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Old Dec 12, 2001, 07:58 PM
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Anyone know this plane

Hey People,

I inherited a pylon racer recently. It was previously owned by Steve Condon, and came with an older direct drive astro racing 05 and a 8-5 folder.

I have no idea what airplane this is. It's all composite solid molded wing out of fiberglass with carbon fiber uni-diamonds for reinforcement. Single taper forward swept, over blue foam. It has a hefty fiberglass fuselage and a balsa T-tail.

Looks like a pre-cadcat era racer. I don't have any pictures of it but the fuselage looks startling familiar the one one the top of the new creations webpage.

http://www.newcreations-rc.com/planes/fuselages.htm

Anyone have any ideas of what this racer is? I think that the propeller that came with the motor is a little too large. Any suggestions?

thanks,

Bernard
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Old Dec 12, 2001, 08:40 PM
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I think the fuse at the top of that page is a Cadcat. That is before my time but I did read the construction article once.

This is a pic from MAN's plan section



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Old Dec 12, 2001, 09:05 PM
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Wow, I can't believe the Cad-Cat is back to haunt me. It's been so long and I remember how many of those I built. The top fuse in that pic is definately a Cad-Cat. There was a wing mold running around for that in San Diego but I never got to build one. I don't know what the bottom of the two is but it looks a lot newer. We use to run 7X6 props on our 6-Y Astro 05s on 7-cells. I still have a couple of beat up airframes in my buddy's garage. Can you believe we use to think those were the cutting edge of electrics? That was about 11 years ago. Our speed 400 planes are about as fast or faster than those were.
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Old Dec 14, 2001, 01:58 AM
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Thanks guys, I thought mine was older since I saw some newer cad-cats with a bigger/taller higher AR verticle. That and I didn't know that a wing mold was available since all the cadcats I'd seen had a vac-bagged wings.

Laterz

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Old Dec 14, 2001, 05:08 PM
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It's pretty impressive that you guys had E-racers as fast as 400 powered pylon racers go, 11 years ago! I was just getting into R/C at the time and thought I had fast 1/2A's-those never compared to the new 400 racers but seemed unbearably fast at the time!

I'm sorry I missed it back then. It's amazing how far we've come.. and what we could have done if we knew it was possible. A good case in point is a Cannon radio that I bought back in '92 or so and saved it for that 'special project' soo damn long that it became obsolete. That radio and servos are exactly the same weight and size as the generic S-80 servos that revolutionized small perfomance electrics.

Darn it, I coulda been flying indoors already!

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Old Dec 17, 2001, 04:01 AM
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I fly a Cad Cat quite often on a direct drive speed 400 motor. Flies great as if it was on rails.
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Old Dec 17, 2001, 02:46 PM
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I always wanted a Canon radio system (10 years ago). They were pricy but well ahead of it's time in size and weight. Guys use to make cool small planes that would actually fly well.
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Old Dec 17, 2001, 06:14 PM
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Boy, I scrimped for 2 years to get that radio... I bought it for an .010 glow racer that I fell in love with the first year I went to Toledo back in 91 or 92. Didn't matter that I couldn't fly well enough to survive a first flight!

The airplane escaped me for 8 years until I found out who made it. He had sensitized to epoxy and had to quit, but agreed to make me two kits. The little bugger is called the .010 Micro Shark. Keith Shaw's Astro 010 powered Estrellita is the .020 glow version of this airplane. The RTF weight circa 1991 was 6-6.5oz. The span is 17" and the wing has 63 sq. in. It makes even a Stinger look big!

I'm thinking about doing the second one with an Astro Firefly geared 4:1 with WesTechnik servos on 8 cells? I could probably get it down to under 4oz.

Here's a Sliver fuse next to it for reference:

<img src=http://www.fastcomposites.com/mshark.jpg>

Dave

P.S., I did build an 18" ugly stick that weighed 6.5oz on three channels with the Cannon gear. I could kick myself for not using it sooner and more often than I did...
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Old Dec 19, 2001, 01:51 AM
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Cadcat

Sounds like a Vintage racing class in the making Well maybe not, although I do have a Kevlar CadCat fuselage and cores still kicking around. Now if I can just figure out which coast they are currently residing on...

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