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Old Feb 23, 2004, 02:02 AM
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DiddleBuggin' in the cul-de-sac

As I posted in Bill Stevens' DiddleBug introductory thread (http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...hreadid=199168), I got my kit Friday and built it yesterday (and had a REALLY short maiden flight about 11 PM last night).

Today was an unusual sunny winter day in the Seattle area and I had the official maiden and ran a total of four battery charges or part battery charges through it - resulting in a total of about 42 minutes of air time - all in the cul-de-sac in front of my house. It got breezy enough to be a challenge later in the day (including when my wife was taking the in-flight photos that will follow) but for a plane that weighs less than three ounces it didn't do too badly.

I would liken it's flying capabilities to a very responsive but light GWS Tiger Moth. It's not as slow as a Todd's Models Gym-E or quite as maneuverable, but it is more agile than my TM (which is pretty much stock).

It can be landed smoothly, but if you come it with too much speed or tail high the fronts of the wheel pants catch on the ground and it flips over. The 1/32 ply wheels don't roll the most smoothly either.

Powered as recommended with the LPS-B2C-C and the GWS 7x6 SF prop on two E-Tec 250s it will loop from level flight early in the charge (I'm at sea level) and climbs strongly, but on the wing (no straight up performance on only 6W ).

Mine weighs, as shown, 2.7 ounces. Equipment is the recommended power system, Pixie-7P, Berg 4P in heat shrink rather than the case, M-72-6 antenna and two Cirrus CS-4.4s on rudder and elevator.

Here are some pictures.

First, at rest after the maiden:
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Old Feb 23, 2004, 02:03 AM
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The flying area. I ranged a little beyond what you can see here, but not much - primarily towards the point of view of the camera. This was taken from an Aiptek Pencam SD mounted on my Mountain Models Dandy yesterday in a flight to document the development going on to the east of us. The plane was probably right over my house or just behind it over the back yard when this was taken.

That's me, of course, in the bottom of the frame, and my wife Avis walking off toward the left.

The driveway in the top of the frame with five vehicles in it you'll see from another perspective in some pictures further below.
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Old Feb 23, 2004, 02:04 AM
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Now some in-flights my wife took this afternoon.....
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Old Feb 23, 2004, 02:04 AM
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Old Feb 23, 2004, 02:05 AM
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Old Feb 23, 2004, 02:06 AM
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And my favorite sky shot from today:
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Old Feb 23, 2004, 02:07 AM
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Yes, it really was in that cul-de-sac. Here's proof. The plane is not really quite as close to the neighbors' cars as it looks....
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Old Feb 23, 2004, 02:09 AM
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Coming in for a landing...... the breeze made for approaches across the cul-de-sac in the general direction of the previous picture, and toward our house on the other side....
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Old Feb 23, 2004, 02:13 AM
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As I mentioned, if you come in with speed and don't flare enough (or with much crosswind component), over she goes on her nose....with no damage, generally.
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Old Feb 23, 2004, 02:18 AM
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One last flyover to offset the ignominious position in the previous picture.
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Old Feb 23, 2004, 03:16 AM
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Nice plane and pics!

Do you feel this plane can fly in a smaller area than the Tigermoth?

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Old Feb 23, 2004, 03:29 AM
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My first impulse is to say "no". But it IS more agile, so theoretically it could - if you don't mind turning all the time. And, at less than 3 ounces, there's half the kinetic energy a TM would have if it hit someone/something. So, that also says, guardedly, yes.

From a comfort of flying point of view there's not much difference. If you really want to fly in an even smaller area, the Gym-E would be my recommendation.

All that said, there is an undeniable cute/cartoon factor to the DiddleBug!

edit: removed embarassing redundancy in last sentence.
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Old Feb 23, 2004, 04:37 PM
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How unbearably adorable!
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I like it.

It's...."oldschool" looking.
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Old Feb 24, 2004, 11:36 AM
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BEC,
Very nice!
What did you cover the wings with, Solite or food wrap?

The weather down here was nice from last Thur. to Sunday. Flew some planes Friday afternoon but have been grounded since Sat because of the flu.

John
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