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Old 12-29-2013, 08:53 PM
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Question 1913 Eastbourne monoplane

I'm getting ready to take my AeroCraft/Hobby Lobby 1913 Eastbourne Monoplane kit off the shelf and put it on my worktable. Now usually before I start any build I scan both WattFlyer, RCG and other groups for any previous builds of the same plane so as to get an idea of what's involved, any problems that may be encountered, solutions and tips/ideas in general.

The problem this time is there aren't any! Not just the AC/HL kit, but I can't find a single detailed build log of an Eastbourne period! Even Google refuses to help. All I get are a few short (less than one page) threads by people like me asking questions, and a short build with almost no info, just a few pictures with no details about the build. So I'm starting this one even more in the dark than my very first one (there were a lot of Miss Stik build threads, I even printed one out and kept it by the work table while building). Is there anyone else out there who has built this particular kit? Here are some of the things I am considering...
  • As this is a model of an actual aircraft, I would like it to be somewhat scale, without getting anal about it (this isn't a 257" scratch built B-36D after all ).

  • Because of the thinness of the wings on this plane, I am going to keep it as a 3Ch. RET rather than flattening the wings and attempting to add ailerons.

  • The wings have a strong undercamber so normal heat shrink covering techniques won't work (the plans/instructions even say not to use regular MoneyCote as it shrinks too much and may damage the wing). Also I would like to keep the Olde Tyme fabric look, but I have never used dope/tissue or silk before. Is this particularly difficult? Or is there a heat shrink substitute that will work? Although the idea of using modern plastic covering on this century old plane seems oddly blasphemous, I'm open to suggestions.

  • The Model is designed for nickel batteries, a Speed 400 brushed motor and a Mini Olympus gearbox (not sure at this writing of the reduction ratio). I plan to use Liithium, which will not affect the balance as the Batts are stored at the CG anyway, and a brushless motor. Because they are lighter than brushed motors to begin with, I intend to use an inrunner and keep the motor/gearbox combo so not to frak up the balance too much

  • Along with keeping balance there is another, (some would say vain) reason I want to keep the noisy gearbox; I want the noise! I know I'll never find one that sounds like a 'real' Anzani engine, but something that at least resembles the rough, 'clattery' sound (or a scaled down version of it) would be nice.

If there is anything else I should know, please chime in. I'm also making this request on RCG in case they have anything
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:44 PM
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With a deep underchamber any covering method will need very careful application.

It might even require stitching the underside covering to the ribs, as was done on the full scale aircraft. especially if you choose to use silk.
Note that silk can crush a structure if improperly applied. If they are warning that Monokote and similar can crush it you should go with tissue or one of the low temp and lower strength coverings or a light tissue.
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I found one post on RCG the guy used litespan for the wing and fuse same kit you have. I have used this covering on a stick built mini teleMaster at the recommendation from the LHS owner. I found litespan easy to work with and it doesn't shrink a lot with heat.
Have fun building it I always liked the look of that plane.
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Nice looking plane!

The original had ailerons, and they were considered kinda novel at the time. If I get a vote, I'd say add ailerons .

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Originally Posted by dgjessing View Post
Nice looking plane!

The original had ailerons, and they were considered kinda novel at the time. If I get a vote, I'd say add ailerons .

Beieve me when I say I would if I could, but the wing is too thin, to my knowledge they don't make servos that small (at least not strong enough). Even if I could find a way to actuate them they may end up breaking themselves or the wing structure. The manufacturer even warns against using MonoCote because it shrinks too much and may damage it.

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I found one post on RCG the guy used litespan for the wing and fuse same kit you have. I have used this covering on a stick built mini teleMaster at the recommendation from the LHS owner. I found litespan easy to work with and it doesn't shrink a lot with heat.
Have fun building it I always liked the look of that plane.
Is Litespan the same as Polyspan? I was directed to this video...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oJrk...layer_embedded
Which also shows a delicate undercambered wing being covered. Not cloth fabric (Polyspan is a non-woven polyester), but a possible option if I can't find a good woven cloth covering.

Anyone got a lead on a noisy gearbox equivalent to the dis-continued Mini-Olympus?

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go old school & use jap tissue. I use krylon clear to seal it
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Old 12-31-2013, 09:47 PM
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that's on my list of options. Can it be made to look like fabric?
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The only thing that REALLY looks like fabric is a fabric.

But fabrics will have more shrinking tension than Monokote...
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Old 12-31-2013, 10:21 PM
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Addendum: Is Litespan the same as Polyspan? I was directed to this video...
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oJrkbC3vLc&feature=player_embedded[/media]
Which also shows a delicate undercambered wing being covered. Not cloth fabric (Polyspan is a non-woven polyester), but a possible option if I can't find a good woven cloth covering.

Litespan is along the lines of tissue covering. Like the polyspan you do have to brush on the adhesive then iron on the covering with low heat. Seems you want to keep it more towards a fabric covered look for the era of the plane.
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Look at the actual fabric of a full scale fabric covered aircraft.

Only the early ones that were painted with just a couple of coats of clear can you really see the fabric weave. These were covered in unbleached muslin (cotton) which gave them a distinct light tan color that tended to darken some with age.

Anything later was painted with enough coats to fill the weave.

Even the early ones where you could see the weave full scale, you wouldn't be able to see the correct scale weave from 3 ft if the model is 1/6 scale or smaller.

So be more concerned about the color than the texture.

Scale modelers often overemphasize details such as fabric weave, rib stitching, rivets and panel lines. A lot of the stuff they work really hard to make visible should be undetectable.
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Originally Posted by fhhuber View Post
rib stitching

Mr. fhhuber

Rib Stitching! Now that brings back some very old
memories. In fact hours & hours of very old memories!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!
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Old 01-01-2014, 04:12 PM
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Originally Posted by riverrat View Post
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Rib Stitching! Now that brings back some very old
memories. In fact hours & hours of very old memories!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!
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Somehow I doubt they had heat adhering/shrink coverings AeroCraft recommends Litespan, Airspan or Silkspan and dope. (See video above)

I opened the box and took a good look at the plans instructions. Although it still says the model is made for a Speed 400 motor/gearbox...



The plans and instructions have been modified for an [AXi?] 2208-14 brushless outrunner. However this looks as if it has been 'MacGyvered' by attaching a "motor mount box" onto the firewall that the original S400/gearbox assembly was mounted.



This mounting box shoves the much lighter BL motor way forward into the dummy motor cavity, I assume in an attempt to counter it's much lighter weight. This is what leads me to believe this is an adaptation to the otherwise unmodified design. However I doubt this does the job as well as they had hoped, because n the instructions it states:
Originally Posted by AeroCraft
Do not hesitate to add detail in the interest of saving weight, the Eastbourne tends to be tail heavy anyway and the added detail really brings the model to life.
So I'm thinking I will stay with the BL inrunner/gearbox arrangement if I can. So again I ask, is there a particularly noisy but otherwise good quality inrunner/gearbox equivalent to the S-400/Mini-Olympus?
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Actually what the original 400 + gearbox would have been is a brushed motor system. (even heavier than the inrunner + gearbox)

Lots of scale models have the issue of being tail-heavy without adding lead in the nose. The full scale engines often were very heavy resulting in a short nose.
I really hate adding useless lead to an aircraft but sometimes you have to fill the dummy engine cylinders with birdshot and epoxy.

Placement of the outrunner is to get the prop in the right place more than anything else.
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Flywheel, I'm a fan of Polyspan and nitrate dope. If you'd like a piece to try I'll be happy to mail one to you. Just let me know your address via a pm, and if you'd like enough to do the tail surfaces, as a sample, advise their sizes.

Can also include a writeup on how to cover using dope or bushing lacquer. Polyspan does not stretch, a weakness, but adheres nicely and heat shrinks to a smooth surface. Would be a good option for the under-cambered wing using modified techniques for the golden olden days.

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Originally Posted by fhhuber View Post
Actually what the original 400 + gearbox would have been is a brushed motor system. (even heavier than the inrunner + gearbox)

Lots of scale models have the issue of being tail-heavy without adding lead in the nose. The full scale engines often were very heavy resulting in a short nose.
I really hate adding useless lead to an aircraft but sometimes you have to fill the dummy engine cylinders with birdshot and epoxy.

Placement of the outrunner is to get the prop in the right place more than anything else.
Which was why I was hoping to keep the gearbox; I knew there would be a balance problem, and that switching to an even lighter brushless motor would make it even worse. Unfortunately filling the dummy engine with lead isn't really an option unless as you say I put in the engine cylinders, preferably after it is installed on the aircraft so I can fine tune the balance, as the brushless configuration has the motor mounted in the engine block. I was thinking a lot of detailing on the engine, and perhaps even a wooden E-prop may help.

That and making the tail as light as sanely possible, of course.
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Hello FlyWheel,

Did you ever find a suitable inrunner to use with it? I am dealing with a similar situation. I rediscovered the same kit I bought 10-15 years ago. Never touched, and apparently I ordered all the covering, Olympus mini gearbox, prop, Nicad battery, etc., at the same time. Everything but a new 400 speed motor and ESC. I bet I have a suitable used motor and ESC from an old foam plane (Wingo) I used to fly, but should I use them? I also thought it would make some sense to find a newer inrunner/Lipo/ESC combo to slip into the gearbox so that I would not have to change the motor mount or alter the plane too much.


I am a teacher and usually start a new build during winter break between semesters. Trying to get a project lined up for the end of the month. Wondering if I should invest in a new power system for the plane, try to piece something together with outdated hardware, or scrap the whole idea and ask my wife to get me a totally different model for Christmas.

Any advise would be very appreciated!
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Old 06-12-2019, 12:02 AM
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If anybody comes across this old thread, and wants to build the Eastbourne Monoplane, here are some tips. There were a number of coverings that were a thin polyester material that had no adhesive. They had one matte side and one slightly glossy side. You had to paint the model structure with an adhesive like Balsarite , Balsaloc ,or Mod Podge and let it dry, then attach the covering to the frame with a covering iron set at moderate heat. If you can find enough old stock white of beige covering "Litespan, Coverlite" or similar it gives a light weight covering with an antique look. I believe that Brodak still sells a similar covering

Apply covering with the grain running spanwize. You would need to cover the bottom of the undercambered wing first working from the middle to the leading and trailing edges and trying to make the covering snug and smooth. Repeat for the top of the wing. Edges of the covering where the overlap will need to have adhesive applied and then heated with the sealing iron. Finally, the covering between ribs will need to be shrunken with very careful heating with a sealing iron avoiding loosening adhesive on ribs, leading and trailing edges, and wingtips. do the bottom of wing first then the top to help prevent the wing panels from curving upward. Use non- stretch rigging thread to hold the wings from curving upward which looks strange/unsightly.

It is common practice to mount small brushless motors to a small thin ply "box" using the provided X-mount. I like to use blind nuts and hex-head screws. Apply epoxy to blind nuts to hold them to the inside of the "firewall" Use washers to adjust down and right thrust. Mount battery pack speed control and RC gear as far forward as necessary and, it unavoidable add lead if needed to get CG correct. Don't fly tail heavy!!!!!!
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