jillies smit 1/3 pilatus b4

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Re: jillies smit 1/3 pilatus b4

Post by Martin Church » 17 Jul 2017, 12:21

Watching this build with great interest, the pilatus always had a place in my heart. Years ago I remember Barry flying one from a German manufacturer from white sheet hill & it had a great presence in the air.

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Re: jillies smit 1/3 pilatus b4

Post by Cliff Evans » 15 Sep 2017, 19:36

Latest pic from the builder, coming on very nicely.
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Post by larrikin » 16 Oct 2017, 07:23

G'day gents,

Subscribed and following with interest. :)

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Re: jillies smit 1/3 pilatus b4

Post by Cliff Evans » 19 Jul 2018, 14:36

Jack, the builder of this B4 has had a rough time with his health and had to stop for a while. He is now better and has started the project again.
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Re: jillies smit 1/3 pilatus b4

Post by jack » 19 Jul 2018, 20:21

Hi all,thanks to cliff for posting the pics for me,and apologies to all for my enforced absence,however,all seems well now,so l will be pushing on with the B4,and also getting some stick time in at last,......the b4 is essentially complete as regards actual construction,first time l have used ply skinning,my thanks to Mr greenly for his excellent "how to" videos,its not as scary as l had first thought!!,l started glassing the wings this evening,undersides are glassed and curing,l do worry about the heat in my shop,got a fan running to try and keep it down,funny really,when l started this build l was in danger of frostbite,now its heat stroke :lol:.....my home built retract is ready to go in,and l will be sourcing a pilot from,Real model pilots,l found some really good wing servos from airtek £18 each not at all bad,so that's where l am at the moment,back in harness and raring to go....ps :- love your little wolf cw,but really-rolling manouvers??,my full size Grunau was stressed for aeros,but l never tried that!!!..jack. :D :D :D

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Re: jillies smit 1/3 pilatus b4

Post by chris williams » 20 Jul 2018, 10:58

A Wolf toured with Alan Cobbham's Flying Circus, giving aerobatic displays. History does not record if there were any rolling manoeuvres. ;)
The type had a reputation for dangerous spinning and most were grounded, which is why so few survive today.
All of this goes to show that if they had the use of the HQ section I use back then, it might have turned out differently!
(This is not a rolling manoeuvre , it's an approach)
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Re: jillies smit 1/3 pilatus b4

Post by jack » 20 Jul 2018, 19:55

Given the resemblance to a Grunau 2b,you would think the wolfs handling would also be similar,l seem to recall hearing some tales about the wolfs spin problems a long time ago,never got to see one in the flesh though,my Grunau was always no problem,unlike the L-23 super blanik!!!,that one really made me appreciate bike clips :lol:

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Re: jillies smit 1/3 pilatus b4

Post by Cliff Evans » 23 Mar 2019, 15:53

Finally The Pilatus is read to test fly. Planning to do so at Middle Wallop.
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Re: jillies smit 1/3 pilatus b4

Post by Jolly Roger » 09 Apr 2019, 13:16

Well done on the build Jack - it looks fabulous. Hope the maiden flight goes (has gone) well. Maybe you could post B4 and after photos? ;)

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P.S. What's the final weight?

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Re: jillies smit 1/3 pilatus b4

Post by john greenfield » 10 Apr 2019, 08:34

Rog

First Middle wallop of the season is next month 18/19 May. We will all be looking forward to the first flights.

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