Isthmus Models Duet Beta Build
So, they say, if you want to hear God laugh, tell him your plans.... Or post em on RCGroups. Either way, a couple of weeks back, I promised the start of the Isthmus Models Duet beta build, and since that time, I have had all kinds of crazy stuff in my life, so this got pushed back... but the wait is over. My original goal was to have the Duet ready to take down to St. Louis for the Gateway contest, but that is just one short week away, and I have a two day trip planned for Sunday and Monday, so that just flat out isn't going to happen. My fall back plan is to have it ready for the next SOAR Chicago 2 meter contest, which is the first saturday in July. That seems like a much more likely goal!
Mark started posting a couple drawings, and some words about his Duet last fall, and after I looked at the plans, I pestered Mark for more information. When Mark replied, and offered to let me build a beta version, I was all over it like a fat kid on a twinkie. Some time evolved between getting the offer, and getting the short beta kit, and it arrived during the height of tax season, so it got fondled briefly, then set to the side. After several false starts, its now officially under way.
As I build the Duet, I will be shooting photos and writing construction notes. However, the beta build that I am embarking on is not the full kit, it is a beta kit, and you will see it all unfold, as it happens. Mark thought it would be fun to post up all the trials and tribulations as I encounter then, so that people can get a bit of an idea what all happens behind the scenes.
Momma says I have to mow the grass, so I'm going to head out and get that done real quick like, then I will be downloading the photos off of the SD card and putting some text to them, and posting them up here. Installment one starts tonight!
AKA South Side Steve
Here is a link, I'm on the road again, my boy is moving back home, and I am in MO tonight, pick up a load of stuff, and head back to Chicago tomorrow morning. I'm by Springfield MO right now....
Here is a link to a thread where Mark has posted some information on the Duet. He is also building up a beta version, and (for now) is winning the race. I hope to catch right up in the next few days. He has some pictures of the fuselage that he has framed up in this thread, along with some information on the airfoil. It is a new airfoil that Mark, and Tony Estep has worked out.
Last time I looked, there wasn't any information posted on his website yet on this airplane.
Also, here is a small drawing of the airplane.
In a nutshell, it should make a great intermediate 2 meter, it has a good amount of wing area for a two meter, and quite robust construction. It has a three piece wing, optional spoilers, and quite nice lines.
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