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Old 10-15-2008, 01:13 PM
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41% Trueworthy Pitts 12 build

Here we go,
I have seen a lot of build threads on here but I think this plane will be a first for FG.

WARNING:: This is not a super fast BBW type of build, Walt has crazy skills and puts in several(or more) hours a day to get the plane done for his customer. I however will build as fast as I can, which means at best 3 hours a day of "workshop time". I stay at home during the days raising my 3 little girls(3.5 year old and twin 1.5 year olds, who are currently all napping), I also work part time in the evenings so I usually get from 9 to midnight in the workshop and occasionally the "OMG they are all napping at the same time, lets go glue some sticks together time".

Anyway lets get started,
This is a Trueworthy 41% Pitts Model 12, 109" upper wingspan.
It is a short kit, which means he gives you the plans and all laser cut parts you will need, plus landing gear, wheelpants, cowl, scoop, cabanes, etc.. I didnt expect to get the horizontal and vertical stabs as you can see in the picture, they are 3 piece sandwich(more on those later)
The builder must supply the straight wood(ie. sticks and sheeting) I have a order on the way from Balsa USA of about 150 dollars.

These first pics show the kit as it came from Bob Trueworthy.
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Old 10-15-2008, 01:16 PM
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Re: 41% Trueworthy Pitts 12 build

Lookin good Wes! You gonna have it done before Thomas get's his FA-18 done??? lol (just kiddin Thomas!)

Chris

p.s. nice avatar!
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Old 10-15-2008, 01:18 PM
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Re: 41% Trueworthy Pitts 12 build

This pic is the glue that will be holding all the hardwood together. Thanks to the guys at Aerographix
for bringing this glue to the RC world. This is the starter kit.
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Old 10-15-2008, 01:19 PM
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Re: 41% Trueworthy Pitts 12 build

Thanks for the avatar Fifty, more pics to follow.
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Old 10-15-2008, 01:23 PM
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Re: 41% Trueworthy Pitts 12 build

There was a little bit of laser burn on some of the parts so 120 grit and a palm sander took care of that.
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Old 10-15-2008, 01:27 PM
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Re: 41% Trueworthy Pitts 12 build

looking forward to the build
here's a pic. of mind
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Old 10-15-2008, 01:28 PM
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Re: 41% Trueworthy Pitts 12 build

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Old 10-15-2008, 01:29 PM
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Re: 41% Trueworthy Pitts 12 build

A couple more pics and observations:

Mini funtana has a smaller wingspan than motorbox is long.
The eflite pitts 12 cowling is 15% and gets lost inside a 41% cowling
All the motorbox parts laid out ready to be glued
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Old 10-15-2008, 01:32 PM
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Re: 41% Trueworthy Pitts 12 build

This should be fun

Bob gave me some help on my own design Pitts 12. Its a great flying plane.
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Old 10-15-2008, 01:48 PM
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Re: 41% Trueworthy still available

Can you still get a 41% Pitts 12 kit from Bob ?

Barry Fnck
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Old 10-15-2008, 02:09 PM
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Re: 41% Trueworthy Pitts 12 build

I dont think so , not right now anyways. He told me he was going to do some more kits in the near future.
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Old 10-15-2008, 02:31 PM
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Re: 41% Trueworthy Pitts 12 build

I bought this kit from a guy who had bought it from Bob back in late 06. I would like to thank Bob Trueworthy and Jim and Kevin Kimball for this aircraft, without both parties this wouldn't be possible. I also think that Quique deserves some praise for his work with the Model 12 styles both the Python and now the Ti-12.
For anybody who doesn't know what the finished product will look like here are some pics of Mr. Trueworthy's(red and white) and Buddy Hales'(orange)
As far as more kits, the last I had heard was when Bob said that he planned to do a run this winter. If I hear anything definite I will post it on here.
Quique has his Python on sale right now 200 dollars off, I would jump on one if I didnt have this build going on.
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Old 10-15-2008, 02:51 PM
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Re: 41% Trueworthy Pitts 12 build

As Wayne would say "some stuff glued to other stuff"
The 1st step is to glue motor box floor to motor box side, the motorbox floor is 2 pieces. These pics show glued and clamped while 3M epoxy sets up. I also tried to get pics of the fillet you can make with this glue, you can run a bead then smooth with your finger and even if it is on a vertical joint it wont run down.
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Old 10-15-2008, 03:17 PM
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Re: 41% Trueworthy Pitts 12 build

Subscribed.......and "nice" avatar too!
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Old 10-15-2008, 03:49 PM
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Re: 41% Trueworthy Pitts 12 build

Thanks Bill, yeah I really like those Vess props and apparently she does too.
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