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    2948 Hellcat!

    just thought I'd post a picture of my new scale bird I've been working on. (I'd post on the rcca site, but I can't seem to get a user name set up.)
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    RE: 2948 Hellcat!

    Flying a commie for mommy are ya?   I loved my Norvels. 
    Intentional landings WITH a PBF are not
    the intentional design OF the PBF

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    RE: 2948 Hellcat!

    Looks good

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    RE: 2948 Hellcat!

    Very Nice! Keep up the good work.

    The 'Cats have good moments.

    I hope to see it at LSN in March
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    RE: 2948 Hellcat!

    thanks guys.

    yeah Dane I plan to bring it. I think I've got Bill interested too! I'm working on some cad files to make cutting out the fuse easier. this one was hand cut. with a hot wire bow and templates.

    I think this guy will turn with the best of them. these navy birds are all pretty short.

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    RE: 2948 Hellcat!

    here she is after her maiden flight.

    a question for you scale guys, Is she marked up enough to pass the markings requirment per the rules? In other words would you allow me to fly it at a contest as is?
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    RE: 2948 Hellcat!

    Outstanding!

    Yes that airplane has required markings of a WWII Hellcat.

    Please post up pics on the RCCA forums 2948 section

    Perhaps you can post pics of your build along as well.
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    RE: 2948 Hellcat!

    .........Almost forgot to ask: How'd it fly?
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    RE: 2948 Hellcat!

    She flew awesome! Straight as an arrow on launch, rolled ALOT faster than I expected, set a little hot on elevater, flew on rails, and floated in nicely for landing. I really think I have a winner here! Although I will admit this is my first scale bird so I have no real frame of refrance. and I flew with a 9x4 instead of a 10x4(read thats what I have in the box for open b).

    In regards to posting on RCCA site. I havent got an account set up there yet. And I didnt take to many pictures while building. However, I think we might build one for Bill, so I'll make sure and take some pictures of that one!

    oh in case you haven't figured it out Dane, this is Paul F.

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    RE: 2948 Hellcat!

    Hi Paul, I thought that was you.

    These planes do roll really fast.....sounds like it flew solid which is what you want. Just play with CG a bit and get it to where it will turn really tight without snapping out when you really lean on the elevator.

    Now get Bill on the stick and tell him to get one built too.
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    RE: 2948 Hellcat!

    yeah, one of the first things I did was yank about .5oz of the nose. I was real worried about ending up tail heavy. I think I could still go more. hopefully I get some time this weekend to try it out!

    Bill's traveling a bunch this month for work... so I may not see much of him for awhile. but we've been talkin abunch about it. I've also got a p-51b drawn up... he might endup with one of those! we'll see.

    edit: for grammer

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    RE: 2948 Hellcat!

    looks awesome! i never got around to making one in coro. I went to spadfest 2010 and met bill, what a cool character.
    I did however scaled up a corostang to meet 2948 rules and it flew well too
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    RE: 2948 Hellcat!

    Now if we could just get you to bring your spads to LoneStar Nats...

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    RE: 2948 Hellcat!

    i would love to some day
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    RE: 2948 Hellcat!



    Amazingly, LSN is someday in March this year... Looking forward to taking your streamer already


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    RE: 2948 Hellcat!

    sorry but its NOT gona hapen this year, [&o]


    and, NO, you wont be getting my streamer, at anytime!!![8D]
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    RE: 2948 Hellcat!

    BLINDFAITHNOGOD,

    your hellcat looks like a Zigg's original. Did you build he cowl from foam?

    I have the kit without the cowl and am looking for one. I may have to make my own out of foam.

    BTW, no fuel, electric on mine.

    Not interested in combat (unless someone pi$$ed me off)

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    RE: 2948 Hellcat!

    It is a scratch build all the way. The cowl was foam... Now, the cowl is a coke bottle heat shrunk around a wood plug. Only the top half of the cowl is plastic. The bottom half is solid foam.

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    RE: 2948 Hellcat!

    i understand this is odd but im hoping that yall can help me, my mom got me this plane as a welcome home gift when i came back from colorado ( yes i was there when the mass shooting happen infact i was only 1 mile away at my hotel when it happen )anyways i have no idea what it isand i cant find any parts because ive never seen a wing like this with the big part that is right next to the cabin please if you anything about this tell me thanks if you see the picture with the wing you can see the peaces sticking out thats what i mean ive never seen them but im most sure that its a texan plane but i dont know
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    RE: 2948 Hellcat!

    Is the fuselage foam or wood build up?

    That also looks like a .25 engine? any markings?

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    RE: 2948 Hellcat!

    no markings wooden body and wooden wing

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    RE: 2948 Hellcat!

    Dont have a clue as to who made it. The engine may be a OS the square carb is the older design carb.

    Just go fly it.

    My feeling is it was a combat plane from the old days and they were built to take hits and still fly.

    Good luck

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    RE: 2948 Hellcat!

    No balsa plane in combat takes a HIT and keep on flying!!
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    RE: 2948 Hellcat!

    it needs a nose crowl

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    RE: 2948 Hellcat!



    "No balsa plane in combat takes a HIT and keep on flying!! "

    I beg to differ, the early Pica 1/12 scale planes were all balsa and very tough planes. The Corsair and P-51B had many hits and would still stay up in the air.

    Of course a strip of carbon fiber on the leading edges did help allot

    Larry
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