|When Don Magness at Squirrel
introduced this clone of the old Centuri X-24 Bug,
I was chomping at the bit, and got the first copy, #1. I
immediately began work on it, but soon stopped, hung up on finding the
right orange for the nosecone.
After many weeks of procrastination, I finally got it painted only to
many more months of delay before finally finishing it October 1, 2004.
Having never built one before, I wasn't aware of the key
As it turned out, I got the wrap on crooked with the result that the
fins were all out of position about 3 degrees. Looking at it from
the back, I was reminded of a woman with her skirt on crooked
Since its advent, the X-24 has been replaced in the
with the X-RV.
that my Bug was the
first of only 100 built, quite an honor for me. (And a bit
since I got the wrap on crooked.) That's why I call it a
Works Special" - it's special 'cause you can't get it anymore.
Anyway, I hit up Don, and he came up with an extra X-24
so I bought
an X-RV with the intention of building a second Bug without the
In the mean time, the crooked one was taken to a
it could still fly, but would likely spin on the way up. No big
It could still be used.
Sometimes life's like that; we need to accept imperfection and
In the photo above, you can just
see the up aileron Dave put in the left wing.