OK...not sure if I am a glutton for punishment, just plane
crazy, or a lot of both. I am starting on my second kit, a Sig Hog Bipe, and am going to try to do a build along thread. Now I am not making any promises on how long this will take, but will try to keep some semblance of a build going without stopping for several months like I did on my Somethin Extra. It is my hope that by posting my progress here, I have more than just my satisfaction in building to keep me going. It is my hope that all of you, who have been a great help to me over my 3 years of learning this hobby, will keep me encouraged if I start to drift. I am dedicating this build to Eric Kler of the website fubarhill. He, more than anyone has helped to keep the ol hog bipe tradition going. And to Minnflyer - just cause I think I should. Besides I like his drawings and you never know when I might need one during this build.
Anyway, here goes:
Engine: Saito 100gk (Haven't purchased it yet, but I will need to soon since the engine area is early on in the construction.)
Servos: Hitec HS-635HB's (I have them on my Ultra Stick Lite and like them.)
Receiver: I have a JR8103 that I fly with, so a JR R700 will probably be my choice. I sure like the small size of this rx.
Battery: 1100MAH Nicad. I chose this size because it matches all of my other planes. That way I am never wondering what charge rate to put on the plane.
Colors: Will use a base coat of white Ultra Cote with the patterns in purple with a yellow trim or maybe black. Plenty of time to decide.
1. Will replace the current aluminum gear that came with the kit with a gear I have on hand from an Ultra Stick 60. It is taller than the gear supplied in the kit, is much the same size where it mounts to the fuse, and it is much sturdier than the stock gear. This will allow me to swing a larger prop on the Saito 100.
2. Will move the gear block forward 1/2" to 3/4", have seen both indicated here on RCU, still time to decide.
3. May reshape the tail fin and rudder, but not sure yet, and if I do, not sure what shape I would make it.
4. Will add a Sullivan tailwheel in the rear of the fuse. This is pretty much what I have done on all my planes already, both ARF and kit.
5. May sheet the rear turtle deck. Not sure yet, but is a consideration.
6. Install a fuel dot for easy access to fill line. I also put this in a lot of my current planes.
For now, that is what I have planned. I have added some pics of my bench, so you can see it before it gets to what it normally looks like. Wish me luck.