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Old Jul 31, 2004, 12:01 AM
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My First Giant Scale Project!!!!!!

Tonight I giggled like a school girl when the FedEX truck droped off my brand new Dynaflite Super Decathlon kit. 89"
Observations so far are:
1. Gee, Thats a really big box
2. A lot of balsa wood fits in a really big box..
3. The balsa wood is light and of very good quality
4. Nice instructions and pretty CAD drawn plans.
5. Two giant size balsa bricks 15X3X2.5 which will be shaped into
huge wing tips.
6. ABS Cowl and Aluminum landing gear seem a little suspect. Oh well, I got
thicker aluminum in the garage and the ABS cowl will make a great mold.
7. Construction will be time consuming but fun as the structure is mostly
built up sticks.

Any wisdom for a first time giant scale builder????
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Old Aug 01, 2004, 05:16 AM
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Hi

I received mine a month ago.
It will wait til autumn, because I've to finish my F2B Bristol first.

What power plant will you use?
I bought a ZDZ-40 motor fo it.

Marek
http://rc.marekszulen.net
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Old Aug 01, 2004, 10:30 AM
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It's my winter project as well, though I have gotten a head start on it as I have nothing else to build. I haven't decided on the motor yet, It will probabily be gas, but the big single cylinder 4 strokes have an outside shot because of the difference in weight.
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Old Aug 02, 2004, 01:23 AM
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I decided to use this big gas engine to make Decathlon able to tow sailplanes.
This motor should be easy to hide inside cowl and have enough power to make Decathlon a "vertical flyer"

Will you use an original ABS cowl or you buy a new one made with epoxide?

What about covering? Mine will be covered with Oratex in this scheme:

http://www.airliners.net/open.file/515348/L/

Here are pictures of my kit and motor:

http://msi.pl/~mirage/modele/dyna-deca.html

(more pictures on http://rc.marekszulen.net)


greetings

Marek
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Old Aug 02, 2004, 11:08 PM
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Guess I need to start taking pictures too. Your color scheme would make a beautiful airplane. I haven't thought about the finish yet. As for the fiberglass cowl and wheel pants; I will probabily make new ones out of fiberglass. My engine will probabily be a 1.20 Four stroke as I am temped to keep the weight down. Let me know how you like your interior kit, as I may buy one in the future.
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Old Aug 03, 2004, 01:20 AM
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Guess I need to start taking pictures too.
It makes nice diary for grandchildren

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Your color scheme would make a beautiful airplane.
That's right. And will be very visible although not difficult to do. My previous Decathlon (I had a Great Planes small one) was in standard red stars and stripes.


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As for the fiberglass cowl and wheel pants; I will probabily make new ones out of fiberglass.

I've no experience to make such parts with fiberglass, so I'll try to use an original one. Definitely will not buy new one for 1/4 of kit's price. (I saw somewhere for 30-40$)

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My engine will probabily be a 1.20 Four stroke as I am temped to keep the weight down.
I read somewhere, that those Decathlons are a tail-heavy ones. It makes no difficulties to use a gas engine (instead using a lead in the nose).

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Let me know how you like your interior kit, as I may buy one in the future.
It looks bit.... funny.... two wooden sticks, some underclothes gum, few abs parts of chairs and one good thing: cockpit desk. I though it will look better ( I saw it in Tower Hobbies only). There is very easy to create those parts by yourself (I can send you dimensions of chairs). The most funny thing is a printed "clocks" pattern to cut and glue under a cockpit panel. It looks like a plain photocopy. Definitely I'll create a new one (in color).


btw, someone told me to strenghten a landing gear by using additional wire mounted to main wheel struts.
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