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Tony Clark15/09/2020 17:36:16
41 forum posts
12 photos

My SLEC Funfly, OS40FX powered.

Finally maidened last weekend only four years after completing the build!


Tony Clark15/09/2020 17:38:11
41 forum posts
12 photos


Caveman15/09/2020 21:15:13
314 forum posts
245 photos

Maidened my Vultee Vanguard today.


The maiden went well, and, unbeknown to me, one of our members videod the flight and produced a small video of the event.

Vultee Vanguard maiden

Unfortunately the next landing was very clumsy resulting in bent pins in the retracts and a dislodged vertical fin, all easily rectified (I hope) and she'll fly again soon!


Jeffrey Cottrell 219/09/2020 16:49:32
213 forum posts
33 photos

Hi guys

So much for quick build. Bought a Balsa Cabin mini-glider back in January. Idea being throw it together over the weekend and fly it the following week.

Well, best laid plans etc.

Finally finished it this week, hooray !


Looks pretty. If this wind ever lets up, might see how it flies.

Must mention Karl Jackson, who replied to my original post back in January, with loads of good ideas about the build, most of which I shamelessly pinched. Nice one Karl, thanks.


Keith Evans 321/09/2020 10:03:47
426 forum posts
268 photos

Yet another lockdown project .The Kamco Kadet .

It is 3 channel but I have built in provision to convert it to 4 channel if I want to at a later date .

It has an S.C.35 up front and. weighs 4lbs .

The plan says the C.G. should be at 39% M.A.C.

I've chickened out and balanced it at 25%.

A pal up the club said his would fly very nicely but had to put a pile of lead up the front .

I'm not sure when I'll get around to fly this as the flying site is in a lockdown zone so I cant travel to it and my own zone came under the same restrictions a few weeks later so I cant travel out of my zone even when they clear the flying site zone .By that time winter will be upon us .

I also have 3 other planes awaiting their Maidens .

Ah well there's nothing for it but just to build something else .

I'll need to start creating space soon .So is there any body interested in a 1/6th near scale "Bird Dog " ! ! !



EarlyBird21/09/2020 16:07:39
452 forum posts
327 photos

Maidened my Ballerina


Cheers beer


Manish Chandrayan22/09/2020 10:52:30
652 forum posts
74 photos

Sometimes simple models bring so much satisfaction. Finished and flown last Saturday. A Goldberg Gentle Lady.

Built from short kit parts, cannibalized hardware and finished leftover covering. Just needs some decals to improve the looks

An old Enya 09 III with a 8x4 prop on the nose to haul it aloft. Need to add some down thrust to the the engine and adjust the CG some more for a relaxed climb and flatter glide

gentle lady.jpg

trevor wood 222/09/2020 15:46:39
59 forum posts
56 photos

Back in January I maindened my own design "Me901" canard, which went surprisingly well and flew almost like a trainer.


Spurred on by this success, I decided my lockdown project would be another canard. I kept the proportions similar to the "901" but with the added sophistication of retracts and moveable rudders. The final result was a 'fantasy scale' P-15B Gnatsum. It weighs a fraction over 4 1/2 lbs with a 2200 4S and a 3548 brushless producing 450 watts.



The first couple of flight attempts were false starts during which the model refused to rotate and lift off. I reset the CG from 10% to 7% static margin, adjusted the thrust line to give a couple of degrees down thrust and mixed some aileron with elevator (aileron T/E up when stick pulled back). The net result of these changes was a model that actually flew this morning ( and more importantly) landed in one piece. The initial 30 seconds was a bucking bronco ride, which calmed down somewhat after I switched to low rates and managed to get some up trim on the elevator. At this point it was cruising around quite nicely on less than half throttle. Hopefully, flying shots will follow the next visit to the field.

Alan Gorham_22/09/2020 16:03:43
1339 forum posts
146 photos

Absolutely love your Gnatsum Trevor!

Denis Watkins22/09/2020 16:05:49
4649 forum posts
131 photos

That would sell as a kit Trevor

Get drawing.

Martin McIntosh22/09/2020 17:50:18
3576 forum posts
1231 photos

Brilliant looking. I have built a couple of o/d canards in the past and would definitely have a go at that if you can get the plans published.

extra slim22/09/2020 18:18:59
503 forum posts
49 photos

What a machine Trevor, love it. Great accomplishment

Manish Chandrayan22/09/2020 20:05:08
652 forum posts
74 photos

Any videos of the Me 901 and the P51 B? Love bothyes

Chris Walby22/09/2020 20:29:35
1350 forum posts
338 photos

Very nice one Trevor, any chance of getting a copy of the plans would be a fabulous bonus as after a bit of getting used to a canard they do fly well. And would make a great winter project IMO.



Edited By Chris Walby on 22/09/2020 20:31:14

Chris Walby22/09/2020 20:29:42
1350 forum posts
338 photos


Edited By Chris Walby on 22/09/2020 20:30:45

trevor wood 222/09/2020 21:34:26
59 forum posts
56 photos

Chaps, thanks for all your positive comments. When I commenced the build I didn't know whether it would actually work, but perhaps I got lucky. The working drawings are a bit 'ad hoc' on pieces of decorators lining paper, but with time on my hands I'll have a look at trying to refine them and put them on Aerofred so that others can have a go at canarding! With two more or less successful designs under my belt, I'm thinking that their might be room for one more, true scale design to wrap up the series. Kyushu J7W1 Shinden perhaps? 🤔 Watch this space.

Manish, I have a video of the Me901 on my iPad, but it's a case of "machine is smarter than operator" when it comes to posting it here. Any guidance appreciated.


Tony Richardson22/09/2020 21:56:15
657 forum posts
25 photos

Trevor if you are interested in a scale canard how about this one really unique and perfect for electric, I believe there are some drawings on Wikipedia.Now those are plans I would be really interested in.


trevor wood 222/09/2020 22:25:06
59 forum posts
56 photos

Tony, I thought I was a "total aviation person", to use a Roger Bacon's expression, but I have never heard of the FW42. I even did a Google search to check it wasn't a belated April Fool! An amazing design. If I ever do a twin it'll be on the short list together with the Libellula.

Andrew Price 222/09/2020 23:30:17
833 forum posts

Well Trevor!!

What a blast from the past. "Uncle Roger", "self loading cargo" et al. WOW!!

Stuart Quinn-Harvie 123/09/2020 01:42:56
117 forum posts
88 photos

I've been off the boil for a year or so, so I nailed this old thing together as a first post house-move project. It was designed for the old 600 brushed motors, but now it has the power system from an FMS Explorer aerobatic model in it. 20200922_223500.jpg


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