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Old Jan 19, 2015, 05:05 PM
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Gordon Whitehead De Havilland 103 Hornet

I`m a sort of newbie to this hobby still learning to fly , really enjoying building planes , mostly interested in warbirds and having built couple of planes was looking for next project and found Gordon Whitehead P38 Lightning . the reasons i like this plane is simple : looks good, small size which is good for me and my 2 bed apartment ( use living room table as my building bench ) and no need for expensive retracts . But while i was searching for some more info about that plane ive found out his other twin engine model which also looks great and looks like a bit easier build.

Having a week off from work decided to start on my Hornet. I will build it as per plan with two SC .12 engines the only thing that is different from plan is elevator and rudder decided to cut it out of balsa sheet.if there`s someone who has this plane or has built it in the past , or even have any suggestions ur more than welcome to chip in , just please don`t tell me it would be better electric as i`m an engine guy
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Old Jan 20, 2015, 10:08 AM
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Will the sheet tail cause any issue with balance?

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Old Jan 20, 2015, 02:53 PM
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Hi Ken maybe it will but so as lighter servos receiver so i`m not really bothered about it
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Old Jan 20, 2015, 08:55 PM
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I love those old Gordon Whitehead plans, and I also have his book.

Just be sure those SC .12s are running well before you commit them to your Hornet. If they are the same as the ASP 12s, some people really like them and some have trouble with them. Trouble seems to mean adding a head shim. Maybe just low nitro will work. But make sure you can make yours work trouble free. Before putting them in a scale twin I would want to fly them each in some simple sport model. Since you're a newbie that would give you some practice in both flying and in handling the engines. You don't want engine trouble with a twin!

Great project.

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Old Jan 26, 2015, 12:43 PM
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Hornet

I have these plans too. I have always loved the Hornet. I actually blew the plans up slightly to meet some racing rules from the late 90's that would allow it to compete with two 40's. I think it worked out to around 56 inches. Got the airframe built and bought the engines (OS 40FSR's) but then my pilot guy moved away. Knowing I didn't have the skill to fly it, it was put on top of a cabinet and has been sitting there ever since.

I have thought about building it the size on the plan and going electric with some 480 to .10 size motors but truthfully I just don't have the time to fly, never mind actually build one.

So I need to live vicariously by following your thread brother, so looking forward to your posts

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Old Apr 20, 2015, 01:00 AM
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Hi it`s been a long time and i thought i`d post some build pictures
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Old Jun 12, 2015, 08:42 AM
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Here is few pictures of finished product AUW is 3 pounds 13 ounces but i had to add around 2 oz of ballast to get it to balance so i think it is not that bad.
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Old Jun 16, 2015, 12:31 PM
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Where did you score the canopy from?

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Old Jun 18, 2015, 02:14 PM
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Hi Bob i have made a wooden plug than inserted it into a plastic bottle and gave it some heat with a heat gun
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Old Jun 23, 2015, 04:06 PM
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I have heard of that process. How many bottles did you go thru before you got a good canopy?

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Old Jun 27, 2015, 01:06 PM
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hi Bob i think it was about 5 before i got something i was happy with
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Old Jun 30, 2015, 04:40 PM
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Well it came out with a good shape to it. The whole thing came out nice in my opinion.

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Curious how your Hornet flew/flies...
Also, I hope you used some plywood in the nacelles. Otherwise, you will need to keep an eye on them before each flight...
I am meaning more than a pair of engine mount rails. Was the plane designed for electric or fuel? If fuel, then Gordon already took care of any issues in that regard.

Very nice job on the plane.
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