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An Introduction to the PSSA 2020 Mass Build Project

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Phil Cooke09/07/2019 22:27:03
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In June 2020 the Power Scale Soaring Association are planning to stage another ‘Mass Build’ flying event following the success and popularity of previous builds with the Jet Provost, the Skyhawk and most recently the Hurricane.

Once again the Association would like to invite you to take part!

We hope to get as many participants building simultaneously from 1st November 2019 and over the Winter months - with the aim of flying the new models at a ‘Fly for Fun’ event upon the Great Orme, Llandudno in June 2020 (exact weekend yet to be decided). For anyone wanting to take part who’s not currently a PSSA member, drop me a line at webmaster@pssaonline.co.uk and join us, Association membership is FREE!

Our latest project is focused on a new plan drawn by PSSA members Martin Gay and Gordon Studley, the North American F-86 Sabre. Spanning 43.5” with a target flying weight of 4lb, this 1/10th scale vintage jet is a conventionally built-up PSS model for 2 to 4 channel R/C.

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The prototype (pictured above) has been fully flight tested and refined over the past few months and the comprehensive set of plans are now available to purchase directly from Martin and Gordon through G&M Models. In addition, they have also just released a CNC short kit of birch ply and balsa shaped parts specifically for our use.

My sincere thanks go to Martin and Gordon for their dedicated efforts and drive throughout the design and development phase of this exciting new PSS model!

Phil Cooke09/07/2019 22:28:25
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The CNC short kit contains over 100 pre-shaped birch ply and balsa parts needed to complete the model, as with previous designs there is additional balsa sheeting and strip stock required to finish the airframe ready for covering.

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G&M Models can offer builders taking part the 2 sheet plan for £16.00 plus postage, or a combined set of CNC parts and the plan for £70.00 plus postage. Orders can be placed from August 1st by sending an email confirming your requirements to the PSSA – contact us at webmaster@pssaonline.co.uk with your details and G&M models will be in touch to confirm your order! Canopies can be ordered direct from Steve Davis at Vortex Vacforms for just £8.00 (canopy order reference CN3)

We’d like building to commence from 1st November 2019 - so there’s plenty of time to purchase your short kit and ready the workshop! Obviously, you can make a start anytime but we’re keen to get folk building simultaneously allowing the sharing of ideas, knacks and lessons learnt via build blogs in this dedicated www.modelflying.co.uk forum section, aiding other modellers whilst they are at a similar stage of the build. In that light, I’d invite all Mass Build participants to create their own blog to cover your individual Sabre build journeys!

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Phil Cooke09/07/2019 22:29:24
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Building from the plan is straight forward (especially so with the use of the CNC parts!) so starting in November will give even the slowest of builders plenty of time to be flight ready for the event in June 2020. For those completely new to PSS or building from plans we encourage you to have a go, this really is one of the main drivers of our Mass Build activity! There will be loads of help along the way from others taking part on the forum – this is a great opportunity to learn some new skills and create a scale model of your own to be proud of! We see it as an exciting and fun way for us to promote Power Scale Soaring, whilst getting more of our members building, learning or coaching.

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At the PSSA Fly-in in June, the Sabres will be assembled on The Great Orme for the first time and flown in a number of type specific ‘display’ slots. As in previous years, we’ll offer prizes for the Best Finished model, Best PSSA newcomer, Best Scale/Innovative feature and so on… It should certainly deliver another spectacle to remember up on the Orme and produce a unique ‘Fly for Fun’ event. Many thanks once again to PSSA member Bob Jennings for our fantastic Sabre Mass Build event logo!

If you would like to take part in the PSSA Sabre Mass Build Project please do let me know, email me at webmaster@pssaonline.co.uk to register your participation and / or place an order for the short kit and plans!

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I do hope you can join us and take an active part in this project - and like me, you are eagerly looking forward to the mass gathering of North American F-86 Sabres next Summer!

Alan Gorham_10/07/2019 10:35:27
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After seeing the maiden flight of the prototype and then having a twiddle on the sticks a couple of times, it's good to get the gen on the Sabre. Looking forward to partaking....

Martyn K10/07/2019 16:48:08
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I am in...

Mark Kettle 110/07/2019 19:44:33
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I'm in...

Harry Twist10/07/2019 21:20:09
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Great introduction Phil, like Alan, I was also one of the lucky ones to enjoy a flight of the prototype. I'll be ordering!

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Flyer10/07/2019 21:33:25
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I' m in too....… already have an idea which variant cool

Mark Kettle 111/07/2019 07:28:38
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Flyer is there any (inadvertent commas) >>.......indoor gold spraying involved ?

Flyer11/07/2019 07:32:14
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Posted by Mark Kettle 1 on 11/07/2019 07:28:38:

Flyer is there any (inadvertent commas) >>.......indoor gold spraying involved ?

Not indoor anymore blush That lesson well and truly learnt. Have now worked out a better plan wink. Have acquired a 'proper' airbrush, so will be looking at any chance to practice techniques.

As for the colour..........wait and see cheeky

Mark Kettle 111/07/2019 07:50:17
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yes.... It was surprising Flyer, last time we were around the dinner table and talking about the past spraying and painting misdemeanours we had made and how many of us 'fessed-up' to it.

Nice to here from you Ade and catch you soon at the hillside.

Monz11/07/2019 13:07:22
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I'm in too! Here's a hint of the scheme I'm going with... wink 2

Andy Blackburn12/07/2019 17:05:39
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Phil - for the benefit of those of us who can't resist changing things and doing one of the early versions (i.e. meddling), is the design based on the later "solid" 6-3 wing with a small wing fence (which could easily have been left off to keep things simple), or is it the original wing with slats?

I suspect the latter, but would rather not make the assumption.

Andy

Edited By Andy Blackburn on 12/07/2019 17:08:27

Andy Meade12/07/2019 19:12:02
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Better off asking the designers rather than Phil, I'd wager....

Mark Kettle 112/07/2019 20:50:25
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A Link to explain what Andy is asking :

Sabre wing/s explained

Phil Cooke13/07/2019 07:50:05
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Andy - I have asked Martin (as designer) to confirm for us here, but the panel lines lovingly applied by Gordon to the prototype model in the photos above would appear to accurately reflect the 4-panel slatted L/E of the earlier design.

I'll come clean and state I had never appreciated so much development had ever gone into the Sabre wing and that there were indeed 2 different plan forms!

embarrassed The shame...

Andy Blackburn13/07/2019 09:06:48
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Posted by Phil Cooke on 13/07/2019 07:50:05:

Andy - I have asked Martin (as designer) to confirm for us here, but the panel lines lovingly applied by Gordon to the prototype model in the photos above would appear to accurately reflect the 4-panel slatted L/E of the earlier design.

I'll come clean and state I had never appreciated so much development had ever gone into the Sabre wing and that there were indeed 2 different plan forms!

embarrassed The shame...

Sorry, it's just that I want to do an F86A so wasn't sure how much work was involved. If it's the early slatted LE then that would be great, just leaves the chisel-profile windscreen, smaller stabiliser fairing and separate elevators, all of which looks do-able.

The only problem I forsee is that a November start will conflict with my Indoor Scale FF Nats entries for next year; I'll just have to learn how to build quicker!

A.

P.S. - Good reference for the wings, MK1

Martin Gay14/07/2019 19:35:45
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Hi Andy,

Gordon drew up the plans from a number of sources. The main one was for a F86E with the early, slatted wing and not the later 6-3 version with it's larger chord.

So modifying to an F86A should not be too difficult.

Martin.

Martin Gay14/07/2019 19:38:38
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Phil,

Shame on you for not knowing there were two wing versions of the Sabre - you are in "good" company as neither Gordon, or I, knew there was a difference! embarrassed

If we had known then this model would have been designed with the 6-3 wing and a slightly lower wind loading.

Martin.

Phil Cooke27/07/2019 09:56:29
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A reminder that Sabre plans and short kits can be ordered from August 1st - by emailing me at webmaster@pssaonline.co.uk and registering your participation and requirements - I'll then forward all orders to G&M models who will request more details from you directly for the invoice.

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