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Old Aug 13, 2012, 11:34 AM
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Curtiss F6C-3 by Pat Daily

Yesterday I took my Curtiss F6C-3 Navy Hawk out after a long retirement (built her in 2001) for some flying. 32inch span, 4 channel, himax geared motor, 13 ounces. Built from my own plans. Love flying this plane! She does incredible snap rolls!
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Old Aug 13, 2012, 12:03 PM
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very nice indeed, i always love the inter war military bipes, always seem to have more motor than aeroplane Beautiful photos as usual!

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Old Aug 13, 2012, 12:51 PM
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Plain old Wow! Old navy bipes are way cool scale models.
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Old Aug 13, 2012, 09:18 PM
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Very nice, indeed, Pat. From my experience 13 ounces for a 32 inch bipe is extremely light. Must fly great.

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Old Aug 14, 2012, 07:45 AM
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Well, this plane was built as a free flight model even though I knew I would electrify it. I had originally designed it as a 16 inch span CO2 model or rubber power--I built one of each back in 1982 or so. I doubled the plan size to 32 inches and built is as light as I could. It is light (11.4 ounces without a battery) and extremely peppy with a 3 cell 800ma pack (2.3 ounces). It also flies quite well on 2 cells but not as peppy.
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Old Aug 14, 2012, 08:06 AM
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Pat,

I expressed my admiration for this bird when you included pics of it in the GWS Pico Tiger Moth thread. I'm glad to see it here with more info and pics. The wheels are great! Are they Fulton Hungerford's?

Jim R.
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Old Aug 14, 2012, 08:36 AM
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Jim

The wheels were Czech made and were available from Hobby Lobby back in 2001, but unfortunately not available any more. I keep hoping someone would put them back in production as my supply of wire wheels is fading quickly!

I particularly like wire wheels on the older planes, but in reality many also had wheels with covers or metal rimmed wheels.
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Old Aug 14, 2012, 11:20 AM
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That is an absolutely gorgeous model!
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Old Aug 14, 2012, 11:26 AM
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I totally agree. Any chance that plans can be made available? Maybe PDF?
A rare historic airplane - fits my Golden Age tastes. Several old movies featuring these airplanes - I love them. -----Bert
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Old Aug 14, 2012, 02:16 PM
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Bert

Maybe one of these days I will try and find the plans--somewhere in my garage!
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