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Posted by D W | Apr 24, 2014 @ 08:27 AM | 24,289 Views
Dumas Hot Shot. Built from original kit. For the Proboat electric outboard.
I replaced a lot of the wood (the formers) and did the nose, cowl and turtle deck using fiberglass and the lost foam method.
Still needs a coat or two of paint. Not maidened yet.
Posted by D W | Apr 24, 2014 @ 08:02 AM | 24,353 Views
Scored off eBay.
Original motor. Replaced mechanical speed control with an old brushed ESC.
Runs great.
Posted by D W | Apr 24, 2014 @ 07:51 AM | 24,656 Views
"Old Skool" Dumas Short Stuff Deep Vee 10. Modified to e-power.
Built from original kit.
Posted by D W | Apr 24, 2014 @ 07:43 AM | 23,820 Views
Some boats I've built.
Posted by D W | Apr 02, 2014 @ 04:30 PM | 24,186 Views
For the small field by our home.
Fred-E (Steven's aero) and Fast Freddie III (BMJR).
Posted by D W | Mar 01, 2014 @ 08:56 PM | 24,148 Views
Just about finished a Sureflite Cub. A little nostalgia for me. Min first built one 35 Years ago. Powered it with an OS Max .25. Made my first really successful RC flight with it. The flight was successful. The landing, not so much. Hit the only structure on the field. A red brick equipment she'd. Not something one would walk away from.
I can clearly remember the sudden silence...

Anyway, got this kit at a great price off the classifieds. With floats!

I glassed the floats with 1oz. cloth. Covered with cub yellow (what else?) econokote. Actually the one 35 years ago was painted with Hazel Sig esq "sunbursts" in light blue and dark blue.
I added ailerons. Made from balsa sheet sanded to section. A servo on each so I've got nice big flaperons.
This one was to be powered with a Hacker A30-12XL I have but that's too much motor so I'm expecting an OS Max .25 brushless electric motor. Should be perfect with a 10 inch prop.

Came pretty good for a quick winter project.
Will have to get better pics when (if???) the weather ever improves.
Posted by D W | Nov 08, 2013 @ 09:15 AM | 26,839 Views
8" catapult launch gliders.
Outstanding performance for what they are.
Perfect for calm evenings on my little field.
Posted by D W | Nov 08, 2013 @ 08:57 AM | 26,651 Views
The second version was balsa with 1mm carbon rod reinforcements to the booms. Flew great as well.
V3.0 is an all carbon rod framework. 1.5 and 1mm ( I think, I'll need to verify). Bound together at corners with thread. Easier to do if you use a fly tying bobbin. 3 balsa ribs on main wing. H stab is flat. Wing and h stab are covered in preshrunk Japanese tissue. Wing tips and v stabs are 1/32 balsa.
This one flies TOO good! On my little field I have yet to give it more than a quick little charge. Flies in R stable circles.

Pre shrunk tissue was attached to frames and given I coat 1:2 strength nitrate dope.
Posted by D W | Oct 06, 2013 @ 01:48 PM | 24,555 Views
While browsing one of my favorite sites, the Outerzone, I came upon a plan for the "Twin Fin Terror". A little 10" span rubber pusher model. On my bench sat a PowerUp electric motor made for paper airplanes. The Twin Fin Terror looked like the perfect little plane for the PowerUp.
Boy, is it ever!
Built in ~ 10 minutes, if that. The PowerUp simply (and lightly!) cello taped to the wing.
Needed only a small shift of the motor unit and some wash-in breathed into the right wing and she flies beautifully. Nice left circles. Flights average a minute and I have to be careful at our small field to keep her from the trees.
So much FUN for so little effort! And I love when one of my little "experiments" works out so well!
Usually, not so much...