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Old Aug 17, 2015, 11:39 PM
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Just when I thought it was safe...

I figured I was pretty much done with indoor WWI planes after finding, building, and flying all four of E-Flite's discontinued slow flyers.

But look what showed up on my doorstep today! A stray 'Pup'!

Similar in construction to the E-Filte planes, but less molded-in detail. I'm sure it will look just fine in the air though.

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Old Aug 19, 2015, 01:24 AM
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Very cool fleet of WW1 birds.
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Old Aug 19, 2015, 07:28 AM
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Now you need an Albatros
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Old Aug 19, 2015, 07:32 AM
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Well let's see............. how many WW1 birds are in the Electrifly series............
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Old Aug 19, 2015, 07:18 PM
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I know Electrifly did offer some larger biplanes, but I think only the Pup and maybe a Tiger Moth (which isn't from WWI) were available as indoor flyers...

I hope I'm not wrong. I don't want to have to begin another 'impossible search'!

Of course an Albatros would be nice...

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Old Aug 19, 2015, 07:40 PM
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Hey Don,

Where did you get those awesome WWI planes? Your's look amazing!

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Old Aug 20, 2015, 12:16 AM
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Hey Don,

Where did you get those awesome WWI planes? Your's look amazing!

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Hi Don,

Thanks for the kind words! Some time ago E-Flite offered four slow-flyer biplanes - a JN-4Jenny, Fokker D.VII, a Nieuport 17, and an S.E.5a. For whatever reason, they were discontinued several years ago.

I happened across two of them - the Jenny and the Fokker - in a local hobby shop and bought them. That started me on my 'quest'. I found the Nieuport in an online hobby shop in Michigan and a kind fellow R/C Groups member sold me the S.E.5a. I've attached larger pictures of the individual planes below.

They are neat models, but rather fragile. I think of them as "one hit wonders" - one hit and I'll wonder what happened!

If you have any interest in them, check the Classifieds. There was a Fokker, a Jenny, and an S.E.5a for sale over the past couple of days!

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Old Aug 20, 2015, 08:37 AM
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Hi Don, yes they are really beautifully built by you. Thanks for posting larger pics, they all look awesome. Sadly I've been out of the hobby the past 6-7 years. I'll check the classifieds with the hopes of scoring one of them.

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Old Sep 09, 2015, 07:57 PM
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I finished the Pup last week but I always wait until after the maiden flight to take pictures. Just in case... The maiden - on an indoor soccer filed - was successful so here's the Pup!

The manual suggested taping(?) the cowling to the fuselage but I added three balsa tabs soaked with CA to the firewall so I could use screws for attachment. The manual also suggested adding Velcro inside the battery compartment. But since the compartment is narrow, I was afraid of damaging the structure when removing the battery so I looped a strap of double-sided Velcro around the engine mount and glued a small square to the landing gear mount. It worked great!

The kit didn't come with any armament so I made a Vickers machine gun using plastic tubing and foam. The kit did come with a foam profile pilot, but I managed to find another profile pilot who bears a striking resemblance to yours truly, poor fellow...

The Pup flew great with a 450 mAh 2S and the recommended Rimfire 250 (which I thought was kind of pricey) and 8x6 prop gave more than enough power.

I liked the way the cabane struts locked in place in the fuselage - a nicer setup than some of the E-Flite WWI planes, but the Pup's foam is not as detailed. It's a definite keeperthough!

Too bad this kit was discontinued several years ago.

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She looks very nice Don, well done.

BTW, if you can get down to Galesburg this week, the trip is well worth it. National Stearman Fly-in....... your AMA card gets you in restricted zones.
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Thanks for the kind words and for letting me know about Galesburg!

I actually saw three Stearmans flying over my house a couple of days ago. Now I know why!

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