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Jul 26, 2012, 08:55 AM
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Doghouse by Dick Smith


Back on 2003 I built the Doughouse by Dick Smith. He used to sell plans and kits at rcrunway dot com. You can find more photos of it in my blog.

Wing Span: 54.0 in.
Wing Area: 720 sq. in.
Length: 46.0 in.
Weight: 5.5 ~ 6lbs
Engine: .40 - .45 2 - cycle
Chord: 13.75"
Loading: 17.6 ~ 19.2 oz.

I flew this model until about 2009 on a GMS .46 glow engine. Then, I sold ALL my glow stuff in transition to electric only. But, I just could not let go of the Doughouse airframe. Today it made it's Electric Conversion Maiden!

Scorpion 4020-14
Castle HV85 ESC
Castle 5A BEC
6s 2800mAh
APC 14x8.5

It came in a 5lb 14oz and flew beautifully.
WOT: 45.5A -> 975W!!
That's about 165W/lb

I used (2) 3s 2800 packs. Moving forward I'd like to use a couple 3300mAh packs. I switched to a carbon fiber landing gear but I'm not to fond of it. I need something with a little more give.

It's great to have this model back in the air with more power and more authority than ever. Below are some before / after pics.

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Jul 26, 2012, 08:56 AM
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A great plane just got better!!

I've been using a cheaper brand lipo to get this plane going. I have never heard of the brand but, the price was right for experimenting. This evening I tried out my new packs.

The new packs are GForce Elite Series 3s 3300. They are supposed to be comparable to some of the spendy brands. They are definitively much better than my cheap brand packs. The voltage does not droop like the cheap packs. I went from 975W to 1200W!!!

The new packs only added 2 oz so I'm right at 6lbs.

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