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Great Planes Super Decathlon 40 Kit HELP!!!

Old 06-29-2004, 01:32 PM
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Default RE: Great Planes Super Decathlon 40 Kit HELP!!!

As a rule I put wash-out in all the planes I build. Also all 3 Midwest kits I have built were a bit tail heavy and were a handful on the first flight. For the Midwest Aerostar .40, balance the plane on the forward edge of the wing spar and it will fly like a dream. The pics of the Decathalon Iv'e seen so far don't inspire me to want one and hearing, for the most part, that it is hard to fly caps it.
I sometimes wonder if the mfgs. intentionally have us set up our planes tail-heavy. Hmnnnnnnnnnnnnn its a conspiracy, I just know it. hehehe.
Old 07-26-2004, 03:24 PM
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I put a Saito 91 in my GP Decathlon 40. This being the case, I can't say I've ever tip stalled. I can say however that I overcorrected coming off my field which needed a cut badly (the plane started tracking towrds ME in the grass). I rolled inverted and pulled into the ground. Heh, the brand new TruTurn didn't like it. My advice is the same as the manufacturer and the good people here. Stay speedy at takeoff and landing, and hold onto that up elevator for a few seconds when you start rolling. Once in the air (the saito 91 has to pull a ridiculous acceleration b/c we're talkin 0 to 60 in 20 feet this thing flies like a monorail.
Build it with washout, and throw away the stock control rods or you're in Bind city.
Old 09-03-2022, 04:53 AM
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Hi, So here I am in 2022 with a brand new GP Super Decathlon Kit and I've heard and read the horror stories about this airplane. So do I sell this kit or do I keep and convert it to Electric power?
Old 09-12-2022, 08:20 PM
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I got one of these wrecked from a buddy, a kit built.. I converted to electric.. it flew great for the day I had it ! hahahahhah No problem taking off or landing . But I did some insane snap rolls at altitude..the plane exited perfect every time.
Tried one down lower, incredible blurry snap roll. comes out a bit nose down.. and game over.. total destruction.. Was sad to tell my friend about it because his Dad had built and crashed it ... it had sat for years after his Dad passed away.

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