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Member postings for Lindsay Todd

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Thread: Terrysaur
03/11/2019 17:01:01

Just a few pics from an all to brief attempt at the Great Orme. Wind is never there when you want it! Just the one flight in very iffy lift conditions, I was really pushing my luck I think as it was really marginal but at least got another flight in. Last shot was caught by my wife just after launch.




Thread: Bristol Blenheim Mk1V
27/10/2019 23:20:26

Hi Danny, thanks for the input, yes I have a bag of Herculite also and if I find the temperature required is any higher than 120-130 degrees then your probably right although good old fairy liquid as a release barrier has remarkable properties which we used in my old refractory engineering days, however I have no intention of risking the plug unduly and will probably cast a plaster plug at the very least first as a 'just in case' spare. Linds

Thread: Terrysaur
27/10/2019 15:36:34

I was not to happy with the eyes so managed to track down some plastic 'teddy bear' items, much better I think


hopefully will get a break and get out to fly it again soon


Thread: Bristol Blenheim Mk1V
27/10/2019 15:32:53

Canopy plug now all carved sanded, filled, re sanded and glassed, have added a 6mm base and back plate to increase the size and give an overlap that can be trimmed back to get a good fit


Next job is to vacuum form some PETG Clear sheet I got from ebay, but first another project is to build a vacuum forming rig which will basically be a box with perforated table that the vacuum cleaner can plug into and a frame onto which the sheet can be fixed, then rig up some form of heater to get the material to the right temperature (about 120 degrees) I have been advise which should give about an inch slump in the material and then give it a go. Linds

Thread: Ashbourne 2019
27/10/2019 11:06:10

Well I did show but to be honest was full of cold and a bit under the weather so did not fly, good just to catch up with people, its a great event, I would not change the format and don't be put off by a blip on attendance next year could be the complete opposite and its nice to have events later in the season so personally I would not change the date, we all know come October its Ashborne Scale Day time, will bring cake again next year! cheeky Linds

Thread: Bristol Blenheim Mk1V
02/10/2019 22:18:00

New nose section now pretty much carved to shape



Lots of odd curves so just a matter of taking my time and checking against photos and drawings for reference.

Now the next job is to add a little filler here and there, final sand and then glass cloth the mould and it will be pretty much ready for forming the canopy section.

Now my intention is to form this but it might prove that it is rather large for the push plug method as detailed by Tim in the current RCM&E special so it might yet result in a DIY vacuum forming rig, always wanted one so could be an interesting project in its own right.


30/09/2019 23:40:39

What, another update, yes finally some more progress, photos soon , but work has commenced on the greenhouse that makes up the front of the model again. I have had mixed thoughts for a while and with a little storage damage having occurred decided to make up a plug for the front glazing and mould my own canopy. This has now been started using blue foam laminated together and then carved and sanded to shape. I will then glass cloth prior to using a combination of techniques to form the glazed nose so will try to show that in more detail soon.

This must be close to the longest build blog ever, certainly my longest build that's for sure.


Thread: Arrow Park Birkenhead
30/09/2019 23:25:09

I am a member, if you want to pm me I will pass onto our secretary or visit our club web site via bmfa links are on there, you will be made most welcome. Linds

Thread: CB Mass Build
30/09/2019 23:21:49

Chris this was so good I didn't recognise it as Renaissance until later, sorry if I did not say hello at the RCME event, fabulous build you have made. Linds

Thread: RCM&E 2019 Fly-In - pics etc,,
16/09/2019 00:32:56

Could only make Saturday but what a great day, spent more time chatting to friends old and new and grabbed a couple of flights as well. First visit to Buckminster and I was really impressed. So many nice models but TN's Concorde was really rather impressive alongside his Harrier.

tn concorde.jpg


Thread: Ashbourne 2019
12/09/2019 23:31:49

Count me in please missed out last year. Linds

Thread: Brian Winch
25/08/2019 22:35:45

Very sad news indeed, I will certainly miss his contribution he had a skill in making the technical aspects easy to understand only possibly by someone with undeniable depth of experience and an enthusiasm for the subject matter that came across in his articles. my condolences to his family and friends. Lindsay

Thread: Terrysaur
20/08/2019 23:38:00

Funky Chicken that's a classic, why did they ever stop making that, always wanted one.

20/08/2019 23:27:40

Oh I love that, is that a kit?

Thread: How many mass build Renaissance
18/08/2019 19:20:07

Plan to be there with the original prototype so count me in for some formation as well. Linds

Thread: Terrysaur
18/08/2019 19:18:42

Thanks Stephen, yes all pretty basic stuff really, waiting to get back out and get some more photos and video done, lots of things going on getting in the way currently and model flying has had to take a back seat again for a few weeks but light at the end of the tunnel. I think this photo really shows off the body shape quite nicely though.



11/08/2019 16:18:54

Well it did need some lead about 5ounces, so a hole was ground out under the main bulk of the head and together with lashings of epoxy the lead was deposited up front, when dry a bit of filler and further glass cloth and resin finished the job


The ballast might need adjusting after painting but the cunning plan was to focus the paint work to the front end so the head, neck forward body and leading edge of the wing so with luck the paint going on would not affect the balance unduly set at the rear of the main spar either side of the fuselage.

I did add a few details such as scales and skin lines and folds by using white glue through a pipet, its a bit like adding rivets in a different way and just adds a bit of surface detail before painting. ps don't forget the teeth!

For painting I went with a basic set of artists acrylic paints and basically just went for it and painted it in a fairly bright colour scheme, nobody knows what colour they were so I guess anything goes.


with the head done, and I am pretty pleased with that, the body is a bit more basic but seemed to fit the bill and blends in with the head, a bit of shadow helps create a more 3d look to the body than just a plain colour.


A few set up details, a check over and time to take to the hills

more soon. Linds

11/08/2019 16:03:56


I used aliphatic glue to bond the blue foam which seems to work fine and also makes life a little easier when you come to sand as it does not ball up like pva can. With both sides glued and dry I sketched a few lines and angles around the head as cutting lines to start to create the head detail. the foam was quite simply cut away with a razor saw and hacksaw blade at this stage


Now for some fun with varies grades of sandpaper and various shaped tools to roll the paper round to do a bit of sculpting. I went for the typical terranosaur look but you could let your imagination run riot as I don't think the shape of the head, within reason, will affect the flight performance too much.


next was too add some more foam just in front of the front former that forms part of the neck


next job time for some more glass cloth and acrylic resin. I used very fine multi directional cloth so it forms around the shapes a little easier, then trim excess away, and more resin over the top to build up the finish and of course added strength

Next job was to fit the wing in place fit the battery and receiver so the model was effectively flight ready and then take a look at how much ballast would be needed to get it to balance. This model needs ballast, I new that and the concept was always to create a pocket in the head to glue some lead in place.

more soon. Linds

11/08/2019 14:22:55


ok so now for the interesting bit, the head. I use blue foam for this again but soft balsa would be just fine, but fist job was to transfer the shape onto the foam


Cut out and glue to each side of the central profile to we have the required thickness.

more soon Linds

11/08/2019 14:17:20

tail 4.jpg

On the underside I used blue foam block sanded and carved to shape, soft balsa block would work just as well.

I also took the opportunity to cover the tail plane with iron on fabric and then used some more glass cloth with acrylic resin with a slight overlap to the covering.

tail 5.jpg

The rest of the fuselage body was also covered with glass cloth and acrylic resin plus a bit of filler here and there. I think I used 4 or 5 coats of resin with a light sand in between which gave me a good enough surface for painting.

tail 6.jpg

next job was to fit the wing bolt plate and servo rails together with the rear snakes for the V Tail. These were quite simply drilled through using a brass tube with a couple of slots cut in the end, fitted to my drill and used to cut through the tail and into the fuselage. Actually much easier to do than it sounds. Wing bolts were set by positioning the wing against the front former, fitting the dowels and then drilling down through the top of the wing having marked the position of the plate.

tail 7.jpg

elevators had ply plates fitted for horns, covered with heat shrink fabric and attached to the tail plane with fuzzy mylar hinges. I spent some time ensuring the rod length from servo (standard size futaba) to each elevator was very similar so the control throws would be the same without extensive electronic tweaking on the transmitter.

Plenty of space for a 4 cell nimh 2300mah up front and room for the receiver in the rear.

Next job was to cover the wing and fit the mini HS81MG servos I seem to always use these days in the underside of the wing attached to 1.5mm plates that are screw fixed into the wing.

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