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May 06, 2010, 03:43 PM
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I did mention it somewhere...

I made the cowl from a plastic container... Home Depot... snack aisle. They sell plastic wide-mouth jars, about 1/2 gallon, of all kinds of snacks... trail mix, mixed nuts, pretzels, chocolate raisins, etc. Not sure of the brand, but they have several similar size containers with red lids. I get the ones with no reinforcing lip or ribs at the bottom... just plain smooth plastic jar.... makes a nice cowl. I pick these up all the time... nice to have snacks while I work... and the jars are also great for storing bolts and screws and nails.

The jar is exactly 5.125" diameter... perfect for 1/10-1/9 planes with Wasp Jr motors. To be honest, I built the plane because I already had the jar and thought to myself "this oughtta make a good cowl for something". I've also started plans for a 1/10 scale Grumman Goose.

Other planes I considered building at the same scale using this size cowl:
Beechcraft Model 18
Beechcraft Staggerwing
Canadian Fairchild
Douglas Dolphin
Fairchild 24G
Howard DGA-15
Lockheed Electra
North American BT-14
Seversky BT-8
Sikorsky S-39
Spartan Executive
Stearman Model 75
Stinson Reliant
Vought Kingfisher
Vultee BT-13
Waco SRE (and others)

That should keep me busy for awhile
Last edited by warhead_71; Nov 29, 2011 at 03:06 PM.
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May 06, 2010, 08:00 PM
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I'm gonna have to try this one!
May 06, 2010, 08:54 PM
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I vote for the Lockheed Electra Warhead! What a great looking bird, and with your building skills it would certainly be impressive.

May 06, 2010, 10:02 PM
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Nice progress.. and looking fantastic!
What software do you use for doing your design?

May 07, 2010, 09:55 AM
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I just make careful measurements and draw it up with Illustrator. I should learn to use Google Sketchup so I can make sure everything fits together in 3-D. So far so good. The canopy windshield took a little trial and error to get just right, but everything else goes together easily.

I took the plane out late last night during a lull in the rainstorms. The local park keeps their lights on all night, and the parking lot was completely empty for a bit of testing. I taxied around a bit to get a feel for her --- ground handling is excellent... tracks better than anything else I own... the steerable tail wheel gives me great control and seems aligned well to the rudder. I did a few straight runs at about half throttle and the tail was up in about 20ft... she bobbed up into the air a few times but I immediately throttled back to keep her on the ground. I'm 100% sure she'll fly... just need calm winds a a bit more light and I'm ready to go.
Last edited by warhead_71; May 07, 2010 at 10:04 AM.
May 07, 2010, 12:34 PM
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Awesome looking Dehavilland Beaver! I can't wait to read about the maiden flight.

I just started using Google Sketchup a few days ago. It is a great tool.
May 07, 2010, 01:31 PM
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And while researching where my CG should be, I came across this Depron Beaver, about 48". Looks nice, but seems pretty fragile.... extremely lightweight.

From everything I can find, CG seems to have a very wide range... from 25% to 33%. I'm balancing at about 28% with 2x 2200mah lipos Y'd in parallel... that extra lipo is an extra 6oz, but might as well add useful weight instead of lead.
May 07, 2010, 06:45 PM
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That's depron, but I have to say that it looks more fragile than it really is and not all the parts suffer the same damage; I have broken lots of noses but still have to break a depron wing.
2x2200 should give you plenty of time I suppose, maybe in the range of 40 minutes and that's good for a relax-aimed plane like the beaver.
May 09, 2010, 02:52 PM
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She flies!

Clear skies, 45degrees, winds steady at 10knots from the East. My runway was a little bouncy because the Park District recently "raked" the beach. I have some video of flight #2 and #3, but one of my flying buddies got the maiden,... mostly uneventful. I did bend one landing leg when I hit a rut... but fixed that in a matter of minutes.

I had to dial in a LOT of down elevator... I will probably cut The H-stab and reposition with +3deg incidence. My first hop she pulled up fast and it took some wrangling to keep her nose down. After I ran out of trim on the radio, I landed her and adjusted the sub-trim instead. Other than that, she's a fine flying bird... absolutely effortless circuits around the beach. No bad habits.

The motor took about 2/3 throttle on take-off, then I throttled back to just a click over 1/2 for scale cruising. I can go as low as 1/3 throttle and maintain altitude. Stalls are straight ahead... but you have to go REALLY slow to stall her. She floats like a glider... but the fuselage is draggy enough to slow her down when I want to. I have her set up with flaperons for now... the actual flaps are just tooth-picked in the "up" position. I think flaps are completely unnecessary, but I'll be adding them "just because it looks cool".

Enough chatter... here are a few pics. I'll post some video after I have time to edit it.
Last edited by warhead_71; May 09, 2010 at 02:58 PM.
May 09, 2010, 03:31 PM
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Thats awesome . What an amazing looking bird . One day when my skills improve i hope to try this bird , this has been a great build to follow and has given me alot of great info i never knew . thanx Warhead

May 09, 2010, 05:34 PM
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Fantastic maiden!! Uneventful is good! Thanks for letting us follow your build.

I'm sure everyone is looking forward to videos...Again, CONGRATS!!!! Dart
May 09, 2010, 06:44 PM
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Really nice Warhead. Looks great in the air and a lot of fun.
May 09, 2010, 06:56 PM
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CONGRATULATIONS! She looks too cool in those pictures and HAS TO fly cool too. Looks like the bumpy sand is no problem, I'd try some bigger, 'tundra' wheels just for fun .
May 09, 2010, 09:12 PM
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Bigger tires? These should help.............
May 09, 2010, 09:26 PM
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Well, I was actually thinking something like what he was using, just a couple of sizes bigger, but these should be good enough to 'land' on water

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