The Circle Dancer 2000 RES
is a great Almost Ready To Fly
2m F3-RES type model with an excellent pedigree. The model is supplied fully built and superbly covered, but does not include any RC.
Like the Circle Dancer 3000 and 3600 models it is expertly constructed, and beautifully covered in Oracover Light. By the time you have added in the covering and glue costs it is not much more expensive than one of the build-it-yourself-in-a-few-years kits.
The fuselage consists of a wooden pod with a large access hatch ready-fitted with securing magnets. At the font the beautifully carved nose block is hollow to take lead shot nose weight. Inside the pod a plywood tray has been installed for screwing the rudder and elevator servos too. The servos can be up to 24 mm long by 12 mm wide. The pod includes nuts to take the wing mounting screw and fittings to take the supplied adjustable tow hook. The carbon tailboom cleverly slides into the read of the pod and locates into a rear bulkhead, and a beautifully implemented carbon fairing streamlines it to the rear of the pod. A pylon for mounting the tailplane is molded into the rear of the tailboom, together with flats for the fin to be glued to. The tailboom also has been fitted with low friction plastic pushrod outer tubes and wire pushrods.
The all balsa fin includes a large rudder for good directional control. The tailplane is similarly constructed and both are attractively shaped, giving the model a charming look.
The wing centre panel incorporates a substantial spruce spar and top surface forward sheeting to minimise drag. The centre panel incorporates a large spoiler for accurate landing and safely exiting strong thermals. The spoiler servo can be up to 10 mm thick. The ends of the centre panel have magnets built in to keep the tip panels in place. The tip panels are more lightly built and use front riblets to help maintain the correct forward airfloil shape. The tip panels are attached to the centre panel with a beautifully molded carbon dihedral brace.
The accessory pack includes the adjustable tow hook, control surface horns and other small fittings. The spoiler is designed to be actuated by a long spoiler servo output arm. The tail surfaces are intended to be connected directly to the wire pushrods with L bends. No clevises are supplied or needed in our opinion, but a keeper will be required to ensure the L bends don't become detached.
The only work required to finish the model is gluing the boom into the pod, the fin onto the end of the tailboom, the rudder and elevator horns and installing the RC. This should only take a couple of evenings.
The quality of the workmanship used for building and covering the model cannot be overstated. It really is a tour-de-force of balsa construction. In particular how the nose block is covered with no seems showing is beyond me. The covering job is beyond amazing.
|CD2000 RES Specifications|
||545 sq in
|Flying weight from
||4.9 oz/sq ft
|Centre of Gravity
||78-82 mm from wing leading edge
||Rudder, elevator, spoiler
|CD2000 RES Typical Weights|
|Boom and pushrods
|Rudder & elevator servos
|Circle Dancer 2000 Recommended RC|
|Rudder & elevator servos
||Ripmax SD100, Blue Bird BMS-101AMG, Blue Bird BMS-101DMG, Blue Bird BMS-101HV, Blue Bird BMS-126WV, KST X08, Ripmax SD150, Corona DS843MG, Graupner DES 261, EMAX ES08A
||Blue Bird BMS-101AMG, Blue Bird BMS-101DMG, Blue Bird BMS-126WV, KST X08, Ripmax SD150, Corona DS843MG,
||4 or 5 channel receiver to match your transmitter
|CD2000 Control Throws|
||60 mm each way
||10 mm up / 5 mm down
||40 mm up (75°)
||9mm forward of CG