Projects

Flair SE5a

Flair SE5a from kit

I bought the Flair  SE 5a kit in October 2000, just before joining Northampton MAC. This is, as thousands know, a great kit. Everything fits (apart from the dihedral braces, which are at the wrong angle and far too small).

The airframe was straightforward, though longwinded. There are, as with all biplanes,  too many wings. There are 63 bits of wood in the top wing centre section alone. The construction uses standard Flair techniques: cappings over the wing ribs, hollow trailing edges from two pieces of 1/16, then fill between the ribs. Good instructions and well detailed plans.

 

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Me109e

Top Gun - CML Me109e

The Messerschmitt Bf 109 (aka Me 109) was a German World War II fighter aircraft designed by Willy Messerschmitt and Robert Lusser during the early to mid 1930s. It was one of the first true modern fighters of the era, including such features as an all-metal monocoque construction, a closed canopy, a retractable landing gear, and was powered by liquid-cooled, inverted-V12 aero engines.

 

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Ripmax Mustang 600 EP

Ripmax Mustang P51D EP

This article focuses on the build of the Ripmax Mustang P51D ARF as a "Winter Build" to stave off boredom due to inclement weather.   An addition to their range started with the classic Spitfire a few years ago and now includes the ME109.

 All these models come in at a bargain price of less than £99 GBP and the Spitfire has been seen around for £72 GBP.  Designed for electric flight, light weight and can be kept in the back of the average car for those quick flights.

 

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