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Jeffrey Cottrell 222/05/2020 21:48:31
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Hi Guys

Current issue of RCME, Switch On section has a photo of Andrew Boddington with some models.

Bottom left hand corner is a very pretty looking small aerobat.

Is this a Boddington design, and if so, where could I get a plan?

Thanks

Jeff

kc24/05/2020 17:59:40
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Nobody else has replied yet! I have not seen the magazine so I can only suggest you look through the Boddington designs on Outerzone and see if it is there -- perhaps start by looking at Mini Tarka which fits your description of very pretty looking small aerobat.

John Lee24/05/2020 18:39:40
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The photograph originally appeared as the front cover of the January 1968 edition of the RCM&E. The model in question is described in the caption as an 'experimental low winger, which employs aileron & elevator control on galloping ghost'.

I don't recall it ever being published.

Bob Cotsford24/05/2020 19:44:46
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I tried a google image search for David Boddington and filtered for Outerzone but there was nothing like that one. It looks like a pretty typical aerobatic design of the early 70s, perhaps based on something like the Orion, KwikFly or Tiger Tail.

Jesus Cardin24/05/2020 19:59:47
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I also had a look when Jeffrey posted his request and found nothing nor at Outerzone nor at Sarik Hobbies searching for Boddington as designer.

Jeffrey Cottrell 224/05/2020 20:45:48
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Hi Guys, thanks

John

I can't remember what I had for lunch yesterday. Quite how you recalled a 32 year old magazine cover is beyond me. Anyway, that's the one and I think you are right about it not being published, ho hum.

KC

Actually built a Mini Tarka, back when Methuselah's dog was a puppy. Flew a treat but more of a pylon racer than an aerobat. Thanks anyway.

Bob and Jesus.

Had a look on Outerzone myself. 4 pages of Boddo's designs, over 80 in total, but nothing like the one I saw. Nearest was probably 'Roof Raiser' but that's much smaller.

Anyway, worth a try. thanks again all

Jeff

john stones 124/05/2020 20:53:43
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you got a picture of the picture ?

John Lee24/05/2020 20:59:23
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I found a further reference to the model in a subsequent 'Single Channel Chatter' column written by David Boddington. He christened the model 'Golden Arrow' and it was powered by a Cox 15, span 50in, chord 8in plus full span ailerons of 3/4in.

It made 3 flights all with issues around the then novel use of galloping ghost radio on ailerons (a precursor to modern radio systems where the control surfaces flap at different rates to give control).

On the last flight '...off went the Golden Arrow true to its name as straight as a die. Unfortunately it was only maintaining height by the use of full up elevator . The disadvantage of using a high performance non throttle valve motor became apparent when, with the model at about 15-20 feet the Cox 15 suddenly peaked up, causing a nose down attitude of the model. When you are already holding on full up elevator what else can you do -? Just walk over and pick up the pieces!'

The end piece was '..other urgent projects preclude my further investigations at the moment'.

John Lee24/05/2020 21:06:13
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golden arrow.jpeg

Jeffrey Cottrell 224/05/2020 21:21:27
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Hi John

Thanks for the extra info. Sounds pretty conclusive that it never made it to a plan. No worries.

I have a plan for a Tweety Bird by Joe Bridi, a Mini Kosmo kit on the way, and even downloaded a plan for a Curare 20 by Hannu Prettner, so I'm not stuck for mini F3A vintage styles.

Cheers

Jeff

P.S. Do recall from a long time back someone flying Galloping Ghost on rudder. He managed to land in a duck pond wherein the model happily paddled itself to the bank.

J

john stones 124/05/2020 21:41:38
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He did a similar one, nicer shape to fuzz and semi symmetrical wing section, called Red Arrow, nice model had one myself.

PatMc24/05/2020 22:09:44
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It's a sort of copy of a scaled down Kraft Kwik Fli.

kc25/05/2020 10:57:16
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One place nobody mentioned is one of Boddingtons earlier books had plans printed in the A5 size book, worth a look if you find a copy. Try Outerzone's online book section.

Red Arrow is Plan No RC1128 44 inch span.

Flea Fli is the scaled down Kwik Fli and was a free plan some time back. The best substitute? Also there is a 10 percent larger plan available somewhere.

Bob Cotsford25/05/2020 11:10:27
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There also the Pilot QB20L that looked very similar to the Boddo design but a shade larger for pre-schnurle 20s. I had one fitted with a Taijet (?) 25, easy build, looked ok and flew brilliantly. The plan is on Outerzone iirc.

Phil Green25/05/2020 14:25:25
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You could always ask Andrew, he's very approachable smiley

│ Posted by Jeffrey Cottrell 2 on 24/05/2020 21:21:27:
│ P.S. Do recall from a long time back someone flying Galloping Ghost on rudder.
│ He managed to land in a duck pond wherein the model happily paddled
│ itself to the bank.

Love that story Jeff!   We're flying Galloping Ghost again, great fun!

 

 

Edited By Phil Green on 25/05/2020 14:29:59

Jesus Cardin25/05/2020 17:00:18
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When I see that type of flying control, I can´t avoid thinking of a massive flutter on the tail!

Dad_flyer25/05/2020 17:07:12
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Posted by Phil Green on 25/05/2020 14:25:25:

Love that story Jeff! We're flying Galloping Ghost again, great fun!

I had my Mayfly out this morning. Electric and not galloping ghost though devil. But it is tissue and dope.

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