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Chris's Vicomte 1916

... aka the Baron 1914 or the Svenson Vicomte 1915

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Dwain Dibley.20/03/2018 18:15:57
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You seem to be repeating yourself a bit OT... cheeky


McG 696920/03/2018 19:01:12
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Hi gents & thanks for your comments,

@ Paul > well no, I haven’t decided yet. My intention was - and still is - to build up the centre section, present it to the fuselage and then - hopefully - decide the way to go with the mounting method. My problem now seems that the plan and the wooden bits I have are not ‘corresponding’. Which is obviously ‘very nice’ for a first balsa bashing… sad

@ Onetenor > thank you, John… thank you… and thanks… That’s what I tried to explain, modellers are obviously nice & great people, but they seem to ‘leave their machine’ when referring to prop rotation. Can you imagine the Captain of the Mississippi Princess having a quick swim to check his port or starboard sides? surprise

Regarding the Merlin, I dunno really, but maybe one of the Knights could have a word with young Prince Arthur? … angel

@ Dwain > no probs, just to be sure that I ‘got the message’ probably. wink

Hakuna matata


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onetenor20/03/2018 19:30:43
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Sheer accident I had log in probs and this was result

McG 696921/03/2018 11:56:10
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Hakuna matata, John.

It happens to the best IT-guys.

These are the joys of web-rodeo, tinternet being the horse obviously... cool



McG 696921/03/2018 19:19:36
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Hi to all again,

I would like to proceed with the wing center section now, but as there are a few ‘obscure’ things (to me), I asked for JVM’s assistance, but José is in Crete, GR now. So some patience needed, I guess.  angel

Let’s focus on other bits then. Since I first saw the early Baron plan - or the Svenson one which is the same - I had a strange apprehension regarding the tailskid. IMO, that straight dowel glued to that triangular balsa bit wasn’t going to be nominated for a Contest of Elegance, I’m afraid.  surprise


Pencil & eraser at hand, the Belgian curves (those Froggies already stole the Belgian fries) went out of storage and let’s have some drawing…  wink

Then I suddenly remembered that the laminated vertical tailplane already had some nice curves and - of course - I still have that ‘ready to go’ ply core. The top part of the rudder became the chosen candidate.


Even after soaking the strips for nearly 24 hours, I discovered that laminating 1,5mm birch ply isn’t really as easy as doing the same with 1,5mm balsa…  frown

A few hours later, with the assistance of the central heater, this is what resulted so far.


Maybe I should start a small ‘cottage manufacture’? …

Hakuna matata


BE - BRU / CTR Lamination Control


Edited By McG 6969 on 21/03/2018 19:23:08

Don Fry21/03/2018 19:32:17
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A bit of metal as a bottom surface might be good after flight 50.

Paul C.21/03/2018 20:11:55
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Hi Chris I struggled with laminating plywood but had some success by steaming the strips over a kettle. They were more pliable when we'll steamed, word of warning though it gets very warm at the business end of a kettle wink good pair of gloves required .


McG 696922/03/2018 13:15:53
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Thanks gents,

I'll keep an eye at the skid, Don. But I guess it will also depend how much of those '50 flights' are going to end with a landing... angel

Steaming would obviously help, Paul. But I don't even have a kettle in La Grotte. I only have an old electric oven and I doubt it would be a good idea to have some water boiling in there. frown

Hakuna matata


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McG 696922/03/2018 19:38:06
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Hello again,

I decided to go on with the small bits till I get some info and feel ‘comfortable’ to start the wing center section. Still following Peter Miller’s Purple Plan, I guess. yes

At the moment, the tail skid is getting some ‘prime time’ and the balsa bits were cut, adjusted and everything glued together.


Next job was having a tube (snake outer) inserted for the bottom rigging wires and finally a dry fit to check the overall appearance. I still seem to think the laminated skid is an aesthetical improvement… cool


The skid assembly will also become a test piece for some ‘brown paper’ covering as that will be a ‘first time’ one for me as well. indecision

Hakuna matata


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Martian22/03/2018 21:30:56
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I like that tail amid it's a vast improvement

McG 696923/03/2018 13:04:31
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Thank you, Martian.

That makes the two of us to qualify the bit to be an 'improvement. cocktail cocktail yes

Hakuna matata


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Martyn K23/03/2018 13:57:36
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That skid looks great Chris.. Nicely done. I would second adding an aluminium strip or perhaps a strip of piano wire

Martian23/03/2018 16:27:31
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Surely it's worth a strip of gold

john stones 123/03/2018 16:37:54
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Strip of brass plate...cheaper.

Very nice work Chris, like that you don't follow plans rigidly and change where you feel it can be improved. yes

McG 696923/03/2018 19:54:18
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Thank you all, guys.

... a piece of metal, aluminium, piano wire, gold (?), brass...

I guess I'm convinced now that I should do 'something' to the skid bottom. blush

When she came home, I asked The LotH if I could use some of her Swarovski stones as they appear to be quite 'hard & solid'... The sudden move of her arms and eyes to the ceiling made be instantly believe this wasn't the best way to enjoy the next pre-summer holidays together.

So, let's keep it 'cheap & light'. I project some scrap bit of a 6mm wide tie wrap and a drop of epoxy could fill the bill. Comments appreciated of course. yes

Hakuna matata


BE - BRU / CTR Swarovski Control

ps > good luck with your 'Pitts Specials', John... cool

Martian23/03/2018 20:09:10
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fix with little screws or small ali rivets

Dwain Dibley.24/03/2018 00:25:06
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Nice touch with the skid Chris, but as stated above, a wear bar needed to stop all that beautiful work disappearing into the runway.

Keep up the Good Work Matey.


Iris Vieghe24/03/2018 08:08:53
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Dear MotH,


I know you love to build

but my kitchen tools are not

things you should shape your plane with

I know you feel no guilt


My tupperwares, they dissapear

in function of your needs

Your head is with your airplane blog

I don't know where, in Leeds?


I can forgive

from time to time

that your creative mind

finds usage for this stuff of mine

I should spank your behind!


But now you go too far my friend

Swarovski's are a NO!

And if you touch them anyways

I wouldn't let it go...


Thanks a lotH for your understanding...




BE - BRU/CTR Rightful Property Control






Edited By Iris Vieghe on 24/03/2018 08:30:26

Paul C.24/03/2018 10:02:05
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Hi Chris it looks as though plan A has crashed and burned so plan B will need to include getting back into the good books of LOTH . No further mention of swarofski is advisable unless it involves presents for Iris wink.


Damage control dept.

trebor24/03/2018 10:03:47
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Use a strip of baked bean can with 2 small screws holding it on at the front, it will retain a bit of springyness at the back end as well.

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