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Old 07-23-2005, 11:02 PM   #1
Friesen 5
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I built my first SPAD and chose the Debonaire. It uses a rain downspout and 4 mil coroplast. Construction went well taking about 10 hours to complete. The flaming process went well and the glue has held during the first hour of flight. I used wood glue to glue the spars together, a glue called GOOP to glue the spar to the coroplast, and thin CA for the rest. I chose to make it a tail dragger instead of tricycle, using only the tail skid and rudder for steering on the ground. It works but could certainly be improved with a tailwheel. Another change I made was 4 inches of dihedral instead of the 5 inches called for in the plans. Cost was under $30. Had I not made a few cutting errors, I could have made 2 airplanes with one sheet of coroplast and one downspout. It seems heavy, especially after flying the Somethin Extra and Hot Dawg.

It is a great flying model airplane. It tracks well and is stable. This allows an easy transition between trainer and student. The take off and landings are easy and smooth. Loops, rolls, hammerheads, split s, and half cubans are typical of a trainer. In the first week about 6 RC pilots have flown the plane and all were impressed with its flight characteristics. I also used it to give my son a chance to learn to fly using a trainer cord. He did well!

I'd like to thank the spadtothebone site and SPAD creators for the nice design. I'll take a few pictures and add them to my web site in the next few days. I'd recommend this design to those wishing to learn to fly, to those who want an airplane to teach others, and to those who want a predictable, nice flying airplane. When it's flying it doesn't even look SPAD!

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Old 08-12-2005, 12:55 PM   #2
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i wish we had more people into spads. :( . But way to go thats all i build is spads now because i hate balsa.
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