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Thread: Chris McG F-86 Sabre Dog build blog
19/09/2020 10:21:21


The prototype wing, fully finished with four servos, weighs 650g.

The Gamma build wing, fully finished with four servos, weighs 549g due to better balsa selection!


Thread: PSSA Gliding Events
09/09/2020 08:45:30

Hi Daryl,

The Ar555 certainly got some airtime, I had three flights with it with the CG being adjusted backwards each time. It was built from a Chris Golds EDF plan, by Gordon Studley and looks most unusual in the sky. It is very easy to get confused as to which way it is flying!

I believe Phil Cooke might have taken a few photos of it in the air.


Thread: RAAF Avon Sabre
08/09/2020 06:48:40


I use a four Nimh pack in a two by two format. It's an Enerloop 2000Mah.

I also have about 70g of lead in front of it.

The whole lot is wedged in place in the front of the battery box with foam.


Thread: Rob's F-86F NASA 228 research aircraft build
06/09/2020 21:32:01

We hope to have a prototype Mig ready to fly at the first PSSA meeting of 2021. Lots of work still to do!

Keep your fingers crossed

06/09/2020 19:32:17

I enjoyed watching the maiden flight on the Great Orme on Saturday.

Your Sabre looked great in the air and very stable on the landing approach.

You must be well pleased!

Thread: Accident waiting to happen?
02/09/2020 11:09:20


I don't know of anything to protect the balance plugs.

However, there are XT60 caps available on Thingiverse if you know anyone with a 3D printer:



Edited By Martin Gay on 02/09/2020 11:09:44

02/09/2020 08:53:36


I use these non conductive indicator caps:


They fit XT60 and EC3 connectors.

Also available from Hobbyking.


Edited By Martin Gay on 02/09/2020 08:53:54

Thread: RAAF Avon Sabre
31/08/2020 11:30:45


No drawings, Gordon eyeballed the location, but I will photograph their location on the the prototype model.


Thread: Chris McG F-86 Sabre Dog build blog
29/08/2020 21:08:55


I didn't use a bandage over the centre join.

The lower wing surface was glassed in two pieces with a slight overlap at the middle. The upper surfaces were done the same way.


Edited By Martin Gay on 29/08/2020 21:09:25

Thread: RAAF Avon Sabre
24/08/2020 08:39:50


Welcome to the Mass Build.

We have some free drawings of missiles and drop tanks if you want to go down that route!


Thread: PSSA Gliding Events
12/08/2020 09:18:24

I only attended on the Saturday. Despite the challenging wind direction/slope combination it was a very enjoyable day in the sun.

Many thanks for the organisation Phil, I look forward to next month's session on the Orme.



Edited By Martin Gay on 12/08/2020 09:19:08

Thread: F86 "Gamma" Build
15/07/2020 13:22:16

Hi Austin,

I did my last Sabre fuselage in two pieces - one each side with an overlap. The fin was not yet glued to the fuselage so that made life easier.

The intake and exhaust were done using small pieces and the wing and tailplanes were done in two parts - undersides then top sides with an overlap at the leading edges. Ailerons and flaps were done the same as the wings.

My preferred method is to lay the dry fibreglass onto the part and pour some mixed resin onto it. I then use an old credit card/amazon gift card to squeegee the resin over the fibreglass. A brush can be used to add small drops of resin onto any dry patches. Usually it takes me about 15-20 minutes to complete a side.


Thread: Phil's F-86 Sabre build thread
03/07/2020 07:34:01


I use West Systems 105 epoxy. It is not exactly cheap but has a low viscosity.

A quick google search revealed lots of stockists in Australia. This random pick is in Queensland:

Thread: Magazine request
02/07/2020 17:47:17

Hi Al,

A scan of the article would be very nice, thank you.

Many thanks,


02/07/2020 13:42:37

I am looking for a copy of Flying Scale Models July 2005 edition.

Does anyone have a copy I can purchase? Failing that, I would be happy with a scan of the Felixstowe F2A article.


Thread: Chris McG F-86 Sabre Dog build blog
26/06/2020 21:56:44

Hi Chris,

Gordon likes to draw the plans using the metric system, even though I buy imperial thickness balsa!

Instead of 4.76mm try 3/16".

I think Gordon added a metric/imperial conversion table to the plan somewhere.


Edited By Martin Gay on 26/06/2020 21:57:07

Thread: Vinyl cutter
26/06/2020 21:53:22

I have had lots of use from a Silhouette Cameo 3 vinyl cutter.

My one will cut 305mm wide and as long as you want. I also purchased the extra roller attachment for the front of it which helps when cutting longer masks.

The upgraded software (about £20) was also worth the extra cash, in my opinion.

The initial outlay of a few hundred pounds is soon recouped if you build lots of scale type models and sprayed on markings always look better especially when weathered.

Thread: An Introduction to the PSSA 2020 Mass Build Project
25/06/2020 18:37:45


That is good news!


Thread: Phil's F-86 Sabre build thread
21/06/2020 19:38:13


Great work, I am constantly amazed by how much extra detail are being added to some of the mass build Sabres.

I will probably be grinning like the Cheshire Cat when they all turn up on the hill at the same time!


Thread: Tony's F-86 Sabre Build
21/06/2020 19:33:21


If you do want another Sabre, let me know, if required I can bring it to the next PSS meet, whenever lockdown allows!

Alternatively there are lots of plans/kits out there to choose from. Gordon and I are currently working on a Mig15 to the same scale as well as an Me109, also at 10th scale.


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