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Nev Haycox25/09/2016 14:19:32
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just seen this for the first time. Surely it should have a receiver in it not a pilot wink 2

G194025/09/2016 14:44:33
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I think I've seen a YouTube video of a 1:1 scale model of a CriCri so there's at least one with a receiver and pilot on the ground.

Amazing though isn't it? Not sure I'd want to trust my life to a model gas turbine having spent a large part of my working life indirectly working with the test full size ones. They're slightly less reliable.


Phil 925/09/2016 14:51:28
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it still looks better than this aircraft

I do hope this is a joke
Phil 925/09/2016 14:54:23
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Darwin award?
Josip Vrandecic -Mes25/09/2016 20:27:19
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Hi Nev , I think there is an international conspiracy (may order ) to full size airplane must be small and airplane models must be large ... I see no other reason face 1 laugh teeth 2.,

Colin Leighfield25/09/2016 21:19:21
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Josip, interesting proposition! Hmmm- - - - . You have to hand it to these guys though, at at least they have the guts to try and create their own planes! Respect to them for that.

Simon Wright25/09/2016 21:52:43
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I like the turbine Cri-Cri for $25000. 140 knots but only 70 miles range. crook

Richard Harris25/09/2016 23:30:36
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Here is an indoor 1:1 Cri -Cri

perttime26/09/2016 17:45:17
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This one flew just fine...

Wikipedia image of an unauthorized home built, displayed at the Finnish Air Force Museum .

Apparently, the guy had about 70 hours on it - but then he got tracked down after being spotted on radar in 1977. According to the Finnish Wikipedia article, he has built 2 or 3 more after this one, and been caught flying. Avid modeller, using pretty mundane materials.... No pilot training or formal engineering education.

Edited By perttime on 26/09/2016 18:07:08

Colin Leighfield26/09/2016 18:07:25
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Good one perttime, I bet a lot of us dream of doing that! The guy's a hero!

perttime26/09/2016 18:43:06
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Officially, you have to condemn him: totally illegal. But privately people admire him.

He got fined for flying this first one. Somebody bought the airplane and it ended up in the museum. He couldn't quit, so bought a new Volkswagen engine and built a second improved airplane - and got in trouble for flying it. At some point his propeller was confiscated to keep him grounded. After a while he carved another. There's at least one more airplane...

He should be about 70 years old now. There's a news article of his latest aviation offense in 2014. Google translation: **LINK**

Colin Leighfield26/09/2016 18:52:08
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Thanks again pt, now I am convinced he is a hero. Respect!

Josip Vrandecic -Mes26/09/2016 19:51:09
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Hi Perttime , I love this  Finnish Mr. Raimo Paatalo self-taught amateur pilots. Ten years after , a German Mathias Rust , a hero of our time, landed on the Red Square in Moscow. There are still a real open-minded characters ... and it makes me p

Note: All this happened due to small planes .

Edited By Josip Vrandecic -Mes on 26/09/2016 19:53:00

Edited By Josip Vrandecic -Mes on 26/09/2016 19:56:44

Peter Miller27/09/2016 08:32:04
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So far no one has shown a picture of the current World's Smallest. The Stitts Baby Bird.

This is my 1/4 scale model of it.The span is 18" Yesssss, 1 foot, 6 inches

My 1/4 scale model of the Stits Baby Bird worlds smallest.

Nigel R27/09/2016 09:01:24
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After the worlds smallest monoplane, I can't not post the worlds smallest biplane Stits Sky Baby.

1/4 scale would be a big whole 21.5in on this one...

Peter Miller27/09/2016 09:06:45
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There have been models of that too. \RCM published plans.

Edited By Peter Miller on 27/09/2016 09:07:15

Elizabeth sparrow25/02/2020 18:47:51
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Two things:-

Firstly I do not think that the Baby Bird should hold a record. It only ever flew straight lines down the runway and only to gain the record entry.

To me , an aircraft shoiuld be, like in the McReady prize, able to perform at least a return journey.

I also think that it is not the smallest. Bob Starr's Bumble Bee ii was smaller in every dimension.

BUT !!!

I love these small aircraft and would like to build moidels of each. If anyone would like to share plans I would be deeply grateful.

P.s. If anyone can help me with info about wIlbur Staib's Little bit, (Little bastard _ lb2)

I would be deeply indebted.


Don Fry25/02/2020 18:50:37
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Posted by Josip Vrandecic -Mes on 25/09/2016 20:27:19:

Hi Nev , I think there is an international conspiracy (may order ) to full size airplane must be small and airplane models must be large ... I see no other reason face 1 laugh teeth 2.,

Off post, we thought you were dead. Glad you survived.

ken anderson.25/02/2020 18:57:12
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don,Jo's post is from 2016.he hasn't been on the forum since oct 2019..

ken anderson...where is Jo dept.

kc25/02/2020 19:08:04
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Yes, it's an old thread......

Elizabeth there are plans here on Outerzone and here with the original articles too - note they are tricky models to fly. Experienced builders and pilots only!

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