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Old Sep 12, 2005, 03:12 PM
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DiddleBugs scale style

Hey all, I've been too busy lately to do any major projects, but I did have a chance to whip up a couple Diddle bug style models. I have always loved the go anywhere versatility and simplicity of the Bug but it just wasn't scale enough for me. Here's my attempt to get my scale fix but still keep it simple. They both weigh around 2.8 oz with all the same gear and same span. The 185 flies great, the Scout has a few issues to work out still but it'll get there.

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Old Sep 12, 2005, 03:49 PM
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cute.
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Old Sep 12, 2005, 03:55 PM
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Oh, Dave!

Nice looking little birds!!

"Whip up a couple" I want a machine like you have to do this!! "whip up a couple"

whip up a couple

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Old Sep 12, 2005, 05:36 PM
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Thanks guys.
Roger, it's an odd machine. The idea end of it goes 24/7, the production end not so fast....
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Old Sep 12, 2005, 06:05 PM
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Dave,

Those really look great. What motor, etc do you have in there? WS?

Those look like a whole series could be built and not cost a whole bunch of $$$ like gasoline. Stay home, build and fly. Sounds like a good plan to me!!

Keep that maching running!!

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Old Sep 12, 2005, 07:03 PM
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OK - do a Taylorcraft like that and you've got me! (Or maybe I should try to do that myself......hmmmmm...... )
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Old Sep 12, 2005, 08:37 PM
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Roger, they are the same span as the bug, 25" I think, and all the same gear.
A series is sort of what I had in mind. Nice and simple, cheap, and look neat in the air. I am considering a Taylorcraft or a Stinson next. I also want to try some different finishing techniques like a wash of clear polyurathane tinted with some paint. It would be much faster than covering. Just want to give thanks again to Bill Stevens for the inspiration. My Diddlebug is still one of my favorites.

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Old Sep 13, 2005, 01:22 AM
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Very cool, Dave! It really is a simple way of designing/building. I'd think the possibilities are endless.

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Old Sep 13, 2005, 05:07 AM
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Very sharp looking! Do they fly the same as the DiddleBug? I love my Diddle Bug and Rod and would imagine the flight characteristics are very similar. My vote goes for a Stinson.

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Old Sep 13, 2005, 12:13 PM
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Wow these planes are realy cool...any plans on kitting them or making plans available..

nice to see you back
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Old Sep 13, 2005, 01:36 PM
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Dave, did you know you are one of my hero's on R/C Groups? Those are beautiful. You always seem to read my mind on what I "want!" I assume these are balsa? I wonder how 2mm Depron would hold up?
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Old Sep 13, 2005, 01:47 PM
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I 'll take the 185. What a great looking model!

What happen to "D" model of the Bronco?
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Old Sep 13, 2005, 02:47 PM
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Dave

Great looking ships. Are you using the Diddlebug style drive and battery in them?

I am in the process of building Dbug #2. Was flying my original this spring when, as I was just tooling along , the right wing folded up and the poor Bug hit terra firma. I glued it back to gether but the drive has a bent shaft. Fixed that but the poor bug is so twisted and warped after many hours of flying that I was forced to retire her. So I started on Bug #2 last night and I amalmost done.

Any plans on offering plans etc? How about an Aeronca Champ, a Funk or a rearwin Skyranger?

Brian Allen


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Old Sep 13, 2005, 05:48 PM
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Sweet!!
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Old Sep 14, 2005, 07:05 AM
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Thanks guys!

Martin, yes the possibilities are endless. Any taildragger that didn't have really stubby landing gear (like a Porter) would work well. There also are some tiny new outrunners available which run a much smaller prop that would let you do trike gear without it looking too goofy.

Robs, the 185 flies like the Bug, the Scout still need some work. Similar flight characteristics was the goal so that I could still fly between the trees in the yard, do touch and gos off the car roof etc.

Lutin, no plans right now, I just needed a simple diversion from my hectic work schedule. Maybe later.

Trickster, thanks! I'm guessing depron would work just fine. It's already the right color and you could make the wings solid. Hmmmm........

IWC, the Bronco was covered and ready for paint but fell from my ceiling right before SEFF. It got smashed pretty good and I'm still too mad to fix it. Soon though.

Brian, Sorry to hear of you wing fold. Mine Bug wing flutters quite a bit at anything other than cruising speed and I don't think it's long for the world either. The nice thing about the scale versions is that they have the wing struts which seems to have fixed this problem.

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