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Old 08-21-2020, 10:29 AM
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The vinyl is so thin I can still see the wood grain through then. Very nice 👍
Old 08-21-2020, 05:06 PM
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Well they really look good, sound like they are easy to put on. Hope they last. Good job Jeff

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Old 09-17-2020, 03:47 PM
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Well it flew. Many problems. Little damage. It really flies heavy. Heavy on controls. Heavy in turns. Heavy on landing. It was very nose heavy. It took all of the up trim and still needed more. But it was close enough that I could hold it level with a tiny bit of elevator. The ailerons are really a problem. One is slightly more warped than the other. And it's not so much that anybody but me saw it. But the amount of trim it takes to counter act that is a lot. The prop is a 28 x 8 Xoar and it was going supersonic at anything more than half throttle. Good news is that the motor ran great. Really strong. Answers? Bigger prop or more pitch. Rebuild/straighten one aileron. Put the pilot in(more tail wright) and replace the 50 ounce feul tank with a smaller one( less nose weight). Or just less fuel. 50 ounces is a lot I think. Only damage was to the axel and spreader box. I got too slow and thumped it on landing. My fault. Easy fix. But it really is impressive in the air so they tell me. I was too busy flying to watch. Lol.

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Old 09-18-2020, 05:37 AM
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Sorry to hear about the problems, but guess it is no big deal. What is the final weight and what engine are you running? I am sure you will work out the problems. It is a great looking airplane. Post flight pictures next time

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Old 09-18-2020, 05:44 AM
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Reminds me of something a well known designer told me, he said every first flight of a new design was an episode of sheer terror. Until you can work out the kinks in every new airplane it will always fly erratically. You have to learn where the perfect balance is and what the perfect amount of throw is among other things. Its a lot of trial and error.
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Originally Posted by jeffEE
Well it flew. Many problems. Little damage. It really flies heavy. Heavy on controls. Heavy in turns. Heavy on landing. It was very nose heavy. It took all of the up trim and still needed more. But it was close enough that I could hold it level with a tiny bit of elevator. The ailerons are really a problem. One is slightly more warped than the other. And it's not so much that anybody but me saw it. But the amount of trim it takes to counter act that is a lot. The prop is a 28 x 8 Xoar and it was going supersonic at anything more than half throttle. Good news is that the motor ran great. Really strong. Answers? Bigger prop or more pitch. Rebuild/straighten one aileron. Put the pilot in(more tail wright) and replace the 50 ounce feul tank with a smaller one( less nose weight). Or just less fuel. 50 ounces is a lot I think. Only damage was to the axel and spreader box. I got too slow and thumped it on landing. My fault. Easy fix. But it really is impressive in the air so they tell me. I was too busy flying to watch. Lol.
I ran into a similar issue, balance wise, with my 1/4 scale Camel. Having always heard how squirrely the full scale Camel was I was chasing that last little bit of the CG range. I mounted all of my nose weight on baffles around the engine so that it was as far forward as possible. I was really conflicted over the amount of weight I was adding. It was certainly a lot more than the Nieuport 17 had needed. But hey, better nose heavy than tail heavy. I knew I had taken it too far as soon as the airplane broke ground. It was much as you describe, slow and sluggish. I made 3/4 of a circle and landed. I also plopped the last little bit, popping the fairings off of the gear wire and setting the plane on its nose. Luckily there was no significant damage. I fixed the gear and pulled a pound of lead off of the nose. This along with 2 inches more pitch on the prop produced a plane that is much more what a WWI fighter should be. Best of luck and hope to hear that you have your plane successfully trimmed.
Old 09-18-2020, 05:32 PM
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I think the Dla 116 in line twin is going to prove to be a good match for the Albatross. The plane was balanced at 5 1/2 inch dry
. I really think the 50 ounces of fuel is too much. And as it's installed ahead of the CG.... Well it's all fixable. A little less weight. Shift thing's around. New prop. That's all part of the game. Fly safe everyone.
Old 10-11-2020, 12:39 AM
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anyone want to buy an airplane?
Old 10-11-2020, 02:19 AM
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Beautiful airplane. Where are you located?

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Old 10-11-2020, 04:37 AM
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Twin cities Minnesota. I fly at the field in Owatonna mn.
Old 10-11-2020, 07:56 AM
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Just dropping a pic of the BUSA planes at our local funfly. The two 1/4 scale planes in front are mine. The Nieuport is 14 years old. The 1/3 scale Nieuport in the background was finished to resemble a solid scale model built by the owner's grandfather back in the 1930's. He is a third generation modeler and is one of the co-hosts of the RC Scrap Pile podcast.

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Good luck with the sale, wish I was closer.

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Twin cities Minnesota. I fly at the field in Owatonna mn.
Old 10-26-2020, 02:11 PM
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so I have a video of the DLA 116 in line twin first run. But I cant figure out how to load it so people can see it. The video service on this site is down, and I will not use youtube. any suggestions?
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I need a windshield for a Byron 30% cub. Does anybody have one or an outlet to get one
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Check with Cubman on this board and post to his thread:

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Old 01-14-2021, 04:24 PM
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So here is the results of two days build. My 1/3 scale Balsa USA DVII. So far I think that this kits die cutting is the best of all of the Balsa USA kits I have built. However I also think it has some of the softest balsa wood of all kits too. That is not an issue as of right now, I just hope the parts hold up well during the flying. The best thing so far was that when the wings were assembled to check and set the wing tubes and adjust the incidence, it was bang spot on. I even used a laser to ensure it was true. Sweet.
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Old 01-14-2021, 09:13 PM
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Nice looking wing!
Old 03-07-2021, 06:47 AM
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Hello ! My FIRST kit ever: Smoothie XL. Would like to join to see if there are threads which can help.
Enjoy your flights, for whose who can. Here, up north, to cold and don't have skis on my planes.
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Originally Posted by PhilippeS
Hello ! My FIRST kit ever: Smoothie XL. Would like to join to see if there are threads which can help.
Enjoy your flights, for whose who can. Here, up north, to cold and don't have skis on my planes.
There are some threads on the Smoothie XL over in the Kit Built forums that may be helpful.
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Old 03-07-2021, 10:55 AM
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Default Northstar for Sale

I thought that I would pop in here to make an offer, seeing as how this is a Balsa USA thread. I happen to have a NIB NorthStar that I don't think that I am ever going to get to. I thought it would put it up for sale here and in the "Northstar Mods" thread https://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/newreply.php?do=newreply&noquote=1&p=12531400 in case anyone is interested.

I am asking for $160, shipped. If you'd like to take me up on this, PM me here.

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Old 03-07-2021, 05:26 PM
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Bob, I have had good luck selling some of my RC stuff I no longer needed on RC Groups. You might try it also, there is a good response.

Good Luck
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Thanks for the tip, Rich. I'll do that too...

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I finally finished/flew my 1/4 scale DR.1 I started 10/14/20. My intent was a quick easy sport scale plane.

It is powered by a G-26 converted to electronic ignition, B&B muffler and a 16 oz fuel tank. It's swinging a Xoar Axial 18x6 prop at around 8000rpm

I used Hitec MG-645's all around. I use duel FRSky receivers the R8 as primary and the M+ in the tail as a satellite. These are mixed through a FRSky redundancy bus 10.

There are two 2500mah A123 batteries on the bus. The ignition is run off a channel using a TechAero IBEC.

The pilot is from Aces of Iron I painted with acrylic paint.

The airframe is covered with Solartex linen and painted with Rustolium 2x paint. The vinyl is from Callie Graphics. I used Minwax Satin Polyurethane spray to seal it.

It has a functional spring loaded tail skid and pull pull elevators and rudder. The are fake aileron pull cables on the top of the ailerons.

The guns are Balsa USA kits.

Still getting used to it but I love how it looks and flies.

Maiden flight video here


Cockpit video here


My next fun summer project is a Tower Uproar 60 with NGH 17cc engine

This fall I will start Top Flite Corsair with Saito FG-90 radial.

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Beautiful airplane!
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Beautiful airplane!
thanks!

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