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Old Oct 03, 2001, 03:18 PM
Triad of Fun
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Little Rock, AR Triad: Windy, ECO 8 and E3D
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Want to scratch build a fun fly plane. Cay you recommend plans?

I'm on the waiting list for the infamous E3D but want to build a smaller funfly/sport plane using a speed 400 geared motor. I was considering scaling up my Tiny plans but would like to build one with a fuselage.

I have no design experience so I would need to buy, beg or borrow a set of plans. Can you recommend a plane or plans that would fit my needs?

Thanks in advance,
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Old Oct 03, 2001, 05:06 PM
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Contact Gus Morfis at


He has a lot of interesting plans.

Also, do a search here on Mark Rittenger, another source of excellant plans.

Beware, though. These guys assume you know how to build.
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Old Oct 03, 2001, 08:22 PM
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Another good one is the model air tech Tumblewatt. http://www.modelairtech.com/

You can get plans alone, but the complete kit is only like $25 so you might as well get the kit.

Its a 27" span, but I expanded my 2nd through current, ( I take risks and crash alot ) models to a 31 span. You do give up a little roll rate, but the glide is better making landings easier.

The kit really comes alive running a rocket 400, 3:1 with a 9x7 slowfly prop, on 8x600ae's. Climb is outstanding, and the plane does outside loops almost better than inside ones. Inverted is almost indistinguishable from normal. It also handles wind extremely well.

I still fly mine all the time, and still like it a lot.
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Old Oct 04, 2001, 12:03 AM
Triad of Fun
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Little Rock, AR Triad: Windy, ECO 8 and E3D
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Larry, thanks for the names. I shot Gus an e-mail and am waiting a reply. I did a search on Mark Rittenger and found a few hits but nothing about how to contact him. I'll look again.

As far as building skills, that's not a problem. I might be somewhat unorthodox at times but can always get it done.

Dean, the Tumblewatt is a nice looking plane. I'd have to add a rudder though to make it a full house but not a big problem. I must say that the price is right. Even includes the covering. Thanks.
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Old Oct 05, 2001, 12:29 AM
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Try doing a search for Sportwin, one of his designs I built, and you can email him from one of his posts.

You can order plans for the Sportwin from S&E Modeller and his ME262 from Model Airplane News.

Build a Sportwin. Wow!

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