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Great Planes Sportster Bipe

Old 07-08-2019, 03:13 PM
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I found a kit on the net!
Ive always loved this plane so I was super excited when I found it!
I wanted an unusual color and I believe I achieved it!
I put an ENYA .61 on it and a Spektrum radio system .
Still waiting for a nice day to Maiden.

Stunningly beautiful!


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Itís a shame they donít offer these anymore.
Old 07-08-2019, 06:47 PM
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Looks great Hortco! A real classic model airplane, well done!
Old 07-21-2019, 04:15 PM
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Beautiful plane, great workmanship, unique color scheme! Let us know how it flies. I admire you guys who still build kits or scratch. I assemble ARFs, lol.
Old 07-22-2019, 07:50 AM
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I flew one for years with a .50 in it and it was way not underpowered. I'd say with a .61 that thing is going to be quite a handful. Be careful not to firewall it on takeoffs or it will ground loop on you. In the air mine was great. Some of these days I may have to build another. I'd like to enlarge the plans and stuff a .75 or something in it.

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Old 09-08-2019, 05:12 PM
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I finished mine 7 years ago. OS . 46 is enough to fly it around for a relaxing afternoon at the field. I really like this plane!
Old 11-05-2019, 04:58 PM
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'Great looking colors! I built a .20 sized mono Sportster 20 years ago with the same colors (yellow with purple stripes I think) and really liked it with a .25 FX. Then I wanted more and put in a .32 SX. 'Tried to fly it like an Ultra Sport and fluttered the elevator...
I see that these Sportster bipes are modified with additional outer struts. I'll look for a build thread.

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Old 11-09-2019, 08:58 AM
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Wow! I flew mine with a K&B .40 and had a ball. With a .60 I'll bet the vertical is amazing.
Old 11-12-2019, 04:53 PM
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Nicely done Sportster Bipe! I recently acquired one of these kits and hope to build it soon. Would you mind sharing some details on how you fabricated the interplane struts? I'd like to think about adding those for extra support (even though they're really not needed). Thanks!
Old 04-20-2020, 06:56 PM
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Beautiful plane!! How did your maiden go? Well, I hope.

With the Enya .61 up front, how did the CG work out? Did you need to add any weight?

I still have one of these kits and am planning to electrify it, but can't imagine going as large as a .60 size equivalent motor.....just because of the weight factor. I was planning to stay with an E-Flite Power 46 or maybe a 52, but I wasn't going to decide on motor size until I got the Bipe built and weighed and the CG checked. The 46 and 52 require different size ESC's, but both motors use the same exact X-mount and 4S-5S batteries. Thus, I can go ahead and set the firewall and battery compartment up as I build it.

Has anyone else electrified a Sportster Bipe yet? What motor/ESC/battery combination did you use?
Old 06-25-2020, 06:15 PM
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Nice build!
Love that plane once I added ailerons to the top wing. Here is my 20+ year old bird. Needs a bit of TLC but still a fav.



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