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Old 06-21-2024, 05:52 PM
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Here is my BristolSpadPort built from Ken Willard's plans.

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Thanks Mike, mine will look more like yours that the one I show above, I am only doing bottom wing ailerons, Mark at OSMW says it flies very scale like that way. I am going to make the gun and exhaust pipe to look scale like. Several places have the color I am going to use, exactly like yours, I treated the FA 40-a to a new RMJ ring and BOCA hard chrome bearings.

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Flying my new Avistar on its second outting to the flying field powered by a very nice Saito 72












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Nice plane, perfect engine.

Had the ancient LT40 out yesterday. Got 7 flights in at about 20 minutes each.

Also powered by a very old FA-72. This one still has it's factory ring. Must be the fuel
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Great stuff and thanks for your kind comments. The LT 40 is also a nice plane. I've never owned one but watched many videos down through the years and read lots of stuff on the different forums. Your Saito 72 is still going strong and that is testimony to how good and efficient the Saito engines are. I absolutely love them.
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Originally Posted by 1200SportsterRider
Thanks Mike, mine will look more like yours that the one I show above, I am only doing bottom wing ailerons, Mark at OSMW says it flies very scale like that way. I am going to make the gun and exhaust pipe to look scale like. Several places have the color I am going to use, exactly like yours, I treated the FA 40-a to a new RMJ ring and BOCA hard chrome bearings.

This guy makes a 1/6th scale Lewis Gun for $12 if interested. They are 3D printed and you paint and assemble them.

https://rosaminiatures.squarespace.com/shop/lewis-gun
Old 06-25-2024, 04:27 PM
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remember this one, my first Saito, well it still has not run. note the breather barb. drilled and taped straight on my Sherline Mill.

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Is that a Saito FA Hunnert?
Seems I sent you a new carb for a Saito 100 a few years ago.
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Originally Posted by Jesse Open
Is that a Saito FA Hunnert?
Seems I sent you a new carb for a Saito 100 a few years ago.
yes, but I believe it was a 125 carb I was going to try on my 100. you want it back?
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yes, but I believe it was a 125 carb I was going to try on my 100. you want it back?

No sir, all yours. IIRC you had a carb that got tight to turn when the mount screws were torqued down.

The 100 has that tall and lean look. Vent looks good.
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Originally Posted by FlyerInOKC
Here is my BristolSpadPort built from Ken Willard's plans.

I love it,. The dog and the plane get the bed and he has to sleep on the couch.
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I had an ARF Fokker D.VII with a TT GP 40 in it, it was under powered. it would only loop if I flew it up real high and come straight down to gain speed LOL. boy was that plane fun. I loved it. slow, waist high fly bys. but I'll tell you, even tho it was under powered it would fly really high. I bought it for $50 with a cheap TX/RX in it, I flew it for 2 years. it crashed and smashed.
sold it for $4 less engine, the guy that bought it fix it up and put an OS52 4popper in it, it was way overpowered. LOL he crashed it, like on his 3rd flight with it LOL
.LOL Fun fun fun LOL
BTW, the guy that bought it from me was a P-47 Grew Chief in WW11. "Hank" I loved that guy
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That is the question.
Now that it is official that there will be no more

Venture 60 kits produced, makes it hard to even open this still sealed box.

There is a brand new Saito FA-65 champing at the bit. All ready to haul a fresh Venture 60 into the air. Back up plan is to just cut a new kit from scratch, saving this one for now.


I had been holding off on building this one. Hoping Bruce would run another batch so I could back up this one.
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Very nice, Gary. Nice polished muffler on what appears to be an early high compression FA-65.
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Thanks Lonnie,

Yessir an early, HC pillowtopped piston FA-65. Has the early style carb as well.
I like to file down the ugly parting line on the cast mufflers and finish them off. That way I can simply wipe them off between flights, before the castor cooks They can stay clean just about forever.
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can someone tell me where I can buy a 12x5 3 blade prop? (black for my P-40) I've looked for 1.5 hours. I can't find one. all I can find is E-props with 8 or more pitch, and 6 to 8 pitch for fueled engines.
BTW, it looks to me APC only makes 2 3 blade props. I don't understand that.

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can someone tell me where I can buy a 12x5 3 blade prop? (black for my P-40) I've looked for 1.5 hours. I can't find one. all I can find is E-props with 8 or more pitch, and 6 to 8 pitch for fueled engines.
BTW, it looks to me APC only makes 2 3 blade props. I don't understand that.
12x5 on a four stroke? Got something you need to fly dead slow?
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LOL sorry to say Lonnie LOL, it's a smelly 2 stroke in my P-40, I never seen a RC plane land so fast. a guy at the field said it must come in close to 30mph. I'm glad I was not landing it LOL. the engine is my OS Hyer 50. I have a 2 blade APC 11x8 on it, a larger 3 blade with less pitch should help slow down the landings (as I have been taught). plus a war bird should have a 3 blade on it.
any-hoo. I feel a 12x6 3 would be way too much pitch, so the 12x5 3 is the first to try.
to add, with this oversized 60L Heli carb and prop, and oversized stock type muffler the engine runs and idles low wonderfully. peak RPM is 12.800. I tune for flight at 12.200+. other guys at the field say it's a 100mph plane.

a come back here; I now have this funny feeling that Pete from Down Under if going to show up and give me a good speaking-too about that smelly 2 stroke LOL.

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Would be nice if he did!
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I have a 14X5 on a Saito 72 that's sitting on the Pete-N-Poke I posted a picture of. I would like to run it to see what kind of numbers I get. I'm not going to run it until the temps get below 90. The last few days have been over 100. I even tried to go flying at 7:00 AM one day to get out while it was cooler and after 2 flights it was over 90. Texas summers are as bad as the winters up north. I think I will stay in my shop with the AC running.
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Originally Posted by jesse open
would be nice if he did!


"give me a good speaking-too" lol

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Jim, the Graupner Grey Super Nylon prop used to come in a 12.5 x 5 3 blade. I can't find any though.
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thanks Dave, I can't find one ether. I will call a couple places tomorrow.
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WOW, guess what I just did? you could not ever guess. well. I just taught the women at Master Airscrew the "definition of Pitch".

well, they don't have a 3 blade 12x 5"pitch prop.

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WOW, guess what I just did? you could not ever guess. well. I just taught the women at Master Airscrew the "definition of Pitch".

well, they don't have a 3 blase 12x 5"pitch prop.
That is sad on more than one level!

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