Thread Tools
Sep 15, 2003, 03:00 PM
Registered User

Sterling Sopwith Camel


Sterling Sopwith Camel powered by a PAW .03 diesel and 3 channel (rudder, elevator, throttle) control
Sign up now
to remove ads between posts
Sep 15, 2003, 03:01 PM
Registered User

Thermic 50


Thermic 50 converted to 2 channel RC and powered by a Cox Pee Wee .020.
Sep 15, 2003, 04:21 PM
Registered User
Bud Morrison's Avatar

Re: Sterling Sopwith Camel


Quote:
Originally posted by mlbco
Sterling Sopwith Camel powered by a PAW .03 diesel and 3 channel (rudder, elevator, throttle) control
Was that a free flight kit ?
Sep 15, 2003, 08:26 PM
Registered User

Sterling Sopwith Camel


Bud,

This was from a Sterling rubber powered kit (24" span) that is discontinued. I bought this one on E-bay for $30 and converted it to RC. As you may have noticed from my pictures, I have a habit of converting old rubber power free flight kits to RC. They never flew worth a darn when I built them as a kid, but now I can fly them radio control!

Steve
Sep 15, 2003, 08:38 PM
Rocky Mountain High and Higher
PROACE's Avatar
Hi mlbco,
You seem to have the knack/art of converting those rubber power models to power figured out pretty well. Maybe you would be so kind as to share some of the techniques with us or (me) if no one else cares. I am very interested in converting the Guillow kits, as for now my attempts are far from successful.
Thanks,
Ace
Sep 15, 2003, 08:53 PM
Registered User

Guillow Conversions


Ace,

I started a separate thread on this list that shows 5 pictures of my BF 109 conversion.

Thanks,

Steve
Sep 15, 2003, 09:10 PM
Rocky Mountain High and Higher
PROACE's Avatar
OK, I'll look it up.
Thanks
Sep 16, 2003, 03:12 AM
Registered User
Tony Oliver's Avatar
PROACE - I care too!

mlbco - it's good to come across a real modellers - these conversions are superb. It's just like seeing the ingenuity and originality you get at somewhere like Old Warden for the first time.

A breath of fresh air.

Tony
Sep 16, 2003, 01:22 PM
Registered User
MZanders's Avatar
Really like that Dr.I!! I've got the same kit and a peewee here.. brings me to idea's... howzit flying? More pics or a website perhaps?

This is my 1/2A: Graupner's Citabria.. Cox Black widdow.049 power.
Sep 16, 2003, 01:41 PM
Registered User

Dr1


The Dr1 flies fine, much better than I would have ever thought for such a small plane at 8 oz weight. I did enlarge the vertical tail a bit for more stability. The rudder control is still touchy so don't use too much, maybe ± 3/8 inch at first.

I got started in this 'conversion' rut a few years ago when my friend Alan Porter showed up at my house with his own converted Guillows Dr1 powered by a Cox 020. We went to the field to test fly it, both of us expecting to see his nice model crumpled to bits after the first scary hand launch. To our surprise it flew and flew well! It was amazing to watch his miniature triplane meandering around the local park with the sun shining through the tissue wings. We were both sure it would snap roll or do something horrible in those first few seconds after launching, but it behaved itself. I wouldn't call it any easy model to fly, but certainly a fine model for winds under 10 mph.

Since then we were both hooked and started converting other Guillow and Sterling WW1 planes. We convinced another friend, Steve Adams to do the same and that's when the WW 2 models started to be converted. I would like to build another DR1 with a PAW diesel in it instead of the high RPM glow engine.

Here is another picture some of Alan's Dr1 and D-7 along with mine. Alan ran the tissue through a color printer to make the lozenge patterns for his model.
Sep 16, 2003, 08:57 PM
Registered User
Bubbafly's Avatar
Here is my latest project. Still have a few nit-picky things to do before it is ready to fly.
This is a 35.00 Lanier Dominator 200 kit. I clipped the wing to 30", thinned the airfoil a little bit, put some edges on the tailfeathers, and generally used just enough wood to keep it together. The engine is a .061 Norvel ( C/L ) with an APC 5.5x4 prop. I probably took a little speed off by putting landing gear on it, but we have a nice paved runway, why not use it?

Bubbafly
Sep 16, 2003, 08:58 PM
Registered User
Bubbafly's Avatar
Another pic, gives you an idea of the size.
Sep 16, 2003, 08:58 PM
Registered User
Bubbafly's Avatar
The business end!!
Sep 17, 2003, 03:27 AM
Registered User
Tony Oliver's Avatar

Half A


This was a model built from a plan I got from a pal. I think it was a Bowman Kit originally. It's a bit quick and a bit small so you need to be ahead of it when flying.

Powered by an MVVS 1.5cc diesel with a fuel cut-off in case of a need to slow it down.

Tony
Sep 17, 2003, 10:08 AM
Registered User

Sterling Fokker D7


This is a Fokker D7 built from an old Sterling kit. I originally planed to fly it with an peewee 0.020 which is shown in the photo (with the head hidden behind the cowl screen). I think the model came in around 10 ozs with the 0.020. After experimenting around with the engine and exposing the head for more power, I finally gave up on the 0.020 an put a killer bee 0.049 engine with a dragonfly throttle into it. It is pretty overpowered in this configuration but flies and throttles well.

Alan


Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Category Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Gallery Post your 1/2A pics #2 Bud Morrison 1/2A Planes 1272 Mar 17, 2017 10:44 PM
Post Your Zagi 400X Pics Here HavingFun2002 Foamies (Kits) 63 Feb 02, 2003 01:21 AM
Post your Aeroflakes meet pics here Jgardner Scratchbuilt Indoor and Micro Models 38 Jan 24, 2003 03:44 PM
Post your fun fly pics here. Paul Susbauer 3D / Fun Fly Fuel Planes 8 Jan 23, 2003 03:11 AM
Post Your Corona Building Pics cactus Electric Heli Talk 27 Jun 05, 2002 08:34 AM