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Apr 17, 2005, 10:19 AM
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Popsy by Vic Smeed

Some months back at a club meeting i was asking about a model i built as early teenager,and to my surprise one of the members Roger by name said he could get me a copy of the plan from a buddy in the old country,sure enough he did and not only that he shrunk it to a 28" wingspan to suit a cdrom motor,he liked it so well hes beaten me to the punch and the pix show the progress so far,i might add this was origonally a free flight that had excellant qualities. hope you like it . cheers.
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Apr 18, 2005, 12:18 AM
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Beautiful! You can't beat Vic Smeed for elegant designs that also have an element of cuteness about them.
Apr 19, 2005, 05:54 PM
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About Vic smeed.
I realize he designed many vintage models, both ff & RC.

Is there a list available of all his old designs?

Bob G
Apr 19, 2005, 07:15 PM
Voices through wires? Ha!
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Yes I believe a book was published with three-views of a great many of them - try Nexus in the UK. I also have his books:-
"Flying Models - Favourites of the Fifties"
"Model Flying- The First Fifty Years"
"Fifty Years of Aeromodeller"

but these, modestly, carry few of his own designs.

Is there one in particular you're after? I have a few full-size plans, "Popsie" included.

Apr 20, 2005, 02:38 AM
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Now that is absolutely delightful. Is there any chance of a copy or scan for me?
Apr 20, 2005, 03:34 AM
Voices through wires? Ha!
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I have the full size plans but no means to copy them (I do wish to build it myself later for electric!) They are available from the "X List" in the UK


but for now I hope this whets your appetite - luvverly innit - sorry about the lousy definition, but I can send you a much better bitmap which should enable a scratch build - I can't get it through the 100kb limit on RCGroups though.
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Apr 20, 2005, 05:37 AM
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As a Vic Smeed fan I'd guess my own favourites to be the Tomboy and Chatterbox but have a number of his plans and would suggest that I'm always prepared to go through my collection of Aeromdeller which goes back into the 1940's if someone needs help.
Certainly both Nexus and the X-plans list are the place to look first. One of my old plans manuals lists:
Chatterbox, Paageboy, Mam'selle, Ethereal Lady, Coquette, Popsie, Madcap and Madcap Profile, Tomboy, Cherub, and of course there was Drum Majorette as a free plan later. Hope this helps.
Apr 20, 2005, 06:00 AM
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With CAD, retracing these old plans and bringing them up to date is no big deal - just work.

I think the black magic took me about 3 days.

The important thing is that someone has a scan somewhere. How big is the bitmap Chas? I dunno about copyright, but mostyly its expired afte 50 years, so putting it up on a site is probably OK.
Apr 20, 2005, 07:57 AM
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Vint it's A4 size in the original; I can scan to just about any "normal" resolution so I guess the file size would be 2 or 3 (oh no!!!!!!!!!!) MB?

Apr 20, 2005, 09:11 AM
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sounds OK to me.
email address deleted to stop spambots and I'll have a crack at a redraw in the odd quiet moment?

If you can sacn as a gif, in black and white it should be a lot smaller.

An idea of original wingspan would be useful too.
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Apr 20, 2005, 11:35 AM
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'Popsie' measures out at 38.5" span

I have the fullsize drawing in my file cabinet, and a copyshop in the next township.
Apr 20, 2005, 06:12 PM
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38.5"! That must be a ginormous fuselage for the guy in the photo to get his hand through the side-window. Maybe Vic was going for a lifting section fuse?
Apr 20, 2005, 06:52 PM
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sounds perfect for a 300 or 400 then.

Ive got a computer in front of me and an HP plotter to my left...
Apr 20, 2005, 07:04 PM
Voices through wires? Ha!
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Jaysus you should have seen Arthur Lalley's Popsie at Old Warden!(Not the cute arm ornament). It was, I think, a 3x original, and there was a picture on the cover of an old "Radio Modeller" about 1985? Immediately nicknamed the "Dragmaster"!

Apr 21, 2005, 01:55 AM
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Fuse is HUGE on those things, and a bit hard to hold on to.
Have seen a couple over the years and they do fly well, and look fantastic.

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