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    MK KITS LISTING

    Hello,

    this is the pattern part of the list of models produced by MK.

    It follows the ROYAL/MARUTAKA and MK List I put in the Scale section of RCU


    Mr. Masahiro Kato was a top FAI pattern pilot who won many Japanese National championships.

    As many high level modelers, he was designing and building his machines himself. After establishing his own company, named M. Kato Model Aircraft Manufacturing Co. Ltd, he began selling his MK kits. Parts were all first quality balsa, pre-cut and many already pre-formed. A very high level of quality was achieved, Mr. Kato being without any doubt a very perfectionnist man, how could he climb to the first place in his country otherwise?

    His main products line consisted of high level aerobatic models but he also designed some scale warbird. These were soon handed over to Marutaka, so he could concentrate himself on Pattern flight, altough he continued to design and draw many scale models for Marutaka. His first scale model MK kits were diffused in very small numbers and they did certainly not bring him much money, considering the high level of craftmanship involved. I will try to establish a list of the now very scarse scale models kits and also give an outlook of his long list of stunt champions, designed by M. Kato or by some of his fellow competitors.


    Aerobatic birds:

    Thunder Chief - Serious things began when he became a Japan team member in world aerobatics contests.



    Thunderbird 60 and New Thunderbird 40


    Thunderbird MKII


    Blue Angel by M. KATO (First Kit in 1971, in development since 1962)
    This is the third version, after tail modifications by T. Yoshioka.




    Blue Angel 60 M. KATO design modified by World Champion T. YOSHIOKA WS 1630mm 3350 gr. .60 (1973)
    Very awesome construction by 8178 don't miss his interesting and highly detailed Blue Angel Build Thread


    For another nice build thread by Dhal22 click here


    For more on Blue Angel story in attached pdf file: see under at the end of list



    Fuji
    Atlas 60 designed by Wolfgang Matt (1975) was also available in 40 and 20 size, then named MATTLAS

    Curare 60 designed by Hans und Hanno Prettner (1976) Also in 20 size.

    Arrow 60 by Wolfgang Matt and 40 size named MATT ARROW 40

    Magic 60 and 40 designed by Hans und Hanno Prettner

    Skymaster 60 and 20

    Cosmos 60, 40 and 20

    Aurora 60 , 45 and 25 Design G. Naruke and M. Kato. + 90 version with firewall rearward to fit .90 4Cycles There is also a copy PA-II by Larry Phillips


    Electrical version made by Jeff L. See his Aurora build thread (nice paint work demonstration!)

    Joker 60 and 25 designed by Wolfgang Matt

    Beetle
    Silent ST

    Silent 90

    Wild-7
    Wild-7 90
    Kingbird
    Wild Beat Design Y. Akiba and M. Kato
    Wild Beat 90
    Build thread by dhal22 Thanks for sharing, David!
    Wild Beat 777
    Blue Angel VR-7 WS 1950 mm 4.6 kg (1976)
    Blue Angel Super VR-7
    Super VR 90
    Extra 300
    Alliance
    3D Dancer
    Sky Star 90
    Topstar
    Synergy
    Topstar II
    Topstar 110 Thanks for your nice pictures, Mike.


    Topstar II Elect.

    Akromaster

    New releases

    Blue Angel 60 around 2001
    Curare 60 around 2001
    Blue Angel 40 around 2005

    We must also include MK semi-scale FAI designs: ZLin, Spinks, Laser, Chipmunk,slightly larger Super Chipmunk( late 80), .90 sized version of the Extra 300 (designed by Quique Somenzini) around 1999.






    + Some nice 20 size stunt trainers, the Lucky 20, Lucky 20S, Astro 20S and Astro 20ST.


    The Astro was also available in 40 size.



    Many thanks to Flywilly and Aurora 60 for sharing many of the precious informations you can find here in the Pattern part of this topic and to David ( Doxilia) who mailed many pictures he scanned and touched up.

    Will be continued


    Happy Landings ![/b]
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    RE: MK KITS LISTING

    Awsome info.Thanks

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    RE: MK KITS LISTING

    Hi CaptainBlueSky,
    I have one addition to your list:
    The Blue Angel Super VR-7 which immediately followed the Blue Angel VR-7. It is the 2-meter version of the Super VR-90 and differs from the VR-7 only in the fuselage which has the canopy moved a few inches back and more lateral area. Both of these kits were offered in 2 configurations: kit and pre-comp (MK's terminology) I'm not sure what the difference between the two versions is, but the retail price difference was 20,000 yen.
    Don't forget about the Wild-7 90 and the Silent 90 & 50 as well as the Aurora 45 & 25, Joker 25, Mattlas, Magic 40, Curare 40 & 20, Cosmos 40 & 20, Arrow 40. Also, Matt's Granat was never kitted by MK (never flown in international competition, either).

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    RE: MK KITS LISTING

    Pre-comp = ARC

    A great deal for a mere 20,000 yen more than the standard kit.

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    RE: MK KITS LISTING

    Will,

    I should add - speculatively - that MK probably also kitted an Arrow 20 which has been rarely seen. However, I'm aware that Hatori produced an OS 25 VF header for it and unless there was a naming mistake it is likely that the kit also existed for some short period and perhaps only in Asia.

    David.

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    RE: MK KITS LISTING

    I have one of those nose gears shown in the Thunderbird ad brand new in the box!

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    RE: MK KITS LISTING

    Look rock solid!

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    RE: MK KITS LISTING

    Willy, I have added Blue Angel Super VR-7 and Wild-7 90.

    My intention was to post more size details when I will be including pictures coming from very interesting thread started by David ( Doxilia ) about his conservation project for those smaler versions, An MK 20 Size Conservation Project
    I will may be also get a copy of some old MK printed document he has, so I can crosscheck chronology and specs, mistakes will be corrected.


    Once again, thank you for your precious help,

    Al

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    RE: MK KITS LISTING

    Al,

    the flyer I have basically shows photos of the models posted in the conservation thread. There are a few specs on the Aurora's (25, 45 and 60) but most everyone on the forum is well familiar with that info.

    If you send me a PM with your email I can fire you the photos that I scanned and touched up from that flyer. The inside of the flyer has photos of MK's accessory products but I didn't bother scanning that.

    David.

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    RE: MK KITS LISTING

    Hi David,
    MK did not kit an Arrow 20. There are some other 'gaps' in their kit production:
    Skymaster 60, 20 no 40 size
    Joker 60, 25 no 40 size

    Conversely, MK catalogs list 20, 40, 60 and 4C sizes for both the Magic and Aurora; though I'm not sure what differentiates the 60 size from the 4C size (dimensionally they are the same).

    MK also produced FRP (fiberglass reinforced plastic) fuselages/kits for the Magic and possibly others (which were never imported here in the USA).

    -Will

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    RE: MK KITS LISTING

    Will,

    thanks for looking into that. The reason I speculated that an Arrow 20 existed (at least in Japan) was because Hatori actually produced a fuse top header for the 25 VF intended for the Arrow. I was surprised when I saw that and although I thought it was probably either a typing mistake or simply a way of naming a fuse top header for 20 size engines, I conceded to the possibility of a 20 size Arrow.

    I considered that more likely when I realized that there isn't a single 20 size MK kit that I'm aware of that actually uses a fuse top header. The one exception would have been the Aurora with a pipe setup like in the 45 and 60 (albeit a cranked fuse top header) but as I understand it, they never provided the space or the belly pan for a RE pipe setup or engine configuration. The other exceptions would have been kits from OK Models such as the Mystic and Beat-On but both of these came much after the 25 VF and in any case would have been underpowered with a 25 - not a likely thing for Hatori to do.

    In any event, it just seems fitting for an Arrow 20 to exist and be powered by a RE OS, Enya or Jett 25-35. In due course, I intend to produce a CAD plan of the Arrow 40 and scale this down with appropriate simplifications (MK 20 size style) to obtain a 20 size Arrow. This one will probably have specs similar to the Skymaster 20.

    David.

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    RE: MK KITS LISTING

    Actually with the recent movement of OK Models Hanno designed kits, the ambitious conservation project merits the consideration of 5 more models:
    [ul][*] Calypso 25[*] Supra Fly 25[*] Supra Star 25[*] Mystic 30[*] Sensation 30
    [/ul]
    Together with the earlier MK Magic 20 and Curare 20 they would constitute about 20 years of Hanno's WC designs (although I understand he had retired from the circuit by the time the Sensation came around). Also, plans for the Calypso and Sensation apparently never existed (at least commercially). That will also change one day.

    David

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    RE: MK KITS LISTING

    Greetings,

    ORIGINAL: flywilly
    Conversely, MK catalogs list 20, 40, 60 and 4C sizes for both the Magic and Aurora; though I'm not sure what differentiates the 60 size from the 4C size (dimensionally they are the same).
    Don't know about the Magic, but in the case of the Aurora, the basic difference between the Aurora 60 and the Aurora 90 was that, in the 90 version, the firewall was moved rearwards to fit a 90 size four stroke motor instead of a 60 size two stroke.

    Best regards,

    George

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    RE: MK KITS LISTING

    Al,

    glad to be of help with the pictures.

    David.

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    RE: MK KITS LISTING

    I've got a built .20 size blue angel I picked up for #15 last year at a swap meet and have the plans, box, and rib tracings too. might get her going this summer.

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    RE: MK KITS LISTING

    David,

    thank you for your scanning and touching up work on these pictures. The Mk list is now much more nicely illustrated.

    Happy Landings,


    Al

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    RE: MK KITS LISTING

    Hi David,
    Why don't you add the Super Sicroly and you'll have the complete collection of Prettner's designs (I think). I like a copy of the Sensation plans when you get to them...
    Thanks,
    Will

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    Will,

    put like that it sounds pretty straight forward. The set will be ready by next week... maybe not.

    In truth, I wish I could suspend work for a month, get down to some serious CAD and I'd probably have a good chunk of it done. However, as things stand, CAD comes as inspiration, time and energy are in synergy. Actually, I got a fair bit done over the winter but burned out a bit from double duty computer work. Now, I'm happy to spend some time in the shop flying dust.

    But I agree, the Super Sicroly should be added since the Sensation is too. The only problem with these two designs is that I have very limited information on them. Certainly no plans to draw from.

    I'll be happy to have a copy of the Sensation plans too when I get to them! [8D]

    David.

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    RE: MK KITS LISTING

    Hi David,
    Not to mention actually building and flying...
    MAN published plans for the Super Sicroly at one time. I thought somebody was producing a kit, too. Maybe Eureka??
    -Will

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    RE: MK KITS LISTING

    ORIGINAL: flywilly
    MAN published plans for the Super Sicroly at one time. I thought somebody was producing a kit, too. Maybe Eureka??
    Yes, look here. Eureka give credit for the CAD plans to one of our very own esteemed forum members...

    George

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    RE: MK KITS LISTING

    George,

    good pointer! It just figures that David would have had a go at them. I'm sure they're impeccable.

    But what about MAN 1974? Anyone?

    David.

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    RE: MK KITS LISTING

    But what about MAN 1974? Anyone?

    Just a small correction. The Yoshioka/Blue Angel article is from AAM (American Aircraft Modeler) not MAN (Model Airplane News) - October 1974 issue.

    Ray

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    RE: MK KITS LISTING

    Thank you Ray, title correction has been made, both articles are in the the same file .

    Al

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    RE: MK KITS LISTING

    Note the difference between the rudder in the 3 view (which, I believe, matches the MK kit) and the funky bulge that modified the lower part of the rudder in the photos.


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