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Posted by Pat Lynch | Jun 09, 2016 @ 01:59 PM | 1,036 Views
Hello all. After the topsy-turvy start to 2016, life has slowly started to assume something close to normalcy. Normal, but lacking at least one major activity, - RC Modelling Not that I have given up on this great hobby but rather, it has been put on hold while I sort out more immediate aspects of my disrupted life!

The biggest change, is my planning for a permanent return to my home country - New Zealand! This has been an intention for some time now and having found a suitable situation in New Zealand where I can live and continue my various hobbies, I am now faced with the huge task of moving ESSENTIAL personal stuff to a new country.

Moving house is never an easy or stress-free task, but I have made the bold decision to virtually 'Start all over again' - quite a bold decision. I feel that fresh start in ALL aspects of my life will help to clear the air, renew my enthusiasm for modelling, art, music and all the other aspects of living that are important to me.

Having made that decision, there is much to do - finish renovating my home for sale, transporting want-to-keep items to New Zealand, disposing of furniture and household good not wanted in my new life, AND, of more relevance here - what to do with the finished models (and unfinished ones) that are rather delicate to move - esp. several of them.

It is with a lot of reservation, but consistent with the 'New Start' reasoning, I am offering ALL my current projects for sale
This incudes the well-known 1/6 Fokker D....Continue Reading
Posted by Pat Lynch | Mar 13, 2016 @ 03:06 PM | 2,880 Views
I'll try not to be too emotional here but the worst event of my 70 plus years was the passing away of my dear wife Liz. After a horrible year of up-and-down health issues, her frail heart finally gave way and she died after an hour or so of discomfort and thankfully, without pain....I was shattered. We had been through much hope and worry over the last year or so but this was not the expected outcome. On the 28th of December it was all over and I faced 2016 on my own for the first time in over 40 years
I guess that, like everyone in this situation, the new year brings a massive rethink about the way ahead, priorities shift dramatically and almost every aspect of one's life is reassessed. But it's not all doom and gloom. Amid the inevitable bouts of sadness (and not a few tears) a few aspects of one's life can be modified, simplified and maybe even improved. A shared desire of Liz and myself was always to de-clutter our way of life, our penchant for collecting anything that was interesting, and the accumulation of the paraphernalia that inevitably grows along with any passions - for my dear wife it was craft and antiques, for myself, modelling, art, music and Scifi! I really don't need three electronic piano keyboards (two are in storage), hundreds of old picture frames, or several antique dinner sets.....etc!
Needless to say, the local charity shops, book fair organisers and the local rubbish dump are doing well!
While I haven't got back to modelling again yet, I have...Continue Reading
Posted by Pat Lynch | Nov 12, 2015 @ 08:41 PM | 2,958 Views
Well, not really a new direction but a serious reconsideration of where I'm going, what I want out of the hobby and (again) a reappraisal of what I have on my modelling plate!
The dramas of the last 12 months has left me rather shaken and the grim realisation that I will probably not finish, fly or fabricate the many models I've started or have dreamed of starting. There are quite a few I have that are attractive to have as decoration (uggghh I hear some say) and as such are being decommissioned without ever flying and have been offered to friends (and most have been accepted) as gifts.

The models being given away include my old Morane Saulnier MSAI, the Westland Lysander, an RTF Vampire (hobbyking), a couple of unstarted kits. The Lysander and MSAI served their purpose as challenging builds but my interest is gone - this happens frequently nowdays

What do I have flyable? A Fokker D.VII, Great Lakes Trainer, Ryan PT22, Polikarpov PO-2 and the tiny Moska - all Peter Rake designs.

Unfinished but being kept are my Avro Anson and Bristol F2b 'Brisfish'. Partly started is the ARC Camel. One model I hummed and haa-ed about was my very small start on the Dennis Bryant 1/4 SE5a. This can result in a beautiful model but I was finding it just a bit daunting - especially after the demise of my BUSA SPAD However, as I am rather fond of the SE5a, I am considering updating Kay Bengston's 1/6 scale design to more faithfully reflect the Replicraft drawings and use the Bryant...Continue Reading
Posted by Pat Lynch | Aug 17, 2015 @ 04:31 AM | 2,937 Views
As I intimated previously, some rather severe health issues affected the person closest to me in life and resulted in nearly two months in hospital for my wife with severe heart problems. All very disturbing and faith-rattling! - faith in myself to handle all this drama But we have turned the corner albeit somewhat shakily, and have made minor dabbles back into model building.

First task on returning to the shed after several months absence was to finish off a rather quickly built Ryan PT-22. Peter Rake's prototype build had fallen through it seems so I tentatively offered my model as a substitute - warts and all! This, of course, meant having to finish it off properly with a spinner, windscreens, rigging etc - stuff I'd probably not got around to.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...highlight=pt22

The biggest event in recent weeks was the demise of my 1/4 scale BUSA SPAD A failed aileron servo was to blame and it took the wind out of my sails completely. Mostly doubts about my ability to cope with this sort of drama right after the family health issues - but I survived and am currently surveying the 2 or 3 unfinished jobs to find inspiration! I hope I do. Soon!
SPAD: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1072240

Pat
Posted by Pat Lynch | Mar 20, 2015 @ 10:09 PM | 4,776 Views
The year took an unexpected turn with some severe family health problems - bad enough to slow down my often manic approach to modelling for a while. The Brisfish is on hold although almost finished and the Anson is my only project getting any attention. Does me good to slow down a bit and ponder my moves more carefully
A result of my more considered modelling plans is to narrow down the bucket list a little. I still have a few projects I'd like to start considering but only one new one is on the horizon.
I mentioned before that I'd like to build another 1/4 scale model and have decided on a familiar, 'been-done-to-death' model but one which I've always liked - the Se5a.
Among my previous builds have been a 36" and a 54" - both Peter Rake sport scale designs that flew superbly but which have both passed on one way or another A perusal of available scale plans has resulted in a set of Dennis Bryant's drawings which should form the basis of a future project. It is a very complex model but one which can be lightened a little for electric power and, oh boy, detailed to death!
The availability of the fabulous Replicraft drawings is an added bonus. But that is down the track, not necessarily until the Anson is finished but certainly in the more distant future.
Watch this space (or the electric scratch built scale forum )
Pat
Posted by Pat Lynch | Jan 29, 2015 @ 04:50 AM | 4,934 Views
Like any scale model builder, I have a seemingly bottomless bucket-list and sorting out what is likely to be looked into as a model subject is ongoing.
Obviously I have a major long-term build in the 84" Avro Anson and the current quick-build of a new model of Peter Rake's F2b in the disguise of the 'Brisfish'. This model is my first real use of Solartex - maybe overkill on a 67" 8 lb model but it is good experience.
Then I may get back to do the rear fuselage covering on the Anson using the Polyspan and Solartex skills I have learned (or not).
After the 1/4 scale SPAD build, I have a yearning for another 1/4 scale WW1 machine and am looking for a plan that is highly detailed, highly regarded and highly difficult I believe I've found something and not having looked at a Dennis Bryant design, have ordered a plan set for perusal. But more of that later......
Another aircraft that I'd like to build, maybe a smaller, simpler one is the big, ugly between-the-wars Vickers Vildebeest or Vincent in RNZAF colours. (my current avatar) I have small free-flight rubber plan and may slightly expand that and draw up my own plans for a build after the style of the Polikarpov Po-2 I built last year.
All dream-stuff at the moment but dreaming is good too
Pat
Posted by Pat Lynch | Jan 22, 2015 @ 08:36 PM | 4,966 Views
No, no resolutions - I never follow them through anyway
However, as I get a little older, I become a bit circumspect about what unfinished projects are still laying around the workshop and garage and realise some hard decisions need to be made (I've done this purging thing a few times before).
Because, building is my passion and flying less so, there isn't a clear-cut goal of 'hurry up and get it built so I can fly it' In fact it is often 'this is building too quickly - and I like what I'm doing a lot'. The end result is many models started get to the interesting phase and then lose their appeal (for me). Sadly, this has happened to a couple of my models that were started some years ago and which have been cluttering up my limited storage space waiting their turn on the bench. As much as I try to convince myself that their turn will come, I know deep down that many other projects are in my sights and spending more time on the uninteresting old ones will not result in much satisfaction.
It must be said that ALL my unfinished models have given lots of building satisfaction and have left me with a better understanding of problem-solving, new techniques and generally greater modelling experience. So after all that self-indulgent waffle, what is being given the 'Cease and Desist' treatment.
My rather ambitious He-111 was built from old plans and could still be hacked into a reasonable model. The rather complex 'glass house' cockpit suffered a bit of damage in transit to our new...Continue Reading
Posted by Pat Lynch | Jan 22, 2015 @ 08:09 PM | 4,768 Views
At the beginning of 2015, I paused to try and remember what had I done last year?
It slowly came back - the scale build-off and the great little Polikarpov that Peter Rake designed and I built - a delightful project of an aircraft that had appealed to me for some time. I loved the fast build and had time to try a few simple detail ideas.
Then I got a burst of enthusiasm over the big Hutson Anson. A lot of frustration working from old plans ('80's) and fair-to-awful laser cut parts (always dicey when cut to hand-drawn plans) and new territory with a biggish model, but it was a challenge and involved engineering and woodwork and a subject I adored so progress was fast.
The Anson gave up time after a few months and a previously started Lysander was almost completed (just some servo wires to the wings to sort out). I need the experience with Polyspan to do many awkward panels on the Anson and so decided to practice on Lizzie first. I am almost sure I can do what I want on the Anson now.
Now throw in a Rake Ryan PT-22 which was built and flown in only a few weeks and all that is left is a big effort on the 1/4 scale SPAD XIII. The SPAD hasn't officially flown but it has been fast-taxied and has gained an altitude of two or three feet before I noticed one of the wheels had fallen apart and so was promptly landed while I still had some strip left Ne wheels have been fitted and await my temperament etc to prevail.......
That just about sums 2014 up! Add into the mix, a bunch of annoying health issues for my wife and myself, a lot of home renovation and gardening and I was running out of steam - rapidly! Consequently 2015 has been rather slow so far - my long awaited desire to paint a 'Brisfish' version of the Bristol F2b fighter has been started and some hard decisions about old projects made.
So that is all very much for-what-its-worth sort of stuff.
Pat
Posted by Pat Lynch | Oct 07, 2014 @ 03:17 PM | 4,511 Views
One of the many joys of having retired is the ability to make ones decisions based almost entirely on personal needs and desires While still a working person (and working fairly intensely) a recreational activity was anything not connected to my trade/profession. Now, when my major activity is model-building (and home duties) I still need a break from that intense activity and in Springtime here in Australia, the answer usually is gardening, home maintenance, getting out a bit more etc.
So what has this to do with modelling? I notice most of my Northern Hemisphere compatriots treat Winter as the 'building season' and have a natural break from glue sniffing and #11 blade wielding in Summer. Not so here in Oz! Consequently, my intense involvement with major building projects results in a need for small breaks in focus. 2014 saw me call a temporary halt to my Westland Lysander, which in itself was really only a trial of Duncan Hutson-style design and would I like it, and a frantic few months building the little Polikarpov Po-2. When that was over, my excitement over the Lysander did not rekindle (it may later) and the almost-done 1/4 SPAD was revisited for a while but lurking in the background was the Avro Anson for which I'd been putting together a kit of bits for a couple of years. That has had an intense few months getting to a mostly-built stage but Spring intervened and along with garden/home activities, I needed a small, non-threatening model to keep the CA flowing.

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Posted by Pat Lynch | Sep 07, 2014 @ 04:25 PM | 5,247 Views
After the rather manic effort of getting the little Polikarpov PO-2 (Polly) built, flown, judged and winning (thanks Pete) , it was obviously time to get back onto a major project. No lack of them - they were hanging around on the ceiling, all silently calling "me next, me next...." Alas, their cries were in vain and I decided to get the big SPAD almost flyable (just some aileron servos to fit) and then get back to my favourite - the big Anson. I'd really only got together most of the parts to build the beast - from sticks of 1/8 X 1/16 spruce for miles of stringers, to 2 choices of motors (32 and 46 sized) ESCs etc. Plus miles of lightweight 1/16 balsa. So no excuses, I started back on 'Annie' with a vengeance.
The build thread gives all the gory details but mostly deals in the trial and tribulations and is not a real blow-by-blow build thread as few folk will be building one and the couple that started off seem to have disappeared - hopefully they will return.
The thread is here: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1817579

The Anson has given me many challenges along its short life - fillets, glass fibre work, a really difficult (for me) airframe, that undercarriage, old plan interpretation etc, etc! But it is progressing! As I celebrated my 70th year, I wondered whether my methodology was working and I guess the fact I can 'churn' out models fairly quickly (the Po-2 took around 3 months) means a few things are working! Firstly, the workshop....Continue Reading
Posted by Pat Lynch | Apr 03, 2014 @ 04:27 PM | 7,088 Views
The closing days of 2013 saw some furious activity on the Scale Electric forum of rcgroups. For many years a growing dissatisfaction over sharing the forum with the ever-increasing ARF fraternity had been festering and finally after much heated (and often unnecessary) debate, the forum was split. We, the scratch builders got a space where I read virtually every thread as it is posted and the ARF folk could 'do their thing' in private. Sadly, the character of many of our modelling mates were revealed and it was not always pretty But here we were, a new space, more scratch building on the same page and no ARFs. The ARF/scratch discussion has been done to death and quite frankly, I find it boring as an intellectual topic. So no more of that!

To celebrate the new forum, electric/ scale-kit-scratch-built, a Build-off was proposed and eagerly organised. Six months to design, build and fly a NEW model. Teaming up with Peter Rake as designer, we started on Jan 1, 2014 as per rules and within a few days some basic bits of a Polikarpov PO-2 appeared. I was a little disappointed that that the rules were slowly watered down to include designs that had already been started or even completed which rather undermined (for me) the original concept. In some cases, models had already been started prior to 2014 BUT the flurry of activity seen in the new forum made it all worthwhile.

The Polikarpov was one of those love-at-first sight aeroplanes - I first saw it when searching for a...Continue Reading
Posted by Pat Lynch | Apr 03, 2014 @ 02:24 PM | 6,567 Views
I was really keen to get stuck back into various unfinished (and unstarted) models in my new shed but opted to build something small and simple to fine-tune the tools, accessibility and general usefulness of the new building space so Built Peter Rake's little (under 30") Russian Moska ww1 monoplane - she built and flew fine A build log is at: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1969505

Another model started in 2014 was a 1/6 Camel - the only one of its kind from the, sadly, now defunct Aerodrome RC. I did the fuselage to get the hang of Kay's design style but will put it on hold until other, older projects, are done!
The thread was put into the new WW1 model forum but will be slow for a while yet! The Duncan Hutson Lysander is structurally complete and needs covering and the He111 is nearing completion also. Their build threads are here:
Camel - http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2057046
Heinkel - http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1720055
Lysander - http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1819208

The Lysander is to the Duncan Hutson plan after I abandoned (and dismantled) my start on the magnificent Frank Mizer version. I know myself well enough after nearly 70 years, to recognise that the Mizer model was not going to be completed. My building style needs me to be engrossed full time in the task and when that involvement wanes, it is better that I admit defeat and give the job away. Life is too short to have 'I'll get around to it one day' projects piling up so that Lizzie was retired into oblivion

I still want to have a long-term, engrossing project and parts for that have been slowly accumulating for when some others have been finished. But more of that later......
Posted by Pat Lynch | Apr 02, 2014 @ 04:29 PM | 6,236 Views
Aside from a few modelling tasks, setting up my new workshop has been the major focus. I admit I have a thing about workshops. I could spend the rest of my time just refining a workshop - getting all the right stuff, setting it up just right and producing - not much. Many model engineers spend much of their time building tools while a half-completed model locomotive spends years patiently waiting.....

The workshop is only 20 sq metres - the maximum council allows without any building permissions but 3.6 X 5.5 is big enough to build anything I'm likely to tackle and with a bit of planning should be easy to work in. The steel frame makes the structure strong, fairly thin-walled to maximise space and termite proof! I lined it with foil backed batts and 7mm plywood - something I could screw shelves etc into.
Many people wonder how I work so quickly...I don't know, but being retired AND having a workable space certainly helps.

Over the years I've come to use a layout that works for me - a central building bench with all the tools and glues needed while building within easy reach, machine tools such as lathe, pillar drill, scroll saws and heavy vice are on an opposite wall while most materials are stored at one end. My shed was built with an end wall having large outward opening doors to clear fumes, make sweeping easier and enjoying Winter sun.

Storage of materials is critical for me - I hate rooting around in boxes all marked 'miscellaneous' Plastic bins with lids...Continue Reading
Posted by Pat Lynch | Sep 18, 2013 @ 02:09 AM | 8,668 Views
With the beginner's model complete and working, it was time to prepare for the major task. The kit is rather complete with many die-cut parts, all strip and sheet material provided plus a very complete hardware kit - many hundreds (maybe thousands) of screws, rivets, bolts, plastic parts and a comprehensive illustrated instruction manual. The sheet material in the trailer weighs about 250 Kg
All small-scale stuff is on hold as the 1:1 model gets underway

....sorry, I got a bit carried away there - it's only a shed....

Pat
Posted by Pat Lynch | Sep 17, 2013 @ 04:51 PM | 7,596 Views
A few days of foul weather slowed things down a bit but I got the first kit assembled and covered - a genuine 'tab and slot' style build with major bits of metal all falling into place, holes lining up, MANY rivets and screws inserted. All held down with sixteen steel brackets and bolts....now onto the more serious bit - the workshop Although it doesn't look like it, the shop will be nearly twice the size.
Downside is having to move 400kg of steel from the driveway to the backyard - manually!

Pat (still having fun)
Posted by Pat Lynch | Sep 10, 2013 @ 11:05 PM | 7,876 Views
While not the most exciting modelling project, a decent workshop will, I hope, give me the means and incentive to get back into some more productive modelling. While I'd love to have the huge basements many of my North American friends have, I will have to make do with a separate structure in the back yard. A dedicated workshop about 3.6m (12') X 6M (20') is as big as I can build without any council approval. So I am also building a smaller storeroom/garden shed which will allow me to use one of the existing garages as a model storage and heavy-duty workspace for serious cutting/grinding/domestic maintenance. So, being somewhat past lugging heavy barrow-loads of concrete, a contractor was employed to do the slabs - made it look easy Now I can start building..........a 1:1 workshop!
Pat
Posted by Pat Lynch | Mar 08, 2013 @ 01:41 PM | 8,736 Views
Well, my time at this house has come to an end! After a lot of soul searching and seemingly endless discussion and planning, Liz and I decided to move to a larger town - closer to medical facilities, better shopping and, most importantly, more space. So, we planned an orderly, slow moving process - preparing our home for sale (doing all those little chores that I'd meant to do years ago) and more painfully, packing up and storing all the models and dismantling my rather too small workshop. What a task! Didn't realise just how much 'stuff' it takes to keep this model building lark going But a structured sort, pack and move has given me lots of ideas about a new shop next time (hopefully the last time). So all building has stopped although I've kept out a small model boat kit just in case a bit of therapeutic fettling is needed

Obviously my nearly finished Heinkel, newly started Lysander and the "all the bits are in the box" Anson are very much on hold.....

Enough prattle and back to the boxes and crates.......

Pat
Posted by Pat Lynch | Dec 29, 2012 @ 07:05 PM | 9,518 Views
I finally committed myself and bought some plans and a few parts for my next two build subjects.
I'd long wanted to build something from one of the 'big' designers - Platt, Brian Taylor, Bryant, Hutson etc - mostly British but that is where my reading takes me and they are familiar (yes Dave Platt is British ). Another benefit of some these designers is that the various British magazines are now producing, as well as plans for the magazines, (and their predecessors) FG mouldings, canopies, and also - laser cut wood packs. And one of those magazines (Traplet Publications - RC Model World) has stock readily available in Australia A few phone calls just before Christmas (bad timing) got me a set of parts for a Duncan Hutson model, and started me on a chase for info, plans and parts for something much bigger, also by Duncan Hutson.
The first kit is yet another attempt by me to build a decent Westland Lysander. My previous unfinished version has been officially terminated - it had a lot of issues (for me) and was not giving the satisfaction needed for such a long-duration and complex build. So, another go
The Huston version is 70" span and has available a FG cowl, canopy, wheel spats and a huge plan for what I considered a quite reasonable price. But more on that when I start a build thread.
The second bigger model will be a major effort for me but more information when I get all the bits together - Christmas has rather screwed up my attempts to locate the needed parts - I have the plans but many of the promised FG items and wood parts are in limbo (or unsent!!) - more info later..........Pat
Posted by Pat Lynch | Nov 28, 2012 @ 02:28 PM | 9,836 Views
The Heinkel build stalled for a short while as I tackled some 'elephants in the room' or should that be 'monkeys on my back'! A couple of years ago I foolishly agreed to build a kit for the son of a friend. It had been sitting in the family shed for many years unbuilt and I was approached to do the job. I was reluctant as I've always got my own stuff queued up but earning a few dollars was attractive so a price was negotiated on the grounds that it would have to fit in around my other stuff. The 54" Ultimate had hung from ceiling for too long and so the last couple of weeks saw it mostly completed. The client said all-silver and so that is what it is! Silver isn't the easiest of finishes but she looks OK. Maybe some trim or lettering in black would look good............

With the heinkel mostly built but with lots of finishing to do, I have been researching and collecting plans, parts, wood, references etc for a MAJOR scale build. Recently in New Zealand, two twin engine WW2 aircraft made their maiden post restoration flights and got plenty of press and TV coverage. One had twin Merlins and is a very comonly modelled aircraft by Dehavilland. The other, as soon as I saw pictures of it in flight comletely captivated me.

More info when I get some idea of whether this project will eventuate......
Posted by Pat Lynch | Sep 27, 2012 @ 05:20 PM | 10,627 Views
After the concentration (and stress) of building the Rake DVII, I felt the need to cut some balsa! I love the early stages of a model build. Dust, shavings, broken #11 blades, fingers covered in glue....ah!
A modelling friend showed me an old plan for an He111 for two .25 ic engines. The 111 has always been on my bucket list and the opportunity the plan afforded was too good to refuse. Plans were copied, balsa purchased and construction began.....
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...5#post22560662


At about the same time, the desire for a simple Rake model came to fruition in the shape of a 1/6 scale Great Lakes Trainer. Because the Fokker had been a rather protracted build (my fault for wanting detail..) I wanted to see how quickly this biggish model could be built. Committing about 4-5 hours a day (joys of retirement!) resulted in a successful maiden 3 weeks after getting the parts from Manzano. Unfortunately, Charlie left a couple of sheets out of the laser short kit (his mind was on his upcoming holiday ) so some pleasant manual wood bashing was needed to get started. Build log is at http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1725852

It was a pleasant, unstressful build and I'd reccomend it as a first, larger scale model. It builds easy, flies easy and looks interesting. A great model!