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Doug Campbell23/09/2020 18:52:39
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Thank you David.

I think this will be as formalised as it gets, it was always known for its non members.

maybe after the fly in things might change.


Peter Miller23/09/2020 18:57:57
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Yes, Tomorrow I will see if I can post the original text that I started the whole thing with in "The Engine Bay"

Martyn K23/09/2020 21:06:26
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That appeals to me as well.. I need a small winter chuckie...


Peter Miller24/09/2020 12:20:39
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Here is the original text describing the SMA


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sma logo.jpg

Graham Davies 324/09/2020 12:32:31
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That brings back memories Peter. Brilliant.

I very much aligned to small models back then, but that meant a 25-size ceiling to me. I still love the toddlers, but accept that my rusty thumbs and ageing reactions are not ideal partners...

However, my next planned project should fit the original remit; 36" DR-1. Sucker for punishment? Me?


Paul C.24/09/2020 12:50:13
693 forum posts
164 photos

I have a old 1.5 PAW no rc carb looking for a home, interested to see what others are looking at. It's going to be a long winter I suspect so a nice little build project would be nice 👍

Alan Gorham_24/09/2020 12:54:58
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146 photos

I think I'll build a Lazy Bee for my PAW 149 r/c. I can also put it on floats to fly at waterplane events.

Hoping it turns out as nice as this example I found on the tinterweb...

lazy bee on floats.jpg

Edited By Alan Gorham_ on 24/09/2020 12:56:09

Paul C.24/09/2020 13:17:21
693 forum posts
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Just been looking at the Lumpers but the wingspan is 48 inches 😯 too big by 8 inches, keep looking 😨

Alan Gorham_24/09/2020 13:21:58
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146 photos

What about the 32" span SE5 plan by someone called "D.Boddington" (never heard of the chap....).

David used a Mills 1.3 unthrottled but an old PAW 149 would be good too?

Plan downloadable here:


Edited By Alan Gorham_ on 24/09/2020 13:22:33

Peter Miller24/09/2020 13:28:21
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I don't think that we need really limit the size too rigidly,It is more a state of mind.

I have got to say that because I am building a 45 " span model for very small electric motors or an .049 glow!!!

I just dug through my large collection of baseball caps and...Guess what!! I just found my old SMA baseball cap!!!

By the way the 45" span size allows "The Ohmen" to qualify!!laugh

Paul C.24/09/2020 13:32:48
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164 photos

I think I would be better off with a slightly more robust model 😂 as nice as the SE5 is it would be a little fragile in my hands 😨.

kc24/09/2020 13:58:05
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The Ohmen pullout plan from RCME actually measures 47.5 inches, so you would need to build a clipped wing version to get to 45........ Maybe leave off the wing tips?

J D 824/09/2020 14:27:35
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87 photos

Fun Gus

Fun Gus.

My SMA type model built twenty four years ago. Fuselage is based on Peter Miller's Peanuts design. . Something of a bitsa with tail from Mercury Monarch C/L model and 42 inch wing from my second RC model of long ago.sam_1766.jpg

Has been powered by several OS 15.'s Built for rough field flying and cope with windy conditions. I made the wing seat area extra strong and the nose some what sacrificial [ It is on its third nose the rest having survived an impact with the trunk of a large tree that sent the LA 15's crank out the backplate.]

I wanted it to be as aerobatic as possible on 3ch and it will do multiple flick roll type manoeuvres [ Hairybatics I call them ] and end over end tumbles. Fun Gus is a bit more than 2lbs these days but still does its thing.

kevin b24/09/2020 15:18:48
1934 forum posts
152 photos

Here you are chaps. A cleaned up copy of Peter's logo for you to download and put on your models (where appropriate). You may need to resize it.

sma logo 2.jpg

kevin b24/09/2020 15:26:24
1934 forum posts
152 photos

We have the ideal SMA flying field.

About 4 acres of field with a high security MOD base behind us. In front a water treatment plant and stone walls at either side approximately 120 metres apart.

Plenty to concentrate the mind when taking off / landing !

The website needs some more work !

Ron Gray24/09/2020 15:44:10
2378 forum posts
965 photos

I remember building the Roaring 20, all balsa kit. 20" was powered by a Tee Dee 20,RCS Guidance System Mk2 with Elmic Compact giving rudder and kick up elevator.


Plan on OZ


Edited By Ron Gray on 24/09/2020 15:44:32

Bob Cotsford24/09/2020 16:43:43
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494 photos

I must be ahead of the curve for once, I bought this Ministick lazer cut kit from Kits123123 (Wayne) off Ebay a couple of weeks ago.

Microstick parts.jpg

which should result in this 30" Stick


I also have a Galahad kit sitting on the sideboard waiting to be built.

Then there's the Blink


Edited By Bob Cotsford on 24/09/2020 16:46:19

Robin Colbourne24/09/2020 16:54:59
698 forum posts
17 photos

Kevin b,

Thank you for posting the SMA logo, I was only thinking last night that it would be nice to have it in a downloadable form for printing.


Alan Gorham_24/09/2020 17:23:04
1339 forum posts
146 photos

The thought has just struck me that if Doug settles on a date for this event we could run a (small) mass build thread now there is a dedicated section for small models on the forum?

Any qualifying small model would be in and the aim would be to fly as many of the finished models as possible at the fly-in?

martin collins 124/09/2020 17:42:03
461 forum posts
207 photos

Big Thumbs up to Wayne`s lazer cut kits, plan downloaded from outerzone, he cut me the parts for my Jodel, 38" span on a small motor and a 3s 1250mah battery, i can get 3 6 minute flights out of one pack.yes


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