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PWLT17/10/2020 22:16:38
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Hi

Long story short - I built this model as a teenager nearly 40 years ago. It's been in various attics ever since but never flown. I now have the time to get back into RC and thought it would be fun to renovate this model and get it back into flying condition. (Yes, I know there are far easier ways but I'm still nostalgic about this model).

Whilst I'm comfortable with the practical side of making it airworthy again I can't for the life of me remember anything else about it. It's not exactly the best-looking aircraft but I guess I'm just sentimental!

So, my question is simply, what is it? Does anyone else remember this from the early 80s? I now call it "The Tug" as I seem to remember it was advertised as a tug and/or camera platform. It is approx 68" span and almost all of its construction is thin ply over foam. (Fast build at the time I guess).

Any information, a name, manufacturer and, at a stretch, any build documentation would be gratefully received!

Many thanks in advance

Regards to all.

Pete

simon barr18/10/2020 08:19:56
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Without a picture, the only model I can remember from the 80s designed as a camera platform around that wingspan, was something called a Hercules (I think)... Can't remember which manufacturer.

Peter Miller18/10/2020 08:28:01
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I remember the Hercules. All foam and veneer. I reviewed if for RCM&E. Not bad but a bit high on wing loading.

Martin Harris18/10/2020 12:11:36
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How about showing us a picture of it?

PWLT18/10/2020 17:38:11
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Posted by Martin Harris on 18/10/2020 12:11:36:

How about showing us a picture of it?

Doh! I thought I had included 2 pictures but they don't appear to have been saved. I've clearly failed to understand how the forum software manages picture attachments. I'll try and find how this works now.

I call it The Tug

I call it The Tug

In the mean time, hopefully a link to Google Photos will work.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/JnHK9DUP7F8MfD6LA

https://photos.app.goo.gl/BRa4jhhFG8A2nu3X8

Thanks again and regards to all.

Pete

 

Edited By PWLT on 18/10/2020 17:53:25

david cowley18/10/2020 18:20:36
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Hi, I recall that the model (Hercules) was produced by Castle Models from Bolsover in Derbyshire. The designers were members of the Chesterfield club but I don’t recall their names

PWLT18/10/2020 21:37:43
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Posted by Peter Miller on 18/10/2020 08:28:01:

I remember the Hercules. All foam and veneer. I reviewed if for RCM&E. Not bad but a bit high on wing loading.

Many thanks Peter, I don't suppose you recall the year/month/edition of RCM&E in which your review was published do you? I'm hoping I could track down a back issue somewhere.

Fingers crossed!

Pete

PWLT18/10/2020 21:38:43
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Posted by david cowley on 18/10/2020 18:20:36:

Hi, I recall that the model (Hercules) was produced by Castle Models from Bolsover in Derbyshire. The designers were members of the Chesterfield club but I don’t recall their names

Good info - many thanks David!

Peter Miller19/10/2020 08:44:11
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Posted by PWLT on 18/10/2020 21:37:43:
Posted by Peter Miller on 18/10/2020 08:28:01:

I remember the Hercules. All foam and veneer. I reviewed if for RCM&E. Not bad but a bit high on wing loading.

 

Many thanks Peter, I don't suppose you recall the year/month/edition of RCM&E in which your review was published do you? I'm hoping I could track down a back issue somewhere.

Fingers crossed!

Pete

I have found the review but RCM&E didn't put the date on the bottom of the pages in those days.

I can scan the two pages and email them to you if you PM your email address.

I see that it carried my Konica SLR with built in motor wind camera with ease.

Just seen that the date was January 1983

Edited By Peter Miller on 19/10/2020 08:45:19

Edited By Peter Miller on 19/10/2020 08:47:59

PWLT19/10/2020 09:32:11
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>>I have found the review but RCM&E didn't put the date on the bottom of the pages in those days. I can scan the two pages and email them to you if you PM your email address.<<

That's amazing! Thank you very much indeed Peter, it's really good of you!

I'll PM my email to you now.

Best wishes

Peter

Peter Miller19/10/2020 10:39:10
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All done now.

Stick a camera in it it is easy.

kc19/10/2020 12:06:14
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Be very wary of any electronics left in the model whilst stored in the attic. Especially look at the switch harness for black wire corrosion. Nicads should be discarded too.

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