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Classic 1970s Patternship

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Andy Stephenson09/08/2020 11:47:17
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Andy Stephenson09/08/2020 12:20:16
220 forum posts
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Not exactly a build log but the latest results from the workshop. I wanted something a bit Superstar like but couldn't find a good enough plan (the ones on the freezone are too low-rez). I had this plan in the box since the mid 70s and looked at it from time to time. What with all the free time we have these days I decided to have a go. 70s builds are quite wood intensive so I changed the construction methods, using sheet over formers and stringers for the fuz and the more usual square spar top and bottom rather than the method shown of cutting halfway through a full depth spar. I have added motorised retracts and the usual 2 servo aileron control. To get prop-to-ground clearance. I had to cut the front of the wing root back to allow room for the retract nose gear. I guess in the old days they didn't use anything bigger than an 11" prop albeit very coarse pitch. Balancing may be an issue but I have the choice of using an Irvine .61/.72 or a .53. With such a long nose moment it may be possible to use the smaller engine if the weight can be kept down to the 6Lb.


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