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Old 05-21-2010, 09:21 PM
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If you're older than 40 then you may recognize my latest project(s). I started them both just a little over a year ago. They're vintage pattern planes (today it's called ballistic pattern) from the 70's. Both are Don Lowe designs - the Phoenix 7 and Phoenix 8. Both have Rossi 60s, Macs headers and pipes, and spring air retracts. They're all composite finished with PPG DCC acrylic urethane. I was going to put flames going back from the phoenix pattern on the wings but it looked so good without them that I elected not to. I still may do some with vinyl to see what it looks like - Andy?

I had planned to maiden them today but elected to change out the 35 year old bearings in the Rossi 60 pumper in the "8." Both engines ran great on the bench but the one feels a little rough and I decided the best thing to do was swap the bearings out before they shell! These will turn up around 15,000 rpm static with an 11x7 prop and I had forgotten what an incredible sound - spelled ENERGY - these produce when they're running.



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Phoenix 7


This is before we even dreamt of hovering airplanes. Thanks for making the stickers Andy.


This is the phoenix 7 rigged before I started the finish work. October 2009.

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Old 05-22-2010, 10:26 PM
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Very nice Mitch. I just don't like the cheezy sticker on the tail.

These for competition or fun?


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Old 05-23-2010, 03:09 AM
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I'm surprised it took over 24 hours before someone commented on the stickers! There is a reason I didn't paint them on! Not for competition, although there are a few contests scheduled in Orlando. I built them for nostalgia and because they're great flying airplanes - fun.

BTW Hangar 9 is releasing an arf version of the Phoenix 7. Painted glass fuselage and monocoted wing. It is supposed to be available in June 2010. It should be a very nice light airplane and a great flyer with the right engine. The only color scheme is white with red and blue trim. More cheesy than my stickers, none the less probably one of the coolest arfs we've seen to date for about $400. I think we may see renewed interest in the category, particularly if a few other manufacturers follow suit.

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Old 05-28-2010, 09:07 AM
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Here it is. Just released. Never thought I'd see the day. We're living in an ARF world. Good price too. I expect it will be hard to get for a while due to the demand.

http://www.hangar-9.com/Products/Def...ProdID=HAN4755
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Old 05-28-2010, 02:56 PM
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Saw these in person today, very nice planes. Cant wait to see them at the field.
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Old 05-28-2010, 03:00 PM
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I received the bearings today, also the 29% S plane. I wish I didn't have to go to work tomorrow!
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Dude, you're going to love that SBach, I guess I might as well stamp out a set of graphics for it now eh?
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Old 05-28-2010, 06:17 PM
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I just opened the boxes to make sure there was no damage then hid it in the closet so it can magically appear at an appropriate time! My initial impression is the graphics didn't look so bad as you described. I just realized one of the great advantages of ARFs - one can always blame the flaws on someone else! It will be a few weeks before I dig into it but don't sell your last bit of those colors because I may want a set before I'm done.
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OK I take it back. After further inspection - the graphics were either translated from chinese by someone who had no knowledge of the roman alphabet, or they were cut on a machine with 3 bit resolution. I'll definitely need a set!
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Old 06-04-2010, 11:22 PM
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OK I take it back. After further inspection - the graphics were either translated from chinese by someone who had no knowledge of the roman alphabet, or they were cut on a machine with 3 bit resolution. I'll definitely need a set!
Mitch you need to take it a little further than that. It was written in Chinese translated in Arizona by an Illegal alien who had no knowledge of Roman, Chinese,or English Alphabet's and was hand cut with a dull Exacto knife. So Andy Please hook him up. he won't be happy with the graphics, you know how his stuff turns out so sweet. Just kidding they probably are not that bad....


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