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Thread: Flair ?
12/02/2019 12:28:45

It seems pretty clear from the pictures in the eBay listing what you get.

And there's a list of what you get:


Included in the kit are -- 

Laser cut formers 
Die cut wing ribs 
Aluminium cowl 
Hardwood bag. 
7 sheet plan and assy set 
Instruction booklet 
Sheet and strip material list required to complete the build. 

Edited By Alan Gorham_ on 12/02/2019 12:29:25

11/02/2019 23:09:08

I have heard the same thing Robert describes.

I would take issue with a statement Kevin makes about the uncut cowl being not "professional" enough.

I have built 3 Flair kits that were made back when the company was based in Blunsdon: Baronette, Hannibal and Dr.1 and none of those kits had a cowl that was pre-cut. They all looked much as the one in the eBay link.

It's not a problem to a model builder to cut a cowl and I would say the supplied item is fine. Perhaps it's not economic to perform the cutting operations on the cowls or a new supplier is in use who cannot or will not carry out this work?

In my opinion given the RRPs of the last Flair kits I saw, I think the semi-kit option as seen here is a good one. Only supplying the pre-cut wooden parts, the wire struts etc and leaving the strip and sheet stock wood out makes the package more reasonable value for money.

If it prolongs the availability of such proven kits then I think it's a good idea

Thread: Vinyl Decals
11/02/2019 21:15:05


Thread: AcroWot XL Build
11/02/2019 11:51:13

That's good to know Jon thanks. I guess it helps being surrounded by the right kind of tools and machinery.

I changed all the bearings in an old Gemini twin last year and it was "interesting". As you say, odd bearing and screw sizes.

11/02/2019 11:12:33

Jon I'd be interested to hear more on how you sorted out that engine (perhaps in a new thread). I assume you restored the existing parts and didn't just buy and fit new replacements as that would be very costly?

Thread: Wing servo connections
11/02/2019 10:50:22

If your wing roots are too thin to hold a "pluggable" connector then you could consider Ashlok or Maxlok type connectors available in 1, 2 3 or 4 way versions here:


or here:


Thread: Balsacraft Blenheim replacement canopy.
08/02/2019 16:31:48

Mine uses a 2s 2200 Lipo fitted in the same locations as the NiCd pack used to fit. Balances fine without any added ballast. Maybe it's one application where fitting lighter (more expensive) brushless motors is not necessary and the heavy old 600s help to balance the model fine?

08/02/2019 15:40:49

Don't call Sarik, they won't have the moulds!

The only commercially available clear plastic parts for the Balsacraft Blenheim were made by a one man band in Yorkshire. The actual kit did not have any moulded canopies. Even the gun turret was a white ABS part.


Thread: PSSA pre-season get together - RAF Cosford - The Return!
08/02/2019 13:42:15

The only one I know for certain is the HP Hampden. Do you want me to phone up and make enquiries? No worries if it's a no go, like you say there are plenty of other aeroplanes to look at!

06/02/2019 22:14:49

Err it's £30 for the whole group not per bod.

06/02/2019 21:52:49

I've been looking into the possibility of our group getting access to the Michael Beetham Conservation workshop where the aircraft are restored. It is bookable for visits of 15 people for £30 for an hour but not between 12 and 14 hours.

Is this worth pursuing for a behind the scenes look at some more aeroplanes?

Thread: Balsacraft Blenheim replacement canopy.
06/02/2019 15:29:56

It was made by a chap called Eric Leadley. No longer in production I think.


PS - Balsacraft Belnheim in my avatar pic is still powered by two brushed Speed 600 7.2V motors fed by a 2S 2200 Lipo.

Edited By Alan Gorham_ on 06/02/2019 15:30:54

Thread: PSSA pre-season get together - RAF Cosford - The Return!
06/02/2019 15:25:55

The Balliol was meant to use the Armstrong Siddeley Mamba Turboprop, but the Air Min. got cold feet about the untried technology and went back to the Merlin.

I like the Fiat 59, interesting that its predecessor was fitted with a DB605!

05/02/2019 22:03:54

I'm slightly baffled as to why an RN aircraft is in an RAF museum, but onto bigger things:

Never mind a group photo, I vote the Balliol candidate for the 2022 PSSA mass build!

Failed Chipmunk indeed! With about 6 times more horsepower it's a much more sleek and slender machine.

Edited By Alan Gorham_ on 05/02/2019 22:05:28

05/02/2019 18:15:41

Says the man who flies an A-10! The Balliol has character mate yes

05/02/2019 14:29:48
I'm in!

After utterly failing to make the New Year fly-in (models charged, car packed, food made, alarm set) I woke up with killer flu that put me out of action for 3 weeks. This sounds great, just the tonic.

Isn't there a BP Balliol at Cosford??
Thread: Zap Odourless Super Glue
31/01/2019 12:18:27

Personally, I'm more allergic to the kicker than I am to normal CA. I really would advise the ventilation route otherwise you are no better off.

Thread: Fairey Swordfish
03/01/2019 15:05:15

CAP Swordfish plan still available from Sarik:


Thread: New Years Eve 2018 / New Years Day 2019 PSSA Fly-In
30/12/2018 16:51:56

I'm working on it, so it's a provisional yes, but no promises. I can't work too late into the night or else I'll not get up in time tomorrow morning laugh

30/12/2018 11:30:15


Will be there. Not sure what this "first light" thing is though...

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