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    RE: Hostetler 33% Decathlon

    Martin Iยดd be glad to send you one of mine, however the WH Design is out of scale and I doubt it would fit. WH is wider than normal...
    Nevertheless, tell me the width of the top fuse and the width of the base of the windshield. Maybe with a few cuts you can make it fit.
    The only real problem I see is the freight cost from Brazil to USA...

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    RE: Hostetler 33% Decathlon

    my gear came from fibertech and more, same as the glass parts

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    RE: Hostetler 33% Decathlon

    Hi,

    Actually im looking for somebody with a mold for the 33%hostetler canopy.

    Dont feel like making one if somebody has one.

    Thank

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    RE: Hostetler 33% Decathlon

    Well, I offered to pull off one of my 35% which perhaps would fit on the wider than normal 33%Hostettler design. Height would not be a problem, Just a matter of cutting off the bottm till fit.
    Never mind. Youยดll probably find someone closer to you anyway.
    A good landing is one you could walk away from. A spectacular landing is when the airplane is reusable...!

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    RE: Hostetler 33% Decathlon

    so, does anyone have a clue where my cabin top problem lies?

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    RE: Hostetler 33% Decathlon

    Bob: On my 30% version I saw the same problem you show w/ your W1. Easy fix is to mark w/ pencil where W1 sits now. Then take both F13 and F14 and continue the notch where it now steps up all the way to where it hits F15. This will allow you to slide an attitional W1 flush w/ the fuse. Then you just sheet between both W1s and you are done. I may have some pics of mine way back in this thread, but I'll enclose some here to give you a visual.

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    RE: Hostetler 33% Decathlon

    exactally what i was thinking, the lines are already drawn, but i wanted to hear it from someone else before turning the saw on. i also guess that the f13/14 only going 1/2 into the spar box will be fine.

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    RE: Hostetler 33% Decathlon

    Guess you have to conclude the wing struts are critial, as are the flying wires on tail.

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    RE: Hostetler 33% Decathlon

    boy, i hope soooo! i will be putting it thru it's paces with scale aerobatics.powered by a da100.

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    RE: Hostetler 33% Decathlon

    since i,m not going to be a scale purest with this bird, i think the simple way to retain the wings is to make the root ribs ply with eye hooks. that a few #64 rubber bands between them across the cabin roof will work fine to hold them in place.

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    RE: Hostetler 33% Decathlon

    Hey Bob, Not sure if I understand what your main concern is with the wing mounting?? Is it the inserts? I haven't heard of a failure with this design. If you go back in the posts a ways you'll find "big bird" Ken Spears, he has built this plane to the plans and put it through it's paces with no problem. Maybe you ought to contact him with your concerns. He is an excellent builder and probaby would give you some guidance. Joe

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    RE: Hostetler 33% Decathlon

    yea, those inserts in the root take up 1/2 the spar width. it has got to weaken it.out at the strut end you can at least put doublers inside the spar.

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    RE: Hostetler 33% Decathlon

    ok, i went back and looked at the plan again.the inserts are in f13/14. not the spar,so the hole will be a lot smaller in the spar. still........

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    RE: Hostetler 33% Decathlon

    all major building is now done. wings have been trial fitted to the fuse.wings need cap stripping and the struts fitted.
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    RE: Hostetler 33% Decathlon

    Nice Job, Bobt2!
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    RE: Hostetler 33% Decathlon

    i,m also building a 1/3 balsa usa super cub. i have a spare set of those struts that are pre shaped bass. they are the exact same size as the decathlon. will save me hours of shapeing!

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    RE: Hostetler 33% Decathlon

    Hey Bob2, I finished my wings so long ago that couldn't remember much about them. But I was out in the shop today, got looking at my wings and the plans. On yours, did you fill between the spars with bass wood at the strut mounting bay? that would greatly strengthen that area. I almost missed that when building mine, there is a note on the drawing to that effect. Yours is looking good you've made fantastic progress considering your set back. You'll probably finish before me. Joe

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    RE: Hostetler 33% Decathlon

    yea, i filled in with 3 layers of scrap bass spar material front and rear

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    RE: Hostetler 33% Decathlon

    buy the way, the room where the plane is had 4 1/2 ft of saltwater during sandy!

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    RE: Hostetler 33% Decathlon

    whats slowing me up now it the tail blocks. theres enough blocks in the kit to build a boat, but what goes where is the puzzle.

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    RE: Hostetler 33% Decathlon

    does anyone have any good tail shots, either full size or the model.i,m not happy with the way mine is coming out. and the plans show blocks above the stab onto the fin. but the fullsize pics don't show that.

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    RE: Hostetler 33% Decathlon

    Bob: If the 33% drawings are like the 30%, the F-9 section view was incorrect on the drawing. There are no blocks on the 30%. The flying wires essentially hold the stab in place. As I had said earlier...they are functional flying wires. Enclosed is photo of the 30%. You can see that the stab is essentially free standing. You drap the fabic or other covering. The only blocks that I believe (remembering here) were shown were for cosmetics w/ helping to drap the covering. There may be some pics of Kens plan in the bones that show this same set up on the 30% early in the thread when he was just beginning to cover his plane.
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    RE: Hostetler 33% Decathlon

    Bob: Check out the threads on Page 14. This shows Kens' 33% tail section. Hope this helps.

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    RE: Hostetler 33% Decathlon

    yes, i saw the pictures. but with the covering on, it wasn't clear what was under it. thanks all

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    RE: Hostetler 33% Decathlon

    Hello Bob2 and tflyrc, if the 33 and 30 drawings are different in that area where does the 30% get it's strength? the flying wires are not enough unless Hostetler has done something drastically different on that version. The flying wire would not do the trick on the 33%. the elevator rudder section seems pretty weak until you add the filler blocks. I scratch built mine so I just filled those areas in with scrap balsa and shaped it. I would guess that blocks from kit cutter that are not marked, would be a challenge to figure out. Be sure you put the blocks in they are needed. If you feel unsure call Wendell he's happy to help. Joe


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