On the Workbench

Here are the latest photos of the (many) half-finished models in the Stuart workshop. At least when they are in the uncovered state, you can see some of the construction methods more clearly than when they are finished. I tend to have several planes on the go at any one time, which prevents boredom setting in, but does mean they tend to take a long time to finish!

Albatros D.V

This is the Golden Age kit, which I can highly recommend, in the process of conversion to CO2 power. The motor is a Gasparin GM 120, and I am hoping to hide the filler nozzle inside a removable pilot. You can see the tank between the motor and nozzle. I have built in a lower access hatch under the motor so I can get at the mounting bolts, and will have a removable nose block behind the propellor. Scale is close to 1/16th. As usual, I could not resist putting in a couple of extra fuselage stringers. This should not be a problem, as I will have no weight of rubber in the rear fuselage to worry about.

Dornier Do 335

Not much to say about this one - it is the West Wings kit, started in a fit of enthusiasm when it first came out, and sitting around in this state for a couple of years. I am planning to power it with two rubber motors, one driving each propeller. The kit is very well designed, but there is plenty of scope for weight reduction.

Hawker Audax

I won the this old West Wings kit in a raffle (it has the original peel-off paper patterns on the parts sheets) and for no obvious reason took it away on one of our trips up north to cut some bits out. Before I knew what had happened, I got to this stage.

You might notice in the photo that as the design does not feature side keels for the fuselage, I have attempted to keep everything straight when adding the stringers by temporarily gluing scraps of balsa sheet between each former on both sides. These will come out anytime soon.

I plan to finish the model as an Audax in desert colours, just to be different.

Robinson Redwing

With the Fox Moth turning out to be such a good indoor flyer, I decided to copy Dave Rees's design methods and build an identically sized biplane for my next open rubber model. The choice of the Robinson Redwing was down to the fact that I liked how it looked, it was well documented, the colour scheme with red wings and silver registrations is attractive and not too difficult to reproduce and as far as I knew nobody has done it before, at least at this size. Span is 29 inches and I'm aiming for an all-up weight of 100 grams. The nose is shorter than the Fox Moth, but the scratch built engine should add a fair proportion of the nose weight that will inevitably have to be added.

The weight of the components shown here is 26 grams. The fuselage structure is mainly 1/16" square, but I have doubled up the lower longerons. The upper decking is very soft 1 mm balsa. Wings are classic Dave Rees structure - see article here for details.

Northrup Special Racer

As I'm limited in how many models I can take over to Geneseo in my model box, It's good to have one or two which can be entered in more than one event. Hence the decision to build a Goodyear racer which is eligible for both the mass launch event and peanut scale. These models tend to have masses of wing area for a peanut and can fly really well. There are plenty of plans out there, but I decided to plow my own furrow and draw up one that doesn't seem to have been modelled before.

I'm Grateful to Rich Weber for providing me with documentation for a few possibilities, of which I chose this rather distinctive little Racer - the Northrop Special, built by Russ Northrup in 1952. It has a quirky appeal with its inverted gull wing and wheel spats.

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