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Old May 20, 2013, 08:17 PM
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I have put a tach on the 95v but I can't remember what the reading was. Next time out I'll take a reading. Also, I'm thinking of going to either a 14x6 MA or 15x6. With the 14x7 I fly a little above half throttle. At full throttle she really scoots. The Skybolt is a really nice flying plane. The template provided in the kit works fine for mounting the engine. You just need to do some fine trimming after you make the main cutout. I'm not a pro, but it wasn't that hard.
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Old May 21, 2013, 06:39 PM
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Good info.. thanks man. Plane looks great!! Congrats on a nicely finished project.
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Old Jul 04, 2014, 07:36 PM
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All good things must come to an end.
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Old Jul 04, 2014, 11:22 PM
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oh man... sorry to hear about that. A slight consolation, if you didn't see Towers site lately... they're offering the SkyBolt ARF again.. for 299... I know.. it doesn't ease the blow of loosing one that nice.. but the story doesn't have to end if you didn't get enough of your Bolt...

I haven't built mine yet.. been working on other planes/projects(like usual)... and still haven't decided on my OS 110, or my 95V.. as both have proven very worthy in other planes... I'd actually like to buy another 110 but my wife would freakin kill me..

I hope you get figured out what went wrong.. Loosing one like that can take a little bit of "recovery" to get past.. its all good though.. and as long as nobody/nothing was damaged, thats the best thing that comes out a mishap... hang in there.
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Old Aug 19, 2014, 08:26 AM
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Finally found this thread. Didn`t come up the first time?

Ordered the GP Super Skybolt ARF at the LHS. Should be in next week. This thread and the other site both say tail heavy with the .91 FS. I have gone gasser anyway so will be installing an RCGF 15cc with Pitts muffler. The plan is the extra weight of the gasser should balance OK.

I built the balsa kit in the 1970s and flew it until it fell apart. Powered with a Webra .61 Blackhead 2-stroke which would be equivalent to a modern .46.

Looking forward to this "build" and the maiden. The review on both sites say installing the cabane struts can drive a a guy to drink but I am a patient man. We will see.

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Was over in Fuel Talk before I found this larger, more complete thread on the newer ARF. The other forum was focused on the older out-of-production balsa kit.

When I receive the Super Skybolt first thing to look at is the landing gear area. My 70 inch GP Revolver ARF had a weakly glued landing gear plate. Didn`t take long to pop out. Reglued but popped out again. All normal landings. Just not enough hard structure surrounding the plate. Have to rebuild the whole area. I suspect one reason for the weakness is the electric option for the Revolver. Built light as possible. The `Bolt is strictly a fueler so hoping the LG area is more robust. I will probably reinforce anyway.

The second area to look at is the firewall support. With the surge in popularity of the new generation of gasser engines, guys are finding that the increased weight of a 20cc gasser compared to a 20cc 4-stroke glow is putting a strain on the firewalls of some ARFs. The impact of a landing torques the mass of the engine down which will eventually separate the firewall from the fuselage if the joint is not robust. I will look at the `Bolt`s firewall from the inside and re-inforce as needed.

A third area which I did not see mentioned in this review or the one on the other site is the need for flying wires on this airplane. Below is a photo of a beautiful full scale `Bolt that is crawling with flying wires. Is the GP ARF rigid enough not to need these wires? Note the three blade prop.

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