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Keil Kraft Phantom Mite

Keil Kraft's Keil Kraft Phantom Mite

Phantom Mite was an all-balsa, 16" span, low wing control line 'trainer' model kitted by the English company,
Keil Kraft, in 1948. The Mite was designed for a small displacement diesel motor as the ignition motors of that
era were quite heavier by comparison, and small displacement glow plug motors weren't yet common. The plane
would be simple to build and fly today powered by either a small diesel motor (as originally intended!) or a Cox
reed valve 049.

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ID: 82188
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Type: Airplane
Class: Control-Line
Use: Trainer
Motor: Diesel-Powered
Motor Size:Less-Than-0.049-CI (2-strokes)
Wingspan: 16 in. / 40.6 cm
Publisher: Keil Kraft
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Weight Class:75g-To-100g (1.75oz-To-3.5oz)
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Added: 28/03/2015 20:19
Updated: 30/12/17 03:21:03pm
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Plan ID:82188
Keywords:Keil Kraft Phantom Mite control line trainer low wing diesel Cox .049
Model Type:Airplane
Aircraft Use:Trainer
Wingspan: 16 in. / 40.6 cm
Wingspan Class:Less-Than-50cm (20in)
Wing Position:Low-Mounted-Wing
Wing Style:Eliptical
Wing Dihedral:Dihedral
Landing Gear:Taildragger
Motor Type:Diesel-Powered
Motor Size:Less-Than-0.049-CI (2-strokes)
Number of Motors:1-Tractor
Weight Class:75g-To-100g (1.75oz-To-3.5oz)
Construction Skills:Beginner
Pilot Skills:Beginner
Publisher:Keil Kraft
Magazines:  More at RCBookcase
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Date:28/03/2015 20:19
File size:1.3 MB
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Bell crank? p.r.newman on 30/12/2017 13:06
Hi! Thanks for posting this - one of my 1960's childhood c/l models with a Wenmac 0.049ci glow-plug motor. I now have a lovely Millish 0.75 waiting for something like this!

One request, please: the plan shows differential elevator throws but not the offset on the bell crank. Could you add a tracing of the bell crank to the plan if you have it? Cheers -Pete
KK Phantom Mite, elevator differential? aeroastro on 30/12/2017 17:01
G'day Pete.

You have exceptionally keen eyes to spot the elevator differential! Here are some comments and suggestions that come to mind:
- I've often used aileron differential is often used in r/c gliders to avoid adverse yaw, have never seen it in a 1/2A controllliner before. It appears that since the Phantom Mite has a flat bottom airfoil, the designer added elevator differential to enable tighter inside loops with the increased "nose up" elevator deflection. And since "nose down" outside maneuvers wouldn't be that important for a trainer, decreased the "nose down" elevator deflection.
- Method #1, modify the bell crank. Looking down on the bell crank, the hole for the pushrod should be located slightly CCW of
the normal position. How much CCW? Not very much, perhaps 3-4 mm.
- Method #2, modify the elevator horn. This may be slightly easier to do than method #1. Position the elevator horn so that the pushrod hole is slightly forward of the hinge line. How much? About the same as above, 3-4 mm. The elevator hinges must be absolutely tight, no "slop" or
"play", to get the differential and neutrals repeatedly.
- Method #3. If possible, modify the control handle in the following way. Configure the handle so when the pilot is holding the handle
with control surfaces neutral, the "up" side of the handle is tilted forward more than the "down" side. In theory, this method will work because the human wrist "pulls" more efficiently than it "pushes".

Other thoughts: the wire leadoffs at the wingtip look pretty far apart, can probably be brought closer together; make sure the flying wire connectors (swivels or clips) don't clash with each other, space them apart on the flying lines. Also - are you using an original Mills .75 or the "Indian" remake?

Good luck!
Building the later version! p.r.newman on 14/01/2019 15:25
Thanks, Aeroastro and I'm sorry for not answering your questions sooner!

The engine is a 0.5cc Mills look-alike, very much like this one: https://goo.gl/images/HhDq48 or this: https://www.stevewebb.co.uk/index.php?pid=CS05NAVOVTEGH&area=Engines - a lovely little engine bought at a local modellers' swap meet - once I'd got it ungummed (soak in cellulose thinners) it runs beautifully on a 6x/3 prop.

If you ever find a source for a 1.25 inch (1 1/4 inch for the search engines) or 32mm diameter spinner, let me know please - I've searched everywhere! Best wishes --Pete in East Sussex
searching for a 1 1/4" spinner? aeroastro on 14/01/2019 21:59

I dug around in my bottomless pile of stashed stuff and found a metal spinner with a 1 3/16" base diameter - approximately 29 mm.
This particular spinner was purchased once upon a time for a small elecric and was never used. The base is sized for a 1 mm
shaft, probably for a Speed 400 e-motor. If used on a small diesel, it could be carefully drilled out and would probably be OK.
There's no paperwork but I believe the original source was German.

I'd attach a picture but don't think this particular message board can do it. If you'd want to see a picture, send your e-mail address
to pwyoung@ix.netcom.com

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