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Feb 14, 2013, 11:57 AM
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Peanut Scale Citabria 12"

Hi all -

This is just a reference (along with a single photo) pointing to the original post of my newly completed Peanut Scale Citabria under Scale Models. Since the little peanut qualifies as both scale and indoor/micro thought I'd touch base in both Forums.

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Feb 14, 2013, 12:17 PM
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Jeff, That is one of the best looking peanut model, rubber or other wise I have ever seen of the Citabria! Fantastic job. Especially the color tissue combination. It is so nice to see a model expertly done.
Feb 14, 2013, 12:39 PM
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Lovely model..very nicely built.
Oddly I have a 36" span version. Very similar.. except being of Red /White stick/film for 049 power and 36" span
It is surprisingly Aerobatic= Citabria.
Feb 14, 2013, 12:42 PM
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Thanks for the kind words, MC. It took a rediculously long time to complete, almost too much effort per gram of output <g>. But it was nonetheless a gratifying return to the building methods of my youth. That I can fly it as indoor RC is just icing on the cake.
Feb 14, 2013, 12:45 PM
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Beautiful work, Bare!! And I have those plans as well. I referenced them prior to starting this project as a possible starting point. In the end, I drew plans directly from a set of 3-views. How does your Citabria fly? Can't tell if you included ailerons.
Feb 14, 2013, 01:40 PM
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thanx She's an Oldster, built in mid *80's and not flown since mid 90's.
Too pretty to play model baseball with.. So I kept it safe..
If memory serves, it was a surprisingly agile model, Loops and stall turns with ease and light enough so landings needed lots of gliding room.
I'm thinking that yours will do similar.. a fair turn of speed and long approaches
Sans ailerons though (which I would not omit if building it today)
Photo is surprisingly blurry.. sorry.
Simple appearing stick builds DO take an inordinate amount of work. Worthwhile when it's finally over tho :-)
Was thinking of installing a 24 gm 2730 in it .. soon.. it needs using.
Somewhere? I have a PDF of the plan. Typically, it remains elusive when needed.
Feb 14, 2013, 01:53 PM
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"It needs using."

Yup! My longtime flier friends are re-powering and upgrading hardware in our long neglected older birds. Planes that haven't flown in decades are getting a whole new life with dsm, brushless and lipo technology.
Feb 15, 2013, 01:50 PM
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Just a flying update. Was able to get in a brief outdoor flight this morning. I am pleased to report that the bitty Citabria flies wonderfully! More than enough power. Climbed realistically on about half throttle, straight and level. Flew very steady for such a wisp of a thing. The Ember/MinoiVapor power/Rx proved to be a very good combo for peanut scale at @20g. No need to go brushless. Tests were cut short regrettably because I lost rudder function on the brick. No harm to the plane, but forces me to order and replace the brick. I had ! previous signs of malfunction but thought if was transitory. Guess not. Anyway, that's what I know.


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