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« on: June 26, 2014, 03:35:02 PM »

After finishing the Soda Cracker, next up is the scaled down Pushy Cat that was a free plan in AM many years ago. It'll be Brown Twin powered and as good as I can build such a classic design. Back with some pics as I get somewhere!

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« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2014, 04:35:17 PM »

Fin built and basic fuselage together. As I've reduced the wood sizes for a CO2 powered version, as opposed to the original electric, there is a spot of extra diagonal stripwood bracing going into the rear fus. Structural strength is probably adequate, but I don't want the thinner wood distorting under tissue shrinkage! I've always LOVED this design. A full size version with a G600 Twin is probably on the cards soon...

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« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2014, 01:35:40 PM »

Progress so far....

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« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2014, 02:10:45 PM »

How scaled down are you going with it? Are you going with the published plan reduced, or redrawn? I've always like this little plane too, just haven't yet run across the plan while looking for the next project. There's just so many you can do when you're as slow as I am. I certainly am interested to see what you come up with. Very pretty so far!

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« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2014, 04:23:19 PM »

The reduced size Pushy Cat plan featured in the June 1989 Aeromodeller as the free pullout plan at 5/8 of the fullsize original, making it 26.5" span, and was named "Pushy Kitten" for obvious reasons. I'm unsure if the plan exists anywhere else on the net in a downloadable form, but it can obviously be sourced via the original back issue of AM or from one or other of the 'private' plans suppliers.  How much you alter it for CO2 would largely depend on what CO2 motor you're using-a GM120 would be about right if light, a Modela probably good-and a GM300 would probably overpower it-as well as being problematic for prop size....

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« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2014, 04:45:27 PM »

I've only seen the plan in the '89 AM. I can't find any mention of it online at all. I'm going for a Brown MJ140 Twin for power. Slightly larger than the GM120 and it should be a good match. I'm reducing wood sizes as far as I dare in a bid to keep the weight down as much as possible. The fus. is 1mm sheet as opposed to the 1/16th on the plan. Ribs etc. will all be thinner wood, too. I built one from this plan years ago for someone else, using a Cox Pee Wee. It had a climb to rival an F1C model and nearly escaped from Barkston's 900 acres... This one should be a little more sedate.

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« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2014, 05:21:04 PM »

It's on Outerzone.  Plug in "Vic Smeed" in the search box and  three pages of Smeed plans will appear.  PC is about half way down on pg. 2.
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« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2014, 05:44:36 PM »

It's on Outerzone.  Plug in "Vic Smeed" in the search box and  three pages of Smeed plans will appear.  PC is about half way down on pg. 2.

That's the bigger one.
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« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2014, 06:53:05 PM »

Yup, but easy enough to scale to whatever Wink.  I've tried to find some of the plans from the time before AM went bust, to no avail.  The Plans Service from that time seems to have gone the way of the Dodo, so we're reduced to copies that other pack rats have saved ( Huh a plan that you DON'T HAVE?  Shocked Shocked Roll Eyes).
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« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2014, 09:54:18 AM »

Hi all! Bit more progress on the Pushy Kitten! Nose joined without going banana shaped and block pieces tacked on and rough shaped. After wire bending, carving block balsa is my least fave model building task! Once all that's done, I've just got the mounting for the Brown Twin and routing of the filler valve to sort out before tackling the wings and tail.

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« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2014, 03:50:06 PM »

Got a little further with the Pushy Kitten. Brown Twin mounted, all the horribly fraught pipe bending done and pretty much ready for covering, apart from the awkward little motor mount to rear fus. fairing and the little bit of block that forms the top of the windscreen.

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« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2014, 08:46:07 PM »

Lookin' good Dan!  How close is the kitten construction to the 44" version (ja, ya got me innerested - prolly for the 120)?  It's really cute
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« Reply #12 on: July 01, 2014, 01:02:11 PM »

Hi Pete! The construction closely follows the full size version. It can be lightened considerably for CO2!. Be warned that there isn't much prop clearance at this size; a home brewed 3 blader may be in order...

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« Reply #13 on: July 01, 2014, 01:51:13 PM »

Dan
I built a couple of these and found the prop kept chewing the wing when it slewed on landing. Will yours be one piece?
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« Reply #14 on: July 01, 2014, 03:27:06 PM »

Not decided yet, Bill. It would save the chewed up TE, but make transport harder. I might use bits of glasspaper on the wing and wing seat and industrial strength bands!

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« Reply #15 on: July 03, 2014, 12:02:46 AM »

Here's my electric 3 channel version.
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« Reply #16 on: July 05, 2014, 11:31:09 PM »

Hey, Dan:

That it one fantastic looking airplane.  You always build cleanly.

May I ask where you get your balsa?  It appears to be nice wood. 

Also, what wheels are you using?

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« Reply #17 on: July 07, 2014, 05:51:42 AM »

Thanks! The wheels are from Flitehook in the UK and are Czech made, I think. Wood is just local hobby shop stuff.

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« Reply #18 on: July 07, 2014, 02:14:24 PM »

Fuselage finished apart from wing dowels! The two block fairings at the top of the windscreen and under the engine mount are now done. I hate carving block, so it's nice to get those out of the way!!

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« Reply #19 on: July 07, 2014, 11:17:12 PM »

Dan, the carved regions look fantastic.  Watching your builds is a beautiful thing. 

Thanks for sharing with us.

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« Reply #20 on: July 10, 2014, 04:36:23 PM »

Tailplane started and various bits been covered! Only the wing remains. I pasted a tracing for a master rib template to a handy bit of ply earlier, so once that's thoroughly dry, the ribs can be produced. I'll be reducing the LE and TE sizes from the huge lumps on the plan (3/16" sq and 1/2"x1/8"!) in the interests of weight saving.

Colour is SAMS bright green tissue with either black, maroon or gold trim. Decisions, decisions...

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« Reply #21 on: October 04, 2014, 04:16:09 PM »

Not being doing much lately, but once the Bristol is done, this will be finished!!

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