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Mar 07, 2020, 10:19 AM
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Fieseler Storch Build Thread - Storchschmiede 1:3.5 Scale


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I thought I would send some info on this full composite kit from Storchschmiede (Storch Factory) in Germany as it has been a very positive experience.

Following a very good experience building the big 1/3 Wilga from Tomahawk Aviation also in Germany (also all composite) I wanted to try another.

The full scale model of the Storch is mostly fabric covered and while that would naturally lend itself toward a fabric covered model, the composite version (Storchschmiede offers both types of construction) I chose for the ease of build, strength and light weight (significantly lighter they say).

The molded parts have amazing detail and are the finest I have experienced.

The engineering accuracy of all of the various location markings and parts of this model are excellent and this makes it much easier to put together!

See some pics below from the Storchschmiede site:

http://storchschmiede.de/index.php?o...=92&Itemid=583

Note that the detail molded in includes all of the pinking tapes, and even the grain of the fabric covering from the master model that the molds were taken from.

Note: the model was designed by Alfred Benzing at Storchschmiede and he had the composite molding done by Thomas at Tomahawk Aviation.

More to come!



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Mar 07, 2020, 10:26 AM
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Here are a few pics of a finished 1/4 scale Storchschmiede Fieseler Storch also composite:



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Mar 07, 2020, 10:37 AM
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I started this build on Dec 27th and will post pics of some of my progress-



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Mar 07, 2020, 10:40 AM
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The day I started was looking over all of the fiberglass/carbon composite parts and planning where to start.



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Mar 07, 2020, 10:43 AM
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As this will not be a full build thread, I will post the highlights of the build and answer questions that you might have-



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Mar 07, 2020, 10:45 AM
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First thing I did was rough cut-out the windows to help access the cabin for the build.

I carbon fabric lined the bottom of the fuselage to add strength for when you pick up the model it will prevent flexing and cracking later - I did this on the big Wilga and it worked great!



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Mar 07, 2020, 10:52 AM
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Here are some pics of the carbon tubes I added just like the full scale and also trying on the landing gear for the first time!



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Mar 07, 2020, 11:07 AM
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This model has a wingspan of 4 meters (157 inches)
I estimate it will weigh around 50-55 lbs when done with all the scale bits added.
The big Wilga (3.7 meters) weighed 65 lbs wet with all of the added scale features and flew amazing (slow and light) - these are big planes that fly great (a lot of wing!)
Mar 08, 2020, 01:05 AM
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More carbon tubes added and glued inplace with Hysol epoxy

Over 100 carbon tubes added - really stiffens the structure.

Replicates the steel tube fuse on the original.



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Mar 08, 2020, 01:07 AM
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Also note the plywood tow hook/servo setup on the upper mid fuselage.



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Mar 08, 2020, 09:39 AM
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The door was carefully cutout using the Dremel saw blade - very thin line to minimize the cut width.

Also see the size of the plane with the wings on while I am trial fitting the wing joiners. - the fuse is around 9 feet long!



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Mar 08, 2020, 09:45 AM
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The engine is from Roto in the Czech Republic

They specialize in four-stroke motors and make them for UAV's and model airplanes.

This is a beauty! - all CNC machined and even came in a nice wood box.

Engine model is - Roto 130 FSI

The three cylinder inline should fit nicely into the long cowl of the Storch.

I will make a custom scale exhaust and that will be a challenge!



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Mar 08, 2020, 09:13 PM
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On many of my planes I stand them on end to align the motor to the cowl for centering.

On most kits, the motor alignment marks are rarely accurate.

So what I do is secure the fuse in a vertical position and set the motor on the motor mount and put the cowl into accurate place.

Then move the motor around till it is perfectly centered and carefully remove the cowl and mark the motor position.



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Mar 08, 2020, 09:17 PM
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With the long engine and with the right/down thrust-line, I had to mount the engine slightly off of the side of the motor mount so I made a plate from 1/4" 6061-T6 aluminum plate to carry the load off to the side and still have four secure bolts thru the motor mount.



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Mar 08, 2020, 09:21 PM
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Motor well centered!



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