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Revenger flight after 30 years

Old 06-15-2008, 04:54 PM
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Default Revenger flight after 30 years

Took the Revenger out this afternoon for the first flight in 30 years. Everything worked great (should with nee radio and engine) and only required minor trimming. I am attaching a few pictures for your enjoyment.

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Old 06-15-2008, 04:59 PM
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Dick,

Looks real good.. wish it made the SPA cut off date !!! It would have been nice to fly one..

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Old 06-15-2008, 06:13 PM
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Very nice - looks "slick" in the air. Welcome back. Kinda feels like riding a bike, doesn't it? You never loose the feeling.
Old 06-15-2008, 08:09 PM
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Way to go Dick! For those who don't know, Dick Russ is the designer of the Revenger. I reviewed a "Model Merchants" ARC kit of the Revenger in Jan 1980 Model Airplane News. Mine ultimately fell to radio failure, but was a very sweet-flying bird for quite some time.

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Great news Dick!
Old 06-16-2008, 06:12 AM
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Excellant!! Hope it brought a big ole smile to your face..

I hope you have many more happy flights..She sure looks nice in the air..

Chuck
Old 06-16-2008, 01:02 PM
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Hi Dick, real nice !!!!
is possible to send pics from the plane closer ?? please also send one from you with the plane!!!
cheers...
Old 06-17-2008, 03:28 PM
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Here is few closeups in case you missed them earlier
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Old 07-14-2008, 08:37 PM
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Dick, glad to see you're still flying!!! This is Bob Imrisek as you might have figured from my username...

Paul (junior) sent me a link to your first Revenger thread on this forum a few days ago, so I decided to follow your story, & log on and reply. Hope you are still subscribed to this thread!

My Dad is now living with us, and just today we were going through his modeling stuff in the garage. Hanging on the wall is the orange / white / blue Revenger you built and later gave to him (he thinks it was a trade or something like that). It looks very good and I'm sure it is in flyable condition! It still has Kraft servos installed... If you are interested, I could post a few pix.

Mixed in with numerous kits, plans engines accessories etc., we came across other Allied Hobbies stuff including 1/2 A streaker kits and parts, Integra plans, the 40 & 19 sized prototype drawings and a bede 6 kit. We found an Integra dwawing that looks like the precursor to the Revenger design, it is red pencilled with the new shapes.

I have 2 survivor Integra kits which I plan to build ... after I'm through racing cars and go karts with the kids!

Got your E-mail address so we will drop you a line soon...

Cheers,

Bob
Old 07-15-2008, 11:52 PM
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Correction! [>:][>:][>:]

I believe the model I have is the "Rustler" or "Russler"?

Dick, I Think you might have built this one sometime between the Integra design and the Revenger. That might explain the marked up plans I found.

I did find a set of bluprinted plans for the Rustler however...

Anyway, post up if you see this, I also sent you an e-mail...

Bob
Old 08-08-2008, 07:43 AM
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Hi Bob,
Thank you so much for the post. I wish you would post the pictures. I had forgotten all about the Rustler. You are right about the design. It was one that I had designed between the Integra and the Revenger. Your Dad and I would have probably produced it had we not sold Allied Hobbies MFG..

The original Revenger photos I posted earlier crashed turning final after the fourth flight. I had seen some stress cracks in the tail (and should have paid more attention to them); but why not a few cracks after over 1100 flights and thirty years. Apparently after doing some high stress aerobatics, it was more than the tail could handle and snapped off as I was turning final. I still have another that is built but not finished that I will complete and fly soon.

I will take a few pictures of it and post later.

I will call you this weekend (8-9-08)

Dick
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Dick,

Really sorry to hear about the loss of your original Revenger. Glad to hear that you're building a new one. I'll look forward to the photos.

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Hi Dick:
Sorry to hear about the loss of your Revenger. I am planning a build later this year and have received the plans.
Great looking airplane. Looking forward to building one.

Thanks foir the design.

Orlando
Old 08-10-2008, 04:51 PM
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Hello to all in the group.

Regarding the failure of the empenage on the original Revenger I designed. As I mentioned before, the plane was over 30 years old and I stopped keeping a log after 1100 flights. After bringing it out of storage I noticed a crack around the entire empanage near the leading edge of the horizontal stabilizer, but thought it was just the old epoxy paint cracking since there was several cracks in the old K&B Epoxy paint.

After careful examination of the wreckage, it apprears the stress cracks in the balsa sides were quite old. I could determine this by the discoloration of the balsa wood on the fuselage sides where it failed versus the fresh cracks on the ventral fin and the dorsal fin. which was all that was holding the tail on.

I'm not worried about the strenght of the tail on my new Revenger that I am nearly finished with, but if I were to build a new one from scratch, I would change the design to add two 1/64 plywood doublers to the fuselage sides below the horizontal stabilizer and extend them at least one inch forward of the leading edge. This would add substantial strength to the tail and have very little effect on the weight and balance.

The revenger normally always balanced closer to the forward CG when finished and as long as the balance is within the CG range it will fly perfect. It will spin easier with a aft CG. Personally I think it flew a little better with the CG nearer the aft CG point.

When I built the new replacement plane, I used Titebond glue and would recommend that for the entire construction. The finished flying weight should fall within 7 to 8 pounds depending on which retract sustem you are using. personally I like the Robart pneumatic system

If anyone has any questions, please let me know. I am always glad to help fellow RC flyers.

I will post some pictures of the new Revenger that I am completing.

Dick
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Here are a few pix of the Rustler, hope they come out OK, my first try at posting pictures!

Bob
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Old 08-11-2008, 06:59 AM
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Thank you for posting the pictures. They bring back great memories of when your Dad and I started Allied Hobbies Manufacturing and were flying the Pattern Contest Circuit.

You are right about the Rustler. It was a plane I designed between the Integra and the Revenger. It flew better than the Integra but not as well as the Revenger. Each of the designs had special flight characteristics based on the class the pilots were flying. Each plane flew very well but as the pattern manuevers became more difficult, I made changes to each design that I felt would improve the way they executed the manuevers. As you may remember, each design was capable of winning any pattern contest. Back in the seventies you could always find an Integra at a contest and the flyers normally always took home a trophy

It was really great visiting with you and your dad on the phone and will look forward visiting again soon.

Dick
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Bob, I would sure like to hear from you. please get back to me if you would.
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