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Old Aug 10, 2010, 11:43 AM
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Midwest Tri Squire.... Post yours here


I've had 2 Midwest trisquires over the years and am building one for electric. The first one I built used an OS super regen rx and bonner escapement. I have always thought this to be the best trainer ever built. It is really fun to shoot landings with this bird. I believe the lifting stab is what really made this bird exceptional. A lot of fond memories about to come alive once more.
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Old Aug 10, 2010, 01:31 PM
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The Tri Squire looks nice.
What is the wing covered with?
Are you building from a kit or just from plans?

I'm working on one now, should be ready next spring.
It will also be electric.

Paul
Old Aug 10, 2010, 03:21 PM
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The Midwest Tri-Squire was my first RC plane in the early '70's. Had a Fox .15 RC on the nose and a EK Logitrol Little Red Brick radio. Lots of fond memories and a swell flyer. I'm finishing up a plan build Tri-Squire now. Need to add the cowl sheeting and the wing tips and cover. Haven't found the correct landing gear yet though so it may end up a taildragger (!). Nevertheless, I do like this particular model! I'll get a couple of pics up soon.

Soft landings,

Joe
Old Aug 10, 2010, 03:57 PM
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The Tri Squire looks nice.
What is the wing covered with?
Are you building from a kit or just from plans?

I'm working on one now, should be ready next spring.
It will also be electric.

Paul

Thanks. I'm using mica film. It has no adhesive so you need to coat the frame with balsarite first. Micafilm looks more like silk and dope and that's the look I wanted. I'm building from plans.
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Old Aug 10, 2010, 04:01 PM
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The Midwest Tri-Squire was my first RC plane in the early '70's. Had a Fox .15 RC on the nose and a EK Logitrol Little Red Brick radio. Lots of fond memories and a swell flyer. I'm finishing up a plan build Tri-Squire now. Need to add the cowl sheeting and the wing tips and cover. Haven't found the correct landing gear yet though so it may end up a taildragger (!). Nevertheless, I do like this particular model! I'll get a couple of pics up soon.

Soft landings,

Joe
I'd like to see your pics. Midwest also had a taildragger called the Esquire. I had one of those once. Funny, we use to find a hill and test glide them before flying under power. Nice way to check things out.
Old Aug 10, 2010, 06:11 PM
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The mica film looks great. Did you change the vertical fin?
Looks a little more streamlined than mine.
I covered mine with yellow silk.
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Old Aug 10, 2010, 07:00 PM
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The mica film looks great. Did you change the vertical fin?
Looks a little more streamlined than mine.
I covered mine with yellow silk.
Paul
I'm not sure about the fin. I thought I built it per plan. Have a pic of yours? I thought about silk but decided not to deal with it. Royal use to sale packages of colored silk. Where can you find silk nowadays?

Anybody build a Skysquire? I had the kit once but sold it when I didn't have the time to build.
Old Aug 10, 2010, 07:05 PM
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A couple more pics.
Old Aug 11, 2010, 07:35 AM
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I've been buying my silk fom here.
http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/3374-AA.shtml
It only comes in white, I've been using Ritt Dye to add color, works well.

I'll get some pictures today.

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Old Aug 11, 2010, 07:43 AM
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Thanks for the link. How did you apply your dope and which type of dope did you use? Butyrate or nitrate?
Old Aug 11, 2010, 09:12 AM
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Haven't found the correct landing gear yet though so it may end up a taildragger (!)
Joe, you want my nose gear? The problem is its still attached to the fuselage. Maybe I'll just take a saw to it. If I ever build another Tri-Squire, I'll probably start from scratch anyway.

Tom
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Thanks for the link. How did you apply your dope and which type of dope did you use? Butyrate or nitrate?
I used butyrate dope. I use a 3/4 inch camels hair brush.
Here's a how to.
http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/show...72&postcount=4
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Great looking work! Thanks for the links. It's been a while since I've covered with silk and my memory isn't what it used to be
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Washing silk?


After dying do you hand wash the silk or machine wash?
Old Aug 11, 2010, 01:32 PM
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[QUOTE=skypup;15764588]After dying do you hand wash the silk or machine wash?[/QUOTEI hand wash while the silk is still wet.


After the silk dries I wash again with a little dish wash detergent.
Then I put it on the back porch to dry.

I skipped the second wash on some red silk. It bled through the colors so much I painted it red.


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