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Old 12-19-2010, 06:47 AM
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Re: Pilot-RC 40% Decathlon building thread

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Thanks Tony.
I've got it now.
Also, I just found and look at some of the 47% Decathlon thread at your Pilot website.
I wish I had a way to transport a 47% to the flying field. It really looks great!
Hello Guys,
This is my 40% Pilot-RC SD flying in Brazil.
I hope you enjoy it.
Marcelo
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Old 12-19-2010, 08:04 AM
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Re: Pilot-RC 40% Decathlon building thread

Larry,

One of these would transport both to the field, as long as it is 12' long on the inside.
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Old 12-19-2010, 11:29 AM
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Nice flying Marcelo.
The plane moves along much faster than I expected.
Thanks for sharing the video.
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Old 12-19-2010, 11:44 AM
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Hi 47% Decathlon owners,
I use a Chrysler Town & Country van to transport my planes.
The subdivision I live in will not allow trailers parked outside and my garage is full, so I can't have a trailer.
Can someone tell me the length of the 47% Decathlon when the rudder and spinner are removed?
Also, how tall is the 47% at the wing's leading edge with the landing gear/wheels still installed?
How wide is it from the outsides of the wheel pants?
Is anyone already hauling one of these 47% Decathlons in a mini-van?
I'm curious if I might fit one into my van along with the wings and other components. I don't think the wings will be a problem. I can haul a 40% Extra airplane with no problem.

Larry
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Old 12-19-2010, 12:55 PM
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Re: Pilot-RC 40% Decathlon building thread

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Hi 47% Decathlon owners,
I use a Chrysler Town & Country van to transport my planes.
The subdivision I live in will not allow trailers parked outside and my garage is full, so I can't have a trailer.
Can someone tell me the length of the 47% Decathlon when the rudder and spinner are removed?
Also, how tall is the 47% at the wing's leading edge with the landing gear/wheels still installed?
How wide is it from the outsides of the wheel pants?
Is anyone already hauling one of these 47% Decathlons in a mini-van?
I'm curious if I might fit one into my van along with the wings and other components. I don't think the wings will be a problem. I can haul a 40% Extra airplane with no problem.

Larry
Have you thought about picking up a foldable trailer from harbor freight...its alot easier than taking the rudder off everytime and takes of no space at all.
http://www.harborfreight.com/950-lb-...res-42709.html
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Old 12-19-2010, 01:34 PM
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Re: Pilot-RC 40% Decathlon building thread

Rudder and spinner removed with Stabs on and elevators at full deflection 124"
Rudder, spinner, and stabs removed 118"
From the ground (with wheels & Gear on) to the leading edge of the wing (tallest part of the fuse) 40 1/2"
From outside of wheel pant to outside of wheel pant 46" with stock CF grear.
These measurements are for the 47% Decathlon as requested...

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Hi 47% Decathlon owners,
I use a Chrysler Town & Country van to transport my planes.
The subdivision I live in will not allow trailers parked outside and my garage is full, so I can't have a trailer.
Can someone tell me the length of the 47% Decathlon when the rudder and spinner are removed?
Also, how tall is the 47% at the wing's leading edge with the landing gear/wheels still installed?
How wide is it from the outsides of the wheel pants?
Is anyone already hauling one of these 47% Decathlons in a mini-van?
I'm curious if I might fit one into my van along with the wings and other components. I don't think the wings will be a problem. I can haul a 40% Extra airplane with no problem.

Larry
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Old 12-19-2010, 02:33 PM
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Re: Pilot-RC 40% Decathlon building thread

If I'm the first with the 50cc.. I'll post the build pics
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Old 12-19-2010, 04:25 PM
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You are welcomed.
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Old 12-19-2010, 09:04 PM
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Rudder and spinner removed with Stabs on and elevators at full deflection 124"
Rudder, spinner, and stabs removed 118"
From the ground (with wheels & Gear on) to the leading edge of the wing (tallest part of the fuse) 40 1/2"
From outside of wheel pant to outside of wheel pant 46" with stock CF grear.
These measurements are for the 47% Decathlon as requested...
Thanks Pete,
Your mesurements are all very encouraging. The floor of my van to the top of the opening is 39". The width is 48".
1)Maybe Tony can redesign the plane to 46.5%
2)Or maybe I can put smaller wheels on it
3)Or maybe I can substitute a shorter landing gear
I'm leaning toward door number 2
Then there's the issue of the wings, stabs, and rudder
Any kind of trailor (even the fold-up kind) is pretty much out of the question. Thanks for the trailer suggestion Pete. I appreciate your suggestion.

I already have 3 planes to build this winter.
If all goes well with the 40% Decathlon, I think I really would like to have a 47%.
I'm about 15 minutes from my flying field. I could make 2 trips to get the plane there and home.
I could devise a way to bring the wings on the luggage rack. There have been guys in my club that have hauled similar size fuselages on the roofs of their cars.

Thanks again Pete.
I'll hang on to these thoughts until next fall.

Larry
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Old 12-20-2010, 09:26 AM
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Hi Guys...could those of you with the 40% post the all up weight of your Super D? Mine came in at 45.5 lbs with cans and 33oz of fuel. Oddly enough it still flies great. With the DA 120 it still hovers just fine. It's not like there is much to the construction of the plane and I'm stumped at the weight of this thing.
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Old 12-20-2010, 09:32 AM
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Hi Guys...could those of you with the 40% post the all up weight of your Super D? Mine came in at 45.5 with cans and 33oz of fuel. Oddly enough it still flies great. With the DA 120 it still hovers just fine. It's not like there is much to the construction of the plane and I'm stumped at the weight of this thing.
Question: how does it pull out of a hover on the 120 at that weight? What prop are you running?
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Old 12-20-2010, 09:50 AM
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I have a question that is kind of related to weight .
I'm just starting to assemble my 40% Decathlon and I'm thinking/planning ahead.
Was it difficult to balance the plane at it's CG?
I.E. Where did you put your batteries, etc.? Did you have to add weight anywhere? Did you run mufflers or cans? Etc.?
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Old 12-20-2010, 08:54 PM
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Question: how does it pull out of a hover on the 120 at that weight? What prop are you running?
It does not rocket out of the hover, and backing it down close to the ground requires a slow (but not scary) descent. I'm running a Vess 28B.
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Old 12-20-2010, 09:01 PM
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I have a question that is kind of related to weight .
I'm just starting to assemble my 40% Decathlon and I'm thinking/planning ahead.
Was it difficult to balance the plane at it's CG?
I.E. Where did you put your batteries, etc.? Did you have to add weight anywhere? Did you run mufflers or cans? Etc.?
Mine is balanced on the forward wing tube...my batteries are mounted on the aft portion, and on top of the canister tunnel. I am running cans as well. It required cutting exit holes for the exhausts just aft of the cowling.
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Old 12-20-2010, 10:13 PM
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Bob.. Thanks for letting me fly your Decathlon

Super Fun.... How does that thing stay in the air.. it can fly soooo slow, but rip it up when you want it to... and with scale tendencies. I can't say enough great things about it!

I want one... I want one... I want one...

See you at Joe Nall... 138 days... and counting down!!
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