Louis Charles Joseph Blériot Born 1 July 1872 – Died 1 August 1936) was a French aviator, inventor, and engineer.
He developed the first practical headlamp for cars and established a profitable business manufacturing them, using much of the money he made to finance his attempts to build a successful aircraft.
Blériot was the first to use a combination of hand/arm-operated joystick and foot-operated rudder control, that is in use to the present day, for the basic format of aerodynamic aircraft control systems. Blériot was also the first to make a working, powered, piloted monoplane. In 1909 he became world-famous for making the first aeroplane flight across the English Channel, winning the prize of £1,000 offered by the Daily Mail newspaper. He was the founder of a successful aircraft manufacturing company. The crossing was to seal the name Bleriot in the history books forever and anyone who knows anything about aviation will have heard of the Bleriot Aircraft and its success.
Blériot was a spectator at Voisin's first trials of the float-plane glider he had built on 8 June 1905. Cine photography was among Blériot's hobbies, and the film footage of this flight was shot by him. The success of these trials prompted him to commission a similar machine from Voisin, the Blériot II glider. After this came many experimental aircraft each one becoming more successful than the last.
Bleriot and his partners survived a number of air crashes and accidents before he started concentrating on his next machine.
This, the Blériot VII, was a monoplane with tail surfaces arranged in what has become, apart from its use of differential elevators movement for lateral control, the modern conventional layout. This aircraft, which first flew on 16 November 1907, has been recognised as the first successful monoplane. More marks and more flights and crashes and achievement would eventually lead to the type XI which became famous for the Channel Crossing The type XI was built and sold 18 months after the crossing over 100 aircraft had sold. With the conventional rudder bar and Joystick, the type X1 is the first aircraft to establish standards of control and configuration.
Tony Ray Aero Model Bleriot XI
Tony Ray’s Laser cut Balsa model is such a lovely looking aircraft it can be built static or as a flying model. It has been designed to take Micro Radio Control and various types can be fitted or adapted. Some might want to use Donor RC gear from UMX aircraft that are past their fly by date.
You can go the recommended route installing the RC or with very small modifications fit an RC Brick with servo’s and ESC installed. The type of Board used in the E-Flite, ParkZone, FlyZone, Ares Models etc.
The model, like the full size has a short nose and long rear fuselage section. This can lead to tail heavy C of G problems and care must be taken to keep the rear end as light as possible. It is quite likely that you will need nose weight to balance the model. This is normal for this type.
Keeping the weight down, covering the model in tissue is the obvious choice, but light coverings such as Lite Span could also be used if you are able to source any since the demise of Solarfilm Ltd.
Tissue can be applied with tissue paste or with Prit Stik. We are tending to favour Prit Stik for adhering tissue and then just tightening with water. A light coat of thinned down dope or light coats of thinned down Eze dope do add strength to the model.
The laser cutting makes building a Joy. If a part does not fit you have it in the wrong place!
Printed Extra Information UK Specific instructions are available as well as a suitable Motor/Gearbox/Prop set.
We also have a RC board that can be adapted to suit this model easily. The RXH62A board Is available HERE.
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A PDF copy of instructions are available and will be sent by e-mail when your order is dispatched
A printed paper copy of the UK specific EXTRA INFO instructions can be purchased HERE.
Suitable period-style wheels are also available.