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Peter Miller14/08/2019 13:52:22
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For a few months I have lacked any inspiration.I have built one of my old designs, The Waco PG2, and an old kit picked up on Ebay plus fiddled with another kit given to me that left me cold.

At last I have found the inspiration to do a bit of designing. The model is based on one of my older designs from 1993 called Moon Dancer.

This was a 36" span aerobatic model for the PAW 1.5cc diesel and came out in Radio Modeller June 1993.

I have now drawn up plans for for Moon Dancer 2. This is a 48" span model closely styled on the orginal but for electric power.

I have copied a picture of the orginal from the magazine to give you all some idea of what it will look like.

The power train is the one used in my Miss Deeds.

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I hope it will flay as well as the orginal

Paul C.14/08/2019 16:33:17
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Hi Peter, good to see you are 'back in the saddle' I set a bookmark and look forward following the build .

Paul.

kc14/08/2019 18:24:37
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I think that is exactly the size and type of model many would like to build. Electric power is so popular now in my club that hardly anyone uses glow, so a model built for electric will be popular when published.

I cannot find any details of Miss Deeds ( Renamed from Miss Demeanor I think ) being published - have I missed something?

 

 

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Peter Miller14/08/2019 18:28:47
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Miss Deeds is in the next issue of RCM&E

Moon Dancer is basically the same size as The Ohmen an Miss Deeds.

McG 696914/08/2019 18:56:10
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Bookmarked as well, Peter.

Always eager to keep on learning. smiley

Cheers

Chris

Piers Bowlan15/08/2019 13:33:18
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Incidentally the similar Dragon Dancer 2 (RCM&E Dec 2012) appeared to be also a 45in span development from Moon Dancer and was on my (very long) build list. An enlargement to 48in span and an electric conversion will be very popular I am sure. Dragon Dancer 2 was for 25-32 IC (2ST) by the way.

Looking forward to some build pictures of Moon Dancer 2 Peter.

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Peter Miller15/08/2019 14:07:39
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Yes, I do like that styling. There was also an enlarged Moon Dancer built by another club member for .25s. Mind you, they were so long ago that they have been forgotten by most.

I am just waiting for my wood stocks to  arrive and will start building.

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kc15/08/2019 16:50:11
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There is also a Dragon Dancer plan at 52 inch span for a .40 plan No RC 1868 in the Sarik catalogue. Dragon Dancer 2 the 45 inch span is also by Sarik and is No RC2111. So whatever size you need whether glow or electric it seems there is a plan already when Peter has the latest one finished.

The 48 inch for electric seems just right for me...... it will be interesting to see how Peter arranges a battery hatch with that long canopy style......

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Paul C.15/08/2019 18:07:39
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Was the dragon dancer 52 inch for 40 a rcm&e plan ? Can't find anything in the search.

Paul.

Peter Miller15/08/2019 18:17:56
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I just found that Dragon Dancer 2 was never included in my list of plans. THat brings me up to 190 plans with another plan next month.

I certainly like that series and several sizes and versions.

There was another one called Firedrake which was powered by an RCV 60 and fitted with retracts. It was a bit too heavy.

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kc15/08/2019 18:33:37
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Dragon Dancer 2 was in RCME December 2012 but I don't know about Dragon Dancer 52

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kc15/08/2019 18:37:28
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!90 published plans must be some sort of record! With next months plan plus the Moon Dancer 2 which we eagerly anticipate = 192.

Peter Miller15/08/2019 18:50:40
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And only about 6 farmed out to other people to build.

Levanter16/08/2019 08:47:04
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An astonishing feat all round Peter

Levanter

Peter Miller16/08/2019 08:59:34
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Well my first published plan was 1974. That was 45 years ago.

I just noticed. three more posts and i have reached a magic number!!!

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Nigel R16/08/2019 11:47:57
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4 plans a year, that is fine work Pete.

I struggle to build much more than one a year!

Piers Bowlan16/08/2019 19:31:21
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Posted by Paul C. on 15/08/2019 18:07:39:

Was the dragon dancer 52 inch for 40 a rcm&e plan ? Can't find anything in the search.

Paul.

Dragon Dancer was a plan in the September 98 RCM&E (not June as posted on another thread).

Firedrake (RCM&E July 2003) did weigh six and a quarter pounds but the wing loading was 23oz/squ ft. which sounds OK, so maybe it's lacklustre performance was due to it's RCV 58 engine? On this forum I have read that the RCV58 was pretty tight when new, needing a good deal of running before it began to free up, so maybe it was a lack of power that was the problem? The model featured quite a thick, fully symmetrical aerofoil, incidentally. (a Laser 80 might have transformed it devil)

I am wondering if Moon Dancer 2 will feature a fuselage mounted u/c to keep it simple or have the wing mounted gear, like the Dragon Dancer 2?

Peter must be very focused and organised to knock out new designs so quickly. Also, whilst models like the 'Dancer' series are logical developments of each other there are dozens of unusual and sometimes quirky designs too that he has had published. (and they all fly well!)

Paul C.16/08/2019 20:02:32
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Thanks Piers , me and Google were having a bad day 😂 . Just been looking at the firedrake , I have a 61 four stroke that is looking for a home. Every time I start looking at the list of Peter's designes I get tempted to send for the plan, winter is coming think I know what the next build will be. 😉

Paul.

Peter Miller16/08/2019 21:05:46
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Yes, Moon Dancer 2 will have a fuselage mounted U/C to keep it simple and save a bit of weight.

I do like variety but sometimes I am lazy and do a developement of an existing idea.

Piers Bowlan16/08/2019 21:52:40
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Posted by Paul C. on 16/08/2019 20:02:32:

Thanks Piers , me and Google were having a bad day 😂 . Just been looking at the firedrake , I have a 61 four stroke that is looking for a home. Every time I start looking at the list of Peter's designes I get tempted to send for the plan, winter is coming think I know what the next build will be. 😉

Paul.

PM sent.

Peter, That is what Boeing have been doing with the B737 for the last 60 years! (different engines, glass cockpit, fuselage stretch)

Edited By Piers Bowlan on 16/08/2019 22:01:21

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