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    Billings - Dragen - Dragon
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    Vanya
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    The rudder is in exactly the same place as per the kit. it has just been lengthened (deepened) to meet the pintle block at the base of the lead keel. the The rudder is 155 mm long.
    Nerys
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    Hi Ron,
    How about lengthening the keel further aft, then hanging the rudder vertically on the keel?

    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
    Ron
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    With the rudder aft, it will hang up on Canadian weeds. I try to not have rudders separate from the keel for just that reason. The blue boat is not mine, though I have one which is similar.
    Nerys
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    Hi Ron,
    Raking the mast further aft will put the C of E further aft, which can't do any harm, but I think the real answer to the problem would be to mount the rudder further aft away from the keel. Wouldn't follow the plan, but who cares if she sails better that way.

    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
    Nerys
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    Hi Vanya,
    Interesting to see your Dragon but you haven't shown where the rudder is mounted. I wonder if you have mounted it further aft than the after end of the keel because I think that would make a difference to the handleability. I like the idea of the jibboom as well, I think that often helps in many models.

    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
    Ron
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    Made some alterations to rudder Servo connection, gave the mast a bit of aft angle. Now to see it on the water.😎
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    Vanya
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    My post worked, Thanks RonπŸ‘

    Here are some more photos to prove that the Dragon can sail but not as it is designed by Billing’s.

    The hull was moulded off an old damaged hull, filled and faired. I did nothing for 15 years and a fellow Canterbury J sailor took it and made something of it.

    It’s like a classic version of a DF65 and easy to transport, fits in the car rather than the Canterbury J which it big. Also not effected by weeds!

    Anyway I was happy to see something come of my hard labour’s some years ago into an attractive sailing and display model.
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    Vanya
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    Here is a Billings Dragon that has been made to sail with Rc and a winch/rudder. Alterations were made to the C of Effort and the sail plan was altered to allow this. There are 24 hulls made. It is in New Zealand.

    This is my first posting. Hope it works.
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    Nerys
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    Yes, it has been sold, there was only one day 16 hours left when I posted.

    However, there is another static model Dragon, 60cms long on a stand, looks OK ,but it's priced in Oz currency which works out to Β£126.77 plus Β£61.85 postage.

    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
    mturpin013
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    Looks as if it sold quite quickly I can't find it now
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