One of many extra in style plane to come back out of the Nice Conflict was the SE5 and SE5a Scout constructed by the Royal Plane Manufacturing facility (RAF). No shock that the SE5 Scout can be a highly regarded selection for scale RC modelers.
We caught up with our good buddy and High Gun Static Scale Decide Bob Curry to be taught extra about his latest challenge. (Images courtesy of Sean Curry).
Bob Curry: I’ve been engaged on this 1/4 scale S.E.5a equipment , on and off, since final November. It’s a Balsa USA equipment and It’s now nearly prepared for masking with “Vintage” Solartex. (Sure, I had purchased a number of massive rolls simply earlier than the masking turned “Extinct”. My Scout is powered with a Zenoah G-38 geared up with a B&B Specialties spring began and muffler. I’m utilizing Futaba radio gear and servos. The airborne system is powered by two 2200mAh LiFe battery packs related in parallel by means of a redundant Sensible–Fly “Bat Share” gadget.
I can’t say sufficient concerning the high quality and worth of Balsa USA WW1 kits. That is my fourth Balsa USA equipment construct (1/4 Nieuport, 1/4 Fokker Dr.1, and 1/3 Fokker D.VII), and except a small scale define modification to the highest wing heart part cut-out, it’s constructed precisely as designed. The enjoyable half for me now could be choosing off all the varied “Fiddly Bits” not included within the fundamental equipment however are distinctive to the complete scale plane: Wire Rigging, Lewis Gun, Telescopic Gunsight, Windscreen & fairing, Touchdown Gear bungee fairings, Decrease Cowl extensions, Cockpit element and Pilot Determine (Aces of Iron).
My last selection for Colour and Markings is of Flight Officer Duncan Milne with its distinctive crimson fuselage therapy.
End is brushed “Baer” Latex paint customized combined at Residence Depot. I’ll prep the Solartex with about six thinned (50/50) coats of Sig Mfg. Butyrate over Nitrate dope. In my expertise, it appears to maintain the Solartex from effervescent or sagging over time. All markings may also be masked and hand painted. (Similar to the unique)
My plan is to fly it once more on the Rhinebeck WWI RC Jamboree in September 2021.