Giant Scale Triplane Test Flight Video

Giant Scale Triplane Test Flight Video

The proof is in the flying and after 500 hours of build time spread over 10 months, the new 33% Scale Fokker Triplane built from the Balsa USA kit proves to be a solid and enjoyable flyer! The Zenoah GT80 turning a Falcon 26×8 props is ideal for the triplane and the first few flights we great. We will be tweaking the model a little and will continue to see how we can improve its performance, but for now, it is a very well behaved giant scale flyer.


Mike Gross Sr. (left) helps Gerry with the first test flight of the Giant Triplane at the LI Sky Hawks field.

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Kit:                        1/3-scale Fokker Triplane

Mfg./Dist.:          Balsa USA

Wingspan:          94 in.

Wing Area:         3,260 sq. in.

Weight:                34 lbs

Wing Loading:   24.03 oz./sq. ft.

Length:               74.5 in.

Time to Build:   500 hrs./10 months


Gear Used

Engine:                 Zenoah GT80 80cc

Radio:                   Spektrum DX18 w/9 ch receiver

Aux Receiver:    Spektrum AR7010 7 ch.

Servos:                 Protek RC 330T x6 (A-Main Hobbies)

Servo Arms:       Hangar 9 Aluminum Rudder

Hangar 9             Aluminum Elevator x2

Mufflers:             Slimline Smoke twin set

Propeller:           Falcon Beech 26×8

Pushrods:            Dave Brown Carbon fiber

Batteries:            NoBS A123 2300mAh w/switch x2

Smoke Battery: LiFE 6.6V 2100mAh

Fuel Tanks:         Sullivan 24oz x2

Smoke Pump: Sullivan Sky Writer

Bomb Drop:        E-flite

Wheels:               Arizona Models Aircrafters 40-spoke kit

Machine Guns:  Arizona Models Aircrafters Spandau x2

Adhesives: Pacer Technology ZAP CA, Epoxy and Finishing Resin


Stits Lite Poly Cloth: (13yds)

Poly Tak Glue             (1pt.):

Poly Brush                   (1qt.):

Poly Spray                    (1qt.):

Poly Tone                      (1qt.) each of Red, Black and White

Reducer:                        (1qt.)

Rib Tapes:                       CVS brand cloth Bandage Tape and Paper Hair Styling tape






Updated: July 16, 2015 — 9:43 AM


  1. Watched the entire build project, great conclusion! Now, for the good part…..ENJOYING it and showing it off!
    Very nice job, congratulations!

  2. thanks Rich. I appreciate your comments! Let the flying commence!

  3. Congratulations Gerry! It looks great and it was fun following your build! Happy to see her fly!

  4. Hey PJ. thanks for the comment. The Balsa USA giant triplane was a fun project and it is a great flyer! I still have little things to sort out for for them most part, it went together nicely!

  5. It flies really nicely, which is always a problem for smaller triplanes with their short nose moment. Looks a bit odd up in the sky with no pilot, but I guess that will come once the testing phase is done.

  6. Looks great! Just in time to get it all dialed in before Rinebeck…

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