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Vamp. Twin-boomed radio control sport model, for .40 power and 3 channels.
Quote: "This twin boomed R/C sport ship uses a .40 for power and started
out as a test bed for glue. Vamp, by Jack Sheeks.
To build or not to build, that is the question. Is it better to pick up your silver X-acto Excabilur and slice your way through Sig's finest, or is it better to sit back and let Joe do it. Well if you let Joe do it, Joe will have an extra special airplane and you will be envious. You see, it only uses three channels but really comes on in the air.
Almost everyone who writes one of these things for the magazines feels they should tell you the origin of their ship and some have even tested their model for so long that their first flight was done with a kite string, using a key for steerage. Not sure which channel the key was. The Vamp is not quite that exotic. To be honest, it started out as a teaching aid and a test bed for glue. Let me explain. Recently I retired and entered the hobby world by a different door. We bought a Hobby Shop. We also set up instruction classes for those who wish to share and learn from others. Well, everyone asks which glue to use for what. Since we had not used all the glues in stock we decided to try them out. Enter the Vamp. We had a set of C/L ribs we used for demonstration, so we proceeded to build a wing on the ladies craft counter. Sorry girls. Of course when the wing was complete, the counter looked like a fugitive from a Heinz 57 variety commercial, yukky. We still haven't gotten all of the mess cleaned up.
Anyway, as construction progressed the local eyeballers society checked every part each day to see if anything fell off and if you really can build a straight wing without a jig. But as everything began taking shape doing all those little things before flying, a few of the guys were astonished and a couple were disappointed that we didn't install a C/L bellerank and a set of leadouts. I guess we Vamped them as we never intended the ship to be anything other than a high performance 3-channel R/C ship. Besides I had just purchased a new Futaba radio with S-16 servos and was anxious to put it in something and try it out. And does it ever work smoothly.
By the time the ship was ready for finish we had tried all the glues and had used it in a class demonstration on how to apply Mono-Kote.
We talked Bob Godfrey into this as he is one of the best around and besides, I'm lazy. When the ship was complete we hung it up in the shop to show it of A little ego trip doesn't hurt anyone - and after our first trip to the R/C field I needed all the help I could get. I couldn't get the ship airborne. I taxied real fast, but couldn't get the nose up. Felt a little like a bride being left at the alter on her wedding day. Very deflating. A trip back to the shop, a little less ego and a lot of basic modeling found that we had not checked the balance after shifting the battery pack from where it was designed to be placed to over the tank. It was too nose heavy. (Big Deal) I felt dumb. While I was messing with the ship a new shipment of Tigre .46's came in and the decision was made to slip one of them in the Vamp also. This led to a bigger set of wheels, and a lengthening of the nose section which has not been finished to this day..."
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User commentsArticle pages, text and pics are missing. This plane have a span of probably 59inches. Some ribs are also missing unless it's a foam wing.
spitfireflyby - 20/05/2016
Thanks, fixed now.
Mary - 20/05/2016
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