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Jul 15, 2018, 09:29 AM
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This was my first gas, biplane, and warbird so I hit the trifecta. I took my time triple checked all incidence came outwith a max total deviation of 1.2 to 1.4 degree variation. Had friends check it about every two weeks so I didn't build in our bury a mistake and have to RIP it apart. Fellow club member maddened it. Absolutely zero trim trim adjustments. Other than the landing flare it's like a two winded cub.
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Jul 16, 2018, 01:26 AM
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Maxford USA Bleriot XI 1/6 Scale - Diesel conversion


Maidened 15 July 2018.

No issues. 2.1 Kg AUW dry.

Flew better than expected. Like an old fashioned flat-bottom low wing trainer. No issues apart from being very 'squirrelly' on take off. Aileron is coupled to rudder (50% throw) to prevent skidding in turns.

The diesel "chug-a chug" sound at low RPM really adds to the 'arcane aircraft' experience.
Last edited by fiery; Jul 16, 2018 at 06:28 PM.
Jun 22, 2019, 01:28 PM
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I just found this thread so I thought I would chime in. I have the Maxford Neiuport 28. The ARF kit went together fairly well without any major issues. I've had the plane for several years now with over a hundred flights. The plane had the usual WWI cg problem. Getting enough weight forward to get a good cg. I built mounts for batteries inside the cowl, used a heavy hub and finally had to add some lead shot mixed with epoxy to the lower inside cowl lip. I originally had a SPE 26cc engine. But it was worn out and could no longer get parts so I replace with a DLE 20 that I had. (that is where I had to add the lead shot as it is lighter than the SPE. Power is adequate. The plane flys ok. The roll rate is slow even with maximum throws on the ailerons. The rudder is very effective. Also a lot of adverse yaw so you need to use a lot of rudder, even with differential ailerons, twice as much up as down.

The major draw back of the version I have is that there is no shock absorption in the landing gear. After an axle broke, I redesigned the gear to use bungees, much like the original. That helps a lot on lower stress on the airframe on takeoffs, landing and taxxing.


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