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Old 10-16-2006, 04:57 AM   #1
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Default The Lit'l Gasser

Hi All,

I just finished an old forgotten kit from Hobby Shack called the Lit'l Gasser. It was intended for rudder only, .049, so I converted it to 4-channel and electrified it. I used an E-Flight 370 outrunner and a 3S 1300mA pack. I did make a few cosmetic changes like wing tips and rounded edges so what I ended up with was something that looks a bit like the old Goldberg Falcon 56. The most surprising thing is how well it fly’s! Even though the airfoil is flat bottomed, it just tootles along and does just what you ask it to. My final weight is just about 16oz ready to fly and sports about 110W. I got this kit from an Ebay seller who just threw it in an order I placed for my Viking, 1/2A Blazer, Wizard control line and a Lit'l Satan control line; all Goldberg kits. It had been sitting for a couple years and I thought I could bang it out pretty fast with stuff I had laying around. I will be upgrading the landing gear to carbon fiber and adding a tail wheel now that I know it is so much fun. I maidened it yesterday with Ron (aka. the Sharkster) and he suggested building a semi-symmetrical wing with bigger ailerons. That should make it fly upside down a little better. Just goes to show that even an old kit, electrified, can be a great fun!

Many thanks to Ron for the in flight photos!

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Old 10-16-2006, 02:14 PM   #2
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Default "Little Gasser" E-conversion

Hi Franny! I'll second your review, the "Gasser" flys great, nice "Park" flyer. Of course it helps to have a good pilot. It will even fly in a confined space, as we saw at City Park yesterday!
I don't recall the model from when it was being sold new, but you're right, it looks a lot like the Goldberg "Jr. Falcon" and a bit like the ACE "Simple 400", in fact the fuselage design is very similar to the Simple series.
Nice build, covering (who's your designer?) and thanks for letting me use the camera, it was easy with that equipment! A digital Canon with auto-everything, all I had to do was find the shutter release!
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Old 10-16-2006, 02:37 PM   #3
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Great looking plane Franny! Excellent job on the color scheme and detail work!

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Old 10-16-2006, 02:46 PM   #4
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Thanks you guys! Hey Ron? What was that site for the CF landing gear? A little spring CF gear would be a nice finishing touch!

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Old 10-16-2006, 03:06 PM   #5
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Default Wanna do some Touch-and-Goes?

Hi Franny, the one set I found that seemed like the best fit is here;
http://www.atlantahobby.com/shopexd.asp?id=5886
They don't have a photo but the model they're used on is here;
http://www.rickadoo.com/PrecisionAer...KatanaMini.htm
(No, I didn't chose this site because a pretty girl in a bathing suit is holding the model! In fact I didn't even notice that!) Nope. Not me.
And a couple more;
http://www.hobby-lobby.com/landinggear.htm
and here;
http://www.horizonhobby.com/Search/D...ing+gear&CatId=
On the "Horizon Hobby" you'll need to back-track the models they're made for (they sell'em all) to see if they're the right size.
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Old 10-22-2006, 04:36 PM   #6
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Lit'l Gasser! My son had (has) one of them from years ago! With a Cox 1/2A, it flew great! He still has it (somewhere)! Crasher
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Old 10-27-2006, 04:29 AM   #7
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That's great! I was wondering if they sold more than one...

I added a carbon fiber landing gear and upgraded to an E-Flight 400 outrunner. I also added a stearabe tail wheel. It sould be perfect for tootling around and shooting touch and goes! We'll see if Sunday cuts us a little slack weather-wise here in Denver...

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Old 12-09-2007, 11:36 PM   #8
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Default More photos!

Hi All,

So since we last spoke the Gasser has gone through a little transformation. She got floats! Here are some photos from Seattle on a Pine lake. I got to fly in the morning and evening most every day. How cool is that?

The floats are GWS painted to match. They have been working out really well.

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Old 12-09-2007, 11:40 PM   #9
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Default And off snow!

Today, I flew off the back yard a bit after we got about 4" of snow. It is pretty cold (23deg), but super fun! Here are a few more photos...

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Old 12-09-2007, 11:47 PM   #10
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Franny, looks real nice.
I still don't like the snow though.

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But Paul, you are North of Boston! I try to think of it as "time-release rain". We are supposed to have a mild winter with little snow. So far, it has been snowing about twice every three weeks. That Little Gasser may get a few more flights this winter!

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Franny, It snowed again last night,only 1/2 inch but now it's freezing rain.

Now matter how much you make it look like so much fun to fly in the snow,
I'll be content to just look at your pictures from inside where it's warm.

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Hi Paul,

Fair enough It is 17 deg this morning... Great building weather though. I've started one of Kurt's Fokker DVIIIs. It is a really fun build and should turn out to be a great little airplane. I have a build log going in the build forum.

Keep warm and take care,

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Hi Franny
Neat little model - tiny ailerons though! You really should come up with a pilot like the one on the plan though, he's neat!

Colorado - cold, but serious cycling country. Too cold for my tastes though - my aim in the US is to end up somewhere flat (I hate riding my bike uphill!), with a decent model airplane club and flying site and someplace you never get to shovel the weather off your driveway!

We just had snow around DC - maybe 2" - 3", lasted three days until it rained all last night and melted the stuff. There is no romance to it I can see.

BTW - love that colour scheme on your "Gasser". Sure beats the usual culprits. The only snag I found with floating off snow is digging into folks' footsteps on the patch...

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Hi Dereck,

There is always Florida... It never snowed in Naples while I lived there... You would probably have to make sure your electrics are well ventilated though Yeah, I'm still waiting for the "romantic" part too. We did spend a Christmas up in Conifer one year and it snowed all morning, but then again, the mountains are almost guaranteed a white Christmas.

Thanks on the scheme. It is actually the same as my Falcon 56 but different colors. It looked enough like it, I just couldn't resist. Nobody seems to do that look anymore. Kinda circus-ey. I had that problem with the floats as well. I didn't expect it to sink into the snow quite so much. Not sure what I expected. Anyway, a bit of up elevator fixed that. Yes the ailerons are a bit small. Sort of like "low rates". They do work pretty well though. Maybe I'll build a semi-symmetrical with with larger ailerons sometime. That would be really neat!

Oh, Dereck,... I finished Kurt's PT17 military Trainer. Did you see my posts? http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=24894 That really is a nice kit! I'm working on his smaller DVIII now. In facts I need to post some more to that too...

Nice to hear from you! Take care,

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Does anyone here have a copy of the little gasser plans that they are will to share? I am thinking about my winter build

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