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Posted by Pat Lynch | Apr 03, 2014 @ 04:27 PM | 13,605 Views
The closing days of 2013 saw some furious activity on the Scale Electric forum of rcgroups. For many years a growing dissatisfaction over sharing the forum with the ever-increasing ARF fraternity had been festering and finally after much heated (and often unnecessary) debate, the forum was split. We, the scratch builders got a space where I read virtually every thread as it is posted and the ARF folk could 'do their thing' in private. Sadly, the character of many of our modelling mates were revealed and it was not always pretty But here we were, a new space, more scratch building on the same page and no ARFs. The ARF/scratch discussion has been done to death and quite frankly, I find it boring as an intellectual topic. So no more of that!

To celebrate the new forum, electric/ scale-kit-scratch-built, a Build-off was proposed and eagerly organised. Six months to design, build and fly a NEW model. Teaming up with Peter Rake as designer, we started on Jan 1, 2014 as per rules and within a few days some basic bits of a Polikarpov PO-2 appeared. I was a little disappointed that that the rules were slowly watered down to include designs that had already been started or even completed which rather undermined (for me) the original concept. In some cases, models had already been started prior to 2014 BUT the flurry of activity seen in the new forum made it all worthwhile.

The Polikarpov was one of those love-at-first sight aeroplanes - I first saw it when searching for a...Continue Reading
Posted by Pat Lynch | Apr 03, 2014 @ 02:24 PM | 12,987 Views
I was really keen to get stuck back into various unfinished (and unstarted) models in my new shed but opted to build something small and simple to fine-tune the tools, accessibility and general usefulness of the new building space so Built Peter Rake's little (under 30") Russian Moska ww1 monoplane - she built and flew fine A build log is at: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1969505

Another model started in 2014 was a 1/6 Camel - the only one of its kind from the, sadly, now defunct Aerodrome RC. I did the fuselage to get the hang of Kay's design style but will put it on hold until other, older projects, are done!
The thread was put into the new WW1 model forum but will be slow for a while yet! The Duncan Hutson Lysander is structurally complete and needs covering and the He111 is nearing completion also. Their build threads are here:
Camel - https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2057046
Heinkel - https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1720055
Lysander - https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1819208

The Lysander is to the Duncan Hutson plan after I abandoned (and dismantled) my start on the magnificent Frank Mizer version. I know myself well enough after nearly 70 years, to recognise that the Mizer model was not going to be completed. My building style needs me to be engrossed full time in the task and when that involvement wanes, it is better that I admit defeat and give the job away. Life is too short to have 'I'll get around to it one day' projects piling up so that Lizzie was retired into oblivion

I still want to have a long-term, engrossing project and parts for that have been slowly accumulating for when some others have been finished. But more of that later......
Posted by Pat Lynch | Apr 02, 2014 @ 04:29 PM | 12,654 Views
Aside from a few modelling tasks, setting up my new workshop has been the major focus. I admit I have a thing about workshops. I could spend the rest of my time just refining a workshop - getting all the right stuff, setting it up just right and producing - not much. Many model engineers spend much of their time building tools while a half-completed model locomotive spends years patiently waiting.....

The workshop is only 20 sq metres - the maximum council allows without any building permissions but 3.6 X 5.5 is big enough to build anything I'm likely to tackle and with a bit of planning should be easy to work in. The steel frame makes the structure strong, fairly thin-walled to maximise space and termite proof! I lined it with foil backed batts and 7mm plywood - something I could screw shelves etc into.
Many people wonder how I work so quickly...I don't know, but being retired AND having a workable space certainly helps.

Over the years I've come to use a layout that works for me - a central building bench with all the tools and glues needed while building within easy reach, machine tools such as lathe, pillar drill, scroll saws and heavy vice are on an opposite wall while most materials are stored at one end. My shed was built with an end wall having large outward opening doors to clear fumes, make sweeping easier and enjoying Winter sun.

Storage of materials is critical for me - I hate rooting around in boxes all marked 'miscellaneous' Plastic bins with lids...Continue Reading