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Old 06-13-2011, 11:29 PM
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Years ago I learned on a Dragonfly by Diversity Model Aircraft out of San Diego, CA. It was a GREAT trainer. I'm now getting my grandsons involved and I wanted to pick up a couple of Dragonflys for them but the Diversity web site is no more.
does anyone know if the aircraft is still available from someone and if so who?
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Old 06-13-2011, 11:47 PM
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Originally Posted by gnrrguy View Post
Years ago I learned on a Dragonfly by Diversity Model Aircraft out of San Diego, CA. It was a GREAT trainer. I'm now getting my grandsons involved and I wanted to pick up a couple of Dragonflys for them but the Diversity web site is no more.
does anyone know if the aircraft is still available from someone and if so who?
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Hi gnrrguy Welcome to Wattflyers, here are some newer stick trainers on the market, hope that helps, Chellie

http://www.radicalrc.com/category/Millennium-E-Kits-239



http://astorenet.com/electric-rc-planes-begin-air



























http://www.radicalrc.com/category/El...ght-RC-ARF-189




One of my favorite trainers is the East Star
http://www.hobbypeople.net/index.php...-star-kit.html




http://www.hobbypeople.net/index.php...s-400c-bb.html

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Old 06-14-2011, 12:02 AM
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If you want to make your own trainer, here is a link to a scratch build stick plane. its made from foam board and basswood that you can buy at a local arts supply store or hobby shop.

http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=16392

http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/show...652#post715652

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Old 06-14-2011, 07:55 AM
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Chellie proides excellent advice and an great list of options.

What was it that you liked about the Dragonfly?

I would say the Slow Stick would be closest to your Dragonfly.

The Easy Star is available as a kit, receiver ready or as a RTF and is one of the best starters out there but it is not as slow as the Slow Stick.
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Old 06-14-2011, 05:32 PM
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Slow Stick is GREAT!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 06-14-2011, 05:37 PM
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+1 for Slow Stick recommendation.

There was some speculation at my field recently that DMA became DW Foamies.
Someone else brought up the early Sure Flight foam airplane models, that were also based in San Diego, made in a guys garage.
I know Mike Morgan from Depron West, and will ask him if there is/was any affiliation next time I see him.

If not, its just coincidence that they are foam companies based in San Diego.

But, DW makes nice stuff, just not specializing in trainers and slow easy fliers. They are 3D focused.
www.dwfoamies.com
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Old 06-14-2011, 09:14 PM
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Can always go with the hobbyzone champ RTF. Very durable trainer plane. Flies great as well. My father has one and he loves it.
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Old 06-14-2011, 10:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Nitro Blast View Post
+1 for Slow Stick recommendation.

There was some speculation at my field recently that DMA became DW Foamies.
Someone else brought up the early Sure Flight foam airplane models, that were also based in San Diego, made in a guys garage.
I know Mike Morgan from Depron West, and will ask him if there is/was any affiliation next time I see him.

If not, its just coincidence that they are foam companies based in San Diego.

But, DW makes nice stuff, just not specializing in trainers and slow easy fliers. They are 3D focused.
www.dwfoamies.com
I went to the field and got the answer about DMA, it was headed up by another club member, Steve Belknap. Steve is co-hosting our pylon race series, and is still active with the club.

If you are interested in a Dragon Fly, drop Steve a note at [email protected] . There was a member who has one new in the box he offered for sale. I didnt ask how much.
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Old 06-15-2011, 06:16 AM
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Thank EVERYONE for the great advice

I did contact Steve Belknap and he is making a couple of Dragonfly aircraft for me and some spare aileron wings.

What I love about it is with the dihedral is is basically a self righting aircraft. If you get into trouble (at altitude) just hands off and it will right itself and resume level slow flight. Plus I get about 12-15 minutes flight time with NICAD and am looking forward to seeing what I get with Lithium.

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Originally Posted by gnrrguy View Post
Thank EVERYONE for the great advice

I did contact Steve Belknap and he is making a couple of Dragonfly aircraft for me and some spare aileron wings.

What I love about it is with the dihedral is is basically a self righting aircraft. If you get into trouble (at altitude) just hands off and it will right itself and resume level slow flight. Plus I get about 12-15 minutes flight time with NICAD and am looking forward to seeing what I get with Lithium.

Mike Stewart
Thats Great You Lucked out Take care and have fun, Chellie
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Originally Posted by gnrrguy View Post
Thank EVERYONE for the great advice

I did contact Steve Belknap and he is making a couple of Dragonfly aircraft for me and some spare aileron wings.

What I love about it is with the dihedral is is basically a self righting aircraft. If you get into trouble (at altitude) just hands off and it will right itself and resume level slow flight. Plus I get about 12-15 minutes flight time with NICAD and am looking forward to seeing what I get with Lithium.

Mike Stewart
Enjoy it! However I would suggest you dump the heavy, low capacity NiCd and move to light, high capacity Lipo cells. You will halve the weight and nearly double the capacity.
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Originally Posted by AEAJR View Post
Enjoy it! However I would suggest you dump the heavy, low capacity NiCd and move to light, high capacity Lipo cells. You will halve the weight and nearly double the capacity.



He said he is going to be using lithium batteries. Lithium polymer, "lipo".



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