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Posted by FWAL | Dec 30, 2014 @ 02:28 PM | 4,826 Views
South Gower slope action from gopro and sanyo

the cobra bites (2 min 34 sec)

Posted by FWAL | Dec 26, 2014 @ 05:17 PM | 4,262 Views
The 66" Pegasus Hawker Hurricane kit was taken off the "To Do" shelf the other day, opened and work has started in ernest. I wanted to push on with the wings so I could reinforce the wing joint at the same time as laminating the Rebel RG 65 project. The fuse is also making steady progress but a little less messy.
I carefully remove the veneer put aside for re-use and dust off my trusty Bosh to router out the wing servo apertures. Then using an old tent pole I carefully drill the conduit for the servo cable. Following that I used the same technique to recess the
Flap servo.
Posted by FWAL | Dec 19, 2014 @ 09:22 AM | 4,218 Views
Rebel has been planked and faired. Those curves are all man and hand made without any form of software intervention or Can't Frigging Design ( CFD) assistance.
Posted by FWAL | Dec 14, 2014 @ 08:33 AM | 4,715 Views
It's such a shame to see these once lovingly constructed, pristine models being left to rot. There's a Catalina, Leopard Moth, A4 Dutton perhaps a DH Vampire and Sunderland.
If you are of a sensitive disposition you'd better look away, what you are about to witness could be very disturbing.
Posted by FWAL | Dec 13, 2014 @ 05:08 PM | 5,218 Views
Magazines from 1936-37, make sure you view all the photo's in this thread....Continue Reading
Posted by FWAL | Dec 10, 2014 @ 05:45 PM | 3,732 Views
The photo's below were taken just a couple of miles from my house. The 1951 National Championships at Fairwood Common Aerodrome. Awards being presented by Lady Whitten Brown. Wife of the then deceased Sir Arthur Whitten Brown the first man to fly across the Atlantic non stop in 1919. Photo's include Mignet's own Flying Flea, a Model of a Gypsy Moth which flew from Britain to Australian in 1934, Leopard Moth, Slinsgsby Grasshopper or similar and members of the Swansea Aeromodellers Club....Continue Reading
Posted by FWAL | Dec 09, 2014 @ 03:05 PM | 3,942 Views
This part of the build has got to be one of the most rewarding. With each plank the hull shape develops in front of you and you cant help but start imagining the completed model effortlessly gliding through the water.
The majority of the planking to the freeboard has been cut to taper from 5mm at the stern to10mm at the bow. Even though this design is slab sided and the freeboard could have been cut from a single sheet I chose to plank it due to the additional stiffness laminating achieves and also to reduce the likelihood of twisting by the alternate turning of each plank end to end. It's how they made the old wooden spars in the old days to stay relatively straight and strong.
When it comes to cutting the normal planks I cut the individual strips using two lengths of alloy angle, one placed on top of the other. It's quick and accurate.
Posted by FWAL | Dec 07, 2014 @ 10:24 AM | 3,293 Views
Yesterday I visited a friend to look at a pond yacht he had inherited. Specifically he wanted ideas and help to make a new rig and sails as the originals were long gone.
After a little searching I believe 'Endeavour' is an early (1929) 36R . I have come to this conclusion due to her size:
Length 35" Beam 11" Draft 7" weight roughly 11lbs. These measurements fit the 36 Restricted Class perfectly.
Now it's up to the new owner to decide exactly how far he wants to go with the refurbishment, but if it was up to me I would strip the existing finishes right back and complete the painting and fine coach work back to the original. Re-rig and have new traditional clothed sails made by Frank Nylet. Then go and show her off in the best arena possible, a Victorian built boating lake. Although, the nearest one is 50 miles away at the Knave in Barry, South Wales.
Posted by FWAL | Dec 05, 2014 @ 10:08 AM | 4,486 Views
Not sure if I've mentioned this is in an earlier post but in this case I don't mind repeating myself.
I love 5mm thick foam board! There you go I've said it
A scalpel slices through the straight cuts and the scroll saw makes light work of the curves. Yellow paper templates stuck with Pritt on to the white board helps to show you exactly where to cut. Pins have a fair hold just in the foam but for a better grip it's better to pin at angle to pierce the paper as well.
Next job is to strip down some sheets of balsa into 3,5 and 10mm widths.
Posted by FWAL | Dec 02, 2014 @ 03:57 PM | 3,800 Views
When my head hit the pillow last night and my imagination kicked into the usual modelling hyper drive a cantilevered sail control arm flashed into my minds eye. All of a sudden I could see how a normal length servo arm might provide enough sheet travel for my latest Rebel RG65 project.
This evening I set about knocking up a crude experiment just to see if my idea had any legs and I was quite impressed. A normal servo arm radius of 25mm provided 100mm of sheet travel. Another advantage is the torque isn't jeopardised and it's also relatively light. All together a win, win idea perhaps.
The first photo shows a standard futaba 3001 servo in the sheeted in position and in the second photo the servo is in the sheeted out position. The geometry can be improved slightly to further reduce the holding torque required whilst in the sheeted in position.