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Flybabies in South Africa

The Fly Baby is a single-seat, open cockpit, folding-wing monoplane powered by engines ranging from 65 to 100 HP

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Got a pm from a guy in Norway who is busy building a scale model of VXA and doing a pretty good job too by the look of it.
His name is Viggo Kristiansen. Here are a couple of pics he shared.
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I hope those are'nt the offcuts in the background :lol: :lol:
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That must be close to 33% scale. It looks beautiful. I am just embarking on building a 25% scale Fly Baby.
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Looking at that scale and doubling the wings it could be 50%, he should have built a full size Fly Baby almost the same amount of work?
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weeds wrote:Looking at that scale and doubling the wings it could be 50%, he should have built a full size Fly Baby almost the same amount of work?
You are right. It is 50%. I said to him that it looks to be as much work as a full scale and he does fly microlights but I believe he wants to build a very detailed and precise copy. Possibly to enter a competition.
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ZU-EUF wrote:Hi Chaps
ZS-UFI is owned and flown by Marcus Weitzman ( not sure of the spelling), he had some trouble getting the convex done, that is history now....... saw him the weekend taxing in.....

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Sadly Marcus passed away last week. :( RIP
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Very sad - condolences to family.
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Please forgive me for asking, but was it an Aviation related passing?
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Mike Wissing wrote:Please forgive me for asking, but was it an Aviation related passing?
No he had been ill for a while, his wife Anne passed away from cancer 2 months ago to the day. I believe he passed on from the illness and heartbreak.They have left behind 3 lovely daughters. :(
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That is terribly sad. Thank you for answering my question.
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Very sad. Not young kids I hope.
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Jimbo wrote:Very sad. Not young kids I hope.
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[quote="FlyBabyNut"]Hi Jimbo,

I have ZS-UFJ - in a "couple of pieces" in my garage - is currently employed as a dust magnet - and deserves some love and attention, glue and a new tail - :oops: :oops:

Some pix of my bits + one of VXA in her original clothes

Have got to get a splicing jig made up to attend to replacing the burnt section longerons, etc - re ply the sides and install the vertical tail, etc, etc - 90% to go 8)

Rgds

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Interesting.., that air to air pic of ZS-VXA was taken by me in the late eighties or early 90's
I also did an air to air with UFI the same day
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Hi Matt

good luck with the restoration. The trouble with these damn projects is that life seems to mget in the way. No pics attached by the way.

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weeds wrote:Looking at that scale and doubling the wings it could be 50%, he should have built a full size Fly Baby almost the same amount of work?
It is 1:2,2 scale so not far from 50%, wingspan is 3,8 meter.
At the moment i am spraying paint.

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Viggo, I can't wait to see the finished Fly Baby. Keep sending us photos, please!
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