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Posted by jpm1 | Jul 15, 2014 @ 04:56 AM | 2,611 Views
My next project, which will be slow as I'm going to make it up as I go, is a 1/6 scale or there abouts Gloster Napier IVb. This plane was built to compete in the 1927 Schneider Cup in Venice, Italy.
The plans I have are some very ordinary 1/72 scale three views that I found on the net, and I have not been able to find anything better. I have had these scaled up to 1/6 scale. This will give me a wing span of about 1.3 M and a fuselage length of about 1.4 M.
There are lots of things to work out on the way but hopefully will be a bit of fun
Posted by jpm1 | Jan 06, 2014 @ 06:07 AM | 6,102 Views
Many years ago I visited the RAF museum in Hendon, London. On display is a Short Sunderland that you can walk through. Since then I have been intrigued by these planes. After another visit a couple of years ago, I found these plans through the wonders of the Internet. Fast forward a couple of years and a couple of almost finished builds and here we are.
I'm a sucker for punishment and this time it's the 72" (1800mm+/-) wing span Short Sunderland designed by Tony Nijhuis. I have purchased the vac form parts and the rest is scratch built. So far I have hand cut all the ply frames, glued on the fuselage sides and longerons. I'm almost ready to plank up the bottom of the hull, which shouldn't take too long.
I have ordered all the motors and speed controllers, which shouldn't take too long either.
I doubt this will be the quickest build, but time will tell
Posted by jpm1 | Aug 27, 2013 @ 07:44 AM | 3,614 Views
This is something I built years ago and never finished, for several reasons.
Anyway an opertunity to fly it came up so I thought I'd better make it look something like a spitfire. A couple of days, some masking tape, a sharp knife and some 2pack paint and job done.
Unfortunately the maiden didn't go so well due to a ground crew fuelling error. The damage was minimal and it will fly again! ...Continue Reading
Posted by jpm1 | Oct 03, 2012 @ 04:40 PM | 7,543 Views
To continue with my passion for strange old planes I have started a build of a 1/6 scale DH2. I have almost completed the plug for the fuselage mould, I'm going to use carbon box section for the wing spars, I have almost finished cutting all the wing ribs and I hope to start putting things together soon.
The rigging on this plane is fairly busy to say the least and should pose a good challenge.
The parts are slowly starting to trickle in. Rigging screws and pulleys on their way. Scale wheels and dummy radial engine as well. Plug almost ready to flop a mould off.
More parts starting to roll in. Nearly have all the wings finished. Need to sort out some silver soldering (haven't done it for 25 years). Got the motor and speedy during the week as well. Got to work out how I'm going to install the battery and servos, etc... The plans are very vague when it comes to those details.
I now have all the little brass PE parts on order from Arizona Models, that should save me a heap of time.
I have now made a cowling out of the mould, but I think I will do another one as the first is a bit heavy. At least it fits without too much drama. Still waiting on the parts from the US so I can really start to make it look like a plane.
A little more progress, but slow. As you can see I have started building the dummy Gnome engine. I now have the PE parts from the US as well. I have made a new lighter GRP cowling for the fuselage and have started on the landing gear. More updates as it...Continue Reading
Posted by jpm1 | Aug 04, 2012 @ 02:37 AM | 4,842 Views
This was the first time I tried to take serious pictures of moving objects without using the auto settings on my DSLR camera. My wife had also given me a very nice lense for christmas and this was the first time I had used it in anger. I was pretty happy with the results considering I don't really know what I'm doing.
It was an extremely hot day, nearly 40 degrees and windy. Not many people due to the weather, getting close to the flight line was not difficult.
Here is a selection of the photos I took, so please enjoy....Continue Reading
Posted by jpm1 | Jul 24, 2012 @ 05:40 PM | 5,983 Views
For those that are interested I thought I would start this and see what happens. I have almost finished building my first scratch build RC plane. Its not the first plane I have started but it will be the first one I finish.
The plans call for a 46 glow engine, but I have decided to go electric. I have an OS 750kv motor with a 12x8 prop and a 12x10, (see which is better) running off 4S 3600mah battery. AUW will be around 3kg.
I have custom made the floats from fibreglass (plans show balsa construction) and the fuselage is balsa and glass.
At this stage its 90% complete, with 90% still to go!

The day came and it was time to get it in the air. Have a look and read my first flight review and some more pics.
Video now up in the blog.

Well all good things must come to an end. Flight #2 everything ready to go, throttle up and off she goes along the grass. Lift off, nose up, severe roll to the right, over correct, roll to the left, over correct, roll to the right, stall and nose straight into the ground from about 30 feet up..
Damage report: pretty much a complete right off, engine and electronics salvageable as with the wing. One float OK. The rest hmmmmmmm.
To make the rebuild easier I'm now forming a plug for the fuse so I can make it out of Fibreglass.

Finally got around to checking to see if the motor and electronics were OK. Good news all OK. Prop shaft is straight and no vibration, just broke the prop. One good thing about having long floats sticking out the...Continue Reading