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    Scale Wendell Hostetler 30% PA-28 Cherokee Build

    Just a warning, their scale is off. They state their cabin width is 12 7/8". The real Cherokee has a 42" cabin INTERIOR width. Cabin walls vary but are more or less 1.5 inch thick. Giving an exterior cabin width of some 45". 45" at 1/3 scale comes to 14.85". Interior width comes to 13.86"...
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    Scale Wendell Hostetler 30% PA-28 Cherokee Build

    There's a limit to that however. I asked if I could get just the fuselage formers and they said no. Well, I have the plans and can use them to make what I need. They're not scale outline anyway. Close but still not quite there.
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    Scale Wendell Hostetler 30% PA-28 Cherokee Build

    Yep! Exactly what I've done. I've found too that you can buy the dual wire probes for less than the radio manufacturers offer and with wire length measured in feet, not inches.
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    Scale Wendell Hostetler 30% PA-28 Cherokee Build

    PFU? First word is Pilot, last is Up. Don't think the forum mods will let me tell you the middle word. :) My Futaba Gold box from the 80's has servo reversing, expo and even a mix which I've never used. Come to think of it so did my 70's series Kraft radio. And I can reverse a servo faster...
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    Scale Wendell Hostetler 30% PA-28 Cherokee Build

    As Burt Rutan would say, “the technology you leave out cannot fail you.” :) And as we use to say, PFU... While I think computer radios have merit, I also wonder how many potential mistakes lie in all those settings? Especially for those not as computer savvy as most. I'd be curious of all...
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    Scale Wendell Hostetler 30% PA-28 Cherokee Build

    Wouldn't a simple micro switch accomplish the same thing for no more than a buck? Gear up engages the switch which breaks the red wire on a servo extension (so you don't cut up the lead in the servo itself). Also follows the KISS principle.
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    Spitfire engine quits but can he land safely?

    With over 50 years of RC flying and having practiced dead sticks until I could do them in my sleep...... He got it down in one piece which is good and the goal. However with the altitude he started with he had more than enough to get to the downwind end of the field and make a normal approach...
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    Scale Wendell Hostetler 30% PA-28 Cherokee Build

    Yeah! Tall ceilings are a must. I have an RC sailboat waiting final rigging because only a couple of rooms in the house will accommodate the mast on the hull. Even with the hull sitting in a stand on the floor. Yep! Big Boat! Tall mast!
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    Scale Wendell Hostetler 30% PA-28 Cherokee Build

    Probably will. Though I will say the aluminum spinner is cut to the same profile as the real one is. I'm curious to see how close the Falcon spinner is.
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    Scale Wendell Hostetler 30% PA-28 Cherokee Build

    Thanks Tony. I sent a message to Falcon Props. We'll see what they say. I was curious how much weight you removed with the engine change. Pretty significant. That Roto is heavy but I suspect it would pull the weight around with ease. I'm planning to use an OS 320 Pegasus in mine (53cc)...
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    Scale Wendell Hostetler 30% PA-28 Cherokee Build

    OK, a couple of questions. How big do the Falcon spinners go? I went to their web site and couldn't get any info on spinner sizes. Have they dropped the line or what? Anyone know? My particular Cherokee build calls for a 4.2 inch diam spinner. I have a custom made aluminum one but the lack...
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    Scale Wendell Hostetler 30% PA-28 Cherokee Build

    I'll have to keep them in mind. I've dealt with Callie Graphics in the past and she does good work. But these guys should have all the right colors right at hand.
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    Scale Wendell Hostetler 30% PA-28 Cherokee Build

    The drawing I found on line somehow. I may have the url but will have to look for it. Basically some guy drew it up and put it out there for free. However on his drawing all the sides are straight. Still, once printed it makes a decent reference. The info? I contacted WH directly and they...
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    Scale Wendell Hostetler 30% PA-28 Cherokee Build

    The former itself was found on E-Bay of all places. I hadn't noticed the bent skid. Looks to me it had been used as a tie down and the wind tried to swing the tail. Not a good practice. That owner probably let the wind bang the control surfaces back and forth too. I have both 3 views. The...
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    Scale Wendell Hostetler 30% PA-28 Cherokee Build

    Well the prototype WH Cherokee ran right around 30 pounds and flew very scale like on a 50cc engine. So at least at first I'd caution against being too aggresive with that throttle. :) For me the first discrepancy was the stab. Like you I want the scale flying stabilator. While digging into...
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    Scale Wendell Hostetler 30% PA-28 Cherokee Build

    The hair spray is also an old school trick for controlling the fuzz balsa can develop when sanded. And as Tony said it does so by acting somewhat like a sanding sealer/filler.
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    Sig/Jetco PT-19

    Guys, you talk like Sig is no more. They are still in business and still make great kits. You can find them at Sigmfg.com
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    Scale Wendell Hostetler 30% PA-28 Cherokee Build

    You're obviously going for a very light build. Any idea what it will weigh? And am I correct that you're putting an 85cc in it? I've discovered a number of discrepancies in the WH plans. Mainly with the fuselage cross section. Especially at the tail but a bit through the entire length of...
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    Scale Mick Reeves 1/3 scale Tiger Moth

    How much room is in that engine compartment? Would something like this work? 50cc and 9.5 inches from prop drive washer to back end.
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