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Herri29/03/2020 14:10:04
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Some of the more mature amongst you will remember the Paper Aviation Reagle Eagle. A kit sold around 1990 if my memory serves me well. It was made from foam board covered with thick paper.

It was my favourite model of all time and I fitted a 26cc Zenoah. It spent many years after the build hanging from the ceiling of my hobby room as I progressed to 1/1 scale aeroplanes.

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Herri29/03/2020 14:10:55
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When I took up RC again, I started flying the Eagle. After a couple of years, on a very windy day the wings folded after a tight loop and this was the result.

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I was devastated. I searched the interweb for another but alas, none to be found.

I decided I must build one, so made a rough drawing with the measurements.

Herri29/03/2020 14:11:56
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Years passed but I always had memories of the Reagle Eagle.

In the meantime, I bought a Stepcraft 600 and loved the satisfaction it gave me to produce my own parts.

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Last year I decided I would re-build my Reagle Eagle. I still had the original undercarriage, so decided it would be ok to call it a rebuild.

I used my old drawing and produced plans to cut the parts with my Stepcraft using mainly 3mm liteply.

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Herri29/03/2020 14:13:09
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The project has been very off and on, due to other commitments. Now, as we all have to stay in, it looks like I may get on.

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I also hope, posting the rest of the build may help me to stay focused.

Herri29/03/2020 14:14:12
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This will be the power: A Hacker A60 V4 190kv. This is my test rig. With a 22x10 APC and a 99A regulator I got 78Amps, which I believe is plenty.

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Herri29/03/2020 14:17:55
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Oh, I almost forgot; the pilot survived angel

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Bob Cotsford29/03/2020 15:09:58
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Are you not tempted to reconstruct it using foamboard and card Herri? devil I remember these and the Mahers Thunderbirds, beautiful big birds that were beyond my pocket at that time.

kc29/03/2020 19:18:23
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The rumour at the time was that the Regal Eagle was based on an enlargement of a Peter Miller design called Tequila Sunrise which was a Radio Modeller plan and also a RC Modeler USA plan. You might compare your design with that plan for similarities or to overcome any missing sections. Of course construction was completely different. Peter later produced his own slightly enlarged design as Miss Lizzie for an RCME plan. All reputed to be excellent flyers.

Herri29/03/2020 19:29:06
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Bob, I didnt have any original plans or details only what I noted after the crash. I also wanted to use my CAD. It was the first time I actually used it for a new model. I really enjoyed the drawing and cutting.

KC, I saw the Tequilla Sunrise in the book “ designing model aircraft” (same author I presume)

The thought crossed my mind that the Reagle Eagle could be based on that model.

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Peter Miller29/03/2020 19:30:22
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Yes, In fact it was an enlargement of Trivial Pursuit. Some time before it was kitted I was sent a photo by a model shop proprietor with details of the cardboard prototype and the fact that it was based on TrivialPursuit.and I put that in my Column the Engine Bay at the time. I have scanned it but that is on another computer at the moment.

IT took a very long time before the kit manufcturer put a very veiled grudging admission that the Regal Eagle" had been based on a" 30" span model." in an article that he wrote.

Then I have been influenced by another design I have always admitted it this but some people do not!

Peter Miller29/03/2020 19:36:37
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Trivial Pursuit was in Radio Modeller sometime before Tequila sunrise. Tomorrow I will put theinformation and pictures on this thread

kc29/03/2020 19:37:08
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Trivial Pursuit is here on Outerzone.

Herri29/03/2020 19:57:44
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Thanks guys, interesting stuff.

Peter I did use your book as reference whilst constructing my version. Mine is probably over engineered 😎

Peter Miller29/03/2020 21:08:02
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Posted by Herri on 29/03/2020 19:57:44:

Thanks guys, interesting stuff.

Peter I did use your book as reference whilst constructing my version. Mine is probably over engineered 😎

Yours is much bigger than mine so any "over engineering" is probably a good idea.

Peter Miller30/03/2020 10:44:37
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Here is the story of TrivialPursuit etc.

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The 3 view

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A formation of Trivial Pursuits.

As a point of interest I got a letter from someone who had bought a S/H model from a model shop and won the club scale competition with it!!!

Ayear later (Nov 1990) I put this in "The Engine Bay

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and the photo of Cab Richarson's version

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Paul Marsh30/03/2020 10:53:29
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Wonder if the people who ran Paper Aviation are still alive. I know they retired and moved to Spain and just wondered if they are still around?

Herri30/03/2020 13:27:06
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I love the formation photo smiley

Some years ago I read a thread (RCMF I think) where someone said they had contatced Cab with regard to buying the rights/licence. Apparently he wasnt interested.

Anyway, I shall carry on. Glued the trailing and leading edges on today. Tomorrow, I'll plane/sand them and fit the tips.

Peter Miller30/03/2020 14:14:30
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Posted by Herri on 30/03/2020 13:27:06:

I love the formation photo smiley

Some years ago I read a thread (RCMF I think) where someone said they had contatced Cab with regard to buying the rights/licence. Apparently he wasnt interested.

Anyway, I shall carry on. Glued the trailing and leading edges on today. Tomorrow, I'll plane/sand them and fit the tips.

The formation picture was done before digital cameras and computers. A series of pictures of the same model with different numbers stuck on a big photo and rephotographed

Herri31/03/2020 14:08:05
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Fitted the leading edge, still needs a bit of final sanding. (Peter's book page 47) Balsa glued to ribs, sheeting added, then sanded flush. Leading edge added. Very strong and easy.

Trailing edge: bought stock.

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Need to finalise my tips. Not yet glued. May have to cut new ones.

Andy Stephenson31/03/2020 14:18:26
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I remember at the Woodspring Wings show watching Paul Heckles and Mike one of our local club members fly two Regal Eagles in a slow very close formation, a unique display never to be repeated.

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