Jim Bruton, Connecticut, USA

Hi Gert!
Like you, I am intrigued by Baslee’s full-scale Bleriot and your website is the best promotion he could have. I say this in full support, because you can see so many details of substantial material and engineering, clean design (the rivet holes line up and are in a straight line!), etc. I’ve also wondered about the painting to get a nice “wood” look where desired.
I know you are looking forward to flying it and we are looking forward to that too.
First of all, I love your engine! A radial engine simply sounds like no other. Continued success with your work on it. Second, I like your approach to the radio, keeping it “low profile” when you want it to be. Please chronicle here your work on how to ground it and silence/protect it from any unwanted noise from the engine. I never solved that problem on my Triplane before I sold it. Maybe the Flea- being wooden (or your aluminium, being non-conducting?) will not have this problem.
I like the Rimu wood too. Keep going- you’re almost there! I may be ready to fly nearly the same time as you.
Warmest Regards from a really cold Connecticut, USA
Jim Bruton

Jonathan Wilson, Christchurch, New Zealand.

I know Jonathan through work.
Hi Gert,
Firstly – the Bleriot project – wow! I’m impressed. Both an inspiring and gutsy project. Its been a long time since I last flew myself (apart from radio control models) but I’m still a fan of things that fly!
I could not help but spend the last 30 minutes reading through your web site.
Would love to come and have a look one weekend. I think my 13 year old son, Tim, would be interested too – took him to the last Warbirds over Wanaka and he enjoyed it.

Mike deLesseps, from the US

Mike is the grandson of Jacques deLesseps, the second person to fly across the English Channel 🙂

Gert, Thanks for the note.

If you wish to use the little drawing I did for Don of the Bleriot, please do so. You are welcome to use it on your web site. I suppose you should ask Don if it’s OK as I did it for him years ago and he owns it.



Wish you all the luck with your Bleriot and would add that’s it’s smart to build it with ailerons instead of warping.

Good job on your web site, I design them for businesses here so I have years of experience and know a good one when I see it.
This is nice, I now have a new un-met friend, they generally turn out well.

Cheers, Lesseps

Henk van Hoorn, The Netherlands

Henk, did fly his Bleriot in the centennial Channel crossing together with Pascal Kremer, who flies a Bleriot made from a kitset like mine, a few years ago 🙂
Hi Gert,
Mooi project en veel succes gewenst. De kist gaat er steeds beter uitzien en het gaat vast perfect vliegen.
Mocht je belangstelling hebben voor inside info bv trim en wat je kunt verwachten tijdens het vliegen, mail dan gerust.

(Hi Gert,
Nice project and good luck with it. The bird is looking better every time, and will definitely fly perfect.
If you ever need inside information on what to expect while flying, please email me.

I asked him about that Channel crossing and that was definitely one of his highlights !!

Mike Fleming, flies from Rangiora airfield, New Zealand

Hi Gert,
Thanks for seeing to my chocks yesterday. My Eindekker flew beautifully for an hour but the cold was getting to me. I am happy to have an aeroplane to fly again, all three of them were grounded for a while for various reasons. I will tackle the Luton Minor next as that just needs attention on one cylinder head gasket. I do enjoy flying the Luton.
I am very impressed with your web site and the organised way you are going about things. I love your radial engine. Did I tell you that I have a Rotec nine cylinder radial for a Spezio Tuholer that I am working on at home? I note that your house is made from straw bales too. That would be my ideal choice of building material as well but the council I believe does not allow that construction any more. Sad. Knock on my hangar next time you are at the airfield I tend to lock myself away so that I can get things done but would love to catch up with you again. I am glad that you have Evan Belworthy on side he and his father are a fount of knowledge. Alan is particularly good with magnetos and general ignition problems.
Regards, Mike.

More reactions after starting the Velie

Gert, Congratulations. Always nice to get an antique engine overhauled and running. Exciting.


Davy Cash (from Airdrome builders forum):
THATS AWESOME !! Thanks for posting that video !! 😉 This group is
pretty awesome… I’ve learned more in 3 or 4 days than months of
research on my own !

Cam (brother in law):
Great work Gert, I knew she’d breathe life. 🙂