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2016 RCM&E Autumn Special- Free Plan Modellers Choice

So what Aircraft would you like to see modelled for this years free plan

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Tony Nijhuis11/01/2016 13:33:50
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We haven't conducted a modellers choice for the RCM&E Autumn Special 'Free Plan' for some years now so it would be good to know what's at the top of your 'to build' list so at least we can make some of you guys happy with this years plan subject....

As before, let me know your top three choices and your perferred power source.

Happy Voting!

Keith Evans 311/01/2016 13:40:22
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Beechcraft Bonanza Vee tailed version .I.C.powered

Gazza5811/01/2016 13:43:52
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A Shoestring SVP or at least at lookalike

Steve Adams11/01/2016 13:56:38
196 forum posts

Hi Tony,

My three choices would be

1) Concorde (EDF or Pusher prop)

2) Vickers Valiant (EDF or Pusher prop)

3) Hawker Siddley Harrier EDF....All mks shown if possible

The top two speak for my whole family as choices as for the recent passing of my mum as my grandad worked at Weybridge Vickers / BAC Surrey. The third choice is a personal favourite of mine...Who doesn't love the Harrier?! With the recent success of your Avro Vulcan and BAE Hawk I have no doubt that your probably the only Designer who could pull any of these off if they are lucky to be chosen!

Many thanks for all of your designs over the years Tony and long may they continue, Good luck to all and happy voting

Cheers Steve

Stumps11/01/2016 14:27:36
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Hi Tony,

An enlargement to your 62 inch Hurricane...something along the lines of the Spit...



Bob Cotsford11/01/2016 14:33:46
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How about a between wars bipe? Curtis P6E, Boeing F4 or Fiat CR42? Grumman F3?

Martyn K11/01/2016 14:39:32
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+1 for the bipe - perhaps a Bucker

JohnnyB11/01/2016 15:19:12
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Hi everyone,

Here's my suggestion -


                          Scottish Twin pioneer - electric and with slats and flaps for real slow landings.

Edited By JohnnyB on 11/01/2016 15:20:01

Edited By JohnnyB on 11/01/2016 15:20:21

Ken Lighten11/01/2016 15:28:05
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Hi Tony,

My choices would be:

(1) Hawker Hart/Hind/Nimrod

(2) Gloster Gladiator

(3) How about a WW1 Bristol M1C?

50" to 60" span, electric or I.C.


Bob Cotsford11/01/2016 15:32:20
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Posted by Martyn K on 11/01/2016 14:39:32:

+1 for the bipe - perhaps a Bucker

I reckon the Grumman F3 really could be a bit of a Bucker!

Andy Blackburn11/01/2016 15:40:00
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My two penn'orth:

1. Hawker Hunter, either a late single seater (bigger avon + wing dog-tooth) or a two-seater. EDF/slope.

2. Late model Messerschmitt 109 (G or K) - I've always preferred these to the earlier versions. Either electric or IC.

3. I like the idea of a Gloster Gladiator. IC for preference, but electric is fine.

John F11/01/2016 15:52:41
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How about making it a celebration of something?

2016 is the 100th anniversary of Beoing, for example. There are many aircraft in their inventory such as the model 40 : **LINK** or the Monomail Transport : **LINK**

John Timmis11/01/2016 15:56:33
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Early jets for 70mm fan.

1 Mig 15

2 Super Sabre

3 HS Gnat

4 Gloster Meteor

Bungy launch is OK.

Cheers John

kc11/01/2016 16:03:59
6589 forum posts
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How about

Luscombe Silvaire

Cessna 140


all at about 60 inch span

AVC11/01/2016 16:22:10
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If I'm allowed, I'll do three suggestions for warbirds and three non-military ones wink

As for warbirds:

- Messerschmitt BF110 72"

- Arado AR96 64"

- Junkers JU87 Stuka 65"

For non military ones

- GeeBee R3 60"

- Cessna 188 62"

- Lockheed 18 72"

As for powerplant, I'd rather glow but it would be appreciated if it can be built either way

Fanyak11/01/2016 16:26:04
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31 photos

Sorry about this but .probably it would be easier you to suggest planes you would like to build and to vote three between them.

Anyway: My votes are:

Pilatus PC6 Turbo Porter

Yakovlev 50

Zlin 526 AFS

All of them i.c.


Martin Harris11/01/2016 16:34:19
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I'd be interested in a SIAI-Marchetti SF.260 - gives a lot of options, aerobatic, military trainer or light attack versions.

Martyn K11/01/2016 16:42:36
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Posted by Bob Cotsford on 11/01/2016 15:32:20:
Posted by Martyn K on 11/01/2016 14:39:32:

+1 for the bipe - perhaps a Bucker

I reckon the Grumman F3 really could be a bit of a Bucker!

Those retracts could be fun.. Nice colour schemes though

Phil Green11/01/2016 17:10:07
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What a lot of beginners want is a trainer that doesnt look like one. Doesnt need to be an accurate scale model but it needs to look like a real aeroplane. Something that can withstand massive simplification, with rudder-elevator, Clark-Y and dihedral without losing the appeal of the original. Easy slab-sided construction and straightforward to fit out. Electric. Needs to avoid the current 'club trainer' look altogether. Several cabin high-wing subjects spring to mind, say a US Army Bird-Dog plus WW1 Eindekkers, D8's and such but theres no reason with electrics not to go that bit further - even a simplified Lanc with two inner motors & dummy outers could be made to be slow, stable & predictable. This isnt an unrealistic proposal for an RC trainer - all these subjects and many more are flown by the free-flight boys.

The problem seems to be that instructors choose which models are used for training, hence the boring 'typical trainer' look and the enforced full-house layout. Give a beginner a stable RET model that looks like a bit like a Spitfire and that he can fly on his own, and he'll be happy.


(ok the Spitfire was tongue-in-cheek...)


Edited By Pete B - Moderator on 11/01/2016 19:00:57

alan p11/01/2016 17:15:13
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wingspan 50/60 inches ,fixed u/c, preferably I/c. Keep the cost down and simple systems, the idea is to build a popular model without breaking the bank!!

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