DeNight Special - a '50's Reno racer..

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Re: DeNight Special - a '50's Reno racer..

New postby retiredVTT on Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:17 pm

Never did maiden the DeNight Special, so I'm thinking maybe this Sunday at Shearwater.

Spent a couple hours today, getting reacquainted ...found a couple items that required attention.

In a previous post I said this model weighed 8 lbs., well, not today..! It came in at 104 ozs, a mere 6.5 lbs.

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Re: DeNight Special - a '50's Reno racer..

New postby Tom B T-28 on Fri Jul 18, 2014 9:14 pm

A beautiful plane Bill but remember the new rule! If you maiden at Shearwater you will have to buy everyone coffee and I am sure there will be a lot of spectators at Shearwater! Maybe maiden at Shannon! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: DeNight Special - a '50's Reno racer..

New postby retiredVTT on Fri Jul 18, 2014 11:33 pm

Good point Tom...! I had not thought of that. Actually we should only have that rule at HEFA fields..!

First reason for not using Shannon was weight....but now that it comes in at just 6.5 lbs., that reason is not holding too much water.

However, second reason is those 10" wheel pants...I think they would prefer asphalt to grass.

I could use a videographer for Sunday, if your available. I would like to document this one.

I'll discuss it with you Saturday.


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Re: DeNight Special - a '50's Reno racer..

New postby retiredVTT on Sun Jul 20, 2014 11:15 pm

Maiden flight done at Shearwater....turns out that those wheel pants get asphalt rash if you don't grease the landings.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Zx8CcQ ... load_owner


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Re: DeNight Special - a '50's Reno racer..

New postby retiredVTT on Sun Jul 10, 2016 10:26 pm

Had one of those dis-orientation situations yesterday and put the DeNight into the ground with damage to the Cowl, Hatch/canopy, motorbox, and wheel pants.

Ran the motor up today, appears to be alright. https://youtu.be/IAhSk_GO4QI

Motor box is salvageable with epoxy and triangle stock. Wheel pants are garbage ...no good on grass anyway, causing tipovers.

Cowl and Hatch/canopy will require several hours of cloth and resin repair.

..could have been much worse..!

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Re: DeNight Special - a '50's Reno racer..

New postby retiredVTT on Mon Jul 11, 2016 11:53 pm

...got the motor box back together and installed,

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