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Bandit. Free flight sport model. For motors 1 - 2 cc.
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User commentsThis classic Bill Dean F/F sport model also makes a fine R/C electric. Mine in the photos [see more pics 003, 004] is the seventh Bandit I have built - first six were in the late 1950s and were all F/F of course. This one has a 150 watt out runner propped down to 120 watts, R/E/T control and weighs 16 ounces. It is a lively performer with a steep spiral climb at full throttle and a great glide.
Sundancer - 25/03/2016
Hello to you up there from down here. My aeromodelling began around 1952 when I lived in the UK. My first attempt, an Auster Arrow flying scale series from KeilKraft. I always longed for the day I could afford to buy the larger kits but only managed to build the Pirate using a second hand E D Baby purchased by mail order from Bud Morgan in Cardiff for 26/-. Your site has been a wonderful discovery for me and I thank you beyond measure for it. I am sending you this recently completed Bandit photo [more pics 005]. It is electric powered and covered in the old fashioned way with fabric and doped. I have used the iron on stuff but I still like the satisfaction of watching the material shrink and the drumskin texture when complete. Regards from New Zealand.
BillBollands - 08/02/2017
Hello. As I'm shortly to start my third Bandit in 52 years, I thought you and your readers might just be interested to see pictures of my first two. The poor black and white image dates from 1966 [more pics 006]. This was my very first power model and rather unsurprisingly it flew well with the way too powerful A-M 15! At age 11, I hadn't quite understood the need to shape the lower cowling blocks. The second model is from 2016 and the image posed in the same way as 1966 [more pics 007] is after a few early encounters with stray bushes! This one has been flown very regularly and really performs well with its Indian Mills 1.3 [more pics 008]. The flying shot is from its first season [more pics 009]. The new one will again be pure free flight; I am lucky to have access to a good large flying site.
RichardScott - 06/11/2018
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