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B-25 Mitchell bomber 21 Jan 13
Tim Toutant Tucson from Arizona USA sent me photographs and details of 4 of his models, all of which look superb.

First is his 80" (2m) wingspan B-25 twin electric.  It has brakes, bomb drop, flaps, scale electric retracts and navigation lights.  It is an ARF kit and flies very well on a 4-cell 5200mAh LiPo.  The full scale version of this plane is in Florida.

A-10 Ground Attack aircraft 21 Jan 13
Tim's A-10 is also twin electric and uses a 5-cell 5000mAh LiPo.  It is 60" wingspan and has electric retracts, flaps and operating canopy; it flies very well.
Thunder Tiger Sea Fury 21 Jan 13
Tim's 67" span Thunder Tiger Sea Fury is fitted with Neu Electric1515/2y motor with an inline 6.7:1 gearbox.  The five-bladed 16"x14" propeller is made by Zinger along with the spinner.  He installed electric retracts and it has scale flaps.  It uses 2 5-cell 5400mAh LiPos in series and has an 80A speed controller.
Hangar 9 P-47 Thunderbolt 21 Jan 13
Finally, Tim's Hangar 9 64" span P-47 Thunderbolt uses the same electric motor as the Sea Fury and an APC 15.5" x 12" 4-blade prop.  It has electric retracts and is very fast in flight out running the nitro planes of same size.
20 Jan 10 - Here we have a deHavilland Mosquito recently completed by David Johnston of Roseburg, Oregon, USA.  It is an ARF model manufactured by Black Horse Models. It has a 63" (1.6m) wingspan, electric power, retractable landing gear, and flaps.  It is in the livery, ship identification, nose-art, and kill stickers that were on the Mosquito flown in 1944-45 by American Flying Officer Clarence Jasper of the Royal Canadian Air Force - City of Edmonton - 418 Squadron.

Power is from 2 Model Motors AXi 2820-10 brushless outrunners (1200 RPM/v),  2 E-Flite 60A ESCs, 2 ThunderPower 3S 15C LiPo 4200 mAh, 2 counter-rotating Master Airscrew 3-blade 9" x 7" propellers.  The ailerons & flaps are controlled by  Hitec HS-82MG (2 each), retracts by 2 Hitec HS- 75BB, Elevator & Rudder by Hitec HS-225MG (1 each).  David flies it using a Futaba T7C (7-channel, 2.4 GHz) transmitter  and a Futaba R-617FS receiver.

He has also added Robart Robo-Struts & larger 3" (76 mm) wheels to help on their rough grass field.  He says the harmonic sound of the counter-rotating props during high-speed fly-pasts is wonderful!

SH88 Comet 10 Mar 09 - Another model sent in by Danny Fenton, the de Havilland DH88 Comet of Chris Botts.  It has 2 Towerpro 3520-7 670Kv motors turning 13" x 6.5" APC propellers.  2 x 6S A123 packs provided the energy and it weighs 10.5lb. (4.8kg)
Sea Fury Sea Fury Sea Fury 1 Mar 09 - Another model from Danny Fenton (plus a friends model), this time Seagull Sea Furys.  They are 66" span (1.68m) and weigh 8.5lbs. (3.9kg).  Power in his model is from Turnigy 50-65, 350Kv motor using a Super Simple 60A ESC, and 8 x A123 cells for 30V and 2300 mAh.  The top-right picture shows it with a home brew 5-bladed propeller.
Hurricane 5 Feb 09 - The YT Hurricane of Danny Fenton.  It is 72" span (1.83m) and weighs 12.5 lbs. (5.7kg).  It has a Towerpro 5330-8T, 259 Kv motor and runs using a Sintillon 120A ESC on 12 x A123 cells; this gives 44 V from 2300 mAh cells.  The propeller is three-bladed and of his own manufacture.
This model was sent in by John Thompson and is his new indoor design called 'Weedgee' (wee wedge get it?).  It is 16" (40.6 cm) span and weighs 58 g.  It is fitted with the new Spektrum 2 g RX, 2 x 6 g servos and a 5 g brushless outrunner motor with 4" x 2.5" propeller.  Power is from a 2S1P 140mAh LiPo pack.  The model is mostly constructed of 3 mm Depron
The latest model off the Mike Down production line is this SR-71 Blackbird.  It is 5' 10" (1.8 m) nose to tail with a 36" (0.91 m) wing span.  It is powered by 2 x Mega motors each with a Jeti 30-3 controller and a 3400 mAh LiPo.  Flies off a hand launch with duration times of 9 minutes.  It is made from Polystyrene; wire cut and the radii filled with PolyCell light filler. The chines are made from balsa as the edges are a bit too thin for Polystyrene on its own. The whole lot was painted with black emulsion paint and the All Up Weight is 4lb 2 oz. (1.87 kg).  It is quite a stable flyer as the chines add to the lift (he thinks) and will approach to land at about 20° nose up with full stability.  The only irritating bit about the building of the model was that he had to add about 12 oz. (0.34 kg) of lead to the nose!  He found the CofG by making a small chuck glider and experimenting with that.
This is Mike Down's Concorde.  It is 6' (1.8m) nose to tail and 47" (1.2m) wing span.  Powered is from 2 Mega motors driven by 3400 LiPo packs, giving a flight duration of 11 mins thanks to Puffin Models.  If you would like to see more picture or a short clip of if in flight, check out
This model was submitted by Fred Keegan of the Pontefract & District Aeromodellers. It is a scale model of the Zaunkönig from a Phil Kent plan for a 30 FS.  He had a 650 motor and gearbox so thought that he would convert it to electric.  The all up weight is 4 lb. 9 oz. (2070 g).
These are 4 aerial photographs taken at the 2003 East Anglia Fly-In, at the Phoenix MFC site, Pakefield, Lowestoft. The 1st shows the car park, pits and strip. A little further along on the same pass showing the inland with the A12 dual-carriageway in the distance just in front of the wing tip. The 3rd shot is looking North and shows the nearby caravan park and in the distance Lowestoft. Finally looking south, giving an impression of how close to the cliffs the site is.
Martyn Lea's Ripmax Alienator. This is painted to represent Russian S37 Fifth Generation Fighter Demonstrator (not to be confused with the SU37). No changes have been made to the original Ripmax ARTF kit, the power comes from 8 cell 2400mAh NiCd pack driving a Speed 600 Race motor with direct drive to a 8" x 4" slim propeller.
Martyn Lea's Multiplex Cargo -Done as a B17-B  it's a standard build  with 4 x speed 400 with Gear box's run-on 2400 or 3000 mAh - 8 cell packs,  I have added Guns and ball turret (non on top - Yet).
Pico-Jets - Both combat both run on Speed 480 motors, one has had modifications to make it look a bit Vulcan like. Again from Martyn Lea
Martyn Lea calls this the MiG29 - it is a standard built Multiplex Twin-Jet with 2 x speed 400 motors run on 2400Mah 8 cell packs
Martyn Lea calls this the SU27 - it is a modified built Multiplex Twin-Jet with 2 x speed 480 BB Race motors run on 2400 mAh 10 Cell pack.
This is a photo of Bill Macleod's Magnatilla. It was flown with an OS48 Surpass, but now fitted with a Maxim and 14 cells (2000's). Weighs 7.5 lbs flies for 11min 15 seconds off grass in a docile manner or 5 - 7 mins of aerobatics / touch and goes.
This is a photograph of a Piccolo helicopter, from Rob Hemmings,  fitted with an own design  Bell 47 conversion body. He says it should appear in the Traplet Helicopter Magazine as a plan soon (if not he says he will produce a kit). He has asked for me not to publish his e-mail address as he can't cope with the number of questions he is getting.
Group picture
Group picture
Two group shots taken at the Millennium Bash held on 8 & 9 July 2000 at Walsall Airport, W. Midlands, UK.

This was a whole weekend of electric flying organised by the British Electric Flight Association in co-operation with the Greenacres MFC

Me262 An excellent Messerschmitt Me262 taken at the Millennium Bash
Pico-Jets An assortment of Pico-Jets just getting ready to start  a Pico-Pylon race at the Millennium Bash
Sparrowhawk A Miles Sparrowhawk taken at the Millennium Bash
Super Cruiser A Piper Super Cruiser taken at the Millennium Bash
Westland Whirlwind A Westland Whirlwind taken at the Millennium Bash
piper-cub-03-small.jpg (2370 bytes) A Flair Piper Cub, built by Jan Bassett. It is fitted with a Mega S9 motor, direct drive to APC 13" x 7" and normally flown with 16 Sanyo RC-2000 cells. This model did some  banner towing (12' by 12" banner) at the 'Millennium Bash' whilst fitted with 22 cells. Span 72", area 765 sq. in., weight 7 lb. 13 oz. with 16 cells, 9 lb. 2 oz. with 22 cells and tow release.  The model can also carry a camera in it's underside for taking aerial photographs.
alphajet-02-small.jpg (2854 bytes) A WeMoTec Alpha Jet also flown at the 'Millennium Bash', built by Jan Bassett. Span 47", area 390 sq. in., weight 4 lb. 8˝ oz., with WeMoTec Eco Fan Pro fan, Ultra 930-6 motor, running on 12 cells. Current draw is about 38A after 30s, producing a thrust of around 8.5N (approx. 1 lb. 14˝ oz. force). Finished in the colours of the Armee de l'Air display team.
folding-flyer-01-small.jpg (3622 bytes)   This is the "Folding Flyer" in 2 guises, built by Jan Bassett. The top picture shows the standard aircraft fitted with Speed 400 type motor, 3:1 gearbox and 9" x 6" Revup propeller. Span 30", area 285 sq. in., weight 1 lb. 3˝ oz.

In the lower pictures, the model has been fitted with a home made Clark Y foam wing with Glowire lighting. It was flown during the night flying event at the 'Millennium Bash' in this configuration. Span 36", area 285 sq. in., weight 1 lb. 6 oz. The gearbox had been replaced with a Modelair-Tech GB-50 (ratio 2.14:1) and a Graupner Slim 8" x 4" propeller as the shaft of the other gearbox kept bending. The Clark Y wing was fitted to make the aircraft more stable as it is normally very twitchy especially in roll. The CofG was also moved forward to improve the pitch stability.

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pico-small.jpg (1882 bytes) This Pico-Jet Combat was used during the night flying event at the 'Millennium Bash'. The illumination is the Glowire system and could be set on permanently, flashing as one block, or cycling around the different colour wires. It was extremely effective, but apparently extremely difficult to orientated in the air whilst flashing.
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Sopwith Camel from the Mick Reaves 1/4 scale kit, built by Kev Briggs.
Wing span is 84",  wing area approx. 15sq. ft and weight around 18lb.
Motor: Brushless Plettenburg HP370/40/A3 with Krusse 2500 belt reduction at a ratio of 2.33/1 (non-standard output gear).
Schulze speed controller with 30 off Sanyo 2000 cells spins the Zinger wood 24" x 16" propeller at around 3500rpm.
Current drain is not known but flights of 5 ˝ minutes take about 1400mAh out of the pack.
Radio: Futaba with two aileron servos, two elevator servos, and two five cell 600 mAh radio packs.
Motor, controller and prop were supplied through John Swain at ‘Fanfare’.
albatros-small.jpg (2891 bytes) This a model of the L39 Albatross which was flown for the first time at the 'Millennium Bash'. It came to grief during an early flight when the power cut over the trees. The model was retrieved with little damage and flew well the next day.
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Pictures of the latest version of my ME 262 design for two speed 400 6-volt  motors direct drive on 8 x 800AR cells.
Weighs 32 oz. and the span is 38˝ " with aileron, elevator and ESC control.
Finish is grey Monokote with flat OD and Earth Rustoleum paint. Get about 4˝ minutes of flight time.
Goes like crazy, just like the real one! - Flies great. Good companion to chase around the Whirlwind.... Mark Rittinger.
Plans are available at $25.00 (US) for full size, or alternatively a small 8 1/2 x 11" plan for $10.00 (US), contact Mark for further information.
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  This model is Bruce Friend's own designed Me-109. It is 1/12 scale with a Graupner SpeedGear 480, 8 x 800AR cells, Schulz ESC, and is very close to true scale. Bruce makes semi-kits for those interested enough to want one. The email address we had stopped working, but you may be able to contact him through the Airdrie Modelers Aircraft Society (
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This model is called "e-motion" and is an own design by Ian Fairclough. The specification is Span: 70", Weight: 9lb, Wing Loading: 26oz/sq. ft. Powered by: Astro40 with 3.1:1 Superbox, 24 x RC2000. Power: 800 watts initially reducing to 750 watts steady state. Power Loading: 89watts/lb. initially reducing to 83watts/LB steady state. Thrust/Weight ratio: 0.9:1. Current draw: 31 amps initially reducing to 29 amps steady state. Duration: safe for 6 minutes with power left for a go around and taxi back. Prop: 16 x 8 wood, RPM: 6000, Thrust: 130oz. Ian says he has now had a dozen or so flights with this model and is really pleased with it.  Flight characteristics are  oh-so-smooth smooth but still very responsive and aerobatics are very nice to perform compared to my smaller models. Power is ample for outside loops and vertical rolls. Knife edge is something I'm working on and is more limited by the pilot than the model at the moment! No plans were created, but Ian says it is a possibility if enough interest is shown.
cl415-2-small.jpg (2722 bytes) Another CL415, this time by Anton Eisele also from Canada, that is exactly the same colour scheme as Mark's. It's 68.5" in span, powered by two geared Magnetic Mayhems and 16 - 2000mAh batteries. Anton gets seven minutes, but says the plane is slow and could benefit from some better motors.
Westland Whirlwind
Westland Whirlwind
This a  Westland Whirlwind designed and built by Mark Rittinger. Span-42", Weight-29 oz., Wing area- 220 sq. in. (does not include area blanketed by nacelles and fuse). Controls are ailerons, elevator and throttle. Powered by 2 x speed 400 6V, running on 8 x 800AR cells. ESC- BEC FMA mini 20. Construction- all wood , hollow wing. The wing loading is light and performance is quoted as Fantastic!. Plans available, for a small donation (trade some plans ????????).
Mark would also like to correspond with British electric pilots!
fish-blimp-small.jpg (2718 bytes) This blimp is made by the Yoshioka Model company of Japan and is owned by Gordon Tarling. It has three motors for propulsion/steering - two point fore/aft and give steering and forward/aft propulsion, whilst the third motor points up and down for (you guessed it!) up and down manoeuvring - works very well.  Battery pack (motors and RX) is 2 x 'N' dry cells. Duration approx. 30 minutes per set of batteries. Weight?   When full of helium, just about 0 ! :-)
pico-jet-small.jpg (2525 bytes) MULTIPLEX PICOJET by Bob Smith. Another foamie ARTF built absolutely standard (kit includes motor and prop). Multiplex Mini RX, Kontronik Minibec 20 ESC, 2 MS 9gram servos. and a 7 cell Sanyo 500AR NiCd pack. Fast, stable, and great fun for a reasonable price. I intend to go to 8 cells to try the " hooligan" approach if the motor can take it.
taube-small.jpg (3222 bytes) Ikarus Taube built by Bob Smith. Quick build foam park flyer (it can be flown indoors but needs a fairly large hall). Fitted with Ikarus Mabuchi 300 motor/gearbox/prop, Jeti Micro4 RX, Jeti 15 ESC, and two Hitec HS 50 servos. Flown originally with 6 AA 600 mAh NiCds for power, now using 7 Sanyo Twicell 1500 mAh NiMH cells for Long flights. Stable flyer and can handle slight breezes OK. The colour scheme was dreamed up but looks different. Full review in QFI magazine issue 39.
P-51-01.jpg (31981 bytes) A 65" span Modeltech P-61 Mustang converted to electric power by Jan Bassett. It is powered by an Astro 40 with Superbox running on 24 RC-2000 cells, driving a 14˝" x 11" four bladed APC propeller. It features retracting main and tail wheels and very near scale outline. It is a heavy model at 5.4kg (190 oz) and the main wheels were ripped out on the 1st landing due to the long grass and soft ground. More information available at
exp1r01.jpg (91024 bytes) This an example of the popular Chris Martindale EXP-1r design. It was built by Jan Bassett. It is slightly modified and has a span of 39", with a modified Graupner Speed 600 Race 8.4V motor running on 8 sub-c cells (of several types) driving a Aeronaut Elektro Glas 6" x 5". If you want more details of the model, please take a look at
RFB Fantrainer An RFB Fantrainer, by Gordon Tarling, enlarged from the Speed 400 plan by Ian Brown. This model spans 42" and is powered by an Astro 035FAI running on 7 x 1700SCR cells and turning a 5" x 4" 3-bladed prop. Performance is excellent!
flaircub01.jpg (76346 bytes) This is a Flair Cub (foam wing) converted to electric power by   Jan Bassett. Very few changes were made to demonstrate that it is practical to convert standard i.c. kits with little effort. It is powered by a Cermark CEM2008 cobalt motor running on 12 to 16 RC-2000 cells. It is fitted with Modelair-Tech H-500 belt-drive with a ratio of 2.57:1. to allow a 13" x 8" Master Airscrew Wood (electric) propeller to be used. Further details are available at

This is a Model Designs Blenheim, built by Jack Astbury.  It is 60" span,72ozs weight and flies on eight cells.  Jack says it will do 8mins on 'half chuff'. If you would like further details, you may contact Model designs directly at

Spruce Goose

Martin Lagerstedt's impressive Spruce Goose, seen when it visited the U.K. earlier in 1997. Model is powered by 8 x Speed 400 motors running on 28 cells and flies superbly.

Supermarine Seagull Supermarine Seagull by John Thompson, seen at Stubber's Lake event in 1997 - flew superbly

Douglas Skyshark

Douglas Skyshark by Robin Andrew won the Carrier event at BEFA Hayes Fly-In in July 1997.

F-86F Sabre F86F Sabre from kit by Glockner Modelltechnik of Germany, this example was built by Gordon Tarling and was powered by an Astro 020 brushless motor turning a WeMoTec 480 fan unit, running on 10 x 700AR cells.
CL 415 Seen at KRC '97 was this CL 415 by Marc Thomson of Canada. Powered by 2 x Astro 05G motors running on 14 or 16 cells, this model is highly aerobatic.

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