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« on: April 02, 2012, 03:52:59 PM »

This is a Blue Ridge Special.  Made by the guy  who did the Square Eagle P30.  We are including it in a special event this year for our club.   The one shown is by an OFB, Graham Selick.  He flew them as a much younger guy with his Dad.
BR Special is a bomb!  I flew mine on test winds and it goes up like a rocket and has a good glide for a little stick model.  We are going to lose a lot of these. Not to worry, Graham built this one in two hours from his scrap box. 
A great fllier.
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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2012, 05:17:02 PM »

----snip----
BR Special is a bomb!  I flew mine on test winds and it goes up like a rocket and has a good glide for a little stick model.  We are going to lose a lot of these. Not to worry, Graham built this one in two hours from his scrap box. 
A great fllier. ---snip---

This is a great little bird! Mine went straight up and finally out of sight! It's also a good lesson on the advantage of geodetic rib construction. You can wind the heck out of these and they just climb faster and higher, but make sure you oil the front bearing, mine started to melt!

I believe Bobby L is making kits, along with the Sq Eagle. Look up the PAL site.

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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2012, 05:45:44 PM »

Shorty's basement has these plus the p-30 too.

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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2012, 08:14:53 AM »

http://palmodelproducts.com/

Bob's my Elder brother. He is also the primary source for a pair of Repro 1/4A and 1/2A nostalgia engines that work very well. He and his boys are putting a lot of time and bucks into rejuvenating the Blue Ridge line of products.

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« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2012, 11:03:11 PM »


We flew these as an event today at our first monthly contest of the year. We had one of these make a 3:54 flight and come down about 200 yds away.  Needless to say, conditions were perfect.
This is a great flier, all the models flew very well.
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« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2012, 12:38:18 PM »

I just ordered a kit of this Model because of all the good things I'm reading about it.
Can someone please tell me what size prop is included?
Thanks a million!
Dave Andreski
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« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2012, 06:14:48 PM »

Greg L.
What does you brother charge for one of those kits ?
MSN seems to be over flowing with searchers at the moment ?
George
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« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2012, 07:41:25 PM »

George,
The "Blue Ridge Special" kit is $9.00 + $4.00 Shipping.
I don't buy many kits. Mine arrived two days ago and I'm very pleased. I'm especially pleased with the lightweight, 5.5" prop assembly that weighs ~ 2.27 grams!
Annie and I will have fun with these.
Dave Andreski

http://palmodelproducts.com/kits.html
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« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2012, 07:08:12 AM »

Thanks, Dave;

I honestly didn't know.

Greg
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« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2012, 09:44:29 PM »

Thank you Dave I might just be a customer soon !
I put the link in faverites so I don't forget it !!
George
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« Reply #10 on: July 29, 2012, 04:51:16 PM »

Conditions have been fantastic this year at the sod farm.  At the last contest, I missed my first max with the B.R. special by one second!
Then made two more, and got the airplane back.

Is this a great country or what?

This is one of the best flying little planes I ave ever seen.  I added a small file card paper trim tab on the rudder, and one on the left wing to aid in trimming.  It climbs out almost straight up, and glides very well for such a little plane.
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« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2013, 01:50:54 PM »

I made test flights on a very similiar plane yesterday, it flew perfect with no adjustments needed.  For my plane it seemed like 3/32" was a little weak or maybe too much for 6" propeller. Hope to get more flights in before snow flies in MN and try more turns of the rubber.

http://scienceguyorg.blogspot.com/2013/10/rigid-construction-for-simple-rubber.html

More pictures and short video on blog post.

Bill Kuhl
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« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2015, 08:50:51 PM »

Just finished up my Blue Ridge Special today. Loads of fun to build. Can't wait to go fly it.

Joe
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« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2015, 06:07:42 PM »

Joe,
That is a very nice Blue Ridge Special!
Can you tell us more about the covering?
Don't lose it! That prop assembly may be difficult to replace. My prop assembly ( 5.5") weighs 2.27 grams before balancing and I wish I knew where to get replacements. My 6" Midwest/MPC assemblies weigh between 3.5-3.9 grams.
Dave
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« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2015, 07:01:52 PM »

Will these work, Dave?

http://volareproducts.com/BUY/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=56_42_49&products_id=216

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« Reply #15 on: January 17, 2015, 08:22:18 PM »

Oh the covering is just white japenese tissue run through a printer. I have been off work for about a month waiting to go to training at Southwest. Guess it was on my mind so it led to that design.  I will be in training for 2 months so you know I will be taking building supplies and a kit. Maybe two kits.

I found my props at the local hobby shop. Got the last two. I am pretty sure they are from Sig, which is what Volare is selling I believe. I payed $2 for mine though.

Test flew it tonight in the backyard and it really wants to go.
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« Reply #16 on: January 18, 2015, 12:46:06 PM »


George,
They're the correct size alright.
I'll have to order some and scrape the prop in order to get the weight down.
The prop included with the Blue Ridge Special resembles the old North Pacific props that are thin and narrow/ high aspect.
Thanks,
Dave
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« Reply #17 on: January 18, 2015, 12:49:31 PM »

Oh the covering is just white japenese tissue run through a printer. I have been off work for about a month waiting to go to training at Southwest. Guess it was on my mind so it led to that design.  I will be in training for 2 months so you know I will be taking building supplies and a kit. Maybe two kits.

I found my props at the local hobby shop. Got the last two. I am pretty sure they are from Sig, which is what Volare is selling I believe. I payed $2 for mine though.

Test flew it tonight in the backyard and it really wants to go.

Thanks Joe.
You did a great job with the tissue printing.
Have you weighed the prop assemblies? Just curious.
Thanks again,
Dave
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« Reply #18 on: January 18, 2015, 03:00:55 PM »

2.82 grams for the prop assemblly I have.
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« Reply #19 on: January 19, 2015, 11:17:02 AM »

2.82 grams for the prop assemblly I have.

Thanks again Joe.
Dave
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« Reply #20 on: March 03, 2015, 04:40:27 PM »

Hello,

Love this little plane, have had tons of fun and lost more than a few.  My plan is a bit worn, faded and pieces are missing, being over 30 years old doesn't help. I want to introduce my 11 & 12 year old to the stick-n-tissue world, so I was hoping someone could tell me the wing span & the motor stick length.  Piecing my plans together I came out with a flat span of about 13 3/4",chord 3" and the motor stick is about 14 7/8".  I suspect that plan has lost a bit have been taped back together numerous times.

I saw the site on the Sierra Nevada Special, foamy version. His wing span flat was 14" with a 3" chord, so I'm not sure what's right.

Thank you

Alan
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« Reply #21 on: March 03, 2015, 05:17:29 PM »

Alan,

Measured from kit plans: Wing span 14 inches, chord 3 inches, fuselage stick 15 1/16 inch (without prop hanger).

If you PM me your address I will mail you an original kit plan (some pin holes - used once) as I have several extras from Blue Ridge Special kits I have built.

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« Reply #22 on: March 04, 2015, 01:05:30 AM »

Thank you, Very kind of you. PM sent.  Time to put a new blade in the balsa stripper.

Alan
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« Reply #23 on: March 04, 2015, 01:36:38 PM »

No problem. Glad to be able to help. The plans were mailed today.

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« Reply #24 on: March 12, 2015, 12:37:27 AM »

Getting ready to build a couple of these in the real world, figured I play with it the digital world first.

Still need to do the prop and the mount.

Alan
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