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Old 11-21-2009, 12:29 AM   #76
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I went to a swap Saturday. There was this really ugly old Giant Stinger. It just begs to be a tug, so, it came home with me.

I flew it Sunday and was really surprised at how good it flies. It doesn't have a lot of anything except motor. There's a G62 on the nose which turns out to be plenty to go vertical. I need to do some geometry work on the control horns as the elevators and rudder don't really throw as far as they could before they hit some linkage bind.

The tough part is the turtle deck is plastic all the way back to the fin. It has four screws holding it in place, but I doubt it is 'only' those four screws. I'm going to need to get under that in order to build a release tripod or some such. Anyway, the release will actually be over the back of the wing which is getting closer to CoG. The tail has no cantilevers but does have a double set of flying wires... actually rods. I think this is going to work really well and not snag anything. I haven't weighed it yet, but it is a fairly heavy model. It has great ground manners and will float in slowly to a perfect and easy three point landing.

The fuse is the stock blue and white (now off-white) with a red pin stripe. The wing I suppose was recovered in fabric and painted a darkish red. Just to ugly it up a bit more, I added some lemon yellow florescent stripes on the tops of the wings. Orientation was horrid, so I figured I'd pick a really ugly color to go along with the whole theme so I wouldn't be tempted to try to make it look better.

I'll get in a few more flights before starting the tug release mod to make sure no surprise bugs pop up. I wonder if doing it this way means I will only qualify to tow up really ugly gliders?
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Old 11-21-2009, 04:03 AM   #77
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Old 11-22-2009, 01:19 AM   #78
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OK.. Here ya go!

Our tug engine(3W 106) on the test stand..
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Old 11-22-2009, 02:24 AM   #79
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Old 11-22-2009, 06:25 AM   #80
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today we towed up a 6 meter fox with a sd model 42%extra 3w 170 cs ts and plenty of pull
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Old 11-22-2009, 06:30 AM   #81
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Did that Fox come from Qld?
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Old 12-09-2009, 11:22 PM   #82
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The Porter has arrived! It's a monster!

The quality of this kit is evident the moment you open the box! Well worth the price!

We have decided to forgo installing the cannisters internally and just go with the Pitts style mufflers on the 3W 106. That will save us time, $ and weight!
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Old 12-09-2009, 11:41 PM   #83
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its a shame youll have to cowl those blue heads.. unless the narrow nose requires you to cut the cowl.. looks good.
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Old 12-10-2009, 09:44 AM   #84
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Mike,
Good news! We will be able to incorporate the cowl! About a third of the cylinder heads will protrude out each side. The cowl will be split into an upper and lower half & will be reinforced substantially with fibreglass. We'll also have to do some internal baffling on the heads to keep things cool..

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Old 12-10-2009, 10:45 AM   #85
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The Porter has arrived! It's a monster!

The quality of this kit is evident the moment you open the box! Well worth the price!

We have decided to forgo installing the cannisters internally and just go with the Pitts style mufflers on the 3W 106. That will save us time, $ and weight!
Who makes this? Links please..
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Old 12-10-2009, 10:20 PM   #86
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Old 12-11-2009, 01:12 AM   #87
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Old 12-11-2009, 01:14 AM   #88
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Oops! Sorry Rusty!
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Old 12-12-2009, 04:06 PM   #89
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Mokken. I would suggest a nice Hostetler Stinson SR-10 as a great tug.

No, mine is not for sale! For the rest of you, I bought one underway from Mokken and am working on it at the moment and no, it will not be a tug. I just couldn't resist as that is all from another online community... same names, different channels.

I did however find someone that makes fiberglass parts for the Giant Stinger, which I do plan to use as a tug. So, if I wind up destroying the plastic turtle deck during removal, I have options!
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i have just converted my krill yak55m into a tugger. should find out just after christmas how it all goes.
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