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Old 11-13-2014, 12:01 PM   #31
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lol maybe I should be cutting some Pica WACO kits! Wonder if anyone has the rights to their stuff?
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Old 11-15-2014, 06:47 PM   #33
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Upper wing is completed, covered in white, so just the black trim to go. Working on the lower wing to finish that up in the next day or two. Out of ultracote white, so will be a week before I've got some more in to finish that wing. Meanwhile, lots of other tasks on the WACO, plus other projects to tackle.
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Old 11-17-2014, 08:58 PM   #34
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Top wing done, except for painting the ailerons, and some of the finer black trim.
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RCGF 20cc for the WACO. Fun part will be rigging an engine firewall mount, that will bolt onto the front fuse. Tank can only be accessed from the front. I didn't want to cut a huge hole in the fuse aft, so hopefully I can make this work. If not, it's dremel time!
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Waco Pica 1/5 motor mount options

Have the Pica Waco 1/6 scale kit which uses hardwood rails for the motor mount in a vertical orientation. Would like to convert to 4 stroke side orientation. Not confident in how much I need to beef up the firewall to handle a glass filled mount and eliminate the rails. Turning rails would mess up space required for fuel tank. Thoughts, suggestions, advice? Hope I have explained well enough.
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Re: Waco Pica 1/5 motor mount options

I removed the rails, cut them off at the firewall. I then epoxied an new 1/4" plywood fire wall on the front. You can make the hole for the tank or mount it further back, more on the CG, as did. You need nose weight anyways so the 1/4" plywood wall will not create any balance issues.


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Re: Waco Pica 1/5 motor mount options

Same here. Only difference is I sandwiched a layer or two of glass behind the extra ply for stiffness.

You'll love that one. Flies like a dream, graceful and scale.

What engine you planning to run? I found the rocker covers on the Saito 125 fit under the cowl bumps perfectly.
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Re: Waco Pica 1/5 motor mount options

I just noticed that I have 1/5 in the title. Should be 1/6 or stand off scale.
Thanks for the pics. I have been considering the OS FS 95v or Saito equivalent. I think on my Waco the four stroke will protrude out the cowl. Don't want to go too small or under powered.
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Re: Waco Pica 1/5 motor mount options

Pica makes great kits for challenging your skills. I had that 1/6 and sold it nearly complete. Kicked myself until I found the larger 1/5 and it's now one of my faves, usually included every outing at the field. Was able to grab another kit and have a set of floats coming for that one, (much easier to build in the attach points during construction than after the fact).

Having your engine protrude out the cowl is not a problem. In fact this one is the only installation that is not the case, simply due to the fact the cowl is so big. My normal routine is to tape a sheet of clear to the fuselage extending over the engine and use a Sharpie to mark where I need to cut. I then remove the plastic sheeting and cut out what I marked. Re-taping it to the fuse checks if positioning is correct and if any more has to be cut away. Once I have that I unbolt the engine, mount the cowl and fold the clear plastic back over top. Give a perfect cut out every time and much simpler than cardboard.

The other advantages of the 4 stroke are the ability to swing a large diameter prop, something you need with these huge round cowls. Along with sounding more scale, they move a much larger column of air slower, giving you good effective thrust with more realistic speeds.

You should be O/K with the 90-100 size as long as you keep the weight down. Just remember this is a high drag airframe.
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