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Thread: Small scale kit
16/12/2014 20:06:10

Thanks for pointers guys!

15/12/2014 00:59:44

Hi guys.

After long break in building and flying I got the urgent need to build something. I am looking for small, but scale kit. The smaller the better. I am not sure if I will fly it or just build and hang in on the ceiling next to my Corben. Just would like a true kit that would look like exact mini replica.

Any ideas?


Thread: Winter seems to have arrived, who's been flying?
15/12/2014 00:54:23

I'm not flying from a long time now, but still ride motorbike everyday, in all weathers .

Thread: DB Sport and Scale Corben Baby Ace build
07/01/2014 04:01:39

yeah, it was very discouraging and has put me off for a long time. I never planned to scrap her, but wasn't so keen to do anything - she just gathered dust and attracted my son to brake her even more wink.

Funny you should say "when they are sanded up to profile". I didn't plan to sand them to any other shape, but this input somehow "forced me" to do so - I spent another two nights and attempted to make them at least simillar, but they came out quite good. Thankswink.

your Ace looks fantastic! I like covering very much, when I look at my model - it isn't the case. Lots of wrinkles, some bubbles and most joints terribly done. I think I will either re-cover white parts of a plane - entire fuselage, or try to save it by applying some stiching here, screws and rivets there, and of course spray those areas, that got very dirty during storage.

Where did you get stickers from? Are they fuel-proof? Do you have any links?

Yesterday I received parcel from Blackburn, so progressed a little. Now she starts to look better, but only when I look from a distance sad. Wheel pants were pain in the back for me to cover them.


I thought it will be an easy job, but the more time I spend with her, the more things to do I find. Left UC fairing was covered, but I forgot to shrink 'tex before this photo was taken. Cowl was sprayed with plastikote enamel from wilko, currently awaits coat of fuel-proofer - as same as spats and engine bay.


04/01/2014 12:34:30

Last night I did some more. I fixed damaged cockpit decking and filled some gaps. Now 'pit is ready to be painted in black and fuel proofed.


I also did wheel pants. The "two hours job" took most of the night. I realize that set you can get from DB is much better, but I am happy with the effect.


Both pieces are to be sanded once more and fuel proofed inside, then covered with cub-yellow 'tex, which by the way didn't arrive today as I expected.

Edited By Major on 04/01/2014 12:38:51

03/01/2014 05:27:02

Thanks Dave! laugh It's good to be back here!

Some more progress.


The fuselage longerons are now fixed. I wanted to do it in possible shortest and not invasive way, so fixed longerons themselves and added one strip of medium balsa to each side. This helped to keep things shaped as per plan, also should add some strenght (I hope..).


While I played with tail bits, my son wanted to help a little, so I asked him to wash the cowl for me. I love to share intrests with my children and mostly I am proud of their job, so I will leave the cowl as it is now, without additional washing. Mind you, my son is 3 years old and he did it very good! wink


I shaved some of the nose former due to difficulties caused by exhaust. To put the cowl on, I have to take pipe and needle valve extension off, and this was just to close to fuel proofed wood - didn't want to damage surface and expose model to nitro. Now it will do the trick.


Tail is finished now, last bits are drying. I did try to make some gap filler out of aliphatic glue and balsa dust (to make it, I used rotary tool and soft 1/2 inch balsa sheet - it was the first time ever when I found some use for it wink). I also made mix with superphatic, but this one seems to be worse than the first.


And this was my boy's cute idea - a "pilot" has taken photo of us from the cockpit smiley.

Now I just have to fill all gaps, sand everything, cover, glue back in place, fix wing struts and cockpit, make wheel pants, connect electrics and fire up. I hope to do most of it before covering and fuel proofer arrive from Blackburn Models. More progress and pics to follow soon.


02/01/2014 23:33:40

You are right CSB - nothing that can't be repaired, and I also got an excuse to apply some colours onto her and at last fire up engine with new carbwink.

I got quite a bit of medical history, so my PPL is going very slooow. HAd coupple of flights, but trouble started with medical examination - i have to translate a lot of documents, which is quite expensive and even that will not guarantee that I will pass checks. But "press on regardless"!! wink


Few pics


Here is the tail. I only got to fix horizontal stab, recover it and add some fairings.


Cracked longeron on starboard. Other side looks worse, but it will be an easy fix.



And some more damage. In addition, she is dirty as hell, so will have to bath her too wink

Edited By Major on 02/01/2014 23:37:31

02/01/2014 23:20:35

Hi again guys!

Did anyone of you manage to finish and maiden their Corben?

More than a year after purchase, mine still isn't ready. I needed to leave it in my lady's work for one month, and what I found after that period was just terrible. Tail completely damaged - broken into pieces, damaged fuselage, pulled off wing struts, punctured covering, demolished cockpit, stolen pilot and damaged headrest, cracked cowl. This has seriously put me off, I also picked up full size aviation, so until few days ago she was just gathering dust. I couldn't resist any longer and decided to get back into hobby, share full size and model flying and most of all - finish all my projects wink. So here I am again.

Today I started to work on the tail. Most of it is now glued back, but I will have a lot of gap filling and sanding.

I also sanded cowl a little and put it to soapy water, so I can prepare it for painting later on. Did some more various things on her, ordered new covering (now my Baby will be white-yellow with black cowl), prepared templates for wheel pants etc.

Some photos to follow soon.


Thread: Anyone for a Tiffie?
01/01/2014 15:06:45

Just finished reading entire thread and I must say it is my winner of "Best build blog competition". You are fantastic writer Dave!

Thread: Jamara kits
31/12/2013 11:57:22

Hi all.

After some break it's time to get back to hobby. I want to build something relatively quick and easy, but don't want it to be another Sharky laugh.

I do like Jamara kits, especially V35 and Marchetti SF-260. I have seen some build logs, but don't know anything about their flying qualities. Does anyone have any experience with them? Which one of them two would make better flyer? I will be grateful for any info.

Silly me, totally forgot that today is the last day of the year - so happy new year to you all smiley!!



Edited By Major on 31/12/2013 12:07:22

Thread: The 'share your photos' thread (not model flying)
13/08/2013 03:28:28

Some from me - all taken by kit lens Nikkor 18-55mm VR

I know they could be much better, but I have my DSLR less than a week and it is my first one ever.


Edited By Major on 13/08/2013 03:38:20

Thread: Royal International Air Tattoo
25/07/2013 22:19:13
Thanks Rob. Will remember about these next year.
25/07/2013 22:17:49
If anyone is interested, there is some more pics in my set on flickr. Here is the link

I am sorry, but it has to be copied and pasted into browser, as i can not insert links, nor edit posts on my mobile. Cheers
25/07/2013 22:07:23
Thanks gents.

You are right, Towlie. My son couldn't stand Typhoons' and Vulcan's noise and was crying a lot.
25/07/2013 13:10:06

Hi guys!

Anyone been there? I volounteered in Park and View for 6 days and have to say, that it was just the best holliday in my life. Terrifying heat, milions of small insects, long hours of work, but the greatest spirit possible. I also had a pleasure to attend to Hangar Party, meet fighter pilots, Breitling Wingwalkers (they are hot!! smile p), take some pics etc.

Some pics here

Me and the Dambusters

My kids in fornt of smiling Typhoon

In front of Mirage 2000 with my gal

With its pilot

RNAF Falcon and its pilot

With Freya Paterson cheeky

With XH558 engine technician. Good news, but unconfirmed yet - he told me she will fly much longer than 2015!! wink

With Polish pilots and technicians

The Royal Jordanian Falcons

And my great team on Tuesday, 16.07

I will go back next year for sure.


Thread: Outdoor activities - boots
12/06/2013 20:23:11
Reno Racer
You have some good points here. I didn't think of surplus stock this way... Last time I saw 1st grade hand selected on ebay for 22 posted. However, I did some more research and not too sure anymore.

I checked some assault boots, but comments on them are very mixed. I remember a pair of typical "skinhead boots" from Poland. They were great, I had them nearly four years, but during breaking in my feet were bleeding baldy.

I will look for boots some more, if nothing takes my fancy, will get a pair of Karimor's mountain boots. Not waterproof, but in general very comfortable.

08/06/2013 11:06:54
Plummet - thanks for info, will bear that in mind. My problem is that my feet are not too wide, so sometimes I have to spend some time before I find a pair that suits me.
08/06/2013 11:01:08
Thanks a lot for posts gents. Now I know what I should look for.

I had a look onto links/brands and think of Hi Tecs or Bates. Boots from Merrel seem to be very good choice, but in fact a little bit too pricey. I have no idea on the car park I'm gonna work at, but hope that weather will be nice anyway - this will be my first airshow ever...

Thing that concerns me a little is quite mixed feedback on them, but from other side, excluding long time of wearing for few days, I'm not gonna do anthing more extreme than "jump to the nearest shop without safety rope". If Phill's wife could wear them for few years, then they must be ok .

Once more thanks.

08/06/2013 00:49:49

Hi all.

I am looking for proper pair of boots and need some help. I have found some intresting stuff on Fleabay, but would like to see what can
you tell me about it.



I want something militry-like, as in my opinion this is the best stuff. Worth mentioning is the fact that I'm not gonna use them for any games, paintball ect. I have the privilege to be the volounteer at RIAT (Park and view team), will be there for 8 days and shifts are long, so good boots are must have. Any thoughts?


Note to mods - I know how to insert links. My phone just does not let me do it. Sorry.

Edited By Pete B - Moderator on 08/06/2013 08:31:35

Thread: Models for Cox engines
23/03/2013 21:50:36
Looks good Bob!

Can anyone tell me, what is the difference in flying ie Sharky and tailless model?
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