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Multiplex Astra/Avanti

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Gary B

Along with the Arriba came an untouched kit of a Multiplex Astra.

It's a two or three channel model, not unlike a Middle Phase but with a fibreglass fuselage.

Airbrakes are optional, the very nice foam veneer wings have been pre-cut for them.  There is no provision for ailerons.

The tailplane is built up from strip wood, a towhook is provided but the wing joiner is a single  wire, winch launching is mentioned in the instructions!!

The Avanti is an ELG version, I assume it would come with a fuselage modified for a motor but would otherwise be identical.

There is a red spot on the box artwork under the name to indicate what version is in the box (Chris Foss does the same with the Middle Phase/Phase 6 'trainer/advanced or pro' etc).

I'd not heard of either of these designs before, I don't really need a two-channel model but it would be nice for an ISA Nostalgia Day and I enjoy building high quality kits.

 Cheers

     Gary

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pete beadle

Hi Gary

Where to you find these little gems!

Don't knock R/E mate, some fly R/E by choice! If you flew in BARCS 100S comps back in the day, it was all you could use:)........then there are R/E's and R/E's.....I get immense pleasure "bumbling" around with my Hi-Phase on the Ivinghoe slopes, about 95% of the pleasure I got out of competing with it, The John Hall "Diamond" 120 is also a smooth and effective performer and don't forget my dear old Proton 140's.....magical!

As you may already know, I've just finished my little 2M "Sandpiper 95" and that's also due for "maidening" at the first available soaring day in Spring (2019) to be good and ready for ISA Nostalgia Day 2019 (second Saturday in September to those with new calendars or diaries) and I'd be VERY happy to see the Astra there too, try and make it won't you?

D'you know, I'm cheering up at the thought already.......rain outside the window, blue skies and sunshine in my heart......can't wait:thumbsup::yes::)

Regards

Pete

BARCS1702

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Gary B

Hi Pete,

 People tip me off, knowing my love of old dusty gliders. Some people contact me after reading my RC Group build threads.  I cleared a modeller's shed near Peterborough a few years ago, he had died 10 or 15 years earlier but the time had come for his wife to move to a care home so a relative was looking after things, sad but as he said 'take the lot because it's going in the skip'. A lot of it was scrap but there was a new Hi-Phase fuselage and a set of foam wings (veneer lifted) amongst other useful things. There was a near new Metro in the garage with flat tyres. There was a framed BARCS certificate in the house to be thrown out, I should have rescued it but I didn't.

When I go Mrs B says she is going to pile all my 'stuff' up in the garden and set fire to it!

I fly 100S at the Nationals most years and I learnt RC on the slope with a two-channel Middle Phase, 27 MHz Sanwa STAC 4 radio, both still in my loft.

The plan for this glider is on Hip Pocket Aeronautics but you have to register to download.

No idea when I will get round to building this one, might be allowed to build the tailplane in the house.

    Cheers

        Gary

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pete beadle

Hi Gary

Sounds like Mrs B has got you pretty well organised - don't let her do the funeral pyre bit though - there aren't enough people still flying "golden oldies" and we need to keep the better ones preserved, and passed on to people who'll carry on the tradition:yes:

I'm intending to give away as much as I can to deserving people/causes before I finally hit the buffers but that, of course will be  up to fate  I suppose:)

I know the thing I DON'T want though, and that's having someone given the job of clearing out my hangar(s) that doesn't realise the gold nuggets amongst the pile of other planes that need the good homes.......still, won't be my problem then, will it?

Enough of the morbid stuff though, it's my intention to wear out as much of my old stuff by flying it as often as possible, and leave as little as possible to cause any problems regarding disposal:thumbsup:

Regards

Pete

BARCS1702

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