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    RE: Pilot 1/4 Bellanca decathlon

    Here's a 1/4 scale ARF Decathelon getting positve feedback on RCU [link]http://www.rcguys.com/decathlon.html[/link]
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    Nothing's as good or bad as it seems at the time.

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    RE: Pilot 1/4 Bellanca decathlon

    Here are several pictures of progress. The two taken on the driveway are where I am as of yesterday. I have about 350 hours in at at this point.

    Marcus - Nice to see you pop up here. I have read the other Decathlon forums and know you are quite active. Based on what you had to pay for your ARF, I could sell you a set of plans for ... say $400. Just kidding. Next time I am in town (it could be a while) I will see if Kinko’s could scan the plans into a raster file so they could be scaled to whatever size is desired.

    For anyone that would like to build this plane from the Pilot plans please consider the following. I am a retired mechanical engineer and will tell you that not every die cut lite ply part could be duplicated. For example, some cross section views of the bulkheads only shows the top, or bottom, of it. There is just not enough information to make a pattern from. There are other parts that would be a problem as well. If I could obtain a NIB kit, I would make patterns for the die cut parts.

    If anyone out there has, or gets, a kit and wants to build it, I can give you some tips that will save a lot of grief and surprises. Each part of the plane has some β€œchallenges”.

    I just bought a ΒΌ scale Pilot Tiger Moth kit that has not been molested (my Decathlon kit was) and I am not going to be in too big a hurry to build it. I might take the time to trace all the parts for patterns first.
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    RE: Pilot 1/4 Bellanca decathlon

    Hey Ron
    I am in many different Decathlon forums...
    as for the plans, I guess what you mentioned won't be a problem for an old balsa worm like myself...if you could get those plans scanned in that would be great...let me know...

    As for you plane, looks absolutely nice. Keep up that good work. I would like to build mine in that size for e-power...

    See ya

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    RE: Pilot 1/4 Bellanca decathlon

    I am currently buildinga 1/4 scale Pilot Decathalon kit that was given to me. I tried to buy the kit from my friend over a span of 25 years and finely he just gave it to me. The kit has never been openedto my suprise. I am in my 3rd week of framing and the only flaw that I have run into is the instructions and construction photos are bad but the die cutting and parts are perfect this kit is truly a gem. You did a very nice job on your Decathalon it looks great. I just joined this forum tonight after googling the Pilot Decathalon. Ordered a DLE 30 for it.





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    I just thought I would send out some photos of my 40 size Pilot Decathlon. It has a 64 inch wing, door and window opens, it's covered with Solartex fabric, painted with Top Flite Lustrecoat clear over Krylon spray and it's powered by an O.S. 52 four stroke. It was a pleasure to build and is very realistic.[sm=bananahead.gif]

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    RE: Pilot 1/4 Bellanca decathlon



    After seeing your framed Decathalon I noticed that you have a Waco on the floor, that is my next project after I finish my Decathalon. I have a 1/5 scale Pica Waco.


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    RE: Pilot 1/4 Bellanca decathlon

    More and more vintage kits are comin' outta the wood werk. Almost like we need a vintage kit thread or somethin', lol. Good job![8D]
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    RE: Pilot 1/4 Bellanca decathlon

    I agree, the wood kits are not only fun to build but are gratifying to fly knowing that you built it yourself. Wood airplanes forever!!! Always looking for vintage kits to build. Anyone have a 1/4 scale Bridi Rearwin Speedster for sale out there.

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    RE: Pilot 1/4 Bellanca decathlon

    Wow,
    I have been keeping my eyes open for one of a Pilot Deca for ten plus years ! Lucky you !
    In my 30 plus years in this hobby building and flying one of these back in the early nineties stands out as one of my favorite experiences.
    The DLE should be sweet :-)

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    RE: Pilot 1/4 Bellanca decathlon

    Hi Hardy 1000
    Welcome to the wonderful world of Pilot kits. I now have over 2000 hours in my Decathlon (over 2 + years) and am getting close. As soon as I get the trim on the top of the wings, I will post more pictures here.

    If you are interested in any advice, I am more than willing to help you. I would really like to build another one now that I know the pitfalls. If you want to send me a PM with your phone number, I'll call you.

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    RE: Pilot 1/4 Bellanca decathlon

    Thanks Ron,

    Ijust put on the tail feathers last night. I carved and sanded the blocks prior to mounting which saved alot of time and will have the new DLE 30 Monday so I can build the motor box. Its a good thing that I have been building models along time because the instructions are, well, leave alot to be desired but the kit is awsome quality. I am waiting on a price for a Pilot Bucker Jungmann 29.5% from a guy out here. There is one in the classified on this forum but it is to pricy for me.

    Love to see some pics.

    P.S. I worked with Kirby Custom Graphics to get the graphics correct for the Decathalon so if you ever have to recover yours give Dennis a call and he will build you a set.

    Del



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    RE: Pilot 1/4 Bellanca decathlon

    Hello everyone. I am new to the forum, in fact I found it looking for the plans of this beauty. I'm from Argentina and I was wondering if anyone has a chance to send me the plans either digital or paper as it had one of these to buy used and ended up crashing after an engine failure at a low altitude pass .... I would pay for all costs means send that copy. Thank you so much and those who are building one .... not going to regret ever because it's a really beautiful airplane flight of this kit in particular is highly scalable. I had it decorated like the box (yellow, black and white) with a Super Tigre 3250 engine and it took him very well. As you find them I'll upload some pictures.

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    RE: Pilot 1/4 Bellanca decathlon

    Ignacio
    soy Marcus de Brasil y tengo una pagina web marcusmodelfactory.com en donde podremos mantener contacto. Yo construo kits y modelos de Decathlon en escala 30% que es un poco mas grande que el de Pilot pero aunmΓ‘s escala - para motores de 50-80cc

    Echale un vistazo y enviame mail a la direccion indicada en la pagina web.

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    RE: Pilot 1/4 Bellanca decathlon

    Ignacio
    soy Marcus de Brasil y tengo una pagina web marcusmodelfactory.com en donde podremos mantener contacto. Yo construo kits y modelos de Decathlon en escala 30% que es un poco mas grande que el de Pilot pero aunmΓ‘s escala - para motores de 50-80cc

    Echale un vistazo y enviame mail a la direccion indicada en la pagina web.

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    RE: Pilot 1/4 Bellanca decathlon

    I am finishish the plane. I was planning to use a OS120 four strokes. It is enought for a Bellanca?

    Thanks for your help


    Note: McPhantom, yo soy de Chile y tengo los planos. Pongamonos de acuerdo y te envio una copia

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    RE: Pilot 1/4 Bellanca decathlon

    Amladinic
    I think the 1.20 will be a good power if you built the plane exactly as per the kit. After all, when it was designed the main powerplants were .60s and thatΒ΄s why the structure is so light.
    If you decided to cover with fabric and paint, you might consider using a little bigger engine, but then again you must consider beefing up the structure a little, specially when using gasoline engines, which vibrate much more.


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    RE: Pilot 1/4 Bellanca decathlon

    I bought a96" wingspan partbuilt Pilot Decathlon recently and intend to fit a 26cc Zenoah. I have a similar sized Aeronca Champ, which I use as an occasional tug, and has a Chinese 40cc engine. This is over powered for normal flying, hence the Zenoah decision. Hope that there is enough grunt for this more aerobatic model - I will let you know.

    There were no plans with the Decathlon and I am having trouble working out the intended method of securing the wing. I wondered if the aluminium tubes simply had a pin through them or whether there was a better method. Anyone know?

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    RE: Pilot 1/4 Bellanca decathlon

    Any info that would help.

    Pics from plans and construction guide.

    I would add a couple of bolts in each wing root to secure it to fuse.

    Dont fly without the struts firmly attached.

    Good luck.
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    RE: Pilot 1/4 Bellanca decathlon

    My proven method is a bolt secured inside the root rib and a wingnut (butterfly) inside the cabin.

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    RE: Pilot 1/4 Bellanca decathlon

    Thanks szig - I wondered what those two strips of aluminium were for, but I think that I will follow your method Marcus - it looks to be simple and strong.



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    RE: Pilot 1/4 Bellanca decathlon

    Yes it is - simple and strong.
    I also do the strutplate almost the same way, but itΒ΄s one single piece that goes across the fuselage. Therefore itΒ΄s impossible for the struts to come apart.
    The main struts themselves are oval aluminum tubes, and the jury struts are done exactly the same way...

    The upper terminals were later changed in production to acomodate the new brackets, allowing for axial mount, that is, you can leave the struts on the wing for transport, you just dis-engage the jury struts from the 5/32 LG nylon brackets, fold them down and fold the V-struts, donΒ΄t forget to place a piece of rubber foam in-between not to damage the wingΒ΄s undersurface, secure the struts with a rubber loop onto the wingΒ΄s holding screw...

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    RE: Pilot 1/4 Bellanca decathlon

    Hello guys .. I am a pilot super decathlon in
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    tell me where can I find?

    Thank you all for your help.

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    RE: Pilot 1/4 Bellanca decathlon


    http://www.fiberglassspecialtiesinc.com/catalog.htm

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    Thanks a lot ... I've solved a huge problem .. I was desperate ... I will be grateful for life!
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    RE: Pilot 1/4 Bellanca decathlon

    Hardy1000,... the birdi rearwin speedster is rcm plans #737. I do have a kit but I am going to copy it and build it b/c I just love the looks and size of it.

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    ORIGINAL: planebuilder66

    Hardy1000,... the birdi rearwin speedster is rcm plans #737. I do have a kit but I am going to copy it and build it b/c I just love the looks and size of it.

    Hello .. if you can get me a copy of the plans and send to Italy?
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