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Old Feb 28, 2011, 05:33 PM
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Puppeteer from Switzerland

Hello guys, my name is Ruggero and I write (a little) from Switzerland, sorry for my english (google ), but would like to introduce my Flair Puppeteer.
I learned a lot by reading this useful topic. Thank you all for what you have written and what you taught me.

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Flair Puppeteer - GAM Stabio Switzerland (3 min 13 sec)

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Old Apr 07, 2011, 04:43 AM
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Verrrry nice build. Thank you for posting.

I am just starting a build so this will be very help full I hope.

Cheers Phil
Old Jan 23, 2012, 06:03 AM
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puppeteer undercarriage mounting?

I've just acquired a partly built puppeteer. Fuselage, wings, tail, are completed and covered. I need to build and mount the undercarriage, but the plans don't seem to show the details. Just how does the undercarriage mount on the fuselage and wings? It would be very convenient to be able to easily dismount the lower wing from the fuselage for storage and transport using the wing mount bolt. The undercarriage needs to be easily detached to do this. How's it supposed to be held onto the body/wings?
Old Jan 23, 2012, 06:40 AM
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The stock gear is VERY short and VERY wide. I replaced this with something a bit more scale. On both the stock and my custom gear, the music wire cross-pieces slot into slotted beams in the fuse and embedded into the wing. They are held in with four plastic or brass tabs. It's pretty basic. And yes you have to remove the gear to take off the lower wing. The good news is that you only have to removed the rear tabs and then the gear will swing forward allowing your to remove the wing.
Old Jan 23, 2012, 08:33 AM
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The undercarriage sits on two recessed hardwood blocks, and is held in place by four plastic keepers, which are held in place by self tapping screws.
Have included a pic of my electric converted PUP.
Will try and post some more helpful pics for you tonight.
Old Jan 24, 2012, 03:56 PM
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Sorry about the poor picture quality, but my Pup is in winter storage in a rather poorly lit loft.

The wing is not in situ, but you can just behind the cowl; the slot in to which the front part of the UC sits; and the holes for the self tapping screws.

There is a similar slot on the lower wing.

If you cannot see these on your model it could be that:
a) You need to remove the covering
b) The blocks have been put in the wrong way up, hence no recess
c) Mine is an old version of the kit and things may have changed.
Old Jan 25, 2012, 04:17 AM
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Undercarriage mounting and inter-wing struts

Many thx Ortho10 for heading into the loft for those pics, and to abufletcher for the tip about the UC folding forward. I have the slot on the front of the fuselage but cant see the one under the wing. I've also found the four plastic tabs in one of the boxes. I'll have to dig around a bit to find the wing slot. I need to demount both wings for easy transport and storage, so I'll look around for some miniature knurled nuts for the body to upper-wing strut fastenings.
The next question is about the embedded attachments for the inter-wing struts. The hardwood struts have never been finished... it was a work in progress. In my case the attachments points on the lower wing have broken off. They were very thin and brittle plastic (much thinner than credit card plastic) and with a distinctly home bodged look. The inter-aileron connecting tabs are metal. Just what material were those inter-wing strut attachment points meant to be? I have the feeling they should be reasonably robust to withstand my rough first landings (maybe even a wing tip touchdown).
Old Jan 25, 2012, 05:09 AM
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The strut attachment points on the original kit were metal and you were supposed to solder an M3 nut onto each one. Then you pass an M3 bolt through a hole in the end of the strut and thread it into the soldered nut.

By the way, you might find this video I made of the building of my Puppeteer informative.

Building the Flair Puppeteer (2 min 16 sec)
Old Jan 26, 2012, 05:41 AM
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Thx abufletcher. That's a great video and a beautiful build. I can (briefly) see answers to many of my questions. Did you ever do a picture gallery? I'm going to open up the wings and do a rebuild of those strut ends.
Old Jan 26, 2012, 05:53 AM
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I built my Puppeteer from start to maiden in six week, because I desperately needed some WWI biplane experience. I added my build into an already running thread on various Puppeteer builds (on RCU):
Old Jan 26, 2012, 05:56 AM
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By the way, did the prior builder put servos into both of the lower wings? The original plan (as I recall) uses a single servo in the fuselage with a bellcrank operation. That almost always results in a LOT of slop on the ailerons. Much better and much easier to just have a servo in each (lower) wing.
Old Jan 12, 2015, 10:22 AM
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In photo 371 you have a flush mounted filler where am I able to purchase one of these?
Old Mar 25, 2015, 03:38 PM
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I have this kit as well. Hope to start it soon!
Old Jul 08, 2015, 04:28 AM
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During last winter we started to build 5 flair puppeteers.
Me use a Saito FA-72B.
Two are now finished and flying.
You can see a build log at
Maybe this helps other during the build.
Attached is a picture of the maiden flight of mine.
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Thinking of doing a winter refubish of my pup which is looking a little old and worn. Has anyone added riblets to the wing? Looking for a CAD file so I can get some laser cut.

Also how much solartex does the pup consume. Thinking it must be in the order of 5m of antique linen and 1m of the olive drab.

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