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Old 11-16-2013, 11:56 PM   #1
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Well I wasn,t able to finish my build for this contest, but still in it for the original contest. Anyway, I will definitly finish this build and hopefully when I do I'll send in a pic or two. I've always wanted to try a bipe, I built one years ago for co2 and I have plans for the bitty bipe I downloaded from Outerzone.co.uk. Is this a good design for a first try?
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something with a 30" + w/s would be best, the smaller the w/s the harder it is to fly. the Bitty Bipe looks nice with a 33" w/s

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You could always scale the planes up (or down) to build a different wingspan.

Are you looking to scratch build? Or ...?

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Might give thought to the Schoolgirl biplane by Ken Willard. He was a top-notch designer and builder in his era, 1950s-70s and his school series were all simple builds and great flyers.

Also take a look at Andy Clancy's Stagger Bi. A bit more complex but a whole lot more character. I just built his Lady Bug for the contest and the Stagger Bi uses the same wing ribs but with simpler construction.

Both are about the same size as the Bitty and their plans are available from Outerzone.

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Just a thought....anything "bi" with slope back wings in the 36" to 44" wing-span should be friendly and fun......something like the Tiger Moth mold.

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Thanks folks for the suggestions. Will consider the ones mentioned, although I'm leaning towards the Bitty Bipe. I'll build out of balsa as I enjoy chopping up wood.
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