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Old Sep 04, 2011, 07:12 AM
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Being a bit perplexed by the weight of this model I decided to do a comparison with my still unbuilt Electrifly Sopwith Camel.
Camel----------Stearman
Fuse......3.6oz----------8.5oz
Wings....6.4oz----------8.2oz
Parts.....5.4oz----------7.9oz

Total....15.4oz--------24.6oz

Since the Stearman fuselage is 4.5 inches longer, it's natural that it should be heavier, but over 100% heavier??? This obviously throws the CG aft, which, combined with the weight, is why the need for the heavier battery and motor. As mentioned above, the wing loading is quite high - and 2.5 lb is crazy for a 36" model. I'm going to try to build this one lighter with less motor and battery, which could save about 3-4 oz in weight. If I need to add weight to achieve balance, I'll add it under the motor box - as far forward as possible. Other than the weight - I am really pleased with this ARF - looking forward to assembling it
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