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Oct 26, 2010, 10:46 AM
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Pilatus Porter 60

I started the 60" Span Pilatus Turbo Porter design 2 or 3 years ago and after being side tracked a couple times the progect ended up on the side lines. Then just for grins I looked in on the plans to see just how far along the project was, and after seeing it was closer then I remembered it to be, decided to go ahead and finish it up and get it built.

The model will be set up with an E-Flight 450 Outrunner for 5 ch. R/C (Yea, Flaps!), so should be a terrific small field flyer in spite of it's relatively large size.

Meanwhile, I desided also to modify the design to incorperate plug in wings to eliminate the joinery on top of the fuselage, and to use one servo for each flap and each aileron. And with that, the plans are done, and the p-type build is finally underway.
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Oct 26, 2010, 10:53 AM
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Yea-will be following this one! Sure wish Dumas would release your Storch, been waiting on that for a while

Oct 26, 2010, 10:53 AM
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Staring with the Fuselage

The fuselage side frames were built in the typical "Stick Frame" fashion. And since the landing gear starts in the middle of the fuselage, the center support is captured between two formers and is made up from a 1/32 ply with a lite ply core supported between two formers.

Next up is to join the sides, so stay tuned, there's more coming real soon..

Oct 26, 2010, 10:54 AM
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Steve, Yeah, me too. That's going to be a good one, and I know there's a bunch of guys out there chomping at the bit to get one built!

Oct 26, 2010, 03:40 PM
Cut it twice, still too short
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Always good to see one of your builds get started, glad I caught this one from the beginning. Yep, waitin on the Storch too!

Oct 26, 2010, 03:44 PM
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Doug, It's good to be back. Been so covered up with work that I haven't been able to work in a new p-type in way too long. Can't wait to get this one going. There's a couple of other far more complex designs in the works too, but figured it best to get back with one I could knock out quickly to get back in the groove. And who knows, maybe this one will be done in time to release for Christmas??

Oct 26, 2010, 03:55 PM
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Oct 26, 2010, 07:58 PM
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subscribed, looks nice - especially the 5' wingspan part.

Oct 26, 2010, 08:53 PM
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Yahoo! I've got a 42" rubber freeflight, and they flight absolutely freekin great!
Heh, wait a tick, what happened to the 172? I'm gonna do the same scheme as my freeflighter, the drug running one from AirAmerica, with the sharks teeth.
Oct 26, 2010, 09:06 PM
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What is the brand of the free flight?

Oct 26, 2010, 09:11 PM
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Pat, you think you could pull off running the 9x6 apc 4 blade on her? Would look scale...........

Oct 26, 2010, 09:18 PM
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Congratulations Pat. This should be an easy one. Nice and big and square.
I'm sure yours will be a real floater. Mine's a 73 inch wingspan and has no flaps. I wish I had put them on. Oh well, it weighs 4 pounds and 14 ounces. I'll be watching.

Oct 26, 2010, 10:09 PM
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Originally Posted by brennanj2

What is the brand of the free flight?

Heh John,
My freeflight is from the Al Lidbergh design.
Oct 27, 2010, 08:45 AM
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Joining the Fuselage Sides

The process begins by pinning the side frames to the Top / Bottom View of the plan and adding the upper cabin formers the cabin top stringer on center. Once the side frames are squared up and the formers are glued in place, the aft cabin former and front windshield header are added.
Oct 27, 2010, 08:51 AM
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Adding the First of the Bottom Formers

The fuselage frame is removed from the plan and the bottom formers added in the cabin area, beginning with the landing gear mount assembly. When the LG mount went in it occurred to me that it was basically unsupported on the lower longeron, so as you can see by the red lines on the plans, the bracing will be changed on the plans. I haven't decided whether or not I'll change the p-type -- just a curiosity as to how it might hold up as originally designed?? However, the change will be made on the plans since I know there will be some built that are not as light as the p-type will be, and don't want to take any chances in building in a sure point of failure.

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