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Old 12-08-2008, 11:18 PM
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[>:]Engine mount -working on it..
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Old 12-13-2008, 01:27 AM
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wood ,wood and more wood
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Old 12-20-2008, 01:02 AM
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The nose gear steering is hooked up waiting for 6/32 ball links-then i put the fininhing touchs on this also have more sticks for engine mount
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Old 12-22-2008, 12:37 AM
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a little more
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Old 12-22-2008, 08:50 AM
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front veiw
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Old 01-19-2009, 11:01 PM
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electrical boxes make nice battery & receiver boxes nav light battery & switch -i have labeled these with 3/8 stick on letters, but not in this photo still moving things around to find that spot where they will be screwed down
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Old 01-20-2009, 11:27 AM
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looking good!!!
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Old 01-25-2009, 01:03 AM
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the joy of wing building
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Old 01-28-2009, 10:48 AM
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Looking very good! The Tri Pacer is a classic look and one of my favorites. To bad you live in Duluth as I could use building tips from a guy like you! Keep up the goog work and thanks for the pictures.
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Old 01-28-2009, 03:16 PM
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Thanks in advance...

Looking for a windshield for the WH Piper Tri-Pacer or a clean trace or large format 1:1 copy of the windshield pattern from WH's plan. Person who molded them sold his business and mold is not in the possession of the new owner, its MIA. If you can cleanly trace or copy the template from WH or have a molded canopy you are not going to use...please email me at scaleaero@gmail.com Thanks ! ! !
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Old 01-31-2009, 12:50 AM
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Here is the new spinner 29.00 e-bay -i don't know yet-how's it look ?
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Old 01-31-2009, 02:43 AM
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I think it looks good. You could even paint it to match the airplane if you wanted.
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Old 02-24-2009, 12:43 AM
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really to get wing mounting startedalum tubes to be installed next...
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Old 03-18-2009, 10:04 PM
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wing strut setting up the mounting brackets
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Old 03-18-2009, 10:13 PM
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That thing looks like it will be a blast to fly! I am jealous. Keep up the good work!
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Old 03-19-2009, 09:43 PM
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Just an FYI on that great looking build - I have a few (hundred) RW hours in short wing Piper's and they are very prone to stalling in a power off situation. I learned to fly in a 65hp L4J3 cub then moved to a Tri-Pacer. After flying around in a floating cub my first DA mistake in the Pacer was to chop the throttle just short of the runway.

Now to help you understand what was about to happen, my family ownes a private airport with a 5,000' runway. At the north end just 60' north of the end of the runway is a sand hill about 25' above the runway elevation. That hill has never been a problem with our 421, our Baron, our Bonanza and a plethera of 152's and 172's that have used it for practice for the last 40 years. The only problem we have ever had is at night you have to make a low pass to make sure one of the center pivot sprinklers isn't on the runway. (What can I say, it's on a farm and we couldn't give up 100+ acres of crops just so we could shorten two sprinklers by one tower)

Anyhow I was checked out in the Tri-Pacer over at the municipal airport and as soon as I got signed off I loaded one of my friends in it and we headed back to the farm. Well the wind was out of the south so I was approaching from the north right over the sand hill. Once I had it made I cut the throttle as I had done over 100 times in the cub and promptly bounced off the hill then stalled flat on to the runway with a sickening thud. That was a $6,000 mistake as it bent the firewall where the nose gear attached as well as having to have most of the covering on the fuselage removed to check the main framework. It was built back as a Pacer (tail dragger) since my dad thought it would be less likely to get a bent firewall.

Now with all that being said, I have absolutley no experience with an RC Pacer but at the size your building this one it will probably take on some of it's full size counterparts characteristics so be 100% sure that your power-plant is operating 100% perfect and fly it on to the runway. I learned the hard (and expensive) way that the Tri-Pacer, Pacer and Colt all have to be flown onto the runway unlike a Cub which you can glide in to a perfect three point stall landing. All of the short wing Pipers will fly circles around the small Cessnas.
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Old 03-19-2009, 10:01 PM
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I'm just laughing,.... you know your going big when you buuy go-kart tires and disc brakes to stop the beast! Good job, and the biger they are, the easier it is to build. Keep the pictures coming.
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Old 03-20-2009, 11:02 AM
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Wow. Nice work. It is a difficult plane to get the Nose correct. Looks like you are doing a good job.
Wish Top Flite would do a Gold Addition version of this plane in 1/5th scale. Would be a nice project for their MonoKote.
My Dad had a Tri Pacer when I was growing up. Be sure to use a SCALE Paint job. on it when you paint it.
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Old 03-23-2009, 08:58 PM
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how big ??? well , lonnie hangs out under the wing
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Old 03-24-2009, 10:12 PM
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Thanks for all the threads. I really have enjoyed the comments and insight. I believe the power on landings is the only way with such a large aircraft. It's a new engine and I see no problems with weight and balance. I had to go to Plan B and use bicycle brakes, afterall. I have been experimenting and will show that at a later date. I have not weighed it yet, but will when the wings are complete. Will let you know, then.

To drdoom: It will be a good paint job. Red on white. Thanks.

To planebuilder66: Yeah, I'm turning 50 this summer and my vision now requires that I work on large objects, only.

To ATVFMX: I'm from Pennsylvania, too, a small town called McDonald. Oh, and about that bug . . . . . yeah.

To catflyer: Never have even sat in a Tripacer. But, oh, how I love the look of them. Thank you for a great tale of adventure. And thanks for the wisdom that comes from experience. I have recently read a great book. "Anyone Can Fly", - by Jules Bergman. It's old, but oh what a great Tripacer flyer's book.

To jetfixr: I worked on the other side of that base - with the cargo aircraft. Left in 1991. Yeah, I may need hearing protection when I fly this to cover the sound of my knees knocking together. Thanks for your military service during these times in our troubled world. I have 15 years Air Force time - all aircraft maintenance. Stay in and retire, if you can.

To everyone else: Thank you for your support, encouragement, comments. I really do appreciate all of it. We'll talk.
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Old 03-25-2009, 01:38 AM
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You have made a great model the colors that you are using are great
the original colors were the white is called Daytona white and the red is plymouth red I hope this is of some help once again
great model hope the maiden goes well
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Old 03-29-2009, 10:05 PM
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thanks for the color names -they even sound nice.....i have all the big parts
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Old 04-04-2009, 06:23 PM
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A few photos of my pacer the full size is a tri-pacer
with the tailwheel conversion which I used for my flying
biz I had, the model is a 88in w/s powered by a os 70 4 stroke
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Old 04-08-2009, 09:28 AM
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Where did you get the plan from?
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Old 04-08-2009, 06:10 PM
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The plans came out of a magazine called RC model world
the plan # is MW2768 DESIGNED BY KEITH HUMBER
if you have problems getting the plans let me know
go to " rc model world magazine" and look in the plan service
I think the plan costs about 10 pounds
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