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Thread: Vickers Viscount
06/05/2012 18:30:48
Posted by Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator on 06/05/2012 17:29:03:

As a kid I used to haunt Liverpool Airport - sitting on the viewing terrace (officially 3d to get in but the guy taking the money knew me after a while and used to let me go up free!) You could see loads of Viscounts, probably the most common type. And wow were they niosy! Almost unbearable to stand by while they were starting off. For ages I used to think that all aeroplanes made that discinctive screaming turbo-prop noise!

It would be nice to see one as a model.

BEB

Hi BEB,

you'll have seen a version of the model referred to above hanging in Steve Webb's for quite a while, his dad,Fred,built it. As a matter of interest,the designer of the prototype model came from not far from your location.His name was Maurice Bodey,and together with his brother Pete,founded the Heswall MAC,flying from the football field at Gayton Road.Heswall MAC is now known as Deeside MAC,and,as you know,fly at Sealand.Maurice designed many c/l models,and specialised in multi-engined types,such as the Dakota,Halifax,Black Widow,and Fokker Friendship.I used to go round to his house every wednesday night for a 'gab' and a cup of tea.He had a strange habit of not letting anybody see his models partly built,I used to sneak a look when he wasn't looking.He unfortunately died about 3 years ago,a sad loss and an out and out modeller....................Mal

Thread: Be honest! How many unstarted kits do you have?
19/04/2012 19:04:13

Just found another one......................

Flair Astro Hog.........................

19/04/2012 18:53:35

mmmm...........let's try to remember them all............

Chris Foss Acrowot

Ben Buckle Southener 60

Dave Platt 82" FW 190

Micro-mold P51b Mustang (quite an old kit)

Brian Taylor 83" Spitfire (belair kit)

Brian Taylor 82" Corsair (belair cut kit)

Flair 1/4 scale Tiger Moth

1/4 scale Taylorcraft (artf)

world models LA Racer (artf)

72" Pitts Python (artf)

Pulse 40 (artf)

1/32 scale mosquito (airfix,does this count?)

1/32 scale Me 110 (ditto)

1/24 scale spitfire (ditto)

1/24 scale fw 190 ( ditto )

I think that's them all,Though possibly something else will turn up.Models built,but not yet finished,( most require painting,waiting for warmer weather )

Great Planes Super Sportster 72" ( kit built )

Wot 4 (artf )

Wot 4 ( kit built )

1/4 scale Krier Kraft Acromaster ( own plans / o/d )

1/5 scale FW 190

1/4 scale Little Toot

plan built Deacon ( got to get it ready for Greenacres )

Think I'd better get building soon.............................Mal.

Thread: Any Idea What This Is ???
16/04/2012 22:22:53
Posted by Alan Randall on 16/04/2012 21:22:23:

Reminds me of the Mk1 Keil Kraft Ranger C/L team racer, but of course bigger.

Hi,the two Alan's and Paul,

it also reminded me of a Keil Kraft model,but not the Ranger.It's almost identical in appearance to the slightly larger class 'B' team-racer, the Pacer.The main difference,apart from this model being somewhat larger,is that the Pacer was a mid-wing model,otherwise,the general lines are pretty similar.....................Mal.

Thread: No More Mystery - it's a BipaBlast 2
23/02/2012 23:53:41

Archie........................................?

Thread: Alloy Spinner stand off......
14/02/2012 19:45:47

 

Posted by Peter Ward on 14/02/2012 19:11:02:
 
 
So, a 1/2 inch UNF bolt uses a 1/2 inch spanner but the bolt shank and thread are obviously smaller.

a 1/2"" UNF bolt has a thread and shank diameter of 1/2",and will obviously use a spanner of a larger size,commonly known a an af (across flats) spanner,i.e. a 1/2" AF spanneris 1/2" across the jaws.UNF bolts are always referred to by the diameter of their thread,i.e. a 1/4" UNF has a diameter of 1/4",etc.,but it will not use a 1/4" spanner,the spanner to fit will be,I think,a 1/2"" AF for 1/4" UNF,i.e. the spanner uses the measurment of the bolt head..................................Mal.

 

 

Edited By mal brewer on 14/02/2012 19:51:08

Thread: Super Tigre s2000 25.cc help
29/12/2011 20:00:20

Hi,
I've never had a Super Tigre 2500, but I ran for many years a ST 2000,also a ST3000,which are basically the same engine,although of differing capacities.I found them to be ultra-reliable running on straight fuel containing only 10% oil.They did have to be set slightly rich on the ground,as they leaned out quite a bit in the air,apart from that they were 100% reliable............................Mal
Thread: Who left the cake er.. model out in the rain
10/12/2011 22:14:37
Posted by Erfolg on 04/12/2011 12:05:47:
I am sure that RCM&E have run articles in the recent past and certainly the past on how to do this sort of repair.

 
What have happened to Hughes and Stringwell? Both excellent writers.
 
 
Dave Hughes passed away quite a few years ago,from what I recall he was at a fairly early age.I don't know if George Stringwell is still with us,as you say,an excellent,if slightly controversial,writer. I still remember his articles on how to deal with council bye-laws and planning permission.!!..................................Mal.

Thread: Mam'selle.......
05/12/2011 11:48:37
Posted by Danny Fenton on 05/12/2011 10:42:58:
You mean I have the wrong props on their way? Now you tell me

Cheers
Danny
 
Hi Danny,
what you really need is a Keil Kraft 'truflex' prop, which seemed to be made from a reddish-brown type of soft plastic,or hard rubber composition.You could almost tie one into a knot they were so flexible,I don't know what kind of shapes they assumed when bolted onto the front of a 'hot' diesel,such as an Amco 3.5cc.They would even distort if the prop-nut was overtightened,but we loved them because they were unbreakable............................Mal
30/11/2011 13:20:29

Hi Danny,
funny enough,I was having the same thoughts about your cowl as steve is.You say mine is tighter cowled than yours,but the front of my cowl appears to be narrower than yours,and the Mills .75,being a long-stroke engine,has a lot more of the cylinder finning exposed to the airflow,as it protrudes from the cowling a lot more than your paw.It might be an idea to 'thin down' the sides of the cowl interior in the vicinity of the cylinder to allow a less restrictive passage of air around the cylinder............................................Mal
30/11/2011 11:15:11

Hi Danny,
I know I'm making heavy weather with this,but I still don't see how you are going to hold the screws whilst you tighten your nuts,if you'll excuse the pun.Do I understand correctly that you are going to hold the exposed end of the bolts with your 'vintage' forceps while you apply a spanner to the nuts,as there doesn't appear to be enough clearance between the engine cylinder and cowl to insert a screwdriver.........................Mal
30/11/2011 01:43:38

Hi Danny,
model's looking good.Yes,it is a bit of a struggle covering the fuselage with one piece of Litespan per side,it gave me a few laughs as well.I think mine may have been a bit more awkward than yours,as I attached the tailplane and fin (oops,nearly said tail feathers) prior to covering.One thing that does puzzle me,and always has done on this model,how do you insert and tighten the lower engine mounting bolts.On my own model I have made the lower cowl detachable,but yours appears to be permanently atttached to the fuselage,as was the prototype model's,or am I missing something ?..............cheers,Mal.
29/11/2011 10:58:21
Posted by Danny Fenton on 29/11/2011 10:49:50:

Okay Mal where do I get a genuine metal tinned primer bottle Should go well with my wooly vest


 
Cheers
Danny

 
Hi Danny,
don't really know where you would get one of the metal valvespouts' from.It's a case of digging around.I've seen them on sale for ridiculous prices on places like e-bay,I've also seen them for a couple of quid at autojumbles etc.So the answer is really you'll find one where you'll find one,if you know what I mean.Not much help,I'm afraid..............................cheers,Mal
29/11/2011 10:31:17
Posted by Steve Hargreaves on 29/11/2011 10:10:53:
 
Just thinking about fuel.....I trust you are planning on using one of these.

Tut tut Steve and Danny, far too modern........................you've got to use one of these.........................


a metal valvespout..................................Mal

Edited By mal brewer on 29/11/2011 10:32:53

Edited By mal brewer on 29/11/2011 10:34:59

Thread: 2012 Vintage Mass Build Chat Thread
24/11/2011 15:17:47
Posted by Sparks on 24/11/2011 10:43:32:
Yes Chris,
 
A couple of coats of dope on the balsa followed by sanding. Wet the silk under the tap, wring it out, lay it on the structure and apply full strength dope around the edges to attach the silk. Then a couple of coats of 50/50 dope/thinners all over to shrink. Then a few coats of PolyC to seal and finish off. Amazing how well the silk goes round the corners, as good as Solarfilm but with the added bonus of the dope fumes!
 
Cheers, Richard
 
Hi Sparks,or can I call you Richard,
very nice looking model.Interesting to see you have used wet silk to cover it.I have used exactly the same method of covering on many occasions,but never with silk,I've always used nylon.However,nylon requires a pretty hefty airframe,as the shrinkage rate is pretty impressive,and will twist any slightly weak airframe into some very interesting shapes! I'm assuming silk doesn't excert quite so much pressure on the model,and is suitable for the more delicate structure........................................Mal

24/11/2011 12:02:05
Posted by Danny Fenton on 23/11/2011 21:31:31:
I think a lot of these models probably fly better without us telling them which way to go. Like prodding a stable model with a stick
Cheers
Danny

Hi, a standard joke of the era was of two modellers watching a model in flight..............one says to the other ' that model seems very unstable', the other modeller replies,'no,I think it's radio controlled'............................................Mal.

Thread: Vintage Roll Call for Greenacres
23/11/2011 13:53:32

Put me on the list please BEB........................plan-built 'Deacon'.................cheers,Mal
Thread: Mam'selle.......
22/11/2011 13:42:16
Posted by Steve Hargreaves on 22/11/2011 11:05:37:
In retrospect I think I might have been a little too hasty here......
 
I think different nuts could be allowed IF that was all you had in stock, it was late on a Saturday night & you were unable to bicycle to the model shop AND you had a competition on the Sunday......

Different nuts ? When we used to build whilst still a schoolboy (cue violins playing softly) different nuts would have been a luxury.We couldn't afford,or find 4 nuts and bolts,we used to use 2 set diagonally in the engine bearers (cue Monty Pythons 4 Yorkshiremen).If we didn't have a drill,we used to burn the holes in the beares with a red-hot piece of wire.................ahhh,the good old days.....................Mal

22/11/2011 13:34:16

I'm sure it will,Danny.................................Mal

Edited By mal brewer on 22/11/2011 13:34:50

22/11/2011 13:06:41


Here's a couple of shots of the servo installation.The servos are mounted on a ply/balsa tray,together with the switch,and the r/x is fitted below the tray.I used wire snakes in plastic tube to couple the servos with the tail surfaces.....................
 


and don't forget,it won't fly without one of these...........................
 

 
.................................................cheers,Mal
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