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Old 10-28-2006, 09:45 PM
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Hay,

Just wanted to share with you folks my latest project. This will be a slow build as I'm trying to finish an ARF and repair my Contender. I bought this plane a few years back at a swap shop for $50.00. I decided to build it, because I haven't built anything for a while and I need to get my feet wet again. I'm using CA and Titebond wood glue for assembly. Enjoy and let me know what you think.

First picture - Is the main box before opening.
Pictures two and three - All the goodies, the nice part the wood is not dry and is in good shape.
Pictures four, five and six - The left wing being built.

I started the right wing, still have to shape the leading edge and cut the slot for the landing gear on the left wing.

So until next time
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Old 10-28-2006, 10:05 PM
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Dave,
What engine do you plan on putting into your Cherokee? A nice 40 or 45 size 4 stroke would be a good choice and the scale sound would be fantastic. You could e-mail me more photo's as you progress. I would like to see you through your project. I have a couple of Cherokee kits that I have yet to build one an antique VK Kit that I am looking forward to attacking someday.
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Old 10-29-2006, 08:52 AM
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You'll love the VK cherokee. I've been flying one on and off for 10 years. It's one of my "go-to" birds after a long layoff or a crash. That airfoiled stab makes for a great handling plane. Power Asto 40G on 20 cells. Prop Graupner 12/8.5 three blade.
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Old 10-29-2006, 04:27 PM
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Dave,

I built the same plane and it was a great kit by Midwest. I enjoyed every minute. I took my dear sweet time because I was making it a replica of my full scale Piper Cherokee PA-28 140 that I sold. Its not got the wing attached in this photo but when my wife gets time I'll put it on and post the picture together. You can't get them anymore because there discontinued so if when your done, if you would ever want to sell it I would love to buy it. I don't fly mine because it is dear to me. If I had another one I'd fly it.

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Old 10-29-2006, 05:47 PM
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Pictures of my Midwest Cherokee 40 together.

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Old 10-30-2006, 09:52 PM
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NCIS,

Nice plane, I like the wheel pants. I was thinking on contacting one of the fiberglass companies to see if they have a cowl and pants for the plane.

Don't have any updated pictures yet. The right wing is on the board and I just glued the leading edge sheeting down. Probably wouldn't get back to the plane until Wednesday. Hoping to complete the right wing by the weekend.

I was reading ahead and I'm going to shoot for a 4 inch dihedral to give the plane a little more aero capability. What was your dihedral?
Also, what engine did you use? I'm planning on using a new OS 46 engines.

Well I will keep you posted.

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Old 10-31-2006, 05:42 PM
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Dave,

I built the plane exactly to the instruction manuals specifications. I got the wheel pants from fiberglass specialties. I used the cowling that came with the kit. Mine's got a Magnum XLS.46 in it. I did put 3.25 inch DuBro tires on it because I was going to fly it off grass. The pants fit great. I put landing gear fairings on the mains. Made them out of balsa and covered them. I hope I can find another kit somehow so I can build it to fly. Good luck and keep the pic's coming.

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Old 11-03-2006, 11:00 PM
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Hi,

Here is the latest update on the plane. I completed both wing panels and they have been rough sanded. I going to start on the fuse this weekend. While the glue is drying on the fues I will join the wings.

Picture #1 - Right wing panel on the board.

Picture #2 - Starting the bottom of the right wing.

Picture #3 - Both wing panels are complete ready to join and finish.
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Old 11-03-2006, 11:46 PM
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I purchased a Midwest Cherokee kit from a friend of mine for $25.00. It was my 2nd plane and my first build. In the picture I had installed an O.S. 40, but I have since installed a Thunder Tiger 61. It is deffinitely over powered, but a blast to fly. The guys at the field call it the Learokee. I'll try to post some pics of the build process.
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Old 11-04-2006, 06:01 PM
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I should have charged the Piddler $50.00 bucks for his Cherokee, but he is a very dear friend. I actually thought about giving it to him, but I didn't want it to sit around and never get built, so I got 25 GW's for it. The Cherokee is an excellent flying plane with the Thunder Tiger 61 2 stroke. However, for starting I would recommend a Thunder Tiger 46 2 stroke or a Saito 91 4 stroke. I always over power my aircraft and merely fly at lower throttle speeds. Good luck.
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Old 11-04-2006, 06:35 PM
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If anyone reads this and has a Midwest Cherokee 40 kit laying around I would be glad to buy it for what it's original cost was plus shipping. I need a second one to fly.

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Old 11-04-2006, 11:17 PM
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Thanks for the post guys and keep them coming. That 61 Cherokee, probably takes off in a 2 feet and probably stands on its tail all day long. I know with the 46 I planning on in mine will be a little more sedate for my taste.

NCIS, they only thing I can offer is keep an eye on E-bay. I saw a couple of Great Planes Cherokee's pop-up. I was in the running for one, but had to bow out when I won a Great Planes Old Timer 40.

Anyway here is an update. Today was spent bouncing back and forth between the Cherokee, my honey-doo list and the ARF I mention in the beginning. But, I did manage to start the fuse.

Picture #1 - Is the Great Planes Ryan that I'm trying to finish. I just have to finish adding the decals, balancing and testing flight.

Picture #2 - Are the some of the fuse parts.

Picture #3 - Is the fuse beginning to take shape
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Old 11-05-2006, 11:48 PM
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I found a site that sells the fiberglass cowling for $25.00. [link=http://www.fiberglassspecialtiesinc.com/catalog.pdf]Fiberglassspecialtiesinc[/link] They sell wheel pants also. Here are some more pictures of the Cherokee.



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Old 11-10-2006, 10:50 PM
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Well folks it as been awhile since my last post. I finished the Ryan and flew it today. The maiden went well. Other then a bad muffler and a few minor tweaks everything went fine. As for the Cherokee, I sent an email to Fiberglass Specialist; they don't make pants for the Cherokee. Which makes sense because the kit did not come with any? Mostly likely I will order their cowl. As for progress, the fuse is coming along very nicely. I will soon have to stop on the fuse until I finish the wing. In the mean time here some more pictures of the fuse. I can't believe how fast this plane is going together.

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Old 11-11-2006, 02:41 PM
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Dave,

Just ask them if they have 60 size wheel pants. That's how I got mine. The people that owned the place before were very helpful and he just asked me what size tires I planned on using and set me up with the 60 size. They are all the same except size. I'm running 3 1/4" wheels on mine and they fit nicely. I don't remember what the kit called for on tire size, but I fly off grass. I wanted them bigger.

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Thanks Gibs when I go and order the cowl I will ask.

Small update tonight, I glued the wings together and going to let them set overnight.

Till the next time.

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This is a great airplane..... I love mine... One of the best planes I've ever flown.

I would recommend not going with .46 on this plane though. Originally mine had a MAC .40 w/tuned muffler. Way too fast and encountered some flutter problems. I ended up putting in an older OS .40 FP w/pitts muffler and this turned out to be a perfect combo. Not too fast and can actually do some mild aerobatics with it.
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Gibbs,
Noticed your post about the 140. My wife and I used to fly into Janesville for our $100 hamburger all the time. Flew out of Westosha for a while and then Poplar Grove until moving out of state. I have a Bonanza kit in my stash to build for the same reason you lovingly built your 140. Flying full size was fun, but burning 12 gal of avgas an hour at $4/gal isn't much fun anymore.

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I have a TT .61 on mine and it flies great. It flies at full throttle and never experiences any flutter. I think the .46 would be fine. I know the TT .61 is a little big for it, but I got a good deal on it and thought I would just use a little throttle control. That never happend. I fly it full out most of the time. I get complements all the time about what a good flying plane it is. I'm sure that I'm not popular with the scale crowd, but I have fun and that's what it is all about. In the pictures I originally had an O.S. .40 in it, but I was having problems with that engine, then I put the TT .61 in it. I will be selling the Cherokee to fund my CB Sukhoi project. I will be selling it in a local swap meet. $300.00 RTF.
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I got side tracked over the holidays and then got sick. If all goes well I should be getting back to the plane this week. I did purchase a new OS 46 and finished the wing, by sanding the tips and setting cutting the hole in the center for the servo.
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Hi,

Man I forgot how long it was since my last post. I've been working on the Cherokee on and off a little at a time. But the Holidays, work and home life kept getting in the way. Anyway. here are the latest set of pictures. I should be able to post some more soon. The turtle deck has been installed and I built the stab, fin and rudder. I also hinged everything. Enjoy, sorry it took so long to update.

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Looking good except your work shop, way too neat, making the rest of us look bad.
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Mikemedic2,

The only reason the workshop looks clean is I do a quick pickup before I take the pictures.


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Piddler,

Is that a Suzuki GR 650 (Tempter) I see hidden in the background? I had the two-tone burgundy version many moons ago. That bike had the best seat of any motorcycle I've ever owned. I rode an '88 Katana 1100 for 17 years, sold it and now ride a 2004 Suzuki Bandit 600. It's surprising how many RCers are into motorcycles too!

Nice build and nice workshop Dave! I love seeing projects come together, especially when it's obvious a builder takes pride in his work. Keep the photos coming. I'm currently stalled on a Goldberg Extra 300 build. Too many items on my honey-do list!

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Jollidude,

Yes, it is a 1983 Suzuki GR650 Tempter. It was given to me 10 years ago by my grandfather. It still runs good and is like new. They were sold in the United States in 1983 and 1984. They were produced until 1989. You don't see many of them around.

I tried to sell the Cherokee at the local swap meet two weeks ago. I'm trying to get some cash for my 1.20 Carl Goldberg Sukhoi project. I started at $300.00 and dropped to $200.00 by the end of the day. I had the receiver, servos and engine included (RTF). Several lookers with complements, but no takers. They wanted me to give it away. I thought I was already giving it away at $200.00. The canopy has a small crack in it. Someone at the swap meet said he ordered a new one about 2 years ago from Midwest. He thinks they would still have the canopy in stock. I may order one if I keep it in the fleet.
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