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Futura57

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  1. I also learned heli flying with fixed pitch and without a gyro. Happy days 😁
  2. Nice pictures @Peter Christy. You are about 10 years ahead of me on fixed wing and about 5 years on helis. What RC did you use on the Morley?
  3. Hang on, I do have a Keil Kraft Student. That must count as BOB.
  4. I'd really like to come along, meet some forum members, and fly some of my models. However, I don't have a Laser powered model and I have nothing which fits any of the categories mentioned, unless my own designs count as best of British 🤣
  5. Due to family illness and loss I've had little time to focus on developing this design. I'm slowly getting back into it now and have decided that twin rudders will drive the vectored thrust unit in the yaw axis. I've made up some aluminium through-horns with ball links for this purpose. The inner arms will be operated from snakes and the outer arms will have short pushrods to the VT unit. I've begun to permanently fix the snake runs. The black snake will directly operate the VT unit in pitch. Mk1 of this design had the battery hatch underneath the front fuselage. For this Mk2 version I need good access to the top of the fuselage for the 4 servos, rx and ESC. I will therefore fashion a removable top half to the front fuselage / canopy to also allow for battery installation. A lot of thinking time has passed, so now it's time to execute. I couldn't resist firing up the 70mm Powerfun EDF unit and discovered it has oodles of thrust to accelerate the model's weight vertically upwards. The projected final flying weight with 4s 2700 Lipo is 1.3kg.
  6. Yes, I can see you in the front row. That's quite a turnout of C/L combat models. How many flew together in the same circle? I had a couple of combat wings but only flew stunts solo. I was only two years old in 1963.
  7. This is how I mould simple cowls and canopies from plastic bottles. I hope the link works. Plastic Bottle Moulding.pdf
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    Younger Self and Early Models

    Images of me and my models from the 1970s - 1990s
  9. I guess this topic didn't quite get the traction I was hoping for. At the risk of flogging a dead horse I came across a few more old photos of my younger self with some of my earlier models. I've added more to my album, including descriptions, if you are interested. These are largely from the late 1970s to early 1980s. Graupner Burda Piper Own Design MicroMold Lark Own Design using some crashed Lark parts Pilot F16 Own Design flying wing Twin Otter - Own Design for 2 x OS35FPs
  10. From the album: Younger Self and Early Models

    From around 1977. This was my first nylon covered model. Took me six weeks to build and six minutes to crash. The new OS motor was well run in but cut on a steep climb out. The whole front fuselage was toast. I rebuilt it and flew it for many years, after which I gave it away to a friend. I used to drop flour bombs and various fruits from the under belly hatch.
  11. From the album: Younger Self and Early Models

    From around 1978, I was 16/17 years old. This was my first really big design powered by OS61 IIRC. Flew beautifully for 3 flights before the single aileron servo failed in flight. I was devastated.
  12. From the album: Younger Self and Early Models

    From around 1989 this had 2 x OS35FP power. Yet another of my 'disposable plans' for a one-off build.
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    Own Design Trainer

    From the album: Younger Self and Early Models

    I flew this a lot at Mitcham Common, South London, in the late 1980s. I often strapped a 110 instamatic camera to get single shots of the common from the air. Powered by the HGK45 from my redesigned MicroMold Lark heli. My first ever hot wire cut foam veneered wings. I called her the Learner.
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    Komet - Own Design

    From the album: Younger Self and Early Models

    Yet another one-off design of mine from the early 1990s. OS25 powered. Flew beautifully for a couple of seasons. I would fly this inverted through open goal at the local park (when the nets were down).
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    Kamco Kavalier

    From the album: Younger Self and Early Models

    The first of two Kavaliers I had in the late 1970s
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    Pilot F16

    From the album: Younger Self and Early Models

    From around 1986. Mitcham Common. Took 3/4 length of football pitch to get it in the air. Managed to keep it aloft for a couple of circuits and landed it safely. Took it straight to Avicraft, Bromley, and put it up for sale.
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    MicroMold Lark

    From the album: Younger Self and Early Models

    From around 1980/81
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    Great Lakes Trainer

    From the album: Younger Self and Early Models

    From around 1974 my control line Sterling kit.
  19. From the album: Younger Self and Early Models

    OS15 powered IIRC
  20. From the album: Younger Self and Early Models

    Put together around 1997 using the wing from another crashed model.
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    Gemini Outline

    From the album: Younger Self and Early Models

    An outline of my proposed Gemini design from 1980. Later evolved into my recent Top Quark design.
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    Gemini Sketch

    From the album: Younger Self and Early Models

    A sketch of my proposed Gemini design from 1980. Later evolved into my recent Top Quark design.
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