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Laine's Planes Balsa "Cuda prototype build

Old 02-28-2015, 02:55 AM
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Default Laine's Planes Balsa "Cuda prototype build

Ok so here we go. A few years back my buddy Laine, aka LMopar69, cut some foam wings and as legend has it he cut them backwards... so the legend of the forward swept Cuda came into being.

Fast forward a couple years, and one really GIANT build last year resulting in the Best new Aircraft of the year award at SEFF, the balsa built 'Cuda has been born.


Here is my prototype build. A super easy laser cut kit that will be available soon to the masses.
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Old 02-28-2015, 02:56 AM
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first out of the box here is the wood laid out. Not nearly as big and daunting as the Gia Norman kits last year.
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Old 02-28-2015, 02:58 AM
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Next, and really just 3 hours later the tail and fuse were done and clamped up.
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Old 02-28-2015, 02:59 AM
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The next night they were out of the clamps and ready to cover.

The same night the wings were done and she is all ready for covering
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Covered in the traditional FMB scheme and ready to get electronics.
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That's sweet looking do you have a siren for this one like the old Cuda. I went to Laines website looks like it is under construction at the moment. I did see that this one is 36" is that the wingspan or length?

Looks like a fast build Laine did a nice job with the design.
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There are 2 versions. I have the 26" wingspan and there is the 32.

They both use the same fuselage
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Thanks I will have to keep a eye on Laines site to see what the prices are for the 2 different sizes. I am sure Laines suggested power system is a 100 plus MPH to start with, and goes up from there.
I do love taking the foam Cuda out flying after almost 2 years it's starting to show it's age.
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We are thinking the HET inrunners will work well

I have a HET 4W on order that I am going to run on 3s with a 6x4. Joe at Castle thinks that will give us about 70 mph, 110 on 4s
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Bill know you have been busy getting settled into the new digs, but how is this coming along. Why did you guy's go with a inrunner will it be fitted inside the tail of the fuse to keep a sleeker look?
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Man time flies, I have been pretty much off the grid other than at work. The campground I am staying at in the park has no cell or wifi to connect up.

I got the HET 4W inrunner and it was delivered to the house in Virginia. My wife is sending it to my Moms so I hope to get it soon and put it in the plane.
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Originally Posted by firemanbill View Post
Man time flies, I have been pretty much off the grid other than at work. The campground I am staying at in the park has no cell or wifi to connect up.

I got the HET 4W inrunner and it was delivered to the house in Virginia. My wife is sending it to my Moms so I hope to get it soon and put it in the plane.
Good thing you have the that house on wheels. At least you have the comfort of home no matter where you park it.


That's gonna be a well traveled motor by the time you get it. Well when you get settled in with all the moving, new job stuff hope you find some time to mess with the Cuda, oh ya and relax!
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Have the motor in hand now. My Dad knew a guy with a big trailer willing to loan to us for the weekend so we came to get the VW's. Picked up some more R/C stuff and headed back to the hills in the morning.

Still haven;t had much of a chance to play with the toys. Spent last week in a Supervisor training course at the Big South Fork National River and Recreation area. Spent a lot of time hiking and enjoying the park.
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