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07/27/2005 at 1:03 pm #40357AnonymousInactive
A short story.
I inherited a plans service from the estate of a good friend (gossie knew him) and among the stack of plans received was a design by Albert Hatfull called the Mercury kitted in England by Worcraft.
Okay, the design was published several years ago in “Aeromodeller International” (IMA) so we know it looks like a Senator on steriods but there must have been an ad in either Aeromodeller or Model Aircraft just after the war under the Worcraft banner advising of its existence. That’s what I’m looking for; a copy of the ad, magazine issue and importantly, the date.
Magazine collectors start looking. 🙄07/27/2005 at 2:10 pm #42551
I no longer have the old magazines but it was most definitely kitted, and advertised, by Worcraft in 1949 – a predecessor to the ‘Senator’, successor to the ‘Polydi’. I have a copy of the Worcraft plan.
I have copies of a couple of tapes of an interview with Albert Hatfull, conducted by Bill Morley and ??? a number of years ago, and the Mercury was discussed as above at that time. Sadly, Albert is now lost in the mists of Alzheimers…07/28/2005 at 3:16 am #42552
Hi Pelaero Pete, it’s advertised on page 342 of May 1948 Aeromodeller.
Will scan it through to you.
How is that for service?????—-if l had a plan l would probably build one.
Looks like the Senator, and is 36in span—mmmmm, sounds good. 😀07/28/2005 at 3:50 am #42553
>Looks like the Senator, and is 36in span—mmmmm, sounds good.
Slightly bulkier, has a draggier two-leg u/c and – biggest performance drawback … just a single spar on lower surface of wing; not the multispar that makes the Senator such a good flying machine.
A plus is that the plan gives the choice of a 13″-14″ prop.
Reportedly, they do fly well enough.
>if l had a plan l would probably build one.
Hint, Howard ??? 😉07/28/2005 at 3:57 am #42554
Hint hint, nudge nudge, wink wink. 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀07/28/2005 at 12:01 pm #42555AnonymousInactive
Gos and Jim
Check my website under AA Plans, free flight. A bit of self promotion does’nt hurt.
Thanks Gos, got your email. 😆08/04/2005 at 9:45 am #42556
Jim et all, a plan arrived in the mail today
so now l feel bad, and it’s all you fault J.M.
Looks okay though, and l will build it, probably next year.
lt certainly is a Senator on steroids
same all over, only bigger, with as Jim said, 2 wheel u/c and no top spars.
So what is the story—-maybe Worcraft went bust and big Eddie made an offer to good to refuse?????
Thanks Pete, l do appreciate it, and as you know l tell the world about the f/f goodies you sell. Hey world, check the Pelaero website. 😀08/04/2005 at 9:11 pm #42557
>maybe Worcraft went bust and big Eddie made an offer to good to refuse?????
Not really. Albert Hatfull was with KK for a long time – as a teenager he came up with the ‘Invader’ and ‘Soarer’ series of lgiders and also the Junior 60 .. and over the years designed many other models for KeilKraft.
However, he wasn’t tied to KK and sold designs to other manufacturers – including the “Mercury’ and ‘Scarab’, etc. to Worcraft.
Worcraft were a small manufacturer in Dewsbury, W.Yorkshire who had a range of assorted items – not least the 12″ “Wonder” HLG – which makes a great little CLG today – and the bizarre ‘Star’ HLG. I built the latter as I didn’t think it had any capability, and subsequently voted it the model ‘least likely to fly’; naturally one of the Brits now turns in regular 50-60 second catapult flights with one, just to annoy me.08/05/2005 at 12:43 am #42558
Thanks Jim for the history lesson. lnteresting stuff, to me anyway. 😀08/06/2005 at 12:17 pm #42559AnonymousInactive
Gos now has a used copy of the plan scheduled into next years build program. The heat is on. 😛
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