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Member postings for Tim Hooper

Here is a list of all the postings Tim Hooper has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.

Thread: Ashbourne 2019
11/09/2019 22:49:06

Gimme my oatcake, dammit!


Thread: The Repair Shop
31/08/2019 20:56:33

It's compulsory viewing in our house. smiley

I really enjoy watching or being in the company of enthusiasts who can make/repair items that would otherwise collect dust in a forgotten corner - whether or not it's a skill that I'm particularly interested in.

There's another series (Salvage Hunters - The Restorers) which is also well worth seeking out.

As an aside, I accompanied my wife, Netty, to a major quilting exhibition at the NEC recently. I've no interest in making a quilt, it has to be said, but the creativity and skill of these people borders on the unreal.


PS. KIrsten is hot......

11/08/2019 22:32:44
Posted by Chris Bott - Moderator on 10/08/2019 12:35:08:

Have a look at Tim Hooper's Civilian Coupe thread here. It might provide some food for thought.

Thanks Chris,

I was about to link to the thread myself!

Wandering around various aircraft collections, I've always been amazed just how tiny the wing locking mechanisms are. Mind you, a biplane's rigging wires take all the flight loads, so I guess all the locking latches have to cope with is the drag caused by the airspeed.


Thread: Tim's Next Project
03/08/2019 21:27:54
Posted by Steve Adams on 03/08/2019 20:25:14:

Hi Tim,

Did you decide a next project in the end?

Hi Steve,

I have to confess that the last project that I drew up was the Civilian Coupe from a couple of years ago.

The models that I cover in my column tend to start as the work of somebody else, so that don't qualify as my own designs, if you see what I mean!

Tim wink

Thread: Citabria Pro (1/8 scale)
14/06/2019 22:50:39

Thanks Rory!

I don't blame you for making up your own scheme - as there was only one prototype ever made, the scale purists choices are a bit limited!

Any photos of your efforts?


Thread: Retired, Returned, Looking for a club near Telford
15/05/2019 21:35:32
Posted by Dunkelmann on 14/05/2019 19:18:52:

I think there is one at Shifnal but I have no idea where or how to contact them.

Dunkelmann, check your messages...….wink

Thread: CAA registration consulation
27/04/2019 13:08:01

I've responded to the consultation document as I feel appropriate.

We should all do the same.


Thread: Please answer the following two questions if you can.
13/04/2019 21:37:30
Posted by Peter Miller on 13/04/2019 11:16:06:

I have learned through long and bitter experience that if I leave one project to move on to another the first will NEVER be finished .

I'm with you, Peter.

I'm a single-task bloke, so it's strictly one project at a time.


Thread: RCM&E May 2019 issue chat
13/04/2019 10:42:07
Posted by Piers Bowlan on 13/04/2019 08:54:51:

What size did you scale it up to Tim? A future RCM&E plan including your own modifications?

Can't wait!


I've had it printed out to yield a span of 39" - so a 50% enlargement.

Outerzone plan

There's no real call for a new plan. Other than fitting an outrunner up front, the only real mods I made were the undercarriage and a 50mm extention to the rear fuselage. Oh, and the fin's a bit bigger too!


12/04/2019 20:31:13

This thread could run, couldn't it?

I must confess that I'd never really considered the older generation of CL classics as suitable material for new RC technology before, so you guys have beat me to it!

I'm enjoying the ride.


12/04/2019 19:28:33

Thanks Gents!

Brad, my Outerzone-sourced plan makes no mention Bill Dean - I wonder why his name has been removed?

Jim, it was your photos that I found, that encouraged me to pursue the build.

FWIW, I did increase the tail moment, as well as reducing the size of the elevator.

Perhaps I shouldn't mention this, but the model had its maiden flight quite recently. It's quick!


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Thread: Big Trouble in Model Britain
10/03/2019 20:06:35

We enjoyed the programme immensely.

I suspect that markets and culture are changing, so it might be a wise idea to stock up on kits for the future.


Thread: Civilian Coupe (1932)
08/02/2019 21:44:35
Posted by Stuart Quinn-Harvie 1 on 08/02/2019 00:31:01:

I've just seen this thread and model: I have to say that is BEAUTIFUL. A gorgeous subject and a wonderful model of it. Well done Tim, a work of art.

Thank you, Stuart!

I know of a couple of Coupes under construction - one very local to me, and another in the USA!

My own Coupe is still pristine, and gets a little airtime on suitably calm Sundays.


Thread: Blackburn B2 - a 30's bipe with a whole lot of shiny bits!
04/02/2019 22:44:13


The front lower part of the cowl (with air intake) is a separate item, which is attached by a screw to the front of the fuselage.

The flying surfaces are covered in silver Solartex, with more strips of the same pretending to be rib tapes


03/02/2019 22:52:01
Posted by Jim Mansfield on 03/02/2019 15:58:48:

Hi Tim, couple of questions for you, where did you get your instrumentation and how have you secured the cowl?

building coming along now almost completed the fuse, have to redo the nose As I "over sanded" the bits, lol

Hi JIm,

The dials in mine are from from scale - just stick-on items that came from Multiplex years ago.

The cowl is retained by a short dowel that locates into a hole on the top of F1. Magnets at the rear stop the cowl from sliding free.


27/01/2019 13:05:22
Posted by Jim Mansfield on 27/01/2019 01:17:10:

Tim, the photo are great, it's given me lots to work with, they are more than useful thank you so very much.

I do know I will have questions so I will be pleased with any help

My pleasure, Jim!

There's a host of ways that my model could be improved - folding wings might be an option -and if the photos help a bit, then that's all good!


26/01/2019 21:31:52


I was lucky enough to have a walk around of the B2 whilst researching the upcoming build. There are a couple of shots of the seats in my album;


Any use?


26/01/2019 14:00:39
Posted by Jim Mansfield on 25/01/2019 13:49:46:

Hi Tim......

A couple of questions, what did you use for the rigging wire & what is the colour are the struts & U/C painted?

It's a long time ago, Jim, but thanks for the interest!

The rigging wire was, I think, 30lb coated fishing trace - my 'standard' rigging gauge.

As for the shade of blue, a quick look through the paint stocks, reveals an opened pot of Humbrol #47 Sea Blue, so that's probably what I used.

My B2 is still flight worthy, you'll be pleased to hear, and gets an airing several times a year as a matter of course. The OW B2 was there when I last visited a few months ago too - as was another B2 built from my plan!

Good look with the project, Jim. Let me know if there's anything I can do to help.


Thread: Greenacres MAC Fly In Events 2019
16/12/2018 21:25:13

Duly noted, Jimbo!


Thread: Reach for the sky
25/11/2018 14:46:38

I've not seen this film in decades - since I was a kid.

I'll give it a shot!


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