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Old Feb 16, 2005, 06:27 PM
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Canada's Latest Beaver V

Part IV of this continueing series can be found at:http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...24#post2920924
Part V starts here and now.
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Old Feb 16, 2005, 06:38 PM
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Vice Savers (works on Beavers, too)

Vice Accident Update: The carpet guy just made a house call ($50.00) and confirmed that the carpet wasn't harmed by the wing. Man, I am counting my lucky stars. Or, is that seeing stars when I look at the wing??
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That was in Beaver IV. Now, to continue with pictures.
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Just in case you want to protect your valuable vice and irreplaceable carpet, I have news for you. Just put a foam wing and aluminum airplane fuselage between that rug and the vice and, Viola! The carpet stains are preserved, the vice doesn't have any scratches on it, and everything is okay. Except maybe the plane. Looks like I'll need tape for the wing and those plastic black square tube connectors that come with every GWS plane. Wait a minute - I've got a television antenna I don't use. It's made of aluminum. I wonder if I were to cut off a piece...
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Old Feb 16, 2005, 06:50 PM
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Hey, part V!

I've been flying on skis 'til just recently when all our snow melted. I'm getting pretty good at "kiting" my Beaver around in some pretty stiff breezes.

Amazing the wind I've flown in this winter. Biggest lesson: don't let it get downwind - not enough power to get it back. Had to ditch one time in some trees to keep from flying into the next county. Oh well, I learned.
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Old Feb 16, 2005, 06:55 PM
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Vice Accident Update: The carpet guy just made a house call ($50.00) and confirmed that the carpet wasn't harmed by the wing.
Glad to see that you can maintain a good sense of humor in spite of it.
Rick.
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Old Feb 16, 2005, 06:59 PM
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hey scale is cool,,,, I did not say that I did not like scale,,, all I was getting at was I like all of my planes to be tuff. Sorry I didn't know that a little tape and some beefing up hurts a weak model design. Remember these are DHC Beavers. They real ones have been slammed and banged around the worst runways in the world. They survived short field, muddy field, rocky ice bergs patches called runways and real conditions never ment for airplanes. Most if not all Beavers have been modified with bigger engines, bigger fuel tanks, bigger tires, wing slats, wing tips and more. Maybe it is more "scale" to modify them and fly them like a hot rod pick up. I agree they will never be a Chipmunk but they should be tuff like a 1:1 Beaver.

Oh,,, there are other "full scale" pilots here too. I have a COMMERCIAL-CFI-MULTI rating.

enough already
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Old Feb 16, 2005, 07:01 PM
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Poudre,,,

Nice left wing you have,,,,, reminds me of the day I slammed the car trunk on a gentle lady wing
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Old Feb 17, 2005, 08:39 AM
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Glad to see everyone is making it over here to the new thread...

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Old Feb 17, 2005, 09:32 AM
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so sam ?
what are these " growing pains " you are talking about ?

i'm in the middle of another BooBipe build for another electric
flyer. it's going well, cut wings tonight, just waiting for them
to dry and i can do the shaping and the aileron cuts.

here's a pic of the fuse so far :
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Old Feb 17, 2005, 09:37 AM
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Major CG problems and a lot of smashed parts...

Really rather not talk about it....soft subject

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Old Feb 17, 2005, 10:21 AM
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Maybe it is more "scale" to modify them and fly them like a hot rod pick up.
Sure - I'm a scale buff myself but I go as much for illusion and feel and not so much in the detail and finish. Different things bug different people. What bugs me most about the GWS Beaver is that the fuse shape is wrong.
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Most if not all Beavers have been modified...
Now you want a model airplane that seems to have been designed specificaly for customizing... follow a slow stick thread. I've seen a custom gear setup for it that looks like it had more engineering than the whole original plane.
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Old Feb 17, 2005, 10:26 AM
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Rory,,,

That fuse looks great,,,, you are really good at foam.

I have been looking at the 3 view drawings on a Helio Courier 295. It would be another great foam bush plane.
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Old Feb 17, 2005, 10:32 AM
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You are right,,, the GWS beaver fuse is sorta close but it is almost a generic fat radial cabin plane. You could make a Mr. Mulligan or a Waco cabin out of it just by changing the windows and tail feather shape.... I think they call it stand off scale,,,, maybe we sould call it stand way off scale,,,
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Old Feb 17, 2005, 10:45 AM
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I think they call it stand off scale
Cartoon scale.

I shaved the bottom of the fuse and reshaped the cowl area below the windshield to get a more scale shape. To me it was worth it. For most people probably not. With some minor fuse reworking, a custom cowl and wing and the Beaver could be a Stinson Reliant. Custom gear struting and you could have a Norseman.
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Old Feb 17, 2005, 02:14 PM
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Went flying a few minutes ago. Six inches of snow on the ground, and I had just replaced the engine mounting stick with circle of balsa, cross laminated and cured overnight, and the stick going through it. Well reinforced.
First flight, I happened to note that the thing was nose heavy. Imagine that! It also favored turning to port, even at extreme trim. So, I adjusted my rod length and tested to see if it would fly straight. That problem solved, I landed and went on to problem 2.
I stuck a stone in the fuselage, next to the fin, as far back as I could get it. Perfect. Off I went into the Wild Blue Yonder and it was still nose heavy. Possibly heavier than before, as it did the "Dive O' Death" at 90 degrees instead of the normal 60 I'm used to. Upon close inspection, I found the cowling packed with icy, wet snow, probably from landing number one. So, I've now got it vented and the problem is solved.
A dab of epoxy and some tape and you'll never know the stone weight was in there.
Again, I flew my MegaTech wing. Sure makes it faster, but, somehow, it's just not the same ol' Beaver. My original wings and struts still fit back on in two minutes though.
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Old Feb 17, 2005, 04:58 PM
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Sorry it's not a Beaver

Rory,,,

I am very impressed in your foam cutting skills... I am getting really hooked on the pre-turbo Helio Couriers. If I can draw a set of full size plans and templetes would you be interested in cutting some foam????? Here are some pics of a H-395.
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