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Old 06-06-2004, 05:54 PM
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Hey all!

I've been looking at Rich Uravitch's One Design's (DR-107 and 109) for some time now. Hobby Hangar kits the 107 and has a parts pack for the 109. Does anyone have any experience with either of these planes. I'm mainly looking at the DR-107, but at $110 it seems quite pricey as compared to similar kits of its size. I'd also like to know how they build and fly. Any comments would be appreciated.

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Old 06-06-2004, 09:55 PM
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Shane,...

I did a review of Hobby Hangar's One Design for Flying Models magazine a while back. I can't for the life of me remember the issue it was in, (but with a little more digging I'm sure I could find it)

I remember the kit being a very interesting and challenging "build". I know I have quite a few construction photos kicking around if you are interested.

I used a Saito 56 for power, which was adequate. The plane seemed to fly nice enough but definitely needed to carry power in on landing.

Once again,... I'll try to locate my review article and re-familiarize myself with what was written and I could get back to you again with more detail. If you are still interested.

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P.S. $110 sounds kinda steep for that kit. I seem to remember Uravitch was "blowing" them out at $89.99 a while back.
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Steve,

I would like to hear what you wrote in your article. I've heard some negative comments about the kit's building quality, so scratch building might be a possibility. I would most likely power it with an OS 46FX or similar.

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Shane,...

Sorry for taking so long to get back to you. I had to dig out my old photos and scan them in, find the magazine article and refamilarize myself again. Anyway,... the reveiw of the Hobby Hangar One Design kit was published in the February 2000 issue of Flying Models magazine.

While rereading the article I recalled the challanges I had while building the plane. Just about EVERYTHING is laser cut in the kit, including the leading edge sheeting and rib capstrips. At first this seems like "overkill" but then you'll realize that as the lower wing skin (leading edge sheeting, capstrips, and trailing edge) is assembled flat on the surface of the bench, it defines the shape of the wing. Quite a bit of washout was built into the wing.

Building the fuselage with its unique "scale-like" trapezoidal cross-section was very interesting and challenging. Not to say it was difficult, it was just something I had never done before and found it very rewarding to have a fuselage that didn't resemble a "box" !!

Flying the One Design, was not as hard as one would imagine with a short coupled stubby airplane. Infact the controls were quite tame and docile. High rates were needed to get crisp rolls and snaps. The only nervous time I had while flying the plane was the landing. Power management is "key" to good landings. Also,... keep in mind the DR-107 has a flat bottom wing; therefore outside or negative "G" maneuvers required a lot more forward stick pressure than back pressure was require for the same size positive maneuver.

Well,... that's about it. It certainly is a beautiful little airplane!! I've attached quite a few pictures of my 1-D. Let me know if you have anymore questions. Heck,.. with all this talk about it, I might just build another one. Maybe this ths time I'll buld the DR-109!!

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Steve T.
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Man I believe has the plans for sale. Maybe a look there or RCM,AMA would turn one up. Somewhere I ran across a big one for a gas burner. But where that was escapes me at the moment. Good luck in finding/building one.

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