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Posted by BAF23 | Jan 03, 2022 @ 08:45 AM | 57,747 Views
Year 2021

Early Januari 2021 I took the huge box containing a Windrider Boeing 737 down from the attic where it had been laying dormant for half a decade. After stripping all usable parts from my crashed Jetair B737 (go back to fall 2020 for details) I started to combine old and new parts to build a 90’s era SABENA airline B737-500 that could be used in powered or glider mode. I never expected it still would take 9 weeks to complete that simple foam model but I really liked the result.

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To read the complete build log of my second Boeing you can click on following link:

End februari and early March we had a couple of exceptionally warm days and I took the Funcub XL to the field for a series of much needed proficiency flight after the winter. After the rusty fingers loosened up I also got the Viperjet in the air but the clay on the still wet field stuck to the wheels and was close to jamming the gear upon retraction so after a few uneventful flights I returned home. Post-flight inspection of the Funcub revealed some minor problems and as I for correcting those I had the model open, I decided the time was ripe to undertake the modification to definitely abandon the standard Multiplex look and travesti it into a 70’s era PA18 I used to instruct student pilots. After using a mix of yellow vinyl and blue paint I had in stock, and installing normal sized Cub wheels, nobody recognizes the original...Continue Reading
Posted by BAF23 | Dec 21, 2021 @ 06:14 AM | 12,373 Views
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Having flown more than 500 hours in the real CM170 Fouga Magisters of the Belgian Air Force, even as leader, wingman or opposing solo in a few demo-teams, a model of that iconic 50’s designed French jet-trainer had to join my fleet sooner or later. As pre 2021 these were either loo large (Avonds super scale jet kit) or too small (PSS gliders or printed EDF kits), as soon as the Dutch RBC kits came out with a 2m span (1:6 scale) traditional wooden model for powerful 90mm EDF systems, I ordered one that was delivered within 48hrs. Yes, I prefer buying local than purchasing ARF foam models produced halfway around the globe. I prefer to work months on a model than take it out of the box and fly it the next weekend. Just as the real Fouga was developed from gliders and was (under)powered by WW2 technology early jet engines, I believe this close to scale model with elongated wings will have scale performance and be capable of taking off and land at relatively moderate speeds from our grass field (with sufficiently large wheels?). Needless to say, my model will sport the colors of MT31, a Fouga I took a lot to shows all-over Europe during the 80’s and early 90’s. During its career it was repainted a few times and was the first one to be restored in glossy Red Devil scheme till it retired in 1995 (now kept in stock in the museum at Beauvechin airbase).


After the second world war a few French engineers/...Continue Reading
Posted by BAF23 | Nov 29, 2021 @ 10:22 AM | 18,430 Views
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Shortly after obtaining my basic R/C helicopter license end of summer 2021 and building up confidence flying scale maneuvers with my T-Rex500 based Hugues500, I started thinking about larger scale-helicopters. The models on my dream list were either too expensive or just unavailable. Vario helicopters seemed the best but way above my paycheck because a new camper had soon to be paid for. Roban helicopters seemed nice but many people were complaining about the lack of support/spares from the German dealer. Next option was to browse through fora for second-hand reasonably priced relatively large helicopters. I wanted overall length to be under 2meter so it would fit in the camper’s garage. Two 6S5000 batteries in series would be nice to standardise with other planes in my EDF fleet. I preferred a voluminous body for better visibility but mechanical spares availability was paramount.

The acquisition

A few weeks later I made a deal with a Walloon modeller who sold a Funkey bodied Hugues500E around T-Rex700L DFC Dominator mechanics. A first look at the model confirmed it was in excellent accident-free original condition and equipped with quality electronics. To me it looked big and attractive and was sold because the owner only flew it sporadically for years and lately preferred his larger more recent Vario helicopters. He demonstrated the model in rather windy conditions while I took a video of that. Halfway the demo I already was...Continue Reading
Posted by BAF23 | Jun 18, 2021 @ 11:46 AM | 15,730 Views

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After having clocked 1200 flying hours on the mythical F104 Starfighter during the seventies, I was eager to also have one in my model collection. Knowing how tricky the real one was to land, I kept a 2018 model of the Freewing 1:12 scale 70mm EDF PNP Deluxe kit in the attic during years. After having flown my Freewing T33 in Belgian Viet-Nam colors I wasn’t afraid anymore of applying such a color scheme to the diminutive F104 (only 66cm wingspan). The choice of a particular scheme then was a no-brainer, I opted for the FX65 that I had the privilege of flying exclusively during the 3 month training and actual NATO Tactical Air Meet 1978 at Wildenrath (RAFG). It was a rare opportunity during which BAF F104’s wore the name of the pilot and crew chiefs below the cockpit during the competition week (not during the tactical week).

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The early EPS kit was light and its parts needed minimal time to assemble to obtain a USAF model of dubious flat colors (the tan looked much too brown) with glossy decals all over it. It was still preferable to the silver kit version because rubbing that off created even more of a mess in house. Although the fuselage measures 140cm long, the wingspan is a diminutive 66cm and calculates to only 7,03dm² wing area (compared to 25cm² for the T33), keeping the model light seemed paramount. As with the rest of their models, Freewing (labeled FNRC on the box) delivers good...Continue Reading
Posted by BAF23 | Jun 05, 2021 @ 04:41 AM | 30,568 Views


Just two weeks after buying my first serious heli in Januari 2014 (read story on my page I already ordered the body of an Agusta 109 suitable for T-Rex500 mechanics. Luckily I did because after that I didn’t see any other stocked anymore in European rc stores. An Austrian metalic-blue very thick paint scheme adorned that kit and would have to be sanded down completely because of the thick separation lines. The idea was to swap bodies on my first T-500 after having learned to fly it properly. At that time I expected that Hugues 500 body wouldn’t survive my learning period and that way I’d have another body at hand.

To my surprise the Hughes 500 survived my first year (and is still almost intact in 2021) so when I saw a T-Rex 500 Pro-DFC (with Bavarian Demon Rigid V2 installed) in excellent condition advertised in the country for an acceptable price, I decided to buy it to use as mechanics for the Agusta body. When the seller asked me to come for a demo and pickup at the airfield of Goetsenhoven I was even more surprised. He was an NCO working full-time for the Belgian Air Cadets, we knew each-other but didn’t know we shared the same hobby. Due to horrendoes Januari weather flying outside was a no-go but he showed me everything worked by hovering in a very narrow corridor in-between hangars full of real gliders. He threw me some extra 6S3300 batteries in the deal and we agreed on a correct...Continue Reading
Posted by BAF23 | Mar 25, 2021 @ 11:30 AM | 9,296 Views

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When I resumed model flying a decade ago the Multiplex Funcub had been my first powered aircraft and gave me much practice and pleasure. I later sold it because it didn’t fit in my “scale” collection.You can read all about the “small funcub” on my old page
Lately mostly flying delicate scale models and gliders gave me few opportunities to practice intense landings and I also had a desire to taste towing foam gliders for a change. Autumn 2020 I stumbled upon a never flown second-hand Multiplex Funcub XL built as 4S and advertised for half the price of all its components on a Belgian RC site. Since more than a year I had considered either that or an e-flite Carbon Cub. Since I had many 4S4000 batteries that I already used for my RF5, Tipsy Nipper and B25, plus the Funcub XL being easy to transport fully assembled in both my camper and car, I didn’t hesitate and contacted the seller. As my friend lived much closer to him he got the model that same evening and a weekend later brought it over. My plan was to first fly it as bought, then set it up correctly and if found suitable, cosmetically change it to portray the one illustrated here above that I flew in as an instructor during the seventies.

setting up my Funcub XL

First inspection revealed the kit had been very well assembled but came equipped with cheap Corona HV servo’s plus discontinued motor and ESC with 5V BEC. As...Continue Reading
Posted by BAF23 | Mar 10, 2021 @ 06:40 AM | 14,224 Views
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After 7 years of use, my first Windrider B737-700 in Jetair livery encountered yet another crash and I removed all usable parts. If you are interested you can read the build log and operational history of that model on my dedicated blog page, also because I will not duplicate things I already elaborated on on that old build log.

After a first crash in 2015 I contacted Ming to order just a new fuselage. Shipping from Hong Kong costing me as much as the new fuselage and the fact Ming doesn’t sell individual parts didn’t facilitate the transaction. After a while we agreed on a sum and when I got the huge box delivered I was more than surprised that Ming had sent me the complete “glider” version. When I asked him why, he just answered “I support your operation”. In the meantime I had been able to more or less straighten out the nose and continued flying the old one, the new one remaining dormant on the attic for half a decade. For long I had been toying with the idea of combining parts from both to produce the longer fuselage version B737-800 in Ryanair livery. When the excellent Freewing B737Max came out, the exhaustive conversion of the Windrider kits seemed a waste of time. After I saw somebody fly a very large generic type Boeing as a towed glider during the 2018 meet at Bastogne I started considering to use my Windrider 737 as a glider. Ming had...Continue Reading
Posted by BAF23 | Jan 04, 2021 @ 09:29 AM | 12,608 Views
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One of my first scale models had been the Dynam Skybus, a 147cm span foamy that I modified with flaps and a sound-system and painted to portray the C53 that I piloted for real halfway the 90’s. After 8 years I got tired of seeing it flying around with the gear in the fixed down position and attempted to modify it with retracts. I was unable to construct one that was sufficiently light and sufficiently stiff to support the landing loads of that model that had to be flown with a relatively high airspeed. During years I had been searching for a larger Dakota (with retracts) but most looked awful in shape with cockpit area and engine cowlings/nacelles far away from the charismatic DC3 curves. The wooden VQ model of 180cm and foam Hobby King with 160mm definitely were not worth the switch, but at the end of the 2020 summer I saw one ZD FLY brand advertised second-hand in good condition in Belgium for a reasonable price. The guy sold it for a deceased person so I got no manual nor decorations for that dull silver “rosinenbomber”. As the model with the retracts seemed to be in excellent original condition, I purchased it because it is a rare find in Belgium and a reputably excellent model flying at a realistic speed. When pictured along my smaller Dynam the difference in size and shapes were really apparent.

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Back home I checked the servo’s and motors, weighed the model (without battery 2221gr) and inspected it thoroughly. Visual...Continue Reading
Posted by BAF23 | Nov 03, 2020 @ 04:41 AM | 16,527 Views

Summer 2020 I installed a FrSky ASS70 airspeed sensor for test in my foam Parkzone Ka8b glider. I choose that one because the initial idea was to use it mainly in gliders and that one didn’t have a solid lead nose, and behind the foam was ample empty space (for the factory recommended hook servo that is very dangerous to use because it doesn’t allow release during failsafe conditions). After a few testflights I was convinced of the advantages of such a system if programmed to provide airspeed figures through my earphones to help me judge the speed in the pattern and thus enhance control of my touchdown points in the various gliders I operated. With age I noticed I was getting difficulty judging the speed of the various sized gliders and that cheap system could easily compensate that. GPS modules only provide groundspeed and that is utterly unusable in a moving air-mass (which we call wind). To measure airspeed you need to measure the amount of air that flows around your wings at any given time, independent from the air-masses’ movement versus the earth.

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The FrSky ASS70 is a so called low velocity/low precision system (still up to 270km/h) that costed only 34 euro and included a scale looking fighter-type pitot-static tube of 7cm protruding length, a lightweight sensor unit, a long flexible tube to connect total and static pressure between both parts, a male to male electric connector to the FrSky Smart-port entry in the receiver, and an...Continue Reading
Posted by BAF23 | Sep 24, 2020 @ 02:38 PM | 13,084 Views
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In 2014 I stumbled upon an advertisement of a second-hand Fly-Fly F100 in flying condition for what seemed a reasonable price. Some time before that I already had purchased one of the last original kits of that brand because I ever wanted to make a nice model of the French Air Force two-seater I had the chance to fly just weeks before it was phased out. Even as the second-hand one was in a sorry state, I bought it to use as a trainer and eventual source for spares if the need aroused. All of that laid dormant together with other kits and aircraft on my attic for years. End of summer 2020 I had a two week lul in my program and thought that getting the second-hand one ready for some test-flying with various EDF’s I had collected would be a useful way of filling that time. Once in my workroom I was very disappointed about the way that model had been very grossly assembled and decorated. The guy I bought it from had been a firefighter at the airbase of Beauvechin and should at least have been familiar with the fact that the USAF star stood on two legs instead of on its head!

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Speaking of legs, when you see how the nose-gear had been fastened to the fuselage you get an idea about the craftsmanship? of that modeller. I think he used a complete jar of Gorilla type glue on that model. Furthermore duct tape had been used to cover other atrocities before being painted, and during sticker application he had not followed the deep crease...Continue Reading
Posted by BAF23 | Jul 23, 2020 @ 05:38 AM | 15,956 Views
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End 1972 after coming back from the USA with my silver wings military pilot qualification on T41/T37/T38, I flew five rides with the already at that time venerable (since 1953 in Belgian Air Force) Lockheed T33 for familiarization with the Belgian environment and procedures before I started my conversion on the Lockheed F104G Starfighter. Although its official name was Shooting Star, most pilots always refer to it as a T-bird. Years later I also had an aerobatic ride in its Canadian counterpart, the Rolls Royce Nene powered CT133 named Silver Star.

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Soon after starting EDF model flying I was looking out for a T33 R/C model but either they were large and intended for real jet engines, or didn’t look the par. When Freewing marketed one with an 80mm fan in 2019, it immediately got my attention. That model is a bit small but makes it be easily transportable even fully assembled, and the relatively large diameter wheels allow it to also operate from well-cut grass. Straight-wing airplanes are more forgiving and can be flown slower in tighter airspace. Mid 2020 I ordered one from Motion RC Europe and within days I had it home, together with one of their admiral 6S4000 batteries that claims 60c output! (I need that to get airborne from grass without rolling too long and stressing the retracts).

The model was nicely packed and could have been assembled in a matter of hours, just a straightforward affair. The...Continue Reading
Posted by BAF23 | Jul 20, 2020 @ 05:14 PM | 14,663 Views
My original orange two-seat version V41 OO-LUK overturned at the end of the landing during a demo for kids at Tongeren in 2018. The only apparent damage seemed to be a broken rudder top and its hinges. Being the end of the season I put the model aside but had other priorities for (re)building. I always hated the shiny flimsy Monocote that had been patched up many times during its previous lives, sometimes even with transparent Scotch tape. Instead of only repairing the rudder, I decided to completely restore the model with Oratex/Solartex and give it another livery for which I already ordered the artwork through Calie. Instead of the standard Belgian Air Force trainer livery I opted for the black/white/red livery that was used by the period famous aerobatic team “Les Manchots” who pioneered close mirror flying acts with Stampes (V28 and V18) that had the front cockpit covered and a single pilot canopy installed.

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When the Belgian Air Force sold their Stampes in 1971, V18 first was sold to a Canadian (based at Sollingen in Germany) and in 1978 to the UK, where it flew as G-BRMC. In 1993 the Antwerp Stampe en Vertongen museum at Deurne Antwerp acquired this historic valuable aircraft and registered it OO-GWC. They restored it to the exact configuration in which it flew during the 1960’s. It was rarely flown and in 1996 I had the honor and privilege to ferry V18 from Brustem airshow (for the 50th anniversary of the Belgian Air Force) to a commemoration...Continue Reading
Posted by BAF23 | Jul 06, 2020 @ 11:02 AM | 16,699 Views
First steps in 2014

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After flying indoor toy helicopters for a while I desired to purchase a serious secondhand helo to fly outdoors. Jan 2014 my eyes fell on an electro scale Hugues 500E in unattractive Danish Army colors, completely ready to fly and equipped with a Helicommand Rigid ground and air stabilizer, plus five 6S3300 batteries. I trusted that my skills with the Blade 120 and like, augmented by the quality stability system, would be sufficient to get it in the air to teach myself. The deal was concluded and after coming home I knew the first thing I wanted to do was to transvestite it into the colors of the famous Hugues 500D that was used in every episode op the worldwide popular eighties television series: Magnum. As painting gloss yellow over matte dark green would be very difficult, I opted to cover it in vinyl and purchased lengths of yellow, orange and brown. I couldn’t refrain from first making a picture of my acquisition next to a Blade 130X helicopter that I hand-painted as a German police BO105 instead of the omnipresent Red-bull dress-up.

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I quickly regretted my decision to work with vinyl, applying parallel angled stripes shoulder to shoulder over angled and double-curved surfaces proved very challenging but I never gave up. In the end I started by first using see-through paper that I pushed in place hugging the surfaces, then marked where the previous strip ended, put the paper flat on the table and drew a new...Continue Reading
Posted by BAF23 | Jun 09, 2020 @ 04:14 AM | 18,645 Views
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Part 1: General info and tail assembly

The choices
After building the Ka2b OO-SZD, Gö4-3 OO-SZC and Foka4 OO-ZEU in their historical Sabena livery, only one glider was missing to have them all, the 1958 Bocian 1c OO-SZE serial P311.

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For years I compared the available quarter-scale (short)kits, one from the UK, one from Germany and the one from the well-known Polish OldGliders. End 2019 I choose the latter and ordered all their available options (except the oleo gear) including a scale pilot. The reply I got asked me to transfer 805 euro, also covering the shipping to Belgium. Three weeks later DPD delivered a 8,8kg package. It had been extremely well packed with liberal use of triplex-wood around both cartons, then many layers of black plastic to protect all sides during handling. Don’t panic after opening the box, just as with any 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle, it only takes patience to assemble the awesome mess of single loose pieces. After unpacking I roughly amassed similar looking parts in heaps and took following picture of the complete delivery.

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Posted by BAF23 | Nov 22, 2019 @ 11:27 AM | 18,603 Views

End 2017 I acquired a brand new (never flown) secondhand relatively cheap Taft Viperjet for its electronic components. With still to be assembled FlyFly kits of a Hawker Hunter and an F100D Super Sabre in the attic, I was in need of quality high-blade good 90mm EDF assemblies and that Viper happened to have been upgraded with a E-Jet EJ90-9 nine-blade 90mm fan on a HET700/60/1865 motor with a Phoenix edge HV120 12S EDF and Savox SH0255MG servo’s. That factory-balanced EDF set is advertised as producing 2030W with 91Amps at 22,3V: 3,1kg thrust! With the withdrawal of my FlyFly MB339 EDF trainer I decided to fly the Viper for a season before cannibalizing it.

Although the seller told me I just had to install a receiver to get it flyable, I spent more than a week getting it ready during fall 2019. The ESC had been screwed to a plywood plaque that had been glued within the fuselage, no way to unscrew it anymore in those confines. Since that ESC had no battery connectors I had to solder my EC5 plug within the fuselage, not an easy task considering the very thick wires and required heat within that foam environment. The wires also still had to be connected to the motor, necessitating the opening of the taped-over access hatch. That revealed that the fan-housing had been mounted with only two small screws, I upgraded that to six.

After mounting the receiver I discovered that none of the flight controls deflected properly. The previous builder/owner did cut the standard...Continue Reading
Posted by BAF23 | Aug 14, 2019 @ 10:23 AM | 15,782 Views
Chapter 1: Introduction to the Schemp-Hirth Gouvier gliders

Black and white picture of the real 1953 Sabena gouvier in flight

During the thirties, soaring became popular but the basic period single-seaters only allowed slow student progress by short hops along slopes. Some two-seaters were developed but in 1937 the first flight of a side-by-side two-seater (developed from the Gö3 Minimoa) opened up a new way of introducing more people to soaring, and offering a better way of teaching. The Göppingen 4 (abbreviated by many to Govier/Goevier/Gouvier but with different pronunciation in German, Dutch and French) had flight characteristics similar to the popular Grunau Baby but at 92cm width, the seating felt rather cramped. Space had been maximized by the wing to fuselage blending root-shape to accommodate shoulder and elbows. That part could be ordered in resin impregnated jute (sackcloth), the very first use of ‘plastic’ parts in gliders. The Gö4 was very successful and used by the Germans to train candidates before they joined the Luftwaffe. After the war the factory developed and built the shorter aft-fuselage version Gö4-3 that didn’t need as much balance weights when flown solo. Of the more than hundred Gö4’s built, as of 2015, only 3 remained airworthy in Germany and 2 in the Netherlands.

In 1952 Belgium’s national soaring centre acquired Werk-nr 415, one of the 21 factory produced Gö4-3 and flew it unregistered till 1954. It then was registered OO-SZC by Sabena...Continue Reading
Posted by BAF23 | Jan 11, 2019 @ 05:22 PM | 18,292 Views
Pic of the real Belgian Foka4 anno 1963 somewhere in Belgium, still wearing its world championship race number

Part 1: Prefabrication by French hobby builder Jean-Pierre Voisin

After a stupid priority choice following an unfortunate combination of events, my 4m span Fliegerland Foka 4 plummeted vertically in the ground minus its port wing during the September 2018 BiGGS meet at St-Truiden (illustrated story here) As Fliegerland was out of Foka kits for a minimum of 6 months I shopped around and had to go for a 5 meter span version which I ordered from JPV, a Normandy retired builder (he has no website). A few months before that, I saw a fellow BiGGS pilot maiden one at Pottes and the quality of flight and the model seemed very good. The weekend after the crash I got in touch with the builder and within days I order a pretty much prefabricated kit consisting of a molded fuselage, styro wings with Samba (Abachi type) sheeting over 100gr glass-fibre ready for finish, ailerons and 400mm spoilers installed. Wings and tail rigging made, wheel installed, clear canopy without frame included. Removable rudder with built-in servo installed. That is a lot of work this amateur but very capable builder delivers (halfway via a trucker) for about €1500, after 10 weeks of intense labor. Basic fuselage and foam wing cores can be ordered for less than 500 euro if desired (or for repairs).

Regarding the choices I made: I...Continue Reading
Posted by BAF23 | Sep 23, 2018 @ 08:03 AM | 21,105 Views
Chapter 1: Introduction to the Tipsy Nipper

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How can you squeeze a person of normal height and shoulders into that tiny cockpit?

Aircraft history

In 1952 designer Ernest Oscar Tips started designing his diminutive T66 in the Fairey aircraft factory in Gosselies Belgium. As the Hawker Hunter license production ran down he started building prototype OO-NIP that was testflown with open cockpit on 2 december 1957 by Belgium’s famous test pilot Bernard Neefs. In 1959 production started on the closed canopy Mk2 that were powered by a 45hp Volkswagen, Stamo or Hepu engines with exposed cylinder heads, 64 were built till 1962 (+78 kits delivered). Because Fairey started producing the F104 Starfighter, the Nipper production was then taken over by Cobelavia that produced 18 Rollason cowled-engine Mk3 Nippers in a hangar in Kortessem (just a few km from my town and model airfield) till 1966. From then on production of complete aircraft (and kits) was transferred to the U.K. Slingsby built them till in 1971 the Donington based firm went bankrupt (after producing 32 complete aircraft). Later kit produced variants even boosted a 85hp Jabiru engine. Nowadays many still are airworthy in the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands.

The design philosophy had been to produce a lightweight single seat aircraft that was cheap to produce and operate, and easy to fly. Although not the smallest nor prettiest, it was the smallest practical aircraft and even had aerobatic...Continue Reading
Posted by BAF23 | Apr 02, 2018 @ 03:48 PM | 22,146 Views
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Part 1: Introduction and choices

Purchased unfinished on a second-hand website in 2015, that 1988 Rödel kit had been lying dormant in its box and only assembled after 2010 by a new owner who didn’t complete it. That very rare standoff scale 1:5 model was larger than I had in mind (2m11 wingspan) and was too heavy for the AXI 4163/20 that I had purchased for a conversion of a 1:6 PC9 into a PC7. I sold the PC9 but this PC7 model still had no engine mount nor flaps, aileron servos were missing, and too long legged brand-less electrical retracts with dubious electro brakes installed. Upon inspection I saw that the assembly quality was ok, the model being of period traditional build with balsa or Abachi planking over a foam core for most surfaces. Although it weighed only 5,5kg as acquired, everything was made of strong quality wood with the fuselage painted and wings in Solarcover. White being a good base color for the yellow I was going to apply over it, we quickly agreed on an acceptable price before I loaded the model in my camper. Back home I had to rearrange the hobby room to stock that relatively large model, in the meantime I kept it in the living room in its partially finished Martini display team scheme. This was Jaques Bothelin's lead airplane HB-HMA in which I sat but never flew.

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In 1986 I performed an evaluation flight in the front seat of the yellow/red company demonstrator HB-HMP but as in 2012 I got a back seat...Continue Reading
Posted by BAF23 | Jan 08, 2018 @ 04:04 AM | 20,774 Views
This is the second thread about my Ka2b saga, if interested in the earlier restoration, use following link:

This thread contains 4 consecutive parts:
part 1 covers the crash, the assessment and the fuselage repair
Part 2 covers the port wing repair
Part 3 covers the starboard wing repair
Part 4 covers the final assembly and the horizontal stabilizer change

Disaster in Pottes

Last week of July 2017 BiGGS held its week-long gathering near the French border in Pottes/Celles. As I was the event coordinator I was kept busy all week and flew little. The almost constant force 3 to 4 crosswind also made things tricky and restricted the type of gliders that could be flown. Saturday had to be the highlight with the celebration of 40 years of the Waloon model association AAM with official speeches by representatives. Although I was reluctant I got a bit pushed to fly my historic Ka2b for the public event and assembled it for its 5th flight. This would be a short one because at only about 50 meters during the climb, the nylon snapped in the hook and I declared an emergency, joined a low downwind and settled down in a smooth landing.

I immediately joined the cue and rapidly found myself behind a new German tow-pilot who had lots of challenging practice that week. At around 200 meters he messed up a turn by turning too sharp but I was able to follow. At that time he spoke something to me in German but as I...Continue Reading