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Old 12-14-2004, 08:23 PM   #1
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We aren't the only ones giving WWI combat a go. There's a small group of WWII scale combat guys in southern Germany and Austria doing WWI demos. Gert Konig has sent me an email describing the latest demo in Laar, Germany in November. An EIII, a DRI and SE5flew one round before the wind became too strong to fly (50 km). To reduce the risk of a midair the three had to fly a circuit pattern and attacking pilots had to approach an opponents streamer from behind. Pilots and spectators were thrilled with the show. WWI contests are planned for Poland and the Czech Republic in 2005. Airplanes are 1/8 scale like ours but max power is .15 two stroke or .30 four stroke. They are underpowered and challenging to fly but can still tow a 15 meter streamer.
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Old 12-15-2004, 06:30 AM   #2
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I'm guessing a .30 four stroke would be about the power of a .25 but could handle more prop. Heavier too, for the short nose radial designs. Would sound great.

The 'parade method' of streamer cutting would be practical for demos. I think the fewer planes up at a time is the best way to avoid midairs. (say 4 planes max..?) We'll have to try different methods to see what works best.

WW1's seem to attract the wind...hmmm. ( I think 50km/hr was the average at the Dawn Patrol...)

I like the 45ft.(15M) streamers. I think my Spad VII could handle it... 45ft. of streamer hanging of of your wingtip(s) would be a challenge....
The resulting spin (if you induced it rather than fight it) would probably clear it... mabee...

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Old 12-15-2004, 06:36 AM   #3
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Gary are they made out of wood? Cause corro I know wont fly on a 15. Sunday I put a 12/4 APC on the DR1 had to open the needle 2 turns but it did turn it and it flew at very scale speed, but still retained its ability to turn, loop, and roll. The sound was cool too as it is only turning 8500 RPM. As plus the prop is near scale in size. Dont know if it will work in warmer weather though.
Green side is definitely not up
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They make them out of wood. Max allowable weight is 2000 gr. Don't know what the planes in the photo weigh. Gert's building a DVII and is going to send me all the details when he's finished. He keeps his eye on this forum for the latest from our side of the pond.
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