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Old 02-15-2007, 11:52 PM
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Default Modeltech Calypso 60

I have embarked on another build, this time an ARC. Another legend from 1970's
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Old 02-15-2007, 11:54 PM
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Default RE: Modeltech Calypso 60

You can see the canopy has turned yellow from years of storage.... Putting a pilot doll woould be useless in this case. So very likely for me to paint it.
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Old 02-15-2007, 11:57 PM
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Default RE: Modeltech Calypso 60

I am intending to install mechanical retracts and intall a Saito 91. I am wondering will the length of the landing gear be enough to clear the 13 or 14" prop if I use the original retract cut out?
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Old 02-16-2007, 01:06 AM
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Default RE: Modeltech Calypso 60

That is sucha nice model!! I had two and absolutely loved them. I flew mine on a Saito .90 as well, plenty of juice for F3A.
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Old 02-16-2007, 04:57 AM
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That is sucha nice model!! I had two and absolutely loved them. I flew mine on a Saito .90 as well, plenty of juice for F3A.

Wow! nice to see some trophies also....great. how did you do the retracts?

Now I am cracking my head to see how I should mount the retracts. To cut the metal rod or shift the mounting location further away from wing joint.
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Old 02-16-2007, 10:09 AM
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Default RE: Modeltech Calypso 60

You got plenty of wood in the retracts mount, carve some out and move the retract outboard. I'll be honest, the Calypso can land at 2mph (shhh!, don't tell anyone). It floats to the point of being ridiculous, so even if you have a 1/4" prop clearance to the ground, the prop will never touch it.
During pattern competitions, I had callers that would yell "deadstick" to the judges thinking that my engine had died upon finishing a sequence. It happened more than once. The engine never quit, I just had to go to low-low idle and glide for a while for the model not to overshoot the runway.
Old 02-16-2007, 05:08 PM
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You got plenty of wood in the retracts mount, carve some out and move the retract outboard. I'll be honest, the Calypso can land at 2mph (shhh!, don't tell anyone). It floats to the point of being ridiculous, so even if you have a 1/4" prop clearance to the ground, the prop will never touch it.
During pattern competitions, I had callers that would yell "deadstick" to the judges thinking that my engine had died upon finishing a sequence. It happened more than once. The engine never quit, I just had to go to low-low idle and glide for a while for the model not to overshoot the runway.

Sounds faily simple. I think I will sand the wood by a quarter and get that much extra clearance just in case. You must be a pro, I don't think I can avoid prop contact with the ground at 1/4inch prop clearance.

What servos did you use on your Calypso? Thanks!! I was thnking of standard, maybe 3 to 4kg torque servos.
Old 02-23-2007, 08:41 AM
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Default RE: Modeltech Calypso 60

Here is the progress.
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Old 02-24-2007, 07:15 AM
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Default RE: Modeltech Calypso 60

The retract and aileron servos.
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Old 02-24-2007, 07:37 AM
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Default RE: Modeltech Calypso 60

Aileron torque rods.
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Old 02-25-2007, 07:15 PM
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Glassing the joint.
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Old 02-25-2007, 07:16 PM
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Default RE: Modeltech Calypso 60

Wing bolts.
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Old 02-25-2007, 07:17 PM
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Default RE: Modeltech Calypso 60

Aileron hinges.
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Old 02-25-2007, 07:20 PM
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Default RE: Modeltech Calypso 60

Covering of the wing. Time for a long break.
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Old 02-26-2007, 01:27 AM
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Default RE: Modeltech Calypso 60

I have the same kit still in the box; wrecked my last one but I cant let him go, just trying to do a restore job. My only complaint with the ship is it looks like a leaf in the air, not a big presentation but what a great flier.
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I have the same kit still in the box; wrecked my last one but I cant let him go, just trying to do a restore job. My only complaint with the ship is it looks like a leaf in the air, not a big presentation but what a great flier.

Hope the damage isn't too bad and the retoration goes well.

How do you intalle the servos for the elevator and rudder? Hope you can share some pictures. Thanks!
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Mine uses a pull-pull rudder and a Y setup for the elevator.
Old 03-01-2007, 09:24 AM
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Default RE: Modeltech Calypso 60

I had to use 13 inch props with mine. I did not like mowing the runway during takeoff. It left grass stains on the plane.
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Default RE: Modeltech Calypso 60

Made some progress on this plane. So far, completed part covering on the fuselage.
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Old 03-26-2007, 12:11 AM
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Default RE: Modeltech Calypso 60

Now I am wondering if I should do black or orange after the yellow.
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Old 04-16-2007, 09:36 AM
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Finally finished the bulkhead and fuselage covering.
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Old 04-22-2007, 06:40 PM
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Default RE: Modeltech Calypso 60

Its about done.
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Old 04-30-2007, 09:17 PM
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Default RE: Modeltech Calypso 60

Maiden successfull.
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Old 05-31-2007, 08:01 PM
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Default RE: Modeltech Calypso 60

Overshot the runway. Steered straight into the shrubs and one small tree that did the stopping....snap-stop.
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Old 05-31-2007, 08:08 PM
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Reconstructed the damaged area with balsa ribs and sheeting. Recovered and replaced dowels. Now she is recovering from shock.
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