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Old Jul 13, 2001, 09:04 AM
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Ben Buckle kits certainly bear out Dereck's description- they're umm challenging, especially with regard to accuracy of plans, parts, bending music wire for gear, etc.

Recently I just finished rebuilding a 50 inch Buzzard Bombshell for electric- this airplane flies very well- is even mildly aerobatic, and is a little smaller than some of the others mentioned. I'm flying it on a Turbo 450 motor, 7.5 x 4 inch folder, and a 7 cell CP 1300 pack for an all up weight of about 28 ounces or so. Climbs are at a steep angle, but not particularly quick. The kit is available at Penn Valley Hobby Center ( and is a much easier build than a Ben Buckle. Note- I have the Ben Buckle Super Skorpion- which is simply one of the best flying old timers I've ever seen. Also note that in the smaller sizes- the R/N kits of things like the Mercury, or Comet Clipper Mk. II (around 34" or so and at 7 ounces) with a Speed 280 make really sweet park flyers.

Sam Brauer
Norwalk, CT
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