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#1 lw_hughes Oct 03, 2009 12:28 PM

Build Log: Monogram "build'n fly" DHC-2 Beaver
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Found this gem on ebay a few months back. I collect speedee and other vintage kits and so far we have a depron P-47 flying. I figured this project would be easy to build in depron. Entire airframe was built in one evening. The original kit has paper laminated on to balsa, i considered trying this on depron but figured that the glued paper would add too much weight and warps. Just going to airbrush on paint in the same theme as the printed paper in kit. I tried to mold the cowling using some featherlite resin but resin was beyond its shelf life. It will be lighter to just carve my own cowl anyway. Im going to try it with the guts from a vapor, i think it will fly well on this set up. More photos to come.

#2 lw_hughes Oct 28, 2009 03:24 PM

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All done, long time waiting for calm weather to test. I tried using vapor power system but would only do a long glide. I could tell i had a winner though. Used the micro sukhoi power system and now flies great. Needed the extra nose weight anyway. All in all looks good in flight and handles really well.

#3 supercorgi Oct 30, 2009 09:48 PM

Looks great! Terrific finishing job!

#4 lw_hughes Oct 31, 2009 12:53 AM

Thanks, i was trying to keep true to the theme of the kit itself. Turns out that bright orange is great for near dark flights. This thing flys like its on rails, in same size class as sukhoi and p51. Good flyer all around.

#5 rodair Oct 31, 2009 07:12 AM

I am very impress! it looks the same as if it would have be laser cut parts, can you share with us some of the spec's. I am working myself on a L-19 Cessena BD and want to use the same elctronic's, I like very much the tougue and groove fit makes goos aligment + add a lot of rigidity without weight penalty + a small airfoil and good wing/chord ratio.
To me it's another 5 starts out of 5 here.
Roger B.

#6 lw_hughes Nov 01, 2009 03:06 PM

Hey there, thanks. Turned out really well, Ill get some specs soon. Was going to use under cambered wing but decided to go with a thick flat bottom depron wing. Can fly pretty fast and slow and no real bad habits noticed yet. Sukhoi power system was perfect match.

#7 shadow50 Nov 01, 2009 11:37 PM

You mean there was a kit?
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And I did it the other way. :mad:

Hey great looking job. Here's mine.

Looks like I'll need a bit more time on her to match your expertise

#8 lw_hughes Nov 05, 2009 09:44 PM

flight photos
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Flying great, flys like a big model. In the air i forget its so small. Lw

#9 lw_hughes Nov 06, 2009 07:16 PM

more photos
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more photos

#10 lw_hughes Nov 17, 2009 08:01 PM

link to video, it was a bit gusty but not a bad vid.

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