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This is the DA 120CC engine im putting in my new Pitts. The pilot bust is 3D printed 1/3 scale from England! The Plane will be here Monday and i will post pic's of the unboxing and build as it goes!
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Old 12-30-2018, 12:06 AM
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Performance on a three blade without tuned pipes is pretty dismal at our altitude, I have a spare set of RE2's if you want to experiment with them.
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Old 12-30-2018, 10:22 AM
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Thanks. I have a xoar 28x10 carbon, a falcon 27x10 carbon and a Berno Tech painted wood prop that pilot rc sells for it. So I think I'm set, but thank you for the offer. The 3 blade is just for scale flying and show..It sure looks purdy!!!!
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Old 12-30-2018, 12:12 PM
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Got the head painted last night, gotta go back to hobby lobby for dark blue and light green camo paint for the coat and scarf, (I have the darker green for the scarf but I want to dry brush, first black then the dark green then the lighter green in slight patches! The life preserver is easy, black, burnt siena , yellow dry brushed. The straps are black, a slightly dark sand. Buckles are black, silver or copper or gold, your choice. I will spray the whole thing with flat Matt once it's done.
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Old 12-30-2018, 12:25 PM
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Side view.
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Got him done!!!
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Old 12-31-2018, 07:17 PM
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It's here!!!!!!! First off I will say the covering job is excellent. I'm not sure I like the new latch system, however I'm old school screws, maybe it will grow on me in time. The other thing is there is NO Manuel in the box, it's on pilotrc.com and the instructions for the cabines and the wing cables and their connections under the top wing are TERRIBLE! I've built many large planes but this is my first rodeo with a biplane this size. So Pilot, get your act together and at least give us (special people) some good diagrams or clear pics. However, I digress. So far everything looks great on the plane..the hardware looks good, but I purchased Secraft tensioners and easy wire couplers in black, for all the wing wires & pull pull cables for the rudder, just to give it a touch of class. Im gonna take a breather tonight & dive right in tomorrow, so no hangovers for me tonight!
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It's here!!!!!!!
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Thank you for sharing the photos.
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No problem. I'll try to photograph every part of the build.
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Ok, after looking at the manual destructions on pilot rc, I take back my comment on not enough pics for the Cabines and wing wires in the manual online..They are very easy to follow. Now I'm just not sure what bolts to use on the landing gear fairing and drilling through my landing gear at midpoint seems to me to be a recipe for disaster if you have a hard landing..just saying.
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Put a couple of hours in today and tightened all the covering on wings, elev, rudder and main fuse. Came back after that and opened all my servo slots and any other holes that need to be opened with a torch, trashed metal push rod and a pair of vice grips to hold it. The fuel stopper now is a magnet instead of the old ones with the rubber ring around the stopper itself, which always seemed to pop out during flight..not anymore, it holds it nice and tight!!! I also glued the rudder on, and am thinking about pinning the top & bottom hinges. Started gluing the control horns on all services. Taking a break now.
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WARNING!!!! Do not try to put MKS 777 servos or Any servo with a deep case in the wings on this plane, they won't fit because the wings r so thin.. I will have to shim all 4 of them in order to make them work.
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Quite a space to fill with shims..more like blocks.
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