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Warbird Suggestions - Under 20 lbs

Old 03-19-2006, 10:38 PM
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Default Warbird Suggestions - Under 20 lbs

Hey folks - I would like to start a warbird and thought I would put a post out for some suggestions.

In a "perfect world" :-) I would find a bird that fit this description:

1. Either a P-40 or a Spitfire (although other Allied suggestions that fit the rest of the criteria are ALWAYS welcome.)
2. As large as possible, but keeping it under 20 lbs (weight resriction at the field I fly). It seems like there are a lot in the 10lbs range (Top Flight for example), but not too many until you break the 20 lbs mark
3. ARF or kit
4. Able to house a multi cylinder Saito, or gas engine - something about a throaty sound in a warbird :-)
5. As much detail as possilbe (mainly applies to an ARF)

So, I guess that is it. Any help?

Cheers,

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Old 03-19-2006, 10:49 PM
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Default RE: Warbird Suggestions - Under 20 lbs

Take a look at the Brian Taylor 83" Spitfire. Glass fuse and accessories available from www.vicrc.com and the laser cut wing and tail parts can be had via Bob Holman. I'm sure the Spit could be built in the 18-20 pound range if you are careful.
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Old 03-19-2006, 11:25 PM
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Default RE: Warbird Suggestions - Under 20 lbs

Check out Dave Platt designs and Jerry Bates. If you want to use a multi cylinder Saito I think you should look in to radial warbirds. The inline Saito 200 might be a little wide for either of your choices.

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Old 03-20-2006, 10:55 PM
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If you want to go with a ARF Warbird, the WM Zero GS is an easy to fly plane. Only needs a good retract replacement. Will work good with a Saito 450 radial or equivalent. Mine is 18lbs with BME 44cc gas. More pictures in my gallery. Paul
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Old 03-21-2006, 09:56 AM
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A guy at our field has the 80" World Models Zero and uses the OS 160fx as suggested and it is very fast. He doesn't go over 1/2 throttle. From what I can tell a Webra 120 would do a good job in this plane. It just depends on how you want to fly the plane. I have a Platt Zero at 18.5 pounds with the OS 160fx but have not flown it yet. I expect it to be a little more power then needed. A Saito 450 at 6 pounds can power a 30 pound plane without problems. At 15 to 17 pounds I think the Saito 170 would be a better fit. I wish Saito would come out with another 3 cylinder in the 240-270 range for a 20-23 pound plane. I also have a 17.5 pound Mitsubishi Claude at 83" that flys well with a Saito 180. I do not fly scale models in a 3 D fashion and I don't mind a little extra power.

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Old 03-21-2006, 12:59 PM
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Default RE: Warbird Suggestions - Under 20 lbs

For what its worth, my new Yak fits that description.

80 inch wingspan, 19 pounds, flies on a G-38 but a saito 180 or 200 would also work perfectly
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Old 03-21-2006, 02:13 PM
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A "very nice" Yak Patrick.Tom
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Old 03-21-2006, 05:01 PM
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I have to ask why the weight restriction?? If i was at a cub and was told sorry no planes over 20lbs I would find somewhere else to fly
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Old 03-21-2006, 08:13 PM
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Its a state sponsored park with lots of rules (such as weight and noise restrictions), but the members and park staff are great and we have a lot of fun. There are other places to fly in the local area, but most of them are in jepordy of being closed due to land rights, noise, and good 'ol politics.

We seem to be fairly safe thus far...
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Old 03-21-2006, 08:19 PM
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Great looking Zero Paul - This will be my first attempt at a "scale" model - I'm really interested in doing details like the weathering. Do you have suggestions on where I can go to get information on how to accomplish such tasks?
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