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Posted by Pat Lynch | Jan 05, 2011 @ 03:54 PM | 12,429 Views
After a busy modelling year, I asked myself 'what have I achieved'? Apart from completing the Rake 54" SE5a, and done prototype builds of Pete's F2b, Balilla and Air-1 (plus all the photos and documentation) I have started a few new models just for my own enjoyment and have scrapped/sold/given away several older models or those I was unlikely to finish any time soon. Living in a townhouse with limited storage space has forced me to have a rather large turnover - my passion is building models with flying them just a bonus. So if one crashes or doesn't give me much satisfaction, out it goes - harsh but reduces the clutter a bit. (and my Tx has only 12 model memories!)

After the little AIR-1 was built for Peter, I decided to have some time off from prototype builds, their comittment and specific requirements and do some work for myself. Consequently I have a very large Westland Lysander to the Frank Mizer plan (87"), a simple 60" Hurricane and most recently, an up-sized Peter Rake Morane Saulnier AI parasol winged WW1 fighter all on the go! This, plus the unfinished SPAD should keep me out of mischief for most of 2011!

I hope it is a good year

Posted by Pat Lynch | Jan 05, 2011 @ 02:07 PM | 12,130 Views
In the latter part of the year I, and people around me had a few niggling health problems which promted a 'slow down' - not easy as I was up to my ears in projects. While I resolved to spend a little less time at the bench (for a while) I had Pete's F2b to finish and fly and had been tempted by a 1/8 A1 Balilla - I just loved the potential colour schemes! There was also a long standing comittment to build a simpler model of Yakovlev's first powered aircraft design. Well, with a bit of effort, the F2b was finished, flown, crashed, rebuilt and fown many times more - it is my heaviest and largest model to date and is extremely stable in flight. The little Balilla exercised my finishing skills with a stained balsa fuselage, 'in-your-face' camoulflage and outlandish personal markings. Plus of course the delightful red/white/green Italian livery!
She was finished and flown. The other model completed from the Rake stable was the rather nice, simple Yak AIR-1. This flew 'off-the-drawing-board'. No vices, very light weight and simple to fly. It was a good exercise in keeping it simple after the F2b and Balilla builds.


As usual, more info can be found in the build threads:

Yak AIR-1 build:
F2b thread:
Ansaldo Balilla:
Posted by Pat Lynch | May 17, 2010 @ 10:28 PM | 13,378 Views
I'm sure all modellers have a long list of projects that may or may not see the light of day. Because I enjoy doing prototype building for Peter Rake, that adds to my list - the current F2b is a major effortbut a couple of smaller (MAYBE simpler) models are in the wings. A Yakovlev Air-1 early Russian biplane - sort of DH Moth look-alike, plus a rather appealing (to me anyway) WW1 Italian Ansaldo A1. This little fighter has all the elemnts that appeal - varnished woodwork, polished aluminium, complicated shapes and linkages PLUS in one example anyway - an outlandish Italian colour scheme. Watch this space

But apart from these 'priority' projects, my wish list includes:
Fairey Flycatcher - 27" to accompany my Avro Bison
Ivan Pettigrew DH 89 airliner in Kiwi NAC colours
Large Westland Lysander from Frank Mizer plans

and then in the real 'blue skies' department:
A largish model of the Focke-Wulf Kondor - FW200 - I love it
Italian SM79 torpedo bomber - one of my long term favourites..

Add to that a revisit of the Henschel HS129 in about 60" size and I think I dont have enough days in the year to finish anything...........

Posted by Pat Lynch | May 17, 2010 @ 10:15 PM | 13,425 Views
Not quite halfway though the year and here I am entering more stuff!
The Brisfit is close to finished - it is certainly flyable but as is my policy, it should be completely finished, thoroughly documented and photographed BEFORE flying. A single mishap on a maiden flight could render the whole job worthless from the designer's point of view - Peter might never speak to me again if there were no finished pictures
Th only details remaining are around the cockpits - some detail is needed as these areas are big and highly visible - a Lewis gun, instrument panels, windscreens etc plus a pilot and gunner - all in 1/7 scale so nothing ready made will do!

I had a call for help from Peter Rake asking if I'd make a glass-fibre spinner for another prototype builder and that took a week or so of time - I hope it works Sperry The Carl Goldberg Ultimate now only needs a fuselage and no progress on the SPAD. With all this stuff unfinished there was only one course of action - buy a 60" Hurricae kit from Charlie at Manzano Laser - just as a diversion from other pressing issues. This is a fun build and I'll treat it as such - although I do have several other 'fun build' gathering dust on the shelf - a Bleriot XI, an Avro Avian conversion, a F/F Walrus, and a SPAD. Ah well, variety is the spice of life and at the current rate of model disposal (and atrition) I'll need some extras!
Posted by Pat Lynch | May 17, 2010 @ 09:51 PM | 13,429 Views
I took the little Powell racer on a two week holiday around the state of Victoria in Oz and flew her on many occaisions. A month or so ago she was moved on along with my Rake DII (now decorating the high ceiling of an Aviation administrator along with several other Rake models).
The big SE5a had a fatal mishap - the battery (a 5000mA 4S LIPO) came loose and separated itself leaving the model to spiral to an untimely death! Sad, as it was my favourite at that point.

Most effort for a few months has been on the Bristol F2b. This is a large model at 67" and I had always decided to make it the best model I'd built yet. Not necessarily the most scale as it is basically still a 'sport scale' design of Peter's but at 1/7 scale there was no excuse not to include metalwork, lacing, proper rigging etc. Many version of the wartime colour scheme have been built so I chose to model a replica flying in the New Zealand air display circuit which itself was based on a late WW1 British unit. I rather liked the all-silver finish and I'd plenty of photos and videos to use as a reference. This model is also the longest build I've ever done and is probably making its designer anxious that I may not finish it!
Build log:
It is also one of the most enjoyable builds I've done.
Posted by Pat Lynch | May 17, 2010 @ 09:33 PM | 12,783 Views
Well the first part of 2010 showed the slowest model-building pace of my short 'career'! Several health issues conspired to decrease my mobility, give me a big fright (still is) and other nasties. While none of these has stopped me modelling, I have had to slow down a bit and so most effort has gone into only two models - the BUSA 1/4 scale SPAD and Peter Rakes's 1/7 scale Bristol F2b 'Brisfit'. The SPAD is now structurally complete and has all its propulsion system installed and working - 8S 5000 LIPO, 100A ESC etc. This should be able to give 2000+ watts - 100W/lb but I'm hoping it will not be needed.

I took some time out to finish my Rake 1/6 SE5a - using an Eflite Power 25 on 4S it was a beauty She flies magnificently at 4 1/2 lb - great for simple aerobatics and very realistic in flight. Nice design. I had originally intended to make this a highly detailed machine in the manner of my earlier 36" version but decided to stick by the plans and get it flying. But she still looked the part.
Finishing this model seemed a good idea to get me used to flying heavier models - this is my heaviest yet and a precurser to the Brisfit on board now.

At some stage I remembered having agreed to build a Coldberg kit of the Ultimate biplane for the son of a relative of a neighbor - for a small cash return of course. Since the kit had been kicking around for some time, I am assured it isn't a rush job. Good
Posted by Pat Lynch | May 17, 2010 @ 05:45 PM | 12,451 Views
The last months of 2009 were spent getting the big SPAD started and building Peter Rakes's delightful little BE12a. When Peter asked about another design I'd like - I suggested the Be12a as it appealed to me with its fragility and spidery nature! The model was a delight to build with very few problems although not, perhaps, a beginners model. It flew perfectly of course and in fairly still air, is a slow, stately performer. I love it
The build log is:
The start on the big SPAD needed a major reshuffle of my little workshop so I could fit around the model! It will certainly be a challenge (for me anyway). The BUSA kit is very comprehensive and my plan is to build it 'out of the box'. Unusual for me but 1/4 scale 20lb models are outside my experience.....

More soon.
Posted by Pat Lynch | Aug 15, 2009 @ 09:50 PM | 13,680 Views
A major step forward (or perhaps backward) today (Ausgust 16) was the disposal of some of my early and now non-flying models. Going to various keen local aeromodellers were my Ips Pfalz EIII, the 48" Fokker EIII, and the FE8 pusher. All are Peter Rake designs and their disposal is a downside to town-house living. Part of my problem is that I'm not crashing stuff these days. Maybe my rather conservative flying habits and concentration on stability and accuracy esp. when landing, is paying off My main interest is building scale models - I love the creative part and to fly something afterward is 'icing on the cake' really. Another possibility isthat since most of my models are prototype build for Peter Rake, or my own painful efforts at scale design and building, I want to preserve them for as long as possible and so take more care than one might normally - in any event, I finish up with far too many models for my small storage space!
More will have to go with some 'biggies' in the wings.....
Posted by Pat Lynch | Aug 15, 2009 @ 09:41 PM | 13,577 Views
After the stress (?) of finishing the Bison and getting the Powell build done, My major task was selcting my prize from the rcgroups build-off competition. It was a hard decision - my head said get something small and simple such as the Nieuport 11 Bebe - easy to electrify and easy to build. But my heart wanted something more spectacular and challenging so I chose the most complex 1/4 scale kit offered by BUSA - the SPAD XIII. The process of selecting the model, and associated discussion can be found here:

This will be a long term project - not only for the build but saving enough pennies to power the 20lb beast

Apart from the SPAD, Peter Rake, at my request, designed a 49" RAF BE12a - a rather fragile looking WWI 'fighter'. I want it to be a floater but still well detailed. It will sport a Park 450 motor and hopefully can be kept to around 25 - 30 oz AUW.
Peter has also designed a large Brisfit and I begged to be allowed to build this after the BE12. At 67" span, it will be a nice prelude to the SPAD
Another possible is the early Yakovlev 'Air 1' - One of the russian designer's first planes.
Posted by Pat Lynch | Aug 15, 2009 @ 09:22 PM | 13,672 Views
The first 6 months of 2009 were a frantic bid to build, fly, photograph and describe my AVRO 555 'Bison' for the build-off 3. The effort paid off and against stiff competition, won My prize for that effort was my choice of a Balsa USA 1/4 scale model. I selected their SPAD 13 kit - very ambitious for me and a great challenge to electrify. But more of that later.

With the Bison completed, I agreed to do another prototype build for Peter Rake - the little Powell PH-2 racer from 1925. It was a fun build and although 1/5 scale had a span of only 37". With a Park 480 motor, she is a great performer and is now part of my regular flying squadron.
The Powell build thread can be found at:
Posted by Pat Lynch | Dec 22, 2008 @ 03:01 PM | 13,756 Views
I was approached by Adrian Britton to build a prototype of the tiny 'Honeybee' - a real departure from my normal choices - it was not an easy build, with many new techniques but it was finished and flew quite well although not suited to my usual rough flying fields. Thanks for the opportunity Adrian Log at:
I am also doing a conversion of Peter Rakes's 'Ryans Daughter' . It should finish as an Avian Monoplane racer. Progress has been slow fitting in around other projects. Build log:
An entry in the fun-build is an RC conversion of an old FF model - a Walrus amphibian. Walrus log : This is on hold for a short time while my entry into build-off 3 takes shape - an AVRO 555 Bison. I dont think it has been modelled before - not rc anyway.
and Youtube:
Avro Bison (2 min 23 sec)

Posted by Pat Lynch | May 26, 2008 @ 10:03 PM | 16,067 Views
After a lot of nervous knee-knocking, own-design Potez 'Dunkerque' was Finished, Fotographed, and Flown Almost without a hitch. She exhibited a little instability at full power while climbing out but is fine at 3/4 throttle or less. I'm very happy! Youtube :
Potez 621 Maiden Flight (1 min 49 sec)

After the stress of the Potez and Albatros builds, a little IPS Pfalz EI was built and flown in about a week. Absolutely no problems - a testament to a simple, straightforward design by Peter Rake.

Build thread for the little Pfalz is at :
Posted by Pat Lynch | Apr 19, 2008 @ 03:06 AM | 15,507 Views
Things have been going rather slowly of late. Not so much lack of building but taking a long time about it The Bristol M1c started last year has flown beautifully (and still flies). Build thread :

The Albatros DII started in 2007 has survived the nerve-wracking maiden. This model taxed my building skills a little but I'm very pleased with the result and, like most Rake designs, it flies beautifully.
The Albatros build log can be found at : and on Youtube at:
Albatros DII model maiden flight (2 min 2 sec)

The other project occupying most of my time since dec 2007 has been a 62" model of the French Potez 621 airliner. The model started life as an ugly Potez 540 bomber and got the ugly-duckling treatment after some less-than-kind jibes by fellow rcgroupers The result is a huge improvement I have to admit. This model is almost completed and also waiting for its first flight. It will hopefully be an entry in the rcgroups electric scale forum Build-Off.

Potez build log at :
Posted by Pat Lynch | Nov 11, 2007 @ 07:43 PM | 15,172 Views
Another couple of Peter Rake models are in the pipeline (glutton for punishment) - the first of these is a small replica of the large replica of a Bristol M1c - WW1 monoplane. A 46" electric sport-scale model which should fly well. Almost completed - just a few details to go. Build log at:

The latest Rake job in progress is a 1/8 scale Albatros DII - 42" span and to stretch my skills - covered in 1/64" ply. Log at:
Posted by Pat Lynch | Aug 14, 2007 @ 09:55 PM | 14,912 Views
It has been a while since I posted anything here - I tried to cut two fingers off and moved house so that slowed me down a bit
But with a bit of prodding, I built another Peter Rake prototype - a 48" Farman Moustique light aircraft. Quite a simple build but with a lot of character - wing cables, that undercarriage etc. A product of the 1930s, it make an ideal simple scale model and flies well.
Build log for the Moustique:

Since I missed the 2006 build-off due to the above circumstances, I thought I'd do a design myself of an aircraft I have always liked the look of - the Henschel 129 Tank-buster. A quick and dirty build was decided on using Depron for skins and balsa where dictated by structural needs. The almost-end result is OK but would be better rebuilt in balsa and ply and maybe slightly bigger than the 48" span.
After a few teething problems mostly related to excessive control surface throws, the model flies great. A lot faster than Rake models but exciting!

HS129b Build Log: and Youtube at:
HS-129 Electric RC Model Aircraft (1 min 12 sec)

The current model just completed is another Rake prototype - the AVRO Arrowscout. An AV Roe racing plane from 1914 - no doubt a derviative or pre-decessor of things to come! 36" span, fairly easy to build and flies well. Build log at:
Posted by Pat Lynch | Nov 15, 2006 @ 03:55 PM | 15,651 Views
I wanted a Trainer that was a bit less benign than the Telemaster and built a new design by Peter Rake (who else!) which was loosely base on the Ryan PT22 and similar 30s trainers. It is quite a large model designed for 500-600 sort of power levels - I am using an E-Flite 25. The maiden didn't go so well but it is now repaired and awaiting some courage from me. I thing I had CG marginally too rearward and the motor had slight up-thrust instead of neutral. Was very difficult to control in the air. In fact a later flight destroyed it! Most likely reason was that the aileron hinges had not been glued in

Ryans Daughter build thread:

The other model completed recently is a tiny IPS powered design also by Peter. The Duigan 1913 tractor Biplane. This 24" model is yet to be flown. It was great fun to build but at 6 1/8 oz AUW, will need a very calm morning! Update : It flies! Needs a little nose weight I think but otherwise floats around quite well.

Build thread for Duigan:

My 36" SE5a was recently sold to be used as a static display model, so with some of the proceeds, I bought a laser short kit from Charlie at Manzano for a bigger SE5a - a 54" version also by Peter Rake. It is almost exactly the same construction as the 36" so should be fairly easy - but HUGE!

The build is at:
Posted by Pat Lynch | Aug 22, 2006 @ 10:05 PM | 16,092 Views
To try and push my personal envelope a bit, I decided to build a simple twin. I chose an oldish design by Laddie Mikulasko - the Dornier DO-23. An aircraft from Germany's military buildup in the '30s, it is simple, has character, big wing area and should suit twin bell outrunners well. 60" span will give it some presence and it seems a stable design. She flies very well - slow and majestic just like an old bomber should. I mixed flap and seperate ailerons to give differential and flap function but have yet to decide if it is of benefit. Runs well on a single 1700 mA 3S LIPO for about 10 min. Only draws 5-10A at normal cruising. Great model - I want to do another multi now!

Build thread is at
Youtube link:
Electric Dornier 23G RC model airplane (1 min 4 sec)

Another more complex build to stretch my skills a bit is an IC conversion of an old Gordon Whitehead design from the 70's - a 46" Hawker Hind/Demon. This is a very complex build for me and I'm being very cautious - luckily receiving help from these forums and from Gordon himself.
Still a way to go with the airframe completed.

Build thread -
Posted by Pat Lynch | Mar 06, 2006 @ 10:50 PM | 16,717 Views
A cold 2006 winter saw quite a few projects completed and a few more started . Some of my flying compatriots have been a bit critical of my mad pace, but I try to reassure them that I'm cramming about 20 or 30 years of non-experience into a couple - a lot of catching up to do!

Finished over the last few months are four Peter Rake prototype builds - Baboon, Hanriot, SE5a and an FE8 WW1 pusher.

Building a never-flown-before prototype is a fair responsibility. Not only do you need to build as per plan or at least check any changes with the designer, the design and plan must be verified, the model finished in reasonable time AND it has to be test-flown. Even more importantly, it must be flown, debugged, photographed and written up without destroying it - makes one nervous and careful!

The Baboon was finished and 'Flew off the board' no problems - it is a big model for a 42" and flies as slow as a kite.

The 36" Hanriot had a few teething troubles with balance and power but with that corrected - flew fine.

The 36" SE5a is a well-proven design and no trouble was expected from it so I chose to try out a few fine-detailing ideas. It looks good and flies well.

The 43" FE8 was Peter Rake's first pusher design and we had some fun getting used to it but it is now one of my regular flying models and performs well.

Build thread for the SE5A is

and the FE8 -
Posted by Pat Lynch | Feb 28, 2006 @ 08:57 PM | 15,754 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!


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.

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

A WWI pusher - DH2 etc
Something bigger - 54" SE5a or similar
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:

Pitts Special
you get the picture.......

So many planes, so little time....Pat
Posted by Pat Lynch | Feb 22, 2006 @ 12:33 AM | 16,450 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.

Fokker EIII: