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Old 07-08-2010, 10:19 PM   #1
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Default Great planes Pitts m12s flight reports?

Anyone out there in huckland throwing this plane around? Been looking at it quite hard and seem to have a thing for a round cowl twin wing thingy, if you know what i mean. Have not seen any good videos other than the short Video of it at the great planes site.
Is anyone flying this thing?
I know its not gonna be a pig at the 17-18 pounds guys are actually coming in at and forget about the gear being too flimsy. I know this plane will fly good,and really want to know how real world flying will be?
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Old 07-09-2010, 12:22 AM   #2
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Default Re: Great planes Pitts m12s flight reports?

the owner of our local hobby shop has one and it weighs in at 19lbs and some change with a dle 55.. the plane really look good and is twice the size of my aero works pitts python..

I was very impressed at how it flew and in a really strong wind at that (solid 18, with gusts over 25)

the dle has no problem with yankin this plane around.

matt ( the owner is not a hard 3d guy ) but im sure with capable fingers, this plane will do quite well



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Old 07-09-2010, 05:07 AM   #3
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I have been waiting for a report also. Would like to have one.
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Old 07-09-2010, 07:06 AM   #4
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See I knew with all that fuse area and over 1500 squares on the wing that it would not be a pig, thats good news.

I know its not gonna be a wild hare edge or anything but I think I may be willing to shell out the dough on this one.
And You dont have to murder the cowling to make the engine fit. Lovin it!
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Old 07-10-2010, 09:58 AM   #5
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So maybe some video then? Anyone?
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Old 08-29-2010, 11:42 AM   #6
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Default Re: Great planes Pitts m12s flight reports?

Just wanted to report.....I have 5 flights on mine and love it..Not a big fan of 50cc size 3D planes but this one is a winner...........Da50 with 23/8 Carbon fibre.....Very hot down here so could stand a bit more punch out of hover..Will try a 23 a vess ...
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Old 09-02-2010, 07:37 AM   #7
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I've been flying one for a few months now (got it when it first came out). Mine also weighed in at 19 pounds. I put a brand new DA50 (Menz 22x8 prop, Lawnboy ashless 32:1) and it would not hold a hover. It would fall. Now that the motor is broken in, it will hold a hover and climb out of it, but just barely. I would not recommend a DA50 on this plane. It really needs more power than that for the weight. The DA-60, if it ever gets released, would probably be perfect.

Another note on this plane; as has been discussed on other message boards, this plane is, of course, covered in Monokote and it's somewhat wrinkled. The wrinkles are generally impossible to get out, so if you're used to covering quality like what you'd get with a Carden or an Aeroworks plane, that might be a consideration. The only other thing that I'll mention briefly, just in case you haven't considered it, is that it takes a fair amount of time to attach the wings at the field (16 bolts). For me, that's fine if I'm going out for the whole day, but this plane (as is the case with most bipes) isn't something that you'd consider a "toss it in your vehicle and go fly for an hour" sort of plane. With 20-30 minutes of assembly and another 20-30 minutes of dis-assembly, you give up some flying time to have a bipe. This was my first large bipe and I hadn't thought about that until the first few times I took it to the field.

As far as flying goes, I didn't really get mine for 3D. I just wanted a cool bipe to fly around and punch holes in the sky. It's great for that and looks awesome in the air. As with most planes that have a big round cowl, it slows down quickly which makes it really easy to land. It does have quite a bit of coupling in knife-edge, which of course can be mixed out in your radio, but I haven't gotten around to doing that yet.

For what it's worth, a friend of mine had the Aeroworks Pitts and I'd consider these two to be pretty close in quality. The Great Planes Pitts looks bigger because it's much winder and rounder in the front. I personally like the color scheme of the Great Planes one better, but that's a matter of preference. The Aeroworks Pitts has a nice dummy motor inside the cowl. The Great Planes Pitts just has a round piece of black plastic, no dummy motor. The Great Planes Pitts has a removable canopy, so swapping receiver packs and getting to things is easier with the plane assembled. The Aeroworks does not have a removable canopy. You have to remove the lower wing to get access to the batteries, etc. Other than those tidbits, they're very similar.

Hope that helps.
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Old 09-02-2010, 05:31 PM   #8
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A good thing for me it fits in the trailer all together......After about 6 flights I think she 3Ds very well....I am gonna try a Vess this weekend to see if I can get a bit more punch out.....All in all its got enough juice for decent 3D pilot....But if you get in major trouble she could stand some more ponys....
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Old 02-15-2011, 01:29 AM   #9
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Anybody have a CG location w/the wings off? Getting ready to put the radio gear in and wanted to get a rough location wo/assemblying it..

[edit] its about 2 1/4" in front of the rear cabane screw..

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Old 02-16-2011, 07:34 PM   #10
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All ready to go..just waiting on the wind!!
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Old 02-16-2011, 08:56 PM   #11
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Hey Dave,

I have one set up with E power using a RimFire 65cc and a 26x10 Mejlick and it has a ton of power. I am at 19lbs and have no problems 3Ding it. Never really set up any mixes or anything, just haveing a good time with it right out of the box. No problems on the covering on mine.
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Old 02-17-2011, 01:14 AM   #12
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Mine was highly wrinkled but cleaned up quickly using the heat gun. Haven't weighed mine but feels relatively light. Had to move the batteries up to the firewall to get the CG on the mark wo/adding weight. I anticipate mucho fun Friday (when the wind is supposed to let up - March is our building "season" when the winds come in for the month, but this month...65 and hardly any breeze everyday! )
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Old 02-22-2011, 01:46 PM   #13
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It flies!

Wind lightened up so...off to the field. Thought I'd be alone but it must be retiree day. 3 others were there.

Setup a bit slow as its was the first time at the field and needed to charge up the new A123 packs but finally ready to go. Using a DLE-55 w/22x8. Plane looked great. Super ground handling. Wind was mostly steady at 8mph w/an occasional gust to 15. TO: did a slow throttle advance to see if it was going to track straight and was airborne before 1/2 throttle in about 10'. Just a few clicks here and there to straighten things up. Flies GREAT! Much better than my GP Ultimate 1.60, better roll, better tracking and WAAAY less coupling. Almost no coupling to speak of. Did a knife edge loop about 2 minutes in and just had to play w/the elevator a bit and a touch of aileron. Did a blender to check integrity and...no problem at all. Flew basic acro and lots of snaps, etc. After 8 minutes decided to come in and check things over and...problem. Intentionally tried to land right on the stall, was about 65 (Honest! I have witnesses!) up and came down on the left gear first at not much groundspeed. All of saw the gear bend back about 20 and pieces come loose. Turns out the LG plate ripped out. Minimal glue in that area didn't help much. So back to the shop.

This plane really does fly well.

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Old 10-08-2012, 06:42 PM   #14
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I was on about my third flight and feeling really comfortable with this new plane, I was doing touch and goes with a snap on take off and really enjoying it when on the next landing the gear popped off and she came to a stop real fast! My review of the pieces showed a definite lack of glue on the landing gear plate and no glue at all on the tabs on the plate that interlock with the bulkheads. I was so impressed with the ease of flying this Pitts that I spent all the evenings that week rebuilding it as it took quite a hit to the side of the fusalage as well as the lower wing and the stab got wacked pretty hard as well. In any case Humpty Dumpty (I think I will name it that) is all back together again and I guarantee the gear will stay put from now on! Oh and yes it will accelerate from almost a dead stop in the vertical and goes straight up nicely on a brand new DLE 55 with a 22x8 Xoar.

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Ok, I know this question is very old and you probably had it answered several times, but here's one more, go to you tube and enter; Dolphins aerobatics
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