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Old Feb 21, 2009, 07:23 PM
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Peter Rake, Rex Racer

Okay, need your help once again.
I've been looking for pictures and some history on the Rex Racer.
The only pictures that I have been able to find online look like a Bleriot; open fuselage and an under fuse mounted elevator.
History wise, was the builder Rexford Smith? If so, there is very little history on him too.
Any help with pictures and/or 3 view, would be appreciated.
I'm in the middle of doing Pete Rakes Rex, and need this info desperately.
Thanks,
Chris
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Old Feb 21, 2009, 07:46 PM
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Okay, need your help once again.
I've been looking for pictures and some history on the Rex Racer.
The only pictures that I have been able to find online look like a Bleriot; open fuselage and an under fuse mounted elevator.
History wise, was the builder Rexford Smith? If so, there is very little history on him too.
Any help with pictures and/or 3 view, would be appreciated.
I'm in the middle of doing Pete Rakes Rex, and need this info desperately.
Thanks,
Chris
I will guess this is one of the pics you found:



That from the Aerophiles website. Scrolling down to the Rex entry, the short little blurb does not mention Rexford Smith, though.

James

P.S. Weeding through all the google hits for Speed Racer's brother is pretty trying!
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Old Feb 21, 2009, 08:01 PM
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James:
Yes, that and a few others.
From what I see they did have at least two models.
This one, you found, was based on a Bleriot.
The other, that Pete modeled, was built for the 1912 Gordon Bennett Race but was not completed in time for the race. It was shown without engine. I did find that the 1912 mono was from Rex Monoplane, Staten Island NY.
I think I had read Rex Smith was out of Maryland. Maybe Rexford Smith was not involved with this aeroplane....I think?
Quite obscure and confusing........but fun.
Thanks for your help.
Chris
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Old Feb 22, 2009, 01:48 PM
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I did find some good info...finally.
Not clear pics, but I guess they'll have to do.
Well, here's the start...well....middle of my REX build.
Hope all goes well.
Chris
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Old Feb 22, 2009, 02:36 PM
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Nice construction, Chris - that wing shape lookes very graceful.

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Old Feb 22, 2009, 04:49 PM
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Thanks Steve,
I really do like the shape of the REX wing.
She's coming along pretty quickly, the fuse is almost done now.
I'm holding off on the tail and elevator as its all laminated. Not my
favorite to do....have to be in the mood.
Chris
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Old Feb 22, 2009, 06:52 PM
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Chris,
Looking good mate.

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Old Feb 25, 2009, 06:24 PM
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Just a little update.
I had to modify Pete's drawing to fit an IPS, as Pete designed this one as brushless. Since I still have a few IPS hanging around I figured I'd give it a go.

Nothing major in the way of changes, I just wanted to make the motor accessable so a removable cowl was needed. Close quarters, but it fits nicely with just enough room.
New former F2 was made and the motor stick installed.
Chris
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Old Feb 25, 2009, 06:33 PM
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Nice tidy job there Chris. You got your cream Litespan ready then? The Solarfilm company must make a fortune off us vintage/WW1 modellers!

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Old Feb 25, 2009, 06:39 PM
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Thanks Steve. Yes, cream is ready to go.
I was so hoping for a different colored model.....but for now it will be fine.
Actually I was able to use white on some of my Scout as I ended up going with the brown and cream coloring.......I painted the white brown
I should add to that old thread too.
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Old Mar 01, 2009, 01:46 PM
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Not much of an update, but I did figure out the rest of the cowling.
Started with balsa block and added a couple of sheets to make up the required thickness. I even tried to make some air scoops for the cowling.
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Old Mar 01, 2009, 04:43 PM
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Chris,
That nose looks great, exactly how I imagined it would turn out. It's all very well working these things out in two dimensions but you're never quite sure you got it right until the build.

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Old Mar 01, 2009, 05:20 PM
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Thanks Pete, I know what you mean.
I looked over your drawings, over and over.
Glad I found that one picture, although its pretty vague, it confirmed the general shape was correct.
The hardest part was figuring out how to get access to the IPS.
I'm happy with it so far.
Chris
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Old Mar 01, 2009, 06:04 PM
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She's going to have quite an impressive front end - all those openings and scoops. Having even one picture is great. My build of Peter's Avro Arrowscout became so much more real finding just one photo

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Old Mar 02, 2009, 04:19 AM
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I know what you mean Pat.
It took a while but I finally found out about the Rex.....not much history, it never even flew in the Gordon Bennett Race of 1912. It was shown at the NY Aero show without engine. There's no written history that it even flew.
Pete must have more info on the Rex, as the 3-view I found does not have any sections.
I do find it rewarding and interesting, finding out what little info there is on the early aeroplanes. Brings you back to the early years of aviation. Thats what nice about where I live, the "cradle of aviation", Long Island New York. There were 4 or 5 early airfields near me. Rex actually flew his first model, the Bleriot copy, at a local airfield.
Funny how much information is contradictory too.
Chris
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