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DaScrew 11-02-2012 03:39 PM

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Hi All,

I was asked to make this post buy a forum member. As most know the Diamond Dust are no longer produced. But in Georgia, they live.

These were the last two kits I was able to purchase form Tetracam Inc. about 2 years ago. My brother Bill wanted Batman, and a Family friend wanted Robin. I was already Captain America, and my other Brother Mike was the Green Lanturn. Batman, Robin, and Captain America are outfitted with the Evolution 40NX. Captain America has a Jett Tuned Muffler. The Green Lanturn is running a TT Pro 36 on a Jett Muffler.

DaScrew 11-02-2012 03:47 PM

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My Dad (Dan Stevens) passed away in 2007, and he had and old MVVS 40 that had not been run since a rebuild probably 20 plus years ago. As the Story goes, this was Mac Hodges motor that he used on a Dust until he lost the airplane (Lost Radio) and hit a tree (this motor has no throttle, therefore wide *ss open). (After 5 agonizing days of pain, the tree died:eek:). Well I just had to put this motor on another Dust! However Tetracam Inc. stopped selling them. Since we are doing the Super Heros, this Dust could only be "Flash." I started cutting parts by hand from a plans set and before you know Flash lives!

combatpigg 11-02-2012 04:01 PM

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That's an awesome collection of DD's....!!
What fun it would be to see that whole squadron in the air all at the same time.
The only deltas I've ever seen flown [in 25 years of flying RC] were mine..so I've only been able to see 1 in the air at a time.
[What a bunch of wild and crazy fun in this neck of the woods.:eek:].
Mac Hodges is a familiar name..IIRC he is / was a record holder in C/L speed and also flew C/L combat..?

DaScrew 11-02-2012 04:10 PM

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Flash Died a horrible Death at a Fly-In @ Gray Ga. Why Not everyone else was tearing up thier stuff too. I thought I had mid-aired someone only to find out after the explosion, Flash was the only Fatality. Flash had a structural Failure. I am currently re-building Flash. Because of the failure, the New Flash is a foam core using a pylon racing airfoil. After testing the new delta with the same motor and prop, against a Dust with the same motor and prop, If things go well, I have a Jett Fire 50 Rear Exhaust NIB waiting for it.

Meantime, at the Hall of Justice, Brother Bill started complaining he couldn't see Batman. I warned him of the colors but he was geared up on the 60's style Batman. Now I have to Give Batman a Face-Lift. I enlisted the help of one of my daughters friends to strip Batman for me while I was working on something else.

In the middle of all of this Robin crashes completely. It just doesn't get any better than this. Like Captain America, I laid on the wire so my friends could get through this. Robin was one of my first Laser cut deltas. Tetracam Inc stopped selling them, Diamond Dust RC is unresponsive, and I was tired of hand cutting these simple parts. I had the parts I needed put into a CAD program (It will Cost me a Delta, Aquaman I think), and took the program to a guy I know with a Laser Cutter. Life is good again.

DaScrew 11-02-2012 04:38 PM

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Batmans Face Lift. Just a Few Shots. Before and After.

DaScrew 11-02-2012 04:42 PM

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The New Robin! Keep in mind Robin is a fresh build. The old Robin is Dead. I did save the fins though.

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DaScrew 11-02-2012 04:47 PM

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Would you believe that Bills first time out with Batman's new Face Lift he flies the thing through some trees! OMG, first a build, then a Face-Lift, now a Re-Build? Really!!!!! I had to repair the right tip, completely replace the left tip and partial spar. Bandsaw out the chewed up portion of motor mount (found the motor 30 yards away from the aircraft), and replace with good wood, fiberglass and epoxy.

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DaScrew 11-02-2012 04:52 PM

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Recover. Just waiting on Graphics.

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DaScrew 11-02-2012 05:03 PM

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I did build one for my Graphics guy. He Decided to be the Martian ManHunter. He debude it at the Hilltop Fly-in a few weeks ago and it flew well and Don flew it well. Don Grisson is pretty big into RC Combat (He does Combat write ups for AMA Magazine) and he took to the Delta like a Duck to water. Martian Man Hunter is also powered by and Evolution 40NX. Don also had me build a battery Box with a hatch in his so he could use a LiFe battery. He Wanteed to be able to pull it out for charging. Sorry, but the group picture at the Hilltop Fly-In was the first time I saw it with the graphics. I need to get some better pics of it.

On a Side note, while at the Fly-In, Brother Mike Sold his Green lanturn to Richard "The Lying" Heart. Now Mike wants me to build him an Iron Man!!! Does this ever end? I'd go crazy if it did. I haven't even started on that. I'm in the middle of Magneto!

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DaScrew 11-02-2012 05:19 PM

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So I was typing about Magneto. Super Villian. Can you guess the powerplant? Another friend of mine is into electrics. As soon as I was asked if I could build him an electric Delta, my first question was, "Will you be Magneto?" To me, electrics are the Dark Side. Killer of the Glow engines, and Catalist for RC as a whole. More members than ever, but few who build. If you can buy it, you can fly it. Clean, no fuss no muss. I hate electrics, but I now have a few. I have givin in to the Dark Side.

Magneto is still being built. It is Ready for covering and Graphics. The center section has been narrowed, and the front has been re-engineered completely. Therefore it is a smaller aircraft. I used a mount he requested, and made the housing area large enough for a 4 cell battery. He is going to run a 28 something, 60 amp ESC on 14.8 volts swinging a 10x7 prop. I don't have a clue what this will do.[:-]

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DaScrew 11-02-2012 05:24 PM

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My ideas for Magneto's graphics. I was thinking of using the Helmet below as a key Graphic and using the Deltas fin as eyebrows to the helmet.

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DaScrew 11-02-2012 05:29 PM

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Now Some Holloween Party Pictures, and Yes, I am a the Priest. LOL

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DaScrew 11-02-2012 05:35 PM

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Yes, we do fly them all together and it is a blast. Mac is the Man, and I would love for him to do delta as Superman. I've been trying to get someone to join us as Wonder Woman. I was thinking of a Delta covered in clear, and running a Sport Jett 40. it would be the "Invisible Jett!"
No takers. I was even gonna pay for a plus size Wonder Woman Costume to go with the plane. Kinda Wonder Woman 40 years later kinda thing. Costumes are about 90% off right now. Still, No takers.

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vicman 11-02-2012 05:55 PM

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Man, you build almost as fast as CP! Your covering jobs are great too.

I'll be WW LOL.:D

combatpigg 11-02-2012 09:02 PM

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The electric option looks great with the way you did that fairing.
This "Super Hero" theme could practically go on forever. Batman was always my favorite as a kid growing up in the 1960s...but I bought an issue maybe about 20 years ago and could not figure out what the heck the story was about. The whole issue was so littered with numbered references to things that happened in past issues that all I could do was flip through the pages and admire the art work.

DaScrew 11-04-2012 04:45 PM

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Magneto is coming along. I did get it covered today, but I don't want to post pictures until I get the graphics on it. I hope you understand, but rest easy knowing they will be coming soon.

In the mean time, my Brother Mike and I were toying around with some ideas & concepts since we needed another Delta for him (Iron Man). We decided to call this series of Deltas the Hell Raiser. We did complete the basic Fram-Up today.

This Delta spans 32 1/2 inches. 2 full inches shorter in span than a Regular Dust reducing the wing area by at least 48 square inches because we took the 2 inches from Center rather than tips. I predict a fun time installing servos outside of the main ribs and a whole bunch of other problems along the way.

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Crazy4Flight 11-04-2012 08:07 PM

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DOUBLE D's

JETT FIRE .50 and 70% Dust K&B.21 FIRE

DaScrew 11-04-2012 08:11 PM

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I love your Dusts and color colors. How does the 70% do? BTW I just got these photos from our Fly-In....I see your two DD and raise you two DD. Also, a Classic pic of my Brother (Mike) landing at his feet...LOL

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Crazy4Flight 11-04-2012 08:23 PM

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have not flown it,
1st it had a venturi no throttle, It took a long time to find and buy the right carburator.
2nd now have carple tunnel problems, left hand still need surgery.

and next spring if I feel the need to go ABSOLUTE BONKERS with the Dust....

the JETT FIRE .50 will be replace with my JETT FIRE .60LX that was on my Phenom

vicman 11-05-2012 06:39 AM

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C4f, Diggin the old Revver sticker:D

DaScrew 11-05-2012 03:41 PM

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I've got Magneto Covered and Vinyl applied. Still have to hinge ailerons. I had another idea for the fins, so they are not done yet iether. Wont be long now. For power, I'm gonna try a Monster Jett 2200kv motor with a 70 amp ESC on 4S Battery with a 7x5 prop and see what happens.

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DaScrew 11-05-2012 03:43 PM

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Also got some pics of the Martian Manhunter. It came by to see me today for a tear repair on the bottom.

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N1EDM 11-07-2012 06:20 PM

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With the Diamond Dust no longer being produced, where can anyone get plans? Or did I read through this thread too fast? I already have a BTE Delta Vortex (Love it!!) but was curious about how something smaller would fly.

What kinds of speed are you guys getting with a sport .46 or .55AX engine?? Or is that too much power?

Thanks,

Bob

DaScrew 11-08-2012 11:23 AM

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You are correct Bob, The Diamond Dust is no longer sold. I have a set of plans that I have digitized and have been working off of for years. As far as power I prefer a light set-up. The bigger and heavier motors get you more top-end, but they are not as maneuverable, crisp or fun (IMHO). Large motors increase the wing loading.

Like I said, I prefer a light set-up. Someone who is new to deltas, I recommend an O.S. 25FX or TT Pro36. As they progress, I encourage them to pipe the motor they have. Personally I like the New Evolution 40NX with a Jett Pipe. Believe it or not the Evolution is less expensive than iether of the other motors I mentioned and stronger rated at 18000RPM. The best part is they have the same footprint and bolt into the same holes as one another. I'm guessing I'm getting 130-140 out of the Evolution. My Brother Mike has had great success with a Pro-36 with a Jett Pipe swinging an 8x7 APC prop.

If you need some help with a Dust feel free to email me: jpstevens2003@yahoo.com

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combatpigg 11-08-2012 02:00 PM

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For cheap power, shop ebay for guys who are getting out of ducted fan planes, pylon racers with engines that have little or no time on them, even Control Line Speed and Control Line Combat flyers. These engines only need a fuel shutoff to make them safe.


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