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Made from an unknown plan, help please

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Stuart Marsden08/07/2016 20:21:27
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I have just purchased a 108 inch span Taylocraft, it has a petrol engine believed by the seller (who never flew this or did much other than decide the tubular aileron mech wasn't much use). The model has a mould made 2 part cowl. That's all I have now and hope someone may recognise the an maker or shed any light. I am lead to believe the petrol engine is 28 cc. Any ideas on anything please post. Best regards Stuart Marsden

cymaz08/07/2016 20:49:38
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Any pics...Blackhorse models did one I think

Stuart Marsden08/07/2016 20:52:51
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I will have a go tomorrow and try to identify the engine and take some images. If I don't come back on by Tuesday it's because I have to have some eye surgery, so out for at least a week.

Percy Verance08/07/2016 21:26:07
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It's a bit of a shot in the dark without pictures Stuart.......... indecision

Stuart Marsden09/07/2016 13:09:48
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Stuart Marsden09/07/2016 13:10:55
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I hope someone will be able to identify the engine, I was told 28cc but wouldn't be sure about that?

Stuart Marsden09/07/2016 13:14:46
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Here is a side viewengine side view

Stuart Marsden09/07/2016 13:15:51
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Here is a shot of the tail wing span 108inches 1/4 scale, any ideas who drew the plan please.

Percy Verance09/07/2016 14:23:47
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Hi again Stuart

We've now got some pictures of the engine installation and the tailplane (it's not a tail wing!), but what might help further are some general pictures of the model from a few paces back, so we can get a look at the whole model......

Might it be a 1/4 scale Airsail Auster I wonder?  To me, it doesn't have the look of an artf. The covering overlap onto the F1 former has that own built look. And the scale trim tab on the port elevator doesn't strike me as something you'd find on the average artf job. I specifically mention the 1/4 scale Airsail Auster as one of our club members has recently completed one, and there are certainly some similarities to the model shown here.......

I couldn't help but notice the engine has one of those hugely inefficient tin box *silencers*, so beloved of Chinese petrol engine makers. 

 

 

 

Edited By Percy Verance on 09/07/2016 14:45:41

Stuart Marsden09/07/2016 19:43:15
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Thank you, I believe this is a Taylorcraft built from a plan but don,t know which and as you probably know there is a natural link between Taylorcraft, Piper and Auster. I really wanted to identify the plan and more importantly the engine. Thanks once again

Percy Verance09/07/2016 20:09:18
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Sorry I can't help with the engine Stuart, other than to say it's one of the converted industrial types, not a model specific designed job. That doesn't narrow it down greatly I'm afraid. It looks like it's fitted with a Walbro carb (or a copy), but that's as far as I'm guessing.

I still have a hunch it's a 1/4 scale Airsail Auster though. Looks to be reasonably well built from what I've seen thus far.

ChrisB09/07/2016 20:20:23
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Could be a Mike smart designs aircraft? It's not an ARTF just doesn't have that look to it.

The engine looks like a zenoha but the aircraft engines they produce don't have bulb prime carbs or exhausts with a strap around them. There is a lug on the head for the exhaust wrap to fit around. I somehow think that it's a very well done strimmer conversion but can't be sure.

The Colour of the hub and prop driver is different to the case and head. It looks newer and lees used so may well be a conversion.

Stuart Marsden09/07/2016 20:44:21
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The plot thickens, I am going to put some servos and receiver in over the coming days and hope to start the engine. A.more ideas welcome. Best regards Stuart

Percy Verance09/07/2016 20:45:04
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I don't think so Chris, as Mike Smart doesn't have a Taylorcraft/Auster in his range I'm aware of. He has two types of Cub (J3 and Super Cub), but no others I know of. His plans are well detailed though. I have the Hornet Moth, and it's mightily impressive. Belair supplied my cut parts set to suit the plan, and this was good too.

A fellow club member has built a J3 Cub from a Mike Smart plan, and reported all as good.

I'd agree re: the engine. It's almost certainly some sort of industrial conversion. Whether it was supplied for use by the maker as we see it, or actually modified to fit this model, I haven't a clue. The intake trumpet looks impressive. I've not seen one as big as that.......

On closer inspection, the cowl laying on the floor doesn't look like an Auster though......yet the wide cabin area does! The fin isn't as pointed as Austers I've seen either. I'm having reservations about my earlier guess........

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edited By Percy Verance on 09/07/2016 20:58:59

Martin Harris09/07/2016 21:07:36
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I'm not an Auster afficionado - don't like the look of them and didn't enjoy either of the Airsail 1/6 scale examples I maidened for clubmates so there may be variants I'm unaware of but the fin looks wrong for it to be the AOP9 modelled by Airsail - as does the fin construction if my Chipmunk is any guide...

Looking at the cowl, I'd think it's likely to be a Taylorcraft but of course it could be a wartime licence built version by Auster...

P.S. sorry to overlap Percy - got sidetracked while writing the above...

Edited By Martin Harris on 09/07/2016 21:08:40

Percy Verance09/07/2016 21:19:21
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Apologies not needed Martin. Yes, the tail end certainly looks Auster, but that cowl on the floor most certainly isn't. And as you point out, the AOP9 version of the Auster (as modelled by Airsail) has that distinctive squared off fin assembly and large fin strake.....

This could well keep me awake tonight......... indecision

 

Edited By Percy Verance on 09/07/2016 21:22:08

Essjay09/07/2016 22:23:13
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That looks very much like a McCulloch motor which has been converted to electronic ignition.

I had a McCulloch 32 in a quarter scale cub some years ago. The trouble with these strimmer motors (as I found) is that they are really heavy and underpowered. Mind you my Super Cub did weigh the best part of 18lb!!

Speaking of cubs, that cowl looks remarkably like the one on my Super Cub.

Steve

PS. There's a pic of my Super Cub in my photos

Edited By Essjay on 09/07/2016 22:25:25

Martin Harris10/07/2016 01:17:12
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108" would equate to 36' span at 1/4 scale which would fit with several Taylorcraft or Auster models but not with a Cub.

Steve, my 1/4 scale J3 Cub weighs a similar amount (if not slightly more) but flies quite nicely on an ASP 160 twin. You can't beat a Cub on a nice summer afternoon - if only such a thing still existed!

Stuart - was this where you bought it - if not, the original seller from a year ago (there's a phone number) might be able to assist if it happens to be the same one...several features seem to fit!

Edited By Martin Harris on 10/07/2016 01:55:48

Stuart Marsden10/07/2016 07:32:18
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Yes this is the model which I bought this week, but the seller can't remember a cannot find the plan or cowl mould but has them somewhere. Thanks for everybody's help. Best regards Stuart

stu knowles10/07/2016 09:46:29
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This is this one of those competitions where you have to identify the aircraft from a pic of one tiny bit...... Where does it say what the prizes are?

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