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« on: December 30, 2011, 03:54:11 PM »

Hi All,

After I finish the Herr Ryan, (See the FF Scale build thread if interested.) I quite fancy the Mooney "Neiuport Beech" bostonian next as a bit of fun. Does anyone have any experience of this unspeakably cute model?

Cheers, Dan.
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« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2011, 07:55:07 PM »

YES!  I built at least two.  NOT a world beater, but 'way, 'way cool in the air.

Kicked around for years the idea of building a just-for-fun illegal bossie with upper and lower wings of equal chord.
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« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2011, 09:59:17 PM »

Always thought it was cute, but both wings ought to be of the same chord, otherwise there's no point if you want something that can really fly...
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« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2011, 11:50:13 AM »

I have to agree with 'wordguy' and 'Maxout'.
I built one about 26 years ago and remember have trouble 'tweaking' the flying trim.
I couldn't spend a lot of time with the Model because I was preparing for a move to Florida.
If you don't want to compete with it, by all means, build it and have fun.
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« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2011, 01:13:11 PM »

Thanks all! I had also considered equal chord upper and lower wings. It will be strictly a fun flyer, so every square inch helps! The Ryan is about 70% covered, so I should get round to this one soon. Unless my feeble attention span causes me to fix on something else out of the blue....

Cheers, Dan.
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« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2011, 02:20:26 PM »

...attention span causes me to fix on something else out of the blue....

Cheers, Dan.

The "negative stagger" theme is an appealing feature of the Mooney design; don't forget about Clive Wienker's "Staggerwink"  available on the HPA Plans gallery.

It is a true biplane, not a sesquiplane and it flies like crazy...
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« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2011, 02:27:32 PM »

My last R/C build was the Clancy "Stagger Bee". (Still unflown after 2 years or so, due to F/F fixation...) I do have a bit of a thing about the negative stagger! Got the FSI plan of the Beech which I intend doing as the fixed and spatted early versions if I ever get round to it. The Staggerwink was one of the first plans I found and eagerly downloaded after becoming a member here...

Cheers, Dan.
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