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Jan 16, 2005, 02:49 PM
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Duncan Hutson electric SE5a

I was very disappointed to learn that the Duncan Hutson company has gone belly up and that their kits are no longer available. If anyone knows of an electric Duncan Hutson SE5a kit that is sitting in someone's basement unbuilt, I would love to hear about it.
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Jan 16, 2005, 06:22 PM
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Six years old and still going strong!!

Recent video here: http://www.modelvideo.co.uk/

Jan 16, 2005, 07:48 PM
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that is one beautifull model
i have a set of plans for it and would like to get the instruction manuel
does anyone have it who would photo copy it or send me the original
i'll pay all costs
i'm starting Kurts and would like it for reference
Jan 17, 2005, 01:16 AM
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You could always build a Top Flite SE-5a instead of the Hutson model, as it's the same scale I believe (one-sixth).

The difficulty is in finding an old Top Flite kit. If you're willing to pay the premuim price, there are an average of one or two every couple of months on Ebay for sale.
There was a NIB one that sold on there just last week for USD $200. Not terribly bad, considering the size, and it being a very well done scale kit. I have an old Top Flite SE-5a that I built years ago for glow, that I am rushing to recover and convert to electric for SEFF this year. The motor for it is on the way.

There is the Flair SE-5 kit too. I have one of these as well (unbuilt), but the Top Flite kit is more scale.

Jan 17, 2005, 02:42 AM
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Regrettably I don't have the build manual now, and the Hutson plan isn't a lot of help for scratch-builders - especially as the cowl and turtledeck are all ABS mouldings..

Bob Holman has the Dennis Bryant SE5a plans http://www.bhplans.com/db1.htm

Dennis' plan is really nice and should be intuitive to build from.

Jan 17, 2005, 03:41 AM
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have a look at aerodromerc.com they have a very nice looking se5a at 1/6 scale, lots of other good stuff too.
Jan 17, 2005, 03:50 AM
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I saw the prototype flown by DH at Middle Wallop a few years back (97 or 98 ?)....it looked great, and flew well.
I believe that Duncan had to retire from making his kits due to an alergic reaction to some of the resins he used in his mouldings........pity, as his scale models were World Class!.

Jan 19, 2005, 02:50 AM
In a recent UK model mag Duncan appears to be selling up his whole kit business. As his kits are superb let's hope that a big operator will jump on the bandwagon.
Jan 19, 2005, 03:27 AM
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Stunning photos of the SE5a Gordon!! I've made the third one down my computer wallpaper at work!
Jan 19, 2005, 08:38 AM
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Aw Shucks Hogster .... I'm all embarrassed now

Jan 19, 2005, 12:43 PM
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Beautiful model Gordon. I agree, photo 3 is a winner!
I enjoyed the video too. After watching it I realised I need to put my Se5 through some harder maneuvers than just my usual putting around.

Jun 07, 2005, 11:46 AM
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I have a Duncan Hutson Moth, as yet unflown. Although it is configured for the installation of a OS 1.20 FS, I believe that this model could be converted to electric power. It is currently covered with servos installed. Being new to electrics (35 + years of flying IC) I wanted to try something new and would appreciate some suggestions on a power system to use.
Jun 07, 2005, 12:54 PM
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I do believe that Gordon Whitehead has a DH Tiger Moth that is electrified!.......and if I recall , it flys superbly.

Jun 07, 2005, 03:40 PM
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IIRC, the Hutson Moth is 1/4 Scale and a very lovely model - it has the reputation of being the closest to scale of all the 1/4 scale Moth kits. I'm flying a 1/4 scale Tiger Moth (not the Hutson one) with 30 x CP3600 cells, Plettenberg HP370/30/A3S motor, Kruse 2.4:1 belt drive and 20 x 10 prop. Scale-like take-offs on 1/2 power and plenty of power for aerobatics!
Jun 07, 2005, 06:15 PM
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Got a Top Flite SE-5 NIB...any offers.

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