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Old May 20, 2003, 06:45 AM
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Chris O'Reilly's Pitts Special!!

I just ordered the Pitts Special laser-cut kit from DWE (http://www.smallrc.com)and am very happy with the quality of the kit.... Wood is great, laser-cut is clean...
I am about to get started building her and was wondering if anyone has made any modifications, or has any suggestions on construction. There was a lot of talk about people building one... Just wondered if anyone ever did... now that it's in kit form it should be a hit. If you've built one post your pick.
Thanks.
Brandon
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Old May 20, 2003, 07:17 AM
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That's great news the Pitts and Moth kits are out and available.

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Old May 20, 2003, 12:19 PM
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I just checked out the Pitts. I have never done anything that small before and I have never used any actuators. Do you guys have any advice before I take the plunge?

This thing is twisting my arm pretty hard!

Joe
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Old May 20, 2003, 12:45 PM
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Joe,
Buy the RFFS-100 and build the Lil Skeeter to get your feet wet, or something like my Quick Mite or any number of other simple planes people on this forum have made. Or, you could do something like my Stechmücke. It's best to learn on something where all the equipment is on the outside and easy to get at. You can also decide if you want to go with control surface actuators (Bird style) or remote actuators with tiny control rods. Then, if you get the Pitts you won't have to learn those things while you are working inside a fuselage. With the stick planes you can easily keep gluing them together if your earlier flights are not perfect.

Take the plunge, you won't be sorry.

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Old May 20, 2003, 02:21 PM
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Gordon,
I have been poking around on the DWE site. It looks like I could order the Lil' Skeeter Lipoly combo and have everything I need to build. (I already have a lipoly charger) It also looks like the Pitts lipoly combo uses the exact same equipment except for the lipoly cell. Do you know if the Pitts would fly with the larger cell or is weight that big of and issue? Also, do you know if the Pitts can use the same actuators as the Lil Skeeter? It would be really cool if I could learn on the Lil Skeeter and then transfer the hardware to the Pitts once I get comfortable with its use.

Thoughts?

Joe
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Old May 20, 2003, 02:51 PM
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Joe,
I have not personally built the Pitts. But, the designer Chris has flown with us. He used the Kokam 145 in it, and that would work for the Lil Skeeter too. The DWE 170's are only slightly heavier than the Kokam 145's. If you know you are headed towards the Pitts, just get Dan to substitute the 170 cell instead. the Lil Skeeter will fly on either cell (170 or 230). BTW, the DWE cells test out very well and are great cells.

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