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Old 05-02-2007, 04:18 PM
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I aquired this kit with a larger lot of stuff and have no need for it. It is 36" span and takes a .19 to .40 engine. It appears to all be there, even has an aluminum cowl.
I'm thinking it might be some what of a collector item but have no idea what its worth or how old it is. Is anyone interested in it?
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Default RE: Berkely Cessna 195 scale control line kit

I built and flew one when I was a kid back in the late 50's. Check on ebay--the Berkeley kits command pretty high prices.
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I have a built one with a McCoy 29 in it. Hasn't been flown in years. Neat plane though.
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Default RE: Berkely Cessna 195 scale control line kit

Almost all of the Berkeley kits I ever examined seemed very strangely engineered, as if someone always preferred making three separate pieces that could all have been just one, but that wasn't complicated enough, for some reason. Just about the only one I recall being more typical of other models was Eliiott's Black Tiger P-40.

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Default RE: Berkely Cessna 195 scale control line kit

The Orbit Ace certainly had some strange engineering...
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Berkeley kits were noted for good plans and not so good wood.

During that time period, kits were VERY competitive, and sometimes good balsa was scarce so a lot depended on who was selecting balsa and who determined when to shut down and sharpen dies. Running too many kits without sharpening dies resulted in what became known as "die crunching".

Being a kid at the time I just used what was in the box, but some "older" guys knew to discard the part and make a new one. Another oprion was to use heavier wood on the outboard wing when possible. Laser cutting has spoiled us. [8D]

George

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