Here is a list of all the postings mal brewer has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: 633 Mosquito's|
Hi, just had a look at some of 'Just Jane's' history.According to the Paton brothers,who own her,she was originally built for the 'Tiger Force' that was intended for the conquest of Japan.So she never saw war service,and is apparently all original.Of course,due to the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki,it was no longer required.She was put into storage,and later acquired by the French Air Force.She later returned to this country,and was later purchased by the above Paton brothers,who returned her to her present condition.They have just been supplied with two Merlins,completely overhauled to airworthy standards and zero houred,these were built by Eye-Tech engineering,I seem to think they're from Cambridgeshire.Hell of a task they've taken on,I think they deserve all respect..........heck,I can hardly keep my models in a good condition....................Mal
I wouldn't have thought that 'Just Jane' would have a Griffin fitted,mind you I don't know, it just seems unlikely. The Griffin is physically a much bigger engine than the Merlin.However, you could be right,I must check that out,I've got a bit of gen on 'Just Jane'. I would mthink it more likely she has different mks of Merlin,as, incidentally, did the 'Mosquito' mentioned earlier that was lost in 1996............Mal.
|Thread: Middle Phase - torque rods OR wing servos?|
Roderic, you will have a much stronger wing by not slotting the veneer.The veneer acts as a sort of 'stressed skin', the foam is only there to keep the aerofoil section,and to keep the veneer skins apart. You will find it fairly easy to bore a hole through the foam for your servo lead, I find a piece of 15 mm copper water pipe the ideal size.I f you cut your servo hole in the wing, at about 2/3 to 1/2 span out,you can then line up the pipe with the servo cut-out.Sharpen the end of the pipe,and bore through at mid-depth of the core.P.s. the tube is not left in the wing,I know you know,but.......................Mal.
|Thread: ARTF quality|
Kelvin, now that is a good idea.They could make a completely finished version, and also sell an uncovered airframe which would solve two problems. ( 1 ) we could check the build quality, and also make any modifications we wished, ( 2 ) we could finish the model in any desired colour scheme,we could even cover it with solartex or nylon and paint it. 10/10 for that one........Mal.
|Thread: New Bee|
By the way,the original plans are still available, look in Hobbystore 'X' plans..........Mal.
No, that's a 'Mam'selle'. The original was a Vic Smeed design, from about 1956 or '57,I think the model illistrated is the enlarged version, published in RCME about 12 months ago as a free plan.As such, it is suitable for a .10-.15 engine. The original is 38" span,and designed for .5c.c.-.8c.c. engines and for free-flight operation.I built one whilst at school,and have just completed another one fitted with 2-channel radio and a Boddo Mills 75.................Mal.
|Thread: Ready for covering ?|
Yellow is always a bad colour for hiding dark marks on the underlying surface,wether it be paint,solarfilm, or solartex you are using.If you intend painting in yellow,it is advisable to use a white undercoat,or a preliminary coat of white paint,which unfortunately increases the weight of the completed model. Of course,you can't do this if using a film or 'tex finish,or perhaps you can. But normally,different shades of wood (i.e. balsa-ply) will be evident through the finish when using yellow. It only appears to be yellow that suffers from this characteristic,must be something to do with the pigments used...........Mal.
|Thread: Balsa kits|
Hi Tony, D B kits do a Spitfire and a Hurricane, as does Brian T aylor,if they're a little on the large size, Tony Nijhuis also does a Spitfire ( in various sizes) and a Hurricane,which are much simpler build than Brian Taylor's,Flair do a Texan/Havard, TopFlight do a Mustang, Dave Platt produces Spitfires, FW 190's and several other war aircraft (hate the term 'warbird' almost as much as I hate 'tailfeathers',when did aircraft start growing feathers ? They're tailsurfaces, or tailplane and fin & rudder. Back to the subject, if you look,they're still plenty of kits around,as has already been suggested, pick an aircraft,have a look around,if you can't find what you want,come back to the forum, someone will find something for you.....................Mal.
|Thread: The Mode Survey - what do you fly?|
Just a slight diversion here, what is mode 4, or mode 3, if there is one? And did anybody ever fly with the 'cuddle-box' type transmitter,I think Idris Francs's 'Flight-Link' radio was of this type...................Mal.
|Thread: Balsa kits|
Hello Tony,I think you will find that a lot of plan publisher can supply C.N.C. cut parts for their designs,certainly they can be obtained for the Brian Taylor range,also Tony Nujhuis can supply parts and wood-packs for his models.If you can find them,Flair seem to have a bit of a run now and again,and Pegasus Models have a good range of American kits in stock.But I agree, they're not that numerous now.............Mal.
|Thread: 633 Mosquito's|
The Mosquito that was lost was performing at Barton aerodrome,Manchester,and was,believe it or not,about 1996 or 1997,no doubt somebody will know the exact year.Doen't seem that long ago,does it.A friend of mine used to work on this aircraft,I think it was serial no. R228, at British Aerospace at Broughton,Chester.A very tragic loss,it occurred during a period of many historic aircraft losses....................Mal.
|Thread: The Mode Survey - what do you fly?|
Mode 2 (despite being an ex-reed flyer) everybody in my club is mode 2 (25 members)
By the way,it was Ron Warring,I think it was spelt with 2 'r's'. By a strange coincidence,I have just built a couple of Vic Smeed designs, a 'Mam'selle', and a 'Ballerina'. I remember building a 'Mam'selle'' whilst at school,from the free plan published in the Christmas 'Aeromodeller'', I think that was 1957.....................Mal.
Hello Erfolg ,yes you're quite correct,it was an Ian Peacock design,must have been another senior moment on my part! Mind you,they were both prolific designers at the time,and both designed,dare I say it,similar type of models.I know we're going off the original thread a little now,but you seem to be somewhat similar to me,I'm afraid.I too,have just had my loft re-insulated,and as a result,I took literally a van load of magazines to the local tip.I kept the more interesting mags,but I've still got another van-load I'm hanging on to.I also modelled from before my teens without adult assistance,and as a result I read everything I could about aeronautics,building tecniques,and covering and finishing systems.Engines were stripped and re-built,models stripped for any spares,everything was done on a shoestring.I think most older modellers will be rather similar,includig of course,P.M.............Mal.
I'm quite suprised that anybody still has a copy of P.E. Norman's plan of the Blister.Although the engine size of 2.5 c.c. appears small by today's standards,in it's time it was very high powered,most models of that size had only a 1 - 1.5c.c. diesel engine fitted.P.M. is quite correct re. the escapement rubber,it was a loop of 1/8" rubber driving an Elmic 'Conquest' actuator,which gave only 'bang-bang' rudder control in a 'neutral-left-neutral-right' sequence.And yes,the radio was pretty unreliable.I seem to recall that the wings on 'Blister' were secured to the ply tongues with matchstick shear pins,or was that a 'mod' I made to the design,I wonder.P.E.'s anti-crash methods worked very well,my blister survived many high-speed crashes,despite being very heavy,on account of it's nylon covering,polyurethane paint finish,any ample ply in the constuction.However,like I posted in my previous thread,do you not think that the Brian Peckham 'bootlace' design is oh so similar in appearance?....Mal.
Looking at that picture of the Ian Peacock designed Bootlace,I couldn't help noticing how similar it looks to a model I built round about 1969.This model was the Blister,designed by the great P.E. Norman,and was included in the aps (aeromodeller plans service) range.P.E. was well-known for his somewhat unconvential building style,and all his models were very strongly built.The Blister was,believe it or not,designed for single channel radio,and was designed with plug-in knock-offable wings,a knock-off engine mount,and lots of ply in the construction.It was about 45" span,and used a 2.5c.c. (0.15 c.i.) engine.Hot stuff indeed.I don't think anybody would dare attempt to fly anything like this rudder-only nowadays,we must have been a lot braver,or more foolish,then.Makes you wonder,however,where the inspiration for model design comes from.Previous designs must always be in the back of people's minds...........Mal.
|Thread: Favorite aviation based documentary or book|
my favourite book about ww2 aviation is 'the big show' written by Pierre Closterman.Although he is a slightly contriversial person,his book really captures the imagination,giving you the impression of being in the cockpit with him.Another very fine book is 'lancaster target,written by Jack Currie,which describes his time as a pilot on 26 squadron,flying from raf wickenby '43-44.Excellent book,his other titles,'wings over georgia',describing his training in the usa,and his follow-up book 'mosquito victory',describing his time on thrum flights over germany,are equally superb.Well worth finding a copy,you won't be able to put them down.................Mal.
|Thread: Need A Name Please|
that aircraft does look similar to Peter Russel's 'Striker',but, from memory,Mick Reeves did produce a kit with a rolled ply fuselage.Can't recall it's name ,however........
|Thread: Bristol Beaufighter|
I think Basildon Biggles has some of his facts a bit awry.The Beaufighter was originally built with a flat tailplane,as it was developed from the Beaufort bomber.The aircraft was found to be somewhat unstable,and the mk 2 Beaufighter was fitted with a dihedral tailplane to correct this fault.The relatively quiet operation of the aircraft was due to the Bristol 'Hercules' sleeve-valve engines,which exhausted into a large collecter ring which formed the leading edge of the engine cowl.This resulted in the exhaust being cooled considerably before discharge,thereby lowering the exhaust volume and velocity.As regards the torque,yes it was evident,but according to many ex-beaufighter pilots,it was no worse than many other high power tail-dragger twins.But the beaufighter was always known as a Beaufighter,whether mk1 or mk2,flat tail or dihedral tail,Hercules power or Merlin power.Fantastic aircraft,it,s got that lovely ugliness,I've just completed building my model of it,just awaiting it's camoflge paint.......cheers,Mal.
|Thread: Graupner Taxi Cup II - C of G position?|
Hello again Heaton,just found the book of words for the 'Taxicup II',and they give balance point of model as being 90 mm from leading edge at wing root, good luck with the model,mine flies superbly,cheers,Mal.
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