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Aircraft Workshop: Learn to Make Models That Fly (Learn to Make Models)

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Tony Patman13/03/2007 10:08:00
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Is or has anyone else here used this book? I am building the Micro-T aircraft from it. The book is a superb introduction: very practical.
thomas owen06/04/2007 19:17:00
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I am in the process of building brian tailors version of the hawker typhoon and am having problems setting up the flaps.If there is anyone out there that has built this model I would grateful for some help
Allan Jordan06/04/2007 22:02:00
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Hi.Tony, Iv'e never heard of this book, where did you get it? Allan J TTFN
Tony Patman11/05/2007 10:20:00
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I got the book from Amazon, I think.
Ian Lloyd11/05/2007 12:48:00
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I got this book from Amazon... It's great.. For the total noob, it gives 3 different versions of the instructions..

1 Straight talking , no nonsense instructions
2 Why do we do this - layman version
3 Explanation of why...

Lots of pictures, and plans you can Photocopy and Iron on....

Tony Patman11/05/2007 13:51:00
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Glad to discover that I'm not the only one, Ian. Have you built any of the models yet? I'm approaching finishing the Micro T (needs installation of radio gear and engine, balancing and covering).
Ian Lloyd11/05/2007 16:37:00
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Not started building yet, as I only got the book a couple of weeks ago, and I am still 'pre-reading', and getting all the supplies I am going to need. I am starting from scratch... So my local model shop is doing rather well out of me at the moment!! (don't tell the wife though!) I thought I might miss out the Gliders and start with the Piper, rubber powered model...
Chris Collins12/05/2007 14:02:00
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Hi Tony,

I got the book as a free gift when subscribing to RCME and I must admit that I am very tempted to make the Micro-T one of my future projects. Out of interest, where did you get the tail boom from?

Good luck with the build, please let us know how it flies!!!

Tony Patman14/05/2007 12:10:00
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I went straight for the Micro T. I may live to regret this, but...

It's a curious aircraft and, having almost completed it now, I have to say that the "Bushwhacker" project starting now in RCM&E looks easier and cheaper to build. The Micro T, however, is at a reasonable level for a novice with a bit of existing nous (like wot I think I am). I'm sure my aircraft is far from perfect: the bottom hatch is a bit too big, I've got work to do to make the wing sit straight and balance, and I'm still not sure whether I am supposed to try to introduce some side- and down-thrust when I attach the engine.

The tail boom was a challenge to find. To cut a long story short, I got it from an ebay supplier: Make sure you ask for him to select a perfectly straight tube, and to bind it to a piece of wood or something for transit: our first attempt resulted in an aluminium banana which I refused at my door, and this was undoubtedly the carrier's fault.

It would be good if we Micro T builders could use this thread to confer, as it does have its peculiarities and I could have saved myself some time if I had had someone with whom I could discuss before.
andrew27/06/2007 19:25:00
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I just got the book in the past few months and just about ready to get started on the Micro T or the De Havilland D.H.71. Both look wicked!

Be great if I could get some advice here and there and maybe even some photos of some particular building points of the models. Yes I am the complete noob even with all the photos and steps I expect to go wrong.

Anyone know of sites with help for building these planes by Shacklock. I am also looking at getting a video on how to construct gliders that rock.

Anyone know of other videos/dvds which are kinda like something of a tv cooking programme.... a step by step make your own plane? IoI Think this would be great!


PS I am ordering a steel boom from ebay thanks!
Think that the book is brilliant for the starter
Tony Patman28/06/2007 21:34:00
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Hi, Andrew. My impression is that the Micro T is quite challenging enough for a beginner. The DH71 is more complex in a number of ways and I think it would be for us to try to run before we can walk.
Tony Patman28/10/2007 19:29:00
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Update: the model is fully assembled, and too tail-heavy, even with 5oz of ballast at the front.  Hmm.  I could try a lighter aluminium tail boom; or a plastic one (a bit bendy and difficult to get straight)...any other ideas?  Don't really want to add another 8oz of ballast...
Kelly31/10/2007 10:14:00
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With a first name like that ,it must be a very,very good book .
Russ Green22/11/2008 11:23:00
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I'm just begging to build the Micro-T.....any tips?
Tony Patman22/11/2008 11:38:00
77 forum posts

Yes, Russ.

  •  Source the aluminium tube very carefully.  Get the lightest one you can.
  • Plan exactly how you are going to fit the engine before drilling any holes.

Erm...let me think some more.  It's been a while...

Russ Green22/11/2008 11:50:00
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2 photos

I'm keeping a record in the blog 

Your point about the ali tube made me think about using carbon fibre....its sounds like an extremely critical point.  

Edited By Chris Bott - Moderator on 04/07/2012 23:55:29

Tony Patman24/11/2008 10:58:00
77 forum posts
Well my problem was that the model was back-heavy, and the amount of ballast required in the nose to compensate would have been silly.  I didn't make any changes to the construction of the tail except to reinforce the flimsy fin with some ply.  It's still not a problem I've solved, and I haven't had time to do any modelling at all over this year.
andrew16/06/2009 14:33:29
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Tony is there any websites or bblogs that helped you build the Model-T.I'm looking at it again and its very challenging.

John Falconer15/11/2009 18:15:51
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I got KS's book for Xmas about 5 years ago and have been intending to build a Micro T ever since.
I'm pleased to say I have finally started construction. Thanks to Tony for the heads-up about the weight of the tail boom. I'll make sure I find a lightweight tube before I invest too much time building the fuze.
I followed KS instructions re making an angled workbench and find it very useful.

I have started the wing assembly and find the instructions very helpful so far.

I decided to use two wing servos instead of KS's single servo with mechanical linkages. This is a bit simpler (albeit more costly) and will allow me to have flaperons with additional control when landing. This required some simple modifications. I moved W1 in the RH wing to make the centre section symmetrical and made holes in the ribs for servo leads.

I also replaced the bellcrank supports with platforms to hold mini servo boxes.

That's as far as I have got. I hope to have it in the air before another 5 years goes by!
Grateful for comments, suggestions, things to watch out for etc.
John Falconer24/12/2009 21:06:50
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Done a bit more! Tail feathers are straightforward:
But the leading adge is quite fiddley to attach to the ribs and I have a few gaps left. I'll strengthen the joints with gussets before I finish the sheeting. If I was doing this over I would buy shaped balsa leading edges from the model shop and flatten the LEs of the ribs and slot them into shallow notched in the LE strip.

Sheeting is also straightforward apart from fitting around the servo housings which I have yet to tackle.
Hope to do a bit more over the Xmas break.


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