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Old 03-27-2012, 02:30 AM
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Very impressive. You sure didn't pick an easy one for your first build.
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Old 03-27-2012, 12:54 PM
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danbesar-1,

That is really superb if it's your 1st build. Looks great!

Your weather can't be too different than mine and I've already had my Daddy-O out this spring. Record warm temps last week!

Best of luck on the maiden! The Daddy-O is a pusssy-cat in the air. It behaves like a big park flyer. That big wing and light weight allows it to just float along when you want to. I think you'll love it!

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Old 03-29-2012, 11:55 PM
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Looks great guy hope it flys as good as it looks !!
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:45 AM
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Default Egg Drop!

I've created an egg drop mechanism for my Daddy-O. It replaces the lower battery cover and is made from pieces of fan fold foam. A rubber band and some plastic “twine” hook over a servo arm to hold the egg in. Flip the gear switch and the rubber band pulls away and out falls the egg!

My club has egg drop events as part of our fun fly events. This is the first time I’ve entered and I came in second! The Daddy-O can fly so slowly that it does make a good bomber!

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Old 05-22-2012, 03:22 PM
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Now thats a WOW thing , if I tryed that The only thing I would hit with the egg
would be my windshield on the truck or my head ?!?
Thats great Steve !!
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Old 09-07-2013, 03:51 AM
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Finally got back to the Daddy-O project.
Now starting to cover. Got some little details finished with the wing servos and the LG brace. Z-Poxy-ed the motor mount. Cut the openings for the fuse servos. Got all hinges in place for covering. Time to "Git'er Done".
Cream and Green.
Pics a coming.
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Old 09-07-2013, 03:59 AM
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Pics of wing servo mod.
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Old 09-07-2013, 04:25 AM
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Very nice work.
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Old 10-04-2013, 07:44 PM
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Here is a pic of the landing gear mod I did to stiffen it up.
And the 1/5 scale pilot. I'm not sure about the red lips. May have to re-do them.
All covered except the gear legs and getting the cowl painted. A finished pic coming soon.
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Old 10-04-2013, 10:45 PM
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Looks great! I just had mine out on Wed. It's such a nice flying plane... You're going to love it.


Also, nice mod on the landing gear. That's a nice easy method to stiffen it up without really seeing anything different... I bet it will work great.

Looking foreward to your completed pictures.

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Old 10-10-2013, 09:50 PM
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Default All Ready for Maiden Flight

All I want to do before Saturday is check it with the watt meter.
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Old 10-12-2013, 01:37 AM
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Absolutely stunning Bill! I really like the reverse detail of the wheel pants. Best of luck on the maiden!
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Old 10-12-2013, 02:37 AM
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Thanks Steve
I took the idea from Art Chester's Jeep.
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Old 10-12-2013, 08:02 PM
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Default Maiden Flight

The maiden flight was eventful. Lost the belly hatch about 30 seconds into the first flight, out in the cornfield...way out...standing corn...
Daddy-O was terribly out of trim under power. seemed to settle down on landing. Had a good landing. Had no time to fool with trim buttons as they are slow. I liked the old analog trim levers, full trim right now!
It surprised me that the hatch came off as I thought the magnets would do their job, guess not. Had a good fit also, and a "snap" into position. Making a replacement will allow me to devise a different way to secure the hatch.
Plus I think adding to the out of trim was a slight warp in the wing, probably from covering. Isn't much and I think it will come out by re_shrinking the covering.
It will probably only take and hour to make a new hatch and cover it, instead of waiting for the corn to come off. That could be another couple weeks. Got 6" rain last saturday on the field.
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Old 10-13-2013, 02:38 AM
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Hmmmmm, a warped wing seems to be a relatively common occurrence. Sorry to hear about the battery hatch. My battery hatch is per plans with the two sets of magnets. It's never come off in flight. You can't really see the mating points, so if something is not flush it can be hard to see. Mine's pretty hard to pull apart.

I'm sure you'll figure it out. It's a nice flying plane for me.

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Old 10-13-2013, 03:33 AM
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I took the wing off and set it up so I could get way back and eyeball it from the trailing edge and it didn't appear to be warped. Now I have to re-attach the wing to the fuselage and see if the warp comes back.
Worked on the new hatch tonight and the latching mechanism. I'll post a couple pics when it is ready to cover.
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Old 10-14-2013, 03:40 AM
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Default Belly Hatch

Finished the new hatch and latch tonight. This one isn't going to come off only if I want it to.
Now to get everything put back together to see if I have a problem with wing warp.
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Old 10-31-2013, 02:19 AM
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Default 2nd Maiden Flight

Well, the second maiden went better. Was a real handfull until I got it trimmed. It wanted to roll left and dive. Very sensitive on the controls. Flew around pretty much half throttle and did loops & rolls easily. Second landing I stalled at about 3 ft. munching up the right landing gear and busting a prop. Gear is fixed, now have to make strut and cover.
Flew quite a while. Recharged the battery tonight, only took little over 1200 mah out of 3200.
The hatch stayed on !!!
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Old 10-31-2013, 03:28 AM
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Bill,

That's good news, it sounds like you are getting her dialed in. I'm glad there was no real damage. And a 3200 mah battery! The largest I have used is a 2600 and I still usually use a 2200 mAh battery. I like the flying characteristics better at the lighter weight. It can glide along for quite a while and at a snail's pace.

I am very much hoping that the weather cooperates this coming weekend for a few more flights for me this season!

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Default 1st Flight of 2014

My Daddy-O is still flying strong. This starts the 4th year of this plane! Still no mishaps and the Hacker motor is still going strong. I've bumped up the prop to a wood 12x6 from HeadsUpHobby. Looks great and still flies great.

I think another video is needed this summer.

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