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Old Feb 26, 2015, 11:45 AM
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Ford Tri-motor

This ought to get the scale juices flowing!

http://www.ipass.net/ginkgo/N9612home.html

Pretty original except for the passenger upolstery and aluminum paint exterior. Still....what an airplane!!!
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Old Feb 26, 2015, 07:10 PM
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That is a really pretty airplane! Funny that there are TWO pics of the 'facilities'! Guess it's a hint you ain't gettin' there very fast!
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Old Feb 26, 2015, 08:17 PM
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I flew In the EAA Tri Motor at Gillespie field today, about 3 hours ago now.
It was loud, vibrated like a massage chair on High and leaked oil when it sat... Was worth every penny and now want a model!

EAA TriMotor (6 min 21 sec)


Anyone know of a Tri Motor model, foam or balsa, electric or Glow?

Sorry, I don't mean to hijack this thread.
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Old Feb 27, 2015, 08:21 AM
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I got to fly in one back about 1966-67, at Watsonville Antique Fly-in. My dad had helped annual the beast and so when my buddy and me got to the ticket lady, she said "No charge for you".
I will second the loud, vibrating ride. I liken it to being inside a metal garbage can with someone drumming (staccatto) on it! Can't imagine flying it it very long without good ear protection!

I don't know of any kits of the Ford, however, it is a fairly simple aircraft. Everyone shies away from the corriggated metal cover, but this might be a good opportunity to go for a visual (drawn on) detail? It could be ruled on the covering material BEFORE application???

I know some scale drawings are available on line.
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Old Feb 27, 2015, 09:12 AM
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"It could be ruled on the covering material BEFORE application"

Isn't that the way the real one was done?;-))))))))))))))) I'm big on trying to do my scale like it really was, if possible.

I'm big on trying to do things the way the original was, if possible/practical.

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Old Feb 27, 2015, 10:57 AM
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I rode the Island Airlines one, many years ago ..I was fascinated by the exhaust heat waves and the drunk co-pilot..We had to carry him off the plane- he wouldn't leave the brake lever alone.

I didn't mind the 'noise' I drove there in a 1931 Model "A" Ford.
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Old Feb 27, 2015, 12:48 PM
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Back in the early 80's, we settled in Visalia, California. That first winter, my dad came to stay for awhile and the rains were quite heavy. Tule Lake, the natural drainage to the south flowing Kings River, filled to its near former size reclaiming nearly all the farmland. So we went to look at the vast inland sea. Water as far as the eye could see in three directions. Pop then related a story about a trip he made from Crissy Field in San Fransico to San Diego, during WWII, in a Ford Tri-motor. The pilot, who was from the Central Valley was showing my father the Tule Lake basin, and started pointing at things out the side window. One of his wild gesticulations had fingers of the left hand struck by the spinning prop. Cut pretty good but no loss of digits. Pop said he would never forgot the huge lake, the pilot, nor his ride. BTW- pop was B-24 gunner in the Air Corp, but also a pre-war civilian pilot. He never said why he was in the cockpit of the Tin Goose, but he did manage to fly right seat in a number of different aircraft, while in the service. He also got his picture taken in a couple of fighters.
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The only Tri-Motor I can find was made by Kavan and sold by them or Sig, Tower or Hobby Lobby around 2004. Nothing since but here it is : http://www.sigmfg.com/IndexText/KAV6529.html

Going the kit route isn't really feasible on my end, while I have a kit or two to build my career doesn't afford the free time required.
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There is a thread where someone built a TriMotor using one sided corrugated cardboard. I believe it is in the Airliners thread. If I can find it, I will post a link here.
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The build I was trying to remember turned out to be a JU 52.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...otor+cardboard

This one gives more information on the build technique.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1422416
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Cleveland Models has instructions how to make corrugated covering. Martin Simons had some articles about doing it involving a wooden 'comb' being raked across lithoplate that was laid onto rows of music wire(?)
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I have some right seat time in the EAA Trimotor.
It's a lot of fun to fly!
Actually a very docile airplane.

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Made any progress on this one?
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