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Old 01-11-2009, 10:07 PM   #1
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I have been going thru this forum and have seen some photos of some very pretty oltimer planes. Now I have the bug and would like to get one that I could run with a 50 - 4C motor. Something that is simple and easy to fly for those (frequent) days when my little brain and thumbs are stressed out.
Can you folks offer some suggestions on what to get and also where to find these old kits.
Many thanks to all in advance for your suggestions.
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Old 01-12-2009, 12:44 AM   #2
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Please,anything but a Lanzo Bomber or a Playboy dude. Let other modelers out there who are not familiar with old-timer`s see that antique models do not have to be butt ugly to fly well. There are so many pre-war gas and rubber designs to choose from, why kick a dead horse?

Stand out from the crowd and buy/build a vintage model that will make others who mainly fly ARF`s and aerobatic machines want one too.

Remember, the Spitfire was a 1936 design and there has never been since a more aesthetically pleasing full size aircraft. So don`t make the same mistake as others and build the wing on a stick type model design, thinking that a slow gentle flying machine has to fall into this design philosophy to perform well.

If you are interested in a "pure" antique design that you can convert to RC assist, check out the Sam (Society of Antique Modelers) web sight and look under approved gas designs. Go through them one at time and look at the simple 3-view or photo and go from there.

Also, note the links I posted earlier for businesses that specialize in selling plans, kits, and partial kits/parts for many beautiful designs that might suit your fancy.

Don`t just stick to early gas designs either. The model I am about to start building is a enlarged rubber job blown up from 33 inches to over 90 inches. It may not fall under SAM rules, but who cares. I want a aircraft that will be proportioned well, have a light wing loading, and also look like a airplane instead of a bunch of parts flying in formation (example: Lanzo and Playboy). One of the prettiest and nicest flying old timers I have seen so far was one I built from RCM plans that was a 36 inch rubber job doubled in size to 72 inches. It flew great. It was simple to build, all sticks with no planking or compound curves. It had charm without being so bloody homely the best you can say of it that it has "nostalgic character" lol.

Most antique models were designed in a age where style and craftsmanship counted for something, like their full size golden age counter parts did. There are lots and lots to choose from out there, even more so if you also look at designs from WW2 to 1960.

So please don`t fall into the trap others have that get those few designs out there that are crude, simple , and have all the appeal of a smelly, empty tuna can. Let other modelers out there see that a old timer that is a relaxing joy to fly can also be just as sweet as any modern design.

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Old 01-14-2009, 08:23 PM   #3
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I think the most famous one is Curare by Hanno Prettner. Take a look. Actually all of them there http://www.trentonrcflyers.com/pattern/patternc.htm
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Old 02-02-2009, 07:09 AM   #6
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flying is supposed to be fun, and relaxing, not stressfull. oldtimers are excellent trainers also.
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