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Old Dec 04, 2010, 11:53 PM
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Re-Build of a Vintage Old Timer - Sal Taibi Powerhouse

ThThese are a few photos of a rebuild and electric conversion I did of a Vintage plane called the Powerhouse. Today, these models are part of a category of model airplanes referred to as "Old Timers". They were operated with the use of a large gas powered motor that would contain enough fuel for approximately one minute of power and the goal was that during that time, the model would be taken to "speck" height, and then cut off once it ran out of fuel. The winner of the contest would be the person who's plane came back to to earth, "LAST". Generally, prior to take-off the controlled surfaces of the plane would be situated so that once the engine cuts off, it would float down in a large circle until it gently lands on the ground. This was done by pre-positioning the rudder and elevator. The re-build was accomplished by closing the gapping hole in the fuselage where the previous gas engine was situated, repairing and repainting the fabric and the control surface connections.

This model has an 84 inch wingspan. An E-flite 60 electric engine, 80 amp Electronic Speed Control, and will fly all day on a 5S 4900 lipo.
The model difficult part of the build was the engine cowl. Originally designed to accommodate a gas engine, the cowl upper portion was open to allow the protrusion of the engine together with an engine firewall. My electric conversion required that the entire cowl be closed , therefore the opening had to be closed. That repair is depicted immediately below. The use of balsa wood allowed me to shape and fashion a cover to completely seal the opening. Finally, fiberglass resin was used to finish, seal and harden the cowl.
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Old Dec 05, 2010, 10:21 AM
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Very nicely done! I also enjoy restoring old RC planes, there's something satisfying about seeing an old girl fly again!

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Very nicely done! I also enjoy restoring old RC planes, there's something satisfying about seeing an old girl fly again!

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Thanks for looking Mark
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Old Dec 09, 2010, 01:05 PM
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Beautiful Work

Hi Kenneth:

Beautiful work, I really enjoy seeing the work of a "builder".

I have been building and flying model airplanes since the 1940's and obviously seen many changes in our wonderful hobby. I really believe the younger fellas today are short changing themselves in not seeing the rewards of their own construction. Not to mention the the skills one develpos over the years.

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Hi Kenneth:

Beautiful work, I really enjoy seeing the work of a "builder".

I have been building and flying model airplanes since the 1940's and obviously seen many changes in our wonderful hobby. I really believe the younger fellas today are short changing themselves in not seeing the rewards of their own construction. Not to mention the the skills one develpos over the years.

Best,

Tom
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Thanks alot Tom. I have seen your blog also, and can clearly understand your point when it comes to building. It is a shame that along with our educational system, our youth show little or no interest in learning the craft of building that we all acquired from our fathers and grandfathers. We live in a Ipod, Iphone, ARF world. If it's not built, "I don't want it", if it breaks, "get me a new one". I'm still holding out hope. I taught my 3 boys how to build like this. They may not show any interest in it right now, but it's there when they get the "bug"....

Ken
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Old Dec 11, 2010, 08:48 PM
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We have a fellow here in Traverse City who built a Powerhouse from the kit and made it electric to start with. It is one of the most graceful fliers I have ever seen. What a great design. One of our club members took one of his old FF planes and made it into an electric, Miss America and he also built a Mercury from plans. What a treat to see old designs flying again, graceful and majestic.
You Powerhouse is classic, color and finish are terrific.
A job well done.
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We have a fellow here in Traverse City who built a Powerhouse from the kit and made it electric to start with. It is one of the most graceful fliers I have ever seen. What a great design. One of our club members took one of his old FF planes and made it into an electric, Miss America and he also built a Mercury from plans. What a treat to see old designs flying again, graceful and majestic.
You Powerhouse is classic, color and finish are terrific.
A job well done.
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thanks alot Conehead.. this planes are wonderful flyers and made even better in these days of remote control...
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Very nicely done!!
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Thanks!! love your 1938 Build....the finish is amazing.

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Odd request to photograph your plane!?

Hi Ken,

First off...love your plane!

Secondly...
I realize this is an old thread, but I came across it doing a simple google search for "Old Time Model Plane in NYC", and sure enough this is exactly what I was hoping for. I'm a photographer in Brooklyn trying to find pre-built models for a book cover to a novel that involves model airplanes. If you happen to still be in Queens, would you be willing to allow me to photograph your plane for this project? Or would you happen to know of any other hobbyists in the area who may have "old timer, free flight models" I could shoot? I would love to chat with you more if you are available. Feel free to email me at scott@scottnobles.com at your earliest convenience to discuss more.

Thanks so much in advance for your time.

Best - Scott
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