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Old 09-22-2005, 11:43 AM
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This winter I would like to build a scale vintage biplane. I was think of something like a Fleet biplane, or a Great Lakes Biplane, or something similar. I wanted to model a biplane that has an open cockpit and maybe a radial engine. I would like for it to be sized so I could fly it with a G-23, or 120 four-stroke. I am more interested in general aviation aircraft, rather than military aircraft, and I want a kit that I have to build, not an ARF.
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Proctor Enterprises will be selling their Fleet Bi-plane pretty soon. I know they have the proto type built and flying and they are gearing up for production. You may shoot them an email or call them for a better idea of delivery times.
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Thanks for the lead BobH. I sent Proctor an e-mail and it sounds like it will be a little while longer before they are ready to release their Fleet biplane. Here is what they said:

"It is true we are well on our way to finishing the 1/4 Scale Fleet. It is however a somewhat long process and with the ARF climate in the industry, quite risky. We are however at least a year away from final release. Keep an eye on or website for information in the future. The price has not been determined as of yet, it will probably be in the $895 area."

I did find that Concept Models produces a fleet biplane, and Ikon N-west produces some nice waco biplanes. I'll deceide in a week or so, then go ahead and order my winter project.

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You might look at the Flair PT-17. There's a bunch of full scale out there with civilian paint schemes and P&W R-985 engines. Not all of them are blue and yellow.
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I know you said you want a gas or large engine such as a radial, but I cannot expound enough on how nice the Proctor Jenny is. Almost no sanding, and on this model picutred here, the extras I had to buy were the wire wheels, covering, engine and fuel tank. That Laser they sell is just cool as heck, runs best on no nitro, no tank pressure.

Anyhow the bipe flys really sweet and looks so cool in the air. Here is a pic, can't figure out how to load them here

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If you can find one, the Pica 1/5 WACO is a good flyer with either motor that you mentioned.

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