07-08-2014, 07:17 PM
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Ex UK Brit now in Latvia west coast - Ventspils
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Club: Founder Member Ventspils RC Club. Ex Waltham Chase and Meon Valley Soaring.
Avro Lancaster ... return to this classic and electrify
Back in 1980's ... I had Chris Golds Plan of the Styrofoam 4 x 20 IC engine 90" span Lanc ...
Idea was to build and create BoB fly-team in the Club I was with ... Other guys would build the Spit and Hurri to go with her. I lent the plan to one of the guys and sadly - when I left UK I forgot to ask it back ... he passed away and the plan got lost amongst his things. I only found out much later when it was too late.
Today - I decided that I would replace the plan and spent the £20.98 to get a full set of plans again. OK - the first set I had were free with the magazine all those years ago ... but ??
What is it ?
A sport scale 90" span model made of block Styrofoam, originally powered by 4 x 20 glow engines, fixed U/C, working rudders etc. A 7 function machine. The engines were split into outer and inner pairs for throttle control. Basically you would open up outers to a steady speed ... open up and speed control by the inners ... so you avoided extreme moment arm torques etc. from those outers.
It may not have been true scale - but she certainly had the look .. and at 90" a presence that was unforgettable.
Use of Styrofoam meant cheap and quick construction ...
The overall construction and weight - lends itself to electric totally ... and would result in a model with good cowls .... and no unsightly mufflers etc. sticking out ! Budget motors and no high demand LiPo / ESC's would see her fine.
Well - plans are on their way to my home and should be there when I get home ... once I've got some of the other projects out of the way - I shall be unrolling and hot-wiring a few styro blocks ...
Finally I may just get to build the Lanc and do Honours to my Mum who was involved with Lancs during the war.
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