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Old May 02, 2012, 01:15 PM
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"Britkit" Build Off April 2012 - 31/12/2012

There seems to be some support for a Build Off to follow on from the modestly successful Frog one so this is what I propose:

Build Off to run from May 1st 2012 to December 31st 2012, giving 8 months total

Subject can be any design kitted by the following Brtitish kit producers:
Keil Kraft
Mercury
Veron
Skyleada
Performance Kits
Halfax
Airyda
Elite
MS Newcastle
Worcraft
.....and, after thinking about it, Frog. I can see no good reason to exclude them just because we have had a specific build off just finished, there are still lots of very good designs not yet done.
PLUS...any other minor British Kit manufacturer who were advertising and producing kits BEFORE December 31st 1960. i.e. NOT such as Westwings and other current producers, if any. NOTE however that designs first marketed by any of the above listed manufacturers AFTER 31/12/60 ARE eligible - for example KK Super 60. Hope that is clear.

Models can be built original size, scaled up or scaled down.

Models can be built as originally flown - F/F, C/L or radio - or converted to another style - i.e. F/F or C/L to radio, or vice-versa!

Models can be powered as originally, or by any other power source - glider (no power source), rubber, CO2, I.C (diesel, glow or ignition), electric, rocket or gas turbine!!!

In order to qualify for the poll at the end of the build off the model must be completed, but not necessarily flown. As a minimum a photo and description of the finished model must be posted on the Build Off thread, but if possible a Build Log thread for the model is much preferred, please try and do one if at all possible.

As with the Frog Build Off I will keep the first post of the thread up to date with entries, progress and build log links.

When you have decided to enter a model, please post the details on this thread, if there is to be a build log please also post the link to that here too, particularly if it is to be in another forum - free flight or scale for example -once you start it, I will pick up and list any started on this forum, but can't look at all the others. If you title the build log thread "(Model) - Britkit Build Off April 2012 - 31/12/2012)" that would be a help.

I'll start the ball rolling, build log to follow.

ENTRY LIST

Sundancer - 1.8 x Keil Kraft Sportster electric R/C. Build Log at http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...0#post21535595 Finished and flown 23/6/2012
RAF_BOB - Keil Kraft Senator for electric R/C Build Log at http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...6#post21631890 Finished 08/10/2012 Flown 10/10/2012
KKPhantom - Keil Kraft Gipsy for electric R/C Build Log at http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1645875 Flown 30/05/2012
Vega - Keil Kraft Topper 1.5x
Owlsabie - Veron Bee Bug for electric R/C Build Log at http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1647422 Withdrawn
cd_webb - Veron Deacon electric R/C Buld log at http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1677081 Finished 06/08/2012 Flown but damaged on first flight
Marksherlock - Mercury Skyjeep electric R/C
RFJ - Veron Phoenix for R/C electric Build log at http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...7#post21627270 Flown 6/6/2012
brokenenglish - Keil Kraft Slicker for F/F Build log at http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1658329
SAslinky - Veron Bee Bug for electric R/C Build log at http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1691745
kkphantom - Veron Tipsy Nipper Build log at http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1686083 Finished 29/12/2012
Colonel Blink - Keil Kraft Ajax for electric R/C. Build log at http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1668006 Finished 15/09/2012 Flown 22/09/2012
Rabidrue - KK Fleetwing scaled to 65" for electric R/C. Build log at http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1684935
RFJ - Mercury Crusader electric R/C. Build log at http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1679453 Flown 26/07/2012
Harry D - Keil Kraft Dandy electric R/C. Build log at http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1731640 Finished 28/9/2012. Flown 30/09/2012
Sparks59 - Veron Coupe for electric R/C. Build log at http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1685597 Finished and Flown 20/07/2012
Sundancer - Mercury Mars x2 for electric R/C. Build log at http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...4#post22080719 Finished 25/08/2012 Flown 26/08/2012
Guizzo 17 - Keil Kraft Radian for Electric R/C Build log at: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1700590 Finished 22/09/2012 Flown 7/10/2012 but damaged on first flight
Froglube - Veronite No 3, Rubber. See http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1696988 Finished 23/07/2012
Froglube - Keil Kraft Senator, rubber powered. Build log at http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1701241 Finished 06/08/2012
Sky Jiver - 1.2x Keil Kraft Competitor, E/RC. Build log at http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1703321 Finished and Flown 11/12/2012
BigisBest - Keil Kraft Falcon. Original size, electric R/C. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1706473
c_d webb - Frog Moth Minor, rubber F/F. Build log at http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1707640
Froglube - Veronite No. 2 rubber. Build log at http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1706663 Finished 28/12/2012
Sundancer - Frog Fairy - F/F glider. Build log at http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1721066 Finished 11/09/2012. Flown 12/09/2012
DavidSt - Veron Luscombe Sedan, rubber powered.
WarrenB - 112" Junior 60 I.C radio. Build thread at http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1746394 Finished 28/12/2012
Colibriguitars - 1.5x Frog Redwing electric R/C. Build thread at http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1746341 Finished and flown 06/11/2012
Edubarca - Veron Sky Scooter R/C power. Build thread at http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1753028
Mixer421 - Keil Kraft Dolphin for electric R/C. Build log at http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1753989 Finished 24/11/2012 Flown 30/11/2012
cswee - Keil Kraft Soarer Baby. Build log at http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1762712 Finished 10/11/2012 Flown 18/11/2012
cswee - Keil Kraft Achilles rubber. Build log at http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1768998 Finished 30/12/2012
Sundancer - Frog Tarquin electric. Build log at http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...4#post23264481
VMC - Veron Truflite Tiger Moth, rubber. Build log at http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1778920 Finished and flown 28/11/2012
Colibiguitars - Frog Tom Tit x2 for electric R/C. Build log at http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1773757 Finished (waiting for delivery of motor) 20/12/2012
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Old May 02, 2012, 01:46 PM
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George, I predict a huge success for this thread. What a great idea!
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Old May 02, 2012, 02:54 PM
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I'm in with a KK Senator electric. Original size. Will set up build thread soon.
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Old May 02, 2012, 04:10 PM
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Hope you are right Brian! Thanks Bob, noted.
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Old May 03, 2012, 07:21 AM
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Tomboy Ahoy

Ah,this is the incentive I need to (finally) get a Tomboy built.

Edit: "never mind".
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Old May 03, 2012, 08:15 AM
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Hi,
While the previous post is an obvious and excellent reaction, it puts George in a delicate situation... Until a few recent, laser cut short kits, the Tomboy was never a kit... only an Aeromodeller plan...
Oh dear George, I suppose it was foreseeable...
Wha ya gonna do now Yogi?
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Old May 03, 2012, 08:34 AM
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I'm in with a KK Gipsy R/C electric. with maybe more to follow.
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Old May 03, 2012, 09:07 AM
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That's my Senator electrocution back in the 'pending' file, due to Raf_Bob's speed (he's probably got it half built by now ).

Need to have a long, hard think here. Must be something a little offbeat here.

Bob - you and I could have a similar old 'day job'?

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Old May 03, 2012, 09:50 AM
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I'll put my name down to do a KK Topper. Probably scaled up to 1.5 metres or so.
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Old May 03, 2012, 10:34 AM
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Ah,this is the incentive I need to (finally) get a Tomboy built.
Er - sorry Raymond, as Brian said the Tomboy was never a "Britkit" pre 1960, just an Aeromodeller plan. There are, however, lots of alternatives; may I suggest the Davis Charlton "Ballerina" (I think Old School Aircraft Factory do a laser "short" kit, but to be honest it is such a straight forward design, who needs laser cutting?), also a Vic Smeed design, or the Veron Cardinal (see below for an electric R/C one), 36", lovely flyer, or it's big brother the Deacon if you would like something a bit larger. Lots of other options too if your fancy is for a cabin model - Mercury Magna, Halfax Hermes for example.

Sorry about that but I hope you will still enter with an alternative model.
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Old May 03, 2012, 10:35 AM
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That's my Senator electrocution back in the 'pending' file, due to Raf_Bob's speed (he's probably got it half built by now ).


!!! I Wish! Why not two Senators Dereck? Would be interesting to compare notes. However, With so many delicious designs to choose from, the variety possible is enticing isn't it? I'm not really quick off the mark. I'd already decided to do the Senator whilst building the Wren. It's just a matter of circumstances that it fits into the Britkit build off. Vega, the Topper is another favourite of mine. Really looking forward to your version. + Gipsy + whatever! My progress so far is to download the Senator plan and print it to the correct size.
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Old May 03, 2012, 10:41 AM
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That's my Senator electrocution back in the 'pending' file, due to Raf_Bob's speed (he's probably got it half built by now ).

Need to have a long, hard think here. Must be something a little offbeat here.

Bob - you and I could have a similar old 'day job'?

Dereck
Nothing wrong with two people doing the same model Dereck, in fact it is quite interesting to see how different builders tackle the same design (we had three Ravens in the Frog B/O, all different)

However, if you want to be individual there are stacks of interesting options, especially if a converted rubber model "park flyer" is what you are after. I have several in mind but won't list them here, if you want to know what they are, PM me.
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Old May 03, 2012, 10:48 AM
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I'll put my name down to do a KK Topper. Probably scaled up to 1.5 metres or so.
The Topper - that brings back memories, I had one and it was a challenging build for a twelve year old! Great looking model though and I can't wait to see what you do with it.
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Old May 03, 2012, 11:07 AM
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Hi Bob
Snag I have is that most of my builds are not actually, well, planned. Okay, they're planned in that I have to draw the plan first, but that's no drama. I follow the words of the late, great Randy Randolph - 'All my models are the same. Just the size and shape vary'.

It makes sense if you think about it long enough.

I just had a Splendid Inspiration - cut short by finally noticing the word 'Kit'. My SI, which would have knocked a few into a sitting position, is unfortunately a plan by Ray Malmstrom, a British legend if ever there was.

Performance Kits? I seem to have 'lost' a PK plan that would have caused the odd palpitation at an OW meeting... Research is needed, I can't recall the name of the kit though I do recall the tailplane not being at the boring end.

Could get boring and build the not-old-enough-to-be-a-collectible-kit Veron SE5 I've lugged around for years and an ocean crossing, I suppose...

A snag around here is that whoever nicknamed Chicago the 'windy city' wasn't kidding. Small models either log a lot of shop time or are last seen heading downwind, RC or not

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Amendment list one, as we said in the Olde Day Jobbe.

PK plan found. Nearly odd enough to wake Franny up... Needs upsizing, re Chicago wind and for ease of fitting that new-fangled 'RC Gear' stuff. Will be e-powered vice a Mills 75 (head bows in thought and respect for a moment).

Now, do I chance upsizing a wrinkly plan at Kinko's, or sit up all of several nights CAD-ifying it...

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