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Nightflyer07/03/2019 12:50:02
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Wow some great memories from the posted pics of the ads. All great names and models.

Of the MicroMold kits my father had teh EMP (Edmonds Model Products) Easy Rider which he handed on to me and it was a lovely plane to ply until after many years and flights. A friend bought the Spit/Seafire kit and it was beautiful to look at and fly (if only these were still available).

As for the Skyleader Skymaster we had Ken Binks in our flying club and so saw this model regularly and those who had one said it was a delight flying it.

I still have a Dave Smith Models Merlin OS40FS powered which has been an absolute joy to fly over the years Dave produced some great designs.

Regarding Cuban8's post yes Galaxy was just up the A12 from where I am and Bowman both produced a great range of models. Galaxy's P51, Chipmunk and Aerojet models I enjoyed immensely. I also always like the Keil Kraft SE5a which I always wanted but I think it was that that made me enjoy Gordon Whitehead's Hawker Demon, Gypsy and Tiger Moth model deisgns along with Boddo's Nieuport 24 and Fokker DVII designs. I built Boddo's SE5a free plan back at the time and am thinking of building another later this year but this time electric powered.

Geoff Sleath07/03/2019 12:59:03
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All those adverts pre-date my interest in aeromodelling but I did build a Howard Metcalfe Moonraker which IIRC I powered with a Irvine Q40. Unfortunately it met a dumbthumb ending.

A club mate has a Veron Avro504N and has been flying it electrically powered recently. I use the term 'flying' very vaguely because it's bitch in the air. He's tried it both with and without ailerons and changed the CoG with little success. It really seems to have a mind of its own and even the ace pilot in our club who can fly just about anything finds it very difficult (though it looks fine when he's in control).

It was built years ago apparently and has been something of a challenge all its life. Just a warning. Perhaps Les made a mistake in the build but his other models are OK and he's a reasonably competent flyer - better than me though that's not saying a lot

Geoff

Alan Gorham_07/03/2019 12:59:23
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Ahhh yes the KK SE5a. I've got a fuel-soaked, retired one of those in the loft. An honourable retirement after many years good flying on an old Enya 15. My own fault entirely, built as an impatient teen I was too stingy with the fuelproofer in the engine bay.

Still got the plan, must build another one day. I liked it more that Flair SE5a.

Colin Leighfield07/03/2019 14:45:55
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I have still got my MIcroMold Spitfire24, must go back best part of 40 years. Finished as a Seafire 47 and fitted with an OS25. Flew very well, the only problem I ever had was my ineptitude at hand launching. Still in sound condition and would just need a radio update. Might be possible to fit retracts now, although a fair bit of surgery would be needed.

Alan Gorham_07/03/2019 14:54:00
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Micromold....I've got a Spit 24 in primer to be a PSS model. It was/is quite a "woody" kit especially in the fuselage but I suppose that helps with longevity!

I've also got a Micromold P-51B that's done mucho flying with an old OS MAX 25.

They were good kits.

Andrew76707/03/2019 21:37:05
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Fantastic to see the DSM advert again but no mention of the Super Dalotel!!

Andrew

mal brewer07/03/2019 22:10:03
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Posted by Alan Gorham_ on 07/03/2019 14:54:00:

Micromold....I've got a Spit 24 in primer to be a PSS model. It was/is quite a "woody" kit especially in the fuselage but I suppose that helps with longevity!

I've also got a Micromold P-51B that's done mucho flying with an old OS MAX 25.

They were good kits.

Hi Alan, I've had a Micromold kit for the P51B for many years. I foolishly lent the plan to it to a friend,who somehow lost it. I finally obtained a copy of the plan,since when it has sat in its box.I keep getting tempted to build it,it looks a fine model.I have a couple of suitable engines for it,an SC 25,or an OS25 FSR.Should be able to find some suitable retracts for it as well,got a couple of swap-meets coming up in the next few weeks...……….Mal

Alan Gorham_08/03/2019 09:42:55
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Good one Mal! Retracts would be great but I think you'll have to shift the wing spar around a bit for them.

I've long since lost the plan for mine, I wish it was available on Outerzone or some other place.

ken anderson.08/03/2019 09:50:03
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the skyways hawk was a wonderful model/flyer...… bring them back ASAP..

ken anderson...ne...1..hawk dept.

Cuban808/03/2019 10:00:49
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Posted by Geoff Sleath on 07/03/2019 12:59:03:

A club mate has a Veron Avro504N and has been flying it electrically powered recently. I use the term 'flying' very vaguely because it's bitch in the air. He's tried it both with and without ailerons and changed the CoG with little success. It really seems to have a mind of its own and even the ace pilot in our club who can fly just about anything finds it very difficult (though it looks fine when he's in control).

Years ago, I test flew a Flair Legionnaire that a mate had bought from a club action and it was truly awful with an almost total disregard for control input, especially in the roll axis !. Despite looking fine from an 'eyeball inspection' the incidence gauge told another story. Can't remember the exact details but it was way out with twists and warps that were only slight, but were enough to spoil an otherwise good model. I've not actually seen a completed Veron 504 in the flesh, but suspect that it's perhaps a bit flimsy in construction, and prone to inaccuracies creeping in, despite even the best efforts of a careful builder. Maybe even warps developing in a good airframe because of storage problems?

Trevor Crook08/03/2019 11:29:43
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I've got a Chiltern Models Tucano, electric powered, and it's a great flier. I had their piston Provost many years ago, with a 48 Surpass up front. Tip-stalls galore!

J D 808/03/2019 11:31:17
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Full size early aircraft like the 504 need the attention of a aircraft rigger to keep them true,a skilled job.

 Another long gone model producer, "Rojair"   I still have the wing from their Cadet 62 trainer giving service on a HI boy fuzz as an engine test bed.

Edited By J D 8 on 08/03/2019 11:36:00

SIMON CRAGG08/03/2019 11:35:18
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LMC used to produce good models as well, Hawk, Gnatty and Super Gnatty for starters!.

J D 808/03/2019 11:40:34
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The Gnatty and super Gnatty, I did like them but were beyond my means at the time.

Alan Gorham_08/03/2019 12:18:58
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I've got a Super Gnatty still flying. It's relatively young being built in 1996 (I think ownership had passed to Peterborough Model Centre by then from LMC). Tough as old boots!

Nightflyer08/03/2019 13:04:34
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I still have a very soft spot for the Trueline Custom Executive. This was the model that got my father and myself into rc flying. My father got the kit and I watched him build it and start learning to fly - and then was lucky that he funded a second one for me. Sadly mine met an early end in its life because of an engine failure (Merco 35 power).

There were a few 'local' model shop successful model kits - probably most famous being Avicraft's Panic. In Sussex my then local model shop St Leonards Models produced the Alpha which was a trainer.

Oh yes and other notable Sussex home grown models included Phil Ramsey who had his range too, namely the Mini Pitt Special (which was a lovely model to fly), the Gladiator which I always wanted, and of course not forgetting Chris Foss and his range of kits and plans. I also had a Brian Diss Designs (later sold through Phil Ramsey IIRC) Vector, a 40 powered low wing aerobatic model with glassfibre fuselage and foam wings which I enjoyed flying for several years.

Finally not forgetting up here in Essex Balsa Cabin's range of models they produced especially thermal soarers such as the Sonata (and electric powered version which introduced many to electric gliders) and Ravello (which I still have) and is a wonderful glider.

Alan Gorham_08/03/2019 13:06:53
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Balsa Cabin Sonata still available!

Bob Cotsford08/03/2019 13:46:16
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I still have a Trueline Custom Executive kit that I bought in a fit of nostalgia as it was my first really aerobatic multi propo model , but that was bought before I decided it was time to give up on glow motors.

I liked the Rojair kits, the ones that I remember were a Sea Fury, P51 and a Zlin. There was another UK concern that did a range of .40 size warbirds using veneered foam of which I had the Typhoon but Ican't for thelife of me remember the name of the manufacturer. I came across them in Studley Models, anoither long gone shop.

Edited By Bob Cotsford on 08/03/2019 13:46:56

gangster08/03/2019 16:33:38
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Ah some wonderful nostalgia here.

I was pleased to see the ad for the Olympic Sportsman, I had one early in my RC life, fine looking model and flew well.

Did someone resurect them for a time, (Bowmans?) a few years ago I visited Anglia Model centre on the day they moved and they had a list of kits for sale, on that list was the Olympic Sportsman. I was well disapointed when they told me the last one had gone, and apart from a couple of Bowman kits that I bought the rest of the stuff was ridiculously expensive CAP kits.

Someone on this thread mentioned the poor quality hardware on Eastern ARTF kits, well when we remove the rose tinted nostalgia specs we can recall that most of the hardware in those kits of yesteryear had pretty rubbish hardware in them. Some totally unsuited and would not fit

Anyway great thread, must make many ancient modellers very happy guys to see those old ads.

gangster08/03/2019 16:34:52
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Bob re Trueline executive and other Trueline kits, there was a great thread on them a year or so back

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