Loaded Dice (oz7337)
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Loaded Dice. Pattern plane.
Quote: "If you're looking for a new FAI Pattern ship, here's one that's a proven performer. Following its publication in RCM, February 1988, the Akro Special (oz6729) development continued to progress culminating in the cowled version complete with new sections for the wing and stabilizer. Five examples were produced, all proving very effective during 1989 and 1990.
To maintain 'change' and give a fresh look to the new design, a switch from the Razorback fuselage profile to a bubble type canopy was essential. To better serve the second FAI turnaround schedule introduced in 1988, Loaded Dice incorporates all the experience gained with Akro Special. The design configuration, basically long tail moment, naturally offers a much softer feel in pitch and yaw while roll efficiency remains unchanged and generous rudder area ensures good authority in stall turns. The long lean fuselage gives superb presentation especially along vertical sections of maneuvers. Though the airfoil sections are of the cleaner 'faster' type, speed flexibility remains unquestionable and on landings, the tailwheel can easily be made to touch first.
Although design consideration in F3A Competition Aerobatics must be decided on flight requirements, for me, the airplane must be a 'looker' and I hope you'll agree, Loaded Dice certainly is. Four Loaded Dice models have been built to date, and they have all exceeded expectations, weighing between 8 and 9 Ibs, in lavish color schemes consisting of paint and film. It would not be difficult to reduce the all-up weight by 1/2 Ib. In my past five National competitions, Loaded Dice has given me a 1st place, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th."
Hi Mary/Steve - Here is Terry Westrop's Loaded Dice from RCM magazine issue 11-91. Regards,
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Update 19/09/2019: Added article 2, Trimming Article for Loaded Dice, from RCM&E August 1993, thanks to RFJ.
Quote: "Terry Westrop gives advice on trimming his Nats winning F3A design..."
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User commentsHi Mary/Steve, I have just completed another Outerzone-provided plan build. This time the Loaded Dice [pics 005-006]. A very enjoyable build which started new years eve 2020. I had forgotten how much effort is needed when using traditional paint finishing as compared to heat shrink film. However I feel the effort is well justified. I have attached a photograph of my aircraft with Terry Westrop inspired scheme for inclusion on the plan page. This one has been converted to electric power. Hoping to do the maiden this coming weekend. Thanks for the super resource there are so many designs just waiting to be built.
NigelS - 26/05/2021
Hi Mary, some more pics of the Loaded Dice, taken from just after it was flown for its maiden [main pic, 007, 008]. A superb flier, meets all expectations.
NigelS - 02/06/2021
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