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Old Feb 04, 2011, 11:55 PM
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New to the Forum and don't know what I have.

Like it says in the title, I am new to the forum. I have, in my opinion, a large gas powered prop rc plane. My father gave it to me when I moved out. We have had it in the family as long as I can remember. This plane has to be almost as old as me, and I'm 24. I don't exactaly know what I have, what make or model, or how much it is worth. All I do know, is that we tried to fly it once, but the idle what set way to high, fast enough to take of...litterally, so we had to shut it off. It has never, in all these years, been off the ground. I'd love to take photos of the plane and post them up so you guys could help me in evaluating what I have, but it is packed up in boxes, 2 exactally, 1 for the wings, and 1 for the fuselage. I can tell you that it is yellow, and looks similar to a Piper Cub, but its not a Cub. That is as about as much I can tell you guys.

Hopefully from the minimal information I gave, you guys can give me an idea of what it is I have and its value. If you need more info, please ask and I will do my best to satisify your questions.
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Old Feb 05, 2011, 08:52 AM
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Without pics, it's impossible to tell what you have.

For instance, are you confusing gas and glow ?
Large equals what wingspan ?
I have a yellow Monocoupe. It's gas powered and can be considered large.

When you post some pics, we can better evaluate what you have.
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Old Feb 05, 2011, 09:22 AM
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Pictures would REALLY help.

As well as some basic measurements (wing span, length).

A close up of the engine.
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Old Feb 05, 2011, 11:08 AM
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Without pics, it's impossible to tell what you have.

For instance, are you confusing gas and glow ?
Large equals what wingspan ?
I have a yellow Monocoupe. It's gas powered and can be considered large.

When you post some pics, we can better evaluate what you have.
To be more specific, try to take pictures of:

The whole plane together
The engine
The inside (radio gear)
Your radio.

And give us some measurements, length and wingspan.

So far we have eliminated one of probably 200 planes, if we assume that this is a high wing, scale/semi-scale tail dragger.
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Old Feb 06, 2011, 11:34 AM
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Pictures right now will be a problem. Its in 2 boxes, in a shed packed with stuff.

The wing span is about 4 and a half feet and same with the body. And its not a tail dragger. I dont know about the motor, glow or gas. I have a liquid that is flammable, and smells like gas. I just figured that since I have gas that it was a gas motor, but i guess glow motors take gas as well?

I have tons of stuff to do today before the Super Bowl, but I will try my best to post up some photos before the game...hopefully. Thanks for all the help so far.
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Old Feb 06, 2011, 11:51 AM
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Its definitely a ______

To be filled in later
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Old Feb 06, 2011, 11:57 AM
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Glow engines cannot run on gas (unless converted, which is very uncommon), and it's also very uncommon for a plane that small to have an (originally made for) gas motor.

Does it look like this:


Or like this?:



Or like this?:

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Old Feb 06, 2011, 12:09 PM
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Gas motors look something like this.
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Old Feb 06, 2011, 04:34 PM
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The dimentions of the plane are 5 feet 2 inches for the body and 4 feet 6 inches.

Here are some photos of what I have as promised. BEWARE, loads of pictures. Hopefully these will clear things up and get the info moving.




















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Old Feb 06, 2011, 04:43 PM
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Not sure of exact model, but looks like a typical glow engine trainer. Its a '40 size' and on the smaller side of things for glow, so I wouldn't refer to it as 'large'. Most likely would need new servos and probably new radio/receiver. If you ran the engine recently, I might still be good. I'd say maybe $100 for value if engine works.
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Old Feb 06, 2011, 04:57 PM
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Yup. I would agree.

Typical size for a glow trainer. Not large by any means.
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Old Feb 06, 2011, 05:00 PM
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That's a Midwest Aerostar .40
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Old Feb 06, 2011, 05:02 PM
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it is a Midwest AeroStar, a very nice trainer. Flew one for many training seasons.
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Old Feb 06, 2011, 05:07 PM
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I had a couple Aerostar .20's. Very nice flying plane. Only flaw was putting the horizontal stab on the bottom of the fuselage, where it can easily break off in a hard landing (easy fix though at the same time).

And I wouldn't call the .40 verson small or large, it's pretty much the "average" size.

Also, that's definitely a glow engine, so don't put gasoline in it whatever you do, it's made for Glow fuel (methanol/nitromethane/oil mixture).
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Old Feb 06, 2011, 10:48 PM
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If you want to fly this model replace the radio system. This system is so old that you would definitely have to replace the battery packs in both the transmitter, and receiver. There could be corrosion in the transmitter, receiver, or receiver switch from a leaking battery.

About 15 years ago Airtronics switched the way its servo/receiver/battery connectors were wired, so that they would be compatable with the equipment built by other manufacturers. The radio installed in your model is earlier than that. It is NOT-COMPATABLE with any currently available R/C system.

A good 4 channel radio control system will cost in the 100-150 dollar range.
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