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Well, the site has been here for years and this still hasn't been done. So, a start from a letter to a friend.........

Nick: 

...in any case, I've always wanted to build and fly a Dakota, ever since the kid down the street had one.  Of course, he was an older kid, maybe thirteen at the time, and I was nine and no motors yet.

That changed later that year when a neighbor adult gave me an old OK Cub .049.  Still have it, BTW.  That motor logged lots of hours on a scratch-build U/C job made from wood from an orange crate...really.  It was so heavy and slow that I many times went flying alone at the parking lot at the local grocery.  I would start it, then just let it go and trot to the center and grab the handle.  I seem to remember that it still took a little whipping to get it airborne, but it flew.  Round and round is all, but it flew.  I graduated to a log model or two from that.  Burned up quite a few cans of Blue Blazer in the little OK.  First freeflights weren't a lot better (some would say they still aren't.......)  I always envied the kids who's dad's took an interest, or better, were modelers themselves, but I did OK.
See a different OK here: http://theaerosmith.com/photo6.html  This one runs really, really well...when it's not broken, that is.  Can't expect too awfully much from a motor cast from slag.......