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  1. Just to round this topic off, Here is a photo of the former owner of these engines, Jim Bridgewood from Doncaster in 1956, after winning the Eddie Riding Trophy at RAF Woodvale with his model of the Heston Phoenix, complete with retracting u/c. No radio in those days
  2. Now moved on to a new Custodian. Thanks to all those who responded. regards stu k
  3. Pete Russell, Ian Peacock, Chris Golds, Boddo, latterly Alex Whittaker. all good writers with something to say. I do find that the mags in recent years are not so good, Last month was particularly thin
  4. Yes a sad loss. I never met him but his skills and ability made him a legend in this hobby. He left a lasting legacy with his designs and a space that will be hard to fill. My condolences to his family and friends stu k
  5. CNC Foam wing cutting machines If anyone is interested both in computers and foam wing cutting, I have a CNC foam cutting rig which was assembled by the late Mel Drohan from the Doncaster area. After Mel passed, it came to me to save it from being disassembled. I have no real interest in the computer side so its never going to be used here. I know that it works because the Tyro Major wing core file last used by Mel is still in the machine and it still goes through all the motions to cut cores. Its a home built unit using 3D printed parts and (off the top of my head will cut up to around 30" cores. There is also all of the computer and electronics for a second machine to cut (off the top of my head) 60" cores which was mounted on an 8 x 4 board. This did not survive the relocation process and several of the 3D printed parts broke. I had to take it apart but all the components are there to build a second machine. I don't know where Mel got the 3D files from to assemble to cutter but they will be out there somewhere for anyone else to find. Both machines come with its own Desktop computer, all the stepper motors and transformers etc to heat up the wire. The computers on each cutter have the programme to turn the G code files into that required to move the cutter but the programme to create the G code files was on his laptop and I don't have it. Google Foam Wing CNC programme and there are a few options out there. Located in Haxey, North Lincs (DN9 2**), the smaller machineis intact and was transported on the floor a medium sized van although no doubt it could be carefully disassembled. The larger machine is a box full of components and aluminium extrusions only. Available to anyone who could make use of it. Don't ask if your workshop is an 6 x 4 shed and you cut a foam core once every two years, be practical. But I would be pleased to see it go to someone who could make good use of it. Perhaps if someone is going to take it on, a modest donation to Mel's depandants would be a nice gesture. Pm or post here for more info. Don't ask anything too technical ! regards Stu K
  6. If anyone is interested both in computers and foam wing cutting, I have a CNC foam cutting rig which was assembled by the late Mel Drohan from the Doncaster area. After Mel passed, it came to me to save it from being disassembled. I have no real interest in the computer side so its never going to be used here. I know that it works because the Tyro Major wing core file last used by Mel is still in the machine and it still goes through all the motions to cut cores. Its a home built unit using 3D printed parts and (off the top of my head will cut up to around 30" cores. There is also all of the computer and electronics for a second machine to cut (off the top of my head) 60" cores which was mounted on an 8 x 4 board. This did not survive the relocation process and several of the 3D printed parts broke. I had to take it apart but all the components are there to build a second machine. I don't know where Mel got the 3D files from to assemble to cutter but they will be out there somewhere for anyone else to find. Both machine come with its own Desktop computer, all the stepper motors and transformers etc to heat up the wire. The computers on each cutter have the programme to turn the G code files into that required to move the cutter but the programme to create the G code files was on his laptop and I don't have it. Google Foam Wing CNC programme and there are a few options out there. Located in Haxey, North Lincs (DN9 2**), the smaller machineis intact and was transported on the floor a medium sized van although no doubt it could be carefully disassembled. The larger machine is a box full of components and aluminium extrusions only. Available to anyone who could make use of it. Don't ask if your workshop is an 6 x 4 shed and you cut a foam core once every two years, be practical. But I would be pleased to see it go to someone who could make good use of it. Perhaps if someone is going to take it on, a modest donation to Mel's depandants would be a nice gesture. Pm or post here for more info. Don't ask anything too technical ! regards Stu K
  7. All of these engines now sold. Thank you all.
  8. This engine now sold.. Thanks to all for your interest.
  9. Hi All, I have PM ed the winning bidders just now. If you would please confirm your interest and bids we can consider them sold. I hope that you have all received a decent bargain. regards and my thanks to all who have shown an interest. Stu K
  10. No, No decisionmade on anything. As has been pointed out, the individual bids amount to more than the job lot offer so I am morally bound to follow those. I have to pop out now for an hour but the plan is to close this down and finalise things tonight.
  11. Yes you may have a point there. To be honest, I hadn't added it up
  12. Gents, Thank you to all who have been in touch regarding these and please accept my apologies for such a slow response, some unexpected family issues have kept me busy this weekend. The state of play thus far is as follows:- The small Cox has received bids of £12 and £20 and to the person who asked I hope these pics will give you more info. The green twin exhaust engine - £16 The rear exhaust glow motor (Taipan?) - £18 plus an unspecified offer for just the silencer. The Enya 45 - £18 The Frog 80 - £25 plus a job lot offer of £70 for all of the misc engine group and £70 for the HP 21VT All are plus postage and sold as seen. On that basis the job lot offer probably comes out tops. The shutter will come down tomorrow evening and I will contact those making the best offers. I apologies if I have made this difficult. I really do know nothing about these engines, collectable or junk I have no idea, The aim is to get the best deal for the family of the owner while still making them a good buy for those interested. My thanks again to those who have responded. regards Stu K North Lincs
  13. In my ignorance I realise that I have set myself up to fail here. One or two people have been kind enough to make offers on some of these. Are they good offers? I have no idea! Trying to be fair to all, I will post here the best offer and not accept any until monday evening. Then the book will close and the best offer will take it. Hope that seem fair to everyone. More to follow
  14. I'll be honest here and say that I know nothing about these engines. They could be collectable or they could be scrap and on that basis I will up them up as 'Open to offers' If you have any interest, do post here or send a PM All from the estate of a modeller who was competeing in Free flight competition in the 50's and 60's Interesting compression screw! No idea what this is No silencer with this. Below any engine collectors want a box? I appreciate that these are in poor condition. If they don't sell they are destined for the scrap bin so if they are have use to you do get in touch. Regards, Thanks for looking in Stu Knowles
  15. Thanks for the replies so far Gents. I had taken a look on ebay and seen that they do go for more, However the object of the exercise is to sell within a reasonable timescale. If someone gets a bargain, the family will be happy and it gets the job done.
  16. Hi All, I am helping to realise some of the collection of a long gone modeller. One of the special nuggets in the collection is this HP 21 VT glow engine which I guess dates from sometime in the 80's Just the engine and box, no other papers. It looks as though is has never been run, Turns over freely, Looks mint. As I remember there were a series if HP ** VT engines. The 21 one around 49 and a 60 or 61. I think that the VT relates to a rotary valve rather than the usual poppet valves Sold as seen Offers around £75? Some small diesels to follow
  17. 80% finished, just 60% left to do !
  18. I have also made a start Andy. The race is on!
  19. Mods Please. Here we go again! leonschwartz Read: 2 hours ago : 2 hours ago hello are you still interested in getting this?. you can contact Swift he has a Multiplex Royal EVO TX for sparesMultiplex Royal EVO TX for spares for sale........... PM him @ [email protected]
  20. I'm not sure that I would want to replicate poor joinery but I do like a heavily weathered finish. I also tend to make no attempt to blend in repairs like patches on open structures but rather make them afeature with simulated stitching and slightly different paint colour. Weathering is quite a personal thing, not everyone likes it but if you look at the full size, even in museums where they are kept well you do see uneven surfaces and ripplesin the finish.
  21. I think that with the variable width leading edge, a fairly sharp L/E is inevitable, especially mid span
  22. Lovely model. Doesn't appear to be much damage.
  23. Gibbon Seth was the contact who tried to initiate the scam which I mentioned a few posts ago. He needs removing from this forum - Well he or she needs much more but removal will probably have to suffice for now.
  24. When did it become someone else's responsibiity to ensure my safety? If a place that I happened to be has made available equipment and materials that would be helpful in the event of an accident,then I would be grateful for their forsight but personally I do not see that they have a duty to do so. If I pay to use and enjoy some facility at that place, I do not see that also means that I require them to ensure my safety beyond making sure that the facility that they offer is fit for purpose. It seems to be a factor in modern life that some people think that of there is an accident then blame and responsibility must lie elsewhere - and 'where there is blame there's a claim'. Such attitudes see volunteers withdrawing their services and clubs and societies disappearing.
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