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StevensAero MudBug: Good, Bad, or just Ugly?

Old 07-08-2008, 08:41 PM
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Default StevensAero MudBug: Good, Bad, or just Ugly?

I saw the MudBug the other day and was wondering what you guys think of it. It looks very...different, but I kind of like it. Is it slow enough to fly in my street?
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Old 07-10-2008, 06:58 AM
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Well, since nobody seems to know anything about the MudBug, I went with my gut feeling and bought the DiddleBug instead. I'd still like to know a little more about the planes in this indoor/front yard series by Stevens Aero which the DiddleBug and MudBug are a part of, if anyone else has flown one of them.
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Old 07-10-2008, 10:13 AM
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No worries, you made the right decision

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...ghlight=mudbug

I have also noticed that there are not a lot of indoor fliers in this forum.

A look at this thread doesn't net many.

http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=31213

But hopefully interest will grow. Keep us posted on your build and looking forward to the pics.

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Old 07-10-2008, 08:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Murocflyer View Post
Keep us posted on your build and looking forward to the pics.

Frank
Okay, I'll put some up as I build. I've never built anything this small before so it'll be interesting to see how it goes. The thought of flying inside was suddenly very appealing last week when it hit 107 out on the runway.
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Old 07-10-2008, 08:48 PM
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Oops, I just realized this thread is probably supposed to be in the indoor section. Feel free to move this thread as necessary, mods.
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Old 07-16-2008, 01:34 AM
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The DiddleBug came today. As usual for stuff from Stevens Aero, everything was packed nicely and and shipped quickly. I walked up to the mailbox and the door was open with the box sticking halfway into the street because the mail man didn't bother to bring it up to the house.
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Old 07-16-2008, 04:41 PM
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This is a really quick and easy kit. I have already finished the fuse and empanage, and I just started last night.
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Old 07-20-2008, 04:22 PM
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Well, there you have it. I finished it in just over two hours. Unfortunately, the spare parts I thought I could use to make it go are too heavy, so it won't be flying for a while.
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Old 07-21-2008, 03:59 PM
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Looks SWEET!

What ya gonna power her up with?

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Old 07-21-2008, 05:07 PM
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StevensAero suggests a GWS LPS (heli tail rotor) motor, but I kind of blew it off and tried a little brushless I had... Apparently I'm going to be buying an LPS. With the little brushless the wing loading was twice what it was supposed to be.
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Old 07-22-2008, 10:40 PM
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Bid Products has a new 2 gram brushless and 1 gram ESC for single cell use!
I think this would be an awsome set up for this plane!

Gotta build mine!
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Old 09-11-2008, 01:03 AM
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I've let this thing sit awhile, but I ordered some parts and plan on getting it in the air pretty soon now. I'm sticking with the brushed power system for now, I might upgrade later.
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Old 09-11-2008, 01:19 AM
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I love the Mudbug!! Also consider some of Clancy's Lazy Bee variations.

This is what I'm currently working on. It's much farther along now. It's a 200% version of his Micro Bee.
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Old 09-13-2008, 10:00 PM
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Crash ,

I just maidened mine today ( Its my smallest too...) I went with a Feigao 12mm LPS replacement BL in a GWS LPS 6.2:1 GB swinging a GWS 6x5 SF with a TrueRc 250mah 2s lipo , T-Bird6 ESC and 2 - 3.3g servos , Bluebird RX . AUW is 3.1 oz.

With this setup it handled the light varying breeze nicely. When it calmed down to nothing I could fly it around my head to keep the bugs away

Here are a couple shots of it next to my recent P40 ( 30" span )

Do finish yours . I haven't had as much fun building and flying in quite some time !

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Old 09-13-2008, 11:56 PM
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Default A couple flying shots

Flew the Diddlebug for the third time and got some photos too ...

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I just maidened my DiddleBug last night. It was great! Mine's a little heavy, I'm using a 500 mah pack, but it's still a blast.
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Old 03-19-2009, 06:09 AM
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Unfortunatly, I've had this thing shelved for several months. The battery was just too heavy too keep it in the air reliably. I finally got around to buying a smaller pack, but it was still too heavy. Thus, I was driven to seriously change its appearance. Now it flies right. Double slotted flaps might be a little overkill, but it works. Now I don't have to fly at WOT the entire flight, and the extra drag helps keep it slow in my rather small area.
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Old 03-31-2009, 05:22 PM
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Crash,

Very cool, innovative modification. I like the thinking.

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