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Cessna T-50/UC-78/Bobcat/Bamboo Bomber

Old 01-21-2002, 07:34 AM
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I think that watching "Sky King" on TV as a young kid was what got me interested in aviation. Because of that, I've always had a soft spot for the Cessna T-50 twin. (and the 310) I've seen a few plans, but never see any at the field, or even in magazines. Does this plane have problems at model size? (other than the ones normally associated with twins)

Have any of you built and/or flown one? If so, I'd love to know the details!

... I may still build one some day.
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I recently cut the parts for a Don SMith Cessna Bobcat. Budcop is building it. So far it has gone together pretty good. He isn't finished with it yet so I can't comment on how it flies. It seems to be building up pretty light so I think it will be an excellent flyer. Now, if bud would only get busy building and finish it...

I would recommend it. Retracts for it will cost you an arm and a leg, or at least your first child. It doesn't need to be way over powered so a single engine situation won't be as bad.

Can anyone comment on why Don Smith designed in so many ribs for this thing? That was the worst part of cutting the parts. Rib spacing is less than 1.5 inches. Seems like twice as many ribs as you would really need.
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A friend on mine used to kit two sizes of the Bobcat, one was .25 size the other was giant scale with two O.S. .70 Surpass . Both flew great ! I have flown the big one it flew as if on rails. He did all kinds of stuff the plane was not suppose to do (i.e. low inverted , snaps ). He marketed them under the name of K-flight Industries. He is retired now.
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I would say Don Smith probably just used scale rib spacing. The Bobcat had a lot of ribs. I'd like to build one someday, but I want it to be 1/4 scale or about 125" span. A friend of my dad's in Illinois owns a full scale AT-17 with Lycoming radials.

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Does anyone have a good 3 view of it? I've been searching the web, got lots of pictures, but no 3 views.

I would like to build a Ryobi powered one. I just finished my first 1/4 scaleish Ryobi powered plane and am very impressed with how it pulls a 16# airplane. I made a small page on it:

http://www.netlabs.net/hp/soarrich/G-BRIT.html

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Paul Matt did some really great drawings for this bird. I have them in a magazine somewhere but I think they are available from Model Airplane News also. Best regards, Chad.
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The Paul Matt 3 views are available in "Paul Matt Scale Airplane Drawings, Volume 1." It's a book sold by www.HistoricAviation.com.

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