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Cliff Bastow06/02/2019 13:38:28
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Hi all,

I have a Balsacraft Blenheim, that I am converting to brush-less power.

It has a solid nose painted to look like a canopy and I would like to improve this area. I seem to remember once upon a time there was a long nosed, clear canopy made by someone as a replacement. Does anyone know where they came from and if they are still available.

Thanks in advance Cliff.

Alan Gorham_06/02/2019 15:29:56
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It was made by a chap called Eric Leadley. No longer in production I think.


PS - Balsacraft Belnheim in my avatar pic is still powered by two brushed Speed 600 7.2V motors fed by a 2S 2200 Lipo.

Edited By Alan Gorham_ on 06/02/2019 15:30:54

Denis Watkins06/02/2019 15:54:08
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Photos here 2014


Piers Bowlan07/02/2019 08:19:16
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If all else fails you could use the solid wood canopy of the Blenheim kit as a plug to form a polycarbonate one. I have this kit too and considered doing something along these lines, I wasn't aware that someone had produced a canopy for it. Which motors are you considering Cliff and are you thinking of fitting retracts?

A few pictures with a build blog would be good, if you have the time. yes

ps. Is Pete Nicholson, the designer, still around in the hobby?

John Duncker08/02/2019 14:56:15
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3 litre plastic pop bottle and a heat gun will give you a reasonable canopy when shrunk over a mould.

I had a Balsacraft Blenheim and it was the first electric I owned with reasonable performance. Brushed 600s and an 8 cell NiMH pack.

Guvnor08/02/2019 14:59:17
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Call Sarik - they may have the moulds...

Alan Gorham_08/02/2019 15:40:49
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Don't call Sarik, they won't have the moulds!

The only commercially available clear plastic parts for the Balsacraft Blenheim were made by a one man band in Yorkshire. The actual kit did not have any moulded canopies. Even the gun turret was a white ABS part.


Ray Wood 408/02/2019 15:42:54
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Pete Nicholson started with a sweet little 400 powered FW190 which was my first electric, then moved onto his Blenheim with 600 brushed motors, he sold the plans and vac formed bits, then Ripmax kitted his whole range , SLEC still sell the Bearcat I believe ?

I have another part built Blenheim kit up the loft must finish it with brushless and Lipos the later mark had the longer nose maybe easier to balance, as the original version used a heavy sub C pack of nicads. They are very good flyers

Regards Ray

Alan Gorham_08/02/2019 16:31:48
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Mine uses a 2s 2200 Lipo fitted in the same locations as the NiCd pack used to fit. Balances fine without any added ballast. Maybe it's one application where fitting lighter (more expensive) brushless motors is not necessary and the heavy old 600s help to balance the model fine?

Percy Verance08/02/2019 16:45:04
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Looking at that pic it isn't difficult to see why the Blenheim sometimes got mistaken for a Ju88.........

Cliff Bastow08/02/2019 19:00:26
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As mine had no motors in it when I received it from a friend I thought I might as well fit brushless motors,

I don't really want to end up adding nose weight, will have to see how I get on.

Percy Verance08/02/2019 20:10:39
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I think 4 Max have brushless motors of exactly the same size as the old 600 brushed jobs. Produced specifically to replace them.......

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