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Old Apr 18, 2015, 03:05 PM
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Ahhh, yes those will be painted to match the rest of the plane. There is a list of small things I want to fix and upgrade anyway. But first want to make some more flight before investing much more time (and money possibly too).

Once I have 10+ flights in the logs, I will continue building on this one.

Grt Matthijs
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Old Apr 23, 2015, 08:16 PM
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Nice.. I hear that...I waited top long in the past and something unfortunate would happen early.. at least they look nice going in !!. Enjoy it.. Looking forward to starting mine but it's ways out yet.
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Old May 10, 2015, 03:41 PM
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Good evening,

Another picture of my Citabria just because I am so pleased with it.

Painted the wheel covers
Finished the red stripes on the rudder
The name is now on the motor cover
Battery hatch added.

Very happy with it

Tried to fly loopings today, but that did not work out well. Plane turns to the left once I pull the nose up.

Discussed it with some experts and general opinion is that I need more "right thrust" from the engine. And indeed, the engine is mounted more a less straight. No slight angle to the right.

Going to fix that and re-try the loopings.

Greetings Matthijs
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Old May 15, 2015, 04:15 PM
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I took a look at the plans of my NIB Sig Citabria kit and there's no right thrust per plan. With a kit that has been around as long as this one, I would say you have a different issue. Pulling up or flying straight.. a thrust issue would reveal itself. As your sure both elevators are flexing the same amount under stress?

I found this ....
Issue: Plane tries to pull over as it attempts to climb, then climbs fairly straight?
Sol; Check to make sure wings are level to tail. Make these checks before proceeding any further.

With a design that requires no thurst offset... by adding right thrust.. when you apply power,, the model will want to veer right. Let us know what happens... .
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Old May 31, 2015, 12:09 PM
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For all those Citabria pilots

Bellanca Citabria (7 min 38 sec)


After reading the whole thread....I put the Citabria on the to do list.

Enjoy the clip

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Old May 31, 2015, 12:52 PM
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Great video, thanks for posting.

My first impression was, "man, what a floater!" Then I made the metric/US conversions. 125" wingspan, 7 pounds, 6.5 ounces? Wow, it is a floater! How in the world did you build so light?

The flying in the video was nice and smooth, and you can tell that there's a man that knows his rudder. The camera work was great as well. Made you look like you knew what you were doing! Ha!

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Old May 31, 2015, 09:01 PM
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TW,
That is a very smooth and gentle flying plane. Beautiful covering too.
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Old Jun 21, 2015, 08:35 PM
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I love the way this particular plane flies. However, that's not what I typically see out of a Citabria. Most seem heavy and really need to have some speed to stay in the air.

My (unfinished) Sig will never be a floater like that. I wish it was much lighter. I have pretty much moved to slower models because I have a better chance of avoiding the whole Hefty bag walk of shame thing. Hard to get excited about finishing it.

I may search out a lighter kit or just scratch build at some point.

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For all those Citabria pilots

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znwb...eature=related

After reading the whole thread....I put the Citabria on the to do list.

Enjoy the clip

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I finally made it through all 61 pages of this thread. Like a lot of the great bands.....not dead, just...uh on hiatus! Great build. I picked this kit up a couple weeks ago. Really looking forward to getting started and this thread was like a match to gasoline.

Fantastic craftsmanship! I have a question for anyone still around on this thread. Have any of you guys used the full polyfiber system to cover? Aircraft spruce sells an ultralight weight fabric. Just curious. Might give it a go on some test frames. The solartex will be my fall back as you guys seem to have had good luck with it.

EJ keep the wife happy with the renovations! Keep posting up on the citabria when you come back it. Some of us are still out here watching. Thanks again for the fantastic thread!

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You guys need to look at the German beuild thread for that Citabria in the video. 10 NiCd and look how tiny the motor is!

He references plans from FMT but I couldn't make out much more than that with my poor German language skills

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EJ keep the wife happy with the renovations! Keep posting up on the citabria when you come back it. Some of us are still out here watching. Thanks again for the fantastic thread!

Josh
Thank you, Josh!

The remodel is underway, and I can't wait to get to setting-up the shop next.

I have no experience with the lightweight polys. Be nice to get feedback from you if you do go that route.

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