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Sport Bud Nosen (!!!) 1/4 Scale Citabria Build! Woo hoo!

Discussion in 'Giant / Scale Scratch and Kit Build Threads' started by Bartman, Mar 21, 2018.

  1. Bartman

    Bartman Defender of the Noob!

    Okay Chris, happy now??? :dancing-chicken:

    I'm a long time fan of Bud Nosen, not for any reason other than when I was a kid I used to see his full page ads in Model Airplane News and I thought he MUST be a bad ass to be building these huge planes, especially the Mustang!

    So while I wait to kick off a giant Mustang build I thought I'd do this nice little Citabria build. It's snowing outside (again) and the kids were off from school (again) so, truth be told, I've been camped out in the basement trying to hide from everyone.

    Here's the box;

    You may or may not know this but Bud Nosen sold all of his designs to a company called A&A Industries. I don't know the story but the kit I have is an older A&A kit, it might have been a leftover kit from when Bud had the company. The die cutting is just as bad as everyone says it is and some of the parts look like the shop guys had their eyes closed when they were making them.

    But we're going to move right along anyway and do what has to be done to get this puppy across the bench and out to the field where I'll taxi it around proudly before giving it a go in flight.

    Today's work so far has been meant to re-introduce yours truly to cutting and gluing balsa while staying within the plans lines. It's gone ok so far.

    Pretty standard balsa stick construction except for the exceptional joinery. :banana-dance:


    And here is the complete Rudder and Fin which together comprise the Vertical Stabilizer. The plans don't specify a particular hinge so I'm using Robart pin hinges mostly because I had a bunch in my tool box. I added the balsa blocks for the hinges and I'll figure out where the rudder control horn needs to be located and add some blocking for that at a later date. The rudder has been tapered, I'm not sure if the real plane's rudder is tapered, maybe when the weather gets better I'll go take a look.

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  2. Bartman

    Bartman Defender of the Noob!

    Horizontal stabilizer is on the bench and the suds are out of the fridge! It's a nice Yards Tavern Porter tonight which is as awesome as awesome can be. The only thing that could make this night better would be Olivia Newton John singing to me while I build! :lol2:


    I'm going to take some of the roundness out of the tips and open up the gap between the elevators for more rudder swing.

    Let's make this build a multimedia adventure
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  3. Bartman

    Bartman Defender of the Noob!

    Power is going to be a Zenoah G-26 with electronic ignition. That should be pretty scale power.

    Citabrias had anywhere from 115 hp (7ECA) up to 180 hp (Super Decathlons, 8KCAB). Nowadays, you can get an Extreme Decathlon with 210 HP. Middle range Citabrias had 150 hp and a fixed pitch prop. Mine with a G-26 will be more like that, middle of the road performance, not a screamer but not underpowered either. The 115 hp 7ECA is a pretty good performer actually.

    Radio will probably be my old Hitec Aurora 9 and servos will be whatever I pull out of my servo box when the time comes. I'm not sure I have enough for a new build, I might have to buy some in which case it will probably be Savox.

    Gotta get back to cutting and fitting.
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  4. Bartman

    Bartman Defender of the Noob!

    Wow, the software here is pretty trick ;) ....it's pointing out to me that there's a Bud Nosen Citabria for sale in the classifieds.....let's see, it's Bipenut53

    Let's ping him... @Bipenut53 how does your Citabria do with that 26cc engine up front? he hasn't logged in about a year and a half, fwiw

    Last edited: Mar 22, 2018
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  5. :woohoo!:
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  6. BalsaDust

    BalsaDust Moderator

    This makes me so very happy to see it get built. Thanks Bart
  7. 49dimes

    49dimes Damn I'm hungry

    Another gift of pure 26cc adrenaline :D
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  8. 49dimes

    49dimes Damn I'm hungry

    Xanadu??? We all know you hide down there and play "I honestly love you" :laughing:.
  9. dhal22

    dhal22 GSN Sponsor Tier 1

    Wonderful, we all love build threads.
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  10. Snoopy1

    Snoopy1 640cc Uber Pimp

    This great thanks for doing a buil and especially something other than a 3D plane. It is a big plane at 105 inches.
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