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View Poll Results: Should future Whim kits be designed to accomodate the LPS system
Yes, continue designing with LPS when possible 48 20.25%
No, small brushless outrunners are the only way to go 189 79.75%
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Sep 07, 2008, 07:11 PM
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Whim Spad finished!

Zeke--that little trainer looks pretty sharp. At 3.3 oz. I'll bet it will fly like crazy.

I stayed up late and finished the Spad. I looked and looked for a scheme I liked and was initially drawn to the simple cream finish with minimal markings just to keep it light. I overdid the finish on the DVII and it came out at around 4.9 oz. I was worried at first, but the little outrunner seems to have plenty of power even at this weight. I used World Models Light Tex film even though it was heavier than Solite. I just didn't like the transparency of the lighter film in the cream color. The Spad came out at the same weight as the DVII. I probably should have left well enough alone and laid off the detailing, but I gave in and dressed it up a good bit. We'll see if that was a big mistake when I get a chance to maiden it.
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Sep 07, 2008, 07:18 PM
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Wow it looks great! I hope it does fly as nice as the DVII. I just got a package from Zeke this weekend and I hope to get a chance to work on them soon.

Sep 07, 2008, 07:44 PM
Huh?! well waddayouknow!?
All I can say is wow! Zeke ..great design ..and gentlemen exquisite models indeed.The detail slash simplicity is great ! I'm in love.
Long live the Whim series! Look out diddlebugs!
Sep 07, 2008, 07:53 PM
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Well...I maidened the Trainer tonight...a very light breeze, maybe 3-5mph. I double checked the throws, full throttle and a light toss and off she went. Straight as an arrow with a nice gentle climb! All I can say is perfect, perfect, perfect!

I took it up to about 100' or so and tested the stall...nothing out of the ordinary, nose dropped and recovery was almost immediate. No hint of either wing tip dropping.

I decided to use the LPS on this because I still have a few sitting around new in their packages. I have to say I was very suprised that it will cruise around quite happily on 1/2 throttle. THAT was a big suprise!

It took me a couple go arounds when I wanted to land because it just kept cruising by. On the third pass I managed to bring it in for a perfect wheel landing. WOOOOOO!

So now that I know it flies, it's time to's a tail tragger, so it will ground loop (and it did a couple of times). Full throttle and the tail comes up quickly, maybe 3-4 feet. Once the tail was up it tracked perfectly straight and after maybe 20', it began a gentle climb on it's own. I could have gotten it airborn sooner (10-12 feet), but it just looked so darn good rolling down the street! I didn't shoot any touch-n-go's but I managed about a half dozen more take off's and landings.

Each of my two daughters got some stick time in on it too! (Makes a daddy proud!)
I probably got about 20-25 minutes total flying time. The low voltage finally kicked in after my last landing...I was going to ROG again, but the battery was spent.

I'm hoping to find one of those small light kits up at NEAT so I can add lights to it for some night flying!
Sep 07, 2008, 09:39 PM
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Congrats on the Spad, and congrats on the trainer guys. I really have to get into this size range. Hey Z, any chance of you kitting something for the 5 gram brushless? I have one of those and have yet to get my little projects to work out to my liking (flying in the back/front yard).
Sep 08, 2008, 09:21 AM
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These look great! Hope you do a P-40 as part of your WWII series.

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Sep 08, 2008, 09:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Doctor Who
Hope you do a P-40 as part of your WWII series.
P-40 is on the list as well...
Sep 08, 2008, 07:47 PM
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Maybe you could get some of the fellows from the DiddleBug thread let you do their versions as kits!
The Bonanza and a few others would be awsome.

They're all pretty cool
Sep 09, 2008, 12:25 PM
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OK, how can I get some of these beautiful kits?
Sep 09, 2008, 01:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Joe 1320
OK, how can I get some of these beautiful kits?
go to this page and order up.
Sep 09, 2008, 03:21 PM
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Greetings All

My flying buddy Ron and I test flew his new Whim type Spad today (see post #31 above for details). After driving around for about an hour today in the rain to try and find a place where it was not raining, the rain finally stoped and we went to a park near my house.

The Spad flew well. A couple of pictures attached. As the real Spad had flat wings Ron thinks the small amount of dihedral he put in his model may not be enough. It flies fine but he says you have to be a bit careful and watch the turns. Ron is toying with the idea of doing a second one with a bit more dihedral to makes the turns a bit easier. Aside from having to add a penny to the nose to move the CG up a bit it flew right of the board. The little 10 gm outrunner has more than enough umph. These little outrunners are a gem.

The pictures are a bit rough as it was tough to photograph a green Spad against the trees and it moves fast when in close!!!!!

We will be bringing the SE-5a, the DVII and the Spad to the NEAT Fair. Stop by and say hello.

Brian Allen

Veni Vidi Volavi

I came I saw I flew
Sep 09, 2008, 04:41 PM
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These are just super. To bad I have spend all my hobby money for this month. End of the month I'll place an order for one of these. When will that mustang and spad become available?

Sep 09, 2008, 06:21 PM
Huh?! well waddayouknow!?
Zeke, ever thought about doing a "whim" version of your monocoupe?
I love the Golden Era style planes. Ever thought of doing a Keith Rider plane? or maybe An H-1 racer...ooh,or how bout the famous planes Mike and Ike?
These I believe would look great all "Whimped out"
Sep 14, 2008, 08:57 PM
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I've never built a "diddle" style aircraft before. I need to place an order for a few things, and I am wondering if I can get by with this stuff, or if I really need to go smaller. I think if I use these components, I'll be about 9 - 10 grams over what the "next size down" would offer:

2 GWS Pico Servos
Castle Creations Phoenix 10 esc

I plan on getting a small outrunner, a 250 mah 2S pack, and I have a Berg 4 or a HiTec feather to use as an RX. I assume these items are par for the course.

So, do I need to get ~3 gram servos and 6amp esc to do this plane right?

Sep 14, 2008, 09:00 PM
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The Phx10 will be fine. I would however get the smaller servos. The berg 4L is great for this and the 250 mah pack should be fine.

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