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Old May 01, 2012, 02:07 PM
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My buddy contacted me yesterday and asked if I had any idea what kind of plane this is. The only identification he can find at all on it is FOX 25 on the engine. I'm thinking it may be an old scratch built control line plane? He said the wingspan is in the 40 - 45 inch range. Anyone have any idea what it may be? Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide.
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Old May 01, 2012, 03:22 PM
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Old Ringmaster, originally by Sterling; modern kits by Brodak, among others. It originally had a profile balsa canopy about mid chord of the wing. Any modeler over 50 has probably flown one, at least if he did ANY control line at all. Goldberg spinner, at a guessl

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Old May 01, 2012, 04:07 PM
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I see no leadout wires exiting either wingtip. The lack of leadouts and hook on top suggests it was probably on static display at a hobby shop. It may not be airworthy.
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Old May 01, 2012, 07:33 PM
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Thanks for the feedback guys. I do appreciate it!
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Old May 01, 2012, 09:56 PM
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See also the location of that hook

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I see no leadout wires exiting either wingtip. The lack of leadouts and hook on top suggests it was probably on static display at a hobby shop. It may not be airworthy.
It is obviously very nose heavy. There may be nothing at all inside of it. No bellcrank, no pushrod, no elevator control horn. Depending on repair skills, a control system could be added after the fact, much as the experienced flyers will do with ARFs, taking out much of what comes in the planes to replace it.


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Old May 02, 2012, 01:11 AM
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It is obviously very nose heavy.


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How did you assess that? I can see no evidence to suggest a balance point in any location.

The fact that there is no tank would tend to lessen the chance of nose heaviness. Don't you think?

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Old May 02, 2012, 03:39 AM
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There appears to be a single hook on it

That single hook is very close to the LE. So, no wingtip weight, no control system, etc.

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Old May 02, 2012, 09:11 AM
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The only Ringmaster I've ever had that balanced OK without tail weight had a little plain bearing Enya .19 without muffler, and about a 2oz tank.
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Old May 02, 2012, 01:21 PM
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Unusual run of kits for you

The average Sterling kit had the ironwood variety of balsa, and balanced tail-heavy with engines lighter than the McCoy 35 RH (seven ounces).
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Old May 02, 2012, 08:24 PM
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Of the dozens of RM's I've had over the years, not a single one required any nose weight. All but the Enya .19 one required tail weight and significant reductions in control throw.
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Old May 03, 2012, 06:36 PM
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Flash from the past

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The average Sterling kit had the ironwood variety of balsa, and balanced tail-heavy with engines lighter than the McCoy 35 RH (seven ounces).
Is this the same Kiwi that use to post on SSW? If so it has been awhile and glad you are still around.

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PS- I just got lucky and found this site. I spend way too much time on stunthanger dot com.
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Old May 03, 2012, 07:29 PM
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Sparky isn't very welcoming

I was born in New Zealand, so I was already "a Kiwi" before my birth certificate added a more formal name (and it wasn't even my own. They named mr for my wealthier grandfather, who also hated his given name).

I've been Kiwi or The Kiwi on the Internet for 16 years now.


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Old May 04, 2012, 07:10 AM
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I could be wrong, but this airplane looks more like a Super Clown than a Ringmaster. Look at the leading edge of the rudder. It kind of slopes forward at more of an angle. The Ringmaster's rudder was more straight up and down. Either way it looks nice. Is it for sale?? Always looking for more Ucontrol items for my already overloaded hanger!
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Old May 04, 2012, 11:11 AM
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That's definitely a Ringmaster vertical fin

The early Sterling kits, as well as the PDQ kits, were all designed by Matt Kania, so they do have resemblances beyond the circus related names. Personally, I liked the Circus King better than the Ringmaster, although they basically had the same wing.


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Old May 04, 2012, 02:48 PM
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I think I see lead out guides on he inboard wing, andthe elevator horn is there. I often ran the pushrod out the bottom of the wing close to the fuse on the OUTBOARD side. Somebody ship it here, I'll fly it.

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