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Posted by Pat Lynch | Feb 28, 2006 @ 08:57 PM | 14,850 Views
I have always dreamed of flying a very detailed, accurate R/c model - I used to build 1/32 plastc kits and "super-detail" them, and had this desire to build a much bigger model and dress it up to the nines! With no flying skills whatever, this was a bit ambitious hence the preceeding models. As my flying ability has improved (a little), I feel more confident that I can get a plane into the air with less anxiety than 12 months ago but with only 35 or so hours of experience, have a loooooong way to go!

Currently, I'm building a couple of prototype designs for Peter Rake - an FK-24 "Baboon" biplane, and a small Hanriot monoplane from 1913. Easy builds but as they have never flown before - a bit of a responsibility!

Baboon: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=481311
Hanriot: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=502025

A 48" close-to-scale Bleriot XI is slowly progressing and being described on rcgroups electric scale forum. This is a long-term project and other models will be built to gain building and flying experience in the meantime.
Bleriot: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=445162


Dream list? - like most scale modellers, it is endless and expanding :

A WWI pusher - DH2 etc
Something bigger - 54" SE5a or similar
Brisfit
Hawker Demon or related late Bipe
A simple twin - I've never made or flown a twin
An indoor scale electric machine
He-111 - a favourite
Supermarine Walrus - love it!
etc, etc.......

What I dont have much interest in:

Cap232
Giles
Ultimate
Pitts Special
you get the picture.......

So many planes, so little time....Pat
Posted by Pat Lynch | Feb 22, 2006 @ 12:33 AM | 15,475 Views
I got hooked on scale after the Beaver and as is normal for me, jumped in at the deep end with an electric adaptation of a '50s Westland Lysander plan - a free-flight model so was light and should fly on its own almost. This was also my first real build thread on rcgroups. The Lizzie flew great first time with its marginal 480 can motor. It too, suffered from the dreaded stalling and after many rebuilds, was retired before it was a complete wreck! An unsuccessful WACO biplane was next and then began my love affair with Peter Rake's designs. First off was a 48" Eastbourne monoplane - still flies great. Then a 48" Fokker EIII Eindecker - my best flying model to this point. About here I decide the 45-50" span model suited me better than smaller and I still plan around that area. Somewhere in there, I adapted a frebie plan off the 'net for a Telemaster as a robust trainer - flew very well with a variety of brushed and brushless moters. Recently retired as I wanted the gear elsewhere.

Lysander: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=384956
WACO: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=408234
Eastbourne: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=439592
Fokker EIII: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=469726
Posted by Pat Lynch | Feb 22, 2006 @ 12:15 AM | 13,527 Views
I had a visit at Christmas 2004 from my brother-in-law who was an r/c plane enthusiast. While talking over a beer or three, he suggested that with my background in electronic engineering, and old ship models, I should have a go at electric planes! At 60 years of age, I'd never been at the controls of an R/C plane but as a private pilot for some years (20 years ago) I figured I knewthe basics of flight but had a lot to learn about r/c flying
First trials were with a GWS Pico-stick - unexciting but a good first plane. It lasted about a month and failed to avoid several trees and finally a very solid picket fence . Following a moderately successful Depron Cub (I learnt about CG) was a GWS E-starter - ailerons etc. That lasted about a month too but gave me my first ROG and more experience. A 40" depron Tiger Moth was my foray into scale - from a modified balsa plan. That model taught me about tip-stalling and the danger of slow flying That lasted two months. A 50" Depron Beaver was my next plan built model - my best to that point and a good trainer. It was retired after 3 months of hard work and harder landings.

Tiger Moth: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=381695
Beaver: http://www.aerosquare.com/aerosquare...isitors_en.htm

An abridged thread on the Beaver at:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=748106