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Dave Cunnington18/02/2019 21:48:29
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Using some old kitchen scales I reckon 1070 grams, with an empty fuel tank and no Rx battery.

Balance looks around 40% like this, the battery will bring it forward a touch, but seems it may need some lead

Yes, very gentle throttle and other handling will be done

PS my son 3D printed and painted the pilot, it's close enough to scale for me

extra slim18/02/2019 22:04:45
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Beautiful Dave.. I think I worked on 30%, but it came out more like 35%.. it flys best at a trundle Dave.. mine has quite a bit of downthrust.. and with the 25 upfront quarter to half throttle is all you need.. full power and it would loop !!.. fantastic job.. stunning little plane... shame we don’t know what it is.. ours is known as the “Billy West”.. after dads uncle who he remembers flying it in 1953.. good luck, I do hope she goes as well as mine.. fingers crossed. I would get it 1/4 throttle and a gentle hand launch..

Dave Cunnington27/02/2019 08:51:04
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Just don't ask - but it wasn't me on the sticks - it was a very very brief maiden !

For now you guys still have the only complete and flyable example

Lessons learnt and the rebuild will fly better - when I can get round to fixing it



Denis Watkins27/02/2019 09:18:19
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I have only just seen this post Dave, and what a beautiful model.

I can sympathise with the pilot when I think of a .25 makes my BiFly aerobatic, and your beauty with its tiny elevator and small rudder, and no ailerons.

It is obvious in your write up that this is a radio assisted free flight model.

We have two similar lads at my patch, complete with stitched hinged surfaces who have compromised with glow power, increasing the rudder and the elevators share of the original surface area

And building two wings, to incorporate ailerons, for a different flying experience.

Truely, one of the best models I ever fly, is an upgraded vintage model, with ailerons.

The owner still brings the non aileron wing for radio guided flight, and this is all achieved on an OS15

This is a great OP to read

Stuphedd27/02/2019 10:01:23
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A great shame David ,

get it repaired as quickly as poss . and better luck next time


Dave Cunnington27/02/2019 10:44:48
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Thanks guys, working on it very soon, with mods - watch this space

Rgds DC

extra slim27/02/2019 11:16:51
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truly gutted for you Dave... did it get lightly tossed in the air as I mentioned..??.. mine has a 1.5 diesel at a very blurp blurp setting and it flies great... a 25 revving will hurtle it into the air and cause a chaotic few seconds I would imagine.. back in the day these were of course free flight, and would be glide tested etc, and the engine was to just pull it along as opposed to hurtle it airbourne... would be interested to hear how it met the ground??

Dave Cunnington27/02/2019 13:24:06
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PM sent Slim, thanks. Check your box.

Rgds DC

Edited By Dave Cunnington on 27/02/2019 13:25:00

Glider Guider28/02/2019 03:48:14
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Such a shame Dave sad

i have to to say I thought the fuel tank was a little big?

maybe installing a smaller one would help ease up on the weight?

im sure you'll have it up again very soon yes

Dave Cunnington21/03/2019 21:19:15
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img_5817.jpgDone - for now it will be shelved, version 2 has an OS 10



Edited By Dave Cunnington on 21/03/2019 21:20:13

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