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Reno Racer15/08/2019 20:31:14
1138 forum posts
168 photos

1/4 Scale Nieuport 17 built from a Balsa USA kit


John Laird17/08/2019 20:44:02
442 forum posts
57 photos

My Vagabond Senior is based on Bill Winter's 75" span Vagabond 1949 plan and his redesign for RC in 1981. It is scaled up by 50% to 112” span. Powered by a 500W brushless motor and 5000 4 cell Lipo.

The cerise red chiffon doped over mylar film turned out nicer than I thought it would.

The videos shows the maiden flights of both the 75" and the 112" span models. The wind and ground turbulence was higher than I would normally fly vintage in but I needed a proving flight before going to a flyin.

Photos show the breakdown for transport and storage. Carbon rods are used as joiners for the wings and to the fuselage. The white model is my 100" span Cumulus by Ben Shershaw.


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Build thread for the Vagabonds is here


Youtube videos are here. Mick Butler took the videos and more of his vintage videos can be viewed thru the links.



conrad taggart17/08/2019 22:49:30
106 forum posts
5 photos
Posted by Mark Agate on 07/07/2013 08:51:42:

Just about to head out with this for the first time: Hobbyking SPAD XIII, 700mm span

LIke th elook of that !

Mark Agate18/08/2019 10:35:27
146 forum posts
38 photos

I had a lot of fun with that SPAD back in 2013/14, until it was cruelly cut from the skies in a mid-air with an IC model. Sadly the kit is no longer made. However, the top wing panels live on in my version of the RCM&E Sticky. I chopped the centre out and rejoined the panels flat to use as an aileron wing, as they were just about the perfect size and section. It flies very well.sticky.jpg

Paul Marsh21/08/2019 19:41:41
4073 forum posts
1227 photos

Bugly Ugger.

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Chris Walby23/08/2019 21:41:13
1280 forum posts
315 photos

In a moment of weakness I went a bit electric!

Anyway it turned up promptly from Motion RC EU including the heavy duty U/C which fitted a treat.


Maiden was a complete non event with loads of power to get off the deck, couple of clicks on right aileron and it felt very stable.

1/2 flaps and only used 1/2 of our short runway to land. Decals to finish

Summary, despite its war bird wing loading (funny that!) it flies well and landed no trouble, but might bite if allowed to run out of airspeed.

Well done Motion RC for the P38L Lightning

Paul Marsh26/08/2019 21:42:28
4073 forum posts
1227 photos

Couple of new models. Hanger 9 Hellcat and unknown make of P-39. The P-39 has all gear to fly. OS 48 Surpass and Evolution 61 in the Hellcat. Seemed the P39 cowl is a different colour Looks like the film has faded, as it's matched under the wing seat and cowl.

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Alan Gorham_26/08/2019 22:10:14
1295 forum posts
145 photos

That P-39 looks a lot like a P-40!

Former Member27/08/2019 01:02:37
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Peter Miller27/08/2019 08:16:35
11227 forum posts
1321 photos
10 articles
Posted by Alan Gorham_ on 26/08/2019 22:10:14:

That P-39 looks a lot like a P-40!

thumbs upthumbs up

Paul Marsh28/08/2019 17:52:33
4073 forum posts
1227 photos

It is, must be autocorrect, That's what I meant.smiley

Ken Lighten29/08/2019 19:25:06
258 forum posts
42 photos


My latest build, a Sunbird 1.6 metre wingspan electric glider from a ‘cheap’ laser cut kit, an ‘interesting’ build!, there is now a version 2 of it that seems to have removed the really bad bits of the design (think I got it on eBay), flew it today in a bit of a breeze, really nice to fly


David Davis01/09/2019 07:22:25
3787 forum posts
729 photos

Last year I participated in "La Coupe Des Barons," a light-hearted competition for a French trainer dating from the early 1970s. Click on this link and scroll down to "Video Coupe 2018" to see the mayhem. **LINK** I competed with this model in spoof Russian WW1 colours built from a kit. I do not normally give my models names but I called this one "Boris."

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This year, using the kit plan but shortening the nose a bit to allow for the weight of an OS 52 Surpass, I built an inter-war RAF version, "Bertie." Bertie is 11 ozs or 300 grammes lighter than Boris but I've retained Boris in case I stuff-in Bertie whilst practicing for the event!

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However, the cowling on Boris needed replacing so rather than buying a cowling or modifying a food container I built my own. The front made from (6mm) ply, has similar dimensions to the firewall but I made it a few centimetres shorter. The underside is also made up of 6mm ply well ventilated with large holes, then some aluminium is bent over the structure and screwed into place. To me it looks as if I've re-engined the model with a Hispano Suiza! It's the first cowling I've ever built and I'm quite pleased with it.

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PS. The wing on the RAF version is not off centre but the yellow covering on the centre section is. I tend to get a bit impatient at the end of a build! I have subsequently added a little Solartex triangle to make the mistake look less obvious. Both models fly well and I'm off to La Coupe later in the week!

Edited By David Davis on 01/09/2019 07:23:43

Paul Marsh01/09/2019 15:14:35
4073 forum posts
1227 photos

Put the gear in a Yak 54 I bought at the Nats for £5. Bit tatty, but good enough for a hack, and had loads of spare servos, motor and esc to use up, might as well. Tactic 6ch radio.

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Erfolg02/09/2019 15:38:55
11782 forum posts
1340 photos

I am almost there, as with so much, not quite yet. I am hoping it will fly this year.



martin collins 102/09/2019 17:01:05
429 forum posts
199 photos

Wow nice job, Gee Bee model D, is that built from the old Coverite kit?

Erfolg02/09/2019 17:13:00
11782 forum posts
1340 photos


martin collins 102/09/2019 17:18:12
429 forum posts
199 photos

Been looking for one of those kits for a while now, nice to see one finished, glow or electric?

Nigel R02/09/2019 18:52:54
4012 forum posts
691 photos

Yes that looks great erfolg, nice job indeed.

Erfolg02/09/2019 20:15:29
11782 forum posts
1340 photos

Martin, the model is electric.

I have the windshield to fit yet and then a battery tray to make. For some reason the battery tray I had made has gone missing. I have looked high and low for it, it is not to be found. Yet possibly a month back I came across it and thought what is it doing here. But where is here?

I will make a new one.

Possibly the most pressing matter is doing a watt/ampage check. I have a 45 amp ESC, which may be OK, I have a 6200 4s Lipo. But until I have some values, I am not certain, in a ball park manner, the necessary ESC needed relative to the watts the set up will pull, or how many watts I need. Once all of this is confirmed, hopefully, I can estimate the Lipo size needed for a 6 minute flight (minimum). I once had all the estimates on a piece of old paper, now lost.

The head is the arming plug, as access to the inside is convoluted.

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