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Feb 19, 2010, 05:12 PM
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source for 1/4 scale plans and/or kits?


does anyone know of a company or person that specializes in large-scale models? I see the occasional 1/4 on tower or horizon, but I would like to have some variety..thanks for any info.

Justin
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Feb 19, 2010, 07:26 PM
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The situation with 1/4 or 1/3rd scale models is that the demand is low, and thus prices too high. The desire may be high, but actual sales are down. Got to be a different type of person to like the large stuff.

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Feb 20, 2010, 07:23 AM
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It would be easier to specify what model or models interest you, then a search on those should show up what is available.

Also look in the Giant Electric Planes forum, and the Giant Scale Airplanes (Fuel) forum, there should be plenty of information there.

There is also the independent, Flying Giants forum.

Not forgetting one very good site for multi engined models, Ivans Plans.

Loads of info out there on all sizes, just search on what interests you.
Feb 20, 2010, 10:38 AM
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DB sport and scale?
Philip Noel?

its a specialised niche market. planes are a grand in value plus. Not many have pockets that deep, or that sort of time.
Feb 20, 2010, 12:07 PM
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DB sport and scale?
Philip Noel?

its a specialised niche market. planes are a grand in value plus. Not many have pockets that deep, or that sort of time.
Got asked some time ago to convert the 1/6th scale items to 1/4 or 1/3rd scale. Do not have that big of a laser cutter nearby here.

But, but, isn't it a simple matter to just increase sizes of materails and files then?

Not that simple.
Feb 20, 2010, 02:35 PM
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Got asked some time ago to convert the 1/6th scale items to 1/4 or 1/3rd scale. Do not have that big of a laser cutter nearby here.

But, but, isn't it a simple matter to just increase sizes of materails and files then?

Not that simple.
Well we just cut two ME109 1/4 scale protos for Philip. Uses the full 4ft bed of the bigger cutters. But Philip knows not to make any part longer than 4ft!

But the cost is high. Ties up a cutter for a day or more. so a complex 100inch plus model is several hundred pounds of wood and cutting time.

And that's before the sheeting and the gear goes in, or the finishing..its al least 600 quid to put a typical 1/4 scale airframe together, AND then transporting it to a suitable place to fly..
Feb 20, 2010, 06:42 PM
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well thanks guys for pointing me in the right direction, I am going to browse the places you guys pointed out and try to find some 1/4 stearman plans!
Feb 20, 2010, 07:10 PM
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I am going to browse the places you guys pointed out and try to find some 1/4 stearman plans!
A 1/4-scale Stearman would give you a 96.5" wingspan. Nick Ziroli offers a 1/5-scale (77" wingspan) and a 1/4.4 scale PT-17 (87" wingspan):

http://www.ziroliplans.com/ziroliplans/welcome.html

EJWash
Feb 20, 2010, 07:36 PM
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**sigh** all these great dreams, but so little space to build. maybe 1/5 would be better after all I get so excited with new projects...I just held up a tape measure to see 96.5 inches...thats a little too big I think
Feb 20, 2010, 08:34 PM
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^at least for now, Ill save my 1/4 servos for a corsair or somthing of the sort further on down the road
Feb 20, 2010, 08:40 PM
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I just think it's cool that you've got an itch to build!

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Feb 20, 2010, 09:17 PM
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**sigh** all these great dreams, but so little space to build. maybe 1/5 would be better after all I get so excited with new projects...I just held up a tape measure to see 96.5 inches...thats a little too big I think
Don't forget to measure your car too. That's how I limit my plane sizes.
Feb 21, 2010, 07:05 AM
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Don't forget to measure your car too. That's how I limit my plane sizes.
I measure my models, and buy a suitable vehicle !
Feb 21, 2010, 07:23 AM
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I measure my models, and buy a suitable vehicle !
Wise man. I use to do that, but I started liking smaller cars. Trailer is on order for this spring. I'm building a large bipe that I don't feel like assembling at the field every time.
Feb 21, 2010, 07:32 AM
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Wise man. I use to do that, but I started liking smaller cars. Trailer is on order for this spring. I'm building a large bipe that I don't feel like assembling at the field every time.
I had a Ford Ranger. My Ziroli Stuka didn't fit comfortably. I bought a F-150. Life was good !

Then I wanted to transport two or three giant scale models, at one time. I bought a trailer. LOL


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