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Old 03-11-2006, 01:00 AM
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Default Diamond Dust retracts

I picked up a NIB Diamond Dust kit at the Perry show last weekend for $35 (I thought it was a great deal) and a set on mechanical retracts for $2. I am seeing possibilities. Thinking a single retractable whell in the frontthe retracts straight back and leaves the wheel hanging halfway out the bottom. What do you guys think? Anybody ever do it before?
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Old 03-11-2006, 01:37 PM
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Default RE: Diamond Dust retracts

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Saw a retract setup in a 40 Shrike also weighted down with camera gear. Thing seemed to fly well, centenly landed and took off with no problem. Was a trike setup as you are considering. Was intderesting to see the covering of the shrike buffiting in the wind at speed, makes you want to really iron the covering down on our ships! Good luck and ENJOY
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Old 03-12-2006, 12:54 AM
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Default RE: Diamond Dust retracts

I see only 1 reason to even consider putting retracts in a Dust: you've only got a tarmac strip to fly off. If that is not the reason, then don't bother. A Dust is a very light plane... the lighter it is, the better it flies.... try to keep it that way!

I have had two Dusts so far: one Webra .32 powered one, and a Jett .50 powered one. I had a lot more fun with the Webra, just because the plane was so light. The lighter airframe allowed some VERY aggresive flying... it was not blistering fast, far from it (120 mph tops, with a BIG maybe)... but I could do the most insane moves with it within the "field perimeter" at an average speed of close to 100 mph... and that was fun!

So keep it simple and light... it will reward you when you do.
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Old 03-13-2006, 09:39 PM
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Default RE: Diamond Dust retracts

I have thought of that to. I am going to build one in the next year. A friend of mine has one and has a couple pieces of 2-56 up font bent as landing gear, then the back end just comes down on itself.

I was thinking of a lightweight cheap retract set up with no wheels but just the wires to come down with the bottoms bent back to slide a bit.
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