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The plan build article by Tony Nijhuis - 15/7/09

colin borthwick21/02/2007 20:14:00
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I am going to build the Vampire featured in the March issue of RCME.However I'd like to build it as a pusher, using an OS 26FS.There may be c of g problems but nothing that cant be sorted.I have never flown (or built) a pusher before, can I still hand launch it? I would think that the prop would want to take a bite at my arm on a hand launch.Can anyone advise?
Mike Rolls22/02/2007 16:30:00
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Tends to depend on where youhold it, how hard you launch it, and how big the prop is.

Tony Nijhuis23/02/2007 11:13:00
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Some 20 years when I design the Vampire Mk1, it was a pusher but I was always concerned about hand lanuching and the proximity of the prop. I flew the prototype for a few months and it worked well, but I always hand launched the model with a leather glove to be on the safe side. Needless to say I never received a 'bite' from the prop, but it was always a concern....That's why the Mk2 version and the recent plan went the conventional 'tractor' route

colin borthwick23/02/2007 11:47:00
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Thanks Mike, and thanks Tony,your advice is much appreciated.I am going to build it in pusher style.As you both suggest there are risks but I think that with care, I can avoid any nasties.I think looks wise,pusher is the way to go.I've just ordered & recieved your current Lanc. drawings by the way,Tony,and thats my next project after the Vampire.It looks quite an undertaking to complete,but hopefully it'll be finished in time for our local Town Hall show in Elgin in September.Thanks again. Colin.
Mike Rolls24/02/2007 06:39:00
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Best of luck, Colin - it's a nice looking model.
Marko26/02/2007 21:44:00
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hello, could you please let me know where i can buy the canopy for the vampire? my build is coming on a treat,nearly there,oh one more thing of which i found out to my cost ..depth perception is not funny, I put my nova trainer into a 70ft oak didnt get it back for weeks.totaly trashed.o well the joy of free plans!!!!
Tony Nijhuis27/02/2007 12:34:00
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They should be now availiable through the plans service so give them a call.

colin borthwick28/02/2007 19:22:00
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Mark,the Vampire canopy is available as Tony suggests,I got mine via the postman
today. Colin.
Allan Jordan01/03/2007 09:01:00
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Hi, colin. why not make a drop off u/cart.
we used the years ago on control line models.Your vampire would look much nicer as a pusher. best of luck with it colin.regards...Allan J
Marko01/03/2007 18:39:00
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could anyone let me know the plan service phone number? thanks
colin borthwick02/03/2007 17:03:00
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Hi Allan,that sounds like a decent idea,at least for the first few flights.Do you mean sort of like a trolley that the plane would lift of from? Mark,the phone number that you need is.........01689 899228/229. colin.
Allan Jordan04/03/2007 17:24:00
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Hi. colin. way back in time when the british
diesel was king on the flying field we used
to plug the u/cart into small diameter brass
tubes were which held in place in the belly part
of the fuselage with...WAIT FOR IT..
BALSA CEMENT!!!! regards Allan J TTFN
Jonathan Lewzey15/03/2007 11:12:00
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Why not fit a small set of retracts similar to the sets used on the GWS fighter series? That would save the problem of hand launching if you fitted big enough wheels and no one can deny retracts are the coolest scale feature!
Brian Woolard25/03/2007 17:31:00
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I used to fly the real things between 1951 and 1954, they
were like little kiddie-cars to fly, and were great fun.Went on to Venoms later and appreciated the extra "oomph"
from the Ghost engine... Would suggest that "puller"
engine is eminently safer, and would not really be all that
apparent when in the air. Best wishes and good luck!
country flier10/04/2007 21:10:00
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I bought the March 07 RCME at a Barnes & Noble for the Vampire plan. The simplicity of design is a huge draw. I'm thinking that building one with a .25 equivalent electric system might be interesting.

That simplicity is a common thread with the Venom Chris Golds did for RCME a couple years back along with the Nigel Hawes designs such as the Whizza. Mostly balsa too; about as good as it gets.
Marko25/06/2007 22:12:00
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has anyone have any reviews on the ATS FUN FIGHTERS as i now have a need for speed after seeing them at North Weald ta
Ian Jones16/07/2009 01:02:00
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3 of us had one each the only difference being in the serial numbers which we personalised. Based on an FB5 VT871. They looked great in the evening flying one behind the other. I know one has found a new home somewhere and another has been grounded for some time. I still fly mine - great fun.
Oooh, looks like I've posted this in the wrong discusion, sorry


Edited By Ian Jones on 16/07/2009 01:07:30

Phil Wood.16/07/2009 01:14:15
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Don't panic Ian, just post it where you want it to be and I'll delete this when you've done it.
I'll leave it until you've copied and pasted it to save you writing it all out again.

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