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Old 03-28-2017, 04:49 PM   #1
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Default Maxford 1/5th scale PT-17

So here is one I've been working on for a friend. A really GOOD friend because let me tell you, I would have given up a long time ago if he weren't such a good friend.

The end result is a nice standoff scale bird but the detail oriented person would not be happy with it. My best description if it is that it loosely follows the design of the original.

The instructions for this craft are tru to form for Maxford. I built their 50" Curtiss Jenny a few years back and all the instructions that came with it were a couple pages of grainy black and white photos with a finger pointing at stuff. Being a few years later I though maybe they would be better and needless to say I was wrong. They do have some step by step instructions but once again just grainy black and white photos that make little sense.

The pro's are that it looks like an airplane... The cons are too many to list but hopefully when it's all said and done she will be a good flyer.

The flying wires are non functional and my own design. It came with steel cable and clevises that all the pins broke out of when trying to install them so I went another route. I think it actually turned out really well. Still have some final trim work to do but she will fly at SEFF in April. Stay tuned for the flight report


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Lose those terrible looking wheels
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Maxford always seems to come up with some unique offerings. I had the Globe Tempo Swift and same thing. Lousy manual. Iffy quality. Flew terrible. Overall, a POS. That was it for me.
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Originally Posted by Henry Sistrunk View Post
Lose those terrible looking wheels
If it were mine I wouldn't even put them on there. The LG and wheels are two of the cheesier looking parts of the whole thing. In no particular order the things I don't like...

Instruction manual
wheels
main gear
wingtip design
tail wheel
tail wheel cover
dummy engine cowl
center and outer wing struts
wing wires
hardware (8 out of 10 clevises had the center pin break off)

Things I do like.
cockpit detail kit
motor mount, entire motor box is adjustable depth wise so you can make easy use of whatever standoffs you want, if any. and the fit is as precise as could be.
covering is done well.

Flight report will be the tell all.

All in all I doubt I'll be buying any Maxford stuff.


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Sorry I couldn't help but comment on those wheels. No disrespect intended.
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Sorry I couldn't help but comment on those wheels. No disrespect intended.
Oh no I get it. They look like they belong on a baby stroller!

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