Roger Simmonds

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Joe Mansour innovation

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One of the inventors of the original Jetex motors, Joe Mansour, explored innovative ways of building models – for example the 'Tailored' series with internal motors:


An original Jetex Tailored Hawker Hunter rescued from eBay and beautifully restored by Ian Hobbs.


A feature of these models, the fully moulded balsa fuselage, is not too difficult to reproduce, for example this Draken:


Draken for Rapier L-2. The fuselage is moulded; the wings and tail are built up.


The trick is to use the very lightest balsa available, and I can fully recommend online suppliers like

The Draken is a little over 30g – much lighter than an old Tailored model and should fly well, but, what with the weather at meetings we had last year, has not been fully trimmed out.

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  • Roger L Wathen Sr
    Roger L Wathen Sr Sunday, 02 February 2014

    Hey Hey Hey! This absolutely great to have our contact forum back in action. I look foward to a continuation of discussionof new ideas, building techniques, and further investigation into viable fuel to power our fantastic flying machines. I look forward to conversing with all who join our fraturnity of model flying "jet jockies" !
    Jetex forever and Rapiers too! Remember! We do it with more thrust!

    Roger aka Jetex4man

  • Hadrian Tucker
    Hadrian Tucker Friday, 11 April 2014

    I have two tailored Jetex kits, a Hunter and a Skyrocket, as collectors items. It is not clear how the balsa was shaped. Was is soaked in water or some other solution and then pressed into a mould? The un-built kit contents seem too crude to yield the attractive models illustrated on the web.

  • Roger Simmonds
    Roger Simmonds Friday, 11 April 2014

    Hi Hadrian,

    have a look at my article about Tailored models at:

    Which tells you probably more tan you wanted to know about these kits.

    They did, with care, make up into very attractive models, but were quite heavy an therefore tricky to get to fly.

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