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Old 06-17-2019, 01:06 PM
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CARF Harvard AT6 Texan

Hope to share tips and building ideas for the newly release CARF Harvard AT6 Texan. I received my plane on May 21. It appears I may be a test monkey for the plane. I understand the plane was first released in Europe shortly before that. I don't know how many have been received in the USA to date. The below photo set shows the plane in Thailand just before it was shipped.
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Old 06-17-2019, 01:14 PM
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Out of the box. It was sent to me from the port of entry in California via Old Dominion. Was packed well with no shipping damage.
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Old 06-17-2019, 01:19 PM
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Just after unpacking.
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Old 06-17-2019, 01:22 PM
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More the same.
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Old 06-17-2019, 01:27 PM
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The plane is made ready to accept the Moki 250. They have the Moki AT6 version with the scale Texan exhaust that exits out the right side of the plane. The larger single exhaust stack should give an event deeper Moki sound.
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Old 06-17-2019, 02:13 PM
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Wow! you spared no expense
Cant wait to see this one build, one of my all time favs.. thanks for taking the time to share with the FG guys!
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Old 06-17-2019, 02:44 PM
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They had a beautiful silver version of this one at Joe Nall this year.

The level of detail on this one is off the charts.
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Old 06-17-2019, 05:16 PM
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Getting the worst part out of the way. The plastic canopy is 1 long section required to cut into 5 sections. I used Testors Clear Parts Cement.

Made a temp stand to work on the underside.

Mock up of the fuel tank holder which also serves to hold the fuel pump, ignition battery, and smoke/light/retract battery. It should be close to the CG.

No build manual is available yet. Don't have a clue yet where the CG mark is. Maybe other owners will chime in.
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Old 06-17-2019, 06:47 PM
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Looks Great, I was oing to ask if you were getting the Noki texan version (Im sure will sound amazing), Should be a fantastic build and unique color scheme too.
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Old 06-18-2019, 03:04 PM
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The mechanicals of the retractable gear was made by Sierra Giant Scale with 6.5" wheels. Work of art it is. CARF provided the electric motors. More about the gear down road.
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Old 06-18-2019, 03:17 PM
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Looking at the flap system. Two servos in the middle section drive both the middle and wing flaps. The plane comes with the flaps pre-adjusted.
What I don't like is the connecting clevis they use.
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Old 06-18-2019, 08:02 PM
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Looking great, Sierra do make amazing gear.

Flap setup is little unique, guess it work tho. Keeps it looking scale.
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Awesome. Gonna be a nice bird
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Having installed the gear before having received the build manual, I want to seek advice that it has been installed properly. It was necessary to trim away some plywood in order to fit the motor unit of the gear into position. Looking at picture 2, you see the main wing spar. There is a carbon fiber plate (pic 7) on the aft side of the spar. A "U" channel is pre cut into the spar and 2 pre drilled mounting holes. Picture 3 shows the motor unit on the right and the gear leg on the left with the shaft bushing seated into the U channel.
Picture 2 shows a pre installed shim with an additional shim I added to make the motor unit flush (parallel with the carbon plate) with the bottom of the brass bushing resting in the U channel. Pictures 1 & 6 show the angles from front and side views.
The gears seams to function normally when power retracted and extended. The only problem when retracted is the gear doors lack about 2.5 mm from closing all the way flush in picture 8. Because the carbon plate, U channel, and pre drilled holes were set at the factory, I'm not certain the channel was meant to be cut deeper ???
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My first attempt at retractable landing gear.

CARF Harvard AT-6 Retractable Landing Gear (0 min 28 sec)
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