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Old K&B 20 Sportster, need plane.

Old 03-11-2007, 02:49 PM
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Default Old K&B 20 Sportster, need plane.

So I was on the phone with my dad the other day talking planes, when he brought up the old CL planes in his garage. On an old CG Shoestring I still have a very happy K&B 20 that I loved as a kid. It started up with little more than a flick of the chickenstick, and throttled without issue. I was hoping I could find an RC plane to hang it on. I would like something that isn't very stressful, but is still fun, but all I can find is the same old GP 20 cub kit (oh, btw, I'd like to build as a kit, not an ARF). Why can't I find a Super Sportster 20, or even a 4* 20? Where have all the 20s gone?

Any ideas? Is this something that I will need to do a scratch build from plans on to find a suitable plane? Does anyone have a 20 sized kit that seems a good fit and would be willing to part with said kit? Maybe even plan recommendations?

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Old 03-12-2007, 06:07 AM
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Can't think of any kits off the top of my head. I'm like you though, I like a lot of .20 powered planes but not much available. As far as scratch building goes there are so many fine Randy Randolph designs that I'm sure you could find one to your liking. Purchase a plans catalogue from RCM and you'll find many nice .15 to .25 powered designs. I'll keep thinking about it. If I can come up with an available kit, I'll let you know.
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Old 03-12-2007, 07:18 AM
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Default RE: Old K&B 20 Sportster, need plane.

The .20 Sportster is an excellent engine for a just-flying-around old timer. I had a lot of fun with one on a Simplex, spinning a 12 X 6 at about 5500 rpm. Very, very quiet, tick over idle, great fuel mileage.
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Old 03-12-2007, 11:07 AM
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Another plane might be the Great Planes Taylorcraft kit.. The K&B 20 has pretty good
power and it shold fly it well. I see the SS 20 kits on ebay occasionally but they are
getting rare.
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Old 03-12-2007, 12:13 PM
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Default RE: Old K&B 20 Sportster, need plane.

Had one on both a Goldberg Eaglet 50 and Great Planes PT 20. Flew both very well.
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Old 03-12-2007, 12:32 PM
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Eniac I just noticed that there are several Carl Goldberg kits for auction on ebay ( Jr. Falcon and and Eaglet 50) Just punch in Carl Goldberg and they will come up along with other Carl Goldberg items


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Old 03-12-2007, 09:02 PM
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Default RE: Old K&B 20 Sportster, need plane.

Check out RCM plans. The "New Era," "RCM Basic Bipe," and "Miss Bikini" come to mind but there are lots of others. The ones mentioned are an early mini pattern plane, funky little biplane, and attractive low wing sportster, respectively.

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Old 03-12-2007, 11:22 PM
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Bridi Aircruiser 20, I believe there is a website bridiairplanes.com or something.
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Old 03-14-2007, 11:45 AM
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I second the "Miss Bikini" from RCM plans. Its a neat little plane. I just recieved my plans and if big brown truck brings my wood today I will be building tonight.
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I just purchased a Goldenberg Eaglet 50 kit. According to the box, it requires a .09 - .25 engine. This should fit your K&B 20 sportster needs if you are interested.
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Old 01-30-2011, 01:41 PM
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Default RE: Old K&B 20 Sportster, need plane.

My vote is for the Great Planes Taylorcraft too. It's a fair size for a .20, but it should fly great. I had a Magnum 30 four stroke that moved it along nicely; I'd expect similar performance from your engine.

I'm about to start working on a Mister Mulligan of about the same size from Model Airplane News plans. I'm just waiting on the plans to arrive.
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