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Old 7th Dec 2011, 20:34
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Thanks Ken.
not painstakingly
Good to hear, shouldn't waste too much of life trying to make things black.

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Old 7th Dec 2011, 23:04
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Hi Graeme, is it the Alvarez Polliwagen?
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Old 8th Dec 2011, 00:56
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Nice one mate. I knew you would persist and prevail.

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Old 8th Dec 2011, 10:15
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Thanks Graeme.
persist and prevail.
My middle names mate

Next one...another American machine.

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Old 8th Dec 2011, 12:16
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'Artnoon Ken,

Is the the Steen Steenship ??

Just grabbing a quick coffee, so Open House if correct please and if it's still OH at my next break I'll try and sort something out

I see Martin is on the list so welcome home mate!
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Is the the Steen Steenship ??
That's the one Trevor Yes, the first aircraft produced by Steen Aero Lab in 1966, better known of course for the Skybolt aerobatic aircraft.

Here's the one and only Steenship, which remains flying today.


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Old 8th Dec 2011, 13:06
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Thanks Ken,

I find that I had one ready after all, so I'll reclaim the OH.

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Old 8th Dec 2011, 16:41
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Afternoon Trevor...busy day so not had an opportunity to look at SC. With certain general similarities to my last challenge, would I be right in thinking this was from the US?
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Old 8th Dec 2011, 17:11
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Sorry Ken, don't get your hopes up; it's not from the USA and I didn't find it looking for your last one


It is also similar to the Steenship in its fortunes
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Old 8th Dec 2011, 17:21
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I didn't find it looking for your last one
Oh well, just a thought. So similar fortunes...1 built? European...French possibly. 1950's?
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Old 8th Dec 2011, 17:27
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Similar fortunes...Only one built, French, 1950's and it is still extant!
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Old 8th Dec 2011, 17:48
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Is it the Holleville RH1 Bambi? Some differences from the 3-view in the windows, but overall looks similar?

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Old 8th Dec 2011, 18:01
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It looks similar 'coz it is the Holleville RH.1 Bambi

The RH.1 Bambi was designed and built by Monsieur Roger Holleville and flown for the first time in 1953. It is a side-by-side two-seat aircraft and was unusual at the time to be among self-build types to make extensive use of synthetic resins and sandwich construction. It was originally intended to make construction plans available to clubs and groups. However, the rather sophisticated design motivated against the acceptance of the Bambi by amateur constructors.

It has visited the United Kingdom to attend light aircraft rallies including at Biggin Hill airport in Kent in 1967. The Bambi is preserved in airworthy condition in the Musee Regional de l'Air at Angers Aerodrome, 20 km north east of the town.
Ir seems that over the years the undercarriage has shed the wheel spats, but I think that the asymmetric glazing (apparent in the top view) is just visible looking through the cockpit in your photo!

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Old 8th Dec 2011, 18:13
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Thanks Trevor. Must admit I wasn't paying attention and missed the asymmetric glazing, but as you say, you can see it through the window.

Here's the next one....and yes, that's the pilot in the front cockpit.

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Old 8th Dec 2011, 18:36
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Hmm, obvious first question has to be is it worth trawling Aerofiles?

Trying to get the perspective sorted in my mind from the two possible attitudes! Judging by the relative size of the spats and the windscreens, I'm thinking the photo used shows the aircraft on the ground and is a three-quarted rear-view, but I'm confused by the undercarriage legs immediatly beneath the pilot?

Edit: second thoughts! Wing-tip "bump" would mean quite a large dihedral and the tip-chord woould need to be wide from that view, so maybe it's viewed from below flying toward us, but still puzzled with that U/C leg?

Off home now, will try and get back later after I've eaten

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Old 8th Dec 2011, 19:36
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Apologies, just took a break for dinner.

You won't find it in Aerofiles...not American.

Perspective....yes, a 3/4 rear view, although the front windscreen is smaller than the rear. That is the starboard wingtip you can see to the rear of the cockpit.

The "extra" undercarriage leg is visible because of the angle of the view, or perhaps I should say that because of the angle of view, the secondary leg on the port u/c blends in to the main leg. It's quite deceptive though
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Old 8th Dec 2011, 21:17
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No apologies needed Ken, got delayed and I'm only just getting mine ready now, dodging in and out of the kitchen, but may as well seek more info to narrow the search, is it mainland European?

The shape of the nose makes me think it's probably later than the classic pre-war sport two-seaters, what's the engine?
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Old 8th Dec 2011, 21:40
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is it mainland European?
Yes

later than the classic pre-war sport two-seaters, what's the engine?
Good thinking....it is a post war design. Continental engine.
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Old 8th Dec 2011, 22:01
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Evening gents. Quick "coffee break", without the answer.

it is a post war design
Still flying Ken?
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Old 8th Dec 2011, 22:14
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G'day Greme ,

I'm eating now, so not looking much at the moment.
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