Hi everyone. Name is Steve. My user name includes my zip code, Scottsburg, IN. Me and the Mrs. became empty nesters about 3 years back, all three kids married, two local and one just an hour and half away in Bloomington.
I just registered a few days ago. Early this year, I decided to resume model planes, a hobby going back to my youth. As a kid, ca. 1970, I only did control line and free flight. Fast forward, to start, I picked up an engine and n.o.s. kit plane on ebay early this year. I'm sure I'm going about it, cost wise anyway, all wrong.
I'm also biting off even more than the bare minimum in the process (it might yet be reversible, but I'm still going ahead with it) by deciding to go the retracts route. I'm getting bogged down in building now because purchased gear that I haven't bought holding me up.
The kit has servo and air switch mount provisions, but I'm left hanging when it comes to make/model of retracts. I am aware that it requires the rotating style mains. The Robart 615 would appear to be one option. I've also come across an all electric version by E-Flite, the 25-46. Sounds good, getting away from the pneumatics. But I don't know
if it is right sized for this plane. And a google search on this one pulled up a you-tube video of someone doing a bench test with one not performing as supposed to.
I may come back and post more questions. This is 1/8 scale, 61" Wing span, the box recommends either 0.46 or 0.61 engine. The cowl measures 7 1/4" diameter. Will even the 0.61 allow a large enough prop? Since I don't have a whole lot in the engine I bought on ebay, any thoughts on going electric powered?
Being that the kit was from Pica, I don't know how I could go about getting support. My instruction booklet jumps from page 25 to page 27, missing P26. The plans have the names Jon and Morten Tanger on them. Pretty highly regarded from what I see from searches. Does anyone know if either can still be contacted? Has someone else been down this same path?
Any ideas, help appreciated.