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Old 05-22-2012, 06:09 PM
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Been wanting one of these for a while, and finally got it 1 month ago. Finished it up this past weekend, and fast-tracked it to the field, with two successful flights. Happy with the results, even though for some reason, this baby gave me a bit of a headache building.
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Old 05-22-2012, 07:16 PM
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Nice job! I've also been thinking of building a Kavalier. What were the tricky parts?
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:18 AM
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My club had a racing class for the Kav trying to get the guys back into building. I was the only builder left in the club {for the most part} so I ended up building a few of them, love the plane and it is so good that when the races are over you have a perfect little stunt plane.
I found the hardest part getting the canopy installed correctly. That was it, the build was easy and fun. Just follow the instructions!!
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:21 AM
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Hafidy, Great work. Hope she flies as good as she looks. What engine / prop. are you using? I've been thinking about one of these for a Magnum .52 4 stroke but I don't know about prop clearance.
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:27 AM
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[quote]ORIGINAL: Gray Beard


I found the hardest part getting the canopy installed correctly.








I loved the old Sig Komander kit. That canopy was a bit strange too.


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Old 05-23-2012, 11:02 AM
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I built a Kavalier as my second plane and hated it. Had a lot of trouble building the washout into the wings and wound up having to warp them after it was covered with a heat gun and incidence meter to get them right. In the air it didn't fly all that great. Even with a Fox .40, it flew like it was underpowered.

It might have been how I built it. Lord knows a Fox .40 should really drag it around well. I kept it for quite a while and flew it a lot, just didn't really care for it. I"ve since built several other Sig kits and loved them, especially the Astro Hog and Kougar.
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Old 05-23-2012, 12:26 PM
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Thanks! The tricky parts were:

*Fitting the front cowl. The plans show an older model engine with the needle valve towards the front. My OS.46AX has the remote needle, so I had to spend a lot of time making sure the engine lined up in the cowl.
*I followed the plan very carefully, but the wing panels ended up having different dihedrals and lengths (3/8" difference).
*It's easy to use the wrong materials if you don't pay attention. The plans don't clearly identify them - screws, balsa wood, etc.
*Planking the top front section, I had to use lots of wood filler, cause the shape ended up being below the top of the firewall level.

For the most part though, It's a fun and easy kit to build. I relied upon my experience to handle all these minor situations.

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Old 05-23-2012, 12:28 PM
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Thanks TCraft lover. She flies great. I'm using the os .46AX, turning an 11x6 master airscrew prop.
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Old 05-23-2012, 06:31 PM
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Thanks Hafidy! I guess I'll have to build one, that is once I finish with the 2 kits and 3 ARFs sitting in the shop....
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Old 05-25-2012, 03:35 AM
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Very nice!!! Good looking covering and good looking construction as well. I like it!!!
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