The Jetstream is moving! (Or so they say.)

And Summer is just around the corner. Again. Anyway, let’s hope it gets here before Autumn does.

Just spent some time on the refurbishment of our latest acquisition, a third scale SE5A in the colours of the one flown by Maj James McCudden VC.
Not too much to do (considering my Fokker DVII is now two and a half years overdue),  just some tweaking with the rigging and bits and pieces. We put it all together in the kitchen today (on account of the rain outside), then realised it was too  big to get through the doors for some outdoor shots when the sun did come out (how we laughed).

All being well we’re up for some engine trials and maybe a test flight this weekend….


And yes, there is a pilot on the way, but I think he may have heard about Michael’s flying and is taking the scenic route…


When it was Summer..

And we could get to the patch without welly boots, Ian Andrews turned up one Sunday with another of his ‘unusual’ flying machines…




John Bishop was there with his wizzy photo apparatus to take some flying shots and reports:

‘Herewith some flying shots of Ian’s latest creation. It’s scratch build from an American plan I believe and it’s called “The Real Thing” (like Coca-Cola). It flies well but the ground run was proving to be a tad tricky with the eventual loss of some small but essential parts!’




John Bishop’s Whirlgig Autogyro Thing

John has sent over an update on his Whirlygig autogyro project which some of us will recall from its erratic if not entertaining take off procedure, but which is nonetheless an awesome if not slightly puzzling (ie how does that work?) flying machine.

John reports that:

After a rather hairy test flight performance is much better now since I replaced the earlier 3-bladed rotors with a 4-bladed set.  Stability and general handling are much improved.

Which is a good thing!

Vic’s New Hurricane

Some shots of Vic’s Hurricane getting its maiden flight. It’s a Mk 1 Hurricane in Polish airforce colours. Vic’s research tells him that this squadron was chalking up the highest number of kills early in the war because of the experience and expertise of the Polish pilots.



photo´s John Bishop

Carlos’s Ansaldo SVA 5 – Maiden Flight


Congratulations to Carlos Guerra whose magnificent Ansaldo SVA 5 had its maiden flight at Stow Maries aerodrome on Saturday 6th May.

At 33kg it’s firmly in the ‘Large Model’ category and Ian Redshaw took the sticks on this occasion to make it fly. A change of prop for the second flight the following day gave increased performance. Carlos took  this video of the first flight with barely a tremor evident as he grasped his camcorder:

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Fuel proofing tips

From Tony Box.

I have been asked several times, what type of fuel proofer I use, that gives a high gloss.

There are 3 types of 2 pack fuel proofer sold in the modelling world. Tufcote, Aerokote and Flexikote. All are a 2 pack resin type fuel proofers. Cost about £5 for 100ml.

For a number of years I have used Rustins plastic floor coating. It is a two pack cold cure lacquer. Designed for sealing floors. It is available in gloss or matt and a 1 ltr tin can cost as little as £15. It is mixed with the catalyst at 16 to 1 and dries in about 10mins. It is completely fuel proof, even high nitro fuel. It can be brushed, or sprayed on, but if spraying, it needs to be thinned slightly, with the thinners that comes in the pack (or cellulose thinners). A 1 ltr tin will last you years and it doesn’t seem to go off in the tin.