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Feb 01, 2013, 01:50 AM
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Nice choice of aircraft to model. I have always liked the Macchi M5 - a similar type.
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Feb 01, 2013, 01:51 AM
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Curtiss America
Restoration so should be plenty of info for this one
Feb 01, 2013, 01:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Peter Mack
Nice choice of aircraft to model. I have always liked the Macchi M5 - a similar type.
Hi Peter

That was one of many I looked at Macchi the Curtiss and a Hansa Brandenburg were top of the list.of the list.
Feb 01, 2013, 02:56 PM
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Speaking of flying boats....

I found the Porco Russo Japanese animated movie kind of fun.
Available on Netflix rental.
Nice sound track anyway.

Good luck with your project.
Feb 01, 2013, 08:31 PM
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I feel like a kid again!
Building non stop with very little sleep, just can't put it down!

Few minor details and the Curtiss will be ready!

65.25 sq inch wing area
35 gm weight no battery
These I think are good numbers but really have no clue on this modern micro stuff.

Now watch. it will rain until July.
Feb 02, 2013, 07:04 PM
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Finished rigging the Curtiss last night.
Looks good!

Wife has camera out of town, pictures as soon as possible! Before Flight
Feb 02, 2013, 08:36 PM
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You got it done already???
Feb 02, 2013, 09:22 PM
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ya I can't wait
Feb 02, 2013, 10:25 PM
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Originally Posted by series57r
The flat bottoms of the foam boxes and plates is not flat
As far as flattening foam, get two sheets of glass that fit in your oven, and use them to sandwich the foam, then put in 175 degree F oven for around 12 minutes. Keep the foam away from the glass edges where direct heat can get to it, or wrap some aluminum foil around the edges of the sandwich.

The paper plates are OK for the tail group (generally stiffer than Depron), but you should really get some 2mm Depron as UNGN suggested.

If you're going to build with Depron, I suggest you become familiar with UHU Por as an adhesive - the link to RCFoam will also get you to Por. A good substitute is Beacon Foam Tac. Shipping is not that much if you load up on multiple items.

Plenty of sharp single edge razor blades, a steel ruler, some sanding sticks, Scotch Multipurpose tape for hinges, Frogtape Delicate Surface for holding parts together, and Naptha to clean up the Por should round out your Basic Depron Tool Kit.

As for working with Depron, there are plenty of builds on RCGroups in the Indoor/Micro forum, among others. Search for mtflyr threads for starters. Click on his name in the left side of one of his posts, and then go to "See all threads started mtflyr" by on the right side. Warning- you'll be entertained for weeks!

For models the size you're starting with, I recommend going with the Spektrum DX6i transmitter, an AR6400 brick, along with the Parkzone P-51 motor/gearbox.

Gene K
Feb 03, 2013, 02:56 PM
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Helps when the wife is away
Amazing how much 'work' can be done.
Semi retired helps!

Building and flying contest control line combat and stunt when a younger person
meant building almost every day and most nights.
Helps that the little airplane just fell together, was much simpler to build than it looked, cheated some with the shape helped as well.
Depron and superglue makes it that much easier.
Feb 03, 2013, 03:15 PM
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Thought the camera would be back today, tomorrow is new best guess.
She stayed an extra day to go shopping.
She will run out of $$$ eventually!

[As far as flattening foam, get two sheets of glass ]
Now that is a good idea!
Once the camber was in the wing panels the span wise curve was 95% flatened
and thread bracing removed all but a very small amount.

How do I get permission to use the oven!

Used the smaller thinner depron plates foe the tail feathers end.

Will look for the UHU Por.

The only thing I was missing from your list is the Frogtape Delicate Surface.
Have never heard of it. Place to buy it from?

After seeing mtflyr nice work I will be reading his post for sure.

A Sukhoi was donated to me along with a DX5. This is the guts I am using
in the Curtiss, is this the AR6400 Brick?
I was told this is an older Sukhoi and the newer ones are different?

I was thinking it is the same as in the Dh Mosquito but being new have not dissected it. Also bought a GeeBee R2 with gyro and bigger(?) motor
so I suspect this one is different?

Lots to learn
Feb 03, 2013, 07:19 PM
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As a guy who had two DX6i's an older DX6 and now flies with a DX8 I'd say get the DX8 if you can. The programming is MUCH better. What's programming? How about a little down elevator at full throttle to control ballooning or three levels of control or Expo. I use them all. I've had friends with DX5's complain their plane didn't fly as good or as easy as mine, but their plane on my well programmed radio flew just fine.

Hmm... On a flying boat the ballooning tendency might help on takeoff, but probably not in flight.

Feb 03, 2013, 07:21 PM
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BTW, Uhu Creativ is the same as Por. I guess they think it sounds more like a craft glue with that name.

Feb 03, 2013, 08:55 PM
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[Uhu Creativ is the same as Por]

What industry or what type store would this be found?

DX8 will be further down the road.
If the DX5 had adjustable Low Rate this would be all the radio I need.
I think the DX5 is around 70%, 50 would work better for me.

When I stopped flying R/C FM, Expo, Dual rate and servo reversing were
a new thing. My last radio had these features. A Futaba.

Feb 03, 2013, 10:21 PM
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Look here:

Yes a Clone Spektrum in hideous see thru orange. Rattle can would fix that easily :-)
But it's $65 ! and allegedly is a darned good copy :-)

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