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Old 06-24-2009, 09:56 PM
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How many of ya'll still fly a Scat Cat? I've been flying for 13 years and have always had one. The yellow one runs a 12 year old Jett 46 and clocked it at 156 mph. ! The white one is shrunk 20% smaller and runs a K&B 21. Clocked it at 128 mph. These planes fly great at any speed, fast or slow! I will always have one. Paul
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Old 06-24-2009, 10:23 PM
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i have a new one in the box now just need to get it going.
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Old 06-25-2009, 10:50 AM
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I still fly this one......

Now retired from racing, and renamed by my daughter "Battle Cow"

I use it for just sport flying and also for occational combat (streamer chases) at our club's annual airshow.

Has had Jett 428, Nelson 428, CAPS, SEMPRA and TT40 engines up front at one time or another.

Currently powered by an old ST29 engine.

Does not look this good anymore Been battled quite a bit. But it still flys.

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ORIGINAL: bob27s

Does not look this good anymore. Been battled quite a bit. But it still flys.
I think that holds true for most of us, Bob.

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Old 06-25-2009, 01:21 PM
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I am going to put my 60LX on mine
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Old 06-26-2009, 12:07 AM
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Here's one I scratch built off some plans with a thiner wing, retracts and a Y.S 45 8.75x8 on 40% turning 18k flew awesome untill the wing broke at the retract
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Old 06-27-2009, 09:50 PM
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I had two sonic 500's they are about one of the most fun planes I have ever flown. They are pretty fast, cheap, simple, and handle sport flying 10X better then Q500's. They should bring them back as fast sport planes, only include an engine cowling to up the looks a little.
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Love flying Mine. I run a 25FX 9x5 jett tuned muffler. Great combo very stable maybe not the fastest But I never cut a turn and I can fly a very tight course. I usally beat 40 size planes. You could teach someone to fly with these planes! The landing always blows me away when it just keeps gliding. By far one of the greatest planes made. Does anyone still make them???
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Lone Star started making them again for a while. Then they had the fire. So I am not sure if they are back in production.

The Scat Cat is a very basic and classic design that dates back to the early 1980s, and was sorta the standard of performance when we raced with K&B .40 engines around then. The ScatCat design sorta found its limitations when engines moved beyond the Rossi and Webra .40 in the 1990s.

Word of caution for "original" scat cat builders - the front wing attach dowels are the weak link. Especially if you are sport flying and pull any sort of outside loop or negative G manuver. I converted all of mine to 4-bolts following the time in 1983 when I found that out Also, my later scat cats did away with the wood spar/gear block - went with a small blade spar and a few layers of 2oz glass on the center section (as seen on similar designs).

The China Clipper and Sonic 500 were similar designs, but not 100% faithful in constuction. I also recall that the wing airfoils were slightly different, but not something most will notice.

If you like the low-wing Q-500 layouts, look around for plans for the Viper (the original Doug Whittaker design, not the ARF you see today) - scrach built, and you can usually find wingcores from the commercial foam wing companies. It was a step-beyond the scat cat in performance and construction, and had all of the same great flying qualities. Could be built conventional tail (my preference) or V-tail.

Matney Models PitBull kit is glass fuselage, foam wing - same basic layout, and quick - only about $100 for the kit .

Also worth noting, Matney has the wood/foam/glass DawgGoneIt available now too. Nice plane, very quick, V-tail. Foam wing and stab. Costs about $115 with shipping (photo) - not on the website yet (should be shortly), but you can order one by calling
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This photo is from Last August at our annual club Airshow. Family and the show fleet.

Daughter Emily's trainer, cub, battle cow (my little guy James was the pit crew), old and trusty sidewinder

Note that over the years one of the wing spots blew off

It is covered in tissue and dope - black is tissue, not paint - guess I didnt get enough clear coats - blew a spot clean off of it during a race.... [&:]

(tissue and dope was my prefered method for Q-500 wood planes - relatively cheap, easy, and very very light - This plane in racing setup needed 1/2oz of ballast even with the 500mah battery to make the 3.5 weight)
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ORIGINAL: bob27s

Lone Star started making them again for a while. Then they had the fire. So I am not sure if they are back in production.

The Scat Cat is a very basic and classic design that dates back to the early 1980s, and was sorta the standard of performance when we raced with K&B .40 engines around then. The ScatCat design sorta found its limitations when engines moved beyond the Rossi and Webra .40 in the 1990s.

Word of caution for ''original'' scat cat builders - the front wing attach dowels are the weak link. Especially if you are sport flying and pull any sort of outside loop or negative G manuver. I converted all of mine to 4-bolts following the time in 1983 when I found that out Also, my later scat cats did away with the wood spar/gear block - went with a small blade spar and a few layers of 2oz glass on the center section (as seen on similar designs).

The China Clipper and Sonic 500 were similar designs, but not 100% faithful in constuction. I also recall that the wing airfoils were slightly different, but not something most will notice.

If you like the low-wing Q-500 layouts, look around for plans for the Viper (the original Doug Whittaker design, not the ARF you see today) - scrach built, and you can usually find wingcores from the commercial foam wing companies. It was a step-beyond the scat cat in performance and construction, and had all of the same great flying qualities. Could be built conventional tail (my preference) or V-tail.

Viper's are definetly better for racing but I still stand by saying sonic 500's are much better sport fliers.

Matney Models PitBull kit is glass fuselage, foam wing - same basic layout, and quick - only about $100 for the kit .

Also worth noting, Matney has the wood/foam/glass DawgGoneIt available now too. Nice plane, very quick, V-tail. Foam wing and stab. Costs about $115 with shipping (photo) - not on the website yet (should be shortly), but you can order one by calling
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Old 07-20-2009, 08:27 PM
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Me. Scat Cat Blenders are fun!! Old pics, but it's still flying.
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I had one in the early 90's with an OS 40FSR that I practiced on. It was a good pylon trainer with that motor. I think the scooter II was a better pylon trainer and sport model though. Mine had a piped K&B 6.5 - stupid fast but would slow way down well.
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My scat cat is long gone. Battle tested and then given away.
I did get a used Dodger last spring, it has a Jett SS 40
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here goes..
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Believe it or not, this was my 2nd plane, and the 1st one I built from a kit. Got a lot of help, but did most of it myself.

Scat Cat with chopped nose, and OS .25FX, great flying plane, but couldn't keep up with the doddgers of the time.

And, its not green, imagine that.

Plane was lost around 2001 when I tied a streamer to it, put an OS .46fx on the nose, and did some open combat. Spectacular midair.
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Would any of you guys still have a set of plans laying around of the scatcat, had a couple of these planes back in the early nineties and loved them , we flew them as sport planes with .40s and added rudders, great fliers. Drop me a line if you would..will pay for the plans and shipping.

Thanks Ron
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Ron, pm sent.
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Just wanted to let everyone know that Lone Star Models is back! We are now called Lone Star Balsa!

Lonestar Balsa is proud to announce that we have finally made it back into business. Riley Wooten started Flite Line Products in 1963 manufacturing kits. He then started selling balsa wood via mail order thru Lone Star Models in 1979, providing high quality balsa wood to the modeling community for 30 years.
Our building and everything in it burned to the ground the day before Thanksgiving, 2007. We have literally had to rebuild everything from the ashes, but we are now in the position to start taking orders, offering sheets, sticks and a few special shapes. We have always prided ourselves in offering the best quality balsa wood available in the world, at a very competitive price and customer service that is unmatched in the industry.

We hope that you will give us another shot at providing your balsa wood needs again. We have a limited amount of balsa wood at this time, but we are in contact daily with our suppliers in Ecuador, trying to arrange to purchase more wood. The balsa wood supply is very tight right now. A lot of the suppliers already have commitments for their balsa wood, so please bear with us, while we get back into their production schedules.

Welcome back, we hope we can be of service to you for another 30 years!

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Welcome Back! Hope to see you around a long time too.
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Thank you very much! its great to be back! Give us a shout some time!
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How about the Scat Cat kits ? I think you would be very busy selling these kits again, I'd take a few as soon as there ready!
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Give Mike a call Monday Morning about 10 o clock and speak with him, Tell him Micky sent you!
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Ok...thought I'd throw in pics of my recent Scat Cat build. Not maidened yet...but soon...maybe tomorrow.

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Be carefull with flutter with those full span ailerons. Those were an issue, and most people fixed the last 6" or so which seemed to solve the problem.
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