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Lou Andrews aeromaster bipe ..Any info ??

Old 04-23-2014, 05:33 PM
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Originally Posted by pistenbully101 View Post
anyone know the cog, please?
see post #646
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I just finished reading through this entire wonderful thread. What great information and back story from pd1. Thought I'd post some scans of old photos of my Aamco Aeromaster Too from the late 70s. It had the long swept wings with 4 ailerons, all driven by one servo in the bottom wing, bolt on wings using the top mounting method stolen from the Sig Smith Miniplane kit and interplane struts. I modified the nose to fair into a 3" spinner. It was covered in red Super Coverite with Metallic Gold and Black Monokote trim, and had a Super Tigre X-60 Bluehead for power. It flew fine, but it met its end due to my lack of flying skills at the time. Note the hingeline gaps - this was before my pattern days and I didn't know any better at the time. I'm sure those contributed to its demise.

I have an Aamco Aeromaster Too kit sitting in storage awaiting it's place in the building lineup. I got it flea-bay two winters ago for $100. The kit is complete, but the top wing was started long ago so I'll definitely have to check all the glue joints and alignment. I'm flying SPA pattern now, so I might be able to get to the Aeromaster next winter depending on my competition building needs. Current plans are for short wings with 4 ailerons, and an OS FS-91 Surpass for power.




pd1 - I recently found plans for the Andrews X-Ray here - http://www.outerzone.co.uk/download_...an.asp?ID=3187. It looks like an easy to build, fun flying airplane, so I may have to scratch build one. Unfortunately, I can't find very much information about this plane anywhere on the net. Do you have any information on this one - especially when it was designed?

Thanks!!!!
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Old 07-04-2014, 12:34 PM
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Hi Jim.
Thanks Jim. I like the look of your Aeromaster.

The X-Ray was designed and kitted after I left Aamco. I built one a couple of years ago and gave another one to a club mate. I don't have any more information. Sorry about that.
There are two X -Rays at our field, one flying and one is being completed.

The X-ray is a nice flyer, it flies and handles about the same as the Trainermaster.
Since I like the looks of the Trainermaster a little better, I'll build another Trainermaster before another X-ray.
Just personal preference.

The last few years I've been modifying Aeromasters, a lot. A friend of mine put an OS 95 on his, yes I thought that was too much power, and he loves the way it flies. After flying his, I built him another one with a larger tail and it actually flies better for his type of flying.

With the larger engines, I do like the large wing over the short wing version.
Here is Dick with an Aeromonster, and two more almost done..

If you look closely at the top of the top wing, you can see the new hold downs. Nylon bolts installed from the top. All four are just 6/32s.
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Great thread. I found it because I just got my Aeromaster Too kit. And I have a question about that kit. It was advertised as complete. But I have some doubts. There's a lot of wood of different species and sizes, some fat wire for the landing gear and cabanes(?) and thin music wire, decals, hinges, control horns(?), two turn buckles, a few screws and bolts, and three LARGE instruction sheets. Does anyone know if there's something else that should have been included in the NIB kit???

This build is on my Fall 2015 To-Do list. (If I can wait that long). This will be my first big build. I'm goin' electric.

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We had a guy (at the old Pioneer club in Sunnyvale Ca) that usually carried his Aeromaster to the field in one piece. So he was kind of lax at changing the rubber bands. He lost the top wing several times, yet always got it on the ground after a hot landing.
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Old 02-12-2015, 08:59 AM
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Canopy?
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Old 02-12-2015, 01:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Oddie13 View Post
Great thread. I found it because I just got my Aeromaster Too kit. And I have a question about that kit. It was advertised as complete. But I have some doubts. There's a lot of wood of different species and sizes, some fat wire for the landing gear and cabanes(?) and thin music wire, decals, hinges, control horns(?), two turn buckles, a few screws and bolts, and three LARGE instruction sheets. Does anyone know if there's something else that should have been included in the NIB kit???

This build is on my Fall 2015 To-Do list. (If I can wait that long). This will be my first big build. I'm goin' electric.

Doug
You'll find that the "fat" wire you have will need to have several pieces cut. The thin wire is for wrapping the fat wire when you make up the cabanes and landing gear. That forms the matrix that holds the solder when you solder the cabanes and landing gear together.

Read the instructions and go over the plans several times before you begin construction. Get familiar with all the pieces so that you'll know what goes where once you start the actual building. The Aeromaster isn't a difficult kit to build, you just need to be familiar with the pieces and be careful about your construction. The more time you spend in alignment, the better the airplane will fly.
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Ron, it's my understanding the kit contained a piece of plastic from which the builder could fashion a wind screen. If the builder wanted a canopy he had to supply his own. My kit does not have the piece of plastic. Canopies are available from third parties.
Wheels were to be supplied by the builder.

The screws and bolts were loose inside the box so goodness knows if I have them all. I'll have to wait until the build.

Did a NIB kit contain any control linkage hardware?

Bax, in fact I have three kinds of wire. I have the fat stuff, the very thin wrapping wire, and some very stiff music wire that I assume is for the linkage.
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The later kits included a canopy, If yours does not, or the canopy has yellowed, Park Flyer Plastics has them.
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I know I am late to this party, but here are pictures of my old AMCO Aeromaster, circa 1985. I built it from an Aeromaster Too kit, but as version 1 which was the favored configuration at our little field. Definitely one of my all time favorite airplanes!

I have been away from RC for 30 years but am back and ready to tear into my old stash of kits. I have 3 NIB AMCO Aeromasters (1 Aeromaster, and 2 Aeromaster Too's) and just might have to try the new fangled version 3 with both wings swept. That configuration seems to have plenty of fans so maybe I should see what all the fuss is about. But I must admit I loved the way it flew as version 1 so much I will be bit worried that version 3 won't give me the same kick.





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Love It! Glad your flying again.
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Originally Posted by Dave Swanson View Post
I know I am late to this party, but here are pictures of my old AMCO Aeromaster, circa 1985. I built it from an Aeromaster Too kit, but as version 1 which was the favored configuration at our little field. Definitely one of my all time favorite airplanes!

I have been away from RC for 30 years but am back and ready to tear into my old stash of kits. I have 3 NIB AMCO Aeromasters (1 Aeromaster, and 2 Aeromaster Too's) and just might have to try the new fangled version 3 with both wings swept. That configuration seems to have plenty of fans so maybe I should see what all the fuss is about. But I must admit I loved the way it flew as version 1 so much I will be bit worried that version 3 won't give me the same kick.





Thirty years is even longer than my 27. I had to learn to fly all over again. The reason I went for both wings swept was to reduce wing loading for slower flight due to the larger wing area. She could still do snap rolls though. The aeromaster is a superb design that can take a lot of punishment if you stick with the rubber mounted gear and wings,
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aeomaster32, the plane I had stashed away that was closest to flying shape was my old AMCO Kwikray 500. Not exactly the best choice to re-learn flying but it worked! This thing is fast as stink! I have run a gallon of fuel through it so far with nothing more than a couple of broken props.

And yes, I will be building the Aeromaster in the traditional way with rubber bands everywhere!!


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Hi Dave- WELCOME BACK !!! Glad u chose a great plane like the Aeromaster to get back in the air. I always loved biplanes, and my very 1st one was an Aeromaster(silver/red) that I managed to talk a club member out of, since he wasn't flying it much. Put an HB 61 PDP in it, and have many gallons of fuel thru it. After getting that 1st one, i just can't pass one up that's for sale, and have 4 now, with one being the big 72" W/S one,orange/black. I'm presently putting the finishing touches on the red WW1 one, and should be ready for maiden next week. Since I'm bipe crazy, I also have 2 BUSA Phaeton 40's- 2 Phaeton 90's- 5 Skybolts- 2 Sig Smith Miniplanes- GP Super Stearman- and 2 Ultimates. I absolutely love them.
When u decide to start building one- please do a thread here on the forum. Here's a pic of a couple of mine. Dean
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Dean, what a nice collection of Aeromasters! I must say I am partial to the first 2 and the orange and black is a stunner!!


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Originally Posted by pd1 View Post

I just found this picture of my first Sportmaster. The radio was Digitrio modified for four channels.
Flight lasted just under 60 seconds. That was the last time I flew with the Digitrio.

Paul, I really like the scheme you chose for your ill fated Sportmaster! What was the color scheme?

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It was all over yellow, (I believe it was chrome yellow) next color international orange and the bottom was Fokker red. The top ahead of the cockpit was black.
I used a lot of this stuff.

Thanks for looking.

I think the other Aeromasters look great too.

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I thought I would share a little Aeromaster nirvana brought to you by Lou Andrews. All NIB, 3 Aeromaster Too's, 1 Aeromaster, and 1 Sportmaster thrown in for good measure!

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Originally Posted by Dave Swanson View Post
I thought I would share a little Aeromaster nirvana brought to you by Lou Andrews. All NIB, 3 Aeromaster Too's, 1 Aeromaster, and 1 Sportmaster thrown in for good measure!

Dave, I have a Minimaster and an A-Ray that would look good with your stash.
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Originally Posted by pd1 View Post
Dave, I have a Minimaster and an A-Ray that would look good with your stash.
Always looking for AMCO stablemates!
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I have to comment again on the engineering of the Aeromaster kit. I think it is brilliant. I have only had two out of control crashes in my model career, and the last one happened after a Lomslovac (sp?) I was eventually able to trace the cause to a battery disconnect caused by miss-fitting connectors. The violent maneuver was enough to allow movement within the connector itself, where the contacts were marginal. With full power on, the Aeromaster arrowed vertically into sodden turf buried up to the firewall, with the tail still sticking up like a dart. Any other model would have been exploding matchwood, but the elastic gear and wings, along with solid engineering, allowed me to consider repair. If wings and gear had been bolted on, it would have been a write off. Regardless, the lower wing was ripped apart by the gear as it went forward. Here is an "after" picture I did not expect to ever take..
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Great repair job! Is that a Saito 82? How do you like the engine/Aeromaster combo?
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The Saito 82 is a perfect match power-weight wise. For the first time I could do a proper Top-Hat with the vertical half roll.
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Beautiful job on the repair.

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Here is another blast to the past. Ah yes! 2 freshly built Aeromasters! The red and cream is mine and the red white and blue was built by my friend Mike.

All is good with the world. The sun is shining the birds are singing and visions of all the wonderful flights you will have with your prized Aeromaster are dancing through your head.







Then the inevitable happens. The clouds appear, the birds go quiet and your pristine Aeromaster isn't so pristine anymore!



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