New from Pat Tritle is this nice,
lightweight, 60-inch AC- 130.
Another new offering from Pat is
this 36-inch S.E.5a.
Building season and new
offerings from Pat Tritle
It has been a while since my friend and prolific designer/builder, Pat Tritle, has released anything. Pat does custom building for others and 2014 has been a busy ear for him. Fortunately, he was able to get two new designs out of his computer
and into the air.
The first is an impressive Lockheed AC- 130 gunship. With a 60-inch wingspan,
it is on the larger end of our small-field spectrum. The AC- 130 is lightweight for its
size. At 49 ounces, it has the great handling qualities of a lightly loaded model.
Power comes from four 2215-09 Arrowind Hobby Co. brushless motors that turn
7 x 5 APC propellers. The motors get their energy from a three-cell 2,200 mAh
LiPo battery pack. The battery is accessed
through a functional cargo door so there
are no external hatches.
All of the control functions and flaps
are operational. Pat noted that he did
not duplicate the full-scale Fowler flap
hinging, but used a simpler LE hinge
arrangement. He said that the large four-section flaps are effective.
In terms of flying qualities, Pat
commented, “In the air, she’s a real
jewel—very stable and extremely easy
to fly. The controls are smooth and
quite responsive all the way through the
speed range.” Plug-in wing panels make
Pat’s AC- 130 will be offered as a full
kit by Brodak Manufacturing’s Dare
Design Products. If not available by the
time you read this, it should be soon.
In addition to the AC- 130, Pat
produced a nice 36-inch wingspan,
14.7-ounce version of the World War
I Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a. Model
airplanes were still a new concept when
the S.E.5a was designed, but it seems to
me as though it was designed with the
model airplane builder in mind.
Pat’s rendition of the S.E.5a hits the
small-field bull’s-eye. It is large enough
to be visible in the air, easy to handle
while building, and has flying qualities
that make it easy to fly in small areas.
A Suppo 2212 brushless motor that
swings a 9 x 6 propeller is up front. A
two-cell pack provides plenty of power
for a scalelike WW I performance.
Ailerons are included in the control
87 Model Aviation DECEMBER 2014