No model is 'too ordinary' to appear on the modelflight gallery. Trainers, ARTF's, foamies, helicopters, gliders, jets, blimps and novelties and anything else that is a flying model is welcome - and don't forget, modelflight is not only r/c!


Dave O'Brien and his prize-winning Camel

One year on from its last appearance on modelflight, Dave O'Brien reports prize-winning success with his beautiful scale F1 Sopwith Camel.

During the year that has passed, Dave won the Towner Trophy at the BMFA Southern Area Scale Day, Bickley, in Kent, and the Leatherhead Model Flying Club Trophy in 2005.

The model is 1/4 scale and is based on the Mick Reeves kit. It has a wingspan of 84" and is 54" long. Fitted in the cowl behind that impressive dummy engine is a Laser 200V engine.

I asked Dave if he would run round the model and point up all the special features and here is what he has told me.

The rigging wire is flat stainless steel, silver soldered to fork ends for adjustment. There are six servos in total, two for the ailerons, two for the elevators, one for the rudder and one for the throttle. They are all standard servos. Radio is a Futaba PCM set (Field Force 6). The prop is a 20 x 8, Master Airscrew.

The pitot tube is scratch built from brass and piano wire while the vacuum tubes are copper from electric cable. The ammunition chutes in the cowling were built from tin plate and the Rotherham pump was built from odds and ends of copper, brass, aluminium, etc. and then a propellor was carved from balsa wood and stained.
The pilot is from A H Designs with the windscreen cut from Perspex and tin plate.

Covering is linen Solartex and the top surfaces and fuselage are painted with Flair Spectrum PC10 (brown). All the insignia were hand painted directly onto the Solartex.The rib stitching and tapes were done with white glue and torn strips of Solartex (looks good).

On performance, Dave says, "The plane flies very nicely and looks superb in the air, it has a real presence, and has given me great pleasure."


Del Ray vs Doug Bungey, round 2

I cannot allow Doug Bungey to get away with having his Stosser on your magazine (March gallery), I am therefore sending you a photo of my A26 Invader, built from scaled-up plans that appeared in an early edition of Flying Models. The Fuz is built up but the wings are foam covered with 1.5 mil balsa. The nacelles are white foam and the cowls are fbreglass. It is powered by two Supertigre 34 motors, wingspan 72 inch.




HughO's Crusader II

Scratch built from plans in RCM, November 1988.
Wingspan: 38 inches
Length: 47.5 inches
Lifting area: 640.5 sq in
Weight: 6 lbs with battery, ready to fly
All balsa frame and sheet construction
Covering: Aerospan film
Motor: AXI 2826/10 motor. Turns 11x8.5 APC prop @ 9500+ rpm
Battery: GP twelve cell NiMH @ 3800 mAh
First flight: February 13th 2006. I had put some lead weight in the tail to balance the plane when I hang it up without the battery. I forgot to take it out when I put the battery in for the first flight - VERY exciting! I took the lead out for the next flight and it was very good. Lasted over six minutes and used up about half the battery. Took off and landed very smooth.


Another nice conversion from Don Hofeldt

Great job again on the latest issue. I always enjoy hearing from you that a new issue is ready. I know you need new photos of people and airplanes so here is a 86" built up kit of a Bird Dog I have just done another electric conversion to. I use, as always, the AXI 4130 High Count geared motor, 1.5 to 1 with a Inner Demon gear box. It turns a 22/12 E prop and pulls about 29 amps - sorry, I don't know the RPMs right now. It is powered with a 14.8 and a 11.1 lipoly set up of batteries run in series. It flys well but you need to know how to work with the rudder in the turns. Seems to fly like a real full size plane.


Lucas Rizzi

- something a bit different ...

A couple of less familiar models on the gallery from Lucas Rizzi - top, his 40-inch electric Zoot Scoot park flyer designed by Dave Szuter; lower, his very interesting little Paramotor.


Bud Carlson took these images last year at one of his local January flying bashes and wonders if any modelflight reader could come up with a more wintry flying scene.

For a brilliant article and free downloadable package of plans and articles for Dave Szuter's Zoot Scoot click this link.    


All pictures on this page are thumbnails - left-click to view an enlarged version


Jay Wiley - disappointing Fokker needs sorting!

Here is my latest project, the SIG ARF Fokker DVII electric. I've added ailerons to the top wing using the bell cranks from my destroyed Jenny. I've had a couple of test flights but poor results so far. The first flight staggered around and drifted into the side of my car. It bounced off and dropped to the ground unharmed. I've checked the radio again and believe it to be okay but I feel I need more nose weight even though it balances okay. I'm also going to increase the dihedral to try to make it more stable. The ailerons seem ineffective at times and it goes out of control. The Jenny was a rock solid flier so I'm rather disappointed with the results so far. It looks good though!


Philip Crandon

Garry Henderson-Smith sent these shots of a scale Fieseler Storch that flys at his club, Lismore Model Flying Club, Australia.

The model was built and is flown by Philip Crandon. It has a 94" wingspan and has occupied Phil's spare time over nine years, in between house building and raising his family. The undercarriage is fully functional as are the doors and engine cowl openings. Phil also flys regularly in glider competition and may use the Storch for towing.

Weighing in at around 14lb it is powered by an Enya 91 four stroke. Loads of detail makes it look great on the ground and well-mannered flight performance adds up to a very beautiful model, complete with reduced map of the local district in the map compartment of the door.

There's another nice Storch in the making on work in progress.


New to the Pete Masters fleet

Here are some recent additions to Pete Masters' ever-growing fleet.

Above left is a hand-launch glider called Pearl - 1.45m wing span, rudder/elevator control and all-up ready-to-fly weight of 10oz; all Kevlar D-box wing and carbon ribs and same for the tail end as well. Above right is a 45-inch span EPP wing with a brushless pusher motor; it flys very well and can go very fast, Pete says.

Mags 2, below left, (named after modelflight's very own pin-up girl) is the club wing (Willy How MAC, formerly Bridlington MAC) which has a 60-inch wing span and is made of their new foam and skinned in 1/64th ply wood. The Airscoot, below right, is a mini-electric contra-rotating model helicopter from the USA and has a colbolt 600 motor and 10 to 12 cells nicad or nims; 40-inch rotor blades, very stable platform.





removable nose

Paul Cook tweaks his Topic

Paul writes, "I have managed to make a small model over the last few months, attached a few pictures. It's not very big but took me a while to build due to DIY. It is based on my Topic but slightly tweaked in size and plan form. Specs are as follows:

Span: 18"
Weight: 5.5oz
Motor: brushless Feageo 1230/4100 with 3x3" propeller
Batteries: Etec 3 series lipoly 700mAh
Servos: Ripmax SD100

The advantage of this model over the Topic is easy removal of the battery, as seen in the photos by the removable nose. Also the aerofoil is slightly thicker making radio installation a little easier. It flies well and flat out it goes like a rocket. Flight times are around 14 minutes depending how aggressive you are with the throttle."

See market place for the latest addition to Paul's range of Flight Line Plans


From Bill McKinney

Flown by Devin Rockwell, the Zero (back picture) is an ARF from Seagull, wingspan 58 ins, weight 6.5 lbs and powered by a Super Tigre .40 two-stroke - fast and very manoueverable.

The Fokker GR, flown by Ken Gibson, is built from a Great Planes kit; wingspan 60 ins, length 48 ins, weight 9 lbs, engine Saito .91 four-stroke.




Reg's new model

This is the new ARTF that I have put together since the last issue. It's the Seagull Bellanca Decathlon, 67.75 ins (1720 mm) wingspan, 50 ins (1270 mm) in length and fitted with a .40 two-stroke engine. It comes in an advanced state of construction, fully covered and with factory-installed pushrods and engine mount, and went together very well.


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