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Martin Blake26/07/2020 19:42:37
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Hello all i'm new to the forum and wanted to know what you think of my idea .

Im returning back to the hobbie after years . Now im 40 and want to take on a project. when my grandfather died i recived a mills .75 that he purchased in 1957. I remember when i was a child strapping it to the garden gate and starting it up with my fathers assistance. And letting it run until the gate shook to bits. So in his memory i want to build a free flight that he used to build but with rc control. I was looking at converting a Keil Kraft Gipsy . Was thinking vintage style with a twist i understand that it will need a bit more strength. But was thinking the wing span and should be good for this size motor . What do you think?

Nigel Dell27/07/2020 06:11:56
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Hi Martin

Something like the Vic Smeed Tomboy would be good with that engine and lightweight gear, I have a free flight one.

They were used in a duration competition so you may find later issued plans with the rc mods done but it is not hard to do.

Or have a look at other Vic Smeed designs there are some crackers out there, one of my favourites is the Miss 38.



paul d27/07/2020 07:59:01
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How about a Vic Smeed "Gamine"? it was a free plan in the magazine a while back, a superb performer and perfect for your engine.

I've built one, rudder only and using a Irvine mill's.


J D 827/07/2020 08:48:52
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Another design for the Mills'75 is the Veron Cardinal from the Vintage model works. Mine is flown RC with rudder and a small trimming elevator.small planes

Jim Carss27/07/2020 09:10:04
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gipsy.jpgGo for it Martin,this is mine with OS20 up front

Nigel Dell27/07/2020 09:12:40
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Nice one Jim!👍🏻

Jim Carss27/07/2020 09:13:29
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John T27/07/2020 11:19:20
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Hi Martin,

The size of the KK Gypsy should be fine for the mills, but by the time you've strengthened the nose a bit to mount the engine you might find it a touch nose heavy. Just make sure you can move the radio equipment about a bit to compensate if need be.

As Jim said, go for it!

Martin Blake27/07/2020 11:54:24
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They all look great 👍 . Jim how does she fly ? I have one avalible thats why i was thinking this design was just worried about the weight . I May have to build them all then choose . Think it will be a toss up between Vic smeed and gipsy

Engine Doctor27/07/2020 11:54:51
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The Vic Smeed Mamselle is ideal for the Mills and lightweight 2 channel radio . Planes available on OuterZone as are many other model types . Good luck and let us know what you decide on and some pics of the build ?

Richard Clark 227/07/2020 12:14:33
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Posted by Martin Blake on 27/07/2020 11:54:24:

They all look great 👍 . Jim how does she fly ? I have one avalible thats why i was thinking this design was just worried about the weight . I May have to build them all then choose . Think it will be a toss up between Vic smeed and gipsy

The Gipsy as standard is far too lightly constructed near everywhere for a Mills point 75

And it's a bit short on wing area by the time you've added the weight of the engine plus the rc and its battery.

Peter Miller27/07/2020 12:19:35
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Vinatge models do a Vero Cardinal kit.This was my very first power model back in 54 with an oringinal Mills. .75


Easy enough to fit a singeservo in that or even two.

J D 827/07/2020 13:04:59
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My Veron Cardinal pictured above and here  is a Phil Smith design and fly's well with a P75 This is a Vintage Model Works kit and comes with some alternative parts for rc use and suggestions for conversion on the plan.

One thing I did not go with was the bottom hatch for radio access as I felt this would be an area for oil to get in. RC access is in under the wing in traditional way.

Carry's two 9g servos, mini rx and standard 4 cell rx pack aloft no problem.sam_1633.jpg

Edited By J D 8 on 27/07/2020 13:05:51

Graham Davies 327/07/2020 13:17:40
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Plus one for the Cardinal. I taught myself to fly on one with a PAW80 up front and 2 mini servos. It flew great, and the 2 minute flights were great for building my confidence before losing my concentration.

Jim Carss27/07/2020 14:20:49
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The Gipsy was built three yrs. ago and still has not been flown,the model is scaled up to 58" span.

I have a thing regarding vintage models,just checked the hangar and have hanging up -------------------------

Two Veron Cardinals,a scaled down KK Falcon ( 66" ) a 72" Buzzard Bombshell and a scaled up Redskin from a Peter Holland plan,I scaled it up on a length of old wall paper and have now called it Vymura.

One of these days i may get down to the patch and give them an airing..

Gipsy was a nice easy build if I remember correctly.

Richard Harris27/07/2020 16:21:39
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I have two, one in a FF Tom boy and the other in a Vic Smeed Coquette with 2 channel operation, here it is flying a few years ago:

Martin Blake03/08/2020 22:36:13
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Thanks for all you feed back I decided to go for the Vic smeed Tomboy. It makes sense that's what the motor was intended for .

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