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Posted by Robert R | Aug 19, 2017 @ 01:34 AM | 17,408 Views
Dare - Tritle Marionette (1 min 52 sec)

This wonderful little Demoiselle appearing plane is about 15 years old. It is on its third motor. With the initial nicad battery and geared brushed GWS motor it would only get above an altitude of 20 feet by finding a thermal and climbing. That was easier than it sounds. It thermals very well but not without a touch of power to overcome it's considerable drag.

After I burned out two brushed motors, a brushless motor and lithium polymer battery were installed Now It will climb out at a 40 degree angle if I want and will cruise for about 40 minutes at less than 1/8 throttle. It can be flown with transmitter trim alone and even be set to fly like a free flight model with no control inputs at all.

This is a beautiful, relaxing fun to build little plane. Brodak, Dare and Pat Tritle have offered us a wonderful plane to build.

Posted by Robert R | Jan 06, 2017 @ 02:28 AM | 18,141 Views

We are starting a Dumas Ace Sloop group build. We hope to make them for two channel RC control. Follow along if you like.

As of November 2020 progress has resumed

Posted by Robert R | May 11, 2016 @ 05:12 AM | 19,111 Views
There is plenty yet to do but the Dumas 1941 Chris Craft Hydro is done enough to run.


Mustang Sally Sea Trials (4 min 17 sec)

Posted by Robert R | Mar 04, 2016 @ 01:47 AM | 19,865 Views
Some other projects began to feel like work so I took a little Robert trail to work on a 1941 Chris Craft Hydro by Dumas.

Pat Tritle has a nice kit review which helped me a lot since this is my first planked mahogany boat.

Dr.s Sheldon Cooper and Amy Farrah Fowler are the nerdish crew.

Today I declared standing done and stained the boat. Fiberglassing will follow.

Posted by Robert R | Oct 08, 2015 @ 07:24 PM | 20,467 Views
As I mentioned I like building.

On my first blog entry I discovered that several of my favorite projects were invisible. It turns out that the first 8 photos can be seen but the last 5 are not unless you hit a not too obvious "show all" button.

Those last 5 photos are of some of my favorite projects so I am putting them out there for all to see.

Posted by Robert R | Aug 14, 2015 @ 03:39 AM | 21,260 Views
I enjoy building as much as I enjoy flying planes or running boats.

Even so, I have a number of ARF planes and one ARF boat that are lot of fun. They are wonderful no tears learning tools. They also let me fill certain niches in my squadron without having to build. I use an ARF Hellcat as my aerobatic trainer, an ARF Radian Pro as my full house sail plane, and an ARF Beaver as a sturdy every day fun flyer that can handle wind and my some times clumsy cross wind landings.

The projects below are most of the air and sea worthy kit built projects of the last 10-15 years. Click "all images" to see all the planes and boats.

I hope you enjoy a look.

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