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Post  Kim Thu Nov 10, 2011 5:03 pm

The Birth and Flight of "Little Traveler I" !

The Plan:  Fly a modified Sterling "Minnie Mambo" on a 15 mile non-stop flight from the back of a pick-up truck to raise money for St Jude Children's research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

http://www.semissourian.com/story/1578021.html

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I thought, at first, to makes several hops to get the 15 miles.  Then, a friend started pushing me to make the entire flight in one hop.  Here is the Minnie before I knocked out the bulkhead to make room for the 4 ounce Sullivan Tank that let us go non-stop.

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I replaced the kit's sheet metal landing gear with music wire, mounted in a hardwood torsion block in the fuselage.

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Post  microflitedude Thu Nov 10, 2011 5:21 pm

Do you think you could get 30 minutes with a 2oz tank? Looks like there's plenty of room in there.
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Post  Kim Thu Nov 10, 2011 5:54 pm

I ended up putting a 4 ounce tank in the Little Traveler, which ran out at just over 35 minutes. Did some bench testing to arrive at that amount.
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Post  Cribbs74 Thu Nov 10, 2011 11:00 pm

Very cool indeed! How long did it take to cover the 15 miles?
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Post  Kim Thu Nov 10, 2011 11:56 pm

Right at 35 minutes. The engine was un-throttled and we adjusted our speed to match by yelling at Drive Mike to speed up or slow down...I'm surprised that at some point, he didn't just pull the truck over and kick both our butts !
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Post  nitroairplane Fri Nov 11, 2011 12:05 am

How many of these have you built?
or did you build swap the engines Smile
But this plane has some really nice lines.
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Post  Kim Fri Nov 11, 2011 12:12 am

This was the only recent Minnie I built...it went through several changes as I built it.

My FIRST Minnie Mambo was built when I was 14, and guided (part of the time) with a Citizenship Escapement radio. I chased it as much as I steered it, but when it DID work right, it was magic!

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Post  nitroairplane Fri Nov 11, 2011 12:19 am

Kim I can tell that this plane has a special place in your heart.
And you know that Early RC are kitting it again.
http://www.earlyrcmodels.com/id15.html
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Post  Kim Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:08 am

Thanks Nitro,

I'm still flying Little Traveler I...with a new tailwheel, and one of Bernie's Surestart throttle assymblies. Low/Slow passes are my specialty!


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Post  nitroairplane Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:13 am

Hey!
Those little "boring"(not to me) trainers are good for things like this and also airdrops etc.
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Post  Kim Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:15 am

Yeah... nothing like a gentle, sweeping, close-in turn on a calm evening...then power up, and here we go for another circuit !!!
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Post  nitroairplane Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:19 am

That is the kind of flying I am aiming for with the .010 piet I may go with a MF throttle for those ultra slow passes.
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Post  Kim Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:55 am

Speaking of Piet, I was wrong about a three-view being included in it's plans...Here is a good profile from it's weight and balance practice sheet, but I have some actual model airplane plans that I'll track down and get to you!

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Post  dankar04 Fri Nov 11, 2011 12:07 pm

Looks great and good luck with it. I had the bigger one and it flew great.
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Post  nitroairplane Fri Nov 11, 2011 3:49 pm

Kim wrote:Speaking of Piet, I was wrong about a three-view being included in it's plans...Here is a good profile from it's weight and balance practice sheet, but I have some actual model airplane plans that I'll track down and get to you!

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Much appreciated Kim.
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Post  dankar04 Tue Nov 15, 2011 1:17 pm

Nice airplane for scale subject.
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Post  Kim Fri Dec 30, 2011 9:10 am

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Post  nitroairplane Fri Dec 30, 2011 12:16 pm

Cool here is another thread on this plane including the mods by Kim.
http://coxengineforum.forumakers.com/t374-q-tee-mods-to-make-it-little-traveler-ii-for-nitroplane
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Post  WingingIt74 Wed Jan 11, 2012 5:16 pm

Very cool Kim!
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Post  Kim Wed Jan 11, 2012 5:23 pm

WingingIt74 wrote:Very cool Kim!

Thanks! Gonna do it again at some point !
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