Regrettably it is with sadness that the club has had to cancel this popular event due to the current situation. The decision has not been taken lightly and is to protect the health of our members and fellow modellers.
A reminder the spring swap meet is on 1st. APRIL at the Deanwater Hotel 7.30pm
This is Ian Slaters Auster J/1N it’s electric powered and will carry a 6s 500 MAH lipo battery. The model will be finished in the scheme of the one in the picture, scale is 1/5 with a wingspan of 87 inch. Ian took a pleasure ride in this aircraft in 1964. Looking forward to seeing this model down at the patch this year
Winter builds this is Jeff Box with his Pilatus Turbo Porter. It’s built from a Canadian kit 1/5 scale , wingspan 10′ 7″ ( 3.2 metres) Powered by a Wren 44 Turboprop turning a 24×8 prop, producing about 37lbs. of thrust. The second picture shows the first run of the Turbo prop 9 years after buying the kit, it started first time. The third picture is a 3D printed version of Jeff ready for the Porters first flight.
The SE5 was considered by many pilots to be the best British single-seat fighter of World War One. Designed at the Royal Aircraft Factory at Farnborough. It was used by twenty four squadrons of the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force in France, Palastine, Macedonia, Mesopotamia and the United Kingdom, and equipped one squadron of the Australian Flying Corps and two of the United States Air Service on the Western Front.
The SE5 and SE5A were flown by some of the leading pilots of the first world war including Captain Albert Ball VC, DSO and two bars, MC. He died on 7th May 1917 aged 20 . Can you believe 20. He had 44 victories. The famous German flying ace Manfred Von Richthofen,remarked on hearing of Balls death that he was by far the best English flying man. He remained its fourth- highest scorer behind Edward Mannock, James McCudden, and George McElroy.
Colin’s model is built from the DB sport and scale range of kits, it has a wingspan of 80 inches and will be powered by electric motor. Covering will be solartex and painted in a french colour scheme serving on the Western Front.
A few new photos of models, the tail section from the Aerovan by Chris Challener and my Defiant, I’ve being doing the turret over xmas a break from balsa bashing.
Chris has sent some pictures of his progress with the Aerovan, as you can see he has put the windows in. And done some more sheeting around the nose area, it’s starting to look like the Aerovan and very much an aircraft from the 50s. The van could only carry one car so there must have been fun if a few cars turned up!!. No internet then so you must have had to get your man to arrange it, chauffeur that is.
This is a model of the Cessna182 Paul picked the kit up at our last swap meet, the kit had been started a few years ago but not touched since. The model is large 81 inch wingspan (2.05mtrs) lenth 64.4 inches (1.6 Mtrs) weight 10-12 lbs. power will be from a brushless motor from 4 max po5065-360 and as you can see Paul is making a good job of it.
Another great winter build
This time we have Terry Masons Mosquito here are some notes Terry sent me about his superb model.
The model is of the Mk6 variant -cannons and machine guns in the nose.
It is 115 inch wingspan known to me as the Mondeo mossy’ because it is designed to be the largest that will fit in the back of a Mondeo estate with fuselage , inner wing plus nacelles all in one piece( gear down ). I have not tested that yet.
Scratch built from our own drawings. Drawn by friend Bill on turbo CAD and parts laser cut by Richard at Falcon Aviation. To be electric powered possibly with a sound system.
Landing gear home made with welding done by a company in Macclesfield, landing gear door operating system has proved far more of a challenge than expected.
Wheels are substantial and rather heavy. Retraction is by a 12 volt linear servo from a company in Canada. Plenty more to do yet including a lot of balsa ( strip) sheeting. The wings and tail surfaces are being covered using Pro- skin fibreglass sheet from Mick Reeves models. Attached pictures are the best I can do in a rather full workshop- not the weather for outside assembly recently.