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Old Apr 19, 2011, 10:56 AM
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Cardboard! Cereal box cardboard no less! Great stuff. Cereal box cardboard is the worst, but with some cutouts you could do well.

I am fascinated by the number of turns you can get - five hundred? Mine broke at 230!

For a wing you could try paper in the form suggested by Bruce Matthews. All you need is a roll of paper for a spar, to create the aerodynamic shape and thickness and another bamboo or wood stiffening spar as well. With this set up I have built a 40 cm (16") wing that weighs about 8 g. Or you could use bristol board and build a nice wing.

Will post some pix of the wing. I have tested a paper wing on a stick plane and it is quite tough, but heavy. Painting wrinkled it, but the plane flies all right. The wing is a 1:24 scale wing of a Cessna 180 except for thickness. Weight is 12g span is: 41 cm (16") aprox. It is painted with watercolor and sealed with white glue.
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