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Old 05-05-2004, 10:05 PM
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daven
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Default RE: Lanier Dominator 500-building hints?

I built my first one in 1999, and flew it at the 2000 Nats. I love the way this plane flies ( I built it with the Standard Tail). Its not as fast as some of the current planes in 428, but I think it is plenty competitive in the 424, or APRA class I believe they race in your area.

I still use it as a backup at our local NCPL races. The firewall is definately a weak spot, make sure you reinforce it inside with tri stock and possibly Carbon Fiber and Finishing resin.

I don't remember any major issues other than the firewall, your servo choices are fine. I probably wouldn't hollow the wing out any, as you can keep this close to weight as it is. I do remember the tail area to be a bear to cover, but that was about it.

The laser cutting, and tab and slot construction were instrumental in parts of the design in my current plane the "Seeker".