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Great Planes Little Tony

Tony 

This is a Great Planes Little Tony - I have flown one a couple of years ago, when I help a friend with the maiden flight. I liked how it flu, and wanted to get one for a while. Recently an opportunity has come to buy a brand new model for a discounted price - so I did.  I was going to use a small gas engine such as JBA J15G 15cc, DLE-20, or Saito FG-20, but have decided to go with new Saito 115 glow engine instead. Main reason to go glow is the weight savings, ease of installation - no ignition module, no ignition battery. Also a lot cleaner install when it comes to fitting the cowl. Pictures are coming soon.....

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First glimpse out of the box - I cut out the canopy and mack it up on the fuse, together with the cowl. I have to say this fiberglass fuse looks pretty nice....

 

As I mentioned above, I decided to go with glow engine over a gas one. Here is a brand new Saito 115....

 

Since my servos are on back order I started on the fuse - mounted the engine,  cut out the cowl, and mounted the landing gear. I also installed throttle push rod.....

 

I added a aluminum mash for the grill in the cowl openings to complete the look....

 

Below i a picture of finished wing... I hate stickers that come with ARF's so I asked my friend Brad to cut me all the graphics in vinyl. I also added checkers on the wing tips - no racing plane should ever fly without checkers (in my opinion).... If you want to get custom graphics for your project visit Brad's website at badbradgraphics.com

 

With the wing finished and fitted to the fuse I now can fit the stab...

 2011-02-20

Looks like this build will have to be put on hold - the included stab is warped on one side, and I have decided that I am not going to use it. I've talked to Tower Hobbies and they will replace it for me, unfortunately they are back ordered until late July....

2011-10-02

After nearly six month wait I finally got new tail section from Tower - well, needles to say, maiden flight will have to wait for next year. On the left:fuse with servos, battery, tank and switch mounted, bottom: installed canopy (no pilot)...

Below are pictures of finished plane ready for the maiden flight.....