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Old 04-01-2012, 05:54 PM
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Nice looking bird and good luck with your maiden

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Old 04-01-2012, 05:59 PM
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looks good , do you have any sched for a maiden ? How much scale modes did you do and how did your wieght come out ?

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P S Still have not been able to get my birds out this spring weather amd days off are out of sink, but better days are comming
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:18 AM
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Hey Corsair builders...I'm getting ready to sheet the upper half of my Top-Flite Corsair and notice that it calls for the supplied 1/8" sheeting. The sheeting feels fairly heavy and is certainly strong...my question to you all is whether or not it would be beneficial weight-wise to use 5/32" (as is used on the wings) or would the weight savings be outwieghed by some loss of strength/rigidity. Or possibly 1/8" up front with 5/32" in the back. Anyone out there confronted this? Thanks.
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:29 AM
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My advice to you would be to sheet with the 1/8 " but get a lighter balsa. I do this often. If you change thickness, you'll get a "misfit" someplace, not worth the trouble... don't ask
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Old 04-02-2012, 07:02 AM
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Both wing and fuselage are entirely sheeted with 3/32 balsa.....Plus stab+fin and rudder with 1/16 balsa..

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Old 04-02-2012, 07:41 AM
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Thanks for the advice guys...I did lighten the tail structure but I do wish I had used a lighter balsa on the stab and rudder...If I get ambitious, I may take the sheeting off the stab and resheet with 1/16". As far as the fuse, I'll try to get some lighter 1/8" or more likely will do the whole thing in 3/32". (I mis-typed in my previous post...I said 5/32" but meant 3/32"...oops.). My build thread is under "Top Flite GS Corsair-Plug in wings".
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:23 AM
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Not my plane just building it for a guy. The plane is built to plans no changes other than cockpit and gear. Has a 3w 3w70 single glass cowl and will come out weighting a ton. have not had a chance to weight it yet to see how it comes out. I will not be the one that fly's this bird it will be up to the owner.
I have a hard time getting on these long threads so if I don't get timed out I could be back[8|
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Old 04-02-2012, 02:32 PM
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Old 04-02-2012, 02:39 PM
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At my age I always try to have fun. Getting all the stuff to work is the hard part, landing gear and doors can give you the fits[:@] getting it to do what you want it to[:@]
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Old 04-02-2012, 02:45 PM
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If you are going to glass go for the 3/32 and the lightest on everything aft of the C/G, but on the rudder and V/fin use harder balsa, if you fly from grass, gofer hole can cause a nose over and you have a mess to tepair. don't ask how I know

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Old 04-02-2012, 06:32 PM
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rt3232,

That's good advice on the rudder...I did build a plywood spine in the rudder and the fin has the 1/8" balsa. The stab is heavier than I like. I may strip it and put some lighter balsa on it. Thanks for your help...this thread has been a great resource.

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Old 04-03-2012, 08:01 AM
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I used 3/32 on my Fuse because I had a nice supply of good stuff and the supplied 1/8' was hard and heavy. This mod did not seem to affect any fit issues.But, I did run into a problem.
The kit has widely spaced formers and only a few stringers and in the large unsupported areas the sheeting became more flat than round. I had to put a few supports inside the fuse to push out these areas.
Had i known about this beforehand I would have added a few more 1/4" stringers down the fuse to help hold the shape.

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Old 04-03-2012, 08:46 AM
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Me410...That sounds like a good plan. The supplied 1/8" is hard and heavy. I'm going to pick up some 1/4" stringers and some light 3/32" this week at the hobby shop. Would you have added stringers to both the upper and lower half of the fuse? Thanks for the tip.

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Old 04-03-2012, 09:19 AM
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B-Squared .... I would add them upper and lower, might get away with adding two to each side. Stiffer stronger balsa stringers may be better than soft bendy ones. If you add a few more, I don't think the wieght penalty will be too bad. My worst areas were behind the cockpit area about halfway to the tail.

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Old 04-03-2012, 11:24 PM
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Finally got a hold of topflite and they have shipped out my canopy,yayyy! My bird weighs 29lbs rtf, built per plans w everything in the box. I did cover w monocote instead of glass, added a full cockpit and full bodied pilot.
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Good for you, now we need pic's of your maiden Good luck.

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Old 04-08-2012, 10:43 AM
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ok just got my maiden done and everything went perfect.......i have to tell you, i fly turbine jets and this was my first giant scale warbird, and what can i say UNREAL, im looking for my second project
the plane flew like it was on rails and at 33 lb plus 32 oz of fuel the DA 85 proving to be exelent choice(never push the throttle over 3/4 )

PS.. the custom muffler sound was sooooooo cool
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Vary good hope you have lots of fun with it.


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Old 04-08-2012, 12:30 PM
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Well done. Try a G.S. P-47, they fly even better than the F4U. Top Flite is very good except for the non scale gear location. The Yellow Aircraft one is better.

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Old 04-09-2012, 06:38 AM
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i think i want the yellow p-38
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ORIGINAL: jetsflyin

ok just got my maiden done and everything went perfect.......i have to tell you, i fly turbine jets and this was my first giant scale warbird, and what can i say UNREAL, im looking for my second project
the plane flew like it was on rails and at 33 lb plus 32 oz of fuel the DA 85 proving to be exelent choice(never push the throttle over 3/4 )

PS.. the custom muffler sound was sooooooo cool
Hello JETS,
Two questions:
1.) When did you get a custom Keleo exhaust for the DA85? The last time I asked (a few years ago), they were not going to make anymore custom units.
2.) How much time with a 32 oz. tank give you on a DA85?

Thanks!
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very nice bring it to floyd bennett one day
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Old 04-09-2012, 04:31 PM
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scott.........keleo built the muffler for me in return of a favor
9 to 10 good minutes on the DA85 with about 2-3 minutes reserve

vinny.......yes i will fly the corsair at FBF
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has anyone used the likes line for retracts on a corsair
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