This page will be under construction for some time and may never be really complete. While I would love to present a complete list of John Coasby designs in chronological order, practical considerations dictate that it should be in published order (when known) and as complete as available information allows. It will be updated whenever possible and any additional information will be gratefully received.
|Eros||F/F sport||84"||Micron 5cc diesel||PET280||AM 2/48|
|Crackerjack||C/L Stunt||32"||CL303||AM 10/48||Designed with Harry Hundleby|
|Coasby Stunter||C/L Stunt||45"||Delmo||CLMA Spring '49|
|Yoicks||C/L stunt||33"||Fox 59||CL334||AM 10/49||Biplane. Laminar flow wing section.|
|Flicka||C/L stunt||40"||Amco 3.5cc||CL363||'49 AM Annual|
|Taurus||C/L stunt||68"||McCoy 60||CL360||'49 AM Annual?||Wings retained with rubber bands|
|Foxstunter||C/L stunt||42"||Fox 35||CL406||'50 AM Annual||Flapped design|
|Icarus Senior||C/L stunt||67"||6 - 10cc||CL422||AM 4/51||Wings retained with rubber bands. Drop off U/C.|
|Icarus Junior||C/L stunt||42"||3.5 - 5cc||CL421||AM 4/51||Wings retained with rubber bands|
|Pagan||C/L stunt||46"||Fox 35||CL455||'51 AM Annual||Wings retained with rubber bands|
|B.A. Swallow||F/F scale||50"||FSP560||'54 AM Annual|
|Lysander Conversion||F/F scale||FSP1601||Conversion of the Howard Boys design from rubber to diesel power.|
|Tiger Moth Conversion||F/F scale||44"||FSP555||Conversion of the Rupert Moore design from rubber to diesel power|
|Finale||R/C Trainer||Watch this space||Johns last design from 1991|
This is not a model which immediately strikes you as being a good bet for contest flying, but at least one example has achieved some success. It needs an undercarriage to be really competitive.
For some time, it was thought that it was very difficult to get this model to perform satisfactorily. However, a one model contest for this design eventually disproved this when several competitors put in very creditable flights.
Very few examples of this model have appeared in contests, probably due to the lack of an undercarriage. This one was built by Steve Foster.
This design has twice won the vintage stunt event at the British Nationals in the hands of Maurice Doyle, whose model is shown above. It handles windy, turbulent conditions very well, despite it's size.
This model has proved to be a very capable machine in vintage contests, notably in the hands of Terry Taylor. This is despite it having a points disadvantage due to having wing flaps.
Another very elegant Coasby design which has been generally neglected, probably because it looks difficult to build. This example by Rusty Brown appeared at VSC a couple of years ago.
This strikingly attractive model was published in the 1951 'Aeromodeller Annual' and was loosely based on the de Havilland 'TK4' racing aeroplane. The significance of this is that it was designed while John was producing the drawings for Ron Moulton's 'Class B' team racer, which was based on the same machine. John's prototype was powered by the inevitable Fox 35, although the drawing shows a Frog 500. My own version has a Frog and weighs 26 ounces.
This originally unnamed model was designed by John in 1991 in South Africa with the intention of teaching himself to fly R/C models. A prototype has been built and flown by Peter Lilley, a long time John Coasby fan, and will hopefully be published some time in the near future. Peter gave the model its name. The picture is of John's unflown prototype, taken by his daughter Linda.