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Dec 31, 2012, 12:08 AM
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Originally Posted by patmcc
The Dave Banks' Azbug (AM 6/96) was a scaled down copy of Malcolm Abzug's Shrimpo S-4 (AKA Three-Foot Gas Model) published in MAN 1/39.
The Outerzone have made the same mistake in the title listing but their PDF has the correct spelling since it is scanned from original documents.
Thanks for clearing that one up Pat, Outerzone does mention that the Azbug is scaled from the original, but I didn't notice any mention of the later date. The pdf file does show it as Azbug, letter shuffle to denote the origins of the original designer, no doubt.

Originally Posted by Sundancer
Ah, thanks Pat. So that's cleared that up Sparks - the Azbug ISN'T eligible since it was published after 31/12/1965, and the Abzug Shrimpo isn't either since it wasn't in a UK magazine (unless it was in one of the Aeromodeller Annuals I don't have)
Agreed it is not eligible for this build-off George, but it will be on the future build list as I really like the tri-fuse. The triangulation reminds me a little of a home built rubber power model of my own design that flew very successfully with the wing from an Achilles (following the demise of the latter's fuselage in an explosive rubber contraction incident)

As the original thought was to build a bipe, I'm sort of edging towards the Coquette, heartily endorsed by warren as a good flyer, as one would expect from Vic Smeed.

Edit: Finished perusing and looking at alternative designs. Stopped faffing around, no more umm, no more ahhs. Decision made.

I'll build the Coquette. It's going to be electric, probably RET. may build at 1:1 (30/24" spans) but thinking of increasing it to 150 (45") or 170% (51").

Thanks for the input gents.

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Dec 31, 2012, 03:53 AM
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OK Sparks, Coquette it is, I've put it on the list. Hard to go wrong with a Smeed design, and it'll be a nice stablemate for your Popsy.
Dec 31, 2012, 05:19 PM
1:1 scale is fun!
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I was contemplating the Coquette as well...may stick with original size. I downloaded the plan from Outerzone yesterday. Still not 100% certain yet, still looking around.
Jan 01, 2013, 03:12 PM
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Well, I must say that for the first day that is a very encouraging start, 11 entries listed and six build logs already started. Let's see if we can top the number of finished models - 24 - the the Britkit build off managed.
Jan 02, 2013, 04:45 PM
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Day 2 - 14 entries and 8 build logs, and talk about variety - 2 tailless, a couple of scale models, 2 cabin power jobs, several rubber models both F/F rubber and conversions, a pylon model, a biplane and....an autogyro!

Have you decided what yours is going to be yet Warren?
Last edited by Sundancer; Jan 02, 2013 at 04:51 PM.
Jan 02, 2013, 05:34 PM
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Hi George,
Still thinking... but I really must make some progress on my old van first so I am likley to be a fairly late entrant.
If all else fails I think I could knock up a Sharkface in the last fortnight, but I do have some special engines which deserve something more interesting.
Ran up an ETA 5 last night (needed some diesel fumes) a Bowden Contest might be nice.
Or maybe an APS Walrus for one of the engines that likes reverse rotation (ED Fury? G Mark twin? - both reed valves.).
So many possibilities....
Jan 02, 2013, 05:47 PM
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Most of us probably have one model that clearly stands out in our memories more than any other, whatever the reason. In my case, that model is the Dunne Tailless, published in the March 1957 Aeromodeller.

So that will be my (first?) entry in the Britplan buildoff. It will be original size and construction style. But electric and RC, of course.

I'll have more details and a few anecdotes about the one I built back in 1957, when I start a build log. That may not be for a while though, because I have too many models on the board right now and I dare not start another one until I finish at least a couple of those.

Jan 02, 2013, 07:20 PM
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Once I've finished a Jnr 60 re-furb & repaired my damaged Veron Robot I hope to enter with a Popsie & Flying Washboard.
They'll both be electric, the Popsie to be built from a Light Works kit with quite a few mods to bring it back to nearer the plan version.
The FW will be mainly for indoor flying & I intend to commit heresy by using depron as the main material.
Jan 03, 2013, 03:29 AM
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Warren, Harry, Pat - I'll wait with impatience to see what you come up with

Harry - Love the idea of an electric R/C Dunne - it has always fascinated me too. Are you thinking elevon control?
Jan 03, 2013, 08:47 AM
So I'M meant to be in control?
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With all these threads starting and balsa being hacked left right & centre, I really feel like I'm getting left behind! The problem is that each time I think about what to build, I change my mind. Currently this is on the 'Hmmmmm?' list - I have always loved aircraft from the Golden Age of the 30s, and this one you just want to stroke......! A full size plan has been ordered from Derick.

As my Chicago trip next week has been cancelled, I really need to make some decisions and get some balsa wood ordered!

EDIT: I have just realised that the remaining example is resident at Breighton near Selby - an airfield that I have flown into on quite a few occasions; and the registered owner lives less than 10 miles away from Blink Towers......
Last edited by Colonel Blink; Jan 03, 2013 at 08:56 AM.
Jan 03, 2013, 09:32 AM
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No more hmmming Colonel - how could you not build this one

Jan 03, 2013, 10:51 AM
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That is a great little aeroplane Colonel, and that particular model plan is a charmer which was a guaranteed performer as a F/F model, should make a cracking electric R/C.
Jan 03, 2013, 11:19 AM
So I'M meant to be in control?
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Stick me down for that, then! I'll start a build log tonight or tomorrow......
Jan 03, 2013, 11:21 AM
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You got it Colonel. Looking forward to following another epic from Blink Towers!!
Jan 03, 2013, 01:05 PM
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That's real purty Col.

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