Monday, 21 October 2019

C17 - the long slog continues

Flap canoes have now been all printed and attached to the bottom of the port wing, and some more tidying of the rippled veneer was also taken care of :


This wing is now all glassed, final canoe installation complete.



Parts are now being primed for the C17, so we're getting there!

The final official PSSA meet of the year

Well, just over a week since I got back, so here's some pictures.  Most of these are already out there on the 'net somewhere, but I have included them here for completeness.

I manage to stuff the big Antonov into the trailer and drag the big white heap up to the Orme.  No drama in the launch phase, but I was on full pucker-alert on landing - at the top flatter section of the SW / S bowl was where I donked an A10 landing in the distant past.  Anyway, all went OK and she was a bit of a crowd pleaser even though it's a hateful thing to fly.

A full trailer
I tried to sell the Antonov when I was there for £50, but had no takers - shame!




The Stuka was much more interesting and went well, although the C of G was too far back so was a bit pitchy.  A little damage on landing but all repaired now.



The Spit, Hurri and little Mustang all flew without issues too.  All in all a good end to the season.

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Junkers JU-87D "Stuka" for PSS - a quick build thread

I purchased this through an offer on eBay a while ago, and a good PSSA friend went to pick it up for me, as it was located way up north.





Hmm,  a bit scabby, but may have potential. I started off removing all that steel work for the undercarriage, which saved 2lbs of crap.  I then realised because this was an ex-power model, it's covered in filth, grease and oil.  A good week of meths cleaning got things to a standard where I'd let it into the workshop without stinking the place out.  I honestly have no idea how power fliers put up with it.

It's a Stuka, so we need to keep those wheel spats for part of the outline.  They'll be magnetised on and hopefully clear the wing and flaps upon landing...


Rudder, elevator and two aileron servos were installed (flap servos already in place), and a battery chucked up front.  As ever, noseweight was going to be required, so I built a liteply box that was then filled with lead shot and epoxy, then bolted to the still extant engine mount.


It comes right up to the back of the spinner


Which allows the cowl to be mounted neatly.  The spinner is glued together lightly with cyano, then double-side-taped to the cowl front.  Hopefully should keep it there.



I printed off a receiver and aerial mount, and glued it to the wing.  My thoughts there being that I only have to make 3 connections to the fus, rather than 5 connections from the wing (oh yes, added a bomb drop, forgot that)

Servo-less bomb drop with a 3D printed 250kg bomb :

 Just about 11lbs I think AUW - not too skinny, not too heavy.



All done - back to other projects.


Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Blohm und Voss BV-138c Sea Dragon

I can't remember if I posted about this in the past, but there aren't any labels saved for it, so maybe not?

I've wanted to get going on a decent seaplane build for a while, and when I saw this come up on ebay a few months ago, I had to send a cheeky offer in.  Thankfully I won it, and it's sat in the bottom shed for a couple of months awaiting a clear workspace.  She's too big to fit in the indoors 'shop, so she will be built mostly out in the top shed.  The wings can come in for planking, so it's not too all bad news for her.

A plastic kit of a BV-138c :


It just fit in the van....!


Welcome to your new home :


Posing with it's new owner (me) :


Fast forward 4 months, out of the bottom shed and into fresh air :


Top shed given a good tidy (yes this is very tidy!) :


Up on her side, time for sanding and joint filling :


Securing some planking that's come adrift :


I'm really looking forward to getting this one into a flying state, so much so that today I ordered the power system (3 motors, ESC's and 6s batteries - 3.3kW), and I'm looking at colour schemes.

Hopefully a new and interesting branch to the hobby (to me at least)!


F-100 Super Sabre for PSS - continued

The Hun has been coming along nicely, planking has finished on the main part of the fus with work now moving to the spine and canopy area.  No canopy exists for this model currently, so it's homebrew time.

Some carving and gluing :

Foam wings have arrived :



A quick dummy run with a dog for scale


Nose block going on - is it a Platypus?

I'm not that far from thinking about glassing it now, so some wing seat details to nail down.  After that, I'll put a blue foam block on the fus and shape that for a canopy mold.


Monday, 2 September 2019

F-100 Super Sabre for PSS

 The North American F-100 Super Sabre was a supersonic jet fighter / bomber that saw service in Vietnam along side the F-105 Thunderchief as fighter support.  A long time ago I found the plans here on Outerzone, and promptly printed a set.

The model will have a 56" wingspan, be of foam core wing and fully built up fuselage construction, and will be a glassed finish.

As there is a mass-build event for the F-86 Sabre, I decided to do it differently (for a change!) and make the SUPER version instead.

The wing is in production with Cloud Models, using a decent slope section, and should be ready soon.  The fuselage is already well under way at home. 


Formers all cut from 1.5mm birch ply

Notched and lightened

Built around a lite-ply crutch

Coming along!
Fin being built up

Fin pinned on temporarily 
Some more stringers added, and sheeting / planking started



Well, she should be ready quite early in the season next year, and I'm looking forward to flying her.  The C17 of course is still being worked on in the background, but when I need a break from glassing and sanding, I like to keep modelling momentum up with some balsa bashing.

Friday, 30 August 2019

Fame at last!

Well, I thought it was a prank by Phil Cooke, but I seem to have made the cover of the UK's only aeromodelling magazine - RCM&E.


Scary!  Good news for the association though, and my 6 week Spitfire build :D

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Some flying and other projects

I had a great 5 hour session on my club slope at Burton Dassett this past Sunday, with 3 aircraft flown.  Booming lift, but very bumpy close-in (the trees at the base are the cause, I'm sure) and massive thermals once pushed out from the slope.


CeePee and Mini-Blade Carbon

Mini-Blade and Valkyrie
The Mini-Blade performed as well as always, but could have done with some ballast I feel, but I flew so many high powered aeros from altitude, I'll forgive it's lightness. I really don't think I've ever flown so many non-stop aeros with any other airfraft as I did with the MB that day - spectacular.

The Valkyrie went well, but it was trying my patience when rigging.  It's probably 2+ years since I'd flown her last, and I'd forgotten just how fiddly the assembly is - she might visit the workshop soon for some mods!

The new CeePee...well, it was blustery.  I managed to push her away from the slope and enjoyed the responsiveness and speed across slope, as well as a few simple aeros.  Alas, the blustery bumpiness took its toll, and she was rolled over close-in on a pass that I couldn't recover from.  The fuselage took a big crack nearly around it's circumference, ending it's day.  All repaired now, just need to add some black solarfilm over the repair.

Onto new stuff, then.

I've committed to a 150% Jet Provost build, which should be a great size for the slope, and have already modelled some cockpit parts.


I've drawn up a 56" Gloster Meteor (Meatbox) F4 plan that I'll be getting laser cut shortly.



And I've started build on something else - another "century series" fighter, that Matt Jones and I are building one off each.


More to follow!