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Old 04-12-2023, 06:48 AM
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Been building for years and never a BUSA kit which is sad, put together an older die cut Force one and loved it! Wrapping it up now

Need to order more BUSA kits!


Old 04-12-2023, 08:27 AM
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Originally Posted by DMehalko
Been building for years and never a BUSA kit which is sad, put together an older die cut Force one and loved it! Wrapping it up now

Need to order more BUSA kits!
I built mine with elevons and an O.S. .46. Huge fun. The prop in the slot makes a unique sound.
Old 06-23-2023, 09:02 PM
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Originally Posted by mgnostic
I built mine with elevons and an O.S. .46. Huge fun. The prop in the slot makes a unique sound.
Finished and have been having a ball with it!
I tried to keep mine light and went with a 35AX, came in at 3lbs 12oz, the 35 pushes it nicely!




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Old 06-24-2023, 05:50 AM
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Looks like fun!
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If the brotherhood could use another, please count me in. I am the only female flier in 4 clubs! I have a Taube 90 and my husband has a 1:3 scale Sopwith Pup.
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Old 07-03-2023, 03:54 AM
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This is my BUSA 1913 Etrich Taube. I painted Aces of Iron WWI German Pilots. I have it for sale under Warbirds. I would like it to go to someone who would fly it. Would take an offer. BUSA suggested this price at Joe Nall this year.


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Still been having a ball blasting around the simple Force One, want to build another with retracts and a juicy electric setup next


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Old 09-27-2023, 04:44 AM
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Nice video, DM.
Old 09-28-2023, 10:41 AM
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Thanks! Ill try and get some flight video this weekend, the .35ax moves it nicely (even at 5500ft msl)
Old 10-08-2023, 04:40 PM
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Flying: Need to build the Enforcer Next.... Bare with me as a get a YT channel up and running

KEEP IN MIND: This is in THIN Colorado power-robbing air




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Old 11-09-2023, 09:59 PM
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Just curious if anyone has ever traced the 1/3 Albatros kit, so they could shrink the parts down and build a 1/4 scale?
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Originally Posted by foodstick
Just curious if anyone has ever traced the 1/3 Albatros kit, so they could shrink the parts down and build a 1/4 scale?
It shouldn't be too difficult. Says the guy who has been working on a BUSA inspired Pfalz DIIIa since 2017.
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hahahaha, Everytime I have to stop and scratch my head on my current Albatros plan.. redesign I think.. Why didnt I have a friend with a 1/3 kit to shrink !

I keep finding its not that I am getting lazier..( so much) I just can't focus and concentrate like I could ten years ago !

Loving that Pfalz DIIIa build!
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you should be able to take the plans to fed ex and have them copied at a smaller size, if they have the formers on them get 2 copies so you have the patterns to cut out and use. I have done this to enlarge several sets of plans.
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Its way easier if you trace all the parts, and then shrink both the plans and part tracings.

But its all just after thought at this point... Man so many friends and I wanted to buy the 1/4 Albatros.. and they just never made it. I doubt hardly any of my friends would buy and build it anymore..
Old 11-13-2023, 09:17 AM
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Originally Posted by foodstick
Its way easier if you trace all the parts, and then shrink both the plans and part tracings.

But its all just after thought at this point... Man so many friends and I wanted to buy the 1/4 Albatros.. and they just never made it. I doubt hardly any of my friends would buy and build it anymore..
Yes, once you ever get it into cad or even just a pdf it easy to print at whatever size you desire. Even if you don't do cad, once it's printed out you can adjust the slots and cutouts by hand.

The problem with the Albatros and several other WWI planes that I would love to model is that they require a propeller spinner that isn't shaped like the one on a P-51 or an Extra. That is a pretty significant expense for a kit manufacturer on an item that may or may not sell well.
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True, I know BUSA themselves once told me the spinner was part of the problem. It sure seems like someone good with a lathe and forming could sure have kept busy though. Or if they could be stamped.. or even safely made with plastic or glass..
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I think a molded carbon fiber spinner would be the way to go. I have a spun metal spinner from Arizona Models. It took a little bit but think they are made up on demand and I don't know if he does custom work. The point being there are people out there who can do the work. I have an ancient 9 inch South Bend lathe. The catch in a project like that is in the tooling. I would need to by a new check with reversible jaws to mount up a big enough chunk of billet and then a fixture to hold what would become a very flimsy piece of metal. Spinning the metal might be an option but that would require it's own set of tooling. I suspect that you would pretty much have to be doing it as a sideline to one's day job. I think that was what the people who did Tru-Turn spinners did. Going back to the first statement, I see a lot of very nice molded carbon fiber spinners on the big 3-D planes at the field. I'm sure a lot of that stuff is made in China using a nice set of metal molds but I've been pondering the idea of a set of printed molds for whipping up a carbon fiber spinner to fit an existing backplate. It probably wont happen but it is a fun mental exercise.

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