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DSM Smart Move or similar Pattern ship - circa 80s/90s

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Stuart Quinn-Harvie 105/01/2019 19:13:52
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Evening all, anyone got a Smart Move or similar they want to move on? Airframe only or complete aeroplane, or even kit would be good.

Percy Verance05/01/2019 20:24:59
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Good model. I had a Saphir and a Smart Move. Both now sold on. I wish I'd kept them now........

cymaz05/01/2019 21:55:17
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Sorry, I had an Aerostar. Lovely flier. Gone nowsad

Brian Neasham05/01/2019 22:00:51
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img_0358.jpgHi Stuart, I have this if its of any interestimg_0338.jpg

David Davis06/01/2019 07:55:30
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I bought a much neglected Smart Move off eBay a year or two back. It lacks a cowling. Anybody have a spare? Anybody any other ideas?

stu knowles06/01/2019 08:51:57
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I've got a DSM Shapir (sp) in my loft. Very little flown, it needs to paint washing off and refinishing. The paint I used started to soften after a couple of flights and I was so brassed off that all the hard work putting it on was wasted it was quickly retired and has never emerged again. Originally flown with an ST90 and Spring Airs. In the DN9 area.

cymaz06/01/2019 08:58:27
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DD, try Carbon copy. They usual have a good range and stock sizes.

Percy Verance06/01/2019 09:23:17
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David

It's a bit of work, but have you considered tack glueing a piece of blue foam to the engine bulkhead and carefully carving/sanding to shape? Once you've arrived at the shape you're after, a couple of coats of decent glass cloth and Poly C will get you a half decent cowl. Once it's off, dig out the blue foam and you're done. Another trick used in the past with glass fibre resin was to pour thinners onto the foam to dissolve it. I'm not entirely sure the Poly C would stand that. Anyone care to comment?

A chap I fly with - whom builds mainly from plans - creates most of his cowls this way......

 

Edited By Percy Verance on 06/01/2019 09:25:40

SR 7106/01/2019 09:57:45
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Thats a really nice looking model you have there Brian, are there any plans for it or was it a kit

Tony

Percy Verance06/01/2019 10:10:16
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They were kits SR. Produced by Dave Smith Models near York way back when. The kits had ready built (but not covered) fuselages, and foam wings. All flew very well, and many DSM designs were used for aerobatic comps at club level. They went out of production 10+ years ago I think.

Good models, and missed by quite a few I reckon......

There were no full size plans in the kits SR, just an A4 size leaflet with sketches and diagrams. I had the Saphir and the Smart Move. The Joker and Dalotel were two more. The Excelsior - as pictured - was another very popular one. One or two of the designs were produced in a larger size, to accommodate the bigger four strokes ( 1.20+) which were starting to appear about that time.

 

 

 

Edited By Percy Verance on 06/01/2019 10:28:27

David Davis06/01/2019 16:29:06
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Thanks Percy and Cymaz, I'll look into it when I've finished other projects.

Where do I get blue foam from?

Percy Verance06/01/2019 18:10:31
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I take it there is no bue foam to be had in France David?

I ended up with a large piece cut from a full 8 x4 sheet before I moved house 5 years ago, but I can't recall how I came by it! I'd have thought even French modellers would use blue foam? I'd try the places whom supply building materials David.......

kc06/01/2019 18:19:27
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White foam as used for packaging works OK for making cowls - cover the outside with thin brown paper using thinned PVA. This gives a smooth surface for the glassfibre. White foam can easily be shaped using brand new coarse glasspaper- takes very few minutes. When resin has set the foam can be picked out bit by bit to give a clear interior back to the brown paper.. Some people dissolve it out with petrol instead.

Percy Verance06/01/2019 19:49:35
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Yes, that would work perfectly well kc, but it would be messy as polystyrene is granular and breaks up at the slightest provocation. But if there's no blue foam to be had, then white it may have to be.......

edgar06/01/2019 20:18:38
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When I spoke to Geoff at Foamwings last summer he told me he planned to start making these kits, he was very busy at the time and I don't know if he has made any progress with this, these are his contact details if this is of interest. There's nothing on his website but is good at answering his phone.img_1977.jpg

Stephen Smith 1406/01/2019 20:51:35
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Posted by cymaz on 06/01/2019 08:58:27:

DD, try Carbon copy. They usual have a good range and stock sizes.

Lol admirer your optimism. Make sure you pay with PayPal, at least you can get your money back.

Masher08/01/2019 15:47:42
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There is one on Ebay here

Stuart Quinn-Harvie 109/01/2019 23:13:40
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Brian, that is very nice - what sort of price did you have in mind, and where are you based? Can you PM me?

 

Thanks Masher - I would need to strip that and recover it though

 

Percy: thanks for the info.

 

Stu: That may be exactly what I am after ( I like a bit of a build ) And it's close to my sister's house too.  any chance of some more info? 

 

 

Cheers all

 

 

Edited By Stuart Quinn-Harvie 1 on 10/01/2019 00:05:56

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