2018 Club build – the Mini Blitz

This years club model has been chosen and it’s… insert drum roll here… the Mini Blitz, a free plan from the December 2017 edition of RCM&E. It’s a very simple 3 channel delta built from balsa that can be knocked up in just a short space of time. The magazine article is by Shaun Garrity and he’s reviving an old design by D S Ridgway which was powered by one of those old fashioned glowplug engines. If you don’t have the magazine and need a plan speak to Woody, he should be able to help you out. The plan actually has two versions, the Mini Blitz and the Micro Blitz, you can build whichever you like although I think most will go for the Mini Blitz. No need to stick exactly to the construction shown on the plan, just keep the outline the same.

There is a long running Mini Blitz thread on the RCM&E forum, you can read it by clicking HERE, it will give you loads of ideas for the powertrain etc. Here are a couple of examples that I’ve pinched from the forum:

You can see the simplicity of construction in this one being built by forum member brfc7786615Here’s a completed one belonging to Kevin Fairgrieve786406I know some PAM members have already completed theirs and several more are under construction. If, like me, you haven’t started yet there’s still plenty of time to get one built. They need to be ready for judging at the ‘show & tell’ club meeting on 3 May and, weather permitting, the first flights will take place the following Sunday, 6 May.

The magazine article says they can be built in a day so you’ve still got plenty of time to build one. So no excuses, get the scalpel out and Blitz it…groan!

7 Responses to “2018 Club build – the Mini Blitz”

  • Pageboy Says:
    February 10th, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    Just to let you all know that Shaun garrity is asking for pics of completed blitz so that he can do an article in the RCME magazine. I have sent a picture of mine with some details.his e-mail address can be found on the RCME forum under the mini blitz build. seeing as mine may be in a mag before May I thought I would build another one! That’s finished as well.

  • Colin-Cowplain Says:
    February 11th, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Two completed already Page Boy, that’s just showing off! That shows just how quick they are to build. I really must get on with mine…

  • page boy Says:
    February 11th, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    well its not easy being me! the build really is easy but at the same time very enjoyable im sure it wont take you long colin.

  • Capt Slow Says:
    February 14th, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Well I started mine about 4 weeks’ ago and at my present rate of progress I might just be finished by the May (2019?) deadline.

  • Colin-Cowplain Says:
    February 14th, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    4 weeks ago? What are you doing, growing the balsa tree?!!!

  • Capt Slow Says:
    February 14th, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    These tasks can’t be rushed 🙂

  • Colin-Cowplain Says:
    February 14th, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    Apparently not!