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    Nerys
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    ๐Ÿ“ Billings Dragen...has anyone built this kit and done an RC conversion?
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    Interesting photos of a nice looking little boat, I like that high peaked gaff rig and the answer to an open cockpit with clear plastic is a good one.
    Has anyone answered the original title of this post. Has anyone built the Billings Dragon and done an RC conversion.? I wouldn't mind building one if I ever recover from the trauma of building a Deans kit, but squashing the RC gear in to quite a slender hull might be difficult, which is why I'd like to know if anyone has already done it. I've always liked the Dragon class, there was a large fleet of them racing at the Medway Yacht Club when I sailed there in the 50's.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    When the winds before the rain, soon you may make sail again, but when the rain's before the wind, tops'l sheets and halyards mind
    Ron
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    ๐Ÿ“ Billings Dragen...has anyone built this kit and done an RC conversion?
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    I noted that the biggest concern people had was the open cockpit holding water in choppy weather. I had the same thing with the Wianno Senior and to solve that, I used some clear packaging material found with food containers in the grocery store.

    No more water in the cockpit or below deck.
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    marky
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    ๐Ÿ“ Billings Dragen...has anyone built this kit and done an RC conversion?
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    Thanks Ron๐Ÿ‘
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    marky
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    ๐Ÿ“ Billings Dragen...has anyone built this kit and done an RC conversion?
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    Great bargain ,is it a Myford lathe next to the scroll saw ?
    Cheers Marky๐Ÿ‘
    Nerys
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    ๐Ÿ“ Billings Dragen...has anyone built this kit and done an RC conversion?
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    I'm sorry Doug, but I didn't have a camera for many years, unfortunate when I think of all the pics I could have taken, I have a large box of photos and slides which I will investigate one day, but they centre around dinghy sailing on the Medway few traditional boats all over the country and then mostly slides of barge and smack racing in the late 70s.
    I sold 'Y Ddraig Goch' to someone from Brightlinsea, he sailed her over to the continent then down the coast , Brittany and Bay of Biscay, can't remember where, then back to the Colne. Lost touch with him as I moved to the Midlands.

    Cheers, Nerys
    When the winds before the rain, soon you may make sail again, but when the rain's before the wind, tops'l sheets and halyards mind
    RNinMunich
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    ๐Ÿ“ Billings Dragen...has anyone built this kit and done an RC conversion?
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    Nice buy๐Ÿ‘ Don't make a muck of it Ron!
    Or run amok in the workshop๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    I have a table saw similar to yours, worth it's weight in balsa ๐Ÿ˜‰
    BTW; did you know that 'amok' came into English in the 1600s, earlier spelt 'amuck', from Malay, where it meant 'running around in a murderous frenzy'?
    Keep taking the tablets๐Ÿค”
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    Young at heart ๐Ÿ˜‰ Slightly older in other places.;-/ Cheers Doug
    RNinMunich
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    "The person I sold her to did a lot of cruising on the continent ..."
    Wow! Did he fit retractable wheels Nerys?๐Ÿ˜
    Maybe from a scrapped Catalina?
    "and the last time I heard from him he was down in the Bay of Biscay somewhere."
    Not too far down I hope!๐Ÿ˜ฎ Gets a bit inclement down there now n again๐ŸŒช๏ธ๐ŸŒง๏ธ๐ŸŒฉ๏ธ Glug glug glugโ˜น๏ธ (That's UP THERE to JB & Co ๐Ÿ˜)
    BTW: Where are the podium pics of you winning and collecting the trophy Nerys?
    Action pics on board????
    Cheers, Doug. ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    AKA Cheeky Fleet Admiral, and unashamed with it ๐Ÿ˜Š
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    Young at heart ๐Ÿ˜‰ Slightly older in other places.;-/ Cheers Doug
    Newby7
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    Wonderful find and good price to. I look foreword to seeing her sail.
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    Nerys
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    I might as well tell the story of 'Y Ddraig Goch' now. As I really wanted a cruising boat rather than an elderly racer, I did the unforgiveable and converted her. I stripped off the decks and cabin top, raised the topsides by a foot. Put on a new coachroof and doghouse and, horror of horrors, rerigged her as a gaff cutter, purely so that I could race her in the traditional gaff rigged class at the annual Swale Barge Match. (I raced twice and came first and second) The person I sold her to did a lot of cruising on the continent and the last time I heard from him he was down in the Bay of Biscay somewhere.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    When the winds before the rain, soon you may make sail again, but when the rain's before the wind, tops'l sheets and halyards mind
    RNinMunich
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    "and she was painted red!"
    Of course! WHAT ELSE? Beth arall?๐Ÿ˜
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    Young at heart ๐Ÿ˜‰ Slightly older in other places.;-/ Cheers Doug
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