Here is a build log for my Dave Smith Model’s Saphir 40saphir-3

I first started building this plane about 18 years ago (when I was very young an inexperienced). I didn’t learn to fly until October last year, and since properly getting the ‘bug’ have been trying to complete it.

It’s nearly done, and will post a photo or two shortly.

It’s kitted out with a Tuned by West Magnum 70 FS. This is a standard Magnum 70 FS but with a modified head, and a different carb. It’s reported to be approx 20% more power, and snappier throttle response etc.

I’m using Futaba S3003 servos for all functions.

Originally I was going to install fixed undercarriage, but following the 18 year break new retract technology has appeared, so I have opted to install some Servoless Retracts (

They are quite inexpensive, and only time will tell how durable they are.

I have a Spektrum DX8, and so have installed an AR6200 receiver with the satellite receiver.

Hopefully will get to give it a maiden failty soon.

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