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Old 10-01-2015, 01:06 PM   #31
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Re: 26% Skybolt

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Originally Posted by supercub Man View Post
My Skybolt has a 78"top wing span and a Quadra 50/52??cc with CH Ignition. It is covered with Sig Coverall and then doped. The final paint is the problem I got talked into using Moores Semi Gloss Latex house paint - was told it was easier! Took a lot to cover the plane and I think it has added a lot of weight. I have yet to add the trim colours which will be Flecto Varathane Colours. I will have to shoot another coat of white or just add the trim colours and shoot everything with a coat or two of polyurethane clear, to get the gloss white. But here's the problem. I got tired of the project and put it away a year ago but have recently resurrected it and want to fly it or get rid of it. I loaded it up with all the gear and it weighted in at just under 25lbs!!
Question: Is this too heavy to bother with? Would I gain much by stripping all the covering and going to film (and mortgaging the house in the process). The motor should be pretty powerful but assuming the plane is well built (of course!) will I have a marginal bomb or just a nice flying but not too spectacular bipe? Would anyone have a handle on this? I don't want to spend the time on it if it will really be a dog! The plans are by Dario Brisighella.

Well Jim I'm sure glad you stuck with this project. I am happy to say your Skybolt continues to be my favorite plane to own and fly. I had it out to the Kitchener Waterloo Scale rally for the second year in a row last month and the Skybolt and I had a BLAST! On the second day (Sunday) I even had the Old Gal flying in 45 Km winds... she performed amazingly and impressed the watchers too I think. With the DLE that's now mounted in her she is anything but a dog... you name it... snaps, hammerheads, blenders, emmlemens(sp?) she can do em all.. Good Job Jim... I wish you were still building.

CHEERS TO YOU JIM!! (call me)

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