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Percy Verance28/01/2016 21:24:35
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Hi Chaps

Called round to see a mate of mine this afternoon. I was interested to see the progress on his Mick Reeves Bleriot. While I was there I couldn't resist a couple of shots of Mick's workshop/modelling room.

Busy isn't it?

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and it even goes round the corner to the left, behind Mick himself....

Edited By Percy Verance on 28/01/2016 21:25:51

kevin b28/01/2016 21:57:07
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It's not a proper workshop.

Where's the balsa dust ?

And I bet it doesn't smell of nitro & dope. devil

Percy Verance29/01/2016 12:52:37
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kevin

Mick does have another area specifically for building, which is why this storage area is relatively clean. The table you see is for charging and checking models prior to travelling to the club field. Mick's a retired joiner, and tends to do things in a fairly orderly way.

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Quite an accomplished model builder is our Mick. He's carried out commission model boat builds for a local museum. He also occasionally restores the odd vintage car..... Oh, and there's not one drop of glue in that Bleriot fuselage. It's all held together with "U" bolts, as per the full size......... And no, he doesn't do model shows or competitions either!

Mick was also a large model exponent back in the late 70's/early 80's, long before the LMA became fully established. MIck's early large builds included a 1/3rd scale Piper Cub with a Quadra petrol engine, and a 14ft span Britten Norman Islander, powered by two Super Tigre 2000 engines. Both were own designs.

 

 

 

 

Edited By Percy Verance on 29/01/2016 13:12:42

Luther Oswalt29/01/2016 13:14:10
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Your friend is a super builder! That would be a life time project for me!

Leo

kevin b29/01/2016 14:24:41
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yes

A credit to him indeed. I just wish I could keep my workshop as tidy !

I hope he gets as much enjoyment out of flying it as from the build - before it goes to the museum. Photos of it in the air need to go with the model, to prove to future generations that it does.

What's next ?

Kevinb

Engine Doctor29/01/2016 15:06:17
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Posted by kevin b on 28/01/2016 21:57:07:

It's not a proper workshop.

Where's the balsa dust ?

And I bet it doesn't smell of nitro & dope. devil

All mixed with a whiff of diesel fuel teeth 2 just like model shops in the 1950/60's

Brilliant build  ,excellent well done .

PS dont start the engine the cylinder base bolts are missing smiley

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Edited By Engine Doctor on 29/01/2016 15:08:32

Percy Verance29/01/2016 15:13:01
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Currently Mick has acquired a number of Hobbyking foamie jobs, and is playing around with them. I don't think he sees them as being serious modelling, but more of an interesting diversion.

I don't think he'll send the Bleriot to a museum Kevin. He had fancied the Mick Reeves one for a while, thinking it looked interesting. He said he simply wanted a project to see him through this winter........ I think he'll fly it often enough.

The Bleriot is electric powered, as Mick was injured by a petrol engine a while back and decided it would never happen again.

I've no idea what he'll build next Kevin. I don't even think Mick knows yet. He tends to pluck subjects out of thin air, then get cracking on them. 

Edited By Percy Verance on 29/01/2016 15:16:18

kevin b29/01/2016 17:08:52
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Well whatever it is, he will probably get a lot of interest in it !

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