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Dec 28, 2012, 06:45 AM
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"Britplan" Build Off - 1st January 2013 to 30th June 2013 Now 22 Finished Models!

The “Britkit Build Off” which ends on 31/12/2012 has proved reasonably popular, with 35 entries posting 32 build logs, which have been enjoyable, instructive and in some cases extremely entertaining. It looks likely that there will be some 23 finished models of huge variety by the closing date, ranging from a delightful 2 ounce electric R/C Dandy to a mighty 112” scaled up I.C. powered KK Junior 60 R/C, covering almost all types between and representing all the major kit manufacturers of the period. On the whole I would regard this as being a successful and worthwhile “contest” which has encouraged the production of some excellent models, I know I certainly enjoyed my builds and the completed models are now favourite performers. The poll for this build off will be posted on 01/01/2013, please be sure to go there, look at the photos and vote for your favourite.

Thanks for those who have expressed interest in another Build Off and given their views on the qualifying and closing dates. There was a clear majority in favour of 31/12/1965 as the qualifying date but the closing date proved to be a tie between those preferring 31/12/2013 and those favouring a six month period, so I have exercised my casting vote in favour of a six month build off, we can always start another one in July (I already have an idea!). So, here are the “rules”

Duration of build off; 1st January 2013 to 30th June 2013 (six months)

Model built from any plan which appeared in any “professional” UK published magazine (i.e. NOT club and society newsletters) before 31/12/1965. By plan I mean a full size feature plan, a plan shown in reduced size and subsequently sold full size by the magazine OR a detailed structural three view for which no full size plans were offered.

The model may be original size OR scaled up or down.

The model may be powered by the original method or by any alternative – e.g. rubber or IC power converted to electric, IC power converted to rubber etc.

The model may be flown as originally designed or converted to another flying method – e.g. F/F or C/L to radio, radio to F/F or C/L etc.

Here is a list (NOT exhaustive) of qualifying magazines: Aeromodeller (including Aeromodeller Annual), Model Aircraft, Ian Allen Model Aviation/Planbook series, R.C.M & E, Hobbies Magazine, RAF Flying Review (yes, it did have a model section, they published some Bill Dean designs like the Rogue). This lot should produce many hundreds of plans to choose from.

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 before 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) - Britplan Build Off January 2013 to June 2013" that would be a help. If you have any doubts about the eligibility of a particular models, just ask for a ruling.

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

Entry List

Sundancer – Rubberdub (Aeromodeller) rubber model converted to electric R/C. Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...8#post23657620 Finished 18/06/2013
RFJ - Manx Monarch scaled down. Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1812538 Finished 02/02/2013 Flown 28/02/2013
cpmcgraw - Envoy. Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1797921 [B]Finished 25/06/2013[B]
mixer421 - Edgar-Percival EP9. Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1799648 Finished 20/03/2013
doncrashum - King Harry. Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1800285
mrdj - Auster AOP9. Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1797737
hobgoblin - President (Hatfull) Build Log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1899949
Owlsabie - Paageboy. Build Log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1797372 Finished 29/03/2013 Flown 30/03/2013
John38 - Debutante x2. Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1850447 Finished 30/06/2013(!)
Sparks59 - Coquette electric R/C
Colibriguitars - Wee Snifter electric R/C. Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1798662 Finished 26/01/2013 Flown 04/02/2013
RAF_Bob - Contra-Gyro R/E/T R/C. Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1800143
Applehoney - WLB4 (A/M 1943) rubber F/F. Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1799627 Finished 19/04/2013
Sky Jiver - Stomper (G. Fuller). Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1801253 Finished 20/06/2013
Colonel Blink - Dart Kitten (APS) eletric R/C. Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...7#post23707600 Finished 15/06/2013 Flown 17/06/2013
cd_webb - Skyline Kitten electric R/C Build thread at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1807783 Finished 10/03/2013
Hoffboy - Sparky Electric R/C. Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1802407
HarryD - Dunne tailless electric R/C. Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...0#post24693971 Finished 10/05/2013 Flown 30/05/2013
patmcc - Popsie
patmcc - Flying Washboard
cswee - Wendy (Model Aircraft plan). Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1803502
JohnAV8R - Peacemaker. Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1804015 Finished 07/06/2013
Ian Dale - Tadpole. Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1810509
ECBoehm - Wren. Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...1#post23867803 Finished 27/02/2013. Flown 10/03/2013
John Moore - 1.3x President
PeterH - Mamselle (electric R/C) Build thread at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1818850 Finished 12/05/2013
cpmcgraw - Mamselle (electric R/C) Build thread at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1823149
colibriguitars - Mam'selle (electric R/C) Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1823360 Finished and Flown 18/03/2013
edalpoe - Simplex (Stouffer) (IC radio) Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1824092 Finished 01/04/2013 Flown 27/04/2013
PeterH - Prestwick Pioneer (Burns) (Electric R/C)
KKphantom - Skygipsy (Malmstrom). Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1832922 Finished and Flown 23/03/2013
flyinglog - Lulu (J. Barker)
cd_webb - Titch (Warring) (Electric R/C) https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1856745 Finished 09/03/2013 Flown 13/03/2013
propaplace - Lockheed Neptune (Bodey)
warrenb - Sharkface for PAW 049. Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1883766 Finished 20/05/2013 Flown 24/05/2013
propaplace - Peacemaker C/L (no build log) Finished 23/06/2013 Flown 25/06/2013
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Dec 28, 2012, 06:31 PM
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I'm in - but with a delayed start as I am committed to making some progress on the old van seen in the background of my Junior build log.
My entry will probably be a Sharkface with a throttled PAW 049.
Many other plans are very tempting but I supect somthing very simple is best otherwise my resolve on the van might weaken.
If I run right out of time there is always the all sheet Simplex.

Does BritPlan extend to Aeromodeller Annuals?
A Schiffermuller would be cute, but maybe this is pushing the BritPlan concept a bit?

A vote of thanks to Sundancer for organising another great build off, can't wait to see the choices.
Dec 28, 2012, 09:24 PM
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Sundancer, I'm in for the challenge as well! That Shaw "Envoy" looks nice, and I think I've got everything needed in my scrap pile to do it. Maybe only the covering and a handful of sundries to purchase.

I'll start a build log as soon as I start cutting balsa...
Dec 29, 2012, 03:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Warren B
Does BritPlan extend to Aeromodeller Annuals?
Originally Posted by Sundancer
...qualifying magazines: Aeromodeller (including Aeromodeller Annual)
Dec 29, 2012, 06:06 AM
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Obviously actually reading the text is not my strong point.
Dec 29, 2012, 07:15 AM
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A vote of thanks to Sundancer for organising another great build off
I'll second that and, after thinking about it, the January - June contest period is probably the better choice.

My entry will be a scaled down 1950 Aeromodeller plan Manx Monarch.

Dec 29, 2012, 07:59 AM
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Oooo - a tailless model no less Ray! I'm looking forward to that!
Dec 29, 2012, 03:33 PM
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I'm raring to go with my 1959, George Wools EP-9 / Prospector!
Dec 29, 2012, 04:22 PM
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Hi, can I add another tailless to the build list please? Eric Clutton's tadpole for one of my idle pee wees. I think the design is from '65.

Dec 29, 2012, 06:53 PM
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Im in with a King Harry from Aermodeller August '45. I...errrm... kinda built the the rudder last night because I forgot about the start date. Woops. So should I build another rudder or start a day late or just continue where I left off on New Years?
Dec 29, 2012, 07:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Doncrashum
Im in with a King Harry from Aermodeller August '45. I...errrm... kinda built the the rudder last night because I forgot about the start date. Woops. So should I build another rudder or start a day late or just continue where I left off on New Years?
I wouldn't be that cruel! Your rudder is hereby deemed to be "legal"!
Dec 29, 2012, 07:51 PM
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" Frog Tomtit - Britplan Build Off January 2013 to June 2013",

Sundancer, I'm in for the challenge as well!

My build will be a Frog Tom Tit using your plan and article in the July edition of Quiet and Electric Flight International.

Sundancer’s build and plan shown here:

Magazine with article and full sized plans , see post #128


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Dec 29, 2012, 08:28 PM
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I'm in with a Keil Kraft 'Strato Baby' This model didn't qualify for the Britkit build off because although it is a Bill Dean design for KK, it was never kitted so it's got to be a plan, yes? Anyway, I plan to install the wireless and electric bits (sorry applehoney!) from a defunct parkzone micro Corsair. See you in the new year! Gary
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Dec 29, 2012, 11:56 PM
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Originally Posted by RFJ
I'll second that and, after thinking about it, the January - June contest period is probably the better choice.

My entry will be a scaled down 1950 Aeromodeller plan Manx Monarch.

Hi Ray, I'll watch with interest.
A Manx Monarch has been on my list for some time.
Eventually I'd like to build one for an American sparkie.
The original was powered by an Ohlsson Gold Seal, I was thinking a later Ohlsson, or Super Cyke and I saw one in a SAM 35 yearbook powered by a Contestor (have one of those too).
I read somewhere that it turns best on rudder, with the elevons just used as elevators.
Might be some interesting control mixing schemes to try out.
Good luck, but after your Frog wing, I'm sure you don't need it.
Dec 30, 2012, 02:05 AM
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Hi George!!
i want to know if this could be...
resized to 32"

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