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Old 01-31-2014, 06:11 AM
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Originally Posted by GerKonig View Post
I am familiar with the Rascal 110, and let me tell you, if you power it right, it has a double personality. Put a cheap 1.6 electric on 10 cells, and you can race that model all over the place. It can go fast! And now the new batch also has ailerons!

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I want to "power it" W/a high compression CDI Saito FA180 that will produce either 3.4HP (18 X 8 @ 8450 RPM) or 3.9HP (18 X 8 @ 8850 RPM) depending on if I tip the 15% nitro or 30% nitro. I think that will give me all the flight envelope options I need.
Old 01-31-2014, 06:37 AM
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Originally Posted by SrTelemaster150 View Post
I want to "power it" W/a high compression CDI Saito FA180 that will produce either 3.4HP (18 X 8 @ 8450 RPM) or 3.9HP (18 X 8 @ 8850 RPM) depending on if I tip the 15% nitro or 30% nitro. I think that will give me all the flight envelope options I need.
Good choice, I cannot speak for the last batch, but the first one was very solid, it will take the 4HP like nothing:-) Post pictures:-)

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Old 01-31-2014, 07:11 AM
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I built the 1/5 scaleSIG Cub with the operating door. I put the radio switch, remote glowplug connection on the inside and have a Dubro Fueler inside the cowling at the bottom so the only thing showing is the muffler on the bottom. I also used the Robart Cub gear. I am very satisified with my Cub and wouldn't trade it for the BUSA or any other. As for which one looks more scale I think part of that depends on the builder. Either way I wouldn't hesitate to own the SIG or the BUSA they are both great kits from great companies!
Old 01-31-2014, 07:13 AM
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Oh and great looking Cub Gerry! Good luck with the Decathalon! I hope you will consider indulging us with a build.
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Originally Posted by GerKonig View Post
Good choice, I cannot speak for the last batch, but the first one was very solid, it will take the 4HP like nothing:-) Post pictures:-)

Gerry
Bear in mind that even the 3 1/2HP FA180 powered version will have a light AUW. Thrust should be well over 1 1/2 X the weight for unlimited vertical..

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Old 01-31-2014, 07:39 AM
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Originally Posted by SrTelemaster150 View Post
Bear in mind that even the 3 1/2HP FA180 powered version will have a light AUW. Thrust should be well over 1 1/2 X the weight for unlimited vertical..
Unlimited vertical is a must. It also makes for fun takeoffs:-)

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Old 01-31-2014, 07:46 AM
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Originally Posted by FlyerInOKC View Post
Oh and great looking Cub Gerry! Good luck with the Decathalon! I hope you will consider indulging us with a build.
Here is what happened, a couple of weeks ago I got a used, built, fabric covered, and then re-painted over Hostetler Decathlon. I saw the ad in RC Universe, and it was close by. So, the plan is to strip all the covering, which is more like a tarp with all the paint they put on it, then sand and check all the woodwork, finish and cover. I want to cover it looking like the "Scout". I had overexposure to the regular Decathlon paint scheme.

It is the 30% one. And I just saw a new powerplant from Horizon I like, the new 62 with fuel injection. It is either that, or a Z-62. But, I have been working straight since the 28th of December, and will go back to normal in 2 weeks. Then I will start working on it:-) I need one day to finish a Jungman biplane first...

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Old 01-31-2014, 07:54 AM
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Originally Posted by FlyerInOKC View Post
I built the 1/5 scaleSIG Cub with the operating door. I put the radio switch, remote glowplug connection on the inside and have a Dubro Fueler inside the cowling at the bottom so the only thing showing is the muffler on the bottom. I also used the Robart Cub gear. I am very satisified with my Cub and wouldn't trade it for the BUSA or any other. As for which one looks more scale I think part of that depends on the builder. Either way I wouldn't hesitate to own the SIG or the BUSA they are both great kits from great companies!
This is an old picture while I was changing the Sig Cub over to Electric. The yellow is the Sig, the white is the Balsa USA. Sorry about the mess... There is snow in my back yard, so I just used an old picture:-)

IF I cannot find a buyer and sell the Sig, I will rip the covering, add a door, and re-cover in green as a L-4. I would also add a nice "engine" kit to the cowling, to make it look the part. There is a company that sells a nice kit for the engine. Will have to look them up. They look very real. Will not happen until after the Wendell Hostetler is airborne:-)

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Old 01-31-2014, 08:51 AM
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Has anyone ever built a 70's era SIG Komet before? I'm in the middle of building one now. The kit is between 40 and 45 years old I think. This Komet is actually the 5th SIG build in the years that I've been involved with building/flying r/c. So far, this build has turned out the best work I've ever done to date, due to a combination of gathered experience and extended amount of patience. However....the tail section of this build has been the most challenging for me out of all the planes I've ever built so far. Not sure if it's me or if this type of kit is challenging in that area to build. The fuselage has a plastic cover on the top so in the tail of the plane, the fuselage halves, vertical and horizontal stabilizers all come together. Usually the horizontal stabilizer is not a big deal because most of the time they are simply a flat piece of balsa that has been shaped accordingly. However, what makes this Komet a challenge is because the horizontal stabilizer is actually constructed just like the main wing where it has a foam core and sheeted in balsa skin. So both the upper and lower portions of the fuselage along with the bottom of the vertical stabilizer all have to be shaped for the horizontal stabilizer to fit. All this has to fit extremely accurate It's been a real challenge but after "massaging" all of it into place, it's really turned out beautiful. This SIG Komet will be the most beautiful piece of work I've done by far to date. Has anyone else had this issue with this specific kit before?

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Nice looking hanger Gerry!
Old 01-31-2014, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by FlyerInOKC View Post
Nice looking hanger Gerry!
Thank you. I am running out of space. The Hawk on the right is gas, and so is the Balsa USA cab, the rest, electric.

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Old 01-31-2014, 10:33 AM
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Originally Posted by SushiHunter View Post
Has anyone ever built a 70's era SIG Komet before? I'm in the middle of building one now. The kit is between 40 and 45 years old I think. This Komet is actually the 5th SIG build in the years that I've been involved with building/flying r/c. So far, this build has turned out the best work I've ever done to date, due to a combination of gathered experience and extended amount of patience. However....the tail section of this build has been the most challenging for me out of all the planes I've ever built so far. Not sure if it's me or if this type of kit is challenging in that area to build. The fuselage has a plastic cover on the top so in the tail of the plane, the fuselage halves, vertical and horizontal stabilizers all come together. Usually the horizontal stabilizer is not a big deal because most of the time they are simply a flat piece of balsa that has been shaped accordingly. However, what makes this Komet a challenge is because the horizontal stabilizer is actually constructed just like the main wing where it has a foam core and sheeted in balsa skin. So both the upper and lower portions of the fuselage along with the bottom of the vertical stabilizer all have to be shaped for the horizontal stabilizer to fit. All this has to fit extremely accurate It's been a real challenge but after "massaging" all of it into place, it's really turned out beautiful. This SIG Komet will be the most beautiful piece of work I've done by far to date. Has anyone else had this issue with this specific kit before?
Yes I built one way back
probably early 80's, gorgeous airframe, had a hard time with the plastic fuse top but it all worked out, never got to fly her.
Old 01-31-2014, 11:03 AM
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Why didn't you get to fly her? Here are a few pix I took of her last night of the area that I've been working on this week every night.

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Old 01-31-2014, 11:41 AM
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Originally Posted by GerKonig View Post
Thank you. I am running out of space. The Hawk on the right is gas, and so is the Balsa USA cab, the rest, electric.

Gerry
Any room to mount a rack to the ceiling?
Old 01-31-2014, 12:22 PM
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Originally Posted by FlyerInOKC View Post
Any room to mount a rack to the ceiling?
Not seen in the picture 1/3 scale Morane Saulnier (Balsa USA), a really big bird... Hanging from two pulleys installed on the rafters...

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Old 01-31-2014, 01:13 PM
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Originally Posted by SrTelemaster150 View Post
Dude, you need to check your "SIG Brotherhood" thread. You are WAY behind on the membership roster.


http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/kit-...l#post11724267

This weekend when I have a chance to read through them all. Been way too busy at work, and just doing a casual read through at the moment.

BTW, If you get a die cut kit that was freshly made with sharp tooling, they are just as good as laser cut. Both my Top Flite kits had good cuttings, very few pieces needed extra trimming. On my 1/5th Cub from Sig a few of the laser cuts didnt go all the way through due to the wood density changing in the piece, and needed to be cut out and sanded. I would call it about equal between the two types. Also all you need is a good stiff toothbrush to dust off the carbon from the laser cut pieces, they will stick just fine once the dust is off.
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Originally Posted by acdii View Post
On my 1/5th Cub from Sig a few of the laser cuts didnt go all the way through due to the wood density changing in the piece,
I had this exact issue with the recent SIG Kougar I built. The ply fuselage bulkhead pieces needed to be sanded after cutting them the rest of the way out. Not difficult but the trade-off for adding slight additional scope to the work package impacted schedule just a hair.

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Old 01-31-2014, 04:58 PM
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I bet i built 50 sig kits in the 60 70 and 80s. Glen and Hazel with Clyde Mccullough had a good thing going on.
it was Claude Mccollough. He passed away a few years ago.
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All the buzz in the world will not replace the dollar!
Old 01-31-2014, 09:57 PM
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I'M STILL FLYING A 20 YR OLD SIG ASTRO HOG AND HAVE ANOTHER KIT IN THE RAFTERS JUST IN CASE THE WORST HAPPENS. ALSO HAVE A 1/4 SCALE CUB AND MORRISY BRAVO. sIG HAS GREAT KITS AND GREAT FLYING AIRPLANES.
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Hey, wait a minute...What if I work for one of those "Big Two" along with my wife, my brother, and many of my friends?

Kurt
Old 02-01-2014, 12:30 AM
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I dont think anyones knocking the other manufacturers we need em all.
My suggestion to Sig ,If they are listening, would be to to check their box sizes against current postal limits ( Topflite also) as this could increase OS sales by reducing freight costs.
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Over the last 40+ yrs I've built so many Sig Cubs I can't even count them. (all sizes). A few kadets and Kadet seniors, a control line Chipmunk and probably some I've forgot about. You could always count on quality from Sig. I hope they make it ok. That's not to mention all their other products I've used over the yrs, glue, dope silkspan etc.
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Originally Posted by Bozarth View Post
Hey, wait a minute...What if I work for one of those "Big Two" along with my wife, my brother, and many of my friends?

Kurt
Bless your soul, nobody is perfect:-) Of course, you have the consolation of the "employee discount"...

Gerry
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Sig makes a lot of great airplanes. The 4 Star 40 (or any of the 4 Star series) are excellent second airplanes that you won't out grow. My good 'ol 4 Star 40 has a Magnum 52 4 stroke in it - with the 4 stroke it requires about 10-15 feet to get airborne if you drop the hammer quickly. That comes in really handy when you're trying to take off on a partially snow covered strip like I was today on Groundhog Day here in Pennsylvania! As far as I know most of Sig's stuff is still made in Iowa - remember that next time you're buying a kit or airplane supplies.
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