70% Voetsak Historic Control Line Racer
Build and fly this scaled down version of Ron Moulton's iconic 1940s control liner | Laser cut parts
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AT A GLANCE
Wingspan: 32" (813mm)
Ease of build: Expert
Flying skill: Expert
Control type: Control Line
Power system: I.C.
70% SCALE VOETSAK CONTROL LINE RACER
Designed way back in the 1940s, the Voetsak was the very first Control Model displayed in the United Kingdom.
When Ron Moulton returned from South Africa after the war in 1946, he had already designed the “ Voetsak”. The word translated means “ bugger off” or words to that effect.
After the ban on I.C powered models throughout the war and with control line not even being flown in the U.K. until Ron arrived with his big 60 petrol engined model, his demonstrations up and down the country drew thousands of spectators who were hungry for some peacetime excitement. Reportedly, crowds of over 5000 would turn up plus TV and radio to film and report on his sensational model flying on lines and creating a major new form of aeromodelling.
Race Competition Information
Steve Betney has been running at least three Voetsak Racing competitions per year for the last 15 years as a tribute to the great man, Ron Moulton.
Upon Ron’s passing his son Jonathan and daughter Dina have been sponsoring and attending these competitions each year although the concern was that with the engines becoming so rare (and difficult to keep running) the competition would have to cease.
Julio Isidro envisaged a smaller scale replica of the Voetsak, powered with the modest output of the AM Diesel engine and brought it as a surprise to everyone at the hugely popular and well attended SAM35 Retro Fest.
The model was an instant sensation as it flew so well.
Now named Tribute Voetsak, the event could continue and the Moulton family could ensure their famous father's name could be continued to be honoured each year.
Remeber, this is THE control line model which started off the whole U.K. movement!
This new scaled Voetsak's smaller size and non specialist engine, opens up the competition to youngsters and the young at heart.
If you would like to build a Voetsak racer of your own, there will be plenty of events where you can fly yours against other Voetsaks over the coming years.
More info on the competition, the rules and how to take part here: http://sam35.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/NEW-SAM-35-VOETSAK-TRIBUTE-RACING-EVENT.pdf
INCLUDED IN YOUR KIT
- Balsa and ply cut parts
- Plan and parts reference sheet
- Strip wood and block
- Brass tubing,
- Bolt, washers, nylock nut, screws
- Control horn
- Mylar hinges
- 2 x 2.5" semi-pneumatic wheels
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For example up to 3 of our smaller 18” wingspan kits can fit into one of these parcels.
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For items that do not fit within Royal Mail International Tracked Medium Parcel parameters, we use standard international couriers such as DHL, FedEx and UPS.
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For example, a Balsa Basics RC bundle kit that measures 102cm x 34cm x 16cm and weighs 2.5 kg is actually calculated at 14kg!
This makes these very expensive to send outside the UK - a large kit can cost nearly £40 to send to France.
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