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Project by dansnow posted 09-11-2018 11:25 PM 3947 views 1 time favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently decided to take up the hobby of rubber powered free flight flying models. Last time I built one of these things was at least 40 years ago.

This will be a model of the DeHavilland DH C-2 Beaver, the ultimate Alaskan Bush Plane. This on will have a 30” wingspan, and when ready to fly will weigh on around 3.5 ounces. The structure is balsa wood, with the fuselage made primarily of 1/16” square and 3/32” square sticks. It will be covered with tissue paper.

Update: Here are the pictures of the model with it’s clothes on! I managed a couple very quick test glides that show promise but I need to find a larger field with tall grass for the trim flights. At 4 ounces total weight she’s a little heavy so to avoid damage I need to find a soft landing spot.

-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts

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#1 posted 09-11-2018 11:31 PM

Beautiful Dan.
My father-in-law used to make gliders and fly them; such an art to first build them and then to actually fly them.
Watching for the first flight video.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#2 posted 09-11-2018 11:33 PM

I made a few of those when I was young. Never flew a single one of them…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 09-11-2018 11:41 PM

We used to fly these when I was a kid. I remember my dad using a hand drill to wind the bands up to double knots before he let it go. If I remember right he built them with a slight right rudder and slight up elevator so it would climb and make gentle circles.
Great memories. I hope you will post a few pics or video when you take them out!

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#4 posted 09-11-2018 11:56 PM

A very ambitious project that can be totally demolished with just the wrong breath of wind!

Do hope it has many fine flights and like the others waiting to see it finished.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#5 posted 09-12-2018 12:22 AM

Very interesting!!!

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs

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#6 posted 09-12-2018 12:40 AM

Is this from a kit, or did you make the parts?

As a kit, wow, nice job

If you made the parts, I bow down to your mastery.

Either way it’s a cool undertaking. Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#7 posted 09-12-2018 02:13 AM

It’s from a Dumas Products kits. I have scratch built a few in the past when I was flying 5-6’ wingspan R/C models. Haven’t tried a scratch built on this scale yet, though I have a few plans in my bucket list I’d like to try and do someday.

-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts

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#8 posted 09-12-2018 02:19 AM

Fun project well done.


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#9 posted 09-12-2018 03:24 AM

I used to design and manufacture brushless motors for the hobby industry
Company name was
Top 3 pics are from a motor designed for 1/4 scale jets capable of 250 mph
Bottom was a computation outrigger water jacketed motor about the size of a pop can
Fun days
China stole my designs and poof it was gone !

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#10 posted 09-12-2018 04:12 AM

I like the model as I have always been intrigued by model flight, cars, and military vehicles.

You could put one of the really small outrunner motors iI it and fly it for a longer time.
I just built a project, not shown on this site, using a 530 12 turn brush motor (old school) and a 9.3kvA outrunner with both using their own 5300mAh battery. It was a lot of fun even though it was not woodworking.

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#11 posted 09-12-2018 10:20 AM

Very Cool! Love to see finished pix of this.

I made maybe two of these in my life, only one completed, and it was easily rekitted after a bit.

The other still sits in my sun room in a box, partially completed… an Aeronca Cub if I remember correctly. The yellow one, with a lightning bolt of the side.

Hmmmm…. sounds like fun. Maybe I’ll get those plans out and finish it.

Keep us posted!

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#12 posted 09-12-2018 10:51 AM

Neat start DanSnow. Don’t let anyone give you a ribbing about the design…

I remember making these type of gliders many, many years ago… Missus always says I never gave up the Dope….

Look forward to the finished product… Any chance of considering a short movie of it’s launch?

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#13 posted 09-12-2018 11:15 AM

Love it! Takes me back a few years – I think the last time I built something like that was about 55 years ago… Yikes! I am getting old!
I hope you will continue to post pictures as you finish it up!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#14 posted 09-12-2018 12:00 PM

Very cool! I finished a World War I era Eindecker a few months ago, and I have a World War II era Typhoon on my workbench. One of these days I hope to build a Gotha V from scratch, though I don’t know if something like that’ll fly on rubber-band power.

-- Elroy

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#15 posted 09-12-2018 12:12 PM

.049 two strokes crashed many as a kid, I can only spin around so many times!

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