|Shaun's Veron 'Stentorian' actually built by Phil Smith|
|Phil's Veron Impala glider, with 2.4g S/C radio. This is actually a 3/4 scale Impala, which works out at 36" span. It has rudder & kick-up elevator controls.|
|Shaun's Veron 'Mini Concorde' with dummy diesel and 2.4g S/C radio. The model was featured in RCM&E Nov 93. Shaun has flown this model using one of my Single-Channel encoders in a buddy-box. This gives full proportional control until the model is settled in flight, when the trainer switch is thrown and all control is via the single button on the Single Channel buddybox.|
|Phil's Tomboy and Poppet, Vic Smeed designs, the Tomboy was built by John Whitehead, and the Poppet by Tony Wright. The Poppet had to undergo serious surgery recently after one of my cats broke one wing clean in two!|
|Phil's Junior 60, awaiting a new brushless motor and installation of another 2.4g Single Channel set|
|Phil's Multiplex EasyCub, a very light & stable model, flies on very little power|
|Phil's Sharkface, built entirely from 'B&Q Floormaster' foam which is quite similar to depron. The model was expected to last a couple of weeks but in fact has been flying regularly for well over 2 years now.|
|Dash-7, a mid-90's ARTF foam model. This was a successful experiment in Solarfilming bare foam.|
|The Veron Martinette, a lovely biplane, based on the Stentorian|
|Shaun's scaled up monster Southerner of 132" span, with a diminutive Tomtit-lookalike taking a piggy-back.|
|Phil Smith's Lavochkin, now Shauns. Powered by an internal 049 via a special ducted fan, precision-made from plywood!|
|Shaun's Micro-Mold Wallace was a basket case when he got it originally.....Lots of straightening, ABS welding and general fettling and making a couple of bits got it to where it's shown in the pics..... was sold to a modeller in Germany...|
|Top left, then clockwise: Keil Kraft Champ, Firebird and Phantom; Keil Kraft Talon and Frog Vanfire; Queens Cup winner (Shaun?); and a Depronized, 3D electric Phantom!|
|Shaun built this Weekender in 3 hours!
Its from a Radio Modeller magazine plan and designed for bang-bang single channel with an .049 glow.
|Built, covered, and 2.4g S/C Codamac (the "Gigamac"!) installed in 6 hours total.|
|Traditional torque-rod & birdcage linkage for the rudder, and a pushrod for the kick-up elevator|
|Doug's 3/4 scale Sharkface (Yes!!! 18" span and a Cox .020), Blunderbus (minus tailplane) & Simplex. Shaun's Eric Clutton 'Tadpole' tailless, looking very Me163 - should be fun! Vintage 'Simplex', an excellent S/C model, very different from the 1964 all-sheet model of the same name!|
|In a fit of enthusiasm, Shaun completed three models from scratch within a week. A very conventional Weekender, and the far-from-conventional aileron X-Kraft and Tadpole tailless|
|Linkage detail - the original X-Kraft had a rocker on the escapement, emulated here by a small servo with a short torque-rod. The Tadpole is rudder-only through a torque-rod and the Weekender has a torque-rod rudder and pushrod elevator.|
|Heres the aileron-equipped X-Kraft. This was quite a deviation from the normal rudder-only model and two huge surfaces for the little rubber-driven escapement to operate.|
|Gordon's S/C Timber, note the ingenious torque-rod bearing...|
|Timber: from the builder, Gordon W:
Motor- Turnigy C2826- 1350kv
Prop- APC-E 8 x 4"
ESC- 25 Amp HobbyWing
Battery- Tipple 3s LiPo 1000mAh
Servos- Emax 9gram digital
Target weight from plans/build article 28 ozs
Actual weight RTF with battery 22.7 ozs
The 37 and a bit inch span 'Timber' was originally published in RCM&E as a free plan in the December 1961 issue, was designed by Peter Holland and was fitted with an 1.49cc Elfin motor. I generated the plan using a jpg image and TilePrint and built as per plans with only a couple of minor modifications such as, slicing 3/4" of the tailplane chord and adding a 1" elevator (using sewn hinges) and using saddle clamps to hold the main undercarriage on to the fuselage.The main modification was adjusting the nose to accommodate an electric motor by locating a 3mm lightply bulkhead in at the appropriate place to fit the chosen motor.
The rudder is driven by my Elmic-EMax actuator, namely a 9 gram servo mounted vertically using an old control horn as a bearing to convert the motion into rotary so that the original birdcage drive could be used at the rudder. Elevator is a carbon pushrod drive to a cenral horn mounted on the top surface of the elevator.
I chose the Timber because I could get a good quality image of the plan (thanks RFJ and Patmcc) where as, what I would have really liked was a Veron Mini Concord, but was unable to find either a plan or a good image of the plan. Patmcc was especially enthusiastic about the design having built a couple and then developed the design which suggested that it might actually fly. He was right. It flys very nicely and (using modern propo radio) is a great little trainer and copes well, despite its small size, even when there is lots of turbulence. Flight testing showed the need for a bit more packing inder the leading edge of the tailplane, and I am glad I went with the "Experienced" sizing of the rudder. The only issue I have had to date is that the tailplane is a bit prone to warping, most likely to be a wood selection problem on my part.
|Phil's Eric Clutton 'Sharkface' taking shape.
This is my fourth Sharky so far and will be lecky powered, but I really fancy building a fifth for a Babe Bee,
purely for nostalgic reasons!
Below, covered in the same scheme as my first Sharky back in the late 60's. Of course it cannot be flown until it has the traditional Shark grin, those are the rules.
|Chris's old DB Tyro with 27mhz Macgregor looking very 'period'... my own Tyro flew really well until one day it migrated south with a stuck escapement, never to be seen again...|