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David Rivers20/10/2015 21:28:14
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can anyone suggest a suitable kit to build a Fournier motor glider? The only one I'm aware of is the west wings kit but I fancy something a hit bigger, but not as big as the Mick Reeves design

MaxG21/10/2015 08:15:32
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What about the peter Miller design:

Fournier RF-4 RC2085 Plan 74" span.

Various cnc and wood packs available on this site

http://www.myhobbystore.co.uk/product/40173/cncrc2085-fournier-rf4-cnc-wood-pack.

The whole lot is equivalent to a kit I would think.

HTH

Max

Percy Verance21/10/2015 12:39:15
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David

The Duncan Hutson version of the RF5 (two seater) is certainly an excellent flyer. A member of my club flies one regularly. His is converted to electric power, and seems the better for it. This version is quite an involved build (I've seen the plan) but that needn't put you off. A set of lazer cut parts plus the canopy is available from the Model World mag folk. This particular RF5 is 90 odd inch span David, so a bit bigger than Peter Miller's, but slightly smaller than the Reeves one......

Frank Skilbeck22/10/2015 08:13:32
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Go large..............what about the Chris Williams one

 
I've got the ASK11 which I'm just about to start.

Edited By Frank Skilbeck on 22/10/2015 08:14:22

Rich too22/10/2015 09:04:10
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I've always fancied the Mick Reeves design, you know he does a 1/4 scale as well as 1/3?

Peter Miller22/10/2015 09:37:07
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The Model World site also has my RF-7 which is the aerobatic version with slightly clipped wings, again about the same size as my RF-4

Percy Verance22/10/2015 14:34:33
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Rich

Falcon Aviation also do the RF4 in both 1/4 and 1/3rd scales.................

I've heard many good things about the Reeves RF4, but also the odd wing failure story. Given Mick Reeves reputation and competition heritage, I rather suspect those whom folded their Reeves RF4 wings may just have been expecting too much from the design. It's a powered glider not an f3a job. I personally watched Mick Reeves win the World Championships with his RF4 in 1978, and it looked a worthy winner to me.

Edited By Percy Verance on 22/10/2015 14:36:24

Steve Houghton 122/10/2015 15:07:21
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I'm really surprised that this aircraft hasn't become popular with the ARTF manufacturers. I'd love a RF4 EP version at 1.6 to 2m span. Come on Black Horse, pull your finger out.

Steve

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Percy Verance23/10/2015 12:37:36
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I think VMAR did a Fournier that size many moons ago Steve, but the problem was exactly that, it was produced by VMAR. As many know, the quality of early VMAR stuff was comparable to something knocked up in the Early Learning Centre.

Tomtom3923/10/2015 13:38:06
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Hello Percy,

Re your comments about stories of wing folding , I found this on the Mick Reeves website -

"We have heard of other kit models of 1/3 RF4, where the wings collapsed in flight.
This model, with ProSkin covering was able to perform very violent snap rolls, left and right, with no problem!"

I was considering the 110" MR version as a suitable winter project .

Rich too23/10/2015 16:07:13
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Posted by Percy Verance on 22/10/2015 14:34:33:

Rich

Falcon Aviation also do the RF4 in both 1/4 and 1/3rd scales.................

I've heard many good things about the Reeves RF4, but also the odd wing failure story. Given Mick Reeves reputation and competition heritage, I rather suspect those whom folded their Reeves RF4 wings may just have been expecting too much from the design. It's a powered glider not an f3a job. I personally watched Mick Reeves win the World Championships with his RF4 in 1978, and it looked a worthy winner to me.

Edited By Percy Verance on 22/10/2015 14:36:24

I didn't know, thanks Percy

Terry Walters23/10/2015 18:16:32
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Posted by Percy Verance on 23/10/2015 12:37:36:

I think VMAR did a Fournier that size many moons ago Steve, but the problem was exactly that, it was produced by VMAR. As many know, the quality of early VMAR stuff was comparable to something knocked up in the Early Learning Centre.

I've still got one Percy! I replaced the front end again a few months ago and need to re-maiden it! LOL!

Terry

Terry Walters23/10/2015 18:23:02
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Here it is - the wood is a bit 'odd' but it is quite strong - pilot is a bit tiny and Korean looking. He's been moved back a bit in the last repair to a more realistic position. Great model for practicing tip stalling!!

VMAR Fournier RF4D

Colin Leighfield24/10/2015 08:36:41
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You"re brave Terry. I had one experience with Vmar and it was"t good. Never again!

Percy Verance24/10/2015 14:12:29
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Which is probably why we don't see too many around these days. Now that the others (Seagull in particular) have upped their game, there was little chance of VMAR competing despite their bargain price.

John Francis 329/11/2015 12:53:46
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Hi

I have a Mick Reaves 1/4 scale kit which I have been meaning to build. I do see what you mean by large. The wing does split though into two, so it is not so bad as one thinks.

Percy Verance29/11/2015 14:06:44
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Hi John

The Reeves kit is a good one and results in a really nice model. I've seen 3 of these now, and all have impressed me. It's one model that is definately on my *to do* list...........

A club member has the Duncan Hutson plan built RF5 two seater, which at 90 inch is a bit smaller than the Reeves version. It's still a majestic performer though, and seems to suit electric power extremely well. The original Hutson plan was i.c. powered.

Edited By Percy Verance on 29/11/2015 14:07:10

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