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Tony Bennett06/05/2012 10:33:58
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Picked up the plan for the control line version of this plane and decided to start building an r/c version.

Mdae a start on the fuselage sat 5th may and will see how we get on.

Edited By Tony Bennett on 06/05/2012 10:34:38

Tony Bennett06/05/2012 13:49:24
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fitting formers

Andy Ennis06/05/2012 14:00:12
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Looks good, I'll follow this thread with interest.

What size is it, and what do you intend to power it with, electric or glow?

Garry Pollard06/05/2012 16:00:12
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If you go IC, I will disown you Tony LOL

 

Garry

Edited By Garry Pollard on 06/05/2012 16:01:10

Alan Cantwell06/05/2012 16:54:41
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Saw one of these hanging up in thowd model shop, when i was at skoo, C/L, &4X AM 25s, LOVELY!!

Tony Bennett06/05/2012 17:19:46
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62" wingspan.

4 electric motors.

retracts.

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator06/05/2012 17:29:03
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As a kid I used to haunt Liverpool Airport - sitting on the viewing terrace (officially 3d to get in but the guy taking the money knew me after a while and used to let me go up free!) You could see loads of Viscounts, probably the most common type. And wow were they niosy! Almost unbearable to stand by while they were starting off. For ages I used to think that all aeroplanes made that discinctive screaming turbo-prop noise!

It would be nice to see one as a model.

BEB

Alan Cantwell06/05/2012 17:52:38
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same here at manchester, before designed for the job viewing platforms became terrorist missile platformsthinking

Tony Bennett06/05/2012 18:02:33
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i used to work in blyfleet right next to the vickers factory.

had all sorts flying from there.

mal brewer06/05/2012 18:30:48
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Posted by Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator on 06/05/2012 17:29:03:

As a kid I used to haunt Liverpool Airport - sitting on the viewing terrace (officially 3d to get in but the guy taking the money knew me after a while and used to let me go up free!) You could see loads of Viscounts, probably the most common type. And wow were they niosy! Almost unbearable to stand by while they were starting off. For ages I used to think that all aeroplanes made that discinctive screaming turbo-prop noise!

It would be nice to see one as a model.

BEB

Hi BEB,

you'll have seen a version of the model referred to above hanging in Steve Webb's for quite a while, his dad,Fred,built it. As a matter of interest,the designer of the prototype model came from not far from your location.His name was Maurice Bodey,and together with his brother Pete,founded the Heswall MAC,flying from the football field at Gayton Road.Heswall MAC is now known as Deeside MAC,and,as you know,fly at Sealand.Maurice designed many c/l models,and specialised in multi-engined types,such as the Dakota,Halifax,Black Widow,and Fokker Friendship.I used to go round to his house every wednesday night for a 'gab' and a cup of tea.He had a strange habit of not letting anybody see his models partly built,I used to sneak a look when he wasn't looking.He unfortunately died about 3 years ago,a sad loss and an out and out modeller....................Mal

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator06/05/2012 18:39:00
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Well you live and learn! I've heard of Maurice of course but I don't think I ever met him.

BEB

Tony Bennett06/05/2012 19:40:46
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fuselage is coming along.

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator06/05/2012 22:14:29
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Looking good Tony.smile

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Tony Bennett06/05/2012 22:35:12
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avtur06/05/2012 22:57:51
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Many happy memories of refueling the real thing. A bit of a pain compared with today's types ... there was no cross feed between tanks so had to set up two refueling lines and pump to both sides at same time. Park the fuel truck on one wingtip, near fueling point OK, but then far fueling point under belly and over the far side ... certainly a job that caused "a bit of a sweat" ... but happy memories none the less.

leccyflyer07/05/2012 08:46:05
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Posted by Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator on 06/05/2012 17:29:03:

As a kid I used to haunt Liverpool Airport - sitting on the viewing terrace (officially 3d to get in but the guy taking the money knew me after a while and used to let me go up free!) You could see loads of Viscounts, probably the most common type. And wow were they niosy! Almost unbearable to stand by while they were starting off. For ages I used to think that all aeroplanes made that discinctive screaming turbo-prop noise!

It would be nice to see one as a model.

BEB

Me too. Happy days. No doubt you'll remember old G-AMOG. Still got some Instamatic pictures around here somewhere.

Scrabbling around for bits of old, long dead airframes on the fire training ground, which was opened up during the Liverpool Airshow, is another memory.

Fred Webb's version of the C/L Viscount which hung up in the shop for years was very impressive and it would be great to see a radio version of that model take to the air.

Djay07/05/2012 09:37:15
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I remember working on these about 30 years ago, and having to buy a complete new set of Whitworth and BA spanners.

Still have them in my tool box.

If I remember they had chain driven flaps.

Darryl

Fun Flyer07/05/2012 11:20:01
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Very nice! Is this the "Aeromodeller" C/L plan you're modifying? I've always wondered why models of the Viscount are so rare or even non existant. Is it because of the wing shape? The Database in the current issue of "Aeroplane" features the Viscount.

Regards.

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator07/05/2012 12:22:50
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Hi Leccky,

yes happy days indeed. I lived in Garston in those day (1960's) so the airport was just 20min walk from my front door! I believe that G-AMOG is in a museum somewhere now - but I don't know where!

Another memory from there was Starways DC3's! The original "no frills" airline! And those telescope things you could put sixpence in and see the plane take off in "close up" - not that I often had sixpence unless my Dad was with me!

Anyway - we'd better behave ourselves or the other modes will be on us for "off track" posts! But isn't it great how in our hobby someone building a model can link in to so many other memories!

BEB

John Privett07/05/2012 12:58:36
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Once Tony's finished the Viscount I reckon he should build another 4-engined airliner of the same era - the Bristol Britannia.

And using that as a flimsy excuse, here's the only pic I can find from my occasional visits to the viewing gallery (RIP) at my local airport at the time, Newcastle.

Taken in about 1968 I reckon, there's a Viscount lurking in the background, a Dan Air DC3 in the middle and the Britannia at the front. BKS, the airline whose livery the Viscount and Britannia appear in here became a subsidiary of BEA a couple of years after this and was renamed Northeast. BEA, of course, later became part of BA. Excuse the quality of the pic, it's a scan from a 35mm contact print. I've probably got the original negative somewhere!

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