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Graham Ashby 12316/01/2007 22:05:00
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Just thought you might all like to know about the latest Nijhuis plan that's currently in the making for RCM&E. We were so delighted with the smaller .25-size Spit' that was published in the RCM&E Special a few months ago (copies still available, by the way!) that we managed to twist Tony's arm and get him to design a bigger one. Aye, and it looks as if it's going to be a cracker. If all goes well and it performs as expected, a good 61 four-stroke should do the trick - It's just over 60" span I believe. We're not counting our chickens until it's flown and been thoroughly tested, but Tony's quietly optimistic. Will keep you posted.
nasa_steve17/01/2007 18:56:00
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hi graham
well if tony's track record is anything to go by then it'll fly very well indeed and if he decides to kit it i might be tempted to part with some cash it'll be nice with an electric motor up front!!!
regards
nasa(aka steve sales)
Graham Ashby 12318/01/2007 20:48:00
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It's certainly light enough; looks very true to scale, too. My estimate, knowing how Tony works, is that it'll be ready for a test flight in just a few weeks.
Tony Nijhuis20/01/2007 00:28:00
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Er days I hope!!!!
geoff dales20/01/2007 09:12:00
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is the model fitted with retracts at 60 inches it sounds big enough fot light weight mechanical units
Graham Ashby 12320/01/2007 11:32:00
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Geoff, yes it is fitted with mechanical retracts, and oleo legs. Saw it last night and the old lad has surpassed himself... it's an absolute cracker. Got the wingspan slightly wrong, it's 63".
Chris Day20/01/2007 11:48:00
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All you guys seem to be scratch builders, can anyone advise where I can get hold of the site address for the plans service
geoff dales20/01/2007 11:54:00
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it might be an idea if rcme was able to supply or stear the builder to the correct place to buy the retracts. here in deepest lincolnshire there seems to be a great shortage of model shops that can supply specalist items without having to wait months for them
JohnnyB20/01/2007 11:59:00
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Hi Everyone, Well its really great to actually see the new web-site up and running at last.For so long now its been really frustrating to have such a fantastic magazine in RCM&E - but no decent up to date website.
Just one question for now - Will the site be expanded to include the extensive Plans range so that we'll be able to browse and order on-line? Well Done RCM&E.
Graham Ashby 12320/01/2007 12:11:00
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Hello chaps. Chris, the plans service can be contacted on 01689 899200. As for the retracts Geoff, already sorted, we'll be providing the contact details alongside the article when it appears. Thanks for your comments John, yes plans will eventually be available to view and purchase on the site. Not yet sure how long that's going to take, though.
JohnnyB20/01/2007 12:53:00
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Thanks Graham - that was an unbelievably quick reply!.
I've just been reading through my Feb issue of RCM&E, and particularly Alex Whittakers Weekenders article "on a bender" where he mentions the great little DU-BRO tube bender for "under a tenner". Looks like an indespensible piece of kit!! Hav'nt been able to locate any dealer stocking it on the internet, however. Anyone with any idea's? - just got to have one!!
PS. Count me in as a life long member of The Alex Whittaker Fan Club - your articles are always First Class.
Mark Millward20/01/2007 16:47:00
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Help! Did Alex Whittaker do an article on the Galahad with ailerons. I would realy like to build one
Mark
Mark Barnes20/01/2007 18:02:00
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Well I'm just in the process of builing the Mk9 from the plans in the Special mag. It,s my first plan build for the past 20 years, so it's been a great experience to getting back into the building frame of mind. A great plan with good clear and helpfull instructions. I've decided to put in an old OS Max 40FP, it fits, nicely, I just hope its not going to be too overpowered. I am also going back to dope and tissue covering. re-kindle my old skills. Does any one know how I could fit an undercarriage to this model, as I think it would benefit from one.
John Sparkes21/01/2007 13:45:00
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Hi Graham, nice to see the web site up and running. I missed the Special Mag. when it was issued, could you tell me how to get a copy, as I would like to build the Mk 9 Spit.
Allan Jordan21/01/2007 14:05:00
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If the new website does allow me to check
out a plan online I for one will be delighted. Iv'e got my fingers crossed!
Jon Sales21/01/2007 14:15:00
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Hi Guys,
Just thought i'd rear my ugly head and see what this new websites about.
Must say i'm impressed.

Keep up the good work!

I'll add some piccy's soon.

Regards,
Jon.
David Ashby - Moderator21/01/2007 14:39:00
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Mark, an 40 size engine in the Spit would be a bit big, perhaps a 30 as a max. Tony's model bombed along on a 25. Retracts would add weight and the model is a bit small for them in truth although it wouldn't be impossible to fit.
Mark Barnes21/01/2007 18:10:00
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Thanks David, I was thinking of putting possibly a 9" prop on my 40 engine, to try and reduce thrust, any other ideas welcome!!
I was also thinking of fitting a fixed under carriage, I just think the model would suffer by landing on it's belly.
David Ashby - Moderator21/01/2007 19:01:00
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Mark, Graham and I have been flying the prototype on and off this winter and as it's a pretty light model it hasn't suffered any probs from belly landing. It looks better on low fly-bys without anything hanging down too :-)

Pete Brown21/01/2007 19:20:00
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AS one of the first people to Hand launch the spit and see it in flight before it was published I can say it was easy to get under way and had plenty of power with the engine it had. Fitting a bigger one would over do it I think. Pete

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