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

    I guess it would be redundant for me to suggest that you put a checkerboard under the wing, eh?

    Lots of taping to do a checkerboard with paint, though. Might not be too bad to tape up with 3" squares. . .

    Here I am, planning extra work for you!

    Inspiring, Steve!

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

    I could use the rub on vinyl. With a little work the GSS could pass for an STA.
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    RE: New Giant GP Super Sportster!!!!!

    Oh, yeah. The lines are very close. That was one of the things I noticed when I first saw it. I've been a Ryan STA buff forever.

    It has that same 'presence' in the air as well, don't you think?

    I was just thinking, I haven't re-covered mine yet......

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

    It's odd that I never made the connection, but then again, I never liked the STA. Mostly due to the landing gear and struts. All that drag made me sick; I spent too many years writing requirements for full scale aircraft and trying to get the "drag counts" as low as possible. It is interesting that at the time, that LG was high tech as far as drag reduction was concerned.
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    RE: New Giant GP Super Sportster!!!!!

    RE: STA, Same here Steve. I'd prefer thinking of mine as more of a Globe Swift? Never flown one, but have left plenty of drool behind whenever near one. I think of them as kind of the ultimate when it comes to production sport planes!

    http://www.pilotfriend.com/aircraft%...be%20swift.htm

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

    Wow, I haven't even thought of the Swift for over 30 years. Good plane and Ft Worth history. Boy, I sure miss Oak Grove airport and all the great stunt pilots who came in there.

    Got some lipstick put on the GSS  tail feathers, now I just need to add the trim tape and take a picture of the progress. The heat in the shop is starting to build up so there may be a slight delay. Okay, so maybe I need a nap. I was up late last night blogging about the incompetency of referees in sports. I guess I should have paid them more.
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    RE: New Giant GP Super Sportster!!!!!

    I'm having to squint real hard to see the Globe Swift's lines in the GSS.

    Pretty plane, though.

    I'm still casting my vote for the Ryan STA lookalike paint job. Steve, of course, is going to do whatever he feels.

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

    Got the tail feathers finished. Good enough for "stand way off" fun fly big bird events.

    The wing trim will be similar to the elevators. I may need a few days to recover.

    I think I lost five pounds of water weight, it was hot.

    Time for a nap for sure now.

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


    ORIGINAL: Joystick TX

    Good thing I married a nurse, I bought a new 100 count boxÂ*of #11 blades and I think I've cut myself with 40 of them so far.

    Okay,

    I fell right off my chair when I read this. I missed it the first time around.

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

    I got the bottom of the wings trimed with paint. May be able to get the top trim paint finished. I need to hurry, my flying buddy told me it needs to be ready for the next scale fun fly, scheduled for June 2013. He really knows how to hurt a guy.
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    RE: New Giant GP Super Sportster!!!!!

    Wow, that's SOON. Better get the lead out.

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

    Got the trim for the wings finished. Thisis the top, the bottom looks the same,except for a 6" wideblack stripesort ofin line with the wheels. That way the dirt kicked up by the tires won'tbe directly onthe white area. I don't like wheel pants, they just fill up with dirt and grass.

    I may putthenumber 70 on the plane, that's about all the extra stuff I can stand to do.

    Edit: I noticed some black spots on the white part of the wing that weren't there when I finished painting. I think those are on my computer screen, or maybe on your computer screen.
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    RE: New Giant GP Super Sportster!!!!!

    Must be on your screen, Steve. All clear here. looks great, in fact.

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


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    Edit: I noticed some black spots on the white part of the wing that weren't there when I finished painting. I think those are on my computer screen, or maybe on your computer screen.

    I cleaned my screen. Check again.
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    RE: New Giant GP Super Sportster!!!!!

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

    I got most of the controls connected up. Just working on getting the IBEC, batteries, switches, etc. hooked up with a little help from a friend to get in the tight spots.
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    RE: New Giant GP Super Sportster!!!!!

    Got the wing on and the electronic trims checked and adjusted. Will be ready for the engine pretty soon.

    Saw this SH-34 at the Cavanaugh Air Museum yesterday. Brought back some old memories. I was in one that was forced down in Laos in 1962.Our buddies flew in a newengine from our FOL. Had to change the engine while laying in a rice paddy, only took three hours, poo, poo. Back when I was young andhad a lot ofenergy,I learned to overhaul the radial engines, up to 36 clyinders,they were a real pain, way too many parts.
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    RE: New Giant GP Super Sportster!!!!!

    I got an "unofficial" ride in one of those, many, many years ago. I call them "Screaming Meemies," after one on a television show some years ago. No rice paddies involved, thank goodness. I always thought they were impressive helis.

    Your GSS is beautiful. You've outdone yourself. I can't wait to see it all finished and glowing!

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    I have been afraid to weigh the plane since I did the covering. It sure feels heavy since I have been flying my .40 sized planes.

    Anyway, I finally broke down and put it on the scales this afternoon. The wing came in at exactly 4 lbs. The fuselage with everything but the engine, ignition and IBEC came in at exactly 7 lbs. The engine, muffler, ignition, and standoffs will add another 2 lbs-10 oz. With the IBEC, cowl, prop and spinner, I think the weight will be real close to the 14.3 lbs weight with the monokote covering that I started with.

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

    Your covering and color scheme look great!
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    RE: New Giant GP Super Sportster!!!!!

    Thanks guys, it is great to look at a smooth covering instead of all the wrinkles.
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    RE: New Giant GP Super Sportster!!!!!

    Very nice!  She's a whole nuther plane!
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    RE: New Giant GP Super Sportster!!!!!

    That weight shouldn't be any problem at all, Steve. She'll probably have a majesty all her own. Looking forward to hearing about how she flies.

    She sure is purty.

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

    FINALLY.... I maidened my GSS! It did not go as we'll as I would have liked. It was VERY elevator sensitive. Is my thinking that it is a bit tail-heavy correct?

    All suggestions welcome!

    Thanks all,
    CB

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    FINALLY.... I maidened my GSS! It did not go as we'll as I would have liked. It was VERY elevator sensitive. Is my thinking that it is a bit tail-heavy correct?

    All suggestions welcome!

    Thanks all,
    CB
    It is hard to say right now. What are your elevator control throws and what is the CGbalance point?
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