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Old Jun 04, 2015, 10:38 AM
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Jasco Flamingo revisited!



Some years ago during a visit to the Nationals, I was very taken with a model displayed in the BMFA tent. It was one of those that said " I must have one of those!"
After some searching and much assistance from Planeman I managed to have a plan printed to 72" span, the original being I believe 84". The model was built and flown sucessfully, but in one of my periodic " make more room" brainstorms I disposed of the model. I now regret this decision so I`ll put it right by building another one!
This time the model will be 63" span for easier storage and transport, plus that`s what size the reprinted plan came out at! Couple of pics. of the start of the building process, more later if there`s any interest. As I`ve said in previous postings I make no attempt to follow the original building methods but use ways that appeal to me, the laminated outlines etc. The aim is to capture the spirit of the old timer using more modern ideas. The originals were powered by large "sparkies", that being all that was available at that time. I`m sure that these old time modellers would have jumped at the chance of using much more reliable diesels, or even electric, as mine is. I doubt that they would have sunk as low as using screaming glow motors though. Just joking to all fans of these things!
I`ve reposted pics. of my original flying, and hope to reproduce these with the new on when ready
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Old Jun 04, 2015, 12:12 PM
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Looks nice Bob, this is one I'd like to watch so keep posting!
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Old Jun 04, 2015, 12:16 PM
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Yes, nice model. Keep us up dated.
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Old Jun 04, 2015, 12:28 PM
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I made the full size version. But I knew enough even then to realize that a two piece wing was a wise idea.

In any size the Flamingo would be a fine flying model. I don't doubt that your new version will fit in just fine. And at 63 inch span it'll be small care friendly to boot!
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Old Jun 04, 2015, 03:27 PM
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Great choice Bob

Good one Bob, It has always been a favourite of mine. I drag the plans out at various scales and look at them but have never got started on one. Low aspect ratio and a massive tailing edge. I hear the fuselage is a little weak too but that would be easily fixed. Still this is your second so I'm sure you know all this or have debunked it.

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The picturte are of Graham Main's full size one here in NZ. Looks great.
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Old Jun 04, 2015, 05:49 PM
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I saw a Flamingo fly at a S.A.M. champs using a Brown JR on spark ignition..... a majestic, beautiful flyer, yours will be too !

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Old Jun 04, 2015, 10:57 PM
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Here's one climbing out with a Brown
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Old Jun 04, 2015, 11:10 PM
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Great pic

Doesn't that look great? A fine looking model. Darn, another one I have to build one day.

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Old Jun 16, 2015, 11:20 AM
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Flamingo progress

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Latest situation of Flamingo. Tail feathers built, nothing special, operation of elevators by push rod to idler arm. I`ve used this system quite often. Rudder will be closed loop, again, what I usually do. Servos installed ready to connect. Front cowl and hatch are medium density foam, when completed and sanded coated with pva which gives a wood like finish. Everything is in it`s rough state and will look much better when smoothed and fettled! There was a distinct weakness in the fuselage so I`ve beefed it up slightly by using a thicker spine. It will be covered in Solartex which gives a stressed skin tough finish. Time to think about cutting out the ribs!
All for this time, more if any interest.
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She looks great! And lots of interest in following along

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Very elegant fuselage Bob, it's going to be a nice looking model.
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Old Jun 21, 2015, 07:50 AM
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More Flamingo!

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Hello,
some progress on this build. The great pleasures of being retired! The fuselage is structually complete with final "fettling" and sanding to do! The front end and hatch are the foam carving I mentioned, when coated with pva they are very strong. They can still be lightly sanded to give a nice finish.
I`ve made a start on the wing at last. The system I have used for many years is to trace the rib and former outlines on tracing paper, stick these to the sheet with some sort of photomount, the one I use is called Pritstick, and cut around. I`ve shown a section of sheet ready for cutting. Because there are 20 ribs on the inner wings I made a template for these ribs, template is in one of the pics. I was at first hesitant to post details of my constructional methods as I don`t claim that my way is better than any other, but there seemed to be some interest and my way works for me! More when there`s more!
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Old Jun 21, 2015, 11:22 AM
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Same way I make my ribs,she's going to be a fine looking bird.
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looks great, nice progress, too!

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