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hjlittmanTrillium Balsa LC004 CitabriaParked06-Sep-11 17:08
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You ever have one of those conversations that starts with "What if you...", or "I wonder what would happen if..."? Well, this is the result of one of those conversations, a tailless (well, elevatorless) model made of a foam picnic plate. Yes, it does fly! It.was a complete b**** to trim, but flies better than the improved Citabria.
hjlittmanTrillium Balsa LC004 CitabriaParked06-Sep-11 16:51
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Modified for "white prop". New prop is much lighter so required another rebalance. This time weight in nose. Still weighs 17 grams. Needed a 1/32" shaft for new prop so I drilled 1/8" hole in Guillow's thrust button and slipped Peck thrust button in hole. Works fine.
hjlittmanTrillium Balsa LC004 CitabriaBuild25-Aug-11 19:29
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Citabria on the balance rig for rebalance after a small change..
hjlittmanTrillium Balsa LC004 CitabriaParked15-Aug-11 16:32
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Trillium Balsa, kit LC004, Citabria. It is not produced currently. It was on my shelf for years,so I decided to build it right out of the box. The laser cut kit had excellent strip wood, but sheet wood that was about 18 pounds per cubic foot. The laser cutting was clean and it went together quite quickly revealing some inaccuracies in the front former shapes that were sanded out. The .025" acetate material supplied for the canopy would have been great for a U-control gas job but not a peanut so I replaced it with some .005" acetate that is reasonably light. The canopy pattern on the plan was way off and it took a couple of tries to get the front of the canopy to fit over the wings. Light silkspan was supplied in the kit, which I used, but Esaki tissue would be better. The front end supplied in the kit was Guillow's 500 series stuff. and actually made the model nose heavy. It took a half gram of clay in the back to balance it. All up, ready to fly, including the nice piece of rubber that came in the kit it weighs 17 grams. Surprisingly enough, it actually does fly, but is very sensitive to small thrust line adjustments. It does need more thrust and a little less weight. I could just give up on it and put it on the shelf, but I am going to change to a "white prop" with a Peck bearing to see if the performance can be improved. After all, it meets the primary goal of flying and landing without breaking itself, and it is rather cute.
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