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Old Feb 25, 2007, 05:50 PM
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Madsci Guy- no way for 1/2A Pacer.... look great model but too fast.... same model um the birdie 10-15 by Global. I been thinking about the Pacer. will see about that this year or so. (thinking) upgrade the pico or mini retract on it that will be looking GGOODD. Later.....

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Old Feb 26, 2007, 07:15 AM
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1/2A Airplane Trainer

here,,,, name that r/c plane? THANKS.....
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Old Feb 26, 2007, 08:29 AM
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That's a 1/2A SST, alrighty.
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Old Feb 26, 2007, 08:40 AM
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Madsci Guy- no way for 1/2A Pacer.... look great model but too fast.... same model um the birdie 10-15 by Global. I been thinking about the Pacer. will see about that this year or so. (thinking) upgrade the pico or mini retract on it that will be looking GGOODD. Later.....

Steve.
Pacers, too fast? I never found them to be so, but then again, I flew Chuck'rs and GLH's too. Compared to a 1/2A Shrike, they were very slow.

My personal opinion, I wouldn't stick retracts or anything extra on a Mach None or Pacer, or similar 1/2A plane. When they were at 11 oz or so they flew like a dream. If the thing was heavy, it would be too fast, maybe. The instructions talked about people putting a .15 on the Pacer, but then they said it was more like model rocketry, and recommended against it.

You're right, the 1/2A Birdy is pretty close to a Pacer. Very pretty lines, being a scale model of a Bridi Dirty Birdy, one of the best RC plans ever designed.
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Old Mar 05, 2008, 08:54 PM
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Here's a pic of the 1/2A SST I've been flying for the past couple of seasons.
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Old Mar 05, 2008, 09:09 PM
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That's a great looking plane, Steve. Did you use the foam wing with capstrips or do a built up wing?

Looks like you have a super place to fly -- quite wide open.

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Old Mar 05, 2008, 09:47 PM
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Built right from what Hobby Shack put in the box - foam wing with cap strips. I have one wing kit left so I can build one more of these planes someday. If you want to build one, the plans are still available from RCM. Once you get the plans, you can make a template of the rib, send it to the AMA and they have a service that will cut you a set of foam cores. It's a fairly easy plane to build. I did change mine from the rubber band set-up for wing attachment to a more conventional small nylon bolt.
Our club (http://www.wrcf.rchomepage.com/) has a nice field just southwest of town. We rent about 5 acres from an antique steam & gas engine club that purchased a 40 acre farm for their use. There is only one problem with that field - a very large "plane eating oak tree" straigh out from the pits and right in-line with the downwind leg of the main runway. See picture of it after a meal of Piper Cub.
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Old Mar 05, 2008, 10:43 PM
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<snip>...If you want to build one, the plans are still available from RCM. Once you get the plans, you can make a template of the rib, send it to the AMA and they have a service that will cut you a set of foam cores. ...<snip>....See picture of it after a meal of Piper Cub.
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Thanks. I've had a plan set for quite some time, but it's always good to remind folks that the RCM plans service is still operational. The site is www.rcmmagazine.com . I built my own foam cutter, but didn't know that the AMA had a cutting service -- that's good info.

One of the first things I usually do with a new set of plans is cut templates from formica, both for cores and for cutting ribs -- gives me the option of both builds.

Those plane eating trees crop up everywhere. Many years ago I was flying a .020 powered freeflight in an 80 acre field on the farm -- there was one tall tree in a fencerow -- need I say more.
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Old Jun 13, 2010, 08:00 PM
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i have a SureFlite Baby Turkey that I bought from Hobby Shack in the late 70's and started building. The instructions said to use contact cement on the wings for the balsa sheeting. I used 3M contact cement from the hardware store and watched the wing melt! That is how the kit has stayed for decades. I do keep an eye out for a built up wing to use instead but have not found one.

Can anyone tell me if the 1/2A SST from RCM (and Hobby Shack) was the same plane as the Sureflite Baby Turkey? They look the same and the plans or instruction sheet sure looks similar.

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I think the Sure Flite cores are an exact replacement for the SST cores, aren't they? Sure Flite was a Hobby Shack brand, if memory serves.

Build one under 14 oz and they fly super. Stay away from 22 oz.

1/2A plans

http://my.pclink.com/~dfritzke/
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Old Jun 13, 2010, 08:31 PM
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Check with Steve Adams at Select Hobbies. ACE constant chord wings are located at the bottom of the link. He usually keeps several sets on hand. The ACE wing should work for your SST.

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Stevo go here
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1566354
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