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Old 05-30-2004, 04:32 PM
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I bought this kit for next winter, but it's been raining and snowing so much lately, what's the difference?

This is Pica's new laser-cut kit. The instructions aren't as complete as their Jungmeister's, and the plans don't show many section views. No 3-view either, which was nice on the Jungmeister plans.
I've enjoyed it so far. The cutting is very good and most all parts are cut to shape. While the fuselage takes a lot of parts, it's a very straight-forward process. The long "crutch pieces are pinned to the board, formers attached, and the rest added.
I'll try to keep updating as it goes, which could easily drag out into 2005. My intention, as with my Jungmeister, is to keep it simple and light for sport flying, but add enough detail to look OK. The rounded fuselage pretty much demands a fabric, maybe a pre-colored product like Solartex. To keep from cutting the cowl for the upright engine, this one might get a 2-stroke.
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Old 05-30-2004, 04:51 PM
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very sweet.. keep us posted!

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Old 05-30-2004, 05:59 PM
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Lookin' good Paul. If I can be of any help, just ask.
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Old 05-31-2004, 12:36 PM
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One of our club members is almost finished with the 1/5 scale version. He mentioned that the instructions seemed out of order for installing the tail wheel mount. He said it needed to be installed earlier than the instructions say because stringers were in the way when it was time to install it. He used the unpainted Super Coverite and painted it with the Nelson 3 part system. I haven't seen it yet; he plans to display it at our fun fly on June 12.
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Wow!, the new kit looks improved.

I'm nearing completion on mine (older 1/5th). I used to have the 1/6th. Sweet flyer on an old, pre-Surpass OS .90 4 stroke. The 1/5th is getting the big brother of the same engine (pre Surpass OS 1.20 4 stroke).
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Old 05-31-2004, 07:27 PM
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So far, parts fit is very good except for the stringer notches. The stringers don't run very straight without modifying the notches. The formers are nicely cut out for lightness.

Late last night the servo rails were added to the wrong fuselage bay.
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Paul,
I attached my servo rails with screws just in case there was a CG issue and they had to be moved. Plan ahead for the tail wheel assembly.
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Paul,

Nothing to add, but I want to subscribe to this thread in order to follow your progress.

Lookin good so far!!!
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Old 06-12-2004, 12:43 PM
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Friday we got 2 inches of rain, thunder, lightning, 46 degrees, windy, perfect building weather.

Here's the fuselage mostly built. The front still gets 1/8-inch sheeting and the 3/16 square stringers added, all 26 of them!
I'm going to add some balsa in the landing gear and wing saddle areas.

Notice the cabane installation. The "U" shaped cabane wires are sandwiched in liteply. These sandwiches are then glued into the formers on a slant. Both the cabanes and the main gear are permanently built in. Not the greatest design for sport flying, but more scale-looking.

Also, here's the front end, showing the maple engine mounts and fuel tank box. 1/2-inch balsa block and a round former still get added to the front end.

Building the fuselage has been hassle-free, you just keep adding parts. I think anyone who's built a simple kit could do this one.
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Thanks for the update and pics, Paul.

Your comments on the relatively hassle free construction tell me that maybe I'll get mine built!!!
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