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Post  RknRusty on Tue Apr 14, 2015 1:17 pm

That would be the Dumpster Diver Special. Built by Watt Moore at last year's Brodak Fly-in, but it ended up that the trash can dive event never happened, so the plane came home to Chester, SC. It's been languishing in his shop, unflown and deprived of glory. Until this past Sunday when Wayne and I paid Watt Field a visit and flew some patterns.

I test flew the Shoestring after some modifications, hoping it might be good for the profile event coming up in a couple of weeks in Huntersville. I don't want to risk my Yak-9 for such nonsense, so I choked the venturi and fed it some 20% nitro, and the TT-25 ran well with no major hiccups that used to plague it. Well, it did fly like a speed limit combat plane, but I was on 58' lines and a bit lean, so we can iron that out easy enough. I parked it after one flight proved it was capable, commenting that it was too much like work. Wayne said it reminded him of my 1/2A antics.

We took it slow, listening to Watts classic stories of everything from building and flying to engineering... the man built a scale model of a Ketone(sp) plant in the 1960s. He was one of the designers and they ran into 3D piping problems stemming from 2D blueprints. The pictures are astounding, a model of a factory... but, as always, I digress. I flew some practice patterns on the Oriental, not too bad, and Wayne flew his Pathfinder, pretty damn good, and Watt watched.

After an afternoon break, Watt had disappeared into his shop, returning with an armload of gear and dumped it by our flightline. Behold, the raggedy neglected old DDS. What a site. It was a site that would make your eyes sore. A couple of square sticks of pallet wood or something with an engine serving to hold the front together. A foam slab for a wing and a half pound of zip ties holding it all together. I imagine Banjock had something to do with this atrocity too. Well, you can see for yourself, because here's the video. I'm disappointed that the credits are hard to read, but Wayne made sure I included Allen Buck in the "Thanks" column. He was nice enough to come all the way from Pennsylvania and cut down two big plane eating trees while he was here. So special thanks, Allen, we do appreciate that.

Without further rambling, turn up the volume and go big screen. Click it down to 480p if it's jerky.
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Re: Incredible flight of the DDS!

Post  roddie on Tue Apr 14, 2015 4:29 pm

Hey Rusty, That DDS is a riot! Did you do a pull-test? Paranoid Where's the CG on that thing? Laughing Is the fuel tank pretty close to it? How is that tank set up? It flew pretty good for what it is.. wouldn't you say?

Wayne was pretty daring to walk out under while filming..  affraid I don't think that AMA insurance would've covered that one..
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Re: Incredible flight of the DDS!

Post  RknRusty on Tue Apr 14, 2015 5:01 pm

He knows I won't wrap him up.

Hell no, we didn't do a pull test, it mighta broke!

I don't know where the CG is, it probably moves around.

The tank is zip-tied to the fuse, some of the same ones holding the wing on. It's crooked and has a tube running to the engine and some other ones sticking out of it.

Ahhh yeah, it's amazing it flew at all. It was tough to crank because the engine shook back and forth about an inch in both directions. It was all that was holding the two fuse sticks together. Kind of scary. Once it revved on up it worked great. An OS Max-s 35. I have one of those I think. We really had to run around to keep it under control. But it was pretty fun. Built for one flight only, a wingover into a trash can.

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Re: Incredible flight of the DDS!

Post  pkrankow on Tue Apr 14, 2015 5:47 pm

I would put a solid fuse on it and something that more closely resembles hinges. I like it.

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Post  Kim on Tue Apr 14, 2015 6:26 pm

Great stuff !!! Some planes may fade from memory over time, but the DDS shall be remembered !!!
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Re: Incredible flight of the DDS!

Post  RknRusty on Tue Apr 14, 2015 6:50 pm

Kim, that day shall be remembered, that's one for the storybooks.

Phil, It's a Watt Moore classic, I think we'll leave it like it is. Besides, next time we get a chance I want one of us to fly its primary mission, and after that, it won't much matter, it'll already be in the trash... except for that MAX-S. I might use mine now that I've seen one run under those wretched conditions.The mounting screws were bleeding sickly gray blood... plane blood.
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Post  pkrankow on Tue Apr 14, 2015 7:37 pm

I look forward to that video! Just make sure there is some softer trash in the can so the engine has some protection.

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Re: Incredible flight of the DDS!

Post  getback on Wed Apr 15, 2015 7:42 am

Shoot at thing flys like some my old warped models , Yea trash can dive should bee good cheers Good fling to keep it in the air though Beer Cheers
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