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Old 10-27-2005, 01:18 AM
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Hi All,

I've just finished a Top Flite Airacobra (always wanted one as they look so different) and I have just picked up a TF Sea Fury.

At present I am considering engine and retracts for the Sea Fury. Engine - I have an OS FS91 II, but I was not sure if that would be enough or should I go with the OS FS120-E?
Also - retracts - I am thinking of the Century Jet retracts. Very hard to get in Australia so I'll probably have to order them from the US.

Any thoughts, comments ?

Jinxter.
Old 10-27-2005, 12:28 PM
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Default RE: Top Flite Sea Fury - Engine ? Retracts?

Jnixtr: I am in the same position, relative to construction of a Sea Fury, as you are. Look for my thread under Scale Kits.. At present, I am considering Robart series 510 air up/spring down retracts with 7/16 inch hubs. I have drawings on the way to see if they will fit.. Robart says they will..Fred123[&:]
Old 10-27-2005, 12:46 PM
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Default RE: Top Flite Sea Fury - Engine ? Retracts?

Jinx, you're in the same boat as I am. So far the Century Jet 1/2" Oleo struts model # 32325 is my choice. CJM has them priced at $265.00 US for everything, not to bad. Motor wise I think your OS will be fine.
Old 10-27-2005, 02:38 PM
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Default RE: Top Flite Sea Fury - Engine ? Retracts?

Apparently top flites first fury flew with the os91 ok, I went with the 120 pumped as mine is quite heavy but it stooges around well on half throttle
Old 10-27-2005, 05:14 PM
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Default RE: Top Flite Sea Fury - Engine ? Retracts?

Thanks guys.

One of the things I like about the CJ retracts is that everything comes as the kit. RC-Sport, I looked at the 1/2" struts you mentioned, they look good so I think I'll go with those.

Tony - How heavy is your Sea Fury?
My Airacobra came out at 10 lbs, but with film rather than paint, which is happy with an OS91. For the Sea Fury I would like to glass it and paint, so gopefully I can keep it light enough for the 91.

Does anyone know of a good link for some Reno race Sea Furys? I am still not sure of colour scheme and whether to do military or race colours.
Old 10-27-2005, 05:42 PM
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Default RE: Top Flite Sea Fury - Engine ? Retracts?

Try these sites

http://www.eagle.ca/~harry/aircraft/fury/reno.htm
http://www.unlimitedair.com/
http://www.unlimitedair.com/
Old 10-27-2005, 08:17 PM
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Default RE: Top Flite Sea Fury - Engine ? Retracts?

Mine finished at just under 11lbs. then had to add 11 ounces to the engine mount area to get the CG using an OS 91 II. Still the engine flies the plane well turning a 15-6 APC. If I had one I would go with the 120. That would cut down on the weight needed but still would leave you with a 11.5-12lb. plane. I have Robart 605hd retracts just wire, no struts, that have been fine. The only complaint is that by design the 90 degree still aren't 90 degrees, they rake inward and look awkward on final. They function fine and I have shimmed as much as I dare to get closer to perpendicular to the wing but still retract fully when closed.
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Old 10-27-2005, 09:33 PM
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Jnxtr: I don't have any direct experience with the CJ retracts, but there are several long threads that burn them, saying they are junk..Just do a few searches on Scale planes..Fred123[&:]
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DAW: How did you finish your plane?? Glass? Fred123
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Old 10-31-2005, 01:45 AM
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Fred123: Since your message I've been checking the threads. I'm now more comfused than ever. I would like to have close to scale undercarriage without spending too much. As it is its going to cost somewhere around AU$400-AU$500 for the retracts alone. Also we fly from a grass field so the retracts will need to withstand some rough ground.

Does anyone know which Robarts would be close to scale look (sports scale, not competition) for the Sea Fury?
The LHS here only has a couple of Robarts so I would have to order them in.

Daw: Very nice looking plane. Did you have any trouble with getting the flaps to close nicely on the trailing edge of the wing? I'm not up to that stage yet on the Sea Fury, but my TF Airacobra ended up with a gap approx 1/8" at the tip of the flaps when closed. Any less and the servos would start humming a bit much.

Jinxter.

(Airacobra below on our field - I know, its not scale colours etc. Its my first warbird so I decided no to scale it to make it easier to get the hang of flying it).
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Old 11-05-2005, 05:50 PM
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13.5 pounds thats a lot of sea fury
Old 11-05-2005, 06:22 PM
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Default RE: Top Flite Sea Fury - Engine ? Retracts?

Using the Century Jet 1/2" struts with an YS 91. Flies great. Engine is very powerful for this plane flown in a scale like manner. Added 6 ounces of lead to the nose for balance.
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Old 11-05-2005, 11:10 PM
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Jenxter: I have "almost" settled on Robart 510's with 3/8" struts, air up/spring down. Towers has the complete package, less struts for $116 US. Struts are about $40US each. The body is made of metal and looks solid. If anyone else has had experience with these, I would appreciate a reply...Fred123[&:] [link=http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&W=000652565&I=LXJZD3&P=K]towershobby[/link]
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Default RE: Top Flite Sea Fury - Engine ? Retracts?

Hellcat, you have the exact combo that I decided to use, glad to hear it works out
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Default RE: Top Flite Sea Fury - Engine ? Retracts?

Has anyone tried a big 2 stroke in one of these furrys, I have seen lots of feedback on 1.20 4 strokes. Something like a gms 1.20 or a supertiger 2300 seems like it would turn this plane into one heck of an exciting Reno racer.
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2 strokes may me break out
Old 11-07-2005, 02:40 AM
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I know 2 strokes sound like poop, but if you want to make a plane go real fast they are hard to beat. I'm guessing the sea furry hooked up with a gms 1.20 would pull some insane speed.
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Default RE: Top Flite Sea Fury - Engine ? Retracts?

Hi Guys,
Sorry to bring up the TF Sea Fury retract question again but in my seraching I haven't seen many people - if any - mention the Robart 530RS 90 Degree Mains and Robart 663 (L&R) 7/16" RoboStruts (needed for the 4" dia wheel)? Is there a reason for this?..... too expensive, too heavy, don't fit... [sm=confused.gif]

Any experiences, advice, tips, etc. would be much appreciated!

Blue.
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Default RE: Top Flite Sea Fury - Engine ? Retracts?

Go with Robart 550RS 90-deg retracts and Robart 7/16" RoboStruts. The 530RS retracts are for planes with wheels retracting outward, such as Spitfire or ME109. Robart 550RS retracts are very sturdy, well made, and would have very little or no play in them after hundreds of landings. In addition, you would not need to worry too much about bending those 7/16" diameter RoboStruts on a rough landing.
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Richard,
Many thanks for the info... you have just cleared up a little mystery I've had since looking at the Robart web-site. I could not see what the difference was between the 530 & 550 units until you mentioned it and I then printed out the dimension .pdf's which show rotation 'arrows'.

Guess which model of Robart retract Tower Hobbies don't stock... the 550 of course [] and Tower are about $30.00 cheaper than Robart on the whole set-up. If I were to order them from the U.K. distribtor they would work out very, very expensive.

Dratt and double-dratt, foiled again........

Cheers,
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Old 12-17-2005, 12:13 PM
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Default RE: Top Flite Sea Fury - Engine ? Retracts?

You can always make a special order at Tower Hobbies. I just got some Robart retracts from them that they don't stock.
Old 12-19-2005, 01:25 AM
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Default RE: Top Flite Sea Fury - Engine ? Retracts?

HalH,
Thanks for the tip... I never thought that Tower would do special orders. I appreciate your e-mail too [sm=thumbup.gif] I may have found an alternative.

Cheers!

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