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Old 10-16-2023, 05:31 PM
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This plane was a gift from a very special modeler at the Kinston Aeromodellers of North Carolina. Back in the early '70's and for many years after, this was a hotbed of competitors. The owner of this Kaos and his flying buddy who had a Kwik Fli were dominating the North Carolina State Championships from 1971 through 1974 +. I have the honor of bringing this plane back to flightworthy condition.





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Old 10-16-2023, 05:35 PM
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The plane had a Kraft radio, Kraft retracts which even had electric brakes. Back then, taxi to takeoff was a judged maneuver and required, along with taxi back after landing and stopping into a spot. I was amazed at the craftsmanship of this equipment given that just 10 years prior to this there were no really practical proportional radios. To see the sophistication that Kraft had for its time was incredible. Notice also the linear drive servos. Each servo had the option of two linear drives or a single rotation drive, which is now the only standard output shaft on all of today's servos.


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I found that the paint had some deep stains in the dope/butrate or nitrate dope. I first tried simple rubbing alcohol which quickly took the paint down to the white base coat. I did some testing on different techniques and found that a simple "white eraser" type sponge cleaning pad was very gentle and effective in removing the dirty smudge embedded in the clear coat, while removing very little of the pigmented paint layer. It also worked very well in helping to clean up some of the decals which were also clear-coated with lots of grime and runs in the black adhesive.






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They were both extremely talented scratch builders, they excelled both in building and finish work

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From the club:

Hi Don! Thanks so much for the updates! Iíll be sure to follow it on RCU.
That is WONDERFUL!!! So glad you have it, I know itís at its rightful new home.
I know it belonged to (the president of our club back in 1974). Iím pretty sure he competed with that airplane in the 70s, not sure if it was a back up or not but glad to hear itís in good shape!
Our current club (KAM - Kinston Aero Aeromodelers) used to be KGAM (Kinston Greenville Aeromodelers - what is on the tail) back at that time and Tom was a founding member/president of the club.
I will talk to another one of our club members who was also around at that time and see what other information I can find out about the airplane.
They flew pattern events together for many years, he had the airplane that you have now and Gerald had the blue airplane that the other fellow got at the pattern contest in Kinston.
So glad to hear from you and look forward to hearing from you soon!
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Retract conversion from the Kraft to the standard mechanicals. Technique was to add one piece and utilize the front existing mounting surface after machining it down 1/16 inch to be able to use the original retract covers.





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Wonderful job DonÖÖ.so glad to see the ol girl getting lots of tlc. Itís looking VERY nice!!
Tom and Charles would be ecstatic knowing that you are refurbishing the Kaos. Lots of history with that ol girl.
Iíll definitely stay tuned in. If I can help in any way donít hesitate to reach out.
Look forward to seeing your progress!
Take care,
Robert

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