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    RE: Dirty Birdy ARF

    MAN you're organized!
    Don't say that! My mind kinda switch's off by that word. Which is why Iam totally lost when Itry to get %$#@!
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    RE: Dirty Birdy ARF

    I noticed that Hobby Haven (Urbandale Iowa) has a Dirty Dirdy ARF on the shelf when I was in there this past weekend. Ask for Rick and tell him Crist Rigotti sent ya. $300

    http://www.hobbyhaven.com/

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    RE: Dirty Birdy ARF

    Hey Guys;
    When test fitting the stabilizer to the fuse using the rods, did any get a 1/8" gap on both stab at the front. The back are flush on both side. Now if I put them on one at a time, one side will stay flush front and back, untill the other stab is put into place, than I get the 1/8" gap!!! Guess I must cut the rods some to make them fit right!! The wings are done!! Hobbico mechanical retract are in and working smooth!!
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    RE: Dirty Birdy ARF

    ORIGINAL: patternflyer76
    Got mine last week and have been getting ready for setting this bird up electric. I started by pulling the main components out and weighing them. I too have a problem with the ailerons not being hinged on center. The left wing is up near the tip and the right wing is down near the tip. Maybe this will wash each other out. This could be a real problem, but I refuse to cut them off and re-do them until I can prove it is causing a severe trim problems or I can not mix it out with my radio. Some pics of the weights. More to come as I get the time to weigh.

    Electric set up so far on my test stand is as follows:

    GP RimFire .80 500kv
    Gene Ace 6s 4000 Mah 25c Lipo
    80 ESC (Cheap One)
    APC 13.5x10,11,12,13
    APC 13x6,8

    On the 13.5x13 I am just at the 1400 watt limit. I will post more of my test results as I have time to test each prop.
    Kevin,

    I'll be interested in seeing how you go about battery access. I thought that making a simple rectangular cut out of the canopy front end would be doable. It would require some "framing" in order to re-attach the canopy but it was cleverly done by Doug on a C4 recently. I though that a complete electric setup (e-tracts) on this bird could be fun option.

    I guess I have a hard time seeing ARF's as anything but electric models..., my pitfall.

    Have you given a try to higher kv motors able to produce the 1400W on 11-12" props? Again, I thought it might be interesting on this bird - 13K on a 12x8 or 14.5K on an 11x7.5... Something like that.

    David

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    ORIGINAL: JAS

    Seems Santa came early... either that or I am supposed to build this thing for testing our E-Tracts. Seems they will fit with only needing to do a little relief work for the nubs on the sides of the E-Tract. Only pulled out the right panel and the aileron looks straight.
    Jason, looks like they will work nicely with minor modifications. 5 mm struts? What wheels and axles will you be using?

    David

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    RE: Dirty Birdy ARF

    Doxilla:

    I plan on going through the retract area and making a cage to hold it right above the wing and against the servo tray. The servo tray is way off level to the control surfaces, which will not allow me to get my geometry correct. I will have to remove it, but I am worried about cracking the fuse if removed.

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    RE: Dirty Birdy ARF

    cut the cross pieces out of the tray first. Then use a dremel to grind the rails down to the 'glass if they dont pop off with some pressure.

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    RE: Dirty Birdy ARF

    Kevin, I am quite interested in doing one of these on electric. I never thought of inserting the battery there. Do you think there would be room to have an electric firewall mounted retract, and have enough room to slide the battery in?

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    RE: Dirty Birdy ARF

    My DB is almost finished. I usually don't follow the manual and jump around. Just need to attach the stabs and hookup the rudder and elevator, mechanical retracts are in and need to fit the cowl. Been a smooth build so far.

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    RE: Dirty Birdy ARF


    ORIGINAL: dolstinske

    Kevin, I am quite interested in doing one of these on electric. I never thought of inserting the battery there. Do you think there would be room to have an electric firewall mounted retract, and have enough room to slide the battery in?

    Dale
    Yes, it appears so. I am not using the stock mount since it is for glow and I am installing a nose gear mount on the firewall face for my nose gear attachment. Also I am going with the fixed gear, so no worries there.

    Kevin

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    RE: Dirty Birdy ARF

    cool, looking forward to your progress. I was surprised at your choice of motors. Wouldn't you want a much higher Kv? I found a Scorpion motor, which was designed to replace .60 glow, with a near 1000Kv, should move a pattern plane at 100 mph on 5S and an 11x8 prop. Gotta keep up with the Rossi's on a tuned pipe

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    ORIGINAL: dolstinske

    cool, looking forward to your progress. I was surprised at your choice of motors. Wouldn't you want a much higher Kv? I found a Scorpion motor, which was designed to replace .60 glow, with a near 1000Kv, should move a pattern plane at 100 mph on 5S and an 11x8 prop. Gotta keep up with the Rossi's on a tuned pipe
    I fly SPA pattern, so tuned pipes are not allowed. This set up is as close as I can get to a .91 four-stroke, that is performance wise and it is very similar so not to allow an advantage one way or another.

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    RE: Dirty Birdy ARF

    I see, I didn't think electric was allowed in SPA either? I would use this DB in our local "classic" contests, where pretty much anything is OK, just old, like me

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    RE: Dirty Birdy ARF


    ORIGINAL: patternflyer76

    I fly SPA pattern, so tuned pipes are not allowed. This set up is as close as I can get to a .91 four-stroke, that is performance wise and it is very similar so not to allow an advantage one way or another.

    Thanks:

    Kevin
    Curious, are 4 strokes allowed in SPA?

    When I flew Dirty Birdies in the late 70's I flew them on pipes. Is SPA legality cutoff before then? I don't know and am asking for what the rule sez
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    RE: Dirty Birdy ARF

    Well, Dave P.
    Looks like I may not be running the OS 61 FR RE in my Dirty Birdy after-all. When running the engine today while adjusting the length of the pipe the engine started running poorly and would not idle. Upon examining the we noticed air bubbles in the fuel line from the pump to the carb. No bubbles anywhere else. We checked all fittings and none were loose. No holes in fuel lines. Managed to break one of the 90 degree fittings from the pump but replaced it with a standard fitting (6-40 threads).

    Do you know if the pump starts pumping bubbles when they go bad? I'll bet they do. Guess I'll try a Perry pump. I've never used one but I want to be able to mount the 16 oz fuel tank close to the CG so a pump will be necessary.

    If all else fails I'm going to put the NovaRossi in the Dirty Birdy. I would think the fuel draw will be okay if I get the tank within 3 inches of the firewall.

    What's your opinion.

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    RE: Dirty Birdy ARF

    Can't go wrong with the NovaRossi.
    Don\'\'t just stand there, go get some glue!

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    RE: Dirty Birdy ARF

    ORIGINAL: MTK


    ORIGINAL: patternflyer76

    I fly SPA pattern, so tuned pipes are not allowed. This set up is as close as I can get to a .91 four-stroke, that is performance wise and it is very similar so not to allow an advantage one way or another.

    Thanks:

    Kevin
    Curious, are 4 strokes allowed in SPA?

    When I flew Dirty Birdies in the late 70's I flew them on pipes. Is SPA legality cutoff before then? I don't know and am asking for what the rule sez

    Yes, electric up to 1400 watts/6s max volts/13.5" prop max diameter/must have external arming switch, four strokes up to a .91 and two strokes up to .61.... No pipes, oversized carbs, superchargers, retracts, flaps (unless on the plans) and prior to January 1st 1976 on design. The Dirty Birdy is a legal plane. The antique class is a little different.

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    RE: Dirty Birdy ARF


    ORIGINAL: patternflyer76


    ORIGINAL: MTK


    ORIGINAL: patternflyer76

    I fly SPA pattern, so tuned pipes are not allowed. This set up is as close as I can get to a .91 four-stroke, that is performance wise and it is very similar so not to allow an advantage one way or another.

    Thanks:

    Kevin
    Curious, are 4 strokes allowed in SPA?

    When I flew Dirty Birdies in the late 70's I flew them on pipes. Is SPA legality cutoff before then? I don't know and am asking for what the rule sez

    Yes, electric up to 1400 watts/6s max volts/13.5'' prop max diameter/must have external arming switch, four strokes up to a .91 and two strokes up to .61.... No pipes, pumps, oversized carbs, superchargers, retracts, flaps (unless on the plans) and prior to January 1st 1976 on design. The Dirty Birdy is a legal plane. The antique class is a little different.

    Kevin

    c. Aircraft: A listing of known approved aircraft is available for Regular Pattern and
    Antique Pattern. Any model which meets SPA standards is eligible, even if not on this
    list. The contestant is responsible for documenting the model to SPA if it is not on the
    list. Retractable landing gear is not legal. Flaps may be used only if on the original
    plans.
    d. Power: Both internal combustion (IC) and electric power are permitted in all
    classes of SPA.
    For internal combustion engines, a proper muffler must be used, but not tuned
    pipes. Pumps may be used, but no air chambers or oversized carburetors are allowed.

    Additional specific requirements by pattern event for IC engines are:
    ( 1 ) Regular Pattern
    ( a ) Any side exhaust two-cycle engine up to .61 cubic inches.
    ( b ) Any four-cycle engine up to .91 cubic inches with no air chamber
    or super charging of any kind.
    ( c ) Any model aircraft designed and flown before January 1, 1976.
    ( 2 ) Antique Pattern
    ( a ) Any side exhaust two-cycle engine up to .61 cubic inches.
    ( b ) Any four-cycle engine up to .72 cubic inches with no air chamber
    or super charging of any kind.
    ( c ) Any model aircraft designed and flown before January 1, 1967.
    ( 3 ) B-Novice Pattern
    ( a ) All age groups combined.
    ( b ) Any SPA approved airplane or any airplane with a wingspan of 72
    inches or less, and using a four stroke engine no greater than .91
    cubic inches with no super charging of any kind; or a two stroke engine
    no greater than .61 cubic inches is legal to be flown in this class.
    For electric power, the following rules apply: The intention of these rules
    concerning battery voltage, capacity and wattage is to produce a verifiable
    system that has capabilities similar to the internal combustion engines permitted
    in SPA.
    ( 1 ) The highest nominal battery voltage will be 22.2V. For lithium polymer
    batteries, this means a maximum of six (6) cells in series (6S) is
    permitted.
    ( 2 ) The highest battery capacity permitted is 5200 mAh.
    ( 3 ) The original manufacturer’s label indicating voltage and capacity must
    be attached to the battery and available for inspection.
    ( 4 ) A mechanism for disconnecting the battery power from the electronic
    speed controller (ESC) must be provided on the exterior of the aircraft.
    That mechanism must be clearly available, easily operated, and have
    visually clear states. A simple example of the intention of this rule is a
    plug that is visible and can be manipulated from the outside of the
    aircraft.
    ( 5 ) No electrically-powered braking available or reverse torque of the
    propeller is permitted.
    ( 6 ) The maximum power available to the motor is 1400 watts at any time
    during the flight.
    ( 7 ) Electric power is NOT permitted in Antique classes.
    ( 8 ) No propeller larger than 13.5 inches in diameter may be used on any
    SPA electric aircraft.

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    RE: Dirty Birdy ARF

    More weights, motor mounting, rough cowl fit...
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    RE: Dirty Birdy ARF

    Care to share where you got your motor mounts from?? They are nice...
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    RE: Dirty Birdy ARF

    Interesting cowl mods there Kevin!

    You have to tell me where to pick up motor mounting hardware like that. I'm always cooking up something in the lab to attach motors. Actually, water plumbers tubing has come in handy... but only for the smaller guys. I'll need to mount a 25 size motor in the not too distant future (actually, one I already have but I'm not satisfied with my cooking job).

    Aren't the bulkheads going to get in the way with your battery installation? They look like they have been glued in a little more permanently than factory (but maybe that's just the way they do it).

    A magnetized cowl with a ply backplate seems like a clean and reasonably solid way to go. I saw it done on a Venus II to good effect.

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    RE: Dirty Birdy ARF

    ORIGINAL: wildnloose

    Care to share where you got your motor mounts from?? They are nice...
    He, he... I guess I'm not the only one!

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    ORIGINAL: wildnloose

    Care to share where you got your motor mounts from?? They are nice...
    Tower Hobbies has them. It is a GP product and they have them in different sizes as well. Part number
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    RE: Dirty Birdy ARF

    The bulk heads are as they came, but they will be forward to the insertion point for the 6s.... I will be cutting the insertion point tonight. I will post some pics to show it better after the cut. I was surprised to see this style mount at Tower Hobbies. It said limited quantity so I scarfed it up ASAP...

    Thank[8D]

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    RE: Dirty Birdy ARF

    Well, with testing going to be done on the Phoenix, and other things coming up, this DB will need to find a new home. First to email shulmanaviation@aol.com can get it. $300 plus shipping
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