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Old 05-20-2004, 07:21 PM
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My 43-yr old son built this Eastbourne Monoplane based on the Hobby Lobby/Dare/Pat Tritle Kit as his first stick model. I had to sit there and watch him go through the entire process giving him advice and ideas and encouragement . Reminded us of the Orange County Choppers TV series. Just finished today and not flown yet due to gusty conditions. The instructions and plans and materials were very complete and well done. We used the recommended Graupner S400 in Mini-Olympus 2.3:1 gearbox and 8-cell KAN 1050 battery pack. Covering is Litespan antique ,
wood parts were finished in orange/yellow shellac. The wings are removable via small washers that hook rigging thread to the king and queen-posts.Has to fit in a Miata. Rigging is attached to wings with eyelets made by twisting 22 guage magnet wire around a piece of tubing and wrapping on both sides of wing. The Eastbourne logo was made by downloading out a freeware custom font, printing out on regular paper, cutting out with scissors and attaching with shellac then overcoating with shellac making paper almost translucent. The Williams Bros pilot is glued to a balsa box that fits over the end of the battery pack. Looks like he's wearing a backpack. Prop is modified Graupner Slim-prop painted with dry brush to mimic wood. Will add flight shots,( hopefully)
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Old 05-21-2004, 06:24 AM
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Default RE: Eastbourne Monoplane Finished

DO you have any pics of the whole plane? It Looks great! I love it. Where did you get the pilot?
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Old 05-21-2004, 10:33 PM
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Default RE: Eastbourne Monoplane Finished

Sent a reply with side view pic, it didn't take, here goes again.
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This is a beautiful airplane; well done!

I just finished a Peter Rake Bristol Scout (from Aerodrome RC), which uses the mini-olympus too. I had purchased the motor and gear box expecting to use it in the Trittle designed Eastbourne. However, I was lured over to the Scout after reading about folk's hardship getting the Eastbourne to fly. Since then I've given some thought to using a GWS speed 300 drive unit and/or a larger propeller (the Scout is intended to fly with a 10!QUOT! or 11!QUOT! propeller), as well as a LiPo pack in the Eastbourne, thinking weight might be the issue. My thinking kicked into high gear when my father made a gift to me of a set of beautiful wire spoke wheels that beg to sit under the Eastbourne. Needless to say, I have since broke down and ordered one.

I have not started building it, but I have looked at the plans and I see where it says it can be tail heavy if the mini-olympus is used. Immediately I begin to question the smaller motor and LiPo idea. Nevertheless, I see also that the battery pack is behind the center of gravity. Did you have any trouble balancing the model; any thinking regarding the proposed changes, in light of your experience building it?

Please do continue to share your experiences with the airplane. I'm very anxious to learn how it flies.

Also, I had started out looking for historic information about the Eastbourne. I looked far and wide and even contacted Mr. Trittle himself without luck (though he was very nice). In the end the only picture I was able to find of the actual airplane was located for me by the Smithsonian Institute (I work not far from the Air and Space Museum). If you looked for similar information did you have any success?

I'm attaching an Eastbourne Aviation logo you might find of interest.
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Old 06-18-2004, 01:02 PM
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Andrew,

I can't see the logo on your post.

I am starting to build the eastbourne as well and would appreciate if you could/post any photos you got from the smithsonian.

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Hi David,

I'm going to try and upload what I have. It would be nice to get some input from other folks regarding this little airplane.
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Old 06-24-2004, 08:48 AM
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This was posted in response to my initial request for information on the airplane.
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E-Challenged,

That is one great looking plane! Congrats...what's the AUW on her?

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David,

Sorry for the delay; this is what I have from the Smithsonian.
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Default RE: Eastbourne Monoplane Finished

andrew:

thank you very much for all the info. I am still collecting/looking out for any bits of info I might find.

I have the pat designed HL kit but intend to modify it quite a bit to bring it up to more scale.

definitely one-piece rudder, wire-braced and sprung undercarriage, batteries in front with a 280 motor and open cockpit.

good luck,
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