ORIGINAL: R/C Art
Well the cord is right. The ribs are 3/4 too thick. Ok I'm going to blow off some steam here. I did not pay the full price for this kit and got and unbelievable bargain for it's already framed up and only cost me 85 dollars. But after building a GTM kit I find this kit to be a piece of ****. I have to literally take it all apart to get it close to scale. Should of just started a scratch build and just bought the balsa usa cowl.Â*
I built a Balsa USA third scale pup a few years ago and thought about making changes in the air frame to bring it to exact scale outlines, airfoil etc etc & etc .
I spent about a week going through a couple of sets of 3 views, comparing them to the plans from the kit. Some adjustments can be made before any cutting and gluing takes place to bring it to a somewhat ''scale'' model.......but the basic construction of the model was designed 40 or so years ago and to make it an exact scale model - well, the whole kit would have to be modified.
So I abandoned the idea of a ''scale'' model and just built the kit, making a few changes in design like pull-pull control cables on the tail and aileron servos in the wing instead of the pushrods to belkcranks from a centrally located servo in the fusealge. I left the nose and tail moments the same......left the airfoil on the wing the same.......built the tail per the plans......used tail brace wires instead of the 1/8 inch wooden dowels shown on the plans. I modified the landing gear to have a shock cord suspension set up.
And if memory serves me correctly, that was all the changes that I made. I did step up the detail work a bit......I added rib stitching, functional doors on the metal work up front......and so on. I did not do any cock pit detailing at all......I did have a full body pilot fixed in the hole, but that was it.
The model flew absoluely great with a G-62 and a 24x10 prop. It was a very admired model where ever I took it. It was a good model for fun scale competions because it flew so well. About the only thing that was a draw back was it was not competitive in the Expert Scale class. I did not built it for expert scale competition.......I built it for Dawn Patrol flying.
The point here (I know you are all looking for some kind a point to this diatribe).........What is your goal with this model?
If your goal is Scale competition at the highest level - you might be a little bit dissappointed.
If your goal is anything but Scale competition at the highest level - you will have a big smile on your face everytime you bring it out to the flying field.
If your goal is to build an exact scale Pup, then you need an entirely different air frame.
That's my two cents worth.