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Old Mar 20, 2009, 06:12 PM
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I am lovin' my Dandy. It is a great grab and go plane. With daylight savings I have been able to go over to the park nearly every night this week. I have close to 15 hours air time in the past week and a half on it. It would be more but I only have a couple batteries for it. Next thing I am going to get are a few more batteries. I really like planes the size of the Dandy. Small enough I can toss it in the car and go, yet big enough that it can handle some wind.

I so want to get me another Mountain Models plane. Maybe in a few months I wll get me another.
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Old Mar 21, 2009, 02:28 PM
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Took out the Dandy today yippee. Forgot how well it flies with so little power. Robert
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Old Mar 22, 2009, 05:19 PM
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Thanks Chuck,
That helped, but still not the nice pretty turns I was hoping for. I think my thumbs need more training!

I wish there was someone local in Victoria with a Dandy Sport to compare. Mine seems, well, not quite right. It is very floaty, and pitches up with any sort of speed or throttle. I don't know if that is how it is supposed to fly, or if mine is just out of adjustment. I think I'll double check the wing incidence, add more down thrust, and experiment with different CG's. (At different times, of course.) But it is frustrating, because I know how well it flies for other people, and I have so little time to adjust mine and fly it.

Edit: I re-read the manual for the Dandy. It says the CG should be at the trailing edge of the spar to 1/4" behind. I've been setting it near the front of the spar because I thought the elevator was too sensitive. I'll lower the throw of the elevator and move the CG back. (A bit at a time.) It'll be interesting to see how things change.

Colin

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Hi Colin,

Use heavy rudder 'before' it slows down. Ailerons aren't needed.... only elevator to keep it pointed straight up...and then, before it slows down and stops, use the rudder.

Chuck
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Old Apr 06, 2009, 12:15 PM
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Ok, I flew the Dandy again while moving the CG back. It makes a world of difference. I didn't have much time as it was getting dark, but I can tell I'm on the right track.

This just goes to show; I've been flying for a few years, and I think of myself as decent modeler and pilot. But still, simple mistakes got me - set the CG properly (and read the manual!) At least I got there eventually!

Colin
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Old Jun 09, 2014, 12:16 PM
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What outrunner to choose for Dandy regular (non-sport)?

Am building a Dandy (trainer, non sport), and can see from this forum that there are two issues to deal with:

1. Special planning is needed to avoid adding nose weight...what is the best way to handle this?

2. Unless you are going to use an older stick mounted motor there may be difficulty in mounting the motor...how can a non- stick motor such as an Eflite Park motor be installed?

Any advice?
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Old Jun 09, 2014, 04:27 PM
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Is this a reasonable choice for Dandy power system?

This motor will allow a prop of 9 inches or less so ground clearance should be ok, and provide around 75 watts of power. If I later change to a Sport wing will the power be adequate?

Himax HC2808-1160 motor, with 1300 2S lipo?

http://www.maxxprod.com/mpi/mpi-26.html

I am wondering if there is a way to avoid adding nose weight.
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Old Jun 09, 2014, 08:24 PM
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This motor will allow a prop of 9 inches or less so ground clearance should be ok, and provide around 75 watts of power. If I later change to a Sport wing will the power be adequate?

Himax HC2808-1160 motor, with 1300 2S lipo?

http://www.maxxprod.com/mpi/mpi-26.html

I am wondering if there is a way to avoid adding nose weight.
While I don't have the 1160KV version I have several of the 980KV that I ran on 3S packs in both Dandy's and all 10 SwitchBacks. Can't recall what prop size off the top of my head. Those Himax motors are bulletproof and dirt cheap used. They already come with the 10mm stick mount adapter so it just slides right in place. Not sure why anyone has nose weight issues. I just move the battery as needed to achieve proper CG.

Going to the sport wing from the "standard" wing will actually be a performance improvement. 75 watts or so will fly this plane well beyond your expectations as long as you keep overall weight down. 2S LiPo is a good start for weight savings.

Enjoy!

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Old Jun 12, 2014, 03:05 PM
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It maybe too late... but I like the little EMax motors. HeadsUpHobby sells them with both the stick and firewall mounts.

http://www.headsuphobby.com/Emax-CF2...otor-E-505.htm

There's a few other versions available as well...

Use a 850-1000 mAh 2 cell and an 8 in prop and you can float forever!

Steve
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