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Old Aug 20, 2010, 07:19 PM
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Ballerina, by Vic Smeed / Davies-Charlton

Was I alone not knowing this..?

This lovely Vic Smeed design, "Ballerina" (38") was kitted and sold by Davies-Charlton, kind of "purpose made" for the DC Merlin (also shown on the plan).

Beeing a kit, and not sold as an Aeromodeller Plan, makes it hard to find when you search for Smeed Designs....to me it has been hidden until now....

...definitely on my wish list now....


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Old Aug 20, 2010, 07:22 PM
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Ballerina flies well too. We had one here in our recent Nationals in the Scramble.
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Old Aug 20, 2010, 08:14 PM
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You mean something like this?
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Old Aug 20, 2010, 11:05 PM
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Ballerina is beautiful and being a Vic Smeed design it WILL ALWAYS FLY GREAT!!!! Let us know your progress on this model and better if you put a cheap Chinese 2 dollar servo so you can control the model and prevent fly aways but still keep the free flight spirit. Good luck!!
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Old Aug 21, 2010, 05:41 AM
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Beeing a kit, and not sold as an Aeromodeller Plan
Plan AM 1706 Published March 1993 Aeromodeller.

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Old Aug 21, 2010, 07:55 AM
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Plan AM 1706 Published March 1993 Aeromodeller.
Oops...I've missed that out too.....thanks for bringing me out of the mists....
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Old Aug 21, 2010, 12:34 PM
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can you please post the ballerina into the plans thread, which appears to be a collection thread for plans,

nice design by Vic as usual - we are spoilt for choice

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Old Aug 22, 2010, 12:32 AM
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John,
I'd love to post it, but the JPG photo is something I "clipped" off another site. I'm guessing that Ray has the plans in his "massive" mag collecton. Maybe he can??

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Old Aug 22, 2010, 02:11 AM
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I don't want to spoil the party, but if you look at this plan and only squint just a little bit it does look very much like a Cardinal??
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Old Aug 22, 2010, 04:15 AM
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I may have miss heard but I think the Old School Model Aeroplane Factory are about to release a kit,(not sure, full or short), see them at the Nationals.
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Old Aug 22, 2010, 04:44 AM
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My scan is also rather clipped due to the "arty" arrangement of the plan on the page of the article.
The design was commisioned by DC and was to minise die cuttign tooling, hence the angular tips etc.
Anyone wanting a higher reolstuion copy, pm me you email.
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Old Aug 22, 2010, 10:11 AM
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That seemed to be the way to do things "back then"! Design a sucessful model and live off it for the rest of your life by making small changes! or just copy one as did KK with the Scorpion (originally The Answer) Cardinal, Deacon Ballerina really just size variations of a format that worked. Lots of designers did it, that`s why the KK Slicker and Southerner wings are identical. Nothing wrong with that; when you`ve got a sucessful design "if it ain`t broke, don`t fix it" !
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Old Aug 23, 2010, 04:03 AM
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there was another reason for kit producers keeping designs similar such as wings and that was keeping cost of production down - even more essential in those days as number of kits sold/design would not support high tooling costs ( hence printed wood vs precut ) and the fact that disposable income ( ie pocket money ) as a % of total income was nowhere near as much as it is today, and in many cases NIL.

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