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Old Nov 19, 2008, 09:21 PM
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Wilga 80 1:3.5 from Frisch Modellbau

I'm building this plane for a friend. I decided to do a build thread because I end up learning better/different ways of working through a build. Plus the owner can keep track of my progress.

The owner lives in Canada; let's just call him "Ron". Ron brought the plane down last year for a weekend get together/build. We were able to cap the leading and trailing edges on the wings and stabs and build the landing gear mount and that was about it. He returned again this past weekend and we begain where we left off. He worked on the wings and I worked on the fuse. All the hardwood formers are installed in the fuse and the ailerons are almost ready to install on the wings. In the photos you'll notice I built a jig to hold the fuse while I install the rudder support.

Does anyone have any recommedations on the best location for the rudder and elevator servos?

Work may slow down now that winter is just around the corner and I don't have cheap heat in my garage. (been using two electric heaters)

Jim
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Old Nov 20, 2008, 05:13 AM
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Hi Jim, what will you guys be using for power?

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Old Nov 20, 2008, 10:47 AM
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Power will be a DA 100 twin with canister style mufflers. We're also using twin LiPo receiver packs passing through a voltage regulator and a power expander. I believe the plan is to use a 2.4 radio but I'm not sure which one. I have the motor mounted on a test stand and I plan on making a video of the brake-in just so Ron can see it.

Jim

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Old Nov 20, 2008, 02:44 PM
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Jim, what do you think of the overall quality of the Frisch kit? Were the wings pre-sheeted with obechi? Other comments?

TIA,

Steve
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Old Nov 20, 2008, 04:48 PM
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Steve,

You really get what you pay for! The quality is outstanding, the wings were pre-sheeted with obechi; the builder only needs to intall the leading and trailing edge caps and then sand to correct shape. The plans are in German with a small supplement in English. Ron purchased the deluxe package which included almost everything except motor and radio gear. I'd recommend doing the same just to save on rounding up everything else you would need.

Here's a link to their web sight. http://frisch.flugmodellbau.de/

Jim

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Jim, what do you think of the overall quality of the Frisch kit? Were the wings pre-sheeted with obechi? Other comments?

TIA,

Steve
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Old Nov 21, 2008, 07:45 AM
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Thanks Jim, looking forward to your continued thread. Maybe if the Euro continues to fall against the dollar....

Regards,

Steve
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Old Nov 24, 2008, 06:23 PM
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Here's the latest update with photos attached. I have a question for other Wilga owners/builders. The wing tube sleeve for the fuselage was only about 5" long and the fuselage is about 13" wide. I've never sean a wing tube sleeve for the fuse in two pieces, it usually spans the width of the fuse; any ideas?

Work is on hold until I get heat in my shop.

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Old Nov 24, 2008, 06:44 PM
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catch-air,
There's no problem in splitting the spar tube in the fuz. A lot of German planes just use a short 1"-2" piece right where the tube goes thru the fuz sides. All the load is concentrated where the tube enters the fuz and thru the spar tube itself. The sleeve merely aligns everything.
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Old Nov 24, 2008, 08:31 PM
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Asher,

Thanks for the info, that's what we thought but the plans show a full lenght tube.

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Old Dec 01, 2008, 12:24 AM
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Here's the latest! I've removed the windows, installed the wing tubes, and installed the last fuse former. The windows are only rough cut for now, I'll sand to the final shape. Man there are a lot of windows.

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Old Jul 29, 2009, 09:04 PM
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Whatever happened with this build ? I'm very interested since I'm planning to buy the 1/3,5 version.
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Old Jul 30, 2009, 05:31 PM
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Whatever happened with this build ? I'm very interested since I'm planning to buy the 1/3,5 version.
Life has gotten in the way of the build! I managed to get the motor on a test stand and set the carb. I hope to continue the build sometime this fall.

Good luck with your build,
Jim
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Old Dec 30, 2009, 07:33 PM
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Guys do u know where I can find a Wilga 1/6 scale or smaller? (with trasparent canopy, not foam)
Thanks
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Old Dec 31, 2009, 10:49 AM
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Guys do u know where I can find a Wilga 1/6 scale or smaller? (with trasparent canopy, not foam)
Thanks
Check this out, hopefully it is what you are looking for.

http://www.espritmodel.com/index.asp...OD&ProdID=2871


By the way my wife and i visited Verona in 2001 and really enjoyed our time there and in Venice, Sienna, and Florence.

john s.
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Old Dec 31, 2009, 11:05 AM
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Thanks a lotlotlot John, I really love this plane, I saw that's a kit, I made a lot of kit so there should be no problem but the real problem as usual is time, do you know any ARF version of it? How long can this build take in your opinion, 20 to 30 nights?

About Italy, I traveled almost everywhere arounf the globe but yes, here the cities and the countriside are stunning and there is an incredible variety of locations, in a day you can visit roman cities, lakes, seaside, mountains, medioeval cities.. everything is close..
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