|My Bluepants built in 1992 and powered by an Oliver Tiger Mk4. I have flown it in a couple of oldtime stunt competitions (all at the cabbage patch Nationals) and my best placing was 4th||The Flingle Bunt was my first combat model when I started serious combat flying in the mid 1960s. My original model was powered by a Rivers Silver Arrow. The recent version is similarly powered with a tuned, swapmeet aquisition.||
In 2014 I finished a TEOSAWKI (The End Of Stunt As We Know It)
This is an interesting design by Clayton Smith who died in 2010 and it was only available as a ready to fly model from Clayton in the USA. I am not aware of any that made their way over to the UK. Everybody I have heard from who has flown one claims an excellent performance from it.
I have created a page for the drawings and build pictures to help others build their own versions. Click on the picture to visit there.
|My Peacemaker built in 1998 and powered by an Oliver Tiger Mk4. I have always wanted a Peacemaker and this is my first. - I built it light and it is fabulous to fly. The covering is a combination of mylar and tissue (the strength of the mylar and the look of the tissue)||The Ole Blue was built in 1992 to enter British Goodyear events. It started out with one of my faithful Olivers but was later re-engined with a PAW TBR 2.5cc which proved to be very fast.||This my J D Falcon started in 1999, finally flown in 2004 and repainted in 2005 as the fuelproof!! Pactra paint was not fuelproof. repainted with a 2 pack paint and very fuel proof. The model is powered by a Stalker 35.|
|I bought a pack of 3 kits at a swapmeet some 5+ years ago and split them with some friends. Mine is the second one finished and performs very well with the PAW 2.5cc TBR (the one I souped up for British Goodyear racing) flying weight 14oz.||
found a rather blurred photo of some of the combat models
I campaigned in the 60's
Looks like my first Flingle Bunt, a dominator, an Earlybird and a Mini Earlybird.
|I built this Phantom to compete in the indoor controline racing at the Model Engineering Exhibition about 10 years ago. The model was powered by a tuned PAW 1.49 and was really fast. Sadly we crashed and didn't finish our heat but the model has been repaired and just awaits new wheels.|
|My Airsail Gas Buggy shown here with the ED Mk2 Penny Special 2cc diesel engine that was it's original powerplant||I have been Aeromodelling since I was old enough to be trusted with sharp tools and here is a picture I found of my first radio model. The model was self designed (I think) and the radio gear was a set made from a Macgregor Terrytone kit. It did work but my pocket money wouldnt stretch to replacing the HT battery once it had run down||When I Joined the Cambridge Model Aero club there was a significant free flight contingent and I built a number of competition models in the club style. This model was powered by an Elfin 1.49 and performed well. I was already showing an interest in Bluegrass music!|
Intending to enter some stunt
competitions in 2005 required a few new stunt models. This is
the first one finished - a Brodak Kit Profile Oriental.
The Brodak 40 kept stopping unless run flatout. I added a shroud to increase the head temperature and this cured the problem.
I won the CLAPA class 2 league in 2005 with this model.
|For 2006 I built a Mo-Best designed by Larry Cunningham. It has proved to be a stunning performer. I powered it with a SuperTigre G51 which required some changes to the ports to get it performing well. Details of the engine development are here||Here is the wing of the second Profile Oriental on my wing jig. This wing is built using laser cut ribs that Kyle of Tank's Hanger cut from a CAD file I sent him. The section is a bit more modern than the kit section.|
built this Bob "Smoothie" Palmer Go Devil in
just over 3 weeks to compete in the 2005 CLAPA champs.
The OS LA46 has now been modified to spark ignition and won the CLAPA champs vintage competition in 2007 and 2008.
I was planning to fit a Super Cyclone 10cc spark ignition engine in the Go Devil. I have one that has never been run but got blown out of the vertical 8 manouver at the Nationals and slapped the ground damaging the Go-Devil. I was planning to rebuild it with the Cyclone but CLAPA decided to change the rules for their championships to use the SAM rules and the Go-Devil would be non-competitive so it has been replaced with a 1957 Oriental which is a better fit with the rules.
In 2012 I acquired a russian combat glow engine and last year (2013) I built a Razorblade 64 to see how this old warhorse would perform with a modern motor and a 6x3 apc prop. The result was a model that was very light, very loud and very exciting to fly.
Update: I have re-engined this model with a Rothwell R250 and it is now really fast.
|My 2014 TEOSAWKI (The End Of Stunt As We Know It)|
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