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Tony Nijhuis11/07/2016 21:43:05
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Moved this to a new thread

Hi All.....

Well having just put a full-size replica project to bed (4-wheels this time).... it was time to bash on with the Zero....

In the last week I put some covering on and fitted the model out ready for a test flight today at Hastings....Well a beautiful summers day of low cloud, drizzle, high winds greeted me at 10am this morning. To me this is the perfect test flying weather coz if it dont work in this, it not a model for all seasons....

So with a couple of taxi runs all seeming ok, I lined her up into wind and with only 3/4 throttle she was away....ammazzzed to say i need no trim changes what so ever which has to be a first for any test flight....even in the strong wind, the model was nicely controllable and surprisingly stable....Only a small amount of nose weight was needed so hopefully, by the time the cowl and detail is added, I hope to ballast free!!!

Thanks to 4-Max for putting together a superb electric setup capable of turning a scale 3-bladed prop and giving 11lbs of no worries if you add a couple of lbs to your build weight

Span is 67", AUW was just over 8lbs.





Rich too12/07/2016 12:13:28
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nice smiley

I'm glad I am not the only one who flies models before they are finished! wink

Kevin Fairgrieve12/07/2016 15:48:58
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Will there be an IC option for this?

It looks like it would be no problem.


Bob Cotsford12/07/2016 18:34:14
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I think an OS 1.20 Surpass would look a treat on the front. Or maybe an MVVS 90 and Pitts muffler, it's just a question of how fast you want your 15" prop to spindevil

Tony Nijhuis12/07/2016 22:31:45
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A 90-120 would fit nicely. If I'm doing a electric design I always design with IC in mind.... The fire wall is birch ply so suitable strong enough and placed far enough back for a 4-stroke to fit in the cowl comfortably

Here's another update with a prototype cowl and canopy test fitted....starting to take shapesmiley


Gregg Veasey21/07/2016 17:01:28
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Looks great Tony. May well be different on that but the Meister Zero's pitch up when flaps are applied so need a small amount of down elevator mixed in.

Tony Nijhuis26/07/2016 21:38:38
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Yep...she did pitch up on flaps Gregg....what sort of down trim angle did you put on your Zero???

Took some close-ups of yours at Cosford so now have a little more cowl/exhaust detail...not easy to find info on the Zero

Gregg Veasey26/07/2016 23:37:08
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One of the exhausts was missing on mine at Cosford. Its meant to have 4 one side and 3 the other. I have a couple of pics I could sent you.

I'll need to check how much down elevator is used with flaps but its only a few mm

_AL_29/07/2016 14:28:25
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Very nice.

I'm looking forward to this one.


Bucksboy29/07/2016 14:45:50
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Do these snaps help with cowl detail? I've got more of the whole plane if you'd like.




Tony Nijhuis29/07/2016 23:02:48
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Great detailing...thanks for that.

Gregg, your dad did mention it had an exhaust stack missing so aware of that now.....thanks....

Tony Nijhuis10/08/2016 18:11:43
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So finally finished and flown on Saturday....had 2x 7min flights on one 6000mah!!! and still had 38% in the battery!!!....super efficient setup from 4-MAX


zero 03.jpg

zero 02.jpg

Mike Bell10/08/2016 19:12:26
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Looks great Tony. I'm on the lookout for a warbird project for a Zenoah 20cc petrol. Looks like I could probably squeeze it in. What is the all up weight looking like?

Tony Nijhuis15/08/2016 21:41:02
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9.5lbs AUW

_AL_20/08/2016 03:51:24
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Looks superb.

Looking forward to the plans.


Tony Nijhuis09/09/2016 16:41:40
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Anyone interested, I will have a few plan packs of the new Zero available at the Southern Model Show, Headcorn in the SLEC tent this weekend....hope to see a few of you guys there....

_AL_20/12/2016 11:51:06
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I finally found a copy of the Autumn Special today so I have my copy of the plan. Thanks Tony. Looks great.

Mine will be built as a slope soarer & has a few builds in front of it but I'll post some pics once it's underway.


Scott Edwards 220/12/2016 14:45:40
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A PSS Zero ! Fabulous. Please do a build log in the PSS section on here ? There will be a lot of interest. I'm waiting for Tonys 78" Vulcan to be released to build as a Sloper.
Tony Nijhuis21/12/2016 13:07:41
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Vulcan should be available in the late January....

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