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E-Flight Taylotcraft- Putting it all out there!

Old 09-24-2008, 12:16 AM
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Default E-Flight Taylotcraft- Putting it all out there!

I have about 4 to 6 planes under my belt depending on wether or not mastery of the plane in flight is necessary. I deceided that I wanted to start looking toward "End Game" planes. E-Flight has started to put out their Platinum Series and I was overly impressed with the looks of their new series. But alas I cant afford the planes/setups yet. I setteled on the E-Flight Taylorcraft back in April and put my order in with the LHS. In traditional E-Flight fassion it came in two weeks ago.

I have to say that it looked sweet from top to bottom. The directions were very explicit and detailed. When I had a question I called the 1-800 and got an answer right away.

The build was simple until I started to do the cockpit. This was my first disappointment. The descriptions of the plane boasted "fabric covered seats. Indeed there were fabric covered seats but that was it. I had hoped that there would be somthing more. A H.U.D, maybe a decale or two. Somthing to add to the authenticity of the plane.

I was set into action. I stopped into the LHS and picled up some balsa, plastic tubing and stripping. I proceded to brood over what to do for two days. Believe it or not I was dreaming one night and the idea came to me. I made a balsa front panel, drilled holes for instruments, and used the stripping to make a psudo instrument panel. For the yokes I copied a design from a Taylorcraft pic I saw online that was for sale. I made small balsa squares, heated up the tubing and glued it in place. I then mounted the yokes on the balsa control panel and stained the whole thing.

I proceded to stain and lay a balsa floor. To hide the wires and the servos I built a small balsa box in the back seat. I used electrical for hinges and then used tiny screws to hold them in place.

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Old 09-24-2008, 12:18 AM
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Here are a few more pics.
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Old 09-24-2008, 12:19 AM
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Super job my bub!!! steve
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Old 09-24-2008, 12:52 AM
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Nice work!

A guy who flys at the same park as me picked one up as his second plane. He started with a foam Cessna 172 from Hobbycity. Flew it okay, mostly just in big circles. Sadly, the T-Craft didn't last long. It turned out to be just a little more than he was ready for. I wasn't there for it, but the plane went home in a box.

I'm sure you will do better with yours. "4 to 6 planes under my belt" sounds about right for this one.
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Old 09-24-2008, 02:07 AM
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Who has time for stuff like that?
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Old 09-24-2008, 03:11 AM
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Ok so I went to the LHS to buy a spinner for the nose and found a small red plastic one that was cool enough but it looked cheesey with the gray APC plastic prop.

I remembered an article I had red a few months back in an issue of Park Flyer about making a plastic prop look wooden. I looked it up an sure enough it had step by steps on how to do it. A little time with the airbrush and some various artistic secrets I am not willing to share (unless you are really nice to me) and BAM! I have a sweet looking vintage "wooden" prop. Pics included.
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Old 09-24-2008, 03:14 AM
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Ok maybe not. Ill try again later
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Old 09-24-2008, 06:00 AM
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ok try to upload again
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Old 09-24-2008, 06:06 AM
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Very nice!
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