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Old 06-16-2008, 09:17 PM   #1
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Default SuperCub to Tri Pacer help

I'm looking at buying all the parts of a Super Cub, but modifying it to be a Piper Tri Pacer. Going to be giving it to my father as a gift, his dad had a red and white Tri Pacer a long time ago. My main concern is the CG of the plane as it is stock, to where it will be when a steerable nose gear is added. Any suggestions?

Going to get my dad into RC flight finally, he's always been into anything RC, does the car thing but I'm tired of him watching me fly all the time. So I'm going to teach him on my super cub, so if he crashes, no big deal! Then when I'm finished with the Tri Pacer, he should be good enough to handle it, and eventually we'll ad ailerons to it.
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The CG of the airframe will remain the same. You will need to add weight to either side to balance the plane on the CG with all of the new hardware and weight up front.

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Funny that you mention that. I've been contemplating about making a Cessna 172 look like my grandpa's old plane. Although, would like to find a Bonanza A-36 to do as well.

The Tri-Pacer would also have the main Gear moved back a little. I met a WW2 pilot at an airshow once. He had one and called it Molly Milk Bucket, as it sat very similar to a 3 legged milk bucket stool.
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I'd been thinking of the same with my SC... Gotta love that Tri-Pacer!

As previously stated, CG will remain the same... How the CG will be affected by moving the mains back behind the struts and the addition of the nose wheel remains unknown.

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I don't know how 'scale' you wanted to make it, but the Super Cub is a 2-place tandem plane. The Tri-Pacer is a 4-place. That means the Tri-Pacer fuselage is going to be wider than the Cub. The T-P also has shorter wings and fuselage than the Cub. Note also that the gear on the T-P is not just moved back a little, it's actually reversed. If you can find a Piper Pacer kit, then it would be the right proportions at least, and you could convert it to tricycle.

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