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Old 01-08-2010, 05:20 PM   #1
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Default Zeke's Park Scale Models Daddy-O

Have any of you tried Zeke's Park Scale Models?

Does he have good kits?

This one caught my eye, the Daddy-O:

http://www.parkscalemodels.com/shop/item.aspx?itemid=62

I read the online manual, I think with care a beginner like me could handle it.

Price: $54.00
Length: 28" (71.1cm)
Wing Span: 35” (88.9cm)
Wing Area: ~210 sq.in. (13.5
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Weight: 10 oz. - 12 oz. (283g - 340g)
Wing Loading: ~8.5 oz/sq.ft. (.25 kg/m2)
Recommended: ~24g brushless motor
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Looks like a sweet little plane. I've always wanted to try my hand at a kit and plans...like you said, it looks like a good starting point for someone new to this part of the hobby. Definitely a change of pace from the ARFs I'm used to.

However, reading the other thread about his site, I'm not sure I want to risk ordering one and not getting it, or my money.

The best teacher in the world is experience...now go fly something already
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Originally Posted by Angler-Hi View Post
Looks like a sweet little plane. I've always wanted to try my hand at a kit and plans...like you said, it looks like a good starting point for someone new to this part of the hobby. Definitely a change of pace from the ARFs I'm used to.

However, reading the other thread about his site, I'm not sure I want to risk ordering one and not getting it, or my money.

from what i've read searching on this forum, it may be that he has a full time job and this is a side deal.

i like the retro look. steven's aero is coming out with a larger version of it soon:

http://www.stevensaero.com/StevensAe....-p-19952.html


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Nice a bigger version.... Hmmmmm

Your small one looks fantastic too!

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i really like those curves on the color transitions. i wonder if i could pull that off.

this Saratoga has similar feel to it:


http://www.hangar-9.com/Products/Def...ProdID=HAN4820


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i like this pete-n-poke 40 as well (i think kit is die cut not laser though):

http://www.greatplanes.com/reviews/gpma0493-rcm.html



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fyi, i did an online request as to the lead time on these. Zeke replied w/in 24 hours and said he just finished a batch of Daddy-O planes that will be ready Monday (today). seems like he is on top of things right now.

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I've built two Monocoupes and a 207: his kits are outstanding.
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I have built five of Zeke's kits and found all to be great flyers and he a super guy. Yes, this is one of those cottage industries and his other job takes a lot of his time. He works in the DC area and lives in SE Pennsylvania so has a three hour round trip commute plus a home, wife and two great daughters so not a lot of extra time.
As for the Daddy-O, here is a pic of mine, finished last month but not yet maidened, in silver and red colors. Easy to put together as the laser cutting allows you to practically assemble the entire framework before you touch the CA to it. Only tough work is the front stringers where the bend to the front requires you to soak them first in order to bend without snapping. Covering takes some time but well worth the effort due to all the curves instead of flat surfaces.
Try it, you will not be sorry, a great flyer as this is the second one I have built, the first from another kit maker, and that from the FlyRC article of several years ago. Also a pic of that one, it is the green and cream one. Bill


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wow, you did an amazing job on those. how do you do the curved color transitions?

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It is quite easy---cover it in the base cover and then cut out the overlay pieces and apply using the windex method....spray the adhesive side with windex and smooth out over the under piece using a tissue to remove as much of the moisture as possible from the center out to the edge. Allow to dry overnight so that the adhesive grabs the under piece. Make up a simple frame and try it, works great for me. BTW, I am in so TX, in the Rio Grande Valley, a winter Texan who loves to build as much as fly....five since I got back here in October from my summer travels in a motor home. Do spend most of my time on RCG and only occasionally visit this site...glad I did as I am a ardent fan of Zekes kits....besides this one, a 207, 182, LoLo, Micro Squire and SE5 hanging on my model rack and think there is another which I have missed...have over forty finished and usually 7 or 8 added each winter....need to sell a few as I am running out of rack space....Bill
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Ahh...remembered the other Zeke kit...the Monocoupe....Bill
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It is quite easy---cover it in the base cover and then cut out the overlay pieces and apply using the windex method....spray the adhesive side with windex and smooth out over the under piece using a tissue to remove as much of the moisture as possible from the center out to the edge. Allow to dry overnight so that the adhesive grabs the under piece. Make up a simple frame and try it, works great for me. BTW, I am in so TX, in the Rio Grande Valley, a winter Texan who loves to build as much as fly....five since I got back here in October from my summer travels in a motor home. Do spend most of my time on RCG and only occasionally visit this site...glad I did as I am a ardent fan of Zekes kits....besides this one, a 207, 182, LoLo, Micro Squire and SE5 hanging on my model rack and think there is another which I have missed...have over forty finished and usually 7 or 8 added each winter....need to sell a few as I am running out of rack space....Bill
the equipment company i work for has a yard in Edinburg, TX. I'm in Bryan, TX.

So you mean cover the entire wing in base color, silver. then lay down the wet leading edge color red, let dry? you don't then seal it down with iron?

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Texasclouds...yes, the windex seems to activate the adhesive and it does adhere. as long as you do not disturb it after getting it in it's final location. also, the windex allows you to slide the top piece around until you get it just where you want it, then use the tissue to move the moisture out to the edge from the center, removing all the little bubbles that are underneath. Takes a little time but far better than trying to activate the adhesive with your iron which also traps air underneath, creating lots of bubbles...
When you cut out the part and need two, one for each wing for example, use two pieces of material with the peel off backing inside against each other so that you are cutting two identical pieces at the same time. I tack them down with masking tape, cut all but the parts protected by the tape and then, after removing the tape complete the cuts across that short distance. Or, use the master that you cut out of file folder stock and cut one at a time, turning over for the second piece. This is not my idea...I got it from reading RCGroups, especially Pat Tritles' threads....he is a master scale model designer and builder with lots of great ideas and tips. He is found in the scale electric area.
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By the way...spray the windex on the back of the part you want to adhere. If it does not slide easily spray more windex on the back. Works for me...Bill
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Originally Posted by Busconv View Post
I have built five of Zeke's kits and found all to be great flyers and he a super guy. Yes, this is one of those cottage industries and his other job takes a lot of his time. He works in the DC area and lives in SE Pennsylvania so has a three hour round trip commute plus a home, wife and two great daughters so not a lot of extra time.
As for the Daddy-O, here is a pic of mine, finished last month but not yet maidened, in silver and red colors. Easy to put together as the laser cutting allows you to practically assemble the entire framework before you touch the CA to it. Only tough work is the front stringers where the bend to the front requires you to soak them first in order to bend without snapping. Covering takes some time but well worth the effort due to all the curves instead of flat surfaces.
Try it, you will not be sorry, a great flyer as this is the second one I have built, the first from another kit maker, and that from the FlyRC article of several years ago. Also a pic of that one, it is the green and cream one. Bill
Hey Bill...I'm looking into this plane again. Zeke's website says it can be powered from mild to wild, but suggests what I would say is a real small motor for a 30" plane. What would you say would be a 'wild' motor for this plane and do you see any problems balancing? What battery?

Thanks for the help

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texasclouds...not sure as I prefer more scale like performance. I fly slow and easy and not cutting holes in the sky. I have one of the old BP-21 motors in it that I had laying around, brand new so fit it in. Meant I had to make a new cowl and not use the one that came with the kit....needed to extend it in order to take the long shaft and fit the prop nicely. Hope this helps...Bill
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texasclouds...not sure as I prefer more scale like performance. I fly slow and easy and not cutting holes in the sky. I have one of the old BP-21 motors in it that I had laying around, brand new so fit it in. Meant I had to make a new cowl and not use the one that came with the kit....needed to extend it in order to take the long shaft and fit the prop nicely. Hope this helps...Bill
Thanks for the reply. I ordered the kit

I think I may have something sitting around that will mount in it. This is the same basic size/weight as my Molt Hellcat...it didn't take much motor at all to fly well. Blue wonder and a 2s 800 mah should do it.

i'm going to do blue/creame solite similar to the pete and poke pic below:


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Blue wonder and a 2s 800 mah should do it.
A use a BW 1300KV, 2S 800mAh lipo, and APC 9x6E prop on my FFF Beaver. Roughly 11oz thrust and 30mph. It's a nice motor for 8-12 oz planes on 2S Lipo.

http://www.headsuprc.com/servlet/the...tor/Categories

The 1700KV version (which I have not used) with a smaller 7" prop would give more speed:

http://www.headsuprc.com/servlet/the...lectric/Detail
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Hmmm, wouldn't mind trying a scratchbuilt foam version of this one. I really like the looks!

I see the plans can be ordered from FlyRC...
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A use a BW 1300KV, 2S 800mAh lipo, and APC 9x6E prop on my FFF Beaver. Roughly 11oz thrust and 30mph. It's a nice motor for 8-12 oz planes on 2S Lipo.

http://www.headsuprc.com/servlet/the...tor/Categories

The 1700KV version (which I have not used) with a smaller 7" prop would give more speed:

http://www.headsuprc.com/servlet/the...lectric/Detail

I've used both of those on my Molt Hellcat and was pleased with each. I settled with the 1700 kv one for speed. Maybe I'll slap the other one in my D-O

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TC,

Your fleet is getting BIG! Did you see that StevensAero is almost ready to release a big 52 in Daddy-o. I keep thinking that someday I'll buy something big for the club field.

As usual, keep us updated on this model! I'll watch and learn some more.

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TC,

Your fleet is getting BIG! Did you see that StevensAero is almost ready to release a big 52 in Daddy-o. I keep thinking that someday I'll buy something big for the club field.

As usual, keep us updated on this model! I'll watch and learn some more.

Steve
Well I have the Dandy, the MM Cub, eflite p40, hyperion edge 540 10e, and the Molt Hellcat...thats only 5.

I like the Stevens Aero Daddy-O, but I also like how easy it is to move/store the 30" planes. All of my current batteries/servos can be interchanged within the planes I have which is nice.

Looks like the Dandy will loose its electronics again to feed another plane I think this is the 3rd time thats happened. She keeps coming back for more though


You ought to try the GT wing in your Dandy...its a whole different bird...

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Ok, haven't had any emails from parkscale as to order receipt or shipping status. I'm not in a rush to get it anyhow, but I do appreciate it when a company shoots you an email after ordering.

Here is a rough idea on my D-O covering with dark blue and cream solite:



i'm not sure if i will do black/white checkers on bottom or black/cream or blue/cream. tail checkering will be blue/cream.

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I'm sure you will hear from Zeke soon; remember his is a small operation and he has a full time regular job, family and a real tough commute daily. That looks like a great scheme and sure will be visible. Good Luck and you will enjoy the build...Bill
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