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Old 12-08-2012, 03:46 PM
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Hello,

Wanting to build the Bleriot XI aircraft that crossed the English Channel, I searched for blueprints off it. I have run into a little problem.

Attached are two blueprints of the Bleriot XI. I don't know which variation is the correct one. I want to use the one that crossed the English Channel. Notice the wheel structure and the body is a little different.

Please, NO google it. I have already tried that.

One more question, I am going to build the body out of blasa wood and-I think- the wing out off foam. I am also going to use a 250 size electric motor. Looking at some other aircraft on the market, I am thinking about making the wingspan 38 in to 40 in. Any suggestions on size would help-this will be my first attempt of making a radio control airplane from scratch.

Thanks a bunch,J3dF
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Old 12-08-2012, 05:02 PM
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Can't help with your specific question, but I'll be following along. I've always liked that plane

Any help here? http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/fac...eet.asp?id=267
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Old 12-08-2012, 05:13 PM
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In that picture, the wheel struts connected at the front of the wing. The problem is I have seen pictures with the wheel struts connected at the middle of the wing. I don't know who to believe. I want it to look like the one that cross the channel.
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:01 PM
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I wouldn't know a detail like that, either. If I really wanted to know that kind of a detail, in my case, I'd go check at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, but I'm here in San Diego. Don't know where you're at, maybe there's an aviation museum with a library and people there to help?
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:24 PM
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Old 12-08-2012, 07:28 PM
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Confession: I Googled it and Wikipedia'ed it, and found this:

Original channel crossing Bleriot XI
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:42 PM
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I have decided to go with the drawing with the struts in the middle of the wing. I watched the video of the real takeoff and I think this is correct.

Anyways, it shouldn't be to hard to change.

Thanks ya'll!

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Old 12-08-2012, 11:41 PM
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OK. Good luck! And please post build and completed pictures. Love to see these scratch builds come together.
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If you haven't come across these two sites, they are good resources for early aircraft. Here's their pages with the Bleriot info:
http://flyingmachines.ru/Site2/Arts/Art4668.htm
http://www.modelflight.regheath.com/...10frameset.htm

You gotta love these early machines, as the photos are only so good, and sometimes few. I spent a good while reviewing photos and drawings for my Avro Type F built here recently, and realized that only one of the drawings was mostly correct, and still needing correction. The recently built replica is not correct either, making it a less than perfect resource. If the wikipedia museum Bleriot XI is the actual plane that crossed the channel, then it should be a great resource. Otherwise, I don't trust them as far as I can throw them.
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Hi,
If you are still interested, you can download here another set of plans & drawings for Blériot XI
Bleriot XI – scale model aircraft plans & drawings
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Hi j3df Please Enter your build in the $50.00 Scratch Build Contest, You can start the build now and you will have 60 days to get it done, a 38 to 40 inch wing span will work out great on that plane, Take care, Chellie

http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=71752
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(Looks around cautiously) Pssssst! Chellie. (whispering) We all love your contest, but this thread is 9 months old.
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Originally Posted by j3df View Post
Hello,

Wanting to build the Bleriot XI aircraft that crossed the English Channel, I searched for blueprints off it. I have run into a little problem.

Attached are two blueprints of the Bleriot XI. I don't know which variation is the correct one. I want to use the one that crossed the English Channel. Notice the wheel structure and the body is a little different.

Please, NO google it. I have already tried that.

One more question, I am going to build the body out of blasa wood and-I think- the wing out off foam. I am also going to use a 250 size electric motor. Looking at some other aircraft on the market, I am thinking about making the wingspan 38 in to 40 in. Any suggestions on size would help-this will be my first attempt of making a radio control airplane from scratch.

Thanks a bunch,J3dF
you will need to use a bigger motor than a 250, a 400 size motor will be better, the 250 Motor might not have enough power to get it airborn. Hope that helps, Chellie

http://www.headsuphobby.com/Power-Up...otor-E-540.htm
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Originally Posted by BroncoSquid View Post
(Looks around cautiously) Pssssst! Chellie. (whispering) We all love your contest, but this thread is 9 months old.
Silly me i did not catch That Thank You anyway, if he returns here, he will know that he needs a bigger motor
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