I remember a camp I was at eight years ago. R/C flying seven days long.. Was a lot of fun
We had a contest, building and flying Chucks. One guy had half a minute of flying just throwing it from the hand on a flat land.. Average flight times were 10-15 seconds. Maybe 20. So if he made a 30 second flight, yeah he had a thermal. The plane didn't descent for a few seconds.
Most planes had 3-5 grams of lead so that could also be electrics (rudder/ elevator)
To answer you question: yes it could "catch" a thermal
Originally Posted by ah.clem
Wow - that is excellent work! I too, have dreamed of a small (12"-18" WS) hand held catapult (stick and rubber) sailplane using actuators and a small NiCad battery, but I did not think it would glide long enough to have much air time, let alone catch thermals. Will a plane this small thermal? If so, I need to rethink the soaring experiments.
Thanks for a great thread! More pics please, I'm pretty new at this and pics really help me conceptualize.