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Old 03-17-2007, 03:28 AM   #1
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Smile Balsa USA Taube 40 Conversion and Build

Hi All,

Well, I finally finished the Taube (German for "Dove"). I actually started this back before Christmas but when the Shoestring arrived I put off the completion. Anyway, this is the Balsa USA .40 size Taube kit. I have converted it to electric with the E-Flight 46 motor and a 4S 4000mAh Lipo. I don't have a ton of photos, but here are a few original photos to get started. There is a great replica in the Seattle Museum of Flight. The original used wing and tail warping for control. Take a look at those long bars under the wing to carry the control wires. Amazing really. The Seattle Taube is what I used as a guide. The Balsa USA version is a "sport" scale version designed for easy Sunday flying. It has a flat bottom airfoil and is only three channel - E/R/T. The larger sizes add ailerons, but I think that actually detracts from that great wing plane-form. The original was modeled after a bird and from the ground was quite hard to spot. I suppose it was the first "stealth" aircraft... The Taube was actually in service before WWI and was primarily used for surveillance as it had no mounted guns. They were phased out fairly quickly as technology changed but in their day, they were cutting edge. I love the lines and am always up for a classic.

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Old 03-17-2007, 04:15 AM   #2
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Default The build...

The Kit is supplied with top quality balsa and lots of it. The construction is really pretty easy with the only built up structure being the horizontal stabilizer. I just had to make a decision as to how much detail I wanted to add. The kit is a bit thin on details but I think it doesn’t take much to make it sing. The field I fly on is grass and nose-overs are common (well, for me...) so I wanted to make the dummy engine removable so I could fly with or without it. It is attached with two pairs of very strong magnets as is the battery hatch on the underside. I decided to build up the elevator which I started from their solid slab. Same went for the fuselage sides. I cut out the pattern in the sides and then added 1/4"X1/4" strengtheners to the inside. The result is a strong structure with a vintage look. I didn't add the bottom sheeting to the fuselage. Instead, I added cross braces similar to the sides. I did leave the fin and rudders solid. Another area I addressed was the landing gear. The kit called for a single 5/32" wire gear so I added a few pieces to look a little more scale. The original gear is kinda nutty and actually attaches to the wing. Mine is a bit of a compromise. I did find a set of 4" spoked wheels which weigh a ton, but you can't beat those looks. For the motor mount, I used the nylon mount included in the kit as a spacer. It worked out just right! All I had to do was cut off the rails and I was in business. The cowl is removable to access the motor and is also secured with magnets. Here are a few construction photos...


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Old 03-17-2007, 04:18 AM   #3
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Amazing work Franny! What is the wingspan on it?

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Old 03-17-2007, 04:32 AM   #4
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Default Final Photos...

I used "Coverite" fabric covering for the first time and it was really great to work with. I was a bit intimidated at first, but it went on really well and shrank right up. The front part of the fuselage is painted a flat olive drab as is the top of the wing. Now paint and I generally don't get along and, of course, just as I started painting, it started to rain but I did manage to get a pretty good finish in spite of my lack of skill. I added a little rigging and the center rigging support. That is also removable for transportation. The actual thread is stretchy thin shock cord so it will always be taught. Oh, I did add a tail wheel. The original had the usual skid, but I though it would be easier to handle. For the prop, I started with a standard wood prop and sanded the trailing edge straight and curved the tips. I then sanded the entire thing to remove the finish and then stained it. It took like 30 min total and looks a million time better than what I started with. I'll probably fly with the usual thin electric gray plastic prop which doesn't look all that bad. Instead of control rods, I went with a pull-pull control on both the elevator and ruder. It was a little bit of a pain to set up, but looks cool.

I hope to get it in the air this weekend so I'll post some photos after it flies. Here are a few I took this afternoon.

Thanks!

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Old 03-17-2007, 04:36 AM   #5
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Thanks Tom,

Good question... Let me look... Looks like 62" span... AUW is 5 pounds. That 46 motor is really strong so it should fly well. I sure hope so! Here is a link to the Balsa USA site: http://www.balsausa.com/store/proddetail.php?prod=439

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Old 03-19-2007, 02:27 AM   #6
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Default Maiden Today!

Well, the maiden went really well today. It really is a joy to fly! I think I am just a tad nose heavy, but thats better than a bit tail heavy! It turns like it has ailerons and lands like a dream! I couldn't be more happy with it. As you might imagine, it is way overpowered. I don't think I ever got above 3/4 throttle and flew between 1/3 and 1/2. Just a joy.

Thanks again to Ron (The Sharkster) for all his help and encouragement!

Here are a few photos...


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Old 03-19-2007, 02:41 AM   #7
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Franny - it looks amazing! Very nice.

Yep I suspect half that motor would have done!

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Old 03-19-2007, 02:45 AM   #8
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Thanks Mike... Those E-Flight motors don't mess around! It is really nice to be able to fly all day on the same battery!

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Old 12-25-2007, 03:15 AM   #9
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Default New Taube photos and Video!!

Hi All,

I have some new photos and Video!

I bumped into a friend of mine at the LHS a couple days ago and he slipped me a disk of video he shot of a Taube flight of mine from last summer. So, I put together a video and posted it to my site. There are two: A large one (20G): Taube Video Large and a smaller one (7G): Taube Video Small

This is my first attempt at a video and Movie Maker is weird...

I hope you enjoy it!

Thanks,

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Old 12-25-2007, 03:26 AM   #10
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Great Job on the plane and video Franny Keep up the outstanding work, and Happy Holidays to You, Chellie

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Thanks Chellie!

Hey, I like your tag line... Great wisdom that Scarecrow. Great writing in that... Everything the characters wanted they already had in abundance.

Merry Christmas!

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Great video, and great pictures of an unusual plane I really love to see "Classic" scale kits airborne, not only ARF`s with glossy film on them.

When you mentioned Coverite I remembered I still have some rolls of it in my hobbyroom... think they are close to 20 years old now. That is what I grew up with... some time ago
Have used Solartex the last years when I want a strong and scale-like covering. As soon as I am finished with the Angel50 the building-table will be full of small parts which are supposed to be a school-glider (SG-38) from pre WW2. Covered with "Antique" Solartex.

Really enjoyed the video and the Taube!

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