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#1 tigreflyer Oct 13, 2012 11:42 AM

My First Good Flying Plane was a
 
used VooDoo with a black head 40 and a broken wing. The guy said the engine ran perfectly and we settled for cheap. I fixed the wing, changed out the push rod for an adjustable with a matching nylon control horn, replaced the metal bell crank with a nice Sig 3" nylon, swapped out the tank for a 3 1/2 Oz surge and discovered the benefit of balanced wooden props.
The plane flew around 50- 60 MPH, broke well, flew the same inverted, turned a 4 foot loop, and pulled just right at even 90 degrees.

#2 JKinTX Oct 13, 2012 11:49 AM

I haven't found one as yet... :D

#3 The Kiwi Oct 13, 2012 12:18 PM

I built a Circus King in 1953. It would do anything. I was nowhere near as good, and crashed it several times before it was too badly damaged to repair again. I had the Ring Jr that same year, not used much until someone reminded me that the less mass, the less impact energy.

It survived crashes that would have badly damaged the larger plane, and I finally was doing lazy eights and some plain outside loops, from the top of the circle, but not inverted, yet. It was probably the plane that LASTED long enough to think of as my first good-flying model.


Kiwi

#4 JKinTX Oct 13, 2012 01:44 PM

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Originally Posted by The Kiwi (Post 22990695)
I built a Circus King in 1953. It would do anything. I was nowhere near as good, and crashed it several times before it was too badly damaged to repair again. I had the Ring Jr that same year, not used much until someone reminded me that the less mass, the less impact energy.

It survived crashes that would have badly damaged the larger plane, and I finally was doing lazy eights and some plain outside loops, from the top of the circle, but not inverted, yet. It was probably the plane that LASTED long enough to think of as my first good-flying model.


Kiwi

Yep! Ringmaster Jr here too.

#5 ARUP Oct 13, 2012 07:05 PM

A Guillows 'Zero' powered with a Cox 049. It flew and that was it! I No loops, no wingovers... nuthin' but roundy- round with a little humpty-bump every now and again. It sure was fun! I was so excited to have successfully built the kit and to have strapped that engine on it!

#6 Clancy Arnold Oct 13, 2012 07:55 PM

My first good flying model was a Veco Warrior with a McCoy 29 Sportsman up front. If I had the plans I would build it again, using good wood, but use an OS 25 FP engine.
Clancy

#7 OkiThumper Oct 13, 2012 08:18 PM

1974 - 38" wingspan Sterling Kit S-2 P-51 profile with Testors McCoy .19 Red Head Stunt.

#8 JKinTX Oct 13, 2012 08:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Clancy Arnold (Post 22993547)
My first good flying model was a Veco Warrior with a McCoy 29 Sportsman up front. If I had the plans I would build it again, using good wood, but use an OS 25 FP engine.
Clancy

Plans available from the AMA, I just checked the website.

#9 JKinTX Oct 13, 2012 08:23 PM

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Originally Posted by OkiThumper (Post 22993689)
1974 - 38" wingspan Sterling Kit S-2 P-51 profile with Testors McCoy .19 Red Head Stunt.

The first successful loop I ever did was with one of those and an ancient 3-bolt case Torpedo .29 Green Head.

#10 The Kiwi Oct 13, 2012 08:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Clancy Arnold (Post 22993547)
My first good flying model was a Veco Warrior with a McCoy 29 Sportsman up front. If I had the plans I would build it again, using good wood, but use an OS 25 FP engine.

At various times, I had a Squaw, first series, Tomahawks(3), two from the first series, one from the second, and a Warrior. The FP25 is so much more powerful than the 19s and 29s of yesterday that a FP 15 is a closer match to that old McCoy.

I had a Fox 25, the three-bolt one, on the Squaw, not built until 1962, K&B 35s on the first two Tomahawks, a K&B 19 on the last Tomahawk, and I am not certain what on the Warrior, but I think it was a Fox 19 (another three-bolt old version).


Kiwi

#11 JKinTX Oct 13, 2012 08:47 PM

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Originally Posted by The Kiwi (Post 22993892)
At various times, I had a Squaw, first series, Tomahawks(3), two from the first series, one from the second, and a Warrior. The FP25 is so much more powerful than the 19s and 29s of yesterday that a FP 15 is a closer match to that old McCoy.

I had a Fox 25, the three-bolt one, on the Squaw, not built until 1962, K&B 35s on the first two Tomahawks, a K&B 19 on the last Tomahawk, and I am not certain what on the Warrior, but I think it was a Fox 19 (another three-bolt old version).


Kiwi

The old Fox .25 3-bolt case is a sweetheart motor. Don Still used it to good effect in his later Stukas.

#12 OkiThumper Oct 13, 2012 08:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Clancy Arnold (Post 22993547)
My first good flying model was a Veco Warrior with a McCoy 29 Sportsman up front. If I had the plans I would build it again, using good wood, but use an OS 25 FP engine.

Haven't found that, but would the Veco Squaw or Chief suffice?

Veco Squaw - by Joe Wagner from Veco - 1951 - 39in span - IC C/L LowWing

http://www.outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=270

Veco Chief - from Veco - 54in span - IC C/L LowWing

http://www.outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=466

#13 Norm Furutani Oct 13, 2012 09:04 PM

My first successful ukie was a Jim Walker/American Junior FireCat. Powered with one of those airflow exhaust Enya .29's.

The kits were a notch above the other brands in quality and fabrication.

Second plane was a Midwest Magician. Flew that with a Forster .29, then a Johnson .35.

#14 JKinTX Oct 13, 2012 09:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Norm Furutani (Post 22994036)
My first successful ukie was a Jim Walker/American Junior FireCat. Powered with one of those airflow exhaust Enya .29's.

The kits were a notch above the other brands in quality and fabrication.

Second plane was a Midwest Magician. Flew that with a Forster .29, then a Johnson .35.

I once had one of the "teardrop exhaust" Enyas, very nice motor.
Jim Walker's stuff was always top drawer. If you have any of the late Bob Smurthwaite's stuff you have the same- he learned it from Jim.

#15 critter1340 Oct 14, 2012 09:11 AM

In 1973 I picked up a Ringmaster with a Fox .35 that was built in 1954 and I only paid $15.00 for it... This thing flew like a champ, I did it in one day in 1985 but the engine is still runnig
strong, I just put it on a Flite Streak..
I had a Shoe String Stunter Stunter that was no slouch eather, I just built another one of those.

I never had any hoped up engines but we allways broke them in right, untill we got into COMBAT


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