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Aug 10, 2014, 06:01 AM
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AMPLAN Build Off - LAST DAY!!!



29th March; well, that exponent of last minute finishes, WarrenB, has done it again and his full size Taibi Powerhouse is finished and ready to go just two days before the end of the build off. In plenty of time Warren, can't you cut it a bit closer?!

25th March; And the answer to the question posed below is - yes he will finish it, having taken just 16 days for this large and complicated model!

9th March; HarryD has just embarked on his build of the interesting and rare Gilliam/Hunter designed Starduster (or maybe Stardust?). It is a big model - will he finish it by 31/3? I don't know, but being Harry I wouldn't bet against it!

1st March; 21 entries completed now - just one month to go, so come on those with almost built entries, crack on and let's see them finished.

29th December: Patzpaint has entered his Aeronca Sport which was started in October and is now completed

27th December: South African Owlsabie's electrified "Air Youth Glider" becomes the 11th entry to be completed with still over 3 months to go.

19th December 2014; RFJ has completed his THIRD entry, the 75% electric "Miss Philadelphia". How does he build quality models so quickly???

18th December 2014; brokenspar has finished our ninth (and his second) AMPLAN entry, his Laumer "Push Up" looks great.

17th December 2014; awiatik's lovely little Comet Gull II is the eighth entry to be finished. Another dozen are well underway. This could be the best build off ever; there are still 3.1/2 months to go so plenty of time for some more entries, come along and join in.


Thanks for those who have expressed interest in another Build Off, it would appear that there is sufficient interest to justify setting this up. So, here are the “rules”, such as they are

Duration of build off; 1st September 2014 to 31st March 2015 (seven months)

Model built from any plan which appeared in any “professional” USA 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. OR a model which was released as a kit by a USA based manufacturer before 31/12/1965

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, glider to electric power 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.

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, they are a source of great interest for many people, not just those taking part, and a good source of building tips and problem solutions.

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 other forums. If you title the build log thread "(Model) - AMPLAN Build Off September 2014 to March 2015" that would be a help. If you have any doubts about the eligibility of a particular model, just ask for a ruling. Entries made in other build-offs (e.g. BBCC in the Balsa Builders Forum) which meet the qualifying criteria and will not be started until September 1st, may also be entered here, just post the details in this thread as above so I can pick them up.

There are a couple of weeks now to make a choice and get a plan sorted out, but wood cutting shouldn't start until September 1st. Entries may be made at any time during the seven months.

cpmcgraw has already made his choice (and an ambitious one it is!), so has the honour of leading off the entry list:

cpmcgraw - Champion (Shereshaw) - Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2222978
Sundancer - Airknocker (Winter) - https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...9#post29155623 Finished 12/10/2014, Flown 14/10/2014
georgy - Lucky 13 (Ward) - Build Log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2223856
JeffMac - Powerhouse 33 (Korda)- Build Log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2224255 Finished 30/03/2015
Paul_BB - Lucky 13 (Ward) - Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2224524 Finished 06/02/2015 Flown 16/03/2015
brokenspar - Classy Gassy (Musciano) - Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2225024 Finished and Flown 03/10/2014
RFJ - Smog Hog (Bonner) (75%) - Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2226462 Finished 20/09/2014 Flown 22/09/2014
Raymond-leflyr - Starduster 42 (Taibi)
P_J_Glor - Mercury (Shereshaw)
John38 - Cloud Cruiser (Moyer) - Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2259039
Owlsabie - Air Youth Glider No.3 (Air Trails) - Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2229705 Finished 27/12/2014 Flown 03/01/2014
HarryD - Gull II (300%) (Comet) - Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2284695 Finished 31/03/2015 (!)
HarryD - Starduster (Gilliam/Hunter) - Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2364981 Finished 25/03/2015
JohnAV8R - Dakota (Wagner) - Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2266506 Finished 01/03/2015
cd_webb - Cruiser (Hollinger) Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2244427 Finished 5/10/2014 Flown 16/10/2014
Raf_Bob - Jimmy Allen Skokie(+40%) - Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2268189
JMP-blackfoot - Gimlet (Kraft) - Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2246281 Finished 24/03/2015
Thermal Sniffer - Twin Lizzie (Laumer)
RFJ - Astro Hog (Dunn) (75% electric). Build thread at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2259067 Finished 14/11/2014 Flown 25/11/2014
Sundancer - Hummingbird (Plecan). (Electric R/C. Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2267754 Finished 12/02/15
Colibriguitars - Hummingbird (Plecan). (IC F/F). Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2274978 Finished 08/11/2014. Flown AND LOST(!) 09/11/2014
brokenspar - Push-Up (Laumer) 1.3x electric - Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2282472 Finished 18/12/2014 Flown 19/12/2014
Colibriguitars - Cavu (Willard) Reduced Electric R/C. - Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2284622 Finished 05/12/14 Flown 08/12/14
RFJ - Miss Philadelphia V (Bassett). (75% electric). Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2289514 Finished 19/12/2014 Flown 5/1/2015
Awiatik - Gull II (Comet) (100%, electric R/C) Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...8#post29978137 Finished 17/12/2014 Flown 06/01/2014
PGregory - Duranita (Willard) - 115% R/C Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...1#post30199253
Patzpaint - Aeronca Sport (P. Ogrinz, Model Craftsman) No build log but brief details at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...9#post30205590. Finished 15/12/2014
Lowrider1960 - Livewire Kitten (DeBolt) Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...6#post30349602
brokenspar - Shoestring (Goldberg) Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2315411 Finished and flown 11/01/2014
Patzpaint - Kirby Cadet (Hannan) (140%). Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2318787 Finished 12/01/2015
cd_webb - Flying Midget, Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...6#post30423250 Finished 24/01/2015
Cbed90 - Gulliver (Strader), Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...1550669&page=4 (Starting at Post #55) Finished 04/02/2015
Jeffmac - Civvyboy 24, Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2324439 Finished 03/02/2015 Flown 13/02/2015
WarrenB - Powerhouse (Taibi), Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2336909 Finished 29/03/2015
Patzpaint - Miss America (50%). Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2341729 Finished 212/02/2015
Brokenspar - Bellanca Junior (Comet). Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2344507Finished 19/3/2015
Colibriguitars - Diamond Demon. Build log at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2356496 Finished 10/03/2015
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Aug 10, 2014, 06:37 AM
Allways the hard way!
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I would like to join in with Lucky-13. Intentions is to scale it up a bit, and use a nitro to diesel convertion (if i can make it work as i have not been able to find info of a convertion of the suitability of an ENYA 09)

I will fill in the details from my work PC as i find it rather difficult from my Tablet to insert pics & links.

Regards
George
Aug 10, 2014, 06:55 AM
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OK George, you are on the list. If you can't sort out a diesel conversion for your .09, you could always pick up a nice PAW 1.5cc either new or from Fleabay. Or (dare I say it?) go electric
Aug 10, 2014, 04:20 PM
I'd rather be flying.....
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AMPLAN Powerhouse 33 build


Hi Sundancer -

I would like to join with the Berkeley Dick Korda Powerhouse 33". It will be electric RC perhaps scaled to 40" or original size.

Thanks,

Best Regards,

Jeff
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Aug 10, 2014, 08:35 PM
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Sundancer, unless you want us to build time machines, you might want to revise the title string in the first post...
Aug 11, 2014, 01:26 AM
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Sundancer, unless you want us to build time machines, you might want to revise the title string in the first post...
Ooops. Thanks cp - pleased to see that someone takes the trouble to read all this guff I write!!
Aug 11, 2014, 01:29 AM
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Originally Posted by JeffMac
Hi Sundancer -

I would like to join with the Berkeley Dick Korda Powerhouse 33". It will be electric RC perhaps scaled to 40" or original size.

Thanks,

Best Regards,

Jeff
Hi Jeff

Entry noted. The Powerhouse is very attractive and I look forward to seeing your version.
Aug 12, 2014, 09:16 AM
Lookin' up at the centerline
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I'll be watching with interest, but not entering this time.
I have plans to do a Quaker from a Penn Valley kit, but at the moment I'm collecting the "stuff" to do a build thread in the "Giant scale aircraft" forum in about a month.
It'll be a Precedent kit of the 1/4 scale Stampe, ya'll drop by if you get a chance.

Nick

PS. I looked and looked but didn't see it featured before '65
Aug 13, 2014, 01:25 AM
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Sorry you are too tied up to participate Nick. With six entries aready and still ver two weeks to the start date the portents are good!
Aug 14, 2014, 01:09 AM
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What about a Shereshaw Mercury, a design that is clearly within the time frame, but from a kit which may have been after 1965?

Pete G
Aug 14, 2014, 03:22 AM
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Originally Posted by P_J_Glor
What about a Shereshaw Mercury, a design that is clearly within the time frame, but from a kit which may have been after 1965?

Pete G
Hi Pete

If the design clearly originated - i.e. was published - before the cut-off date then the date of any subsequent kit - e.g. one of the laser cut kits now available for lots of vintage designs - is not relevant as far as I am concerned, and entrants are welcome to use such kits in their build. However, if the model was a kit design ONLY and the kit was not first released until AFTER the 31/12/65 cut off date, then it would not qualify. Hope that clarifies it.
Aug 14, 2014, 06:15 AM
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Count me in George. My entry will be a 75% Howard Bonner Smog Hog, winner of the 1956 US Nats. Electric powered and RET as usual. Not a looker by any means but a very significant design in the early history of aerobatics.

I really wanted to do a Henry Struck New Ruler but work on my Avro Avian is taking longer than anticipated and I would like something quick and easy next. Should have the Avis finished in about a month and I will start the Smog Hog build log then.

Ray
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Aug 14, 2014, 08:06 AM
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That's a classic selection Ray, as you say not the prettiest of models but one of great importance in the story of radio control development. As a matter of interest wasn't Charles Riall's "Rattler" basically a scaled down Smog Hog?
Aug 14, 2014, 08:47 AM
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wasn't Charles Riall's "Rattler" basically a scaled down Smog Hog?
I would say the answer to that question is a definite yes

Ray
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Aug 14, 2014, 10:10 PM
Hey, watch this!
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Starduster


I've been looking for an excuse to build a 42-inch Taibi Starduster for a while now. It was the hot design of my youth and reminds me of the days when I could chase after a free flight. Ah the blessings of small out runners, li-pos, and 2.4 gigs!

This time I was thinking I'd build one for motor and rudder control.

I'd also like to figure out some servo-driven DT mechanism so I could drop her (land) in good ole traditional style. That should be simplified by the fact of the underslung rudder. Maybe just an extra large elevator with a really broad-range dual-rate. It might be fun trying to get something to work right.

In any case I'm a painfully slow builder and there isn't really any mystery about the structure so I'll forgo a build log. I just wanted the impetus to get started on my new 'Duster. Thanks.


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