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Bristol Blenheim Mk1V

Long term design project

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Lindsay Todd22/04/2013 23:23:25
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Well although I still have a couple of projects on the building board, these are nearing completion and its time to start thinking about the next design. I have been working on this one on and off for the past few months so I have got well on with the basic design. It will be a long term project with an aim to be ready for this sort of time next year I guess.

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Based around 96" wing span for twin electric power with an all up weight of around 20-24lb (lighter would be nice but doubtful). Plans are now almost ready to committ to the cnc cutters in the next few weeks so will post occasional progress as things move forward. Putting this on here now hopefully committs me to getting on with it! Linds

Ton van Munsteren22/04/2013 23:45:36
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Linds,

What a great choice always loved the Blenheim, brings back memories of my visit maaaany years ago to Hendon if Iam not mistaken and talking to one of the guys there who did the restoration of the Blenheim which crashed because of pilot error.

Looking forward to the build the design is looking great.

Nice wingspan by the way.

Ton

Danny Fenton23/04/2013 11:07:34
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Fabulous choice Lindsay, will be interesting to follow along.

Cheers

Danny

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator23/04/2013 11:32:04
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Very nice Linds - will be watching out for this one.

BEB

Tim Hooper23/04/2013 22:47:23
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96"? That's going to be a serious chunk of aeroplane!

Watching with interest.....

tim

Lindsay Todd23/04/2013 23:07:33
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Thanks for the interest guys. The Bristol Blenheim has always been a favorite of mine. It's an aircraft that has a certain charm and character. When I came across the book 'Spirit of Britain First' by Graham Warner which covers the 20 year restoration project last year at a boot sale it sort of re kindled the idea of designing and building the model. At 96" it allows for some reasonable detail whilst not being too huge. The wing will break down into three sections, split just outside of the engine nacelles, this has required a small revison of the split flap detail for the scale purist but wins hands down on practicality as it can be stored with the centre section in situ.The biggest challenge I suspect is going to be accurately producing that distinctive greenhouse front end. Not yet sure weather to go down the vacuum form route or work from a series of ply laser cut interlocking profiles that can be glazed, its a challenge I can chew over for a while at the moment. Linds

Lindsay Todd09/06/2013 15:54:53
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Lindsay Todd09/06/2013 15:59:00
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Not sure why but editing causing a problem but progress has been made with the full size plan now completed and printed. Had to lay it out in the garden to see it all at once. The cad work is pretty much done and the files for the cnc cut parts has now been sent to Slec so hopefully not too long before parts start to show up and the serious work can start. Few weekends away now with Weston and Greenacres but once these are out the way I can hopefully get stuck into so serious building. Linds

Reno Racer09/06/2013 17:15:51
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Following this with interest; not enough good designs around for the workhorse aeroplanes such as this.

I do hope your project has huge sucess and rather hope it will give birth to a CNC pack and/or plan in RCME, so that lazier (and not enough spare time) persons, such as yours truely can build it.

Lindsay Todd09/06/2013 17:57:47
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much appreciated RR, in truth we are at step one of many, but I habbitually document my projects these days so anything is possible in the future. Linds

Lindsay Todd04/07/2013 22:38:30
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Not much progress to report yet on this project but this arrived in the post today

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Many thanks to Slec for being able to work with my drawings and a cracking set of parts now awaits a clean bench in a week or two. Linds

Tony Bennett04/07/2013 22:46:16
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outstanding sir

out standing.

Lindsay Todd04/07/2013 22:51:10
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We'll see Tony, it depends if they all go togther properley yet, still very pleased with what they have done and good quality timber too. Linds

Tony Bennett04/07/2013 22:53:42
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i have to hand cut all my bits.

they will fit like a glove i expect.

now get building sir.

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator04/07/2013 23:02:49
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Nice stuff Linds.

Will we see you Sunday?

BEB

Lindsay Todd04/07/2013 23:04:20
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Hope so, at Delyn on Saturday. Linds

Martyn K04/07/2013 23:05:09
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Following this...

Looks good:

Martyn

Kevin Fairgrieve05/07/2013 07:26:49
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Something different.

Watching with interest.

Kev

Stefan Hafner05/07/2013 08:26:53
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Should be a good one, will keep an eye on this build

Danny Fenton05/07/2013 10:57:00
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Sorry I never got a chance to look over the drawings at Greenacres Linds, should be a great build can't wait to see you get started.

Cheers

Danny

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