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Member postings for Graham Donaldson

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Thread: Colinís Spanish Fury
25/09/2020 14:31:21

Thanks gentlemen for your favourable comments. I like your idea Eric for the rigging. Before the Fury goes away for the winter, I will replace the Reeves rigging with 18swg wire and steel clevices with one end allowed to swivel. The it will be on with the Taylor Hurricane and Mosquito (over 4 years since building started) unless I get diverted again


23/09/2020 17:13:48

Good to see you back with the Fury. Keep going. It is so easy to get diverted. It happens to me all the time!

At last my Fury took to the skies at the weekend. We have had some great days, calm and warm conditions. There are a couple of pictures following. I made a big mistake in using Mick Reeves rigging. The turn buckles were a nightmare to fit in the field (or back of the car!). I will be changing them to wire and steel clevises as per Bryant's plan. Otherwise I was very happy.

Hawker Fury

Last of the wires fitted.

Hawker Fury

Lift Off

Hawker Fury


Thread: Sopwith Camel, Tony Ray Models.
14/02/2020 15:33:58

Just ordered the Hummingbird from SWM.


14/02/2020 09:36:40

I've just checked the sports hall web site that we use and it states that it is in fact 4 courts. The walls still come into play. Maybe I should try the Hummingbird. I've been flying a Horizon Sports Cub there for the past couple of years and there is room enough, so some of Tony's kits would be OK.

I've just looked at Martian's Bleriot build - it looks far too fiddly and fragile.


12/02/2020 15:30:16

Steve, I've been building for over 40 years! I had a few of the original, Wot Fours, Acro Wots and Wots Wots - great flyers. The pilot has always been the problem! I've also tried Chris's gliders - Centiphase and the Multiphase. I've always enjoyed building and flying Chris Foss's kits. I've not tried his ARTF kits but have been tempted. All my indoor flying has been done with out of the box aircraft. That's why I was interested in Colin's model. Maybe one day I'll try one of Tony Ray's models. Our indoor site in Aberdeen is just 2 badminton courts in size. The walls regularly jump out!, so have to be careful.


Thread: RAF's Finest Biplane? Hawker Fury MkI
12/02/2020 15:19:58

Danny I wondered if have you any idea how many Furys are under construction - must be a fair number now. Must try and get the BT Mosquito back on the building board after over a year lay off.


Thread: Sopwith Camel, Tony Ray Models.
04/02/2020 17:09:28

So this is what you have been doing! Must try building and indoor rather than buying ready to fly.


Thread: RAF's Finest Biplane? Hawker Fury MkI
04/02/2020 10:44:04

I appreciate all your positive comments. It's made the effort worth while. Hopefully in due course I'll get some flying shots. I'm not sure about a Fury meet, Aberdeen is a bit far from all you folk, but you never know.

Polished silver was a step too far hence the camouflage in South African colours.


03/02/2020 17:23:10

Well, that's the Fury finish and ready to fly. However I will be waiting for some warmer weather to spend time rigging it. We've been flying in zero temperatures recently on some fine days. Too cold to spend time fiddling. I'm afraid my Fury is somewhat agricultural compared to others on the forum. Here are a couple of pictures.


Thread: MF's Hawker Fury Mk1
31/01/2020 17:23:43

Your finish puts me to shame. I’m at the final stage. Just the rigging to complete and then it would be ready for a trial flight or at least a ground run. I used Sorartex and Humbrol Matt enamel (South African Air Force camouflage). No cockpit details yet. There maybe a photograph next week. No litho plate used apart from the windscreen surround.


Thread: RAF's Finest Biplane? Hawker Fury MkI
15/01/2020 19:32:34

I see that predictive text has taken over. Interplanetary should read inter plane and Finnish should read finish!


15/01/2020 18:42:18

A happy New Year to all you Fury builders. You’ve gone very quiet!

I have made some reasonable progress although there are numerous bits and pieces to sort out. The main problem I have is with the interplanetary struts. I built then as the plan but am finding it difficult to fit them. My plan is to install the rigging which will tighten things up and maybe make fitting the struts easier..

The airframe is complete and covered - I used Sorartex. I have painted it as per the South African Air Force as detailed on the Airfix 1/48th scheme. I brushed Humbrol Matt enamel but would have got a better Finnish if I had sprayed it. The roundals also were sprayed. Not my best finnish.

I will post a picture in due course, but would appreciate any advise regarding the struts in the meantime.


24/10/2019 15:08:46

At last I am back working on the Fury. There have been too many distractions over the past few weeks ( and I am away from home all next week as well!!).

The wings have progressed but I still have the ailerons to make and the servos to install. However I decided to complete the cabane and struts before going any further but am having difficulty. Are the strut dimensions as detailed on the drawing correct or do they need adjustment. I think that the rear struts should be longer. Also the jig appears to be too tall by about 5mm. Any advice would be appreciated.


Thread: Colinís Spanish Fury
01/10/2019 09:00:59

My next job is the ailerons so I will be following your build closely. Things have been slow recently, I seem to get diverted too easily and now we are away caravanning in the highlands enjoying the wet weather! Glad your eye is better. Mine have been a problem recently with some sort of allergy causing a severe itch and swelling but better now.


Thread: RAF's Finest Biplane? Hawker Fury MkI
31/08/2019 15:51:18

I'm afraid it is slow progress. The structure is more or less complete but the details will take some time before covering and painting.

Danny, the horns and hinges arrived this morning. Thanks for your help.


07/07/2019 18:15:14

Yes, it was good to meet you and Silver Wolf (now have real name as well). I enjoyed the show and was glad that we changed from Saturday to Sunday. Some great models and more than competent pilots. I’v a lot to learn but fear it is to late!

now off to DEVON for a couple of weeks before the return to Aberdeen.

Might get to Woodsprings next weekend.


06/07/2019 18:51:38

Not sure where I will be. Give me a call when there. My mobile number is 07979758626


06/07/2019 08:32:43

My plan has changed and I will be there on Sunday.


05/07/2019 10:19:34

Will any of you be at RAF Cosford (LMA) tomorrow.? It would be good to meet you.


29/06/2019 14:27:01

I'm planning to use Mick Reeves wire and turn buckles. I've used them on my 1/4 Tiger Moth and my 1/4 Sopwith Camel. Excellent product.


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