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Old Jul 02, 2007, 09:51 AM
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Alfa Martlet

With the left over decals from my tree bound Spit, I decided to convert the Alfa Wildcat to a Martlet. The markings are of Eric "Winkle" Brown. Eric was a Royal Navy pilot who is most famous for his late and post war flights in captured German WWII aircraft. I have his book with flight reports of the aircraft he flew. Worth picking up. I powered the Martlet with a speed 300 and gearbox (like the Alfa's used to be sold with) because I had a speed control from a previous park flyer and the $30 for the motor/gearbox was a bargain. I flew it for the first time Sunday and with my typical Alfa set up (35% expo), it flew great. Almost flew right out of my hand with 1/2 throttle.
It was a little hard to see (getting old) and I have added a couple of white stripes to the top wings and tail. I really like how these Alfas fly and bought the Martlet to gain experience (still haven't flown the 190 yet and the replacement Spit is still in the box) after D9 commented on what a nice flyer it is. Again used D9's attenna tube idea and the Marltlet has a nice exit area under the rudder. I am pleased that the speed 300 with a 2 cell 1320 lipo has plenty of power. The Martlet weighed 12.4 oz RTF.
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Old Jul 02, 2007, 10:12 AM
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Beatiful work Tom... Glad I could be of help. I love the Antenna tube out the back. Looks very clean and almost like it belongs there on the Wildcat. I recently did something similar with my Dora..
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Old Jul 02, 2007, 11:08 AM
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Lets see a picture of your D9.
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