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Dakota Bipe.

Old 04-16-2012, 11:35 PM
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Default Dakota Bipe.

Not R/C , but, definitely 1/2A and better still, i/c powered. After purchasing the kit late in 2010, my Dakota finally flewa couple of days ago. Testors/ McCoy .049 enginewith after market head and OS A3 plug. I'm using 10% nitro, 20% castor and a Cox 6x3 prop. This all seems ideal, withjust the right amountof power and climb for the little Dakota. What aterrific fun flier, thankstoJoe Wagner for the design and BMJR for marketing the kit.
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Old 04-17-2012, 06:10 AM
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Default RE: Dakota Bipe.

That is cute as heck
Old 04-17-2012, 06:15 AM
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Default RE: Dakota Bipe.

Flies good too.
Old 04-17-2012, 06:47 AM
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Default RE: Dakota Bipe.

I'm not going to be left out of a Dakota Story. This was mine also with a Wen Mac.

Even has the Photo Signed / Authenticated by the "Man" himself.
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:50 AM
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Default RE: Dakota Bipe.

O.K. Steve, you have bragging rights.
Looks like a couple of plan departures foryour R/C version.
Old 04-17-2012, 11:35 AM
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Default RE: Dakota Bipe.

Looks as though it would be easy to mod for RC. I don't see a timer, does it not go too far on a tank of fuel?

Oh, ok Isee the eydropper tank on the right side now.
Old 04-19-2012, 08:54 AM
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Default RE: Dakota Bipe.

I have been flying an R/C Dakota built from the Dumas kit for several years, now.

However, I used an evil electric motor on it. Joe Wagner was there at SMALL for one of the first flights and though it was great as an electric. If He, the great father of the design has no issues with an electric conversion, why should anyone???..

I founf it was quite sensitive to a full height rudder due to the stock dihedral and found it flew much nicer with the upper half of the rudder cut and reglued to the vertical tail, and only using the lower half of the rudder for control.

Was the most fun to fly as a simulated free flight. Launch, adjust the trims for a slow circular climb to altitude and then throttle back, retrim for a cirling glide and then repeat and enoy the sight over and over again. Would rarely touch the sticks except to land it. With the prop brake on the ESC turned on, it simulates free flight much better than with a throttled 1/2A motor.....

Then, land it about 3 feet from your feet and put it away with no glow residue to deal with....

(If anyone cares, I used a pair of BMS 303 4.4 gram micro servos, an AR6100 Spektrum RX, an Elemotor outrunner, a 5/3 prop and a 6 amp esc, all powered by a 3 cell 370 lipo.)

Here is a picture of Steve Staples (LittleRock here on RCU) launching it on the maiden flight the day before SMALL 2009) and a picture of the Dakota crusing by. Always liked the look of a Dakota wearing nothing but clear dope!
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Old 04-19-2012, 04:00 PM
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Default RE: Dakota Bipe.

I had one, I think it fell victim to a chew toy for one of my dogs..but I had RCd it for an .049...Rog
Old 04-19-2012, 05:48 PM
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Default RE: Dakota Bipe.

I beleive that any home built plane that flies is great, and a big plus to our hobby (It's the roots of the hobby). whether it's electric, nitro, or gas! I personallyhave all three! After 50years of this hobby, not cleaning after some flites,is a good thing.

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Old 04-19-2012, 06:24 PM
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Default RE: Dakota Bipe.

Looks like I may have tobuild another Dakota and r/c-a- fye it. Irefuse todefile my current i.c. F/F Dakota.
I see Dave Fritzke has the slightly bigger Osprey r/c version plan of the Dak on his site. Thanks Dave. Looks the goods, now where did I put that balsa?
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Old 04-20-2012, 04:56 PM
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Default RE: Dakota Bipe.

I still have the one I flew at the Maumelle SMALL in 2000. Joe signed the top left wing, but the marker has faded and you can barely make it out. It flew off the field across the four lane and into a development that had some new construction. I was afraid it had landed on a house, but I found it at the edge of a golf green. I need to put an engine in it and bring it to SMALL again this year since there is a really nice free flight area at the FARM Club field
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:31 PM
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Default RE: Dakota Bipe.

Sorry for barging in, I couldn't resist I had built the Osprey -R/C version of the Dakota- 20+ years ago. Recently I replaced the broken sheet wings with built-up wings and converted it to electric. It doesn't yet fly as well as I'd hoped but it will soon (I have to lighten the tail -it's way too tail heavy).



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Old 04-22-2012, 09:31 PM
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Default RE: Dakota Bipe.

Looks like a Dakota on steroids, I 'll get started my Osprey soon. Thanks to all the other Dakota fans for contributing too, some nice pictures of the little bipe on here.
Old 04-28-2012, 10:24 AM
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Default RE: Dakota Bipe.

Hi Guys,
This really brings back some old models. I built this little plane when I was a kid...then a Cox .049 costing $2.98 and with the kit... five bucks or so. Now at 65 years old...remembering these first days in my flying really brings a smile to my day. The Dakota I built was free flight and I lost it on my first flight. It hit a thermal and went out of sight after the engine run. I chased that model on my bike with a bunch of my buddies at the time, and we were never able to recover the model. It was a neat little bi-plane... : )
Soft Landings Always,
Bobby of Maui

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