Summer model building
Combat flying
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Hi Phil
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Summer model building

Over the past few months I have been having great fun building and testing a few models.  Firstly an old harrier design scaled down to just under 300 mm wing span using a 30 mm GWS ducted fan unit driven by a wren motor. 

The 4705 Bristol M1 was next and what a great little flyer this one is, just watch the ceiling. 

Then a scaled down autogyro with a 300 mm wing (rotor) span powered by a wren motor, flew well but needs more work to balance the three rotor blades to reduce the tail flutter.


Only ever having flown aerobatics on long line lengths I decided to have a play on my back lawn using the 4755 1 ½ Wing Biplane on 2.5 metre flying wires.  With a bit of careful elevator trimming and even more careful throttle control I had great fun flying loops.
Model in top left of photo.  Take a look at the videos on the ‘I am flying, now what can I do….’ Page in the information section. Yes my landing technique needs working on (the model was not harmed during the filming).

Combat flying

The 4750 Card Combat Model is a very resilient model for combat competitions as the card wings, tail and rear fuselage absorb accidental contact between models far better than balsa wood.
For combat competitions a strip of toilet tissue is attached to the back of each model. The idea is to remove a few bits of tissue from your opponent’s streamer, without removing bits of the model.
A length of 500 mm of toilet paper rolled up, cut into 10 mm strips then split into separate sheets and taped to the rear of the fuselage of each model makes an ideal streamer.

A short combat video is on the ‘I am flying, now what can I do….’ Page in the information section and a few more ideas for RTP completions.

From the Forum

Aeronut has posted details of his latest model, a scale model of the Hanley Page 42 airliner, from his photos I can’t wait to see it completed.
Areonut has also given us a fascinating detailed description of how he constructed the dummy 9 cylinder Bristol Jupiter engines to house the four motors.

More posts from ebeneezer and his father about their setups for flying in the back garden.
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