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Old 02-19-2007, 02:48 PM   #1
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With the Toledo show fast approaching I was thinking of purchasing a
Balsa USA EAA Bi-Plane....
Has anyone have first hand experience with this aircraft :
Although not a bi-plane I was also leaning towards the Balsa USA Citabria Pro...
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Old 02-19-2007, 03:33 PM   #2
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The Citabria Pro is a nice flying airplane with a 90-120 four stroke on it.
Loops and rolls are very majestic and the airplane is always easy to see because of its size. The only downfall might be the large one piece wing for transporting.

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I've had both...

The Biplane is a bit on the small side (for me) but a great flying plane. Surprisingly for a biplane, it almost glides!! It is small enough to transport in one piece to the field, but it is a pain taking off the wings if you need to break it down.

The Citabria Pro is a great flying plane as well. In spite of the huge elevator and short fuselage, it is surprisingly gentle to fly. A 91 will fly it decently, but not authoritatively. a 120 4 stroke is a bit crowded in there unless you build it up around that engine (I added it on later..) It makes a really nice float plane too! Biggest pain, outside of transporting an 80" wing, is that assembly at the field requires 14 bolts, and it takes quite awhile to get everything together and aligned....
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Old 02-20-2007, 01:07 AM   #4
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I still have my Citabria Pro. I powered mine with an OS 1.08 and it had plenty of power. Flew solid even in cross winds. I could drag the tail in so it touched first if I wanted to with the mains a couple of inches off the runway. Three pointers were easy. Watch that rudder it has plenty of authority. Bump up the throws on the ailerons for a faster roll rate as it helps in the snaps. I left the wing struts attached to the wing so there was only 6 screws to attach the wing. I have flown both I would pick the Pro first. If you are building this to scale be sure to order the picture pack from Bob Bankas Scale Resource. There was only one built and it looked pretty crude in real life. They carved off the cabin on a Citabria and made it a open cockpit 2 hole. Problem was the C of G was so far off it had to be flown from the front cockpit and the rear was kept covered and used as a luggage bay. The performance of the real one was worse than the full cabin Citabria however it was rated the same so scale maneuvers would be the same as far as any competition would go.

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Old 02-20-2007, 01:17 AM   #5
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