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Best Flying Sport Plane??

Old 01-19-2019, 08:23 PM
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any one know where I can buy the "ModelTech Dragon Lady" inside the USA ??
I have searched but can not find it.

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Old 01-08-2020, 11:50 PM
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/Model-Tech-...-/283576755113
Old 01-09-2020, 06:33 AM
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One of the best flying airplanes I've ever had was the top flite Tauri designed by Ed Kazmirski. Kited by top flite in 1964. A club member let me fly his one time . I was new to the hobby then with little experience and couldn't believe how smooth it flew. I get the plans and built myself one. Scaled it up a little . It's considered a trainer but is very capable of doing a lot of maneuvers.
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Originally Posted by the Wasp View Post
any one know where I can buy the "ModelTech Dragon Lady" inside the USA ??
I have searched but can not find it.

thanks guys!
Jim
Wow, that ebay kit that was posted sure was spendy! I saw two dragon lady kits at Perry last year. I think they were both north of $150 each. As bad as I want one, I'm not paying that much. There was a guy on one of the forums who was scratch building one. I believe he was offering up some plans he had made for it. It might be worth looking in to if you want one. The plans he was offering were not for a first time builder though.

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Old 01-18-2020, 03:30 PM
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thats what is wrong today with old kits, people are paying outrages prices for them, the older kits that cost 50- 90 dollars new are now going for 2 hundred and up. some of these I have built and they are not that good of quality, wood is heavy, some is warped, instructions are sketchy and most times there was hardware missing. why would you pay 300 dollars for a low quality kit that worth only 70-100 dollars. Just because it is old don't make it worth having. I guess as long as there people willing to pay those prices people will ask for the price.
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thats what is wrong today with old kits, people are paying outrages prices for them, the older kits that cost 50- 90 dollars new are now going for 2 hundred and up. some of these I have built and they are not that good of quality, wood is heavy, some is warped, instructions are sketchy and most times there was hardware missing. why would you pay 300 dollars for a low quality kit that worth only 70-100 dollars. Just because it is old don't make it worth having. I guess as long as there people willing to pay those prices people will ask for the price.
there was a guy on RCGs about 2 months ago that was selling a . 60 size GP ShoeString NIB for $400, it sold for like $229. I pm'ed him and he would not come down, I asked cause I could have driven to pick it up. I wonder how much it would have cost to ship it UPS, at $100 it would have made it a $500 deal

I have a giant PA GeeBee Y NIB on RCGs for $500 with Robart struts, I have $680 invested in it, I can't sell it, shipping is the killer

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Old 01-20-2020, 04:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Waco View Post
thats what is wrong today with old kits, people are paying outrages prices for them, the older kits that cost 50- 90 dollars new are now going for 2 hundred and up. some of these I have built and they are not that good of quality, wood is heavy, some is warped, instructions are sketchy and most times there was hardware missing. why would you pay 300 dollars for a low quality kit that worth only 70-100 dollars. Just because it is old don't make it worth having. I guess as long as there people willing to pay those prices people will ask for the price.
I built vintage kits many times over the years that I've been in the hobby and didn't have your experience. Today people who can afford to collect or actually buy and build a vintage kit choose so to enjoy the experience. Builders like myself have cabinets full of hardware and prefer the quality hardware of choice than what comes in a kit anyway. The wood is not heavy or warped when the kit is properly stored and left as it was originally packaged. Instructions are part of the nostalgia.

Nothing wrong with $300. I gave up my collection and I'm glad I pulled in $8000 to distribute it to other closets. If you really want new, find one from one of the remaining kit makers or get one just recently discontinued from Great Planes for example that hasn't become vintage yet. The best part of building a classic is the superior flight characteristics it has, or living again the first time you built that kit and flew it. I enjoy the maiden flight and then I'm pretty much down with it. Anyone want a X Ray Amco kit? I have one built with a HP 40 and two new in box kits. If you're interested in new balsa, just ask for the plans. They're very easy to build, Lou Andrews design. Just an example of a $29 kit that now goes for $150. $29 in 1968 is $214 in today's money by the way. Hope that helps you understand the money aspect also. It's not today's $29 that bought the kit so long ago.
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Originally Posted by Waco View Post
thats what is wrong today with old kits, people are paying outrages prices for them, the older kits that cost 50- 90 dollars new are now going for 2 hundred and up. some of these I have built and they are not that good of quality, wood is heavy, some is warped, instructions are sketchy and most times there was hardware missing. why would you pay 300 dollars for a low quality kit that worth only 70-100 dollars. Just because it is old don't make it worth having. I guess as long as there people willing to pay those prices people will ask for the price.
If you want an older vintage kit, there are a few guys that will laser cut a short kit for you at a fairly reasonable price. All you need is the online plan or instructions, and hardware with a few sticks and sheeting. They are often cut much better than the die crunching and actually fit. Some are modified to fly better, or be stronger than the old antiques too. Balsaworkbench comes to mind, there are many others.
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Old 02-12-2020, 08:53 PM
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X ray plans are found online, free download. See attached, also found here - https://freercplans.com/plan7498.search.htm
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