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A Gangster 52 for today ?

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Old Geezer17/05/2016 17:20:27
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Just destroyed another foamie.

What I need is a tough, fly in any weather club aerobat. Where do I find something like Mick's Gangster 52, sadly he only has the 63 on his website, had one myself years ago and loved it, probably the best decent sized low wing trainer you can lay your hands on. But a '52' with a decent 40 on the front was a different animal.

Anybody out there have any constructive suggestions - personal experiences please - strong u/c essential!

Peter Christy17/05/2016 18:33:44
1635 forum posts

No suggestions, I'm afraid - I'm in the same boat. I'd love another Gangster 52! I'd be tempted by the Classic Gangster 63 - the weather we've been having, lightweight models don't quite cut it! But the 52 is easier to transport in a hurry for the breaks between the rain!



simon barr17/05/2016 18:47:09
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Ripmax Bullet?

I don't have one, but a club mate does and he loves it...

gangster17/05/2016 19:12:49
980 forum posts
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How about the Galaxy Magician?

Braddock, VC17/05/2016 19:14:44
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Try asking Mick, he may have an old kit stashed away or could print you off a plan. The worst he can do is tell you to get lost......or something like that. I've always found him extremely helpful.

cymaz17/05/2016 19:33:51
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Sig Something' Extra was an utter blast to fly and an easy build to.

extra slim17/05/2016 20:34:53
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And I thought it was only me!...glad to see so many with a similar view. This winter I built myself a Hots for just the reasons you mention...just a rugged hot dogging machine...had a gangster 52, put more air miles on it that I care to remember...cracker....always fancied the sig somethin extra, and also eyed the Slec funfly which seems to be very popular for us old 40 size hack types, but went down a plan built hots instead... I've got loads of light weight 3d stuff, which are ok in the wet and wind, but not as much fun as something less fancy, and higher wing loading such as the planes mentioned...and our weather is rarely neither wet or windy!!

IanN17/05/2016 20:56:55
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Posted by Braddock, VC on 17/05/2016 19:14:44:

Try asking Mick, he may have an old kit stashed away or could print you off a plan. The worst he can do is tell you to get lost......or something like that. I've always found him extremely helpful.

Never had one, but I'm not sure there was a plan with the smaller Gangster - sure I remember one club member saying it was just an instruction booklet?

That said, if Mr Reeves could knock one up I'm sure there would be plenty of takers


Edited By IanN on 17/05/2016 21:02:23

gangster17/05/2016 21:27:57
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Not even an instruction book just a 4 page leaflet. Such simple construction using a minimum quantity of wood

onetenor18/05/2016 00:12:13
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Print the bigger plan smaller

Percy Verance18/05/2016 06:41:42
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Quite correct Ian, there was no plan included in the Gangster 52 kit ( I had the G52 back in the late 70's). I think the (then) Gangster series of models were sold by MIck to Ripmax, who both produced the kits and marketed them. Mick would have presumably sold the rights when he did this, hence the Gangster he currently offers is a slightly different offering.

I personally never cared for the Gangster 52, and felt it was awful.

gangster18/05/2016 09:18:02
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Print the bigger plan smaller

Unfortunately there was no bigger plan either

gangster18/05/2016 09:28:39
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Gurth. Pm sent

Steve Balaam18/05/2016 10:35:36
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Take at look at these **LINK**

Steve B

IanN18/05/2016 11:03:06
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Posted by simon barr on 17/05/2016 18:47:09:

Ripmax Bullet?

I don't have one, but a club mate does and he loves it...

Or, if the Ripmax (scaled up +10%) Bullet doesn't do it for you, how about this


Hangar 9 nut18/05/2016 15:46:55
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Just built the ripmax Bullet not a nice kit don't recommend it at all, now the PB Bullet is so much better as a kit and solid the ripmax one is a bit flimsy !

ted hughes18/05/2016 17:26:56
466 forum posts

Loved my Gangster 52 with OS40!

Why doesn't someone re-kit it?

Luther Oswalt18/05/2016 18:36:44
138 forum posts

What about the Magicardo which is a RCME plan

Paul C.18/05/2016 18:56:50
609 forum posts
150 photos

Thought of a Peter Miller Oodalally traditional build, plenty of build threads and looks good. If not Peter has many other designes and he ain't done a bad one, take your pick. Hangar 9 nut has it right with the Ripmax bullet, not a strong model not a good kit and put together with cuckoo spit. I know of two two other Ripmax bullets they fly well but typical Ripmax I am afraid. Yep have to admit a bought one 😂 knew what it would be like but no time to build one from cloud models 👍best of luck.


John Lee18/05/2016 19:36:55
684 forum posts
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Kit built AcroWot is as tough as old boots & as good to fly as anything.

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