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Old Jan 16, 2013, 04:08 PM
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Great News , from Ben Buckle kit

This is a great flyer on 2 cells, Turnigy 3845/5 , 900 kv. 1375 gms. without batt. Use a 3600mill., Landing gear changed to a much stiffer 5/8" rod after first flight revealed too much flex.
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 09:55 AM
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I hope that was a misprint or a typo. 5/8" rod for a plane of this size seems like massive overkill to me. Not to mention the weight of it!

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Old Jan 17, 2013, 10:13 AM
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Gorgeous plane, nice work.
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 02:09 PM
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5,8 works great. lighter than original.
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 07:01 PM
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I hope that was a misprint or a typo. 5/8" rod for a plane of this size seems like massive overkill to me. Not to mention the weight of it!

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Looks more like 5/32". Nice model. I hope that's paint on the driveway! those electric props are sharp!
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 05:30 PM
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Sorry about that.....yes, it is 5/32". That is paint on the driveway. I flew it once with the APC 12 X 7 prop but today flew it with a 12 X 7 XOAR wood prop which gave 4 oz. more thrust on the bench test. Very adequate on 2S but tried it with 3S and and the take off is quicker and climb steeper but otherwise not as "old timer like", so will stick with 2S
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 05:35 PM
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We had an old timer meet of sorts two weeks ago. Two Dallaire Sportsters showed up. Mine is the yellow one, built in 1988, converted to electric 2 years ago.
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Old Nov 07, 2013, 10:06 PM
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Beautiful! Hey, don't want to open a can of worms but there was some discussion several years ago about the quality of plans/kits/wood that comes with Ben Buckle's products that I just came across after ordering a B.B. Sr. Playboy kit a couple days ago ($175 USD!). Was just wondering if anyone had any comments regarding the quality of their products in the past few years? I wanted the plans to enlarge to ~120" but I'm now thinking I should have just gone with the Bob Holman plans (or maybe kit: http://www.bhplans.com/GMPg2.html) :-/

I'll post a follow-up after I receive/review the package and try to move forward on the project irregardless. My best to you all--its a wonderful hobby!
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Old Nov 08, 2013, 12:07 AM
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Just resumed work on a Ben Buckle Southerner 60. Plans are fine, but the printed woodkit (you do all the cutting yourself, which is what I like and why I got the box) has a few issues and some of the parts are not properly printed/too short. Wood selection is fine, though. On the whole I like the convenience of having most of the building materials in a box together with the plans, but now I have progressed and I will likely build from plans alone in the future (or design stuff myself). This way I have better control over the materials used and I can only blame myself for parts not fitting . So, on the whole I have no bad feelings, yet, I have come across much worse kits.
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Old Nov 09, 2013, 03:31 PM
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Pacific airwave, welcome to the forum, one I enjoy immensely.
I hope you get from it what you want - please don't ever forget that all of the posters on this forum are amateurs.
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Old Nov 10, 2013, 12:03 AM
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Sorry Braddock - but what do you mean by this "please don't ever forget that all of the posters on this forum are amateurs"? Some of the posters are professionals in this trade, or have been just that and are now retired. But these make a great effort to be transparent about their affiliations. I have found that the advice you get here is genuine and well meant. And most of all it is usually spot-on.
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