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05-17-2006, 03:27 PM
Just purchased a Dare F9 Panther Kit and am looking for any build threads or building advice for this kit. Does anyone know of any?
05-19-2006, 10:55 AM
Hi Mark, Welcome to the Warbird Forum! I guess there's not many of the "Panther" builders here, but there are several flying with electric ducted Fans. Those aren't the Dare kits, there's at least one fibreglass fuselage model D/F version available.
As far as the Dare kit, do you intend to make it a "Prop" jet? If so, it would need a motor equivilent to the glow size indicated, a 1/2A. That would be (roughly)a speed 400 with direct drive or maybe a 300-400 brushless.
I've built other Dare kits, they are "stick + Tissue" construction, would need some strengthening in the fuselage around the motor, perhaps sheet the fuselage with 1/16" balsa over the stringers. Also the wings might need some beef like an extra spar or "D" tube leading edge. I think if the RTF weight was under (about) 16 ounces it would be OK.
Sounds like a fun project but quite a bit of work!
05-19-2006, 06:49 PM
Thanks for the input. The kit is designed to have a prop in the nose and I will most likely build it that way. I plan on using a brushless probably an AXI 2212. Given that it is a belly lander, I am considering glassing it with 0.5 oz glass to give it a little more strength. I should be able to keep the weight down by soaking up excess epoxy during the covering process. Not too much info on the Dare Panther out there, but from what I have seen, it should look and fly nice when it is complete. Any other words of wisdome that you can think of would be greatly appreciated.
05-20-2006, 02:22 AM
Hi Mark, if you're going to make it a prop with no landing gear, the 'glass on the bottom sounds good. You might also add a couple of "glider skids", hard plastic tail-skid type "hard points" on the lowest point of the wing/fuse joint, this will take a beating even with a soft landing.
The early jets had a fairly long nose so when you get it framed up, be prepared to move the battery WAY back, maybe over the wing to get the C.G. right. I think if you put the battery in the conventional place (behind the motor) it will be nose-heavy.
The elevator 1/2 way up on the rudder may require a curved (think they're called "Flex-rods") pushrod or the servo near the elevator. Gliders with "T" tails sometimes use the flex tube instead of a hard pushrod, they're easy to find in hobby shops.
The AXI 2212 sounds like plenty of power, should be a hot flyer!
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