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Post  WingingIt74 Fri Jan 10, 2014 10:48 am

http://www.ebay.com/itm/151207265999?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649
Vintage Performance's LiL' FOKKER 1/2A CL Plane $_57

I bought one of these this morning.  Good price for an ARF! I'm anxious to try it out.  

What type of handle should I use?

I'll have to stick one of my Black Widows on it... that will look sweet Smile
Now to teach myself how to fly CL  Affraid or WOW! 
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Post  roddie Fri Jan 10, 2014 12:49 pm

That's very cool Travis. Does it have a stabilator? It's hard to tell from the photos. Does it have lead-outs and/or an adjustable guide? You can't beat the price! Do you know how much the kit costs?

I'm going to try building a R.O.G. wheeled-dolly for a flying-wing that I have.. it's about the same size as that Lil-Fokker.

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Post  Cribbs74 Fri Jan 10, 2014 1:49 pm

That's pretty cool Travis. Even for a slab winger. Not the best trainer though. Pick up a SIG 1/2A handle or better yet a Larry Renger handle off of RSM.

It's going to be twitchy so reduce the throw as much as possible.

I'll teach you CL if you teach me RC  lol! 

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Post  duke.johnson Fri Jan 10, 2014 1:50 pm

I saw these on e-bay, he had another combat wing, too.
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Post  WingingIt74 Fri Jan 10, 2014 1:54 pm

Here's the pics from his ebay listing.  It's a full flying elevator aka stabilator.

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Post  WingingIt74 Fri Jan 10, 2014 1:58 pm

Cribbs74 wrote:I'll teach you CL if you teach me RC  lol! 

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Post  WingingIt74 Fri Jan 10, 2014 2:04 pm

duke.johnson wrote:I saw these on e-bay, he had another combat wing, too.

Yes he does. He also mentioned these will be available as Kits, ARF and RTF.

terifron on ebay:
http://www.ebay.com/sch/terifron/m.html?item=151207265999&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEWNX%3AIT&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562

Looks like he sold the Voodoo Child Combat wing....
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Post  Cribbs74 Fri Jan 10, 2014 2:32 pm

Upon further review it looks to be built to take a good thrashing. Even if it's twitchy and you plow it in, it will probably survive to just try again.
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Post  RknRusty Fri Jan 10, 2014 5:33 pm

That plane looks rugged. Launching is a challenge, but if your helper can follow instructions to hold it high, and point it slightly up and out, and make sure the lines are tight, you can do it. the first half lap is the hardest. after that you're off to the races.

For my little planes I only use 3 or 4 fingertips hooked at the first joint, with my thumb on the back and never put my knuckles all the way in it. This is my favorite 1/2A handle. I wrap it with tennis racket tape and run the line all the way through with an adjustment screw and washer in the front center hole. Just don't let the screw protrude or you'll hook a line on it at the worst of times.

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Post  roddie Fri Jan 10, 2014 6:26 pm

That's VERY COOL!  Cool  So the ARF does come with lead-out cables installed. I love the stabilator's gusseted hinge support. Looks rugged.. yet totally functional.

Here's some handles from my collection. Like Ron recommended; a narrow line spacing will decrease sensitivity. 2" spacing is possible with the Sig and Goldberg handles.. Mark Boesen recently posted about using the Goldberg handle's "slotted indexes" as permanent attachments, if your lines are exactly equal length... (no adjustment possible though...)

The "black" handle has a 1-9/16" line-spacing.. and I believe it came with my Cox "Cosmic Wind" model. It's a "2-finger" style.. and is on the idea that Rusty mentioned.

Is the model's "push-rod" set to minimum (least sensitive) control throws on both; the bell-crank and the stabilator's horn? That's where you want it for your 1st flights.

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Post  WingingIt74 Fri Jan 10, 2014 8:11 pm

I found an 80's Black Widow in my collection with the plastic back plate. I'd rather break that then a metal one Smile
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Post  Cribbs74 Fri Jan 10, 2014 9:07 pm

WingingIt74 wrote:I found an 80's Black Widow in my collection with the plastic back plate.  I'd rather break that then a metal one Smile

Well, there is a better chance of breaking the plastic one that's for sure. If you fly the metal one over grass it will probably be fine.

I have only ever broke one metal one and it is was a full bore dive from about 20ft straight into hard sun baked clay.


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Post  WingingIt74 Wed Jan 15, 2014 2:49 pm

Received it today, here's some more pictures.

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The Lil' Satin is slightly smaller then the Lil' Fokker.
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The Lil' Fokker slightly smaller then the Combat Kitten.
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Post  706jim Wed Jan 15, 2014 3:47 pm

We were taught to fly without landing gear over tall grass. I'd say that this was good advice.

And one other thing to try if you're using a Cox reedie: Run the engine clockwise as viewed from the front of the plane using a pusher prop.

When (not "if") you lose line tension, the plane will tend to torque over the the right which will help restore line tension.
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Post  Cribbs74 Wed Jan 15, 2014 3:48 pm

Pretty cool!

I just noticed that the apostrophe is in the wrong place.

Hope you can fly it soon.
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