Go Back  RCU Forums > RC Airplanes > RC Warbirds and Warplanes
Reload this Page >

top flite fw190 dora

Notices
RC Warbirds and Warplanes Discuss rc warbirds and warplanes in this forum.

top flite fw190 dora

Old 09-08-2005, 07:28 PM
  #1  
jeffk464
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Lehi, UT
Posts: 1,692
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default top flite fw190 dora

Im in the middle of building a top flite fw190 D-9 and will be glassing the fuse, cloth covering the wings, and then painting the entire plane. This will probably put me on the 10lbs side of the 8-10lbs specs on the box. I was wondering if anyone with experience with one of these planes can tell me how necessary the flaps are. I would prefer to leave them off to cut down on weight and keep the number of servos down.
Old 09-08-2005, 07:39 PM
  #2  
WS
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: St. Catharines, ON,
Posts: 126
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default RE: top flite fw190 dora

The flaps will make a far bigger difference in your landing speed than will the weight of 2 servos. Seriously, putting flaps down will be like dumping 2 pounds!
Old 09-08-2005, 11:31 PM
  #3  
Richard L.
My Feedback: (24)
 
Richard L.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Renton, WA
Posts: 8,788
Likes: 0
Received 3 Likes on 2 Posts
Default RE: top flite fw190 dora

Build the plane with flaps. Otherwise you will regret it in the long run. Flaps make landing this plane a joy.
Old 09-09-2005, 11:33 PM
  #4  
jeffk464
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Lehi, UT
Posts: 1,692
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default RE: top flite fw190 dora

Thanks for the feedback guys, I guess I will go ahead and build it with flaps.
Old 09-10-2005, 09:01 AM
  #5  
wulf190
My Feedback: (19)
 
wulf190's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: joliet, IL
Posts: 1,596
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default RE: top flite fw190 dora

I had the Pica FW and agree with the above. Build the flaps. If concerned about extra servos, just use one and run the flaps off bellcranks.
Old 09-10-2005, 07:51 PM
  #6  
Tsutomu Mabuchi
Senior Member
My Feedback: (1)
 
Tsutomu Mabuchi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Yokohama, JAPAN
Posts: 701
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default RE: top flite fw190 dora

wulf190,

I was in a process of building a PICA FW190 D-9, but stopped at
the fuselage section and leaving it incomplete.
Which engine do you use on your Dora?
I thought of using 2 stroke 60 as indicated on the plan at first since
the construction of the kit is made for 2 stroke and seemed that 2
stroke 60 was enough for power.
But I can not decide now which engine to use 2 stroke 60 or 4 stroke
90 or bigger.
It's construction on the nose seems difficult to modify for a 4 stroke
engine since the engine mount is too small.
If I would like to install 4 strokes, I have to cut almost all the nose
portion out and rebuild it.
I will install flaps, too.

Tsutomu Mabuchi
Old 09-10-2005, 09:25 PM
  #7  
Harigo
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
Posts: 281
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default RE: top flite fw190 dora

Here is my well worn TF FW190D. Had it for two years. I have an OS 120 four stroke up front and flaps. The flaps do help. The plane is a good flier and with the 120 it is fast. The retracts are mechanical and not scale. I may change the retracts to Century Jets retracts if I refurbish the plane. The plane is finished with fiberglass and weighs, I think, about 12 pounds. The only thing I dont like about the plane is the cowl which does not seem scale. Oh, the other thing is that with this retracts set up the plane tends to nose over on landing.
Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version

Name:	Jh14471.jpg
Views:	24
Size:	80.1 KB
ID:	322368  
Old 09-10-2005, 10:17 PM
  #8  
Richard L.
My Feedback: (24)
 
Richard L.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Renton, WA
Posts: 8,788
Likes: 0
Received 3 Likes on 2 Posts
Default RE: top flite fw190 dora


ORIGINAL: Harigo

The only thing I dont like about the plane is the cowl which does not seem scale.
You can replace the stock plastic cowl with the fiberglass D9 cowl from Skyshark, which fits great and is more scale:


Old 09-11-2005, 12:21 AM
  #9  
jeffk464
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Lehi, UT
Posts: 1,692
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default RE: top flite fw190 dora

Thats good to know Richard, it will make a superior replacement option if I happen to have an unfortunate landing.

Harigo, looks like I'm copying you with the mechanical retracts(I have an extra pair) and I am planning on intalling my engine sideways instead of upside down. I hate working with engines mounted upside down, its hard to get to the glow plug heater on them and it seems like they are harder to start.
Old 09-11-2005, 01:44 AM
  #10  
Harigo
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
Posts: 281
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default RE: top flite fw190 dora

Sorry the pic does not show the plane clearly... cant find the other pics. Side mounted engines makes field operations much easier. The nosing over puts alot of stress on the cowl mounting points. Either you have them real strong or make perfect landings each time or have the retracts more scale ie longer and slightly canted forward.

Love flying this plane fast and with the four stroke sound low passes get attention. It does fish tail a bit in windy conditions and at high speed.

Best of luck on your plane and if you remember send me a pic when its ready.

BTW may be mine was more like 11 pounds with some weight in the nose to balance.

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.