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Models

My interest in modelling started as a 12 year old, when I built a control line model called a Phantom Mite, powered with a 1cc diesel from Davis Charlton, who manufactured the engines on the Island. Jobs and family have intervened, but my interest was rekindled by visiting a display hosted by the local club, Manx Model Flyers.

These photos show a few of the models that I’ve built and flown over the years since then. I mostly fly R/C power models, but I also have a go at any sort of R/C flying, including thermal, slope and electric. I’ve also retained my interest in control line models, albeit only occasionally.

Galaxy Models Twin Hornet.

56″ span, fitted with twin OS 25 engines. Built to get some multi engine experience before embarking on the Lancaster project this model has proven easy to fly and is fully aerobatic. It’s now honourably retired.

Twin Hornet Model

Twin Hornet

Galaxy Models Jester.

40″ span biplane fitted with an OS 25FSR. At the time this was built our club used to perform a display routine consisting of WW1 aircraft, and as we were very short of German models, I used this colour scheme to provide an enemy for the RFC to chase 🙂

 

photo of Jester biplane

Galaxy Models Jester

 Galaxy Models Wizard.

40″ span, fitted with an OS25FSR. This is one hairy little beast, the OS25 providing plenty of power, and despite the models small size, it is great fun to fly capable of performing smooth manoeuvres. The design is a smaller version of the Galaxy models Magician which I had a few of and was always impressed by their flying ability.

Galaxy Models Wizard

Galaxy Models Wizard

 Flair Cub.

72″ span, with an OS46FS. This was built to teach my daughters Rachel (seen holding the model), and Katie to fly. As it happens, this model, despite being designed as a trainer, flies so well that it is my favourite and has provided me with hours of fun. I’m sure the girls will get a go on it one day! This model uses a Sanwa radio system, which has a buddy box facility, making flying lessons a lot less stressful on the instructor.

Flair Models Cub, held by Katie

Flair Models Cub, held by Katie

 Pitt Master

40″ span, ASP 40 engine. Designed to look similar to the Pitts special, this model is all foam, including the fuselage, and was very quick to build. It’s flying qualities were excellent, very manoeuvreable, and like all biplanes, easy to land. Lost in a high speed dive after a battery pack failure.

Pit Master Biplane

Pit Master Biplane

 Bill Kits’ Big Fun.

SC36 engine. Usual fun fly style model. This one turned out a bit heavy at 3 1/2 lbs but is still capable of some startling manouevres. As the name says, it’s loads of fun to fly.

Big Fun

Big Fun

Pat French Models CAP21.

60″ span with 0S40FSR. In the colours of Tony Bianchi. A great performer, capable of every manoeuvre, with a special talent for Lomcevaks. Now deceased, after too tight a turn on to final when deadstick, resulting in a terminal spin.

CAP 21 Aerobatice Model

CAP 21 Aerobatice Model

 Precedent Stampe.

Fitted with SC108 engine. 72″ span and a delight to fly. This big biplane takes a few minutes to rig, but once in the air is an absolute dream, with a smooth flight performance. I bought it built but unflown from a fellow club member, and after two seasons of regular and highly enjoyable flying sold it on to make room for other models.

Precedent Stampe

Precedent Stampe

AVRO Lancaster.

lanc80Built from a plan by Chris Golds. 90″ span, fitted with 4 .25 engines. This model uses a simple construction of carved foam covered with brown paper. As shown here it is still awaiting the final markings, but is ready to fly. Unfortunately this model suffered a double engine failure on it’s maiden flight and spun in, being damaged beyond repair 🙁

Lancaster

Lancaster

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These are stills from a video file, hence the poor quality.

ASK14.

Semi-scale model of the ASK14 from Graupner. Rudder and elevator only, this model soars reasonably well, but had to have the dihedral increased quite a bit to make it turn satisfactorily.

ASK 14

ASK 14

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