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Old 03-14-2012, 11:58 AM
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As I understand it.. they put the 9-cyl radials in the ones that were ordered by France..
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Old 06-12-2017, 01:37 AM
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Hi Guys
some great looking cats here, a friend and I are about to start building 2 over here in the UK,they will be powered by the Saito Fg90r3.
We have a question on the vertical fuel tank position on the plan, have you guys followed the plan and positioned it vertically or have you hade any mods for it to be as a conventional horizontal tank position ?

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Hello,
I have the fiberglass fuselage version. The 32oz fuel tank sits sideways directly behind the firewall on a shelf. This arrangement leaves plenty of room for the gear.

Best of luck with your build's. The big Saito is going to sound amazing in your Wildcat.
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Originally Posted by Newton5019 View Post
Hi Guys
some great looking cats here, a friend and I are about to start building 2 over here in the UK,they will be powered by the Saito Fg90r3.
We have a question on the vertical fuel tank position on the plan, have you guys followed the plan and positioned it vertically or have you hade any mods for it to be as a conventional horizontal tank position ?

Regards

Toby
I will be making slow progress on my Bates Wildcat over the coming year... I've "sort of" installed the Saito 90cc triple... I will be making scale exhaust pipes/outlets and to make room for the Keleo collector ring, my firewall had to be installed behind the fuselage front. To do that, I had to cut the firewall in two pieces. And now I have discovered that I still need more room for the ring, so will need to router a major portion of the front fuselage ring away to allow the engine to reside in the scale location (in relation to prop hub) while allowing sufficient room for the collector ring NOT to touch. It is difficult to tell from the photos, but with the collector ring mounted, the engine is NOT seated against the mount stand-offs... because the ring is touching the front of the fuselage.
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Hi Guys,

I HAVE THE FIBERGLASS FUSE VERSION OF THE BATES WILDCAT. I installed my fuel tank vertically as per the planes and have had absolutely no problems with it after flying for several years. It works great that way with my Zenoah GT80.

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Thanks for all your replies guys, some great looking builds going on, I'm hoping the 90r3 will pull it around quite nicely.

denny , your fuel supply with vertical tank all ok in vertical/ inverted positions e.g. Loops rolls etc ?

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I don't know if you guys have seen it yet, but Robart is now offering "slim wheels". They are the perfect width for a Wildcat, and will be much lighter than the Glennis wheels, if you happen to have those. At this point they only have five inch, but their website says more sizes are coming.
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Hey guys im joining here. I got the plans on the way for this bird. I do have a question any idea where I can get a canopy and a cowling? I was given a email and number to a guy but haven't had much luck.
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Hi Tfarmer. The Wildcat canopy and cowl were originally sold by Leo Spychalla. (leospychalla@gmail.com) He just sold the molds for the fuselage, canopy and cowl to Darren Bitzer (darrenb763@comcast.net. I met both men this summer and confirmed this info. Darren plans to make all these parts available for the Wildcat. Try both these men, but probably Darren first.

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Hi Tfarmer. The Wildcat cowl and canopy were originally provided by Leo Spychalla at Leospychalla@gmail.com. He recent sold all the plugs for the Fuselage, Canopy and cowl to Darren Bitzer (darrenb763@comcast.net. I met both men at Fond Du Lac and confirmed this info. I'd try contacting both men, but probably Darren first.
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Leo Spychalla had molds for the cowl & canopy, but sold them to someone else last year. If you can reach Leo he may be able to put you in contact.
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Originally Posted by CF105 View Post
Leo Spychalla had molds for the cowl & canopy, but sold them to someone else last year. If you can reach Leo he may be able to put you in contact.
Guys, I sold everything on the Wildcat to:

Darren Bitzer
7424 James Ave. N.
Brooklyn Park MN 55444
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Thanks ill send him an email.


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Guys, I sold everything on the Wildcat to:

Darren Bitzer
7424 James Ave. N.
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I will be making slow progress on my Bates Wildcat over the coming year... I've "sort of" installed the Saito 90cc triple... I will be making scale exhaust pipes/outlets and to make room for the Keleo collector ring, my firewall had to be installed behind the fuselage front. To do that, I had to cut the firewall in two pieces. And now I have discovered that I still need more room for the ring, so will need to router a major portion of the front fuselage ring away to allow the engine to reside in the scale location (in relation to prop hub) while allowing sufficient room for the collector ring NOT to touch. It is difficult to tell from the photos, but with the collector ring mounted, the engine is NOT seated against the mount stand-offs... because the ring is touching the front of the fuselage.
I have that motor in a fw190 I love it but you got to do your ground run in on it. Do you think it will be enough for this plane?
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I have that motor in a fw190 I love it but you got to do your ground run in on it. Do you think it will be enough for this plane?
I DO believe this engine will be enough for the Bates Wildcat. While it may not fly like a pattern plane, I am confident the power produced with a 22x10 3-blade Mejzlik will provide very scale performance. I have fully run-in the engine on the bench and it performs beautifully. The sound is fantastic!
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Man this is gonna be great please post video of it flying
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That exhaust is awesome!
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While waiting for the laser kit does anyone have a material list of the needed balsa plates, strip wood ect ?
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To RichardGee, My son Zach has been flying the Bates Wildcat for this past season on the Saito FG-84 3-cylinder with Ray English modifications. Bolly 22 X 12 3-blade scale prop. More power than you can imagine! Temperature probe and telemetry on the top center cylinder. Temps have to be around 290 - 300 F for good safe continuous running. This requires a big open dump hole roughly 3 X 5 in the bottom center of the cowl, plywood baffles between all the cylinders, and louvers opened up on the top in a scale type fashion. Failure to do this will result in full throttle temps of 320 - 330 F and a seized engine, many broken connecting rods, and a dead stick landing. We know this for a fact. So keep it cool. Open things up! It has to breath or you will be sorry. Run 15:1 oil, preferably a 4-stroke blend like Morgan. After that initial engine failure he borrowed my engine an has now had great success and about 30 flights logged. Now I don't know when I will ever get my engine back or if I get his repaired one. I guess we will figure that out someday. Leo



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Thank you for the advice - it will be heeded. Your son's Wildcat, ur, uh, Martlet is a BEAUTY!

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Had an email from Darren last night, he’s made some progress on resurrecting the fuselage mould.
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