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pd1 02-21-2008 01:08 PM

rowdy b64, Was it tail heavy?


50+AirYears 02-21-2008 02:55 PM

Looks a bit underpowered. Hate when things like that happen. At least it survived to try again another time.

degreen60 02-21-2008 05:07 PM

Originally Posted by 50+AirYears (Post 361769)
Looks a bit underpowered. Hate when things like that happen. At least it survived to try again another time.

I think it had a Camel on its tail. Martin do you like that RED?

What motor do you have in it?

degreen60 02-21-2008 05:13 PM

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I was scanning in old slides and found this from my college days. I still have the plans maybe I need to make another one and paint it red too.

WWI Ace 02-21-2008 06:12 PM

Neat looking little tripe Degreen!! I like it red too!!! Steve

scalercflyer 02-22-2008 01:50 AM

You're right Boys! I'm seeing RED! Martin

rowdy_b64 02-22-2008 05:18 AM

Originally Posted by pd1 (Post 361746)
rowdy b64, Was it tail heavy?


Hi Guys,
A few problems I think ...
First .. most certainly underpowered and trimmed badly .. bad combination into a headwind :blah:
Pretty sure it was good COG wise .. although not certain .. no details on COG from LX model (nice of them ....:mad: )
It has an RC SMART 1480 outrunner with a 3S lipo. That should have powered it OK ...IF i had put a prop of a reasonable size of it that wasn't vibrating to the hilt !!! Had a 9 x 4.5 on it ..have upped that to a 10x7 (that got rid of that horrible vibration.)
Also ordered a watt meter to check out the draw before I try again.

I've had this model for over a year now ... have never had it set up well enough to fly .. and always a bit scared to dive in at it without being sure. Am glad it was unbroken and am confident I will have it right the next time. :D:D I am very used to have this hanging in my office as a static model ... in it's pristine state!

BTW this bird weighs in at 1 KG .. so I am thinking the motor in it will not be enough ..

Thoughts ???


Spoonwasher 02-22-2008 10:12 AM

Hello Rowdy, with the motor you've chosen, try to put a watt meter on it and see what you're drawing. I believe you could get away with an 11x4.7 and be under 30amp draw, and have considerable more thrust on 3 cells, although I run a smaller prop on a glider of the same weight that pulls vertical on a 9x7, 3 cells very nicely. Basically you need to use a watt meter to select your prop so you don't over draw your motor or esc or batteries.Also chec your motor and batteries for heat if your running full throttle forn long periods of time, this can also tell you that your set up isn't 100% and needs to be ajusted

degreen60 02-22-2008 02:49 PM

Maybe it is just me but I have not had any success using a low pitch prop outdoors. My Sopwith Tripe(right at 1lb) has a 9X7 prop and my Sopwith Camel(just over 1lb) has an 11X8. Both climb out nice. I use heavy Nimh 6 cells in both planes so I do not have to add dead weight for balance. Both planes draw less than 10amps. Neither plane will loop from horzonal flight but both loop after just a slight dive. They both have a 2410-09Y brushless.

WWI Ace 02-22-2008 11:43 PM

Lower pitch is for thrust. Higher pitch is for speed. You really don't want your WWI plane to go fast. But when you decrease pitch you can add diameter. A 9x7 is usually going to have the same AMP draw as a 10x4.7 but the 10 inch prop will give more thrust and less top speed. Steve

50+AirYears 02-23-2008 12:42 AM

Bipes and tripes also have a lot of drag, so a slower turning larger diameter prop may even be able to pull the plane at a better speed. Had a BUSA Phaeton that came with a .40, barely get off the ground and needed to dive before doing loops and rolls (like many man-carrying planes). Changing from a 10-6 which is normal for that size engine to an 11-4 cut the take-off run by almost 60%, and let me start doing consecutive loops from level flight. Just flew all-around better. Even though the RPM went from 14500 to around 12000. The smaller prop just couldn't pull against the overall drag.

WWI Ace 02-23-2008 03:17 AM

Thanks for the help explaining this 50+!!! It might make more sense to him because of your example. Isn't it great how we all help each other? I know that I enjoy it!! Thanks for being here guys!! Steve

WWI Ace 02-23-2008 03:22 AM

And Rowdy, as a rule a lower KV motor spinning a large diameter-low pitch prop works more efficiently on the WWI birds. Usually an outrunner with a Kv of between 700-1000 works best. Hope we're helping!! If you need a cheap outrunner for it look on www.hobbycity.com because theirs are cheap and their descriptions usually tell you all the information you need. I have never been disappointed with any of their products. Steve

hillbille 02-23-2008 06:21 AM

I should've put my DR1 build thread in here! But it is made from FFF!



Spoonwasher 02-23-2008 09:59 AM

That's a great link Steve, I've ordered from there too. I've also ordered from www.rchotdeals.com ,which delivers right to my country mailbox at the end of my driveway. I've had great luck with their TP combo's at a really great price.

WWI Ace 02-23-2008 02:32 PM

We don't care what the planes are made of Hillbilly. We all fly planes built from a wide variety of building materials. Do you have a video of your tripe flying? Steve

degreen60 02-23-2008 02:35 PM

Originally Posted by hilbilly (Post 363153)
I should've put my DR1 build thread in here! But it is made from FFF!



Just more Camel food. I think this thread has more Dr1s than Fokker ever made. Fokker only built about 320.

hillbille 02-23-2008 05:42 PM

I just have a VERY short one that is of poor quality (far away) - I'll try and see if I can find the link to post. These are very lightly loaded and fly absolutely great. They are designed for 4 channels - but the ones I have built so far only use three - no rudder. It is an easily modded desigh to yeild a biplane (D VII) and I have built that also in the hangar now is a SE5a of sorts but I haven't put the servos or controls on yet.

This was originally a semi 3D design but I don't think anyone but an expert 3D flyer coud do it with a triplane.


hillbille 02-23-2008 06:11 PM


As I am pretty auful at the video venue here it is such that it is.


PS - I grew up and graduated HS in Amarillo.


hillbille 02-23-2008 06:22 PM

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How about a great flying FFF (Fun Flying Foamy) stand way back D VII? Made from the same basic plans with only slight mods?


rowdy_b64 02-23-2008 11:00 PM

Steve / Don / Hillbillie .. Thanks for your help/advice on this one. Weathers been aweful down here for the past few days .. No trials possible. I certainly will measure the draw when my Watt Meter arrives. I'll keep you posted!
Off to the Point Cook airshow to see some real birds in action!!

scalercflyer 02-23-2008 11:21 PM

Clamp on ammeter
Here's what I use to check amp draw. No need to disconnect anything, just use the clamp on ammeter. Available at your local auto parts store under the DORMAN brand name. Martin


WWI Ace 02-24-2008 01:34 PM

I think I know a guy that works for Dorman!! Wink wink!! Steve

WWI Ace 02-24-2008 01:35 PM

Hilbilly, cool video!! Steve

WWI Ace 02-24-2008 01:36 PM

Good luck Rowdy!! Glad we could help a little. Stay in touch with us so we can see it flying!!! Steve

rowdy_b64 02-25-2008 06:02 AM

Originally Posted by WWI Ace (Post 363782)
Good luck Rowdy!! Glad we could help a little. Stay in touch with us so we can see it flying!!! Steve

Sure will Steve,
Thanks mate!

WWI Ace 03-07-2008 11:47 PM

Okay guys lets get this going again!! What's new? Any new WWI plane kits or ARFs that I don't know about? Anybody building anything? Where are all you guys? Steve

Biplane Murphy 03-07-2008 11:52 PM

Hi Steve....I was on vacation for 3 weeks in Southern California...visiting girlfriend...no building or flying....
Got back last night...gotta work for a few days, then pack, then moving south to be with her...

So....no new airplane related news.

shoes 03-08-2008 12:01 AM

have my dr 1 repaired n ready for test flight....winds last weekend 10-15mph....little to windy for dr 1 test flight if u know what i mean.......suspose to rain this weekend....one of these days i'll have an chance

Ron 03-08-2008 01:11 AM

Hey Steve...long time no talk...just working on a couple projects...1/4 sized E111 and another model we won't talk about yet...

Spoonwasher 03-08-2008 10:34 AM

Hello Gang....winds are up here too, along with the snow.Expected to get 40cm by next morning, so I too is in the build shop...working on a few projects, 1/4 scale E3 ,almost have this one ready for flight,but decided to put a glow engine,electrics were putting the plane way over budget for this project(some where in the range of $1200 dollars for lipo's-esc and motor),but might convert it later once I add a new Spectrum DX7 for this season.
Also have an Estes StratoBlaster,aquired this at a swap meet.Took the 049 off it and upgraded to a brushless and a 3cell.
Almost finished a couple of electric pylon racers for our club,but nothing scale. I am looking at a sopwith tri-plane,thinking of building one of to add to my allied stable, drawing up some plans for a 39in electric version...let you know how this progresses later towards spring. Other than shoveling we're not up to nothing new for electric ww1 planes at the moment.Haven't come across anything really inspiring for now, but I'm sure that will change once we get out doors for a few flights.

Spoonwasher 03-08-2008 10:38 AM

Hey Murph,
good luck moving south, and I hope the new lass loves airplanes...lol

AeroDude 03-08-2008 02:15 PM


once I finish my current projects, 1/6 Cub, 1/6 Tiger Moth, 3M Bird of Time, I am considering building the VK Models 1/6 Fokker Triplane, 48" wingspan. I like to have all my favorites in the same scale.


if anyone has built this one or the one from Aerodrome RC I would love to see the pic's.


WWI Ace 03-08-2008 02:30 PM

Aerodude there are some good pics of Aerodromes 1/6th tripe on their website that I'm sure you're aware of. Can't wait to here what you decide on! Any idea of the colorscheme yet? Steve

WWI Ace 03-08-2008 02:31 PM

Great to have ya back Ron!! You've always had some kind of interesting project going on!! Steve

WWI Ace 03-08-2008 02:32 PM

Sounds like Murph is lovesick!! Good luck Murph!! If you like her then I'm sure she is a fine woman!! Steve

WWI Ace 03-08-2008 02:33 PM

I've gotta go to our flying field for a workday today so no building here! Steve

Biplane Murphy 03-08-2008 05:45 PM

Originally Posted by Spoonwasher (Post 372155)
Hey Murph,
good luck moving south, and I hope the new lass loves airplanes...lol

Thanks for the Best Wishes Don.:)

My Gal said I could have the garage for my airplanes.
Also she said she would be willing to learn to fly them.

I think I will put together or build a high wing trainer for her and her kids to learn on. (When I get settled in down there).

degreen60 03-08-2008 06:30 PM

Originally Posted by Biplane Murphy (Post 372592)
My Gal said I could have the garage for my airplanes.
Also she said she would be willing to learn to fly them.


Then instead of a quarrel you can go have a dogfight.

The snow has stopped and I am waiting for the wind to stop blowing so I can go try the Morane Saulnier L again. I bought this plane about half built. The person that had started the build put ailerons on it. I finished the plane A/E/M with a flat wing. I have only flown R/E/M till now. I am having trouble controling the plane. Don't know if the problem is control setup or pilot.

Last week I met barmonkey and we flew our Jennys together.

rowdy_b64 03-10-2008 06:37 AM

Hey there fellow WWI flyers ..
Well the day came for my DR1 to finally hit the sky .. and then the earth ...<sob>
Power failed not sure why .. suspect I was pulling to many Watts.
Damage to the cowling and the motor mount box smashed off.
Gotta say ... she glides like a brick !!!! :mad: :mad::mad:

Here's the footage ..


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