Cloud Dancer 120 (oz5981)
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Cloud Dancer 120 - RC sport/pattern model. Plan shows a choice of two different sized wings. 86in or 98in span, 1230 or 1350 sq in area, for .90-1.8 power and 4-5 channel RC. Model # pl-1206. Designed by Fred Reese. From RCM 1-96.
Quote: "Like its smaller brothers, the Cloud Dancer 120 builds quickly and is an outstanding flying airplane.
The Cloud Dancer 120 is a different type of aircraft. Think of it as a Senior Telemaster that looks and flies like a P-51. The wingspan is 98 in, the size of a Reno Racer or TOC aerobatic model but it only weighs eleven pounds with a YS-120 4-stroke engine.
The Cloud Dancer 120 is a scaled up version of my 74 inch Cloud Dancer (oz6512) published in the June 93 issue of RCM which was the best all-around flying airplane I have ever owned. The Cloud Dancer 120 is a fully aerobatic aircraft that is very light, and is powered with a 120 4-stroke engine with a wing loading of only 18.5 oz/sq ft. It flies like a feather with a rocket engine. The Cloud Dancer 120 can hover in a stiff breeze or it can zip around like a sport racer. Those who have flown the big Cloud Dancer flew it at reduced power most of the time. I guess the charm of the model is its ability to fly slowly and gracefully while having the power to go straight up.
To give you an idea of the performance of this big model, let me review its first few flights. The first flight was in dead calm and the idle was set too high. The take-off was easy, a little rudder held it straight. followed by a brisk climb-out to a comfortable altitude. Two clicks of aileron leveled it off and no elevator trim was needed.
The flight responses were comfortable from the start and I quickly relaxed. The next few minutes were spent trying loops, rolls, knife-edge, eights. hammer-heads, and humpty bumps with no problems.
The landing, however, used the whole runway. I was used to waiting for the smaller original Cloud Dancer to finally settle in and land, and the big one is the same. l did not fly it again that day because I wanted to get the idle slower to make the landing easier. The next two flights were flown in the wind. We had a wind meter and it was registering a minumium of 17 knots, gusting 30..."
Update 20/03/2015: Replaced this plan with a clearer copy, thanks to Balsaworkbench. Scanning by Don at EAC, cleanup by theshadow.
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Cloud Dancer 120
by Fred Reese
from RCMplans (ref:1206)
Tags: IC R/C LowWing
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