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Old Aug 30, 2006, 10:11 PM
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Looking for 48-60" scale bushplane

I would like to find a relatively accurate kit for a bushplane other than a cub - for a winter project; open to anything from Fokker Super Universal to CH-801. I would appreciate any suggestions. Thanks
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Old Aug 30, 2006, 11:38 PM
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That's a great question, with not to many answers I'm afraid.
A couple years ago I scratched a Sherpa in that size, and ever since it went down I have been keeping an eye out for a bush plane over 48".

Like a Cessna 185, or a Helio or a Husky or a even a Sherpa!

Lately I have been thinking about Great Planes 56" Taylorcraft. Though not hardcore bushplane, Taylorcraft are used without wheelpants on rough strips. They are back in fullscale production, and that is something I find appealing. The downside is that it's a Great planes kit, and will require lots of lightening and replacing parts.

Good luck and I will keep an eye on your thread. -Steve

Here's the T-Craft link:http://www.towerhobbies.com/products.../gpma0155.html
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Old Aug 30, 2006, 11:43 PM
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How about an E Star models Wilga? 52" wingspan.
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Old Aug 31, 2006, 02:37 AM
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Yeh, a Sherpa would rock..
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Old Aug 31, 2006, 03:00 AM
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It is right on the small end of what you are looking for but the Estar Pilatus Porter (48") is a very nice kit. Its designed as a four channel, but its easy to add flaps so you can fly it like, well, a Porter! You can see it here:

http://www.espritmodel.com

I agree Tram, a Sherpa would be great! I'd like to see more bush planes in general. There are Cubs and C-185s all over the place, but where are the Noorsmen, Bellancas, Otters (turbine, piston... and Twins for that matter!), Avros etc.?
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Old Aug 31, 2006, 08:37 AM
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Perhaps Mr. Tritle could be inspired to create a series? Classic bushplanes - lots to chose from, and they should fly well with strict scale outlines.
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Old Aug 31, 2006, 08:43 AM
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Old Aug 31, 2006, 09:04 AM
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cold boy, Funny you should mention that, I have a 60" 5 ch. Pilatus Porter on the drawing board, and am also in the process of laying out a 60" Turbo Otter, also for 5 ch. Now don't anyone all the sudden start holding their breath, you're liable to turn blue! But, these things are in progress, though they're both "spare time" projects, at least for the time being.

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Old Aug 31, 2006, 05:44 PM
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Sounds wonderful! Please consider the DeHavilland DHC-2 Beaver and Noorduyn Norseman as future candidates. These planes operated in these parts on floats, and I think everyone favors the airplanes of their youth. There are still a few thumping around; magnificent old beasts.
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Old Aug 31, 2006, 06:40 PM
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cold boy,

I don't know how scale (probably stand-off) the Easy Built Beaver is but it certainly fits in your size requirements. There is a picture of one in the recent Flying Models magazine announcing that there will be a review in an upcoming issue.

http://www.easybuiltmodels.com/erc01.htm

I would love to see a Pat Tritle designed Beaver too. I think it would be great.
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Old Aug 31, 2006, 07:12 PM
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I too vote for a Sherpa!!

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Old Aug 31, 2006, 07:22 PM
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Pat,

But your "spare time" is enough for a One-Four-Tea

Turbo Otter. Also need provision for a fire retardent drop tank

charlie
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Old Aug 31, 2006, 07:50 PM
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Cold Duck -- Von Jaerschky is working on a Noordyun in the requested size range at this thread: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...t=415145&pp=15 but it appears to be "on hold" a few more weeks.

Pete G.
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Old Aug 31, 2006, 07:51 PM
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Turbo Otter needs float fittings too! Always a pleasure to see them operating in BC...
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Old Aug 31, 2006, 08:10 PM
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Damn. I have put my 67.5" Broussard on hold till at least next spring..however if you search the forum all the info gathered to date is there..you could roll your own and beat me to it.
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