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Old Feb 04, 2013, 08:04 PM
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Happy Maiden Flight !

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Hi, Pohlmeyr
Looks Great ! Need to post your pictures on this thread so everyone can see.
Good Luck on your maiden flight. I know it will be good.
Keep Them Flying ! , Your new friend, Ken
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Old Feb 05, 2013, 07:50 AM
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Thanks Ken!

With the recomended motor GWJ Black with a 4:1gb I was getting static thrust of around 21-22g/thrust @4v with the 3x2 prop. My all up weight is right at 32g, and she is ready for her maiden.
I used some craft store acrylic paint that i am not so sure is the lightest but the colors really come out.
http://www.winsornewton.com/products...crylic-colour/

I printed my own decals using some trasparent adhesive ink jet paper made by Grafix. I picked this up at the local Hobby Lobby. This stuff is clear not like the matte clear finish like the avery stuff.
http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/...t-film-417162/

It has been many years since i built anything but i sure am liking this indoor cold season in the midwest.

I have another kit that i am thinking about powering with a small 2.5g brushless motor with.
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Old Feb 09, 2013, 07:27 PM
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Had the pleasure of meeting Ken at E Fest today! Nice guy, watched the mini Triton fly a few times. Iím looking forward in getting this one buttoned up and flying. Work and other commitments have delayed my maiden, But maybe next weekend???

Jim
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Old Mar 06, 2013, 04:07 AM
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From the Flying Boat Era

I cut the tail myself. Everything else is pretty much stock. It is all painted in Sharpie. The foam pilot comes from Flyzone Micro Fokker. AUW is 31g, including the 150mah battery.
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Old Mar 08, 2013, 07:24 PM
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I cut the tail myself. Everything else is pretty much stock. It is all painted in Sharpie. The foam pilot comes from Flyzone Micro Fokker. AUW is 31g, including the 150mah battery.
Hi, Haoyang Wang
Your Triton looks great and I like the modifications of a pilot an vertical stab.
Have you given any thought to adding small verticals at the ends of the horizontal stab to match the center markings. I think you will still have plenty of rudder control with the single center rudder.
Let us know how it maidens and what you think of the kit.
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Old Mar 08, 2013, 09:51 PM
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Well, since this is an imitation to the plane in the movie Porco Rosso, winglets at the stab tips would not be scale-like. The new fin is taller than the original, which I hope will make up for the lack of finlets.

It maidened on Wednesday. This is my second Triton and it flies in the same way as my first one, which is a straight build. I reduced the elevator throw to 50% to make the flight smoother.

So far I have only hand-launched both Tritons. The motor is not powerful enough to rise off grass, and I have been unable to find a pond nearby to fly. (Once after the rain I found a large puddle. Unfortunately, at that occasion the wind kept blown Triton One to the edge of the puddle, and Triton One could not overcome the headwind to gain enough waterspeed for planing.)

The kit is beautiful, with the grooves and channels carved onto the thin depron sheets. I tried to carve a channel on my stab for the carbon rod, but my x-acto skill was no match to laser cutting, and that's why I did not post any close-up photos on the stab.

There is only one carbon rod to stiffen the stab and one plywood piece for the motor mount. The rest is all in foam! Beautiful.
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Old Mar 09, 2013, 12:18 PM
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"this is an imitation to the plane in the movie Porco Rosso, winglets at the stab tips would not be scale-like."
" So far I have only hand-launched both Tritons. The motor is not powerful enough to rise off grass, and I have been unable to find a pond nearby to fly."
Hi, Haoyang Wang
Oh ! I did not realize you was making a replica of the plane in the movie Porco Rosso. I guess I will have to hit the video store and see if they have that movie to rent.
Yes, grass will probable be a little to much drag to overcome with the 7mm motor. I don't know if wetting the grass down with a water hose would help, but you might give it a try. And if, you have some Rain-X, coat the bottom side of your plane also.
Your build looks Great !
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Old Mar 30, 2013, 12:18 PM
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Yes, she flys! And flys great. And yes,with the matched power combo, it will rise from concrete. A little packing tape to ease the friction, and she's off.
Will post video tonight.
Triton (0 min 0 sec)


Here you are!
Thanks Ken, She's a keeper.
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Old Apr 02, 2013, 10:13 PM
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Yes, she flys! And flys great. And yes,with the matched power combo, it will rise from concrete. A little packing tape to ease the friction, and she's off.
Will post video tonight.
http://youtu.be/9Y5PPOdvakE
Thanks Ken, She's a keeper.
Hi, Pettypilot
Your video looks great. Nice flying site. Wish we had one as big.
Very happy to hear that you enjoy the Triton design and kit.
Hope to see you again soon, Keep Them Flying ! , Your new friend, Ken
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