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Old 07-26-2012, 03:47 PM
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Thanks AeroMuseumServices I was up all night looking for the article which is in number 87 of "Take Off" by aerospace publishing ltd, publishdate 1990.
It was Northwest Airways inc. U.S. Airmail-Express Passenger Servicethat bought three Orionsin 1934,the text reads as such ( their all-wooden construction was bareley suitable for the hard weather encountered on the northern routes, and the pilots complained that the manually operated undercarriage was "perfect for building right arm biceps."
I am glad you replied, as it was many years ago i read the article and the mind does fog over, so I do stand corrected and also delighted to read the article again.
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Hello All,
The solid model of the plane is coming along fine. It will be 1/5 scale.
Still no luck finding a good retract match for this plane.
I am very encouraged, however, at the increase in choices for electric retracts for large scale models.

When I start the build thread it will be a self-moderated thread (this one is not).
The reasons for that are obvious if you frequent build threads.
Ther are at least two other popular sites that I have found that allow a good platform for moderated threads for building.
When I start the build I will leave a link at this thread.
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I have a picture of the orion-9D,the pictureis a drewing of the plane whena friendsfatherworked as draftmen for lockheed and drewthe picture he gave me a copy for my birthday becausehe knew I was pilot and modeler. The original picture in hanging in the smithsonian air museum DC. The picture shows the landing gear so can you use it?

BOB C. PS I'am not sure if I uploaded the picture right, let me know.
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Sorry about that   BOB C.
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I HOPED THIS WORKED PICTURE LANDING GEAR ORION-9</p>
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See also links in post #20 Bob
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Great pictures,thanks for getting back
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I have a 1/4 scale Lockheed Altair,,,flying for 3 years,,Hawker Typhoon landing gear
It's the blue aircraft on the SMMAC web-site http://www.smmac.com/About_SMMAC.html

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Interesting subject!
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Default Yes, I am still designing this lockheed orion 9D

No, I have not abandoned this thread
Its just that designing this model takes some time.
It is a 1/5 scale and will have a DLE 50 that I bought for it.
I have the fuselage, tailfeatures, and cowl almost ready for laser cutting.
Just getting all the parts into a layout for the laser cutter will probably take me a month.
I figure I will start building all those sections next winter.
In the meantime I have to do the design of the wing and retracts.
The retracts I decided to use are Sierra for the 1/5 hawker hurricane. I got a set. Very spendy.
The wing and gear layout of the hurricane are very close to what the orion had (geometry wise). I bought the plans for the 1/5 hurricane, so that will help me.
But I will have to lengthen the legs a tad.
Anyway, that is where I am on all this
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I so glad to hear you are still at it! This thread led me to consider building an Orion instead of Howard or a Lockheed Vega. Any chance you will offer a pdf of your finished design in a 1/6th scale size? A 1/5th scale with a 102" wingspan is a little larger than my build area and mode of transportation to handle.
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That may be a couple years away.
After its built, and I'm happy wit the way it fly's, I will make some prints.
They will be scratch build prints, so you could just have a kit cutter (or your local print shop) scale the prints to whatever size you want. They would probably be the same price as other prints, 50 bucks.
At some point I will just donate the prints (the copyright) to a kitcutter of my choice so that the design stays in the marketplace after I'm gone.
My contribution to the hobby.
I have noted that plans that are owned by kitcutters or design houses typically are not being pirated on ebay. I don't mind giving it away to a business in the hobby, but having it stole by those not in the hobby to make money is a different matter.

Oh, I did do a Howard (pictured). I bashed the daylights out of an arf to get it to look right.
The build (modify) thread is here.
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?2366944-Kangke-Howard-DGA-ARF-Bash


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Nice looking bird! Another favorite of mine is the Spartan Executive.
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The Spartan Executive is one sweet looking airplane. It appears you and I have similar likes in airplanes.
I have always liked Golden age stuff.
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Originally Posted by flyguy888
The Spartan Executive is one sweet looking airplane. It appears you and I have similar likes in airplanes.
I have always liked Golden age stuff.
Check out Russell's photo album here:

http://www.russellw.com/
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I sent my files (below) to several laser cutters for quotes.
Amazingly, only two got back with quotes.
I sent my files To Pat Fallacaro at Laser Cut USA.
Good price, good communication, excellent work, fast turnaround.
I think it is important to let people know about good sources for work

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Sounds good! Did you try Limey Bob over at Laser Design Services? I purchased one of his existing designs the 86" WS Caddell Bonanza A36 and he had a quick turn around. Hi site: http://store.laser-design-services.com/

To save the rest of you mugs a search here is Pat's site: http://www.lasercutusa.com

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Default Wing design done!

I finally figured out the retracts and was able to get the wing designed.
(The center section is not shown in the pic below)
I will be working on framing up and trying to get the fuselage and tail feathers done this winter.
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Cool! Looking good!
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Default It is a work in progress

I am getting there. I hope to have it it in the air by spring of 2019.
There is a lot of work in this. ( I only build from November to April)
I have a zillion build pictures as well as the prints and bill of materials done.
At some point I will do a build thread, or most likely a web site because I want to offer the prints and a short kit at some point.
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Looks great so far!
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Great looking set of bones flyguy!
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WOO WHO! Bare naked airplane!

Beautiful airplane! The only problem is its a hard luck airplane for us Okies!

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