For a time they discontinued these as ARCs but they have
returned as 60- 90 sized ARFs
Which is good news for fans of them.
Mike Hughes's Dragon lady 40
Powered by OS 46SF
Covered in Monocote black and Pearl Green
weight - 5.7 lbs
Very quick and agile, lots of fun to fly. Surprisingly visible color combo.
St George, Utah
Eric Kler's Dragon lady 60
Powered by Saito 150GK
Covered in Rhino Cover and Metallic Red Monocote
weight - 9 lbs
Way more power than it needs, but what a kick. Very stable in wind
"Both Dragon Lady's are real sweethearts to fly. I especially love the Larger ones. It has oodles of power with that big Saito up front but can be slowed down and be flown like a lazy Sunday flier."
Hawk Springs, WY
Dennis M. Stevenson's Dragon lady 60
Powered by a OS. 1.08
Covered with UltraCote, the only covering I
will use any more. The trim scheme has great visibility.
I find the plane to be an exceptionally easy flyer,
and looks beautiful in big swooping turns.
Mine turned out quite nose heavy, and
therefore does not want to spin or snap
hardly at all. For the same reason it wants to keep flying for ever when
trying to land and takes awhile to slow down, and barely maintains knife edge.
I really just have not made it a priority to change the cg and clean up.
Based in Douglasville, GA.
See more of Dennis's planes at his RC Obsessions page
Russ's Dragon ladys
Dragonlady 60, Saito 120 up front,
covered in Monocote, nice job.
Dragonlady 40, Saito 91 GK, also covered in Monocote.
From Greeley, Colorado.
Dave Bowles's Dragon lady
Built in spring of 98, is shown with an
O.S. 91 inverted, it was later
turned on its side then replaced with a Saito 91, covered in Sig koverall and Dope,
I don't have a weight but the 91 powers it very well
From Leavenworth, KS
Lee Eckert's Revised Dragon lady 40
Power is is now a Saito 80 4 stroke. Tommy Pickels (Rugrats) as pilot.
.60 sized landing gear for more prop clearance. This trim scheme is good enough for even old eyes to see!
Flying with the Loveland Propbusters at East Fork Lake, on the east side of Cincinnati OH.
Matt Winters Dragon lady 60
Powered by YS91AC.
21st Century Fabric and Purple Metallic Monocote
Ft Collins, CO.
Ron Landram's Dragon ladys
Left: Dragonlady .40, "The .40 is powered by a blue OS .40 LA. I think I must have the best one in existence, because it really hauls."
Right: Dragonlady .60, "is pulled along by an OS .91 FS, and it too flies very well, it will outside snap in slow motion and hang inverted for over 3 seconds at the completion of a vertical snap!"
Gracing the skys of Las Vegas, NV.
Ralph Fisch's Dragon lady 60
Ralph writes, "Power
"barking" Y.S. .91AC. turning a Graupner 14 x 7 finished off with a true-turn
spinner. Easy to see (!!!) "
Nice one Ralph.
Another one from the Loveland
Propbusters, Cincinnati Ohio area.
Dragon lady 40
Powered by Thunder Tiger
pro 46. Reinforced wheel pants
with ply backing and firewall with dowel pegs. Slightly heavy, but very
Paul Treadway's Dragon Lady 40
OS 46 SF
Covered in Monocote
Pierre Lemmet's Dragon lady 40
Powered by an MVVS 49 engine
Pierre hails from Noisy le Roi, France
Steve Plotsky's Dragon Lady
Covered in Ultracote Powered by an O.S. 1.20 Four stroke. Fly's like a trainer. Lands effortlessly
Maurille Vincenty's Dragon lady
Maurille says It's powered by an old YS 1.20 AC and it's weight 5200gms (11 lb). It's covered by DIACOV and paint.
Benny Bath's Dragon Lady (ARC version)
Powered by a ASP 120 fourstroke. Prop 14x6", Covered with Monocote. Homemade stickers. Weighs about 4100 grams
Carving up the the Skies of Sweden
Floyd Skoubo’s Dragon Lady ARC.
by Saito 150 inverted and swinging a 17/6 prop… weight -11 lbs
Covered in ¾ oz fiberglass cloth and painted with automotive paint. I changed out the main gear to carbon fiber and a strong aluminum tail. I installed two servos aft for the elevators and a pull-pull rudder.
Special thanks to Bumpy Green Aerodrome web site for a lot of information on construction.
Dragon Lady picture on the side was taken from Milton Caniff’s comic strip
“Terry and the Pirates “ Dragon lady and covered with clear monocote.
Way more power than it needs but very stable in wind. She does drop to the nose on a slow approach and requires a little elevator trim. The large engine was installed with plans later to put her on floats. The floats will be 38” long and will add approximately 3.5 lbs to her flying weight.
Floyd lives in the Republic of Panama and is the webmaster of his Clubs web page - http://www.geocities.com/aspada_02/ .
David Sroczynski's Dragon Lady .40
Built in 1997,
powered by an O.S. .46SF with a Bisson Pitts Style Muffler.
This plane has hundreds of flights on her, never crashed but did have a mid-air with a GP .90 Stick. Needless to say the Dragon Lady won. " Built like a Tank". After replacing a chunk out of the wing it was in the air the next day. David says, "Great flying plane, it does everything I ask for, including knife-edge circles, (you read that right). This is a great hand-me-down and I think that everyone needs a Dragon Lady in their hangar".
Photos sent by Marc Greene
Thorsten Herney's Nutten Special
The Nutten special was almost the same plane as the Dragon lady, except with a streamlined narrow cowl and different shaped tail feathers
OS 108 fsr, 16x6 prop, onboard glow, dry weight 5200grs (11.4 lbs) , Oratex covering, letters black painted & clear coated.
Thorsten's flying club, 40km away from Frankfurt Germany /main www.mbc-ikarus.de
Dave Roberts' Dragon Lady
Powered by an OS 108 FSR, covered in Solartex then painted with Automotive paints.
Dave modified the ailerons to be half the span and twice the chord.
Dave says, "It came out a little on the heavy side thanks to that, at around 5.5kg ( little over 12lbs). It doesn't seem to care though, except at low speed it tends to enter spins that take a while to recover from. Besides that, it is a great aircraft... And Shrek seems to be a pretty good pilot too! I've flown standard ones and mine has a MUCH faster roll rate. Oh, mine knife edges brilliantly too, with standard tail feathers."
Dave also has video showing its nasty spin gremlin at its worst http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=pV8nlEY9W6U "Yes, it touched the ground. No, it didn't get damaged. Just picked up some grass in the undercarriage. I thought she was a goner when it happened... I had to fly gentle circuits for about 10 minutes afterwards to calm my nerves before I landed."
( Personally, I think maybe I need to hire Shrek to fly all my planes after watching that. )
Dave hails form Australia.
Rick Shinkle's Mooneyes Dragon Lady
Magnum 61 2-stroke running a 13x6 prop
Rick Says- "The Rat Fink pilot I built about 20 years ago as a plastic model. I know he looks a little big, but that's just the way Rat Fink rolls"
James is running a Saito 130 twin swinging a 15x6 prop.
He says it took some tail weight for balance, but still flies nice.
Dragon Lady Info and
The Dragon Lady is a super stable, but aerobatic sport plane. While not in the class of an Extra 300, it is capable of clean aerobatics, yet will slow way down and retain rock solid control until touchdown.
I have not used hardly any of the hardware that comes with any ARF, so I swapped out the hardware on the Dragon Lady also. Though this is strictly personal preference.
The tail wheel assembly on the earlier versions of the kit was spring steel, and very good. Unfortunately on later kits they changed to aluminum, and mine lasted 2 flights before it bent up to the rudder. I would strongly suggest changing it to an after market one.
The only fault in flight characteristics of the Dragon Lady would be its poor knife-edge. Some have enlarged the vertical stab and rudder a little to compensate, with good results.
I also strongly suggest cutting the holes in the wings as the instructions say. The weight saving isn't much, but it makes a difference on roll inertia, making it a little more precise.
CG is on the front of the Dihedral brace on the plans, or around 4" from the leading edge of the wing on the big D lady. Mine balances at 4 3/8"
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