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Old Jan 17, 2013, 12:22 PM
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Spartan Executive? The ultimate Golden Age gentleman's plane. Radio Modeller did a construction rticle on it, pretty sure I've still got the magazine around. Love that wing shape!
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 02:33 PM
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Thans to all for the ideas, lots of beautiful planes. Skycruiser, the exec is gorgeous. I did some research and the magazine included full size plans, but from 1995 it's probably pretty beefy, definitely need some serious lightening. It would look fantastic in monokote chrome though. If you still have the plans I might be interested in a purchase, if you can part with them. Still have the staggerwing floating around in my head though.
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 03:59 PM
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Hmm, the article having full size plans doesn't ring a bell, but I'll see if I can dig the magazine out this weekend.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 08:41 AM
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Not to make this more confusing, but if you are looking for an AT-6 type that's not an AT-6, I'd suggest the Commonwealth Wirraway or Boomerang. Both have uncomplicated 90 degree retracts. Food for thought.
-Scott
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 06:07 PM
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Had a poke through some of my magazines but I have decades worth in there, no joy on the spartan so far but I'll keep looking
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 09:00 PM
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Spartan Executive X2. The only smaller sized RC plans I know of were sold by T&D Plans , but it looks like they are out of business and the web domain is for sale. I wonder if the owner also intended to sell the rights to the actual plans?

Jerry Bates Plans has a 1/4 scale plan.

Not retracts, but the cessna 195 is also a nice looking civilian design. The bellanca crusair is another nice one.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 09:48 AM
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Hawker siddely nimrod! Plans hard to find...
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BAE-Nimrod...item19d37c92d9
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 01:06 AM
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What about a classic Beechcraft Bonanza V35? I have built a 30" version and she's an excellent flyer that looks fantastic in the air.



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Old Jan 30, 2013, 05:35 PM
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Grumman Gulfhawk
Ercoupe
Beech Staggerwing
Lockheed Electra
Beechcraft Model 18
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 06:59 PM
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.... Preferably civilian, but maybe a military type trainer, but AT-6's are a little too common.
Sorry for the hijack...but I've been looking around (and asking about) AT-6 kits and plans for a very long time. Don't care if it's called AT-6, Harvard, or Texan. Slim pickin's so far.
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Old Jan 31, 2013, 08:53 AM
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Sorry for the hijack...but I've been looking around (and asking about) AT-6 kits and plans for a very long time. Don't care if it's called AT-6, Harvard, or Texan. Slim pickin's so far.
What size? I think Nick Ziroli drew up a 1/2A-size AT-6 for MAN some years back. While the structure might need adaptation to e-power, the outlines were pretty good. I believe I have a copy of those... If I can find it, you can have it.

James
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Old Jan 31, 2013, 10:55 AM
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What size? I think Nick Ziroli drew up a 1/2A-size AT-6 for MAN some years back. While the structure might need adaptation to e-power, the outlines were pretty good. I believe I have a copy of those... If I can find it, you can have it.

James
What size? 50-60" would be nice. A few years back I built and destroyed a 1/2A sized Herr AT-6. It was a botched attempt (actually, my first attempt) at e-conversion, and ended up heavy, to the point where it was beyond my flying skills at the time. Ideally it would be something like a Tritle or Rake design -- ie., light.
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Old Jan 31, 2013, 11:37 AM
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What size? 50-60" would be nice. A few years back I built and destroyed a 1/2A sized Herr AT-6. It was a botched attempt (actually, my first attempt) at e-conversion, and ended up heavy, to the point where it was beyond my flying skills at the time. Ideally it would be something like a Tritle or Rake design -- ie., light.
Certainly not 50-60", more like 36" as I recall. It was free plan, included in the magazine, so not really a big model. I think the drawn-in engine was a Norvel .061 or the like. Decidedly un-Tritle-esque!

The (double-sided) plan sheet might be worth enlarging, but then one departs from a ready-to-go plan, don't they?

James
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Old Mar 21, 2013, 08:01 AM
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I just remembered this thread I started and wanted to thank all who contributed. I've got some great suggestions that could turn into future builds. Just to put a finish on it, I've decided to build Ivan Pettigrew's 100" PBY Catalina. I've always admired his planes and decided I'm as ready as I ever will be to take on the challenge. Build thread here: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1852750

Thanks again,
Doug
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Old Oct 29, 2013, 08:12 PM
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Sorry...

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how about a ryan navion. Not overdone, designed by north american aviation, retractable trike gear. Old berkeley plans may be available. Here's a link to cleveland plans in various scales, you did say "scratch" didn't you. The sliding canopy may require vacuum molding.

http://www.clevelandairline.com/asp/product.asp (enter north american aviation, light civilian, and post wwii)

wiki description: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ryan_navion
i dont do cleveland plans, had a very bad experience with this company... They handled my situation very very rudely.. Wont do biz with them ever again!! Imho
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