Blog mission statement.

This Blog is all about the building and flying of the Correx Mig-7 originally designed by Dave West

The Mig-7 is a scale R/C Aircraft constructed primarily of corrugated plastic and ply wood.

Comments and questions are very welcome.

Monday, October 26, 2009


Mike has laid a "STRAIGHT FLUSH" on the table!! Is he going to take the pool?? With this excellent job, we will have to wait and see!! Well done Mike!! As Johann would say...."She looks good in her new party dress!" Sean.

How are we getting this plane down?

The lift is so good at Hermanus, we need guns to bring them down.. :-)


Talking slopes

Since we are talking Slopes, here is a little reminder of what is waiting for us next month in Hermanus

“Vasbyt” !!

There was a time... remember?

Well this is Lady Slipper. Just outside of Port Elizabeth. (Eastern side) The best slope flying site we have here. Slope flying can take place on a westerly and easterly wind. Unfortunately we have no access to it in the moment. :-((

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Our slope....Maitlands.

Maitlands......our slope. Thren mailed me a pic of his slope. I said it looked a tad small to fly a Mig with a wing made from 3mm correx as he could not find 2mm where he lives. I decided to go to the bottom of our slope to see how BIG/HIGH ours was. WOW!! No wonder we battle on some days to fly!! Our slope is SMALL/LOW!! I think I have been watching too many Jart videos. Thren, the red car, top left, is parked on the side of the road. We fly from the right hand side of the pic at that height. So, your slope is not so bad after all.... :-) Sean.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

This was the flight that inspired Mike to build a slopie and fly SLOPE!!
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Double Trouble!!

Double trouble!! How is this for formation!! The harder you look, the less you see!!...... :-)
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Ulrich with his electric Mig at Maitlands. The color scheme is from one of the Red Bull racers. Sean.
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OS 46 Powered.

This Mig is hand launched and belly lands. Span is 1600mm. She flies as great as her looks.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Fibre glass spinner.

Ok, so you can go buy a spinner, glue some lead inside it to ballance your plane, bolt it to your firewall and go fly! This, however, is a tale of how Neville Jones started something and how I still do it to this day :-) Neville made this mold from a wooden plug he turned on his late Dads lathe. I have cast more than 60 spinners from it, plenty more than he intended. But hey! why reinvent the wheel? I then cut a 3mm ply ring to glue inside. Balance the plane with the spinner hanging as per pic by simply adding lead into the "cup". Secure the lead by either hot glue/epoxy/resin. Hot glue the spinner to the fw! Works for me and looks great!! Sean.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Spinner made from foam.

Hey Markus, your battery box looks great. Bruce asked about the mounting of the conopy and the spinner. I might have answered the canopy question but will post some pics about the spinner tommorrow. Above are pics of Ulrichs scale mig and my "Heavy Metal". Bruce's q was about making a spinner from foam, hence the pics. Ulrich made his from foam. Sean.

Correx Battery Compartment

I used Sean’s tip and build this battery compartment. I used some 4 and 2mm Correx off cuts. Just make it to fit the battery pack and receiver. The battery slides right to the front just behind some foam. To remove the RX and battery pack, just pull it out on a peace of string which I attached to the battery. Works great – quick and easy!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

MIG-7 FREE PLANS!! For Dave Wests plans go here..
Migs ready for ribbon cutting.....Paul Williams and I.

Mounting the canopy.

In the early days I used to hot glue the canopy on. One problem with this methode is the plastic canopy did not like the heat much, so you had to direct the glue, and heat, more onto the correx fuzz. I now use pins, as shown, and drop a tad of hot glue onto the pin on the inside of the fuzz. Cut the pins a little shorter with a side cutter. This works far better and looks scale like.

From electric to slope.

This plane was my first electric. I converted her to slope after I built a new electric (Wizzard).

Going Electric.

Here I havea pic of the power source...a AXI 2814/12. The firewall had to be made to suit, made from 3mm ply. This because I would prefer to break the motor mount than bend a motor shaft. I then cut a "nose ring" to make the correx finnish off smooth and round, hopefully also to blend into the spinner...."got that Johann?" :-)

Sunday, October 4, 2009

The build is at the stage of installing radio gear. We will be recessing shortly to go and add color. Then return to reviel.

Murphy says you will hit the only hard dry branch on the entire slope. Hence the repair.