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Feb 04, 2008, 01:58 AM
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Eflite Piper Pawnee - What are you doing with yours?


I'm surprised to see so little talk about this plane considering how universal it is...

Pictures! Videos! Anybody towed any gliders yet?!!!

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Feb 04, 2008, 07:42 AM
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No towing as of yet, but that's the plan when the thermals start getting easier to find.

I have been flying mine from time to time and am amazed at how little power is required to keep her floating.

I'd like to inflict one particular modification, scale gear - for two reasons. First, it'll look better, and secondly - the provided gear is rock hard. Anything less than perfect results in an ugly bounce.
Feb 04, 2008, 08:09 AM
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plane might be a bit on the small side to do any towing, even the larger 80" version may be limited considering the all up weight around 8~9 pounds.

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Feb 04, 2008, 06:43 PM
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I experienced some success towing up an Easyglider with a 48" WS, 25 ounce Herr Cub. Things got dicey when we tried to turn - (was R/E ship), but it hauled it up. Comparatively, the Pawnee is a beast.

I don't plan on towing anything much heavier than the Easyglider. And the Easyglider "scales" nicely with the Pawnee.
Feb 04, 2008, 07:39 PM
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With the general rule of thumb of having a towplane that masses 50% more than the glider, both Pawnees from E-Flite will have some limitations on what can be towed.

Call it a 6 lb glider for the big one and a hair under 3 lbs for the little one.

You can tow bigger gliders, but they you will spend a lot of time on tow and every turn in the air while the glider is on tow can be a chance for more trouble, especially with the glider massing as much as the towplane.

The good news is that you can get some nice long scale tows....everything is a trade off....

I would certainly power up the bigger Pawnee to something like an an E-flite 60 for towing much of anything, though......that is one big model for an Power 46 or equivalent.....
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Feb 04, 2008, 09:04 PM
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You could modify and make it into a turbo Pawnee? Just saw this the other day...
Feb 04, 2008, 09:13 PM
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You could modify and make it into a turbo Pawnee? Just saw this the other day...
That is actually an Air Tractor...good bit bigger than a Pawnee (not that it really matters...)

http://www.airtractor.com/

another fine aerospace proiduct from Texas!...
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Feb 04, 2008, 10:38 PM
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I tow gliders with my Pawnee.


Feb 04, 2008, 11:00 PM
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Starting small...


If the gliders are light enough, it should be doable I think. I've got some ideas. I'm gonna start off with a Habicht slow-fly glider from hobby lobby that I've been sitting on for a while. its really light and only about 40 inches, but its a start. go up from there.

I plan to put a tow release on both aircraft.







Feb 06, 2008, 08:17 PM
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That is actually an Air Tractor...good bit bigger than a Pawnee (not that it really matters...)

http://www.airtractor.com/

another fine aerospace proiduct from Texas!...

Teaxs huh...funny. That's exactly where I saw it...in Beaumont.
Feb 07, 2008, 01:49 PM
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That is a much nicer color scheme than what was chosen for the 1/5 scale Hangar 9 release.

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I tow gliders with my Pawnee.


Feb 08, 2008, 11:44 PM
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hi guys i have a question about this plane. i bought one a few days ago and when i put the push rods for the controls in they felt that they were to hard to move.. have any of you guys had this problem. i went to the hobby shop today and bought smalle .062 diameter wire and that seems to work perfect with it....
Feb 08, 2008, 11:54 PM
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going to try putting a drop box on her

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=783798
Feb 08, 2008, 11:56 PM
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try to use this
Feb 09, 2008, 07:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Flyboy24
hi guys i have a question about this plane. i bought one a few days ago and when i put the push rods for the controls in they felt that they were to hard to move.. have any of you guys had this problem. i went to the hobby shop today and bought smalle .062 diameter wire and that seems to work perfect with it....

I had the same issue and found two things:

1) The covering needed to be trimmed at the aft exits
2) The plastic guides at the exits were too curvy


Even still, there is a small bit of friction on one side. I'm not certain, but think it may deserve a rework similar to yours. It seems to "hunt" a little when coming in for a landing.


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