About Me

My very first gas powered model airplane was the Cox PT-Trainer , the one that was held together with rubber bands and thus was not damaged after a bad landing. Other favourites were Meccano , glueing Airfix airplanes and running electric trains . From control line, like many others, I moved on to radio control in the late 60'ies . Around 1975 I became aware of those early pre-WW2 engines. Most of my first engines were American spark ignitions and obtained from engine-guru Clarence Lee with whom I did correspond quite a bit. From then on the collection grew steadily to what it is today. Primarely spark ignition, fourstroke and multi-cylinder but diesel and CO2 as well. Restoring became a necessity although lathe turning and milling had always fascinated me early on. First lathe was a small Atlas. Today I do use the arch-typical Myford-7, an Optimum mill and several jewelers Emco lathe's and mill's, Snap-On sand blasting, Ultrason cleaning, gas welding, casting facility etcetera . Turning, milling, aluminum flame welding and metal-working in general was learned from my late friend Harry de Blangher of Ferrari-fame. Welding was usefull with all those alu castings as well as casting small repro parts for my spark ignition conversions , inspired by the late Otto Bernhardt. Not all engines in the collection are depicted here, I did choose some of my favourites or pretty rare ones. I am however in the process of completing a pictorial book ala A to Z of the entire collection. I can handle quite complicated restorations but remember this is strictly a hobby for me. One only does have one pair of hands. All of my RLE-ignition conversions are stamped RLE-Custom and numbered thus easily recognizable. The Blériot type 11 is the last really large airplane I did build and I do not care to remember the fleet I did build over the past years, far too many . Special thanks to Robert Van Mossevelde for taking the many pictures. Enjoy.

 

 


Another long time passion - over 40years of Morgan driving
Daily Drive - Porsche Carrera
My last model built: Blériot type XI
The Blériot type XI has been modelled quite often , there have also been a few commercial kits on the market. However, what most of these kits do lack is a scale construction , and by that I do mean in peticular the construction of the fuselage. The main problem is the connection of the spars that, especially with hard wood, cannot simply be glued, so in most cases reinforcement is done by triangular pieces of wood , which is ugly and definitely not scale.
I did choose to follow the original Blériot way of constructing the fuselage which means that all longerons are fixed with U-bolts at their ends with further reinforcement by metal fittings. This demands great care in cutting each longeron while keeping an eye on straightness during assembly of the fuselage. Each transverse longeron has been milled with only the ends remaining square ala full size. And each longeron end is then slotted so that the U-bolt can be put in place and screwed tight.
No glue here! Fuselage assembly with u-bolts ala full size Blériot.
The only balsa wood used is for the wing ribs, the leading edges are carbon. The landing gear is fully operational . Evidently, all metal fittings have been hand-made. Powered by a Saito Radial FA-90. This model is based on the Blériot at the Rhinebeck Flying Museum in the USA.
Wing warping cable balance