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Old 10-24-2022, 08:23 PM
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Originally Posted by mgnostic
A bit pricey for my budget but it looks like a lovely plane. I've always had a soft spot for pioneer aircraft.
I was fortunate enough to be given the model. I didn't want it because I had too many other projects to do and lacked the storage space for such a large model. I gave it to Guy. As I've already said I don't know whether he's flown the model yet but we are holding our AGM on Sunday. If he's there I'll ask him.
Old 10-28-2022, 06:40 AM
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While digging through my pile of balsa I came upon a kit I hadn't seen in quite some time ...A flair Baronette (DR-1) someone mentioned the name flair and it rang a bell in my head now I know why.

It appears selling out is going to take us forever so I guess I have time to rid myself of all this model stuff I have accumulated over the years, It's slow goings because my body is still in recovery mode and I run out of steam quite often and have to take a sit down every few minutes and it causes all sorts of delays. My house is crumbling down around my ears and I don't want to put any money into it just to sell it and see it torn down. I can't do the repairs like I use to.

It was raining and thunder bumping here a little while ago, we need the moisture, The sky is gray and gloomy so it is a indoor day for me.

skylark-flyer I don't remember you being there when I put my hand through the spinning plastic prop, but you described it very well, it bled but healed enough to take the flight. fuel castor and all.
Old 10-28-2022, 07:06 AM
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I'm sorry to hear your situation Donny and I can relate. 10/5 I had my knee replaced and so far I still have no energy just a short lap around the house leaves me winded. I have also dropped 20 lbs. probably because I have no interest in food. The wife makes me eat any way. I am hoping in another couple of weeks the muscles in my leg will recover and start to loosen up. They are pretty rigid in spite PT 3 times a week and twice daily exercise.
Old 10-28-2022, 08:31 AM
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Did someone say Flair Baronette? Flair was a British kit manufacturer famous for among other things, their Scout Series of semi-scale WW1 fighters. Some were more semi than scale but others like the Fokker DVII and the Bristol Fighter looked pretty accurate to me. I used to have a Baronette powered by an OS 40 Surpass. Beautiful in flight but a bit of a terror when taking off and landing. I'd finished mine it the colours of Hans Weiss, one of Manfred von Richtofen's flight leaders. Hans Weiss means John White in English, hence the white upper wing and tail surfaces. I pulled the engine from it and sold it shortly before retiring to France. The OS now powers my double size Tomboy.

I'm only trying to tidy up my house and garden to make it more saleable Donny, but I can't manage more than two hours' work at a time!




Old 10-28-2022, 09:07 AM
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I envy your 20 pound weight loss I went the other way but thank god not 20 lb!
That knee needs to be exercised as much as you can stand, my wife's knee locked up totally until she fell and bent it back all the way, it sounded like a tree breaking in half (pain) but it now works just fine - the hard way. Hang in there!

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That Baronette looks pretty good If I weren't in such a mess it would see the top of my work bench so it will have to go with the rest of my Kits.
As far as working time goes I am done in in a few minutes but I am getting better!

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Old 10-28-2022, 09:18 AM
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Donny, this is my second knee replacement the first one was done New Years Eve 2017. It was easier when I was 4 1/2 years younger! I think I'm just getting a little impatient on the knee range of motion. I will keep at it the motion will come with time.

David, I have seen several Baronette the are a good kit. Aren't all DR1s a nightmare on take off and landing?
Old 10-28-2022, 09:58 AM
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Originally Posted by FlyerInOKC
Donny, this is my second knee replacement the first one was done New Years Eve 2017. It was easier when I was 4 1/2 years younger! I think I'm just getting a little impatient on the knee range of motion. I will keep at it the motion will come with time.

David, I have seen several Baronette the are a good kit. Aren't all DR1s a nightmare on take off and landing?
I'm told that the bigger ones are easier to fly!

It has always been my ambition to build a 1/4 scale triplane. I have David Hurrell's plan and a Laser V twin to power it. I just need the time and enthusiasm to build it! I rather fancy Kurt Vallendor's colours. I could always fit a gyro to the rudder or increase the length of the tailskid to help with the landings and take offs.

Old 10-28-2022, 10:25 AM
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The the time and enthusiasm to build it is always the catch!
Old 10-28-2022, 11:44 PM
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Talking of the Flair Scout Series they also made a semi scale Sopwith Pup called the Puppeteer. I bought two of them ready built, one was just hanging from a farmhouse ceiling! They flew very well but you had to keep the speed up on landing. One of them was powered by an OS52 four-stroke, the other by an HP VT 49. Not an engine which you see every day. I sometimes wonder whether I should build a 1/4 scale Pup rather than a triplane for the Laser 160 because they are easier to fly. DB Sport & Scale, Balsa USA and Mick Reeves Models produce a kit but they are somewhat pricey!

I think I'll stick with the triplane as I already have most of the materials I need to build it. However, I also have a 1/4 scale plan of a Fokker DVII and they say that these are easier models to fly than the triplane, but somehow the DVII doesn't quite have the same appeal Before I start on any First World War fighter I will have to finish Miss Blue Eyes' pink and purple "Skyrider;" a vintage model called a "Guidato" and a large sports model, the Pegasus Models "Mystic" all of which are simultaneously in-build! Then there's my late best friend's Flying Flea to finish...



Old 10-29-2022, 01:29 AM
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I have had to revert to my alter ego to show you the models mentioned above. Most of the pictures are stored on my PC and not on my laptop and I don't know how to transfer them. This is as far as I've got with the Skyrider, Guidato and Mystic.



DB Sport & Scale Skyrider. I am using Hobby King film for the first time and I find it more difficult to use than other films I have used in the past, hence the wrinkle in the port wing tip. I'll sort it out!

Miss Blue Eyes' Sky Rider.

I am building this model because I wanted a vintage m odel with a tricycle undercarrige and because I have never seen a Guidato in the wood before!

It should look something like this when it's finished.

Galaxy Models "Mystic."

From the rear.

It will look something like this when it's finished.
Old 10-29-2022, 06:20 AM
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Nice work David!
Old 10-31-2022, 09:12 PM
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You have wonderful memories, I'm sorry I didn't catch that time
Old 10-31-2022, 09:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Cassy0110
You have wonderful memories, I'm sorry I didn't catch that time
Cassy, welcome to the forum. You could try to catch that time by building a model from those days!
Old 11-02-2022, 08:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Cassy0110
You have wonderful memories, I'm sorry I didn't catch that time
Hello! your comment has Put my brain in high gear.

Although we do not always agree. The memories we have here are of things we have experienced will last forever to be seen by all. Those memories (happiness) occurs when the love we have is shared, with respect, harmony occurs that is superior and is not lost to anyone.
Old 11-03-2022, 06:02 AM
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We were all out-flown by a thirteen year-old yesterday. The model's older than him!




Old 11-03-2022, 06:10 AM
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Smart aleck kid! I hope he continues to tear a hole in the sky, nice work!
Old 11-03-2022, 07:15 PM
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They say that the young at that age makes for ideal fighter pilots. They can withstand the G-forces better and can instinctively react more quickly than say someone who is already approaching 40. Some time back, don't remember the year, but there was caption for Hano Pretner when he was a child and won I think 2nd place in a US national R/C contest. Caption read, "How do you explain to your wife that 8 year old Hano Pretner beat you?".
Old 11-04-2022, 11:45 PM
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Perhaps some of you gentlemen may be interested in this video. It is the last one of a series of videos describing the build of a Great Planes Trainer 60 from downloading the plan to the maiden flight.
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Old 11-09-2022, 11:49 AM
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Something worth looking at for you historical aircraft enthusiasts.

https://www.flyingmag.com/inside-the-spruce-goose
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Every October, those harbingers of approaching winter, flocks of the Common Crane, fly south from their summer nesting grounds in Russia and Scandanavia to their wintering grounds in Soutern Spain and North Africa. I have seen them fly over our flying field in flocks of thousands in huge v-shaped formations. This year I haven't seen very many but I was working in the garden a couple of weeks ago when I heard the distinctive cry of the Common Crane. I looked up and saw a flock of a few hundred birds circling in a thermal over a wood near my house. Once they had gained sufficient altitude they formed up in a vic and continued with their journey southwards. I've attached a couple of poor quality pictures but if you look closely you can see them.

While I haven't seen many cranes this year, people who live a little further west and south have seen thousands of them. I suppose that local conditions dictate which route the birds take, they're not stupid after all! I've rarely seen them flying northwards in the Spring.

Battles and elections may be fought and won and lost but the cranes will continue to fly.




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Around here the harbingers of approaching winter are flocks of Starlings. We get them by the hundreds all perched on the electric lines and swarming together as the take off.
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Originally Posted by FlyerInOKC
Something worth looking at for you historical aircraft enthusiasts.

https://www.flyingmag.com/inside-the-spruce-goose
Thanks ....... The goose is bigger than I imagined. Awesome!
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David

It has been a few years since the cranes have overflown my home, occasionally a flock landed in my fields but none in years.

I wonder if weather dictates their flight path.
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First we see the buzzards heading south and the scissortails move off. Then the sandhill cranes and geese move in. I'm not a big fan of the starlings but they seem to stay around town and make a mess of the parking lots.
Old 11-10-2022, 09:40 AM
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We can tell when winter is settling in up north, the colors of the license plates start changing in Florida
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