|You’ve probably seen little Noblers already. And maybe you’ve even seen a diminutive ½ A Nobler. But if you haven’t seen this version, then you don’t know what a miniature is. At this size I feel it quite appropriate to talk about greatness.|
|I haven’t asked the builder about the span. Physical dimensions in millimeters or inches cannot do justice at all to this little jewel. Its quality is not manifested in the reduction factor. It’s mostly the quality of workmanship which is just amazing. It’s the ingenuity in design of all those tiny parts which are not only perfectly executed. They are drafted in such skilful manner that the final product must end in artful beauty. There are even some new ideas about how to build a certain part. Last but not least - in my eyes it’s the general idea, the approach, and the love which went into this project.|
|Whenever the builder pulls his creation out of his car, instantly there’s a big crowd surrounding him, admiring his artwork with gleaming eyes, giving no chance to take a photo. I felt quite honoured to have the possibility to take many shots without being disturbed too much. The pictures can give a very rough image only and can never transfer the fascination of the objects.|
|Dimensions of the Nobler design are faithfully reduced. The little airplane can sit comfortably in an average size shoe box. Wood sizes and metal thicknesses are well beyond what we are generally used to. I don’t know the weight of the model; I really felt it a bit shabby to ask about such trivia in view of this art.|
|The model is cleanly built, but the real surprise is in the “hardware”. Power is provided by a Cox 010 engine. Since the original tank is way too wide to be installed in the fuselage, it was removed. A new backplate had to be constructed. It also serves as part of the engine mounting device. This “bearer” consists of several parts and is a work of art in itself.|
|It already has the correct angled edge to provide the right side thrust and is soldered to the backplate. It fits into a slot in the fuselage front and is held with tiny bolts - in those beautifully shaped bolt holes !|
|For the starting procedure Mr. Gerber has built a special starter. It has a homebuilt gear and is powered by a tiny electric motor plus Lipo battery.|
somewhat smallish tank is made from thin brass sheet. The design is laid
out on the sheet , the edge lines are carefully scratched into the brass.
Now the parts can be bent perfectly with straight edges and right angles.
For me the soldering work alone would be a nightmare. Mind you - this is
not just a simple fuel container. It’s a uniflo tank !
I don’t know if this “airplane” was already flown. Excuse me - but I really don’t feel that this precious little thing ever HAS to fly.
|Oh, I didn’t forget to introduce the creator, Mr. Paul Gerber from Zuerich, Switzerland. If you meet him with his friendly and unassuming manner face to face, you would not assume this man to be a most exceptional watchmaker who’s achievements are known world wide in watchmaker circles. His products - pardon, I’d better say - marvels are works of perfection and highest complexity ( including one watch consisting of 1100 parts ). Being a genius with extensive experience in design, research, and engineering , he was given the honour of having his creations displayed in the “Musee International d’Horlogerie” . Some of his creative ideas are applied for a patent, and he has two entries in the “Guiness Book of Records”.|
|Mr. Gerber is totally independent from trendy fashions, and he doesn’t see his creations as products of prestigious luxury. The love for miniaturization, the search for perfection, the desire for constant improvement, and the mechanical challenge are the driving force which lead to these technical wonders.|
|I don’t want to give more information here. I highly recommend asking Google for “Paul Gerber”, or go directly to his website www.gerber-uhren.ch ( also in English ). You just have to visit this site, this is MUST READ !!! There’s also mention of control line. Maybe you’ll get an explanation about why we do what we do. Maybe we’ll find out a few things about ourselves, and surely we’ll find some mental help in following our highly demanding hobby/ sport. Thank you, Mr. Gerber, for answering my irksome questions, and for what you can give to us simple control line aerobatic flyers.|
|Mr. Gerber has obligingly offered a large number of photos he made during construction of his miniature Nobler. I was just flabbergasted to see how a watch maker approaches this task - and I'm sure you will be so, too! Click on the "Update"-button and enjoy.|