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An Introduction to the PSSA 2020 Mass Build Project

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Mark Kettle 116/10/2019 09:16:33
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Great choice Phil B.

Tigger23/10/2019 17:45:46
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@Phil: same color scheme I have chosen more than a 6 weeks ago ;(

Toby


 
Phil Cooke23/10/2019 19:54:07
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Tigger - I don't think having a couple of repeat schemes on show really matters - especially so with formation aerobatic display teams - makes for a great photo! - just make sure you know which tail number each of you is doing and you'll have a bespoke aircraft!

All of our Mass Builds to date have produced duplicate schemes but it really matters not - no two models are identical!

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Tigger23/10/2019 20:12:00
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no problem for me just wanted to let him know

Toby

Phil Cooke25/10/2019 22:39:40
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Just ONE WEEK to go until our official Mass Build gets underway 1st November!!

The date for our mass build Fly-In on the Orme has been finalised at 13/14th June 2020.

We have well over 70 kits and plans distributed in readiness! Huge congrats and thanks to Martin and Gordon for all their help and dedication in getting us to this position!

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Phil Cooke28/10/2019 12:53:15
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Plenty of impressive schemes to choose from for the Sabre - but who's up for a conversion challenge??

We all love a 2 seater variant - I didn't even know there was a twin stick Sabre but look what I've found over lunch today - only 2 ever made apparently the project being shelved in favour of the twin seat F-100 in the end.

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There's other mods including a taller fin and longer tail strake to accommodate the extra nose length - who's up for it?? 'More glass, more class!'

Flyer28/10/2019 12:55:41
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Posted by Phil Cooke on 28/10/2019 12:53:15:

Plenty of impressive schemes to choose from for the Sabre - but who's up for a conversion challenge??

We all love a 2 seater variant - I didn't even know there was a twin stick Sabre but look what I've found over lunch today - only 2 ever made apparently the project being shelved in favour of the twin seat F-100 in the end.

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There's other mods including a taller fin and longer tail strake to accommodate the extra nose length - who's up for it?? 'More glass, more class!'

Shhhhh Phil......... or they'll all want to do that.........

There may well be variants already planned.......... angel

Andy Meade28/10/2019 13:16:59
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Wow, that's truly horrible! disgust

Martin Gay28/10/2019 13:26:47
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Phil,

From conversations on the hill it looks like both of the two stick aircraft are going to be modelled for the Mass Build!

I am not saying who though!

Martin.

Phil Cooke30/10/2019 23:07:16
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IT'S ALMOST TIME TO COMMENCE BUILDING!

We launched the 2020 Mass Build some time back now with the F-86 Sabre short kits, plans and canopies being made available to purchase from 1st August. Well, the time has arrived to formally commence the build phase of the project as planned on 1st November!

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Before we go any further I wanted to say a huge ‘Thank-you’ to Martin and Gordon who, under the guise of G&M Models have designed, manufactured, packaged and distributed more than 70 plan and woodpacks to modellers all over the planet! We really have created a global event, with Sabres being built in France, Germany, Belgium, Iceland, USA, Argentina, Japan and Australia! A huge thank-you must also go to Steve Davis at Vortex Vacforms who has tailored a new plug specifically for our project and has distributed clear, vac-formed canopies to the same destinations! Brilliant stuff guys – our event wouldn’t work without your dedicated time, efforts and good will – sincerely many thanks from us all!

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Having initially only stated event timings as ‘June 2020’, giving a 7 month build window throughout the Winter and beyond, we can now confirm the Mass Build Fly-In will take place 13th/14th June 2020 at the Great Orme in Llandudno. The formal competition element will be run on whichever date has the best flying conditions forecast so please plan ahead for a 2 day attendance. If the forecasts are similar both days then the Sunday will be the competition day by default. More on all that in 7 months time… ON WITH THE BUILDING!

As you’ve no doubt seen there is already a good number of model specific build threads started on the forum in readiness, with folks claiming their chosen Sabre scheme. It certainly looks like we’re going to be treated to a full spectrum of colourschemes from airforces around the world. If you are building a model but have not yet created your own blog, do please try to do so – it’s a great way to share your journey and show off your tips and modifications, and it helps generate a superb sense of association and community ahead of the event!

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So with that, there’s not much more for me to say for now, lets get the next phase of this project underway! It’s time to prepare a clean building board and fit a new blade to the scalpel handle!

Enjoy your individual builds and the group journey between now and June - It should all gel to form a memorable soaring event next Summer!

David Still 105/11/2019 21:31:33
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I would love to build one my dad was on the f-86 with 229 OCU sq. but will only be able to get a plan and wood pack or start till the new year will that be too late to join in?.

 

Dave

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Edited By David Still 1 on 05/11/2019 21:52:19

Martin Gay05/11/2019 22:32:28
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Hi David,

It's never too late to start building another model!

Most of us have more than one on the building board.

Martin

Harry Twist05/11/2019 22:37:53
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Hi David, I'm sure others will pitch in here - but the short answer is - new year would not be too late, and of course you would be welcome to join in, at any time that works best for you. So I would definitely say - join in when you can and enjoy the build.

In addition it sounds like you have a close family connection to the F-86, so that's a great reason in itself to build one!

 

 

Edited By Harry Twist on 05/11/2019 22:39:30

David Still 106/11/2019 09:54:46
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Ok I'll have a word with the finance dept. and with Christmas approaching maybe I can forgo my extra lump of coal and persuade her this will keep me warm through the winter.

Dave

Douglas Buzby10/11/2019 19:44:44
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Hello from California!

"Better late than never." With over 70 kits out there and mine not yet ordered, (but inquiry sent) I better get busy trying to find a scheme not yet taken! Wish me luck on that...

Regards,

Douglas Buzby

Peter Garsden11/11/2019 13:11:49
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Chaps, when getting to the stage of sanding the planking, can I commend to you Andy Blackburn's excellent circular sanding tool, made of 2 pieces of cardboard glued together with sanding paper stuck to it. It makes the job so much easier and is a life saver. I used it on my Canberra. You can make one specifically to the shape of the curvature of the fuselage. Andy's explanation and pictures which I have attempted to copy and paste here are shown in this link.

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I have described it also on my blog here - **LINK**

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John H. Rood19/11/2019 19:50:11
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Well, yesterday the wife went out and bought a wreath for the holidays — our first of the season — but/and/somehow this lil’ balsa thing confused it with the ancient spirits of MiG Alley, the lofty heights of glory over the mighty Yalu River!

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