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Aviette Kits - Ivinghoe Mk II

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Gary B

Been meaning to catalogue my plans for a while, boredom struck today so I started an Excel sheet to list them all.

 

Picked up a few plans from a house clearance last year with some interesting things.

 

One plan is of the 'Ivinghoe Mk II', never heard of it or 'Aviette Kits'. The phone number is NP (Newport Pagnell) 610333, quaint!!

 

Only the tailplane and scrap views of the fuselage are given, looks like a 2/3 size Middle Phase (ish!)

 

Anyone remember it or the company?

 

Gary

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pete beadle

Hi Gary

 

Yup, as you may expect, as an Ivinghoe regular I DO remember this kit

Never sold well and I've never seen one "in the flesh" but I do remember the line-drawn ad for it on the inside back page of Radio Modeller

As you say, reminds me of a MiddlePhase too (even a MiddlePhase 2)

Came out at roughly the same time as a "Westerly" - eg "the best thing on the Beacon is a Westerly....

Those indeed were the days!

 

Pete

BARCS1702

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Gary B

I'm sure they were the days!

 

Found some Kemas (Milli and Mini I think), a Blue Beast (huge plan) and a Veron Cobra 17.

 

Lots of Spitfires and Messerschmitts of course.

 

It's a job that's been lurking for a while, bit of a chore but worth doing I s'pose!

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oipigface

I had a Blue Beast. I painted it pink.

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Gary B

It would have needed a lot of paint!

 

'Nordic Tern' (A2) and 'Dactyl' (flying wing) are two more I found, would keep you busy for a few evenings!

 

'Hymax' an e-glider.

 

'Mercury Swan' plan with building instructions, oooh!

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EssexBOF

From memory, Aviette Kits were run by Peter Gardiner. A group of us went to his factory/flying site back in the distant past 1971 I believe. Very much a character of the time.

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Gary B

Surely.

 

The chap that owned these plans was a BARCS member, R.S Jones. There was a framed BARCS diploma in the house waiting to be thrown out, could have been a diamond diploma, not sure.

 

I went there (Eye, Peterborough) after a tip off about a new Hi-Phase fuselage. It was there and also the foam wings in their blanks in remarkably good condition considering storage in the garage.

 

He had died perhaps 10 years or more ago, his wife had not touched anything in the shed. I think she had reached the stage of needing to sell the house and move to a home so a distant relative (or possibly just a friend) was clearing the house.

 

There was a nearly new J reg Metro in the garage, covered in dust with four flat tyres, quite a thing to see.

 

Won't have that problem here, my missus says she's going to burn everything when I go!!!

 

GB

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pete beadle

Hi Gary

 

Sorry to sound like a vulture but...

Did you actually collect those Hi-Phase foam wings?

Cos I've got a brand new Hi-Phase fuselage they'd suit...... 

Regards

 

Pete

BARCS1702

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Gary B

Yep. They will get used but when I'm not quite sure.

 

There was another set of foam wings that I couldn't identify, sort of Multi-Phase in planform. Quite distinctive because the veneer is wrapped around the shaped leading edge and encases the trailing edge.

 

You could always build the balsa Hi-Phase wings, much lighter. 

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Graham_C

 

'Mercury Swan' plan with building instructions, oooh!

 

Second glider I ever built as a kid. Mom liked it because her maiden name was Swann!

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Gary B

It's a classic! Had one fly about five miles, was lucky to get it back.

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andyharrold

I built a Swan. I can still remember watching my Dad towline it up  for me.

Once the wings folded due to excessive towing  at approx 300ft a swan , she  was no more. :(

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Gary B

We should have a Swan class comp!! Wouldn't fly one without radio now though.

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