2011 - What has happened so far...
This year started rather poorly and has continued on a fairly rocky path. What with two knee replacements, sundry cancer scares and deteriorating glaucoma, my modelling pace has slowed somewhat. Enthusiasm has had its ups and downs too but I was still keen (maybe stupid!) enough to take on another prototype build for Peter Rake - the Albatros DXI. This is now finished and awaiting the Spring winds to abate and my nervousness to diminish
DXI build thread: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1420281
The Morane Saulnier AI is almost finished too - certainly flyable but a few details to add before it gets hurled into sky. It is, for me, my best build so far and was inspired in part, by Hammerd's recent 1/8 to 1/6 scale upsizes of a Rake plan. I almost didn't change anything important - only where the bigger size dictated a different approach or wanted a more 'scale' appearance. It feels as though it would fly without a hitch.
MS AI: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1353204
The big BUSA SPAD is now all covered and awaiting paint while the 60" Hurricane of D-Rock's has flown and after small repairs, will fly again soon.
SPAD Build: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1072240
The big Westland Lysander has its basic fuselage structure completed and is a great model to get back to with no pressure about getting it done - my first real model that is for building pleasure only. If it flies in the future - great.
Build log: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1305727
Another build I wanted to do and accepted Peter Rake's offer to design is a 1/6 scale Fokker D.VII - I've got the laser cut parts from Manzano but haven't started it yet - promised myself the Hurricane and DXI would fly first!
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