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Old Jan 17, 2005, 08:16 AM
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Aerolock Models 1/5th Scale Pitts M12 by RealMcCoy

Well my buddy, Gerry (Simano), and I took a road trip to Georgia to meet Mike Hall of Aerolock Models. Mikes workshop is awsome and while we were there we got to see how proficient/efficient he is with Autocad and laser cutting. It is a very neat and clean operation. We also met his family and they are all extremely nice people.

Mike had offered me the opportunity to take the 2nd prototype of his 1/5th scale Pitts M12 which was already 90% framed up by the master himself and get her completed and to airworthy status. I accepted the offer with much excitement and feel lucky to have the opportunity. The kit in not out for production as of yet but it looks to be on the horizon.

I will detail the build from this point forward....SEFF or bust.

Here are a couple pics of the new baby. My girlfriends comments were "That thing is to big for the living room."........How could she have the nerve to make such a statement.....Women! She "Will" become adjusted to its presence and "Bow" to it beauty.
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Old Jan 17, 2005, 08:23 AM
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My girlfriends comments were "That thing is to big for the living room."........How could she have the nerve to make such a statement.....Women! She "Will" become adjusted to its presence and "Bow" to it beauty.
She is bothered because you are not using her RUG!!!! The one that you always post your models on....

By the way Earl, why not post a picture of your operational PITTs M12 along with that new bare bones beauty? For size comparision of course...
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Old Jan 17, 2005, 08:27 AM
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Seriously, let me know when we can tag up so, I can weigh that wonderful looking bones and see about my thougths on a power system. I am not going to mention it here since you know which I mean and I am not going to post any P-Calc stuff since I am interested in your power setup and will allow this thread to be clean of cludder.

Regards,
Carlos
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Old Jan 17, 2005, 08:28 AM
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Here is a link to Mike Parsons(atlantae) thread on the 1st prototype. It has alot of good photos and information about the kit.

Here are some specs I took from Mike's original thread.

Top Wing: 54-1/2"
Bottom Wing: 52-1/2"
Wing Area: 900 sq.in.
1st prototype AUW: 93 oz.
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Old Jan 17, 2005, 08:29 AM
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It's a Federal holiday but, I heard that the Post Office lobby are open today and they seem to have these super digital scales there....
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Here is a link to Mike Parsons(atlantae) thread on the 1st prototype. It has alot of good photos and information about the kit.

Here are some specs I took from Mike's original thread.

Top Wing: 54-1/2"
Bottom Wing: 52-1/2"
Wing Area: 900 sq.in.
1st prototype AUW: 93 oz.
93 oz. that's super! Less than 6lbs. !!!!!
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Old Jan 17, 2005, 08:34 AM
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I should have known the carpet comments would be back in full effect.

Carlos,

Toby is plannig to come by tonight after work around 7:00PM and pick up his triple-triple motor and check out the model also. You are welcome to come by as well if you want. Yesterday, I spent all day cleaning out the garage. I went to Lowe's and purchased some industrial shelving that I saw at Mike's place and it actually looks pretty clean now. I have much more workspace now and things are more organized.
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Old Jan 17, 2005, 08:37 AM
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I'll post a pic tonight of both the large Pitts as well as my small Pitts for a size comparison. If you look through the previous thread I posted you will see some pics that Mike Hall took of the two together. Earl
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Old Jan 17, 2005, 09:21 AM
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I'll be very glad to drop by every now and then and assist on the project...but you must make sure some Pink Panther movie shall be playing at the time...

Seriously, I truly enjoyed our trip up to Mike's place in Georgia and am happy I'm part of this project in some shape or form...

Happy Landings!!...

Gerry.
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Old Jan 17, 2005, 09:27 AM
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Gerry,

I have pleanty of room now in my garage for building and the living room is alway comfortable. Feel free to come over anytime with the Bucker and lets get that thing going for SEFF also.
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Old Jan 17, 2005, 09:28 AM
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If it looks anything like the Real McCoy's original.....It will be awesome. Are you planning on using So-Lite for this as well? If so, Can I suggest looking into Solarfilm. Great stuff, made by the same company, and will only add about 1 oz to the total weight vs So-Lite but much more durable, more opague, and structurally stronger. It doesn't tear as easily either.

Let the fun begin.
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Old Jan 17, 2005, 09:31 AM
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Cad,

I was thinking of just going with Monokote but I had planned on looking into other alternatives for covering. I definately do not want to use Solite but I will have to take a look into Solar-Film. Thanks, Earl
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Old Jan 17, 2005, 09:38 AM
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Earl,
I would suggest staying away from Solite on this model. If I were to do a second model (and I might when the productions come out), I would cover it either Solarfilm (as Cad suggested) or some other covering besides monokote. I have had a time keeping the covering tight on this model when it gets in the sun.

Look forward to seeing you complete this model. There isnt much left to the imagination, but if I can help, let me know.

-Mike
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Old Jan 17, 2005, 09:46 AM
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Good to know about the monokote I will do some research on Solar-Film. Thanks, Earl
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Old Jan 17, 2005, 10:19 AM
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The only reason I would stay away from Monokote is the fear of warping the frame due to the amount of heat and shrinking it takes with Monokote.

-Mike
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