Jilles Smits Type13 Petrel

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Cliff Evans
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Jilles Smits Type13 Petrel

Post by Cliff Evans » 14 May 2019, 18:27

Jack is going to be starting the Petrel build soon, he has sent me some photos of the kit to post, so here they are!!
There is s lot of it, I also did a dash panel for it. You have the choice of two versions, standard tail and AMT. There are three different canopies on the plan.

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Re: Jilles Smits Type13 Petrel

Post by jack » 14 May 2019, 19:35

Hi all,thanks for posting the pics cliff,l am looking to get the build underway around the end of the month,as cliff says there is a lot of wood in this kit!!
and that is just the laser cut parts,you do have the option to build each wing in two halves,but l will be building the wings as two panels,l have not made a decision as yet regarding the tailplane or canopy type,the canopy can be left till quite late in the build,but l will have to decide on the tailplane type very early,looking forward to the build,cliff,s laser cutting is excellent as always,so with the B4maiden coming up,and the start of the petrel build May is proving to be an eventful month :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Jilles Smits Type13 Petrel

Post by Jolly Roger » 14 May 2019, 22:45

This looks fab! And you never know, it may just spark me into starting the Laserflight 1/3 scale Petrel kit I've had since 2006. They sold at least 2 dozen of these kits but I'm not sure any of them got finished. There's a lot of work in those wings!

Good luck with the build Jack (and the B4 maiden too).

Rog

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Re: Jilles Smits Type13 Petrel

Post by jack » 15 May 2019, 17:13

thanks rog,not heard of that company before-laser flight-got any pics of their petrel kit??,cheers,jack.

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Re: Jilles Smits Type13 Petrel

Post by Cliff Evans » 15 May 2019, 17:24

I think it is an enlarged version, with a few mods of the Chris Williams petrel.

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Re: Jilles Smits Type13 Petrel

Post by Jolly Roger » 16 May 2019, 23:18

Hi Jack,

Yes as Cliff said, Laserflight designer Tony Elliott checked out CW's 1:3.5 Petrel before he designed this 1/3 version. I have plans for both on the floor and you can see similarities, although Tony's was created in CAD with laser-cutting in mind from the start. Here's a link if you'd like to find out more about Laserflight: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthr ... ED-RELEASE

The prototype for the Laserflight kit was finished but unfortunately the wings were built with wash-in rather than out, and it did not fly well. Also it had 4 piece wings and ended up rather heavy. The wings were rebuilt with a little wash-out and in just 2 panels, saving weight. Don't know how well it then flew.

Really excited to see how yours comes together. Mine will get built some day... I feel morally obliged as we live on the hill where the original first flew in 1938 and it's my favourite vintage design.

All the best,
Rog

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Re: Jilles Smits Type13 Petrel

Post by jack » 17 May 2019, 19:45

hi rog,just had a read of the link you posted about laser flight,all seemed a bit weird to me,anyway,l hope you get to building your kit,l am in the planning stage now,l like to plan a build before l actually start it,helps to avoid nasty surprises later on,l tend to spend a fair bit of time doing that,along with prepping a jig board.....l don't have a bridson jig like C.W :roll: ....but then thats all part of the joy of building ;) ;) ..jack.

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Re: Jilles Smits Type13 Petrel

Post by Jolly Roger » 17 May 2019, 23:00

Yeah I agree there's no rush is there. Mind you, I've been in the "planning" stage for over 10 years! I can see mine being a retirement project. :roll:

Also... in one of those quirky coincidences, did you notice just yesterday there's an Aussie guy starting a 1/3 Petrel in another thread on RCGroups? Hopefully he'll post some photos of his build.

Rog

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