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Posted by Pat Lynch | Aug 15, 2009 @ 09:50 PM | 16,540 Views
A major step forward (or perhaps backward) today (Ausgust 16) was the disposal of some of my early and now non-flying models. Going to various keen local aeromodellers were my Ips Pfalz EIII, the 48" Fokker EIII, and the FE8 pusher. All are Peter Rake designs and their disposal is a downside to town-house living. Part of my problem is that I'm not crashing stuff these days. Maybe my rather conservative flying habits and concentration on stability and accuracy esp. when landing, is paying off My main interest is building scale models - I love the creative part and to fly something afterward is 'icing on the cake' really. Another possibility isthat since most of my models are prototype build for Peter Rake, or my own painful efforts at scale design and building, I want to preserve them for as long as possible and so take more care than one might normally - in any event, I finish up with far too many models for my small storage space!
More will have to go with some 'biggies' in the wings.....
Posted by Pat Lynch | Aug 15, 2009 @ 09:41 PM | 16,300 Views
After the stress (?) of finishing the Bison and getting the Powell build done, My major task was selcting my prize from the rcgroups build-off competition. It was a hard decision - my head said get something small and simple such as the Nieuport 11 Bebe - easy to electrify and easy to build. But my heart wanted something more spectacular and challenging so I chose the most complex 1/4 scale kit offered by BUSA - the SPAD XIII. The process of selecting the model, and associated discussion can be found here:

This will be a long term project - not only for the build but saving enough pennies to power the 20lb beast

Apart from the SPAD, Peter Rake, at my request, designed a 49" RAF BE12a - a rather fragile looking WWI 'fighter'. I want it to be a floater but still well detailed. It will sport a Park 450 motor and hopefully can be kept to around 25 - 30 oz AUW.
Peter has also designed a large Brisfit and I begged to be allowed to build this after the BE12. At 67" span, it will be a nice prelude to the SPAD
Another possible is the early Yakovlev 'Air 1' - One of the russian designer's first planes.
Posted by Pat Lynch | Aug 15, 2009 @ 09:22 PM | 16,425 Views
The first 6 months of 2009 were a frantic bid to build, fly, photograph and describe my AVRO 555 'Bison' for the build-off 3. The effort paid off and against stiff competition, won My prize for that effort was my choice of a Balsa USA 1/4 scale model. I selected their SPAD 13 kit - very ambitious for me and a great challenge to electrify. But more of that later.

With the Bison completed, I agreed to do another prototype build for Peter Rake - the little Powell PH-2 racer from 1925. It was a fun build and although 1/5 scale had a span of only 37". With a Park 480 motor, she is a great performer and is now part of my regular flying squadron.
The Powell build thread can be found at: