent visit to the Downs I lost control of the plane and it flew over the Grandstand and was lost briefly. Someone had in fact hidden it in a bush and covered it with long grass. On my return to the Downs I discovered all my flying kit including camera had been stolen. The Junior 60 then spent the next 10 years in a shed but was eventually revived with new Sanwa Mini 2 proportional radio. I then got a lot of use out of it until radio interference caused it to pile in , however I did repair it and it has flown well ever since. I have added an elevator to it and refurbished the fuselage and substituted the ED Racer for an OS 30. It needs more weight in the nose as it stalled rather badly on it's last flight.
  12. I have an A0 drawing board as a building board. In early 2000 we were obliged to get rid of our drawing boards at work, and use CAD instead. We then of course used up far less floor space, and I was able to take my drawing board home. I just wonder if there are any such boards on E-bay but I would suggest that drawing boards can warp? It looks like there are plenty of drawing boards available but only the older wooden boards would be of use and not those with a Melamine finish.  Edited By Mike Etheridge 1 on 27/01/2021 14:12:51
  13. It worked OK for me but as I reported before my operator number that they said had expired I did not recognise, and once I had paid the £9 it showed the supposed expired number as my new operator number.---confused I was ?
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