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Old 10-01-2009, 09:28 PM
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I'm away from home for work in Alaska...It has dawned on me winter time is just around the corner..he he..I was curious what you guys had on the building table for the upcoming winter?? Anyone got any Kewl projects planned which you've been holding out on us??

I know dhal22 (David) has been doing a nice job on his Blue Angel and it's at a very exciting stage of completion!!

Then there are some other build threads just starting or in various stages of completion...Very Kewl!! [8D]

So what else is going on??

I have my major project (Atlanta) which is still awaiting my devotion...I did allot of cleaning and straightening of the shop before I left so hopefully I will be in good shape and I can get to work when I return home around Thanksgiving...

I also have several airplanes framed up that I really wanna get flying...I think I'm going to be pressing hard to get an Aurora, Atlanta, Skymaster, Desire and Conquest IV going....All of those are to the point they "look like an airplane" and basically need finishing and final rigging...Still allot of work to do but at least they are semi close...Soooo close it's mighty hard to see them sitting there at that stage...lol

I have all the engines ready which was a project in it's self...Most of them were used engines which I've gone through and rebuilt with new gaskets, o-rings and bearings ect...

I'm really looking forward to the Christmas Vacation this year!!

I hope that some of you will chime in and let us know what's on your building table...Photos or even a build thread would be excellent too!!!
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After just joining the SPA and competing at my second senoir pattern event, I'm all juiced up to build another qualifying airframe, and practice the next class up. I have chosen the Deception, and had two sets of plans printed at Kinko's yesterday. Yee haw!!!
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Old 10-02-2009, 05:58 AM
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Like Blake, I recently joined SPA, but I haven't yet attended any SPA events because I don't have a SPA legal airplane. I'm determined to remedy that over the winter and I've finally decided to scratch build a Mustang X by Jim Kirkland. I really like the concept of semi-scale appearance in a no compromise aerobatic airplane. I also hope the size of this airplane allows me to be competitive without spending a lot of money on a OS .91.

I have a copy of the 1972 MAN construction article, and plans. I'm currently accumulating the necessary wood and hardware. A few years ago, I worked at Seymour Johnson AFB here in North Carolina where the 335th Fighter Squadron (Chiefs) is home based. They currently fly F-15s, but during WW2, they flew P-51 Mustangs to escort our bombers and to beat up the opposing Me109s from a base in England. I going to use the distinctive "yellow nose" color scheme that was used back then and a special nose art theme based on their "Chiefs" squadron patch. (see attached).

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Greg,

The 335th "borrowed" that patch from 121(Eagle) Squadron RAF

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from a base in England.
I think their Mustangs were based at RAF Swanton Morley in Norfolk.

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A plan build Bridi Super Kaos (with an OS 75AX "strapped on").

Hi Professor!

Soft landings.

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Old 10-02-2009, 11:06 AM
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Kaos is ready for it's first flight.
Thrashing on the old Sterling King Cobra to hopefully participate in a Scale Fun Fly on the first weekend of November.
Fiddling around with the Tipo, no reason it shouldn't be flying except time and my lack of abilities.
I have a new T2A MKII kit from Carolina Custom that will take up the whole of winter (we hope for rain in SoCal) so that'll be a whole lot of work to get it going. Hope to have a thread with a little continuity here when I get going on it. Plan on a YS61RE on a Bolly pipe and some kind of air retracts. I'll probably paint it and ink line it like the 70's and 80's guys sometimes did. That's the plan.
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Old 10-02-2009, 01:22 PM
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Thanks for that info Ray....

The actual (current) 335th FS patch has a much less attractive depiction of the Indian Chief than the one you displayed or the one I used, but it does have the red-white-and blue headress.
BTW: Thanks again for the article and plans.

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Old 10-02-2009, 01:33 PM
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I intend to finish up the Vertigo II. After a realistic evaluation, it is actually much closer to completion than I had thought. I would like to have a clear bench for the pending arrival of the "P-7" when they become available. Those two airplanes will make great stable mates.
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Old 10-02-2009, 03:11 PM
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I may finally finish my Cosmos 20. ChiefK if you decide not to scratch build the Mustang X,I think I have a kit around here.I need to make room and get rid of some kits that I will never get around to building
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Old 10-02-2009, 06:37 PM
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Wow, a tempting thought, but I've probably done enough work and got too much invested in a scratch build to switch now. I would very much like to see those full size plans though. Would you consider sending them to me so I can get them scanned and digitized? I'd return them of course.

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Old 10-02-2009, 06:51 PM
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Is winter different than summer? I thought there was just less air conditioning required Just finishing an UltraSport 1000 with an OS FT-160 twin four-stroke. Before you throw me out of this thread, the first UltraSport 1000 I saw was at the Huntsville BPA event about two years ago. I thought it to be a pretty plane. I decided, however, to go fixed gear vs. retracts. My RC field is grass and the stronger gear and larger(3 1/2") wheels will do better.
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I've finished my scratch built Mustang X and have it flying. I put in an OS 55 AX in it but I may replace it with an OS 46 I have as the 55 is way more than needed. If so I'll use the 55 AX in the Pulsar bipe kit I plan to get done this winter finally after storing it in the attic all these years.
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The usual, & another Focus ARF.
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I just sent out for quote on cutting this out for me. So I guees I wiill be building a built up version of the deception this winter.
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Paternguy, very nice job with the plans, wish I had computer skills like that.
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Old 10-03-2009, 09:31 PM
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Its not hard, I blew up a scan of the drawing that was in the mag, and then traced it. Not to hard at all. Anyone want to send me more drawings, I will take a crack at them. LOL
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I agree. Very nice job with the plans. The Deception plans I have show a foam wing. How did you get a built up wing rib set?... and would you be willing to share?

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I plotted hem from the info on the plans. I would be willing to share. Currently I have a file sent out to a laser cutter for a quote on cutting the parts. Once they have verified that files are usable for this purpose, I will be sending out the plans, tp those who want a copy. Just drop me a pm with your email saying you want a copy, and I will send them when the files are verified.

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Don't forget the foam wings, plans and fberglass canopy are at www.rcfoamy.com under the SPA plane section and foam is 3/4 pound instead of 1 pound... last one built with the 1 pound foam was 7# even with a OS61FX as a power plant.

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I am finishing a Miss Norway for our next S.P.A. event in February 2010.
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ORIGINAL: airbusdrvr

.....Before you throw me out of this thread, the first UltraSport 1000 I saw was at the Huntsville BPA event about two years ago......
Airbusdrvr,

I don't think anyone will throw you out of this thread for finishing an Ultrasport. Especially since an Ultrasport is nothing more than a Kaos with a turtle deck..... Besides they are awesome flying airplanes.

If anyone is going to be kicked out of this thread, it will more than likely be me. I'm planning on finishing a Great Planes Illusion which is not a true "Classic" pattern plane. I've got a set of Rhom Air trike retracts and a side exhaust YS61 and pipe for it. I'm thinking about doing a build thread (if I'm not kicked out) since this will be my first attempt at finishing and painting a fiberglass fuse. Dhall has been inspiring with his first shot at painting his BA so I'm kind of looking forward to it. I know I will have numerous questions along the way, but I also know you gentlemen will help me out when I get into trouble.....
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A Phoenix 8.
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If anyone is going to be kicked out of this thread, it will more than likely be me. I'm planning on finishing a Great Planes Illusion which is not a true ''Classic'' pattern plane. I've got a set of Rhom Air trike retracts and a side exhaust YS61 and pipe for it. I'm thinking about doing a build thread (if I'm not kicked out)
David,

I just can't bring myself to accept those statements. Dave Brown's Illusion is as much a classic as most other builds in this forum. In fact, I expect to build mine some time in the future as well so if you're willing to pave the way for a second build, you've already got one avid reader lined up here!

And hey, the worst that can happen with painting is the need for a little extra sand paper... The good news is that fiberglass is actually a little easier than prepping wood flying surfaces - the glassing is already done!

I'll probably put a YS in mine too. Possibly Multicon electric retracts.

Now if I can only get around to finishing that Tipo... December should be a good month.

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Doxilia.

Ok, OK, You've ALMOST talked me into it but I have to warn you and the rest of you faithfull thread followers, I give the word "slow" a whole new meaning.... Also, I bought my plane from rcpattern in the RCU Marketplace and it is already 80% done so there isn't alot of "building" left to do thankfully). It's mostly finishing, sanding and painting

Do you have any information or a web site for the Multicon Electric Retracts? I haven't heard of them before. I know Lado Technology now makes a nose gear electric retract with a stearing arm that can be either belly mounted or fire wall mounted, but I'm not too pleased with Lado at the moment.

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Here is another option on electric retracts. http://www.giezendanner-technik.ch/s...2&kat_aktiv=29
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