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Post  badbill on Sat Jan 14, 2017 6:25 pm

My new Sterling Beginners Ringmaster Bipe, built from the original kit- which by the way was excellent, best sterling kit I have ever seen. Custom TDBandit assembled motor up front, that he put together from my several pounds of Cox parts. I'll have to try to get him to tell ya'll about it ....









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Post  Ken Cook on Sat Jan 14, 2017 6:48 pm

Neat airplane Bill. I have had several of those years back. I'm down to one now and it's Golden Bee powered. Watch the top wing on grass landing. It can break where the struts are cutout in it taking the struts and cracking the wing lengthwise. I loved the P-47 from that series it taught me how to fly inverted.
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Post  Kim on Sun Jan 15, 2017 5:05 am

Beautiful Classic there.  Put a lot of time on mine back in the late 60's and recycled that sheet metal engine mount across several more models !



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Post  getback on Sun Jan 15, 2017 8:10 am

She looks GOOD as always Bill , I need to finish mine from Roger Harris been sitting on the bench for a year now Sad Throw us a flight report if you have time > Very Happy
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Post  Ken Cook on Sun Jan 15, 2017 11:01 am

This post brings back a lot of good memories flying it. Here's my only example left. My first one was orange and blue, Sunkist can colors. I totally devastated that one and all that was left was the gear and engine mount. I see the dope has warped the leading edge of the top wing a bit.
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Post  getback on Sun Jan 15, 2017 2:15 pm

HERE'S A PIC OF MY UNFINISHED !!       Rolling Eyes
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Post  rsv1cox on Sun Jan 15, 2017 2:34 pm

And my Bandit Bipe.





To my shame, still clean and in one piece.

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Post  TDbandit on Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:47 pm

Hi all long time no see, sorry that it's been so long. Anyway very nice Bill Smile
The engine is a baby bee converted to a black widow with a KK modded backplate N/V assembly with a matched #1 P/C set and TD head
The tank is the older "G" clip type with a mylar reed. before assembly I surfaced the crankcase on a glass plane using 600 grit W/d sand paper and sealed the tank with a new O ring at the veturi and a dab of orange RTV under the backplate screw heads. It tached 18k on a cox 5x3 grey a major improvement from the before 14,500rpm. It was a fun build Smile Can't wait to see er go!
Small Cox Logo Smile (Bandit)
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Post  badbill on Sun Jan 15, 2017 7:34 pm

This baby is gonna scream!
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Post  badbill on Mon Jan 16, 2017 5:22 am

Why is everyone's cabane struts different? I followed the plans?
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Post  rsv1cox on Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:08 am

badbill wrote:Why is everyone's cabane struts different? I followed the plans?

I modified mine into a trainer version and the plan struts interfered with the cut in forward cockpit. Besides, my pilot told me he had no forward vision with the plan struts. Smile



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Post  badbill on Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:01 am

rsv1cox wrote:
badbill wrote:Why is everyone's cabane struts different? I followed the plans?

I modified mine into a trainer version and the plan struts interfered with the cut in forward cockpit.   Besides, my pilot told me he had no forward vision with the plan struts.  Smile

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i pretty much guessed that one, but Ken's got me thinking....
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Post  Ken Cook on Mon Jan 16, 2017 6:34 pm

I changed the struts due to the stock ones constantly breaking on the top of the fuse. After I carefully sanded in the proper angle to the side of the fuse, I pinned the two across with a 1/8" dowel. My others had the struts glued to the top and after the second break, the glue joints become even stronger in which the fuse would tear apart. I certainly wasn't flying with the skills I have acquired over the years so I'm quite certain I could make a survivor out of the stock setup. I'm quite certain yours will be just fine. Good luck with it, it looks terrific. It resembles a Midwest ME -109 1/2A that I have due to a similar paint scheme. Ken
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Post  badbill on Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:38 pm

Ken Cook wrote: It resembles a Midwest ME -109 1/2A that I have due to a similar paint scheme. Ken

Thanks Ken.. except mine doesn't have a drop of paint on it Smile Laughing
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Post  PeterJGregory on Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:33 pm

Hey Badbill - that is a real looker. You set the bar pretty high - I am usually aiming for "flyable" class finish, few if any style points.
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Post  getback on Wed Jan 18, 2017 7:06 am

Thanks Ken.. except mine doesn't have a drop of paint on it Smile Laughing wrote:
??? Is that not yours up top ??? (this maybe the day i clean that fun bench!!)
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Post  badbill on Wed Jan 18, 2017 7:34 am

getback wrote:   ??? Is that not yours up top ???   (this maybe the day i clean that fun bench!!)

It is, and is covered entirely in the hanger 9 parklite covering material. Took about 4 hours to cover it!
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Post  KariFS on Wed Jan 18, 2017 7:53 am

That's a neat covering job Bill. Did you cover the parts separately or was the plane assembled?

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Post  badbill on Wed Jan 18, 2017 9:15 am

KariFS wrote:That's a neat covering job Bill. Did you cover the parts separately or was the plane assembled?

All the parts were covered separately, then it was assembled like an ARF kit.
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