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Old Jan 08, 2014, 03:07 PM
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Scale Buildoff 3: Auster J4

Since I have abandoned my attempt at building a respectable-looking Auster based on Comet Taylorcraft palns, I've decided to go at it with an accurate outline plus much data provided by a J4 owner, Don Harvie, of Kingston, NSW, Oz.

I've discovered that the old Ben Buckle J4 kit plan's outline is very close to correct, so I'll use a somewhat modified BB outline and fill in the rest from the full-scale bird.

Since I had planned on doing this anyway, I may as well place it in the contest.

Geoff, who never finishes anything
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Old Jan 08, 2014, 04:11 PM
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One of my favourites - I built the Ivan Pettigrew Auster a few years ago and she is still flying and looking (almost) as good as new. How big is the BB one?
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Old Jan 08, 2014, 04:19 PM
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Well, Geoff did it, perhaps I should also not finish an entry!



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Old Jan 08, 2014, 05:36 PM
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One of my favourites - I built the Ivan Pettigrew Auster a few years ago and she is still flying and looking (almost) as good as new. How big is the BB one?
I remember your Ivan P. Auster. I have a couple of his plans

I think the BB kit's span was 54", but I've scaled mine to about 42".

James, now that you've successfully constructed a baby, you have no excuse to not successfully construct a model aeroplane! Maybe your wife can help with this too? :-)
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Old Jan 08, 2014, 05:46 PM
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Oh good! Now I won't feel nearly as badly when I don't finish mine either. Looking forward to the ride.

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Old Jan 08, 2014, 09:58 PM
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I remember your Ivan P. Auster. I have a couple of his plans

I think the BB kit's span was 54", but I've scaled mine to about 42".

James, now that you've successfully constructed a baby, you have no excuse to not successfully construct a model aeroplane! Maybe your wife can help with this too? :-)
Hehe! Constructing the baby was easy (and fun! ), but I don't recall any of my models requiring this level of maintenance!

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Old Jan 10, 2014, 06:18 AM
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Constructing a baby? Dash it all, I thought that's what the bally butler was for.......
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Old Jan 10, 2014, 08:35 AM
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Constructing a baby? Dash it all, I thought that's what the bally butler was for.......
...or the Tweenie, lets not be sexist
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Old Jan 10, 2014, 10:22 AM
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The scale factor of the baby will be changing continuously, so it will be like having a new model every year. Specifying the scale factor will be difficult for 20 years or so.

Geoff, good luck with the construction. Build it faster than I do with my Fairchild

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Old Jan 12, 2014, 09:48 PM
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Bulent, you've built about six Fairchilds already, when one considers all the times you decided to redo parts that anyone else would have been happy with!

I got an email from VH-CRR's owner today telling me he hasn't gotten it finished either, but that his father has bought TWO more J4s, both basket cases but rebuildable. It seems the family is trying to corner the market for the marque. It also seems that there are more J4s in Australia than anywhere else in the world.
And rightly so, since "Auster" means, "South wind" in Latin.
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Old Jan 15, 2014, 11:39 AM
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"the bally butler" "or the Tweenie"

I think you chaps have overdosed on Downton Abbey!
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Old Jan 15, 2014, 12:12 PM
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Hi Geoff,

I am planning on building only two of my next model Building 6 simultaneous models takes too much time, as you put it..

What are the "the bally butler" "or the Tweenie"?

Bulent
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Old Jan 15, 2014, 07:13 PM
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"Bally" is a somewhat naughty British slang word, and you must know "butler." "Tweenie," as I understand it, a maid or other female servant. British humour at its best/worst!

One fuselage side's done; the other's being assembled over it. No photo yet.
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Old Jan 16, 2014, 06:27 AM
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"Bally" is a somewhat naughty British slang word...
One fuselage side's done; the other's being assembled over it. No photo yet.
I say Geoffrey old chap - 'somewhat naughty' is putting it a little strong, what? Bally is no worse than an American ejaculating 'Horsefeathers!' Why, I can even remember Nanny saying it when a younger yours truly dropped his p‚tť de foie gras sandwich onto the dickey seat of Pater's Bentley....

And how dare you attach one piece of balsa to another without a photographic record - I demand that you break out the Box Brownie immediately and rectify that omission!

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Old Jan 16, 2014, 06:52 AM
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I kneel contrite before you, Colonel, and beg your pardon, for my failure to post accompanying photos. Y'see, the box Brownie has no flash, and I've been working of late by the meager light of a paraffin lamp. I shall rectify my error as soon as possible!
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