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Old Nov 14, 2014, 07:59 PM
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Seeking: Winter Project - Scale STOL - Want to use community materials

Hi folks -
I am nearly done with my P38 for the scale build-off and want to start a winter project.

I would like a STOL plane to use as my "anywhere anytime" go-to, and I want to go larger (48" - 60") than I normally (16"-30") build.

I like the Storch, even though lots of folks think they are quite ugly.
I am welcome to other suggestions though.

I really want to use community materials wherever possible, though.

Which means - I want to buy one of your folks plans or kits or short kits. Please let me know if you or someone on here has a plan/kit/shortkit of a nice STOL plane in the 48"-60" range.

Here's things I want to do to my build:
*Removable wheels - such that I can replace with snow skis or floats. (anywhere)
*Spacious battery / cargo area - such that I can mess with CG and add weight for windy days or to just plain practice around.
*Enough 'basic' detail already in the plans, if possible, so I can add my own detail on top of that without having to worry about the basics. (for example, it would be nice to have flaps and ailerons planned out so I don't have to guess and add them in)
*Removable / fold-able wing. (I have a tiny car, hence my fleet of tiny planes)
*Don't really want a cub. Something different looking or oddball is OK (hence my love of the Storch)

So please, if any of you have plans, a kit or a shortkit of a nice non-Cub Scale STOL electric in the 48"-60" range, please let me know.

Thanks,

- Joel
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Old Nov 14, 2014, 08:41 PM
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Hi, EngineEar.

I've been looking at the Highlander. There are several threads about it in at least two sizes and should fit most if not all of your criteria.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1917395

Cheers!
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Old Nov 14, 2014, 08:45 PM
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Funny thing. I just now noticed a link to Pat Tritle's 60" short kit for the Highlander. Some of the others might suit your fancy too.

http://www.patscustom-models.com/shortkit1.html

Cheers again!
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Old Nov 14, 2014, 08:50 PM
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Thanks, Peter.
That highlander looks nice. I'll see what else comes along, but that kit will go in the 'meets criteria' pile.
-Joel
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Old Nov 15, 2014, 09:11 AM
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Pat Tritle also has a 60" Pilatus Porter.

Tom
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Old Nov 15, 2014, 10:22 AM
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Pat's Porter is one of his best flying planes.

Too bad Dumas has not issued his Storch yet. They keep saying pretty soon.

The Highlander also flies well as does his Super Cubs.

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Old Nov 15, 2014, 07:51 PM
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Pat Tritle also has a 60" Pilatus Porter.
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Pat's Porter is one of his best flying planes.
Too bad Dumas has not issued his Storch yet. They keep saying pretty soon.
The Highlander also flies well as does his Super Cubs.
charlie
Thanks for the input Tom and Charlie.

I can see the Pilatus Porter being incredibly easy to balance the CG - Look at the length of the nose on that thing!

Seems the Porter has various blade configurations too - I see hits on Google images showing it with 2, 3 and 4 blades!

Two very good ideas so far.

-Joel
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Old Nov 20, 2014, 04:35 PM
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Pat's Highlander has been ordered.


That doesn't mean stop the suggestions. I just might order something else too!

-Joel
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Old Nov 20, 2014, 04:52 PM
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Yaaaay! What do I win? (He says in jest)

I just ordered a 41" Pfalz DIII from Manzano. I fell in love with the Pfalz when I first saw The Blue Max and now I'm finally going to have one of my very own. I figure it's best to think about such matters for around 40 years. Lord knows I wouldn't want to suffer from an "impulse buy". I am giddy with anticipation.

Cheers!
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Old Nov 20, 2014, 08:52 PM
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Peter Wins! (for now)

I'm sure an appropriate prize can be chosen.

Take your pick:
  • Name the Plane
  • Name the Pilot
  • Choose a Primary / Secondary Color
  • Pick a Feature to be Detailed in your Honor



-Joel
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Old Nov 20, 2014, 09:38 PM
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That's easy, Joel. Just make sure that the "nut" securing the joystick is somewhat lifelike! Or?

One of the most fun things I've ever seen was a guy who rigged up a doll named "Milly", short for Mother In Law, to "jump" out the side of a Piper Cub. The funny part is that she looked like "Mother" from Psycho and the chute was rigged so it would never quite open. Words can't describe how much fun we had finding new places to kick Milly out of the plane!

Seriously though. It looks like a really fun project with lots of room for improvisation and, with the light structure, plenty of lifting capacity for details and extras.

Cheers!
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Old Nov 24, 2014, 09:57 AM
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...rigged up a doll named "Milly", short for Mother In Law, to "jump" out the side of a Piper Cub...
Seriously though. It looks like a really fun project with lots of room for improvisation and, with the light structure, plenty of lifting capacity for details and extras.
Peter - thanks for the great idea and inspiration. I recently got a new 9-channel transmitter so I just might take advantage of the extra channels.


I have a question for readers familiar with Pat Tritle's short kits:

It is my understanding that "short kits" come without generic wood stock: like the main spar, leading edge, stringers, sheeting etc.

Are there 'cut lists' or 'go-buy lists' associated with these kits so I can pre-purchase the extra lumber I will need for the build?

-Joel
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Old Nov 24, 2014, 01:55 PM
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Never-mind previous question

Mail-man dropped off a package.

I can read the plans myself to see what wood I need.

Thank you very much, Pat, for the fast service.

I will start a new thread for this build

-Joel
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Old Nov 24, 2014, 05:13 PM
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You received it and the tube wasn't crushed. That's a good start!
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