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Old 10-21-2011, 10:28 PM   #601
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Thanks 7 C 7 for the reply,I have an alergic reaction to epoxy and a lot of other products like dope so I would preffer to stay away from it if poss. It just seems the original covering is so much thinner than the Mono. even after using the heat gun.I might try the polyspan though. It just means I have to expose myself to the dope before hand to see if I have a reaction.Its tough being me.Brutus
Hope you don't Poly resin and Epoxy are different ,,(I build sailboat's outta both), so may be it'll be okay, and don't forget the Pix's!,bubsteve


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Old 10-21-2011, 10:32 PM   #602
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Hi Steve,I might just try it. I usually take at least a few pics. of my projects but Im not that good of a photographer. If my schedule continues like it has the past year Ill be lucky to get it started before another month passes. B

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In the very near future I will get an SE5a to go with mt Fokker D-VII. I plan to do a few mods to make it look more realistic. I would like to know how some of you have strung your wing wires and what material you used. Do the wires hold up pretty good?
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Hi there,
There are lots of threads on mods on this plane and others of that vintage. Some use wire,fishing line, elastic etc. Some just wrap the rigging in one long loop and others crimp with a sleeve. Some use a spring to keep some tension on the wire.
Keep in mind that the rigging will complicate wing removal for repairs so plan it well.
Rigging will slacken or tighten as the weather heats up the plane.
Do a search on the GP SE5A,SpadX111 and others(red ones) and just about all have been rigged.
Others will chime in. You might also look up Wingnut Wings as they have some hints and tips on all sorts of things.
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My rigging is done with elastic thread. When I do mine, I just pull it slightly tight, but not to the breaking point. I add just a small drop of med. ca to the knots to keep them from slipping. If a line gets broken thru hanger rash or clumsy hands, I have enough slack on the elastic thread to re-tie it. So far I've had the same elastic on my planes for almost two years with no negative effects
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Old 03-13-2012, 03:12 PM   #606
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On the Great Planes SE5A after my last crash I cut the balsas spars and put dihedral in both wings like the real plane has. I use one continous carpet thread for the brace wire. I do not tie it to the plane anywhere just have it running over the top or the braces where they attach to the wings. I have a small tube on each side of the fuselage in the wings for the thread to go through and under the wing. The ends of the thread are at the back of the battey hatch and tie to ends of a spring to keep them tight. Battery hatch hides the spring. Wings are easy to remove if needed. Sense brace wires on the Great Planes are for looks only you can use any thread. If anyone wants some carpet thread PM me your address and I will mail you some. I have plenty of carpet thread.

Now for my last stunt, a forward flip on landing.
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Thanks for all the help. I'll be looking back on this advice and these comments when I begin to put the plane together.
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I've used Upholstery thread. It may very well be the same or similar to what Degreen uses as carpet thread. It is very slightly stretchy, unlike Spider wire braided fishing line. I have been known to use a combo of both, so there is a bit of give from the upholstery thread.

If you can avoid attaching it to the fuse, that is great.

If you can't avoid that, I like to make a loop of string (whipping twine) (or actual wire) going thru the fuse. I put a knot on the outer part of the fuse, so it can't travel from side to side.

Then when attaching the "rigging wire", I tie it with a loop at the end, about an inch short of the fuses string or wire loop. Then I take a length of thread and lace it around the rigging's loop and the fuses loop. Sort of like a pulley system. This is a sacrificial loop, that can be cut off later if need be, and you don't have to mess with your rigging to get wings off.

Attachment - If you notice the rigging that is right over the wing, It sort of looks a bit "thicker". That's the lacing from one loop to another that can be cut.


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I've used Upholstery thread. It may very well be the same or similar to what Degreen uses as carpet thread.
What I use is upholstery thread, some call it carpet thread. My father in law was an unpholster and I have some bolts of the thread.

Now for my last stunt, a forward flip on landing.
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What I use is upholstery thread, some call it carpet thread. My father in law was an unpholster and I have some bolts of the thread.
ah, yes. It's good stuff.
It's Nylon I believe. More give than spyder wire, but won't stay saggy like cotton.

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Current Sales flyer from Tower list the Electrifly SE5a for $ 89 dollars , pretty decent price really .
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Old 08-08-2012, 08:09 PM   #612
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Electrifly has a NEW LIPO battery which slips in and fits perfectly in the batt area of the SE5a .
Its a 3s 1600mah 30c GPMP0850 $26.99
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:59 AM   #613
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I just finished my SE5A. I put an NTM 28-36 750kv in it that I had lying around. I used an aluminum motor mount made by smallpartscnc, an apc 10x47, 9gm servos all around and I am using 3s 1600 mah Powerwing batteries from Hobby Lobby, and a 30a esc. I used dull cote on it to kill the shine. Now for the maiden. This is my first none foam aircraft. It is a beautiful model. Great Planes does a wonderful job on these things.


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Yes its really a great plane , and now that I also have the Parkzone SE5a , the Electrifly SE5a is like flying a small Pitts Special compared to the bigger SE5a , the electrifly can really make some snappy moves .

I enjoy all 4 of my SE5a biplanes , Parkzone , Electrifly , EFlite , Flyzone .
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Welcome to the SE5 club! It's a wonderful flying plane.
It seems like so long ago (about 6 years) I was maidening this plane. It was such a joy to fly for a guy like me that was very new to ailerons, let alone planes at all. Still love flying these planes, either my stock one, or my lightweight modded one.

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I am really looking forward to doing the maiden. How sensitive is the plane to cg. I noticed the manual states 2.5" from the leading edge of the top wing, just want to make sure that is correct from experienced fliers.

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2.5 sounds about right, I could check and see where I have my marks.

I've never found this plane to be too sensitive with CG. The staggered wings make the plane think that is has HUGE chord. That really makes it such a calm and docile plane.

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I am really looking forward to doing the maiden. How sensitive is the plane to cg. I noticed the manual states 2.5" from the leading edge of the top wing, just want to make sure that is correct from experienced fliers.
Don't forget Pixs of the first flight!! good job my friend,, had mine as long as 7car7,, I changed the motor mount as well to a more robust set-up,, I rebuilt the whole thing a few times and recovered it so my old eyes could see it, to many mods to mention here but started not caring for it much (mine was not built well from GP factory with missed butt-joints fuse stingers off their slots and glued there to boot,, wings were warped so bad I had to remove covering to straiten them, I could have kit built it faster and better than what I got in the box, but years later its a Fave, This can happen to any ARF out there and most folks got good ones,, I just grabed the wrong box at my LHS,,bubsteve


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If I can ever get a break with the wind, I will actually fly her, I don't mind the cold, but I don't like doing a maiden in more than 5mph winds. Call me chicken, but that is how it goes, I will fly my ez hawk in a gail, but my SE is too pretty to take the chance. The only problem with pictures is that I usually fly alone . If my wife goes with me, she wants to watch me fly, not take pictures....I will try to mount my gopro next time to get some video.

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Greetings,

Bought a G.P. Nieuport 11 last fall and set it up per the instructions with the recommended motor, esc, etc... What a handful to try to keep in the sky. It was reluctant to turn (even with coordinated rudder) and when it did it would likely tip stall, go into a spin and crash if too low to recover. Have tried all the fixes I can think of; more nose weight, differential aileron, a little less positive incidence in the top wing and some washout in the tips.

Anybody else have bad or good experience with this model? Any solutions, thoughts??

I like the model a lot, just wish I knew why it is such a poor performer

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The N11 needs a bit of dihedral. It mainly needs the lower wing lifted. You can do this when you tie up the flying wires. It calls for a little lift on the lower wing, I would give it more than they ask for. Place a block of wood under the lower wings (both sides) to give it equal lift, then tighten up the flywires. I think you will see a big difference. I have seen some GP N11's fly perfect with no dihedral, others needed it.
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I was looking for a Lewis gun for my Electrifly SE-5a and found a Parkzone gun (PKZ 5512) which is abouut the same scale. Anyone have this Lewis gun? If so, how does it look?
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I was looking for a Lewis gun for my Electrifly SE-5a and found a Parkzone gun (PKZ 5512) which is abouut the same scale. Anyone have this Lewis gun? If so, how does it look?
I had some before I rebuilt,, I'll look today an send them to you,(if I can find them it's been a few years,) bubsteve


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Originally Posted by tarheal63 View Post
If I can ever get a break with the wind, I will actually fly her, I don't mind the cold, but I don't like doing a maiden in more than 5mph winds. Call me chicken, but that is how it goes, I will fly my ez hawk in a gail, but my SE is too pretty to take the chance. The only problem with pictures is that I usually fly alone . If my wife goes with me, she wants to watch me fly, not take pictures....I will try to mount my gopro next time to get some video.
Hope to see ya up there soon!bubsteve


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Hey Steve. That would be great!
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