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    RE: New Giant GP Super Sportster!!!!!

    Oh, I forgot to mention, I opened up the box from Tower with my new Cowl and canopy. The canopy had a FOLD in it. Not from being packed. It was nicely tucked inside the cowl, and quite safe. It must have happened when it was cast, because that fold was set right into the plastic.

    I called Tower and told them what I found, and they're sending me a new one. The whole call took MAYBE two minutes.

    It was refreshing to see that kind of customer service, especially after having just returned from driving across the city to ship the wrong spinner back to Tru-Turn.

    I worked on my GSS fuse for a while yesterday too. It's looking pretty good. I should be covering it within the next week or so, time allowing, of course. I've been thinking of spraying a flat gray on the dash and surround area that will be under the canopy, rather than leaving it white. I thought about making the cockpit another color to, though I haven't settled on a color yet. I don't want to do it in silver, because the canopy has silver trim. I'd kinda like to do it in something lighter than the black it is now.

    Any thoughts?

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    RE: New Giant GP Super Sportster!!!!!

    I can't help with color suggestions, all of my color imagination was removed when I was in the Marines. The only color that seems "normal' to me is Marine green. It can have different shades though; white is just light green andblack is dark green.

    Made the mistake of painting an airplane green one time, it flew straight "home" into the nearest tree, won't do that again.

    I managed to get the bottom and sides of the fuselage covered today and no sock monkeys were injured during the event. Okay, I did accidentally lay the covering iron on his tail one time; as far as he knows it was an "accident.".
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    RE: New Giant GP Super Sportster!!!!!

    Only a madman would cover a plane in gre - uh, never mind.

    I'll bet he's monitoring you from a slightly greater distance now. I know. My cat doesn't come too near my covering irons now either. Those tails - just too tempting as iron-rests, don'tcha think?

    I can feel the PITA people stalking me already.

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    RE: New Giant GP Super Sportster!!!!!

    Marine "green"? They rattled my head so much in boot camp, I thought it was "olive Drab". I had a busted canopy too. Tower sent me a COWL as a replacement. Easy mix up I guess. Sure hope I never need it.
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    RE: New Giant GP Super Sportster!!!!!

    I didn't order my canopy from Tower, hope it gets here in one piece.
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    RE: New Giant GP Super Sportster!!!!!

    Maybe it was GP I ordered it from. The other end of the building.

    Champaign, Illy-noise!


    NOPE. I ordered it from Tower. Ten bucks. Well, nine bucks and some change. Plus a little shipping.


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    RE: New Giant GP Super Sportster!!!!!

    It took a while, but I found an image with no sock monkeys at all.

    Charlie P. (NY) "Gravity is weak but persistant".

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    RE: New Giant GP Super Sportster!!!!!

    Why, that's plumb purty!



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    RE: New Giant GP Super Sportster!!!!!

    Very nice, Charlie. We are proud of you.[8D]
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    RE: New Giant GP Super Sportster!!!!!

    Love the rolling starting stand. Any plans online?

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    RE: New Giant GP Super Sportster!!!!!


    ORIGINAL: Twin_Flyer

    Love the rolling starting stand. Any plans online?

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    You can see some ina thread that I started a while back. There are field and portabletypes of starting standsshown.To find them you can go to the bottom of the page here andput in "Model Aircraft Starting Bench"in the search RCU using Google box.That threadwill NOT show up if you try to use the RCU search feature.

    The one shown in the picture is the "Meroke" sytle safety bench and it can be found by searching for it on RCU under "Safety Bench" or "Meroke."

    Wheels can be added to both benches.
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    RE: New Giant GP Super Sportster!!!!!

    Oh, so THAT'S how you find something in here.

    Thanks for that!

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    RE: New Giant GP Super Sportster!!!!!

    Maybe I've spent too many years looking at (and sanding on) the nose of the original Super Sportster, but I don't think I could live with the square, glued on look of the ARF. The reason I built a SS in the first place was for the beautiful, long, pointed nose ending in a large fitted spinner.
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    RE: New Giant GP Super Sportster!!!!!

    Thanks for the info!

    My club has a few at the field, but I want to build one at home so i can get more testing done before i head out to fly.

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    RE: New Giant GP Super Sportster!!!!!

    i want one!!!
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    RE: New Giant GP Super Sportster!!!!!

    That's an Ultra Sport, or it might as well be one these days. They had the pointy noses. Pretty planes too. Discontinued, last time I looked, though that could always change in five minutes.

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    RE: New Giant GP Super Sportster!!!!!

    I don't really like the engine sticking straight up from the nose. I had a Pulse 60XT, which has a sleek nose, but when it was put together, the engine was laid in its side, and the lines of the plane were preserved.

    I think the new GSS ARFs have more of a sleek look, with the smooth, uninterrupted cowl area.

    But I wouldn't refuse my turn if you handed the TX to me and told me to fly it!

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    RE: New Giant GP Super Sportster!!!!!

    That's an Ultra Sport, or it might as well be one these days. They had the pointy noses. Pretty planes too. Discontinued, last time I looked, though that could always change in five minutes.
    Err... Wait. It's a Super Sportster .60. Was that directed at my post? The Ultra Sport had a much shorter nose. The picture is a Super Sportster.

    This is an Ultra Sport...
    http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXJ584&P=7

    I don't really like the engine sticking straight up from the nose. I had a Pulse 60XT, which has a sleek nose, but when it was put together, the engine was laid in its side, and the lines of the plane were preserved.
    I completely understand this... but I built this plane to showcase the somewhat rare and really pretty (opinion) Laser .80 4C engine. I'm something of an engine nut and I get a kick out of seeing this little Laser puurrring along at the end of this sleek nose. But you're right, it comes at the cost of interrupting the nose lines a little.

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    RE: New Giant GP Super Sportster!!!!!

    Comparing it with the photos I just looked up, I see what you mean. The Ultrasport has the cockpit way up front.

    I can't blame you for wanting to show off the motor. That's a pretty motor.

    I admit, I've always hated to cowl in the Saitos I've had, and I wish I could show off my Syssa gassers. Especially this year.

    What year is your Super Sport from?

    You know, I think the only reason they changed the front was to allow people to hang engines upside down and cowl them in. That would have taken away some of the pointed look.

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    RE: New Giant GP Super Sportster!!!!!

    The Sportster 90-1.20 had a built up nose like that as well. I had a piped Webra 91 in the one I had for quite a while. Darn nice plane! The only Sportster I haven't had at some point was the 20 size.

    This bigger plane (the one in the topic of this forum?), when running engines in them of the sizes we are, I can't see that built up nose being very practical? The rear carb config of most of the engines would be really out there, and access to the carb, fuel lines, choke and throttle would be a genuine PIA....

    My point is, it's form follows function with this one - though I admit the earlier versions looked great when carefully built in as tightly as possible.

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    RE: New Giant GP Super Sportster!!!!!

    Yeah, I have to admit, I do like the classic lines. The natural wood on the top side and the clear framework in the back is pretty compelling too.

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    RE: New Giant GP Super Sportster!!!!!


    ORIGINAL: wjvail

    Maybe I've spent too many years looking at (and sanding on) the nose of the original Super Sportster, but I don't think I could live with the square, glued on look of the ARF. The reason I built a SS in the first place was for the beautiful, long, pointed nose ending in a large fitted spinner.
    Great looking plane, love the paint scheme. That is what I need for mine rather than the starburst. We have five GSS's at our field and they all look alike.

    Covering is going sloooooowly, but it is going. My goal for today is to finish the tail. Got about 1,000 other things that I'd rather do.
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    RE: New Giant GP Super Sportster!!!!!

    All this Super Sportster talk made me load mine up today and throw it at the ground a little... Fortunately I missed.
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    RE: New Giant GP Super Sportster!!!!!

    LOVE the colors and scheme!!

    What did you use to cover it with!?

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    RE: New Giant GP Super Sportster!!!!!

    Throw it at the ground?  Sounds like you may have had some exposure to Douglas Adams.


    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has this to say on the subject of flying.
    There is and art, it says, or, rather, a knack to flying.
    The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
    Pick a nice day, it suggests, and try it.
    The first part is easy.
    All it requires is simply the ability to throw yourself forward with all your weight, and the willingness not to mind that it's going to hurt.
    That is, it's going to hurt if you fail to miss the ground.
    Most people fail to miss the ground, and if they are really trying properly, the likelihood is that they will fail to miss it fairly hard.
    Clearly, it is this second part, the missing, which presents the difficulties.
    One problem is that you have to miss the ground accidentally. It's no good deliberately intending to miss the ground because you won't. You have to have your attention suddenly distracted by something else when you're halfway there, so that you are no longer thinking about falling, or about the ground, or about how much it's going to hurt if you fail to miss it.
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