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Oct 24, 2003, 05:42 PM
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Slow build... but getting there!

I've been messing with this thing for a while off and on... okay, more like off. A lot of just looking at it. I meant to post pictures a long time ago, so here it is to share.

Everything on this plane is removable. Even the tail assembly comes off in one piece by removing two 2-56 bolts.

Top veiw...

Side view...

Servo setup...

Motor area. Motor will be zip-tied to the mount/fuselage.

Area where camera mount will attach someday...

Another view...

Woohoo! Steerable tailwheel...

Did the ole taxi test up and down the road without wings. Tailwheel setup worked great. Oh yeah, I let my guard down and my wife caught me measuring up her little digital camera. I still haven't found where she hid it.
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Oct 24, 2003, 05:47 PM
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Ok, is it a scratch build, or one of the many "stick" planes that I have not experienced?
Oct 24, 2003, 06:04 PM
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Slow build maybe, but that bird just oozes quality

Love the alloy wheels. What are they ?

That's got to be scratch built ?

Well done.

Oct 24, 2003, 06:57 PM
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Looks awesome. If that one occupied any airspace near them... even the neatest of my contraptions would fold their wings from devastating aesthetical shockwave.
Oct 24, 2003, 07:14 PM
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I say you make it an ARF kit and blow GWS out of the water!
Man I want one!
Oct 24, 2003, 08:55 PM
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It's kind of scratch built. The wing and tail surfaces are from the EZ400G. The rest of it was scratched. Wing mount are 3/16 ply and 1/2 inch balsa sandwiched together. The fuse is 1/2 inch 6061T6 aluminum I had laying around. Motor mount is an idea I borrowed from someone here using 3/4 inch PVC coupling. Bent my own main gear and used a tailwheel assembly that came from Esprit. I got those main wheels from Debbies RC World in Virginia Beach years ago when I did gassers. They're made by Precision Model Products. I found it couple months ago when I was rummaging around my shed.

I had originally installed the servos at the tail section. Made the plane too tail heavy. Tonight this plane will be completed for test flying... when the wind isn't blowing on my day off. Tomorrow I'll be looking for that camera while my wife is a t work.
Oct 25, 2003, 05:05 AM
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Fantastic job!

It kind of looks like a high tech duskstick!
Very good quality all round!
Let us know how it flies! Pics of it in the air!?!?
Oct 26, 2003, 10:22 PM
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See how the tinted wing shines on the camera mount area. That caused me grief on my Aspire, turned all my pictures purple. I had to paint over the offending wing with gray primer.
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Oct 27, 2003, 03:05 AM
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Pcbytes, I'm seriously impressed with your model! I could gawp at those pics for ages!? I'd definitely buy one if you were willing to make another!!
We MUST see pics of it flying!
By the way, how did you manage to put so many great quality pics in one post?

Oct 27, 2003, 08:06 AM
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That is a very good-looking plane.

Oct 27, 2003, 01:41 PM
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Sheesh, it was too windy on Saturday and rained Sunday. Today, I got off work 2 hours early and now the sky is about to burst its britches. I will take pictures of it flying and post it here. I think it will do well. AUW so far is 26 oz. before camera setup.

Extremeone, I remember that problem you had a while back. I will do something before a camera is mounted and flying.

Thermite, my ISP hosts my pictures and I use the IMG button in the Post Reply window. The camera I used is a Toshiba, model #PDR-T20. My wife had a Polaroid that barely had 1MP. She used it a lot and thought it was great. This year for her birthday, I bought her the Toshiba. It takes pictures a 100X better than what she used and I am forever in her debt. Well, I see the 4MP prices are coming down and I think she gets one for Christmas.
Nov 05, 2003, 08:52 PM
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How about an update on this bird?

You get it airborne yet?
Nov 16, 2003, 01:12 PM
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I like this plane! I'm thinking about to buy one
I hoped there was also a larger version of it, like 2 meters. But unfortunately there isn't...
Can it carry a pencam easily?


Nov 16, 2003, 01:19 PM
Look! Up in the sky!
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Originally posted by Gliding-Peter
I like this plane! I'm thinking about to buy one
I hoped there was also a larger version of it, like 2 meters. But unfortunately there isn't...
Can it carry a pencam easily?


This plane should be able to easily carry 5 pencams.
Nov 16, 2003, 01:30 PM
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