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Old 06-03-2008, 05:15 AM
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I have just test flown my Sportsman Aviation Victa Airtourer and Im very pleased with it. The kit is around 67 inch wingspan, 10 pounds and designed for a 60-90 glow engine.

The Airtourer is a light plane originally developed in Australia in the 1950s. Eventually, it was bought back from New Zealand as a CT4 basic trainer and used by the RAAF. Quite a few are flying today with engines from 115 to 150 hp.

The model was dream to fly and did not exhibit any bad habits at all. Stalls were a non-vent and just resulted in a drop of the nose before recovering with minimal height loss.

The quality of the kit was first class and the all of the supplied hardware was used as I saw no need to replace any of it. I have ordered some Robart scale wheels just to enhance the look at little, and will install a couple of pilots once I find the right one.

Conversion from glow to electric was the easiest I have ever done with the motor bolting onto some 30mm stand-offs and coming to exactly the right place once the prop adaptor was installed. The only modification to the kit was to make a battery hatch underneath just behind the cowl line. This allows easy installation and removal of the battery packs.

Power set up is the Tower Pro 4130-6T and HXT 6S 5000mAH driving an APC 15x7 prop. Flight times are around 20 minutes cruising around the sky and doing touch and goes. Radio is the JR-DSX9 (2.4) with Spektrum AR6200 receiver and DS-821 servos all round. JR 2200mAH (2 x 1100mAH) flight pack for the radio.

Take off at just over power is effortless and it looks great flying around the circuit at a reasonable scale speed. I love it!!

Here is link to a US site with the kit.

http://www.hobbypeople.net/gallery/127529.asp
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Old 06-12-2008, 03:20 PM
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And it didn't crash??.......but there's no pilot in it!!

Sorry, one of my pet hates is scale models with no pilot. I don't know if you still have access to the cockpit interior, but a flat, (2D), picture can be quite effective.

If you can find a good profile picture of a pilot, (even one of yourself), copy it and 'flip horizontal' so that you have a left and right hand version, cut and stick them to a piece of stiff card, balsa, etc. If you can then slot it into the middle of the cockpit it can look quite good and almost 3D when flying.

Sorry for the rant, it's my age you know, 'grumpy old man' and all that.

So stop sitting there, and start digging out some pictures.
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Old 06-12-2008, 11:30 PM
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Hey Ray,

Agree with you mate - it really needs some decent guidance. I have ordered 2 CM Pro 1/5 scale pilots and instruement panel, but they haven't arrived yet. But I was so keen to fly it, it just had to go without. Canopy is not glued on yet, so they will climb right in when they turn up.

I don't what is scarier though - no pilots or a picture of me in the cockpit............

I see you are from the UK Ray - my wife is working in Coventry at the moment, and I am heading over at the end of June for 10 days. I want to go to RAF Hendon for a least a day. Any thoughts, is Hendon worth the trip?

Cheers, Keith.
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Old 06-12-2008, 11:33 PM
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Keith,

Very sweet looking plane. I agree she needs a driver......but still.....

How do you like the big TowerPro motor?
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Man that is SWEET! I need video!
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Old 06-12-2008, 11:48 PM
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Keith,

Very sweet looking plane. I agree she needs a driver......but still.....

How do you like the big TowerPro motor?
I love the TP motors!! Very well priced and very smooth running. I have 2 of these paricular motors and have nothing but praise for them. The other TP is in a low wing sport plane:

http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28573

Obtained them from United Hobbies and their service for me has always been prompt and reliable.
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Old 06-16-2008, 07:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Aussie E-Flite View Post
Hey Ray,

...........

I see you are from the UK Ray - my wife is working in Coventry at the moment, and I am heading over at the end of June for 10 days. I want to go to RAF Hendon for a least a day. Any thoughts, is Hendon worth the trip?

Cheers, Keith.
Sorry for the late reply.

Here's some links if you haven't already seen them -

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/index.cfm - Hendon, London.

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/cosford/index.cfm - Cosford, Wolverhampton.

http://www.aeroflight.co.uk/mus/uk/d...duxfordmus.htm - Duxford, the BIG museum.

http://www.aeroflight.co.uk/mus/uk/cov/midland.htm - Midland Air Museum, Coventry, small but interesting.

I used to work and live in Coventry until 4 years ago, took early retirement and moved to Wales, near Swansea.

Enjoy your visit.
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Thanks for that Ray. Liking the looks of Duxford - what an amazing collection of history!!

Good news Ray, the Victa now has an aircrew - finally I can blame someone else for the dodgy landings!!!
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Old 06-17-2008, 09:45 AM
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Nice one Keith, it now looks 'lived in'.

If you are visiting Coventry and want to have an aerial view of the Midland Air Museum, (or any of the others museums), Multimap is very good, (or Google Earth).

If you use Multimap, (link below), enter Coventry, then scroll down towards the 4 o'clock direction and you should see Bagington Airport and the aircraft symbol. The museum is just slightly above that symbol, next to the road.
Click on 'Aerial' for a photographic view. If you zoom in you can even click on the 'Birdseye' view for an angled shot.

The 'biggies' are 'the whistling wheel barrow', the Argosy and alongside that the unmistakable Vulcan.
Worth visiting, but only if you are in the area.

Multimap link - http://www.multimap.com/
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I can just remember flying in a full sized one of these when I was a kid. My late father had the occasional chance to fly in one owned by a friend of his.

The unusual thing I remember about it was that there was a single control stick mounted on the console between the two seats.

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Peter,

You are correct Peter, the Victa has a centre mounted 'spade' stick which made instruction very easy in it. I have clock several hours flying a Victa around southern Queensland many years ago. I friend of mine had shares on one, but he did not hold a pilots licence, so when he wanted to fly, I would take him. Fabulous aeroplane to fly and it brings back many happy memories for me when flying this one at the field.
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Hi Keith, glad to see you corrected the dihedral. I know the designer, Chris White, & the prototype had almost no dihedral, perhaps reflecting his pattern flying roots.

I tried to track your club down last time I was in Townsville, my daughter & her fiance live there (he's in the army).

The Victa was the first plane I ever flew in. - John.
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Originally Posted by eflight-ray View Post
Sorry for the late reply.

Here's some links if you haven't already seen them -

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/index.cfm - Hendon, London.

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/cosford/index.cfm - Cosford, Wolverhampton.

http://www.aeroflight.co.uk/mus/uk/d...duxfordmus.htm - Duxford, the BIG museum.

http://www.aeroflight.co.uk/mus/uk/cov/midland.htm - Midland Air Museum, Coventry, small but interesting.

I used to work and live in Coventry until 4 years ago, took early retirement and moved to Wales, near Swansea.

Enjoy your visit.
Thanks for the links Ray. I made it to RAF Hendon, the Imperial War Museum in London and out to the Museum of Flight at North Borwick where I went over Concorde! Wonderful country, great trip and inspiring to see all those important aircraft so well looked after!!
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Hey Guys, Anyone Know Where to get a canopy for this one? a buddy found a kit from someone without the canopy in it and got it for a great price (or so he said)... but Now I need to find a canopy for it...LOL

It would be very much appreciated If someone has an old broken canopy or old stock somewhere that I could purchase... or maybe If I give someone the dimentions for them to make something that would fit close enough (I'm not picky)...

Thanks for any info...

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Originally Posted by ministeve2003 View Post
Hey Guys, Anyone Know Where to get a canopy for this one? a buddy found a kit from someone without the canopy in it and got it for a great price (or so he said)... but Now I need to find a canopy for it...LOL

It would be very much appreciated If someone has an old broken canopy or old stock somewhere that I could purchase... or maybe If I give someone the dimentions for them to make something that would fit close enough (I'm not picky)...

Thanks for any info...

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Don't know if I will be rite posting here but this is my victa with a 15cc gas engine
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If anyone wants to see the real aircraft the model was based on, its current home base is located at YGYM (Gympie). It's a great aircraft to fly, both cross country and doing aerobatics.
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