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Sep 01, 2019, 07:40 AM
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The fleet expands again

Since my last post, a great deal has occurred.
My family has now moved down to join me, and my flying rate remains quite high.
My mate Garry and I have restored a model SE5a.
The model was built by an old guy who finish the model but he never flew it.
He got sick and passed away. Over the subsequent years, about 9 or 10, the model remained in his garage, where is was damaged quite badly and gathered dust, until I found it in late May.
Gazz and I, mostly Gazz, repaired the model, and finally maidened this beautiful plane.
She is very heavy, not sure exactly how heavy because I havent put her on the scales yet, but, just guessing, Id have to say about 5kg. This is very heavy for a model with a wingspan of just 1.5m.
Weve installed a 580kv motor with a 100amp speedie.
To balance her, we had to put 300 grams into the nose under the engine cowl.
Ill let the photos tell the rest of the story.
She is a handful to fly, and particularly land, but, a satisfying challenge. She now has 8 flights on her.
Oh, as a side note, I have phoned his widow and told her the model has flown and sent her pics of the model in the air.
Old Betty was genuinely thrilled.
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Sep 06, 2019, 01:15 AM
LOVELY model, Rob!!!
Sep 07, 2019, 11:03 AM
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SE-5's have a special look, gotta build one someday.
Sep 07, 2019, 03:49 PM
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Thanks Dan, she definitely has presence in the air.

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