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Geoff S22/10/2020 22:11:56
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Neil Gillies, who runs iGull is a good supplier. I've dealt with him for various things over the years (even some software to change the name on my Multiplex 3030) so I'd be quite confident any CNC parts he supplies will be of good quality. I have a set for a competition 2m eglider designed by a club member which I really should build!

After reading this it's making me think of refurbishing my own Flair SE5a. It's the 3rd or 4th model I ever built and I fitted an OS52 Surpass. I don't recall the build being very tricky apart from fitting the curved fuselage top between the cabanes. It flies very well but it's years since it took to the air..

If I do start a refurb I'll change a few things. Convert to electric (I have a suitable motor in stock); have separate aileron servos; change the top wing mount to be more like my DB Moths and similarly the interplane strut attachment. The main disadvantage of the Flair SE5a is the long-winded assembly at the field and adopting the DB methods will overcome that.

Geoff

Edited By Geoff S on 22/10/2020 22:12:45

Daniel Cardona23/10/2020 05:27:33
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Posted by Geoff S on 22/10/2020 22:11:56:

Neil Gillies, who runs iGull is a good supplier. I've dealt with him for various things over the years (even some software to change the name on my Multiplex 3030) so I'd be quite confident any CNC parts he supplies will be of good quality. I have a set for a competition 2m eglider designed by a club member which I really should build!

After reading this it's making me think of refurbishing my own Flair SE5a. It's the 3rd or 4th model I ever built and I fitted an OS52 Surpass. I don't recall the build being very tricky apart from fitting the curved fuselage top between the cabanes. It flies very well but it's years since it took to the air..

If I do start a refurb I'll change a few things. Convert to electric (I have a suitable motor in stock); have separate aileron servos; change the top wing mount to be more like my DB Moths and similarly the interplane strut attachment. The main disadvantage of the Flair SE5a is the long-winded assembly at the field and adopting the DB methods will overcome that.

Geoff

Edited By Geoff S on 22/10/2020 22:12:45

It all depends what he offers as a Kit, if the wing ribs only for example or a complete kit, will see and decide from there. does every model club in UK is converting to electric nowadays?

Trevor Crook23/10/2020 08:19:29
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Daniel, I got my father-in-law to build my SE5 structure, I did the covering and installation. I don't remember him having problems with the formers, I'll see if I can find the plan to remind myself what is shown!

Both clubs I am in are 90% electric power, I ditched the oily stuff about 10 years ago. For traditional "club" sized models I find electric power to have far more advantages than downsides, unless operating a model engine is part of the hobby for you. I like to just get on and fly!

Glenn Philbrick23/10/2020 18:40:58
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I have a set of wing ribs for a puppeteer from igull and they are really good quality. It will be my winter project as I have the original plans.

Maurice Dyer23/10/2020 18:54:34
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I don't want to rub it in, but being an Flair SE nerd, I have two kits: complete with wheels, guns etc.

I have one flying (O.S 52) flying and im building an electric one now. You can get a set of ribs and plywood parts from fleabay. And if you want the plan I will send you one. The rest (apart from cabanes) is cut balsa/ pky.

Cheers

Maury

Daniel Cardona23/10/2020 18:58:50
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Does anyone knows if Igull makes also the fuselage formers etc , apart from the wing ribs?

regards

Daniel

Daniel Cardona23/10/2020 20:13:29
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Bdw guys, I know it’ out of subject but since there are many of you who love the the Flair brand I couldn’t resist the temptation to share it with you.

here is the review of the Flair Fokker D7 from RCME June 1994.

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the model was very well loved and with a whopping price of £78.95.
happy days.

regards

daniel

Geoff S23/10/2020 20:29:57
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I think my Flair SE5a was about £80 or just under back in 1995/6 when I was just getting into aeromodelling after I took the proverbial early bath from work I think the OS52 Surpass I fitted was around £150.

Geoff

dave parnham23/10/2020 20:37:11
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i loved my D7 also built with the same colour scheme too.

I Just watched a flair baronette go on ebay this afternoon my bid of £87 soon sky rocketed to £160 blush

dave

Daniel Cardona23/10/2020 21:21:14
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Posted by dave parnham on 23/10/2020 20:37:11:

i loved my D7 also built with the same colour scheme too.

I Just watched a flair baronette go on ebay this afternoon my bid of £87 soon sky rocketed to £160 blush

dave

Haha I also bid for that same flair baronette , I was at work a bid up to £107 but I was quickly outbidded. I lost interest a saved the money for another opportunity.

Rob Fairweather 124/10/2020 11:12:50
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Posted by Maurice Dyer on 23/10/2020 18:54:34:

I don't want to rub it in, but being an Flair SE nerd, I have two kits: complete with wheels, guns etc.

I have one flying (O.S 52) flying and im building an electric one now. You can get a set of ribs and plywood parts from fleabay. And if you want the plan I will send you one. The rest (apart from cabanes) is cut balsa/ pky.

Cheers

Maury

And I've got a set of cabanes/ undercarriage wires and ABS mouldings sat here brand new. And the decal set 

Edited By Rob Fairweather 1 on 24/10/2020 11:13:38

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