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Post  ian1954 on Sun Aug 04, 2019 6:46 pm

I have built some larger planes for 2.5cc diesels - Blue Pants is one example - but I keep chickening out of flying it. It was flown by one ofb my club mates and he flew the stunt pattern with it. I will post pictures of it and a bit of an engine saga when I get more time.

However, the consus of opinion was that I should build a strong vintage combat model that will fly on long lines and be capable of bouncing.

So I decided to build two Dominators.

Here are the frames so far destined for PAW 19s (Diesel of course)

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The leading edge is also reinforced with carbon tow and, when ready, it will be covered with nylon.

Will post more as it progresses.
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Post  Cribbs74 on Sun Aug 04, 2019 11:25 pm

Cool Ian! They look well made.

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Post  getback on Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:51 am

Looks Good Ian , they do look strong and sure will fly on long lines but ,capable of bouncing!! I hope that works out Very Happy Popcorn
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Post  ian1954 on Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:28 am

getback wrote:Looks Good Ian , they do look strong and sure will fly on long lines but ,capable of bouncing!! I hope that works out Very Happy Popcorn

I can only go by my memories as a teenager watching these things crash and

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Post  getback on Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:51 am

From the write up and experience of the builders/designer seems this will do the job . Heck 50 crashes with out repair / thats crazy . Shocked Did you get the plans and scratch build those ?


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Post  NEW222 on Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:02 pm

Very nice work there. Will look really nice when covered and painted as well.
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Post  ian1954 on Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:43 pm

getback wrote:From the write up and experience of the builders/designer seems this will do the job . Heck 50 crashes with out repair / thats crazy . Shocked  Did you get the plans and scratch build those ?

Built from a plan - hardest bit is the leading edge, shaping and sanding it.
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Post  ian1954 on Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:35 am

Now all ready for covering.

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It has been recommend that I use nylon. It has taken me a while to locate a nylon suitablefor this, especially coloured nylon.
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Post  Ken Cook on Sun Aug 11, 2019 12:00 pm

What's the weight of the model now? When I build .25 size foamies 460 sq inches, my all up weight is under 19 oz's. When you start adding coverings that heavy and dope needed to fill the weave, you can become quite porky. I have no experience with diesels on combat planes nor do I ever want to try it. My patience level runs pretty thin with the ones I own now. I don't know who made the claims of 50 crashes and no repairs, that's stretching the truth a bit. As a combat flyer, I have stuffed many models in. On the average, I can honestly say that 1 out of 10 crashes is usually just a prop change and your back in the air. Most of the time though, it's a bit more serious. Hinges and controls get violently thrashed around which does more damage to the plane than the hit itself. Woodies are extremely susceptible to breaking and I'm not buying the 50 crash theory. I also wouldn't want to test the theory as they look terrific and I'm sure they're going to be real fun to fly. I have been to many contests and vintage fly ins. I will say that I've never witnessed ANY wood model out perform a foamie in terms of durability.
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Post  ian1954 on Sun Aug 11, 2019 12:56 pm

The model, including engine and tailplane - one is 13 ox and the other 13.5 oz before covering and dope. Not sure what the final weight will be.

I am not flying combat but there are special Dominator events, In the following video you will see a prang at 5:00 and 6:47



I just want to use this as a trainer with longer lines. All these chaps used Oliver Tigers.

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I learnt to fly with a Dominator..they are TOUGH!! mine survived lots of splatts & when its innards were finally splintered beyond repair the nylon covering provided a handy bag to carry the bits home in  Very Happy
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Post  ian1954 on Fri Sep 06, 2019 3:53 pm

Finished at 17 and 17,5 ounces.

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