bogusbandit56
This is a DB Rookie, designed by Dave Boddington. I built it 33 years ago and crashed it on it`s maiden. It should have an 84 inch wing span but for some reason I did not fit the tips so it is 78inches. I think the tips crushed when I shrank the film over them and I removed them.  
It has been languishing in the attic ever since.
I don`t know why I didn`t repair it long ago but after the dust was washed off and a new cockpit area and nose fitted and a tear in the wing was repaired it looked like new.   I have fitted it with a brushless motor I still have some work to do on the nose cone and fair the motor in.
I still have the two channel Acoms transmitter and have used the original servos.
Now I will have to wait for god knows how long before the weather is fit to fly it.

I was very surprised to find you could still buy this aircraft from DB models, but it retails for £99.00, that`s 72 quid more than I paid for this one all those years ago.

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jimbosflyin
This is a DB Rookie, designed by Dave Boddington. I built it 33 years ago and crashed it on it`s maiden. It should have an 84 inch wing span but for some reason I did not fit the tips so it is 78inches. I think the tips crushed when I shrank the film over them and I removed them.  
It has been languishing in the attic ever since.
I don`t know why I didn`t repair it long ago but after the dust was washed off and a new cockpit area and nose fitted and a tear in the wing was repaired it looked like new.   I have fitted it with a brushless motor I still have some work to do on the nose cone and fair the motor in.
I still have the two channel Acoms transmitter and have used the original servos.
Now I will have to wait for god knows how long before the weather is fit to fly it.

I was very surprised to find you could still buy this aircraft from DB models, but it retails for £99.00, that`s 72 quid more than I paid for this one all those years ago.

Is this the one you were wondering if the balsa had dried out or  maybe weakend ?
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DualDesertEagle
Careful with those old servos tho, I once read a story about an aileron servo's arm breaking off on some guy's Klemm L25 and the loose aileron beginning to flap. He also used some very old servos he had left over. The incident almost made his plane crash, so I would suggest swapping the old servos out for some fresh ones.
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bogusbandit56
jimbosflyin wrote:
Is this the one you were wondering if the balsa had dried out or  maybe weakend ?

Yes Jim , this is the one. Balsa that has been lying around for years tends to go like a biscuit texture all crumbly. As most of the balsa was covered with solar film it has`nt got that brittle.
Even if it has got wood worm I think it deserves another chance to fly after I treated her so badly😃.
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bogusbandit56
Careful with those old servos tho, I once read a story about an aileron servo's arm breaking off on some guy's Klemm L25 and the loose aileron beginning to flap. He also used some very old servos he had left over. The incident almost made his plane crash, so I would suggest swapping the old servos out for some fresh ones.


Thanks for the advice but I doubt if I am going to put much stress on the plane, it`s just for lazy circles and figure 8`s.😘
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Wildthing


That's cool, what else you got hidden up there??? 
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bogusbandit56
Wildthing wrote:


That's cool, what else you got hidden up there??? 


Funnily enough I have another DB Rookie that I modified from the same era. I also have the second RC glider that I ever built.
I will get that one down and give it a clean and a new motor.
I also have around 50 broken or unfinished planes up there.
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bogusbandit56
I took the Rookie out for a test flight this afternoon and it flew very well but I need to do some slight tweaks before flying again.
As expected it was very slow and hung around in the breeze forever. The first flight with a 2200mha battery lasted ages, this is the second flight that I cut short as I wanted to have something to eat.
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Wildthing


Funnily enough I have another DB Rookie that I modified from the same era. I also have the second RC glider that I ever built.
I will get that one down and give it a clean and a new motor.
I also have around 50 broken or unfinished planes up there.
😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 Who needs to build planes, just pull them out of the attic and go ðŸ˜
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bogusbandit56
Wildthing wrote:
😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 Who needs to build planes, just pull them out of the attic and go Ã°Å¸ËœÂ


I`ve got at two more 30+ year old models to repair and fly. The good thing about gliders is that they don`t get covered in fuel which rots the wood and makes repairs difficult.
Another good thing about these planes is that I wasn`t a very competent flyer when I broke them, so now I will be able to enjoy them. I was more interested in building them than flying so that is why they never got repaired. 
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quorneng
"Makes it difficult to fly"
May be it has something to do with the fact that for a 'free flight' design 'penetration' is not really an issue whereas a low sink rate is. 
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bogusbandit56
quorneng wrote:
"Makes it difficult to fly"
May be it has something to do with the fact that for a 'free flight' design 'penetration' is not really an issue whereas a low sink rate is. 

Yes, that`a exactly what I mean.
Chuck it up in the air and nudge it around a bit.
Although the rookie is very similar to a free flight model it was sold as a 2 channel plane which is perfect for a Rookie pilot.
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solentlife
Acoms 2ch !! The 1980's AM radio that so many argued about !! 

I was SMAE guy then and the arguments that were flying around about AM should not be allowed on the field with FM ... ridiculous ! Bit like the arguments while back about not allowing FlySky 9x etc. in comps.

The Acoms was so common with the car / boat boys .... 

As to old models ... I have two Skymaster Biplanes with original built up wings .......... balsa is fine ... and thats getting on 40yrs

With regard to servos ..... only problem I found using old servos from the 80's - they are SLOWWWWW !! My JR 501... 101 ... 1001 ... 5001 etc are so slow compared to even the cheap Tgy9e !! 
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solentlife
I met DB a number of times at shows etc. The most memorable was when he came to our Club - Meon Valley Soarers and gave a film / slide show. He had all the out-takes of the TV series he was involved in ... Flambards ... Airline etc.

Clips like ... low lying camera angle for a pre WW1 plane on the ground ..... then someone decides to walk across in front of lens !! Beautiful shot of the plane and then a monster boot !!

Stories of the mock plane built with a small car engine to spin up the prop ... so it can at least look like its flyable.... one smart actor decided to open throttle a little too much ... had the shock of his life !! 

We all owe a lot to Boddie ... sadly missed.
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bogusbandit56
solentlife wrote:
Acoms 2ch !! The 1980's AM radio that so many argued about !! 

I was SMAE guy then and the arguments that were flying around about AM should not be allowed on the field with FM ... ridiculous ! Bit like the arguments while back about not allowing FlySky 9x etc. in comps.

The Acoms was so common with the car / boat boys .... 

As to old models ... I have two Skymaster Biplanes with original built up wings .......... balsa is fine ... and thats getting on 40yrs

With regard to servos ..... only problem I found using old servos from the 80's - they are SLOWWWWW !! My JR 501... 101 ... 1001 ... 5001 etc are so slow compared to even the cheap Tgy9e !! 

I had the AM gear for model stock car racing and then it went in the planes.
As far as I`m concerned flying clubs can go frick themselves.
As you can see from the video the Rookie is hardly a 3D plane. It`s basically a free flight glider with 2 channel for keeping it in sight.
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