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05-07-2005, 10:58 AM
I bought a 1/4 scale nosen citabria a couple of weeks ago. I believe it has a clark "Y" airfoil on it. Does anybody know how well this plane does aerobatics? I am thinking about changeing it to a semi or fully semetrical airfoil. I am looking to do some decent areobatics with this plane, besides the ussual loops, baroll rolls etc. Maybe change it to a decathalon. Any Ideas??
05-07-2005, 11:00 PM
Sell it and Get a Decathalon instead!
Even though Citabria spelt backwards is Airbatic, the full scale a/c is far from that, hence the Decathalon which is aerobatic.
Would be a lot of work to build new wing. Just get the Dynaflite Decathalon instead.... or a Yak! :wink: :wink: :lol:
05-08-2005, 07:10 AM
And a Decathlon is still only mildly aerobatic. If you want Extra or Edge like performance then buy/build one of those. I guess it depends on what you call "decent aerobatics".
05-08-2005, 11:16 AM
I had the Dyna Decathlon, and it is aerobatic to some extent, it isn't an edge, but it rolls, loops, spins are great! inverted flight was no problem and it would even knife edge. It doesn't do any of these things as wells as an extra etc, and it feels "heavy" on the controls, takes time to recover from an attitude, but is fun and a nice change of pace from the low-wing aerobats. I got my B wings with that plane so you know it does a decent job of the pattern-style manouvers. It also floats forever on landing, even with the BIG 42cc gasser I had on the front.(it balanced perfect). I have flown a full scale citabria a few times and they are more aerobatic than your average cessna, but do everything very slowly(except spin entry, if you hold opposite aileron it is spinning right NOW after stall(no aileron differential)). I don't think the nosen model will accept an engine big enough to power it adequately for advanted aerobatics anyway.
I guess what I'm trying to say it you can make either the citabria or decathlon somewhat areobatic and they are fun if you want to fly an "energy management" type of aerobatics. But you don't want it for advanced aerobatics or IMAC, unless you want the challenge.
If you like building, it should be a relatively easy task to build a constant chord wing with a full or semi symmetrical airfoil..
07-12-2005, 09:54 AM
chris, did that decathalon have a flat bottom wing, semi sym, or a fully symetrical wing on it???
And don't put the dihedral in the wing.
07-12-2005, 07:51 PM
It had the semi sym wing. Still LOADS of lift. The wing was straight without any dihedral.
07-13-2005, 01:49 PM
thanks chris, I will build a new wing, see what happens.Original has no ailerons either. Wonder if they clip the wings on the full size or not??
07-13-2005, 11:13 PM
Wings are full span. The ailerons on my Dyna were pretty big too.
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