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Old 12-29-2012, 04:01 PM   #51
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Got really close to starting on the Optica a few times Pat. I lost a bit of interest when I discovered that it has been modeled. There's a few really nice rc models out there of the plane.
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Old 09-19-2014, 01:30 AM   #52
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I was pleasantly surprised with this plane flying as well as I could expect, with two successful maidens, two days in a row. This plane flies well enough to be a good high wing trainer, with a bit of up elevator mixed in with aileron travel. I'll have to get the Miles M38 out next, for it's maiden.

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Spectacular work!
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Congrats! The Aerovan is so "cute".

It's never too late to have a happy childhood.
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That's some of the best workmanship I've ever seen. Superb, and it flies nicely to!
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I love fat funky planes like this. You did an awesome job! I'd love a set of plans for something like this. It's just different enough that you could maybe make a few bucks selling them. I don't have the patience to try to build from 3 views.

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Thanks for the comments all. Joe this one really wasn't too bad for a 3-view scratch build, since everything is flat other than the rounded corners. It was pretty easy to take measurements from the drawing and accurately cut the formers. The rear bottom fuse where it curves upward and comes to a sharp edge, was probably the only area I had to work on a bit. Complex curved fuses are a pain, constantly padding thin strips onto the formers, sanding, and checking the curve with a stringer. The Albatros I just built was a kit, and it was more work than this build was.

As for plans for this model, I believe the Tony Nijhuis kit is still available, although a larger model.
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Congrats on an awesome, successful build!

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